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Saudi police arrest model for wearing Skirt in Public.

Saudi Arabia is leading a propaganda campaign falsely accusing Qatar of supporting extremism in the Middle East, but it just arrested a young model named Khulud for taking a walk at a historic site in Najd wearing a halter and a skirt. The Saudi government insists, despite temperatures of 111 F. in the shade, that women cover themselves up in black robes.

That big black robe accompanied by a complete face veil, called a niqab, is actively forbidden in modern urban societies such as Egypt.

One of the reasons even Middle Eastern governments are afraid of the niqab is that it obscures identity. The state, as James Scott argued, wants its citizens to be transparent to it. Hence, the demand for a first and last name (that was imposed on Iran in the early 1930s by military dictator cum shah, Reza the Great). When somone is wearing a niqab you don’t know their real gender or age. Guerrillas in Algeria during its war of independence from France used to fool the police by dressing as women in niqab. You’d be surprised what you can hide in those robes.

Making women non-transparent, as Saudi Arabia routinely does, renders them second class citizens.

The extremists who kill women and children in acts of terrorism first strip them of any human identity, which is easier if they are in essence already buried under a niqab and its robes.

The extremists who traffic in and enslave women, who beat and abuse them, are in part inspired by a Saudi/Wahhabi vision of gender relations. Women are erased in public, which therefore means woman are second class citizens. They cannot move around without a male guardian.


Donald Trump Jr. Was Likely Paid at Least $50,000 for Event Held by Hosts Allied With Russia

President Donald Trump’s eldest son was likely paid at least $50,000 for an appearance late last year before a French think tank whose founder and his wife are allies of the Russian government in efforts to end the war in Syria.

Donald Trump Jr. addressed a dinner on Oct. 11 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, hosted by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs. Its president, Fabien Baussart, and his Syrian-born wife, Randa Kassis, have cooperated with Russia in its drive to end the Syrian civil war, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

In December, Mr. Baussart formally nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mrs. Kassis is a leader of a political faction endorsed by Russia in negotiations to end the war in Syria. The couple said they don’t represent Russia and are solely focused on ending the Syrian conflict.

The meeting in October represents one in a string of contacts over the past year between members of the president’s inner circle and individuals connected to Moscow and to Russian interests. The Wall Street Journal in November reported Donald Trump Jr.’s appearance at the event.


HuffPost: ACA Repeal Needs 60 votes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to declare defeat over his efforts to pass the Senate’s controversial health care bill and said Monday night that the chamber will instead vote to repeal Obamacare and then replace it later.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement. He continued to say the Senate would take up an earlier House bill and vote for “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered healthcare system.”

Any proposals for a “clean repeal” of the Affordable Care Act have been unpopular in both parties, and it would take 60 votes in the Senate for an outright repeal. Republicans in that chamber hold a 52-seat majority.

It’s unclear when McConnell plans to hold a vote for the delayed repeal-and-replace, but the Senate is expected to remain in session until Aug. 11 before going on a recess.


McConnell calls for vote to straight-up repeal ACA in 2 days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night called for a vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement after the latest Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system failed.

"Regretfully, it's now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," McConnell said in a statement. "So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care."

It came as President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare first, and then come up with a solution for replacing it.


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -Do You Wanna Touch Me (VIDEO)

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Evacuated After Resident Drops off Box of Ammunition, Grenades

A Sunnyvale resident on Saturday dropped off ammunition and grenades in the Department of Public Safety's lobby, prompting the evacuation of the building.

The department is headquartered at 700 All America Way, which has been closed indefinitely, officials said in a Nixle alert.

A bomb squad is heading to the area. People are urged to stay away.

No further details were immediately available.


Don't let Kid Rock lie about coming "straight out of the trailer" (PHOTO)

Rock and rap music stars invariably had gritty childhoods in big cities and then overcame their needy childhoods, right? Well, not in this case. . .

Although his debut album, entitled "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast," paints word pictures of a rough-and-tumble lifestyle, Kid Rock, now 45, grew up amid affluence as the son of the presumed sellers of the house, former auto dealer Bill Ritchie, now 75.

Online public records show the current owner is William R. Ritchie, who also owns a home in celebrity-studded Jupiter Island, Fla., where singer Celine Dion and pro golfer Tiger Woods also have homes.

The four-bedroom, four-bath, neo-Georgian colonial house is steps away from a private stable with two horse stalls and a tack room, a tennis court, and the estate sports the name “Apple Crest Farm,” Milstein said.

“Isn’t that gorgeous? That’s what everyone calls this property,” she said, which is zoned to allow three horses. It went on the market Tuesday, Milstein said, adding: “I’ve never seen so many (Internet) hits on a listing.”


Oklahoma Democrats sweep 2 special elections

Democrats have swept two special elections in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas for state representative and senator after the resignation of Republican lawmakers.

In House District 75, which includes portions of east Tulsa and north Broken Arrow, unofficial results show voters picked Democrat Karen Gaddis over Republican Tressa Nunley. Both were vying to replace former Republican state Rep. Dan Kirby, who resigned this year after two former legislative assistants accused him of sexual harassment.

In Senate District 44 in south Oklahoma City, voters selected Democrat Michael Brooks over Republican Joe Griffin. He'll replace ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who faces three felony counts alleging he solicited a 17-year-old boy for sex.

And in a special Republican primary for Norman's House District 46, Republican voters picked Darin Chambers over Charlie Samples and Jimmy Shannon to oppose Democrat Jacob Rosencrants on Sept. 12.


Trump Campaign Summoned Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower in 2016, Not the Other Way Around


Donald Jr's lawyer rep'd someone convicted of the racially motivated beating of a black man in 1998

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