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Friday, January 3. 2020
High-School Wrestling Was Fading. Then Came The Girls.
Oxford Historian On The 1619 Project: ‘A Preposterous And One-Dimensional Reading’ Of American History
From TNR: When “Biology” Becomes a Cover for Anti-Trans Bigotry - How an employment case in the United Kingdom revealed the ugly contours of anti-trans discrimination
DeVos restores fairness to campus sexual misconduct cases - A survey suggests that attempts to address sexual assault on campus, although well intentioned, have done so at the expense of fairness, and, in many cases, the truth.
U.S. jobless claims dip to 222,000 to end 2019 back near a half-century low
Literally the first word that WaPo prints in 2020 is a lie.
Joy Reid Calls Attack on US Embassy in Baghdad “Trump’s Benghazi” – Don Jr. Drops in and Sets Her Straight
Joe Biden’s Latest Ad About Trump Is a Complete Lie
This Is Not 1979, And Donald Trump Is Not Jimmy Carter
USA Today Op-Ed: It Is 'Terrifying' Other Parishioners Were Armed During Texas Church Shooting
The Fundamental Legitimacy of Donald Trump - The democracy-is-doomed crowd was wrong. Trump’s tyranny has never materialized.
The United States as a Developing Nation
Scandinavia: Can The New “Parental Team” Replace Marriage?
Boris Johnson’s Victory and the Political Realignment Shaking Western Democracies
Former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse blasts company’s work in China - ‘Just when Google needed to double down on a commitment to human rights, it decided to instead chase bigger profits and an even higher stock price’
'This is the shareholders' money': Billionaire Warren Buffett argues that companies should stop making decisions based on their social beliefs
Kim Jong Un, Choose Your Future
He can't - he is China's pawn
Maximum Pressure on Iran Is Working. That’s Why It’s Lashing Out. Let’s Keep It Up.
With pro-Iran groups at helm, Iraq 'risks becoming pariah'
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"MSNBC: By Bombing Hezbollah, Trump Is Bombing ‘War Heroes’…"
Oh, right. Just as FDR, by bombing Wehrmacht units, was bombing "war heroes".
1619 Project: We miss the mark if we think they are trying to teach history. They are trying to use history to teach political beliefs. As that sort of social historian believes that there is no clear real history anyway, and it is all an exercise of one group imposing power on another in their interpretation, they do not see this as the least inappropriate. The authors will regard all criticism is merely some aspect of the power structure protecting its turf. Whether something is correct or not is not even part of the equation.
That's the whole downfall of Marxist and neo-Marxist approaches to history, like critical theory. In short, they start with an explanation, class struggle between oppressor and oppressed groups, and then work to fit events to reflect that narrative. It's not unscientific, it's precisely anti-scientific.
"The democracy-is-doomed crowd was wrong. Trump’s tyranny has never materialized."
The simple reality is that he might be gone by 2021 but will certainly be gone by 2025, with no possibility of a comeback ever.
Some tyrant indeed.
Buffett is only half right.
Companies - and by that I mean its board of directors and officers - should do what's in the best interest of its owners, i.e. the shareholders.
But the government shouldn't step in and meddle where it doesn't belong, i.e. where its actions are either not specifically proscribed by the Constitution or where they are specifically prohibited. An example would be health care - which the federal government has caused to be more expensive and more complicated than it would otherwise be. The government solution now is to surreptitiously limit access and hamper quality.
Joy Reid Calls Attack on US Embassy in Baghdad “Trump’s Benghazi” – Don Jr. Drops in and Sets Her Straight.
If one calls this "Trump's Benghazi," the reply is that Obama flunked his Benghazi test, while Trump passed HIS Benghazi test with flying colors.
"anti-trans bigotry" I have to admit I had to read that line a few times to figure out if they meant opposed to trans or opposed to any opposition to trans. Then I read the article and was again confused. The language is confusing. I am not even sure what personal pronouns they are talking about. I guess that this woman believes that there are only two genders AND believes that she has the right to that opinion. It would seem the other side believes that there are more than two genders and only they have a right to any opinion about it and all other opinions must be banned and punished. OK, given the years of tantrums by the left and the queer (can I say queer?) for "equal" rights I do believe that the covers have not only been lifted but have disappeared and what they want is special rights for them and no rights for you. Now you can get fired for not believing their odd sexual claims and you can get fired by not using the right pronouns. And it will get worse. In the U.S. you can burn the flag but you can't burn the rainbow flag because they will put you in jail for years.
I am still stumped when I read an article that uses the label "trans-woman". Does that mean a biological woman who is now claiming to be a male or a biological male who is now claiming to be a woman? I truly don't know.
I simply ignore everything and anything to do with trans-whatever.
Life's far too short and there are so many other much more interesting things to concern myself with.
Like taking my dog for a quiet walk in the woods which I'm just heading out to do right now.
A trans woman is a man pretending to be a woman, such as the author of that trash article.
I will be so glad once Trump is re-elected and these woke ‘activists’ get thrown in the dustbin of history. What a bunch of assholes.
"this woman believes that there are only two genders"
Actually there are three genders, masculine, feminine and neuter. BTW, gender has nothing to do with sex. Gender refers to nouns.
Armed parishioners terrifying: Not sure why any reasonable person would be terrified of law abiding citizens protecting themselves and their church. The armed guards didn't harm anyone except the murderer. They have been armed at that church for at least a year and a half and nobody was harmed before this (I know that because if it had happened, the media would have screamed it from the rooftops).
Not being able to differentiate between good guys and bad guys is a sign of ignorance. Educate yourself before spouting any more nonsense, Rosas.
#1 JJM: MSNBC is un-American.
#2 AVI: The NYT lies to us. Has for a long time. Can you say "Walter Duranty"?
UK Farms: IDJITS!!!!111111!!!!!
DeVos restores fairness to campus sexual misconduct cases: There's a picture, and a lot of blank space. No text.
Joe Biden: Loooooooong siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
Even CNN Is Calling out Chuck Schumer’s Impeachment Trial ‘Impartiality’ Hypocrisy'. A-MAZ-ING!!!!!!!!!
re Expert: Half of UK Farmland Must Be Abandoned
There have been similar recommendations here. I still think the desire to ration food and make us eat bugs and pond scum is the ulterior motive.
Are they that stupid? Do these people realize that by advocating reducing cultivated farmland, use of Genetically modified crops, and ending the use of chemical fertilizers they are in fact advocating genocide? There claim is they want to save the world. I in turn ask them for which half of humanity?
Why do you think there is a sudden necessity to confiscate guns? Those cattle cars won't load themselves.
The left is inviting/fomenting a culture war. They intend to rule over whatever is left. They do not want it to include people of European descent (unless that is them).
Things you may not know about the Iran situation.
1. Soleimani was involved in the attack on the Benghazi embassy which killed the ambassador and other Americans:
Soleimani helped plan Benghazi jihad massacre of American diplomats
(Instead, Obama and Hillary falsely claimed the attack was the result of reaction against a video produced by an Egyptian expatriate, and had him summarily thrown into prison.)
2. Obama purported to grant amnesty to Soleimani as part of the illegal Iran Agreement which was repudiated by Trump when he came into office: Obama's Iran deal has just granted an amnesty to the world's leading terrorist mastermind
3. The leader of the attack on the Baghdad Embassy was a guest at the Obama White House:
Barack Obama welcomed leader of US embassy attack to the White House: Iran's 'point man' in Baghdad Hadi al-Amiri was hosted in the Oval Office in 2011 – eight years before he orchestrated siege in Iraq
4. Kerry continues to act as an adviser to the Iranian government, in violation of the Logan Act:
Pompeo slams Kerry for 'inappropriate' meetings with Iran officials
Busted Iran front group loaded Clinton Foundation with cash
An Iranian foundation recently convicted as a front organization for the theocratic regime in Tehran donated five-figure sums to the infamous Clinton Foundation.
Expert: Half of UK Farmland Must Be Abandoned
Is this from the same set of experts that told us "raptors are so sensitive that building suburbs would destroy their habitat and drive them to extinction"?
I live now in one of those suburbs and I see far more raptors feasting on rabbits and prairie dogs in my 'hood, than I ever did when I growing up in the country, far from such intrusive subdivisions.
These so-called "experts" need to stop be-clowning themselves!