Football–Balls (or Breasts?) to the Wall

College football’s Atlantic Coast Conference is taking a stand (or sitting down if that’s your self-imposed gender; see below) against the North Carolina “bathroom bill.”

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The 15-university association of ACC includes four institutions in the state of North Carolina: Wake Forest, NC State, Duke and UNC.

The announcement unveiled (like genitals from behind a towel in a gender-neutral locker room) yesterday on Yahoo! Sports that the ACC Championship football game will be relocated from Charlotte, NC to the Zika/terrorist hotbed of Orlando, FL.

ACC is reacting to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2, to his/her/its friends), “a state law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates instead of the gender with which they identify.

Yahoo!:

“Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to [equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination] and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

[emphasis ours]

This is somewhat fitting, because now the dumb rednecks who think the gender printed on your birth certificate determines your actual gender (as HB2 litigates) can have their backwards ways at the home vs. visitor games, but not at the neutral-site games. Gender-neutral bathrooms at the neutral game sites!

(“Neutral site” games may have a significant impact on league revenuenon-profit!–because they are usually played in real cities with NFL stadiums where rich folk is more likely to splurge, as opposed to college towns.)

Of note, the NCAA may or may not have man-handled gender-indeterminate-handled the ACC into this decision “behind the scenes.” All NCAA championship games were reportedly withheld from the state of North Carolina this year due to HB2. NCAA made the statement two weeks ago.

ACC was not required to additionally refuse North Carolina their conference-exclusive football championship, but their Council of Presidents reportedly thought the additional move was necessary to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination.”

The game is still scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 at either 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on television arrangements. Those who bought tickets for the game in Charlotte “will have a three-day pre-sale opportunity,” the league said.

[Yahoo!]

At press time, the ACC maintained they would continue to exploit government-subsidized college “education” and scholarship opportunities to justify driving impressionable young adults through a sport that specializes in brain damage, in exchange for advertising revenue.

Thanks to our source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/acc-moves-championship-game-to-orlando-143445049.html

Breaking–UPDATE

Wells Fargo Robbed!

As we reported yesterday, the Abingdon, MD Wells Fargo and swamp it abuts had quite the police presence yesterday.

Authorities were reluctant to give details at the time. But the Baltimore Sun had new details today.

Suspect on the Run!

Despite the strong arm of Donald Trump’s police state patrolling the swamp and adjacent neighborhood (see pictures), the suspect made a clean getaway (assisted by the rain?) with an “undisclosed mount of cash.”

Sun:

The suspect is described as a black male, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slender build, a dark complexion, short hair and facial hair, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chris Maddox at 443-409-3551. To be eligible for an award, people are asked to submit a tip via harfordsheriff.org/wanted, 1-888-540-8477 or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Metro Crime Stoppers (starting the message with “MCS,” then adding the information).

[our emphasis]

Thanks to our source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aegis/ph-ag-bank-robbery-0930-20160928-story.html

Asian Discrimination

The Federal Government’s Department of Labor is suing federal contractor Palantir Technologies, alleging that the software and data analysts have discriminated against Asian people in a recent wave of hiring.

TechCrunch reported yesterday that “according to a release the Department of Labor put out today,” Palantir will have to answer for violating Executive Order 11246 by:

  • Using a hiring process and selection procedures that discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering positions on the basis of their race.
  • Maintaining a hiring process in which Asian applicants were routinely eliminated in the resume screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants.
  • Hiring a majority of applicants from a discriminatory employee referral system. The overwhelming preference for referrals, combined with the contractor’s failure to ensure equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, resulted in discrimination against Asian applicants.  

[Dept of Labor. our emphasis]

Apparently, relying on your employees to refer new employees is now a source of workplace discrimination.

The suit also seeks relief for those affected through the means of lost wages, interest, retroactive seniority and all other lost benefits of employment.

[TechCrunch. our emphasis]

[This reminds us of the $20,000,000,000 in escrow BP was arbitrarily forced to put up by the Federal Government (which, under President Obama, signed off on the deep water oil drilling undertaken by Deepwater Horizon) when Deepwater Horizon exploded. The escrow is used to pay out claims to people who might have had jobs in the oil industry if not for that filthy big business that provided those jobs, until it the rig exploded. A Mark Wahlberg perspective of the disaster is available in your local left-wing propaganda theater this weekend.]

The lawsuit apparently lists several examples of Palantir’s criminal activity according to D.O.L., including a reported recent wave of hiring: 14 non-Asians and 11 Asians from 1,160 qualified applicants. 85% of the applicant pool was reportedly Asian. The races of the non-Asian applicants were apparently not relevant.

[Where are all the Arabic hires??? Apparently, “white” and “Asian” are the only two races that applied, as the D.O.L. mentions only those demographics.]

The  Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is on the case:

Following the review, the OFCCP asked for Palantir’s voluntarily compliance in resolving the issues found in the review. Palantir declined to comply, which is when the Labor Department filed the suit.

The federal government has contracted services from Palantir since January 2010. Those contracts are worth $340 million, according to the lawsuit. If Palantir fails to provide relief to those affected, the company stands to lose those contracts with the FBI, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Army. Palantir has raised over $2.3 billion from investors and was valued at $20 billion during its last institutional round.

[TechCrunch]

Megan Rose Dickey, the TechCrunch author, has not heard back from the Palo Alto firm’s CEO, Alex Karp (above, who really does look like a fish out of water), and references the Palantir website’s diversity statement:

“Talented and ethical people come from all walks of life, and anyone talented and ethical is welcome here.”

Thanks to our sources:

U.S. Department of Labor sues Palantir for racial discrimination

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/16/AR2010061602614.html

Russian Relations

Donald Trump may have a new flank to defend in his first presidential debate.

Carter Page, of Merrill Lynch in Moscow, was listed earlier this year on a list of foreign policy advisers for Trump, The Hill reports:

But Friday, after Yahoo News reported that Page was being investigated for allegedly meeting with Kremlin officials over the summer, a Trump campaign spokesman denied that Page had ever been part of the campaign.

“Mr. Page is not an advisor and has made no contribution to the campaign,” the campaign’s communications director Jason Miller said in an email to The Hill. “I’ve never spoken to him, and wouldn’t recognize him if he were sitting next to me.”

Presented with a statement from a campaign spokesperson in August that characterized Page as an “informal adviser,” albeit one who “does not speak for Mr. Trump or the campaign,” Miller doubled down.

“He’s never been a part of our campaign. Period,” he said.

[…]

The campaign did not respond to further requests for comment Friday night and Saturday morning.

Yahoo! noted Friday that intelligence officials believe Page met with Igor Sechin, an ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian oil executive who is among a group of leaders that the U.S. sanctioned in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Sechin is a former deputy prime minister and chief of staff to Putin and was described by the U.S. Treasury Department as having shown “shown utter loyalty” to the Russian strongman.

This is not the first time that Trump’s campaign has been embroiled in controversy over alleged ties to Russia. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned last month shortly after reports emerged that a secret ledger from Viktor Yanukovych’s Kremlin-backed regime in Ukraine showed $12.7 million in cash payments to Manafort.

[…]

Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have called Putin a stronger leader than President Obama.

[The Hill. our emphasis]

Can’t get away with no Russian connections. Unless you’re a Democrat:

According to The Hill, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton pounced on the possible Kremlin connection:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to the Yahoo report on Friday, calling the allegations “chilling” and demanding that Trump reveal any other ties he has to “foreign assets.”

We’ve never seen anything like this in American politics,” Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said in a statement. “Every day seems to cast new doubts on what’s truly driving Donald Trump’s decision-making: the interests of the American people or his own bottom line.

He needs to immediately disclose the full extent of his business relationships and foreign assets so the voters can make that determination for themselves.”

[our emphasis]

This is a noteworthy turn for the Clinton campaign, desperate for an edge going into Monday’s “only Republicans and Democrats get to compete because two-party duopoly” presidential debate. The camp is still recovering from Hillary’s pneumonia-fueled Labor Day collapse on a curb, in which she was dragged into a Secret Service van by handlers:

Hillary’s Hacking

Why is the Clinton surrogate slamming of Trump’s possible Kremlin ties a classic example of Hillary hypocrisy? Because her own campaign manager, John Podesta, as we reported from the Panama Papers last April, is the official Russian lobbyist for the Kremlin’s State-directed national bank:

Panama Papers

Podesta’s lobbying for the Russian state bank, Sberbank (“Savings Bank in Russia”) continues to escape the notice of the pro-Hillary media. Podesta’s past dealings in high finance were further explained by the right-wing Observer (who does use Clinton investigator Peter Schweizer as a source):

John Podesta sat on the board of a Dutch-registered company that took $35 million from the Kremlin. The company was a transparent Russian front, and how much Podesta was compensated—and for what—is unclear. In addition, Podesta failed to disclose his position on that board to the Federal government, as required by law.

But Observer is no Trump pusher, either:

Donald Trump possesses unsavory Russian ties. He parrots Kremlin propaganda, his inner circle includes people on Moscow’s payroll, and top American intelligence officials have called him an “unwitting agent” of Vladimir Putin. This is a serious matter deserving close scrutiny.

Just as serious is how the Kremlin has forged links with nearly all the presidential candidates this year, not just Trump—so much so that, no matter who wins on November 8, Putin will, too. Hillary Clinton also possesses Moscow links that merit investigation. I’ve previously explained how Kremlin money found its way to the Podesta Group, the prominent Democratic lobbying firm that just happens to be headed by the brother of her campaign chairman, John Podesta (who co-founded the firm).

[our emphasis]

According to The Hill, Mr. Podesta is hardly staying in the shadows as he conducts illegal, un-registered lobbying for the unofficial economic operations arm of Vladimir Putin: Podesta sounded off on the “dangerous” and “unpredictable” Trump before tomorrow night’s debate:

“Donald Trump will have to think about what he’s said in the past, his disparagement of that reporterwith disabilities and have to think about the names he’s called Gold Star families, Mexicans, to Muslims,” Podesta said.

“He’s a good television performer, so he may try to adjust for that in the debate, but the reality is he’s run his whole campaign that way.

[…]
“When you poke him a little bit, he comes back and attacks whoever’s doing it,” Podesta said.
 
“And that’s why he got in so much trouble when he attacked the Gold Star family. … That’s what he does. That’s who he is. That’s why he’s dangerous and unpredictable.”
[our emphasis]
Mr. Podesta’s second job seems a little shady to us. Fortunately for insiders, Americans are easily goaded into accepting horrific candidates…and the notion they have only two options in November.

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/297599-trump-campaign-backs-away-from-adviser-suspected-of-ties-to-kremlin

Hillary’s Secret Kremlin Connection Is Quickly Unraveling

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/297670-clinton-campaign-chair-there-is-only-one-donald-trump

Related: 

Clinton Emails, Trump and Russia

 

 

Iran

Some recent Iranian news drew troubling scrutiny towards the country that collected billions of dollars from America earlier this year in exchange for four American citizens–not a ransom, the White House reminds us–within days of detaining ten U.S. service members and coercing them into starring in propaganda for the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

Iran offers thunderous applause as Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei continues to refer to America as “the Great Satan.”

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John Kerry Thanks Iran For Their Hospitality

First, Wall Street Journal reported on Ali Kamenei’s 16-point declaration released earlier this month intending to shape Iran into a more “family-centered society.”

Some highlights include “a national, all-encompassing campaign to facilitate and increase marriage and to discourage remaining single,” by instilling Iranian citizens with “the culture and value of forming families;” “banning programs disruptive of family values;” emphasizing that “divorce is hateful;” providing “facilitation and encouragement for [single women] to marry;” and define women as “a blessing” in the role of women as mothers and homemakers, and the role of fathers as economic providers.

[orange is WSJ‘s interpretation. all emphasis ours.]

While our new ally (Obama and John Kerry’s word) did reportedly mention support for single mothers, WSJ also notes a quote from the Ayatollah two years ago on Iran’s Women’s Day: “One of the biggest intellectual mistakes of the West about the issue of women is gender equality.”

[our underlining]

What else has our new ally been up to? Right-leaning Washington Free Beacon pointed out on September 8 that in addition to the windfall Iran got from negotiating a “we’ll build a nuclear weapon but only within the next ten years” pact with America (which, as we have reported, they refused to sign or, thus far, adhere to), the Obama administration paid Iran $700,000,000 in cash and gold every month from January 2014 to July 2015, seemingly in violation of the sanctions in place at the time, for a cool $33,600,000,000 total. What $19,400,000,000,000 national debt??

The total is not exact, because the details of these payments are very vague. New scrutiny was sparked when the whole “airplane landing loaded with $1.7 billion in euros before the hostages can take off” story finally emerged, narrating what happened in January of this year.

A Treasury Department official defended the $1.7 billion payment in cash particularly as a means for Iran to get immediate access to the money:

Iran had to have it in cash,” Paul Ahern, assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence at the Treasury Department, told lawmakers. “Iran was very aware of the difficulties it would face in accessing and using the funds if they were in any other form than cash, even after the lifting of sanctions.”

A cash delivery “was the most reliable way that they received the funds in a timely manner and it was the manner preferred by the relative foreign banks,” Ahren said.

[our emphasis.]

Former Pentagon worker Michael Rubin reportedly noted:

“Not only has the delivery of the millions of dollars been perceived as a ransom, provided as an incentive to seize more hostages …. but because the money was delivered in cash the payment bolstered the strength of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and augmented its ability to finance and conduct terrorism.”

We’re not negotiating with terrorists. The terrorists’ sponsors are telling Obama, desperate to forge a non-Obamacare legacy, how the Federal Government should direct its assets with minimal Congressional oversight. And Republicans, hamstrung in an election year, are letting it happen.

Thanks to our sources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/09/08/beneath-iranian-supreme-leaders-new-plan-for-women-social-structures-of-the-past/

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-may-received-much-33-6-billion-cash-gold-payments-u-s/