Vermont Bans Christian School for Anti-Trans Stance
The basketball team forfeited to protest having to compete with a transgender student-athlete. Plus: Marjorie Taylor Greene's latest merch mocks monkeypox victims. And: Florida braces for The Blob!
Happy Pi Day! It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2023, or 3/14, thus the celebration of π! You know, 3.141592653552820974944… and I could go on. Some fun pi facts:
WHERE DO YOU FIND PI? Anywhere you find a circle! Pi is a ratio between a circle’s circumference and diameter, used to find the value for area and volume of two- and three-dimensional figures that have circular shapes.
HOW FAR CAN YOU CALCULATE PI? It’s infinite! Computers have calculated pi to 51 billion digits, but even that isn’t the end.
WHAT ELSE IS COOL ABOUT PI? When you get to the 523,551,502nd digit, the next sequence of numbers is 123456789! And Pi Day is the day Albert Einstein was born in 1879!
Here Now the News:
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. SAYS RUSSIAN JET COLLIDED WITH AMERICAN DRONE IN INTERNATIONAL AIRSPACE OVER BLACK SEA —CBS News
ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: A private Christian school that forfeited a girls’ basketball game rather than play against a team with a transgender player has been banned from Vermont school sporting events. —VTDigger
“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” said Mid Vermont Christian School head of school Vicky Fogg. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.” —Los Angeles Blade
As a result, the Vermont Principals’ Association, which oversees school athletics, said MVCS in Quechee, Vt. will no longer be eligible to participate in sports and other sponsored activities.
Members of the Vermont Principals’ Association executive committee decided "that policies have been violated at the school level and thus there is an immediate determination of ineligibility for Mid-Vermont Christian in VPA sanctioned activities and tournaments going forward.”
Specifically, Mid Vermont violated the organization’s anti-discrimination and gender identity policies, the organization told the school in a letter of ineligibility. Those policies allow athletes to play on the team that is “consistent with their gender identity” and prohibit discrimination “based on a student’s actual or perceived sex and gender.”
No comment yet from the school, whose leaders may want to consult John 13:34: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” And don’t be dicks to trans kids, Jesus would surely add given modern times.
CALIFORNIA CATASTROPHE: Another atmospheric river is bringing more heavy rains to the already drenched state today, resulting in widespread flooding and devastating mountain snow. Lives and property are in great danger through tomorrow, the National Weather Service warned. —Axios
FIRST NOR’EASTER OF 2023 HITS: It’s a snow day here in Connecticut and from New England to New Jersey, it’s led to power outages and travel delays. —CNN
BANK CRISIS EXPLAINED USING 80’S VIDEOGAME GRAPHICS: USAToday
CRYING ‘WOKE:’ Columnist Jamelle Bouie has a must-read op-ed in The New York Times:
“…there is no evidence that any diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives were responsible for the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. It is nonsense. And while it shouldn’t be taken seriously on its own terms, this deflection is worth noting for what it represents: the relentless effort to mystify real questions of political economy in favor of endless culture war conflict.”
“The people who blame wokeness for the collapse of a bank do not want you to understand or even think about the political economy of banking in the United States. They want to deflect your attention from the real questions toward a manufactured cultural conflict. And the reason they want to do this is to obscure the extent to which they and their allies are complicit in — or responsible for — creating an environment in which banks collapse for lack of appropriate regulation.”
BIDEN TO ISSUE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS: BBC
U.S. NORTHERN BORDER ALSO DEALING WITH MIGRANT INFLUX: CNN
THE GIANT STINKY SEAWEED BLOB HEADED FOR FLORIDA BEACHES: NYT
BIDEN: JIMMY CARTER ASKED ME TO DELIVER HIS EULOGY… OOPS, I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT: CNN
HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO REVIEW BIDEN FAMILY BANKING DOCUMENTS: CNN
FLA. GOV. RON DeSANTIS TELLS TUCKER CARLSON: PROTECTING UKRAINE IS NOT A KEY U.S. INTEREST —NYT
MTG SELLING SHIRTS MOCKING MONKEYPOX: —LGBTQNation
META PLANS TO LAYOFF 10,000 EMPLOYEES: Reuters
DEREGULATING CHILD LABOR: Tesnim Zekeria reports in Popular Information
FLORIDA BOOK BANS ARE NOT A HOAX: Also from Tesnim!
ILLINOIS GOV. SIGNS LAW REQUIRING BUSINESSES TO OFFER MANDATORY PAID LEAVE “FOR ANY REASON:” The Associated Press
MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP AT CNN’S MORNING SHOW: New York Post
INTUIT HOLDING 4TH ANNUAL TRANS SUMMIT TODAY: Click here to find out more
REST IN POWER, EDEN KNIGHT: The young trans girl from Saudi Arabia was attending college in Georgia when she was trafficked against her will back to her home country because of her gender identity. She took her own life rather than undergo forced detransition. —Into and Erin In The Morning
EQUALITY FLORIDA RALLIES AT STATE CAPITOL TO OPPOSE ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: WTSP-TV
COLLEGE STUDENTS SPEND SPRING BREAK TESTIFYING AGAINST BILL TO STRIP DIVERSITY, EQUALITY AND INCLUSION FROM FLA. CAMPUSES: WTXL
ANOTHER FLA. BILL WOULD GIVE COURTS POWER TO CHANGE CUSTODY RIGHTS IF PARENT SUPPORTS GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: WESH-TV
BIDEN: FLORIDA’S ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION IS “CLOSE TO SINFUL.” The president sat down for an in-depth interview at the White House with The Daily Show guest host Kal Penn. “It’s just terrible what they’re doing,” in the Sunshine State, Biden said in a preview clip on YouTube:
VIRGINIA GOV. EXPECTED TO SIGN BILL BANNING GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: Cleveland.com
ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION ADVANCING NATIONALLY: Politico
THURSDAY IS CRUCIAL DAY FOR TRANS RIGHTS AT U.S. SUPREME COURT: Vox
NATIONAL REVIEW SPREADS LIES ABOUT TRANS ATHLETES, AGAIN: No, I won’t provide a link and give them clicks. It’s enough for you to know it’s out there. If you want to read their bullshit, Google this transphobic headline: ‘They’ve Ignored Us’: Female Powerlifters Sound Alarm on Male Takeover after Trans Court Ruling
VIDEO OF TERF HARASSING TRANS WOMAN GOES VIRAL: KPIX
WHAT THE MEDIA GUYS WHO OBSESS OVER TRANS ISSUES WON’T TELL US WHAT THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE: Parker Molloy writes in The Present Age Substack, and I recommend becoming a subscriber!
PFLAG CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ADVOCACY: NBC News
Star Wars News
DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A SIX HOUR CUT OF THE PHANTOM MENACE? —GiantFreakinRobot
I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS: George Lucas’s Museum of Narrative Art— now set to open in Los Angeles in 2025 — is facing huge delays. —NYT
Star Trek Corner
GATES McFADDEN DEFENDS THE “WORST TNG EPISODE:” — DenOfGeek
IN AN INTERVIEW WITH ME, McFADDEN ALSO DEFENDED TNG SEASON 4’S THE HOST: YouTube
THINGS WRITER TERESA JUSINO YELLED AT JACK CRUSHER DURING STAR TREK PICARD SEASON 3’S NO WIN SCENARIO: The Mary Sue
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with another look at the news you need to rise up and start your day. Until then… may your news be good news!
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