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Saturday, May 7. 2016
Bob Dylan-Inspired Drama Is in the Works
Vegan Green Weenie of the Year
Ice Age Europe: More Dramatic Than You Thought
No One Has A Right To A Bathroom - If
A Luxurious Adventure Vacation in a Place You’d Never Expect - Israel’s Negev Desert isn’t just home to Ramon Crater, a spectacular, otherworldly playground for biking and hiking, but it’s also where you’ll find one of the country’s most pampering resorts
Health Insurers’ Shift More Costs To Taxpayers In Obamacare Exchanges
THE RACIST TREES OF OUR NATIONAL PARKS - Trees are America’s newest racist symbol.
Remove the trees!
Trouble ahead, via Drudge:
Civil Rights Commissioner: Cutting Sentences Increases Black-On-Black Crime
Comrades: Islamism and the Left
5 Critical Questions Undecided Conservatives Must Ask Trump
Trump Derangement Syndrome at work: After Trump, Conservatives Must Continue to Explore Their Options
MAN NOBODY VOTED FOR ANNOUNCES WHO HE WON’T VOTE FOR
Reports of the demise of the Republican Party are premature.
Hard-core conservatives do not own the Repub Party. It's a big tent.
Germany Offers Taxpayer Funded “Flirt Workshops” for Migrant Men
That is clearly a brilliant approach, but seems to violate multicultural values. These people do not flirt.
Vietnam War 50th Commemoration, The Journey Home video
Immigration: The Failure of the Swedish Establishment
As it will for generations
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Just exactly what does the gop represent? What are its basic positions? Are people who want smaller government, lower taxes considered hard-core conservatives? Where is the line between the dem party and the repub. party? After the 2012 election, when the higher ups in the republican party decided, and publicly stated, that they had to become more like the democrat party, what part of the soul of the gop remained? And by watching our congress, how could we tell that small nugget remained?
Re: Hard-core conservatives do not own the Repub Party
What many of us have finally found out after so many years is that the Republican party is not the conservative party. It is the only major party that has conservatives. Goldwater was the sacrificial presidential candidate - certainly not because the party uppity-ups were hoping or expecting he would win. Nixon was certainly no conservative. Reagan was reluctantly accepted by the party elites because there was no other option. They sat on his coat-tails for eight years and cheered when Bush Sr. because they knew that he really didn't believe in Reaganomics - after turning around a sinking economic ship, it was still voodoo economics to him. Gingrich was not celebrated by the party elite - even after taking the House for the first time in forty years. Senate Republican elite announced before that election that they were not bound by the "Contract with American." Ted Cruz is reviled by the elite because he is willing to tell the world that McConnell was a liar - because he was a liar.
The Republican Party is not the conservative party. It is only the more conservative party when compared to the Democrat Party.
Cruz also was a liar. I now get why they didn't like him in the Senate. Sure, he wanted to be the 'constitutionalist,' but he also was known for stabbing people in the back. I don't think he needed to be like that to stay the 'constitutionalist.' That type of behavior was on display a few times in the primaries, and one of the reasons I couldn't support him. The last lie that did him in: saying he had no alliance with Kasich, when he clearly did via press releases from both camps at the same time on Sunday night, April 24th.
So, with no real evidence, you believe that Cruz was a liar, simply because Trump kept calling him one.
No matter what anyone says to you here, it has no effect, does it? You don't even take other points of view into consideration, do you?
re The Arab Implosion Continues
Well, that may be true, but things seem to be working out quite nicely for Islam as they continue to colonize areas that the indigenous people once fought to the death to defend.
In addition, I would speculate that keeping people ignorant and impoverished tends to make them more religious. Another plus for Islam.
I am still haunted by the idea that God is on the side of Islam and has turned His back on the West.
"[T]hings seem to be working out quite nicely for Islam..."
Except they're not.
Because the West can offer little at all as a forceful ideological counterpoint (appeals to secular democracy, diversity and transgendered washrooms won't cut it), it might seem Islam is monolithic.
In truth, Islam is crippled by a major theological division (and riven by competing fundamentalisms and extremisms; compared to the great and longstanding Sunni/Shia divide, the Reformation was very small potatoes indeed.
By the way, notwithstanding terrorist attacks in the West, the principal victims of all this strife - by a long shot - are Muslims themselves.
The access to bathrooms for those who identify with a gender other than their sexual organs suggest goes beyond bathroom stalls. In Palatine, IL, District 211, the issue is allowing a transgendered male-to-female (MtF) person unlimited access to the showers and changing facilities in the female locker room. This has been drawn out because the student was not satisfied that a separate area was made available, insisting that this separate location did not allow interaction with others in the locker room. My understanding is another option was made available with lockers and a shower so the student could invite female friends supporting such policies to join in the area. No, still too separate and unequal.
I supposed boys would love to have a FtM person hanging out with them in their locker room, but many teenage females I know really don't enjoy being stark naked in front of each other, much less a stranger with male genitalia.
The Dept. of Education, now installed in the warp and weft of our schools, has threatened to pull the $5 million in funding that district receives. Obviously, with schools being financially stressed, the district does not have the money to construct separate facilities for each of their 12,000 students. So, basically, this is extortion because some believe privacy is the issue and the DoE has no right to redefine sex and gender based on civil rights law.
The DoE needs to be dismantled and the local districts allowed to handle all matters involving the education in their locale. Allowing these "snowflakes" to change the world is trashing every ethical, moral and religious value through a judicial system no one voted for.
It goes much further than that. Canada already has laws against discriminating with regards to "gender indentity." Men who are in prison claim to actually be women and demand to be transferred to women's prisons (where the sometimes harass them).
What about sports? Why wouldn't a man who claims he's a woman join a woman's basketball team? Or a man claiming to be a woman compete in the women's Olympics?
Virtually everything that was once gender specific is at risk.
Yes, this is out of control. I saw an article in a law journal where an adult MtF was suing for the right to have reconstructive surgery while serving a 25-year term for some heinous sex crimes.
Prisoners aside, one would presume that an adult not wanting to participate in such situations could avoid them. However, having a school authority insists that 14-year-old girls be subjective to naked anyone, much less a male who could be 18 or 19, is ridiculous. What shocked me was the report on the number of teen girls who had no objection to this MtF person in their locker room and showers. But with this generation, I guess if oral sex isn't s-e-x and rape isn't r-a-p-e, then naked isn't n-a-k-e-d.
Out of control? In case you haven't seen this:
I think the fact that Caitlyn Jenner gets more flack for being conservative than being a trans just means that this is really a political thing than a civil rights thing (not even getting into the mental health aspect).
You find the best youtube, mudbug! Laugh or cry?
The government getting involved is a Cloward-Piven tactic at its worst. Throw the society into chaos, break it financially, divide and conquer, etc.
BTW, I have known lots of people who identify as homosexuals since I worked in the arts, especially dance. No problem; a few have become friends. I even interviewed Christine Jorgensen a long time ago when she was performing as a singer. But this recent child/youth movement troubles me.
This stuff is, as you say, out of control. This is really an attempt to turn society up side down. Cloward and Piven would only hope to come up with something like this!
For several years during the 1990's I lived in Thailand. While living there, I learned that there are some Thai women who absolutely refuse to eat a banana in public -- eating a banana was considered to be a mildly erotic act and they were afraid that random men would be ogling them.
At the time, I thought that these women's concerns were ridiculous.
I stand corrected!
In high school I was walking home and eating a popsicle when a man just started cracking up. I made I sure I never did that again.
I remember in the '70s after wet t-shirt contests at bars became pretty common, a bar had a banana eating contest.
"Isn't it a bit cold and pointless, dear?" as Alex asked in A Clockwork Orange.
re Why the Rent vs. Buy Debate Is Completely Pointless
I've always thought of homes as mainly status symbols myself. This is because people don't buy homes to work in, but to relax in. Very few use the land as a benefit or workspace. People who even have successful food garden are few and far between.
How and Why Nato Has Become the Most Destructive Force on the Planet
I don't agree with all of it but it is an interesting point of view.
Re: Harvard Brings Back the Blacklist for Final Club, Fraternity, Sorority Students
Seriously, isn't this a Title IX violation, certainly as to the women? (since men don't seem to qualify under Title IX)