Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Paper Tears Apart in a City That Never Quite Came Together - The New York Times


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/us/los-angeles-times.html
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E cigs bad stay away

"E-cigs are a relatively new technology and so we can't be certain about any long-term effects the devices might cause to health – they haven't been around long enough for this to be completely worked out. But compared to smoking, the evidence so far shows they are less harmful," it said in statement.

Previous research indicated that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking. A study last year looked at the effects of e-cigarettes in what they defined as 'long-term users' (around 17 months). They found remarkable differences in levels of potentially toxic chemicals among e-cigarette users and smokers. One chemical known to cause lung cancer was 97% lower in e-cigarette users.



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Monday, January 29, 2018

NO, MUGHALS DIDN'T LOOT INDIA. THEY MADE US RICH


Also all this with NO taxes some fees? Very little 
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A super blue blood full moon all at once will happen on January 31 - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/something-amazing-will-happen-with-the-moon-on-jan-31/2018/01/26/4cb1cb44-012a-11e8-bb03-722769454f82_story.html


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Troubled Los Angeles Times Picks New Editor Amid Unrest - The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/business/media/los-angeles-times-editor.html


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Angry Grammys Viewers Have No Patience For Lorde Performance Snub

I was reading this article on Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too.

Angry Grammys Viewers Have No Patience For Lorde Performance Snub

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/grammys-lorde-performance-snub-angry-viewers_us_5a6e91f1e4b01fbbefb313e7

Lorde was reportedly the only artist nominated for Album of the Year who wasn't asked to perform at the 2018 Grammys, and viewers were quick to call out the ceremony for excluding the only woman in the category while giving ample airtime to men who weren't up for awards. 

Lorde was asked to sing



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oh, whats a few mill??
Cost of Oroville Dam failure rises
Spending on repairs, including work by state water agency, grows to $870 million.
By Ralph Vartabedian
The cost of the Oroville Dam spillway failure last February has risen to $870 million, according to a new tally released Friday by the Department of Water Resources that includes $210 million of work done by agency staff and consultants.
The department said in October that the cost of repairs by construction contractor Kiewitt would hit $500 million, but that estimate did not include the agency's internal costs.
Heavy rains last year caused dam operators to release 55,000 cubic feet of water per second down the spillway, triggering the disintegration of the spillway and the evacuation of 188,000 nearby residents. An independent investigation found that the 1960s-era spillway had numerous defects, such as thin concrete, poor anchors to the underlying rock and a weak rock base.
Originally, the department estimated that the Kiewitt work would cost $275 million, but that was before greater damage was found in the spillway's foundation. The initial design called for about 485,000 cubic yards of concrete, but as excavation of the loose rock proceeded, that was increased to 870,000 cubic yards.
The department said that it had spent $160 million in the months after the damage. It is spending an additional $210 million for debris removal, power line replacement, staff time and technical consultants, spokeswoman Erin Mellon said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to cover 75% of the $870 million, with State Water Project agencies paying the rest, she said. So far, FEMA has reimbursed the department for $87 million.
The new cost estimate includes work that will be done this year to rebuild an upper section of the spillway, along with additional work to the emergency spillway that also failed last February when dam operators tried to use it instead of the damaged main spillway.
Mellon said that the department is evaluating possible fixes to some of Kiewitt's work, but it would be done within the $500-million contract. Three of the 234 concrete slabs have surface imperfections that may require fixes this year. The concrete did not cure properly, because an outage at the concrete plant caused delays that let hot winds dry the concrete too quickly, the department said.
The department also noted that water pooling on the hillside has led to seepage through the spillway walls, but those walls were planned to be replaced this year. It also noted a small section of a new wall is 1% out of vertical alignment and its engineers are examining whether fixes will be needed.
ralph.vartabedian@latimes.com

WILL CALIFORNIA FLIP THE HOUSE? la times sun jan 2818

WILL CALIFORNIA FLIP THE HOUSE? la times sun jan 2818

By Christina Bellantoni, Julie Westfall and Allison Wisk
The stakes are high in this year's midterm elections: control of the U.S. House. For Democrats to reclaim power, they must forge a path through California, home to 39 Democratic-held seats and 14 Republican-held ones. The party considers 10 districts here to be battlegrounds and can't win the House without winning at least a few of them.¶ Retirements in Southern California have created two open-seat races that could make that a bit easier. On the other hand, Republicans could recruit strong, experienced candidates who might fare better against a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, many of whom are seeking office for the first time.¶ Taking multiple factors into account , we have updated our rankings of the hottest races by the intensity of the fight ahead. We'll continue to update the list as the elections near, and subscribers to the Essential Politics newsletter will be the first to learn what's changed. Sign up at latimes.com/politicsnewsletter and for more information on the rankings, go to latimes.com/cahouserankings .
1. Open seat
(incumbent Ed Royce)
39th District —
Northeast Orange County, eastern
Los Angeles County and part of San Bernardino County
Previously ranked #6
Our take: Republican Royce announced his retirement in January, instantly creating the most competitive race in California. The chairman of the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee has served 13 terms in Congress and has millions in the bank. Hillary Clinton won by
9 percentage points in his district, which has a growing population of Latino and Asian voters, making it a majority-minority district. Royce won by 10 points in 2016, but that was against a weak opponent. Republicans are jumping into the race against a long list of ambitious challengers — all but one of them first-time candidates.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
2. Open seat (incumbent Darrell Issa)
49th District —
Southern Orange County and
coastal northern
San Diego County
Previously ranked #1
Our take: Issa, considered the most vulnerable in Congress after winning his last election by 1,621 votes, announced his retirement in January. The district is changing politically and in its demographic makeup. During his nine terms, Republican Issa has cultivated a high profile, which has been both a hindrance and a help with voters back home. He voted against the GOP tax plan out of concern it would hurt his constituents.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 6
3. Steve Knight
25th District —
Northern Los Angeles County
and Simi Valley
Previously ranked #2
Our take: With Los Angeles County becoming more and more Democratic, Republican Knight has a number of well-qualified candidates challenging him. Among them is his 2016 opponent, Bryan Caforio, who has raised a lot of money. A wildcard could be the desert portion of his district, which is home to older, more-Republican voters who are more likely to turn out in midterm elections.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
4. Dana Rohrabacher
48th District —
Coastal Orange County
Previously ranked #4
Our take: The congressman's affinity for Russia and his questionable relationships with figures involved in the various Russia investigations have become prominent news, raising his profile in his district. While he has always had huge winning percentages, he has never faced a serious challenger. And although he can see this fight coming, the Republican's fundraising has been weak. The vast number of qualified challengers coming forward suggests there's plenty of energy among people hoping to oust him.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 6
5. Mimi Walters
45th District — Inland Orange County including Irvine
Previously ranked #7
Our take: Walters has kept a fairly low profile and has enjoyed the support of her district by large, albeit shrinking, margins
in previous elections. She won with 65% of the vote in 2014 and 58% last year. The Republican has been dogged by energized activists who want her to appear at town hall meetings, but her fundraising is strong, suggesting she is taking the long list of Democratic challengers eager to unseat her seriously. Of the lawmakers Democrats in Orange County are attempting to oust, Walters is the newest, and in such a large media market it is harder for her to become well-known to her constituents. The Royce and Issa retirements allow Democrats to concentrate more money in this district because the open seats could be an easier lift.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
6. Jeff Denham
10th District —
Central Valley including Modesto
Previously ranked #3
Our take: According to the numbers political prognosticators typically rely on, Denham should have lost last year. Clinton and Denham each won the district by 3 percentage points. Republican Denham
has had the secret sauce to keep his constituents happy even as Democrats have salivated to flip a district seemingly so perfect for their party. An ingredient to his success: his attention to water issues critical in the Central Valley. A factor that has Democrats feeling more confident: his vote in favor of the American Health Care Act as a replacement for Obamacare.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
Gop tax plan 4
7. David Valadao
21st District —
Central Valley including part of Bakersfield
Previously ranked #5
Our take: Though the voter registration in his district is lopsided against Republicans — Democrats have an 18-percentage-point advantage — Valadao outran Donald Trump by 16 percentage points and even Clinton by 2 percentage points. So far, the Republican has attracted just one opponent — Emilio Huerta, who is looking for a rematch despite losing by double digits in 2016. Still, Democrats will try their best to get over the line in a place that, by the numbers, seems winnable for a Latino candidate.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
8. Duncan Hunter
50th District —
Inland San Diego County
Previously ranked #8
Our take: Hunter's solidly Republican district is changing, but not as fast as Issa's neighboring district. He's facing potential legal and ethics troubles that will be exploited by his opponents. The Republican's seat got a second look as a potential pickup only after it was revealed that the FBI was investigating allegations that he had misused campaign funds. Democrats will give it some attention and believe the challengers are strong. Odds are this seat stays Republican, but Democrats are on offense in the state and want to be prepared for the unexpected.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
9. Devin Nunes
22nd District — Fresno and Tulare counties
Previously ranked #9
Our take: Despite a bizarre, high-profile fracas in which Nunes gained national fame at the start of the House's Russia election-meddling investigation, this district is very Republican and it's unlikely most of his constituents will factor in Russia-related notoriety when they go to the polls. Plus, the Republican Nunes outran Trump in his district by 16 percentage points in 2016. It would be a very, very good night for Democrats if they were to win here in November.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
10. Tom McClintock
4th District —
East Sacramento suburbs and central Sierra mountains
NEW to rankings list
Our take: McClintock's late addition to Democrats' list of targets is a sign of the party's confidence in a potential wave election come November. Still, it's a long shot. McClintock won his last two elections by more than 20 percentage points, and the GOP has a 15-percentage- point voter registration advantage. McClintock has drawn several solidly funded Democratic challengers inspired by their opposition to Trump's election. His district has been the scene of dramatic town halls, in part because he has been one of the Republicans in the state more willing to organize and appear at them.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 4
GOP tax plan 4
11. Salud Carbajal
24th District —
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties
Previously ranked #10
Our take: As a freshman in a swing seat, Democrat Carbajal could potentially see a tough road to reelection. That's one reason top Democrats have been visiting his district to help him fundraise and retain a high profile with his constituents. The data look good: He won in 2016 by 7 percentage points, and the gap here between Democratic and Republican registration has widened significantly in Democrats' favor. His bank account is flush with cash, too.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 6
GOP tax plan 6
12. Ami Bera
7th District —
Sacramento County suburbs
Previously ranked #11
Our take: Though this has been a true swing seat and Bera's previous races have been tight, the Democrat is now in his third term, and the district is getting more and more Democratic. Bera's last opponent, a strong Republican candidate, outran Trump by 8 points, so another hearty challenger could change the dynamic in a midterm election year when there is smaller turnout. If Republicans feel comfortable enough to start playing offense here, that will be a signal they aren't as worried about their chances elsewhere.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 6
GOP tax plan 6
13. Scott Peters
52nd District —
San Diego
Previously ranked #12
Our take: Peters has always attracted Republicans hoping to claim his seat because party registration in his district is closely split. The Democrat has proven to be a resilient campaigner and good fundraiser. The one wildcard is the congressman's ambitions. If he retires to seek another office, an open seat in this district would immediately rise to be a top pickup opportunity for the GOP.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 6
GOP tax plan 6
14. Raul Ruiz
36th District —
Eastern Riverside County including Palm Springs
Previously ranked #13
Our take: The makeup of this desert-based district is attractive to Republicans because of its closely divided party registration, but the third-term Ruiz, a Democrat, is now a well-known force and his district is trending Democratic in terms of voter registration.
Key votes:
Obamacare repeal 6
GOP tax plan 6

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Suicide bomber kills 95 in Kabul HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suicide bomber kills 95 in Kabul
More than 158 injured as attacker detonates explosives-filled ambulance at hospital.
SMOKE BILLOWS at the scene of a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker, who was driving an ambulance, got past a checkpoint by telling officers he was taking a patient to the hospital, an official said. (Hedayatullah Amid EPA/Shutterstock)
By Sultan Faizy and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan — Ninety-five people were killed and more than 158 injured outside a hospital in Kabul on Saturday, after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated explosives stuffed into an ambulance he drove past a security checkpoint. It was the second mass attack in a week on a well-secured location in Afghanistan's beleaguered capital.
The attacker got past the security checkpoint by telling officers he was taking a patient to the hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health. He detonated the explosives at a second checkpoint, officials said.
More than 158 people were wounded in the blast, which damaged multiple buildings in the area and was heard across Kabul.
The toll climbed sharply throughout the day, making the blast one of the deadliest in the 16-year war in Afghanistan.
It came a week after Taliban militants attacked Kabul's six-story Inter- continental Hotel and killed 22 people in an hours- long siege that ended only after Afghan and U.S. special operations forces conducted a room-to-room search and found the attackers and several guests had escaped by jumping off balconies.
Several American citizens were killed or wounded in the hotel attack, Afghan officials said.
The scale of Taliban attacks has increased in recent months despite a surge in U.S. troops advising Afghan forces and assurances from U.S. military commanders that the coalition troops are turning the tide in the war.
Saturday's attack took place in the early afternoon between two checkpoints leading to Jamhuriat Hospital, a 350-bed facility built by China a decade ago. Surrounding it is a bustling neighborhood housing government buildings as well as commercial streets lined with poultry vendors and shops, where many office workers were milling about.
Mohammad Halim, a 56-year-old public servant who was standing near the hospital gate, said the blast knocked him to the ground and left him unconscious.
When he awoke, he saw "a horror scene."
"Everywhere was full of dark smoke, and I couldn't hear anything," Halim said. "After a few minutes, I saw dozens of people lying on the ground."
Many of the injured were taken to Emergency hospital, an Italian-run charity facility that treats war victims and was so deluged it had to turn some patients away.
"It's a massacre," the charity's coordinator in Afghanistan, Dejan Panic, said on Twitter.
Outside Emergency hospital, Mohammad Naser, a 44-year-old employee of a nongovernmental organization, said he was watching TV footage of the blast site when he recognized his cousin being taken away in an ambulance.
"I was shocked," he said. "I rushed to the hospital to see him, but you can see the crowd here at the gate. I could only find his name on a list of the wounded."
In a statement, U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass condemned the attack, calling it a "senseless and cowardly bombing."
The death toll was the highest in a single attack in Afghanistan since May, when a truck bomb exploded outside the German Embassy in Kabul, near an entrance to the so-called Green Zone that houses many government and diplomatic buildings.
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SBengali
Special correspondent Faizy reported from Kabul and Times staff writer Bengali from Mumbai, India.

Blazes on skid row stir call for action Task force to tackle camps’ fire dangers HOMELESSNESS also great article by Steve Lopez

Blazes on skid row stir call for action Task force to tackle camps' fire dangers
Plan to clear camps in hillside areas irks business leaders who say downtown's fires have been ignored.
By Dakota Smith
After authorities determined that last month's Skirball fire in Bel-Air was caused by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment, Mayor Eric Garcetti and fire officials unveiled a plan to clear tent clusters in hillside areas.
But the announcement frustrated downtown business leaders, who say that fires on or near skid row are a daily problem that City Hall has not adequately addressed.
"The city did the right thing after the Skirball fire," Estela Lopez, executive director of Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District, said at a neighborhood council meeting this month. "But human life and property should have the same value" everywhere.
Homeless-encampment fires are endangering human lives and businesses in skid row, community leaders say. The fires start when homeless residents cook, try to keep warm or use drugs. Other blazes are intentionally set.
In December, a fire engulfed a sidewalk tent on skid row and quickly spread to a seafood warehouse. The nighttime blaze, captured on video , destroyed a homeless camp and caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the warehouse.
According to the Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District, there were 60 fires last year in the skid row neighborhood. The Fire Department's numbers are even higher, with three to five fires reported a day in or near skid row — a mix of trash, encampment and building fires, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Castillo.
After hearing from Lopez and discussing the fires, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council voted to ask Garcetti and Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas for "appropriate funds and manpower" to deal with the fire risk.
Lopez said she has met twice with Garcetti's office in the last two years to discuss skid row fires, but hasn't seen additional resources from the Fire Department.
Skid row tents rest against buildings or are tied to warehouses, creating potentially dangerous fire conditions, Lopez said. The tents sit closely against one another, and, in some cases, near piles of trash.
More than 4,600 homeless people live on skid row, a 50-block neighborhood that is also home to the downtown industrial district. Warehouses loom over sidewalks filled with rows of tents, as food wholesalers and distributors work in an area that police say is rife with human trafficking and drug dealing.
Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said that after last month's Skirball and Creek fires, the mayor formed a task force to reduce the fire risks posed by encampments citywide. "The task force, which has already met twice, is designed to address fire prevention across the city, including on skid row," Comisar said.
"I understand the argument that you're suddenly paying attention to the hillside encampments," said Castillo, supervisor for the LAFD's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section. "But we take every homeless encampment seriously."
There have been 75 fires involving buildings in the skid row area in the last five years, he said. Additionally, the overall number of neighborhood fires has increased as the homeless population has grown, Castillo said.
"It's gotten worse," he said. "I've been on the job for 34 years, and I've worked primarily in the downtown area and I've seen an increase in these types of fires."
Trespassing laws make it easier to remove hillside encampments on private land, but court rulings and city laws complicate efforts to clear sidewalk tents, Castillo said.
Te, a homeless man who lives in an encampment on 7th Street, near the site of the December fire, pointed to a waxy hole in a laundry basket caused by an overturned candle.
"People light fires to stay warm, people light candles to stay warm," said Te, who declined to give his last name. "There's also drug activity, people being paranoid and burning stuff up."
Lisa Rich, who owns the warehouse that caught fire in December, led a reporter around her charred building this month. Part of the warehouse smelled like smoke, and electricity was still out in some rooms.
"I pay a city business tax, I pay property taxes, I shouldn't have to pay for this," she said.
Ernie Doizaki, who runs a food-storage and -distribution business for cruise ships, said his Kohler Street building has been damaged by two encampment fires in the last 18 months. There are still burn marks on his building.
"You look at the news reports with humor," he said. "The city is going after all these encampments in mountain areas, but we've been reporting these fires for the past four years."
The Union Rescue Mission on San Pedro Street was charred last summer after a fire was intentionally set, said Andy Bales, the mission's president. He said an angry woman lit a pile of clothing and debris to start the blaze.
Bales, who has been critical of city officials for not offering temporary housing, said the skid row fires are the result of leaving "such a vast amount of people on the streets."
Harvey Monastirsky's beer warehouse on Gladys Avenue was damaged in a 2012 fire, which started when a man grew angry during an encounter with a prostitute and torched a nearby tent.
Monastirsky said his insurance company dropped him after he filed the claim. When rebuilding, Monastirsky said he used aluminum siding to prevent damage from future blazes.
Still, the fire risk remains. A security camera on Monastirsky's building captured the glow of flames on a recent night and showed a man cleaning a fire pit the next morning.
dakota.smith@latimes.com
Twitter: @dakotacdsmith

Bd continues bicker on petty scquabbles cannot even get agenda strain on web site SAD

Conejo Valley school trustee's email to blogger's employer sparks free speech controversy

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Conejo Valley Unified School District board trustee Mike Dunn ignited controversy Thursday after he sent an email to the employer of a local blogger accusing her of libel and slander.

Dunn said in his email that he would mention the name of the company the woman works for if she spoke in public session at a board meeting and asserted that the company supported her political positions.

Jessica Weihe, better known in the community as "Anonymous Mommy" — the name of her blog — got a text message from her boss, Scott Harris, at the Newbury Park-based public relations firm Mustang Marketing telling her to check her email early Thursday.

What she found was an email from Dunn that she categorized as an attempt to censor her as a result of her being outspoken about alleged censorship in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

"Scott, I am told that you approve of the political activities of Jessica (Weihe) (anonymous mommie)," Dunn wrote in the initial email to Harris, which he shared with The Star. "Every time she slanders or libels the school district or a school board member during public comments at a board meeting, I am going to respond that Jessica she (sic) works for Mustang Marketing and that you support her opinions."

Weihe has been a critic of the recently passed alternative assignment policy on her blog and most recently at Tuesday's board meeting. The controversy and subsequent board policy amendment grew out of a debate that began last spring after Sherman Alexie's controversial "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" was proposed as an addition to the ninth-grade core literature list.

Tuesday marked the first time the mother of two spoke during the public comment portion of a board meeting, she told The Star, noting that she did read a statement for someone else once before. In Tuesday's public comment, Weihe said she saw the addendum to high school syllabi that went out this week and didn't see "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" on the list of titles that carry a California Department of Education annotation flagging books that may contain mature content.

"I'm not really surprised," Weihe said in public comment Tuesday. "Unlike Mr. Dunn, I actually read the book in its entirety. ... I was quite disappointed to find no salacious material. You all had me bracing to clutch my pearls. ... Mr. Dunn ... falsely and inappropriately asserted in a public letter to The Acorn that approving this book was akin to 'child abuse' and that it was 'pornographic' in nature ..."

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Dunn told The Star his email was in part prompted because he was re-watching the board meeting online Wednesday evening and had been told Harris agreed with Weihe's political activities.

Harris responded to Dunn, defending Weihe's right to speak, and told The Star he viewed the email as an intimidation tactic and an attempt to silence Weihe.

"Thank you for the courtesy of putting your threat in writing," Harris replied to Dunn in an email. "However, before you go off half-cocked and wrong — again — and while you often have little apparent interest in the truth or facts, allow me to correct you in advance of you making good on your threats. I support Jessica's right to her views and to her expressing them. Her views are her own, not mine or my companies. (sic) If you'd like to point out that I support community involvement, community activity and freedom of speech — please do. You can open and close each meeting with that and hang a poster over your head that states the same thing. Heck, I'll pay for the poster, if that helps."

Harris told The Star that no matter how he may or may not feel about Weihe's political views or what she says during school board meetings or on her blog, he honors her ability to exercise her First Amendment right.

Dunn agreed that Weihe has a First Amendment right to express her opinion.

"... But slander and libel are not protected speech. ... She has hurt a lot of people with her comments, and she has hurt the board, she has also hurt the school district, which hurts the students," Dunn said in an interview with The Star. 

Dunn sent an email to Harris requesting mediation. Dunn told The Star he later called Harris asking for a face-to-face meeting. In a series of emails The Star was copied on Friday morning, it appeared as though Harris and Scott were working to schedule a meeting.

"It would appear that she is doing this on company time during office hours with his (Harris') consent — based on the timestamps of her posts, and has been doing this for months," Dunn said. "If he's (Harris) going to hurt the district, if he's going to hurt board members, if he's going to hurt the local economy, then there are going to be consequences. ... This is all about the kids. This is all about the damage that this woman is doing to the reputation of the local school district."

Weihe said she is a salaried employee and that her work hours stretch from the time she wakes up in the morning to the time she goes to bed at night.

"In addition to state-mandated breaks and lunch hours that my work abides by, I imagine that those who are not savvy with social media, like Mr. Dunn, may not be aware there is a scheduling tool," Weihe told The Star. "If he is attempting to imply that my work pays me for my personal blog page and opinions, he would be doing so falsely. A PR job doesn't simply exist within a typical 8-to-5 time frame."

Weihe said her speech to the school board was not slanderous and the content of her blogs not libelous.

"I'm not sorry for it. It's unfortunate that we are here today and we are having this very contentious battle. ... It's important to me to keep speaking about it," Weihe told The Star. "It's important, regardless of opinion, if you are a constituent and a tax-paying resident of this community, that you be able to voice your concerns and criticism at a public school board meeting without fear of retribution from a school board member."

Dunn later said in an email to The Star, on which he copied Harris, that he believes "Harris is behind all the attacks against Republicans and conservatives in our community."

"That is why I emailed him," Dunn said. "Jessica is just a foot soldier taking orders from Scott."

Harris said he was surprised Dunn sent him that email.

"It just sounds like the words of a desperate, petty man," Harris said.

Several attempts were made to reach board President John Andersen, but as of deadline, he had not responded.

"The District identifies community engagement and involvement as key pieces to our success as a high-achieving school district," Superintendent Mark McLaughlin said in a written statement. "We respect and uphold the rights of all citizens to exercise their freedom of speech. Additionally, the District respects and supports the rights of all local citizens to speak on matters within the jurisdiction of Conejo Valley Unified School District at our public Board meetings."

The next Conejo Valley Unified school board meeting will be Feb. 6.


anti islaimic web site these people MAKE a living selling this trash & whipping up anti Muslim hate!
Teecher used  this  as source @ Mesa Union School CA

Taqiyya

Taqiyya in Quran

TaqiyyaTaqiyya is a concept and a reality that must be borne in mind when reading or listening to the words of Muslims.

What is Taqiyya?

Taqiyya (also spelled taqiya or taqiyyah) is lying to advance or protect Islam (taqiyya literally means "prevention"). Muslims justify taqiyya from the Quran, other Islamic texts, and the actions of Muhammad, including those below.

It should be emphasized that while Iying is a cause for shame in the West, taqiyya isn't in Islam. To Muslims, taqiyya - Iying (to infidels) to advance and protect Islam - is both a virtue and a duty (there is shame, however, in being caught - watch the video below).

So, when non-Muslims confront Muslims about facts that Muslims wish to hide (e.g., Hitler & Islam, Sharia Law, Errors in Quran, Halal, Allah Moon God, Taharrush, etc.), Muslims often Iie with a straight face, even on record and in front of other Muslims, who nod in agreement (see Muslim Brotherhood) to both approve of and to participate in taqiyya, as well as kitman - the related practice of telling half-truths - as Muhammad instructed:

"The Apostle said...'Who will rid me of Ibnul Ashraf?' Muhammad bin Maslama, brother of the Bani Abdul-Ashaf, said, 'I will deal with him for you, O Apostle of Allah, I will kiII him.' [Muhammad] said, 'Do so if you can... All that is incumbent upon you is that you should try.' He said, 'O Apostle of Allah, we shall have to tell Iies.' He answered, 'Say what you like, for you are free in the matter.'" - Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, page 307

"The Prophet said, 'War is deceit.'" - Volume 4, Book 52, Hadith 269

"By Allah, and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else that is better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath." - Volume 7, Book 67, Hadith 427

"The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from Allah. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution." - Quran 3:28

What about the Bible? Does it promote Iying or at least leave some room for it?

The Bible and Jesus are unequivocal in condemning deceit. Jesus told us to never Iie, not even under duress (see Prophet Isa):

"You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not mцrcler,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" - Luke 18:20

"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels." - Luke 9:26

It should also be noted that Jesus identified the Satanic origin of Iying:

"You are of your father the deviI, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a mцrclerer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a Iie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a Iiar and the father of it." - John 8:44

Then where do we find the truth?

"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6 (see True Gospel)

Related: Jesus vs. Muhammad and Bible vs. Quran.


Blatant Islamophobism @ Mesa School near Ventura!

Conejo Valley school trustee's email to blogger's employer sparks free speech controversy

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Conejo Valley Unified School District board trustee Mike Dunn ignited controversy Thursday after he sent an email to the employer of a local blogger accusing her of libel and slander.

Dunn said in his email that he would mention the name of the company the woman works for if she spoke in public session at a board meeting and asserted that the company supported her political positions.

Jessica Weihe, better known in the community as "Anonymous Mommy" — the name of her blog — got a text message from her boss, Scott Harris, at the Newbury Park-based public relations firm Mustang Marketing telling her to check her email early Thursday.

What she found was an email from Dunn that she categorized as an attempt to censor her as a result of her being outspoken about alleged censorship in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

"Scott, I am told that you approve of the political activities of Jessica (Weihe) (anonymous mommie)," Dunn wrote in the initial email to Harris, which he shared with The Star. "Every time she slanders or libels the school district or a school board member during public comments at a board meeting, I am going to respond that Jessica she (sic) works for Mustang Marketing and that you support her opinions."

Weihe has been a critic of the recently passed alternative assignment policy on her blog and most recently at Tuesday's board meeting. The controversy and subsequent board policy amendment grew out of a debate that began last spring after Sherman Alexie's controversial "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" was proposed as an addition to the ninth-grade core literature list.

Tuesday marked the first time the mother of two spoke during the public comment portion of a board meeting, she told The Star, noting that she did read a statement for someone else once before. In Tuesday's public comment, Weihe said she saw the addendum to high school syllabi that went out this week and didn't see "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" on the list of titles that carry a California Department of Education annotation flagging books that may contain mature content.

"I'm not really surprised," Weihe said in public comment Tuesday. "Unlike Mr. Dunn, I actually read the book in its entirety. ... I was quite disappointed to find no salacious material. You all had me bracing to clutch my pearls. ... Mr. Dunn ... falsely and inappropriately asserted in a public letter to The Acorn that approving this book was akin to 'child abuse' and that it was 'pornographic' in nature ..."

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"What  a shame this is happening in 2018; what you expect with Trump as Prez Nick Iqbal This is a very small school district with 6 (625 students) school, about 20 1/2 hr  from my home.

Jeff Turner, Title IX Coordinator, 805-485-1411, jturner@mesaschool.org

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Mesa Union School District faces backlash on alleged Islamophobic rhetoric in social studies class

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An advocacy group alleges a seventh-grade social studies teacher disseminated "Islamophobic" classroom material at Mesa Union School. The district asserts it continues to seek a resolution to the matter, but cannot comment on specific allegations.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations recently filed an appeal with the California Department of Education on behalf of a Muslim family whose son is in the class .

The appeal is challenging a finding by the Somis-based Mesa Union School District in response to a complaint that found the teacher's actions were not discriminatory.

The Council on American Islamic Relations is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

The complaint was first filed with the district in late October when the teacher allegedly taught a lesson with a worksheet that contained information from the website billionbibles.org, which aims to "promote Christianity through disparaging Islam," according to the advocacy group.

The complaint is under the Uniform Complaint Procedures scope, according to the advocacy group. This kind of complaint is one regarding the violation of specific federal and state programs that use categorical funds, according to the California Department of Education.

The Mesa Union School District is unable to comment on any specific allegations contained in any uniform complaint, the investigation conducted, the findings issued or the interim or final actions taken by the district in response to the complaint, Superintendent Jeff Turner said.

"The district takes all complaints seriously and responds swiftly and consistent with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3," Turner said in an email to The Star. "The district continues to seek a resolution of this matter."

A Muslim student in the class told his parents, Carolyn Rodriguez-Quddus and Azfar Quddus, about the worksheet. They tried to arrange a meeting with the teacher but said the meeting never happened.

They then reached out to the Council on American Islamic Relations. The student now sits in the library during that class time, because it's too uncomfortable to be in class, the parents said. The teacher has remained in the classroom since the complaint was filed with the district.

"I picked up my son from school, he was crying and visibly upset and very emotional. When I asked what happened, he just shook his head and handed me the worksheet which he told me he was given in class," said Azfar Quddus, the student's father, in an email to The Star. "I looked at the sheet and was immediately horrified. I became even more upset as I read through it. I told my son this is false, this is not what Islam is; this is wrong."

Azfar Quddus said his son hasn't felt the same about going to school since the alleged October incident.

"Our son is devastated. Since October he has started wearing his hood all the time at school to avoid being noticed. He lives in fear of the teacher, who he feels must hate him, and goes out of his way to avoid any area of campus where he might accidentally be seen by the teacher," Azfar Quddus said. "He was once a student who took pride in striving to make the honor roll, competing in a healthy manner to get the highest grade in the class, and overall enjoying being a seventh grader. Now he experiences stomach and headaches and extreme anxiety about attending school."

The district, after a 60-day investigation, found nothing wrong with the supplemental material the teacher provided students, according to the advocacy group. The advocacy group said the worksheet included inaccurate information regarding Islam.

Information on the worksheet included statements like: "A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval)," "Muslim men have sexual rights to any woman/girl not wearing Hijab," "Meat to eat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah i.e. be 'Halal,'" according to the advocacy group.

"Our family feels violated by the teacher's Islamophobic and unconstitutional conduct in the classroom," Azfar Quddus said. "We feel especially sad that this was done to our 12-year-old child who now feels like an outsider at his own school."

Quddus said he and his wife were "astonished" their son was removed from class and the teacher was not removed during the course of the investigation.

"The school district's approach to this has been to change the student's experience at school, to try to answer this through changing the experience of the student," said Patricia Shnell, a civil rights attorney at CAIR-LA. " ... This is so much bigger ... the school has failed completely to speak to the seriousness of the violation.

"It's completely fallen short of anything that looks like a reasonable response," Shnell said.

Shnell said the district stood behind the teacher, claiming the "Islamaphobic" nature of the website was unclear to the teacher.

"Even if you only looked at one page on the website there is sufficient information to assess that this is not a neutral way to portray the subject," Shnell said. "... It's so far from what a best practice would be."

The family and Council on American Islamic Relations Los Angeles chapter declined to provide the original uniform complaint and the appeal to the California Department of Education until there is a resolution.

Shnell said she hopes the appeal will result in the re-teaching of Islam, with experts, to "deconstruct the damage that has been done."

Shnell said the appeal requested sensitivity training and training for bullying response in the district and ultimately it requested the teacher be removed from the classroom.

Once the California Department of Education receives an appeal, it is reviewed and determined if it is within the department's Uniform Complaint Procedures scope, according to a California Department of Education spokesperson. If it is confirmed the appeal is within the department's scope, it's reviewed in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
 
There is not a specific timeline outlined in the Title 5 California Code of Regulations, but the California Department of Education makes every effort to complete its review and issue a decision in a reasonable amount of time, the spokesperson said.


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Mesa Union School District faces backlash on alleged Islamophobic rhetoric in social studies class

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An advocacy group alleges a seventh-grade social studies teacher disseminated "Islamophobic" classroom material at Mesa Union School. The district asserts it continues to seek a resolution to the matter, but cannot comment on specific allegations.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations recently filed an appeal with the California Department of Education on behalf of a Muslim family whose son is in the class .

The appeal is challenging a finding by the Somis-based Mesa Union School District in response to a complaint that found the teacher's actions were not discriminatory.

The Council on American Islamic Relations is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

The complaint was first filed with the district in late October when the teacher allegedly taught a lesson with a worksheet that contained information from the website billionbibles.org, which aims to "promote Christianity through disparaging Islam," according to the advocacy group.

The complaint is under the Uniform Complaint Procedures scope, according to the advocacy group. This kind of complaint is one regarding the violation of specific federal and state programs that use categorical funds, according to the California Department of Education.

The Mesa Union School District is unable to comment on any specific allegations contained in any uniform complaint, the investigation conducted, the findings issued or the interim or final actions taken by the district in response to the complaint, Superintendent Jeff Turner said.

"The district takes all complaints seriously and responds swiftly and consistent with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.3," Turner said in an email to The Star. "The district continues to seek a resolution of this matter."

A Muslim student in the class told his parents, Carolyn Rodriguez-Quddus and Azfar Quddus, about the worksheet. They tried to arrange a meeting with the teacher but said the meeting never happened.

They then reached out to the Council on American Islamic Relations. The student now sits in the library during that class time, because it's too uncomfortable to be in class, the parents said. The teacher has remained in the classroom since the complaint was filed with the district.

"I picked up my son from school, he was crying and visibly upset and very emotional. When I asked what happened, he just shook his head and handed me the worksheet which he told me he was given in class," said Azfar Quddus, the student's father, in an email to The Star. "I looked at the sheet and was immediately horrified. I became even more upset as I read through it. I told my son this is false, this is not what Islam is; this is wrong."

Azfar Quddus said his son hasn't felt the same about going to school since the alleged October incident.

"Our son is devastated. Since October he has started wearing his hood all the time at school to avoid being noticed. He lives in fear of the teacher, who he feels must hate him, and goes out of his way to avoid any area of campus where he might accidentally be seen by the teacher," Azfar Quddus said. "He was once a student who took pride in striving to make the honor roll, competing in a healthy manner to get the highest grade in the class, and overall enjoying being a seventh grader. Now he experiences stomach and headaches and extreme anxiety about attending school."

The district, after a 60-day investigation, found nothing wrong with the supplemental material the teacher provided students, according to the advocacy group. The advocacy group said the worksheet included inaccurate information regarding Islam.

Information on the worksheet included statements like: "A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval)," "Muslim men have sexual rights to any woman/girl not wearing Hijab," "Meat to eat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah i.e. be 'Halal,'" according to the advocacy group.

"Our family feels violated by the teacher's Islamophobic and unconstitutional conduct in the classroom," Azfar Quddus said. "We feel especially sad that this was done to our 12-year-old child who now feels like an outsider at his own school."

Quddus said he and his wife were "astonished" their son was removed from class and the teacher was not removed during the course of the investigation.

"The school district's approach to this has been to change the student's experience at school, to try to answer this through changing the experience of the student," said Patricia Shnell, a civil rights attorney at CAIR-LA. " ... This is so much bigger ... the school has failed completely to speak to the seriousness of the violation.

"It's completely fallen short of anything that looks like a reasonable response," Shnell said.

Shnell said the district stood behind the teacher, claiming the "Islamaphobic" nature of the website was unclear to the teacher.

"Even if you only looked at one page on the website there is sufficient information to assess that this is not a neutral way to portray the subject," Shnell said. "... It's so far from what a best practice would be."

The family and Council on American Islamic Relations Los Angeles chapter declined to provide the original uniform complaint and the appeal to the California Department of Education until there is a resolution.

Shnell said she hopes the appeal will result in the re-teaching of Islam, with experts, to "deconstruct the damage that has been done."

Shnell said the appeal requested sensitivity training and training for bullying response in the district and ultimately it requested the teacher be removed from the classroom.

Once the California Department of Education receives an appeal, it is reviewed and determined if it is within the department's Uniform Complaint Procedures scope, according to a California Department of Education spokesperson. If it is confirmed the appeal is within the department's scope, it's reviewed in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
 
There is not a specific timeline outlined in the Title 5 California Code of Regulations, but the California Department of Education makes every effort to complete its review and issue a decision in a reasonable amount of time, the spokesperson said.

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