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Surveillance catches presumed MAGA supporter vandalizing San Francisco home

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --
In an exclusive interview, ABC7 News spoke with a San Francisco homeowner who said his home was vandalized and he believes it all started after he put out an "Impeach Trump" sign on his balcony.

The San Francisco resident prefers to remain anonymous but said, "I kind of feel like the eggs had gone too far and I felt violated at that point. My kids live with me and I thought what will he do next? He can throw a rock through my window."

Let's rewind to three months ago when the trouble began. First, the homeowner received a letter in the mail that said, "Best you remove that sign or face some consequences!"

The sign is located on his second-floor balcony and reads, "If you're not outraged you're not paying attention-- Impeach Trump."

"Then two weeks ago, I got a second handwritten note that was a little bit disturbing. It said, 'MAGA-- Trump and with an obscene gesture said F--- U Libby', and this one, it looked like someone had spent a lot of time on it. It was premeditated more so than the other ones," said the homeowner.

The homeowner decided to post the photo of the suspect on the app NextDoor hoping that someone would identify him. What he actually found were allies.

"I always appreciate his sign. I just live across the street and I'm fully supportive of his sign. I think it's a matter of protecting free speech rights," said Sara Warner.
Warner is not only supporting her neighbor with words, but she also decided to buy political signs of her own

"Now if he has five signs he's going to be too busy. He's not going to come after everyone. I think there is strength in numbers," said Warner.

RELATED: Women caught on camera in restaurant rampage during SF SantaCon turn themselves in

Even after several letters from the presumed MAGA supporter, this homeowner is not planning to take down his sign.

"I have no intention of taking the sign down," said the San Francisco resident.

We contacted San Francisco police, and they said they can't comment or investigate until they have an official report on file.

https://abc7news.com/exclusive-surveillance-catches-presumed-maga-supporter-vandalizing-sf-home/5146021/?fbclid=IwAR2qCAuSD97JA0kPpliLVgxKQo6FUwrEVfWE6F1z9pqtKhcRa8lU9AwD0-c

Today's hoax brought to you by a MAGA supporter in San Francisco!

Colorado State: Saying Ladies and Gentlemen Is Offensive, Degrading

Colorado State University recently started a poster campaign that claims that the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” is offensive, and “designed to harm” transgender people.

According to a report from The College Fix, officials at Colorado State University are increasing efforts to police language. A new poster campaign from the Pride Resource Center at the university states that the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” is “extremely degrading and designed to harm.” The poster refers to the phrase as a “slur.”

The Pride Resource Center explained on a page on the university website that the posters were designed to outline some of the difficulties that transgender individuals face.

This poster is intended to raise awareness and skills about some of the experiences trans students often face. While displaying the poster is a great way to demonstrate support, it is important to remember that this is only one small step. In addition to hanging this poster, we invite folks to explore the specific barriers that trans students may face in your areas/offices/services. Posters are available at the main desks of the Pride Resource Center (236 Lory Student Center) and in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center’s main office (112 Student Services Building) during regular business hours.

One can support transgender rights while rejecting the type of word policing that could result in professional or academic consequences for everyday Americans. Based on campus anti-bias policies, it is likely that the use of this phrase could result in university sanctions against the speaker.

It is hard to argue that the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” is used specifically to insult non-binary or transgender individuals. The suggestion that the use of this phrase is a real threat to transgender individuals downplays their actual struggle for acceptance in modern America.

https://www.breitbart.com/education/2019/02/16/colorado-state-saying-ladies-and-gentlemen-is-offensive-degrading/?fbclid=IwAR2QNAuuRHcb2JT5TgdRJo5mxmW8X8q7aqKONDLG-2fJs-NGlRyBx6NgvFw

Liberalism is poison.

Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group Athlete Ally over trans athletes row

An LGBT group has cut ties with tennis great Martina Navratilova after she said it was a form of "cheating" for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women's sport.

New York-based Athlete Ally, which supports LGBT sportspeople, called the comments transphobic and removed the 18-time Grand Slam winner from its advisory board and as an ambassador.

Navratilova wrote in The Sunday Times that it was "insane" that transgender athletes who "decide" to become female had achieved honors "that were beyond their capabilities as men."

"Martina Navratilova's recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people," Athlete Ally said in a statement.

"Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes," the group added.

"They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just as any other athlete would."

The move follows a flurry of criticism directed at Navratilova, a gay rights campaigner who herself suffered homophobic abuse when she came out in 1981, for her Sunday Times column.

Navratilova, who competed for Czechoslovakia and the United States, wrote that "it would not be fair" if she had to play against a transgender woman.

But trans rights group Trans Actual responded on Twitter: "We're pretty devastated to discover that Martina Navratilova is transphobic. If trans women had an advantage in sport, why aren't trans women winning gold medals left, right & centre?"

"Trans women don't have an advantage. Look up the changes that oestrogen makes to the body," they added.

Navratilova has defended her comments, tweeting to CNN on Tuesday that the controversy is "not about me and it is not about whether I was criticized or not -- you ought to talk about the actual issues I raised instead."

According to current rules issued by the International Olympic Committee in 2016, trans men are allowed to compete without restriction.

Trans women, however, must show that their testosterone level has been below a certain level for at least 12 months before their first competition.

'Irrational fear'

Navratilova has caused controversy for her comments on transgender athletes before.

In December she was criticized after tweeting: "You can't just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard."

Those comments led to her becoming embroiled in an online argument with cyclist Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title in October 2018.

Athlete Ally said it had reached out to Navratilova after that incident but had not heard back.

"We believe that growth is possible, and we extend once again to Martina the invitation to learn from this experience," the group said Tuesday.

McKinnon reacted to Navratilova's latest comments by tweeting: "It's a wild fantasy worry that is an irrational fear of something that doesn't happen. An irrational fear of trans people? Transphobia."

Navratilova rejected accusations of transphobia, adding that she deplores "what seems to be a growing tendency among transgender activists to denounce anyone who argues against them and to label them all as 'transphobes.'"

She also highlighted her friendship with Renée Richards, the transgender tennis player who campaigned to be able to play in the women's US Open.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/tennis/martina-navratilova-dropped-by-lgbt-group-athlete-ally-over-trans-athletes-row/ar-BBTQosX

Martina Navratilova's recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data,

Mexican businesswoman decapitated after family wouldnt pay ransom, reports say

A Mexican businesswoman’s decapitated body was discovered with a note that reportedly said she was killed because her husband “didn’t want to pay” a ransom.

The body of Susana Carrera was found last Wednesday inside a bag in a parking lot in the coastal city of Coatzacoalcos in the state of Veracruz. She had been kidnapped a week earlier outside a friend’s house where she had gone to pick up one of her children.

Harrowing security camera footage showed her captors pulling up in a car, grabbing her and quickly throwing her into a car in a matter of seconds.

The kidnappers left a note alongside the woman's body, according to local media, which read: “This happened to me because my husband played the tough guy and didn’t want to pay my ransom.”

The family confirmed they could not collect the funds to the ransom, according to the Heraldo de Mexico newspaper. The kidnappers reportedly asked for a ransom of 4 million Mexican pesos ($207,000).

Hours after her body was found, Carrera’s husband, Luis Manriquez, confirmed her death in a message on social media.

“Thank you very much to everyone for your prayers and wishes for my wife Susana Carrera to return home. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to and she passed away.”

The couple were owners of the aluminum company Pezaliminio, which had an office in Coatzacoalcos. It’s unclear why the kidnappers targeted Carrera.

Local media shared photos that purportedly showed Carrera’s body and a copy of the note. Prosecutors in Veracruz announced Monday that it had launched an investigation into how the photo was leaked to media, which were probably taken at the medical examiner’s office.


“The Office of the Attorney General of the state will not tolerate situations like this one, which constitutes a re-victimization and a breach of the duty of secrecy within the investigation,” prosecutors said in a statement.

No arrests have been reported so far. The number of kidnappings has reportedly risen in the city of Coatzacoalcos, with 49 reported in 2018. More than 160 homicides were reported last year.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter & Editor for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @lucias

https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexican-businesswoman-decapitated-after-family-wouldnt-pay-ransom-reports-say

Husband said she "passed away". Putting it mildly, dude.

15th foot washes ashore in the Pacific Northwest, but authorities say not to worry

very few months or so, a foot washes ashore in British Columbia, and while that is awful creepy, authorities want you to know there doesn't seem to be anything nefarious going on.

A foot found inside a new Nike running shoe in September is the 15th discovered in the area since 2007. The coroners service in the Canadian province has not been able to identify who it belongs to yet and on Monday asked for the public's help.
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"We don't see any indication that there is any suspicion of foul play," said Andy Watson, a spokesman with the British Columbia Coroners Service. "Sometimes they are natural deaths, or suicides, or accidental deaths (like a fall)."

Why are only feet washing ashore? Authorities have said it is because of the way humans decompose. They note that feet are protected by shoes from the elements and marine creatures.

Ten previous feet have been matched to missing people, the coroners service said on its website. Watson said several were linked as pairs.

This 15th foot was found in West Vancouver, and DNA tests were unable to tie the remains to a missing person. Authorities released a photo of a light gray, Nike Free RN shoe with white laces, a white sole and a blue sock. It was a left shoe, men's size 9.5.

The bone structure indicates the person was younger than 50, the coroner's office said.

https://www.wyff4.com/article/15th-foot-washes-ashore-in-the-pacific-northwest-but-authorities-say-not-to-worry/26325891

EXCLUSIVE: Washington Free Beacon Obtains Employee Manual for Klobuchar Presidential Campaign

BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Yahoo News are among the outlets that have reported in the past week that Democratic Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is something of a nightmare boss. These stories depict Klobuchar as "intolerably cruel," who subjects her staff to "bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation." On one occasion, a staffer was """"accidentally"""" hit in the face with a binder thrown by Klobuchar.

Now anonymous sources have provided the Washington Free Beacon with what they claim is the employee manual for the 2020 Klobuchar presidential campaign. We cannot confirm its authenticity, but it rings true. Here it is, in full:

MORNING ROUTINE:

When Amy comes into the office, she will request a black coffee. Amy believes that coffee naturally tastes sugary, so you should add half a packet of sugar anyway. She will tell if it's Splenda.
There is a poncho and goggles on the coatrack outside Amy's office. Wear them when delivering the coffee.
Amy will require you to taste the coffee before she drinks it. Your lips are not to touch the lid. This tends to mean scalding, so it's recommended you suck on ice each morning to numb your throat and tongue.
Amy will occasionally claim that she has kidnapped your family and will harm them if she does not get her coffee within a time limit. This is almost never true.

GENERAL DECORUM:

When entering Amy's office, you are required to give three reverences. First, when entering the room, you must give a deep bow, from the waist. Walk slowly to the middle of the room, and give a second deep bow. Finally, deep bow directly in front of her, and then back up slowly. At no point should your back face Amy.
Do not make eye contact with Amy.
If you accidentally make eye contact, gaze immediately at the floor and give a wide smile. Amy views the showing of teeth as a sign of submission.
You are never to touch Amy's personage.
Amy will sometimes summon a comely male intern to her office, ask if her skin looks smooth, and invite him to touch her hand. This is a test. Do not touch her.
You are never to speak to Amy unless first spoken to.
Sometimes Amy will make remarks to no one in particular such as "Will it rain today?" or "I wonder who won the game last night?" This is also a test. Do not respond to anything but direct questions.
You are to refer to her only as "Senator." She will sometimes request you call her "Amy," but will typically forget by the next day.
Amy has a boatswain's whistle that she will use to call you rather than using your name. Listen carefully and learn your signal.

SO YOU'VE ANGERED AMY:

Amy's vision is based on movement. If you remain still and don't make a noise, she will eventually lose interest.
Binders do not hurt that much if you avoid getting pegged by the corner. Staplers do hurt; those are a must-dodge. Pencils and pens aren't bad if you cover your eyes.
Crumpled paper doesn't hurt at all, but that's usually a feint for the stapler.
The glass bottles should be dodged, but if she breaks it into a shard on her desk, forget the rules, pray to whatever god you believe in, and run.
The first-aid kit is taped under the table in the conference room, but do not let Amy see you using it. She thinks it breeds weakness.
In the case of fatalities, bodies are to be tossed in Lake Superior. Always wrap the staffer in chicken wire to allow fish to feed on the body and prevent air pockets from forming.

MISCELLANEOUS:

We don't have evidence she has the office is bugged, but always act under that assumption.
Amy believes that "Minnesotta" is spelled with two ‘t's. We've found it's best to not fight her on this point.
Amy will demand female staffers go home and change if they happen to wear the same color she did. Amy is also colorblind, so this tends to be arbitrary.
Amy will send you phishing emails.
Amy thinks Blockbuster is still operating. When she asks you to pick up a movie for her, purchase the DVD at a local store and place one of the Blockbuster stickers in your desk on the spine. You can keep the DVD when she asks you to return it.
Amy will sometimes demand you rewind the DVD in front of her before returning it. Place the disc in your CD drive and make a whirring noise with your mouth.
When transporting Amy to and from events, she will kick the back of your seat. If questioned, she will deny it. We find there is no way to prevent this.
Do not leave campaign material lying around. On that note, do not ask about "the mountain logo," do not ask about the staffer who made it, and do not answer phone calls from his family or their private investigator.

https://freebeacon.com/blog/exclusive-washington-free-beacon-obtains-employee-manual-for-klobuchar-presidential-campaign/?fbclid=IwAR15Fhtl7pNKKtDLgOYo_DP31RaILuZV3NUOqYIwEWzdHir4K6fTNC0RatA

Bloomingdales Apologizes Over Fake News T-Shirt, Pulls It From Stores AddThis Sharing Buttons Sha

Department store giant Bloomingdale’s apologized on Monday after a customer flagged a “fake news” t-shirt in one of its stores.

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “We take this feedback very seriously and are working quickly to remove this t-shirt. Again, thank you for taking the time to alert us.”

The shirt was first identified by Allison Kaden, a journalist at New York City’s CW affiliate PIX11, who chided the company in a tweet that went viral.

Hey @Bloomingdales,” she said “This isn’t funny or fashionable. It further delegitimizes hard working journalists who bring REAL news to their communties .”

The apology generated a storm of angry comments from some conservative commentators, who mocked the company for bowing to social media pressure as well as from liberals who insisted the apology didn’t go far enough.

“Hi, @bloomingdales. Apologizing ‘for any offense we may have caused’ is not a sincere apology,” Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood said. “This is not about journalists’ hurt feelings. This is about damage done to our democracy when your brand joins in perpetuating and celebrating the idea of ‘fake news.’ Please try again.”

“Years from now we’ll all either be in gulags or this will have been diagnosed as a mental disorder,” countered Rubin Report host Dave Rubin.

Regardless, the Bloomingdale’s shirt is only the latest example of clothing pulled off the rack after online outrage.

This month alone, Gucci was forced to pull a turtleneck sweater and apologize after critics said its design resembled blackface. Katy Perry’s shoe label was also forced to yank two designs over accusations that they too resembled blackface, according to TMZ. And in January, H&M apologized for using a young African-American boy to model its “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” hoodie.

https://www.thewrap.com/bloomingdales-apologizes-over-fake-news-t-shirt-pulls-it-from-stores/

Guess they won't be selling "Learn to Code" shirts either.

Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?

When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase “do you agree?” If so, your name is something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room. Somewhere along your academic journey, you decided your search for intellectual validation was more important than the actual exchange of information. Now how do you expect to actually learn anything?

American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced. In my time at Dickinson I have listened to probably hundreds of white boys talk. It feels incessant. From classes and lectures, to the news and politics, there is an endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc. The list of what white boys think they are qualified to talk about is endless. Something very few of them seem to understand is that their (ill-informed, uncritical) opinions do not constitute truth. In fact, most often their opinions aren’t even original. White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.

I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys. I cannot describe to you how frustrating it is to be forced to listen to a white boy explain his take on the Black experience in the Obama-era. Hey Brian, I’m an actual Black woman alive right now with a brain. In what world would your understanding of my life carry more weight than my understanding? Unfortunately, it is this world, where white men debate the pain of other people for fun and then take away their rights. The second thing most white boys seem not to understand is that they do not exist separate from the rest of the world. You do not speak alone, you speak with the weight of every other white man who has spoken over a woman, erased the contributions of queer people from history, or denigrated “broken English” as unintelligent. You speak with the weight of policies and laws meant to forever define intelligence by how it measures up to the bros of America.

So, should white boys still be allowed to share their “opinions”? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I’m gonna go with a hell no. Go find someone whose perspective has been buried or ignored and listen to them, raise up their voice. To all the Chrises, Ryans, Olivers, and Seans out there, I encourage you to critically examine where your viewpoints come from, read a text that challenges you without looking for reasons to dismiss it, and maybe try listening from now on.

https://thedickinsonian.com/opinion/2019/02/07/should-white-boys-still-be-allowed-to-talk/

Our country is going in a bad direction.

When did driving become a problem that needs to be solved?

A fundamentally American freedom is under attack.

The automobile defined the 20th century in the United States. Mass production made cars available to the nation's middle class and helped create the modern suburb, where most Americans now live.

Driving became part of coming of age in America. Road trips allowed Americans to affordably explore their nation, including its stunning parks and other natural wonders.

Over time, constant innovation has made automobiles safer, greener and more fuel-efficient. Even as Americans have driven more miles, air pollution has declined.

Today's vehicles are as varied as Americans themselves; there's one to fit every need and personality.

It's no wonder people become attached to their car like no other product, often giving it an affectionate name and customizing it with creative accouterments.

Getting behind the wheel is associated with freedom and adventure — generations of songs extol this exhilarating feeling.

But human-created obstacles are quickly approaching on the road ahead.

In Colorado, two governors in a row have pushed for the adoption of California vehicle emissions standards that would punish most of the state's drivers to benefit the elite few.

Because of Colorado's uniquely demanding driving conditions and its residents' outdoor vocations and avocations, three-quarters of new vehicles sold here are SUVs or pickups. Unsurprisingly, that's different than the driving demands and vehicle mix in California, which has a higher percentage of cars.

So rubber-stamping rules created by the unelected California Air Resources Board for that state's temperate climate and uniquely bad air simply doesn't make sense in Colorado.

The California rules mandate a huge increase in electric vehicle sales – a requirement that benefits the Golden State's one car manufacturer, Tesla.

Tesla to date has proven incapable of mass producing an affordable electric car, so publicly funded financial perks benefit its billionaire founder, Elon Musk, and those wealthy enough to be able to pay for his pricey cars — which often serve as the second or third vehicle for these 1 percenters.

Need to pull a horse trailer or haul construction supplies? Tesla does not have the vehicle for you.

The California standards don't just provide these carrots. They also use a stick to punish those who can't afford or don't want electric cars – adding thousands of dollars to the cost of those other vehicles. That will put cars financially out of reach for more Americans.

Meanwhile, some cities have put their drivers on forced road diets. They are reducing lanes available to drivers on key arterial streets.

Part of the motivation is to increase bicycle and bus lanes. But again, this gift comes at a cost to drivers. The goal is to discourage driving by intentionally reducing capacity and creating traffic congestion by design. Backers say it's more "people friendly" — at least for people who don't need to drive.

The bottom line is they want to force more residents to use alternative transportation by making driving as unpleasant as possible.

Since when did the automobile, which helped drive this nation's development and success, become a public enemy? There are more licensed drivers in the United States than any time in history. When did the 222 million U.S. drivers become a problem that requires big government fixes?

Cars are associated with economic success, especially for low-income Americans. It's hard to hold a job if you can't reliably get to work on time. These working families can least afford the California-style upcharges.

Coloradans love the environment as much as residents of any state. In fact, our state's natural resources were what initially attracted many of the state's transplants.

Weekends prompt an exodus of vehicles from the population centers to mountain resort towns, trails and campgrounds.

As an avid cyclist, I'm a big fan of bicycles, which often get delivered to the trailhead on top of a car.

Range anxiety is not an irrational fear in Colorado. Unlike the densely populated states on the East and West Coasts — which, not surprisingly, are the ones with the California emissions standards — it's not unusual for Coloradans to drive hundreds of miles for work or play.

This is not a state where you want to see your electric vehicle's battery warning light turn red when you're between population centers.

These attacks aren't some abstract threat. They will cost drivers real money and significantly lengthen commutes, cutting into productivity and family time.

In short, they will punish those of us who count on our cars and erode our freedom to drive.

https://www.greeleytribune.com/opinion/tim-jackson-when-did-driving-become-a-problem-that-needs-to-be-solved
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