Naval Academy Hosting ‘Transgender 101’ Training for Midshipmen…

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Via FreeBeacon:

The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing in Google employees to provide voluntary “Transgender 101” training to midshipmen this week as part of an ongoing “safe space” training series.

The academy’s Center for Teaching and Learning is holding two events on Friday, one for faculty and staff and another for midshipmen. The hour and a half-long workshops will be hosted by Marnie Florin and Kevin Perry, who are “transgender trainers” for Google.

Midshipmen and staff who take the training course will get the opportunity to display cards outside their door that show they are allies of the LGBT community.

The course was described in an email circulated by the Naval Academy on Tuesday.

“On Friday, December 9, the Center for Teaching & Leaning welcomes Kevin Perry and Marnie Florin who will be presenting Transgender 101: Gender Identity in the Workplace,” the email said. “Marnie and Kevin have given this workshop at Google offices around the globe to more than 2,500 employees.”

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Obama “Surprised” By Rise Of ISIS…

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Everyone else, not so much.

Via CNN:

ISIS’ march across Iraq and Syria — a campaign that’s forced President Barack Obama to return small numbers of US troops to the region, even after touting an end to the decade-long ground offensives there — came as a surprise to US intelligence, the President told CNN in a new special report.

The terror organization’s rise in a tumultuous Middle East has provided Obama some of the toughest decisions of his presidency, choices that CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores in “The Legacy of Barack Obama” airing Wednesday.

“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama told Zakaria, using the administration’s term for the Islamic State terror group.

As Obama’s presidency concludes, it’s clearer than ever he’ll depart the White House with Syrians facing nearly unyielding misery.

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“Air Raid On Pearl Harbor, This Is No Drill”: The Men Of That Day…

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Via Fox News:

Only five of the 335 men who survived the unprovoked attack that sunk the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 remain alive. Donald Stratton, 94, is one of them. He has added to the historical knowledge of that day and the beginning of America’s entry into World War II in a new book, “All the Gallant Men: The First Memoir By a USS Arizona Survivor.”

Typical of so many men of that era, the book (written with Ken Gire) is less about Stratton, a 19-year-old kid from a tiny Nebraska town ravaged by the Great Depression, and more about the men with whom he served.

According to the book, total casualties at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day amounted to 2,403 dead and 1,176 wounded. Many of Stratton’s shipmates lie interred in the bowels of the Arizona, which still secretes oil, a constant reminder to “never forget.”

People too young to have known men of that era, or who never asked grandparents about their World War II experience, will find in Stratton’s book a quality that has declined in modern times — modesty. “We were not extraordinary men,” he writes. “Truth be told, most of us had enlisted because there were precious few jobs to be found where we lived.”

The isolationist spirit was strong in 1941. Here’s Stratton on the patriotism that overwhelmed isolationism after the attack: “Love for country welled up inside seemingly every American, coming out in the songs we sang, in the movies produced, in the newspaper articles that were written. … We were ordinary men. What was extraordinary was the country we loved.

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Think Progress: 36,000 People Will Die Each Year Without Obamacare…

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Nonsensical.

Via TP:

Nearly 36,000 people could die every year, year after year, if the incoming president signs legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.

This figure is based on new data from the Urban Institute examining how many people will become uninsured if the law is repealed, as well as a study of mortality rates both before and after the state of Massachusetts enacted health reforms similar to Obamacare.

In fairness, 36,000 is a high estimate of the number of deaths that will result if Obamacare is repealed, as there is some uncertainty about how congressional Republicans will repeal the law.

Even in the best case scenario, however, a wholesale repeal of Obamacare may cause about 27,000 people to die every year who otherwise would have lived.

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America’s Most Miserable Feminist, Amanda Marcotte, Blames Sexist Media For Hillary Loss…

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You know, because the MSM is so pro-GOP.

Via Salon:

A month ago, most observers — even Republicans! — believed we would be inaugurating the first female president in January. But even though Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by a margin that now exceeds 2.6 million votes, it was not enough to secure the necessary victory in the Electoral College. The woman who would be president lost in a campaign marked by stunning levels of misogyny, with the mainstream media getting caught up the right-wing belief that a woman who has risen so high must have some dirty secret lurking in her emails. To add insult to injury, she lost to a man who literally bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Taken together, the message sent to American women couldn’t be clearer: Stay in your place and let men monopolize the power, or you’ll be viciously smacked down with lies.

Under the circumstances, it would be understandable if the whole thing made women reluctant to run for office. Why bother, when our country is so sexist that a professed sexual assailant and obvious charlatan with no work experience can beat an immensely qualified woman through a campaign of barely disguised sexist innuendo?

Lib Woman Gets Pregnant, Blames Republicans For Not Giving Her Birth Control…

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She couldn’t afford $30 a month for the pill but she had no problrm couging up over $500 for an abortion (calling the decision the “best I have ever made”).

Via Refinery29:

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, and board member at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Ahead, she shares an open letter she’s written to Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dear Rep. Tom Price,

Congratulations on your recent selection by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his secretary of health and human services. It’s a huge responsibility to oversee a department with a budget of over $1 trillion. As a former orthopedic surgeon, I know you’ve spent much of your life practicing medicine; however, I’m worried about your record of putting your ideology before the needs of your patients. As a Black woman, I am distraught that your opposition to the Affordable Care Act will leave many of my sisters without basic health care.

But what’s deeply troubling to me are your comments on abortion and birth control, and your misunderstanding of why access is so crucial. With a president-elect who has vowed to “punish” those who have abortions, and a vice president-elect who, as governor of Indiana, stood by as two women of color were prosecuted for miscarriages, I would hope that you, as a medical provider, would ensure that the government does no harm and guarantees access to health care for all of its people. Yet, you have consistently voted to deny access to abortion care, even when against medical advice. And in 2012, you doubted the very existence of people who have a difficult time affording birth control. “Bring me one woman who has been left behind,” you told a ThinkProgress reporter at the time. “Bring me one. There’s not one.”

Well, Rep. Price, I am one of those women.

When I was 19 years old, I struggled to afford birth control and became pregnant because of it. At the time, I was working a retail job earning just above minimum wage while I attended college. Though I was still living at home, my parents taught me about personal responsibility, and I paid for most things on my own — gas in my car, meals, and my birth control co-pays. This was before the Affordable Care Act made birth control available without a co-pay. That meant I had to spend $120 every three months for generic levonorgestrel, better known as the brand name, Seasonale. At one point, I didn’t have the money to pick up another pack — the cost would have been most of my paycheck. So, I thought I’d wait until the next pay period and use the little money I had to get to work.

At the time, I didn’t realize that I could get pregnant if I missed a week or two of pills. In my high school sex-ed classes, the teacher preached about his kids and their purity vows and showed us slides of STDs, rather than giving us helpful information about sex and family planning. Like most teens, I turned to my friends to fill in the gaps, asking them the questions that I didn’t feel comfortable asking my parents, or looking for answers I didn’t get in class. One of the myths my friends told me was that if I’d been on birth control for a long time, it would build up in my system and I couldn’t get pregnant (definitely false, as I later learned). And, like many teens, I didn’t know how to negotiate consent or condom use in my relationship, which later turned abusive. Eventually, I became pregnant.

I knew I wasn’t ready to become a parent. So I made an appointment at the abortion clinic, and maxed out my first credit card, which had a $500 limit that was supposed to only be used in emergencies. This was an emergency. I was relieved, and to this day, the decision to have an abortion is still one of the best I have ever made.

HT: RWN

ISIS Fatwa Declares Women Are Allowed To Watch Islamic State Videos…

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How progressive.

Via MEMRI:

The Islamic State’s Al-Bayan radio station, which broadcasts in territories it controls and via online apps, features various programs aimed at informing and indoctrinating the local population. One regular feature is a program called “Fatwas Over the Airwaves,” in which clerics provide answers to questions presented to them on a variety of topics concerning Islamic law. Many questions have to do with women and issues specific to them.

One such question was whether it is permissible for women to watch ISIS videos. It is easy to understand why the question came up: The videos’ extremely violent content is likely seen by many in conservative Muslim circles as inappropriate for women. It appears, though, that the person who asked the question and the scholar who issue the ruling are concerned with issues of modesty stemming from women watching videos featuring men.

Following is a translation of the fatwa. The exact date on which the fatwa was broadcast on Al-Bayan is not known; the translation is based on a transcript uploaded recently to a Telegram channel that posts transcripts of the fatwas broadcast on the program.

BREAKING: Trump Taps Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt As EPA Head

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This is exactly the kind of EPA Director that we need to cut the EPA down to size and put an end to the global warming scam.

Via ZeroHedge:

In yet another controversial pick, according to Reuters, Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt has been a very outspoken critic of President Obama’s EPA, has sued the agency on multiple occasions and has also questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” having called the “debate … far from settled.”

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, Pruitt previously boasted that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda.” Moreover, per Reuters, Pruitt led the charge for Oklahoma in restoring environmental regulatory oversight to the states and away for the agency he’s slated to run.

Pruitt was elected Oklahoma’s attorney general in November 2010 and has focused on restoring more regulatory oversight to states and limiting federal regulations.

As his state’s top legal official, he sued the agency is he poised to lead multiple times, including a pending lawsuit to topple the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Democratic President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy.
With that kind of record, we’re sure this pick, like a couple others, will ruffle some feathers on the left.

Other candidates thought to be in the running for the post included the following:

* Jeff Holmstead, energy lawyer, former EPA official during George W. Bush administration
* Robert Grady, venture capitalist, partner in private equity firm Gryphon Investors
* Leslie Rutledge, Republican Arkansas attorney general
* Carol Comer, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Federal Prosecutors Seek 17 To 21 Years For Convicted Dem Congressman Chaka Fattah…

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Ouch.

Via ABC News::

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 17 to 21 years for a former Pennsylvania congressman convicted of a racketeering scheme that included a string of illicit financial moves to cover up an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

Eleven-term Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, the denouement of a 30-year political career that took him on Air Force One and to a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Fattah, 60, got into financial trouble when his decision to run for Philadelphia mayor in 2007 brushed up against the city’s strict new campaign finance limits. As he struggled to raise money, he routed a $1 million loan from Sallie Mae chairman Albert Lord through a consultant, then reversed the secretive moves through a charity and others when Lord called in the debt.

“For over 20 years, Fattah held himself out … as a champion of education and clean government,” Justice Department lawyer Eric L. Gibson wrote in a filing late Monday that sought a sentence within the guideline range. Instead, “Fattah sought to strengthen himself politically, enrich himself and his co-conspirators, steal from non-profits and the federal taxpayers, and defraud his campaigns, their creditors and a credit union.”

Trump’s Favorability Surges One Month After Election

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I have no doubt that his favorability ratings will continue to rise as regulations are cut and people return to work.

Via Washington Examiner:

President-elect Trump’s favorability rating has increased significantly since his victory last month, and most voters now believe the incoming Republican president will deliver on his promises to reform healthcare and other issues, a new poll shows.

Forty-five percent of voters in the latest George Washington University battleground poll said they have a positive opinion of the president-elect, marking a 9-point increase from mid-October. The percentage of voters who continue to view Trump negatively has declined 12 percentage points – 61 to 49 percent – in the same period.

Defeated Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who recently joined the Green Party-led effort to push for vote recounts in three swing states Trump won, has seen a decline in her favorability rating and an uptick in the percentage of voters who now hold a negative opinion of her (55 percent).

Nearly 50 percent of respondents said what they’ve read or heard about Trump since last month’s election has improved their feelings about him. Thirty-eight percent said the president-elect’s post-election behavior has made them less sympathetic to his cause.

While President Obama has put on a brave face for Democrats and promised to ensure a smooth transition, 21 percent of voters said the primary focus of his successor in his first 100 days should be overcoming partisan division in the country. Fifteen percent said Trump should focus first on the economy, 11 percent on health care reform, 9 percent on getting rid of dysfunction in government and 8 percent on creating jobs.

Trump’s recent success brokering a deal with the air-conditioning company Carrier may have boosted voter confidence in his ability to deliver on his signature campaign promises.

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People Who Only Want To Have Sex With Smart People Now Have Their Own Orientation…

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Democrats need not apply.

Via VICE:

In November of 2014, OKCupid expanded their pre-generated list of sexual orientations, adding androgynous, asexual, questioning and genderqueer options to the mix. The site also made the curious decision to add a new, relatively unknown, sexual orientation to that list: sapiosexual.

Put simply, a sapiosexual is someone who finds intelligence to be the most important sexual trait— the kind of person who quotes Sylvia Plath in bed or, on the other end of the spectrum, argues about microeconomics on a first date.

The term was allegedly coined by a top-hatted LiveJournal user named wolfieboy, “while on too little sleep driving up from SF in the summer of ’98.” But since its inclusion by OkCupid, the identity has gone mainstream: This past month, Merriam Webster announced it was debating whether or not to include it in the next edition of their dictionary.

Meanwhile, a new dating app called Sapio would like to help you shoo away potential suitors who can’t quote Sartre on command.

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Time Warner CEO Says Democrats Were Bigger First Amendment Threat Than Trump…

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He understands the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

When it comes to politicians trampling free speech and free press, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said Tuesday that he doesn’t fear president-elect Donald Trump as much as he does his rivals on the other side of the aisle.

“The threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side,” Bewkes said during a conversation with Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget at a conference in New York in a session that was webcast.

Bewkes made the comment after Blodget noted that Trump had criticized CNN for allegedly unfair coverage, and even threatened some sort of regulation in retaliation against CNN, owned by Time Warner.

“The threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side more,” he says, arguing that journalists viewed a Democratic plank “overly charitably” as campaign finance reform.

“I don’t think that’s a serious thing,” Bewkes told Blodget at the Ignition: Future of Digital conference. “If anybody is going to change the First Amendment — remember, the Democratic party had a campaign plank to change the First Amendment, and they were doing it in the guise of campaign finance reform.”[…]

Bewkes wasn’t specific, though Trump’s Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton promised many times to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allowed the conservative group to promote its anti-Hillary movie. The decision gave corporations rights, similar to those of unions and individuals, to fund political speech.

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Trump To Dreamers: “We’re Going To Work Something Out”

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Via Washington Examiner:

President-elect Trump pushed back on the Democratic suggestion that he will deport so-called “Dreamers,” or children brought to the U.S. illegally by their undocumented parents.

“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Trump said of Dreamers in an interview with Time magazine after he secured its “Person of the Year” title.

“They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here,” Trump said. “Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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BREAKING: Two Police Officers Shot Near Georgia Southwestern University

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Via KSTP:

Authorities say two law enforcement officers have been shot in south Georgia.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says two officers were shot Tuesday in Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta. She says the shooter remains at large.

Georgia Southwestern State University, which is in Americus, issued an alert on its website saying the shooting occurred off campus but that the campus was on lockdown.

Hillary Doesn’t Win Presidency Or Person Of Year, But Does Win…Most Retweeted Tweet!

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Gotta love the desperate search for winning for her. Nasty too, calling him ‘the orange one’.

Via Salon:

President-elect Donald Trump may be famous for his regular use of Twitter (or infamous, depending on how you look at it), but when it comes to the most retweeted political tweet of the year, the popular vote has once again gone to his former Democratic rival — Hillary Clinton.

This tweet, which includes one of the most famous quotes from Clinton’s highly-praised concession speech, was retweeted more than 635,000 times as of Tuesday morning, according to a report by The Hill. It was also the third most retweeted tweet of the year and the top retweet in the United States.

Clinton can also claim to have sent out the second most retweeted political tweet of 2016, one that appropriately enough urged her Republican rival to deactivate his own Twitter account.

That tweet was shared over 550,000 times.

Trumpies can take solace, though, in the fact that their champion managed to eke out a third place slot in terms of most retweeted message, which the orange one sent out on the morning of election day.

Trump’s tweet was shared over 350,000 times.

BREAKING: Trump Wants Ret. Marine General John Kelly For Homeland Security Head

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Via NY Post:

Donald Trump plans to name a third retired general to a top national security spot, according to a new report.

Retired Gen. John Kelly is the president-elect’s pick to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, CBS said Wednesday.

Retired Gen. Jim Mattis was officially named Tuesday night to be the next secretary of defense. And retired Gen. Michael Flynn will serve as the president’s national security adviser.

Kelly, a Marine, served most recently as US Southern Command commander. He left the military earlier this year.

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Dem Congresswoman Calls For A Constitutional Convention For Lib States To Leave The Union After Trump Win…

No, please don’t go!*

*Most sarcastic voice ever.

Obama Reminds Troops Now That Trump Is Going To Be President They Have The Right To “Protest Against Authority” And “Criticize Our President”…

He never ceases to amaze me.

Via CNS News:

In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama focused on his eight-year effort to protect the homeland, fight terrorism, and strengthen U.S. allies. He said he wanted to “talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration.”

On the way to Florida, Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said told reporters, “This is a speech that President Obama was prepared to give before the election.” But at times, it didn’t sound like it.

At one point, Obama reminded the troops “that each of us has…the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that’s open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution.”

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Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: “Day That Will Live In Infamy”…

HT: Rides A Pale Horse

Baltimore City Council Fails To Pass Legislation Renaming Columbus Day To Indigenous People’s and Italian-American Day…

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Baltimore is saved and the crime rate will decrease.

Via WBAL:

Legislation to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s and Italian-American Day in Baltimore City has failed.

The legislation, which needed eight votes to pass, only received seven. The bill would have replaced Columbus Day.

Councilman Pete Welch passed and Councilwoman Mary Patt Clarke abstained from the vote.

Anti-Columbus Day protesters erupted with chants of “There is no pride in genocide,” seconds after the legislation failed.

“Columbus I think was a genius,” Columbis Day supporter Rosalind Heid said. “I don’t blame him for what happened. I blame other people. But it’s history. It’s a fact. Columbus Day is on my calendar for 2017. I just don’t think the city should be messing around with this”

After the bill failed, Councilman Brandon Scott vowed that the measure would come up again.

“It’s very unfortunate that some of my colleagues still have a mindset that we talked about tonight,” Scott said. “You can hear just from what they’re saying. Don’t attack someone who should be celebrated, who shouldn’t be celebrated. This isn’t attacking Italian-Americans, but attacking Christopher Columbus.”

Scott’s effort to end a Columbus Day Holiday in Baltimore was sparked by bill supporters’ view that Columbus should not be honored of commended, that the explorer did not actually discover America and that his actions contributed to the genocide of indigenous people.

“This ‘discovery’ led to so much suffering for indigenous people, for people of African decent as well,” Columbus Day opponent Andrew Reinel said. “So we think it’s important to do this kind of work so we have a more balanced narrative.”

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