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School requires children as young as 3 to sign contract promising not to use ‘transphobic language’

April 28, 2015


If I had to guess the meaning of transphobia independent of context, I would guess it means “fear of crossing.” Sample sentence: “Hiram was unable to cross the street after the light changed due to his transphobia.” After reading about it in the context of an article at the Daily Mail, I understand the term to have considerably less meaning and considerably more baggage. The article explains:

Children as young as three are being asked to sign a contract pledging not to use transphobic language at school.

The pledge is contained in a ‘home-school agreement’ which all children must sign before they start at Turnham Primary School in September.

The infants [sic] must also promise to refrain from using homophobic and racist phrases and to be tolerant of people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. Each child must print their name and provide a signature to confirm that they understand their ‘responsibilities’ while attending the school.

Even if a child can sign his name at age 3, it is doubtful he will be understand the language of the contract, the relevant portion of which appears below:



Indeed one parent is quoted as saying:

My son is three, yet he is meant to pledge not to use “transphobic” language.

How am I meant to explain it to my three-year-old that he must sign on the dotted line not to do something which he is not even aware exists when he can barely hold a crayon? This just fills me with dread about what sort of politically correct, tick-box bureaucracy runs this school.

I agree that teachers need to be made aware of transgender issues as it affects a number of children who suffer in silence, but to make three-year-olds sign up to something they do not even know exists is bonkers.

The Mail piece goes on to note that the school is funded by the British government, which explains much. It also states that executive head teacher Selina Sharpe declined to comment.
 

Church scraps people vs. pigs wrestling event after outcry

April 28, 2015


A Wisconsin church is trying to save its bacon.
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St. Patrick Catholic Parish, in Stephensville, is canceling its annual parishioners vs. pigs mud-wrestling fund-raiser after critics launched an online petition campaign against the event that garnered more than 81,000 signatures.

According to Christian Today, the 44-year tradition – dubbed “Original Pig Rassle” — is being scrapped in exchange for a human mud foosball tournament.

The rassle was part of the church’s annual fund-raiser, called the Roundup. This year, the Roundup is planned for August 8 and 9 and will include bands, a parish dinner, a parade and the human foosball event.
 

280 High School Students Just Told Obama To Shove It In An Epic Way…

April 28, 2015


Hope for the future! And not unnoticed, they are from “Nathan Hale High”…
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280 high schoolers – the entire junior class of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington – have effectively told President Obama and his band of progressive buffoons that they can take their Common Core and shove it.

When state testing began on Tuesday, not a single junior showed up on campus to participate, as the entire student body had collectively decided to exercise their legal right to opt out of the ‘Smarter Balanced’ exams.

“They didn’t skip school all day,” commented district spokeswoman Stacy Howard, according to the Seattle Times. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”

The Nathan Hale students weren’t the only ones to deal this massive blow to the liberal establishment, either. According to early district estimates, about half of the juniors at three other Seattle high schools have also opted out of the Smarter Balanced testing.

“Students voted with their own feet,” remarked Doug Edelstein, a history teacher at Nathan Hale and opponent of the Common Core testing. “They felt like they knew the facts, and made their own decisions.”

Give the junior class at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High two thumbs up for taking a stand against Common Core by sharing this report!
 

Chinese Persecution of Christians Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

April 27, 2015


Christians and followers of other religions in China suffered the worst abuses in a decade last year as part of a state-sponsored crackdown on dissent, according to a Christian human rights group.

The organization China Aid said the persecution of religious practitioners and human rights advocates in China increased by more than 150 percent last year.

According to its annual report released on Tuesday, 17,884 individuals were persecuted for their religious beliefs. Authorities detained nearly 3,000 dissidents and sentenced 1,274 people, compared to just 12 in 2013.

President Xi Jinping of China, widely viewed as the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) most authoritarian leader since Mao Zedong, has instituted a broad campaign to suppress all forms of dissent. China Aid said Christians are increasingly the target of this repression, as well as Tibetan Buddhists, Uyghur Muslims, and practitioners of the Falun Gong religion.



The report estimates that there are about 70 million Christians in China split between underground house churches and state-sanctioned churches in the “Three-Self Patriotic Movement” (TSPM). And the number of followers is expected to increase. One professor at Purdue University estimates that China could become the largest Christian nation in the world by 2030.

The CCP considers the rising popularity of Christianity as a threat to its dominance, China Aid said, and has used aggressive measures to intimidate members.
 

Schlafly warns America 'may be at a breaking point already'

April 27, 2015


Expected surge of immigrants to push U.S. to 'European model of state control'

Only eight short years from now, immigrants will make up a record-high 14.8 percent of the total U.S. population, and longtime conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly views the rising tide of newcomers as a purposeful attack on the country.

By the nation’s own president.

“It’s deliberate,” Schlafly told WND in an interview. “It’s not any accident. It’s because Obama and his friends are letting all these people in who don’t want to be Americans, who don’t want to speak English.”

The Census Bureau projected last month that the U.S. immigrant population, legal and illegal, will total a record 51 million in 2023. At that point, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant. By 2060, nearly one in five U.S. residents will be an immigrant, and the total U.S. population will be 417 million – 108 million more than in 2010.

Conservative activist Richard Viguerie, author of “Takeover: The 100-Year War For The Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” noted that most of today’s immigrants come from nations more politically and culturally liberal than the United States. Therefore, he expects the growing immigrant population to make the entire country more liberal.

“It’s going to pull America to the left, for sure,” Viguerie told WND in an interview. “America will become closer to the European model of state control of our country.”

Of course, if America moves to the left, it will naturally gravitate toward the Democratic Party, the party of big government.
 

Video Shows Avalanche Roar Straight Into Camera Lens at Everest Basecamp

April 27, 2015


At first the climber stationed at the Mount Everest base camp seemed enthralled by the excitement: “The ground is shaking,” he said with a slight chuckle as the camera took a wide shot of the scattered tents on the rocky terrain.

But whatever thrill he got from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Nepal region Saturday was dashed just seconds later.

Climbers in the distance were seen scampering to safety as a faint rumble was audible.

Then suddenly climbers near the camera began to run for cover after a huge grey wall of snow quickly filled the sky.



As the avalanche headed straight for the camera, the climber taking the video and fellow climber slipped into a tent in a nick of time.



 

Eric Holder Characterizes His Disgraceful Tenure as a “Golden Age” for Injustice Department

April 26, 2015


Eric Holder sure is proud of his admittedly impressive ability to stay out of prison despite being held in contempt of Congress and illicitly supplying arms to Mexican drug lords in an underhanded attempt to undermine the Second Amendment. He is also proud of having attacked the integrity of our elections by fighting identification requirements tooth and nail, and of having helped set back race relations half a century with his irresponsible exploitation of the Michael Brown spectacle. So proud is Holder that in his long-overdue farewell speech, he boasted to his henchmen in the Department of Social Justice:

    “I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you all did and say this was another golden age.”

If there is still a country recognizable as the United States in 50 years, it will be because Americans rise up against people like Eric Holder before it is too late.



If justice is restored, his sentence won’t be up within 50 years.


 

‘If You’re So Sensitive, Leave': American Indian Actors Told to Exit Adam Sandler Comedy

April 26, 2015


Offended by satire, incorrect costuming, and inappropriate feather placement, a group of about a dozen American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler comedy Wednesday, according to a report in Indian Country. Apparently, the actors were shocked to learn that Indians would not be inoculated from satire in the “Ridiculous Six” Western spoof, and that a comedy film wasn’t terribly interested in historical accuracy.

Things came to a head when one of the producers told one of the actors, “If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.”

    Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.

    The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.

    “When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted,” she said. “I talked to a former instructor at Dartmouth and he told me to take this as finally experiencing stereotyping first hand. We talked to the producers about our concerns. They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.‘ I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. I didn’t want to cry but the feeling just came over me.”



Huh?

Wut?

This is an Adam Sandler comedy. Everything is mocked. Everyone is made to look foolish. Satire is not disrespect. It is not personal. Wanting an exemption from satire is a call for supremacy, not respect.

Did these actors really think they had earned some special protection from Sandler’s crude satire, which takes no prisoners. There’s nothing racist or stereotyped about any of the complaints listed above. It’s just crude and silly. And my guess is that the cowboy costumes, and whatever the cowboy equivalent is for cowboy “feather placement,” also isn’t that accurate.

Granted, I haven’t read the script but previous Sandler comedies have poked gentle fun at Southerners, Jews, Hawaiians, Arabs… It is always good-natured fun, never mean-spirited.  Sandler’s track record here is pretty clear.

I can’t imagine the relief on the set when these 12 humorless killjoys finally went away. Here you are trying to make a comedy, and you got a dozen actors creating all this tension over their imagined, sanctimonious snowflake status.

This buttercup attitude, which you see from so many “protected groups,” is destroying comedy and satire. It is the New Production Code, and much more stifling than the original Production Code, which you could at least work around.

The producers did the exact right thing telling these self-serious, censorious whiners to pack up their specialness and go home.



 

Couple Defends Allowing 5-Year-Old Daughter To Transition

April 26, 2015


Unreal. Guess there's no such thing as a 'tomboy' anymore.  What is so hard about knowing that DNA cannot be changed? This is child abuse.
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A Massachusetts couple knew their child wasn’t happy. So they made the courageous and difficult decision to raise their daughter as a boy at his own request.

As he showed off his collection of rocks and dead bugs in his bedroom, Jacob Lemay also said how he hated his old name. “Cause it was the stupidest name ever,” Jacob said.

He’s talking about the name ‘Mia,’ which was scrapped last June, when his parents and family therapy team concluded the then four-year old was transgender — a little girl wired as a little boy.

“That’s the kind of psychological burden that I don’t think anyone should have to deal with, especially not my child,” Jacob’s mother Mimi said.

They say this wasn’t tomboy stuff or some passing phase.

Mia began verbalizing it at age two, triggering a long family struggle with the subject, as the little girl grew increasingly unhappy and withdrawn — stuck with a gender she did not embrace.



 

The War On Cash: JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage Of Cash In Safety Deposit Boxes

April 25, 2015


Some JPMorgan Chase customers are receiving letters informing them that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes.

The content of a post over on the Collectors Universe message board suggests that we may be about to see a resurgence of the old fashioned method of stuffing bank notes under the mattress.

Last week many Chase Bank customers got a letter outlining a number of changes to the SDB lease agreement, including this:

“Contents of the box: You agree not to store any cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value.”

Another change is that signatures will no longer be accepted to access the box. The next time they go in they have to bring two forms of ID and they will be issued a four-digit pin number that will be used to access the box then and in the future.

The letter, entitled “Updated Safe Deposit Box Lease Agreement,” was sent out to customers at the beginning of the month.

“Hide your wallets, the banksters are on the move,” warns the Economic Policy Journal.

As of last month, Chase has also instituted a new policy which, “restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans,” writes Professor Joseph Salerno of the Mises Institute.

The news arrives on the back of comments by Citi’s Willem Buiter, who recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates”.

Last month we also reported on how the Justice Department is ordering bank employees to consider calling the cops on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more.

Efforts to impose restrictions on the use of cash by banks are seen by many as an attack on anonymity and an example of how financial institutions are positioning themselves to handle the fallout of the next economic crash – at the expense of customers.



 








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