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State Mandate: Allow Boys in Girls’ Locker Rooms


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by DREW ZAHN

.Student discomfort is not a reason to deny access,‘ says education commish

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A new, official interpretation of state law released by Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester requires schools to permit “transgender” boys to use girls’ locker rooms, bathrooms and changing facilities if the boys “assert” they’re really girls.

“Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility,” the official document admits, but then concludes, “this discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, however, says there’s something far more significant than “discomfort” at stake.

“The School Commissioner’s first duty is to protect all students, from kindergarten to grade 12, not endanger them,” Mineau said in a statement. “The overriding issue with this new policy is that opening girls’ bathrooms to boys is an invasion of privacy and a threat to all students’ safety.”

Furthermore, the policy document explains, neither doctor’s note nor hormone therapy nor even parental permission is needed for a student to switch sex: If a boy says he’s a girl, as far as the schools should be concerned, he’s a girl.

“The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student,” the statement reads. “A school should accept a student’s assertion of his or her gender identity when there is … ‘evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.’”

The document further warns that referring to transgendered students by their birth name or sex, if it doesn’t match their current, preferred name or sex, “should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline.”

The document creates policy related to a law that went into effect in July of last year called “An Act Relative to Gender Identity,” which in turn amended G.L. c. 76, §5 “to establish that no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of gender identity.”

According to the 11-page policy paper, that means that boys who identify as girls should not only be addressed by the feminine pronoun and be listed as girls on official transcripts, but they should also be allowed access to girls’ facilities and be allowed to play on girls’ athletic and club teams. Likewise for girls who insist they’re boys.

Andrew Beckwith, attorney for Massachusetts Family Institute, however, warns that the document’s definition of transgender “is extremely broad.”

“If a male student tells his teacher he feels like a girl on the inside, the school has to treat him in every way as if he actually is a girl,” Beckwith explained, citing the policy paper. “School personnel may be forbidden from informing the parents of their child’s gender decisions, and students can even decide to be one gender at home and another at school.”

The Massachusetts Family Institute notes during the debate the law giving rise to this new policy had been dubbed the “Stealth Bathroom Bill,” even though opening public bathrooms to self-identified transgender people were specifically removed from the law out of legislators’ concerns for the safety, privacy and modesty of all its citizens.

In schools, however, the bathroom provisions will now effectively be put back in.

“Each situation needs to be reviewed and addressed based on the particular circumstances of the student and the school facilities,” the education policy states. “[Yet] in all cases, the principal should be clear with the student (and parent) that the student may access the restroom, locker room and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.”

The policy also gives the following example: “In one middle school, a male-to-female transgender sixth-grader socially transitioned after spring break. For the rest of the school year, she used the nurse’s restroom and the other unisex restrooms at the school. Beginning in seventh grade, she used the girls’ restroom.”

Democratic State Rep. Colleen Garry has introduced amending legislation to the current law says she would prevent precisely these scenarios by ensuring that people use the restrooms and locker room facilities consistent with their anatomical sex.

“Like many of my colleagues, I am very concerned about Commissioner Chester’s directive to open public school bathrooms to all genders,” said Garry. “This was not the intent of the Legislature, and we need to pass legislation that clearly defines the use of such facilities.”

WND contacted Commissioner Chester’s office for comment, but received no reply. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education can be contacted through its website.

WND has also reported previous attempts by state lawmakers in other states who have attempted to open up shower and bathroom facilities to cross-dressers and “transgendered” individuals.

In Maryland, for example, Montgomery County used the courts to squash a petition of 27,000 residents concerned about county legislation that granted men access to Womens’ restrooms, and vice versa, in the name of “gender identity” and “anti-discrimination.”

And in New York City, a lawsuit opened up the bathrooms in Grand Central Station after a man in woman’s clothing was arrested for using the ladies’ room.

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Re-posted from WND Education

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News: Babies Born on 12/12/12 at 12:12 AM and 12:12 PM


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None of these babies will ever forget their date of birth.

Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Baby Elias Ford Jr., born at St. Anthony’s Hospital in south St. Louis County, Missouri.

None of the babies born last Wednesday will ever forget their date of birth.

Last Wednesday was significant not only in the repetition of the numbers on the day, the month, and the year – December 12, 2012 or 12/12/12 – but was also the last triple-digit date alignment to occur in this century. In the future, this will happen on January 1, 2101 or 01/01/2101.

These are a few of the newborns who came into the world with a little once-a-century good luck. They arrived precisely at 12:12 AM or PM on 12-12-12, Wednesday.

    • Abigail Clinton at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts.
    • Ainsley King at The Birthplace at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
    • Andres Antonio at Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines, Florida.
    • Austin Matthew Diles in Chillicothe, Ohio.
    • Carson Hurricane Turner at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, New Jersey.
    • Christian Daniel Sommer at the Woman’s Hospital, Texas.
    • Crosley Garrison Davis, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.
    • Elias Ford Jr., at St. Anthony’s Hospital in south St. Louis County, Missouri.
    • Forever Cierra Cotrice Smith at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
    • Grant Patterson at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
    • Jet Ryan Jamison at The Birthplace at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
    • Kaiden Derone at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
    • Tymber, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.
    • Maliyah Gonzales Washington at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas.
    • Matthew Duhl at Meridian Tuality Hospital in Tualatin, Oregon (born in hospital room No. 12).
    • Noelle Joy Klinker at Massachusetts General Hospital, West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Orra at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, Iowa.
    • Patterson (girl), at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, New York.
    • Rami Wael Tamim at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    • Skyler Adrianna Woronchuk at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, New York.
    • Unnamed baby girl born to Olivia Patterson, Manhattan, New York.
    • Violet Marie Maxwell at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Humble, Texas.
    • Zayn at St. Peter’s in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
    • Zoey in Fremont, Nebraska.

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Baby Forever Smith and her mother Cierra Smith at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Baby Forever Smith and her mother Cierra Smith at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Maxxim James Orlick was born at noon on Dec. 12, 2012 — making him a 12-12-12-12 baby. (Photo by Courtesy of Atlantic Health Systems)
Maxxim James Orlick was born at noon on Dec. 12, 2012 — making him a 12-12-12-12 baby. (Photo by Courtesy of Atlantic Health Systems)

Maxxim James Orlick was expected to be born at 11 AM at Morristown Medical Center. However, the operating room was running slightly behind, so Maxxim was introduced to the world at exactly noon making him a 12-12-12-12 baby.

On Wednesday, 12/12/12 by 6 PM, 26 babies were born at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

In addition to the above 12 reports show that families in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin also welcomed babies born at 12:12 on 12/12/12.

The Smith family welcomes their twelfth child at Mercy Medical Center. The baby girl, Regina, was born around 20 minutes before midnight on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. (Christy Aumer, The Gazette)
The Smith family welcomes their twelfth child at Mercy Medical Center. (Christy Aumer / The Gazette)

Of all the babies born on December 12, 2012, baby Regina Marie Smith stakes a special claim to fame as the twelfth child born to Jeanne and Mike Smith of Luzerne. She was born about 20 minutes before midnight on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

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“Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845” – Nate St. Pierre


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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On May 8, 2012, Nate St. Pierre, a social media consultant and a blogger from Illinois claimed “Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845“.

Click on this image to read the post titled “Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845” by Nate St. Pierre.

Lincoln was requesting a patent for “The Gazette,” a system to “keep People aware of Others in the Town.” He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where “every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors.” – Nate St. Pierre

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A section of the blogger community was in an uproar over the claim made by Nate St. Pierre in this post that in 1845 Abraham Lincoln had requested for a patent for the visual appendix and concept of what we now call “Facebook” and that Lincoln’s request had been rejected. But many  skeptics like me had our fingers crossed.

Click on this image to read the post titled: “Abraham Lincoln didn’t invent Facebook, says the guy who wrote the piece saying he did”

We now know for sure that this story as a fake. Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth.

Click on this image to read the post titled: “Anatomy of a Hoax: How Abraham Lincoln Invented Facebook″ by Nate St. Pierre.

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THE CONFESSION OF NATE ST. PIERRE

The original story is 100% fabricated. It’s a tip of the hat to P.T. Barnum’s celebrated hoaxes (or humbugs) and Abe Lincoln’s tall tales. Absolutely nothing in it is true, except for the existence of the circus graveyard and the Lincoln Museum, both of which I would like to visit someday. The main image is a (very poorly) Photoshopped copy of a newspaper from Massachusetts. This was meant to be an easy one to debunk – there are clues throughout the entire article telling you it’s a hoax (detailed in the second part of this article).

I wrote it for a few reasons. Here they are, in order of importance:

  • I wanted to do something fun that would make me (and others) laugh.
  • I was tired of all the same old boring blog posts rolling past me that day.
  • I was officially launching my consulting services the next day, so I wanted a bigger audience.
  • I wanted to illustrate one of the drawbacks to our “first and fastest” news aggregation and reporting mentality, especially online.
  • This isn’t my first rodeo in the “poke the internet” department, but I only do it every 2-3 years or so. The last thing I did on this scale was when I hijacked the Fast Company Influence Project. The one before that I would prefer to remain anonymous on.

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