22 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-24-17

  1. Charles Murray provided this link to a book that may be of interest to those interested in Christian Apologetics:

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  2. “They are also threatening to stop providing info that helps reduce the supply of drugs to American dope addicts. ”

    That’s funny. The top to bottom corruption of their leaders and police are the main cause (other than demand) of those drugs making it here in the first place. Big deal. They’ve never been very good at stopping it anyway, since many of those leaders have been bribed. So it’s not really much of a threat anyway.

    And the simplest way to shut them up is just counter their threat with one of our own. Threaten to cut off the 23 billion a year Mexicans in the US send south, and billions more sent illegally. That would crush their economy, and they know it.

    Given the numbers, maybe that threat needs to be made world-wide.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271455/Revealed-How-immigrants-America-sending-120-BILLION-struggling-families-home.html

    “Migrants working in the United States sent a staggering $120 billion back to their families last year, it was revealed today.
    The amount of money being sent by migrants across the entire world reached $530 billion last year, making it a larger economy than Iran or Argentina, the data from the World Bank showed.

    This worldwide figure has tripled in the last ten years and is now three times bigger than the total aid budgets given by countries around the world. It has sparked debate whether this so-called remittance money could be a viable alternative to relying on help from other governments.

    In the United States last year, more than $120 billion was sent by workers to families abroad – making it the largest sender of remittances in the world. More than $23 billion went to Mexico, $13.45 billion to China, $10.84 billion to India and $10 billion to the Philippines, among other recipients.”

    “By contrast, 2.4 million Americans live oversees, with largest populations in Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico, and just $5.1 billion sent back in to the country, data shared on The Guardian showed.”
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    Mexico needs to be very careful in how they proceed. Like it or not, Trump’s got the tools necessary to cripple their economy, and it would be legal to do so.

    More here,

    http://labs.time.com/story/where-immigrants-send-the-most-money-home/

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  3. There is just so much wrong here, I don’t even know where to begin…..

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/texas-policy-forces-transgender-teen-boy-to-wrestle-against-female-athletes/ar-AAnibBy?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “On Friday, Mack Beggs, an undefeated high school wrestler from Texas, will compete at the girl’s state tournament in suburban Houston.

    But unlike the rest of the teen’s female competitors, Beggs, 17, is a boy.

    For more than a year, the teen, who was born a girl, has been transitioning from female to male with the help of testosterone therapy.

    Beggs’ participation — and dominance — in the girls’ league has spurred consternation among some in the Dallas region, including a lawsuit filed by an unhappy parent, who argued that if Beggs identifies as a boy he should have to wrestle other boys.

    And Beggs would, his family told the Dallas Morning News, if he could, but the rules won’t allow it.

    That’s because last year, some 95 percent of Texas superintendents voted in favor of an amendment to the constitution of the University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for public school athletics, that requires student athletes to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates, the Dallas Morning News reported at the time.

    When the referendum ballot was approved (586-32, with 2 non-responses), critics called it a “horrible policy” that would discriminate against transgender athletes who were unable to afford the complicated maneuvering that goes into legally changing one’s birth certificate through the state.

    Now, as word of Beggs’ case has gained increased publicity, experts say the policy’s likely intention — to keep transgender female athletes transitioning from male to female from having a hormonal leg up on competitors — is backfiring.”
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    Shouldn’t he/she be banned anyway, for using a banned substance? At least around here it’s a no-no to boost testosterone and other performance enhancers, regardless of the reason. You can get a medical waiver for some steroids if used for a legit need, although I wouldn’t call what he/she is doing a necessary procedure, nor a medically required one. .

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  4. Interesting……

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cpac-attendees-give-aplus-to-trump-%E2%80%94-so-far/ar-AAnhRRi?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “The crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday have all found something from President Trump’s first month in office to be excited about. But many are still on guard for what’s to come.

    “I like how honest he’s been, or appears to be. I like the way he’s being unconventional,” John Hellerman, a communications consultant, told USA TODAY. “He hasn’t governed in a classical sense, which is partly exciting and partly concerning, And so I would say, so far, I’m still giving him a chance.””

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  5. Aiding and abetting criminals, or the “Christian” thing to do?

    Then again, it is CNN, so it may be “fake news.” 🙂

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/us/california-immigrant-safe-houses/

    “The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. The intent is to shelter hundreds, possibly thousands of undocumented people in safe houses across Southern California.

    The goal is to offer another sanctuary beyond religious buildings or schools, ones that require federal authorities to obtain warrants before entering the homes.”
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    “”I definitely won’t let them in. That’s our legal right,” he says. “If they have a warrant, then they can come in. I can imagine that could be scary, but I feel the consequences of being passive in this moment is a little scary.”
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    Obviously some are confused about how this works. An arrest warrant is all that is needed. Officials can and will enter your home in the pursuit of an arrest. Just because Obama didn’t, doesn’t mean you can’t. And he has no basis for assuming the right to a 4th Amend. claim, as he has little precedent to fall back on. The Supreme Court has never decided whether it applies to non-citizen illegals, and there are conflicting cases in different areas. It’s shaky at best.

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  6. Maybe the therapist here is part of her patients’ problem. She seems to be feeding into their mental illness issues. I’m sure it’s great for return business, but not so much the patients.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-trump-therapists-20170223-story.html

    “In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain.

    “It’s just a nightmare,” said Drake, who practices in West L.A.

    Drake was trained not to reveal her personal beliefs, but now will agree with clients if they say they don’t support Trump.

    “If this were just another session, if this weren’t such a big thing, if this weren’t so evil, I wouldn’t,” she said. “But I have to stand for what I stand for and that does cross over into politics.”

    Therapists nationwide say they’ve been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern political history.

    Some patients who support Trump say they feel isolated because they can’t share who they voted for in their workplace or home for fear of being harassed or called xenophobic or misogynistic. With few people to talk to freely, they turn to online forums and their therapists.

    Opening up about voting for Trump has already stoked conflict with family and friends. One therapist mediated a case in which an adult son threatened to cut off his relationship with his parents because they voted for Trump.

    Mental health professionals such as Drake have abandoned neutrality, while others are struggling to maintain it. Therapists on both sides of the political aisle are grappling with how to help patients affected by a national issue over which they have little control.”

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  7. AJ @11:28 You are very funny with your “other than demand” comment. I am certain that even if there were no American dope addicts clamoring for illegal drugs, Mexicans would still be shipping tons of the stuff into the US.

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  8. Our two types of immigrants perform two completely different tasks:

    1. Among other things, the Hispanics do most of the cleaning in the US. Without them our hotels, businesses and restaurants would be dirty. We would also not be eating healthy since no one would pick our fruits and veggies.

    2. The Asians are doing the tough intellectual work and starting the new businesses. Without them, there would be no economic growth in the US.

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  9. If Trump declares a trade/immigration/ financial war on Mexico, it would hurt both sides. The Mexicans would be poorer but they are used to being poor. Trumpkins and Democrats might starve, and the places where they would be starving would be dirty.

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  10. Aj @ 12:24. It shows that, practically, it won’t work. The absurdity occurs when men start playing in women’s basketball. It has to happen if transgenderism works.

    This from World online.

    “In Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a case set for oral argument at the Supreme Court in late March, a student challenged a Virginia school board’s decision to maintain sex-segregated restrooms and locker rooms. The board offered to build unisex restrooms to accommodate the student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl but now identifies as a boy. Grimm still considered that discrimination and sued the school board.”

    What does a woman who identifies as a man do when she goes into a men’s room?
    The men likely don’t care. They will watch with interest to see how she uses a urinal.

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  11. I suspect she would use a stall, not the urinal. And many transgender men or women look so much like the sex they want to be (due to surgery &/or hormones, make-up, etc.) that you wouldn’t realize they aren’t what they say they are.

    I know a “trans man” who looks just like a man, even with beard stubble from taking testosterone.

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  12. We have a couple at work that have decided they are transgendered. The guy is on hormones, and is actually a pretty attractive ‘female’. The girl, also on hormones, is a girly looking ‘guy’. Sad for me to watch their transformation and know the are so lost. I just can’t wrap my mind around them thinking it is right, and normal.

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  13. A few months ago I read about a couple like that, RKessler, who wanted to have biological children, so the “husband” stopped hormone treatment long enough to carry a pregnancy to term (twice), and the article had all this stuff about how lactating “fathers” refer to it as “chest feeding.” And you want to say don’t do this to a child. Just don’t do this to a child. Be confused about which one of you is male and which is female if you like, but don’t try to tell a child that mommy got daddy pregnant and then daddy gave birth to you and chest fed you. Just don’t do it. And your body looks like Mommy’s but you’re a boy and “she” is a woman.

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  14. The “trans man” I referred to is someone in my extended family. It broke my heart to hear of her having her breasts removed, & her chest re-shaped to look like a man’s “pecs”, & then when she had her hysterectomy. I don’t know if she’s had any other reconstructive surgery.

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  15. I heard the author of a new book being interviewed I think by Tucker Carlson (or maybe Dennis Prager?) yesterday or the day before (was listening on the radio and I don’t remember her name or the title of the book) but it’s about the transgender trend and how harmful it is. But her point was that with all the stress now from the left on “science,” the gender blurring is baffling. Sex is determined at conception, essentially, and if there’s anything truly hard-wired and scientific, it’s that some are male and some are female.

    Now I realize there are people who struggle with all of that so I think we always need to be compassionate for those who truly feel so conflicted (though society’s acceptance and normalization of it will surely cause more of this to occur in very young people, even children).

    But she made such a good point — if your’e going to hold science up as the ultimate rule, there are few things more purely scientific than gender.

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