24 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-7-19

  1. The tolerant left shows it’s intolerance….. Of opposing views…..

    Threatening a Rep who was already shot by one leftist nutjob…..

    You’d think there were laws against that sort of thing…..

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gops-steve-scalise-shuts-down-twitter-debate-on-taxes-with-ocasio-cortez-after-radical-followers-allude-to-virginia-shooting

    “U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., abruptly halted a Twitter debate with newcomer Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York early Sunday morning after at least three commenters made references to the June 2017 shooting in which Scalise and three other people were shot by a left-wing activist.

    “snipe his a–,” one Twitter user wrote, in support of Ocasio-Cortez. (The user later denied that the post was a call for political violence, writing, “not seeing any violence there sorry” and telling Fox News it referred only to a verbal “sniping.”)

    “she’s got better aim than James Hodgkinson, that’s for sure,” another wrote, comparing Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter responses to the marksmanship of the suspect in the Virginia shooting, a Bernie Sanders supporter who later died in a shootout with police.\

    “Kick his cane,” a third wrote.”

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  2. Americans want border security. The numbers show this to be true.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/americans-want-border-security-and-the-numbers-show-it

    “President Trump is far from alone in his determination to secure our borders — according to a recent Gallup poll, Americans view immigration as the second-biggest problem facing the country today.

    That’s bad news for the Democrat Party, which is hellbent on opposing the president’s efforts to fix our broken immigration system, especially the border wall he needs in order to get illegal immigration under control.

    The Democrats have a very simple, two-part strategy on immigration: first and foremost, they want to keep President Trump from fulfilling his promises to the American people; second, they want to make it even easier for foreigners to enter this country illegally.

    With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, it’s no surprise that Americans are deeply troubled by the immigration crisis.”

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    “In fact, illegal immigration costs taxpayers a staggering $134.9 billion a year while contributing only $19 billion in state, federal, and local taxes. At the federal level, medical costs make up the lion’s share of government expenditures on illegal immigrants, while education is the largest single expense that illegal immigration imposes on state and local governments.

    Sadly, an overloaded welfare state is not the only negative side-effect of our broken immigration system. Communities across America are also being devastated by the violent crime and drug trafficking that result from our failure to control the border — an issue Donald Trump has addressed repeatedly and emphatically ever since he first announced his candidacy for president.”

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  3. Justice sometimes comes in unexpected ways.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!

    https://nypost.com/2019/01/05/leader-of-global-child-porn-ring-killed-in-prison-beating/

    “The leader of an international child porn ring was killed in a prison beating this week — after one of his victims predicted his fate.

    Christian Maire, a married father-of-two from Binghamton, was sentenced in December to 40 years in prison after the FBI discovered he was the mastermind behind a twisted Internet gang dubbed “The Bored Group.””

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    “Fellow inmates at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan, where Maire was locked up, attacked him Friday, according to the outlet. Maire died at a hospital several hours later.

    The prison melee left four injured, including two guards. At least one of the attackers was armed with a homemade knife, federal officials told the Detroit News.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons is investigating Maire’s death as a homicide. The prison was placed on “limited operational status” with visiting suspended, according to the Detroit Free Press.

    “It’s a horrible tragedy and it seems something like this should have been able to be avoided,” Maire’s lawyer Mark Kriger told the Detroit News.”

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    It was avoidable…… by not exploiting and sexually abusing children in the first place.

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  4. And since we’re on the subject of exploiting children…….

    I’ll point out the obvious concerted effort by organized perversion to exploit kids.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/transgender_theory_enables_child_abuse.html

    “Transgender Theory Enables Child Abuse”

    “Pope Francis said that teaching children about being transgender is a moral problem which he calls “ideological colonisation”. He said explaining gender theory to youngsters is wrong because it can change their “mentality”. The pontiff shared, “A father asked his ten-year-old-son: ‘What do you want to do when you grow older?’ The child replied: ‘A girl’. The father realized that in the school books the gender theory was taught. This is against the natural things.” Pope Francis declared transgender theory is part of a “global war against the family”.

    Unexpected voices like renowned feminist professor Camille Paglia are saying that well-meaning adults transgendering minors is child abuse. Professor Paglia actually called it “evil” to help troubled kids make permanent decisions for which there is no turning back. As commonsense normal thinking adults, our response to Prof. Paglia’s comment is, “Well dah”.

    Public radio show host Jesse Thorn identified his two-year-old son as a girl; dressing his son as a girl and calling him a girl name. Ponder that folks — a two-year-old. We all know this is insane child abuse. When comedian Owen Benjamin compassionately said Thorn was abusing his child, LGBTQ enforcers crushed Benjamin’s career. His tours were canceled, and he was blacklisted in Hollywood.

    Benjamin has a comedy special. Here is the headline of a hit-piece written to end Benjamin’s career. “Why is Amazon promoting this anti-trans alt right troll’s comedy special?” Do you see how this works? Benjamin courageously exposed the abuse of a child and he is branded an extreme-right nutcase hater. LGBTQ enforcers seek to shame and destroy anyone who dares to state the obvious truth that gender theory is child abuse hiding in plain sight.

    American College of Pediatricians president Dr. Michelle Cretella, wrote, “Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.” Dr. Cretella said transgender ideology is not rooted in reality. She said sex is hardwired before birth and it cannot change. Cretella continued, “By feeding children and families these lies, children are having their normal psychological development interrupted. They’re being put on puberty blockers which essentially castrates them chemically — followed by surgical mutilation later on. This is child abuse. It’s not health care.”

    Dr. Cretella said we need to nurture children through natural puberty. “Our job as parents and physicians is to help children embrace their healthy bodies. And when this is done, once they get past puberty to late adolescence, as many as 95% will come to embrace their bodies — and identify with their biological sex.”

    “See, according to most mainstream medical organizations, if you want to cut off a healthy arm or a healthy leg, you’re mentally ill. But if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender. Dr. Cretella enraged LGBTQ enforcers by saying, “No one is born transgender.” Dr. Cretella is under severe attack.

    Folks, can you believe we live in such a crazy evil time in which stating scientific facts and publicly expressing a desire to protect children could cost you your livelihood and even your life (death threats)?”

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  5. So they’re trying a new tactic. Again.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/the_ruling_class_redefines_character_for_donald_trump.html

    “The Democrats, the media and the NeverTrump Republicans have thus far been unable to marginalize Donald Trump, despite utilizing the tried-and-true tactic of incessantly fomenting faux scandals directed at a sitting Republican president. Further, and unique to Trump, the appointment of a dogged and nakedly partisan special counsel within the first five months of his presidency has failed to produce any evidence of criminal wrongdoing or Russian collusion.

    Thus, the NeverTrump faction of the nation’s elites have now adopted a new strategy: bemoaning his lack of “character and civility” as the basis of claiming that Trump is the worst President in American history and thus should either resign or, at the least, not seek or be re-elected.

    Their definition of “character and civility,” as it applies to this President, revolves around his lack of sophistication and erudition, his speech patterns and temperament, his incessant use of social media as well as assigning crude nicknames to his opponents, and lastly, his insistence on being who he really is and not hiding behind a conventional political façade. His tenacity in opposing the Left and their nation destroying agenda and empathy with and concern for the common man is discounted and demeaned.

    How has mankind fared over the past one hundred years when men of character and civility acceptable to todays self-styled elites oversaw the fate of their nations?

    The First World War mercifully came to an end on November 11, 1918. It was a war that could have been easily avoided if the leaders of Britain, France, Austria-Hungary and Germany had chosen to search for a political solution instead of rushing head first into a war they secretly desired. The leaders of these nations were all men who were articulate, sophisticated, and well-educated but none had any empathy for those they were about to send into the charnel house that was World War I.”

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    “In the United States since the 1960’s, the American elites who, unlike Trump, meet the character criteria set forth in 2019 have achieved the following:

    South Vietnam was a corrupt supposed democratic nation essentially created out of whole cloth by the elites in the West. When North Vietnam began to militarily reunite the two nations, the men of refinement and good manners in the United States decided to intervene. From 1965-1973 there were over 155,000 American casualties (58,000 deaths) as well as 360,000 Vietnamese civilian deaths. The financial cost: $4.0 Trillion (2018 dollars). Nonetheless, the North Vietnamese won. Further, this debacle unleashed not only riots and protests but mainstreamed and legitimized the radical American Left allowing them to aggressively infiltrate the entertainment, media and education establishments.

    The war in Afghanistan began as a response to September 11, 2001; however, it and the invasion of Iraq quickly metastasized into a determination to impose democracy on two populations with no history, desire or understanding of democracy. Those wars (Iraq– 7 years and Afghanistan–17 years) have to date resulted in 57,000 American casualties (7,000 deaths) and cost $6.0 Trillion. Further, civilian deaths exceed 300,000. The primary accomplishment of this naivete is a more destabilized region, which created ISIS, emboldened Iran and fomented a civil war in Syria.

    The overall national debt (including state, federal and local) in 1960 was $3.0 Trillion (2018 dollars) today it is $27.1 Trillion, a nearly tenfold increase in less than sixty years. That makes the United States, with 5% of the world’s population, the largest debtor nation in history, currently accounting for 30% of all global national debt. The wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan account for $10 Trillion (or 42%) of the growth in the overall national debt. The balance is reflective of the incessant march toward evolving into Euro-socialist and potentially bankrupt nation.

    The ever-naïve moral betters have been for decades wallowing in their refinement, erudition and civility. Choosing to be oblivious to a more radicalized American Left assuming de facto control of the Democratic Party and the bulk of the mainstream media as well as virtually all social media platforms. Today college campuses resemble mini-totalitarian states with virtually no freedom of speech or assembly. Left-wing political harassment is rampant. Unfounded accusations of racism and a myriad of other mythological isms are increasingly used to silence and intimidate. And a concerted effort is well underway to completely undermine and overturn the Judeo-Christian foundation upon which this nation was founded.”

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  6. AJ – Re: your 7:02 post. The American College of Pediatricians is considered a hate group, so nothing they say is taken seriously. (I’m not saying they are a hate group, but that is how they are seen by LGBT folks and others who believe in the transgender cause.) So no matter what one of those doctors may say, no matter how true it may be, it will not be considered by those who most need to consider it. 😦

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  7. That’s the point Kizzie, either you join them in their delusions and support their molestations, or your the one who needs help.

    They’re nuts, and harming children. Reasonable people see who the delusional people are, that’s why the reasonable folks have to be attacked by the perverted left.

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  8. And they always accuse the other side of “hate”, when in reality it’s nothing more than reasonable disagreement. But unfortunately for us, they have a compliant press on their side.

    A perfect example of how their scam works……

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/republicans-pounce.php

    “A favorite ploy of the liberal press, when a Democrat does something incontestably stupid or immoral, is to try to make the story about the Republicans’ reaction when they, reasonably enough, criticize the Democrat. A classic formula in this genre is “Republicans pounce.”

    As Scott noted yesterday, newly-elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib shamed herself and her party by telling an audience of Democratic faithful, “[W]e’re gonna go in and impeach the @#$%%$##”–i.e., President Trump. One struggles to imagine how the press would have responded in the 1990s if a Republican Congressman had fired up a Republican crowd by saying of Bill Clinton, “We’re going to impeach the @#$%^^%%$$#.” Actually, I can’t imagine. I think the world would have come to an end.

    Anxious to avert harm to its party, the New York Times swung into action with a story about pouncing Republicans:

    https://i1.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2019/01/Screen-Shot-2019-01-05-at-8.36.38-AM.png?w=545&ssl=1

    Actually, it doesn’t take much “painting.” Is there any question about the fact that the Democrats are “intent on destroying the Trump presidency”? They express that intention proudly on a daily basis.

    In characterizing the Republicans’ “pouncing,” the Times descends disgracefully into race-baiting:

    Republicans, eager to portray Democrats as out to destroy Mr. Trump’s presidency, piled on criticism of Ms. Tlaib — some of it racially tinged.

    But the Times cites not a single instance of “racially tinged” criticism of Ms. Tlaib. “Racially tinged” is a phrase leftists use when they want to smear someone who hasn’t said anything about race at all.”
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    Just substitute bigot for racist or any other derogatory label you’d like here. Disagreement is not hate. Unless you’re a snowflake leftist with an agenda. Then anything that goes against their narrative gets labeled as such. It’s meant to shut down opposition and dialogue. Don’t fall for it.

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  9. And they’re always projecting their hate unto others, all the while getting a pass.
    Like this.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/you-want-hate-heres-hate.php

    “There is a lot of talk these days about hate in our public discourse. In truth, much of what is denounced as “hate,” especially by the Left, could more properly be described as disagreement. But every once in a while you come across the real article.

    As in the case of Lara Kollab, an American Muslim from Ohio, who was fired from a residency at the Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s most respected medical institutions, after her long history of public anti-Semitism came to light. The Daily Mail has a good account.

    It is easy to understand why the Cleveland Clinic thought she had to go, since she tweeted this:”

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6563385/Doctor-tweeted-Jews-wrong-medications-issues-apology.html

    “Anti-Semitic doctor, 27, who tweeted that she would ‘purposely give Jews the wrong medications’ issues public apology – but uses it to hit out at the ‘injustice and brutality of the Israeli occupation’

    Dr Lara Kollab posted anti-Semitic messages on social media for several years

    She has now said sorry for her comments, saying she wants to ‘sincerely and unequivocally apologize’ following the ‘public outcry’

    But the medic still hit out at the ‘suffering of the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation in her ancestral land’ which left her ‘incensed’

    The 27-year-old graduated last year and worked at The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

    Wrote on Twitter that she would ‘purposely give all the Jews the wrong meds’

    Also tweeted she hoped ‘Allah will kill the Jews’ and referred to Jews as ‘dogs’

    Cleveland Clinic condemned her and confirmed she is no longer works there

    Dr Kollab, who is of Palestinian heritage, got degree at a Jewish college in NY”

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    This is what hate looks like.

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  10. All fluff, no stuff.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/what-precisely-do-democrats-want-to-impeach-trump-for

    “Democratic leaders were embarrassed that a high-profile freshman would speak so frankly in public. But hours before Tlaib spoke, on the first day of Democratic control of the House, another Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, filed a resolution of impeachment. Sherman’s resolution was later co-sponsored by another colleague, Democratic Rep. Al Green.

    The efforts by Sherman and Green, who filed his own articles in 2017, and another House Democrat, Rep. Steve Cohen, who also introduced articles in Trump’s first months in office, are nothing new. Nor are those efforts a lonely quest. In an early 2018 procedural vote, 66 Democrats voted in favor of moving an impeachment measure forward.

    But on what grounds, specifically, do the pro-impeachment Democrats intend to remove the president? The new Sherman/Green resolution, and Green’s and Cohen’s resolutions from last year, are not exactly a comprehensive recounting of Trump’s alleged offenses. Sherman’s is based entirely on the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the Comey memos, while Green’s articles seek to remove Trump for “sowing discord among the people of the United States” with his comments on Charlottesville, transgender troops, and Muslim immigration. (In an earlier version, Green also sought to impeach Trump for statements about Rep. Frederica Wilson and NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem.) Cohen’s articles rehashed much of Sherman’s obstruction allegation while adding a charge that Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause, plus articles seeking to remove Trump for tweeting about federal judges and calling some press organizations “fake news.”

    Judging by the articles currently on the table, Democrats will have to raise their impeachment game if they choose to go forward with an attempt to remove the president.

    Sherman’s single article of impeachment, originally filed on July 12, 2017 and re-filed last week, said Trump violated his constitutional oath to take care that the laws be faithfully executed because he “prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice during a federal investigation.” Specifically, Trump violated his oath by “threatening, and then terminating, James Comey.”

    As evidence, Sherman cited a “pattern of behavior” in which Trump asked Comey to lay off Michael Flynn; decided to fire Comey before asking the Justice Department for a rationale for the move; gave varying reasons for the firing; and said sacking Comey had reduced the pressure on him from the Russia investigation.

    Green’s resolution of impeachment did not really accuse Trump of committing high crimes and misdemeanors as president. It was, instead, an argument that Trump should be removed from office on grounds of bigotry. ”

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    There’s that word again. Starting to see how this works? No facts needed, just call him a bigot and that’s enough for a brain dead leftist apparently. But again, reasonable people don’t think this way. It didn’t work with Kavanaugh, and it won’t here either. But they’ll still try.

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  11. And Comey is his reasoning? The guy who single-handedly destroyed the FBI’s reputation?

    Haha. That’s laughable. 🙂 Trump should be given a medal for removing that traitor from his position.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/joe-digenova-cardinal-james-comey-the-man-who-destroyed-the-fbi

    “Wyatt Earp. Elliot Ness. J. Edgar Hoover. Inspector Clouseau. James Comey. The names reflect a continuum of greatness to farce and mediocrity. In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached the depths of disgrace as James “Cardinal” Comey.

    The “Cardinal” was a sobriquet FBI agents used to denigrate their leader. As Deputy Attorney General, he was called “drama queen.” Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unknown in either of those illustrious organizations. He was the cult of personality. He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement. The Bureau and the public became the losers.

    James Comey politicized the FBI, America’s premier law enforcement agency. It started on July 6, 2016, when he usurped the authority of Attorney General Loretta Lynch in violation of the Constitution, the law and DOJ regulations.

    He destroyed Hillary’s campaign when he unethically and unprofessionally described her conduct with pejorative words such as “criminal” and then illegally exonerated her of the crimes.

    President Obama should have fired him that day. But he did not. Why? Perhaps because he had knowledge of Hillary’s avoidance of any protected email channels because he communicated with her on her private server using a pseudonym.

    Comey is a poseur. He pretends to be Thomas Becket but he is, in fact, the assassin, Henry II. He claims in his memos he doesn’t do sneaky things, leak or do weasely things. Yet in his interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier he pretended not to know what a leak is.

    The president performed a public service by firing him. He should have done it the day after his inauguration.

    The treachery revealed by Comey, Clapper, and Brennan requires accountability. That can only happen through a federal grand jury investigation headed by John W. Huber, the U.S. Attorney in Utah who has been appointed to investigate the FISA criminality by the Obama FBI and DOJ.

    The evidence of illegal and unconstitutional abuse of law enforcement and intelligence community power and authority is clear.”

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  12. Ouch.

    Looks like Romney isn’t the only one who can write op-eds critical of others. 🙂

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/01/07/mitt_romney_ready_for_my_close-up_mr_demille_139097.html

    “It is hard to quantify the smallness of Mitt Romney, but let’s just say that if character were measured in shoe size, we’d be using the children’s scale to gauge his worth.

    He certainly is not qualified to walk in the shoes of President Trump, nor even to follow in his footsteps. Utah’s newest senator is so small he’d get lost in the cavernous legacy left behind by each footfall of the historic president who dares to walk upright among the craven beasts of the Swamp.

    Yet Romney continues to surprise in his utter inability to recognize this—or accept his own limitations. Last week, as the rest of us were celebrating the new year, Romney was celebrating his own self-righteousness in a self-indulgent op-ed published in the Never Trumpers’ unofficial house organ, a.k.a. The Washington Post. Published under the lugubrious headline “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short,” this nastygram was apparently intended to reassure us that a new adult is in the room to take the place of dour and departed Jim Mattis.

    Romney’s earnest lesson is so ham-handed and schoolmarmish that it’s almost as if American presidents’ lessons of the past 60 years on character building were missed by prissy Mitt. Consider the character building by Lyndon Johnson as he fed our young men to the meat grinder in Vietnam. Consider the character building by Richard Nixon as he plotted his political survival by both carpet-bombing in Cambodia and covering up conspiracies in D.C. Consider the character building of Jimmy Carter and his 20 percent inflation rate. Forcing people to work two or three jobs to pay their bills surely must have built character, right? I could go on, but why bother. It’s too depressing, and meanwhile right alongside all that character building, you could be measuring the steady decline of the American economy, middle class and nation-state.

    Leave it to Mitt to find the real culprit of the collapse of American character. It all comes down to Donald Trump and the haunting green light at the end of the dock on East Egg — oops, that was the Great Gatsby, not the Great Trump, although Romney might find it hard to distinguish between them as he envisions himself as the Nick Carraway moralist who is narrating the tragedy of the American crash that will soon claim our imagined innocence.”

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    And like the AmericanThinker piece above, the people they say Trump should be more like, are not people I think Trump should be more like.

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  13. Anyone wanting this or pushing it upon a child is abusing that child. No child deserves this.

    The long term damage inflicted is very real.

    And yes, they will be destroyed mercilessly by the tolerant left when their truth comes out.

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/03/30-transgender-regretters-come-closet-new-book/

    “Walt Heyer knows firsthand what it’s like to undergo sex change surgery and then regret it. After living as a woman for nearly a decade, he decided to accept his biological sex and de-transition back to male. By then, Walt had received intensive cognitive therapy that helped him recognize early childhood trauma he had experienced.

    The trauma resulted in a mental condition known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). In the clarity of that realization, his gender dysphoria simply vanished. His life as a “woman” all amounted to an attempt to escape reality. Sadly, too few people consider the possibility that gender dysphoria can manifest as a byproduct or symptom of other mental conditions, and most certainly of DID. (More on that below.)

    Walt suffered huge waves of regret as a result of following through with his urge to be a woman. He had eagerly taken the bait of politicized medical practitioners, who hurried him along in the transition. He not only regretted what he had done to his body, he also grieved over the estrangement from his wife and children caused by his drastic change in identity.

    There was collateral damage to other personal relationships as well. He also regretted the lost decade of his life in which he lived in the persona of a woman.

    Heyer’s New Book Shines Light on Trans Life Survivors
    Heyer has written several books on transgender regret, but his sixth and newest book, “Trans Life Survivors,” is not his personal story. It’s a compilation of the stories of many others caught up in today’s “transmania.” They specifically sought out Walt to get some much-needed support. They’ve shared their lonely, surreal experiences falling down the trans rabbit hole, hoping to escape as he did.

    Walt’s correspondents describe a wide range of frustrating and confusing experiences. Some are nudged into transgenderism by social pressures and emotional manipulation. Many are hastily sent into surgery without adequate counseling (or any counseling at all), or are misdiagnosed. Some of those regret their decision very shortly after having irreversible surgery.

    Many concerns about childhood traumas are ignored by therapists who are politically motivated to push as many patients as possible into sex change. They also fear intense ostracism and vicious backlash from the trans community if they “come out” as a potential de-transitioner.

    Walt wrote “Trans Life Survivors,” he says, because he wants others “to catch a glimpse of the raw emotions and experiences of people who are harmed by the grand – and dangerous – experiment of cross-sex hormones and surgical affirming procedures.””
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    What kind of people have we become that we would allow such monstrous acts to be inflicted upon confused children? Enough.

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  14. Hey look! It’s a Russia, Russia, Russia update.

    Turns out the whole thing was a sham. But most of us already knew that. 🙂

    Like I been saying it was all along, and with several familiar names……

    “Pretext for Two Years of Treason Accusations”

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/02/new-documents-suggest-steele-dossier-deliberate-setup-trump/

    “A trove of recently released documents sheds further light on the scope and logistics of the information operation designed to sabotage an American election. Players include the press, political operatives from both parties, and law enforcement and intelligence officials. Their instrument was the Steele dossier, first introduced to the American public two years ago.”

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    “The dossier operation has not only damaged institutions like the FBI and DOJ, it has also poisoned the public sphere, perhaps irremediably. As a result, it is now accepted journalistic practice to print, and reprint, any garish fantasy so long as it’s layered with Russian intrigue and Trump team treason. Even as the rest of the country sees an institution that has made itself a laughingstock, the press continues to salute itself for its bravery—or the courage and industry required to take leaks from law enforcement and intelligence officials and Democratic operatives in an effort to topple a president it doesn’t like, elected by neighbors it holds in contempt.

    How did it come to this? Former FBI director James Comey ushered in the era of the dossier when he briefed Trump on January 6, 2017 on reports that “the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013.”

    Last week, the Department of Justice released a heavily redacted version of the two-page memo on the dossier with which Comey briefed the president-elect. The “source’s reporting,” reads the memo, referring to Steele, “appears to have been acquired by multiple Western press organizations starting in October.”

    As Comey later recorded in a separate memorandum documenting the meeting, he told Trump that “media like CNN had [the reports] and were looking for a news hook.” The briefing provided one.

    According to Comey’s recent testimony, James Clapper ordered the briefing. The former director of national intelligence is believed to have then tipped off CNN, which later hired him as a commentator. After the award-winning CNN story posted, BuzzFeed published the document, passed to the news organization by Republican aide David Kramer.

    The Frame Game Is Bipartisan
    In his testimony, Comey again pushed the fiction that Republicans opposed to Trump first paid for the dossier. Congressional Republicans are right that Comey is trying to muddy the waters—the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded Steele’s work.

    But credit Comey for underscoring, and maybe not accidentally, a larger truth—the operation that sought to defraud the American voter had bipartisan support all along. Court documents released in December show that Steele gave his final report to Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s chief of staff, Jonathan Burks.

    How is it possible that so many people knew and said nothing? Everyone knows it’s impossible to sustain a real conspiracy that size. People in the know talk and the press makes it public. But they did talk—all the time. But the conversations, implicit confessions, of FBI agents and other U.S. officials were hidden by colleagues who classified their talk, or deleted it, like FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s text messages.

    The press didn’t report it because the press is part of the operation, the indispensable part. None of it would have been possible, and it certainly wouldn’t have lasted for two years, had the media not linked arms with spies, cops, and lawyers to relay a story first spun by Clinton operatives.””
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    Are these more of those fine, upstanding, decent people Trump should be more like?

    I think not, and no thank you.

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  15. Wait…..

    Again? As in, it’s happened before?

    Oh, I get it, he’s a protected class of scumbag, like Epstein and Menendez……

    Yes, you read that correctly: “Another young black man.”

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  16. They don’t like his message, so they want to censure it so you won’t hear it either.

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    But that’s what they do. It’s kinda their thing…..

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  18. And with this news, a whole lotta people just stopped caring the govt is shut down. 🙂

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    And it’s Trump they should be thanking.

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  19. Character and civility is a lousy arguement favoured by NT Republicans and is almost as bad as FOX complaining about Obama’s tan suits and dijon mustard. The Democratic leadership prefers to wait for Mueller.

    Jackson, T Roosevelt, Truman and Nixon all lacked civility whereas Carter did not. And as much as I like Carter I don’t think he was better than Roosevelt.

    It is interesting though that logic used to favour Trump’s lack of civility could also be used to support Tlaib’s lack of civility.

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  20. The trans issue bothers me. When it comes to nature vs nurture arguments, I tend to favour nature. Nurture may be the environment which triggers nature but nature still needs to be present. Thus people are born transgender or at least with the inclination of being transgender.

    This can be seen by the fact that some respond to childhood sexually trauma by identifying as trans whereas other children will not. This usually comes out in adolescence as children struggle with puberty. The increase in girls wishing to transition to boys during puberty can be viewed as a response to stress in the same way as eating disorders. A response by girls who don’t match prevailing body images. In most cases puberty will end and things balance and in most cases studies have shown these girls will want to stay girls but as lesbians.

    Prepubescent children are naturally curious about gender difference and some may even want to experience the other…..play dress up, tomboy, etc. For most this will outgrow over time, however, some will remain trans. Its that group which is trans and is by nature trans. This is not to say we should ignore the rest of this group, they have obvious needs which must be addressed.

    Its the all or nothing I see in both the pro and anti trans that worry me. Both groups have a values or moral comminent to a position that is not in the best interest of the individual child or teen.

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  21. Republicans had two years to requisition funds for the wall yet they did not. Its only after they lost control did they make the wall an issue. Its an attempt to manipulate the base but at the cost for those who work for the govt or rely on the govt.

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