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Colorado Elementary School Removes Gadsden Flag Patch from Student’s Backpack



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A recent video making rounds on X, formerly known as Twitter, has stirred controversy, shedding light on an incident at The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The video captures a tense exchange between a school administrator and a young elementary school student’s mother, as they discuss the removal of a Gadsden Flag patch from the student’s backpack.

In the clip, Jaiden’s mother records the meeting, challenging the school’s decision to pull her son out of class due to the flag patch. The school staffer contends that the Gadsden Flag is “disruptive to the classroom environment” and associates it with origins tied to slavery.

However, Jaiden’s mother disputes this interpretation, explaining that the Gadsden Flag has historical roots in the American Revolution, symbolizing the colonies’ fight against British rule, and has no connection to slavery. The video portrays a back-and-forth debate between the two parties about the flag’s historical context and its alleged impact on the school environment.

The clip highlights the school administrator’s stance that the Gadsden Flag’s supposed association with intolerance and racism justifies its removal from Jaiden’s backpack. The mother raises concerns about inconsistency in applying the policy, as other students reportedly display patches on their backpacks without issue.

According to reports from Fox News, Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack shared email correspondence between Jaiden’s mother and Jeff Yocum, The Vanguard School’s Director of Operations. Yocum cited mainstream news reports linking the Gadsden Flag to racism due to its creator’s history as a slaveowner and its perceived association with white supremacist symbols. He referenced articles suggesting that the flag can be seen as a symbol of intolerance and hate in certain contexts.

Yocum also mentioned a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case involving a complaint made by a postal service employee who alleged racial discrimination due to a coworker’s Gadsden Flag hat. While the EEOC did not conclusively label the flag as racist, it acknowledged that the flag has been interpreted in racially-charged ways.

The Vanguard School reportedly justified its decision to remove the Gadsden Flag patch from Jaiden’s backpack based on its policy against symbols related to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons.

The incident highlights the ongoing debate surrounding the interpretation of historical symbols and their significance across different settings, especially in educational environments. The controversy surrounding the Gadsden Flag’s association with racism and slavery appears perplexing given its original purpose during the Revolutionary War and the Colonies fight for independence against the British.

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught



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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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