August 23, 2018

Health web site recommends using "front hole" instead of "vagina" for transgenders


 
Well, if you live in an alternate reality you may as well use alternate terminology.

From Yahoo: A new safe sex guide for the LGBTQIA community includes the term “front hole” as an alternative to “vagina.”

The health website Health line, along with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Advocates for Youth, has published the LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide, which expands current safe sex terminology.

Traditional safe sex guides are often structured in a way that presumes everyone’s gender (male/female/no binary/trans) is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth (male/female/intersex or differences in sexual development),” reads a statement on Health line. “These guides also often unnecessarily gender body parts as being ‘male parts’ and ‘female parts’ and refer to ‘sex with women’ or ‘sex with men,’ excluding those who identify as nonbinary. Many individuals don’t see body parts as having a gender — people have a gender. …

“For the purposes of this guide, we’ve chosen to include alternative words for readers to use for their genitals,” the statement continues. “For example, some trans men choose to use the words ‘front hole’ or ‘internal genital’ instead of ‘νagina.’ Alternatively, some Trans women may say ‘strapless’ or ‘girl d***’ for penis. This usage is meant for one-on-one communication with trusted persons, such as your doctor or partner, not for broad discussion.”

The term “front hole” was recommended in a November study of 10 transgender men published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. The study identified cultural and logistical barriers to the reproductive needs of transgender men, who for example get pregnant and give birth, and, as a result, face discrimination.  

Two key recommendations for physicians, concluded researchers are to use alternative terms such as “chest feeding” in place of “breastfeeding” and “front hole” for “νagina.” Lead researcher Alexis Hoffkling, MD, did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. 

Healthline’s new guide does not merely offer a more sensitive way to communicate — as the site points out, people whose identity isn’t represented culturally or statistically may not get adequate health care.

Healthline directed Yahoo Lifestyle to the following statement, which reads in part: “Some people are under the impression that Healthline is now using the term ‘front hole’ instead of νagina. This is simply not true. As one of the world’s leading health websites, we place a huge emphasis on standards of accuracy, integrity, and balance. Every article we publish undergoes a rigorous editorial process and extensive medical review.

“In the LGBTQIA Safe sex Guide, we use both front hole and νagina,” the statement reads. “‘Front hole’ is one of the numerous, accepted terms for genitalia we use specifically for certain members of the trans community who identify with it. In no instance in this guide are we saying we want to replace the word νagina.”

Debra Hauser, president of Advocates for Youth, sent the following statement to Yahoo Lifestyle: “We were happy to contribute to Healthline’s LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide. While correct names for body parts are part of the bedrock foundation of sexuality education, Healthline crafted their pamphlet to be inclusive of all types of bodies and all people. They included terms used by some in the transgender community as well as medical terms. Sex Ed is rarely able to be this inclusive, and we applaud Healthline for creating such a valuable resource.  Representation matters, and having words that reflect how each of us describes our body parts is crucial to lifelong health and well being.  We stand by our contributions to this thoughtful and informative guide.”

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Illinois child services investigates mother for letting her 8-year-old walk puppy around the block on his own


 
The investigation included an interview with the child’s pediatrician.

Your tax dollars at work.

From Daily Mail: An Illinois mother-of-two says she had been investigated by child services for allowing her eight-year-old daughter to walk the family dog by herself in their neighborhood. 

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, 48-year-old Corey Widen, of Wilmette, said earlier this month, someone called the police on her after seeing her child outside with her Maltese puppy, Marshmallow, without an adult around.

Police interviewed the mother and decided not to pursue criminal charges, but the incident trigged a two-week investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. ‘For something like this to happen to me, there’s something really wrong,’ Widen told the paper.

The mom-of-two, who in the past had operated a consignment boutique catering to parents, has been home-schooling her daughter and says her walk around the block with Marshmallow is the only time during the day the girl is briefly unsupervised. The mother added that she can see her daughter out of the windows of her three-bedroom house for most of her route.

After Widen's daughter safely returned home with the puppy on August 2, the family were visited by officers from the Wilmette Police Department, who asked how long the eight-year-old had been outside on her own.

After hearing Widen's response, the officers left without charging her with child neglect.

Under Illinois state law, child neglect is defined as leaving a minor younger than 14 ‘without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety or welfare of that minor.’

The anonymous tipster who called the police on Widen then reached out to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Caseworkers from the agency visited the Widens' home, interviewed her 17-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, as well as their pediatrician and other family members.

 
Two weeks into the investigation, the DCFS informed Widen's attorney that officials have found nothing to suggest child neglect and closed the case.

Widen says the entire process has caused her family undue stress, but officials with child services point out that they have an obligation to the public to look into all complaints. ‘There are all these other cases where we say, “if only someone had called us,”’ DCFS spokesman Neil Skene told the Tribune.

There has been a string of news stories in recent years about parents being investigated for allowing their kids to play alone in the park, or walk home from school unsupervised. 

Vocal 'free-range parenting' advocates Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, from Silver Spring, Maryland, made national headlines when they allowed their then- 0- and six-year-old children to walk home from a park in December 2014, and then again in April 2014. 

After months-long investigations by Child Protective Services, both cases against the Meitivs were dismissed without child neglect charges.

Families who practice 'free-range parenting' encourage their children to be independent and explore their surroundings. 

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Fellowship of the Minds is back!


Good morning, patriots!

Last Wednesday, in the darkness of the early morning hours between 1 am and 3 am, WordPress (WP) arbitrarily and without warning took down Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) -- a blog that was nearly 9 years old, with more than 38 million views and tens of thousands of published posts.

The reason given was an unspecified "violation" of WP's Terms of Service (TOS).

I immediately asked WP exactly which TOS we had "violated".

It wasn't until five days later that WP deigned to answer my question with a vague and all-purpose non-explanation:
"Upon review of your WP site, we no longer feel that your account aligns with our TOS and User Guidelines. As such you will no longer be permitted to use WordPress.com."
Note their use of the word "feel". One can dispute a fact -- whether FOTM in fact had violated a particular term(s) of service. But how can a "feeling" be disputed? You feel happy, which is something I can neither agree nor disagree nor dispute about. It's an emotion -- your feeling.

I turned to Blogger and set up this blog as an interim forum until we could resurrect FOTM on another, hopefully more dependable, server.

The domain transfer to our new server is completed, and we are back up and running:
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/
That means we will no longer be posting here on Blogger at https://fotm2.blogspot.com/. We are grateful to Blogger for extending to us the privilege of a temporary home.

We were able to retrieve only a fraction of the posts from the old FOTM (a curse on WordPress for what they did to us), and are in the process of restoring those posts.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Please come and visit. Click here.

Exercise your First Amendment Constitutional right to freedom of speech and of opinion that our Founding Fathers so wisely and presciently created 242 years ago.

We will not be silenced!!!

WWG1WGA = Where We Go One, We Go All

God bless you all, God bless Fellowship of the Minds, and God bless America,


~Dr. Eowyn


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Elizabeth Warren asked about Mollie Tibbetts, proceeds to lament the treatment of illegal ailens


 
Of course she does.
Democrats Against Citizens of America.
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August 22, 2018

Madonna's 10-minute tribute to Aretha Franklin was all about Madonna

Whose bright idea was it to invite "It's all about me" Madonna to pay a tribute to the great soul singer singer Aretha Franklin, who died last Wednesday, at Monday's MTV Music Video Awards?

Ever the attention-seeking whore, 60-year-old Madonna draped herself in a bizarre faux-ethnic costume. Which culture is she appropriating?



In her 10-minute tribute, Madonna mentioned Aretha Franklin or Aretha just 3 times, but the words "my" 4 times and "I" 40 times.

Here's her nauseating speech:

“Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life. I left Detroit when I was 18. $35 in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer.
After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to auditions for musical theater. I heard the pay was better. I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it. I got cut, and rejected from every audition. Then, one day, a French disco sensation was looking for backup singers and dancers for his world tour. I thought, ‘Why not?’ The worst that can happen is I could go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third-floor walk-up that was also a crack house.
Two large French record producers sat in the empty theater, daring me to be amazing. The dance audition went well. ... They asked if I had sheet music and a song prepared. I panicked. I overlooked this important part of the process. I had to think fast. My next meal was on the line. Fortunately, one of my favorite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin. I blurted out. 'You make me feel… you make me feel like an actual woman.' Two French guys shouted at me. 'You know, by Aretha Franklin.' They looked over at the pianist. [I said] 'I don’t need sheet music, I know every word. I know the song. ... I will sing it a cappella.' I could see they didn’t take me seriously. Why should they? Some skinny-ass white girl is going to come up here and belt out a song from one of the greatest soul singers ever, a cappella? I said, 'Bitch, I’m Madonna.' No, I didn’t. Just kidding. I wasn’t 'Madonna' yet. I don’t know who I was. I don’t know what came over me. I walked over and started. When I was finished, I was drenched in nerve sweat. You know what that nerve sweat? ... 
They said, 'We will call you one day, maybe soon.' Weeks went by. No phone call. Finally, the phone rang. It was one of the producers: 'We don’t think you are right for this job.' 'Why are you calling me?' He replied, 'We think you have great potential. You are rough around the edges. We want to bring you to Paris and make you a star. We will put you in a studio, with the great Giorgio Moroder.' I had no idea who that was, but I wanted to live in Paris and I wanted to eat some food. So, that was the beginning of my journey as a singer. I left for Paris, but I came back a few months because I had not earned the life I was living. It felt wrong. They were good people. I wanted to write my own songs and be a musician, not a puppet. I needed to go home and learn guitar. That is what I did. And the rest is history. 
So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story. There is a reason, because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. In this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen."
Source: The Daily Wire

~Eowyn

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Children in Kansas City school district are now sharing restrooms


 
What could possibly go wrong?

From  KCStar.com: No more separate restrooms for boys and girls, with rows of feet-showing stalls. The North Kansas City school district is going fully gender neutral at two new elementary schools, opening on Wednesday (last week), as well as in a few renovated restrooms in North Kansas City High School and the sixth-grade centers.

The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.

A single sign on the wall outside displays both the male and female symbols.

North Kansas City first tried the gender-neutral design when it opened its Northland Innovation Center for gifted students in 2016. That was a year after one of the district’s four high schools, Oak Park, made national headlines when it became one of the first in the country to crown a transgender student its homecoming queen.

“We had such positive feedback from students, teachers and parents,” said Rochel Daniels, executive director of organizational development for the district. “Since then we have decided to replicate the concept in any new construction.” That included the newly built Rising Hill Elementary on Northeast 108th Street and Northview Elementary on North Indiana Avenue, as well as renovations at North Kansas City High and the Eastgate and Gateway sixth-grade centers.

“I think it is great,” said Melanie Austin, whose daughter will be a first-grader at the district’s Crestview Elementary and in gifted classes once a week at the innovation center. “You just don’t know what gender a kid might identify as. This helps everyone to feel comfortable, accepted.”


The district’s new schools and bathrooms were designed by Hollis + Miller, a Kansas City architecture firm known for innovative school buildings. More than 90 percent of its clients are schools. But Daniels said the design of the new bathrooms came from a district team that included parents and students.

“Students said they like these restrooms better because they are more private,” Daniels said.

In addition, she said, teachers can better monitor students because they can stand in the common area while the bathrooms are in use. Before, a female teacher could supervise girls in the bathroom, but she could not walk into the boys bathroom.

The district does not have a policy that speaks to transgender or gender-neutral restrooms, but “we do have a policy about non-discrimination,” Daniels said. “The restrooms became a point where we can provide for all students. The design was a decision based on privacy, safety and security for all students.”

Kirk Horner, president of Hollis + Miller, said the North Kansas City bathrooms were the first of that type his firm has put into a school. He said similar bathrooms are going in at two Kansas City, Kan., middle schools, and the firm is “in high-level” discussions about building the bathrooms in Blue Valley schools.

People are used to seeing a certain type of bathroom in schools, he said, and “this is really different. And it’s a tough issue. But you got to think forward a little bit. We believe they improve safety. I do believe it is gaining momentum.”

Read the whole story here.

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Trump is transforming the military with new leaders

As the MSM continue to bait us with one contrived Trump scandal after another, President Trump is quietly and systematically transforming the judiciary.

In November 2017, the New York Times noted that:
Mr. Trump has already appointed eight appellate judges, the most this early in a presidency since Richard M. Nixon, and on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send a ninth appellate nominee — Mr. Trump’s deputy White House counsel, Gregory Katsas — to the floor.
Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.
The rapidity of President Trump's judicial appointments is because he had a battle plan ready. To quote the Times again:
In the weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, lawyers joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges.
Mr. McGahn, instructed by Mr. Trump to maximize the opportunity to reshape the judiciary, mapped out potential nominees and a strategy, according to two people familiar with the effort: Start by filling vacancies on appeals courts with multiple openings and where Democratic senators up for re-election next year in states won by Mr. Trump — like Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania — could be pressured not to block his nominees. And to speed them through confirmation, avoid clogging the Senate with too many nominees for the district courts, where legal philosophy is less crucial.
Now, President Trump has begun remaking the military by replacing upper commanders.

The Wall Street Journal reports on August 19, 2018, that according to U.S. officials, the military faces a "sweeping turnover" of its upper commanders as President Trump undertakes a series of military promotions to replace outgoing heads of regional combatant commands.

As the Trump Administration seeks to minimize U.S. footprint in conflict zones around the world, the Pentagon has leaned more heavily on the forces that fall under the Special Operations Command. President Trump's personnel moves, which include commanders for the Middle East and Europe, will mark the administration’s largest imprint on military leadership thus far. The changes will affect top officers overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy to counter Russia, the detention center on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as stealth operations globally.

The promotions include some that had already taken place and others that are expected in the coming months:


(1) Earlier this year, President Trump nominated Army Gen. Scott Miller, commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, as the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Gen. Miller is expected to arrive in Afghanistan in coming weeks.

(2) Last Thursday, August 16, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced the White House nomination of his own senior military assistant, Navy Adm. Craig Faller, to head U.S. Southern Command, the post responsible for Latin and South America as well as Guantanamo Bay. (Adm. Faller was under a Navy investigation in 2011 for accepting a luxury hotel suite upgrade in Malaysia, according to a 2013 report by the Office of Naval Inspector General. The Navy concluded he was wrong to accept the upgrade but that his actions didn’t require disciplinary action because he used the larger room to accommodate several of his own staffers.)


(3) Army Lt. Gen. Richard Clarke to head U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Fla., to succeed Army Gen. Tony Thomas, who is due to retire next year. The Special Operations Command oversees highly trained, specialized forces of all the military branches, such as the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and others. General Clarke, now the director of strategic plans and policy for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, was the operations officer at Joint Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, N.C., at the time the Pentagon launched the raid that resulted in the death of bin Laden. As operations officer, he was a part of the planning, training and execution of the mission.

(4) Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. is expected to succeed Army Gen. Joseph Votel at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, considered the most prominent within the military, with responsibility for all of the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Gen. Votel is expected to retire next spring. Gen. McKenzie now is director of the Joint Staff, a job often seen as a launching pad for top officers, and has years of experience both in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and inside Washington.

(5) Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters is considered a likely pick to succeed Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti (who is retiring) as the next head of the U.S. European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Gen. Wolters now heads Air Force Europe, Air Force Africa and Allied Air Command, all based in Germany; had served as the operations officer on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff; and has focused in recent years on American military policy toward Russia.

(6 & 7) Two other top Pentagon posts come open next year with the expected retirements of Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman. Top contenders for chairman are the current Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein, and Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley. Another possible contender is the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. John Hyten. Army Gen. John Nicholson, now the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Army Gen. Vince Brooks, the current commander of U.S. Forces, Korea, who could be under contention, are expected to retire, officials said.

The above expected nominations, like all other combatant or geographic commands, require Senate confirmation. While senators have blocked military promotions, such a move is rare. An individual senator also could at least temporarily hold up confirmation votes once nominations have been formally submitted.

When I look at the list of all the top military commanders who are retiring, I can't help but think they've been holding on through the eight long years of the cursed Obama administration (Obama had decimated the military), delaying their retirements until Donald John Trump was elected President and Commander In Chief.

God speed, Mr. President!


Please pray for President Trump -- unceasingly.

~Eowyn

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