Transgender Candidate Danica Roem Wins Historic Election to the Virginia State Legislature

Transgender Candidate Danica Roem Wins Historic Election to the Virginia State Legislature:

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She soundly defeated 25-year incumbent Bob Marshall, a social conservative who frequently tried to use her gender identity against her throughout the campaign, even misgendering her at times. Her win in the 13th district, in northern Virginia, is a significant rebuke to the Trump administration’s hostility toward the transgender community. When she is sworn in, in January, she’ll become the first transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature.

‘I love France, I love your wine’: Trump’s bizarre first phone call with Hollande

He recently said he has never drunk alcohol because his brother told him not to. Reminds me that Mark Twain said that he always told the truth because then he never had to remember what he said… grin. US president Donald Trump told France’s former head of state François Hollande that he “loved France, French people and French wine” before asking for his help in a bizarre phone call shortly after being elected, a former Elysée aide has revealed.

Closing Thought–07Nov17

She Thinks He Is Number One!

It seems that a young lady was out for a bike ride and as an entourage went past she threw up her middle finger in a gesture of love…..snap!  Some caught it on film and the rest is history…..

Last week, an image revolving around President Trump went viral, though the White House surely wasn’t happy about it. In the photo—you can see it here—a female bicyclist is seen flipping the middle finger to the Trump motorcade as it passes her in Sterling, Va. The anonymous bicyclist became an internet hero in anti-Trump circles, but those 15 minutes of fame have now cost the woman her job. Juli Briskman, 50, tells HuffPost that government contractor Akima cut her loose from the marketing and communications post she’d held for the last six months because of the image. “They said, ‘We’re separating from you,’” says Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

Briskman says she had no idea a White House pool photographer snapped the image of her until it began circulating on social media. She then used the photo on her own social media pages, which don’t mention her affiliation with Akima. Briskman accuses the company of uneven treatment because a male employee was able to keep his job after calling out someone as a “f—— Libtard a——” on Facebook, where his link to Akima was obvious. Akima hasn’t commented about its decision publicly. Briskman also talks to the Washington Post, explaining that she is indeed a critic of Trump’s political policies and behavior as president. But something further than that touched off the now-famous salute: “Here’s what was going through my head that day: ‘Really? You’re golfing again?’”

Okay…I admit it….I she is my new hero….

Briskman said she had no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure received.

Juli Briskman said she had no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure received. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

On that note I bow out for the day…TTFN…..more stuff coming…..chuq

Princeton, Microsoft file joint DACA lawsuit

By Nick Roll
Inside Higher Ed

Princeton University and Microsoft have joined together to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A DACA-protected student at Princeton, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, is also listed as a plaintiff.

Trump announced a rollback of President Obama’s executive order Sept. 5, though it isn’t scheduled to be fully enforced until March, allowing Congress to come up with comprehensive legislation by then. The program allows temporary legal protection and work authorization, renewed every two years, for immigrants who brought into the country illegally when under the age of 16.

Because of the demographic that DACA protects, many colleges have become vocal about Trump’s reversing of the program. Microsoft employs 45 DACA recipients, according to Princeton’s statement announcing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, is part of a litany of litigation filed in opposition to Trump’s move on DACA. It argues that cancellation of the program violated the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. The lawsuit also asks the government to abstain from using the data that DACA recipients provide to the government in order to receive protection.

Featured Photo: Appearing on Univision, Princeton student Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez is joined by Microsoft and Princeton in a lawsuit  to save DACA.