Straight Women Are ‘Appropriating’ Lesbian Fashion

From National Review:

Guardian Column: Straight Women in Baggy Clothes Are Appropriating Lesbian Culture

By Katherine Timpf | March 25, 2015

… A lesbian columnist wrote a piece in The Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less-than-feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are.

This gives ‘coming out of the closet’ a whole new meaning. Apparently, you have to come out of the closet dressed the right way. And there can’t be any confusion about it.

The columnist, named Sophie Wilkinson, describes the trend of what she calls “unisex style” as a new thing, blaming the “high-street ubiquity of unisex outfitters such as American Apparel and Uniqlo and the androgynous cuts of Scandinavian shops like Cos.”

“What was once a queer-owned style has shifted to the mainstream, being appropriated by straight women to the point that it’s now impossible to infer a sexual orientation from the way a woman dresses,” Wilkinson writes in a piece titled “Butch chic: how the gender-neutral trend has ruined my wardrobe.”

According to Wilkinson, examples of this “butch chic” style include printed T-shirts, “skirts without peplums or lace,” torn vests “riot grrrl boots,” and, in general, outfits where “functionality takes precedence.” …

Clearly we need to bring back the sumptuary laws of the Middle Ages.


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Eleven ‘Resolutions’ From A UK Feminist Conference

From the Daily Caller:

The 11 Strangest ‘Resolutions’ From A UK Feminist Conference

By Blake Neff | March 25, 2015

The National Union of Students (NUS) Women Conference currently underway in the UK has drawn substantial attention for its efforts to encourage attendees to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping in order to avoid triggering anxiety attacks in participants. This attention, however, diverts attention away from … the motley array of strange and fascinating resolutions attendees at the conference have been voting on…

In fact, the purpose of NUS’s annual conference is to decide on the feminist issues for NUS to campaign on. And so this is some of the issues they have come up with for this year.

Here’s 11 of the most fascinating motions members have approved or have yet to consider.


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Words Hillary Supporters Won’t Let You Say About Her

From the Daily Caller:

Here Are The Words Hillary’s Supporters Won’t Let You Say

By Patrick Howley | March 25, 2015

… “We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism,” the pro-Hillary group HRC Super Volunteers warned The New York Times’ Amy Chozick [in an email] Wednesday…

Ms. Chozick posted on Twitter yesterday that a Hillary group had emailed her with a list of words that she was not to use when describing Hillary.

Here are the words that you can’t use to describe Clinton:

polarizing – Yup. Nothing polarizing about this.
calculating – I usually pair this with the term “cold.” As in, “Cold War.” Or, “cold, loveless marriage.”
disingenuous – Like when chicks say “I’m not looking for anything serious.” Or, you know, “I’m on the pill.” Or when, you know, Bill pretended he was crying about the death of Ron Brown when actually he was laughing.


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Radio Shack To Sell Customer Info In Bankruptcy Sale

From CBS New York affiliate, WCBS:

Report: Radio Shack To Sell Customers’ Personal Information In Bankruptcy Sale

March 25, 2015

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — … CBS2’s Dick Brennan… [is reporting that] Radio Shack is ready to sell information they have on some 117 million customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers and other details on purchases.

This despite the Radio Shack privacy policy, which says “We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time.”

And some consumer experts say what Radio Shack is doing is nothing new. “People are looking at Radio Shack now and they are gonna vilify Radio Shack,” said consumer expert Paul Viollis. “But at the end of the day, Radio Shack isn’t doing anything all other major corporations haven’t been doing for many years.”

But states are lining up against the move.


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Two People Filed 1,700 Sex Discrimination Complaints

From an unquestioning Washington Post:

Civil rights complaints to U.S. Department of Education reach a record high

By Lyndsey Layton | March 18, 2015

Straining under a record number of civil rights complaints, the U.S. Department of Education wants to hire 200 more investigators to expand its civil rights division by 30 percent.

Why does the DOE even have a civil rights division? Why does every government agency have one? Is the government that prone to violating their employees’ civil rights? If so, maybe it should be shut down. — And while we are asking questions, why do we even have a Department Of Education? Education is supposed to be the purview of the states…

Complaints of discrimination to the department have soared from 6,364 in fiscal 2009 to a record of 9,989 in the most recent fiscal year.



VA Hospital Director Given $288,00 To Move 140 Miles

First from the Washington Free Beacon:

VA Construction Chief Retires Amid $1 Billion Boondoggle

By CJ Ciaramella | March 25, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ top construction official retired Wednesday with a full federal pension amidst calls from Congress for his firing due to massive cost overruns on VA construction projects. Glenn Haggstrom, the head of the VA’s Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, announced his resignation, effectively immediately…

The Washington Post reported last week that cost estimates for a Colorado VA medical center under construction had ballooned from $328 million to $1.73 billion…

Nitpickers! That kind of cost increase is pretty much in line with every other government project. (Cf. Obama-Care.)

According to the VA, Haggstrom had recently been relieved of his duties and was under an internal investigation into delays and cost overruns…

And yet he will be allowed to enjoy his full pension and keep his generous retirement benefits, including taxpayer subsidized healthcare for the rest of his life.


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Bowe Bergdahl Fans Start #BergdahlPardon Hashtag

From the Dignitas News Service:

Bowe Bergdahl Fans Start #BergdahlPardon Twitter Topic

By Paul M Winters | March 25, 2015

Within moments after the US Army announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be charged for desertion and misbehaving with the enemy, his legion of far-left fans and fellow traitors took to Twitter Wednesday, starting the #BergdahlPardon topic to express their sympathy and support. The social media thread was apparently started by former Bazos County (Tx) Arts Council Director David Romei, a shady character who is no stranger to controversy himself, having been convicted of property theft for which he was jailed and ordered to pay back $268,000 in restitution.

That’s Dr. Romei to you. The man seems to be excessively proud of having a PhD.



Rice In June: Bergdahl ‘Served With Honor, Distinction’

From Breitbart:

Susan Rice Flashback: Bergdahl Served ‘With Honor and Distinction’

By Ian Hanchett | March 25, 2015

National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the June 1, 2014 brodcast [sic] of ABC’s “This Week” by saying Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Regarding the desertion allegations, she said Bergdahl, “served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years.”

Apparently, Ms. Rice was Obama’s favorite outlet for distributing disinformation. That is, aside from the NYT.

Rice also said that “assurances relating to the movement, the activities, the monitoring of those detainees [released in exchange for Bergdahl] give us confidence that they cannot and, in all likelihood, will not pose a significant risk to the United States.


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Obama In June: ‘Absolutely No Apologies’ For The Swap

First, from Breitbart:

White House Silent After Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Treason

By Charlie Spiering | March 25, 2015

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with treason, his lawyer says, but the White House is not commenting on the news yet. A request for comment about the news was referred by the White House to the Department of Defense, which is in charge of the investigation…

During the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that he was “not aware of any plans” of the Army’s intentions to release their report on the matter… [and he referred] White House reporters to the Department of Defense…

The Obama administration maintained that Berghdal [sic]was a hero when he was first brought back to American soil as a result of the Guantanamo deal.



Jen Psaki Says Bergdahl Deal Was ‘Absolutely Worth It’

From Fox News:

‘Was it worth it? Absolutely': Obama administration official defends Bergdahl trade despite charges

March 26, 2015

… The Obama administration’s incoming communications director said Wednesday the decision to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders last year was the right move, hours after he was charged with desertion. "Was it worth it? Absolutely," Jen Psaki told Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File." "We have a commitment to our men and women serving in the military, defending our national security every day, that we’re going to do everything to bring them home if we can, and that’s what we did in this case."

So is the US military then obligated to go after every deserter, every defector, even if they don’t want to be rescued?



Saudis Bomb Iran Allies In Yemen, US Aids Iran In Iraq

From the Associated Press:

Saudis begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen

By KEN DILANIAN | March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.

As the AP notes, the Houthi are Iran’s surrogates in Yemen. Perhaps the Saudis were getting nervous about the numerous media reports (see below) that claim the US has been supporting Iran’s surrogates in Iraq with air strikes and intelligence.

In an unusual tableau [sic], Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States announced the rare military operation by his country at a Washington news conference about a half-hour after the bombing began…

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said his government had consulted closely with the U.S.


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Obama Declassified Report On Israel’s Nuke Program

From Israel’s Arutz Sheva:

US Declassifies Document on Israel’s Nuclear Power

Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

By Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman | 3/25/2015

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.


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Feminists: Clapping Triggers Anxiety, Use ‘Jazz Hands’

From BBC News:

Students swap clapping for jazz hands at NUS event

By Jimmy Tam | 24 March 2015

Women at a national student event have been asked to use jazz hands instead of clapping. The request came during the National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Conference in Solihull, West Midlands.

We prefer the sound of one hand clapping ourselves.

The NUS Women’s Campaign tweeted: "Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!" Delegates have told Newsbeat "it’s a nice way to show solidarity".

Nona Buckley-Irvine is general secretary at the London School of Economics Students’ Union (LSE SU). She told Newsbeat: "Jazz hands are used throughout NUS in place of clapping as a way to show appreciation of someone’s point without interrupting or causing disturbance, as it can create anxiety.



Colorado Democrats Want To Block All Indian Mascots

From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

Colorado Democrats Want to Force Schools to Drop Indian Mascots

March 24, 2015

(Colorado Springs, CO) A bill that passed in a state House committee Monday could force nearly 50 Colorado public schools to part with American Indian mascots.

Local schools that may have to change identities include: Charles M. Russell Middle School (Raiders); Cheyenne Mountain Canon Elementary (Indians); Cheyenne Mountain High (Indians); Mitchell High School (Marauders); Stetson Elementary (Raiders); West Junior High (Warriors); La Vita Schools (Redskins); Lamar High School (Savages); and Centennial’s Arapahoe High School (Warriors). All are listed by the American Indian Cultural Support organization as having "Native American Racial Mascots."

The bill, sponsored by 12 Democrats and no Republicans, would establish a committee to rule on which schools — if any — may continue using mascots with any nexus to American Indian history and culture.



Fed Workers Owe IRS $3.5B, IRS Data Open To Visitors

From CNN Money:

Federal workers owe the IRS $3.5 billion

By Katie Lobosco | March 24, 2015

Federal workers and retirees owe the IRS $3.5 billion, according to data released Tuesday. About 3.1% of all federal employees, including civilian and military employees, are late on their taxes. That means that they either didn’t pay the full amount owed when they filed a return, or an IRS audit found that they owed more than they’d paid.

Last year, 3.3% of federal workers owed $3.3 billion.

So why isn’t something done to stop this? How hard would it be?

At 1.2%, the Department of Treasury (which includes the IRS) was the most law-abiding. At a delinquency rate of about 5%, workers at the U.S. Postal Service owe the most: $344.9 million.


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