Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mental Health, Guns, Trump

Mental illness is in the news these days, and I am going to jump in with both feet.

Here's something: it is kind of a cliche to argue that mentally ill people should be restricted from buying guns.

It makes sense, doesn't it? Mentally ill people with guns are bound to be more dangerous than rational Americans like you and me with guns. We only shoot people who deserve it, but crazy people will shoot just about anybody.

The proposal raises two questions to my mind. The easy one first.

The criteria for "mental illness" are vague and differ from state to state. What about people who are troubled and go to a counselor or shrink to discuss their problems? The therapist may be expected to put down a diagnosis so they can bill the insurance company, or maybe they really do need some help or some meds. And maybe they get labeled bipolar or borderline or something, ADHD, depressed -- that would be a lot of people. Maybe they need a week or two of recovery in a mental hospital. Man, that would not be fair, taking a worried man's guns from him like that. I would hate to be the politician who says where they will draw the line.

So that is the first thing that would make it hard to implement a law to keep mentally ill folk from buying guns. It could sweep up a lot of people who are all right. The vast majority of people diagnosed with mental illness are not a threat to anyone.

The second problem though is actually the deal-breaker. Imagine a guy who has never gone to a mental health specialist, never been evaluated, he's cheerful and confident and has friends, he has a job and a family and a normal life. He is sure that Obama is using high-altitude jet contrails to control our minds with chemicals. He knows exactly how the gay agenda is working through the public schools to convert our children to homosexuality. Hillary is a criminal. Planned Parenthood is getting rich off abortions. Obama founded ISIS. The government has a plan to make all of us live under Sharia law. Liberal scientists are helping the communist Chinese and undermining America by lying about the weather... you see where I'm going here?

The question has to do with defining the concept of mental illness. A person walking around in a blinding fog of delusion, bordering on hallucination, might be a raving maniac, and they might just be a Republican -- in many cases these are one and the same thing. One thing you don't want to do is to prove to a crazy person that they're right. Easy buddy, it's just Obama coming for your guns.

You might have seen some of the people around the Internet asking if Donald Trump might be mentally unhealthy. I don't think we normally discriminate against mentally ill people running for office -- they are not required to pass a test or anything -- but it is a good question for concerned voters, and there are some analyses online that seem to suggest he qualifies as clinically diagnosable.

Donald Trump as the candidate for President of the United States represents a large number of people who, among other things, really strongly believe in their right to have lots of guns, any type they want. He may be diagnosably nuts, according to the Internet, and from what I've read about what happens at his rallies, I'd say a lot of the people who'd vote for him might be, too.

So oddly, even while some are saying that the world would be safer if we limited mentally ill people's access to weapons, in a very real sense the lunatics are making their move to take over the asylum.

If you are going to suggest a law that restricts access to guns on the basis of mental health, then you must be prepared for massive pushback, because the idea is political. One side of the political spectrum considers a person who relies on scientific facts, logical inference, and empathy to be dangerous and even treasonous. They feel that educated and experienced "elites" need to be locked up, run out of town, mocked and beaten, even killed, and uneducated white people who think from the gut and hear God speaking to them personally should have military grade weapons behind every door of their house, in their car, and in a holster on their hip.

It looks like about forty percent of Americans are happy to get in step behind Trump. Even if it is not enough to win an election, that is a lot of people. There is nothing he can say that is so crazy that this core group of followers will back away from him. In fact, the crazier he is the more they like him.

ThinkProgress, bless their heart, takes another view of this, which I suppose is how liberals are supposed to think about it. Their view is that it's wrong to call Trump and his followers mentally ill, because it is not respectful of mentally ill people. They say:
The media has a responsibility to consider how to avoid stereotypes when covering mental illness, because research shows that mass media affects how we perceive people with mental illness. And unfortunately, mass media often gets it wrong or associates mental illnesses with negative stereotypes, research consistently shows.
This is an argument that reifies mental illness and presumes that it is always something that happens to you and has to be treated by a doctor, as if an individual has no participation in the construction of their own thinking. We understand there is a continuum ranging from the psychotic who is not able to take care of himself and has no choice in the matter, to the manipulative individual who takes advantage of people, lies repeatedly, abuses his loved ones, and does not accept responsibility for his or her own actions. Both might be classified by a therapist as mentally ill (and one of them is more dangerous than the other when it comes to owning a gun), but there is some point where society holds a person accountable. You don't say he "suffers from irresponsibility."

Think about the Heaven's Gate group, thirty-nine people who committed suicide in the belief that they would be transported to a space-ship that was flying behind the Hale-Bopp comet in 1997. It is not controversial to say that those people were mentally ill. A group of people had access to facts and chose to believe something bizarre, and a lot of people died. Do you think thirty-nine people all caught the same mental disease at the same time? You have to believe that tragedy could have been diverted by some good solid common sense. A group of people can convince themselves that the most outrageously incorrect statements are facts, and they can validate their conviction through emblematic acts, including suicide, homicide, war and genocide, and other forms of violence.

Someone with disordered thinking, who chooses delusion over objectively verifiable facts, who refuses to accept responsibility for their choices or to tell the truth, someone who reacts with violence and threats -- that person has something seriously wrong with them. We do not need to be so in awe of psychologists that we can't form an opinion ourselves. If it is a social judgment, so be it. The rest of us can see that something is wrong, and we have been very tolerant of disturbed cognition masquerading as a respectable belief system. Now we will have an uphill political struggle if we want to keep guns and government out of the hands of people who are certifiably, dangerously nuts.

366 Comments:

Anonymous I think you're on to something... said...

Lawsuit: Trump's NC campaign director pointed gun at aide

WASHINGTON – A former paid worker for Donald Trump's presidential bid has accused the campaign's North Carolina state director of pointing a loaded handgun at him.

Vincent Bordini filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in state court against the Trump campaign and recent state director Earl Phillip. The lawsuit alleges assault and battery, seeking monetary damages for emotional distress. Bordini also says Trump's national campaign leadership refused to address the February incident.

Wednesday's lawsuit -- first reported by WBTV in Charlotte -- says Bordini and Phillip were traveling by car in South Carolina when the campaign director suddenly pulled out a gun and pressed the barrel to his kneecap.

Phillip told The Associated Press Wednesday he had recently resigned as both state campaign director and as deputy chair of Trump's National Diversity Coalition. "I stepped down from ... all affiliations with Donald J. Trump until this is cleared up," said Phillip, who is black.

He referred further questions to his lawyer.

In his lawsuit, Bordini alleges Phillip also pulled his gun on at least four other people within the Trump organization. The behavior was so widely recognized within the campaign that others knew the caliber of his gun, the lawsuit says.

According to the lawsuit, Bordini "felt he could not tell anyone about the incident due to Phillip's reputation for violent outbursts, intimidation and retaliation. Vincent believed that he could not trust his own supervisor, Stuart Jolly, out of fear that he would try to cover up what had happened."

"Vincent forewent alerting authorities because putting Mr. Trump in the White House was his goal. But enough is enough," the lawsuit states. "Guns don't have to fire to inflict damage. Vincent couldn't sleep after the incident. If Phillip had flinched, Vincent might have never been able to properly walk again."

Bordini's lawsuit says the aide was so fearful Phillip might retaliate against him for reporting the incident within the campaign he temporarily moved his family out of their house so they would be harder to find.

The lawsuit says he resigned from the campaign in March.

"Vincent became disgusted with the Trump campaign's lack of corrective action. He could no longer tolerate working in an environment where his superior could pull a gun on him at any moment," the lawsuit states.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Bordini was on the Trump campaign payroll from December through February, earning about $1,000 every two weeks. The campaign last paid him in mid-March when he was reimbursed for travel expenses.

Phillip became the campaign's North Carolina state director in November. Since then, the Trump campaign has paid Phillip's consulting business, Innovative Consulting Services, nearly $65,000 for campaign field consulting. Those payments include about $9,500 in late June, federal filings show.

August 11, 2016 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Twofer lying liar said...

Wolf Blitzer Does It Again, Quotes Trump From 2007 Interview.

"Wow! I was just watching Wolf Blitzer talking about Trump and his stupid talk about Obama founding ISIS. He played an interview he had with Trump in 2007, which of course showed Trump to be a pathological liar.

Here’s what he played, taken from the transcript.

"BLITZER: The war is hovering over politics right now, as it should -- this is the dominant issue, at least right now, of our time. Give us your assessment. Is there a way out?

TRUMP: The war is a total disaster. It's a catastrophe, nothing less. It is such a shame that this took place. In fact, I gained a lot of respect for our current president's father by the fact that he had the sense not to go into Iraq. He won the war and then said, Let's not go the rest of the way. And he turned out to be right. And Saddam Hussein, whether they liked him or didn't like him, he hated terrorists. He'd shoot and kill terrorists. When terrorists came into his country, which he did control and he did dominate, he would kill terrorists. Now it's a breeding ground for terrorists. So, look, the war is a total catastrophe.

BLITZER: Who do you blame?

TRUMP: And they have a civil war going over there.

BLITZER: Who do you blame?

TRUMP: Well, there's only one person you can blame, and that's our current president. I mean, obviously Rumsfeld was a disaster, and other people that are giving him advice have been a disaster. And Condoleezza Rice, who's a lovely woman but she never makes a deal -- she doesn't make deals, she waves. She gets off the plane, she waves, she sits down with some dictator -- 45 degree angle, they do the camera shot. She waves again, she gets back on the plane, she waves -- no deal ever happens. So, I mean —



BLITZER: How does the United States get out of this situation? Is there a way out?

TRUMP: You know how they get out? They get out. That's how they get out. Declare victory and leave. Because I'll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down. They're in a civil war over there, Wolf. There's nothing that we're going to be able to do with a civil war. They are in a major civil war, and it's going to go to Iran, and it's going to go to other countries. They are in the midst of a major civil war, and there's nothing -- and by the way, we're keeping the lid on, a little bit. But the day we leave anyway, it's all going to blow up."


So back in 2007 he said Iraq was a breeding ground for terrorists and we should just get out. But now, the terrorists are there because Obama got out. Just another example of how easily Trump can lie.

And by the way, here’s what he said about Hillary Clinton in the same interview.

"BLITZER: Thank you very much. Let's talk politics. All right? A lot of people thinking about politics right now. I'm going to mention some names: give me your thoughts right away. Hillary Clinton.

TRUMP: Very talented, very smart. She's a friend of mine, so I'm a little bit prejudiced. She's a very, very capable person and I think she'll probably be the nominee. We'll see, but I think she'll probably be the nominee.

BLITZER: Is she ready to be commander-in-chief?

TRUMP: I think she is. I think she's a very, very brilliant person, and as a senator in New York, she has done a great job. Everybody loves her. She just won an election with a tremendous majority and she really -- she's become very, very popular in New York. And it wasn't easy."
"

August 12, 2016 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump:

Yes, Donald Trump did call climate change a Chinese hoax

The Republican Party:

Republican platform declares coal is clean

China:

The real war on coal is happening in China right now

Happening in the real world today:

America’s Latest 500-Year Rainstorm Is Underway Right Now in Louisiana
Observers are calling the record floods a “classic signal of climate change” — and high-resolution models predict another one to two feet of rain by Saturday evening.

August 13, 2016 10:48 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"America’s Latest 500-Year Rainstorm Is Underway Right Now in Louisiana
Observers are calling the record floods a “classic signal of climate change” — and high-resolution models predict another one to two feet of rain by Saturday evening".

Oh, you global warming alarmists, always looking at the scary reality instead of pretending it isn't there and everything is just fine. Typical!

Just because that's exactly the sort of rainstorm that's occurring more frequently as global warming models predicted doesn't mean we should attempt to do anything about it.

Everything's fine! Trust me, who are you going to believe, us global warming deniers or the lying reality?!

August 13, 2016 1:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The global warming deniers fiddle while the world burns.

August 13, 2016 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump: Clinton Can Only Win Pennsylvania If ‘They Cheat’
“The only way we could lose, in my opinion… is if cheating goes on”


RCP Average - Pennsylvania: Trump vs. Clinton: Clinton + 9.2 % points above Trump

I believe the Orange one has misspoken.

The only way TP will win Pennsylvania is by cheating.

August 14, 2016 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Do NOT look behind the curtain... said...

It’s one of the most intriguing stories of the summer, a tale of sex, money, politics and corporate skulduggery that would seem especially ripe for coverage and discussion by the firebrands at Fox News.

Except Fox News barely seems to have noticed.

Ever since former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit July 6 against the network’s co-founder and chairman, Roger Ailes, Fox has been tight-lipped about telling its viewers about the allegations, which have turned the network upside down.

Fox mentioned the lawsuit and Ailes’s subsequent resignation July 21, but that’s about all it has done since the news broke. It has not conducted a single on-camera interview with any person connected with the news, including Ailes, who built Fox into a clarion of the American conservative movement. According to Fox’s news-clip archive, there have been no panel discussions, no diatribes from Fox’s famously aggressive hosts, no follow-up investigations, no tributes to the Ailes era.

In all, Fox has devoted a total of about 11 minutes of airtime to the news about Ailes over the past five weeks, a review of the archive shows. That’s less time than Bill O’Reilly spent criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement on “The O’Reilly Factor” over a couple of days this month.

Fox’s last word on the subject was Sunday, when media reporter and analyst Howard Kurtz offered a minute-long ­synopsis of Fox boss Rupert Murdoch’s appointment of Ailes’s successors, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy. (Fox Business Network on Friday aired an even briefer version of this news, without mention of Ailes or sexual harassment.)

Before that, Fox had gone 2 1/2 weeks without saying a word about the news unfolding down the hall from its newsroom, including any mention of allegations that Ailes had harassed multiple women over five decades and used corporate funds to settle other sexual harassment claims and to employ consultants and detectives to spy on perceived enemies, including reporters from other news organizations....

Read all about it anywhere but at Fox.

Try this:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/fox-news-confronts-but-just-barely-a-scandal-in-its-own-house/2016/08/14/0ab847f0-60c1-11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html

August 15, 2016 7:30 AM  
Anonymous You will know them by the company they keep said...

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

August 15, 2016 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Danger of Donald's words... said...

It sounds like Mr. Majors got Donald's message

Man’s ‘unusual fixation’ with Lebanese [Christian] neighbors led to killing, Tulsa police say

Excerpt:

“After 9/11 you did not see the rhetoric that you see now. It’s gotten so much worse,” she said. “If crazy people keep hearing that Mexicans are rapists and Arabs are terrorists, well then who are crazy people going to take their craziness out on?”

August 16, 2016 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton Leads In Breitbart Poll Conducted As Rebuke To MSM Surveys

"Aiming to address a recent slew of “mainstream media” polls showing Hillary Clinton holding a decisive lead over of Donald Trump, Breitbart News conducted its own survey. But the conservative news site came up with similar results.

In a poll out Sunday from Breitbart and Gravis Marketing, Clinton led a four-way contest with 42 percent of the vote to Trump’s 37 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson earned 9 percent of the vote, while the Green Party’s Jill Stein received 3 percent.

Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow explained in a statement accompanying the survey that the site would launch its own series of polls to provide “an accurate assessment” of the 2016 race.

“It’s an open secret that polls are often manipulated and spun to create momentum for a particular candidate or issue,” Marlow said. “Breitbart News Network’s first national poll marks the start of a major initiative to give our readers an accurate assessment on where the American people stand on the key topics and people of the day — without the mainstream media filter.”

As NBC, Bloomberg, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University have showed Clinton leading in both national and state surveys in recent days, Trump supporters have lobbed charges of “skewed” polls released by a media that favors Clinton. Yet Clinton’s lead in those polls, which ranged between six and twelve points, is not so far from the five-point advantage she held in Breitbart's survey.

The conservative news site has been criticized for heavily favoring Trump in its coverage, reporting his assertions about President Barack Obama having secret ties to the Islamic State terror group as fact.

Breitbart plans to release more 2016 polls in partnership with Gravis, a Florida-based marketing firm that has a less than stellar record of tracking state congressional races. In the 2014 midterm elections, Gravis published polls that were way off in predicting the results of Senate races in Kentucky and Texas. An “informed ballot” survey conducted by Gravis this spring was mocked for getting a Maryland congressional race wrong by 96 percentage points.

The national Breitbart-Gravis poll was conducted Aug. 9 among 2,832 likely voters. Voters were reached by automated telephone calls, and the margin of error was 1.8 percentage points."

August 17, 2016 7:35 AM  
Anonymous That explains it said...

NEW YORK — Donald Trump is shaking up his campaign's leadership amid flagging poll numbers, NBC News has learned.

Kellyanne Conway — already a senior adviser to the campaign — told NBC News she has been promoted to the role of campaign manager. She confirmed that Paul Manafort will stay on as campaign chair but said Stephen Bannon, the co-founder of conservative Breitbart News, will come on board as campaign CEO.

The moves were first reported by The Wall Street Journal early Wednesday and mark yet another round of internal shakeups for a campaign struggling to find consistent footing just 82 days ahead of the election.

The Trump campaign parted ways with controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski just two months ago, citing a new phase of the race as they transitioned from the primaries into the general.

Manafort had been unofficially filling the role of campaign manager since Lewandowski's departure, but himself has been subject to scrutiny over his ties to ousted Ukrainian Prime Minister Victor Yankovich.

The expectation around Manafort's installation was for a more traditional campaign in terms of structure, strategy and messaging. The reality, however, has been a candidate unwilling to change the bombastic rhetoric and say-anything style that carried him through the Republican primaries.

Now Trump has been trailing in polls to rival Hillary Clinton, with some Republicans publicly pressuring the Republican National Committee to abandon Trump's bid and instead focus on down ballot races.

The latest NBC News / SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll showed Clinton leading Trump by 9 points, 50 percent to 41 percent....

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/17/donald-trump-hands-kellyanne-conway-stephen-bannon-new-roles-in/21453274/

August 17, 2016 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Data continues to disprove so-called "climate change hoax" said...

July was ‘absolutely’ Earth’s hottest month ever recorded

"NASA data reveal the Earth’s temperature reached its highest point in 136 years of record-keeping during July.

“July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began,” tweeted Gavin Schmidt, who directs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is responsible for temperature measurements.

It was the 10th-straight month of record-breaking temperatures in NASA’s analysis, a substantial 0.18 degrees (0.1 Celsius) warmer than the previous hottest July in 2011.

“It’s a little alarming to me that we’re going through these records like nothing this year,” said Jason Furtado, a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

“Each month just gives another data point that makes the evidence stronger that we’re changing the climate,” added Simon Donner, professor of climatology at the University of British Columbia.

July is usually the hottest month of the year, as it coincides with the peak of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. But this July was 1.51 degrees (0.84 Celsius) above the long-term (l951-1980) average.

Most of the planet’s land and ocean areas were warmer than normal in July. Parts of the Arctic were more than 7 degrees (4 Celsius) above average.

Blistering heat scorched the Middle East. Mitribah, Kuwait, simmered to 129.2 degrees which, if confirmed, would mark the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Furtado said the record global warmth was connected to extreme weather events happening around the world, such as the urban flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, and record flooding in China. “The two are going hand-in-hand, and they’re giving us a picture of what a future world might look like,” he said.

An independent analysis of the global temperature from the Japan Meteorological Agency corroborated July’s record warmth....

...“There’s been so much talk about El Niño this year, but this [warming] is not just El Niño,” said Donner. “The records set in 2016 have crushed the records set in previous El Niños.”"

August 17, 2016 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aetna CEO Threatened Obamacare Pullout If Feds Opposed Humana Merger

The smoking gun:

The letter -- Give us our merger or we’ll quit Obamacare

August 17, 2016 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Cohen, Trump's corporate counsel, demonstrates how to keep head in sand. "Says who?" said...

...The transcript:

KEILAR: Let me ask you about this. You say it is not a shake-up, but you guys are down.

COHEN: Says who?

KEILAR: Polls. Most of them. All of them?

There is a silent pause of four seconds. I timed it.

COHEN: Says who?

KEILAR: Polls. I just told you. I answered your question.

COHEN: Okay. Which polls?

KEILAR: All of them.

COHEN: Okay. And your question is?

Go watch it again. It's terrific. I will wait.

For what it's worth, every poll tracked by RealClearPolitics has shown Hillary Clinton with a lead over Trump this month. State polls in Texas, Mississippi and Indiana released this week show Trump with leads in a two-way contest, but polls from Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, New York and New Hampshire all show Clinton in the lead.

Trump's campaign has been insisting that the race is tightening, but only die-hard Trump supporters have claimed that he's actually winning, usually by pointing to nonscientific polls or other weird metrics. Trump himself tweeted a poll on Tuesday for the first time in two weeks despite it showing him down two points. Even a poll conducted by the Trump-friendly Breitbart News, the head of which left to take a position in Trump's campaign — a big part of that shake-up — found Trump down 5 points.

Polls say you're down, Mr. Cohen. That's who. And on a national level: All of them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/08/17/what-its-like-to-report-on-2016-in-37-torturous-hilarious-seconds/

Says who?

Says every national poll.

Pretending you don't know that fact does not change that fact.

August 18, 2016 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump's 27-day spiral: From convention bounce to campaign overhaul

August 18, 2016 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pregnancy-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled In Texas After Cuts To Women’s Health

WASHINGTON ― Texas experienced a sudden and dramatic spike in pregnancy-related deaths in 2011, the same year the state slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs, according to a study in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

After a modest increase in maternal mortality in Texas between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in 2011 and 2012 ― something researchers described as “puzzling” and out of sync with data from the other 49 states. Seventy-two women in Texas died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in 2010, and that number jumped to 148 in 2012.

While the study does not suggest a clear cause for Texas’ alarming data, the rise in pregnancy-related deaths coincided with lawmakers slashing family planning funds by 66 percent in the state budget in 2011. The cuts forced 82 family planning clinics to close, one-third of which were Planned Parenthood clinics, and left Texas’ women’s health program able to serve less than half as many women as it had previously served. Low-income women in particular had less access to affordable birth control and thus had more babies, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

The new data on pregnancy-related deaths is too dramatic to be explained only by the budget cuts to women’s health, the study notes.

“In the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval, the doubling of a mortality rate within a two year period in a state with almost 400,000 annual births seems unlikely,” researchers write.

Texas’ Department of Health said a task force is looking into the issue but has not come up with an explanation or solution.

“We’re aware of the numbers and want to see a decrease in this trend,” spokeswoman Carrie Williams told the Dallas Morning News, “and that’s why the task force is closely reviewing these cases and will make recommendations.”

August 18, 2016 3:41 PM  
Anonymous The Lord works in mysterious ways said...

Tony Perkins says God punishes gays with natural disasters, has home destroyed by 'biblical' flood

August 19, 2016 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘Burn every single ni**er!’: This is how Trump supporters talk when they think nobody’s listening

"A Massachusetts convoy of Trump supporters drove from Wrentham to Foxboro in their trucks, RVs and SUVs on July 31 and were caught on tape spewing racist epithets and calls for anti-black violence.

“Lynch the ni**ers by their d*cks!” said one driver, according to Winning Democrats, which highlighted a YouTube video of what the “Make America Great Again” convoy talked about on its CB channel when they thought no one was listening.

“Burn every single ni**er!” said another driver.

“All I know is we got plenty of trees to hang ni**ers from,” said another.

The convoy drove five miles from one township to another with their U.S. and Confederate flags waving.

“It would be nice to think that Trump supporters, once seeing and hearing how their comrades in idiocy truly behave, would have an epiphany of some sort and come to their senses,” wrote Charles Topher at Winning Democrats. “The problem is, they’re Trump supporters. They’re the ones driving those trucks.”

Watch the video, embedded below (WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

'Make America Great Again' Convoy Full Of Racists Exposed
"

August 20, 2016 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Panda Party said...

Happy Birthday, Bei Bei

August 22, 2016 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump Spins A Full 360 This Time

Clinton swamps Trump in battlegrounds

August 22, 2016 12:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Barring some major unforeseen event Trump is going to have to be nearly flawless and beat Hillary in the debates to turn this around. Its extremely unlikely that he can pull that off. Even most Republicans see that.

August 22, 2016 1:27 PM  
Anonymous No warming "hiatus" down under! said...

A widening 80 mile crack is threatening one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves

"...Probably not tomorrow, probably not more than a few years...”

August 22, 2016 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump Is Abandoning Every Network But Fox

Study: Watching Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News

August 22, 2016 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Be afraid, be very very afraid of being misinformed... said...

A Majority Of Republican Voters Fear Something That Virtually Never Happens

"...According to a Gallup poll released Monday, 36 percent of Americans believe voter fraud is a “major problem,” and a further 32 percent view it as a “minor problem.”

The poll found that Republicans are much more concerned about voter fraud than Democrats. Fifty-two percent of Republicans think ineligible voters casting ballots will be a major problem in this year’s election, compared to 26 percent of Democrats.

There’s just one problem: There’s virtually no evidence of in-person voter fraud occurring, and voter ID laws passed by state legislatures do nothing to address the fraud that actually does exist. Instead, the laws mostly just impede minorities from voting.

For example, in Texas ― home to a voter ID law so restrictive a federal appeals court recently found it violates the Voting Rights Act ― you’re literally more likely to get struck by lightning than encounter in-person voting fraud.

A 2015 PolitiFact investigation found Texas has prosecuted just three people since 2002 for the type of fraud addressed by the state’s voter ID law. That means only around 1 in 18 million votes in Texas might be a) fraudulent and b) prevented by the state’s voter ID law..."

And guess what? "Conservatives make up 46% of [Fox News'] audience."

And they are grossly misinformed about voter fraud, among other issues, thanks to all that Fox News viewing.

August 22, 2016 5:49 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I find it hard to believe conservatives only make up 46% of the Fox news audience. More like 90% I'm sure.

August 22, 2016 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"More like 90% I'm sure."

Well about 88% of "consistent," not "mostly" conservatives do trust Fox News and distrust 2/3 of other media groups so your hunch is a good one Priya Lynn.

Here are more details from the study:

"The five ideological groups in this analysis (consistent liberals, mostly liberals, mixed, mostly conservatives and consistent conservatives) are based on responses to 10 questions about a range of political values. That those who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions have different ways of informing themselves about politics and government is not surprising. But the depth of these divisions – and the differences between those who have strong ideological views and those who do not – are striking.

Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives:

-Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics.
-Express greater distrust than trust of 24 of the 36 news sources measured in the survey. At the same time, fully 88% of consistent conservatives trust Fox News.
-Are, when on Facebook, more likely than those in other ideological groups to hear political opinions that are in line with their own views.
-Are more likely to have friends who share their own political views. Two-thirds (66%) say most of their close friends share their views on government and politics."

And when you scroll down to the table labeled "Main Source of Government and Political News," you find that 47% of consistently conservative folks watch Fox News as well as 31% of those identified as only mostly conservative. A total of 78% of conservatives say their main source for news about government and politics is Fox News, which helps explains why conservatives are so badly misinformed. Conservative Fox News viewers are even more "misinformed" than folks who watch no news at all.

August 23, 2016 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link to more details of the Pew study.

August 23, 2016 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Failed former Maryland GOP candidate in the news said...

A Republican candidate for Congress in Florida launched a profanity-laced tirade at a Politico reporter during a recorded interview over the weekend.

(NOTE: The audio above, and description below, contains profanity.)

“You’re a real disgusting piece of shit,” Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who’s in a primary race for a district in southwest Florida, told Politico’s Marc Caputo on Sunday.

The dispute erupted after Bongino objected to a report in the Naples Daily News that claimed most of his campaign donations came from outside the district. He told Caputo it was a “wholly inaccurate story,” and after several minutes of trying to explain why, the two got testy with each other.

Bongino seemed to say that many of the contributors within his district were small donors and didn’t have to be disclosed, although his exact words were difficult to understand as the two repeatedly spoke over each other. Then, Caputo said, “Let me ask the questions ― I’ll handle the questions and you handle the answers.”

That set Bongino off.

“You don’t give me orders, you piece of shit, you understand?” he yelled. “You piece of shit.”

They also sparred over Bongino’s two failed campaigns ― running unsuccessfully for both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate ― in Maryland before moving to Florida.

“Marc, I am going to humiliate you from this point,” Bongino promised. “I’m going to make you an example. You will regret the day we had this conversation.”

As he lost his temper, Caputo goaded him, calling Bongino a “professional political candidate who loses.”

“Hey, shut the fuck up,” Bongino yelled back. “Go fuck yourself, you piece of shit.”

Shortly after the tirade, Bongino hopped online and went after Caputo for his use of the word “dude.”

“I can be a little salty on Twitter,” Bongino said in a Facebook video. “But I’m not a reporter and I don’t call people ‘dude’ when I want to comment.”

Bongino also said he didn’t see Caputo’s declaration on Twitter that he would record the conversation because he had blocked the reporter.

The Naples Daily News also reported that Bongino recently got into an argument at a campaign event that was so heated the organizers had to intervene.

Bongino’s primary is next week, where he will face off against two other Republicans for the seat currently held by GOP Rep. Curt Clawson, who is not seeking reelection. Robert Neeld is the only Democrat running in a district Ballotpedia calls “safely Republican.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dan-bongino-tirade_us_57bb9c66e4b00d9c3a19bbd9?

August 23, 2016 10:32 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Well about 88% of "consistent," not "mostly" conservatives do trust Fox News and distrust 2/3 of other media groups so your hunch is a good one Priya Lynn.".

Thanks for filling me in Good Anonymous.

August 23, 2016 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds
As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period


"...the report singled out Texas for special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval”.

From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

No other state saw a comparable increase.

In the wake of the report, reproductive health advocates are blaming the increase on Republican-led budget cuts that decimated the ranks of Texas’s reproductive healthcare clinics. In 2011, just as the spike began, the Texas state legislature cut $73.6m from the state’s family planning budget of $111.5m. The two-thirds cut forced more than 80 family planning clinics to shut down across the state. The remaining clinics managed to provide services – such as low-cost or free birth control, cancer screenings and well-woman exams – to only half as many women as before..."

August 24, 2016 1:55 PM  
Anonymous pro-women's privacy said...

I see the pathetic supporters of this site are gushing with the usual personal attacks to paper over a lack of argument for their position

haven't bothered casting any pearls before swine of late but here's a link that might make someone wonder whether the media-Hollywood-lunatic fringe claim of widespread support for the gay agenda has any basis in reality

when Chik-Fil-A owner was found contributing to Focus on the Family, gays tried to organize a boycott

result: Chik-Fil-A sales shot up 15%

when Target announced they would allow guys who say they want to be girls use the girls' room, pro-family groups organized a boycott

result: Target sales down over 7%, and Target is trying to appease protestors by installing single user bathrooms at a cost of 20 million dollars

they won't be out of the woods until they reserve those single user rooms for the mentally ill and gender confused, allowing females privacy

August 25, 2016 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post, PWP

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/24/the-target-boycott-is-costing-more-than-anyone-expected/21458737/

August 25, 2016 5:37 PM  
Anonymous classical gas said...

so classic

the gay agenda has personal attacks and BS PR

pro-family groups have facts

August 25, 2016 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Mr Really Agreeable said...

I concur with the last three posts.

Thanks so much

August 25, 2016 5:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Really Wyatt, so pathetic for you to pretend to be different people agreeing with yourself. Its soooo transparent.

August 25, 2016 6:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its nice to see good anonymous doing such a great job of destroying Trump and Wyatt/bad anonymous. And its HILARIOUS to see the schizophrenia of Wyatt/bad anonymous trying to deal with the likelihood that Trump is going to lose in the fall!.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Wyatt/bad anonymous is now pretending he doesn't want Trump to get elected because he doesn't want to be exposed as rooting for a loser yet again. Of course he exposes his true desires, that he wants Trump to win, by repeatedly asking good anonymous to stop criticizing Trump because "that's going to help Trump get elected" - hahahahahahahahahaha! Obviously criticizing Trump isn't going to help Trump win, only Trump supporters want to stop criticism of him. Another clue to Wyatt/bad anonymous's true desires is that he absurdly says he thinks Trump is likely to win in November. Obviously no one with half a brain believes at this point Trump is likely to win in November. Wyatt/bad anonymous's statement isn't a genuine expression of who he thinks is LIKELY to win, its a hidden expression of who he WANTS to win.

The third thing that exposes Wyatt/bad anonymous's hidden desire to see Trump win is that he while he schizophrenically posts some half-hearted criticisms of Trump he also keeps DEFENDING Trump against the criticisms leveled at him by good anonymous. Obviously one doesn't do that if you don't want Trump to win.

Poor, poor conflicted Wyatt/bad anonymous. He sees its very likely Trump is going to lose so he pretends he is opposed to Trump being president to avoid looking like a fool yet again (an even bigger one this time) by openly expressing only support for Trump and repeatedly asserting before the fact that its a certainty his guy will win (as is his normal practice).

Loser! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 25, 2016 6:28 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Schizophrenic Wyatt/bad anonymous short translation:

"Trump would be a disaster as president. Please stop making Trump look bad because Trump is a smart business man you're criticizing unfairly who would make a good president.".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 25, 2016 6:29 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "but here's a link that might make someone wonder whether the media-Hollywood-lunatic fringe claim of widespread support for the gay agenda has any basis in reality".

LOL, keep dreaming!

The bathroom law is (still) backfiring on North Carolina's governor

"We keep writing it, because polls keep indicating it's true: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's decision to sign a controversial bill limiting transgender use of bathrooms and locker rooms is hurting his political future.

The latest evidence: A Monmouth University poll out Wednesday indicates that likely North Carolina voters are split pretty evenly about which party to support in the state's three top races — except when it comes to McCrory (R), who is losing by nine points to his Democratic challenger.".

Among those polled, 55 percent disapproved of HB2 and another 70 percent thought the legislation gave North Carolina a bad reputation nationally.

An overwhelming majority of Americans support gay marriage and believe that gayness is morally acceptable.

Face it Wyatt/bad anonymous - your side lost and the States is never going back to widespread bigotry.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 25, 2016 6:48 PM  
Anonymous the mentally ill need treatment, not indulgence said...

this is interesting

as someone who is, apparently mentally ill, cackles on, it is clear that TTFers have developed a trait common to transgenders: misogyny

only someone who hates women would deny their right to privacy by saying those who have delusions that they are women should have the same status

let's say there are mentally ill people who think they are the Queen of England

it would clearly represent a hatred of the real Queen to pass a law that anyone who thinks they are the Queen of England should be able to use the real Queen's private bathroom

(remember the Queen is the sovereign ruler of Canada, right on the money)

but the whole transgender idea has always been sexist and anti-women

basically, after society had done much to remove sexist stereotypes, a group of mentally ill men appear and say the stereotypes are true because they fit the stereotype of a woman so they must be women

huh?

yet these mentally ill men are not women but men, as any medical professional can attest

and the inability is reconcile with reality is the definition of mental illness

no other delusion has been indulged in this way

people who believe they are kangaroos aren't given surgically created pouches and tails with the right to live in a national park in the outback

so why is gender confusion given special treatment?

August 25, 2016 11:03 PM  
Anonymous classical gas said...

so classic

a blog full of the mentally ill

August 25, 2016 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Mr Really Reasonable said...

I concur

thanks a whole heap

August 25, 2016 11:06 PM  
Anonymous my life has been a tapestry said...

"when Chik-Fil-A owner was found contributing to Focus on the Family, gays tried to organize a boycott

result: Chik-Fil-A sales shot up 15%

when Target announced they would allow guys who say they want to be girls use the girls' room, pro-family groups organized a boycott

result: Target sales down over 7%, and Target is trying to appease protestors by installing single user bathrooms at a cost of 20 million dollars"

some cold hard facts there

apparently, Americans who oppose anti-women transgender privileges feel more strongly than those who are anti-women

btw, the economy of North Carolina doesn't seem greatly affected by Bruuuuce Springsteen and Ringo Starr cancelling their concerts there, and general cultural quality was certainly enhanced:

http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.nc.htm

remember when Indiana's governor signed a bill that gay lunatic fringers didn't like?

he'll be VP in January

August 26, 2016 3:14 AM  
Anonymous Warning, facts ahead said...

"only someone who hates women would deny their right to privacy by saying those who have delusions that they are women should have the same status"

This woman peed at Target yesterday. Guess what? Inside the Target Ladies Room there are individual stalls with doors that close and lock. My right to privacy could not be denied by that set up, no matter who walked into the Target Ladies Room, even if it was male members of The American Family Association (AFA) sent by the AFA "into the women’s restrooms at Target stores to test its barriers after the retail giant announced that its facilities will be transgender friendly."

"apparently, Americans who oppose anti-women transgender privileges feel more strongly than those who are anti-women"

Not according to recent polling on the issue you apparently missed with your head swirling around Drumpfiness. Once again your antiquated view has fallen to minority status in the land of the free:

Majority of Americans Oppose Laws Requiring Transgender Individuals to Use Bathrooms Corresponding to Sex at Birth Rather than Gender Identity

Scroll down past Hillary Clinton's 13 point lead in that new poll to find this section:

"Laws about the Use of Bathrooms by Transgender People

A majority (53%) of Americans oppose laws that require transgender individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth rather than their current gender identity, compared to 35% who favor such laws.

[All Americans -- 35% favor, 53% oppose, and 12% don't know.
Gapers -- 44% favor, 44% oppose, and 12% don't know.
Independent -- 37% favor, 51% oppose, and 12% don't know.
Democrat -- 27% favor, 64% oppose, and 8% don't know.]

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Democrats oppose laws that would require transgender individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to their assigned sex at birth, compared to 27% who favor such laws. Republicans, in contrast, are evenly divided (44% favor, 44% oppose) on this issue."


"Target sales down over 7%"

Target Corp. (TGT) as of Aug 25 2016, 4:03PM

Target stock had a decline down to February and then a burst that lasted until May. Stock is now about where it was in January.

August 26, 2016 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO

"Gapers" is auto spell check of "GOPers"

August 26, 2016 9:33 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "it is clear that TTFers have developed a trait common to transgenders: misogyny only someone who hates women would deny their right to privacy by saying those who have delusions that they are women should have the same status".

The only people who hate women are the ones who would force transpeople to use the bathroom of their birth gender thus forcing transmen like this into the women's room. Women don't want men like that in their bathroom, but that's what Wyatt/bad anonymous and misogynists like him demand happen. Misogynists like Wyatt/bad anonymous know transwomen will be assaulted or even killed if they use the men's room and they want this to happen because they hate women.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "and the inability is reconcile with reality is the definition of mental illness no other delusion has been indulged in this way".

There is no evidence to support the belief that there is a god, let alone the monster god/jesus of the christian bible. By your own definition theism is a mental illness as it can't be reconciled with reality. No other delusion has been indulged to such an extreme degree as religion. But a healthy society allows people this freedom to delude themselves as long as they aren't hurting others.

Transgender people are happier and better adjusted when they live as the gender they identify with and this hurts no one so it is something a healthy society accepts and encourages. Only misanthropes oppose transpeople living as the gender they identify with.

August 26, 2016 1:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hey Wyatt, tell us again how Trump is likely to win the election.

Normally before an election Wyatt/bad anonymous repeatedly states its a certainty that the Republican will win, even he now realizes how stupid that looks but he's still not smart enough to acknowledge that no one with half a brain now thinks Trump is likely to win this election.


Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 26, 2016 1:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Ooops, I missed this:

"remember when Indiana's governor signed a bill that gay lunatic fringers didn't like? he'll be VP in January"

I was wrong, Wyatt/bad anonymous IS stupid enough to state its a certainty that Trump will win the election!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

August 26, 2016 1:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "yet these men are not women but men, as any medical professional can attest".

Actually most medical professionals agree transwomen are women.

And don't forget, according to Wyatt/bad anonymous these men are actually women, they're just pretending to be men. But there's no doubt most of the women he's falsely claiming to want to protect wouldn't want to share a bathroom with them as misogynists like Wyatt/bad anonymous want to force them to do.

August 26, 2016 1:38 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hey Wyatt, why is it that when you are not posting for weeks these "other people" (snicker!) that "agree" with your posts aren't here either but when you come back these "other people" (snicker!) appear 2 minutes after you do to "agree" with your posts?

August 26, 2016 1:44 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Paster and conservative political activist who said gay Orlando murder victims "got what they deserved" arrested for child molestation

Never fails, the people who scream the most about gays being immoral are trying to draw attention away from themselves.

And few people scream more about LGBT people being immoral than Wyatt/bad anonymous.

August 26, 2016 5:23 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

So it has been what, 8 years since bill 23-07 went into effect in MoCo? And how many reports of women being molested or their privacy invaded?

The showernuts insisted "men pretending to be women will be taking advantage of this law" for all sorts of nefarious activities.

So far, the only signs of this happening are when the so called "family" groups send their men into the restooms and locker rooms. Hey, if things didn't go the way you planned, just do those things anyway to keep the fear level up. And then you have the nerve to call trans people mentally ill.

If you really want to keep bathrooms safe, you should be working to keep priests and Republican congressmen out of bathrooms. They've proven themselves to be far more dangerous to the public than trans people have.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia





August 26, 2016 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This woman peed at Target yesterday. Guess what? Inside the Target Ladies Room there are individual stalls with doors that close and lock. My right to privacy could not be denied by that set up,"

well, apparently, enough people disagree with you that a major American retailer's sales have fallen 7%

"Not according to recent polling on the issue you apparently missed with your head swirling around Drumpfiness."

I've got news for you, you misinformed moron, Donald Trump support the gay agenda on the bathroom issue

"Once again your antiquated view has fallen to minority status in the land of the free:

Majority of Americans Oppose Laws Requiring Transgender Individuals to Use Bathrooms Corresponding to Sex at Birth Rather than Gender Identity"

my comment referred to depth of conviction

those opposed to REQUIRING business owners to let guys in the girls' room will take action

those, ha-ha, in support, really don't care - they just want to be on the side the media tells them is winning

that's true for most things, which is among the flaws of using polling to understand voters

"A majority (53%) of Americans oppose laws that require transgender individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth rather than their current gender identity, compared to 35% who favor such laws"

in the phrasing

I agree with that slim majority but the issue is REQUIRING business owners to do anything

owners of bathrooms should be free to make their own policies without coercion

the gay agenda is authoritarian

"Target Corp. (TGT) as of Aug 25 2016, 4:03PM

Target stock had a decline down to February and then a burst that lasted until May. Stock is now about where it was in January."

we were talking about sales, which is determined by general public opinion

not stock price you moron

"So it has been what, 8 years since bill 23-07 went into effect in MoCo? And how many reports of women being molested or their privacy invaded?"

right

eight years ago, ho many reports were there that Bill Cosby ever molested anyone?

"And then you have the nerve to call trans people mentally ill."

Cinco, believing that you are something you're not is, by definition, mental illness

sorry, that's just a fact

"If you really want to keep bathrooms safe, you should be working to keep priests and Republican congressmen out of bathrooms. They've proven themselves to be far more dangerous to the public than trans people have."

maybe women should decide for themselves what keeps them safe

most don't want guys using the girls' room with them

"Have a nice day"

yeah, go have a gay pride parade in ISIS territory

August 27, 2016 11:59 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "I see the pathetic supporters of this site are gushing with the usual personal attacks to paper over a lack of argument for their position"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "I've got news for you, you misinformed moron...".

Standard Wyatt/bad anonymous, accusing others of his own worst actions - what a hypocrite.

Good Anonymous said "A majority (53%) of Americans oppose laws that require transgender individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth rather than their current gender identity, compared to 35% who favor such laws"

Wyatt/bad anonymous in his ususal grade two each-sentence-is-a-paragraph post said "in the phrasing I agree with that slim majority but the issue is REQUIRING business owners to do anything owners of bathrooms should be free to make their own policies without coercion the gay agenda is authoritarian"

Transgender people have been using the bathrooms of the gender they identify with without issue or anyone noticing for years. Its the bigoted governors of states like North Carolina who are forcing universities and government agencies to deny transpeople this right, its the bigots like Mike Pence who are authoritarian, not the people who just want to pee. And its not a "slim majority" who think transpeople should be able to use the bathroom they want, but rather an 18% gap between those that support freedom and the bigots who oppose it. The position Wyatt/bad anonymous takes on this would also require the government to allow businesses to put up "Whites Only" signs and have seperate drinking fountains for blacks and whites. You won't hear bigots like Wyatt crying that the anti-racist agenda is authoritarian and should be changed though. But the same sort of discrimination against transpeople is somehow supposed to be acceptable. The government can't allow discrimination against people for harmless characteristics, be it skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

August 27, 2016 3:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good Anonymous said "Target stock had a decline down to February and then a burst that lasted until May. Stock is now about where it was in January."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "we were talking about sales, which is determined by general public opinion not stock price you moron".

There the hypocrite goes again - "you moron", after he hypocritically posted "I see the pathetic supporters of this site are gushing with the usual personal attacks to paper over a lack of argument for their position". That's standard Wyatt/bad anonymous, using personal attacks to paper over a lack of argument for his position and falsely accusing his opponents of his own obnoxiousness.

And of course there's no proof that the decline in Target sales is due to bigots boycotting Target, there are many factors that could be responsible for this and probably are as we've seen anti-gay boycott after boycott in the past have no effect on the sales of socially responsible businesses.

Cynthia said "So it has been what, 8 years since bill 23-07 went into effect in MoCo? And how many reports of women being molested or their privacy invaded?"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "right eight years ago, ho many reports were there that Bill Cosby ever molested anyone?".

That's a red herring, one has nothing to do with the other. And there were several reports more than eight years ago that Cosby had molested women. If there were any instances of transwomen molesting biological women in bathrooms over the past eight years its guaranteed the anti-LGBT bigots would have been screaming about it to high heaven non-stop. That they've been silent shows none of that has happened.

August 27, 2016 3:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Cynthia said "And then you have the nerve to call trans people mentally ill."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "Cinco, believing that you are something you're not is, by definition, mental illness sorry, that's just a fact".

Wrong. The position of all major mental health organizations is that a mental illness is defined as a mental condition that interferes with the happy functioning of a person in life. Wyatt/bad anonymous can believe he's as smart as whip or in a loving and just christian god as described in the bible and those delusions don't make him mentally ill. Further, research shows that transpeople identify with their gender identity just as much as non-transpeople do. Most mental health professionals accept that a person who identifies as a different sex than they were assigned at birth is that sex, just the body has been formed wrong - gender is determined by whats in the brain, not what's between the legs.
"If you really want to keep bathrooms safe, you should be working to keep priests and Republican congressmen out of bathrooms. They've proven themselves to be far more dangerous to the public than trans people have."

Cynthia said "maybe women should decide for themselves what keeps them safe"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "most don't want guys using the girls' room with them".

And yet you demand that men like this be forced to use the girls' room because they were assigned female at birth. Without a doubt the vast majority of biological women would rather share a bathroom with a transwoman than with transmen such as these that you would force on them. Now because of bigots like you even biological women are being attacked in the girls' room because bigots like you think they don't look feminine enough.

Cynthia said "Have a nice day"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "yeah, go have a gay pride parade in ISIS territory".

The bigots' last refuge - Claim that because others would murder us we should be content to put up with any abuse that stops short of that. Both your actions are immoral, we don't have to put up with either, Wyatt. Its not an "either/or" situation.

August 27, 2016 3:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The fact is that biological women are generally pretty understanding and accepting of transwomen and have no problem sharing a bathroom with us. Even fox news states that women and the LGBT community are natural allies.

Bigots like Wyatt/bad anonymous absurdly accuse transwomen of being misogynists because we want to use the bathroom of the gender we identify with rather than taking the chance of being assaulted or murdered in the men's room. Misogynists like Wyatt/bad anonymous vote for Republicans who would force women to have babies they don' want even in the case of rape and incest, who oppose equal pay for equal work legislation, who oppose legislation designed to reduce violence against women, who cut programs to help expectant mothers and mothers of young children, who want to prevent government from helping women access birth control, and who are unconcerned with the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles within the public and private sector. Transwomen stand with biological women in all these areas while bigots like Wyatt/bad anonymous vote for politicians who don't and then absurdly claim that because they seek to deny bathroom access to transwomen they somehow aren't misogynists - most bioligical women aren't buying that.

August 27, 2016 3:03 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Witless wonder twit says:
"Cinco, believing that you are something you're not is, by definition, mental illness

sorry, that's just a fact"

Care to explain what I believe that I am not? Please be specific, as you seem to believe you can read minds, which is clearly a sign of mental illness.

"maybe women should decide for themselves what keeps them safe

most don't want guys using the girls' room with them"

I'm sure they don't want those religious "family" nuts in the restroom. Trans people have been using the most appropriate restrooms for decades and most people weren't even aware of it. It wasn't a problem. Now there a a bunch of loud mouthed religious people, you know the same ones that bash gays and are then found out to be child molesters or drug addicts or getting gay sex on the sly, are now going into the ladies rooms. One can't blame women for being scared now. We get daily news about what some religious fanatics have done here or elsewhere in the world. Those folks are on a mission to force everyone to believe and live as they do, and they will use all means of coercion they can find. It is no wonder more and more people are leaving churches.

"yeah, go have a gay pride parade in ISIS territory"

As I've said several times before, your sick fantasy of seeing me die in a horrible death is never going to happen of my own volition. If you want to see me dead, you're going to have to hunt me down and do it yourself, you impotent, barely literate, narcissistic slug. You don't scare me, moron.

Have a VERY nice day.

Cynthia


August 27, 2016 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VERY nice work, Priya and Cynthia!!

You go, ladies!!

I suggest the homophobe who said "yeah, go have a gay pride parade in ISIS territory" might want to consider how well a parade of Christian pride might go over in ISIS territory for a moment.

As a "Christian," you are no more welcome to parade your pride in ISIS territory than LGBT folks are to parade theirs.

Does your failure to note that fact make you a "moron" in your own opinion too?

August 27, 2016 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Not a surprise said...

http://www.bu.edu/news/2015/02/13/review-article-provides-evidence-on-the-biological-nature-of-gender-identity/

(Boston)—Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity that may change physicians’ perspective on transgender medicine and improve health care for these patients.

The article was led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Disorders of gender identity affect as many as 1 in 100 people. Transgender individuals are those who identify with a gender that differs from their natal sex. Different etiologies have been suggested as the cause of transgender identify however none have been proven definitively.

The researchers conducted a literature search and reviewed articles that showed positive biologic bases for gender identity. These included disorders of sexual development, such as penile agenesis, neuroanatomical differences, such as grey and white matter studies, and steroid hormone genetics, such as genes associated with sex hormone receptors. They conclude that current data suggests a biological etiology for transgender identity.

“This paper represents the first comprehensive review of the scientific evidence that gender identity is a biological phenomenon,” explains corresponding author Joshua D. Safer, MD, FACP. “As such it provides one of the most convincing arguments to date for all medical providers to gain the transgender medicine skills necessary to provide good care for these individuals,” he added.

August 28, 2016 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Not a surprise said...

(Boston)—Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity that may change physicians’ perspective on transgender medicine and improve health care for these patients.

The article was led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Disorders of gender identity affect as many as 1 in 100 people. Transgender individuals are those who identify with a gender that differs from their natal sex. Different etiologies have been suggested as the cause of transgender identify however none have been proven definitively.

The researchers conducted a literature search and reviewed articles that showed positive biologic bases for gender identity. These included disorders of sexual development, such as penile agenesis, neuroanatomical differences, such as grey and white matter studies, and steroid hormone genetics, such as genes associated with sex hormone receptors. They conclude that current data suggests a biological etiology for transgender identity.

“This paper represents the first comprehensive review of the scientific evidence that gender identity is a biological phenomenon,” explains corresponding author Joshua D. Safer, MD, FACP. “As such it provides one of the most convincing arguments to date for all medical providers to gain the transgender medicine skills necessary to provide good care for these individuals,” he added.

August 28, 2016 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Witless wonder twit"

cinco, cinco

you wish me a nice day and then reveal your true intent

"Care to explain what I believe that I am not?"

I wasn't addressing you specifically

just trangenders, in general

the general transgender

"Please be specific, as you seem to believe you can read minds, which is clearly a sign of mental illness."

you don't have to read minds

transgenders say what they think

I'm just insane enough to believe 'em

"Trans people have been using the most appropriate restrooms for decades and most people weren't even aware of it."

so why did "trans people" feel they couldn't leave well enough alone? why did they start this whole controversy but advocating and getting passed laws requiring business owners to let them use the girls' room?

"It wasn't a problem."

well, part of the gay agenda is to attempt to pass laws when there is no problem

"Now there a a bunch of loud mouthed religious people, you know the same ones that bash gays and are then found out to be child molesters or drug addicts or getting gay sex on the sly, are now going into the ladies rooms. One can't blame women for being scared now. We get daily news about what some religious fanatics have done here or elsewhere in the world. Those folks are on a mission to force everyone to believe and live as they do, and they will use all means of coercion they can find."

truly warped

the people I think you're slandering, although it's hard to tell since slander isn't true, were fine with the situation as it was

gay fringers aggressively sought laws to coerce business owners

it's called reality, cinco

the inability to grasp it is a symptom of mental illness

again, slowly:

gay agendists aren't happy to live and let live but believe everyone should be forced to act on their belief system, imposed on them

religious Christians favor freedom of conscience

"As I've said several times before, your sick fantasy of seeing me die in a horrible death is never going to happen of my own volition. If you want to see me dead, you're going to have to hunt me down and do it yourself, you impotent, barely literate, narcissistic slug. You don't scare me, moron."

As I've said several times before, my mocking your insincerity is a rhetorical device

amazing how I'm barely literate and yet it seems that you and your ilk feel my every utterance requires and endless barrage about twenty times longer in a vain attempt to refute

you seem to not have much confidence in your position

"Have a VERY nice day."

yeah, don't be scared, but go gargle with some VERY strong acid

August 28, 2016 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"VERY nice work, Priya and Cynthia!!

You go, ladies!!"

uh, hate to break it to ya, but they ain't ladies!!

August 28, 2016 1:22 AM  
Anonymous stop in the name of truth said...

"I suggest the homophobe who said "yeah, go have a gay pride parade in ISIS territory" might want to consider how well a parade of Christian pride might go over in ISIS territory for a moment.

As a "Christian," you are no more welcome to parade your pride in ISIS territory than LGBT folks are to parade theirs.

Does your failure to note that fact make you a "moron" in your own opinion too?"

well, you didn't understand my comment and extrapolated wildly based on your misunderstanding

unless you were drinking, you likely have a low IQ

there's hope: scientists are developing drugs to help people like you

"Not a surprise said...
(Boston)—Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity"

no surprise there

it's well documented that scientists find evidence to back up predetermined preferences

unfortunately, that isn't science

it's advocacy

August 28, 2016 1:38 AM  
Anonymous To the insomniac bully said...

"VERY nice work, Priya and Cynthia!!

You go, ladies!!"

uh, hate to break it to ya, but they ain't ladies!!


Oh yes they most certainly are ladies and they are much more civil than you are capable of being and are therefore much more welcome in the ladies room with me and the rest of us ladies than a Trumpian bully like you would ever be.

Here's something just for you:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insomnia

It seems that one of nature's variations in humans causes you to have anxiety, which in turn causes you to lose sleep and to bully other human beings, while claiming to be a Christian, who knows we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.

So I'm going to show you some love as I personally hope you find the cure to your health issues that will work as well for you as living according to their gender identity does for my trans friends.

August 28, 2016 8:26 AM  
Anonymous More pesky facts ahead said...

Retail Performance Pulse: Store Sales Decline in June

"Brick-and-mortar store performance fell in June, with an 8.2 percent drop in sales on an 8.9 percent decline in store traffic.

The latest RetailNext Retail Performance Pulse report has been published, showing detail results for brick-and-mortar store performance in the contiguous United States for the retail month of June (May 29 through July 2 on retail’s 4-5-4 calendar.

Key items in the Pulse report include:

-June 2016 had two changes in holidays as related to the same month in 2015; Memorial Day snuck in the first week of the month this year, while July 4 and its observation slipped into the retail month of July
-Overall, sales dropped 8.2 percent on an 8.9 percent dip in store traffic
-Average Transaction Value (ATV) slipped 2.4 percent, while Conversion and Sales per Shopper each saw a bump up – 0.6 percent and 0.7 percent respectively
-Conversion has increased for five consecutive months, with SpS right behind it with four months of lifts..."


"result: Target sales down over 7%"

So then compared to other brick and mortar stores, whose sales dropped 8.2% in June 2016, Target, with its sales down 7%, is doing better.

August 28, 2016 9:46 AM  
Anonymous gays think civiity means civil war said...

"Oh yes they most certainly are ladies"

actually, they aren't

unless you redefine English, a common gay agenda strategy

as of now, you aren't what you want to be or imagine to be

otherwise, we would bestow the same privilege in every nut in the looney bin who thinks he's Julius Caesar or a panda bear

"and they are much more civil than you are capable of being"

oh sure, just glance through Priya's dozens of posts above and you will luxuriate in the gracious magnanimity and civility

or cinco,

let's just quote the queen of the "nice day":

"Witless wonder twit"

"religious "family" nuts"

"a bunch of loud mouthed religious people"

"the same ones that bash gays and are then found out to be child molesters or drug addicts or getting gay sex on the sly, are now going into the ladies rooms. One can't blame women for being scared now"

"It is no wonder more and more people are leaving churches"

"you impotent, barely literate, narcissistic slug. You don't scare me, moron"

apparently, the gay advocates have now redefined civility to mean "rabid support of the gay agenda"

"and are therefore much more welcome in the ladies room with me and the rest of us ladies than a Trumpian bully like you would ever be"

personally, I have deep problems with Trump

but you guys should love him

he supports the gay agenda and always has

in contrast to Hillary, who has tried to maintain a position in line with the latest opinion polls

Trump won't change in the future, you can count on him to support your sick agenda

indeed, he relishes taking on the status quo

Hillary just wants to be in the side that's winning

"It seems that one of nature's variations in humans causes you to have anxiety, which in turn causes you to lose sleep"

thanks for the concern but I sleep well

"and to bully other human beings, while claiming to be a Christian, who knows we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves"

indulging psychosis and allowing it to spread is not really charitable

"So I'm going to show you some love"

really?

when?

"compared to other brick and mortar stores, whose sales dropped 8.2% in June 2016, Target, with its sales down 7%, is doing better"

you better tell 'em

they are scrambling around trying to find a way to appease pro-family advocates

spent 20 million already

August 28, 2016 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"oh sure, just glance through Priya's dozens of posts above and you will luxuriate in the gracious magnanimity and civility"

Silly man. Don't you know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

All the hahahahaha comments are modeled after your own, duh.

You reap what you sow.

"or cinco,

let's just quote the queen of the "nice day""


And we've all quoted you back at yourself enough times for regular readers to not fall for this.

Again, you reap what you sow.

"apparently, the gay advocates have now redefined civility to mean "rabid support of the gay agenda""

And you redefine what it means to be Christian and fail to comprehend the concept of "you reap what you sow."

""So I'm going to show you some love"

really?

when?...

... thanks for the concern but I sleep well"


You are quite welcome for the love and concern I showed for your well-being over your late night trolling, in spite of my disagreements with you.

You should try it sometime.

It's the Christian thing to do.

You reap what you sow.

"spent 20 million already"

No they have not spent "20 million already."

Your reading comprehension/fear of clicking links failed you yet again.

The Fortune.com article linked to in your AOL article above notes:

"...The vast majority of Target stores already have the single-stall bathrooms but the retailer will add them to more locations by November, and then again after the holiday season, which it doesn’t want to disrupt with repairs, and be done by March...

There's a difference between spending "20 million already" and possibly spending that much by March of next year.

You should be happy the folks at Target are planning to add unisex locking bathrooms so fearful homophobes like you can lock yourselves inside and feel safe when you pee at a Target store.

No doubt all brick and mortar retail establishments are waiting to see which irrational fear you homophobes will come up with next -- dressing rooms maybe?

August 28, 2016 12:13 PM  
Anonymous give women privacy said...

"Silly man. Don't you know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

All the hahahahaha comments are modeled after your own, duh.

You reap what you sow."

oh, we could argue about where this all began but that's really pointless

the point is you said Priya and Cinco have been civil

they haven't been

you're a liar

"And we've all quoted you back at yourself enough times for regular readers to not fall for this."

"fall" for what?

direct quotes?

you said Cinco was civil

not true

you're a liar

"Again, you reap what you sow."

even assuming you were correct, which you aren't, this is still a new adventure in redefinition of the English language

civility now means "responding to insults with insults"

let's just say the gay agenda is on the dark side of the force

"And you redefine what it means to be Christian and fail to comprehend the concept of "you reap what you sow.""

I don't think I've ever claimed to be a Christian here

not saying I'm not, just not opening that up for discussion

because it's irrelevant and part of the gay agenda is to avoid arguing substance and focusing on personal attacks and insults

"You are quite welcome for the love and concern I showed for your well-being over your late night trolling, in spite of my disagreements with you.

You should try it sometime."

a prime example of TTF hypocrisy

"It's the Christian thing to do.

You reap what you sow."

really? can you explain from scripture how you arrive at that?

"You should be happy the folks at Target are planning to add unisex locking bathrooms so fearful homophobes like you can lock yourselves inside and feel safe when you pee at a Target store."

I actually was talking about giving women privacy, not myself

I have no doubt these unisex bathrooms will eventually be where transgenders wind up

regardless of which side you're on, that is the solution that would answer everyone's concerns

except fringe groups like TTF

because they don't really care about anyone's safety or convenience

they simple seek to remove gender distinctions and normalize gender fluidity

"No doubt all brick and mortar retail establishments are waiting to see which irrational fear you homophobes will come up with next -- dressing rooms maybe?"

pro-family groups didn't "come up" with any "irrational fears"

they simply responded to provocation by the gay agenda

and Target is running scared, spending tens of millions to correct their error

August 29, 2016 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""It's the Christian thing to do.

You reap what you sow."

really? can you explain from scripture how you arrive at that?"


Sure, no problem.

Matthew 7:12 is the twelfth verse of the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This well known verse presents what has become known as the Golden Rule.

In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should doto you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The World English Bible translates the passage as:

Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you
shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

August 29, 2016 9:59 AM  
Anonymous why, o why? said...

"Sure, no problem"

apparently, there is a problem

that verse says nothing at all about reaping what you sow

try again

of course, regardless, none of this addresses why you said Priya and Cinco were civil when they weren't

you simply argued they had a right to be incivil because that was the correct response to my incivility

but, by making this argument, you confirm that they weren't civil

and admit that you lied

you'll have to explain, after admitting to that lie, why anyone should believe anything else you say

August 29, 2016 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"oh, we could argue about where this all began but that's really pointless"

Ya think? I disagree.

You have long displayed incivility, rudeness, thuggishness and your @$$holiness to LGBT commenters and supporters on Vigilance blog and you are now reaping what you have sown all these many years.

The golden rule teaches us to do unto other as we would have other do unto us, in other words, you reap what you sow.

When you spend more than a decade sowing incivility here on Vigilance blog, you can expect to be served some in return.

"the correct response to my incivility"

That's is absolutely correct, the correct response to your incivility was a taste of your own medicine.

Thank you for admitting the sting you got back is your fault. You got back a taste of your despicable tone and treatment of your neighbors who God commands us to love as we love ourselves.

You give Christianity an awful name but I maintain hope you will learn to be a better Christian.

Try spreading some words of love around instead of your despicable words of hate and you will like the returns much better.

Consider inviting some trans folk into your home or church and have a conversation with them. Speak to them, listen to them and learn about them instead of fearing them and treating them like something you scrape off your shoe.

And if you can't do that, then take another hiatus from your 24 hour trolling.

Nobody will miss you and you won't have to cry the blues that your tender little feelings were hurt when a lady responds to you in a similar tone as you spoke to her in the first place.

August 29, 2016 1:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "Silly man. Don't you know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

All the hahahahaha comments are modeled after your own, duh.

You reap what you sow."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "oh, we could argue about where this all began but that's really pointless".

No, honest people can't argue about where it began, we all know it began with you and I after some time started giving the "hahahahaha" back at you. Would you like to put that to the test and see who can post the earliest use of "hahahahaha" by the other?

Of course you wouldn't. I guarantee you I'll find you using that far earlier than me.

Typical Wyatt/bad anonymous, start something and then when he gets it back in kind complain that the other person shouldn't be doing it.

August 30, 2016 1:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So, after a few minutes searching, in this thread you can see Wyatt/bad anonymous posting one of his common "Hahahahaha!
HOHOHO!
HEEHEEHAHEEHOHEEHAW!" at September 13, 2008 3:20 PM

That's long before I ever started mocking him with my own "hahahaha!"s. The earliest I could find of me using phrase is 2014.

Now Wyatt/bad anonymous can say he's too lazy to go searching for an earlier post of mine using that phrase, but that's just to hide the fact that he's well aware he was doing this years before I started giving it back to him in kind.

That's Wyatt/bad anonymous for you, whining bitterly about getting back some of his own medicine he was the first to dish out.

August 30, 2016 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good research, Priya Lynn. It's good to document facts.

Here are some more facts Vigilance readers may enjoy:

Teen births are plummeting — and the reason is incredibly simple

"The teen birthrate has plummeted rapidly since the mid-2000s — and a new study suggests better use of birth control is entirely responsible.

There are 42 percent fewer teen births now than just seven years ago. In 2007, 4.2 percent of teenage girls in the United States gave birth. In 2014, the rate was 2.4 percent.

This is an incredibly fast change in a public health trend, and it’s left some researchers puzzled over how it happened so quickly.

But researchers Laura Lindberg, John Santelli, and Sheila Desai say it’s not a mystery at all. Writing in the Journal of Adolescent Health, they find that teenage girls in 2012 were just as likely to be sexually active as girls in 2007. Survey research shows that 43 percent of girls between 15 and 19 said they’d ever had sex in 2007, compared with 45 percent in 2012.

What changed was how teenage girls used contraceptives. The percentage of sexually active teens who used at least one type of birth control the last time they had sex rose from 78 percent in 2007 to 86 percent in 2012...."

August 30, 2016 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years'

"The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.

This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.

But Nasa said that records of temperature that go back far further, taken via analysis of ice cores and sediments, suggest that the warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium.

“In the last 30 years we’ve really moved into exceptional territory,” Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said. “It’s unprecedented in 1,000 years. There’s no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination (of temperatures).”

“Maintaining temperatures below the 1.5C guardrail requires significant and very rapid cuts in carbon dioxide emissions or co-ordinated geo-engineering. That is very unlikely. We are not even yet making emissions cuts commensurate with keeping warming below 2C.”

Schmidt repeated his previous prediction that there is a 99% chance that 2016 will be the warmest year on record, with around 20% of the heat attributed to a strong El Niño climatic event. Last year is currently the warmest year on record, itself beating a landmark set in 2014.

“It’s the long-term trend we have to worry about though and there’s no evidence it’s going away and lots of reasons to think it’s here to stay,” Schmidt said. “There’s no pause or hiatus in temperature increase. People who think this is over are viewing the world through rose-tinted spectacles. This is a chronic problem for society for the next 100 years.”

Schmidt is the highest-profile scientist to effectively write-off the 1.5C target, which was adopted at December’s UN summit after heavy lobbying from island nations that risk being inundated by rising seas if temperatures exceed this level. Recent research found that just five more years of carbon dioxide emissions at current levels will virtually wipe out any chance of restraining temperatures to a 1.5C increase and avoid runaway climate change.

Temperature reconstructions by Nasa, using work from its sister agency the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that the global temperature typically rose by between 4-7C over a period of 5,000 years as the world moved out of ice ages. The temperature rise clocked up over the past century is around 10 times faster than this previous rate of warming..."

August 31, 2016 9:58 AM  
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August 31, 2016 10:43 AM  
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August 31, 2016 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The golden rule teaches us to do unto other as we would have other do unto us, in other words, you reap what you sow."

the first half of your sentence is right

the second is wrong

you have warped the golden rule into an excuse for vengeance

this reminds me of Donald Trump, who asked for his favorite Bible verse said "an eye for an eye"

so, your biblical literacy is akin to Donald Trump's

the phrase "reap what you sow" was used by Paul in his letter to the Galations and referred to the fact that God will punish those who indulge sin

this is a concept TTFers have always had difficulty with

Christianity holds that Christians should be instruments of God's mercy not his wrath

the Bible says "vengeance is mine says the Lord, I will repay the evildoer"

hey, I've got an idea: let's try it one more time

I'll agree to not insult any one but simply address the facts and we'll see how long TTFers can hold out before I say something that disagrees with the gay agenda and they release a barrage of attacks and epithets

ready?

GO!!

August 31, 2016 11:02 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

It was a cold winter morning in the late 1970s, and I was in the sixth grade heading to school on a big yellow bus. Four bullies decided to steal my knit cap and play "keep away" with it. Even way back then, I had a high surface area to mass ratio, and staying warm was a perpetual problem. My cap was an important part of trying to stay not-to-uncomfortable on frosty mornings, especially on buses that really had no effective heaters. Even today, I am far more comfortable at 80F than 75F.

There was no amount of reason, discussion, or imploring to basic human decency that I tried that was able to get my cap back.

When we arrived at school, before the first bell rang, I tried another tactic, one that I hadn't used before, and never used again. My previous years of being chased around the playground and beat up had taught me a few things. So this time, I used the only language bullies appear to understand. I picked a fight.

Of the four, I chose Freddy Mendoza. He was the only one even close to my size. The other 3 all had chins that started above my forehead. I did not relish the idea of fighting with any one of them, much less, all four.

But my choice to do this was carefully calibrated based on all of my previous experience in "the politics of testosterone" that dominate parts of middle school playgrounds.

I willed myself to become visibly angry and then directly challenged Freddy to either give me my cap back or fight me. He ran a couple of circles around his friends while I continued to pester him. If his friends had decided to step in, I would have been toast, and I knew it. But I kept needling him until he finally stopped and put up his fists.

Our fight didn't last long. I don't recall who threw the first punch, or even if I managed to get in a single punch in at all. What I do recall was how amazingly fast Freddy's two hands were alternating as they punched for my stomach just below the rib cage. I quickly backed up and tripped over someone's band instrument case.

Surprisingly, I wasn't particularly hurt. I don't know if it was because I had managed to move back so fast I avoided the worst of the damage, or if Freddy, having been a close friend of mine the year before, had pulled his punches.

As I was trying to stand back up, the bell rang, and all the kids headed for the door. The fight had ended and neither of us had sustained as much as a bruise.

On our way back out to the buses that afternoon, one of the bullies gave me my cap back. I hadn't even asked for it yet.

August 31, 2016 4:11 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

This taught me that sometimes you have to deal with bullies in the only language they understand. They get their power from intimidating, marginalizing, and instilling a sense of fear in those that they seek to control.

It turns out, they live in a world of fear too, even if they are bigger, older, and more "popular" than you are. I learned that even if I risked harm to myself, on some occasions, the best way to defend yourself is to use the bullies' own tactics against them.

They are fully aware that their prestige relies on building an image of strength and being "unbeatable." Anything that threatens to tear away this mask is something they will go out of their way to avoid. Usually to someone they perceive as weaker.

I didn't matter that, by any reasonable calculation that I "lost" the fight, and that I certainly didn't stand a chance against them if they got their wits together and tackled me all at once. If *I* could stand up against them, so could everyone else. Their false sense of superiority would be seriously undermined.

(continued)

I never had problems with them again.

I quickly learned that it wasn't necessary to even have to call someone out to a fight. If I consciously buried all of my natural instincts to be friendly, smile, and speak with generous gesturing with my hands, and instead come across as sullen, somewhat angry, and ready to strike given a provocation, I could avoid people harassing me, calling me a "pussy" a "wuss" or any other derogatory term they could conceive. Acting like this was not my natural inclination, but it spared me from constant abuse at the hands of my peers.

August 31, 2016 4:11 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

When I first started posting here about 8 years ago, I tried to be friendly and informative, and despite the daily onslaught of personal attacks, I worked to limit myself to pointing out the shortcomings of the arguments, rather than the shortcomings of the anonymous posters. Whenever I typed anything that might be construed as an insult, I made sure to make it more humorous than painful. I think it would be clear to most people reading those posts that I “pulled my punches” in order to motivate a more civil tone. It should have been clear to even novice readers that I could have been particularly obnoxious, had I chosen to be, but I did not.

Fast forward a half-a-dozen years, and LGBT folks on this blog are still being degraded, demeaned, and demoralized by pugilistic polemics, without even the slightest recognition that we actually be human beings, with lives, loves, and the need to make a living. It was clear that none of my previous posts had done much to ameliorate the caustic attitudes of the anonymi. So I cranked up a little anger on my own post a few notches to see what would happen. Not surprisingly, the anonymi were not pleased, but this did feed there victimhood narrative, as suddenly the big-bad T-girl was saying unkind things to them.

Recently, I cranked it up a little more. And now there are complaints that I am being “uncivil.” Unfortunately there were a couple of posts that were deleted by the administrator. I wanted to quote one of them, as it perfectly encapsulated the glaring lack of basic human empathy coming from the anonymi. It was something like “I was being entirely dispassionate, yet the response is uncivil.” (Those were not the words exactly, but they are similar.)

Somehow, the anonymi believe that because they are dispassionate, they can call a group of people “mentally ill,” “confused,” “out to destroy society,” “only want to destroy marriage,” “part of the lunatic fringe,” “stupid,” “moronic,” “sexual deviants,” and more, post after post, day after day, month after month, year after year, and still believe that they are somehow being “civil.”

Simply not so. Nearly every post they have made has been carefully calculated to be contemptuous, denigrating, scornful, and belittling, at the very least. Just because one can do this dispassionately, does not in any way mean that it is civil. The rhetoric is designed to diminish and demoralize the victims as much a possible.

August 31, 2016 4:45 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

There is nothing civil about that at all; in fact, the frequency and smug authoritarianism of the attacks on the LGBT community point to an underlying sickening schadenfreude.

Were a couple of my posts uncivil? Absolutely. I chose to go there. I own it. That is not the way I prefer to post, and I avoided it for years, but depending on the circumstances, it may serve a useful purpose. We all have the ability to choose what and how we post, and how we treat the other people on the blog. Trans people are people too. Hit us, and we bruise. Cut us and we bleed. Try to diminish us, and we will defend ourselves.

It is also telling that anyone who has spent YEARS denigrating me as a “fascist,” “confused guy in a dress,” “psycho,” and “lunatic” would expect me, (or anyone else for that matter) to remain civil, and complain when I am not. That sense of entitlement is mind-boggling. Believe me, calling me “uncivil” after all of your other remarks as like throwing a few grains of sand onto a Florida beach. It’s not going to make a difference.

But me being uncivil on an occasional basis is probably not going to make a difference either, and there is a reason for that. I have no interest in inflicting emotional pain on anyone else, even after they have proven themselves to be a consummate @$$hole.

But in the interest of being dispassionate, I will provide this link to an interesting medical condition, and some of the first page:

https://truthlover5.com/2012/12/07/profile-of-a-sociopath-charming-manipulative-grandiose-lying-narcissitic-authoritarian-secretive/

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

August 31, 2016 5:08 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Profile of the Narcissistic Sociopath
Think you can spot a sociopath/psychopath? Think again.

According to experts, this behavior affects 3% to 5% of the population, which could mean more than 15 million people in the USA with these characteristics, or up to 1 in 20 people – higher percentages than one might realize. The people affected are millions more. Are you one of them?

Sociopath-imageIn general, psychopaths come from all walks of life. They’re our friends, lovers, co-workers and leaders. They’re outgoing and persuasive, dazzling you with charm and flattery. Knowing the profile characteristics might help you to avoid being scammed or hurt by someone you trust. Or, you might already be in a situation and are confused by the others behavior. Be aware of the characteristics. Be smart.

What is a narcissistic sociopath?

A narcissistic sociopath is someone with a combination of narcissistic personality disorder and definitive behavioral signs of sociopathy.
People with narcissism are characterized by their excessive and persistent need for others’ admiration and positive reinforcement. They generally have grandiose opinions of themselves and believe they are superior to other people. Narcissists are also frequently convinced that they are above the normal responsibilities and obligations of everyday life, so they usually have significant difficulties maintaining employment or relationships as a result.
The narcissistic sociopath has this type of personality along with a noticeable lack of regard for the rights of others and a tendency to regularly violate those rights.
One noted difference between a narcissistic sociopath and people with narcissism alone is that:

The narcissist with the sociopathy reacts strongly and sometimes even violently to negative feedback. True sociopaths generally do not respond to criticism or care what others may think of them.
A narcissistic sociopath is unable to tolerate criticism and needs constant praise, as well as deference from other people. Many with this condition present themselves in the best light possible and are able to easily charm others to gain their trust.

August 31, 2016 5:09 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

THE MALIGNANT PERSONALITY: These people are mentally ill and extremely dangerous! The following precautions will help to protect you from the destructive acts of which they are capable. To recognize them, keep the following guidelines in mind:

(1) They are habitual liars. They seem incapable of either knowing or telling the truth about anything.

(2) They are egotistical to the point of narcissism. They really believe they are set apart from the rest of humanity by some special grace.

(3) They scapegoat; they are incapable of either having the insight or willingness to accept responsibility for anything they do. Whatever the problem, it is always someone else’s fault.

(4) They are remorselessly vindictive when thwarted or exposed.

(5) Genuine religious, moral, or other values play no part in their lives. They have no empathy for others and are capable of violence. Under older psychological terminology, they fall into the category of psychopath or sociopath, but unlike the typical psychopath, their behavior is masked by a superficial social facade.

Profile of the Sociopath

Glibness and Superficial Charm
Manipulative and Cunning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
May state readily that their goal is to rule the world
Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
A Sociopath is always “pitting” people against each other. My Sociopath
Smear Campaign: A Sociopath will always be smearing someone and inciting people against each other. Sociopaths do not want people to like or get along with each other and will try to “divide and conquer.” They will say odd things to people in the social group: “She doesn’t like you” or “She doesn’t want me doing anything with you.” My Sociopath
Sociopath has a strange network of Support People ranging from “consultants,” to skilled-workers, to enabling co-dependents that back him up when he wants to go after his Target. Most of the Support People have their own Psychological problems. My Sociopath.
No conscience. Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt.
Believe they are all-powerful all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
Shallow Emotions When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
Incapable of real human attachment to another
Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
Authoritarian
Secretive
Paranoid
Drama King: There is always conflict going on in a Sociopath’s life and it involves a “bad person,” “bad business” or “bad transaction.” My Sociopath.
Callousness/Lack of Empathy

August 31, 2016 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Cynthia, for your open discussion sharing so much valuable information with Vigilance readers. Your sincerity, insights and humor are very helpful against the fear and loathing too often displayed in the comment section here.

I believe this website is here to foster discussion and understanding, not hurtful exchanges and bullying.

I saw those deleted comments when they were posted yesterday too and was glad to see they were taken down.

September 01, 2016 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of folks in the media are getting the vapors today about a new poll which shows that Hillary's popularity is low. For instance here's a headline announcing that a “Record Number Of Americans Dislike Clinton.” The poll gives her ratings of 41% favorable and 56% unfavorable. Those are not good results, for sure, but contrary to the implication of the headline they are little changed from two months ago when the same poll gave her ratings of 42% favorable and 55% unfavorable.

But what this story and all the stories failed to mention is that Hillary’s poor favorability ratings are really quite good compared to the ratings of other politicians. In reality, the American populace is in a sour mood and gives virtually everyone and everything unfavorable ratings. In fact compared to others who are ranked, Hillary is almost at the top of the heap.

Here are the favorability ratings of some other politicians and Parties from the Huffington Post aggregate of poll results against which Hillary stacks up quite nicely:

*Trump 34% favorable, 60% unfavorable

*Paul Ryan 33% favorable, 42% unfavorable

*Mitch McConnell 16% favorable, 44% unfavorable

*Harry Reid 22% favorable, 42% unfavorable

*Nancy Pelosi 24% favorable, 48% unfavorable

*The Republican Party 34%, favorable 57% unfavorable

In fact it seems that the only people or Party doing better than Hillary are President Obama with a rating of 52% favorable, 44% unfavorable and the Democratic Party with a 45% favorable, 47% unfavorable.

So when you hear people moan about Hillary having terrible favorability ratings keep in mind that virtually everyone polled has terrible favorability ratings and hers are better than most.

September 01, 2016 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gonorrhea rates skyrocketing in sex-ed unfriendly Utah

Ah, Utah — home of abstinence-based education, banning teachers for using the word "condom," and skyrocketing gonorrhea rates. That last piece is according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and, you might say, basic common sense).

Since 2011, the gonorrhea rate in the state "has increased substantially," according to the CDC. We're talking a fivefold increase to 49 cases per 100,000 people in 2014. (To put this in perspective, though, the national rate is 110.7 cases per 100,000 people.) Between 2011 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, the gonorrhea rate was higher among men than women, but the percentage increase was much greater among women (715 percent) than among men (297 percent).

At the same time, gonorrhea rates among men who report having sex with men has consistently gone down since 2009. "These demographic changes suggest that increased heterosexual transmission of gonorrhea in Utah might be occurring," says the report.

Notably, Utah's sex education stresses abstinence and does not require teachers to provide information about contraceptives, and it specifically it does require information about condoms to be presented in HIV-prevention education, according to a Guttmacher report.

"This shift in the demographics of those infected with gonorrhea represents potential risk for transmission among previously unaffected sexual networks," said a CDC release. The report adds that "this information will help to guide targeting of gonorrhea testing, treatment, and public health interventions." Who knows, maybe one day they'll even start requiring teachers to talk about condoms during sex-ed.

September 01, 2016 3:58 PM  
Anonymous I'm with, well, not sure said...

"Thank you, Cynthia, for your open discussion sharing so much valuable information with Vigilance readers"

which part was that? could you be specific?

"Your sincerity, insights and humor"

uh, cinco just admitted to being incivil

you're once again mischaracterizing

cinco has been incivil, has not been sincere, has shown little insight and has an inability, of late, to show humor

let me know if you'd like some examples

heart and humor and humility can lighten the heavy burden some people put on themselves

"are very helpful against the fear and loathing too often displayed in the comment section here"

the only "fear and loathing" here is from gay agendists, unable to accept a world where their views aren't considered the only acceptable ones

"I believe this website is here to foster discussion and understanding,"

you only believe in discussion and understanding of your viewpoint

"not hurtful exchanges and bullying"

that's Cinco's incivility for you

"I saw those deleted comments when they were posted yesterday too and was glad to see they were taken down"

I bet you were

the last refuge of the gay agenda is to suppress truth, at all costs

this is the hopelessness of the gay agenda

anyone who speaks against it must be silenced

how Trumpian!

no wonder Log Cabin Republicans think he's the most gay-friendly presidential nominee ever

September 01, 2016 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Thank you, Cynthia, for your open discussion sharing so much valuable information with Vigilance readers"

which part was that? could you be specific?"


Sure, it's the part where she told us of her life experiences, how she's dealt with your years of insults, and provided information about Narcissistic Sociopaths who have "grandiose options of themselves and believe they are superior to other people," you know, "other people" they might publicly denigrate as being “fascist,” “confused guy in a dress,” “psycho,” and “lunatic”, for example.

"the last refuge of the gay agenda is to suppress truth, at all costs"

It sounds like you are calling the public denigration of trans folk via use of improper pronouns the "truth." But the truth is, using improper gender pronouns for trans folk is hurtful and hateful bullying. I'm pretty sure it was your use of the wrong gender pronouns that got your comments taken down.

We have been repeatedly warned not to do that here on Vigilance, and yet you insist on repeatedly doing exactly that, which is why countless other comments of yours have been deleted over the years.

Most people live and learn.

Probably not narcissistic sociopaths though.

September 02, 2016 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Quid pro quo said...

Here's an example of "Trumpian" quid pro quo -- give a $25,000 illegal campaign donation to a person running for FL State Attorney General and get a fraud investigation dropped by that FL State Attorney General after she wins the election you helped fund:

"Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump's company said, after it was revealed that Trump's charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida's attorney general.

The improper donation, a $25,000 gift from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, was made in 2013. At the time, Attorney General Pam Bondi was considering whether to investigate fraud allegations against Trump University. She decided not to pursue the case.

Earlier this year, The Washington Post and a liberal watchdog group raised new questions about the three-year-old gift. The watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint with the IRS — noting that, as a registered nonprofit, the Trump Foundation was not allowed to make political donations.

The Post reported another error, which had the effect of obscuring the political gift from the IRS.

In that year's tax filings, The Post reported, the Trump Foundation did not notify the IRS of this political donation. Instead, Trump's foundation listed a donation — also for $25,000 — to a Kansas charity with a name similar to that of Bondi's political group. In fact, Trump's foundation had not given the Kansas group any money.

The prohibited gift was, in effect, replaced with an innocent-sounding but nonexistent donation.

Trump's business said it was unaware of any of these mistakes until March, when it heard from the watchdog group and The Post..."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/01/trump-pays-irs-a-penalty-for-his-foundation-violating-rules-with-gift-to-florida-attorney-general/

September 02, 2016 8:23 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

"Thank you, Cynthia, for your open discussion sharing so much valuable information with Vigilance readers. Your sincerity, insights and humor are very helpful against the fear and loathing too often displayed in the comment section here."

You are welcome. Thank you for the feedback.

"cinco has been incivil, has not been sincere, has shown little insight and has an inability, of late, to show humor"

It is quite telling that after 8 years of denigrating me as "cinco (the psycho)", "mentally ill," a "fascist," and conflating me with paedophiles and rapists, that you still expect me to be civil, and even humorous. There are reasons for this. None of them are funny.


"the last refuge of the gay agenda is to suppress truth, at all costs

this is the hopelessness of the gay agenda

anyone who speaks against it must be silenced

how Trumpian!"

Trumpian indeed. If he keeps banning news organizations from his events the way he has, pretty soon there won't be any left to report the event. This guy is going to do wonders for "freedom of the press."

You keep forgetting, this is Jim's blog, not yours; he gets to make the rules here. If you don't think your voice is being heard enough, you are free to set up your own blog, with your own rules. Heck, you can set up a hundred if you like. Jim can't stop you. This is not new information, and you could have done it years ago to get out "the truth." Yet you prefer to come here and incessently demean and deride people, then whine and snivel when he deletes some of your more obnoxious posts. That is entirely your choice. And there are reasons for this too, but they are not funny either.

Have a nice day. Maybe that was civil enough for you.

Cynthia




September 02, 2016 10:04 AM  
Anonymous TTF gets vapors said...

there's a presidential election in November

one candidate has always supported the gay rights cause

the other: supports it now because the polls say she should

fortunately for TTF, the former now leads the polls

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN1182PT

so, it's likely boys who think they are girls will be able to use the boys room in the White House, come January 2017

September 03, 2016 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

3 Words:

Electoral College Map


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/2016_elections_electoral_college_map.html

Clinton: 229.
Trump: 154.

Clinton wins 270 with just the right 2 of the 12 tossup states.

Yawn.


September 03, 2016 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"fortunately for TTF, the former now leads the polls

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN1182PT"


Also obvious, one poll is not "the polls."

Clinton leads Trump in the RCP average of polls by 3.9 percentage points, in the RCP Electoral Map by 75, in RCP Favorability Ratings by 9.8, and in RCP's betting odds: 77 - 23.

But by all means, keep believing the Orange One will win.

Personally I hope he wins so Trump and his Mexican border wall can do for the National GOP what Pete Wilson and Proposition 187 did for California GOP:

"...Today in California not a single statewide office is held by a Republican -- not governor, not senator, not state controller or any of the others; none. Republicans have not won or even seriously contested the state's presidential vote since 1988. The only major statewide victories for the GOP in California since Proposition 187 were the election and reelection of Arnold Schwarzenegger..."

September 03, 2016 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim.

Hello it is theresa.
Sorry I have been following your blog, my stepfather died 2 years ago and I had to move my mom, take over her financial life, help settle her estate, etc. It's been nuts. And its still nuts so can't say I will be back anytime soon.

But, I heard something and I have know !

Melania Trump is suing some Montgomery County blogger for defamation.

Was that you ?

September 03, 2016 5:23 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Hi, Theresa. I don't think I have ever mentioned Melania Trump here and she is not suing me.

JimK

September 03, 2016 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Google reports:

Melania Trump Files Defamation Suit Against Daily Mail, Political Blog

"Melania Trump filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland political blogger on Thursday for publishing "false and tremendously damaging" statements claiming the would-be first lady previously worked as an "escort," according to court documents and her lawyer.

Trump sued Mail Media, Inc. which publishes the Daily Mail, as well as Webster Griffin Tarpley, who runs the blog Tarpley.net, in a lawsuit filed in the state circuit court of Montgomery County, Maryland.

"These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation," lawyer Charles Harder said in a statement. "Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an 'escort' in the 1990s before she met her husband."

Harder famously represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker Media, which eventually led to the site shutting down.

The lawsuit cites an article on Tarpley.net that alleged that Melania Trump worked as a "high-end escort" and suffered from a "full-blown nervous breakdown" after the Republican convention, as well as an article published on the Daily Mail website referencing similar claims.

The suit says Trump is going after both publications for "in excess of $75,000" but Harder said in his statement that the "Defendants' actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million dollars."

Tarpley removed the blog in question and published an apology and retraction on or about August 22, according to the suit.

But Tarpley also issued a response to the legal filing saying, "Melania Trump's lawsuit against me is without merit. Mrs. Trump is a public figure actively engaged in the Trump for president campaign. We are confident that Mrs. Trump will not be able to meet her high burden of proving the statements published about her on my website were defamatory in any way. Her lawsuit is a blatant attempt to intimidate not only me but journalists of all stripes into remaining silent with regard to public figures. This lawsuit is a direct affront to First Amendment principles and free speech in our democratic society."..."


This is the blog the third Mrs. Trump is suing:

http://tarpley.net

September 03, 2016 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay.

I just want to say this given that I think everyone on this blog is over 50 years in age.
Please clean up your estate.

My stepfathers stuff was 20 years old.
It cost me literally 3 weeks of my life to fix it. this is WHILE working full time.

If you have a trust, and have not re-titled things in that trust, those assets will go through probate

Please do your kids a favor : title everything in the trust, itemize things such that it is clear where bills are paying from, make a complete list of bills that hit monthly and where they deduct from, and get your stuff clean. I would not wish the past couple years on my worst enemy ... fix IT.

Yes I know completely off subject, but I would not wish these past couple years on my worst enemy. and though I complete disagree with all you, I just would so, so, encourage you to make sure your parents stuff is in order. Or your stuff is in order. It is always a difficult conversation to have with parents. Where are things paying from ? am I on that account ? where does you SS deposit > how much is it ?

If you try to do this when the person paying the bills is gone and you are trying to figure out how to take over, it is SO HARD.

Please don't go through what I have been through.

It can be avoided.

YOu just have to ask hard questions early.


September 03, 2016 9:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "one candidate has always supported the gay rights cause the other: supports it now because the polls say she should".

A ridiculous and childish lie. Trump has said he will appoint supreme court justices who will overturn the right to gay marriages and said he supports so called "religious freedom" laws that give christians the special right to discriminate against gays. Hillary is in support of same sex marriage and opposes laws that give christians special rights to discriminate against gays.

Its irrelevant where the presidential nominees were on gay rights, what matters is where they are now. And Hillary supports gay rights and Trump does not. No amount of obvious lying by Wyatt/bad anonymous will change that.

Its ironic to watch Wyatt/bad anonymous try so earnestly to make the case that the god of the bible is real and moral when he trolls and lies in such a cavalier fashion so regularly. Him constantly thumbing his nose at one of the ten commandments that says thou shalt not lie makes it clear he doesn't take christianity seriously.


September 08, 2016 10:49 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tomorrow afternoon the man Wyatt/bad anonymous absurdly claims supports gay rights, Donald Trump will address the "Family" "Research" Council’s "Values" Voter Summit. In the room will be the leaders of anti-LGBT Christian hate groups that would happily imprison LGBT people

Many of the summit’s organizers and speakers have a long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting anti-LGBT policies, from denigrating gay and lesbian armed service members to falsely linking homosexuality with pedophilia. In fact, a glaring number of "Values" Voter Summit participants have defended laws criminalizing gayness in the U.S. and around the globe.

While the Religious Right has changed its messaging in recent years to claim that conservative Christians in the U.S. are facing persecution from LGBT rights activists, it was not long ago that many of the same groups were fighting to preserve laws that made gay people criminals—and some still support enacting these policies at home and abroad.

The "Family" "Research" Council, which is the chief organizer of the conference, is a case in point. In 2003, when the Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of Texas’ ban on “sodomy” in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case, the FRC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the state. When the court ruled against Texas in the case, the FRC called it “a direct attack on the sanctity of marriage” and the group’s president, Tony Perkins, declared, “What’s at stake here is the very foundation of our society, not only of America but all Western civilization.”

Not only has Perkins defended state laws criminalizing same-sex relations, he once defended a notorious anti-gay bill in Uganda that at the time he discussed it proposed life in prison or even the death penalty for people who have sex with someone of the same sex. Perkins lauded this bill as an effort to “uphold moral conduct that protects others and in particular the most vulnerable,” criticizing President Obama for opposing it. The "Family" "Research" Council even spent $25,000 to lobby Congress about a resolution denouncing the Ugandan bill—the group later claimed that it didn’t oppose the resolution, it just wanted to make its language less friendly to gay rights. In 2011, the "Family" "Research" Council asked its members to pray to give Malawi the “courage to withstand U.S. coercion” and maintain its ban on gayness.

September 08, 2016 5:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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The American "Family" Association, another sponsor of the "Values" Voter Summit, likewise backed Texas in the Lawrence case, writing in the amicus brief that a law like Texas’ could prevent the “injury caused to the public by same-sex sodomy” and would even protect the gay people it targeted by sparing them “illness, disease and death resulting from [their] conduct.” That same year, the American "Family" Association published an essay lamenting that the disappearance of sodomy laws showed that “Judeo-Christian views” were being abandoned in favor of “moral relativism.” In 2011, then-American "Family" Association spokesman Bryan Fischer said that gayness should be a “criminal offense.”

First Liberty, another sponsor of the event, likewise backed Texas in the Lawrence case (under its previous incarnation as the Liberty Legal Institute), with the group’s leader Kelly Shackelford—also a speaker at this year’s "Values" Voter Summit—declaring that there is “no constitutional right to engage in homosexual sodomy.” Other figures at the "Values" Voter Summit have also supported criminal bans on gayness.

These are the people that Donald Trump supports and has promised to help carry out their anti-LGBT agenda. On every issue Donald Trump opposes LGBT rights and supports discrimination against and oppression of LGBT people. He sleazily tries to hide his animus behind attempts to encourage LGBT people to hate Muslims, pathetically claiming that is somehow being supportive of LGBT people.

You won't see Hillary speaking in front of hate groups like these and promissing to carry forward their anti-LGBT agenda.

September 08, 2016 5:46 PM  
Anonymous What an interesting development said...

Cummings Releases Full Powell Email Advising Clinton on Personal Email Use
Colin Powell advised Hillary Clinton on the use of personal email two days after she was sworn in as Secretary.


..."“This email exchange shows that Secretary Powell advised Secretary Clinton with a detailed blueprint on how to skirt security rules and bypass requirements to preserve federal records, although Secretary Clinton has made clear that she did not rely on this advice.

This email exchange also illustrates the longstanding problem that no Secretary of State ever used an official unclassified email account until the current Secretary of State.

The Republican obsession with Secretary Clinton has reached a fever pitch, and they have been using taxpayer resources to single her out in a desperate and abusive attempt to hurt her presidential campaign.

If Republicans were truly concerned with transparency, strengthening FOIA, and preserving federal records, they would be attempting to recover Secretary Powell’s emails from AOL, but they have taken no steps to do so despite the fact that this period — including the run-up to the Iraq War — was critical to our nation’s history.”..."


The full Powell/Clinton email exchange

September 09, 2016 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is a real danger," Powell wrote, apparently referring to the possibility of the messages becoming public. "Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/colin-powell-hillary-clinton-emails-227861#ixzz4JlSfCxWd

September 09, 2016 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Sigmund and the boys said...

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September 10, 2016 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A U.S. elections agency must remove a proof-of-citizenship requirement from a federal form used by people in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia to register to vote for November’s election, a federal appeals court panel in Washington ordered late Friday, reversing a lower court.

The 2-to-1 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit came one day after civil rights groups in oral arguments said that the requirement could disenfranchise tens of thousands of U.S. citizens applying to vote in Kansas without required papers. Kansas is the only state enforcing the requirement to show documentation such as a birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers instead of accepting signed and sworn affirmation of citizenship.

U.S. Circuit Judges Judith W. Rogers and Stephen F. Williams granted a preliminary injunction while a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters and other groups is pending, saying they had shown “irreparable harm” from the change. The court set aside a June 29 order by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon and returned the case to him.

The groups sued after what they called an unauthorized decision Jan. 29 by Brian D. Newby, executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, to grant the three states’ requests to alter the federal form to incorporate state ID requirements.

Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph disagreed, quoting a 2013 Supreme Court decision that it would “raise serious constitutional doubts” if the commission prevented a state from “enforcing its voter qualifications.” The majority said the full commission could take up the states’ request, or they could challenge its denial or inaction later.

“Hopefully this will put an end to shenanigans in the much-needed federal agency charged with helping to improve our elections,” said Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, a co-plaintiff.

September 10, 2016 9:14 AM  
Anonymous politically inexact said...

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September 10, 2016 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

there is no commandment that says "thou shalt not lie"

This explains BOATLOADS of Christian behavior.

September 10, 2016 12:35 PM  
Anonymous another Randy said...

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September 10, 2016 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

The Google is your friend:

1. You shall have no other gods before me

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy

5. Honor your father and your mother

6. You shall not murder

7. You shall not commit adultery

8. You shall not steal

9. You shall not lie

10. You shall not covet
http://www.rwf2000.com/ten.htm



Parallel Verses
New International Version
"'Do not steal. "'Do not lie. "'Do not deceive one another.

New Living Translation
"Do not steal. "Do not deceive or cheat one another.

English Standard Version
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

New American Standard Bible
'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

King James Bible
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not steal. You must not act deceptively or lie to one another.

International Standard Version
"You are not to steal or lie or deal falsely with your neighbor.

NET Bible
"'You must not steal, you must not tell lies, and you must not deal falsely with your fellow citizen.

New Heart English Bible
"'You shall not steal; neither shall you deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Never steal, lie, or deceive your neighbor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall not steal; neither shall ye deal falsely, nor lie one to another.

New American Standard 1977
‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

American King James Version
You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

American Standard Version
Ye shall not steal; neither shall ye deal falsely, nor lie one to another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not steal. You shall not lie, neither shall any man deceive his neighbour.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not steal, and ye shall not deal falsely, and ye shall not lie one to another.

English Revised Version
Ye shall not steal; neither shall ye deal falsely, nor lie one to another.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

World English Bible
"'You shall not steal. "'You shall not lie. "'You shall not deceive one another.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not steal, nor feign, nor lie one against his fellow.
http://biblehub.com/leviticus/19-11.htm

September 10, 2016 6:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Put aside the childish behavior of Wyatt/bad anonymous making a claim that is obviously a lie and ponder how profoundly out of touch with reality he must be. He actually thought that he'd score points by claiming "thou shalt not lie" is not one of the christian ten commandments!

We all know Wyatt is a twisted personality but you have to be unbelievably screwed up to think people are going to think better of you when you absurdly claim the liar is the person saying "thou shalt not lie" is one of the ten commandments. And yet that's just what Wyatt/bad anonymous thought! And totally lost on him is the profound irony of him accusing us transwomen of being mentally ill! This guy argues like someone with a severe brain injury.

Get help Wyatt, you need it. Or don't. We're happy to have you discredit your anti-gay arguments so readily and thoroughly with such incredibly stupid behavior.

September 10, 2016 9:33 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "Trump has said he will appoint supreme court justices who will overturn the right to gay marriages"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "there is no right to gay "marriage"".

You can deny reality all you want, but the supreme court has the final say and they said there is a right to gay marriage - case closed.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "calling homosexual relationships a "marriage" is a detriment to any society and ours is not doing well".

By every standard American society is doing better now than it was when George Bush left office. Gays marrying harms no one and it makes gays happier and more productive and benefits them and thus all of society. Everywhere you look the greater society's intolerance of gays the worse off that society is. Everywhere you look the better a society treats gays the better off that society is. Gays are the canary in the coal mine - if they are not doing well, society is not doing well, if they are thriving, society is thriving.

I said "and said he supports so called "religious freedom" laws that give christians the special right to discriminate against gays"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "discrimination laws, by definition, are special rights for protected classes deemed by society to need help to ameliorate"

Thanks for proving my point. Christians are protected by anti-discrimination laws and gays are not - christians have special rights and Trump supports that. I'm glad we agree.

September 10, 2016 10:26 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The only way to put an end to special rights for christians is to give gays the same protection of anti-discrimination laws that christians have or to remove anti-discrimination protections from christians. When you're pushed hard you'll pay lip service to saying christians shouldn't be protected by anti-discrimination laws either but the vast majority of the time you argue against anti-discrimination protection for gays and won't acknowledge the injustice of christians currently having that protection. Its just another one of your dishonest tactics.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "gays don't need special protection".

Hate crime statistics prove otherwise. Gays are several times more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than blacks and blacks are several times more likely to be victims of hate crimes than white christians. Its white christians who don't need special protections but who undeservedly have them. You argue for this status quo almost all the time and avoid acknowledging whenever possible the injustice of christians, but not gays, being protected by anti-discrimination laws. You're a sleazy little deceiver.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "if they feel that acting in orthodox ways has too high a social costs, they are free to cease this activity at any time".

By the same logic Jews were free to stop following their religion if their unpopular ways had too high a social cost - not the kind of society good people want. Maybe you should move to Iran where people are free to stop their unorthodox religions if they don't want to be executed - sounds like it'd be right up your alley.

I know you oppose freedom, but in a healthy society we try to maximize freedom. In a healthy society people have the freedom to do whatever they want as long as they don't harm others. It is socially destructive to promote a society that makes people like gays pay a social cost for doing things that harm no one.

September 10, 2016 10:27 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "those deserving of protected status are those who have no choice to be part of the protected class'

So, by your logic christians aren't deserving of protected status as they have a choice not to be christians. And yet you avoid as much as possible admitting this. You're a sleazy little deceiver.

I said "Hillary is in support of same sex marriage and opposes laws that give christians special rights to discriminate against gays."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "so she says now last time she ran for President, her views were the opposite".

It doesn't matter where she was, it matters where she is now. And now she is in support of same sex marriage and opposes laws that give christians special rights to discriminate against gays. And Trump is in suport of laws that give christians special rights to discriminate and removing the right to gay marriage.

I said "And Hillary supports gay rights and Trump does not. No amount of obvious lying by Wyatt/bad anonymous will change that."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "let's see what actual gays say:
"The Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-LGBTI group within the Republican party, has backed Donald Trump as a pro-LGBTI Republican candidate.‘He will be the most gay-friendly Republican nominee for president ever,’ said Gregory Angelo said, president of the group."

Being the most "gay friendly" Republican nominee for president is like being the nicest serial killer - its not a positive endorsement. Trump opposes gay marriage, he supports terribly misnamed Religious "Freedom" laws that allow chrisitans to discriminate against LGBT people but don't give LGBT people the right to discriminate against christians. Just as the Jews during the Nazis had their Kapos, the American gays have their Log Cabin Republicans. The vast majority of American gays know Trump is not in any way gay friendly.

September 10, 2016 10:29 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "Its ironic to watch Wyatt/bad anonymous try so earnestly to make the case that the god of the bible is real and moral"

"I haven't heard anyone make that case it's something so obvious, it doesn't need a case made for it".

You've often tried (and failed miserably) to make that case. As I've often pointed out to you without credible dispute, your god killed the innocent Jesus for the wrongdoings of others. No non-islamic court of law would punish an innocent person for the wrongdoings of a perpetrater and then say that punishment of the innocent person absolves the perpetrator of guilt and any need of punishment. The very foundation of christianity is based on a gross injustice absurdly claimed to be the action of a moral, just, and loving god - absolutely ridiculous.
And let's not forget your "just" and "loving" and "moral" god hardening pharoah's heart so Pharoah wouldn't let the Israelites go and god would kill all the egyption first born who were innocent of that wrongdoing.

You tried to weazel your way out of that by saying "Hardening Pharoah's heart was Pharoah's punishment", but of course that didn't particularly punish Pharoah, rather it punished the innocent egyption first born who had nothing to do with the wrongdong your god forced to happen. And then you tried to weazel out of your god punishing the Egyptian first born by syaing "They weren't exactly innocent". No doubt true for some but no doubt not true for most. Certainly one cannot accuse babies of being guilty of any sort of wrondoing that deserves the death penalty, but then, that's your "just", "moral", and "loving" god for you.

And let's not forget the universally acknowledged truth that "the punishment should fit the crime". Your god tortures people eternally for innocently not believing in him although he hasn't provided any concrete proof that he exists. That punishment couldn't be more grossly disproportionate to the thought "crime" of not belieiving in a implausible god.

No, far from being obvious that your god is real and moral, quite the opposite is true, LOL!

September 10, 2016 10:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

That's Wyatt/bad anonymous for you, "brilliant".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

September 10, 2016 10:49 PM  
Anonymous pleasant living said...

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September 10, 2016 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

"The Google is your friend:"

"apparently is not the friend of Captain Obvious"

Allow me to point out... well, the obvious.

The post was two distinct parts with two separate links - obviously one link for each part.

The first part was the ten commandments, and if you follow the link for that, right under "Ten Commandments," it says Exodus 20:2-17.

The second part of the post, with its own link at the bottom, is prefaced by "Parallel Versus.". Let us know if you need to know what "parallel" means, or if you were just too lazy to read that the first time around. These versus were all about lying, which was related to the discussion topic "thou shalt not lie."


"btw, is it your opinion that any Christians who knew where Anne Frank and were asked by the Nazis about it should tell the truth?"

Obviously not. I would expect them to at least do the same as the Catholic church does with paedophiles - hide them and be very, very quiet about it.



September 11, 2016 6:53 AM  
Anonymous shining shadow said...

"The first part was the ten commandments, and if you follow the link for that, right under "Ten Commandments," it says Exodus 20:2-17"

it may say that, but it wasn't actually Exodus 20:2-17

"The second part of the post, with its own link at the bottom, is prefaced by "Parallel Versus.". Let us know if you need to know what "parallel" means, or if you were just too lazy to read that the first time around. These versus were all about lying, which was related to the discussion topic "thou shalt not lie.""

fascinating, except that none of the Ten Commandments say "Thou shalt not lie"

"Obviously not. I would expect them to at least do the same as the Catholic church does with paedophiles - hide them and be very, very quiet about it."

great parallel, did you get that from your "parallel Bible" that misquotes the Bible?

you will concede, however, that "lying" is not always wrong

right?

September 11, 2016 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

Obvious typo correction:

"Verses," not "Versus."

September 11, 2016 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

One could concede that "thou shalt not lie" is a useful and often used simplification of "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." The simplification conveys the sentiment of phrase, but not the technical details. But then you would also have to concede, that that doesn't make it a lie as you accused. You could have elaborated on that, perhaps even shown some intelligence, but chose to call someone a liar instead.

September 11, 2016 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Jesus told us not to bear false witness, not to lie said...

Matthew 19:18

Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS;

Mark 10:19

"You know the commandments, 'DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'"

Luke 18:20

"You know the commandments, 'DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'"

Jesus warned us we are not to lie like Donald Trump, who we all remember on this 15th anniversary of 9/11 has falsely claimed:

“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

September 11, 2016 9:41 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said"is it your opinion that any Christians who knew where Anne Frank and were asked by the Nazis about it should tell the truth?"

No, but that doesn't refute the fact that one of the ten commandments is thou shalt not lie, it just shows the all too typical simple minded inadequacy of the thinking of the bronze age goatherders who wrote the bible.

Good anonymous said "The second part of the post, with its own link at the bottom, is prefaced by "Parallel Versus.". Let us know if you need to know what "parallel" means, or if you were just too lazy to read that the first time around. These versus were all about lying, which was related to the discussion topic "thou shalt not lie.""

Wyatt/bad anonymous said " fascinating, except that none of the Ten Commandments say "Thou shalt not lie"".

Wyatt/bad anonymous's childish "defense" of his lying is that (some) of the translations of the ten commandments don't use the specific words "thou shalt not lie" but rather say "thou shalt not bear false witness". But of course those two phrases mean the same thing. Obviously to paraphrase the commandment is not to lie, but to deny the paraphrasing means the same thing as the exact words typed IS a lie. What an incredibly pathetic excuse of Wyatt/bad anonymous to justify his lying about the ten commandments! I think his bible says something about the Pharisees obsessing over the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law but then Wyatt/bad anonymous despite his claims clearly doesn't take the bible and christianity seriously.

So, once again, ignore for a moment Wyatt/bad anonymous's childish behavior in telling such an obvious lie and ponder how profoundly disconnected from reality he must be. He actually thought he was going to score points by absurdly claiming one of the ten commandments is not "thou shalt not lie"!

That's the last I have to say on the "thou shalt not lie" commandment. Wyatt/bad anonymous isn't convincing anyone with his dishonesty, he just continues to make himself look incredibly dishonest, stupid, and childish.

Grow up Wyatt. You can't win any arguments by arguing dishonestly from a fourth grade level.

September 11, 2016 1:35 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In canonizing Mother Teresa as a saint ("Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint," Sept. 5), the pope publicly confirmed the essential tenets of Catholicism:

That God could have stopped Catholic priests from raping altar boys. But, overall, He didn't want to.

And millions throughout the world rejoiced in this good news.

Such is religion.

Granted, the pope didn't frame the issue quite that way. But it's true just the same.

One miracle is as possible — or impossible — as another. Preach that an omnipotent deity can perform miracles, and you also preach that at other times He chooses not to.

The reality is that the priests really did rape altar boys. And the reality is God didn't stop them. There is no excuse of "metaphor" to hide behind here, as moderate theists so often do when it comes to their holy scripture.

Put simply, God was either unable or unwilling to intervene. The Catholic God purportedly is omnipotent and hence was able to stop the rapes — even though He didn't. The Catholic God is also omnibenevolent. So sitting out and willfully letting the rapes continue was also the right thing for Him to do.

In essence, that's what every Christian believes — liberal moderates as well as conservative fundamentalists. Though few like to admit it.

Such is the human brain on religion.

September 11, 2016 1:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Christianity is not only ridiculous and repugnant. It is also deeply dishonest. No reasonable earthly father would allow his children to be raped, if he could readily intervene to stop it. No reasonable person would praise an earthly father who willfully let such rapes occur.

But substitute "Heavenly Father" for "earthly father," and now His faithful supplicants shout, "Laus Deo!"

Let's review. In order for Mother Teresa to be declared a saint, the church needed to recognize that she'd performed not just one miracle but two.

The first miracle was the purported healing of Monica Beresa, who claimed she'd been cured of a cancerous tumor by a beam of light emitted from Mother Teresa's picture in a medallion placed on her abdomen. But her doctor stated that it was a cyst caused by turberculosis, not a cancerous tumor, and attributed her gradual recovery thereafter to her months of medication. Even her husband declared the miracle a "hoax."

Curiously, a call to put the medallion to the test to cure another tumor goes unanswered, despite the suffering it presumably would save.

Pope Francis recognized the second purported miracle last December, after a Brazilian man recovered from a brain infection when his wife prayed fervently to Mother Teresa to heal him.

This is superstition of the lowest order. Don't understand something? "God did it."

Seeking intellectual respect, Pope Francis recently declared that God is not "a magician, with a magic wand." But as the pope's canonizing Mother Teresa shows, he's happy to promote God's magic when it makes for good PR.

September 11, 2016 1:40 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


It's nice that Mother Teresa miraculously healed two people, according to her church. How unfortunate, though, that she didn't bother to heal the many others who have died under the care of her Missionaries of Charity, often in squalid conditions with poor medical treatment, despite the unaccounted-for millions of dollars raised in her name.

The reality is, when an outcome truly would require a miracle, then intercessory prayer to saints and gods never works. Never.

Pray for rain, as Gov. Rick Perry of Texas once enjoined his state to do, and sure enough, it will rain — somewhere, sooner or later. But, notes Marshall Brain, pray for an adult human amputee to regrow a limb almost instantly, just as Mother Teresa cured the Brazilian man, and it doesn't ever happen. Ever.

Apparently, Mother Teresa hates amputees. Either that, or God does. He'll routinely regrow limbs for salamanders. But for people? Meh. Not so much.

Primitive superstitious beliefs are not reason to rejoice. Mass self-delusion is not reason to rejoice. Rejecting reality is not reason to rejoice.

They are reason to mourn.

Mother Teresa was no saint. In more ways than one.

September 11, 2016 1:40 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I've been intellectually trouncing Wyatt/bad anonymous for so many years now he's overwhelmed by a need to troll me. So much so that he's willing to resort to absurdities and blind to how stupid and dishonest this makes him look.

Good anonymous, please don't engage him on this "thou shalt not lie" topic any more (don't feed the troll). Let him continue to make a fool of himself all by himself.

September 11, 2016 2:38 PM  
Anonymous lying down on the right bunk said...

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September 11, 2016 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Captain Obvious said...

"to recap this pathetic exchange, (wrong name) said I lied and that this lying is a violation of Christian principles"

And here is where the problem lies, so to speak.

Many would argue that generally, lying should be a violation of Christian principles.

"Obviously not. I would expect them to at least do the same as the Catholic church does with paedophiles - hide them and be very, very quiet about it."

"great parallel, did you get that from your "parallel Bible" that misquotes the Bible?"

No, it was not a great parallel, but it exemplifies the thinking you have elaborated here, namely that lying is perfectly acceptable to promote your agenda, even if you risk other people, even innocent people, suffering.

No one is going to complain if you lie to save someone hiding from soldiers or terrorists looking to eliminate targets.

It's when you lie to promote your agenda, at the expense of those you are lying about that's the problem.

If you can't make a compelling case for your agenda without lying, you simply don't have much of a case, and it's time to reexamine your motives.

Keep elaborating on your rationalization for lying though. I'm sure it will provide great insight into conservative Christian thinking.


September 11, 2016 9:50 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Gotta love those Baptist preachers:

"An announcer allegedly told fans at an Alabama high school football game that anyone who didn’t stand for the National Anthem should be shot.

“If you don't want to stand for the National Anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they're taking shots for you,” the announcer said according to Denise Crowley-Whitfield, who posted the message on Facebook.

The McKenzie High School crowd went “crazy cheering,” Crowley-Whitfield wrote in the since-deleted post.

The announcer was later identified as Pastor Allen Joyner of Sweet Home Baptist Church by AL.com as friends and relatives posted their support on Facebook.

The church said it stood by Joyner in a Facebook post that was live for about an hour before the entire account was deleted."

Man, I can just feel Jesus' love pouring off of this guy! Instilling those great moral value into our high school students!

(In case you're not sure, the last two sentences were 100% sarcasm.)

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

September 12, 2016 9:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "did you get that from your "parallel Bible" that misquotes the Bible?"

Good anonymous said "No, it was not a great parallel, but it exemplifies the thinking you have elaborated here, namely that lying is perfectly acceptable to promote your agenda, even if you risk other people, even innocent people, suffering.

No one is going to complain if you lie to save someone hiding from soldiers or terrorists looking to eliminate targets.

It's when you lie to promote your agenda, at the expense of those you are lying about that's the problem.".

You hit the nail on the head good anonymous. After I posted yesterday it occurred to me that Wyatt/bad anonymous posted about lying to protect the Jews Nazis were hunting for because he thinks his lying is justified, he thinks the "thou shalt not lie" commandment is wrong in general, not just in exceptional instances (I'm embarrased that I missed this until some time had passed).

He thinks he was justified when during the 2013 government shutdown he substituted Republican poll numbers for the Democrat poll numbers when people were asked who they blamed for the shutdown. He thinks he was justified when he changed the wording of an article on abortion he posted to falsely say "Abortions dropped a great deal after Republicans passed a record number of laws restricting abortions" when the article actually said and the truth was that abortions had dropped dramatically before Republicans passed a record number of laws restricting abortions.

Wyatt/bad anonymous thinks he has no obligation to speak the truth at all, that its okay to lie about anything as long as the lie helps promote the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-environment, pro-rich people agenda he wants to see implemented.

He's so out of touch with reality that he is unaware of how all these lies destroy his credibility on every topic. Whenever Wyatt/bad anonymous posts something a smart person has to assume he's lying about it until proven otherwise.

September 12, 2016 11:29 AM  
Anonymous life is very short and there's no tiiiIIiime for fussing and fighting, my friend said...

uh, there's a certain individual here that urged Captain Obvious: "Good anonymous, please don't engage him on this "thou shalt not lie" topic any more (don't feed the troll)"

this individual, who cannot be accurately named by virtue of political correctness, has since made six posts in a vain attempt to provoke more comments on the subject

it's a really funny example of hypocrisy, one where an individual has completely lost any self control or self respect,

and won't work

that individual's comments won't be addressed

"No, it was not a great parallel, but it exemplifies the thinking you have elaborated here, namely that lying is perfectly acceptable to promote your agenda, even if you risk other people, even innocent people, suffering."

actually, I never said that at all

it's simply a conclusion that's been jumped to

I simply said that "thou shalt not lie" is not one of the Ten Commandments

that's not to defend it, but simply to point out that the Ten Commandments is saying accusing someone falsely is wrong

it doesn't address any other sort of lying

I would assume, because other forms of lying are not of the same gravity, but that's just my opinion

"No one is going to complain if you lie to save someone hiding from soldiers or terrorists looking to eliminate targets."

well, there are other examples where lying is not only not wrong, but is actually right

take, for example, a special needs student draws a picture and ask you if you think it's pretty

and it's not

the right thing to do is to lie

"It's when you lie to promote your agenda, at the expense of those you are lying about that's the problem."

well, I haven't done that

but the real problem is that this a continual polarizing accusation made by liberals that has poisoned our national discourse, making simple compromise and the search for common ground difficult, if not impossible

it's usually based on bogus studies done by people who started their studies with preconceived results being sought

but, regardless, there is no real need for such a comment

try this: the next time you disagree with someone, just tell them why instead of calling them a "liar"

you might find yourself becoming part of the solution instead of part of the problem

"Keep elaborating on your rationalization for lying though. I'm sure it will provide great insight into conservative Christian thinking."

oh, sure

I've simply told you the truth

there are many situations where lying is appropriate

you act offended as if you've never even thought about all this before

btw, before you make any more assumptions about Christian thinking, you might want to read the book of Matthew, chapters 5 through 7 to see how Jesus thought the Ten Commandments should be applied

that's the epitome of Christian thinking

warning: you might find yourself agreeing

scary, right?

September 12, 2016 11:06 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Priya -

Are you happy ?

Because you know, we all only have so much time to live. I guess that I feel that we should all support ourselves, stay out of each other's way, and try to be kind to each other.

Do you agree with that ?

I think we should take care of each other when we are really sick. I would stop and drag you out of a burning car if I could do that and you were hurt.
Would you do that for me ?

I would do that even if I knew that this was Priya. Even though I really question how you spend your time. When I am exhausted all the time, taking care of my mom, taking care of my kids, take care of my household. I have done or coordinated close to 10 sets of taxes in the past 2 years because I had to catch all my mom's up ? Is your mom alive ? do you take care of her ?

I discovered that mom was not taking care of her financial life, my deceased stepfather was. I had to pick it up because my siblings would not. Theresa doesn't have any kids at home, she can do it.

SO MUCH WORK.

Those who do, and continue to perform, are asked to do even more. ALL THE TIME.

It is unbelievable.

and you don't even say thank you.

those of us that pay all the taxes, that are the most productive in society, and pay 43% of every dollar to the federal or state governments are "deplorable". but we keep working full time and supporting the rest of you.

You know, I am tired.

did I tell you I sponsored an African women for citizenship, paid her 13-15 an hour 10-15 years ago (sorry don't remember the exact numbers)

and co-signed her student loans.
and co-signed her car loans
and sponsored her for citizenship.

but because I support Trump, I am a deplorable and a racist.

I support Trump because I think a 63% labor participation rate is DEPLORABLE.

Enough said.

Priya, why don't you start a garden ?

I haven't had time to but I hear it is very calming.

But I am trying really hard to support the kids I brought into this world, get them launched, get them productive, you seemed absolutely determined to beat people like me over the head because we think we should support ourselves.

And even though I hand close to 43% of all my income to the government

that's not enough.

and I am transferring money around trying to make sure all the bills get paid, and the kids tuition (which we pay, because we don't get any education credits).... and I think of Priya, not working, not contributing and on-line all day long.

aren't you miserable, really ?

I am exhausted and I can never catch up, but I have 3 wonderful children and a wonderful husband.

but aren't you miserable ?

I mean really ?

September 13, 2016 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How nice of you to claim you would help Priya out of a burning car, Theresa, but we all know how very hard you worked to try to keep her, Cynthia and all trans-women from being allowed to pee in the ladies room (and trans-men from the men's room) here in Montgomery County, MD.

We also know how hard you fought to keep life-saving information about condoms and life affirming information about sexual orientation out of the MCPS sex ed curriculum.

Excuse me but your history of anti-LGBT folks activism causes me to doubt your sincerity that you are willing to pull a trans-woman out of a burning car.

In the meantime, progress to make America great for all marches forward, while you Trumpsters deplorably do not.

North Carolina loses college sports championships over 'bathroom' law

Sept 12 (Reuters) - The governing board for U.S. college athletics said on Monday it will move seven championship sporting events out of North Carolina to protest a state law it deems discriminatory to transgender individuals.

It is illegal for anyone in the state to use a public restroom that does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cited the law in its decision to relocate the events, which include the first two rounds of the "March Madness" men's basketball playoffs.

Two months ago the National Basketball Association moved its 2017 pro All-Star Game from North Carolina to New Orleans for the same reason.

Access to public restrooms, locker rooms and changing areas has become a flashpoint in the battle over transgender rights in the United States as the North Carolina law has sparked boycotts by a number of corporations and entertainers.

North Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Kami Mueller said the NCAA decision was "so absurd it's almost comical," according to a statement posted on Twitter.

The governing board said it was also stripping North Carolina of soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse and baseball events, and would determine new locations for those competitions in the near future.

The NCAA also pointed to North Carolina statutes that it said override local laws designed to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

It said its decision was in line with NCAA policy that bans championships in states that display the Confederate battle flag of the U.S. Civil War or authorize sports wagering and at schools that use "hostile or abusive" Native American imagery.

September 13, 2016 6:58 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

I find it the height of hypocrisy that people who spend years calling trans women sexual deviants, mutants, mentally ill, a threat to society, and habitually conflate them with sexual predators complains when one of them isn't out in public working.

After all, you've done everything you can to make people think they are the lowest form of life possible, and don't even acknowledge their humanity. After you've publicly painted people like that, who would want to hire them? Christians have been marginallizing LGBT people for decades, creating an environment that for many years, would get them fired just for holding hands in public with their partner. In many states it is still perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay, or trans. No other excuse necessary. It is people like you that perpetuate that discrimination.

You would think that once you got them out of the workforce, you'd be happy and shut up. But no, now you harass them for not having a job and being lazy too.

If you want more people working, you could make people think more positively about having trans people work for them. I know several who were fired when they came out. One of them was abused by her boss before he shut down the business. She is now homeless and living out of her trans boyfriend's car.

It was the sixth version of bill 23-07 that finally passed. That version took out all of the language that explicitly allow trans people in bathrooms. That was a compromise. By their nature, compromise agreements leave all parties wishing they had gotten more. Compromise doesn't mean your side gets everything it wants. We didn't get everything we wanted either.

I have helped people too - mostly young trans people who were unemployed, or underemployed. I have a big yard and a number of ongoing home-improvement projects. They have been a huge help. They were not lacking work because they did not want to work. They needed my help because many people have succumbed to malicious propaganda about trans persons. When they can find jobs, it is usually at the low wage, part-time, Wal-Mart or night security type that no one else wants. Even working two of these jobs is not enough to own, maintain, and insure a car, much less bring them up to the standard of living they had before they were fired for coming out.

Oh, and my Mom moved into my house in 2012. At her age, she could no longer find steady employment and pay for a place to live. Among other things, I had to add central air to my house so she could be comfortable. I didn't need it myself, as between work and commute, I was essentially only home for sleeping. I enjoy her cooking.

Trans people are human beings to. We need jobs and a modicum of tolerance. We don't need "holier than thou" types doing everything they can to malign us and make our lives miserable.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

September 13, 2016 9:04 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

I almost forgot, Priya is in Canada. Theresa's taxes have never gone to support her. Canada's debt is only a fraction of the US debt, both in total, and per capita.

Cynthia

September 13, 2016 9:10 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Right, because THIS was never going to happen.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/07/lawsuit-girls-exposed-to-transgender-twerking-grinding-in-locker-room.html

September 13, 2016 10:27 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

And THIS was never going to happen, no violation of religious freedom.

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/massachusetts-just-used-religious-freedom-as-toilet-paper-to-appease-radical-liberals

September 13, 2016 10:33 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

If some guy was behaving like that in a women's restroom or locker room, he should be escorted out, and not be let back in. Charges should be considered as well.

There's something fishy about this story though. It sounds an awful lot like it was set up just perfectly for the ADF. It seems that since this scenario wasn't playing out all the time like conservatives wanted it to, they had to start doing it themselves:

http://addictinginfo.org/2016/05/02/christian-group-admits-to-sending-men-into-womens-bathrooms-to-scare-you-into-hating-trans-people/

"Across the country, conservative groups are working to pass anti-LGBT legislation that would bar transgender people the right to use public restrooms. The faulty logic at play is that transgender people are simply dressing up as the opposite gender to gain access to young boys and girls.

But rather than take a moment of reflection and realize that what’s really at work here is regular old transphobia and fear-mongering being used to hit back at the LGBT community for having scored a number of recent victories at the state and federal level, conservatives are trying to invent the problem to justify their barbaric solution. For an obvious example, look no further than designated hate group American Family Association, whose director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, just admitted that her organization has been sending men into women’s bathrooms at Target in the hopes of eliciting a reaction.

Why Target? The store recently outraged Republicans by publicly standing with the LGBT community and saying its customers can use whichever bathroom they feel most comfortable with. This set in motion the usual calls for boycotts, the usual right-wing smears, and now this… a movement to harass women in Target bathrooms so they are scared enough to demand the policy change.

“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said, “and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.”

“And so the chief concern,” she continued, “even more than just, I think, trauma, certainly for little girls of having men dressed like women coming in their bathrooms, the chief concern of the American Family Association is the predators who will take advantage.”

AFA is correct in believing that having a right-wing Christian fundamentalist storm into a women’s bathroom for no discernible reason would be deeply traumatizing. Unlike other women, whether transgender or not, these AFA volunteers aren’t there to use the bathroom. They are there to scare people. It’s unclear how that translates to a need to ban transgender people. Instead, the scariest people are – yet again – the ones who are actively pushing for discrimination.

It cannot be overstated just how little evidence there is that transgender people pose a danger to young girls if they are allowed to use the gendered bathroom they identify with. No case has ever been found that demonstrates that this is a tactic child predators seriously use. It’s so non-existent, in fact, that a right-wing hate group like the American Family Association has had to get male volunteers to do it themselves.

Ironically, AFA’s efforts have done absolutely nothing to show that transgender people shouldn’t be allowed in public bathrooms. On the other hand, there seems to be mounting evidence to suggest employees of AFA should be kept as far away from Target bathrooms as possible. Who knows what they’ll do."

September 13, 2016 11:20 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

It is also reminiscent of the Nicole Maine's case - she was using the girls restroom and there wasn't any problems, until some Christian grandad told his grandson to follow her into the restroom. He had the Christian Civic League of Maine propping him up, but their lawsuit didn't go well. It seems the jury figured out who the real troublemakers were:

https://www.rt.com/usa/211231-transgender-student-lawsuit-school-bathroom/

The transphobia has been stirred up to high levels now, and women are in even more danger, 'cause some guy thinks they might be trans:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Man-Follows-Woman-Into-Restroom-Over-Perceived-Gender-377761441.html

A North Texas woman said she was followed into a public restroom at a hospital by a man who didn't believe she was female.

Jessica Rush said it happened last Thursday while she was being treated for an injured arm at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco. Rush, who is from The Colony, said she was about to enter a stall when she noticed a man following her into the restroom.

"It scared me at first," said Rush. "My first thought was I'm about to be attacked because I am a 5 foot, 3 [inch tall] female."
Rush then flipped on her smart phone and recorded a quick conversation with the man:

MAN: "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought it was..."
RUSH: "A boy?"
MAN: "Yeah."
Rush said she wore athletic clothing and a baseball cap.

"I understand one thing if you're a cop of the Dallas Police Department but some random guy coming in I think is absolutely absurd and inappropriate," said Rush.

The encounter comes as the intersection of bathrooms and gender has become a flashpoint across the country since North Carolina passed a law that requires people use bathrooms that correspond to their genders at birth.

Several state legislatures are considering similar bills, according The Associated Press.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he would support legislation for a so-called "bathroom bill" in Texas.

Equality Texas, the state's largest LGBT lobbying organization, has said such policing is akin to "searching for a problem" and transgender people are more likely to be victims of assault than perpetrators."

It seems the Christian right may be causing more problems for women then they are fixing.

20 to 25% of women in college are assaulted during their college career. A number of these have in in the news lately, if for no other reason than the ridiculously light sentences the few who are prosecuted actually serve. Tellingly, none of these have been reported to be from some guy in a dress in the bathroom, much less a trans person.

Many of these assault reports involve male athletes and fraternity members, yet we see absolutely nothing from the Christian right about dealing with this decades long problem. There are excellent opportunities here to help women, but they'd rather obsess over which bathroom I use.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

September 13, 2016 11:53 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa, don't let the offense I express on this blog at injustice colour your impression of my mood. What you see me posting here isn't representative of how I feel in general. Although much of my life was spent very depressed, since I moved in with my husband I've never been happier. My doctor sometimes asked me to rate my happiness on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being terrible and 10 being just awesome. I rate myself at an 8 or a 9 on the scale. Its not that things couldn't be better, its that things couldn't be better by much - I am very happy!

If anyone sounds unhappy, its you, going on and on about how tired you are and how you're supporting others and how you pay 43% of every dollar on taxes (a lie). Maybe you wouldn't be so unhappy if you weren't so obssessed with the almighty dollar. You don't need that million dollar house, you don't need to earn $200,000 a year. My husband and I live in a 60,000 dollar house and he makes a little over 50,000 a year. Compared to where I was I now have all the clean water I want to drink, bathe, wash clothes, I have a house without mice and vermin in it, I have all the food I want, a car to drive where ever I please, I can flush the toilet anytime without fear of it not working - I live like a queen!

My needs are few and I'm extremely grateful for what I have. You should try living a less material life and see how much happier it makes you.



Yes Theresa, I'd pull you out of a burning car. Further, I'd fight for you to have the same rights I have, I wouldn't try to prevent you from marrying the person you want, or using the bathroom you want either. That's what people who are kind to each other do. But you are not kind to others. You wouldn't do the same for me. You're not a nice person Theresa, and you don't do anything to support me.

Maybe if you treated others the way you want to be treated you wouldn't be so miserable. Try it Theresa, put away the hate, put away the obsession over money and just maybe you'll find the happiness you need.

September 13, 2016 12:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

All too many for you obviously. That statement really sums up who you are. As I said earlier, its now apparent that you don't think the "thou shalt not lie" commandment is wrong in rare exceptions, you think its wrong in general. You are a fundamentally dishonest person.

Good anonymous said "It's when you lie to promote your agenda, at the expense of those you are lying about that's the problem."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "well, I haven't done that".

Oh, there's another one of those instances where you think lying is appropriate, LOL!

You lie with a disgusting regularity in support of your anti-gay, ant-woman, anti-environment, pro-rich person agenda.

He thinks he was justified when during the 2013 government shutdown he substituted Republican poll numbers for the Democrat poll numbers when people were asked who they blamed for the shutdown. He thinks he was justified when he changed the wording of an article on abortion he posted to falsely say "Abortions dropped a great deal after Republicans passed a record number of laws restricting abortions" when the article actually said and the truth was that abortions had dropped dramatically before Republicans passed a record number of laws restricting abortions.

Wyatt/bad anonymous's childish "defense" of his lying is that (some) of the translations of the ten commandments don't use the specific words "thou shalt not lie" but rather say "thou shalt not bear false witness". But of course those two phrases mean the same thing. What an incredibly pathetic excuse of Wyatt/bad anonymous to justify his lying about the ten commandments! I think his bible says something about the Pharisees obsessing over the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law but then Wyatt/bad anonymous despite his claims clearly doesn't take the bible and christianity seriously.

September 13, 2016 1:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Cynthia said "I find it the height of hypocrisy that people who spend years calling trans women sexual deviants, mutants, mentally ill, a threat to society, and habitually conflate them with sexual predators complains when one of them isn't out in public working....Trans people are human beings to. We need jobs and a modicum of tolerance. We don't need "holier than thou" types doing everything they can to malign us and make our lives miserable."

That's what's so disgusting about bigots like Theresa and Wyatt/bad anonymous. Some LGBT people are depressed because they are antagonized directly and indirectly. Yet Theresa and Wyatt/bad anonymous like to claim these LGBT people are depressed because there is something wrong with them. The depressed LGBT people havn't done anything wrong, people like Theresa and Wyatt have.

Theresa said "I guess that I feel that we should all support ourselves, stay out of each other's way, and try to be kind to each other.".

You pay lip service to being kind to each other but your actions are exactly the opposite of that. You demonize LGBT people, try to deny us equal rights, and harrass us to try to make us unhappy. And then you blame LGBT people for that unhappiness.

You Hypocrite.

If that story from Fox news (**rolls eyes**) is true (and I doubt it very much) it means that some transgender people are bad people just as some non-LGBT people are bad people. And I guarantee there are a lot more bad non-trans people than there are bad trans people. Yet Theresa never tries to demonize all non-trans people with the actions of a single person but she LOVES to try and smear all trans-people with the (alleged) actions of one. And then she mendaciously claims she thinks we should be kind to each other. You're not fooling anyone Theresa.

Cynthia said "I almost forgot, Priya is in Canada. Theresa's taxes have never gone to support her. Canada's debt is only a fraction of the US debt, both in total, and per capita.".

I've regularly pointed this out to Theresa but she still regularly falsely claims to be supporting me. In Theresa's imaginary world she's victimized by a never ending string of people who have nothing to do with her. No doubt that's also part of the reason why she's so unhappy.

September 13, 2016 2:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa, you demand that people be forced to use the bathroom of the gender they were born as. That will force transmen like these into the women's room.

Now, be honest, do you really want to force men-born-women such as these into the ladies room with you? Or is it that you don't really care if you share the bathroom with a transwoman or a man, you just want to oppress and demonize transpeople in general?

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to that, but I'm sure we'd all like to hear from you (and Wyatt/bad anonymous).

September 13, 2016 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Legislating hate loses its charm in North Carolina said...

In a dramatic shift, GOP is worried about North Carolina, starts pouring in resources

"ASHEVILLE, N.C. — After years of successfully holding off Democratic gains in this rapidly changing state, Republicans are scrambling to pour new resources into North Carolina in the face of unexpectedly close contests in the presidential and Senate races.

Republicans here are increasingly nervous about the prospects in November for both presidential nominee Donald Trump, who held a rally in Asheville on Monday evening, and Sen. Richard Burr, who is in a tight race with a relatively unknown Democratic opponent. The state’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, also is in danger of losing his reelection bid.

It’s a dramatic change in fortune for a party that had reasserted control of North Carolina after President Obama narrowly won the state in 2008. Republicans enacted a wave of conservative policies, including imposing new voting restrictions and overruling protections for gay and transgender people. The rightward shift was particularly notable in a state that is gaining Hispanics and young white professionals at a rapid pace, following in the wake of its neighbor to the north, Virginia.

But North Carolina Republicans have been badly outgunned this year. Hillary Clinton and her allies have outspent Trump and groups supporting him 7 to 1 on television ads so far, and Chelsea Clinton will be in the state Tuesday to open the Democrats’ 31st North Carolina campaign office. The coordinated Republican campaign to help Trump, by comparison, has no offices in North Carolina at all; the national party and Trump will open their first three locations later this week.

“Donald Trump has a different way of approaching the national campaign,” said Art Pope, an influential North Carolina Republican donor who backs neither Trump nor Clinton. “I think he’s mistaken. I do think you need a ground game. You need more than social media and rallies.”...

...There was some turbulence in Trump’s North Carolina operation in the months after he clinched the Republican nomination in May. Simmons took over in the summer for Earl Phillip, who was accused in a lawsuit of pointing a gun at a former Trump staffer.

The decision by Americans for Prosperity direct resources to the Senate race reflects the national importance of the contest and nervousness among GOP leaders about Burr’s campaign. The Koch-backed group is known for using TV ads, mailers and field staff to attempt to influence the outcome of targeted races.

“We do not to take anything for granted, so we are now making sure voters understand the differences between Senator Burr and his opponent,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.

...If Trump continues to let Clinton and her allies lap him in ad spending, his best chance for capturing voters’ attention might be in media coverage of events like his Monday arena speech here in Asheville. The atmosphere was tense, with protesters seeking to disrupt the proceedings at regular intervals. In his remarks, Trump encouraged voters to cast their ballot early, beginning on Oct. 20, or on Election Day.

“It’s our last chance to take it back,” Trump said. “In my opinion, it’s our last chance — I really believe that. It’s our last chance to take it back, to fix our rigged system.”

Republicans say he must convince voters that he will be a steady, trusted leader to counter the doubts Democrats are trying to sow about his judgment.

“He has to demonstrate that and not just say it,” said longtime North Carolina Republican strategist Carter Wrenn."

September 13, 2016 2:17 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

."You don't need that million dollar house, you don't need to earn $200,000 a year"
only if I want to put my kids through college, I do need to earn that much.
Put them through without debt, as my parents did for me.
I think I have an obligation to do that.
I don't think anyone else should pay for them.

Believe me, the subject of selling everything, and moving to Montana, and quitting is a FREQUENT topic of conversation in our house. Hillary Clinton wins, I am not longer going to give the govt 100K in taxes every year, we will both quit immediately (and I am really not kidding).

Simplify.

Let the govt give our kids loans (the kids can't get loans now BECAUSE we are working)but if we were to both quit, magically the govt will loan them hundreds of thousands.

My parents put me through college, I feel like I should do the same for my kids.

So we keep at it.

It would be okay if for not having to move mom's household and settle the estate with my stepfather's kids. and take over her finances. that put it over the top.

Yes I know there are numerous folks that work hard. And there are folks that don't work at all and expect me to support them. and yes Cynthia, I pay folks well who help me... I had a gay gardener and we had a lot of pleasant interchanges about our differing opinions with no screaming involved.

and no one ever said that we believed transgenders shouldn't have jobs. Just not jobs as sunday school teachers, or elementary school teachers if they are going to come in as MRS one day and MR the next. Very confusing for kids.


work hard, pay your bills, try to help your neighbor if they are in trouble, and the govt should stay out of your way.

don't enforce your beliefs on someone else (for goodness sake if the bakery doesn't want to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, go someplace else.... and if the bakery doesn't want to bake a TRUMP cake, go someplace else). Don't try to put these people out of business because they don't agree with you.

Leave people alone.

You did not leave people alone. You insisted that someone with male genitals belong in female restrooms, and we have seen the result of that in Virginia...... and you haven't addressed this !


I still believe you do incredible harm by suggesting to Tomboys that they might be male.... and it's incredibly SEXIST.

Just because you like the outdoors, and math, doesn't make you male !

you can say well we are not saying that. it's your brain sex, it's really who you were all the time, and I can tell you quite honestly looking back at the kid I was at 15 that if I had been presented with that information as truth you would have had me questioning my gender. Because kids are confused at that age !


I think it is SUCH a horrible thing to do to our young female engineers to suggest that because they like math and are tomboys they might be male.

I think it is such a horrible disrespectful thing to strong females everywhere to suggest that you are not a strong female, you are actually a male.

So, I guess Hillary Clinton wouldn't be the first female president if she wins after all, because she must actually be male.

Deplorable Theresa.







September 13, 2016 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You insisted that someone with male genitals belong in female restrooms, and we have seen the result of that in Virginia...... and you haven't addressed this !"

Your ignorance is showing.

Gavin Grimm was born female but identifies as male and it is people like you who want to force him into the ladies room with the girls.

And you must be doing cartwheels since the Supreme Court has put on hold the "groundbreaking court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student's request to use the boys' bathroom."

This is exactly what Priya Lynn asked you about earlier.

Do you want transmen, who were born female and have female DNA in the ladies room with you and your daughters?

Inferring from what you have said, it appears you do.

"I think it is SUCH a horrible thing to do to our young female engineers to suggest that because they like math and are tomboys they might be male."

Give us an example of this deplorable thing happening in the Real World.

September 13, 2016 5:41 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I already did, here it is again :
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/07/lawsuit-girls-exposed-to-transgender-twerking-grinding-in-locker-room.html


and there is also this :


https://www.facebook.com/rondwyersettingtherecordstraight/videos/930151860446162/

September 13, 2016 5:46 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

"Do you want transmen, who were born female and have female DNA in the ladies room with you and your daughters? "


Yes, I want folks that retain FEMALE genitals in the ladies room and folks that retain MALE genitals in the mens room.


Call them whatever you would like. And you didn't address MY question.... If you are smart, like the outdoors, like putting things together like legos, are female and hate barbies, WILL OUR CURRENT HIGHSCHOOLS TELL YOU YOU MIGHT BE MALE ?????

The answer is YES.

Deplorable MALE Theresa (mother of three, female).... but hey GENDER IS FLUID, I CAN DECIDE ANY DAY whether I am MRS. Rickman or MR. Rickman.

I assert today that I am male, and claim all non prosecution capabilities under the MD gender identity law. And my husband asserts that he is gay.

So, we remain married and prosecution free I think in Maryland, RIGHT ????


September 13, 2016 5:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

My parents didn't pay for any of their children's post-secondary education, let them pay for it themselves or quit whining about not having enough money.

Theresa, try reading my comments before you post things like this:

"Leave people alone.

You did not leave people alone. You insisted that someone with male genitals belong in female restrooms, and we have seen the result of that in Virginia...... and you haven't addressed this !".

I DID address this, let me REPEAT:

"If that story from Fox news (**rolls eyes**) is true (and I doubt it very much) it means that some transgender people are bad people just as some non-LGBT people are bad people. And I guarantee there are a lot more bad non-trans people than there are bad trans people. Yet Theresa never tries to demonize all non-trans people with the actions of a single person but she LOVES to try and smear all trans-people with the (alleged) actions of one. And then she mendaciously claims she thinks we should be kind to each other. You're not fooling anyone Theresa."

Its YOU who hasn't addressed the elephant in the room:

You demand that people be forced to use the bathroom of the gender they were born as. That will force transmen like these into the women's room.

Now, be honest, do you really want to force men-born-women such as these into the ladies room with you? Or is it that you don't really care if you share the bathroom with a transwoman or a man, you just want to oppress and demonize transpeople in general?

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to that, but I'm sure we'd all like to hear from you (and Wyatt/bad anonymous).

Theresa said "I still believe you do incredible harm by suggesting to Tomboys that they might be male.... and it's incredibly SEXIST. ".

You are a disgusting liar! I've never suggested such a thing to any girl! Drop your hysteria and get a grip on reality - no one other than you and bigots like you is telling people what gender they should consider themselves. Affirming people let every individual state for themselves what gender they consider themselves, we NEVER try to make that decision for someone else!

If transwomen are forced to use the men's room they will regularly be attacked and sometimes killed. This is what YOU and YOURS hope will force us to live according to YOUR desires. Its YOU who will not leave people alone to simply use the bathroom (no one's trying to prevent you from using the bathroom you want, STOP telling us where to pee!). Its you who wants to tell LGBT people who they can or can't marry, that they can be fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes because of who they are. Its YOU trying to tell us what jobs we can and cannot have! You've got a lot of nerve claiming I won't leave people alone when YOU are the one that won't. Me peeing in the bathroom next to you doesn't stop you from doing what you want, you'd force me into the men's room where I could be attacked or murdered.

You don't give a damn about anyone other than yourself and YOU want to tell people like me how to live. I don't like the idea of you peeing in the bathroom next to me but I sure as hell won't try to tell you you can't be there with me.

September 13, 2016 5:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "Yes, I want folks that retain FEMALE genitals in the ladies room and folks that retain MALE genitals in the mens room."

Then you want these men in the bathroom with you as they don't have penises. Obviously you are lying about being concerned about having transwomen in the bathroom with you given that you have no problem sharing it with those men. I guarantee, you are very much alone in that. The vast majority of women would rather share a bathroom with me than with men like that. And the truth is so would you, but you feel you have to lie to support your bigoted agenda. If a transman like that showed up in a bathroom you were in you'd be screaming bloody murder!

You think its a fair trade off that women like me be assaulted or killed so you can feel smug in knowing you've kept us out of the women's bathroom - I assure you it isn't. A moral person would recognize this.


Theresa said "Call them whatever you would like. And you didn't address MY question.... If you are smart, like the outdoors, like putting things together like legos, are female and hate barbies, WILL OUR CURRENT HIGHSCHOOLS TELL YOU YOU MIGHT BE MALE ?????

The answer is YES.".

THAT IS A LIE!

NO LGBT affirming person is telling ANYONE what gender they are or should think they are! It is bigots like you that are trying to tell us we are wrong when we tell you what our gender is. Its bigots like you who are trying to force identities people don't want on them.

STOP LYING THERESA!

September 13, 2016 6:08 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

"You are a disgusting liar! I've never suggested such a thing to any girl! Drop your hysteria and get a grip on reality - no one other than you and bigots like you is telling people what gender they should consider themselves. Affirming people let every individual state for themselves what gender they consider themselves, we NEVER try to make that decision for someone else"

Priya.
I am not sure if you are directly responsible, but the material that came out 12 years ago for sophomore year in highschool at Montgomery County would definitely have caused me to question my gender at the time.

Why do you think I am so angry about all this ?

I was and still am a TOMBOY.

A TOMBOY.

Not a boy, a TOMBOY.

I feel like all this crap about gender identity, where you go through "here are female traits" and "here are male traits".....

For all you " we must be anti-sexist" it is the most OBVIOUS and amazing conflict I have ever seen.

And you still defend it.

"WE DON"T BELIEVE IN MALE OR FEMALE, BUT HERE ARE TRAITS THAT IF YOU EXHIBIT YOU MUST BE MALE, AND HERE ARE TRAITS THAT IF YOU EXHIBIT YOU MUST BE FEMALE".

Bull shit.

I was born with my sex and my sex doesn't define me.

I can do anything I want to do WITHOUT bothering to change it.

Theresa

September 13, 2016 6:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A devout christian man has molested a four year old and says she initiated the sex and was a willing participant.

Theresa WHY haven't you addressed this??????

By your standards we must keep all christians away from children and not let them be sunday school teachers or elementary school teachers!

See how that works Theresa????

September 13, 2016 6:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "Priya.
I am not sure if you are directly responsible, but the material that came out 12 years ago for sophomore year in highschool at Montgomery County would definitely have caused me to question my gender at the time.".

Really Theresa, do you honestly think anyone's going to believe you when you say "I am not sure if you are directly responsible"? You resort all too readily to a lot of dishonesty in your posts, obviously there is no way in hell you are "not sure" about that. Do you really want to get to the truth of this matter? Because when you lie so readily it really does not seem like it.

I find your claim hard to believe, please give me a specific example of the sort of material that would have caused you to question your gender.

Theresa said "I feel like all this crap about gender identity, where you go through "here are female traits" and "here are male traits".....

For all you " we must be anti-sexist" it is the most OBVIOUS and amazing conflict I have ever seen.

And you still defend it.

"WE DON"T BELIEVE IN MALE OR FEMALE, BUT HERE ARE TRAITS THAT IF YOU EXHIBIT YOU MUST BE MALE, AND HERE ARE TRAITS THAT IF YOU EXHIBIT YOU MUST BE FEMALE".".

More lies Theresa. I have NEVER defended or expressed the idea that I don't believe in male or female or that "here are traits that if you exhibit you must be male, and here are traits that if you exhibit you must be female" and I don't know any LGBT person who has expressed or defended such ideas. All the liberal LGBT affirming people I know explicitely reject the idea that any particular traits are solely exhibited by males or females. All the liberal LGBT affirming people I know strongly believe that males can have stereotypically female traits and females can have stereotypically male traits. Surely you must know it is liberal LGBT affirming people employed at Target who decided to remove the "Boys Toys" and "Girls Toys" labels from their stores and just have a "toys" label?! Its people like us who think children should be able to pick whatever toy they want and not be told they can or can't have a certain toy because some toys are for boys and some toys are for girls.

Mental health professionals who deal with transgender children NEVER try to tell children what gender they should be. They leave it to the children to say who THEY are and only if they are "insistent, consistent, and persistent" in identifying as a different sex than what they were born as over a long time do those mental health professionals assist the child in becoming what THEY want to be.

If you were growing up now NO ONE would lead you into a gender identity that you didn't insist on consistently and persistantly. NO ONE would have told you were a boy just because you were unsure how you felt.

September 13, 2016 6:48 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Priya.
I don't have time to deal with this tonight, I have work to do.
though I realize I started it.

I have looked at the MCPS curriculum material, in detail.
It was why I was so upset in the first place.

I believe if I had seen that material in highschool, presented as it is presented today, I would have decided I was really a boy.

I don't know what would have happened after that, but if you want to understand my visceral reaction to the material, that's why.

My father taught me, as did many dads, girls can do whatever they want to do , be whatever they want to be and achieve anything.


I believed that and I did achieved that.

first person EVER to graduate from vanderbilt with a double major CS/ME, also the first woman.

I feel like you, and your transgender movement, have flushed all those achievements down the toilet because "well, any of those females that achieved these things really had male genes, so it wasn't really a female achievement".


September 13, 2016 7:19 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

"Mental health professionals who deal with transgender children NEVER try to tell children what gender they should be. They leave it to the children to say who THEY are and only if they are "insistent, consistent, and persistent" in identifying as a different sex than what they were born as over a long time do those mental health professionals assist the child in becoming what THEY want to be. If you were growing up now NO ONE would lead you into a gender identity that you didn't insist on consistently and persistently. NO ONE would have told you were a boy just because you were unsure how you felt."


That assumes you can DEFINE THIS>

I mean seriously ?

Define MALE behavior versus FEMALE behavior.

you have just defined your self as a sexist.

A PSYCHOLOGY consultant to figure out what SEX you are at a young age?

Seriously ?

My parents just let me do what I wanted to do.


Like start a "secret explorers club" where you had to spend the night in the treehouse during a thunderstorm

Or help build it.

Yes. I had a TOTALLY EXCELLENT CHILDHOOD>



September 13, 2016 7:29 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "I feel like you, and your transgender movement, have flushed all those achievements down the toilet because "well, any of those females that achieved these things really had male genes, so it wasn't really a female achievement".".

We've done no such thing Theresa. Go back and read my previous post and let what I've said sink in this time. Me and all LGBT affirming people I know strongly believe "girls can do whatever they want to do , be whatever they want to be and achieve anything.". You are asserting all kinds of things about our beliefs that are absolutely false. Stop it.

Under no circumstances do we accept the idea that high achieving females "really had male genes so it wasn't really a female achievement".

Your anger at us couldn't be more misplaced. You clearly are blinded by your anger and aren't hearing what I and liberal LGBT affirming people are saying, instead prefering to scream on and on about your pre-conceived and false ideas about us.

Its sad and ironic that Theresa expresses baseless fear that someone will, or might have, told her she was a gender she doesn't identify with when that's just what she is doing to us.

Think about it Theresa. Think about how angry you are at the thought of someone telling you you're a different gender than the one you identify with and then think about how you're doing that to us. We don't do this to people, you do. You victimize us in the way you falsely accuse us of victimizing you.

Pretty hypocritical isn't it?

You are tragically mistaken about me and the transgender movement. Or perhaps you are willfully mistaken about us. Given how readily you've lied here I can't rule that out.

September 13, 2016 7:41 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Well, what I lively discussion. Where to start?

First of all I'm pretty sure Priya had nothing to do with the MCPS curriculum. I know for a fact that I had nothing to do with it. I didn't even know about TTF until late in the 23-07 battle. I don't know if Jim did or if he got involved after the new curriculum was introduced. Trying to blame me or Priya for it though would be seriously misdirected ire.


"but the material that came out 12 years ago for sophomore year in highschool at Montgomery County would definitely have caused me to question my gender at the time.

Why do you think I am so angry about all this ?

I was and still am a TOMBOY.

A TOMBOY.

Not a boy, a TOMBOY."

Well, this is interesting. I have to be honest, after all the misleading crap conservatives have posted here, I'm not sure whether I can take this at face value as an honest admission, or some part of an elaborate plan to undermine trans people even further. That is not meant to be an insult, but rather an accurate description of my inability to accurately assess the situation.

No one, trans or not, should be giving girls crap for being a tomboy or for women getting an engineering degree - or two for that matter. I don't know how someone could draw the sex stereotyping conclusions you have if they have taken the time to actually learn about trans people. Believing too much right wing propapanda, perhaps? "Butch heterosexual engineering woman" is perfectly acceptable to trans people, and you don't even have to identify as trans.

Sexism runs rampant in our society, and I have seen lot of it in my engineering career. After being laid off in 2003, I seriously considered not going back into engineering, given how few women are in the field and I really didn't want to be associated with such a masculine occupation. I did end up going back though, and just had to get used to new guys expecting me to be good for little more than getting coffee.

Radical lesbian feminists will be the first to claim that I took advantage of my "male privilege" to get my degree, and that I'm not really a woman, while simultaneously claiming that women can do any job and shouldn't be relegated to the stereotypically feminine roles that the oppressive male patriarchy has forced women into. If that's really the case, me being an engineer shouldn't really be a problem. Somehow though, me being everything I want to be undermines their contention that they can't be everything they want to be. They really don't like trans people. They are as bad as the religious right in that department.


"I feel like you, and your transgender movement, have flushed all those achievements down the toilet because "well, any of those females that achieved these things really had male genes, so it wasn't really a female achievement".

There is nothing from "the transgender movement" that should male you question the gender basis for your engineering degrees. While it is common for young trans girls to be identified first by their preference for stereotypically feminine toys, clothes, and friends, this simply does not equate to a full blown diagnosis for gender dysphoria. If our society was more accepting and understanding of this, feminine boys might be at least as acceptable as tomboys are, but I'm not holding my breath for that one. There are still too many of them getting beaten up and even killed for being "faggots."

If you were truly upset by how the literature made you feel about your gender and accomplishments as an engineer, I would ask you to seriously consider the roles that our society's pervasive sexism, misogyny, religion, and rigid gender roles have contributed to those feelings.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

September 13, 2016 9:02 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Typo correction for the next-to-last paragraph:

"make you question," not "male you question"

These little glass keyboards and auto correct software have a mind of their own!

Cyn

September 13, 2016 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the material that came out 12 years ago for sophomore year in highschool at Montgomery County would definitely have caused me to question my gender at the time."

Let's see the actual words in the tenth grade MCPS sex education curriculum you felt would have caused you to question your gender.

You can find the texts here:

http://www.teachthefacts.org/curriculumdocs/Grade10-Sec1.pdf

http://www.teachthefacts.org/curriculumdocs/Grade10-Sec2.pdf

September 14, 2016 8:45 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

The "Girl's Life" magazine cover in this article shows how pervasive sexism is in our culture, even today:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/girls-life-magazine-we-need-to-do-better_us_57d83e8ae4b0fbd4b7bbd294?section=&

We should be giving young ladies a lot more than just fashion and makeup tips.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

September 14, 2016 8:47 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "Mental health professionals who deal with transgender children NEVER try to tell children what gender they should be. They leave it to the children to say who THEY are and only if they are "insistent, consistent, and persistent" in identifying as a different sex than what they were born as over a long time do those mental health professionals assist the child in becoming what THEY want to be. If you were growing up now NO ONE would lead you into a gender identity that you didn't insist on consistently and persistently. NO ONE would have told you were a boy just because you were unsure how you felt."


Theresa said "That assumes you can DEFINE THIS> I mean seriously ? Define MALE behavior versus FEMALE behavior you have just defined your self as a sexist. A PSYCHOLOGY consultant to figure out what SEX you are at a young age? Seriously ?
My parents just let me do what I wanted to do."

Theresa, how the hell could you read what I wrote and say "a psychology conultant to figure out what sex you are at a young age?"?! That's the EXACT OPPOSITE of what I said! And I NEVER said there was "Male behavior versus female behavior" and I said I am in strongly in support of girls doing whatever they want to do. You just keep lying and lying about what I said, what the hell is wrong with you!!

You still haven't addressed the lies of yours I pointed out in these posts:

September 13, 2016 6:08 PM
September 13, 2016 6:48 PM
September 13, 2016 7:41 PM

I've given you the benefit of the doubt that you do this because you're emotionally disturbed but its starting to look like you're just a troll.

Who do you think you're convincing with these obvious lies about what I've said and what I believe?

Or is it just a matter of you not caring how dishonest and disturbed you look because your only goal is to antagonize me?

September 14, 2016 1:29 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "Yes. I had a TOTALLY EXCELLENT CHILDHOOD"

And I had a TERRIBLY ABUSIVE CHILDHOOD that left me very depressed up until I was 47.

Bully for you.

September 14, 2016 1:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "That assumes you can DEFINE THIS> I mean seriously ? Define MALE behavior versus FEMALE behavior you have just defined your self as a sexist."

I don't accept that there are male or female behaviors, YOU however said you were a "TOMBOY" growing up. To call yourself a Tomboy is to accept the idea that there are MALE behaviors and FEMALE behaviors. You Theresa (not I) have just defined yourself as a sexist.

September 14, 2016 3:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "I simply said that "thou shalt not lie" is not one of the Ten Commandments that's not to defend it, but simply to point out that the Ten Commandments is saying accusing someone falsely is wrong it doesn't address any other sort of lying".

That is a lie.

Seeing as you want to get hung up on the specific wording, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" is a general admonition against lying, it does not admonish solely against falsely accusing someone. One can witness many things, some of them to do with people, some not. For example, it would be bearing false witness to claim you saw lions near a desirable piece of land when you did not. It is not simply a matter of having witnessed a person doing something, it is also a matter of having seen something in general.

So, during the 2013 government shutdown when people were asked "Which party do you blame for the shutdown?" and you swapped the Democrat poll results for the Republican poll results you were bearing false witness about what you saw - poll results that showed a greater percentage of the public blamed Republicans for the shutdown than Democrats. The same thing when you posted an article about how the number of abortions had dropped dramatically before Republicans passed a bunch of anti-abortion laws and you rewrote it to say the drop happened after the laws rather than before - you lied about what you witnessed - you bore false witness. And even by your own low standards you accused people of having the same number of abortions right before the law passed as they had in the more distant past - you falsely accused those people, wrong even by your own lax standards.

September 15, 2016 12:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "It's when you lie to promote your agenda, at the expense of those you are lying about that's the problem."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "well, I haven't done that".

As I've already posted, yes you have. You have also repeatedly"born false witness" about LGBT people, claiming gay sex bears a greater risk of STDs when monogamous sex between same sex partners bears no risk of STD whatsoever. You "bore false witness" against LGBT people too many times on too many issues for me to even list them all. When I once wrote "I hate chrisitians who are anti-gay" you later quoted me out of context as saying "I hate christians" - you dishonestly changed the meaning of what I said to suit your anti-Priya agenda. In your post you said "the right thing to do is to lie". I could dishonestly quote you out of context like that, but I'm not a dishonest person, I wouldn't do that, so I also point out that you said that in the context of lying to a special needs person about their artwork being good.

Like the dishonest person you are you try to read the general admonition against lying as narrowly as possible to try and give yourself the widest possible lattitude to lie and claim it was moral. You give examples of lying to protect Jews or the feelings of a special needs child in a false attempt to portray your own lying as good and innnocuous - it isn't, its evil, you lie to hurt innocent people and mislead others others about the best policies.

What sums up your morality is your own comment (which I haven't taken out of context):

"there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

Yes, there are very, very, many situations where you think lying is appropriate. That's who you are. Unfortunately for you the vast majority of people (including most Republicans) don't agree with your position on lying. They see lying as wrong in general, not moral in general as you do.

September 15, 2016 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outnumbered, feeling outcast, Trump backers in Montgomery County persevere

Excerpt:

"Maryland’s 10 electoral votes will not be a factor in Trump’s strategy. A Washington Post-Survey Monkey poll of the state’s likely voters shows him trailing Clinton by 30 points."

There are no Theresas or Rickmans mentioned in the article, but these are her local peeps, Montgomery County Maryland registered Republicans, who are outnumbered by registered Democrats by more than 3 to 1 . There are even more registered Independents than GOPers here.

There hasn't been a GOP office holder in MoCoMD for ten years. The last one was voted out in 2006.

September 16, 2016 10:42 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I am going to stick with my assertion that the MCPS current curriculum does far more harm than it does good.

We should be celebrating our diversity and not using it to stigmatize folks.

are you not aware of the recent German ad suggesting that women wear burkas to be "MORE ACCEPTING" of the migrant population ?

I mean seriously. I dislike Priya and Cynthia for their beliefs, but, though I would NEVER want my children to espouse their beliefs, I WOULD NEVER in a million years suggest they should be thrown off a tall building because they believe something I don't. But they are supporting the Democratic party .... who follows the Merkel crap....and in Germany the German Merkel part ARE suggesting that WOMEN wear BURKAS to be more accepting... YES CYNTHIA GOOGLE THAT AND DECIDE.

You know, I can disagree with you and argue with you but there is a consistent thread to my disagreement.

You all ....

You hate me because I support traditional marriage and think the gender identity stuff entirely wrong. But I will ALWAYS defend your right to believe what you want as I would hope that you would defend mine.

But you support democrats who want to bring in Muslims who would not only deny you the "freedoms" you feel you are missing, but those same Muslims would throw you off the roof and KILL you for your inclinations (and yes, I chose that word deliberately).

I think you are misguided, but I would never kill you for your beliefs.

SO HOW in the world do you support importing a Muslim faith that wants to kill you for your same-sex practices... really curious ?

September 16, 2016 8:38 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Priya said "
And I had a TERRIBLY ABUSIVE CHILDHOOD that left me very depressed up until I was 47. Bully for you."

You know, you could get out of the house and run a GS troop. They are desperate for smart volunteers. You can direct your troop to learn anything that you are interested in. You can do space camps, chemistry, sewing (I didn't do that badge, hated it), outdoors.

I ran one for years. some of the happiest, craziest years of my life. I would think you would make a good GS troop leader Priya, you should really try to get involved. It's a lot of work, you have to plan meetings, plan outings, decide what the troop will learn. but it is TON of fun. And I am not kidding. It would be a better place to direct your energy. It would make you happy.

You should volunteer. I would be happy to have a daughter of mine in your troop, because, I think you are a good person. even if I disagree with your choices, I would completely trust you with my kids. You would never harm them, or anyone else's kids either. I am completely positive of that.

theresa

September 16, 2016 9:10 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Okay, I WOULD have been happy to have a daughter of mine in Priya's new Canada troop. Except that my youngest daughter is 22
and my oldest is 26.
But, the point remains the same ....

Priya. Please get off the computer and do something else with your life. You are clearly very intelligent. You could do so much good. I would love to spend my life running GS troops. and camping.

YOU could spend you time teaching people how to read, helping kids, instead of arguing with me. I am NEVER going to change my mind. Wyatt (if that's him) is NEVER going to change his mind. We believe people should work for a living..... regardless of what sex they believe they are.

If you are NOT working, than you should contribute in other ways. If you are not raising kids, than get out and do something to help society.

Teach kids, read to kids, as long as you show up as the sex you believe you are EVERY day, and you don't switch it around, whatever.

Please just go DO something with your life.

because commenting 24x7 on Jims blog doesn't count.


September 16, 2016 9:36 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Anonymous.

You suggested that I should be disheartened by the fact that there are few Republicans in Montgomery County, a 1 to 3 ratio.

You are forgetting that I graduated Vanderbilt engineering when the ratio of female to male engineers was a 1 to 20 ratio.

any questions ?

September 16, 2016 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've come a long way, Theresa, from your days of pursuing academic excellence to now openly supporting the candidate who regularly incites political violence (most recent example last night) and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and suddenly a former birther who has repeatedly pledges to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

I would have expected you to be smart enough to not throw your support to a candidate like that for the highest office in this nation.

Even Gov. Larry Hogan Says He Will Not Vote For Trump

September 17, 2016 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worth a thousand words

Another thousand more words

September 17, 2016 9:43 AM  
Anonymous super brilliant dude said...

"Priya. ......... You are clearly very intelligent"

have to disagree with you there, Theresa

part of the problem is that you-know-who is half-educated and has a fraction of the population's average intelligence quotient

September 17, 2016 11:37 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "I am going to stick with my assertion that the MCPS current curriculum does far more harm than it does good.".

You keep making that assertion but you never back it up. I'm STILL WAITING for you to post what in the curriculim would have caused you to question your gender.

Theresa said "We should be celebrating our diversity and not using it to stigmatize folks.".

Jesus christ Theresa, its YOU who's stigmatizing (LGBT) people, we're the one's celebrating diversity. You're the one falsely claiming we'd tell people what their gender is, that we'd say women's achievements are due to them having male genes. You're the one trying to dictate what jobs we can have because you think we'll pervert people.

Theresa said "I mean seriously. I dislike Priya and Cynthia for their beliefs, but, though I would NEVER want my children to espouse their beliefs, I WOULD NEVER in a million years suggest they should be thrown off a tall building because they believe something I don't.".

Your claim to not want to kill us is questionable given that you want to force us into the men's room where we could be assaulted or killed. You praise yourself for clearing an extremely low bar Theresa. You don't deserve any praise for merely not (allegedly)wanting to kill us. You deserve critidism for trying to deny us the same rights you have, for trying to dictate which bathroom we can use, who we can marry, and which jobs we can have.

September 17, 2016 1:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "You hate me because I support traditional marriage and think the gender identity stuff entirely wrong. But I will ALWAYS defend your right to believe what you want as I would hope that you would defend mine.".

You're really pathetic Theresa. Look for some praise after you support us having the same rights you have, as I'd do for you. The things you would not do to us you think make you such a good person are trivial. You're not a good person.

Theresa said "But you support democrats who want to bring in Muslims who would not only deny you the "freedoms" you feel you are missing, but those same Muslims would throw you off the roof and KILL you for your inclinations (and yes, I chose that word deliberately).".

And you lie constantly. American muslims are overwhelmingly assimilated. They don't want to kill LGBT people or deny us any more freedoms than you want to deny us. My doctor is Muslim and she accepts me as the woman I am and is a wonderful friendly person.

And you STILL haven't addressed all the LIES you told about me in your posts at:

September 13, 2016 6:08 PM
September 13, 2016 6:48 PM
September 13, 2016 7:29 PM
September 13, 2016 7:41 PM

It's really questionable that you don't want to kill me when you seek to force me into the men's bathroom where I might be assaulted or murdered. And you don't score any points for allegedly not wanting to kill me when you seek to deny me the rights you have and tell lie after lie after lie about me.

Theresa said " am NEVER going to change my mind.".

Fine, but at least stop lying about me, okay? If you think you're a good person surely that's not too much to ask is it?

September 17, 2016 1:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory is panicking

McCrory claims he will call lawmakers into session as soon as next week to repeal the anti-LGBT law that bans transpeople from the bathroom of the gender they identify with if the Charlotte city council first drops the ordinance that provides protections to people on the basis of gender identity.

"This is the same cheap trick the North Carolina General Assembly has attempted all along, asking Charlotte to repeal crucial protections for the LGBTQ community and trust they will hold up their end of the bargain on a full repeal of HB2."

September 17, 2016 3:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

This is nothing but a desperate bait-and-switch ploy by McCrory. Note the weasly language :

“If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers … the governor will call a special session."

He can't guarantee the the NC legislature will repeal the bill. He can only call them back. The majority leader has said several times that no changes to the law are needed.

McCrory is betting that Charlotte won't repeal it, so he can point the finger [again] at Charlotte and try to blame the city. "We gave them an opportunity to help us repeal HB2, but they did not want to take the first step!"

This is no deal. It is a desperate attempt to cover his ass and gain some traction in his reelection campaign.

September 17, 2016 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RCP Average North Carolina Governor - McCrory vs. Cooper 8/4 - 9/12 -- -- 48.7 44.0 Cooper +4.7

September 17, 2016 5:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Theresa said "I am NEVER going to change my mind.".

That's not something to be proud of Theresa. What you're saying is that you're blinded by emotion, didn't arrive at your positions through logic and facts and that you can't be reasoned with.

Sounds about right, explains why you have no problem lying about me repeatedly.



September 17, 2016 6:38 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

With Hurricane HB2 blowing North Carolina’s doors off, Gov. Pat McCrory took questions in Charlotte last week – from himself and falsely claimed they were from the media.

McCrory’s staff planted questions at a lunch event in SouthPark on Thursday with the crowd under the impression that they were coming from the media or the audience. The moderator, a volunteer from the lunch audience, introduced three questions by saying they were from the Charlotte Observer.

He apologized to me afterward, saying it was his understanding all the questions on one of his sheets were from the Observer. In fact, they were from the governor’s own staff, an event organizer said.

Speakers at Hood Hargett Breakfast Club events routinely take questions from the floor. McCrory required that all questions be submitted in advance in writing.

When the moderator asked how to get started, McCrory said, “Anything you like. No filter here.” Sure, who needs a filter when you posed the questions yourself?

When I tried to ask McCrory a question, the filter went up. “We’ve got three Observer questions answered already. I think you guys dominate the news enough.”

Of course, those weren’t Observer questions. They were softballs from his staff about what he wanted to do with his next term; how he wanted to reduce the state’s rape kit backlog; and how the state crime lab performed under McCrory’s opponent, Roy Cooper.

September 18, 2016 1:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

When the event was over, McCrory did not meet with the throng of reporters who were there. He ducked out a side door and down a hall that led to a back exit. I followed him to try to ask him about HB2, but his staff blocked me.

Ricky Diaz, a campaign spokesman, on Friday acknowledged the campaign provided questions for the governor, but said “we were asked to in order to keep the conversation format going.”

Jenn Snyder, executive director of the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club, said that’s not true. She said she had expected the governor to take live questions from the audience but the campaign insisted on this other format and wanted to include questions of their own along with ones from the audience. All the questions were portrayed as coming from the audience and the Observer, and the crowd was never told that many of them actually came from McCrory’s campaign.

Poor Pat. He finds himself in the middle of a firestorm of his own making and doesn’t know how to get out of it. He’s so unsure of himself that he plants his own questions and runs from the media at a crucial time.

September 18, 2016 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCrory is the epitome of Machiavellian.

September 18, 2016 2:38 PM  
Anonymous go lie down said...

the hypocrisy of the TTF supporters here, who call others "liar", is somewhat astounding

let's just note a few random ones

a couple of posters here recently said the Ten Commandments say "do not lie"

it was wrong, but the lie was to pretend they are familiar with the Old Testament and that's why their criticism of scripture is valid

a complete lie

then, there's cinco, who insists that people are saying transgenders will molest kids in bathrooms

no one has said that

it's a lie

they simply say allowing transgenders to use the restroom they feel like will allow other males to access them

but the biggest lie is the one perpetrated by the moderatorthat a person is whatever gender they feel like

and he will delete any comment that contradicts this lie

meanwhile, they accuse some anti-TTF poster of lying by continually referring to some comment three years ago

the guy most be extraordinarily honest if that's the only thing they can come up with

September 18, 2016 11:16 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

"a couple of posters here recently said the Ten Commandments say "do not lie"

it was wrong, but the lie was to pretend they are familiar with the Old Testament and that's why their criticism of scripture is valid

a complete lie"

"Do not lie" is a common simplification of the commandment, easily found with a bit of googling. This may even be the version that is taught to children before they master reading. "Pretending to be familiar with the old testament" is conjecture on your part, with no supporting evidence. Many of us were raised as Christians and were brought up with the 10 commandments in our homes, and Republicans keep trying to put copies of them up in public spaces. Quoting them doesn't require familiarity with the old testament at all, nor does it imply it; in fact your pedantic arguments over the wording itself implies unfamiliarity on the original poster's part.



"then, there's cinco, who insists that people are saying transgenders will molest kids in bathrooms

no one has said that

it's a lie"

Use the search function in your web browser to find the word "conflate" and see what I actually said. I did not say what you claim. My characterization is an accurate description of what the CRG and right wing conservatives have done to try and marginalize trans people. They make every effort to point out there is no way they can tell a predator from a trans in the bathroom and so we just shouldn't allow any of them. That is conflation. It purposefully combines the frear of predators with trans people in someone's mind.

You may not have understood what I said, but that is a reading comprehension problem on your part, not a lie on mine.

I have a number of things to say about items that Theresa has said, but it will take a while, and I need to finish reading both portions of the curriculum to fully address them properly.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia


September 19, 2016 11:00 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the guy most be extraordinarily honest if that's the only thing they can come up with"

There goes Wyatt again, pretending to be someone else referring to him when its really just him referring to him.

All you need to know about Wyatt/bad anonymous's "honesty" is this quote from him:


"there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

Obviously no honest person would say that.

Just in this thread alone Wyatt/bad anonymous dishonestly claimed:

LGBT peple are mentally ill when every major mental and physical health organization says we are not.

That he was unsure of who started the Hahahahahahaha!" comments.

That "thou shalt not bear false witness" is not equivalent to "thou shalt not lie".

"the last refuge of the gay agenda is to suppress truth, at all costs anyone who speaks against it must be silenced"

He said "no wonder Log Cabin Republicans think he's the most gay-friendly presidential nominee ever" when what they really said was "most gay friendly REPUBLICAN presidential nominee - huge difference and that wasn't just an oversight by Wyatt, he does this sort of misquoting all the time. Being the most gay friendly Republican nominee is like being the nicest serial killer, it doesn't mean much.

"one candidate [Trump] has always supported the gay rights cause" when Trump has said he will appoint S.C. justices to overturn gay marriage rights and supports giving special rights to christians to discriminate against gays.

That's only going halfway through the thread. Far from only being able to find only two lies from a couple of years back I can easily find lies from every year (and almost every thread) since Wyatt/bad anonymous has been on this blog. Lying is standard operating procedure for him. As he says:


"there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

Obviously no honest person would say that.




September 19, 2016 12:28 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

LOL, and in the very post Wyatt/bad anonymous claimed he was so honest in:

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "then, there's cinco, who insists that people are saying transgenders will molest kids in bathrooms no one has said that, it's a lie"

At September 13, 2016 10:27 AM Theresa had posted a story from Fox news alleging a transgender girl had molested bioligical girls

"Right, because THIS was never going to happen." Theresa said.

Even when Wyatt/bad anonymous accuses others of lying he lies himself!

Cynthia had posted "
http://addictinginfo.org/2016/05/02/christian-group-admits-to-sending-men-into-womens-bathrooms-to-scare-you-into-hating-trans-people/

"Across the country, conservative groups are working to pass anti-LGBT legislation that would bar transgender people the right to use public restrooms. The faulty logic at play is that transgender people are simply dressing up as the opposite gender to gain access to young boys and girls.

But rather than take a moment of reflection and realize that what’s really at work here is regular old transphobia and fear-mongering being used to hit back at the LGBT community for having scored a number of recent victories at the state and federal level, conservatives are trying to invent the problem to justify their barbaric solution. For an obvious example, look no further than designated hate group American Family Association, whose director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, just admitted that her organization has been sending men into women’s bathrooms at Target in the hopes of eliciting a reaction."."

Obviously when Cynthia posted that quote from the article it was no lie. Right on this very thread Theresa had promoted the lie that transgender females are molesting biological females.

September 19, 2016 1:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Clearly the vast majority (if not all) of the times men go into the women's bathroom its done by anti-LGBT bigots trying to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy that allowing transwomen to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with will result in men going into the women's bathroom as well.

September 19, 2016 1:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Also, as Cynthia posted, she didn't say "people are saying trans-people will molest kids in bathrooms", she said the bigots try to conflate trans people with predators.

So, that was a double lie on Wyatt's part. Cynthia didn't say what he claimed and Theresa did post an article from Fox news saying that.

September 19, 2016 1:29 PM  
Anonymous quick sand pudding said...

""Do not lie" is a common simplification of the commandment, easily found with a bit of googling."

google isn't evidence

for example, I just put in "Cynthia" and "moron" and got 860,000 hits

"do not lie" is not one of the Ten Commandments, regardless of the misconceptions of secular society

and regardless of how widespread those misconceptions are

"This may even be the version that is taught to children before they master reading."

uh, this conjecture on your part, with no supporting evidence

Pretending to be familiar with the old testament" is conjecture on your part, with no supporting evidence.

"Many of us were raised as Christians and were brought up with the 10 commandments in our homes,"

I've got news for you: a lot of people raised in churches aren't paying attention

"and Republicans keep trying to put copies of them up in public spaces."

actually, a lot of PEOPLE do that

which is fine

people need to be familiar with them

"Quoting them doesn't require familiarity with the old testament at all, nor does it imply it;"

the TTFers here weren't merely quoting the commandments

they were using them as part of an attack on the character of others

funny, Jesus said not do to do that

"in fact your pedantic arguments over the wording itself implies unfamiliarity on the original poster's part."

it was a point of substance, not a mere word game

and, honestly, they are still missing the point

they keep saying "do not lie" means the same as "do not bear false witness"

the commandment says "do not bear false witness AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR"

this is why lying to the Nazis to hide someone, or telling a child their ugly picture is nice, or telling someone you're doing fine when you're not or telling a telling a shaking soldier in a foxhole that it will be alright or et al is not breaking the commandment

and, btw, saying that I'm defending lying to advocate a political point by saying this is also a lie


"then, there's cinco, who insists that people are saying transgenders will molest kids in bathrooms

no one has said that

it's a lie"

"Use the search function in your web browser to find the word "conflate" and see what I actually said. I did not say what you claim. "

first of all, this has come up many times before and you have not always used the word "conflate"

"My characterization is an accurate description of what the CRG and right wing conservatives have done to try and marginalize trans people"

no, it isn't

they've made a valid point about why people should use the bathroom of their gender

but, really the point is: women don't men undressing in a locker room with them, and that is a reasonable position

"They make every effort to point out there is no way they can tell a predator from a trans in the bathroom and so we just shouldn't allow any of them. That is conflation."

no, it isn't

they're just aaying an assertion which relies on no evidence but assuming the validity of a stated subjective desire allows anyone to claim that assertion

"It purposefully combines the frear of predators with trans people in someone's mind."

what would happen if the government announced they will give a billion dollars to anyone who says they feel like a different gender than they were born with?

the answer is obvious

is that conflation?

"You may not have understood what I said, but that is a reading comprehension problem on your part, not a lie on mine."

conflation as defined as "joining as one"

no one did that

"I have a number of things to say about items that Theresa has said, but it will take a while, and I need to finish reading both portions of the curriculum to fully address them properly."

really?

why?

"Have a nice day,"

stick it somewhere that always has a total eclipse of the sun

September 19, 2016 11:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous still thinks he can score points by repeating the same tired old lies. Imagine how disconnected from reality he has to be to think that!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha!

September 19, 2016 11:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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September 19, 2016 11:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Congratulations to Saskatchewan's own Tatiana Maslany for her Emmy win as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Tatiana plays the role of 11 different clones in the series Orphan Black (my favourite TV show) each with vastly different personalities, quirks, and accents, often playing against herself in many scenes. Its a tour de force performance that makes you find it hard to believe its not a different person playing each of the characters.

"But for the first two seasons of the show, Maslany's name was strangely absent when Emmy nominations were announced. Granted, given that the show is a BBC America production, it hasn't necessarily had the same kind of visibility as other network's programs, but the unique nature of Maslany's work has cried out for recognition.

Last year, for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Maslany was finally nominated but ended up losing to Viola Davis, who made Emmy history by being the first black woman to win the award. This year, Maslany was up against Davis once again, with other acclaimed actors like Keri Russell (The Americans), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Robin Wright (House of Cards), and Claire Danes (Homeland) also nominated. And while I generally try to stay away from using this word in stories, sometimes it's just appropriate: finally."

Yaaaaaaay Tatiana!

September 20, 2016 12:03 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Orphan Black is a Canadian show filmed in Toronto. Tatiana's win represents the first time a Canadian actor on a Canadian show has received an Emmy for acting in a dramatic series.

September 20, 2016 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

— Proverbs 6:16–19

The Ninth Commandment is found in Exodus 20:16: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” This principle includes all forms of lying.

"The bearing of false testimony is strictly prohibited by God, no matter how innovative we become! Any understanding of what God was saying to His children is greatly enhanced by a clear understanding of what it means to tell a lie. Bearing false testimony also carries with it the basic idea of fabrication, which, simply put, means to make something up. Exaggeration fits right in with God’s prohibition because any effort to stretch the truth is, in and of itself, a fabrication. When God said, “You shall not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16), He was definitively pointing to the heart of man. Not even a person’s creativity with the truth is acceptable to God.

The verb to bear implies the act of carrying or transmitting something, while the adjective false describes content that is untrue. The speaking of an untruth renders what is said as unreal, thereby rendering it artificial and invalid...

...There are several ways in which false witness can be borne. A person can help spread a rumor and thus join hands with a perpetrator. One can indulge false witness by turning a blind eye when truth is known. Someone can determine to bear false witness and therefore be guilty of premeditation. A person can simply fail to come forward with the truth or insinuate falsehood without actually saying it is so. And, perhaps worst of all, a person can spread gossip about another, thus engaging in some of the worst forms of character assassination." -- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

""do not lie" is not one of the Ten Commandments, regardless of the misconceptions of secular society

and regardless of how widespread those misconceptions are"


These are two lies you told, two examples of bearing false witness.

September 20, 2016 5:34 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Thanks for that good anonymous. I'm sure all of us and even Wyatt/bad anonymous knew this but its helpful to have that spelled out from a real Christian (unlike Wyatt) all the same.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "and, btw, saying that I'm defending lying to advocate a political point by saying this is also a lie".

LOL, Wyatt/bad anonymous is tripping over his lies he's so dishonest.

We all remember how in 2013 he swapped the Democrat and Republican poll results where people were asked "Which political party do you blame for the government shutdown" and how he posted an article that said abortions had dropped dramatically BEFORE Republican governors had passed a large number of anti-abortion laws and Wyatt changed the article to say abortions had dropped dramatically after the Republicans had passed all those anti-abortion laws.


So, obviously he's lying about him not defending lying to advocate a political point. Not to mention all the lies I posted that he told in this thread alone as he dishonestly claimed I could only find one lie of his from 3 years ago. I can find lies of Wyatt's in almost every longer thread he posts in.

But then what do you expect from someone who says
"there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

That's not something an honest person says.

September 20, 2016 8:01 PM  
Anonymous to tell the truth said...

"These are two lies you told, two examples of bearing false witness"

actually, both of those things I said were completely true

I know you're embarrassed that you had a misunderstanding but you keep bringing up various scriptures and some from fallible sources like Billy Graham

but they don't address the specific commandment were discussing, do they?

as I've suggested before, reading the book of Matthew will greatly enhance your understanding of Christian morality

try Matthew 22:32-40 and then we can discuss after you read it

go ahead, you don't have to be afraid to hear truth

and the truth is, Christian morality is not based on legalistically trying to be righteous by following literal rules to the letter

remember at the beginning of this whole conversation, there was the example of Rahab the prostitute, who lied and was spared when the rest of her people were destroyed

and her direct descendant was Jesus (Matthew again, 1:5)

you have to take that in and reconcile it with what you're saying, or you're taking things out of context

btw, I don't mean to be too hard on Billy Graham

I think what he said is not perfect but not too far off

he seems to understand that lying WITH THE INTENT TO HURT OTHERS is a violation of the Ten Commandments

and, personally, I think you know I'm right but keep arguing because you think you have to score points against me because the gay agenda is more important than anything else

are you lying when you say that you think ANY LIE is breaking the Ten Commandments?

c'mon, tell the truth

September 20, 2016 9:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said
"there are many situations where lying is appropriate".

That's all you need to know about his level of "honesty".

September 20, 2016 9:59 PM  
Anonymous it's only castles burning said...

btw, all the philosophy of ethic discussion has prevented the discussion of the significant shifts in the election campaign

despite all the efforts of the Clinton machine and the media, Hispanics are not falling for it

about 25% of them support Trump and the trend is increasing

indeed, in Arizona, Colorado and Florida, Trump is polling higher than Romney did among Hispanic voters

so much for the supposed universal support for illegal immigration among Hispanics

Hispanic citizens are as law-abiding as any other citizens and are beginning to resent Dem suggestions that they support illegal immigration

surprise!

but of more grave concern to Dems is that blacks are moving to Trump

btw, I predicted this

a little more than a week ago, Trump had 3% of the black vote

now, after he began his focus on addressing their concerns, he is already at 19.5%

in just a week

little wonder:

a Dem, Bill Clinton, Hillary's husband, enacted a crime bill that resulted in huge swaths of black males being imprisoned

in order to appease their union donors, Dems have fought unceasingly to oppose school vouchers, which would be a godsend to inner city black youth by giving them a fighting chance

Dems favor admitting millions of illegal immigrants, who will take jobs that otherwise might go to black youths

black youth employment has decreased markedly during the current Dem administration

virtually every major city in America is run by Democrats and they are crumbling, corrupt and in economic despair and that's where the majority of blacks live

and to make the contempt complete, the Clinton campaign in 2008 started a rumor that the first African American president wasn't born in the US

neither Bill Clinton or Barack Obama would have been elected without the support of over 90% of blacks

do you think Hillary will?

neither do I

September 20, 2016 10:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt tries to paint his lying as being of the sort where a person lies to the Nazis about harbouring a jew or telling a mentally challenged person their ugly picture is nice.

But his lies aren't that type of innocuous white lie. Wyatt says "there are many situations where lying is appropriate" and there are all too, too many situations where he thinks its appropriate to lie.

Please tell us Wyatt, how was it appropriate for you to swap the Republican and Democrat poll results when people were asked "Who do you blame for the government shutdown?"?

You can't claim that didn't hurt anyone, it unjustly hurt the reputation of the Democrats and gave undeserved credit to the Republicans. When you lie so cavalierly about things like that why shouldn't everyone automatically assume you're lying whenever you make a statement without proof to support it?

Wyatt/bad anonymous posted an article describing how abortions had dropped dramatically BEFORE Republicans passed a huge number of anti-abortion laws but he changed the article to say the drop occurred after all the laws. When we pointed out the lie to Wyatt he said when he cuts and pastes a news article "unless I attribute a post to someone else, I'll feel free to change the wording as I like" (true or not). Of course he lies even when he attributes a post to others. One of his favourite tactics is to dishonestly quote people out of context. For example I once wrote "I hate christians who use their religion to oppress LGBT people", Wyatt later posted "Priya said "I hate christians"." changing what I actually said to something that dishonestly painted me in negative light. This is frequent standard operating procedure for Wyatt.

This is not a person who tells white lies, this is a person who doesn't feel bound by the truth at all. This is a person who will lie at anytime on any topic if he thinks it will help promote his anti-LGBT, anti-woman, anti-environment, pro-rich people agenda or make him look good and his opponents look bad. And he doesn't care who he hurts to do it.

September 21, 2016 2:01 AM  
Anonymous the eye of the survivor said...

"do you think Hillary will?

neither do I"

who could honestly fail to concur with this brilliant anonymous analysis

Dems don't know it yet but Hillary is sunk

their only chance is to encourage her to quit, use health as an excuse, and tap Joe Biden or Jerry Brown

one need look no further than the joint appearances by the two on Jimmy Fallon last week

Trump seemed congenial and, frankly, interesting

Hillary seemed listless and dull, with nothing of interest to say

preview of the debatees

Americans, who rightly oppose both, will choose interesting over dull

it's the old "who would you rather go have a beer with"

Trump will be the next president

let's hope our Republic survives

September 21, 2016 7:10 AM  

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