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The worst-kept secret in Hollywood

Hollywood was shaken up with allegations of the sexual harassment of Harvey Weinstein. Well, they knew about it, for years, so it doesn’t seem like it was shaken all that much. Stirred, perhaps. Maybe he could have learned something from Mike Pence.

The UK medical system had a crisis of care this summer, but it’s a crisis that it usually sees in winter. If they are this bad off already this year, will they be able to survive the winter? And yet, it’s a crisis coming to a country near you (i.e. the USA) if we don’t get out from under our attempt at socialized medicine.

Mentioned links:

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood

How Did NBC Miss Out on a Harvey Weinstein Exposé?

NHS ‘sleepwalking into winter crisis’ as waiting times soar to nine-year high

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Filed under: GovernmentHealth CareHollywood

Next stop, the Senate

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is supported by 74% of Americans, and 77% of women. Then why did it pass on a party-line vote in the House of Representatives, and why does it face a filibuster in the Senate?

Because, if it could save just one life (or, in this case, 10,000), who could be against it? The answer, of course, isn’t moral or ethical; it’s political.

Mentioned links:

Call or write your Senator

20-week Abortion ban clears House, faces uphill Senate fight

Poll Finds Most Women Back Abortion Restrictions

Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year

List of mayors of Las Vegas [Wikipedia]

Republicans Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban in the Senate

H.R.36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 115th Congress (2017-2018)

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Filed under: Abortion

Gun homicides are down, but mass shootings seem worse

In the wake of another mass shooting, the country is again looking at itself and deciding what needs to be done. Can a law be passed that would have prevented this? Should we get more seriously restrictive of gun ownership, or, as some high profile people have suggested, repeal and replace the Second Amendment?

I’ll look at some of the pat explanations being offered, and I’ll show how none of the really fit this situation.

Or maybe there’s a moral component to this that so many people would rather ignore. The gun homicide rate has been falling since 1993, but mass shootings seem to be on the rise. Perhaps it’s not a matter for Congress, because they can’t pass a law against the existence of evil. Where do we turn?

Mentioned links:

Attack strikes country music, bastion of US traditionalism

Automatic Gun Laws

Did Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Use a Fully Automatic Rifle?

France Says Truck Attacker Was Tunisia Native With Record of Petty Crime

GUN CONTROL? The Las Vegas Death Toll Happens Every MONTH In Chicago

Bump-Stock Device Received ATF Green Light During Obama Administration

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Filed under: Gun Control

Is this the way to protest?

The right of Americans to have free speech has been debated recently. Some have been arguing that this right is inviolate and has no boundaries. But even in places where it can be exercised, are there times and places and even methods of speech that are inappropriate? Can expressing yourself wind up being counter-productive to your reason for speaking?

Somehow, someway, I take on this subject by bringing up the Westboro Baptist Church, HGTV almost-hosts Jason and David Benham, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and football. Yes, they all have something in common; the First Amendment.

Mentioned links:

Westboro Baptist Church [Wikipedia]

Snyder v. Phelps [Wikipedia]

Episode 76: Brendan and the Benhams; The Intolerant “Tolerance Police” Claim Their Next Victim

2 Killed, 29 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings

Oh, and I dare you to try not to stand for this:

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernment

Are Democrats aware of this?

I have yet another example (well, 2, actually) of Democrats trying to apply a religious test to someone trying to work in government. More and more Democrats are getting comfortable with this.

Bernie Sanders has decided to introduce a bill to create Medicaid for all. Because a system that is losing money hand over fist, pays  out less than private insurance, and is losing doctors all the time is just what we need to “fix” the health care system.

Or not.

And you can still donate to The Salvation Army for hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Details here.

Mentioned links:

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Episode 181: Cuts to Sex-Ed in Schools, and A New Religious Test for Government Work [previous episode of “Consider This!”]

Did Durbin and Feinstein Impose a Religious Test for Office?

Feinstein w/Barrett; 9-7-2017 [Video of questioning]

Dick Durbin Appears to Illegally Grill Trump Judicial Nominee Over Her Religion [Video of questioning]

Sanders Wants ‘Medicare For All.’ Here Are 8 Reasons That’s Dumb.

Medicare for All is becoming the new litmus test for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesEntitlementsGovernmentHealth CareJudiciaryReligionSocialism

Has someone taken Pat’s place?

Pat Robertson has suggested that some natural disasters are God’s wrath for various sins. Well, with the arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, he’s making those pronouncements again.

Or is he? Listen and see if you recognize who it is.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton of any prosecution over her private email server.  But was the fix in months before the press conference when he officially announced that? Yup.

To donate to hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, click here to find out how to donate to the Salvation Army disaster services, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Mentioned links:

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

Comey Decided He Wasn’t Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over

It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s

Episode 147: The Law Is Dead. Long Live The King.

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Filed under: ElectionsGovernmentLaw EnforcementPartisanshipReligion

Helping Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

If you’re looking for a way to help the victims of the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Salvation Army is (in my opinion) the best way to do it. (And the most efficient; the Army’s administrative costs are one of the lowest around.)

There are many ways to do this.

 

 

 

 

  • Click here to donate online.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Mail:
    Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “Hurricane Harvey”.
    Southern Territory
    PO BOX 1959
    Atlanta, GA 30301
  • Donate via mobile phone. Text “STORM” to 80888 to donate $10.

Thank you very much!

[Full disclosure: I grew up in the Salvation Army. My parents are retired pastors / “officers”.]

Filed under: Admin

Episode 193: What Are You Thinking, Really?

Covert racism

I’ve been noticing a particular debate tactic lately that, once used, allows the user to claim victory based on nothing other than their claim.

A friend of mine insists that racism hasn’t gotten any better than it was decades ago. The fact that a black man was President of the United States for 2 terms doesn’t change that. The fact that Jim Crow laws don’t exist anymore doesn’t change that. What he insists is true is that most racism these days is hidden or covert, as opposed to seen, obvious, and overt.

If you express doubt as to whether this is true, he will tell you that you are part of the problem since you obviously don’t truly see or understand the problem. So either you believe that there is covert racism, or you harbor covert racism, even if you don’t realize you harbor it. You either recognize the problem, or you are the problem. But here’s the thing; his position is unfalsifiable. You can’t prove him wrong. No matter what you say, you reinforce his belief.

This is a logical fallacy, and I explore other examples of this.

Mentioned links:

Logical Fallacies

Politico’s tone-deaf, unhelpful cartoon about conservatives being rescued from Harvey by the government

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Filed under: PartisanshipRace IssuesReligion

Episode 192: The Transgender Suicide Epidemic

Why is this happening?

If there was a group of people whose suicide rate was 10 times that of the population in general, what would you do about it? Well, if you’re on the Left these days, you’d encourage more people to join that group.

That’s what happening in the transgender community.

This is a tragedy that has been going on for years, and not just in the US but worldwide. The Left and their parrots in the media generally try to blame this on rejection by society, parents, and peers. But there a few problems with limiting blame to just those causes, or by assuming that those are even the major causes.

Mentioned links:

Episode 153: What Activists (and the Media That Cover Them) Get Wrong About Human Sexuality

The transgender suicide epidemic: is accepting their confusion really the answer?

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

People in homosexual ‘marriages’ almost 3 times more likely to commit suicide: study

The Transgender Suicide Rate Isn’t Due To Discrimination

Suicide Statistics [American Foundation for Suicide Prevention]

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Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityTransgender

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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Filed under: AbortionHuman SexualityRace IssuesTransgender

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