Gender identity lessons invade N.J. 1st grade classrooms

April 11, 2022

This revealing editorial, “NJ gender-identity lessons for first graders prove parents were right to worry,” by Karol Marcowicz was prominently displayed in the New York Post over the weekend.

The disturbing lesson plans are being foisted upon young children, teaching them that their gender is malleable.

Randi Weingarten, the former president of the American Federation of Teachers, (AFT) wields tremendous clout as an AFL–CIO union leader and a lawyer. She is also a lesbian married to another woman as reported in Teachers for Choice, an organization that opposes government imposed medical mandates in order for any Americans — especially educators — to remain employed.  To no one’s surprise, Weingarten has long opposed charter schools and school choice.

The AFT was the first national union to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries. These are the people who influence America’s students each and every weekday.

Open Secrets reveals teachers unions have steadily amped up their political involvement: From 2004 to 2016, their donations grew from $4.3 million to more than $32 million — an all-time high. Even more than most labor unions, they have little use for Republicans, giving democrats at least 94 percent of the funds they contributed to candidates and parties since as far back as 1990, where Open Secrets data begins. Check out where they see fit to place their considerable resources.

This is all important reading.

Women’s History Month: A leftist contrivance

March 30, 2022

There is no male equivalence

Women’s History Month is coming to an end…and not a moment too soon. Taking up the entire month of March, it joins this list of other overly-long celebrations, the majority of which are acknowledged in the United States. Some even rate presidential proclamations.

That there are agendas being played out is not even in question.  Facilitating month-long observations for a wide range of topics is an industry in itself, necessitating offices, public relations staff and media contacts to perpetrate itself. This year the theme is “Hear Our Voices,” symbolized by a torch held aloft in hands representing various races. It is oddly topped by a clenched fist, identical to the Black Lives Matter stylized emblem used to demonstrate resistance. It is identified, however, as representing the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017.

We all remember the hatred-laced speeches directed at President Donald Trump, with Madonna publicly proclaiming she’d thought of blowing up the White House and Ashley Judd comparing the president to mass murderer Nazi Adolph Hitler.

Somehow national organizations as diverse as The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Read the first paragraph of the K-12 grade Teachers Guide to fully comprehend what their focus is.

Not that long ago, card shops were filled with Mother’s Day images of flowers and words of gratitude to mothers. Florists did their most brisk business on that day. Department stores held pre-Mother’s Day sales. Families celebrated together at Mother’s Day brunches. That passé vision has been replaced by angry female celebrities, reciting raunchy “poems,” and indoctrinating their impressionable fans with far-left politics.

Being a mother is ranked lower than dirt. Being an adherent of “climate change” and not having children, is a far more noble pursuit.

Education or indoctrination? Educrats push LGBTQ agenda, teacher sues

March 14, 2022

Kansas School District demands respect of child’s “chosen pronoun”

Here’s one “for the books.” Math teacher Pamela Ricard is suing the Fort Riley school district superintendent, board members and her principal after being suspended for “discrimination and harassment”  for not using “transgender and non-binary” student’s preferred name and pronouns.

Ricard, a middle school teacher since 2005, refuses to use the preferred names and plural pronouns of the newly “woke” transgender and nonbinary students because doing so violates her religious beliefs. In today’s skewed world, they have no validity. She was previously reprimanded for addressing a student as “miss” to avoid using the student’s preferred first name after being told the student used he/him pronouns. Ricard has now been suspended for violating the district’s bullying and diversity and inclusion policies.

She was denied a religious exemption to the district’s required practice.

The federal lawsuit was filed against USD 475 Geary County School District and the principal of Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley. It is filed on behalf of Pamela Ricard, a “decades-long” teacher assigned to the school since 2005.

This in-depth article, ”Kansas Teacher Sues After Being Punished for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Pronouns,” posted on Real Clear Politics was written by Michael Ryan. It is definitely worth your time.

For an excellent overview of how today’s colleges and universities face a choice between two opposing worldviews: the traditional, spiritually embedded one upon which most were founded, or the secular, hedonistic, materialistic worldview that now dominates them and the mindset of those who control the teaching profession, we direct our readers to “A Tragic Abandonment of Identity: The Secularization of America’s Religious Colleges and Universities.” It was written by Arthur Goldberg in 2018, but is increasingly relevant today.

Who “owns” our children?

February 15, 2022

Parents haven’t abdicated their rights, but schools attempt to usurp them

Using the newly trendy pronoun “they” rather than “he” and “she,” the local newspaper displays its hipness with a prominently featured, lengthy report headlined, “Advocates warn Arizona bill could hurt LGBTQ students.”

Written by Endia Fontanez, a leftist ASU Cronkite Journalism School graduate, who interned last year with OUTvoices Phoenix, her niche at the vacuous and hemorrhaging subscriptions Arizona Republic, is ostensibly covering health but actually focuses on the promotion of what is now being mainstreamed as LGBTQ — an acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or questioning).”

The headlined article focuses on House Bill 2161, which defines the rights of parents over their own children and clarifies existing parental rights laws by stating that a parent has access to a minor child’s medical and educational records, whether written or electronic. It ensures that public and charter schools that intend to survey students, must first provide the survey language to parents to properly obtain written informed consent. The bill also allows parents to sue the government, including public schools, for violations of their rights.

This is a bill that would never previously have been regarded as necessary, but times have unfortunately, changed, as homosexuality has relentlessly been promoted in every phase of entertainment and now has its long tentacles reaching into taxpayer-funded schools that intend to seize and obliterate parental authority over their own children. Teacher’s unions are generous supporters of democrat candidates.*

This alarming concept, now gaining momentum, is not new. Nearly a decade ago, CNSNews exposed a 30-second promo for MSNBC’s Lean Forward campaign, featuring educrat Melissa Harris-Perry, advocating that society end the “private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families,” and instead institute a “collective notion” that kids “are our children,” they belong to the community.

While U.S. schools focus on sexualizing our children and mandating masks, U.S. News and World Reports presented this distressing report, U.S. Students Show No Improvement in Math, Reading, Science on International Exam in Dec. 2019, coinciding with the onset of the COVID pandemic. The situation worsened as unionized teachers stopped teaching and schools closed.

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), a non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to promote and defend the foundational values of life, marriage, family and religious freedom, does an exceptional job of summarizing and following the progress of HB 2161.

* H/T Open Secrets

SCOTUS to hear race-based college admissions cases

January 26, 2022

Within two months of his inauguration, Joe Biden’s handlers began hastily reversing the Trump administration‘s policies negating the disproportionate use of race in college admissions. While the Trump administration sought a narrowly tailored use of race or even color-blind admission standards, Biden advanced the practice of using race as a principal factor in selecting students, all for achieving the insultingly illogical goals of racial equity and diversity. High grades and achievement took a back seat to race-based factors, although melanin, the primary determinant of skin pigment, is something over which none of us have any control.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the practice of affirmative action, which factors race into college admissions. Lawsuits assert that Harvard University,* a private institution, and the University of North Carolina,* a state college, discriminate against Asian American applicants, who frequently achieve higher scores than their student counterparts.

In the Harvard case, petitioners argue that the private university’s policy unfairly disadvantages Asian-American applicants in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. In the North Carolina case, petitioners allege that the policy of the public university violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Biden’s handlers indicated that his administration will aggressively promote affirmative action with his nomination of Kristen Clarke to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which oversees the department’s position on cases related to affirmative action.

Clarke was previously president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization that actively defends colleges’ use of race as a key admission factor. She is a staunch advocate of using admissions processes to achieve a student body that is more racially diverse than its applicant pool.

Don’t hold your breathe waiting for a decision on this important matter. The court is not expected to hear the consolidated cases until next term, meaning a decision is not likely until later this year or early next year, according to the informative Ballotpedia.

Biden’s catastrophic first year topped with a post-nap WH speech

January 19, 2022

January 20, 2021: A day to lament

We are just a day away from the first anniversary of sleepy Joe Biden’s presidency. Rather than celebrating, most Americans, regardless of party affiliation, are trying to wrap their arms around the magnitude of the calamity we are enduring — which is sure to worsen.

Today, a meticulously coached Biden, who is unable to veer off his script, is scheduled to give an actual press conference, only the second in the interminable year. Staying alert and on-topic should be a monumental task. It is scheduled, according to this White House announcement, at 4:00 PM (ET), presumably after his afternoon nap.

January 20 is a day for reflection, when we pause to wonder how we went so quickly from a flourishing economy, record employment, construction of the much needed border wall, energy independence, and a power position on the world stage to staggering inflation, empty grocery shelves and sticker-shock prices on available commodities. The price of gasoline rose 58.1% in the 12 months ending in November according to the most recent inflation data published December 10, 2021, by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Crime has also spiraled under the Biden administration as Soros-funded elected prosecutors release criminals back onto the streets after dropping charges. The pandemic Biden claimed to be able to halt has, instead, bred new variants. Radically left-wing Teacher’s unions have fought reopening schools, though American children, who are not virus spreaders, have fallen behind their global counterparts. Based on Biden’s weakness, Iran is once again flexing its nuclear muscle, while the administration remains silent.

These disasters are only the tip of the Biden iceberg. If you care about your family, community, state and nation, vote Republican on every level…and be certain you aren’t being conned by a newly-minted, conservative poser. The walls are irreparably closing in.

Leftist bigotry thrives, hits Minnesota teachers paychecks

January 3, 2022

School Board authorizes pay increases for non-whites

On January 1, in a post titled, “Remembering the wisdom of Judge Bork as we greet 2022,” we wrote about the latest trendy terms, “Equity” and “Equality.” If you were too busy over the New Year holiday to get to it, it’s crucial to fully comprehend the misappropriation of our language that is invading America’s culture at breakneck speed, by reviewing the link in the following paragraph:

Three and a-half decades ago, with clarity and foresight Judge Robert Bork referred to the crisis we now face, based in the rise of political leftism that intentionally obliterates the definitions of “equality and equity.” The words are further clarified in “The Inequality of ‘Equity,‘ by Ben Shapiro.

The reason for this review will be evident as you grasp the full effect of the insanity now instituted by a school board in Mankato, Minnesota, a town of fewer than 45,000 people. The headline, “Mankato schools vote to allow extra pay for non-white teachers,”* reveals, in the most disgraceful manner, the race-based divisiveness that is invading our nation, taking hold in far-left arenas. Info on Mankato can be found on DataUSA.

Decades after it was outlawed against minorities, race-based discrimination, now targeting whites, has taken on a new life in Minnesota. Leftwing NBC News, in a review of the 2020 election results, characterizes Minnesota as “a solidly blue state in presidential elections and Democrats control the governor’s office and the state House, while Republicans control the state Senate.“ Non-partisan Ballotpedia reveals that senate “control” consists of a single vote. Be wary of where you get your news.

*H/T Kyle Hooten, Managing Editor of Alpha News

Remembering the wisdom of Judge Bork as we greet 2022

January 1, 2022

As 2003 was coming to an end, Judge Robert Bork, a distinguished conservative scholar and a former judge on the Federal Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit, wrote, “Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.” The instant best-seller provided a prophetic view of a failing culture, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling — a nation that metaphorically slouches not towards the ancient religious city Bethlehem but towards decadent Gomorrah.

Three and a-half decades ago, with clarity and foresight, Judge Bork referred to the crisis we now face, based in the rise of political leftism, that intentionally obliterates the definitions of “equality and equity.” The terms are clarified in “The Inequality of ‘Equity,“ by Ben Shapiro, which we urge you to read.

“Slouching Towards Gomorrah” provided a devastatingly insightful exposé of a country in crisis at the end of the millennium, when the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism (the equality of outcomes rather than opportunities) and advances radical individualism (the drastic reduction of limits to personal gratification). Advancement of these notions, particularly via indoctrinating educrats on college campuses has undermined our culture, our intellect, and our morality with special attention to matters of sex and censorship, race relations, and the relentless attempts to erode American moral values on the altar of leftism.

“Equity” and “Equality” may seem to be the same, but they have very different political and ethical meanings. Equity — equality of result — is impossible without unfairly taking from some and giving to others, facilitated by removing earned accreditation from those who have earned merit without their consent. Judge Bork foresaw this disturbing socialist trend years ago, and for that he was sacrificed at the altar of political correctness, after President Ronald Reagan nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 23, 1987, the senate, stunningly led by none other than Sen. Joe Biden, rejected Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42.

Judge Bork, who died in 2012 was a unique, articulate figure in the annals of the U.S. Judiciary, undeservedly becoming a punching bag for the radical left and having his name morph into a slag term in the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries. The verb “bork” is now identified as a means to “defame or methodically vilify, and use the mass media with the aim of preventing an appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart (a person) in this way.”

We wish all the best in the New Year to our readers.

Your friends at Seeing Red AZ.

Shifty Schiff tries deflecting from his sordid connections by bashing Trump

December 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently wrote a book. He’s had more time on his hands since his longtime pervert pal and generous donor, Ed Buck with nefarious roots in Arizona politics, has finally ended up in the slammer after being found guilty of nine felonies. Instead of hunkering down after the details of Buck’s horrific crimes emerged, leftist Schiff decided a good deflection would be to try smearing former President Donald Trump.

Schiff’s book titled, ‘Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,‘ is aimed at taking the onus off of Joe Biden and his unparalleled, disastrous presidency, exemplified by increased crime and laxity of punishment, the Afghanistan surrender debacle, record-breaking inflation, halting our energy self-reliance by shutting down the Keystone Pipeline while killing thousands of jobs and massive school and business closures related to his overreaches during the pandemic. These disasters are enhanced by Biden’s incompetence and obvious inability to function. Instead Schiff has gone into fling mode and following the adage of throw it on the wall and see what sticks, is not talking about testing the al dente doneness of a strand of spaghetti, but the darker and more fetid matter that nourishes the democrat hierarchy.

Following the now-disproved Russian collusion hoax perpetrated by Trump rival Hillary Clinton, Schiff made the rounds of network televised talk shows insisting that a probe of Trump was necessary.

Biden has torn down the border wall construction, surrendering our southern border to all comers worldwide — including drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators, murders, prospective terrorists, and other violent criminals, many of whom have been previously deported.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection no longer reveals the disastrous invasion stats, but now functions as public relations for the administration complete with vision and mission statements. Biden is bankrupting America with his staggering $multi-trillion 2,465 page ‘Build Back Better’ war on reality spending scheme — but that is of no consequence as his handlers increase the momentum as crime soars and Soros-funded elected district attorneys make no effort to attach consequences to the criminality. Jobs have been lost at an alarming rate. Biden responds by putting more people on the dole, as the democrats lean further into socialism’s expansive government theme while caving to the demands of the radical teacher’s unions which funded him 6-1 over Pres. Trump.

An integral tool of the left, Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Schiff a lead impeachment manager in the fraudulent case brought against President Trump.

Prior to his incarceration, Ed Buck donated in excess of half-million dollars to top California democrats including current Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Gov. Jerry Brown, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey. His generous donations to AZ U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, and separately to her “Getting Stuff Done” PAC are all documented on these pages made available by Open Secrets. (Press “next” in the lower right corner for the complete list.)

AZ high school: Parents shut down transgender awareness week

December 12, 2021

Goodyear’s Estrella Foothills High School mission statement: “Inspire minds to change the world … everyone, everyday.“

Today we take our readers directly The Federalist, which shines a bright light on the social absurdities advancing in our taxpayer-funded schools, while actual education falls through the cracks. 

Spencer Lindguist writes an outstanding exposé on the insanity overtaking public schools, as he reports on the promotion and celebration of ‘Transgender Awareness Week’ at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, AZ. The program was successfully shut down by outraged parents. 

Arizona High School Halts Transgender Spirit Week After Outcry From Parents,” contains important information and clearly illustrates why parents need to be vigilant when it comes to what is passing for education at their children’s schools.

According to 2018-2019 Public School Review* of Goodyear’s Estrella Foothills High School, the percentage of students achieving proficiency in math stood at 60-64%. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts was less than half at 48%, clearly indicating the teaching time could be better spent on educational basics rather than celebrating transsexuality.

Following objections from enraged parents, Principal Kimberly Heinz canceled “Spirit Week” after the first day, telling parents in a mass email that “our administrative team met this afternoon and have made the decision that we will not move forward with the remaining awareness days this week.”

Lindquist’s report includes email exchanges between 24-year-old instructor Courtney Ratkus and Principal Kimberly Heinz, as well as to students. Ratkus, the sponsor of the Coexist Club, needs to find employment other than indoctrinating students in transsexuality. Solitary street sweeping would be a better fit for this radical.

National Review has written how the perverted scheme passing as education has been gaining traction within the educrat community as schools disallow parents to opt their children out of the programs that begin in kindergarten. Your eyes did not deceive you. Kindergarten is where the sexually deviant brainwashing begins. Open Secrets shows where the teachers unions send their political donations. It isn’t to conservatives.

* Updated numbers are not available due to schools being shuttered during COVID.