11 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-16-17

  1. So it’s as I suspected, they’re just making up new names so they feel special about their deviancy.

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/15/why-sexual-preferences-will-never-stop-racing-down-the-rabbit-hole/

    “After all, Williams and Okeke-Diagne must explain what “demisexual” and “sapiosexual” mean anyway (unless they’re conversing in a closed Facebook group or with the 0.5 percent of OKCupid users who share the identity), so it’s not as if they are communicating their “orientation” more effectively by using the word. Rather, “demisexuals” and “sapiosexuals” latch onto this term because it bestows legitimacy, even a sense of specialness, on an aspect of his or her personality. I do not believe they are seeking to be better understood so much as craving an identity, and perhaps camaraderie with others sharing in the shelter of the term’s umbrella.

    It is no wonder, that Daren Stalder, who coined the term “sapiosexual” was not an academic seeking an appropriate term to describe a phenomenon he was studying, but simply an engineer from Seattle who conjured up a sciency latin-based word to denote his own romantic preference.

    This culture is obsessed with granting validation and special acknowledgement, even privilege, by affixing a unique label to any characteristic or behavior that might ever so slightly deviate from the perceived norm. We all know there is power in names, but it’s been taken so far that to grant a special name is to cast a warm tingly bubble over the feelings of those who fall under its definition—as if we don’t have thick enough bubbles already.

    Such individuals generally expect the majority who are “normal,” who don’t have special names, to treat their various orientations and identities with the appropriate deference, and to swallow every line from armchair activists about their “naturalism,” social legitimacy, even beneficence. If you identify as “pansexual,” we must assume that’s just how you’re wired. If you’re “transgender,” we must affirm that trying to live as the opposite sex, despite your biology, is a totally valid and healthy lifestyle. We might even be expected to believe gays and lesbians make better parents (even though they don’t).

    Activists within the fields of social science, white-coated magicians, nudge our perspectives, tinkering with definitions related to “gender identity” and sexuality (changing “gender identity disorder” to “gender dysphoria,” for instance).”
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    “This affinity for adopting new labels stems from a growing belief, especially among young adults, that one’s own feelings should be validated above morality, or even reality. For instance, Williams may not feel privileged, per se, to be “demisexual,” but she appears to need the term to excuse her lack of desire for engaging in sexual libertinism. To have a name for your brand of sexuality is to have validation—and in William’s case, if her community doesn’t accept a moral objection to libertinism, she has all the more need of a special label to shield her. Regardless, “demisexuality” brings her relief and affirmation, which are of utmost importance. It protects “the feels.

    Cultural and religious institutions, the social sciences, and even medicine have been harnessed for the expansion of this doctrine of “sola feels” (as aptly termed by The Babylon Bee). They house the credentialed wizards, from reverends to sociologists, who bestow names, create victim classes for the marginalized, and validate those who assert their own special identities.

    Progressivism and the snowflake mentality together are a dangerous combination. On one side of the coin, academics seek to unravel reality, and on the other, insecure individuals crave the privilege or protection of a special designation. This country has already hit a major milestone on the agenda of the New Sexual Revolution (my placeholder for the ever-changing “LGBTQ+”) with gay marriage, re-imagined as “marriage equality.” The EEOC decided in 2012 that sexual orientation is protected under Title VII. Not to be outdone, federal courts have begun ruling that sexual orientation is protected under Title IX as well. Another milestone may soon be reached, as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a transgender student has the right to use the bathroom of his gender identity, and not his sex, under the same Title.”

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  2. I didn’t understand none of that.
    It seems to me that conventional perversion is not sufficient.
    We have to invent new ones?

    I’ve said this before.
    It all amounts to getting men into woman’s facilities.
    And to keep the pot boiling.

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  3. On “The Five”, Juan Williams thinks that since Mike Pence hired a personal attorney, he must be guilty of something.

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  4. This is a tough one.

    On one hand, most are criminals, hence the deportation order. That seems to be the right call, and the stand we’ve taken with other immigrants.

    But on the other hand, these folks won’t just be deported back to a relatively stable country in South America. They will deported to a country that hates them, where their lives will really be in danger of death.

    Thoughts?

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/detroit-ice-iraqi-christians/index.html

    “In Michigan, many of the Iraqis detained have been living in the United States for years. Some have earlier convictions for minor crimes. Moayad, for example, had been caught with marijuana two or three decades ago and had been charged, his daughter said.
    “He did something wrong 30 years ago. He didn’t do anything today, yesterday, a year ago,” Cynthia Barash said.

    Asked for comment about the arrests, ICE said in a statement, “As a result of recent negotiations between the U.S. and Iraq, Iraq has recently agreed to accept a number of Iraqi nationals subject to orders of removal.”

    “As part of ICE’s efforts to process the backlog of these individuals, the agency recently arrested a number of Iraqi nationals, all of whom had criminal convictions for crimes including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, robbery, sex assault, weapons violations and other offenses,” the agency’s statement reads. “Each of these individuals received full and fair immigration proceedings, after which a federal immigration judge found them ineligible for any form of relief under U.S. law and ordered them removed.”
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    “In recent years, Christians been fleeing their homes in Baghdad and in Nineveh province, where Mosul is located.

    The foundation said metro Detroit has the world’s largest population of Chaldeans outside of Iraq, with an estimated 121,000 people.

    Many of those carried away in cuffs during these raids were Chaldeans, bewildering people who thought of themselves as Americans.

    Arabo said sending these people back to Iraq is “like sending cattle to a slaughter.”
    “These are Christians that will be slaughtered as they arrive in Iraq. It’s inhuman, it’s unfathomable, it’s unbelievable and we will file a federal lawsuit asking for a stay,” he said.”

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  5. This is why you never give the check book to a politician, especially a Democrat.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/could-illinois-be-the-first-state-to-file-for-bankruptcy/

    “Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service earlier this month downgraded Illinois’ general obligation bonds to its lowest investment grade rating, citing the state’s growing pile of unpaid bills and its mounting pension deficit. Illinois, by the way, has the lowest credit rating of any state. Lower ratings mean higher borrowing costs, since lenders view such borrowers as riskier bets.

    “Legislative gridlock has sidetracked efforts not only to address pension needs but also to achieve fiscal balance, allowing a backlog of bills to approach $15 billion, or about 40 percent of the state’s operating budget,” the agency noted.

    As noted by the Fiscal Times, Illinois is the only state that’s been operating without a balanced and complete budget for almost two years.

    “We’re like a banana republic. We can’t manage our money,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said after the Illinois Legislature failed to produce a full 2017 budget earlier this month.”

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  6. I bet she’s wishing she’d stayed at Fox, or soon will.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/megyn-kelly-exposed-by-alex-jones-in-leaked-audio-recordings

    “Alex Jones, the conspiracy-theorizing host of the Infowars website whose controversial interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly is set to air Sunday night, has fallen back to the argument of every disgruntled interviewee: “They took me out of context.”

    Except in this case, Jones may cause serious trouble for Kelly, who he apparently took the precaution of covertly taping in pre-interview calls and, he claims, the interview itself, which he is now publicizing on Infowars and his YouTube channel. And in those clandestine clips, the former Fox News host appears to promise to go easy on him in the interview.

    In one 30-minute video Jones published that included extensive audio of a pre-interview call with Kelly, the new NBC hire appeared to promise the interview would be a softball personality piece.

    “My goal is for your listeners and the left—you know, who will be watching some on NBC—to say, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting,” the voice that appears to be Kelly says. “It’s not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that.”

    As distasteful and cynical as many may feel Jones’ argument to be, there is no doubt that the recording of a pre-interview call with Kelly, an edited version of which Jones published Friday on his YouTube channel, will heap further trouble and pressure on the NBC host.

    In the recording of the call, Jones does state, of the Sandy Hook killings, “In hindsight I think it probably did happen,” and at another point he says, “I have had debates where I showed both sides. I believe people died there.”
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    “Jones on Thursday night promised to release a full unedited series of recordings of the NBC interview, which he says ran from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., saying he secretly recorded the controversial sit-down because he “knew it was all crap,” and that he would be misrepresented.

    “I’ve never done this in 22 years. I’ve never recorded another journalist, but I knew it was a fraud, that it was a lie,” Jones said in a teaser video, recalling how Kelly approached him about the interview.

    “God, she was like, ‘I want to get steaks with you, I’m obsessed with you, oh my God,’ wiggling around in her seat. It was all crap,” he alleged. “I knew it was all a lie. I said, ‘Sandy Hook happened,’ and she wouldn’t even put it in the promo pieces. So we’re going to release, oh yeah, we’re going to release the pre-interview. And then when they put their fraud out on Sunday—which I’ve asked them not to air because they’re misrepresenting who I am and saying I’m as bad as Saddam Hussein, or Jeffrey Dahmer, or Charles Manson—we’ve got the whole interview here… We’ve got it all… It’s all going to come out.””

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  7. The young millennial whom I have mentioned who questions the Holocaust and toys with the Babylonian Conspiracy has also raised questions about Sandy Hook. That was the first I ever heard about a conspiracy theory around that terrible tragedy and I was flabbergasted that anyone would one think it needed to be questioned. When a person starts arguing that multiple funerals were staged and all those sorrowing families were actors and other such convoluted and fantastical explanations, you really begin to wonder how firm a grasp of reality does such a person have?

    The Real @11:36, here is Mindy Belz’s, who has specialized in covering the Christians in Iraq and Syria, take on it: https://world.wng.org/2017/06/sudden_sweep

    Federal agents took the Iraqi-American community by surprise, showing up last weekend at a Detroit area Chaldean church during Mass, at restaurants frequented by the Iraqi Chaldean community, and at homes bearing orders to arrest and deport residents. For one of the largest Iraqi communities in the United States—numbering nearly 200,000 and dating back several generations—the arrests may be just the start of a long battle with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    More arrests appear slated for other Iraqi communities—in Chicago, San Diego, Nashville, and elsewhere—even as reports spread that actual deportations could be imminent. In response the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed on Thursday a class action petition in federal court in Michigan on behalf of the Iraqi nationals detained, saying they face “the very real probability of persecution, torture or death,” if removed to Iraq…

    Like many of these cases, the details of Nahidh Shaou’s are complex. A 55-year-old U.S. Army veteran and a Chaldean Christian, Shaou was detained before the latest sweep, but ICE recently moved him to Youngstown, Ohio, where the latest detainees also are being held for deportation.

    Shaou had joined the Army at age 17, but his application for U.S. citizenship was put on hold when he was deployed overseas, where he served in the DMZ between North and South Korea, and was honorably discharged. In 1983 Shaou pleaded guilty to armed robbery and shooting and wounding a Detroit police officer. Shaou blames PTSD for his crimes, but served his 34-year sentence without being allowed to legalize his residency status. ICE slated him for deportation at the end of his sentence this year…

    That last case raises a serious question. If he served his sentence, which the court judged was the appropriate punishment for his crime, why is he being punished again by deportation?

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