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Tolerance and Diversity Archives

Episode 238: Bankrupt BSA / Operation Choke Point

BSA in trouble

Returning from my Christmas break, I have 4(!) stories to cover this time out.

The Scouts BSA (formerly the Boy Scouts of America) may be declaring bankruptcy. Could this financial situation have been prevented? I think so.

There’s a crackdown on illegal immigration on the southern border. Old news? Not really.

How much of federal government spending is on auto-pilot? How much just get automatically renewed, with built in increased, every year? The answer will surprise you. It surprised me.

Can bank regulators just cut off certain businesses’ access to the banking system? Yes, and you can thank Obama for that.

Mentioned links:

BOY SCOUTS ON VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY

Mexico announces crackdown on illegal immigration: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country’

Shock Report: 86% Of Government Spending Is Now On Autopilot

Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point

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Telling a great story

Is it OK to rape if the culture you come from has normalized it?

Why is Havana crumbling? What are the costs, and is it affecting their great (according to Michael Moore) health care?

And is depicting bullying necessary when telling an anti-bullying story? Some people don’t think so. Let’s let Rudolph demonstrate why it is. Merry Christmas!

Mentioned links:

Refugee acquitted of rape ‘as he has different cultural norms’ – His female victim attempted suicide

How Havana is collapsing, building by building

The truth about Cuba’s health care system

Viewers Noticed Some Very Disturbing Details In ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’

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Jack got justice, but for how long?

Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop won the day in the Supreme Court. The news articles called it “narrow”, but they weren’t talking about the 7-2 vote; they were referring to how narrowly the ruling itself was. The Supremes basically said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated Jack’s religious views in a way incompatible with how government should; with contempt rather than dispassionately. What does this mean for the future of the ruling?

And the White House recently released a list of 60 promises that President Trump has kept in his first 500 days in office. Most of the items are simply reporting statistics that show how good things have been going; there are more objective milestones mentioned than subjective goals. But if you’ve not heard about them, that’s understandable. The media aren’t really into giving credit where credit is due these days. I wonder why.

Oh, and Bill Clinton still thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal.  Really.

Mentioned links:

Bill Clinton: I wouldn’t have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

Trump Releases List of 60 Promises Kept; Media Ignores

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“We don’t serve your kind here”

When you have a high school senior, your schedule at the end of the school year is frenetic. But I’m back in the saddle again.

A Manhattan court recently ruled that a bar could refuse to serve someone wearing a MAGA hat. I agree with that ruling. Why I agree, and the difference between freedom of speech and freedom from discrimination, is what I talk about this episode.

Mentioned links:

Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters

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Uninvited, deplatformed, and shunned

Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech movement in the 1960s, has been censoring conservative voices of late. But their latest “deplatforming” is someone who you’d never think in a million years would be the target of their ire.

Richard Dawkins. Yes, that Richard Dawkins.

But the thing is, while they might agree with him on that vast majority of the positions he takes — both spiritually and politically — there’s one particular position that was apparently a bridge too far.

What that position is, and how it exposes their other hypocrisies, is in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Anti-Free Speech Left Cancels Another Speaker at Berkeley…But This One May Surprise You

Bernie Sanders Makes Rare Appeal to Evangelicals at Liberty University

Atheist Richard Dawkins’ ‘abusive’ Islam statements lead Berkeley radio station to cancel his event

Uproar over Trump-themed ‘Julius Caesar,’ but none for Obama version at Guthrie 5 years ago

The Many Differences Between ‘Obama-Caesar’ and ‘Trump-Caesar’

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How’s that boycott working?

Last year, the state of North Carolina decided that men should use the men’s bathroom, and women should use the women’s bathroom. “Radical” as that was, it got the state boycotted by sports associations, singers, and others. One year later, how has that boycott affected the state?

And speaking of accommodating the transgendered, how is that working out? I’ll discuss the weight lifter, born a man, who is tearing up the women’s competition. I’ll also talk about the boy who realized there was a girl in his locker room, and a rapist who is now in a women’s prison.

You’ll hear it here, because you probably won’t hear it anywhere else.

Mentioned links:

Weightlifting: Transgender lifter Laurel Hubbard wins first international outing

Outrage As Double Rapist Moves to Women’s Prison After Sex Change Treatment

Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy

School orders boy to “tolerate” undressing with girl and make it “natural”

Tourism thriving, economy expanding in North Carolina despite bathroom bill desertions

Video Calls Out NBA’s ‘Hypocrisy’ for Pulling All-Star Game From Charlotte

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Episode 125: The Paris Terror Attacks

Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, ISIS terrorists attacked Paris, France. They did so from 7 different locations at the same time, including a theater where a concert was going on, and the soccer stadium where a game was going on, and French President Francois  Hollande was in attendance. When the shooting and bombing was done, 129 people had died. Paris went on lockdown, issuing the first curfew since the 1944 Nazi bombings, and they closed the borders.

These are my thoughts on this horrific tragedy.

Mentioned links:

Quarter of British Muslims sympathise with Charlie Hebdo terrorists

What Do People in the Middle East Think About the Islamic State? These Poll Results Will Surprise You.

Paris attacks put dagger through heart of liberal Europe

Paris attacks highlight France’s gun control problems

The rising tide of Muslim converts to Christianity

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Fox News is mean to me

Fox News is mean to me

Diversity! That’s the call of the progressive Left, as they seek to bring in people of all races and creeds into their circles. But here’s the thing they won’t admit to; their view of diversity is only skin deep.

The CNBC moderators of the recent GOP Presidential debate made themselves more the news story than the debate itself. “Gotcha questions” were the order of the … evening. But the candidates gave as good as they got. President Obama tried to take a pot shot at their umbrage, but his joke fell really flat.

Mentioned links:

Academia’s Rejection of Diversity

Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit

Donald Trump’s first debate question: ‘Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?’

Obama To O’Reilly: ‘Of Course’ Fox News Is Unfair To Me

Thank You, CNBC

Police: Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman

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