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  1. Due to the magic of the killfile, I can only guess at what you're talking about. One of the problems of objecting to the excesses of one side is that it is often assumed that this implies support of the other. Extremists of any stripe tend to take on the trappings of religious zealots - in some cases they ARE religious zealots - and their TRUE BELIEF is the problem more than the side of the aisle to which they gravitate. Pointing out that using hormone blockers and performing surgery on adolescents who are, as is typical of adolescents, unsure of quite what they are constitutes child abuse is is justifiably criminal is construed as being against LGBTQRST+/-..., which is not necessarily the case. If an adult wants to surgically modify their body to be a Barbie Doll, a Space Alien or whatever, I can't see why they shouldn't be allowed to do so. Doing this to a child is not okay (and I have to wonder who the hell came up with circumcision in the first place, as well). When people say "Democrats are like this" or "Republicans are like that," I'm tempted to note that there may be the odd exception to either claim. The definition of what constitutes a "moderate" differs depending on who you ask, but I'm not impressed by much of any extremists. BSBD Winsor
  2. Russell was an optimist.
  3. Not quite. Flight crews had a common policy, and what they did or did not pay for affected all of us. It was considered an insult that expensive elective surgery was covered for political reasons, and other every bit as legitimate procedures were not. If he wanted to become a she enough to pay for it. fine. Having us pay for it by applying political pressure didn't go over too well. BSBD, Winsor
  4. When SJWs breathlessly object to archeologists identifying skeletons as male or female because we don't know how they 'identified,' this is a sure sign that they are hard of thinking. I shouldn't lump them in with the Special Ed. crowd, since they would give a bad name to the kids on the short buses, who are generally nicer than average. Woke ideology supports the lyrics of "The Refreshments'" hit single.
  5. Kind of none of the above. Living in Greenwich Village, New Hope, and other gay hot spots, one encounters people living quite a variety of lifestyles. The general consensus is okay, whatever. If someone wants to be addressed as one thing or another, that's fine. If someone wants to be treated as male or female, that's generally no big deal. There are gay and lesbian people who I'd trust more to look after my kid more than some breeders I know. This is incidental to my point. Even if I am cool with someone living as another sex or species, that does not mean that they ARE another sex or species. I'm not mad at them, I wish them no harm, and I don't particularly care one way or another so long as they don't hurt anyone else. When my insurance paid for sex reassignment surgery for one of our flight attendants, but denied coverage for treatments they considered 'elective,' that bothered me. Whether a co-worker has female anatomy as standard equipment or aftermarket is not my concern - until I have to pay for it. I have lived around delusional people my whole life (religion being the prime culprit), and generally am okay with it if they leave me out of it. When they want me to get audited for Scientology or pray to Jesus, I am not. I reserve the right to deem people who think sex is a matter of choice as fucking retards. YMMV. BSBD, Winsor
  6. Gender is a grammatical construct. Sex is biological. You can self-identify as a lesbian poodle if you wish. That does not MAKE you a lesbian poodle, even with the requisite surgery, hair transplants and whatnot.. BSBD, Winsor
  7. I'd expect Pee Wee Herman to outpoll The Donald.
  8. Oddly enough, early 20th century archaeologists were routinely inaccurate regarding the sex of Inca remains. This was, however, the result of using rudimentary criteria more applicable to Europeans rather than of political correctness. BSBD, Winsor
  9. Oddly enough, like 'Little Big Man,' 'Dr. Strangelove' was basically a documentary presented as a comedy (I, too, thought it was a scream). Much though the Air Force claimed that such an attack couldn't happen, Kubrick evidently was remarkably close to the actual security protocols in place at the time - which were quietly overhauled shortly thereafter. 'Little Big Man' incorporated most of the details of 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' but presented as a farce. Monte Python's work often had cerebral underpinnings, though taken to absurd extremes. I find it unnerving that people espouse an equal level of inanity with a straight face. Then again, my guess is that "Q" generates the nonsense that powers the Q Anon movement purely for amusement. It can be entertaining to generate a rumor and watch it take on a life of its own. As 'The Refreshments' noted, "everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people...," and the far right and far left seem hell bent on proving that claim. Humorless people are frightening. BSBD, Winsor
  10. Whether the article describes someone who is making fun of Woke stupidity or is, in fact, similarly delusional, it's fair game. A lot of what Monty Python did was quite silly. The problem comes when the humorless take their work as instructional materials. BSBD, Winsor
  11. There should thus be a Skydiving SIG (special interest group).
  12. He has it nailed. God is ignorance, RELIGION is power.
  13. The humorlessness of the Woke is matched only by their inability to do their homework. Their good intentions are those with which the road to hell is paved. I'm not sure whether to attribute the Weltanschauung to willful ignorance, active stupidity, or a combination of both. My news feed pops up such gems as this: It concerns me that such idiocy is supported to the extent that it is. I wish people would not us comedy routines as instructional materials. While I find censorship to be abhorrent, it also concerns me that people can read or hear tripe and take it seriously. To use religion as a paradigm, it amazed me that when studying the Greek Myths it was taken as a given the mentions of the Greek Gods was treated as a literary device, while other texts of similar antiquity that referenced their deity of choice were accepted verbatim. Simply mind blowing. My son put it nicely when he noted that "God is Ignorance." His contention was that unsophisticated societies had a limited knowledge base, and that anything that was unknown was treated as unknowable and thus the work of "God." It is a curious characteristic of humanity that when ignorance is addressed, any clarification is generally met with hostility by both the unwashed masses and, to a large extent, the 'intelligentsia.' This leads to my observation that our only inexhaustible natural resource is stupidity. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is not king - he is a pariah. T'was ever thus. BSBD, Winsor
  14. Gender is a grammatical construct (he, she, it, whatever) but sex is biological. When you have Supreme Court Justices who can't figure it out, things like this occur: I am puzzled by why we are such fans of delusion. BSBD, Winsor
  15. Vivisection for starts.
  16. Precisely my point. Thanks.
  17. Damn! If we passed proper legislation, Climate Change would be nipped in the bud!
  18. I wasn't involved with any of the Mitzvot regarding foreskins, and really don't get the fixation during the Bronze Age. The Tanakh mentions collecting foreskins of slain adversaries, which I agree is beyond icky. Left ears are bad enough. There are Mitzvot regarding the care and feeding of slaves as well. Since I find the institution personally abhorrent, I freed all of my slaves years ago and gave each one $1.7 million and a great employment reference. There are many way fucked up practices in various cultures, and I agree that 'respecting' them reflexively is lame. The Children of Israel are, by any standard, one big, dysfunctional family - but you knew that already. By no means does this make the vivisection of children okay. If you turn 18 and want to pierce your eyeballs and have your penis split up the middle and have hieroglyphics tattooed over every inch of your skin, knock yourself out. Jews are still kinda touchy about little kids being subjected to 'experiments' by licensed MDs some time back, but switching back and forth between 'male' and 'female' on the basis of a pubescent identity crisis is not okay by any means. YMMV. BSBD, Winsor
  19. Convicted women could volunteer to be surrogate mothers where time spent pregnant would come off the end of their sentence. A win-win scenario if I ever saw one.
  20. Reasonable English, can work in German, am comfortable in French, and can get around in Spanish. It helps to be in a country for a week or so to get attuned to what people are saying. The flow of English is a bit different between, say, Birmingham, AL and Birmingham, UK, and the German spoken in Berlin is not the same as Zürich.
  21. Skydivers in particular.
  22. I already call people niggers, spics and cunts every bit as much as I wish to, which is not at all. The only places I've heard term "nigger" used extensively has been amongst blacks, similarly I've heard Puerto Ricans call each other "spic" a lot, and Brits routinely call each other "cunts." Since using any of these terms in a negative sense instantly discredits any otherwise valid point being made, I find their use to be counterproductive. It is interesting how stances I do not support are attributed to me; projection I suppose. I recoil against the use of "African American" for a number of reasons. For one thing, it was coined by Jesse Jackson, who is a professional racist (if he can't find 'racism" everywhere he's out of business). For another, I work with a lot of Africans and it's a big continent. Also, many of them are African Africans working in the U.S.. If you're wondering what to call one of them, "Doctor" is a good first guess. At a gut level I can't believe that someone could read "Mein Kampf" and buy into it's drivel, but the same is true for the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the Koran, the Book of Mormon or Dianetics. That security flaw possessed by neurotypicals making them subject to mental malware is a bitch. The prospect of being limited by the lowest common denominator amongst us is daunting. Trying to structure a society where nobody's feelings are hurt sounds good, but leads to poor results wherever it's been tried. I am spoiled by living in an environment which is diverse by seeking the best candidate for the job rather than by making "diversity" a goal unto itself. BSBD, Winsor
  23. This guy has it nailed: I hope we don't have to go through what Russia, China and Germany did, the road to hell being paved with good intentions and all that. The plaque on the book-burning square in Berlin was prescient: "That was only a prelude; where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people." Of course, this time it's different. BSBD, Winsor
  24. "Transitioning" middle school children is child abuse, no ifs, ands or buts. The fact that it is not treated as being leagues worse than anything NAMBLA espouses is simply amazing. A 17-year-old girl who regrets having both of her breasts removed as a result of so-called “gender-affirming care” testified before a California Assembly committee hearing June 28, urging state lawmakers to reject proposed legislation that would make California a transgender sanctuary state. “I was medically transitioned from ages 13 and 16,” Chloe Cole from the Central Valley told the public safety committee, saying she suffered irreversible consequences from surgeries and hormone treatment. Chloe Cole speaks at an Assembly committee hearing for Senate Bill 107 in Sacramento on June 28, 2022. (Screenshot) The committee passed the controversial Senate Bill (SB) 107, which proponents say would “provide refuge” for trans youth, their parents, and those who advocate for and provide “gender-affirming health care ” for minors. The bill would prohibit law enforcement agencies from arresting or extraditing parents charged in other states or nations for child abuse or other crimes related to allowing minor children to receive these medical treatments. A California Assembly committee passes Senate Bill 107 in Sacramento on June 28, 2022. (Screenshot) Cole said when she was younger, her parents took her to a therapist who “affirmed my male identity” and “brushed off” concerns about the efficacy of hormones, puberty blockers, and surgeries. “My parents were given the threat of suicide as a reason to move me forward in my transition,” she said. Cole said at age 15, she told her therapist she wanted to remove her breasts. She attended a top surgery class with a dozen other girls her age or younger. “None of us were going to be men, we were fleeing from the uncomfortable feeling of becoming women,” Cole said. She went through with the surgery and her endocrinologist put her on puberty blockers and injectable testosterone after two or three appointments, she said. “Despite having a therapist and attending the top surgery class, I really didn’t understand all the ramifications of any of the medical decisions I was making. I was incapable of understanding, and it was downplayed consistently,” she said. “My parents, on the other hand, were pressured to continue my so-called ‘gender journey’ with the suicide threat. “I will never be able to breastfeed a child. I have blood clots in my urine. I am unable to fully empty my bladder. I do not yet know if I am capable of carrying a child to full term. In fact, even the doctors who put me on puberty blockers and testosterone do not know.” She urged the committee to reject the trans sanctuary state bill and put safeguards in place so that “painful” experiences like hers are not repeated. “Children cannot consent,” she said. Erin Friday, an attorney, argued against the bill, claiming it unconstitutional for California to disrespect the laws of other states. She argued SB 107 would not just provide sanctuary for parents fleeing the law in other states, but would make California a refuge for all children who want to access transgender medicine and surgery. “No questions asked. No real mental health assessment, no minimal diagnosis and no parental consent. So long as the minor child can get to California, she can order up any type of irreversible treatment,” she said. Erin Friday speaks at an Assembly committee meeting in Sacramento on June 28, 2022. (Screenshot) Friday, a parent of a teen who once suffered from what’s called Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, but no longer identifies as trans, has previously testified that SB 107 would be a big mistake that would only worsen the “largest medical scandal in history,” and spread transgender ideology, which she described as a “social contagion.” State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who authored the bill, said it’s intended to protect families and trans youth and medical professionals from being prosecuted for child abuse in other states. Texas, for example, is cracking down on the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones on minors, and—in some cases—gender surgery on minors. “These parents, who are doing just trying to do right by their kids and accepting their kids for who they are and supporting them are being told ‘you’re a criminal for doing that,’” Wiener said. “It’s disgusting; it’s despicable, and California should have no part of that.” State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) speaks at an Assembly committee hearing for Senate Bill 107 in Sacramento on June 28, 2022. (Screenshot) Martin Campos of Trans Family Support Services said the group is currently working with out-of-state residents faced with the decision of whether or not “to uproot their family and livelihood to seek out refuge in an affirming state such as California” to flee “anti-trans legislation” at home. “Parents should not be concerned about facing legal ramifications while seeking medically necessary gender-affirming services for their youth. Nor should youth have to endure the trauma that is created by having their parents face those ramifications,” Campos said. “… All this bill is seeking to do is allow transgender youth to thrive.” Ebony Harper, the executive director of California Transcends, shared a personal story with the committee. “I identify as the black trans woman,” Harper said. “… I was a trans youth at 13. I grew up in South Central California and at 13 I was kicked out of my house, which was the story for most transgender people from my era, if you were between the particular intersections of being black and transgender. And I spent many years on the streets, in jails institutions because it was the Dark Ages. Trans folks were considered mentally confused people that could not participate in society.” In the ’90s, a lot of trans people died because they didn’t get the health cares they needed, but today the transgender community in California is thriving and prospering, Harper said. “The 13-year-old me thought I was going to end up dead before I hit 21. And here I am advocating in my 40s and still going strong and having the fortitude of support with senators like Scott Wiener, the Lieutenant Governor and other folks in government,” Harper said. “I think trans transcends politics,” Harper said. “…And so you have seen that our community recently has been politicized, which is causing a lot of trauma and pain in our community.”