LBN Examiner 01/02/2022


Nikki Sterling – the mother of Dylan McGinnis, 24, who was shot and killed on October 1 – is lashing out against The Bail Project after the organization helping get the suspected Travis Lang, 23, out of jail on cocaine possession and burglary charges in January. The grieving mother was “shocked” to find out that the organization supported “violent offenders to get out [of jail]” by bailing inmates out. It is one of a number that have been heavily promoted on social media since Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and raises cash to bail those who cannot afford to make bail themselves.

“If I can help prevent this from happening to any other family, then I would say that, you know, my life has been purposeful and also carrying out the legacy of my son, who was always so helpful to other people,” Sterling said. Lang was being held in jail for possession of cocaine and three felony charges for breaking and entering, resisting arrest and burglary prior to posting his bail. Lang was let out in January after he posted his $5,650 bail, which The Bail Project provided a portion of the fund, while his family stumped up the rest. It is unknown how much the organization provided.

Middle-School Teacher Calls Parents ‘Bigots’ And ‘Kooks’ For Voicing Concern Over Pornographic Material In Books:

A middle school teacher in Round Rock, Texas, has enraged parents by reading a Dr. Seuss-style poem mocking them as “bigots” and “kooks” after they spoke out against sexually explicit books in the library. Tyler, an instructional technology specialist at Grisham Middle School, read the poem at the Leander ISD school board meeting on December 16, sparking outrage with parents who were left “disgusted and disheartened” at her words. After parents spoke out against CRT & books containing pornographic content, this teacher demeaned them with a Dr. Seuss parody.

“Everyone in Leander liked reading a lot but some evangelicals in Leader did not. These kooks hated reading, the whole reading season. Please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be perhaps critical thinking causes fright. It could be their heads aren’t screwed on just right. But whatever the reason, their brains or their fright, they can’t follow policy in plain black and white,” Tyler’s poem began.“These bigots don’t get to choose for us, that’s clear. Then how, I am wondering, did we even get here. They growl at our meetings, all hawing, and humming, ‘We must stop this indoctrination from coming!’ They’ve come for the books and the bonds and what for? Their kids don’t even attend Leander schools anymore. Bring back our books, maintain decorum, good grief. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a meeting in peace?”

He Attacked Cops at The Capitol Riot – Then He Went to Air Force Basic Training:

The FBI has arrested a young man who sprayed cops with pepper spray, smashed out a window and broke into the U.S. Capitol before he went to basic training for the U.S. Air Force. Aiden Bilyard was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to court records. He faces a host of charges, including felony civil disorder, assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon, destruction of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and several other misdemeanors.

Examiner – Lens:

Last summer, not long after Zell Kravinsky had given almost his entire $45 million real-estate fortune to charity, he called Barry Katz, an old friend in Connecticut, and asked for help with an alibi. Would Katz call Kravinsky’s wife, Emily, in Philadelphia, and say that the two men were about to take a weeklong trip to Katz’s ski condominium in Vermont? This untruth would help Kravinsky do something that did not have his wife’s approval: he would be able to leave home, check into the Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia, for a few days, and donate a kidney to a woman whose name he had only just learned.

Los Angeles Mother Uses Family Holiday Card to Introduce Her Child as Nonbinary:

A Los Angeles mother is sharing her child’s nonbinary identity with friends and family on social media. At the end of November, Jennifer Chen shared her family’s holiday card on Instagram, featuring a smiling photo of her husband Brendan Hay and their twins Chloe and Clark. Chen used the post as an opportunity to introduce her followers to Clark and their new pronouns. “I’d like you all to meet Clark (formerly known as Claire),” she began. “Clark prefers they/them/he pronouns and would like to be known as my kid/my son who is non-binary. Clark asked us to tell our friends and family who they are now.” “Brendan and I support Clark in their journey. Chloe is the first to correct me when I accidentally use the wrong pronouns or name,” she continued. “As a family, we love Clark and support whatever their journey might hold.”

Democrats View Socialism More Favorably Than Capitalism:

Americans remain much more positive toward capitalism than socialism, and their ratings of each have been largely stable over the past decade-plus. And yet the fact that a whopping 38% of Americans view socialism positively is an ominous indicator of the current social state. These results are based on an October 1-19 Gallup survey. Since 2010, Gallup has measured Americans’ basic opinions of several economic or governmental terms, including capitalism and socialism. Their views of socialism have held steady, even as Sen. Bernie Sanders and progressive Democratic politicians have pursued an expanded government role in addressing healthcare, poverty and early childhood education – policies their critics describe as moving the U.S. toward socialism. Likewise, Americans’ opinions of capitalism have not varied, even with greater discussion of income inequality in the U.S. and the concentration of U.S. wealth in a small percentage of people.

Only a Third of Americans Eligible for Booster Got One:

Only one-third of Americans eligible for a COVID vaccine booster shot have gotten one – alarming public health officials who see the third jab as key to slowing the spread of the Omicron variant. In New York City, where Omicron has sparked a huge surge in COVID cases, only about 1.5 million residents out of 8 million had been boosted, The New York Times reported. Confusing messaging, politicization of the vaccine, and lack of availability are contributing to the slow booster adoption –even though doctors say it definitely will save lives.

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* Teachers against teaching: Public school teachers’ unions around the country are proposing “self-taught” Fridays – in other words, a four-day work week – citing the stresses of the pandemic. Teachers unions have already used the pandemic to keep American schools closed longer than other developed countries, Now the unions are trying to make these changes permanent.

* What a fast swimmer: A Penn State swimmer who competed for three seasons at the college level as a man is now absolutely dominating the sport as a woman, breaking record after record in women’s swimming. “Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport and being able to continue is very rewarding,” Lia Thomas said.

* Some good news: Lithium-ion batteries have gotten extremely cheap. This has allowed for a real revolution in energy storage and an explosion in powerful portable goods.

Examiner – Site Of The Day:

Report Fraud to the FTC

Have you ever received a call or a text message from someone pretending to be your bank or government agency to try and trick you into revealing your personal information? That’s a form of fraud that the Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you about. In the U.S., report so offenders can be brought to justice. In Canada, report such cases to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


** About two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) say that “people being too easily offended” is a major problem in the country today, while a slimmer majority – 53% – say that “people saying offensive things to others” is a major problem, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in July.

Examiner – Lens:

Meet Actress Marisa Tomei

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** This is why so many of the most passionately woke are so obsessed with history in America, and the further back the better, as the 1619 Project shows. The past is a world they are much more comfortable in than the present, a place where the racial divide was infinitely simpler, and racial inequality both brutal and actively enforced by the government. —- Andrew Sullivan

** Donald Trump was right about one thing: “American carnage.” He didn’t stop the bloodshed, as he vowed he would in his 2017 inaugural address, and neither has his successor. But the carnage is real, and it’s gotten quantifiably worse over the last two years. We learned recently that America suffered the sharpest single-year increase in murders on record in 2020, with more than 21,000 homicides. The murder rate and tally were below those of the early ’90s, but it’s increasingly clear that 2021 is continuing this grim trend and that last year was no blip. At least a dozen big cities have seen their annual homicide records shattered (over 500 in Philadelphia), weeks before the end of this calendar year. Their daily tragedies unfold underneath the more spectacular tragedies like those recently endured in Wisconsin and Michigan. Urban anxiety is compounded by the surge of retail theft in places like the Bay Area. —- Judson Berger, National Review

** It can be hard to tell the difference, in the midst of a crisis, between normal levels of angst and those that indicate we might be edging into serious psychological problems. Key signs of declining mental health include changes in appetite or sleep patterns that last more than a week….Having more trouble concentrating than usual or being unable to enjoy things you used to enjoy may also indicate that your mental health is declining and that you need to try new coping strategies. —- Melinda Wenner Moyer

** Is it a good idea for Joe Biden to run for re-election in 2024? And, if he runs again and wins, would it be good for the United States to have a president who is 86 – the age Biden would be at the end of a second term? I put these questions bluntly because they need to be discussed candidly, not just whispered constantly. —- Bret Stephens, New York Times

Examiner – Think Again:

Examiner – Investigates:

**More than 40% of patients who test positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic, according to an analysis of 95 different studies; the figure does not include asymptomatic cases that go untested (More). READ

**Three in 10 Americans are religiously unaffiliated. READ

**A look back at expert predictions for 2021. READ

**The app that tracks your cat’s happiness. READ

Purple-Haired Delivery Driver Allegedly Smashes Elderly Couple’s Groceries Over Pro-Police Sign:

A purple-haired Instacart driver in Minnesota allegedly drove her car over an elderly couple’s groceries after delivering them and left an expletive-laden note after seeing their sign thanking the police last week, according to law enforcement. The couple said they had placed an order for delivery from a local Cub Foods in Coon Rapids, a suburb north of Minneapolis, to be delivered on Monday of last week, the Blaine Police Department said. Police said the residents came outside because they were concerned the Instacart driver would get stuck in their snowy driveway, but when they came out, she yelled at them. The suspect, Tara Olivia Plum, 36, allegedly yelled at the couple to check inside of the Christmas wreath on their front door. There they found a vulgar note scrawled on a receipt. “Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sorry] find another slave,” the purple-haired suspect allegedly wrote on the receipt, according to a photo of the message, which also featured the phrases “f*** the police” and “racist pigs.” She also ran over about $50 in groceries she had delivered, the couple said.

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