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Teachers at NM school directed to stop addressing students as ‘boys and girls’

It was just a “mistake.”

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From KOB 4: Teachers at Carlos Rey Elementary School are in a tough situation after their assistant principal told them to stop calling their students “boys and girls.”

It seems the school administrators decided to take the new transgender bathroom policy for Albuquerque Public Schools a step further. This appears to the first example of something that started as a bathroom issue now expanding into daily life in the classroom.

A letter sent to teachers at Carlos Rey this month titled “Gender Identity Procedural Directive” states teachers can no longer refer to their students as boys and girls starting this month, telling them to eliminate gender in their classrooms.

It incites a passionate reaction from both sides. “This is outlandish,” said Rev. Adelious D. Stith, a regular at APS board meetings. “This just makes no sense at all.”

Stith has been pleading with board members to listen to parents before allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The district has said it will comply with a federal order on the issue, and this is the first school year with the policy in action.

Stith said the letter from an assistant principal proves the APS directive has just caused confusion in how to correctly implement it.

“She or he is now exercising what they believe,” Stith said. “It’s their spin on the directive. They are confused obviously. We can call them scientists, but we can’t call them boys and girls. This is ridiculous.”

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But Adrien Lawyer with the Transgender Resource Center believes the assistant principal was actually trying to do the right thing. “What the principal was trying to say is let’s think about how we address students and all of the gendered language that we use all day every day and whether or not we really have to do that,” he said.

Lawyer said that kind of policy would have taken a lot of the daily suffering out of his childhood, growing up as a girl who knew in his heart he was a boy. “For some young people, that’s a really painful experience every day to be referred to as the wrong gender,” he said.

The district said this was a complete mistake on the assistant principal’s part and that she was immediately addressing the overreach. APS said nowhere in their transgender policy does it say to not call students boys and girls.

Sources at the school, however, tell KOB they were told to continue with that policy.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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One-third of US won’t have choice between Obamacare plans in 2017

Going as planned.

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From MSN: It’s looking like a lot of people are going to have little Obamacare choice next year. One-third of the United States may have just a single insurer to pick from on Obamacare marketplaces in 2017, an analysis released Friday suggests.

Seven entire states are projected to have just one carrier in 2017: Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming, according to research by the Avalere consultancy.

And more than half of the country, 55 percent, may end up having two or fewer insurers to choose from on those government-run exchanges, Avalere said.  “And there may be some sub-region counties where no plans are available,” a report by Avalere on its analysis found.

The findings reflect the effect of announcements this summer that three major insurers — Aetna (AET), UnitedHealth (UNH), and Humana (HUM) — will sharply reduce the number of areas where they will sell individual health plans in 2017 due to financial losses on those plans, as well as the failures of most Obamacare co-op insurance plans.

The analysis relates to the number of insurers in a given “rating region,” not the number of plans available. A single insurer can offer multiple plans at different price points, and at different levels of coverage.

The analysis, which assumes no new plans will enter the markets losing those insurers, is sobering news for many consumers, about 11.1 million of whom are now covered by plans sold on the exchanges.

The Obama administration, when asked about 2017 Obamacare insurance premiums that are on track to be significantly higher than in past years, has repeatedly said that consumers can shop around between plans for better prices. But in areas where this is no or little competition, price shopping will be less of an option.

Pinal County, Arizona, is one place that is, as of now, not expected to have an Obamacare insurer to choose from on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange next year. The county near Phoenix, which has 400,000 residents, has seen two insurers, United Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona decided to exit the area.

Avalere noted that in 2016, only 4 percent of rating regions — the geographic areas that insurance plans cover — had just one or fewer insurers offering plans. And only 33 percent of the country had two or fewer insurers.

“Depending on where consumers live, their choice of insurance plans may decrease for 2017,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, Avalere senior vice president. “Some exchange enrollees may need to choose another insurance plan in order to maintain coverage.”

Avalere President Dan Mendelson said that the decrease in competition in Obamacare plans is the result of lower-than-expected enrollment, consumers who are costing insurers a lot in health-care benefits, and “troubled” programs that were intended to reduce the risk insurers face by selling coverage on the exchanges.

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“Congress and the administration can choose to stabilize these markets and re-establish competition — but only through a consensus process that brings in a brings in a broader swath of the uninsured,” Mendelson said.

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Nearly 15,000 new Clinton emails gleaned in FBI probe

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Via Seattle Times: The State Department said Monday it is reviewing nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails recovered as part of the FBI’s now-closed investigation into the handling of sensitive information that flowed through Hillary Clinton’s private home server.

Lawyers for the department told U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg on Monday that they anticipate processing and releasing the first batch of these new emails in mid-October, raising the prospect new messages sent or received by Democratic nominee could become public just before November’s presidential election. The judge is overseeing production of the emails as part of a federal public-records lawsuit filed by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch.

Representing the State Department, Justice Department lawyer Lisa Olson told Boasberg that officials do not yet know what portion of the emails is work-related rather than personal. Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She has claimed that she deleted only personal emails prior to returning over 55,000 pages of her work-related messages to the State Department last year.

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The State Department has publicly released most of those work-related emails, although some have been withheld because they contain information considered sensitive to national security.

Republicans are pressing to keep the issue of Clinton’s email use alive after the FBI closed its investigation last month without recommending criminal charges. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump routinely criticizes Clinton for her handling of emails containing classified information.

Olson told the judge that State earlier this month received seven disks containing “tens of thousands” of emails Clinton sent or received during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat. The first disk, labeled by the FBI as containing non-classified emails not previously disclosed by Clinton, contains about 14,900 documents, Olson said. The second disk is labeled as emails containing classified information.

Olson told Boasberg she could not immediately say how many emails are contained on the rest of the disks or how many might be copies of emails Clinton already has provided.

Given the large volume of messages, Olson said it was “extremely ambitious” for the agency to complete its review and begin releasing the first batches of emails to Judicial Watch by Oct. 14.

Judicial Watch lawyer Lauren Burke told Boasberg that the proposed schedule is too slow and pressed for faster release of the emails from the first disk. The judge ordered the department to focus its efforts on processing the emails from the first disk and to report back to him on its progress by Sept. 22.

As part of proceedings in a separate Judicial Watch lawsuit, a federal judge on Friday ordered Clinton to answer written questions from the group about why she chose to rely on a private server located in the basement of her New York home, rather than use a government email account.

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Secret U.S. Army memo on preparing for martial law?

An image of an alleged secret U.S. Army memoradum on preparation for martial law has surfaced online, reportedly uploaded to Facebook by Diane Holthaus last Friday, August 18, 2016.

I don’t know if it’s authentic, but given the gravity of the subject matter, I decided to err on the side of prudence by publishing it on FOTM.

Here’s the image of the alleged memorandum, followed by my transcription of it into text:

Dept of Army memo preparation for martial lawHere’s the text of the memorandum:

Department of the Army
Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division
Bldg 1435, Wetzel Ave.
Fort Carson, CO 80913-4145

AFYB-STA-MNT
8 August 2016
Memorandum For Record
Subject: Preparation for Martial Law

1. As of 5 August 2016 2322 the Bill for the Executive Order Enacting Martial Law has been put into effect. Fort Carson will start training and prepartion on 5 September 2016 at 0900.

a. The following Brigades will be starting on 8 September 2016.

Brigades Dates Soldiers
1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team 8 September 2016 350
1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team 29 September 2016 625
4th Sustainment Brigade 8 September 2016 275
4 Combat Aviation Brigade 8 September 2016 175
759th MP Battalion 29 September 2016 215
10th Combat Support Hospital 8 September 2016 265
423rd Transportation Company 29 September 2016 350

b. The preparation will be conducted on range 165 near Red Devil training site at gate 12. The soldiers at this event will be conducting preparation for a field site hospital, FOB, riot control, ect.

c. The training will last for six weeks before the rotation of soldiers in the field site every 3 weeks after the first six weeks.

Andy Wolf of PopularMilitary.com debunks the memo:

Despite the official looking notice, the document gave several clues as to its authenticity- but only to those who would have experience with such documents. For example, there is no security clearance classification on the document, as well as other formatting areas.

Popular Military reached out to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office, who were all too familiar with the aforementioned document.

“The Facebook posting showing what appears to be an official 4th Infantry Division memo stating that Fort Carson is starting martial law training is a complete fabrication,” a Fort Carson official wrote via email.  “There is no training being conducted on Fort Carson concerning any type of martial law preparation. The Posse Comitatus Act forbids military involvement in domestic law enforcement without congressional approval.

While certain units (such as Military Police) occasionally train for “martial law”-type activities, it is generally done in conjunction with regular training of their everyday duties, such as riot control or securing contested areas. In addition, such matters are more often relegated to National Guard troops, who can be mobilized more easily than Active Duty troops.

I tried to verify the memorandum’s assertions. This is what I found:

  • There is a U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, CO. Click here for its website.
  • Its headquarters is in Bldg 1435, 6105 Wetzel Ave., Fort Carson, CO 80913-4145.
  • A search for “AFYB-STA-MNT” brought up the website of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which is a short distance from NORAD and USNORTHCOM headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • The 4th Infantry Division’s units are somewhat different from the Brigade units mentioned in the memo:
    • 1st Stryker Combat Brigade Team
    • 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (the memo has this as 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
    • 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team
    • 4th Combat Aviation Brigade
    • 4th Division Artillery
    • 4th Sustainment Brigade
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
  • Most importantly, Obama did not issue an Executive Order numbered 2322, nor did he issue any executive order on martial law, nor is there any Executive Order issued by any President that is numbered 2322. Numbered Executive Orders began under President Herbert Hoover, with the number 5075. See The American Presidency Project‘s web page, “Executive Orders: Washington – Obama“.

My conclusion: The alleged 4th Infantry Division “Preparation for Martial Law” memorandum is a fake.

Please don’t contribute to the dissemination of this fakery via email or social media.

H/t GiGi

Update (Aug. 25, 2016):

Official denial from the 4th Infantry Division (source: WND):

“The Facebook posting showing what appears to be an official 4th Infantry Division memo is a complete fabrication,” Fort Carson officials said in a statement. “There is no training being conducted on Fort Carson concerning any type of martial law preparation.”

~Eowyn

Obamas end last taxpayer-paid Martha’s Vineyard vacation

Yesterday was the last day of the Obamas’ taxpayer-paid family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the East coast’s summer playground of America’s élites.

Obamas' last Martha's Vineyard taxpayer-paid vacay Aug. 2016As reported by Cape Cod Times, the day “came to a close Sunday much as it began — with a round of golf.”

The POS and his family boarded Air Force One around 6:35 p.m. at Joint Base Cape Cod and headed back to Washington.

Here’s another view of FLPOS:

Michelle Obama leaves Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 21, 2016S/he’s getting chunky.

Must be those Michelle Obama school lunches….

Obama economic recovery in 9 chartsH/t FOTM‘s DCG

~Eowyn

Sunday funnies!


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Democratic National Convention – A Bad Lip Reading!

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