The Breakfast Club (Tuba Skinny)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

 

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Air Force cracks open the door to transgender service

 photo Logan-Ireland_zpsltgdzuny.jpgOn Thursday the Air Force announced a policy change which will make it more difficult to for transgender troops to be discharged. The AF's new policy is modeled on the one adopted by the Army in March.

In the past airmen diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identified as transgender were generally immediately discharged, based upon decisions made by a doctor or unit commander. The new policy requires review of such decisions by officials at Air Force headquarters.

A psychiatrist or psychologist must support the recommendation for discharge for gender dysphoria. A commander must also determine that the condition interferes with troops' performance of their duty.

Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority to the Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency, ensures the ability to consistently apply the existing policy.

--Daniel Sitterly, Air Force personnel official

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The Breakfast Club (The Suckiest Blogging Day, Part 3)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgTwenty six screaming 7 and 9 year olds.  Twenty eight "adult" chaperones. 

Nothing will get done.  What fun.

I will be wearing very old clothes that I will burn immediately
following a very long shower after dealing with many sticky
interventions, some of them with children.

How bad can it be?  Last year my relative wanted to do toilet
paper bowling (you know, toilet paper for the pins).  It's cheap, it's
soft, you need it anyway.  What could possibly go wrong?

Toilet paper Dodgeball.

Did I mention the fun?

So forget music.  You get music next week.  This week you get schadenfreude.

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That bathroom thing? Oh, yeah. It's crap.

We've seen it time and again. Someone somewhere suggests that a school district actually develop a policy to protect transgender students from bullying and sexual or physical harassment and the first thing you know the conservative media is all over "the bathroom thing."

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington all have statewide nondiscrimination laws designed to protect students on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, as does the District of Columbia. Additionally, Wisconsin and New York protect students on the basis of sexual orientation, but not gender identity.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education today issued official guidance which makes clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Specifically, the guidance states that "Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation.

--GLSEN, April 29, 2015

Rightwing sources: Government overreach. Title IX was never intended to protect "those kind of people."

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The Breakfast Club (Traveling)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

Today in History for June 5th

   

 

 

 

    

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in Los Angeles;
The Six-Day War erupts in the Mideast; Birth of the Marshall Plan; First
reported AIDS cases in the U.S.; Former President Ronald Reagan dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

STEVIE NICKS "NIGHTBIRD" LIVE WITH LORI NICKS 1983

   

 

 

 

    

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Confucius

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Because opportunities to hate are so rare

One of the stupidest efforts to promote transphobia is underway at Change.org. Someone who claims to be Jennifer Bradford of Fort Worth, Texas is calling for Caitlyn Jenner to be stripped of her gold medal in the Olympic decathalon in 1976. The petition, written in the form of an open letter to the IOC opines:

Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men's sports and vice versa.

It is with a heavy heart that we must ask whether or not it is proper that Ms. Jenner should retain her Olympic records in light of this, as we must now either claim that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two entirely different people (which we know is not true), or that Bruce Jenner was, in fact, a woman participating in a men's event.

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The Breakfast Club (On The Road Pt. 1)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgI will be busy this weekend visiting relatives and TMC will be out of town also.  Normally (and I'm not bragging or wanting
anyone to feel bad about their contribution) these take me from 3 to 4
hours to do, exclusive of the time spent reading to find the material. 

What takes the time is writing the front part (sometimes more and
sometimes less, depending on the depth of treatment) and expanding the
news stories with quotes (always a slog and terrifically time
consuming).

Anyway, while I'm on the road I'm dispensing with the tricky and
time consuming (and amusing and informative I hope) bits and formating
everything as blog posts (title, author, publication) which will save a
ton of time better spent on napping or socializing with people who
already think I'm a driven eccentric (which is of course, true).

I apologize to you dear reader for this blatant
disregard of your needs and feelings and can only promise that I shall
return from this exhausted and cranky (I shall be dealing with children
and I like them just fine if properly prepared), and resume my normal
sub-standard output as soon as I can decently get away with it.

Science Oriented Video

 

1st place Egg Drop project ideas- using SCIENCE

 

The law that entropy always increases holds, I think,
the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to
you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with
Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If
it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these
experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found
to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope;
there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

-Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World (1927)

Science News and Blogs

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OSHA issues transgender bathroom usage guide

In early May I shared OSHA partners with NCTE re: transgender worker safety.

Here's a paragraph from that piece:

For its part, OSHA will promote and disseminate a bulletin developed in conjunction with NCTE of recommended best practices for restroom access for transgender workers. NCTE will disseminate general OSHA information on a quarterly basis vis its website and provide opportunities for OSHA representatives to speak at NCTE events.

On Monday OSHA issued formal guidance on transgender bathroom usage in the workplace.

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The Breakfast Club (Respect)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for June 3rd

  

 

 

   

Ed White is the first American to walk in space;
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and Pope John XXIII die; Britain's Duke of
Windsor weds Wallis Simpson; Poet Allen Ginsberg and entertainer
Josephine Baker born.

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Blues Brothers 2000: Aretha Franklin - R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Respect) FünfSterneMovieClip

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.

Jackie Robinson

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AP does it wrong: Sexualization of trans women

 photo Caitlyn_zpsfgxp2vh7.jpgOne presumes that a news organization would have a style guide for a reason. GLAAD summarizes the AP and New York Times style books here.

And right there it says...

Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.

And that really makes people scratch their heads when they released Trans woman Bruce Jenner debuts Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a va-va-voom fashion in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

“Call me Caitlyn,” declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

In addition to the corset, Vanity Fair released a black-and-white video on the making of the cover. It shows Jenner getting her hair done and posing in a long, off-the-shoulder gown with ample cleavage.

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