May God have mercy on our souls.

Today, New York state passed a landmark law protecting unlimited preborn infanticide… or abortion, as it’s more commonly called. The bill, which goes under the euphemistic “Reproductive Health Act” effectively allows for abortion at any time for any reason, and removes abortion from the state criminal code.

It’s a sad, sad day in Mudville.

The law, aimed at protecting access to abortion in the event that Roe v Wade is overturned, is nauseating. I won’t go into it here, but you’re welcome to read the text of the bill HERE. Matt Walsh, professional teller of truths, also has a spot on op-ed, You Can’t Give A Lethal Injection to Criminals in New York but You Can Give It to Infants

At this point, the abortion issue has become a part of a larger problem. The world, and western nations in particular, have a cultural sickness. We live in a world that celebrates death and is nonchalant (at best) about life. Suicides, murders, and general tragedy dominate news media for days at a time. Positive stories involving children and families are seen as “fluff” and “feel good” rather than a goal. The traditional nuclear family is the exception, not the rule. Fatherless families, children born out of wedlock, siblings with multiple fathers or mothers, and rampant, no-fault divorce are the new normal.

Overturning abortion is a noble and lofty goal, but it will mean nothing if we cannot get to the root of the problem. We need to challenge ourselves to change our thinking, to see motherhood and fatherhood as joyful callings rather than heavy burdens. We need to recognize pregnancy as the miracle that it is, and not an inconvenience at best, or a disease at worst.

How can we do this? Support.

We need to nurture a culture in which a loving father is the norm. We need to get away from the Homer Simpson stereotype of fathers being lazy, stupid, and worthless. How many times on television and in movies do we see a father figure as the hero? How many young boys can watch television and say, “I want to be like him!” Instead, we get the bumbling idiots -loving fathers, perhaps, but idiots just the same. Homer Simpson, Phil Dunphy (Modern Family), Bob Belcher (Bob’s Burgers), Hal Wilkerson (Malcolm in the Middle) are just a few that come to mind.

As Chris Rock said, “A n**** will say some shit like, “I take care of my kids.” You’re supposed to, you dumb motherfucker! What are you talking about?” What kind of ignorant shit is that?”

Instead of devaluing fatherhood, we need to elevate it. Paternal leave. Nor referring to time spent with the kids as “babysitting” or “stuck with the kids”. No more commercials where Dad has no idea how to care for his own child and is desperate for Mommy to come home. Dads matter. One of the most beautiful illustrations of this concept can be seen in “soldiers come home” video compilations. If you can make it through those without crying, you should call your psychologist. Should socioeconomic proofs be more your thing, look up statistics involving absentee fathers, crime, poverty, and soaring abortion rates in the black community since the 1950s.

Motherhood deserves its own admiration. The Mommy-Wars need to stop. For mothers that choose to or must work outside the home to provide for their families, childcare needs not to be so prohibitively expensive, nor should it be the responsibility of the tax payer. Mothers who choose to be stay-at-home moms should likewise be supported in their choices.

The last giant issue is adoption. Did you know that adoption in the United States can run families tens of thousands of dollars? We often hear that adoption is the solution to abortion, but how can it be at that cost? How many couples are desperate to have children, but are unable to conceive and unable to adopt because of the outrageous financial burden? When an abortion costs around $300 and adoption $37,000, are we surprised when there are 638,169 abortions (2015) to the 135,000 adoptions? (Including the roughly 670,000 in foster care).

Bottom line: Before we can change the laws, we need to change our culture. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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Deception

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote anything in here. One glorious year in which Trump has worked hard at Making America Great Again, and almost eight months since I got married. These two events together make for poor blog fodder.

Until today.

“White students in MAGA gear crashed the Indigenous Peoples March and harassed participants” (Vox)

“Catholic school to investigate taunting of Native Americans” (NBC)

“Mob of MAGA Hat-Wearing Teen Boys Caught on Video Harassing Native Elder”  (The Cut/New York)

Predictably, the internet blew up with righteous indignation. The boys in question were threatened by their school with expulsion. Too bad no one bothered to find out what really happened.

Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence comes from a group that calls themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites. (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hebrew_Israelites) who were near the Lincoln Memorial at the time of the incident. A video seemingly taken by one of the members of the group devotes an hour to five or six adult males “preaching” to a group of Native Americans, shouting condemnations regarding their religion and exhortations of converting back to worship of the “One true God”.

It wasn’t pretty.

At one point, these men approached the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where a large group of teenage males were standing around. The students, wearing shirts representing their Catholic High School and MAGA hats, were in DC for the annual March for Life. An argument ensued, with the adult Black Hebrew Israelites targeting a black student, telling him that his friends would eventually sacrifice him for his organs and shouting repeatedly, “Get out N***er!” The boys started repeating their school songs and chants in an attempt to drown the men out.

As this was going on, the Native American man in question, Nathan Phillips, walked through the crowd and approached the boys. “Approached” is quite possibly the wrong word. He got right up in their faces, playing his drum and singing. The boys start dancing, but when it’s apparent that he’s not moving, they stop to watch. In the video, he is only inches from one boy, who looks confused and awkward, with the drumstick swinging right in front of his nose.

The only racial slurs I heard came from the members of the Black Hebrew Israelites and another Native American man who told the boys “go back to Europe”. The only swearing I heard came from the adults.

The American media ought to be ashamed of itself.

Nathan Phillips ought to be ashamed of himself.

Watch the video. Don’t let yourself be taken in by the lies.

#FakeNews indeed.

 

 

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You racist, you.

Sometime last year, I started compiling a list of things SJWs, liberals, communists, antifa, snowflakes, talking heads, the MSM, etc., deemed “racist”. In retrospect, I wish I had kept the article links or notes on why these things were now to be considered racist, but hey, hindsight is 20/20. Make up your own reasons. Bonus points* to the most creative.

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THINGS DEEMED “RACIST” IN 2017

  • police horses
  • rocking chairs
  • craft beer
  • whiskey
  • artisan breads and cheeses
  • BBQ
  • hurricanes
  • solar eclipses
  • grammar
  • palm trees
  • decorum
  • pictures of Kate Steinle
  • Hallmark Christmas movies
  • Saying “Merry Christmas”
  • Jingle Bells (the song)
  • The National Anthem
  • Farmers’ markets
  • slam poetry
  • local bookstores
  • the term “melting pot”
  • SATs (anti-Semitic)
  • Marijuana (appropriation of the Spanish language)
  • Chinese checkers
  • pickup trucks
  • camouflage
  • Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” mascot
  • mathematics
  • yoga

Got that, white people? Check your privilege.

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The “Affordable Health Care Act” -isn’t.

Imagine, if you will, that you slipped on the ice and landed pretty hard. You were lucky enough not to break anything, but you definitely threw your back out, and it hurts like a son-of-a-gun. Thankfully, you have health insurance through Obamacare. With your card in hand, you limp off to your chiropractor.

A few weeks later, you get a bill to the tune of $600. What in the ever-loving…you have health insurance! What is this baloney?

“This” is health insurance, Obama-style. I’m just gonna come out and say it, because it’s my blog and it’s what I do. Face it. Obama and his “affordable” health care is a big, fat, lie.

I work in medical billing. If a policy exists, I’ve pretty much seen it. All major companies Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield. GIC Unicare. Neighborhood Health. Medicare. Medicaid. Tufts. United Healthcare. Cigna. Health New England. And so on.

So WHY are you getting a huge bill when you have insurance? Because you’re paying into the system, to cover all the people who don’t have insurance, or waited to purchase on the exchanges until they got sick, or are on some form of Medicaid (state-sponsored plans), and yes, everyone is out to make a buck. So you’re getting a bill because you have a $50 copay per visit. You also have a $6000 deductible. And 20% co-insurance. Oh, and you’re limited to 12 (that’s the usual) visits. Your out-of-pocket expenses cap at $8000.

What does this mean? It means that first and foremost, you have to pay that $6000 deductible before your insurance carrier will even consider footing the bill. You’re responsible for that amount. Until you hit that, your copay won’t go toward your bill, it goes toward that. Boom. You’re $6000 in the hole, and it’s only January 8. Happy New Year! Love, Barack. So you decide to sell your car or beg a rich relative to cover that deductible. Great! Now, when you show up to your appointments, they demand $50 every time you walk through the door. That’s your copay, your share of the bill. (Isn’t it great when everyone pays “their fair share”?) Fine, it’s 50 bucks. You’ll just give up on eating out for a while. You’re limited by your insurance to 12 visits, so that’s another $600 out of your pocket, on top of your $6000 deductible. What does your insurance company pay out per visit? Many of them top out around $40. You have a $50 copay.

Insurance isn’t going to cover jack.

Meanwhile, you’re also still paying a monthly premium. Newsflash: That doesn’t go toward your deductible. It doesn’t go toward your out-of-pocket, either.

You basically just paid the insurance company in order to go to the doctor.

Imagine, again, that you are a 27 year-old male. You’re single, with no serious relationship on the horizon. You have a $400 a month premium for your self-insured (not employer sponsored) BCBS plan. Do you realize you’re paying for pediatric, obstetrical, gynecological, and abortion services?

Why, on God’s green earth, does a healthy, single male need pediatric and OBGYN coverage?
Obamacare, that’s why.

You were forced to have this.

 

You’re welcome.

(A word of advice. If you are unlucky enough to have a plan like this and you need services, talk to your provider about becoming a cash patient. It may save you a few bucks.)

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More on Charlottesville

Maybe it’s just because I’m tired of being a bigoted, racist, trans-Islam-homophobe who hates my own sex, but frankly, Charlottesville has pissed me off. And the more things I see from people “on the ground”, the angrier I get, because what I’m seeing and hearing from people who were there, the more the mainstream media is just plain wrong.

Why were the cops just standing by?
Why was help refused to people who asked for it?
Why was a black man standing with a known conservative (conservative, not alt-right) group threatened with arrest when, blinded by pepper spray a person from antifa sprayed in his face, he asked for assistance?

From a friend:

I’m sad that anyone on either side is being roped in to this divisive hate. Antifa doesn’t actually want to stop white supremacist they want to draw blood and create chaos in the guise of revolution. Leftist labeling everyone right leaning as racist and suppressing free speech is proof of their shallow cause.
Alt right groups are just as happy to bait and cause conflict and certainly there are many racist among them, but not everyone protesting the removal of historical monuments are racist. I certainly don’t live a hate filled lifestyle and I’m completely against erasing our history because it “hurts” people’s feelings. Neither groups cultist agendas hold the best interest of our country in their ideologies. I wish news media would stop giving them cookies for their actions. Even negative publicity encourages and recruits.

This post will hopefully be updated as further videos and photos from actual protesters are released.

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You don’t get the moral high ground. There is no moral high ground.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

 

IndivisibleOften attributed to Voltaire, English Evelyn B. Hall biographer coined that famous phrase back in 1906 in her work, “The Friends of Voltaire”. Nothing sums up my feelings regarding yesterday’s events in Charlottesville better.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about (and my international readers may not), here’s what happened:

In response to plans by the City of Charlottesville (Virginia, United States of America), a protest is organized by noted agitator, white supremacist, and anti-Semite Jason Kessler to be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Emancipation Park. Earlier in that week, Kessler learns of plans by city officials to move the protest to a different park. On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Kessler filed suit against the city, contesting that it has no right to move the protest out of Emancipation Park.

Friday, August 11, 2017

  • A federal judge rules that the rally can be held in Emancipation Park
  • Virginia governor Terry McAullife places LLE and the National Guard on standby for Saturday’s protest.
  • Hundreds of people, carrying tiki torches, March on the University of Virginia. People reported hearing chants of “White lives matter” and “blood and soil”. LLE disperses the crowd.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Both alt-right and antifa protesters arrive at Emancipation Park hours before the scheduled start time. It is reported that LLE, in riot gear, make no effort to separate the two groups.
  • Violence breaks out between the two groups. It is unclear what happened. Some reported seeing an alt-right punch a black woman in the face after she threw her drink in his face. Other’s reported hearing a “loud, sharp thud” followed by people screaming and trying to flee. Bystanders intervene among various incidents, but LLE does not get involved.
  • Around 1130EDT, LLE officially rules the gatherings as “unlawful” and begin to attempt to disperse the crowds.
  • At ~1150EDT Gov. McAuliffe declares a local state of emergency in Charlottesville. The University of Virginia cancels all on-campus activities for the day.
  • Some hours later, around 13:30EDT, a grey Dodge Charger plows into a group of counter-protestors, killing a 32 y/o woman and injuring 19 others. The car does not stop at the scene, but is picked up by police some hours later. James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Ohio, is arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Fields Jr., a military veteran, may be aligned with the alt-right, though his mother claims she would “be surprised” if this were the case but admitted she “doesn’t talk politics” with her son. A glance at the Facebook page of the suspect by this author shows dozens of violent and anti-woman posts.
  • 1500EDT: President Trump speaks in New Jersey, saying “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.” He later followed with this Tweet: “We ALL must be united & condemn all what hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
  • Shortly before 1700EDT, a Virginia State Police helicopter crashes, killing two troopers. The crash is under investigation.
  • Saturday night: Virginia police announce the arrests of three others in conjunction with the day’s protests: 21y/o Troy Dunigan of Tennessee  (disorderly conduct), 21y/o Jacob L. Smith of Virginia (misdemeanor assault and battery), 44y/o James M. O’Brien of Florida (carrying a concealed handgun). In addition to the 19 injured by Fields Jr., 15 people are hospitalized with various injuries. Local citizens hold a candlelight vigil.

(Sources: Timeline of Events for Unite the Right rallyCharlottesville Attack: What, where, and who?White Supremacist Rally Erupts in Violence; Alt-Right Vows to ReturnThree More Suspects Arrested after “unrest” in CharlottesvilleCharlottesville rally deaths and arrests, what we know SundayCharlottesville tries to pick up the pieces after day of deadly unrestSouthern Poverty Law Center)

Then this exchange happened:

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I’ll let you figure out which one is me in that thread.

The actions of both the alt-right group and antifa groups were wrong. No one is going to deny that.

What I will deny is that this incident is one-sided. Is the guy carrying the Confederate flag and the sign that says “Jews are Satan’s Children” wrong? Yes. Is the guy across the way wrong for giving the Nazi salute? Well, idiotic, maybe, but not wrong. Is speeding a car into a group of people because you disagree with their ideals wrong? Actually, I’d say criminally evil. Is physically fighting someone because you disagree or loathe their beliefs wrong? Definitely. Believing you are better than someone on the basis of your race, color, creed, or sex is wrong. Crying out for the injury or death of others is wrong.

That last part was the one thing my anonymous aqua friend probably shouldn’t have mentioned if she was condemning this incident, specifically. I didn’t ask, but I wonder if this person also would condemn the BLM for their anti-cop rhetoric that has resulted in outright murder? (NYPD, you deserve better.)

Agree, or not. Protest, or not. Speak out, or not. It is a right granted to ALL Americans.

EDIT: For what it’s worth, the “Unite the Right” group DID have a permit for their gathering.

 

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Guns. Also, Math and Facts are Hard.

I saw a claim today that, in a bid for stricter gun control, estimated that the United States of America contains 5% of the world’s population and 50% of its guns. Is this accurate, and how does it impact local and global violence?

The Small Arms Survey, a group in Switzerland that keeps track of these things, includes “revolvers, self-loading pistols, rifles and carbines, assault rifles¹, sub-machine guns and light machine guns”, as well as “heavy machine guns, hand-held under-barrel and mounted grenade launchers, portable anti-aircraft guns, portable anti-tank guns, recoilless rifles, portable launchers of anti-tank missiles and rocket systems; portable launchers of anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS) and mortars of calibres less than 100mm.” Recently, “To this list, the Survey has added single-rail-launched rockets and 120 mm mortars as long as they can be transported and operated as intended by a light vehicle.”

According to the Small Arms Survey, the United States is one of the most transparent nations when it comes to reporting weapons imports and exports (including military grade), and only Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands have higher “transparency” scores. The least transparent countries are Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. It is safe to say that the United States is excellent when it comes to reporting what happens with its firearms.

Most studies you will read place about 270,000,000 (270 million) legally owned firearms in the hands of American civilians. With the current population of the United States hovering around 323,100.000 (323.1 million), basic math will show you that’s about 85 legally owned guns per 100 people. Subtracting the population under the age 18, it comes out to roughly 92 guns per 100 adults. That does indeed sound like a lot. The Small Arms survey estimates somewhere in the middle of these two numbers, with 89 firearms per 100 residents.

Meanwhile, the global population is somewhere around 7.5 billion (7,500,000,000). According to the small-arms survey, there are roughly 650 million privately owned firearms. The USA is at the top of this, followed by Yemen (55), Switzerland (46), Finland(45), and Cyprus (36). Since we know that fifty percent of 650 million is 325 million. As the USA has 270 million privately owned firearms, this is less than the 50% statistic quoted above. It comes out closer to 42%. At 323.1 million, the US also has roughly 4.3% of the global population, after China (18.5%) and India (17.9%).

The United States of America contains 4% of the world’s population, and owns 42% of the world’s civilian firearms.

Let’s break this down further. The following countries prohibit gun ownership or so heavily restrict it so as to make ownership near impossible except in certain circumstances,  to ordinary citizens. Listed also are countries that prohibit ownership for self-defense. Numbers in parentheses denote percentage of world population:

  1. Taiwan (0.3%)
  2. India (17.9%)
  3. Israel (0.1%)
  4. Kuwait (0.1%)
  5. Malaysia (0.4)
  6. East Timor (0%)
  7. Indonesia (3.5%)
  8. Japan (1.7%)
  9. North Korea (0.3%)
  10. Singapore (0.1%)
  11. South Korea (0.7%)
  12. China (18.5%)
  13. Turkey (1.1%)
  14. Cyprus* (0%)
  15. Iceland (0%)
  16. France* (0.9%)
  17. Germany* (1.1%)
  18. Netherlands* (0.2%)
  19. Romania* (0.3%)
  20. United Kingdom* (0.9%)
  21. New Zealand (0.1%)
  22. Brazil (2.8%)
  23. Chile (0.2)
  24. Australia (0.3%)
  25. Canada (0.5%)
  26. Denmark* (0.1%)
  27. Finland* (0.1%)
  28. Hungary* (0.1%)
  29. Ireland* (0.1%)
  30. Norway (0.1%)
  31. Ukraine (0.6%)
  32. Vietnam (1.3%)

Statistics for African countries not available. This list, however, legally prohibits or heavily restricts 53.3% of the world’s population from possession of a firearm, most notably, hand guns. This percentage puts those 650 million guns into the hands of only (approximately) 3.5 billion. Now, let’s remove the United States from the equation, leaving 380 million firearms in the hands of 7.2 billion people. Clearly, this still leaves the United States on top for private gun ownership, but in the overall picture, what, exactly, does this mean?

Next: Global gun ownership and crime.

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Avert your eyes…

…seriously, this is not safe for work, small children, special snowflakes, or house pets. If I had to see this, well, I sure as hell am not going to be the only one* who suffers.

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If you can’t read it, it says, “Periods are not just for women. Hashtag: Bleeding while trans”.

It’s okay. I’ll wait until you stop gagging.

This represents the epitome of what is wrong with celebrating a mental disorder. Yes, I will say that again:

Transexualism, or transgenderism, characterized by the belief that a person born biologically male, or biologically female, believes that he is a member of the opposite sex. One suffering from this belief, also known as gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder, will often undergo extreme measures to portray himself  externally in order to match these conflicted identities. These measures include but are not limited to cross-dressing, hormone therapy, and genital mutilation.

That is the basest summary. Now I’ll get into the technical:

A Biological Glossary¹, because, Facts and Science. 
We all love Bill Nye, because of Science!

Sex
1.  : either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures
2. :  the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of organisms that are involved in reproduction marked by the union of gametes and that distinguish males and females
3. a : sexually motivated phenomena or behavior
b : sexual intercourse
4. genetalia

Gender
1.  a : a subclass within a grammatical class (such as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly   arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (such as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms
b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass
c : an inflectional form (see inflection 3a) showing membership in such a subclass
2. a : sex the feminine gender
b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

trans-
(prefix) 1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin ( transcend; transfix); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin:

Here’s the basic, science-based, hard cold truth:
“Gender” is a language construct. In many romance languages, certain nouns are considered either masculine or feminine. The word “cat”, in Spanish, for example, is a masculine noun. One will always refer to “the cat” as “el gato”, regardless if the cat is male or female. Likewise, in French, “the chair” is translated as “la chaise”. Like Spanish, “la” denotes a feminine noun. In English, common nouns (person, place, thing) are neutral.

When it comes to humans, we are born² either male or female. We have a distinguishable and often visible sex: either a penis and testes or labia and vagina. Male babies carry the XY gene, females, XX. When puberty occurs, males will develop a deeper voice, more muscle mass, thicker and more widespread body hair, and the testes will drop further into the scrotum to facilitate the production of sperm. Females will develop breasts capable of creating milk and begin a roughly monthly menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle³, of course, brings me to the whole point of this. Every 28 days or so, the uterus, the only reproductive organ capable of protecting a developing baby, lines itself with nutrients and blood. If conception does not occur, the uterus empties itself of this material and begins the process anew. For anywhere between 2 and 7 days, give or take, blood and tissue exits the body via the vagina.

As ONLY females of our species have a uterus and a menstrual cycle, allow me to make it very, very clear that periods ARE just for women. There is no possible way that a biological male is ever going to ovulate, create sperm-friendly cervical fluid, conceive, and bear a child. He will never have breasts that produce milk and nourish that child. This is something exclusive to biological females.

One of the biggest problems I have is the statement, “I feel like a woman.” No person born male can ever truly understand what it is to be a woman. The closest true statement would be “I feel what I imagine being a woman feels like.” As a male, he will never experience the visceral things a female body does, will never see the world colored by the experiences of being a woman, because no matter what he does to his body, he will never be a woman. Likewise, a biological female can never truly understand what it is to be a man. We share the human experience, but it will always be through the lens of our own lives. I can imagine the discomfort of standing in front of a class with an unexpected erection because I have had to walk down the hallway with bloodstained clothes because my period started unexpectedly. I can’t tell you what the sensation in the testes during an erection feels like, nor can a man understand the unique and painful sensation of passing a large blood clot through the vagina. We cannot understand because it is outside our realm of experience. It is impossible.

So to the woman in the picture above suffering from gender identity disorder:
I’m sorry society has failed you. I’m sorry that we, as a culture, have allowed this notion of “sexual freedom” to get so far out of hand that it prevents you from getting the help you so desperately need. I can’t imagine what it is like to feel like you were born “wrong” or “broken”. You are not. You are a woman, a fellow human being, worthy of respect. I am only one small drop of water in an ocean of those who think your suffering is something that should be continued and not abated. I wish there was something that could be done that didn’t force you to poison and mutilate your beautiful body. For it IS beautiful, just as it was the day you were born and your family marveled over your adorable ears and counted each of your perfect fingers and toes. I’m sorry we are so far gone that we cannot help you. We can’t even help ourselves.

Footnotes:

*I really, really hope she cleaned up that bench. Blood-bourn pathogens, anyone?

¹ “Gender.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 July 2017.
“Sex.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 July 2017.
“Trans-.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 14 July 2017.

²Intersex abnormalities, such as hermaphrodism, only account for 0.008% of live births, or roughly 8 per 100,000 live births. (http://www.leonardsax.com/how-common-is-intersex-a-response-to-anne-fausto-sterling/)

³http://uk.clearblue.com/menstrual-cycles-and-ovulation

 

 

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To Vaccinate, or Not to Vaccinate?

…that shouldn’t even BE a question.
Why? Because science.

Woooooow. Want to open up a topic for debate that will irritate both liberals AND conservatives across the board?

Vaccines.

Holy crap.

For those who have been living under a rock for the last twenty years, in 1998, British gastroenterologist Andrew Jeremy Wakefield and eleven of his colleagues published a study in the British medical journal The Lancet suggesting a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and the onset of autism and bowel disease in children. Questions regarding the validity of the study were raised when other doctors and scientists were unable to duplicate Wakefield’s results. Sixty-seven studies conducted between 1998 and 2010 (some of which can be found HERE; HERE; HERE; and HERE) found no correlation between the MMR (or any other) vaccine and the diagnosis of autism.

Other questions surrounding the validity of Wakefield’s claims came from investigative reporter Brian Deer of the Sunday Times, the UK’s most respected newspaper. Deer discovered that Wakefield’s entire study revolved around 12 anonymous children with “apparent brain disorders” admitted to the pediatric bowel unit at the Royal Free Hospital near London between July 1996 and February 1997.

[Please let me, The Blonde, stop right there. I’m a historian and thespian. I teach. My first idea in college, though, was to become a large animal vet, so I have a pretty solid background in science. General science, biology, honors and AP chemistry, honors Physics in high school; biology, marine biology, inorganic chem in college. Even I know that one should not publish a world-shattering study, with the potential to change lives quite literally around the world, based off less than a year’s worth of research on such a small sample. My teachers and professors would have kicked my butt for even suggesting that. But, I digress.]

Parents of eight of the 12 children blamed the MMR vaccine for their children’s diagnosis of both IBD and autism. (Many children with ASD also have GI issues. No one is exactly sure why, but it’s common. AutismSpeaks explains.) As hysteria went global thanks to the likes of Jenny McCarthy, who blamed the vaccine for her own son’s autism, Deer discovered that far from a scientific breakthrough, Wakefield had been approached in 1994 by lawyer Richard Barr, a lawyer of dubious intent looking to start a speculative class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of the MMR vaccine. What was actually planned I can’t even begin to paraphrase, so I’ll let Deer himself explain.

Unlike expert witnesses, who give professional advice and opinions, Wakefield had negotiated an unprecedented contract with Barr, then aged 48, to conduct clinical and scientific research. The goal was to find evidence of what the two men claimed to be a “new syndrome”, intended to be the centerpiece of (later failed) litigation on behalf of an eventual 1,600 British families, recruited through media stories. This publicly undisclosed role for Wakefield created the grossest conflict of interest, and the exposure of it by Deer, in February 2004, led to public uproar in Britain, the retraction of the Lancet report’s conclusions section, and, from July 2007 to May 2010, the longest-ever professional misconduct hearing by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC).

Barr [audio] paid the doctor with money from the UK legal aid fund: run by the government to give poorer people access to justice. Wakefield charged at the extraordinary rate of £150 an hour – billed through a company of his wife’s – eventually totaling, for generic work alone, what the UK Legal Services Commission, pressed by Deer under the freedom of information act, said was £435,643 (then about $750,000 US), plus expenses. These hourly fees – revealed in The Sunday Times in December 2006 – gave the doctor a direct personal, but undeclared, financial interest in his research claims: totaling more than eight times his reported annual salary and creating an incentive not only for him to launch the alarm, but to keep it going for as long as possible.” (Brian Deer’s Research)

 

It would be the shady deal heard ‘round the world.

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Snowflake Identification 101

A few weeks ago, a friend who describes himself as being fully in the Bernie encampment made the following statement, and I can’t say it any better than he himself could.

For exhibit A, I present the exact conversation as it took place on social media: Names and faces have been blocked to protect privacy. We shall call my snowflake opponent…The Bumble.q1 response1

 

 

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My opponent in Blue, myself in Red. I highlighted the parts of his statement in blue that I thought were critical.

 

So here I was, watching an adult male (from here known as “The Bumble”)  asking a group of other adults their feelings on the first month of Trump’s administration. Do they feel that he is doing a good job thus far? Are we faring well as a country? What do you like and what don’t you? Is he effective?

In my response, in red, I gave my own, personal answer, and the reasons why I think Trump and his staff are completely able and effective for the rigors of the next four years, despite all the loudmouths in liberal government and the media. As you can see from the screenshots, my differing opinion was quickly shot down with “Your information is wrong on so many levels and points. I’m sorry you feel this way.” I gave him plenty of opportunity to refute with his own opinions and information, but he ignored the opportunity for an open discussion and instead took his toys to another playground, a typical play of snowflakes leftists.

The Bumble had no problem telling me I was wrong, but he could not defend himself against what I said, so he just unfriended me. Now he won’t see my abhorrent opinions encroaching on his newsfeed. He needn’t worry that I might jump out of the bushes wearing a ballgown in red, white, and blue trying to cram a “Make America Great Again” hat on his head.

One of the prime ways to identify a special snowflake: If they can’t get you to agree with them, they will do their best to humiliate you and shut you down. Commonly, this will be accompanied by accusations of racism, misogyny, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, and islamophobia, and, God forbid, being an old, white dude. At least our founding fathers get to be dead white dudes and don’t have to listen to this nonsense.

Vocal conservatives: keep your eyes peeled as to who might be unfriending you throughout the year. Might save you on stamps come Christmas.

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