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God Bless the USA Banned by School Principal Greta Hawkins at Graduation

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By reading the headline you know what song was banned but can you guess what song was allowed in it’s replacement? It begins with a B and ends with an Er. If you guessed Justin Bieber you are probably just as stunned as us!

A principal at a school located in Coney Island named Greta Hawkins banned, “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood because, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.” This quote was obtained by the NY Post on their exclusive story on this piece.

It all took place when graduating kindergarten students were rehearsing for their big day to take place on June 20th, 2012. The coordinated plan had been going on for several months and included five separate classes in the PS 90 Edna Cohen School.

When the final touches were being put on the peformance with the students rehearsing their singing of the song the principal came in and asked for the song to be turned off. The teachers putting on them performance and coordinating the graduation ceremony were told to remove the song from the event.

The New York Post got a statement from the Department of Education that Greta Hawkins felt the lyrics to the song were, “too grown up” for the kindergarten aged students. The story seemed to have changed to offending cultures to grown up lyrics. With everyone scratching their heads it was really hair raising when a different song was allowed instead of the patriotic song.

Justin Bieber’s “Baby” hit song was allowed in the graduation ceremony. While this song probably wouldn’t offend cultures it does seem to have some grown up issues in the lyrics. The lyrics of the Justin Bieber song read as follows:

You want my love, You want my heart
And we would never, ever, ever be apart
Are we an item? Girl quit playin’
We’re just friends, What are you sayin’?
Said there’s another as you look right in my eyes
My first love, broke my heart for the first time.

Parents and teachers are pretty confused by the whole thing. One teacher in charge of the song said that, “God Bless the USA” gave most kids goosebumps & teary-eyed feelings. This isn’t the first time that Ms. Hawkins has had issues with other teachers and the school district.

Ms. Hawkins was reprimanded by the Department of Education in 2010 after she called the school racist and was labeled a tyrant & bully by people working at the school. Ms. Hawkins told other staffers, “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

Not everyone disagrees with the principal however as we have found. One site called The SOP said, “God Bless the principal for not allowing the kindergartners to sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation ceremony.” Apparently they feel that Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song is an insult to every nation on Earth.

We’re not afraid to let that song hang out in all it’s glory on Z6Mag. Enjoy Lee Greenwood’s song below:

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

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  1. Proud to be American

    June 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Hey Greta Hawkins…guess what? You’re offending cultures!

  2. Infidel Task Force

    June 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Its things like this that drive me crazy! How dare she! I want her to explain why an American Patriotic song cannot be played. Who the Hell does she think she is? Now is the time for ALL parents to join together and demand she rescind her decision or submit her resignation. This is what we at the ITF call….Silencing Americans Through Fear. And I can guarantee that NO minority ever spoke up and said they were offended.

  3. INcoming

    June 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This saddens me.
    They played this song on my first return home from an 8 month deployment and when we manned the rails, EVERYONE had tears in their eyes with this song…everyone of every color and creed and it wasn’t just the fact we were finally home…the words had meaning for us…we were there together and there were kids on the pier who have been to enough Homecomings where they know the words by heart.

    This is the music our troops look forward to coming home to…not ‘Baby, Baby’….

    When I was overseas- it was the flag that we held on to…sad that we are more patriotic in the warzone than in our own front yards.

  4. Roseanne Carello

    June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is ridiculous!

    One of my fourth grade students brought this article in as a current event to share with the class. After reading the title and paraphrasing the article for us, I asked the students to weigh in and give their opinion. Not one of them agreed with the principal’s decision.

    When asked why they didn’t agree, they voiced that it shows a disrespect to our country. They also felt that if 5 year olds could learn the lyrics to a Bieber song, they could crertainly learn the lyrics to “God Bless America”. Comparing the lyrics of both, we found the lyrics to the Bieber song far more inappropriate.

    It saddens me to think that one principal has imposed her own agenda on a whole school of impressionable young people.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs.Carello & The Fourth Grade Class

  5. Alan C Rohner

    June 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Sean, Greta, Jennifer, Zerlinda, Bob, Justin, parents, and any other listeners:
    We ALL need to realize GOD gave His Son Jesus to the world, not just one
    nation. Each person MUST understand that it is up to each of us to decide or
    choose what we wish to do with the gift GOD has given us. We can do what
    our friends suggest, do what others say, or do what GOD says to do. It was
    HIS choice to give us HIS SON; it is our choice to be obedient to HIM(THEM);
    the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.

  6. June

    June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    FIRE HER!!! Nuf said!

    • Mom 62

      June 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Yep, I agree

  7. kathy

    June 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I called the school this morning to talk to the Principal and the lady that answered the phone asked why I wanted to speak to her. I started to say why I was calling and she was so rude, said they didn;t have time for this and hung up the phone on me. They didn’t even want to discuss the crazy explanation. This wasn’t to NOT offend others. This was another black hating America principal for our American values and American soliders. UNION nembers, Radical hating UNION teachers. I wondder if the parents fought this? I sure hope so. The Government Schools havE got to go! They are taking away everything that is good for children and replacing with pure CRAZINESS!!!!!!

  8. cherie w

    June 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    She has a right to her views, As an American I have the right to disagree. That is the wonderful thing about America. We should be proud of that fact, just like in the song. The lyrics say it all.
    Sing the song, Sing it LOUDLY. Once we stop singing and appreciating the meaning in those lyrics, we start losing inch by inch our freedom.

    • Alan C Rohner

      June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Cherie W; I don’t think people realize God gave His Son Jesus
      to and for the entire world; it is simply up to the individual to do as he
      wishes with this gift. Thank You Father.

  9. God Bless The U.S.A.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    GOD BLESS THE USA and every American regardless of their color, race, creed, gender, shape or size! Great Americans come in all varieties . Its the Un-Americans like this Traitor that we have to watch out for,they try to influence our children by teaching this sort of tripe! How many other countries change their way of life because they are afraid of offending outsiders!! If you want to live in this country honor its’ traditions or get out! NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA

  10. white_n_proud

    June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Why do so may n1ggrs just plain hate our country? You want culture, you friggin’ monkeys? Go back to Africa! And take the Head N1gger In Charge back with you!

    • Russ

      June 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      This isn’t a race issue and your vile words just hurt everyone especially those appalled by this principals actions. You should be ashamed, but of you can’t be due to your ignorance…oh before you call me names know that I am a conservative white male.

    • gunz4all

      June 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Dude, you are one ignorant (read:STUPID) person. Although this is America and you have the right to say what you what, I also have the right to respond in the same manner, and I say your mama should of had that abortion.

  11. JJ

    June 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This story is so far past pathetic that this a$$h0le pricipal needs to get in her Toyota or Nissan and drive her sorry a$$ out of out country and she should be banned from celebrating the fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday. You offended your own country men and women. This has nothing to do with her race as I see shallow minded people are going that route.

    • tytysdad

      June 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I totally agree. That principle should be taken off the job. She’s not a true American.
      Yeah I can see her point but we were born here and we love our country.
      What’s next her banning the national anthem because she doesn’t like the lyrics.
      Tough cookies lady get over it, you’re an american. Go on get gone with your racist butt. Go bug someone else.
      I agree with JJ this has nothing to do with her race. She thinks that those lyrics are too grown up what about a 6 yr old singing “Low” by Flo Rida?
      Kids will eventually learn the difference and start asking questions.
      JJ is right, people are shallow if they wanna ban that song. It’s a song dedicated to the men and women of the armed services.
      Give it up let the kids sing it.

  12. Sean

    June 11, 2012 at 3:58 am

    SCREW other cultures! What about the one you’re really offending. OURS! THE UNITED F*ING STATES OF AMERICA! Are you kidding?

  13. 8xInfinity

    June 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

    “One teacher in charge of the song said that, “God Bless the USA” gave most kids goosebumps & teary-eyed feelings.”

    Haha, what? Since when? Only kids who grow up with the mentality of “our country is the only good one and the only one that matters” are going to get choked up over such a patronizing pile of saccharine garbage.

    It’s just not a good song. Most patriotic songs aren’t very good.

    • God Bless The U.S.A.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

      HEY 8xinfinity–What great songs has this a%*hole written . Suddenly he’s a song critic? You need to get out with the school teacher!!! we can help both of you leave the country if you need help!!!!!

  14. James Arthur

    June 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Hey Greta is definitely correct. This song would surely offend other cultures. Most assurely it would not be welcome at the Obama’s church of choice for over 20 years.

    Jeremiah Wright always said “God Darn (sp) the USofKKK!” Its a cultural thing! When you are as rabidly racist as ole Jeremiah you just naturally despise whites and of course any country that they might have founded!

  15. Philip Schmitten

    June 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    As a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force and served in three conflicts, helping to protect the American way of life, I have to say this story makes me sick. That principal should be replaced and quickly.

  16. Linda Sears

    June 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This is absoultely appaling. What has happened to our country? It is just getting worse and I for one am sickened by this principal’s actions. This is America and the majority rules here. If I had a child going to this school I would protest loudly about this principal. She seems to think she can do and say anything because she is not white and that people would not dare to challenge her for fear of being called a racist. I challenge her and I am absulutely NOT RACIST! She should be removed as principal.

    • cherie w

      June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      She has a right to voice her opinion. My question is this: why didnt the parents and other teachers stand up for their right to allow this song at the event! If we dont stand up to these anti American people, our freedom will slowly erode.

  17. sharinlite

    June 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, another Obama type syncophant whose true religion if Black Liberation Theology just like Rev. Wright. You member, the pastor that the President and his wife listened to for 20 years and brought their children after they were born too? People like this should be fired and if they don;t like this country, move someplace else. I am sure the progs love her and decent, honest, hardworking folk don’t.

  18. Clint

    June 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You have got to be kidding me!!! They are to young for the Star Spangled Banner, but old enough for a song about friends with benefits? My question is, if it was so that they would not offend offer cultures, she needs to remember the graduation is being held in the U.S. not another country.

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All You Need To Know About The #AgeChallenge Meme

The new meme is taking over social media and allows you to see what your 40 or 50-years-old self look like.

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A new meme challenge is making rounds on the Internet. Faceapp, an artificial intelligence-based photo app that edits your selfies to show how you look like when you’ve aged, is starting the #AgeChallenge trend.

Also known as the #FaceAppChallenge, the meme uses AI to augment a portrait photo to look old. Also, users can choose between the app’s templates to quickly edit a photo. Are they not smiling in a photo? You can select the Smile template to add a smile across their face. Users can also choose a different hairstyle or make themselves look younger using the app.

FaceApp does not require users to use their camera to take a selfie before using the filters. Users can upload pictures of other people then apply the filter of your choice.

In Twitter, netizens are having quite the fun in uploading pictures using the Age filter. Users trade pictures of how each other will look like in 40-50 years.

Pictures of celebrities like Tom Holland, Jennifer Aniston, and the cast of the Harry Potter film franchise are also making rounds on Twitter. Fans are ecstatic to see their favorite actors and actresses age beautifully.

Athletes such as Dwayne Wade and Kevin Love are also joining in, posting a picture of themselves on Instagram and Twitter. An England soccer team named Tottenham Hotspurs posted photos of their team members using the age filter in their official account.

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FaceApp was initially released on iOS and Android last January and February 2017, respectively. The app is free to download but has options for in-app purchases.

Because of the meme challenge, FaceApp has since top the charts for ‘Most Downloaded’ in the App Store this week.

This year, SnapChat also released new filters that change a photo’s gender. A person could view what he or she looks like if he or she was born of the opposite gender using the app’s Female and Male filters. It also has one that turns a person’s face into a baby version of themselves.

Issues on Privacy

However, questions on the app’s privacy security are now being raised, as the app’s popularity started to rise.

Speculations on the app extracting photos directly from the user’s phone without extra permissions started when Joshua Nozzi, a software developer based in the US, posted his speculations on Twitter.

The developer based in Virginia claims that it seems that the app was uploading all of his photos when the app started listing all of his pictures one row at a time. The instance resembled a network delay, which Nozzi took for the app getting access to his camera phone storage.

Because he was alarmed, Nozzi turned on his Airplane mode and realized that the app doesn’t let him proceed without an internet connection.

After Nozzi posted his claims last Monday, cybersecurity experts like Will Strafach and Baptiste Robert tested the app and refuted Nozzi’s claims.

Strafach shared in his Twitter that the FaceApp does not upload a user’s full camera roll to remote servers. However, he does mention that when a user selects a photo to apply the filter, the picture is uploaded in the app’s server so that the filters can be used.

Robert also called out Noozi for his claims without sharing any pieces of evidence. Robert looked at the traffic when using the app. Similar to Strafach’s findings; the app does upload your selected photo from your phone. He emphasized that the app only uploads “one photo” in their server.

Aside from calling out Noozi, Robert also reminded the public and the media to verify their claims to avoid spreading panic based solely on speculations.

Another concern raised against the app is its vague Terms and Conditions. However, Robert also mentioned that the FaceApp’s Terms and Conditions are not different from the other apps in one’s phone. He asked the public to check out Snapchat’s Terms and Conditions if they are concerned.

FaceApp’s developer company is based in Russia. Twitter users also submitted questions to Robert if that is a factor for possible concern. The French cybersecurity researcher stated that there’s no need to worry because there are a lot of legitimate developers in Russia. “I don’t see why the nationality of the developers is an issue,” he writes in a tweet.

Further reports from Forbes verify that the photos are uploaded in servers in America, not Russia as speculated by some.

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Look: France’s ‘Cat-Fox’ — The New Unidentified Specie

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Recently, the team from France’s National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) released the news of a formerly unknown species of wildcat called the Cat-Fox or “chat-renard” in French. At first, it was only believed to be part of the French Island of Corsica’ local legend as ghjattuvolpe, a nocturnal beast which attacks sheep and goats.

During an interview with AFP, the ONCFS chief environmental technician Pierre Benedetti stated that “We believe that it’s a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it’s an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits,” Benedetti has been studying the species for more than ten years already.

How is it different from our pet cats?

These cats have black ringed tails that are fox-like, “highly developed” canine teeth, “very wide” ears, short whiskers. And they are bigger. Cat foxes can grow up to 90 centimeters (35 inches) from head to tail-tip, while normal cats usually grow up only to 76 centimeters. They are nocturnal (active/awake at night). Also, they have stripes on their front legs, “very-dark” hind legs and a russet-colored stomach. Their silky and thick coat is designed to repel ticks, fleas, and lice naturally.

Why is it called Cat fox?

It’s not a type of fox, neither, is it a combination of a cat and a fox. But it is believed to be a wild cat. “It’s their size and their tail that earned them the name ‘cat-fox’ across the island,” says Benedetti. Some experts stated that its ears and tail resemble a fox, but its fur and facial characteristics are somehow similar to a typical cat.

Its existence was first popularly known last 2008 when a single cat-fox was caught by accident in a hen house at Olcani in Cap Corse.

Last 2012, to get and determine the golden stripped creature’s DNA, the team created traps with wooden sticks that have an irresistible smell to cats. As a result, they were able to get its fur, when the cats rubbed their bodies against the sticks.

After some analysis, they discovered through its DNA, that it is somehow related (but can be differentiated) from the European wildcat, Felis silvestris. It’s closely related to the African forest cat, F. silvestris lybica. However, it’s “exact identity is still to be determined,” Benedetti added.

The first cat was captured in 2016 using modernized photographic traps. Afterward, the team was able to catch 12 of the 16 total cats that they’ve seen using non-violent methods.

According to an ONCFS field agent, Carlu-Antone Cecchini, the cats were found in a location where “water and plant cover offering protection against its main predator, the golden eagle.” After examining and tagging the cats with electronic chips to track their adventures, the ONCFS releases them to the wild unharmed. One of the cats they’ve captured is a male cat with a one golden and one brown eye — a result of a cat fight.

The cat-fox may turn out like the mysterious wolf-like dog found in Montana last May 2018. It was revealed that it’s just an old type of wolf.

Today, it is still uncertain whether the cat-fox is new species or an old species that hasn’t been formally recognized. But some people argue that this may be a new species which is a combination of two types of species (species hybridisation). This hybridization is possible since a new bird species was discovered in the Galapagos.

The answer behind the lineage of these cats is one of the mysteries that are yet to be known. It’s diet, and ways of reproduction, are however to be discovered and learned in the future. Also, Benedetti has a theory that these cats may have been living on the French island of Corsica since 6,500 years BC.

He added that farmers might have brought these cats in the island. Meanwhile, Scientists believe that the cat could have originated from Africa or the Middle East.

According to CNN, the wildlife rangers from ONCFS expect that by catching, studying and tagging the cat foxes, they can somehow help these cute furry friends to be known and protected shortly, hopefully in two to four years.

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Look: Exotic Pets Turned Invasive Pests

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Marcie Kapsch from Loxahatchee NWR holding the exotic sailfin catfish (FL). Photo: USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation | Flickr

A recent study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a journal from the Ecological Society of America, documented how researchers gain more awareness in the dynamics of the exotic pet trade and the role it plays in introducing nonlocal and invasive vertebrates worldwide.

As exotic pets become more popular, we need to have a clearer understanding of the factors that affect the trade to minimize the threat of having a pet-to-pests invasion soon.

Lockwood, the lead author of the study, said that since the 1970s, the market for exotic pets is continuously growing and the amount of vertebrate animals that are traded globally is surprising, even to the experienced biologists. Over the past decades, the population of reptiles and marine fish significantly increased — caused by their viral popularity as exotic pets.

Researchers take a closer look at the socioeconomic and socioecological factors that affect the exotic pet trade of vertebrates (animals with the backbone; namely fishes, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles).  The mentioned factors depend on the unique economic, social, regulatory, and cultural contexts of a particular country. There is an increasing and widespread demand for exotic pets worldwide, but it occurs mainly in developing countries like South America and Asia. In the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, more than half of all households have at least one pet.

What are exotic pets? 

In the study, it is defined as “species without a long history of domestication that are legally captured from their native range or bred within facilities and sold to consumers as household companions,” and are kept for non-utilitarian reasons (characterized by or aiming at beauty or ornament rather than utility).

Lockwood explains that species of goldfish or monk parakeets are considered as common pets for decades. Other species appear in the market for only one or two years; after that, they disappear.

The reason for this dynamic is not yet known, but researchers noted that this might be because of some species are easy to take care and breed well in captivity (which makes them cost cheaper). She added that thousands of different species are sold yearly. If a small percentage will escape or be free, they are capable of forming wild populations.

Is it really bad if our former pets decided to form a big family in the wild?

Lockwood and her team said that invasive reptiles and amphibians could force local species into extinction.

For example, the red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are turtles popularly kept as pets in the United States. It is native to the south-central region of the US, but it has created non-native populations in other parts of the country. These turtles are the real-life counterparts of the Famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Red eared slider turtle Credits: Jim, The Photographer| Flickr | Unknown

The reasons why owners release exotic pet is not widely documented. But it includes difficulty in taking care of large, old, aggressive, or sick animals. Cute little animals don’t always stay the same; sometimes, they grow and live longer than the pet owners had expected. Most countries don’t have the proper documentation of imported pet species. Also, there are challenges in monitoring and regulating them; some animals are usually recorded as “unidentified” or wrongly identified.

Factors such as the popularity of owning exotic animals, the ease of buying exotic pets from websites, and the lack of adequately implemented regulations — made it possible for the species to spread not only in their original locations but also in other parts of the globe.

This increase the possibility of having invasions in the future. To avoid or minimize the chances of having an exotic pet invasion, we need to have a better understanding of the forces that affect the worldwide trade of exotic pets.

In conclusion, Lockwood said that first “we need to know the reasons why certain species are in the trade, or what factors lead them to escape or be released,” so that we can make the right policies. These policies should be able to make both sides happy. Some people are still free to love their exotic pets while minimizing the probability of invasion.

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