A Texas bill forbidding transgender student-athletes from competing in school sports teams is heading to the full Texas House of Representatives, where it is likely to pass the final hurdle with a massive number of votes, following a House committee’s approval Wednesday.
According to Texas Tribune, the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies voted 8-4 in favor of the bill along party lines to advance House Bill 25 (HB 25).
The new bill, authored by state Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, once becomes law, would restrict student-athletes at public schools to playing on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate at or near their time of birth.
Lawmakers’ attempts of this kind have previously failed three times in 2021. But Wednesday’s committee vote helped the legislation clear a key hurdle that increases its likelihood of becoming law this time around.
Republican lawmakers said the legislation will protect cisgender women’s rights under Title IX, a federal law that restricts discrimination on the basis of sex in educational settings.
“Our constituents expect us to see problems that are coming, and not wait till there’s a disaster till everything falls apart and try to fix it,” Swanson said. “We don’t have to wait till it’s a big problem in Texas.”
Opposing the legislation, Democrats and other opponents asked what problems Republicans are going to solve and pointed out how targetting transgender children hurt the mental health of already vulnerable children.
Parents Vent Anger
Many parents turned up in front of the House Committee on Wednesday. Amber Briggle was one of them. She is the mother of a 13-year-old transgender boy. Briggle said she was “mad as hell” for having to show up to the legislature again to combat a bill that targets her child, reported MSNBC.
2021 is the worst year for LGBTQ+ state legislative attacks across the country. In Texas, 76 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been filed, with more than 50 of those bills targeting transgender children. pic.twitter.com/8tACm8SkkZ
— Equality Texas (@EqualityTexas) October 6, 2021
“He’s 13, he shouldn’t have to deal with that,” Briggle said. “I want him to go to gymnastics. I want to go to taekwondo. I want him to do well in school, and I don’t want to have him worry about this because I saw how much it harmed him in April and May.”
Aaron Richie, a father of two transgender teenagers, said his children have dreaded the start of legislative sessions “in anticipation of the bills that are going to debate what rights and opportunities they should have.”
Gender to be Determined by Birth Certificate
The University Interscholastic League requires that an athlete’s gender be determined by their birth certificate. However, the UIL also accepts legally modified birth certificates, on which students may have had their gender officially changed to align with their gender identity.
“We’re just strictly codifying UIL rules,” Swanson said while presenting HB 25 to House committee members.
But if the new bill becomes a law, it would no longer allow for the acceptance of legally modified birth certificates. In a statement, UIL spokesperson Julia Atkins said the process for checking student birth certificates is left up to schools, not the UIL.
Ukraine: NATO Sends More Ships And Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe
NATO said Monday it would send extra ships and contender planes to Eastern Europe as Britain requested a few representatives and their families to leave Ukraine, in the midst of developing alert that Russia might attack as it accumulates a huge number of troops close to the boundary.
The steps came after the United States Sunday requested groups of ambassadors to pass on Kyiv and approved unnecessary political staff to leave. The State Department additionally forewarned American residents to think about leaving Ukraine, with U.S. authorities cautioning that an assault could occur “at any time.”
NATO said on Monday its members are “putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.”
Russia has proceeded to quickly increase its tactical presence close to Ukraine and in Belarus to remarkable levels as of late, as per military investigators. As Russia massed powers close to Ukraine, it gave a progression of clearing requests on the United States and NATO last month, including that Ukraine is banned from joining the union, a condition NATO authorities precluded. Conciliatory discussions have neglected to determine the emergency.
Russian authorities have over and over denied any arrangement to attack Ukraine, and guarantee Russia has a privilege to move troops and hold military activities in Russia. Russian and Belarusian authorities have declared joint military activities in Belarus one month from now, raising Western feelings of fear of a potential ground assault on northern Ukraine from Belarus.
“I welcome Allies contributing additional forces to NATO,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. “NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance.”
Regardless of the acceleration, the European Union’s top negotiator Josep Borrell said Monday that European Union nations would not downsize staffing at international safe havens or send conciliatory families home.
Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders started in April, he said.
Short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine, Putin has options.
Putin has kept US and NATO officials on edge, accusing Russian aggression and threatening a “military-technical” reaction.
The diplomatic whirlwind between the US, NATO, and Russian officials in recent weeks has not settled the issue.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called the US move “strange.”
“Their information policy agenda is strange and unwise,” Zakharova told the independent Echo of Moscow radio. “They’ve been shooting off their reports one after another, but all of them have missed.” She denied reports in Western media that Russia’s embassy in Kyiv had decreased employees.
Previous to that, Zakharova warned Washington of preparing future “military provocations” in Ukraine.
The US threatens to target Russia’s strategic industries if Moscow invades Ukraine
She surmised that Washington and its allies wanted to “prepare” Western public opinion for war.
The State Department explained that Russia was “conducting disinformation operations and fomenting unrest” in Ukraine. It said it was unclear whether Putin had decided to invade, “but he is building the military capacity along Ukraine’s borders to have that option ready at any time.”
Basil Hayden: Why This Wine Is So Popular? Know All The Major Expensive Constituents!
Beam Suntory (a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan) produces Jim Beam small batch bourbons, among which Basil Hayden’s is the lightest in body. Unlike its three more potent sibling brands (Knob Creek, Booker’s, and Baker’s), this one has an alcohol content of just 80 proof.
Branded in honour of Basil Hayden Sr., Basil Hayden’s bourbon was first launched in 1992. Distiller Hayden employed more rye in his mash than other bourbon distillers. On the label of his own distillery in Nelson County, Raymond B. Hayden pays homage to his grandpa Basil Sr., with a representation of his visage. It was part of Beam Industries’ new “small batch” line that included “Basil Hayden’s,” which Beam claims follows a method identical to that used by Hayden in 1792.
At first the age statement on the label read “Aged 8 Years,” but in 2014 that was changed to “Artfully Aged,” implying that the company no longer offers an age guarantee.
Day 4 of the #BasilHaydenHolidays: If you’re entertaining this season, don’t scroll past! Swipe through for our Basil Hayden Holiday Punch recipe—perfect for large parties (and, pro tip: batching drinks together gives you more time to mingle and less time playing bartender). pic.twitter.com/NSy66Dbfka
— Basil Hayden (@BasilHayden) December 16, 2021
Twenty-five Maryland Catholic families led by Basil Hayden Sr. ventured into what is now Nelson County, Kentucky (near Bardstown) in 1785. First Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains, first Catholic church in what is now Kentucky were built on land provided by Hayden there.
In the 1660s, when Catholics were being persecuted across the British Isles, the Heydons (spelled with the old spelling) fled to the Virginia Colony. It was Francis Hayden who came from Virginia to Maryland in 1678 to settle in St. Mary’s County on St. Clement’s Bay, which is now Nelson County, Kentucky, where the family lived until Basil Sr. brought his band of Catholic families into the area. Basil Sr. provided the Colonial Army with food during the American Revolution. citations needed
As far back as the Norman Conquest, Hayden’s ancestors may be traced to England (Norfolk). During Richard the Lionheart’s Third Crusade in the 1190s, one of my ancestors, Simon de Heydon, was knighted in Jerusalem.
Henry III appointed his son, Thomas de Heydon, as Norfolk’s Justice Itinerant. An further progenitor, John Heydon, is believed to have been linked with “The Grove” around 1400, a substantial estate in Watford (Hertfordshire), some twenty miles northwest of London.
Sir Richard de Heydon was killed in the French Wars, and some academics believe that John Heydon was awarded the estate as a reward for his father’s service.
Others aren’t so sure. Even so, Heydons resided in Watford for the better part of a century, dating from the 14th to the 17th century.
The finishing touch to all holiday festivities? The music. Stir up your favorite Basil Hayden cocktail and tune into the only holiday playlist you’ll ever need: A mix of classics, modern takes, and a few songs that may surprise you. https://t.co/IfbGukqRFa pic.twitter.com/ebiaeu3A61
— Basil Hayden (@BasilHayden) December 18, 2021
Note- Even if you simply drink one to three glasses of wine a week, you may be increasing your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Premature death is also associated with excessive alcohol use. We are not promoting such kinds. The above write-up is because of the informational purpose.
Calzony: It’s A Pizza-Calzone Mashup That Looks, Uh, Interesting From Little Caesars
Even if we didn’t need it, we may ask why it wasn’t in our life sooner…
This new pizza-calzone combination from Little Caesars, dubbed the Crazy Calzony, may become our newest pizza-night obsession, despite its outlandish appearance.
Online pre-orders of the Crazy Calzony began on August 16 and will be available for walk-in orders (a.k.a. “HOT-N-READY”) between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on August 23 for a limited period.
Pepperoni pizza is sandwiched between four calzone slices to form the overall shape of the pizza. (It’s a good shape because it’s so over-the-top). Garlic white sauce, mozzarella cheese, julienned pepperoni, and some parmesan cheese are all stuffed into the calzone portions that are formed by folding the crust in half.
It comes with a Crazy Sauce, but we didn’t miss it at all when we tried an early sample of the new menu item without the sauce.
There is a cheese variant of the Crazy Calzony, which is a pizza-calzone hybrid split into eight portions. (Excuse me while I put a hold on the pepperoni.) This is what we tried and found to be rather tasty.
The crust around the calzone pieces had a salty, almost pretzel-like flavour to it, at least to me and my other tasters. Despite the fact that one member of my tasting group complained that it was very salty, I devoured the entire thing.) We all loved how the calzone (with its garlicky, gooey cheese!) and pizza (with sauce) were combined into one delicious meal.
“One of our most exciting items ever,” according to Little Caesars’ chief marketing officer Jeff Klein, has been in the works for months. Klein is anxious for consumers to experience “the cheesy bliss” of the new item.
If you’re looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary yet still delicious, the Crazy Calzony is for you. (It’s logical, given the name.) Even if you and your family can’t agree on whether to order pizza or calzones, it looks like a suitable alternative for those occasions.
The pizza world is full with calzones for me. However, this is no longer an issue.
— Pizza Fino (@fino_pizza) December 23, 2021
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