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MA ATTORNEY GENERAL LOOKS IN ON DANVERS – SUPERVISION – 3

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By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

DANVERS, MA  –  Stopping short of calling it an investigation, a spokesperson for Attorney General Maura Healey said her office has requested “more information” from both the Danvers schools and Police Department in light of allegations of sexual and physical abuse, racism and other unacceptable behavior among varsity hockey players.

Healey, through her spokesperson, described the accusations as disturbing and extremely troubling.

“Racism, homophobia, and bigotry of any kind have no place in our locker rooms, rinks and playing fields.  If you think sports are about bullying and hazing, you’re losing, and our kids are paying the price,” Healey wrote in social media posts this week.  The posts were not specific to the Danvers situation.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented thousands of Catholic Church sexual abuse victims, on Thursday called on Healey or federal authorities to investigate what he described as an “institutional coverup.”

A former varsity hockey player who declined to be named told authorities and news reporters that teammates engaged in racist and sexual misconduct during the 2019-2020 season.

In previous interviews with The Salem News, his account touched on hazing, racism, homophobic and sexual misconduct by the then- varsity hockey team.  He said the toxic culture allowed younger players to be bullied and hushed.

Police and the district attorney’s office said the unnamed hockey player declined to file a criminal complaint and thus they cannot pursue charges.

Danvers school and police officials conducted investigations into the accusations earlier this year.  They declined to release unredacted copies of the reports, contending privacy laws prevented full disclosure.

Some residents have called for the resignation of the School Committee and Superintendent Lisa Dana over the matter.  The hockey coach, Danvers Police Sgt. Stephen Baldassare, resigned from the team in July.

Healey previously issued guidance to Massachusetts schools regarding “legal obligations to prevent and address hate and bias incidents.”  Details were sent in November 2020 to school administrations throughout the state, according to the AG’s office.

When handling such incidents, Healey’s guidelines call for “transparency.”

“Hate incidents can have a significant and disruptive impact on the school community and are frequently the subject of broad community interest.  Schools should strongly consider issuing a prompt and clear communication to the school community when a hate incident occurs, particularly when dealing with incidents that are serious, public, or likely to be the subject of rumors and gossip,” the guidelines suggest.  “The communication should vigorously condemn hateful or biased conduct, explain the steps that the school is taking to address the incident, and reaffirm the shared values of the school community, such as respect for differences and a commitment to inclusivity, equity, and safety for all students.”

The former player spoke confidentially to the Salem News because he said he wanted to alert the community.  He did not want his name used, fearing retribution from teammates and town hockey fans.  He also spoke to school and police investigators.


He said he sensed his accounts of bad behavior were not taken seriously.  He did not file a criminal complaint in order to protect himself.

He said he was told to strip naked for “Gay Tuesdays,” when older players would turn off the locker room lights and inappropriately touch younger players.  Players who resisted were made to do so with force, he said.

He also said he was beaten with a sex toy for refusing to shout a racial slur on “Hard-R Fridays,” named for the final ‘r in the n-word.  Players would line up in front of their hockey bags and scream racial slurs, one by one, he said.

“There was a team dildo,” he said, named the Pink Dragon, for use on those who refused to join in the ritual.

He said he believes Hard-R Fridays came about from a toxic culture where racist players wanted teammates to be like them.

Danvers High School Hockey – Supervision – 2

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Raymond J. Bourque Arena

Danvers High School hockey needs a dose of sunshine

Boston Globe Opinion
By The Editorial Board – Updated November 8, 2021, 6:12 p.m

Its ‘Lord of the Flies’ locker room shows a failure of adult supervision.

If sunshine is indeed the best disinfectant, then it’s high time Danvers school officials aired out the high school hockey team locker room and let the rest of the community in on how badly the adults who should have been in charge failed the young people in their care.

Over the course of 16 months — and three investigations — school officials of that North Shore community continue to play hide-and-seek with the facts, forcing parents and potential student athletes to guess at whether an athletic program tainted by racism, sexism, homophobia, and antisemitism has changed.

The community has been kept largely in the dark even about the investigative reports, heavily redacted copies of which were obtained by the Globe following a six-month-long public records battle.

And without full disclosure of what went wrong during that 2019-20 season, there can be no “teachable moments,” and no confidence that those who have spent the past year trying to keep a deplorable situation under wraps have learned anything in the process.

The first investigation was launched by high school officials after spectators complained that three senior members of the hockey team, riding in a Jeep at the head of the school’s pandemic-induced rolling graduation parade, shouted racial slurs at Black sanitation workers they encountered en route.

What that probe turned up was a vivid account of a “Lord of the Flies” locker room where “Gay Tuesday” — where players allegedly stripped naked and ran around in the dark touching each other — was a regular event.  So too was “Hard R Fridays” — where some players were allegedly commanded to shout the n-word. Failure to do so, according to the account, could get a player targeted with a sex toy, nicknamed “The Pink Dragon,” held to his face long enough to make an indentation.

The public body of evidence of the allegations includes the yearbook profiles of three seniors who listed “G Tuesday” and “R Friday” among their interests and activities. A senior hockey player also listed the “Pink Dragon” as part of the “class will,” bequeathing it to a younger player.

But unlike in “Lord of the Flies,” there were supposed to be responsible adults in charge in Danvers — especially in the locker room.

“Athlete-to-athlete problems, such as sexual abuse, bullying, harassment or hazing, often occur when a coach or other responsible adult is not in a position to observe — this is especially true in locker rooms,” reads USA Hockey’s locker room policy, which requires “proper supervision” at all times.  (This organization is the national governing body for US amateur ice hockey and certified the Danvers head coach.)

One player interviewed by investigators and by the Globe told of an assistant coach walking in during the lights-out naked ritual only to be told it was “Gay Tuesday.”  He reportedly said, “I don’t want to know,” turned off the lights again and walked out.  The assistant coach denied the incident to investigators.

The head coach at the time, Stephen Baldassare, a former Danvers High athlete and longtime member of the local police department, also denied any knowledge of the locker room activities, although in a letter to “DHS Hockey Families,” he wrote, “I have learned from this experience and we will focus on creating a positive, supportive, respectful, and inclusive team environment for seasons to come.”

In July, however, the school system posted the head coaching job, and Superintendent Lisa Dana announced Baldassare had resigned.  Certainly anyone who was part of the coaching staff at the time should follow.  Willful blindness is never a desirable quality in a coach.

Dana’s announcement of Baldassare’s departure and a statement issued to the Globe about continuing “to move forward as an equity seeking district” is about as transparent as she has gotten to date.

Meanwhile, around the country and around this state, parents are demanding a greater role in the education of their children, demanding to be better informed, particularly when it comes to student safety.  They will not be mollified by platitudes — nor should they be.  And they are certainly entitled to a full accounting not just of how things went wrong but also how a toxic environment will be fixed.

It will rest with newer members of the School Committee, like Robin Doherty, to make sure that comes to pass.

“Transparency is the key to trust,” Doherty told the Globe.  “In order to learn from these events and ensure they never happen again, we must be open with our community.”

That’s part of her mandate now.  It would be even better if she got the support of her colleagues in the effort.

Danvers High School Hockey – Supervision – 1

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Raymond J. Bourque Arena

Danvers fights efforts to expose high school hockey team’s alleged misconduct

DANVERS, MA  –  Public officials in this North Shore community have concealed for more than 16 months a disturbing secret.

In June 2020, a varsity boys’ hockey player reported to school officials and police that two teammates physically restrained him the previous season while another repeatedly struck him in the face with a plastic sex toy because he refused to shout a racial slur in one of the all-white team’s regular locker room rituals.

The sessions were known on the team as “Hard R Fridays,” the “R” referring to the final letter of the n-word, according to the player and other individuals who separately learned about the team’s alleged tradition.

The player later reported the incident to a special investigator commissioned by the Danvers School Committee.  He also told school officials, police, and the special investigator that a player touched him inappropriately after the team stripped naked in another locker room ritual known as “Gay Tuesdays,” according to the player and three other people who were with him when he made his statements to investigators.

What’s more, more than half of the 2019-20 hockey team allegedly participated in a disturbing group text chat laced with deeply offensive words and images.  In a transcript obtained by the Globe, one text made a crass joke about how Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, while numerous others included videos making light of the violent deaths of Black people, and one mocked an image of a Black Danvers High student, suggesting he was being lynched.

Town officials have compiled two investigative reports and commissioned a third on the matter, but school officials and police have yet to inform the community about the alleged violent racist and homophobic locker room behavior or details of the virulent group text messages.

The response by town officials has in effect shielded from public scrutiny allegations that could reflect poorly on a prominent Danvers police sergeant, Stephen Baldassare, who was the hockey team’s head coach at the time of the reported incidents and for many years worked as a resource officer in the high school.  He has since resigned as the hockey coach.

Baldassare did not respond to interview requests from the Globe but has denied to investigators knowing anything about the alleged misconduct, according to town officials.

For the last six months, Danvers officials have fought the Globe’s efforts to obtain details of the investigative reports.  Indeed, the school district refused to produce even a redacted copy of the special investigator’s report until it was ordered to do so in August by state public records authorities, responding to appeals by the Globe.

Even then, the district released a copy in which the investigator’s findings and conclusions were almost entirely blacked out, as were specifics of the alleged locker room abuses and text chat.  On Monday, after a further Globe appeal and resultant state order, the school department produced another, somewhat less redacted, copy of the report.

The Danvers School Committee also has declined to shed light on details of the alleged abuse.

“This is not because we are trying to sweep things under the rug or because there is some kind of coverup,” then-chairman David Thomson read from a statement at the committee’s March meeting.  “It is simply because when employees, minors, and third-party witnesses are involved, there is a certain level of privacy that individuals are legally entitled to.”

School Superintendent Lisa Dana, in a statement to the Globe, said, “We do not tolerate and will continue to address racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-sematic [sic] language and actions.  We continue to move forward as an equity seeking district.  It is important for us as community leaders and educators to help our students realize the power of their words and decisions while providing them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and become productive, responsible, caring citizens of the community.”

Not every School Committee member is satisfied with the district’s response to the allegations.  Robin Doherty, the top vote-getter in a four-way race in May for two open seats on the board, has since read a redacted copy of the special investigator’s report and was deeply disturbed by the allegations.

“To learn of the alleged events in my community is extremely disappointing and unfortunate,” Doherty said.  “Transparency is the key to trust. In order to learn from these events and ensure they never happen again, we must be open with our community.”

Closing ranks is a common and misguided response when community leaders confront explosive allegations, one expert said.

“A lot of times people close ranks when they realize they’ve made major mistakes and they don’t want them to typify them or their whole community,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University.

Lebowitz, who is familiar with the alleged misconduct, described it as “unbelievably disturbing and amazingly egregious on a lot of levels.”

He said Danvers officials, “rather than moving into a mode of coverup,” would better serve the community by “moving into a mode of constructive self-criticism.”

Events at parade prompt complaints

Danvers High launched its investigation of the hockey team after receiving complaints that three senior team members rode in a Jeep at the head of the school’s rolling graduation parade waving a “Trump 2020″ flag.  Spectators told police the players shouted racial slurs at a Black sanitation crew along the route, which the students denied when later questioned.

It was when interviewing hockey players about the graduation parade and the team’s culture that school officials first heard the alleged victim’s account of the locker room behavior.  He said he told them that the rituals had become a team tradition in recent years and that he had avoided being targeted until that January.

He spoke to the Globe on the condition that he not be identified for fear of retribution.

The rituals, he alleged, occurred repeatedly during the season before practices in the locker room at Endicott College’s Raymond J. Bourque Arena in Beverly, the team’s home rink.

On the “Gay Tuesday” when he was allegedly touched inappropriately, the player said, he complied with ringleaders who instructed teammates to strip naked.  He said he had previously seen players who refused to undress be forcibly stripped.

Describing the ritual, the player said, “The lights go off, then people go around touching people, and when the lights come back on, you have to guess who’s touching you.”

He said he was touched on the buttocks, but could not see the person in the darkness.  He characterized the experience as foolish, and intrusive.

“I guess some people were having fun with it,” he said.  “But it seemed a hundred percent like hazing.”

On “Hard R Fridays,” team members allegedly approached players and commanded them to shout the n-word.  The alleged victim said he had seen teammates who refused to obey be held down and beaten with a plastic sex toy called “The Pink Dragon” until it left an imprint on their faces, which is what he said happened to him that January.

He was seated on a bench, he said, when two players pinned him against a wall while a third repeatedly struck him with the toy until it left a welt on his cheek.

“They wanted to make a mark with it,” he said.  “That’s how it worked.”

The “class will” in the 2020 Danvers High yearbook cites a senior hockey player bequeathing “The Pink Dragon” to a younger teammate.  The alleged victim said a team member had purchased the sex toy during the 2017-18 season, and it had been handed down to players each year after.

Three seniors on the 2019-20 team, in their yearbook profiles, cited among their interests and activities “G Tuesday” and “R Friday.”

The player who came forward said he was asked by the town’s current police chief, James Lovell, if he wanted to press charges, but he declined.  He told the Globe he viewed his teammates, including the alleged perpetrators, as victims.

They were “portraying their racism, but I felt like they needed to do it to survive,” he said. “I don’t hate any of those kids.  They are a product of their environment.”

When he gave his account to police and school officials, the alleged victim was accompanied by one of his parents.  When he was twice interviewed by the special investigator, he was accompanied by an attorney and another adult.  All three corroborated to the Globe his statements to investigators.

The player said he came forward to hold accountable the adults who failed to prevent the alleged wrongdoing and to spur the community to address a cultural climate that may have contributed to it.

To date, however, no adult involved with the team has publicly accepted responsibility.

Baldassare and his assistant coaches, in unredacted sections of town investigative reports, denied any knowledge of the alleged misconduct.

The alleged victim said he believed his teammates were too fearful of retaliation to report the misbehavior.  He said he found it hard to fathom that none of the coaches knew about the rituals, especially the Friday episodes.

“When kids gave in on Hard R Fridays, they were screaming the n-word,” he said.  “It wasn’t like it was a quiet thing that could be easily ignored.”

 He said an assistant coach once walked into the dark locker room on a “Gay Tuesday,” turned on the lights, and saw a player dancing naked in a circle of nude players.  He said the coach asked for an explanation, and the player told him it was “Gay Tuesday.”

“The coach said, ‘I don’t want to know,’ turned the lights off, and left,” the alleged victim said.

In the redacted investigative reports, the assistant coach denied witnessing such a scene. The Globe’s efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Safe sport specialists said it was unacceptable, if not negligent, for a coach to know nothing about this sort of behavior occurring in his team’s locker room.

“Coaches can’t pick and choose what they’re responsible for,” said Elliot Hopkins, director of sports, sanctioning, and student services for the National Federation of High Schools. “Once I drop my kid off in that program, the coach is responsible for keeping my kid safe when he’s away from my supervision.

“You can’t say, ‘I didn’t know,’ ” Hopkins said.  “You have to know.”

USA Hockey, which certified Baldassare as a coach, requires coaches to supervise locker rooms.  The Danvers school system’s “student welfare policy” states that staff “need to ensure that students are supervised at all times,” and the high school’s athletic director, Andy St. Pierre, told the special investigator that he shares with coaches the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s code of ethics, which calls for protecting the welfare of student-athletes.

‘Adults in power must be held accountable’

Max Leete, a three-time high school state wrestling champion who graduated from Danvers High in June, was the school’s representative last year to the School Committee. Leete, who is Black, said he recognized the hockey team’s culture as toxic and blamed the school system for not publicly holding Baldassare responsible.

“Kids are kids, and kids can change,” Leete said.  “But adults in power must be held accountable.”

When some Danvers residents learned of the offensive text exchanges in the summer of 2020 through social media, they complained to the School Committee, which commissioned Waltham attorney Allyson Kurker to conduct the special investigation.

Dana, the superintendent, wrote in a letter to the community that there was little the district could do about the texts.  “In most cases we are not authorized to punish private, out-of-school speech, even speech that is odious, abhorrent and contrary to our core values,” she stated.

Notable among those very disturbed by the texts was Dr. Dutrochet Djoko, chair of the Danvers Human Rights and Inclusion Committee.  In an e-mail to town officials, he called for a thorough investigation and wrote, “We have to be careful not to give the perception of a cover up.”

“If what’s alleged is true” about the texts, Djoko wrote, “hate is another pandemic that we have to tackle head on.”

Kurker’s inquiry appeared to be hampered by limitations similar to those that school and police investigators faced.  Kurker, who declined an interview request from the Globe, reported interviewing only the alleged victim and two other Danvers High students.  She otherwise relied mostly on the school and police investigative reports.  Records show the Danvers school district paid more than $44,000 for Kurker’s report.

In sections of Kurker’s report that are not redacted, she states, “There was a culture of bullying” and “misconduct on the team,’’ but the details are blacked out.

In their inquiry, school officials interviewed 18 of the team’s 22 players, while the police, for their part, interviewed 15, with seven refusing to talk for various reasons, including a lawyer’s advice.  Lovell, the chief police investigator, invited each of the seven to submit later to interviews if they wished, but there is no indication in the documents that they did.  The redactions conceal whether the players who refused to cooperate included team leaders or alleged perpetrators.

Dana, in her letter to the community in August 2020, said the district had conducted a “thorough investigation” and taken unspecified disciplinary action against unidentified individuals.

The events prompted Danvers High to develop a written policy on monitoring locker rooms that coaches must sign, and certain coaches were required to attend additional training sessions.

The Danvers Public Schools are committed to moving forward with providing an inclusive and respectful environment in our schools, at our after school events, and in our community,” Dana said in a statement to the Globe.

Police:  No criminal behavior

As for the police investigation, a heavily redacted copy of the report indicates authorities gave the alleged victim’s account less weight than they did his teammates who denied being victimized.  Some players generally described the alleged misconduct as harmless locker room hijinks, boys being boys.

Lovell, now the police chief, was a captain when he led the investigation.  He concluded:  “I believe that some immature behavior occurred inside of the Danvers High School varsity hockey team’s locker room but it does not appear that anyone was forced to participate.  I do not have any reason to believe any criminal behavior occurred at this time.”

The police chief at the time, Patrick Ambrose, went a step further in exonerating Baldassare’s team.  In a letter to Dana, Ambrose, who has since died, wrote, “All fifteen players interview[ed] denied ever being physically assaulted.’’  That assertion was disputed by the alleged victim, who was among the 15 interviewed.

The Essex County district attorney did not seek criminal charges.

The alleged victim said he was stunned when the School Committee presented its summary of Kurker’s report and made no mention of the locker room rituals.  Dana concluded the board’s discussion by listing steps the district has taken to promote a more equitable and inclusive culture.

“I was like, are you kidding me?”  the alleged victim said.  “Someone is dropping the ball here.”

In fact, Dana’s office had decided even before Kurker completed her investigation to grant Baldassare a new contract for the 2020-21 season.

Baldassare is widely known in Danvers, a former star athlete enshrined in the high school’s Hall of Fame.  A longtime member of the police force, he worked as a detective before he became the resource officer at Danvers High around 2010.

In 2018, Baldassare was honored by the state’s VFW chapter as the law enforcement officer of the year.  He currently serves in the department’s community relations/juvenile division, according to the town’s website.

Baldassare was placed on administrative leave for the first 10 games of the 2020-21 season, with his $6,239 stipend prorated, until Kurker’s report was complete.  When he returned for the final three games, Baldassare wrote a letter to “DHS Hockey Families,” pledging to improve the program’s culture.

“I have learned from this experience and we will focus on creating a positive, supportive, respectful, and inclusive team environment for seasons to come,” he wrote.

But his coaching career ended in July, when the district posted its annual hockey job opening and Dana announced that Baldassare had resigned.

 With Baldassare out, the task of improving the culture falls to others.  The current School Committee chairman, Eric Crane, said the challenge extends beyond the hockey locker room.

“This is a systemic problem,” Crane said.  “We need the entire community’s help to be sure every person is treated with the dignity they deserve as a human being without reference to labels but simply with reference to their character.”

Unconstitutional And Illegal Vaccine Mandate

.jpg photo of american family association logoThere is no American monarchy

Abraham Hamilton III has written an excellent article regarding President Biden’s unconstitutional and illegal vaccine mandate.  It clearly outlines why American is not a monarchy and will not abide a dictatorship.

I strongly encourage you to read Abraham’s article below.

Abraham Hamilton III is general counsel for American Family Association and host of the daily radio program “The Hamilton Corner” on American Family Radio.

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

THERE IS NO AMERICAN MONARCHY

On September 8, 2021, Politico published an article titled “The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates.”  In it, the author works feverishly to project the argument that the 1905 United States Supreme Court decision against Lutheran minister Henning Jacobson and in favor of the state of Massachusetts’ compulsory vaccination mandate (concerning smallpox) provides the legal footing necessary to uphold…wait for it…a U.S. governmental COVID-19 injection mandate.

Then, almost on cue, on September 9, 2021, the J. Robinette B. Administration announced “Sweeping New Vaccine Mandates for 100 million Americans.”  Gasp!  How was Politico so prescient?  They just so happened to release their article on vaccine mandates the day before Mr. Biden announced an injection mandate.  They weren’t trying to lay the social groundwork for the White House’s executive action, were they?

We do not yet have the formal publication of the executive action.  However, according to reports (including the AP News story cited above), the federal action mandates “that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly.”  This will affect about 80 million Americans.  And,

“The roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.”

The mandate also requires “vaccination for executive branch employees and contractors who do business with the federal government—with no option to test out.”  This includes several million more workers.  Finally,

“The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees will be enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation.”

In the midst of all of this, AP News reported,

“Biden’s order for executive branch workers and contractors includes exceptions for workers seeking religious or medical exemptions from vaccination, according to press secretary Jen Psaki” (in the link cited above).

Yet, in addition to this newly announced intrusion upon the private employment sector, separately,

“[T]he Department of Health and Human Services will require vaccinations in Head Start Programs, as well as schools run by the Department of Defense and Bureau of Indian Education, affecting about 300,000 employees.”

Having said all of that, every ounce of this proposed executive action is illegal and unconstitutional.  The United States of America is a constitutional republic with representative democratic features.  Our Constitution separates power within the federal government.  In our federal executive branch, we have a president.  Not a king!  In our republican form of government, as expressed in Article IV, Section 4 of our U.S. Constitution, we enjoy the benefit of separate sovereignty.  The bulk of emergency power in our nation rests in state governmentNot in the U.S. executive branch.  A president’s role and powers are different than those charged with state governance. Article 2 of our U.S. Constitution sets the parameter, the limits, for executive power. Nowhere in it will you find any authority whatsoever for the J. Robinette B. Administration to compel private companies to force their staffs to inject their bodies with anything or to test them.  Period.

Interestingly, when you read the Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905) opinion Politico cited, you find that the opinion doesn’t support the unconstitutional authoritarian overreach proposed by the White House.  In Jacobson, the Court ruled that it is within the police power of a State to enact a compulsory vaccination law.  And it is for the legislature, and not for the courts, to determine in the first instance whether vaccination is or is not the best mode for the prevention of smallpox and the protection of the public health.  “The State” in Jacobson was the state of Massachusetts.  “The legislature” was the Massachusetts state legislature.  The federal executive branch has no legal authority to do this.  The opinion Politico tried to pass off as legal authority for a national injection mandate is clearly distinguishable from and cuts directly against what the Biden administration is trying to force on the American people.

More specifically, they seek to shove it into our bodies without our consent.  OSHA has no more authority to do this than did the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an eviction moratorium.  This is why the U.S. Supreme Court struck that down too.  Which, Mr. Biden knew but sought to expand anyway, even after the Court rebuked him.  That should give you an indication of his respect, or lack thereof, for the rule of law.

We should also mention Mr. Biden’s injection mandate does not comport with the science presented in the Jacobson case.  The Jacobson Court observed that the vaccination against smallpox at issue in 1905 was promulgated to “prevent the spread of smallpox.” (Jacobson p. 31).  Many well-intentioned people may hope that currently available injections help “slow the spread” of SARS-CoV-2.  But, no one today, at least not anymore, attempts to credibly assert that the various injections prevent infection with or the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.  I recently had Dr. Christina Parks on my radio program to discuss this very thing.  You can find that program here.

She earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. She did her graduate research in the field of cytokine signaling.  Cytokines are the chemicals the immune system uses to communicate.  During the interview, Dr. Parks referred to a study that indicated that all of the proposed injections were designed for the initial strand of SARS-CoV-2, which for all practical purposes, is no longer present.  There were not designed for the Delta Variant (or any other variants).  Recent studies, indicate that people who’ve developed natural immunity due to having had COVID-19 previously (the disease produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) who also receive the injection may be susceptible to greater health risk.  The combined effect of natural immunity plus the injection may be far worse than COVID-19 itself.  Dr. Parks testified about this before the Michigan state legislature.

The reality that the injections do not prevent infection or transmission of SARS-CoV-2 seems to be reflected in recent activity by the CDC.  On August 23, 2021, Pfizer received FDA approval for its Biontech injection.  On September 1, 2021, the CDC changed its definition for vaccination.  It now defines vaccination as “The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.”  Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky pointed out that the CDC previously defined vaccination as “Injection of a killed or weakened infectious organism in order to prevent the disease” up until 2015. From 2015 to September 1, 2021, the CDC defined vaccination as “The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease. The CDC’s vaccination definition evolved from “prevention” to “immunity,” and now to mere “protection.”  The CDC seems to have confirmed what Dr. Parks told me (and a few of my “Corner” friends) and tacitly admitted that the injections do not prevent infection or transmission.

The national injection mandate seems to also be anti-science.  Studies like this one from Israel specifically compared the potency and durability of natural immunity to purported injection immunity.  The authors wrote that their study demonstrated “natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant” than does the two-dose Pfizer injection (the only one with FDA approval to date).  In light of this fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci (“The boy from Brooklyn”) was specifically asked during a recent CNN appearance why Americans with natural immunity would need injections.  His response: I don’t have “a really firm answer” on that.  Seriously?  This from the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases?  If this is so, is science driving the J. Robinette B. Administration to implement a national injection mandate, or is something else dictating this decision?

Whatever the answer, this national mandate is a no-go.  It is unconstitutional.  It’s not supported jurisprudentially.  And, it does not follow the available science.  The United States of America is a constitutional republic.  We are not a monarchy and we will not abide a dictatorship.  The current administration seems to require a reminder of that fact. This abuse of executive power may be just the thing to provoke that reminder.

THE HAMILTON CORNER – Tuesday, September 28, 2021
She’s back.  Dr. Christina Parks is back in “The Corner” to discuss her concerns with this novel technology being used for vaccination.

Any Doubt Why We Are Where We Are – Part 3

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Obama and his administration, along with Biden and Harris, and the current administration should all answer for crimes against unborn Babies, crimes against our laws.

Human Capital Project

On April 9, 2020, At least 19 States Attorneys General wrote President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Azar, and Director Collins in support of the current ban on federal funding for fetal tissue research that took effect in June 2019.  California and several other States (the “California letter”)recently entreated this administration to end what they call the “Fetal Tissue Ban” in order to facilitate research on COVID-19.  We urge you to deny that request.

Fact Check: Xavier Becerra Falsely Claims ‘There Is No Law’ Regarding Partial-Birth Abortion
May 12, 2021

In December 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote in a letter to Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI director James Comey, informing them he was referring “the paid fetal tissue practices of the following organizations… to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and potential prosecution.”

ABR was among the organizations named:

  • StemExpress, LLC
  • Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc.
  • Novogenix Laboratories, LLC
  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Grassley said in a statement at the time.:

I don’t take lightly making a criminal referral.  But, the seeming disregard for the law by these entities has been fueled by decades of utter failure by the Justice Department to enforce it.  And, unless there is a renewed commitment by everyone involved against commercializing the trade in aborted fetal body parts for profit, then the problem is likely to continue.

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), with project lead David Daleiden, conducted an undercover investigation exposing the alleged illegal practices of Planned Parenthood and its partners in the fetal tissue procurement industry.

“This type of experimental research is a gross violation of human dignity and is not where the majority of Americans want their tax dollars being spent,” said Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action.  “The government has no business creating a marketplace for aborted baby body parts.”

“The Biden administration is making it once again clear that it places no value on the inherent dignity of human life.  Their actions deny the truth that every human life, born and unborn, possesses inherent dignity and deserves to be treated with respect.” @tperkins

Family Research Council (@FRCdc) April 16, 2021

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also said:

As expected, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, a fanatical advocate for abortion, announced the Biden administration will now force American taxpayers to pay for barbaric experiments using the body parts of aborted babies.  Instead of using ethical and effective alternatives, Biden is choosing to reinstate a policy that traffics in the grizzly remains of what would have been our next generation.

“The fact is that the remains of aborted babies have not been used to create the cure of a single disease,” Perkins added“It’s clear that the NIH under President Biden means to do the opposite of ‘follow the science.’”

National pro-life researchers and leaders have long warned of the co-dependent relationship between abortion industry leaders such as Planned Parenthood and Democrat politicians.

Dr. Tara Sander Lee, senior fellow and director of life sciences at the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, said in a statement the Biden-Harris administration’s “decision to resume experiments using the body parts of aborted children defies both the best ethics and most promising science.”

Lee asserted the claims of Democrats that tissue from the bodies of aborted babies is essential to develop essential drugs are false:

Exploiting the bodies of these young human beings is unnecessary and grotesqueFetal tissue was not, and has never been, used for polio or any other vaccine, nor to produce or manufacture any pharmaceutical.  There are superior and ethical alternatives available such as adult stem cell models being used by countless scientists worldwide to develop and produce advanced medicines treating patients now, without exploitation of any innocent life.  All scientists should reject the administration’s attempts to prey on fears related to the pandemic to advance the practice of harvesting fetal tissue.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser also said in the statement that Biden and Harris are “working hand-in-glove with radical appointees like Xavier Becerra” and are “moving rapidly to pay back their abortion industry allies and wipe out pro-life progress made under the Trump-Pence administration.” Dannenfelser added:

From day one they have sought to expand abortion on demand, funded by taxpayers, against the will of the strong majority of AmericansNow they would force Americans to be complicit in barbaric experiments using body parts harvested from innocent children killed in abortions, with no limits of any kind.

Last week, legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch provided a nearly 600-page report that included uncovered emails of conversations between Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees and the California-based biomedical company Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR).  The emails revealed the U.S. government had been buying and trafficking “fresh” aborted baby body parts.

According to the report, the FDA purchased the body parts, which were derived from babies aborted at up to 24-weeks’ gestation, in order to engineer humanized mice and perform experimental drug research.

The sale of aborted fetal tissue is a serious breach of law and ethics that has violations of numerous state and federal laws associated with itPlease sign our petition and contact your elected representatives to urge the U.S. Congress to investigate the black market in aborted baby parts, and demand that the FBI and the Department of Justice investigate and prosecute Biden/Harris, Xavier Becerra, and all Law Makers that broke any state and/or Federal law and be held accountable as elected officials to the fullest extent of the law.