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Miss Universe Canada announced yesterday that 23-year-old finalist Jenna Talackova of Vancouver was disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant, but didn't provide a reason.

"She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form," competition officials said in a statement. Talackova, however, says she knows exactly why she was disqualified: She was born a man.

The 6'1" bombshell underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2010 after living most of her life as a woman.

She wouldn't speak with the press concerning the unceremonious scrubbing of her profile from the Miss Universe Canada website, but did take to Twitter to bemoan being "disqualified for being born."

Many have noted that Miss Universe Canada's only expressed requirements are that the contestant be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. Nary a mention of gender confirmation surgery as being grounds for dismissal.

On Twitter, Talackova implied that she's down but not through. "I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up," she tweeted. "I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination."

[theprovince / ctv.]

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The bigoted bumper sticker above, which is making the rounds on Facebook today, is just one of several inflammatory anti-Obama slogans popping up on vehicles in Texas and other southern states.

The Dallas/Fort Worth-based ABC affiliate WFAA traced the stickers back to an Arkansas-based retailer called Stumpy's Stickers. News 8 says shortly after it emailed the company for a comment, their site was taken offline, and their Facebook page was removed.

News One notes that the slogan above is not new, having been used on merchandise as far back as 2010. A t-shirt on Zazzle with the same offensive play on words caused a minor stir last year, before being pulled.

[wfaa / newsone.]

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Calls for the reform of Morocco's penal code were sparked over the weekend as news spread of a teenage girl who had committed suicide after being compelled to marry her rapist.

In Morocco, a rapist can "opt out" of a prison term by marrying his victim, so long as the victim and their family agree. Despite this clause, many say victims are often strong-armed into marriages they want no part of.

16-year-old Amina Filali's father, Lahcen, blamed the marriage on pressure from the courts. "The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry," he told the online news site goud.ma. "He said: 'Go and make the marriage contract'."

According to Amina's mother, the girl complained on more than one occasion that her husband/rapist was beating her, but was advised to be patient. On Saturday, Amina could no longer take the abuse, and made the decision to end her own life by swallowing rat poison.

Moroccan woman, galvanized by Amina's tragic death, have taken to the streets and launched petitions to demand that criminal law be changed to make it explicit that rapists cannot be allowed to marry their victims.

Moroccan law is known for being relatively female-friendly, compared with the rest of North Africa. Despite this, nearly two-third of all Moroccan women experience violence in their lifetimes, and many attorneys are ignorant of recent pro-women reforms, such as the raising of the marriage age from 15 to 18.

[latimes / blogpost / photo: aljazeera.]

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The family of a slain black teen is demanding to know why the white neighborhood watch captain who shot him is not behind bars.

On February 26th, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a Seminole State College student, shot and killed 17-year-old high school junior Trayvon Martin in the Orlando, Florida suburb of Sanford.

Martin, an African-American whose father and stepmother live in the predominantly white gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, was walking home from a convenience store after purchasing a bag of Skittles, when he was confronted by Zimmerman.

The official police report says Zimmerman had earlier called to police to alert them of a "suspicious person in the area" and was told not to pursue. He complained that "They always get away," before continuing his pursuit.

According to Zimmerman's report, Martin, upon realizing that he was being followed, asked the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain what his problem was. At some point a scuffle ensued, and Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest with his 9mm handgun. He later told police he was acting in self-defense.

"He had a gun, and Trayvon had Skittles," said Benjamin Crump, attorney for Martin's family. "[The police] say they are still investigating. I'm not sure what there is to investigate."

Martin's family attempted to put pressure on investigators yesterday by gathering outside the Sandford Police Department to rally for Zimmerman's arrest, but police officials refused to address the protesters.

Martin's family filed a public records lawsuit to obtain a tape of the 911 call Zimmerman made prior to the shooting to ensure that all the facts are out in the open.

Last week, Sanford PD Chief Bill Lee said he didn't think Zimmerman intended to shoot Martin, but said they would "present all the information" to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office and let them decide if Zimmerman was defending himself.

WFTV has since uncovered Zimmerman's criminal record, which includes a 2005 arrest for resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer. The case was ultimately dismissed.

[huffpo / wftv / photo: abcnews.]

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), is holding a meeting today entitled "Lines Crossed" to review

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The Westminster Kennel Club announced yesterday that it had dropped Pedigree as a sponsor of its world-famous Dog Show after 24 years because its TV ads were too sad.

In an Associated Press

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Hamza Kashgari, a young writer for the Saudi daily newspaper Al Bilad who fled his homeland after being charged with offending Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, was seized upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and will be sent back to Saudi Arabia to face a possible death sentence.

Kashgari to