I was irritated by the seemingly obligatory mea culpa for the country’s early history before praising another part of it.
The 10 Big Lies About America
Americans do not have to be ashamed of their imperfect past. The world has been imperfect, and America inherited a share in that imperfection.
The overwhelming majority of Native American deaths were from disease – in an era long before the germ theory of disease. Both natives and immigrants tended toward some theory of divine intervention/punishment.
The word ‘slave’ derives from the word Slav…as in Roman captives from Slavic countries ( think blue eyed blonds). Native Americans were not naive inocents without warfare or slavery…the idea that warfare was an acceptable way to decide who owned what territory was not foreign to them; they just wanted to be the winners ( though that is grossly oversimplified…)
Early experiments with agricultural socialism ( in fact if not that name) under English management in Jamestown and elsewhere cost hundreds of lives to starvation, and led to at least one reported instance of cannibalism.
Surely there are no clean hands anywhere in world history. American or Native,, English, French, Roman… Seek and you shall find.
 August 16, 2016 at 10:53pm
Progressive = progressing toward totalitarianism.
She is OK with totalitarianism
as long as she and friends are on top.
Under Sharia she and her friends would be (briefly) on top of a building.
That part hasn’t sunk in yet.
She can ignore reality but not the consequences of ignoring reality – gravity gets you down whether you like it or not.
She needs to read the Quran and Hadith before tweeting. Here's a great video of a Muslim man being interviewed after he figures out the truth about Islam. You know he must have been "disappeared" after this rant. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LFOlOwoVT3k
 August 15, 2016 at 6:35pm
Blacks get a pass for selling their neighbors to white slavers,
and (seemingly) every sin before or since then.
Including but not limited to:
Repeated robberies (and occasional riots) discouraging
(or burning out) businesses that served their communities
Attacking and robbing members of the black community, making them unsafe
Raising crime statistics and cultivating observation-based stereotypes that adversely affect
even law abiding blacks who must fight the reputation while building their own…
Publicly admiring musicians and others who verbally attack and degrade the very people they call for help in an emergency…
Financially supporting (with their purchases) such people who undermine family, faith, and community and encourage self-destructive behaviors. …Like casual carnal relations with guys who are open about their unwillingness to support any of their kids.
WHITES didn’t do these things TO them…they did.
 August 15, 2016 at 6:14pm
Do as I say, not as I do, right? He looks pretty clean and we’ll fed. He has so much, why isn’t he helping the homeless; he has more than they do after all. According to his own logic, if someone else has less then he should have his property assessed and shared with others…even against his will.
This is approval and support of jealousy, covetousness, and theft under cover of immagined moral superiority. A government that can rob the rich and connected on his behalf can rob him in turn. Bet most anything that he really hasn’t read any history of communist countries. The bright promises, the unrest and disruption, the liquidation of useful idiots, the bleak reality… Some things should be required reading.
So many of these people are poor/vulnerable and think that they would be better off. They don’t realise that they are setting themselves up to be among the expendable. None of them realise that they have little to offer the elitists and the vision of utopia they want to create…over as many dead bodies as necessary. The squeamish will be roughly shouldered asside by the most ruthless willing to do whatever is deemed necessary….Thus the most ruthless will gain the most power.
 August 14, 2016 at 1:44am
Ayan Rand….Objectivism….identity axiom.
A is A
A (something) is what it is, and has its own nature.
Denying reality does not make it unreal.
 August 14, 2016 at 1:37am
I remember reading about a medical center/hospital that decided against participating in any (more?) sex change operations. The argument was that evidence on extended follow up of patients who had such surgery was not positive. There was evidence that it did no good and might actually do further harm.
There are people who believe that their minds must come to terms with reality, and people who believe reality must come to terms with their minds. Reality is primary, and anyone who thinks that they can believe or wish hard enough to bend reality to their wishes is delusional. There have always been people who are delusional. The difference today is not just their number, but that many otherwise sane people are acting as enablers, encouraging and supporting insanity and magical thinking as ‘normal’.
[-2] August 13, 2016 at 9:33pm
I attended a meeting at my kids school once where I learned how little authority the local school/parents have. In order to get a 5 min. schedule change approved – that does not involve class time but trade offs between lunch and recess- they need approval from the state.
Immagine accusing them in court of teaching – against many parents wishes – a variant of mind over matter, that their beliefs/feelings can change reality by a kind of magic and that physical reality is not significant.
Forcibly indoctrinating children into an acceptance of magical thinking because their family has certain traditions or beliefs ( that’s how some atheists see religion) is accepted on the premise of freedom and ‘different strokes for different folks’ but not on the basis that everyone must believe/think the same thing(s).
The government does not have the authority to decide what you or your kids should think… and what variations of approved thoughts/beliefs are acceptable to think. Whether it is viewed as brainwashing or state sponsored (godless) religion, it should be unacceptable and fought on multiple fronts as long as necessary..
Unfortunately, there are many things to oppose, any of which left intact may grow or spread new trouble…and no one can fight all of them when opposing any one of them can take all your strength. It is very good to know that we are not alone.
August 13, 2016 at 2:54pm
Something can be pleasurable/desired and self-destructive. What is self-destructive is not “good”, whether you like it or not. No matter how many people like or approve of self-destructive behavior, it remains equally self-destructive. Things are what they are, regardless of what you may want them to be.
Believing hard enough will not enable you to fly if you jump off of a bridge; neither will a group of friends, a cult, a nation or the entire human race support you in mid air by force of will or collective belief.
Human society does NOT decide what is good or bad and impose that on the universe. People may discover what is good or bad, they do not “decide” that.
You might appreciate a book called
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
She is firmly a-theist against the forms of theism that meet her definition(s) …and seems unaware of those that do not.
She starts with things that are implicitly accepted by everyone and states them explicitly. Starting from a foundation beyond doubt ( certainly beyond reasonable doubt) what is built on the foundation is not doubtful.
There are other concepts that use some of the same terms, but are outside of her given definitions. Being outside her definitions, her objections do not always apply. That is my only significant objection to anything read so far.
by Mortimer J Adler
6 Great Ideas
Aristotle for Everybody
Ten Philosophical Mistakes
Mind and Cosmos by Thomas Nagel (another atheist)
 August 13, 2016 at 3:29am
There are people smugglers for hire and a route ( or several) to get into/ through Mexico. Generally, it is believed that the ones who get caught ran short of cash on the last leg of the trip.
Indirect data/trusted rumor:
Drug cartels are branching out into servicing this type of ‘immigration assistance’ and there have been some …interesting… changes in tactics from sharing of ideas. This has led to the spread of a particular terror tactic: kill everything living in the house ( kids, dogs, goldfish…) Enough said.
 August 13, 2016 at 3:16am
Someone should invent a ******* insert ( pressure activated) involving sharp blades, snapping action and violent rotation…. RFID recognition of specific person(s) required to disarm. There must be a market in Europe right now.
What would be a good name to market it under ?
How about : Chastity Bites
August 13, 2016 at 3:02am
You are certainly correct…but I would like to see them make an extended trip there without ecorts anyway. Even talking to locals in a variety of unscripted conversations might crack their elite self assurance….one could hope.
 August 13, 2016 at 2:51am
Some weeks I spent my bus money, and walked. Good exercise…
August 13, 2016 at 2:48am
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayan Rand by Peikoff, Leonard.
I finally got around to reading it. I am only 5-10 % in, but it is good. She adresses the falacy of primacy of consciousness over reality, and the axiom of identity ( A is A) both of which are relevant to the denial of reality we are seeing.
My kids are not enthusiastic about me reading to them from it, but the basics are Basic. No matter how interesting, logical or elegant a thought may be, anything on a foundation of doubt is doubtful. What I have seen so far is well grounded.
 August 13, 2016 at 2:31am
Re ‘ you never put someone in a position to make a mistake/bad choice’
Reality does that all the time. Don’t you think they should learn to make good choices anyway? What sort of micromanaged totalitarian utopia has no choices except the approved ones? Do you really want your kids to grow up unable to function in any world except That one?
Seriously, think about it.
You also blame the people at the school for hurting kids, and not the kids for hurting themselves with their bad choices. No consequences means no incentive to change anything.
 August 13, 2016 at 2:22am
My daughter told me the school lunch for the following day was pretty bad. I reminded her in the morning, but she wasted time and didn’t make a lunch. In fact, she ran late and missed the bus. I had to drive her.
She had $ on the account, so she could eat the tofu chicken or skip lunch…her choice. I didn’t bring her a sandwich just because she wanted something else. Maybe next time she will get moving sooner and make her own lunch.
 August 8, 2016 at 11:54pm
You can ignore reality, you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
If they are not learning as much as other students it will show up later, when they don’t know things. It will take time to realize they were ripped off ( or ripped themselves off by not studying, & the Professors let them think everything was fine and they were meeting the standards).
That would certainly be evident in a class like chemistry or physics, engineering or programming… anything like that. History or sociology, the so called soft sciences, not so much. Still… when you don’t know things you can get burned, especially when you think you do.
 August 8, 2016 at 11:47pm
The KKK is gloating in vindication. They were right after all, and now the blacks are admitting it, and demanding segregation to feel more comfortable!!
The propaganda value is beyond calculation.
August 4, 2016 at 3:52pm
Peaceful coexistence does not include forcing someone else to opperate at a loss when doing business with you in order to be allowed to own and operate a business.
Humans value many things besides money. A physical environment free of pollution, mental/emotional health supported by integrity ( consistency between words, thoughts, and actions), public reputation, private virtue, opportunity costs, and more.
An exchange takes place when both sides of the trade feel that they will gain more from the exchange than they will lose. If they feel that they are going to lose more than they gain, compelling them to operate at a loss is not peaceful coexistence but force or the threat of force.
Compelling others to give up what they value more to gain what they value less is not fair, kind, or valuing their human rights. They have the right to disagree and not be ordered to act against their interests. If someone is free to think thoughts you do not agree with, but are not allowed the freedom to speak and act in agreement with their own thoughts, then how free are they?
 August 4, 2016 at 4:42am
You are missing the point. Deliberately?
The point is that if the people supporting this trans- issue cared about the kids and their needs/feelings then those would be part of addressing the issue.
She explained 2 conditions (1 medical, 1 psychological ) that could generate real feelings of dislocation regarding sexual identity and could cause sincere distress. Then she pointed out that the letter giving guidance to the schools does not address either of them. No medical or psychological diagnosis is required, no treatment ( mental or physical) is required.
Someone can say ‘I’m a princess’, and the school can treat it with far more seriousness than saying ‘I’m a purple dragon’ though with as much evidence as the latter. Neither the young person’s physical reality, nor their mental/emotional makeup is at issue. They don’t CARE if the suffering is real or contrived.
You are trying to change the subject to the kids feelings… she is pointing out that the kids feelings are not the point of the exercise. If their feelings, minds or bodies were involved, then surely such issues as medical or mental assessments would be part of dealing with their needs, right?
The author of the letter doesn’t care if the kids making such claims are sincere, lying, or need help… the kids are being used without regard to their needs or feelings. The kids needs are irrelevant to the person who wrote the letter she is referencing.
 August 3, 2016 at 8:39pm
It is intentionally confusing.
They want to pull the sympathy vote in public opinion, and that’s easier if the waters are muddy. Facts are messy and inconvenient when they want to appeal to the heart. They want people to feel sorry for this person who just wants to go to the bathroom and feel comfortable and safe. Who could argue with that?
The problem is that other people want to feel comfortable and safe also. I am sure that the young men in question have not fully considered potential legal traps and media assassination. No doubt hey just feel weird about it.
Would you want your son to share a bathroom with someone who may have mental health/emotional issues ( is claiming to be a gender other than nature/biology provides) … and who could make a false report of rape just to mess with someone they don’t like – and get lots of traction before the truth comes out? Who would dare to suggest the media darling might (gasp!) misrepresent the truth?
If they have their way, him, or her, all of that will go away. We'll all be a bunch of made-up labels, whatever we want to call ourselves, or itself, or whatever...
No one will know what the hell is going on.