This California Bike Shop Just Made A Far-Left Turn Into PC Paradise With No-Men ‘WTF Night’

First of all, let’s make clear that “WTF” in this post is a reference not to a commonly understood abbreviation for a three-word vulgarity, but to a different concept that may, in fact, seem vulgar to some: “Women Trans Femme” — those people who self-identify as women, no matter their physiological makeup.

We live in an age when disruptive claims and political narratives about homosexual rights and gender-identity protections mean that stories such as this take on a far more serious import than one might normally assign to them.

So when a small bike shop in what many describe as an ultra-liberal la-la-land promotes “WTF Night” every other Tuesday, it’s an avowed effort to welcome virtually anyone other than men into a “safe space” where they can learn the skills necessary to break up what the shop sees as the “male dominance” in cycling. As The Daily Caller notes about the bi-weekly WTF events at the Davis Bike Collective — a small outfit with close ties to the University of California-Davis where the use of bikes for basic transportation is widespread — the organization’s proudly proclaimed mission is all about “empowerment” of non-male riders.

“Our goal is to empower the female, gender queer folk of Davis and surrounding areas to learn more about bike mechanics and gender relations. WTF is a safe space for women, genderqueer, femmes –  those who are typically marginalized in the bike world,” the collective’s website says.

So, it would seem, the goal of the WTF nights at the collective named Bike Forth is to teach a select group of people how to choose, ride, and maintain two-wheeled equipment, as long as these folks are not, dare we say, endowed with certain distinguishing equipment of their own.

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A publication called The California Aggie quotes a volunteer at Bike Forth who justifies the WTF events at which men — or those who identify as men — are not welcome. If you don’t identify with the WTF community, well, then you could attend a WTF Night–but you’d be made to feel like an ostracized outsider. You’d presumably be made to experience the very kind of feelings these special events are apparently meant to discourage.

“’At the shop it’s a very supportive community, but some people still feel intimidated about coming to work on their bikes, specifically women and people who identify as women. We want to empower them to work on their bikes, and if that means having a special night where they can come and not feel intimidated then that’s what we want to offer.’”

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Here’s Why Christians Need To Retake The ‘Sons Of Issachar’ Test

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I was recently asked to post a purported prophetic word on the National Day of Repentance website. It said – in view of the pattern of lawlessness in government at all levels – it was time for the children of God to recognize He has blessed our faithfulness and given us favor at this time to stand against this very lawlessness. I gave it a “thumbs down” because it was clearly not a word from the Lord our God. How did I know? It flunked the Sons of Issachar test.

Issachar is one of the twelve sons of Jacob, one of the twelve Patriarchs after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of the Hebrew people of the Old Testament. Jacob’s most famous son is of course Joseph, he who rescued Egypt and Israel from famine after being sold into slavery by his brothers. The sons of Issachar were said to be anointed with supernatural understanding of pragmatic times and seasons, their implications and consequences, and the currents of relationships and alliances.

The purported prophetic word flunks the Sons test because it ignores the very real bankruptcy of the Body of Christ. Yes, there is a pronounced pattern of lawlessness at all levels of government– from the President re-writing healthcare law and the First Amendment to ignoring immigration law to states taxing illegally under their laws and expelling Christian groups from university campuses for insisting leaders accept their faith. Decorated Navy Chaplain Wes Modder has been relieved of duty and banned from his men for adhering to his faith in a counseling session despite the fact his conduct is protected in federal law and naval regulations. The jury is in on government lawlessness.

But the Church has no moral high ground on which to stand. Martin Luther King’s favorite scripture – Amos 5:24 – calls for justice to flow like a mighty river and righteousness like an unending stream. Stewarding this process is the job of the Church, not the government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Yet more than a third of evangelicals and an unknown number of Catholics and mainliners do not even vote – let alone vote intelligently. In California, at least, large majorities of Christians elect the leaders who re-define concepts from marriage to immigration law to suit donors instead of constituents. Non-physicians perform abortions on our daughters – this would be illegal on a family pet – and now legislators prepare to endorse assisted suicide despite overwhelming evidence it is unnecessary and open to massive abuse.

The Church stood in the eighteenth century, and a nation was founded on God’s love and liberty. She stood in the nineteenth century, and slavery was abolished. She stood yet again in the twentieth century and ushered in authentic equality and respect between the races. Where is the Church now that so fundamental a liberty as life is under unprecedented attack throughout the so-called civilized world?

Where is the Church – I mean each and every believer, not some ponderous resolution adopted in be-robed convention – in addressing the stalkers and sexual abusers in our own ranks? The percentages of leaders who engage in these behaviors or cover them up is about the same in every denomination. The percentage of pastors and preachers who address socio-moral issues from their pulpits is correspondingly small across the board. As a young priest, I informed my bishop I planned to expel an admitted stalker from my congregation if he refused to leave his victim alone; the bishop told me I could expect no backing from him. (I did it anyway.) When do the rest of us accept responsibility to be voices for justice and righteousness, with the proviso that our personal repentance must come ahead of the repentance we call for from government and society?

The next National Day of Repentance is set for April 30. It inaugurates a week of prayer and fasting to culminate on May 7 and the National Day of Prayer. Californians are invited to our own statewide Day of Repentance on September 9. Who will show up that God might show off in our presence? Who will show up at future hearings, at the ballot boxes, and in the coffee hours of our churches and the coffee rooms of our workplaces? God’s favor is not a reward for good behavior, but it is bestowed only on those He can trust. Are we willing to become such?

California leads the nation in the blood of Native Americans on our hands, in elective suicide, abortion, family break-ups, and the addictive cycles of drugs and pornography. The Church is just as steeped in these things as any other demographic. We do have a mandate and a responsibility to address these issues in the public square. But we are going to have to re-earn the right to speak; and – ironically – speaking out as we repent is part of that re-earning. But until we do this, spare me the prophecies about God’s favor resting on us. He loves us, but He cannot be very proud of us in this hour. We need to re-take the Sons of Issachar test.

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Street Artists Display Pro-Cruz Posters On The Streets Of Ultra-Liberal San Francisco

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been able to separate himself from the pack of other likely Republican presidential candidates, not only by being the first to announce his intentions but through his ability to evoke strong emotions on both sides of the political aisle. While his detractors attempt to write him off as inexperienced and provocative, many of his supporters see the Tea Party favorite as a hero of sorts.

With a literal interpretation of that support, a group of artists in California took credit for the recent display of posters depicting Cruz as a superhero throughout the leftist city of San Francisco.

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Under a banner dubbing him “Liberator,” a costumed Cruz tells passersby: “I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for you!”

Truth Revolt cited a statement released by the artists explaining why they chose to display these images.

“Cruz has the mild-mannered appearance of Peter Parker or a Clark Kent,” the statement explained, “but when push comes to shove he has suited up and fought fearlessly for liberty.”

The group went on to assert that America “needs a man like Cruz, who cares deeply about the Republic and will do whatever it takes, including knocking out, metaphorically of course, the party bosses in Washington, in order to free us from the tentacles of a tyrannical federal government.”

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This recent ad hoc art show was not California’s first experience with Cruz-supporting street artists.

Conservative artist Sabo made headlines last year after posting copies of his creation, a poster of a shirtless, tattoo-covered, cigarette smoking Cruz declaring his “So-Cal ‘Blacklisted & Loving It’ Tour.”

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Outrage: Judge Behind Lenient Sentence Says Convict Didn’t ‘Intend’ To Sexually Abuse Toddler

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Jurors privy to the evidence against 20-year-old Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto agreed he was guilty of sexually assaulting a three-year-old relative last year. As a result of his conviction, California sentencing guidelines provided for no less than a quarter century behind bars.

Recent reports, however, indicate Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly was not convinced Rojano-Nieto deserved such a lengthy sentence and reduced his jail time to just 10 years.

In defense of his decision, Kelly said the convicted man’s behavior “is not typical of a predatory, violent brutal sodomy of a child case.”

He then downplayed the severity of the crime by noting that the victim “wandered into the garage” where her attacker was playing video games, causing him to “inexplicably” become “aroused” at the sight of the young girl.

Nevertheless, Kelly asserted that Rojano-Nieto “did not appear to consciously intend to harm when he sexually assaulted her.”

Despite the fact that prosecutors presented evidence showing the defendant pulled down his victim’s pants and sodomized her while holding his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming, Kelly suggested that there was “no violence or callous disregard” for the toddler’s well-being.

Predictably, the lenient sentence sparked a major backlash, with some speculating there was an underlying reason for the judge’s decision.

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Others predicted – and even hoped for – Rojano-Nieto to experience some poetic justice behind bars.

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It was not just private citizens who were upset by the surprise sentencing. A spokesperson representing prosecutors in the case confirmed the county is considering an appeal.

Do you think the young victim in this case has received justice? Sound off in the comments section below.

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The Inconvenient Truth About The California Drought

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On Wednesday April 1, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown declared via ‘executive order’ that mandatory water restrictions would be imposed upon all California residents, farms, businesses, cities, and towns in the hopes of reducing water usage by 25%. And even though this mandate coincided with April Fool’s Day, I don’t think too many people were laughing.

Brown stated that “we’re in a new era… the idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the past.”

Someone being brutally honest might have instead said: :we’re in a new era, that of the recklessly ignorant environmentalist.”

Assuming there is a 25% reduction in water use, the savings might amount to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water (an acre foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons) over nine months, according to state officials.

But the trusty Governor forget to mention the other devastating news that will be affecting Californians and all Americans are a result of his ‘executive order’; the cost of eating will be going up considerably!

Nevertheless, the most important question might be the one that is not being asked: why is there a water shortage?

The blanket ‘politically correct’ (yet incorrect) answer that has been repeated over and over by the Marxist-environmentalists is ‘Global Warming.’ However, as a result of the emergence of the historical climate data painting a very different picture, their latest mantra has morphed to ‘Climate Change.’ One of the best-known meteorologists has called the junk science behind these theories “pure baloney.”

Furthering this point, Dr. William Happer agrees with Dr. Coleman that there is no Global Warming and that the climate of the earth has actually been much warmer with 10 times the amount of CO2, prior to the industrial age of man.

The fact is the earth has been much, much warmer and with far more CO2 than we see today; and it has also been much, much colder as well. The notion that man is causing ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ is a fiction of socialist-environmentalists and belongs in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The climate of the earth has changed constantly over millions of years, and man has had nothing to do with that change. However, there have been documented changes attributable to man that have absolutely affected the amount of water that Californians and others have and can use.

Let’s take a look at some real culprits for the water shortages, which augment the naturally occurring change in climate evolution and weather patterns (which is nothing new). What is new is man and his development of land. Land development and planning is fairly simple compared to other more complex problems. However, land development and planning is nonetheless made complex by politics and greed.

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When the leftist-dominated environmentalist movement became popular in the 1960s, coincidentally with the heavy infiltration of Marxist operators and professors into America, things in America changed. The environmentalist movement found synergy with the socialist-Marxist movement; and given the huge influence on college campuses then (and now), many areas of thought were modified in favor of this movement, including things like land-use planning, forestry, water-resource planning, and fisheries management. Generally, environmentalists favor the lives of trees, fish, and frogs over the lives of humans; and their actions speak volumes in this regard. Do these people care if you and your children have enough water to drink and cool off in the summer? Heck no! They are more interested in seeing a pollywog or a fish 500 miles away having the water, without compromise.

By the time the environmentalist movement took hold over most government planning and regulatory agencies (EPA, etc.), earlier planners had already built out a great portion of the lands in California (and elsewhere), especially in the most habitable areas of central and southern California. Additionally, California agricultural exports became and remain America’s leading supplier. As a part of that earlier planning (1945-1965), many dams were built in order to support the land-use planning, development, and vision at that time. The dams that had been built prior to that time solved many problems related to the development and use of the land, including preventing flood damage and storing water from winter rain for use by the growing populations; and agriculture. Dams, and the lakes they form also provide habitat for scores of wildlife and recreational opportunities, and produce thousands of megawatts of clean-green energy.

But with the advent of ‘environmentalism’, dams were seen as a very bad thing by these same environmentalists–as well as the planned construction of the new dams needed to keep up with water needs. It even became trendy to protest anything that might change the living conditions for almost any biological organism except humans! Instead of making small adjustments in wildlife and resource management practices that would dovetail with existing planning, the management trends and practices proffered by environmentalists, who made it a point to insert themselves into the process, were draconian, moratorium-styled changes. The lives and livelihoods of men and women meant less to these environmentalists than some poorly understood insect or owl.

In the 1970s, as a result of the ‘spotted owl’ debacle, I watched entire families go bankrupt as cities in the Pacific Northwest fell into decline due to skyrocketing unemployment that affected tens of thousands of people in Oregon, Washington, and California. Suddenly, everything was either protected or completely off-limits as the Federal government jumped into the environmentalists’ game, seeing an opportunity to own and control more public lands–thus further exacerbating the unfolding economic problems across the board.

Federal forests suddenly fell under ‘new management’, and this is important. The environmentalists had quite handily convinced the Government that they had all the answers–in this case, to forest and wildlife management policies. Of course, this ‘sway’ was a result of their infiltration on the academic side; the professors who were teaching resource management and writing the college textbooks on the subjects were mostly socialist-environmentalists. In the case of forest management practices in regard to the spotted owl and timber harvests, they basically adopted a ‘hands-off’ position and, for all intents and purposes, shut loggers out of the forests. So forests that previously were carefully managed by loggers, whose lives depended upon renewable harvests, were left untouched and became so severely overgrown that we started having forest fires that consumed one million acres of forests annually in the Pacific Northwest, burning for months on end. So much for the spotted owls and their virgin forest habitats, which are now gone forever; ashes wash down with the muds of erosion into the streams and rivers and cover the spawning beds for thousands of fish, which are also now in decline as a result. In the past, the loggers’ management practices prevented such devastating fires and catastrophic erosion; and the owls, as well as all the rest of the wildlife, flourished in harmony with loggers and logging.

But this is what happens when you exchange ‘generational knowledge’ (that had been compiled though actual experience for over a century) with a college graduate with a few years of textbook learning. And it remains an unfolding disaster to this day; and less trees means less water in the water-table.

Finally, however, some people in government are starting to advocate what loggers knew four decades ago when the environmentalists showed up on the scene: college graduates don’t have the experience that 4 generations of loggers who lived in the woods had flowing in their veins!

So this leads back to our unfolding water shortage in California; the following is a summary of the executive order issued by the Governor:

For the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

To save more water now, the order will also:

  • Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments;
  • Direct the creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models;
  • Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use; and
  • Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used, and ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

Notice what’s missing in Gov. Brown’s solution? What’s missing is the most common and well-proven way to store winter rainwater (much of which is not required to maintain fish and wildlife, and just runs into the sea) for mankind: construction of new dams!

But what some people don’t realize is that Gov. Brown is in a real jam; how can he possibly talk about the best single solution (more dams) for creating more available water (and jobs, by the way) when he is currently supporting the removal of several perfectly good dams in Siskiyou County? And adding insult to injury, California taxpayers will foot the bill for this insane dam removal project, costing approximately one billion ($1,000,000,000.00) dollars, which could be used to build more water storage dams instead.

These particular dams hold approximately 135,000 acre-feet of fresh water; that’s nearly 44 billion gallons of fresh water that may disappear at a time when California desperately needs more water, not less! These dams also produce about 150 megawatts of clean-green electrical power for Californians. What kind of lunacy does this potential dam removal action represent? The simple answer is greed!

California needs more dams (and the water they can provide), not fewer. Bad management of the People’s resources is at the root of these and many other problems we all face and, according to socialist-environmentalists, must endure. And for Californians who are being shorted on their water by a short-sighted politician, I think it’s a good bet that the bigwigs will have all the water they want for their spas, pools, and lawns–regardless of rationing. Think about the 44 billion gallons of fresh water these people want to carelessly drain into the sea, and then email or phone Gov. Brown and give him a piece of your mind! And if you live outside California, this same paradigm is (or soon will be) affecting you as well; so make it a point to become proactive while you can!

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