The Nazis are restless.

I’ve got 3 topics to discuss this week, one of which was suggested by a listener. (Yes, you can influence the topics covered!)

The violent extremes on both sides need to be condemned. But one side is more consistently doing that.

There’s a country out there taking the lead in the eradication of Downs Syndrome. It sounds like a medical breakthrough! But dig a little deeper, and it’s not that what you think it is.

A study came out regarding the transgendered in the military. The problem was, it studied the effects of a policy that no one is proposing. Well, at least they’re wasting their own money.

Mentioned links:

Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

Driver Who Plowed Into Charlottesville Protester Is Nazi Supporter

Republicans — and Democrats — call for Trump to denounce white supremacists after Charlottesville death

“What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

Study: Transgender troops ban could cost $960M

Transgender U.S. soldier felt “fired” by Trump’s tweet

Trump Announces Ban on Transgender Military Service

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Show transcript

On August 12th, 2017, alt-right, neo-Nazi protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the taking down of statues of Confederacy icons. There were counter protesters there as well, but one of the neo-Nazis ran them down with a car, killing 1 and injuring 19. There was other violence as well with Antifa there.

The condemnations came swiftly from all quarters. It wasn’t as swiftly or as targeted by the White House, but in general both sides made it clear that violence, and especially violence in support of racism, was not going to be tolerated.

I want to start out by saying that I agree with these condemnations. Freedom of speech is allowed equally for viewpoints that we disagree with, and so with my freedom I want to vehemently disagree with the viewpoints of the protesters. Even though they have the right to speak it, I believe those views have no place in civil society. They should be shamed, but not banned. Further, violence is not protected, so all of those involved must be accountable for their actions.

This is just like the condemnations that came from those same quarters when the Antifa rioters used violence and property damage to deny the First Amendment rights of conservative speakers, especially at the Berkeley campus, but elsewhere as well. Welll…actually not so much.

The Charlottesville incident happened on Saturday. When I started writing up what I was going to say for this episode, it was Tuesday, and it was still dominating the news cycle. The CNN website as of late in the day was dominated by stories on the protest, the violence, and the aftermath. Stories that happened on the same day, like North Korea backing off its threat of nuclear holocaust? A footnote. When Antifa used violence to deny First Amendment rights, the story was lucky to survive a single news cycle, except perhaps on conservative websites. Condemnations from the Left were sparse.

I’ve seen videos of Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers spending time during their late-night show monologues to address the Charlottesville issue. But for violence in denial of the right to free speech? Yeah, good luck finding that on YouTube. It’s that selective outrage, that double standard, which makes what they say sound hollow, at least to me. To their target audience, however, it’s the virtue signaling that they all just love.

Conservatives denounce both. The Left? Well, as I’ve said before, to them it’s all about politics.

This is one of those news articles where, if you read just the headline, you might not understand what the article is really saying. This appeared on the CBS News website, and the headlines sounds very hopeful. “Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing”. And if you read the first paragraph, the illusion continues.

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down Syndrome births as Iceland.

But in the next paragraph you find out what’s really going on. Turns out that what they mean by “eradicating” Downs Syndrome is that they’re killing every single baby that might wind up born with it. This is not medical eradication; it’s genocide.

People who are counseling women about this decision are, as I would’ve suspected, coming at this from a perspective of selfishness. The one quoted in the article tells women who are wrestling with the decision or feelings of guilt: “This is your life — you have the right to choose how your life will look like.” Never mind that your choice ends the chance of the child getting to choose how his or her life will look.

The counselor describes it this way, “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended.” A “thing”, and it just ended. Any bets on whether she views friends and family who die as just “things” that “ended”?

The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was notoriously pro-eugenics for blacks, immigrants, the poor and the sick. She wanted to “weed out the unfit”. Iceland is leading the way, but many countries are not that far behind, in this vision of a master race.

I want to thank listener Brandon Klenzendorf for the tip on this next story. When President Trump tweeted out that the ban on the transgendered in the military would be reinstated, he was jumping the gun. That policy was not official yet, and even if it was, Twitter is not the place to announce it. But the response to it was way over the top.

Here are some bullet points about this:

  • Serving in the military is not a right; it’s a privilege. If it were a right, they couldn’t keep anyone out for things like flat feet, night blindness or a criminal record. They can, so it isn’t.
  • Banning the transgendered, or any group of people, from serving has nothing to do with their patriotism, as much as they’re trying to frame it that way. We don’t question the patriotism of those flat-footed, night blind criminals, either. That’s a straw man argument looking for sympathy.
  • Those transgendered serving now will not be discharged, as much as they may complain to CBS news that they feel like they might be.

I bring up that last point because of what Brandon forwarded. Some group called the Palm Center released a study saying that firing all the transgendered in the military would cost $960 million in rehiring and retraining costs. But no one has proposed that! That’s advocacy, not studying, when you answer a question that no one’s asking.

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