Pentagon follows the lead of its branches

I'm sure you have heard the news by now. Several people posted about it yesterday or this morning.

Let's face it. I've been scooped.

After there were several instances of leaks and near leaks yesterday sharing that the Pentagon's ban on transgender personnel was not going to survive the week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter came out with it.

Carter issued two directives. The first one established a Pentagon working group to "study over the next six months the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly."

At my direction, the working group will start with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified.

The second directive stated that all decisions to dismiss troops with gender dysphoria would come under the purview of acting Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness Brad Carson.

This second directive elevates further the level of action needed to dismiss transgender personnel. As background, here's the Army doing more or less the same thing: Army discharge policy: Changing while remaining the same.

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The Breakfast Club (This Land)

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Transgender students in New Jersey get insurance coverage

New Jersey's Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan, which covers students at four public educational institutions in the state (The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Montclair University, and Kean University) will begin providing coverage for transgender health issues beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

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The Breakfast Club (Nothing Really Matters)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for July 13th

  

 

 

   

Live Aid concerts held in London and Philadelphia; A
French revolutionary is stabbed in his bath; Civil War draft riots
erupt in New York; A power blackout hits the Big Apple; Actor Harrison
Ford born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Queen - Live Aid - Part 1 (1/5)

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I ask this in all seriousness -- what in the zipless fck is wrong with our species? People, here's some tips on fireworks. Do not light them off your head. Do not light them off your chest. And, when you light one, throw the damn thing as far as you can! These things explode. You're aware of that, right? Oh, and when the sign says beware of the alligator, please, you know, do your very best to beware of the damn alligator. This has been a terrible week for Charles Darwin.

Charles Pierce

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The Breakfast Club (Don't get trouble in you mind)

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Tangerine: Transgender comedy flick

Sean Baker is an independent filmmaker. He's been known for the films Take Out and Prince of Broadway. He also is responsible for the television series Greg the Bunny and Warren the Ape.

 photo tngerine_zpsvfjlqdov.jpgBaker has a new film that came out on Thursday. Baker co-created Tangerine, along with Chris Bergoch, which centers on a donut shop near his home in Hollywood. The film's actors are transgender women Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and James Ransone from The Wire.

The film was financed by the Duplass Brothers on an extremely low budget and shot using three iPhone 5S smartphones with anamorphic adapters. Film production began on Christmas Eve 2013 and wrapped on January 18, 2014.

Tangerine's world premier was at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015. World rights were purchased by Magnolia Pictures which is handling distribution and advertising in what is being called a limited release.

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The Breakfast Club (Bad is Bad)

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Breakfast Tune: Bad is Bad/Ukulele and Banjo - A Girl from Texas
 

 

Bad is Bad/Ukulele and Banjo

RockinFunkyFolkGrass(Theresa Arnold)- Published on Oct 21, 2014 One of many jam session with dad. This is from the "crotch" collection of video recordings...LOL. This one was filmed in May 2014.... 

 

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Today in History for July 11th

America normalizes diplomatic ties with Vietnam; Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in a duel; Skylab makes a fiery return to Earth; Babe Ruth's major league debut; Laurence Olivier dies. 

Breakfast News & Blogs Below

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Shocking: Fox makes up news for "special report"

I'm shocked! Shocked, I say...that a so-called news organization would listen to a conservative parental rights group as their source for news without ever searching for what rationally generates the "story."

Headline: Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

A group calling itself Parents Rights in Education has taken two separate pieces of Oregon health law and bundled them together to come to the "shocking" conclusion that a fifteen year-old in Oregon can now walk into a health care facility in Oregon and demand a sex change operation without parental consent.

It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children. They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling.

--Lori Porter, Parent's Rights in Education

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The Breakfast Club (A Song About Alice)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for July 10th

  

 

 

   

Start of World War II's Battle of Britain; Telstar
satellite launched; Millard Fillmore becomes President; Chechen warlord
Shamil Basayev killed; Singer Arlo Guthrie born; Cartoon voice Mel Blanc
dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate
another person's point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a
challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in
terms of serving other people.

Arlo Guthrie

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Country Roads

When I try for a mental picture Appalachia, what I normally come up with is West Virginia. As a transperson, that is not normally what I would call heaven. Not even "almost heaven."

 photo Skinner_zpsvyvgkq8o.jpgBut such places can surprise. Last year Trudy Kitzmiller and Kristen Skinner were treated badly at the DMV. You don't have to be transgender to get that...but being transgender at any DMV can be a special kind of Hell.

(A manager) told me it was a DMV policy that people listed as male could not wear makeup. The manager referred to me as 'it' and told me to take off my makeup, wig and fake eyelashes.

--Skinner

She couldn't comply with removing the "wig and fake eyelashes." since they were her own hair. She did remove all her make-up before having her picture taken.

The 45-year-old IT professional called the experience at the Charles Town office in Jefferson County on January 7 "humiliating."

The way I was treated was unprofessional. Isn't the point of a photo identification to identify how you look every day?

--Skinner

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