Saturday, November 17, 2018
As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better
....In social media posts on Friday, meanwhile, Medicare for All advocates including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) reiterated that with a majority in the House for the first time in eight years, Democrats must use their power to fight for a universal healthcare system like the ones enjoyed by every other developed country in the world.
"That so many Americans feel defensive of people with preexisting conditions" and want to protect the ACA, Shure wrote, "is laudable. But this immoral situation won't be solved by tinkering with the current market-based system, which individualizes the responsibility for health. Until we all bear the costs of health care according to our ability to pay, rather than our bodies' relative need for it, people with preexisting conditions will still be made to suffer more than those lucky enough to have perfect health."
"The only solution is a universal, public, Medicare-for-All system," she added. "Until then, we're preserving a system that profits from harming people with preexisting conditions—we're just squabbling over how much."
Read full article....
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Ahead of migrant caravan, Catholic leaders urge U.S. govt to protect the vulnerable:
As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the U.S. bishops’ conference and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have urged government officials to treat migrants compassionately.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What You Should Know About a New Study on Transgender Suicide
by Michelle A. Cretella | October 08, 2018
A new study is out that examines the risk of suicide among transgender teens. The results confirm a long pattern of data: Transgender teens attempt suicide more frequently than adolescents generally.
Unfortunately, this data may be used to pressure parents to put their children through radical transition-affirming therapies.
This would be a serious mistake.
The new study assumes the unproven belief that all gender identities are equally healthy and fixed in all children and teens. This is an ideological premise touted by professional medical and psychiatric guilds, not scientific fact.
The study also offers no proof that these radical therapies—puberty-blocking drugs, double mastectomies for girls, and so on—will prevent adolescents from attempting suicide.
If anything, the findings of the survey reinforce the dire need for serious scientific research into the potential environmental causes of gender dysphoria and the risks—both physical and psychological—of medical transition.
The Study’s Findings
The study, titled “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” made national headlines upon its release on Sept. 11 in the journal Pediatrics. It revealed that among adolescents who identify as transgender, female-to-male youth have the highest suicide risk.
The researchers examined data collected between 2012 and 2015 from the “Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors” survey. The survey was administered to 120,617 adolescents across the nation between the ages of 11 and 19 years old and focused on 40 developmental strengths known to predict healthy development, as well as risk behaviors, such as depression and suicide.
The survey also asked students to indicate which of the following best described them: female; male; transgender, female to male; transgender, male to female; transgender, nonbinary (neither male nor female); or questioning. It also asked them whether they had ever attempted suicide.
The team found that adolescent girls who identified as male had the highest rate of ever having attempted suicide: 50.8 percent. Adolescents who identified as nonbinary were next at 41.8 percent. Among male adolescents who identified as female, 29.9 percent had attempted suicide at least once. Those who were questioning their gender identity were next with a rate of 27.9 percent.
These stand in stark contrast to significantly lower rates of attempted suicide among the girls in the sample without gender dysphoria (17.6 percent) and the boys without gender dysphoria (9.8 percent).
The authors state that further research into this risk differentiation may help to develop strategies for preventing suicide among trans-identifying adolescents. Ideally, this would include an analysis of suicide attempts based upon adolescents’ biological sex, not just their gender identity.
This is important because overall, biological girls are more likely than boys to attempt suicide—a fact demonstrated by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given the current data, my hypothesis is that such a survey would reveal that the majority of nonbinary and questioning teens are in fact biological girls.
In other words, it is possible that the much higher rate of attempted suicide among female-to-male, nonbinary, and questioning transgender youth has more to do with factors relating to their biological sex (i.e. being a girl) than it does with anything related to gender identity.
If confirmed, this may help explain the causes, since it is possible that common underlying psychological and environmental factors may be at play triggering both gender dysphoria and suicidal tendencies in a subset of these adolescents.
Unfortunately, the authors of the latest study assume that these disparities primarily (if not exclusively) are owing to adverse treatment of trans-identifying youth by society and by their families—a theory called minority stress theory.
They say more research needs to be done to “comprehensively examine the factors (e.g. gender minority stress) that explain why transgender adolescents experience higher odds of suicide behavior.” Thus, they rule out from the start the possibility that the actual transition from female to male might play a role in aggravating stress and provoking one to suicide.
To support this, they cite a seriously flawed study that alleges trans-identifying youth receive mental health benefits when affirmed by their families. That study’s sample size was very small, it was short-term, and—critically—relied solely upon parent assessment to rate the children’s mental health.
What’s Ultimately at Stake
It looks as though this study, and the future research the authors seem to encourage, will be used to continue pressuring families to affirm their children’s gender identity in lieu of their biological sex, lest they drive their children to commit suicide. Parents will be sent a clear message: Help your child transition, or you may lose them to suicide—and it will likely be your fault.
The result of this will be scores more children needlessly sterilized, placed on toxic cross-sex hormones, and maimed by a double mastectomy as young as the age of 13, and potentially given other mutilating surgeries—none of which have been proven to prevent suicide in the long term.
In fact, evidence suggests that sex reassignment surgery does not improve rates of attempted suicide.
The largest and most rigorous study to examine the rates of suicide for adults following their medical gender transition was conducted in Sweden, an LGBT-affirming country. The study followed participants for 30 years after their transition and found that the suicide rate was 19 times higher among transgender adults than among the non-transgender population.
Clearly, these results do not support the alleged curative effects of transition.
There is another possible explanation for the high suicide rates that has received little attention. As Ray Blanchard and J. Michael Bailey, two LGBT affirming psychologists, have pointed out, it is quite possible that underlying traumas, mental health, and personality issues combine to cause both gender dysphoria and suicidality in vulnerable youth.
And there is reason to suspect this may be especially true for girls. Multiplestudies document a dramatic rise in adolescent gender dysphoria throughout the Western world that is particularly prominent among young women. Many of these young women have a history of severe psychopathology or a neurodevelopmental disability that predates the onset of their gender dysphoria.
A recent peer-reviewed study of rapid onset gender dysphoria, in which nearly 83 percent of the youth were female, lends further credence to this possibility. Yet that study was quickly silenced by activists and by Brown University, the university of the author—despite the author’s own liberal leanings and her emphasis on the need for more research. After transgender activists called for censorship, Brown University disconnected its link to the study and issued an apology. The journal that published the study, Plos One, is now submitting it to further scrutiny.
The Brown study pointed to a possibility that challenged the assumptions of transition-affirming ideology. While that study was silenced, the most recent study is being embraced as evidence in favor of transition-affirming therapy, even though it offers no scientific support for it.
More Research Needed
In brief, the new study does not suggest that transition will reduce suicide risk in adolescents suffering from gender dysphoria. It does suggest further research is necessary regarding potential causal factors for gender dysphoria among adolescents.
If anything, the survey reinforces the urgent need for scientists to take a sober look at possible environmental factors that contribute to gender dysphoria among youth, how these may influence the suicide rate within this population, and conduct an honest inquiry into how medicine can help.
Physicians take an oath to first do no harm. Based on this principle alone, all of us should demand a halt to the medical transition of minors until rigorous non-agenda-driven, long-term research is completed.
Michelle Cretella, M.D., is executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, a national organization of pediatricians and other health care professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. This article was first published in The Daily Signal
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
A Revolution Is Under Way in America
By Tucker Carlson | Posted: Thu. October 11, 2018, 3:32pm PT
Also published in San Francisco Chronicle (CA) on Wed. October 3, 2018
It had a purpose and I was a member of the team - been hard to match that purpose since.
The Fighting Spirit of the US Navy
The Navy has grown and evolved dramatically from that first “swift sailing vessel” of the Constitutional Navy. Today, the Navy’s fleet of 286 ships and submarines is the most capable and powerful naval force in the world.
The identity and traditions of the Navy were forged in numerous battles and military campaigns over the past two centuries. From its modest beginnings with a handful of ships tasked with protecting the maritime trade of our fledgling nation, the Navy first came of age with a string of decisive victories against the British Navy during the War of 1812—at that time, the largest and most powerful navy in the world.
Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes in FY 2018; Still Run $779B Deficit
However, the federal government also ran a deficit of $778,996,000,000 during the fiscal year, according to the statement.
(As CNSNews.com has previously reported, the debt of the federal government--as opposed to the deficit--increased by $1,271,158,167,126.72 in fiscal 2018, according to official data published by the Treasury.)
The previous record for individual income tax collections in a fiscal year was in fiscal 2015, when the Treasury collected $1,634,657,240,000 in individual income taxes (in constant September 2018 dollars).
Saturday, October 6, 2018
ACLU's Opposition to Kavanaugh Sounds Its Death Knell
- So why did the American Civil Liberties Union oppose a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court and argue for a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against that judicial nominee? The answer is as clear as it is simple. It is all about pleasing the donors. The ACLU used to be cash poor but principle-rich. Now, ironically, after Trump taking office, the ACLU has never become so cash-rich, yet principle-poor.
- The problem is that most of the money is not coming from civil libertarians who care about free speech, due process, the rights of the accused and defending the unpopular. It is coming from radical leftists in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other areas not known for a deep commitment to civil liberties.
- The old ACLU would never have been silent when Michael Cohen's office was raided by the FBI and his clients' files seized; it would have yelled foul when students accused of sexual misconduct were tried by kangaroo courts; and it surely would have argued against a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against a judicial nominee.
- When the ACLU's national political director and former Democratic Party operative Faiz Shakir was asked why the ACLU got involved in the Kavanaugh confirmation fight, he freely admitted, "People have funded us and I think they expect a return."
After Politico reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was spending more than $1 million to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, I checked the ACLU website to see if its core mission had changed -- if the ACLU had now officially abandoned its non-partisan nature and become yet another Democratic super PAC. But no, the ACLU still claims it is "non-partisan."
So why did the ACLU oppose a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court and argue for a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against that judicial nominee?
The answer is as clear as it is simple. It is all about pleasing the donors. The ACLU used to be cash poor but principle-rich. Now, ironically, after Trump taking office, the ACLU has never become so cash-rich, yet principle-poor. Before Donald Trump was elected President, the ACLU had an annual operating budget of $60 million dollars. When I was on the ACLU National Board, it was a fraction of that amount. Today it is flush with cash, with net assets of over $450 million dollars. As the ACLU itself admitted in its annual report ending 2017, it received "unprecedented donations" after President Trump's election. Unprecedented" it truly has been: the ACLU received $120 million dollars from online donations alone (up from $3-5 million during the Obama years).
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Are Republicans Born Wimps?
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Republican leaders are “a bunch of wimps,” said Jerry Falwell Jr.
Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing “nice guys.”
“The US needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps.”
So tweeted the son and namesake of the founder of the Moral Majority, and he has here a self-evident point.
Thursday, 11 GOP senators on the judiciary committee freely forfeited to a female prosecutor their right to cross-examine Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Republicans feared that televised images of 11 white men, sharply questioning the credibility of Ford’s claim to be a victim of Kavanaugh’s sexual assault, would be politically lethal.
So, while the Republicans mutely abstained from challenging her, Ford was treated by the Democrats as the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, though not a single witness has corroborated her story.
Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake caved to Democratic demands for another weeklong FBI investigation of the judge. The Republicans, egg visible on their faces, endorsed their colleague’s capitulation.
Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham had been the Republican lion of the hearing, indicting Democrats for the moral atrocity they had deceitfully and dishonorably perpetrated against the judge.
By Friday, our Cicero was reaching out in collegiality to the same senators he was castigating 24 hours before.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
What's the next 'sin tax' to fund their jobs, health care and pensions?
The best solution for Uncle Sam’s sea of red ink may be green. A great green rush.
I have the perfect chart to illustrate why the U.S. will legalize marijuana. It comes down to the most basic of reasons.
And by that, I mean money. Specifically, money for governments.
Take a look at the first year of cannabis taxes in Nevada. That state has a 10% tax on retail sales of marijuana, and a 15% wholesale tax.
And it’s not the only state reaping a green windfall. Colorado collected $247 million in cannabis taxes and licensing last year. That’s on top of $193 million in 2016 and $130 million in 2015.
Nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia legalized recreational marijuana. And 30 states and D.C. legalized medical marijuana use.
What this chart shows is the tremendous incentive for more states to legalize recreational weed.
Free Range Teaching and the Technology Teachers ‘Beg For’
By Kelli Anderson Oct 1, 2018
When Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS) refurbished a block of classrooms recently, it installed wireless screen mirroring technology in every room. Then the Australian K-12 school did something really radical. “We literally threw out our teachers’ desks,” says Damon Cooper, an English teacher and the director of teaching and learning at CCGS, in New South Wales. “There are just classrooms, and we can teach from anywhere within them.” He explains, “we’ve physically centered the room around the children. It’s not a theory; it’s not a philosophy; it’s not an approach. Literally, physically, the children are the center of the classroom.”
Now, it appears that a new NAFTA deal has been made
And the Chinese are lowering tariffs.
It makes you wonder what our previous presidents were doing with their time, energy, and priorities. #MAGA."
Leslie Eastman: Morning Insurrection.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Ian Buruma: victim of Sexual McCarthyism
More than any other incident so far, the Buruma affair sums up the illiberal excesses and outright hysteria of the MeToo moment. Buruma’s speechcrime was twofold. First, he dared to give space to Ghomeshi to write about the accusations made against him and, sin of sins, even to make some jokes about today’s sexually straitened climate that is chewing up and spitting out men like him. Ghomeshi, who was accused by various women in 2014 of having non-consensual ‘rough sex’ with them — accusations that either didn’t make it to court or, in the cases of three women, were thrown out of court — says in his NYRB piece that he is a victim of ‘mass shaming’. And secondly, Buruma gave an interview to Slate in which he said Ghomeshi’s previous behaviour is not ‘really my concern’.
This pertain to American expecting our elected representative to change the direction, focus and tone of public discourse and policy. Answer: citizen take back their governments (all levels)
Harper Smith is a 4-year-old little girl battling an illness for which she has been hospitalized. Members of the Lake City, Michigan community gathered in a football field in a heartfelt demonstration of support for Harper's family. Attendees called it a "family circle," and a pastor had offered prayer. Harper's father, Kyle Smith, is the head coach of the Lake City High School football team.
The football team livestreamed the gathering on its Facebook page. Their message: #harperstrong. It is the clarion call for what has become a community-wide movement to support a suffering child. A friend of the family said that even other football teams have marked their helmets with the message #harperstrong.
The Constitution protects the people from the government establishment of religion. It does not protect anti-faith groups from viewing a gathering of community support and belief in a higher purpose. The remarkably uncivil civil rights group claims that the video "clearly" promotes religion. As noted above, the only message attached to the video is "#harperstrong." Attendees called it a "family circle." The only thing clear is that this school sought to support a family and their precious little girl in a time of need.
Under the looming threat of litigation, the school reluctantly took the video down after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists cried foul and claimed that school property "has to remain free from religion." Under this group's logic, it is essentially unconstitutional to share a video on a public school's Facebook page if it shows people gathering anywhere on or near government property.
We have seen this before. The threat of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in litigation is a common scare tactic used by groups who seek to eviscerate religion from the public square.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State pulled the same stunt against a public school in Bossier County, Louisiana after the school contracted with a faith-based business to run an advertisement that displayed the business's logo, a cross, and its name, which included the word "Christ." Fortunately, that school fought back and ultimately voted to keep the advertisement on the football field.
It is the latest faulty argument from a group that wants to prohibit any display of belief in the public square. Even if the group was successful in taking down the video, it cannot take away the outpouring of support from a community that is #harperstrong.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
|The latest billionaire-turned-media mogul|
|The Salesforce co-founder and his wife, Lynne, will buy Time magazine
from the Meredith Corporation for $190 million. |
Mr. Benioff follows in the footsteps of other billionaires, including
Jeff Bezos, who bought the WaPo;
Patrick Soon-Shiong, who acquired the L.A. Times; and
Sheldon Adelson, who purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Lets add Warren Buffett
|The Benioffs, whose estimated net worth is $6 billion, will provide the news publication with deep pockets and, for now, a promise to maintain Time’s editorial independence. (Mr. Benioff told the NYT: “We are only stewards of a historic and iconic brand.”)|
|Still, the deal highlights the tension of media outlets selling themselves to billionaires. Doing so may provide financial security, but there’s no way to prevent new owners from exerting more editorial control in the future. And if the outlets can’t make money, benefactors could sell them or shut them down.|
Friday, September 14, 2018
New data: The border surge is increasing AGAIN
This is even more disturbing given the growing trajectory. Because of the perception that policies would change with the new administration, the border flow slowed to a trickle in 2017. Now it has surged again, proving that the entire deterrent power of this administration is gone unless policies change. The flow of family units this August represents a 140 percent increase over August 2017, while the number of UACs increased by 44 percent. If record numbers of families are coming over during the August heat, that means we are in for a real treat in the fall and winter unless there is a change in policy.
The spike in the number of family units shows that a number of people who previously just sent their kids here alone to join other relatives, thinking that our leniency wouldn’t extend to adults, now understand that they can come together and be paroled together under catch-and-release.
The Daily Caller has published a video taken on an Arizona ranch showing 25 minutes of uninterrupted border infiltrations. This is not the hallmark of a first-world country. We have no control over our own sovereignty and security.
Remember, this is not even the busiest sector. Most of the families are pouring over the Rio Grande Valley in the far east sector of Texas.
What happens to these people?
As of the first three quarters of this fiscal year, only 1.4 percent of the 94,000 illegals who came as family units in 2017 were sent back home. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why most would feel comfortable coming here and telling their friends about our policies. Our country can’t survive when it takes years to remove individuals who are clearly not entitled to be here. It’s death by a million lawsuits.
What comes over the border along with bogus asylum claims? MS-13 and an endless array of drugs. Appallingly, the very same politicians who have promoted this invasion that single-handedly led to the “opioid crisis” beginning in 2013-2014 are passing a spending bill this week in the Senate to “address” the opioid crisis. Yet they refuse to define what the crisis is and what caused it. If they actually properly identified it, they would realize the impetus for the polydrug crisis (it’s not an opioid crisis) is this very border surge they refuse to even stop encouraging, much less halt.
It’s not just opioids like heroin and fentanyl pouring over the border from Mexico and distributed by the gangs and cartels harbored by sanctuary cities. Non-opioids like methamphetamine are surging to record levels, making them historically cheap to purchase. Just during the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018, over 77,000 pounds of this poison were seized by border agents. As late as 2012, that number was around just 18,000 pounds. What happened in between? The Central American border surge that is growing every month happened. In 2007, 5,171 people claimed credible fear in order to get asylum. In 2016, it was 91,786.
That is your “opioid” crisis right there. Funding the border wall, blocking the asylum loophole, and ending judicial amnesty and sanctuary cities would be the ultimate “opioid package.” But legislators keep their focus on doctors and pain patients.
Aside from MS-13, the massive surge of bogus asylum-seekers also serves as strategic cover for the cartels and smugglers, who orchestrate the entire process, to bring in Middle Easterners. We’ve seen an increase in “special interest alien” activity with the growth of the Central American invasion. As Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies observes, in the final months of the Obama administration, none other than DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson sent out a memo to top law enforcement agencies warning that the growth of Middle Easterners at the border demanded their “immediate attention.”
But it’s worse than simply facing a migration crisis where Middle Easterners slip in undetected amid the chaos of the Central American migration. Even if they are successfully interdicted by agents on the way in, they claim asylum just like the Central Americans do and are released. As Bensman, a former intelligence officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said on my podcast yesterday, the Middle Easterners don’t initially come to our border with bombs, they come with good stories. He warned that the broken asylum policies are not just the cause of the Central American migration, which in itself is facilitating the flow of Middle Easterners, it also remains the Achilles heel of our security, whereby terrorists can claim asylum just like in Europe.
Thanks to the courts uprooting sovereignty and statutes, anyone from around the world can come here.
Seventeen years after 9/11, while we are still chasing our tails in Afghanistan, our border is wide open for people to stream across. Rather than marshalling the entire country to fight against a dangerous open border by staying in session all of August promoting a budget bill closing all the border loopholes and building the wall, Republicans helped promote the Democrat premise that the emergency was about “uniting families.” Well, those families have now responded by pouring over the border at an increased level.
In addition, nothing is being done about the ultimate magnet – the ability of illegal aliens to steal Social Security numbers, with the help of the IRS, to file tax returns and obtain employment in this country. According to a recent report from the Immigration Reform Law Institute, 39 million Social Security numbers were stolen between 2012 and 2016 in W-2 filings. Congress, and even the administration, can end the magnet tomorrow by barring the IRS from processing refundable tax credits to those whose numbers don’t match and work with SSA to immediately notify the victim, the employer, and local law enforcement when a duplicate or fraudulent number is used.
Getting rid of the magnets, the broken courts, and the broken asylum policies is just as important, if not more important, than building the wall. Imagine if Trump and the Republicans made the next few weeks a budget battle over terrorism, the crushing costs of illegal immigration, MS-13, and the drug crisis all wrapped up in border security and sanctuary cities.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Our diversity is our greatest strength.
After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.”
Reaction to Carlson’s question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.
Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?
From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.
Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which — Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia — have since split further along ethnic lines.
Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.
Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nation
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
It is 2018 and everyone has a choice as Mr Kaepernick & NFL did. Lets respect that and just exercise our own choice.
Welcome to freedom.
The Ongoing Kaepernick Controversy Shows Much of White America Is Still in 'Slave Patrol' Mode
Just ask any of the people at Nike who answer the phones and are dealing with an avalanche of angry white callers throwing the N-word around and complaining about Nike treating Kaepernick with respect. Trump, Pence, and billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News are ginning up even more racist hysteria on a near-daily basis.
But this doesn’t come out of thin air. There’s a long history of whites trashing blacks when they protest the systems whites have put in place to keep them down.
Policing people of color, which our history teaches was a “government function” handled by the southern states back in the day, was actually a largely civilian effort, although it depended on the support and constant encouragement of political leaders within government.