Genderqueer? Trans Man? Trans Female? Gender Non-Conforming? University Of California Schools Adds New “Inclusive” Gender Options To Its Applications…

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Big Sis leaving her mark on the UC system.

Via WaPo:

Starting next fall, students applying to any of the University of California’s 10 campuses will have the option of signaling their sexual

orientation and any of a number of gender identities before they even arrive on campus.

The option, part of a host of other accommodations in an effort to make the campuses as inclusive as possible, comes at a time of rapid change for gender identity politics, with high-profile symbols such as Caitlyn Jenner driving the conversation forward, elating some and distressing others.

While many colleges offer numerous opportunities for self-exploration on campus, it’s still unusual for a university to ask the question before students even arrive. […]

So students who hope to attend one of the undergraduate programs can opt to answer this:

How do you describe yourself? (Mark one answer)

·  Male

·  Female

·  Trans Male/Trans Man

·  Trans Female/Trans Woman

·   Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming

·  Different Identity

and,

Do you consider yourself to be (mark one answer) :

·  Heterosexual or straight

·  Gay or lesbian

·  Bisexual

·  Not listed above (please specify)

and,

What sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate? (Mark one answer)

·  Male

·  Female

Police Scanners Confirm Baltimore Cops Ordered To Stand Down While Protesters Destroyed City…

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As we have noted in the past, most recently here, noting that even Councilman Nick Mosby the husband of the State’s Attorney had admitted it on national T.V. (although they didn’t seem to pick up on what he was saying).

Glad to hear they finally seem to be getting it.

Former Democrat CA State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty In Corruption Case, Gun Running Charges Dropped…

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Uncle Leland didn’t have enough “juice” to beat the charges. Update to this story.

Via San Jose Mercury News

Former California legislator Leland Yee pleaded guilty Wednesday to one far-reaching racketeering charge, capping a case that exposed political corruption in the state Capitol.

Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Yee faces a likely prison term of at least several years for his felony conviction for using his political influence to accept bribes. The plea deal was presented in court here to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who will sentence the former Democratic state senator from San Francisco on Oct. 21.

Yee was set to go on trial on political corruption, money laundering and gun trafficking charges in August along with three other defendants, political consultant Keith Jackson, his son, Brandon Jackson, and former sports agent Marlon Sullivan.

Those defendants also pleaded guilty Wednesday under separate plea deals with the U.S. attorney’s office. Keith Jackson, accused of being at the center of Yee’s dealings, pleaded guilty to the same racketeering charge as the defrocked state legislator.[…]

By pleading guilty to the racketeering charge, Yee, among other things, admitted that he agreed to influence legislation for would-be medical marijuana businesses in California, professional sports teams and a company seeking government technology contracts. The racketeering charge also contained allegations Yee tried to arrange an illegal international arms deal through the Philippines in exchange for money.

Yee admitted, for example accepting an $11,000 cash bribe in June 2013 from an undercover FBI agent to help sponsor statewide marijuana legislation, according to his plea agreement. In addition, he admitted he laundered a $6,800 contribution to his secretary of state campaign in 2014, court records show.

Yee’s plea deal avoids a detailed exploration at trial of his political dealing, and likely reduced his potential punishment, while the government will not be forced to detail the scope of an undercover FBI probe that crossed paths with numerous high-profile figures who were not implicated in any wrongdoing, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

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Syrian Jihadist Group Turns Tables On ISIS Fighters, Releases Video Of Them Dressed In Orange Jumpsuits Executing Black-Clad ISIS Jihadis…

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The Saudi-funded, armed and trained Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) executed dozens of their jihadi rivals from ISIS in this new video.

Via Daily Mail:

A terror group battling ISIS in Syria has turned the tables on its enemies by capturing and slaughtering dozens of Islamic State soldiers on camera.

Dressed in orange jumpsuits – attire usually worn by ISIS’s victims – the Jaysh Al-Islam soldiers lead 13 shackled jihadis to their deaths.

Jaysh Al-Islam calls itself the ‘Army of Islam’ and reportedly commands as many as 25,000 loyal fighters following the merger of around 60 rebel factions inside Syria.

Islamic State’s captured soldiers are forced to kneel as a commander announces: ‘Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it.’

The jihadis – dressed entirely in black – are then given something to drink before each of their faces are clearly shown in the 19 minute-long propaganda video. They are then shot in the back of the head at point blank range with shotguns.

Before they are killed, a Jaysh Al-Islam says: ‘The most serious calamity for our jihad today is a group of people who grow at a time of division among Muslims.

‘This group claimed to be the mother state and made Takfir [accused of apostasy] on other Muslims, shed their blood and looted their properties and dignities.

‘They worsened… the ordeal of Muslims by corrupting their religion and livelihood and killing the jihadi leaders who did their best to help our stricken nation.

‘They wreaked havoc on our people in liberated areas and cut the supply route of jihadis. They left… Tehran intact and instead they attacked our mosques.

Iran Lashes 480 People Caught Eating During Ramadan…

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Via NCR:

At least 500 people have been arrested and the majority sentenced to flogging in Shiraz, southern Iran, for failing to observe a fast during daytime in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the regime’s deputy prosecutor general in the city has said.

At least two sites in the city serving food to people during daytime were sealed down and two vehicles have been impounded by the para-military bassij force as part of the regime’s strict measures to prevent people from breaking their fast during the day, Ali Keshavarzi said.

He said that since Ramadan began on June 18, at least 500 people caught eating were arrested. Twenty were later released with warning and the remaining 480 had their sentence carried out within 24 hours. The majority were sentenced to flogging, he said, the state-run Tabnak News reported on Monday.

Another 2,699 individuals received verbal warnings and 261 others were given written notices by the Bassij, Keshavarzi said.

Kelly File: No, There Isn’t A Pattern Of Black Churches Being Burnt

As we noted yesterday, most media are referencing ‘7 Black churches burned’ as though there is some pattern of evil racists burning black churches. But the evidence doesn’t fit the facts, most are not arson, some are not black, and none are being investigated as a hate crime as yet.

Detroit Muslim Women Fight For Right To Wear Islamic Headscarf In No Hoodie Zones…

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Look on the bright side, here in America you can leave the house without a male relative escort.

Via Detroit FREEP

When Raghdaa Ali of Dearborn Heights attempted to walk into a cash advance store one day last summer to get a money order, an employee pointed to the Islamic headscarf Ali wore and said: “You need to take it off.”

The Advance America Cash Advance store in Inkster has a sign outside that reads: “Please Remove hat and Sunglasses” and requires customers to be buzzed in to enter and temporarily remove their head coverings for security reasons.

But as an observant Muslim woman who keeps her head covered in accordance with her faith, Ali tried to explain why she unable to remove her scarf, known as hijab. She was denied entry and told that unless she left, police would be called.

“I felt really hurt that day,” recalled Ali, a native of Iraq. “I’m a U.S. citizen and should not be treated differently because of my religion. This is pure discrimination against hijab.”

Ali later filed a lawsuit, and now her case may come to trial this year in Detroit, illustrating growing tensions as Muslim women fight for the right to wear hijab in public places. It’s a conflict that has come up more frequently in recent years as a religious minority seeks acceptance of its faith.

In addition to Ali’s lawsuit, there have been several other cases involving Muslim women in metro Detroit and the U.S., which civil rights advocates say shows a pattern of misunderstanding about hijab. On Tuesday, Maha Aldhalimi sued the city of Dearborn, saying their officers forced her to take off her hijab for a booking photo after arresting her on parking violations.

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SC Father Concerned After Son Attacked And Arrested As Aggressor At Confederate Flag Protest…

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Media has been ignoring that the attacker was an Anti Confederate Flag protester.

Via Fox 13 Tampa Bay

A Hernando County father has several questions for South Carolina law enforcement after his son was beaten, then arrested at a Confederate flag protest even though he never threw a punch.

South Carolina Department of Public Safety arrested Nicholas Thompson, 25, charging him with disorderly conduct.

Thompson was part of a convoy of pro-Confederate flag demonstrators that drove by an anti-Confederate flag rally Monday night at the State House in Columbia.

As police officers directed traffic to keep moving, Thompson got out of an SUV to retrieve a Confederate flag that was stolen from a car in front of him, he said.

“I was wrong for getting out in the middle of the road. I understand that,” Thompson said. “I got out, and all I did was point and say to the officer, ‘can I please get my flag back that he stole’. Before ‘stole’ got out of my mouth, I got punched in the mouth by the guy right next to the cop.”

Video posted to YouTube shows Thompson get socked in the face right before a group of people pounced on him.

Another man helped Thompson off the ground

“I got beat up by about nine people, and the cop broke it up and put me in handcuffs and charged me,” Thompson said.

During a news conference Tuesday, law enforcement acknowledged Thompson didn’t throw a punch but stood by the initial charge and said Thompson was the “aggressor.”

His father, Mike, doesn’t understand how his son can be the aggressor when he didn’t instigate violence.

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Russia ‘Reviewing’ The Legality Of Baltic States Independence

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Meanwhile while everyone has been looking elsewhere, Russia continues trying to return to the Soviet Union.

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Prosecutor General is reviewing the legality of the independence of the three Baltic countries from the Soviet Union, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The move drew a furious reaction from Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite, who said, “No one has the right to threaten” our independence.

Two lawmakers from the majority United Russia party argued in their appeal to prosecutors that decisions by the State Council of the Soviet Union, which granted independence to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were illegal.

The lawmakers claimed that the decisions “brought great harm” to the country and should therefore be qualified as “state treason”, according to the appeal which is now under review.

The Prosecutor General’s office is “reviewing the request by lawmakers in accordance with Russian law,” a spokesman told AFP.

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US Blocks Attempts By Arab Allies To Arm Kurds With Heavy Weapons In Fight Against Islamic State…

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The one solid force against ISIS and U.S blocks what they need. Unbelievable.

Via The Telegraph

The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.

High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.

The officials say they are looking at new ways to take the fight to Isil without seeking US approval.

“If the Americans and the West are not prepared to do anything serious about defeating Isil, then we will have to find new ways of dealing with the threat,” said a senior Arab government official. “With Isil making ground all the time we simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to wake up to the enormity of the threat we face.”

The Peshmerga have been successfully fighting Isil, driving them back from the gates of Erbil and, with the support of Kurds from neighbouring Syria, re-establishing control over parts of Iraq’s north-west.

But they are doing so with a makeshift armoury. Millions of pounds-worth of weapons have been bought by a number of European countries to arm the Kurds, but American commanders, who are overseeing all military operations against Isil, are blocking the arms transfers.

One of the core complaints of the Kurds is that the Iraqi army has abandoned so many weapons in the face of Isil attack, the Peshmerga are fighting modern American weaponry with out-of-date Soviet equipment.

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After SCOTUS Ruling, Tennessee Hardware Store Owner Puts Up ‘No Gays Allowed’ Sign…

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Nick note: Wrong reaction. There is nothing impinging upon his freedom of religion. But he can expect the social media hordes to descend upon his store.

Via WBIR

An East Tennessee store owner is using what some call a controversial sign to express his beliefs following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Several WBIR 10News viewers brought this story to our attention on Facebook.

Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, added the ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion.

Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said he realized Monday morning that homosexual people are not afraid to stand for what they believe in. He said it showed him that Christian people should be brave enough to stand for what they believe in.

“They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? They believe their way is right, I believe it’s wrong. But yet I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in,” Amyx said.

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Blame Rises With The Body Count In Baltimore

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Via Daily Beast:

It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked the unrest—remains a defining feature of the landscape.

On walls and marquees across West Baltimore, Gray’s name shares space with signs calling for an end to the rash of violence that has plagued the city since May. A large mural depicting Gray’s likeness at the corner of Fulton & Presbury in his neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester calls on police to “Stop Killing Us” while making a plea to the community for peace and love in 2015.

In June, all six Baltimore Police Department officers who were indicted in Gray’s death pleaded not guilty to multiple charges and were ordered by a judge to stand trial on October 13 for crimes ranging from second-degree murder to misconduct in office. A leaked autopsy report obtained this week by The Baltimore Sun shows that Gray died from a “high intensity” injury likely sustained as he was driven around unrestrained in the back of a police van.

In the areas hardest hit by the rioting, dozens of looted stores remain boarded up. Some may never reopen. When asked for their thoughts on what happened, many residents respond angrily, recounting how police stood by and watched their neighborhood burn.

Some black Baltimoreans who are old enough to remember the last time the city erupted into flames—in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.—say it’s time to turn those emotions toward reconciliation.

“People are getting tired,” said Sylvia, 57—who sported a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt last Sunday at Baltimore’s annual African American Festival, and identified herself as a member of the Empowerment Temple AME Church, where Gray’s funeral was held. “Right now we are trying to bring people together to work with police to try to heal and stop the violence.”

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The police made it very clear that the Mayor told them to stand down. The Mayor herself confessed the she had given the looters ‘space to destroy’. Finally even City Councilman Nick Mosby (State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s husband) said he and other officials had told the police to stand down.

SCOTUS Opened The Closet Door, Montana Polygamist Family File For Marriage License…

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The next ‘civil rights’ movement.

Via KRTV

Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.

We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, “Sister Wives.”

The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners.

Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality.Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine.

On Tuesday, Nathan and Christine traveled to the Yellowstone County Courthouse to see if they would be awarded the right to marry under the Marriage Equality Act.

Polygamy is illegal under Montana state law, and recognized as a misdemeanor offense.

“We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family,” said Nathan.

As the two filled out their marriage application they were met with questions.

“There’s a spot on there where you put the dissolution date of your previous marriage and we put ‘not applicable,'” said Christine.

In fact, the couple was met with varied reaction from employees, who were caught off guard.

“So, are you legally married, you didn’t get divorced?” asked one clerk.

“We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you can’t be married to two people at the same time,” said another clerk.

The Colliers were initially denied the license, and the clerk later returned to tell the couple that they would have to check with the Montana Attorney General’s office.

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Drone Captures Video of Russian Base Inside Ukraine

Via FreeBeacon:

Newly released drone footage appears to show a large military buildup at a Russian base inside Ukraine.

Dnipro-1, a pro-government volunteer regiment in Ukraine, released two sets of drone footage on Tuesday that was filmed two weeks apart. Over the two-week span, construction at the Russian base accelerated, the Daily Beast reports.

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#Charleston PD To Charge White Guilters With Public Burning Of Confederate Flag And Climbing On A Monument…

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Another group for DeRay to agitate for.

Update to this story.

Via Charleston Post and Courier

Charleston police will cite protesters who torched flags in Marion Square on June 21 for open burning and climbing on a public monument.

Police observed several white men standing on the John C. Calhoun monument waving Confederate flags around 6:20 p.m., according to the report. It’s against a city ordinance to climb on the monument, and signs are posted.

When officers arrived, about 30 people were standing around watching two men spraying two Confederate flags with Off! bug spray and lighting them on fire, according to the report. Officers told a representative of the group they weren’t allowed to climb on the monument, and they got down. Officers stayed back from the crowd during the protest, planning to get names after the event so charges could be filed later, according to the incident report.

After the Confederate flags were burned and speakers finished, a man took an American flag out of a bookbag, sprayed it with bug spray and pulled out a lighter to ignite it. Deputy Chief Tony Elder tried to warn the man that open burning was prohibited, but the man kept moving away from Elder trying to light the flag, according to the report. Elder and another officer took the flag from the man and started moving away from the crowd, but another man grabbed it back.

Elder told the officers to move away from the crowd. The protesters gathered around the monument again, and the man who originally tried to burn the flag managed to light it on fire, according to the report.

Two of the officers were wearing the new VieVue body cameras and recorded portions of the incident, according to the report. Another officer recorded the man burning the American flag on his patrol car’s camera.

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11th Time Fiber Optic Cable Has Been Intentionally Cut in California

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No security issues here…

Via The Blaze:

For the 11th time within a year, a purposefully severed fiber optic cable was found in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The latest attack was discovered Tuesday morning in Livermore, California, joining other attacks dating back to July 6, 2014.

The FBI in connection with local law enforcement is investigating the vandalism that has occurred in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley, San Jose and now Livermore.

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CNN’s Cuomo Compares Interracial Marriage To Same-Sex Marriage…

And he’s serious.

Not-So-Fun Fact Of The Day…

Scary shit.

Kerry On His Once Firm Deadline For Iran Nuke Deal: “We Have Our Own Sense Of Deadline”…

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What does that even mean?

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North Carolina Shark Attacks Blamed On . . . Wait For It . . . Global Warming…

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You knew this was coming.

North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks– National Geographic

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