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  • Washington birth certificates could list sex as M, F or X

    12/07/2017 10:17:35 AM PST · by ZagFan · 65 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 12-06-2017 | Jim Camden
    In considering a revision of that rule, the department is also proposing the X option to include those who are “intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified.” Puck Kalve Franta is a volunteer at the Odyssey Youth Center, an organization that supports LBGTQ youth communities. Raised as a woman, now identifying as nonbinary, Kalve Franta said it feels like lying to check “male or female” on a form.
  • The Electoral College Isn't the Problem: It's Our Education

    12/07/2017 10:05:02 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Adam Carrington
    More than a year after the 2016 presidential election, supporters of Hillary Clinton continue to question that contest’s legitimacy. Apart from accusations involving Russian interference, Democratic adherents see a more homegrown culprit: the Electoral College. This latter offender originates not in Moscow but in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Through the Electoral College, a winning presidential candidate need not obtain the most votes nationally, as the 2016 election showed. Instead, he only must garner a majority of electoral votes, which the Constitution distributes proportionally among the states according to each one’s congressional representation. While some seek to scrap the...
  • General Electric cuts 12,000 jobs, blames lagging coal demand

    12/07/2017 9:49:52 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | John Siciliano
    General Electric Co. announced Thursday that it will cut 12,000 jobs from power division amid a global softening of electricity demand and the switch from coal and other fossil fuels. "The plans announced today are driven by challenges in the power market worldwide," the manufacturing giant said. "Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened. Volumes are down significantly in products and services driven by overcapacity, lower utilization, fewer outages, an increase in steam plant retirements, and overall growth in renewables." The company said Thursday that the cuts will "right-size" GE Power amid the transition taking place in the...
  • Trump asks for emergency stay on accepting transgender military recruits by Jan. 1

    12/07/2017 9:45:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Trump administration is asking a federal judge to delay a requirement to begin accepting transgender recruits to the military on Jan. 1. “Specifically, Defendants request that the Court stay the portion of its preliminary injunction requiring Defendants to begin accessing transgender individuals into the military on January 1, 2018, pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit on Defendants’ appeal,” the government wrote in a motion filed late Wednesday. The administration and the plaintiffs have asked for a decision by noon Monday. In October, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked President Trump’s...
  • Bacon used in hate crime: Man gets 15 years in mosque vandalism

    12/07/2017 9:42:57 AM PST · by Cubs Fan · 92 replies
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney’s spokesman said on Wednesday. Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence, Brown said.
  • White House urges Supreme Court to rule against forcing employees to pay public unions

    12/07/2017 9:38:23 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court yesterday to rule against public sector unions in a case involving whether government employees can be forced to financially support labor groups. In a friend of the court brief for the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the White House argued that the practice violated individual union members' First Amendment rights and should be abolished. The case asks whether Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee, can be forced to regularly pay a "security fee" to his workplace's union as a condition of employment. The outcome is of...
  • New Trial for Self Defense, School Shooting at NAU

    12/07/2017 9:36:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 18 October, 2015, an 18-year-old student, Steven Jones, was attacked by a drunken mob of fraternity members. One member ran up to Jones and sucker punched him. Jones two friends were on the ground defending themselves. Jones ran to his car and retrieved a legally owned pistol. At least one of the fraternity member ran at Jones, who fired, killing one and wounding two others. The incident was initially characterized as a school shooting. Jones cooperated with authorities.  They charged him with first-degree murder.As more evidence became available, it was learned that everyone Jones shot was legally intoxicated with...
  • In year of chaos, Trump’s boost to economy can’t be denied

    12/07/2017 8:56:08 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 6, 2017 | John Crudele
    President Trump has an ace in the hole that his opponents are forgetting. Again! Despite all the sideshows — the alleged Russian interference in the election, obstruction of justice probes, ringers in Trump investigations and, of course, the president’s big mouth and poor judgment — Trump became president because of one thing: The US economy hadn’t been growing enough to please voters. The sideshows (which I’ll get into later) continue, but the economy looks like it is doing better. So Trump is scoring points on the one issue that matters most to voters. According to the official numbers, the economy...
  • Paedophiles will be sentenced to death in Indian state; minister declares 'they are not human,'

    12/07/2017 8:46:33 AM PST · by x1stcav · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/6/17 | Charlie Moore
    An Indian state has approved the death penalty for paedophiles who rape girls younger than 12. A bill titled 'the punishment method' unanimously passed the Madhya Pradesh assembly on Monday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared: 'People who rape 12-year-old girls are not human, they are demons. They do not have the right to live.' He added: 'There are people in society who can be set right only by severe punishments. [The bill] will deal with them. We will also raise awareness in society against such crimes.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5151219/Paedophiles-sentenced-death-Indian-state.html#ixzz50avGzPx5 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Fact-Checkers: Democrats Just Keep Lying Hysterically About Tax Reform

    12/07/2017 8:36:28 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 07, 2017 | Guy Benson
    This reality, and the resulting assignment of an avalanche of 'Pinocchios,' comes as no surprise to our readers -- who've been kept abreast of Democrats' never-ending onslaught of falsehoods, misinformation, fear-mongering and distortions about the GOP's tax reform bill. Fact-checkers have been working overtime to correct the record in an exhausting game of anti-lie whack-a-mole, with the Washington Post's team dishing out 11 Pinocchios to three top Democrats on the ridiculous ""private jet tax break" fairly tale alone. This nonsense is still floating around, promoted by the DNC chairman: Tom Perez @TomPerez #GOPTaxScam philosophy: Let's end tax benefits for colleges...
  • William Bligh: Top 10 Ten facts about the HMS Bounty lieutenant

    12/07/2017 8:29:38 AM PST · by Borges · 41 replies
    Express ^ | 12/7/2017 | WILLIAM HARTSTON
    William Bligh, commanding lieutenant of HMS Bounty and victim of the notorious mutiny, died 200 years ago today on December 7, 1817. 1. William Bligh was born in 1754 and served as cabin boy and captain’s servant on HMS Monmouth from 1761, when he was still only six. 2. His father worked as a customs officer. 3. In 1776, he was chosen by James Cook to be sailing master on the Resolution on Cook’s third and final voyage to the Pacific. 4. At the time of the mutiny in 1789, HMS Bounty was on a mission to find breadfruit plants...
  • Tucker Carlson: Gun Confiscation Proponents Risk ‘Civil War’

    12/07/2017 8:17:11 AM PST · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Dec 201 | AWR Hawkins
    During the December 4 airing of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson asked gun control proponent Mark Glaze if he was ready for the civil war that would follow any real attempt to confiscate firearms in the U.S. Glaze is the former head of Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety. Carlson’s comments came after Glaze bounced from one gun control idea to another, grasping to find one he could justify. His ideas ranged from background checks–which we already have–to all-out bans on certain categories of firearms. Carlson seized on the push to ban certain firearms and said, “You’re saying ban a class...
  • Illegal Alien Taunts Family With Horrifying Court Room Statement After Raping Woman

    12/07/2017 8:12:41 AM PST · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | December 6, 201 | Ben Marquis
    While much of the country’s attention was focused on the astonishing acquittal of Kate Steinle’s killer in San Francisco, another illegal immigrant accused of horrendous crimes was being held accountable for them farther up the coast in Portland, Oregon. According to the New York Post, a Mexican national with a criminal record and series of prior deportations and re-entries named Sergio Jose Martinez was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts including assault, burglary, kidnapping, sexual abuse, sodomy, and rape. He remained incredibly defiant and showed no remorse while receiving his sentence. During the sentencing...
  • Sorry, ACLU, Gay is Not the New Black

    12/07/2017 8:00:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | Ryan Bomberger
    No matter how many times the leftist ACLU wants to compare LGBT activism to the blood-bought civil rights of black Americans, there is no comparison. Gay is not the new black.Jack Phillips, a Christian cake artist who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, has run his business for years according to his religious convictions. He is a gentle, kind and loving soul. He serves everyone, just not every event. In 2012, Jack politely declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding for Charlie Craig and David Mullins. They claimed “humiliation” and “discrimination”; the ACLU was on it like icing on…uhhhh…cake.Thankfully, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) came...
  • Facing Boss-sized expectations, Boone must bring Bombers a World Series title

    12/07/2017 7:18:23 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 4, 2017 | Andrew Marchand
    NEW YORK -- For Aaron Boone, it's like The Boss is back in town. The expectations for what he needs to accomplish as the next manager of the New York Yankees are straight from the late George Steinbrenner’s merciless ethos: Either win a World Series, or fail. The job is a blessing and a curse. There is so much young talent on the roster and so much more on the way, which makes the Yankees a win-now team. But if Boone doesn’t win over the next couple of years, fingers will be pointed at him and the man who hired...
  • Why Liberal Democrats Ignored Sexual Harassment for So Many Years

    12/07/2017 7:06:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | John C. Goodman
    The quick answer is that liberalism is no longer an ideology, focused on ideas. It is a sociology, bent on acquiring political power and social dominance. George McGovern was the last Democratic presidential nominee who ran an issues campaign. That was 45 years ago. Since then Democratic politicians and their liberal supporters in the mainstream media have moved steadily away from issues and toward the politics of identity. Can you think of a single issue highlighted in Hillary ClintonÂ’s 2016 campaign? I bet you canÂ’t. For the most part, all the issues we have been discussing since the days of...
  • 'Jeopardy!' winner charged with computer crimes at small Michigan college

    12/07/2017 7:05:44 AM PST · by equaviator · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2017 | Tyler McCarthy
    A former “Jeopardy!” winner and one-time record holder; has been charged with two felony counts after an investigation into alleged cyber crimes commited in the school she worked as a history professor. Stephanie Jass appeared in Lenawee County court, in southern Michigan, on Tuesday to face charges of unauthorized access to a computer in Adrian College, where she taught, and using it to commit a crime. According to The Daily Telegram, a local news outlet, the first charge alone carries with it a potential penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The former game show champ allegedly...
  • Mysterious Cuba Embassy Attacks Left Victims With Brain Anomalies

    12/07/2017 7:05:26 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 34 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 6, 2017 | Avery Thompson
    Back in September, a strange mystery was unfolding in Cuba. American officials and their spouses were experiencing some kind of attack, but nobody was really sure what was going on. People experienced a wide range of symptoms, from headaches and difficulty concentrating to hearing loss and brain damage. Many reported hearing high-pitched, painful noises prior to experiencing the symptoms. Medical experts have been unable to explain what kind of weapon is affecting these officials, or even what’s wrong with them. But new results from doctors at the University of Miami and the University of Pennsylvania have provided a valuable clue:...
  • Outrage as Philly pushes through ban on bulletproof glass in crime-plagued neighborhood shops

    12/07/2017 7:02:25 AM PST · by Puppage · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2017 | Frank Miles, Greg Norman
    Democratic councilwoman says the safety measure relied on in low-income neighborhoods hurts shoppers' feelings. Philadelphia is one step closer to getting rid of bulletproof glass in many of its small businesses as part of a larger effort to crack down on loitering, public urination and potential drug sales -- but it's triggered backlash from the shopkeepers.
  • In Masterpiece, the Supreme Court Grapples With a Problem of Its Own Making

    12/07/2017 6:57:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Travis Weber
    At Tuesday’s oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—which will decide whether baker Jack Phillips can be forced by the state to design and create a cake celebrating a same sex wedding—it became apparent quite early on that the Court was grappling not merely with Jack’s case, but with a number of potential conflicts between religious freedom and same-sex marriage on its hands.Recognizing that the issues Jack faces in this case are sure to arise again, the justices struggled with where to draw the line for a constitutional rule which will protect First Amendment rights in light...