High school student sent home because of her ‘non-natural hair color’

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Because unnatural hair is a real threat to school safety.

Originally posted on WGN-TV:

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A high school student in St. Louis was sent home because her hair was “not a natural color” and violated the school’s dress code.

Savannah Keesee, a junior at West County High School in St. Francois County, spent Tuesday at home in Irondale because of her hair color.

“She just wanted it a little bit different. We had a bunch of snow days, and did some girl stuff and dyed her hair,” Savannah’s mother, Sheri Keesee, told KTVI.

The permanent auburn dye turned Savannah’s natural red hair a little brighter than expected, but Savannah says she didn’t expect the principal to object.

“He goes, ‘Your hair is really bright.’ I said, ok, he goes, ‘You need to call your mom and have her come pick you up,’” Savannah recalled. “I tried to go back today and he said I couldn’t stay because my…

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A 7-year-old kid wrote to Michelle Obama to tell her she’s “ruined Taco Tuesday” at school

Originally posted on Rare:

Seven-year-old Richard Klibert, who goes by “Trip,” wrote a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama in November to inform her that she’s “ruined Taco Tuesday.”

The LaPlace, Louisiana second grader wasn’t a fan of the new tortillas or the pizza crusts being doled out at St. Joan of Arc School.

Klibert dictated the letter to his mom, The Times-Picayune reported, and then he wrote it out himself.

Dear Mrs. Obama,

Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.

Thank you,

Trip Klibert.

Michelle Obama did respond to Trip’s letter in January, thanked him for his feedback said adjusting to new things can be difficult.

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Wyoming makes it legal to buy food directly from your neighbors and local farm

Originally posted on Rare:

In a win for farmers, deliciousness, and just plain common sense, Wyoming’s governor signed a bill this week which will “stop overregulation of locally produced foods” by making it illegal for the state government to require “licensure, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, or labeling” when farmers sell food directly to consumers.

In practice, this means that farmers markets and small food stands will be able to proceed without the interference of government busybodies. As the bill explains, its purpose “is to allow for the sale and consumption of homemade foods, and to encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers markets, ranches, farms and home based producers.”

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tyler Lindholm, says it will “take local foods off the black market. It will no longer be illegal to buy a lemon meringue pie from your neighbor or a jar of milk from your local farm.”

Constituents like Lisa…

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Update of 2014 horse slaughter statistics

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Why is exporting horses for slaughter still legal?

Originally posted on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog:

DSC04966The final sad numbers are in for 2014.  You can view the table here.  To quickly summarize, the total number of horses slaughtered in Canada for 2014 was 66,651.  Of those, 40,140 or 60% were from the US.  Please see our previous posting for a more thorough breakdown.

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Fish Creek HMA, Public Comments Due January 23

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If it’s wild and free, let it be.

Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:

Winter 2014, Fish Creek wild horses Winter 2014, Fish Creek wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management has recently released the roundup schedule for winter 2015. http://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/12/20/blm-2015-roundup-plans-begin-with-cawp/

Before a proposed action can occur BLM must generate a “decision” reached through the National Environmental Policy Act or “NEPA.” (For a “crash course” in NEPA go here: http://wildhorseeducation.org/nepa/)

Many of the operations on the schedule will meet their compliance without any need for further public comment like the operation at the Pine Nut HMA (200 wild horses removed, with a 332 target for capture) through a “DNA.” DNA stands for “Determination of NEPA Adequacy,” in BLM terminology that means that plans have been adequately analyzed without the need to generate new analysis. http://wildhorseeducation.org/2014/12/22/what-is-a-wild-horse-dna/

However the Fish Creek HMA has had a new Environmental Assessment (EA) created to address a ten year strategy. The document was just released and public comment is due by January 23.

Fish Creek Summer 2012 Fish Creek HMA…

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‘Reign’ post-mortem: Showrunner defends the show’s most controversial scene

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Very jarring episode to watch. Props to Adelaide and Megan.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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After a story leaked months ago that Reign was working on a rape storyline that involved Mary, fans immediately took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the idea. More than 1,000 viewers signed a petition hoping to stop the writers before they could film the scene. But in tonight’s penultimate episode, Mary was raped by a Protestant who entered the castle in a failed assassination attempt against Francis.

In a painful scene, one of the Protestants revealed himself to be the father of the minister who was murdered last week. And as payback, he decided to attack Mary while another guard held her down. As the title of the episode indicated, it was an act of war and one that will undoubtedly end with the Protestant’s death, particularly after Mary tasked Francis with the job of finding the men that did this to her.


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To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

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The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routs around it.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations.

“We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law within the Russian Federation, and are working to get GitHub reinstated,” the company says. It cites its Terms of Service section A8 to further elaborate: “You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).”

The whole of GitHub was blocked in Russia earlier this week after the Russian information regulator, Roskomnadzor, said that GitHub was publishing illegal content — specifically, someone had uploaded pages that referred to methods for committing suicide. And…

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Unnamed Dog Stomped to Death

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Originally posted on Dogs that Cops Killed:

I couldn’t find a photo for this pooch, but this has got to be the worst story I’ve heard yet. I am going to just except the first three paragraphs of the LA Times article about it, because I don’t think I have the strength to write about it myself:

In a case that has shocked Arizona animal activists, prosecutors have decided not to charge a Flagstaff police officer who in a gruesome incident this summer used his baton, boot and a cable to kill an injured dog after a fellow officer accidentally hit the animal with his car.

In August, Cpl. John Tewes was called after another officer hit a loose dog with his car about 2:30 a.m. Tewes and the other officer decided the dog needed to be euthanized, but Tewes was concerned about using his gun in the neighborhood.

Prosecutors said Tewes repeatedly tried to bludgeon the…

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The 9/11 Anniversary and Twelve Years of TSA Farce

Originally posted on TSA Today:

On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 TSA once again demonstrates that the agency is completely useless and a colossal waste of resources to employ a nefarious workforce comprised of criminals, rapists, child molesters, murderers, smugglers and societal misfits.

The agency, which has cost taxpayers a nearly $100 billion in its twelve year existence continues to engage in a charade that ostensibly “protects” the traveling public from yesteryears threats, while DHS concedes that ISIS terrorists are planning to cross the southern border into the US amidst the massive influx of illegal immigrants from South America. The mishandling of the border assault and TSA’s decision to allow people here illegally to board airplanes without identification has led to legislation forbidding TSA from allowing persons with only a Notice to Appear from boarding aircraft in US airports.

Today, another example inanity of the TSA Security Theater was reported in the media. In this…

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Enablers Desperately Cling to Killing in Glynn Co as Public Supports No Kill

Originally posted on YesBiscuit!:

The Florida Times-Union shamefully published a killing apologist piece whitewashing the weekly killing done by Barbara Sancomb, the manager at the Glynn Co pound in GA.  Framing the manager as an animal lover and showing a photo of her paw print tattoos to prove it, the paper talks about the terrible “burden” of killing animals who trust her and willingly submit to her while she’s killing them.  Like we’re supposed to be all aw when in reality, I expect most people’s reaction to the disturbing visualization is more AHHHHH!

The article also talks about how sad it is that no kill advocates have complained online about animals being mistreated, deplorable conditions and needless killing at the pound.  That hurts the shelter staff’s feels.  Plus, the paper says, the animal advocates are liars anyway.  Because other places are worse:

“Everybody who criticizes us, they have obviously never been to a bad animal shelter…

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