Judges Demand Power Over All Children With Fake Constitutional Right to Education

A divided Sixth Circuit panel ruling in a case about bad conditions in Detroit public schools shows why federalizing education is a bad idea for everyone.

If affirmed, the ruling, which announced a newly discovered free-standing federal right to education, would give Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Bartholet a shortcut to her desired presumptive ban on homeschooling. The Sixth Circuit ruling could also open a new frontier for anyone to litigate any kind of education issue, with the Supreme Court becoming the new national referee on what a constitutional education looks like.

What could a single federal district court judge do with a free-standing, independent, federal constitutional right to education? What might a Congress do, empowered by a judicially discovered constitutional duty to provide for the federal right to education? What about a national school act, a national curriculum act, a national testing act, a national compulsory attendance act?

Do you remember Common Core? States passed it on their own to get federal money. A federal right to education would preempt even this sort of rubber-stamp state action and lead to a national, one-size-fits-none educational system. States would be powerless to object. . .

Bartholet writes in her 80-page Arizona Law Review article that up to now, “efforts to increase regulation [of homeschoolers] have been successfully fought off, with the [Home School Legal Defense Association]’s aggressive tactics playing a major role.” The solution, Bartholet writes, is the judiciary: “The courts may be essential to move things forward. Here, children are also dependent on adults — judges — to vindicate their rights. But courts can at least operate somewhat more freely than legislatures from political pressure.” (Read more from “Judges Demand Power Over All Children With Fake Constitutional Right to Education” HERE)

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Judge: Biological Males in Women’s Sports Cannot Be Called ‘Males’ in Court, Must Be Called ‘Transgender Females’

Three female high school track athletes are suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) over unfair rules that allow biological males who identify as female to compete in women’s sports. Last month, a district court judge barred the girls’ lawyers from referring to the biological males as “males,” insisting that the lawyers call them “transgender females.” He threatened to retaliate if they refuse to do so. This effective gag order may undermine their case, and it certainly shows bias against their underlying argument. Therefore, the lawyers moved for the judge to recuse himself.

“The Court has now reprimanded Plaintiffs’ counsel and prohibited Plaintiffs from referring to those individuals as ‘male athletes’ because—in the Court’s view— alluding to an individual of the male sex as male is contrary to science, ‘bullying,’ and violates ‘human decency’ if that individual claims a female gender identity,” attorneys Roger Brooks, Kristen Waggoner, and Howard M. Wood III wrote in a motion filed Friday and provided to PJ Media. “A disinterested observer would reasonably believe that the Court’s order and comments have destroyed the appearance of impartiality in this proceeding. That requires recusal.”

They asked District Court Judge Robert Chatigny to recuse himself from the case, arguing that his order “and comments during the hearing would leave an impartial observer gravely concerned that the Court has prejudged the matter, rejected core aspects of Plaintiffs’ case before hearing the evidence and legal arguments, and assumed the role of advocate for the defendants, all to the detriment of Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith, and Ashley Nicoletti.” (Read more from “Judge: Biological Males in Women’s Sports Cannot Be Called ‘Males’ in Court, Must Be Called ‘Transgender Females'” HERE)

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Police: Man Created Fake Facebook Profile for ‘Hoax Threat’ Against Ahmaud Arbery Supporters

By Breitbart. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) recently announced that it has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly making threats towards supporters of Ahmaud Arbery that authorities have labeled a “hoax.” Rawshawn Smith allegedly created a Facebook profile under another person’s name to threaten a “mass shooting” of Arbery supporters. He has been charged with the dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts.

The New York Post reports that a 20-year-old man named Rashawn Smith has been arrested by authorities in Georgia for allegedly threatening protests in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Smith was taken into custody in Midway, Georgia, and charged with dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts according to the Georgia Bureau of Information.

The agency posted a tweet that stated that “Smith created a Facebook User ID of an unwitting individual to post a hoax threat.”

(Read more from “Police: Man Created Fake Facebook Profile for ‘Hoax Threat’ Against Ahmaud Arbery Supporters” HERE)

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Ahmaud Arbery: Hate Crime Charges Considered Over Killing

By BBC. The US justice department is considering federal hate crimes charges over the death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are white, are facing murder and assault charges over the shooting.

The case sparked national outrage when video of the death emerged last week.

Mr Arbery’s supporters have been using the hashtag #IRunWithMaud, sharing photos and running 2.23 miles (3.6km) for the day he died, 23 February. (Read more from “Ahmaud Arbery: Hate Crime Charges Considered Over Killing” HERE)

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U.S. Muslim Students Threaten to Kill Professor for Suggesting Islam Is Violent

This will teach those Islamophobes that Islam is a religion of peace: a professor is facing death threats for suggesting otherwise. Nicholas Damask, Ph.D., has taught political science at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona for 24 years. But now he is facing a barrage of threats, and his family, including his 9-year-old grandson and 85-year-old parents, is in hiding, while College officials are demanding that he apologize – all for the crime of speaking the truth about the motivating ideology behind the threat of Islamic jihad worldwide. . .

Professor Damask’s troubles began during the current Spring semester, when a student took exception to three quiz questions. The questions were:

Who do terrorists strive to emulate? A. Mohammed
Where is terrorism encouraged in Islamic doctrine and law? A. The Medina verses [i.e., the portion of the Qur’an traditionally understood as having been revealed later in Muhammad’s prophetic career]
Terrorism is _______ in Islam. A. justified within the context of jihad.

. . .[T]he student emailed Damask to complain that he was “offended” by these questions, as they were “in distaste of Islam.” Damask recounted: “Until this point, notably, the student had expressed no reservations about the course material and indeed he said he enjoyed the course.”

Damask sent two lengthy emails to the student responding to his complaints, but to no avail. A social media campaign began against Damask on the College’s Instagram account. Damask notes: “An unrelated school post about a school contest was hijacked, with supporters of the student posting angry, threatening, inflammatory and derogatory messages about the quiz, the school, and myself.” (Read more from “U.S. Muslim Students Threaten to Kill Professor for Suggesting Islam Is Violent” HERE)

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Joe Biden Would Be Found Guilty of Rape Under the Title IX Standard He Supports; Democrats’ Desperation About Tara Reade Is Growing. So Is Their Hypocrisy.

By Washington Examiner. Despite evidence supporting charges that he raped a subordinate in 1993, Joe Biden deserves the benefit of the doubt. Or he would deserve it, were he not such a hypocrite as to deny that benefit to others.

In 2011, the Obama administration, in which Biden was a boastfully proud member, released a “Dear Colleague” letter instructing colleges and universities how to handle sexual assault allegations under Title IX. In practice, this “guidance” threatened to withdraw federal funds from colleges that failed to convict and expel all students accused of sexual assault.

Biden enthusiastically supported the measure. Anyone can make a mistake. But Biden has not learned from his mistake or withdrawn his support even after it is crystal clear that the policy is a disaster. Lives of innocent students have been ruined. Yet Biden is promising to reinstate the guilty-until-proven-innocent standard, which the Trump administration has ended, if he wins the presidency. Under this obscene standard, Biden himself would almost certainly be found guilty of rape.

The results of the Obama administration Title IX policy were catastrophic. In case after case, college men were denied basic due process rights that defendants in civilized nations take for granted; they could not confront accusers, question witnesses, compel the production of exculpatory evidence, be represented by counsel, be presumed innocent, or even, in some cases, know the charges leveled against them. (Read more from “Joe Biden Would Be Found Guilty of Rape Under the Title IX Standard He Supports” HERE)

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Democrats’ Desperation About Tara Reade Is Growing. So Is Their Hypocrisy.

By National Review. There aren’t a ton of synonyms for the word “hypocrisy.” I’ve become aware of this problem ever since I began writing about the Tara Reade–Joe Biden situation. I keep gravitating towards phrases such as “despicable hypocrisy,” or “partisan hypocrisy,” or “unconscionable hypocrisy,” but you can only go to the well so often. Really, though, I’m not sure how else to describe the actions of someone like Senator Dianne Feinstein.

You might recall that it was Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, who withheld Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from the Senate so that it could not be properly vetted, in a last-ditch effort to sink the nomination.

Feinstein knew that Ford’s credibility was brittle — the alleged victim could not tell us where or when the attack occurred, hadn’t mentioned Kavanugh’s name to anyone for over 30 years, and offered nothing approaching a contemporaneous witness.

At first, Feinstein did not want to provide Ford’s name, or a place or time of the alleged attack, or allow the accused to see any evidence against him, denying him the ability to answer the charges.

Henceforth this brand of justice could be referred to as “The Joe Biden Standard,” since it’s exactly the kind of show trial the presumptive Democratic nominee promises college kids via Title IX rules. (Read more from “Democrats’ Desperation About Tara Reade Is Growing. So Is Their Hypocrisy.” HERE)

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American Airlines, Hyatt to Give Free Vacations to Thousands of Health Care Workers

American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced in a joint statement Friday that they would be giving thousands of free vacations to New York City health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The companies said in the statement that more than 4,000 workers employed at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst medical center would be treated to roundtrip vacations to destinations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean once they can “take time for themselves.”

Hyatt Hotels plans to provide accommodations once they arrive at no cost.

The companies said doctors, nurses, physician assistants, facility workers, and food service teams would be among those who qualify for the trips. (Read more from “American Airlines, Hyatt to Give Free Vacations to Thousands of Health Care Workers” HERE)

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President Trump Urges Nation to Pray for Recovery After Coronavirus

President Donald Trump called for Americans to continue to pray amid the COVID-19 crisis Thursday, as clergy of several faiths prayed for the nation’s recovery in the Rose Garden of the White House.

“As Scripture assures us, ‘The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save.’ I think it’s so true,” Trump said, quoting Zephaniah 3:17 during the ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer.

“We are being reminded once again that God has blessed our land with heroes of faith,” the president said.

Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu leaders said prayers at the event, which ended with a gospel choir singing “God Bless America” and then an a cappella worship song as an encore at Trump’s request.

“On this National Day of Prayer, America is engaged in a fierce battle against a very terrible disease,” the president said, adding:

Throughout our history and times of challenge, our people have always called upon the gift of faith, the blessing of belief, the power of prayer, and the eternal glory of God. I ask all Americans to join their voices and their hearts in spiritual union as we ask our Lord in heaven for strength and solace, for courage and comfort, for hope and healing, for recovery and for renewal.

In recent days and weeks, our country has endured a grave hardship. We pray for every family stricken by grief and devastated with a tragic loss. We pray for the doctors and nurses and first responders waging war against the invisible enemy. We pray for the scientists and researchers who pioneer treatments, that they find therapies and vaccines and that they find them soon. We pray for the front-line workers keeping our nation fed, nourished, keeping our nation safe and secure. May God watch over them all.

Before the president spoke, first lady Melania Trump prayed as the invited members of the audience sat 6 feet apart, as suggested by the government’s coronavirus guidelines.

“On this National Day of Prayer, let us take a moment to extend our deepest sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19,” the first lady prayed, adding:

Let us pray for the ill, the ones who are suffering, and those who are serving on the front lines. When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith.

When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideas fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide that we may find serenity in your presence and purpose in doing your will. Amen.

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Court Document Proves Biden Team Knew About Harassment Allegation

By Matt Fountain. A court document from 1996 shows former Senate staffer Tara Reade told her ex-husband she was sexually harassed while working for Joe Biden in 1993.

The declaration — exclusively obtained by The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California — does not say Biden committed the harassment nor does it mention Reade’s more recent allegations of sexual assault.

Reade’s then-husband Theodore Dronen wrote the court declaration. Dronen at the time was contesting a restraining order Reade filed against him days after he filed for divorce, Superior Court records show.

In it, he writes Reade told him about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.” (Read more from “Court Document Proves Biden Team Knew About Harassment Allegation” HERE)

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Joe Biden to Scale up Campaign as Democratic Anxiety Grows Ahead of General Election Fight With Trump

By ABC News. Former Vice President Joe Biden has approved a series of new hires that will significantly expand his presidential campaign and could begin to quell concerns among a growing chorus of Democrats that are anxious for his team to scale up ahead of the general election fight with President Donald Trump.

The staffing includes new senior advisers with a focus on the virtual side of campaigning, all coming from former competitors-turned-endorsers’ campaigns.

Caitlin Mitchell, the former chief managing officer of Warren for President, is joining the campaign as a senior adviser for digital, and will advise on digital strategy and help the campaign as they quickly scale up their in-house teams, according to a Biden campaign aide.

Rob Flaherty, the Biden campaign’s digital director, confirmed Friday that the campaign will be doubling the size of its digital team, which stood at roughly 25 people throughout the primary, a move that comes amid concerns over the reach and manpower possessed by Trump’s well-stocked reelection effort. (Read more from “Joe Biden to Scale up Campaign as Democratic Anxiety Grows Ahead of General Election Fight With Trump” HERE)

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Hollywood Activist: If You Think Murder Is Reasonable, Vote Republican

Left-wing Hollywood activist Chelsea Handler blamed “the racist right” for rising extremism and hate by leftists and said those who “think … murder is reasonable” should “vote Republican.”

“The more racist the right becomes, the more radical we become,” Handler said on Friday, justifying increasing left-wing hysteria by blaming the right who she accuses of racism. “The more intolerant the right becomes, the more intolerant we become of you. The more you claim religion, the more you make a fool of religion. If you think hate wins, and murder is reasonable, vote Republican.”

Handler has a chequered TV career. She has hosted a list of TV talk shows that were all canceled, and critics panned her most recent Netflix documentary about white privilege. Indeed, critics said that Handler was benefiting from the very white privilege that she purported to criticize in her documentary.

Friday’s tweet, though, is nothing new from the TV host and comedienne. Handler regularly indulges unhinged, leftist rants.

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Levels of This Vitamin Correlated With COVID-19 Death Rates

Researchers have discovered a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates from the novel coronavirus, a new study reveals.

A research team led by Northwestern University analyzed data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, had lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in countries that were not as severely affected, according to the study.

The researchers also found a strong correlation between vitamin D levels and cytokine storm, which is a hyperinflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system. (Read more from “Levels of This Vitamin Correlated With COVID-19 Death Rates” HERE)

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