The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Preamble


You may have heard that the only countries in the entire world who have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are the U.S., Somalia, and South Sudan. While this was once true, Somalia ratified the treaty in January of this year, and South Sudan's government has begun the ratification process. In other words, out of all of the countries in the world, the U.S. stands alone in refusing to ratify the CRC.The CRC was adopted by the UN in 1989, and quickly ratified by c … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gordan Quizzes Casey


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisThis passage covers the weekend before Tuesdays hearing, and in it we learn a lot more about Gwen and her ex-husband, Gordon. Farris tells us that Gwen went to work on Friday, after meeting with Bill Walinski the day before, and that she enjoyed the busy surgery ward as it took her mind off the hearing. He then turns to the family's weekend plans: Gwen's parents left for Walla Walla first thing Saturday morning. Placing flowers on the grave … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Social Workers in Schools


View "Things HSLDA Opposes" series introduction here, and all posts here.Just over a year ago, three individuals representing various community causes gave presentations at my Unitarian Universalist church. Each year the church chooses one community cause to partner with financially, and these individuals were vying for that position. The first presenter introduced herself as Susan Miller, the social worker for Lynnwood Elementary School*, and I sat up a little bit straighter and began to lis … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 12: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Lawyer


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisIf you remember from last week, we left off as Gwen and her father, Stan, planned to set up a meeting with a lawyer, Bill Walinski. Gwen had just received court papers asking her to present reason why her daughter, Casey, should not be removed by social services for a week for evaluation. Stan had met Bill while golfing, and so he was the first person he thought of.In the beginning of chapter three, Stan calls Bill, reminding him of t … [Read more...]

If We Can’t Come to Grips with the Past, How Are We to Grapple with the Present?


I can't be the only one who noticed this article this past week:Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools.. . .Efforts by conservative school … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Gets Served


Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesIf you remember, we left off last week when Gail Willet, the prosecutor, agreed to petition a judge to grant a temporary shelter care order that would allow Donna Corliss, the social worker, to order Gwen Landis' daughter Casey into foster care for one week for evaluation. To do this Donna has falsified both the date the anonymous tip came in, to make it sound like she investigated right away, and her findings during the investigation herself---her affidavit cl … [Read more...]