A Birmingham school dinner lady has been sacked after 20 years’ loyal service – for “liking” a burka joke picture on Facebook. Gran Nita O’Dell was stunned to be branded a racist after sharing the photo, which showed a dog wearing a makeshift burqa. The caption underneath read: “Guide dog for a Muslim woman. It’s called a Barka.”
Nita, who has seven grandchildren, was hauled before the head teacher at Billesley Primary School in Birmingham in June after a screen grab of her Facebook page was sent by someone anonymously to the school. The 54-year-old was suspended on full pay, sacked in September for gross misconduct and last Thursday lost an appeal against the decision.
Now, with diabetic husband Tim too ill to work, Nita faces a bleak Christmas at the family’s Kings Heath home. Fighting back tears, she protested: “I am not a racist. The school is very multicultural – if I was a racist don’t you think it would’ve come out before now? I was sacked the day before I was due to celebrate 21 years’ service. My sister-in-law is a Muslim; my very best friend, who I’ve known since we were two, is of mixed race; our family consists of different cultures. I just thought the picture was funny and ‘liked’ it. A lot of other people ‘liked’ it, too.”
Within a year, maybe in just a few months, a young soldier with a horrific injury from a bomb blast in Afghanistan will have an operation that has never been performed in the United States: a penis transplant. The organ will come from a deceased donor, and the surgeons, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, say they expect it to start working in a matter of months, developing urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex.
From 2001 to 2013, 1,367 men in military service suffered wounds to the genitals in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense Trauma Registry. Nearly all were under 35 and were hurt by homemade bombs, commonly called improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.s. Some lost all or part of their penises or testicles.
It’s been a banner week for the Republic, as the President of the United States advocated for stripping Americans (mostly Muslim Americans) of their Constitutional rights without due process in an Oval Office speech. There are DHS employees and 4-year-olds who are on the terror watch/no-fly list because it’s a crap list that should not be used to deprive rights. It’s appalling that anyone – especially the fucking President – thinks otherwise. And the current leading contender to be the next president just wants to kick Muslims out of the country. What a dumb time to be alive. Trump’s not going to get within a mile of public office, but he’s going to make sure Hillary wins and I’ll remember everyone who enabled this. 2016 should have been the year Perry, Walker, or Rubio won in a landslide, but some people decided to support a fascist demagogue con man, so here we are. Fuck you, Trumpkins.
“We’re just making eternal lists, which the Democrats intend to use for eternal harassment of their political rivals. It hasn’t occurred to them to wonder what a President Cruz or, God save the Republic, a President Trump might do with the sort of executive power they contemplate.”
“It is no accident that President Obama’s America has given rise to Donald Trump. It is an America that is more tribalist, where people feel more racially and religiously divided; more politically correct, where people feel less free to speak their minds; and it is an America where trust in the nation’s elites, whose skills are credentialed but unproven, are at historic lows. These are the wages of progressivism at the end of the day. Big government inevitably leads to government incompetence. That incompetence leads to growing and now dominant distrust – both in government’s basic competence, and in the values of the people who still insist upon it. Our modern elites respond to that rational distrust by smearing it as vile hatred, which further divides and toxifies our politics.”
Ever get the feeling Trump times his controversies for when they most benefit Dems? You’re not imagining things.
Scientists may finally be able to “see” through the ears of a dolphin.
I suppose it was only a matter of time. We’re living in a delusional/postmodern age where most people never actually mentally/emotionally reach adulthood anyway.
No, no, no, this can’t be right. He was obsessed with America’s “lax” gun laws, which is why the President has been talking to us about that instead of radical Islam. Right?
Properly vetted, y’all!