What If the Next 9/11 Terrorist Attack Is Just Days Away?

H/T Town Hall.

This is a frightening thought that another 9/11 type attack could be in the making.

If such an attack happens it will be Joe Pee Pads Biden’s fault.

I just watched a documentary about the horrors of 9/11. You remember that day, don’t you? This year will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

 

Sept. 11, 2001. The day the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in New York City. The day about 3,000 of our fellow Americans died. Most of their bodies were never found. They literally melted and disintegrated.

You do remember, yes? They were someone’s fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters.

Do you remember all those people jumping from 100 stories up and splattering on the sidewalk? I do. I still remember those loud booms. Each boom was a life ending instantly as they splattered on the sidewalk.

Do you remember all those cops and firemen who died trying to protect us? They ran into those burning towers while normal people ran out. They gave their lives; they made the ultimate sacrifice. Their kids grew up without fathers or mothers.

Watching this documentary made me angry all over again. I felt the pain all over again. And most importantly, it made me realize…

We have a madman in the White House.

President Joe Biden is either insane; or he doesn’t care about the lives of Americans like you and me and our precious children; or he’s a puppet for the forces of evil, intent on destroying this great country.

Because what other reason could there be for leaving our border wide open and inviting the whole world in? Border agents should be looking for terrorists. Instead, Biden has turned them into babysitters.

In March, 172,000 illegal aliens got through our open border. That’s up 71% from February. But this is a trickle compared to what’s coming. I’m betting a year from now, we’ll look back fondly on these March 2021 numbers.

How do I know? Because the front door is wide open. Trust me; the whole is coming. Each month, the word spreads. Everyone who gets to our border is let in and given a free lawyer, cash by Catholic charities, a government-issued debit card (filled with money provided by our taxes) and a plane or bus ticket wherever they want to go.

Without ID, by the way.

That’s right. Any illegal alien, coming from the worst terrorist hellholes in the world, can board a plane in the U.S. with no ID, no COVID-19 test and no confirmation they’re not a terrorist. They can sit right next to you and your family. With COVID-19. Or tuberculosis. Or smallpox. Or Ebola. Or a bomb. Or box cutters.

Thank you, Joe Biden.

How many terrorists or terror cells came in today? How many were among the 172,000 who crossed the border in March? How many have come in since Biden became president?

Anyone can see what’s happening. Just this past Friday, the Biden administration’s southern border coordinator announced she is stepping down. It’s all going bad. It’s out of control.

If I were a dictator of one of America’s rogue enemy states, I’d be licking my lips. I’d empty my prisons and send the worst of the worst criminals to America. And I’d be laughing as I sent terror cells across that border to terrorize the American people and collapse the U.S. economy.

All hell is about to break loose. The next 9/11 could be weeks or days or minutes away. All because we have a madman in the White House. The border is wide open, and Biden is letting everyone in. Terrorists are here. Along with murderers, rapists, MS-13 gang-bangers, drug dealers, sex traffickers and pedophiles.

Anyone can see what’s coming. Another 9/11 is on the way. Or a massacre at a college, church or synagogue. Or a dirty bomb that makes a major U.S. city uninhabitable for decades.

America is on the brink. One man is to blame. Biden let them in. Biden did this to us. Biden opened the door to the destruction of America.

The question is, who will have the courage to stand up and stop it before it’s too late?

 

North Carolina: Pistol Purchase Permit Repeal Filed

H/T AmmoLand.

Hopefully this bill will become law it is ridiculous to have to buy a permit to buy a gun.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On April 7th, Senate Bill 687 was filed, to legalize acquiring handguns without having to first apply for a permit. It is currently in the Committee On Rules and Operations of the Senate for consideration.

Senate Bill 687 repeals the statute that requires law-abiding citizens to obtain pistol purchase permits to acquire handguns. The pistol purchase permit was created before modern, computerized background checks existed. The federal NICS checks that licensed firearms dealers to conduct are often completed in minutes. This relic that is the pistol purchase permit now only serves as a time barrier, an unnecessary fee, and a general inconvenience to the exercise of the Second Amendment.

The need for such a reform was made quite clear last year when the Wake County Sheriff’s Office announced that they would suspend processing pistol purchase permits for at least a month in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, which coincided with many citizens around the country seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights for the first time. The prospective new gun owners of Wake County would have been left unable to obtain handguns for that duration, even if friends or family wished to loan or gift one to them. Fortunately, the sheriff reversed course after a few days and resumed processing permits. SB 687 will ensure that this cannot happen again.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates.

Indiana State Senator Liz Brown (R), and Leadership, Kills Constitutional Carry

H/T AmmoLand.

There are too Damned many RINO’s in the Indiana General Assembly leadership.



U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Indiana appeared to have a good chance of passing Constitutional Carry in 2021. The House passed the bill 64 – 31. A majority of Republicans in the Senate called for the bill’s passage.  From therepublic.com:

Republicans easily pushed the proposal through the Indiana House, but Senate leaders have decided against taking up the bill in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session even though it was co-sponsored by 21 GOP members of the 50-person Senate.

The Indiana Senate has 39 Republicans and 11 Democrats. The opposition of key Republican leaders killed Constitutional Carry through the simple expedient of inaction.

Republican State Senator Liz Brown of Ft. Wayne killed the bill by never scheduling it for a committee hearing. From the indystar.com:

Fort Wayne Republican Sen. Liz Brown, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee where the bill has been sitting, declined to give the bill a hearing before the deadline, effectively killing the legislation.

Instead, in the last week bills can be heard in committee, she gave a hearing to a resolution emphasizing the Indiana Senate’s commitment “to protect the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Liz Brown was supported in the killing of the bill by the Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray.  Bray may have organized the killing of the bill. From pdclarion.com:

Specifically, Bray said he concurs with the Hoosier Gun Rights organization that the requirement in the legislation for Indiana to create a database of individuals barred from possessing a gun due to a felony or domestic violence conviction, dishonorable military discharge, or history of mental illness is a “poison pill,” since data restrictions and privacy concerns inevitably will prevent such a database from being created.

Bray said eliminating the handgun license without creating the database means Indiana police officers will have no easy way of knowing whether a person they encounter on the street with a gun is legally permitted to be carrying the weapon.

That interpretation of the bill is disputed.  From journalgazette.net:

Guy Relford, a Second Amendment attorney in Carmel, disputed Bray’s characterization of the bill. He also has a radio show called “The Gun Guy.”

“This is an outright lie. H.B. 1369 did not mandate any new ‘database’ at all and certainly did NOT contain a ‘poison pill,’” he said in a Facebook post. “The bill simply required a ‘process’ for getting information in existing criminal history databases, … to an officer on the street. That process could be as simple as a radio call or an email.”

Resolution SR 39, has many lofty sentences about supporting the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It has no force of law. It may be a coincidence it was passed by Senator Brown’s committee on April Fool’s day.

President Pro Tem Bray offers a consolation prize of eliminating the current $75 fee for an Indiana lifetime carry permit. From wane.com:

 Instead, the Senate will support eliminating the $75 fee for a lifetime permit after the Legislature eliminated the state’s five-year permit fee in a 2019 bill.

If the Indiana Senate can eliminate the fee for a lifetime permit, they could easily have passed Constitutional Carry, if President Pro Tem Bray had wished to pass it. Bray represents Indiana Senate District 37.

True Tales of Packaging History: The Birth of Breakfast Boxes

H/T Packing Impressions.com.

Revolutions in the packaging and converting industries are seeing the rise of digital printing, robotic equipment, and even printable solar panels. To offer some respite from the march of technology, we’d like to take you back to a simpler time when the cutting edge of technology was the hand-powered wrapping machine and boxes came in any color so long as it was brown. Here’s a look at some of the people, products, and processes that shaped the package printing industry from its beginnings–and how better to begin than with a complete breakfast?

CEREAL: FROM BLOCKED BOWELS TO BOX-TOPS

At the dawn of the 20th century, the Kellogg brothers operated a health sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan. Dr. John Kellogg was a celebrity physician who attracted notable patients like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and even President Taft. His younger brother, William Kellogg, had only three months of formal education past the 6th grade, and toiled as a combination accountant, secretary, handyman, and janitor.

Dr. John Kellogg’s radical health regimen included exercise, cold showers, fresh air–and a number of less orthodox measures, like yogurt enemas. He also had extreme beliefs on a number of subjects beyond conventional health, including a support of eugenics: “People of greatly disproportionate heights should not marry” is perhaps one of the less offensive quotes from his best-selling book, Plain Facts for Old and Young. Although today many of the Doctor’s views have been debunked and the short and the tall are now free to wed one another without shame, John Kellogg’s interest in well-maintained intestinal tracts led to lasting positive results: the popularization of breakfast cereals and the refinement of their packaging.

The Doctor and his younger brother experimented with varieties of granola, wheat, and bran to serve to patients as an additional measure to ensure clean and healthy bowels. One day an interruption in production led to a sheet of boiled wheat drying out completely. Forced through the rollers of their factory and baked, the result was individual crunchy pieces—the invention of flaked cereal. Easy to produce, effortless to prepare at home, and soon a popular product to ship to patients interested in maintaining a Kellogg-approved diet. The packaging for the product was as bland as its contents: a plain box emblazoned with a rather unappealing name like “Sanitas” or “Kellogg’s Sterilized Bran,” although still an improvement on the common practice of selling cereal directly out of barrels.

With the creation of this popular new product, the brothers began to part ways. The Doctor believed in the value of his health regimen above all and placed its importance above mere profit. William, on the other hand, tired of working fifteen hours a day, seven days a week, for a paltry wage under his domineering elder brother. When John refused to build a proper modern factory for the production of the cereal, William had one built when the Doctor was traveling in Europe. William also continued to develop new recipes, creating corn flakes and even experimenting with sugar, a blasphemous ingredient to the health-obsessed Doctor.

When the sanitarium and the cereal factory grew into separate concerns, William was free to add flair to his packaging that his brother resisted. William chose more appetizing titles for his products and his company would eventually pioneer the use of brightly colored cartoon mascots as an alternative to the Doctor’s rather grim choice of a photo of the sanitarium. He printed his name on every box with the warning, “Beware of Imitations. None Genuine Without This Signature,” to deter the competing cereal companies that had sprung up in Battle Creek, and that same signature is still on every box today. William also pioneered the mail-in redemption of prizes to encourage customer loyalty–save those box tops, kids!

In one way William Kellogg’s cereal boxes were rather different from ours: Kellogg decided to distinguish his boxes from those of his competitors by encasing them inside a heat-sealed plastic bag on which was printed the cereal’s brand name and ad copy. Yes, that’s bag on the outside, box on the inside, and cereal rattling around in the center. It was William’s own son, John L. Kellogg, who developed the now standard practice of putting the bag inside the box. And so it’s been ever since, although there’s always the opportunity for innovation.

MILK: BREAKING THE GLASS HABIT

The other package that has dominated our breakfast tables for nearly a century is the milk carton. While the creation of cereal coincided with the development of efficient cardboard packaging, milk was hardly a new development and aspiring inventors were aware for decades that glass bottles were a nuisance for distributors and ripe for replacement.

John Van Wormer, the first to patent a “paper bottle,” was supposedly inspired when a shattered bottle spoiled his breakfast one morning, but breakage was just one of the problems. Glass bottles were also awkwardly shaped for transport, empties needed to be collected from consumers who were prone to keeping bottles for their own use, and reusable containers were unhygienic. Finally, to quote the wife of milk carton magnate Victor Farris: “My God, did you ever carry those damn things? They are heavy.”

So there was clear demand to develop a lightweight, disposable package for milk, and the advent of modern packaging machinery made it possible to experiment with a variety of solutions. Innovators offered paper cones, pyramids, cubes, and even bottle shapes; we recommend visiting the Dairy Antiques Web site for a look at breakfast as it could have been.

Despite the obvious problems and abundance of solutions, it took decades for the price of glass to rise high enough to make switching to paper cartons attractive to consumers who were used to milk in glass bottles and disinclined to change their habits. But by that time our friend Van Wormer had perfected the gable-top spout we use today and developed a process of mass manufacture for the complex design. By 1950, he was selling 20 million cartons a day while competing with rivals like Victor Farris’s plastic-coated carton and the minimalist Tetra Pak being produced in Sweden.

Milk cartons are also notable for an unusual package printing trend: The famous “missing child” notices printed on cartons were first placed independently by the Anderson Erickson Dairy, which recommended the practice to the National Child Safety Council, which in turn received the cooperation of major manufacturers including Potlatch, Weyerhauser, and International Paper, who donated advertising space to the initiative. The campaign made a surprisingly large impression on pop culture memory, but it actually lasted only six months beginning in 1984 before being declared a failure–it seems that the people most likely to read and remember the notices were other young children.

Biden ATF Nominee Has Long History of Anti-Gun Statements

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is going to be a long dark four years for gun owners under the Biden regime.

ATF hopeful David Chipman endorsed Waco conspiracy theories, unconstitutional gun regulations.

President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives mocked gun owners and spread a false Waco siege conspiracy theory in controversial comments.

David Chipman, a former ATF agent and gun-control activist, was put up by Biden to run the agency on Thursday. In addition to his work for the gun-control group Giffords and longtime support for strict new gun laws, including AR-15 bans and magazine capacity restrictions, Chipman has spread a false conspiracy theory about the Branch Davidian shootout in Waco, Texas. He also mocked Americans who purchased firearms when the coronavirus pandemic began.

“Most of the new buyers who went out to the gun store and bought a gun have no training whatsoever,” Chipman told Cheddar in April 2020. “In their mind, they might be competent, they might think they’re die-hard and ready to go, but unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King. They’re putting themselves and their families in danger.”

Chipman’s work as a senior policy adviser for Giffords and support for new gun bans coupled with his controversial comments could complicate Biden’s effort to make him the first confirmed ATF director since 2015. His support for new gun bans already put him at odds with all Senate Republicans and a handful of moderate Democrats, including Sens. Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.).

Chipman has also advanced conspiracy theories to advocate for gun control. In 2020, Chipman reportedly appeared in a Reddit “ask me anything” forum in which he falsely claimed that Branch Davidian cult members shot down two helicopters during a botched ATF raid that left dozens dead.

“At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters,” Chipman said in one of the posts. “Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.”

No helicopters were shot down during the shootout between the cult members and federal agents. Helicopters deployed to the scene by the Texas National Guard during the 1993 incident have been at the center of multiple conspiracy theories over the years. The Dallas Morning News debunked myths about their involvement as recently as 2018.

Chipman has backed policies, such as a ban on all ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, that have been struck down by some federal courts. While speaking to NPR as a Giffords representative in 2019, he said the proposal to ban those types of magazines, which come standard in nearly all modern firearms sold in America, is “very reasonable.” He admitted that the proposal will not actually stop shootings. But he argued that limiting magazine capacity could stop “a killer from transforming into a killing machine” because of the need to more frequently reload ammunition. He admitted the limit he wants to impose is arbitrary.

“I think let’s say 10 and below are OK or reasonable. Above would be regulated,” he told NPR. “And I think this comes basically based on a guess.”

Chipman’s comments have also garnered strong backlash from Second Amendment groups and gun industry representatives. Second Amendment Foundation executive Alan Gottlieb said Chipman is “a tool of the gun prohibition lobby he’s worked for” and that his nomination is an attempt to politicize the ATF.

“The bottom line is we will have the ATF working against gun owners rather than being a neutral government agency to enforce laws,” Gottlieb said. “We’re probably going to have what I would consider to be a very rogue ATF. … Everybody in the whole firearms community and Second Amendment community is going to pull out all the stops to fight the confirmation.”

Bicycle

H/T  Toy Hall Of Fame.

Inducted 2000
Bicycle

Part kids’ toy, part adult athletic equipment, and part basic transportation, bicycles first gained popularity at the end of the 19th century. In the 1890s, as the “safety” bicycle replaced the perilous, giant-wheeled “ordinary,” men and women reveled in a new freedom to roam. Automobiles soon offered stiff competition, but after World War I, manufacturers bounced back with kids’ bikes. Schwinn’s balloon-tired Excelsior “cruiser” of 1933 dominated the bike industry for thirty years. After World War II, on bike designs inspired by motorcycles and rocket ships, kids ranged widely in the new suburbs. Schwinn’s Sting Ray, with its banana seat and elongated strut, buoyed the industry in the 1960s and 1970s. In the latter period, fitness-conscious adults found in biking an aerobic exercise that is easier on the knees but harder on the seat. Bikes for smaller kids remain “gendered”—cute for girls, aggressive for boys. But starting in the 1980s, manufacturers adapted space-age materials to create lighter, faster, and more comfortable racing bikes of similar design for men and women. Retro “comfort bikes” eased the baby boomers’ ride into middle age. Recently, companies offered extreme machines for trick riders, off-road enthusiasts, and daring downhill racers.

Bicycle artifacts

MLB Rips GA Voter ID Law but Requires Photo ID to Pick Up Tickets at Games

H/T Western Journal.

MLB requires you to produce a photo ID to get something as trivial as a game ticket but it penalizes Georgia because of needing an ID to vote.

Acting like the spoiled kid who picks up his bat and glove and heads for home when he doesn’t get his way, Major League Baseball has chosen to move its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of Georgia’s new election integrity law.

In the wake of the 2020 election, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp passed legislation that the left insists is controversial because it mandates voters show ID to request and cast absentee ballots — a security measure that mirrors MLB’s own ticketing procedures.

Although the recently passed law has zero impact on the league directly, MLB nevertheless joined the rest of the woke mob in erroneously attacking the Peach State for racially motivated voter suppression.

Far from it, the law only includes commonsense changes like securing ballot drop boxes, tightening deadlines to request absentee ballots and disqualifying ballots incorrectly cast outside of the voter’s precinct.

Still, MLB has joined with the rest of the pack in the one-note chant of “white supremacy” and punished the state by moving its July 13 game — and the revenue that comes along with it — out of Georgia.

At the same time, MLB requires baseball fans to show photo ID to pick up tickets purchased online or left at will call.

Yet the league has not branded its own measure spectator suppression or any such nonsense — and Rep. Nancy Mace was not about to let that fact slide.

The South Carolina Republican savaged this hypocrisy in a tweet Friday that included a screen shot from MLB’s website showing that a “person will need a picture ID to pick up their tickets.”

“Hey @MLB, this you?” Mace wrote.

 

While the league requires proper ID at the box office to pick up tickets, Commissioner Rob Manfred objects to the same measure when applied to votes cast at the ballot box.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” he said in a statement Thursday.

The law would not be at all controversial in a sane world, just as ID requirements are an expected part of boarding a domestic flight, purchasing liquor, taking out a loan, opening a checking account, applying for food stamps, going to the doctor, opening a PayPal account and so much more.

But this is an alternate reality in which Democrats in government and their cronies in the establishment media collude to pressure corporations to do their bidding.

President Joe Biden did his part when he said Georgia’s law makes “Jim crow look like Jim Eagle” even though the law has nothing to do with race at all except to those who assume black people are incapable of doing the bare minimum required to function as an adult in society.

“I think that today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that,” Biden told ESPN, endorsing the move before the fate of the July 13 game was announced.

“People look to them. They’re leaders. Look at what happened with the NBA, as well. Look what’s happened across the board,” he said.

“The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports.”

The media were just as eager to play that distortion game, with CNN implying Georgia’s law would restrict voter access and MSNBC using it as an excuse to push for the radical H.R. 1 election reform power grab.

The New York Times even ran an opinion piece Tuesday headlined, “If It’s Not Jim Crow, What Is It?” that made the convoluted connection between racism and laws that have nothing to do with race.

And yet for MLB, this apparently unduly onerous, racist, Jim-Crowesque ID requirement is still part of its ticketing procedure.

Besides the hypocrisy, moving the game has real-world implications for black people that dwarf any made-up voter suppression claims.

In moving the game to its new home at Coors Field in Denver — a state that actually has arguably stricter voter ID laws — MLB has stolen the economic windfall from the city of Atlanta, which is 51 percent black, and granted it to 76 percent white Denver, as Fox News reported.

All of this proves that MLB’s actions have nothing to do with objections to voter integrity laws, identification requirements or even race — it’s about kowtowing to leftists’ insane political whims to pacify the woke crowd.

Like in many other states, the people and politicians of Georgia supported election security measures because they wanted to make sure that the state’s elections are free and fair, and they understand the way to do that is to match a ballot to a properly credentialed voter.

MLB’s own policy requires proper credentials, but it’s still intent on punishing Georgia voters for wanting the same safeguards — and that’s very unsportsmanlike.

Months After Contested 2020 Election, PA to Remove Dead Voters from Voter Rolls

H/T Western Journal.

It should not take a lawsuit to remove dead voters from the voters roll it should have been a common sense move.

How ever common sense is not a flower that blooms in every bodies garden.

We’re all aware of the intense controversy surrounding the Nov. 3 election.

Voter fraud and election integrity became hot button issues in 2020 after several key swing states, including Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, were consistently labeled “too close to call” and many were narrowly flipped blue during early morning hours.

Nearly five months later, the controversy still simmers in various ways as states make reforms to their elections processes — as seen with Arizona’s audit of voter ballots and machines, Georgia’s new election integrity bill and now a lawsuit to remove at least 21,000 dead registrants from Pennsylvania’s voter rolls.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of State this week, according to a Wednesday news release on the organization’s webpage.

PILF’s lawsuit addressed a controversy that started after the foundation provided the names of the 21,000 deceased registrants on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls less than a month before the 2020 election.

According to Breitbart, the lawsuit claimed that over 9,200 of the deceased Pennsylvanians had been dead for at least five years, nearly 2,000 had been dead for 10 years and almost 200 had been dead for at least 20 years.

This can make anyone wonder how these residents were still listed as registered voters in the state.

It speaks volumes about the doubts former President Donald Trump — and others — cast on last year’s election results, where numerous irregularities occurred (though the existence of widespread, coordinated, election-altering fraud has not been proven in court).

Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid reached a settlement with the group this week, requiring “state election officials to compare death data sets from the Electronic Registration Information Center to the full voter registration database before the 2021 election.”

Pennsylvania also agreed to compare its voter database to the Cumulative Social Security Death Index to identify deceased registrants, according to the news release.

“This marks an important victory for the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said. ‘The Commonwealth’s failure to remove deceased registrants created a vast opportunity for voter fraud and abuse. It is important to not have dead voters active on the rolls for 5, 10, or even 20 years. This settlement fixes that.”

So what does the settlement mean for state elections moving forward?

It confirms ongoing concerns conservatives have expressed about deceased registrants, taking a big step toward achieving greater measures of election integrity in Pennsylvania.

Although conservatives were quick to address this issue, the topic of election integrity should be anything but partisan. Fair and honest elections should be the standard for all Americans, regardless of political belief.

Pittsburgh election officials admitted to mailing out duplicate ballots to voters last May, according to The Federalist, and official Dave Voye confirmed that duplicate ballots had been sent to voters due to a miscalculation in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation, also sued Pennsylvania for having 800,000 inactive voters still listed on the state’s voter rolls last April, ordering that the state resolve the issue.

It’s obvious the state experienced some difficulties with elections last year. Removing deceased voters from the voter rolls is a necessary step to prevent future instances of fraud or other election-related dilemmas.

LA School District Caves to Union’s Reopening Demand for a Teacher Child Care Stipend

H/T Western Journal.

One more reason we need to break the backs of unions especially the teachers union.

After a year of remote learning, many California parents are ready to see their children return to the classroom — but the United Teachers Los Angeles union continues to drag its feet, constantly introducing new demands.

And while negotiating a safe reopening plan is one thing, some of the requests have been utterly unrelated to the pandemic.

In a petition last month, the teachers union refused to resume in-person learning unless Los Angeles Unified School District educators received child care for their young children. The petition also accused the district of forcing teachers to choose between “our children or our job.”

The demand for free child care followed on the heels of a January report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found scant evidence of COVID-19 transmission in schools.

According to Politico, the district announced Monday it had conceded to the union’s demand. In exchange for returning some students to the classroom, the school district agreed to pay teachers and other full-time employees with children under the age of 5 a $500 monthly child care stipend.

After a year of negotiations, the school district is set to transition some younger students back to the classroom next week. The current plan will allow kids to return to school for the first time since March 2020.

Still, many are critical of the teachers union for appearing to use the pandemic as an excuse to extort a list of concessions.

Tony Kinnett, the founder of the media website Chalkboard Review, told The Western Journal Tuesday that teachers unions “make educators a single block of power that can hold the community hostage if every demand isn’t met.”

“Unions have the power to unilaterally threaten shutting down education at the slightest provocation, without regard to the wellbeing of the students they supposedly ‘serve,’” Kinnett said.

In contrast to many teachers, health care and service industry workers have returned to work despite the risks and without child care subsidies. According to Kinnett, that shows the Los Angeles teachers union can “leverage” its power against taxpayers to “give their staff benefits no one else in the community gets.”

“If you want additional childcare to what you were doing before COVID-19, pay for it yourself — don’t make the local blue collar workers fund it,” he added.

Journalist Kenny Cody expressed similar disapproval of teachers unions in a Tuesday statement to The Western Journal.

“In an environment where the government controls every aspect of American citizenry, teachers’ unions should not be advocating for a fund that would continue governmental reliance policies,” Cody said.

The journalist also found it hypocritical for unions to demand an “employment stipend,” considering how often they advocate against school vouchers.

voucher typically allows lower-income students to use state dollars to fund their education and escape troubled public schools. Teachers unions typically oppose the policy, however, arguing that it deprives public schools of necessary funding.

“Leave the policies up to the school systems and their allocation purposes; do not allow influence to pressure how they spend funds because of some outside interest,” Cody said.

While United Teachers Los Angeles exploited the tragedy of COVID-19 to satisfy its agenda, children suffered the academic and mental health consequences.

Indeed, a CDC report conducted last year appeared to affirm the emotional impact school closures had on students. From early April to October, the number of mental health-related visits for children aged 5 to 11 and 12 to 17 had increased by 24 percent and 31 percent, respectively, compared with the same period in 2019.

Instead of dictating how public schools can safely reopen their doors, teachers unions should step back and allow those in charge to reintegrate children to normal, in-person learning.