Friday, August 4, 2017

op ed review 8/6

Great again:  US created 209,000 new jobs in July, vs 183,000 jobs expected
Toyota and Mazda are forming a partnership to build a new $1.6 billion final assembly plant in the United States….it will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually while employing 4,000 workers.
American Companies Post Profit Growth Not Seen in Years...

President Trump unveils bill to transform legal immigration system, which he says emphasizes merit in an effort to protect American workers and the American economy….” immigrants should bring skills…..speak English.”
Predictable cries and squeals from advocates of open borders.
Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America’s Culture
But no surprise:  After 6 months of relentless hammering by CBS-ABC-NBC-CNN, President Trump approval down to 38%.

With Repeal Off The Table, Media Suddenly ´Discover´ That ObamaCare Is In Deep Trouble (and needs new funding)

Sarah Sanders Blasts Press for ‘Russia Scandal Fake News’, Points to Clintons’ Real Russia Relationships

Fishing expedition on Trump:  “Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury so that subpoenas can be dispatched to begin taking testimony in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 election.”  Apparently, Donald Trump Jr. in the first batch of recipients.

This does damage to America:  Washington Post has published transcripts of President Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia…..may lead to lie detector tests for the small number of people with access to transcripts….
???? Republican Senate Blocks President Trump From Recess Appointments…
“Senate Republicans turning their backs on Trump?”
The State Department’s own “deep state” is trying to sabotage President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
“The Slow-Motion Coup d’Etat picks up steam”

Congress sank to a 10% approval rating in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday, with roughly five in six Americans saying they disapprove of the country´s legislative body.

"A phalanx of social justice warriors, ideologues, egalitarians, and opportunistic careerists has ensconced itself in America’s college and universities….The destruction they have caused in the humanities and social sciences has now reached to engineering…. Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and 'microaggressions' in the profession."  Purdue’s recently-appointed engineering dean advises “need to de-center Western civilization…gender is a key….examine racist and colonialist projects in science.”

'Sanctuary City' Portland Releases Felony Illegal -- Who Then Rapes Elderly Woman...
A 23-year-old DREAMer in Washington state is accused of brutally raping a 19-year-old woman in her apartment complex's gym and leaving her with severe facial injuries -- including a broken jaw and dangling ear.

Sean Hannity, who has the #1 MSM radio and TV programs opposing the Deep State fake news juggernaut that seeks to destroy the presidency of Donald J. Trump, is the target of a new attack that aims to deliver the “kill shot” to his successful 21-year reign on the Fox News channel.

Atheists attack White House Bible study meeting

A week has passed since the arrest of former House staffer Imran Awan, and the establishment media have given the event only superficial coverage.


In 2016, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on openly transgendered people entering military service. His administration announced, further, that the Pentagon would pay for medical gender transitions. This was viewed as necessary lest transgendered servicemembers turn instead to suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse.

President Trump reversed this decision last week. He made the announcement, as is his self-destructive wont, via Twitter, making it essentally impossible for him and his administration to explain their rationale. A limit of 140 characters, or a multiple of that in a series of tweets, is not remotely sufficient to lay out a case for a complex and contentious policy……..But, on the substance of the transgender decision, Trump, or rather Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, is right.

To understand this decision it's best not to start with Trump, but to go back to Obama's earlier choice, made at the tail end of his term in office. Because of the nature of the military, the burden of proof for such a big change to its culture rests on the person proposing the change.

The military is unlike any civilian institution. Members of the military give up their freedom when they sign up to serve. Every enlisted person and officer is under an obligation to follow all lawful orders under pain of court martial, imprisonment, and possibly even death. This feature makes the military a tempting target for those who want to conduct fringe social experiments. Because military personnel must obey, they are in no position to refuse their commander in chief's orders, whether those orders are good or, as in Obama's case, disruptive, unnecessary, and bad.

The second unique feature of the military is that it is a purely functional body. It does not exist for personal enrichment, leisure, community, the pursuit of happiness, or for its own sake, as civilian institutions do. The military's sole purpose is to smash and destroy enemies. Even when it is merely used as a deterrent, the military's usefulness derives entirely from its ability to accomplish that goal in battle. This means all decisions about how the military is run should be subordinated to questions of military effectiveness, including morale, discipline, equipment, logistics, troop readiness and the like.

Our military regulations reflect this, exempting the services from rules that other employers must live by. There are many examples, but the relevant one is that the services not only reserve the right but actually have a mission-based obligation to discriminate in some cases where civilian employers would be sued for doing so. People with physical disabilities and bad health are routinely turned away. If you are over the age of 35, it's already too late to join the Army, Navy, or Coast Guard, and far too late to think about a career in the Marine Corps. The Air Force won't take you after age 39, and federal law forbids enlistment beyond age 42. Don't even think about bringing an age-discrimination lawsuit. You may think it unfair, but fairness isn't the goal.

Rules on military recruitment are based entirely on its goal of breaking things, killing people, and defeating enemies as effectively as possible within the laws of warfare. When Obama made his decision on transgender service and recruitment, it was not taken with this singular goal in mind. (He had a singular goal, which was to embarass his successor, just as President Clinton sought to embarass President Bush with last minute environmental regulations). This means the Obama transgender rule is not sacrosanct, much though the left-wing reaction to Trump's decision has been what it would have been had he been overtuning a time-honored and popularly supported tradition. It needs to be remembered that that's what Obama was doing, not what Trump is doing in reversing it.

Imposing a fringe ideology about gender differences that is not widely accepted in civilian life on hundreds of thousands of people sworn to obey creates logistical and morale problems, too.

By the time Obama permitted open service by gay men and lesbians in 2011, the majority of society had made its peace with that idea. This is one reason it has not apparently had severe consequences for morale or military effectiveness. Civilian society has not drawn a similar conclusion with respect to the idea that we can wish away the biological reality of sex and identify people as "he" or "she" when in truth they are she and he.

Can a person with male anatomy be a woman? Leftists opinion insists that the answer is yes. Yet people who are physically of one sex but think they are actually members of the opposite sex are regarded by most people and widely by the medical profession as having a psychological problem, not a physical one. In the argot of psychiatry it is called gender dysphoria. The most generous thing one can say in argument with those who insist that men can be women, and women can be men, is that the question isn't even close to being settled.

Most people want to be kind and charitable, but it doesn't mean they embrace the idea that male and female are mere social constructs and not scientific reality. If they did, then most people attracted to men or to women (whatever their sexual orientation) would not insist on a partner who is physically and not just notionally male or female. Transgender activists point to this unavoidable reality as evidence of discrimination, but it is, rather, evidence that almost no one accepts the idea that a gender continuum can replace the biological concept of sex. If pressed in private on their discriminatory dating habits, the 99-plus percent of the population that harbor them would probably say it's because you can only stretch things so far, even in an effort to be inclusive.

That's the most glaring evidence that this issue is far from settled in civilian life. There is plenty of other evidence, though. The spectacle of biologically male athletes dominating women's sporting events is an obvious and natural source of controversy, not unity. The removal of legal protections against biological males openly inhabiting spaces reserved for women remains a serious point of contention as well.

Society might someday change its mind, setting biology aside to give inclusion precedence over fact. It has of course changed its mind on other, bigger questions more than once in recent times. If so, perhaps military policy on transgenderism will have to be revisited.

But the military services should be the last place where such such social changes are imposed, not the first. As Obama subordinated the military's mission to unrelated considerations, at the risk of complicating that mission, the reversal of his decision is the right course.

As tempting as it is to force controversial ideology on large groups of people who are obligated by law to obey, it is a cynical urge on the part of a radical commander in chief, and it should be resisted when military effectiveness is at stake.

“Transgender people continue to possess all of the rights of their fellow citizens, but there is no “right” to serve in the military.”

Social engineering at work:  “Roseanne will have a nine-year-old ´gender creative´ grandson in TV revival: Casting directors are looking for a child who can be ´sensitive and effeminate´…”

 “Ask a liberal how Obama’s [transgender] policy actually improves readiness, and they’ll respond one of two ways: with a personal story or a personal attack. Why? Because there hasn’t been a single scientifically based, rational military argument for it. Without psychology, top brass, or even popular opinion on their side, the Left resorts to a tired playbook — distractions and name-calling. … This isn’t a civilian office, where work can afford to take a backseat to sensitivity. It’s a warzone. If we care about national security, why would we waste resources, money, and training time on a pride parade for the mentally unstable? Political correctness doesn’t save lives in a battle with ISIS. Only an efficient, highly trained, mentally fit force can.”
          -Tony Perkins

By unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council has now enacted an Income Tax ordinance imposing a tax on "high income residents,” i.e, those whose annual incomes exceed $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers). The new legislation is largely the work of Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, an unabashed leftist and redistributionist who was elected on the Socialist Alternative party ticket, and who was a moving force behind Seattle´s ill-advised $15 per hour minimum wage.

Women´s Studies Professor: ´I Wish Someone Would Just Shoot´ Trump

Progressives, crazed with identifying new forms of oppression attached to the currently fashionable catchword “privilege,” have finally embraced the stupid as a victim class.

Procter & Gamble´s Identity-Politics Pandering

“We stopped the moral monstrosity of Trumpcare. Our resistance is working.”
            -Nancy Pelosi

In a recent interview, Al Gore claimed that he lives a "carbon free lifestyle." But Al Gore´s Home Devours 34 Times More Electricity Than Average U.S. Household

Commercial crabber tells Al Gore he hasn’t seen the sea level change since he began his first career as a commercial crabber in 1970.

The Military Coup Against Donald Trump of 2018, Part 1

It is no secret the Clintons have been unrepentant political grifters for decades to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. And yet, when it is all laid out by Judicial Watch, it still manages to shock given how much they’ve done and yet still continue to get away with it.

Time for the GOP to teach the Democrats a scandal lesson. (They probably won’t though.)

“To the size of the state there is a limit, as there is to plants, animals and implements, for none of these retain their facility when they are too large.”

“No one can be free unless he is independent… In reality, he who is served is limited in his independence.”
            -Maria Montessori

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