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Texas School District Unleashes Armed Agents to Round Up Concerned Parents in Their Own Homes

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There have been some heated school board meetings in recent days.

After all, parents around the country are upset with mask mandates, the unwillingness of school boards to listen to their complaints, and exposure of their children to pornographic materials and critical race theory.

So, naturally, parents have gotten mad. So mad that sometimes a school board feels the need to send its police force to the parents’ homes to arrest them.

Welcome to Round Rock, Texas, where the Round Rock Independent School District decided that its police department — designed to handle on-campus issues — should go out into the city and arrest a couple of men who confronted the school board, according to the City Journal, a publication of the conservative Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.


In an August school board meeting Jeremy Story, a minister, produced what he said was evidence the Round Rock school superintendent, Hafedh Azaiez, had assaulted a mistress, City Journal reported. Azaiez cut Story off in mid-sentence and had police remove him from the room.

In September, Dustin Clark, a retired Army captain, and other parents objected to being locked out of a school board meeting and unable to speak on the district’s mask mandate. There was also a tax issue, according to Chronicles, a magazine published by the Rockford Institute, a conservative think tank based in Rockford, Illinois.

But Board President Amy Weir responded by ordering police to remove Clark.

But it didn’t end there. A few days later, the school board sent its police to the homes of Story and Clark to arrest them on charges of disorderly conduct and disruption of a meeting.

They spent a night in jail, with supporters holding an all-night vigil outside.

While the RRISD incident is extreme, similar things are going on around the country.

In the Washington, D.C., suburb of Fairfax County, Virginia, parents recently were greeted with a fleet of law enforcement vehicles in the parking lot for the school board meeting, along with a circling helicopter shining a spotlight down on them.

In nearby Loudoun County, Virginia, the school superintendent wanted the sheriff to bring in riot control officers, a SWAT team and undercover agents to deal with parents, City Journal reported. Sheriff Mike Chapman wisely refused.

Although he attempted to back-pedal his efforts when grilled by Republican senators, Attorney General Merrick Garland in October issued a nationwide letter to law enforcement officials warning them to be on the lookout for “harassment, intimidation and threats of violence” against school officials.

In an Oct. 28 hearing, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri accused Garland of, in effect, creating an environment in which prosecutors, according to a memo from the U.S. attorney in Montana, could go after parents for crimes of “making annoying phone calls” or for “using the internet … in ways that might cause emotional distress.”

A backdrop of the nationwide parent-school board conflicts was Garland’s moving forward with the accusation by the National School Boards Association that parents were functioning as “domestic terrorists,” a charge the association later rescinded and for which it offered an apology.

Yet, the feds seem to be hardly on the side of parents.

Should school boards have the authority to call police on parents in these situations?

Things are heated, to be sure. But if anyone has ever been to, say, a city council meeting dealing with a controversial zoning ordinance or some such thing, sometimes tempers flare and voices are raised.

For a public official, it comes with the territory — one moment you’re a hero, basking in the glory of your position and respect, the next moment you’re a bum with constituents yelling at you.

And with school boards, things are notched up. After all, our kids are involved and there can be a lot of momma bears — and daddy bears, too, like Story and Clark.

For instance, most parents are not happy about their kids being exposed to pornography. Concerned Kathy May, mother of four, learned Texas’ Keller Independent School District had “Gender Queer: a Memoir” in its library, and she tweeted about it, according to Chronicles.

The school district, pleading ignorance of the book’s graphic portrayals, removed it, but parents continue to simmer, suggesting there should be laws to prosecute school officials in such situations.

Also, the pressures of COVID — like masks and perhaps job losses from vaccination mandates — add to the parent-school conflict.

So tempers flare, and admittedly some parents cross the line and, despite attempts to rein them in, act like leftists — as evidenced by in-your-face actions regarding mask mandates made against school officials in August in Williamson County, Tennessee.

For their part, school boards, other government officials and the mainstream media don’t help their causes by ignoring the concerns of parents and, worse, by abusing them. Maybe as parents vent, school officials should listen and try to respond.

Unless, of course, they believe, like unsuccessful Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe that parents should not tell schools what to teach.

In recent years we’ve learned so many things about the destructive forces of the left: The deep state machinations against a sitting president, Donald Trump; the incompetence or deliberate destructiveness of the Biden administration; the corruption of science in the COVID situation; and now, the weaponization of law enforcement — including at the highest levels — against parents concerned for their children.

The message of some school administrations to parents is becoming clear: Don’t mess with us, or we’ll come after you.

Regarding the situation of himself and Clark, Story has said, according to City Journal: “This isn’t just about Dustin and me. It is about everyone. If they can come for us and get away with it, school boards nationwide will be emboldened to come for you.”

Rational and well-spoken, Mr. Story.

And it gives us a chance to make a slight revision to what the oft-quoted German Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemoller, said about the Nazis: “First, they came for the parents who went to the school board meeting …”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Americans Unleash on Biden After Encountering Bare Shelves at Grocery Stores Across Country

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President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has been raging for some time, and it is now wreaking havoc on Americans trying to live their everyday lives.

According to Fox News, a growing number of Americans are experiencing massive shortages at their local grocery stores, and they are directing their ire at Biden because of it.

Many Twitter users began using the hashtag #BareShelvesBiden to showcase the precarious situations at their local stores.

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Some users told stories of the lengths they had to go to in order to find seemingly basic food items.

“This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels,” one user said. “Found the bagels but zero — ZERO — plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck.”

Even CNBC senior White House correspondent Kayla Tausche compared the situation to the apocalypse, which is surprising coming from an employee of a leftist establishment media outlet.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms noticed the problem too, albeit only through the third party she hired to shop for her. She suggested that the supply shortages were a localized issue.

Some commenters felt Bottoms was trying to insinuate that southwest Atlanta was having problems because it is a lower-income area. If that was her intention, residents from other portions of Atlanta and surrounding areas quickly rebutted the claim.

By the looks of it, Biden’s supply chain crisis is affecting almost everyone, regardless of income or political affiliation.

As a general rule, it is not a good development for a president when his failures start to greatly affect the lives of everyday Americans.

Will supply chain issues hurt Democrats in the midterm elections?

While many less politically inclined citizens may be willing to overlook foreign policy issues or government spending excesses, they are much less likely to ignore their own inability to buy the food they want.

In a time where Biden’s approval is tanking and Democrats are panicking about the upcoming midterm elections, empty grocery store shelves are just another point in a long list of problems for the Biden administration.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has been raging for some time, and it is now wreaking havoc on Americans trying to live their everyday lives. According to Fox News, a growing number of Americans are experiencing massive shortages at their local grocery stores, and they are directing their ire at Biden because of it. Many Twitter users began using the hashtag #BareShelvesBiden to showcase the precarious situations at their local stores. Thanks #BareShelvesBiden pic.twitter.com/sEPBCoeIDc — NRCC (@NRCC) January 10, 2022 More #BareShelvesBiden https://t.co/opm0zSOgwh — Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) January 9, 2022 #BareShelvesBiden in dark blue Oakton, Virginia pic.twitter.com/JM4bXL7CDn — Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 10, 2022 Some users told stories of the lengths they had to go to in order to find seemingly basic food items. “This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels,” one user said. “Found the bagels but zero — ZERO — plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck.” #BareShelvesBiden at Stater Bros in Simi Valley, CA. This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels. Found the bagels but zero – ZERO – plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck. pic.twitter.com/qS7Lx8gRMa — Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) January 9, 2022 Even CNBC senior White House correspondent Kayla Tausche compared the situation to the apocalypse, which is surprising coming from an employee of a leftist establishment media outlet. Apocalypse now pic.twitter.com/j48ALuYtoQ — Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) January 9, 2022 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms noticed the problem too, albeit only through the third party she hired to shop for her. She suggested that the supply shortages were a localized issue. I’ve received 8 messages & counting from my very polite @Instacart shopper over the…

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Soros-Backed Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Indicted on 4 Federal Charges

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On Thursday, a federal grand jury chose to indict Baltimore’s top prosecutor on four counts.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby now faces charges of perjury and “making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes,” the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland told The Associated Press.

The charges are related to Mosby’s alleged lies about “meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from a city retirement plan in 2020.”

Prosecutors say Mosby lied on multiple mortgage application forms when she attempted to buy homes in Kissimmee, Florida, and Long Boat Key, Florida.

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Mosby first entered the spotlight in 2015 during the infamous Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

The openly progressive prosecutor pursued charges against the six police officers involved in Gray’s death.

In the end, none of the officers were convicted.

Mosby has long been criticized for her progressive approach.

Under her tenure in Baltimore, which began in 2015, the number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries and robberies all rose, according to an Oct. 27, 2020, report from The Heritage Foundation.

Most recently, Mosby faced criticism in November for defending Joseph Rosenbaum, the convicted sex offender who was shot while allegedly attempting to murder Kyle Rittenhouse during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, racial justice riots of 2020.

This most recent federal indictment comes months after a federal investigation into her affairs was first announced.

Both Mosby and her husband Nick Mosby, the president of the Baltimore City Council, faced various accusations in March of 2021 related to their alleged illicit use of campaign funds.

The duo was purportedly using campaign funds to pay off personal legal fees and travel expenses.

A federal probe was issued into their financial dealings at the time.

The accusations and alleged discrepancies did not stop at the campaign funds, however.

An additional federal subpoena had been issued to two churches in order to investigate whether Nick Mosby had been making financial contributions to either institution.

Both Mosbys were reportedly issued a lien by the IRS following three full years of unpaid taxes on their property. It is unknown if that lien was paid.

The two perjury counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and the two mortgage-related offenses could carry with them a maximum of 30 years in prison each, according to the AP.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury chose to indict Baltimore’s top prosecutor on four counts. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby now faces charges of perjury and “making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes,” the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland told The Associated Press. The charges are related to Mosby’s alleged lies about “meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from a city retirement plan in 2020.” Prosecutors say Mosby lied on multiple mortgage application forms when she attempted to buy homes in Kissimmee, Florida, and Long Boat Key, Florida. Mosby first entered the spotlight in 2015 during the infamous Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray. The openly progressive prosecutor pursued charges against the six police officers involved in Gray’s death. In the end, none of the officers were convicted. Mosby has long been criticized for her progressive approach. Under her tenure in Baltimore, which began in 2015, the number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries and robberies all rose, according to an Oct. 27, 2020, report from The Heritage Foundation. Most recently, Mosby faced criticism in November for defending Joseph Rosenbaum, the convicted sex offender who was shot while allegedly attempting to murder Kyle Rittenhouse during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, racial justice riots of 2020. This most recent federal indictment comes months after a federal investigation into her affairs was first announced. Both Mosby and her husband Nick Mosby, the president of the Baltimore City Council, faced various accusations in March of 2021 related to their alleged illicit use of campaign funds. The duo was purportedly using campaign funds to pay off personal legal fees and travel expenses. A federal probe was issued into their financial dealings at the time. The accusations and alleged discrepancies did not stop at the campaign…

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