Archive for February 12th, 2010

History Textbook ‘Standards’ a Concern

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The liberal education system is still very busy rewriting history with plans on new ways to indoctrinate our children.

The Texas State Board of Education will soon finalize the language that textbook publishers will use to align their textbooks to current standards — and according to an attorney, some changes could be dramatic.

“They’re looking to take out Christmas in the textbook but add in the Hindu holiday of Diwali,” explains Matt Krause, attorney with Liberty Counsel. “They’re going to replace the term ‘American’ with ‘Global Citizen,’ and just reinforce that idea from the Obama administration that there’s nothing exceptional about America itself.”

The attorney adds that the omission could also include that of historical figures and holidays. “They would take out references to people like Daniel Boone and George Patton and [to events like] Columbus Day, and they would replace those with the impact of hip-hop music [and]…Clarence Darrow, who is an ACLU attorney….”

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Planned Parenthood on Probation for Failure to Report Child Sex Abuse

Friday, February 12th, 2010

This organization needs to be shut down for good.

A Planned Parenthood branch in Birmingham, Ala., has been put on probation by the state health department for breaking the state’s abortion consent law and refusing to notify authorities of suspected child abuse cases.

The violations were discovered after officials investigated a videotape in which an employee admitted the manager sometimes would “bend the rules.”

The action by the Alabama Department of Health was based on a 38-page report that found that the business’s own records revealed it provided an abortion to a 15-year-old although the “mother” giving consent did not have the same last name or address and provided an expired driver’s license as ID.

Records for other patients, mostly ages 13 and 14, also revealed the business failed to document properly the identification of those giving parental permission under the state law for the abortions.

In fact, in all nine cases examined by the state involving minor patients, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, “failed to obtain parental consent … in a manner that complies with state legal requirements.”

Worse yet was the conclusion that “neither the registered nurse, the medical doctor, nor any other center staff reported the suspected abuse or neglect [of a 13 year-old child] to the authorities as required by law.”

The investigation was launched after a video was submitted to authorities by the student-led nonprofit Live Action. Its undercover video of the Birmingham abortion clinic revealed a staffer suggesting the law be ignored.

As WND reported, the recording revealed a counselor at Planned Parenthood, telling a volunteer, who describes herself as a 14-year-old statutory rape victim, the clinic “does sometimes bend the rules a little bit.”

Sex between an adult and a 14-year-old is a felony in Alabama. The pro-life organization said the Birmingham clinic was the seventh Planned Parenthood clinic implicated in a multi-state scandal over the suppression of statutory rape evidence.

Lila Rose, a UCLA student and Live Action’s president, went undercover at the Birmingham business and told a counselor she was 14, pregnant by her “31-year-old boyfriend,” and she couldn’t let her parents know.

Rose asks, “Is it a problem about my boyfriend?”

The counselor, identified as “Tanishia,” concludes, “As long as you consented to having sex with him, there’s nothing we can truly do about that.”

“Tanishia” acknowledges the “boyfriend” could be in big trouble because of the ages and then tells Rose the clinic manager “sometimes does bend the rules a little bit.”

The counselor also confirms that whatever is said within the Planned Parenthood walls stays there.

However, Live Action said, Alabama Code 26-14-3 requires health professionals to disclose suspected cases of sexual abuse to state officials immediately.

“The law is explicit about a health-care provider’s duty to report, yet Planned Parenthood pretends they cannot say anything,” Rose noted of the investigation. “Planned Parenthood increases its business and influence by circumventing state reporting laws, but inflicts terrible harm upon the vulnerable young girls sent back to statutory rapists.”

The video was part of Live Action’s “Mona Lisa Project,” a nationwide undercover investigation that documented Planned Parenthood’s repeated noncompliance with state mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse of minors.

Rick Harris, the director of health provider standards for the state regulatory agency, told the Birmingham News that the failure to notify about potential child abuse was a concern.

“If she was being abused, you give her a chance to be rescued from that situation,” he told the newspaper.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to a request from WND for comment.

“The Health Department report documents the same malpractice that we have found in state after state,” Rose said. “Sexually abused minors are being neglected by Planned Parenthood, which puts its own ‘abortion-first mentality’ before child protection.

“These are outrageous violations of state law and the Alabama Health Department should revoke the Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic license. Alabama legislators must also ensure that no tax money is funding Planned Parenthood’s illicit activities,” she said.

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Feds Push for Tracking Cell Phones

Friday, February 12th, 2010

More planned government intrusion and violation of our privacy.

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the “Scarecrow Bandits” that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves.

FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank robberies in the Dallas area. The voluminous records showed that two phones had made calls around the time of all 12 heists, and that those phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually convicted the duo of multiple bank robbery and weapons charges.

Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear, and federal privacy laws written a generation ago are ambiguous at best. On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments (PDF) in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices.

In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Those claims have alarmed the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, which have opposed the Justice Department’s request and plan to tell the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that Americans’ privacy deserves more protection and judicial oversight than what the administration has proposed.

“This is a critical question for privacy in the 21st century,” says Kevin Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing on Friday. “If the courts do side with the government, that means that everywhere we go, in the real world and online, will be an open book to the government unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.”

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