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Thank Gaia for the Associated Press and its super-practical news you can use. Otherwise, how would you know if your four-year-old is among the .06 percent of the population that is transgender?
Apparently writing from the Bay Area Rainbow Camp in El Cerrito, CA, (it “caters to ‘gender fluid’ children, ages 4 -12”) AP offers befuddled parents some “tips,” for figuring out just how confused their kids are.
“How can a parent know if their child is transgender?” the article chirpily asks. “What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister’s dresses? What do you do if your daughter tells you she’s a boy?” Besides going back and re-examining your entire approach to parenthood …
As liberals are wont to do in the absence of common sense, AP called on “experts” like “Diane Ehrensaft, a developmental and clinical psychologist, director of mental health at the University of California, San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center and author of ‘The Gender Creative Child.’” Yes. “gender creative.” Apparently these days the smart set sees human sexuality as something to be pasted together at the arts and crafts table. “Look. Mom, I made myself a penis out of egg cartons, macaroni and glitter!”
As you might expect their takes are of the let-Billy-be-a-sea-urchin-if-he-identifies-that-way type modern non-judgmental parents expect.
My Son Likes to Wear Dresses. Is This a Phase of Something More?
“My answer is, we don’t know,” Ehrensaft replies (Expert!). “What we know is, you have a son who likes princess dresses. I would say get him the dresses. Have your child feel free to choose. Maybe they’ll stop wearing dresses. Maybe they’ll grow up to be gay.”
Whew, What a relief! Let Them choose whatever Them wants to be and you’re off the hook for that icky parenting stuff. Oh, and if doubt that little Them should be into Playtex before they’re out of Playmobil, Ehrensaft says, “We expect a 2-year-old to know ‘I am boy. I am girl.’ So why can’t that also apply to transgender children?” Well, lack of evidence, for one thing.
Another expert, “Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles,” suggests taking little Them away for the weekend and letting Them “use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice.” It’s like one of those rock ‘roll fantasy camps without all the disappointed middle-aged guys. Unless little Them identifies as a middle-aged guy ... how does Them feel about a toy Corvette?
“What did you do this weekend, Tommy?”
“My dad took me fishing for trout!”
“What about you, Them?”
“My mom took me fishing for a sexuality!”
A final thought in the article quotes Ehrensaft again:
A transgender child ‘also wants to get into his sister’s closet, but he’s not going to go for the princess dress — he’s going to go for her school uniform,’ she says. ‘He’s going to put on her everyday clothes because he wants to be a regular girl, not a pretend princess.’
Yeah, you certainly don’t want your son pretending to be a “pretend princess.” That would be silly.
Well, this will cause a kerfuffle at Comi-Con. Or maybe not. Who the hell knows?
There’s a new Star Trek series in which it is forbidden for actors or writers to reference God (ironic, considering the only explanation for yet another Star Trek spinoff is punishment for man’s innate sinfulness.)
Entertainment Weekly relayed this anecdote from the set of CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery:
The imposing Captain Gabriel Lorca strides across the Starship Discovery bridge, squinting at the raging battle on the viewscreen, rattling off orders to his crew with rapid precision. There’s a Federation ship under attack by Klingons, and the Discovery is rushing to join their fight. “Lock on the Bird of Prey!” Lorca barks. “Basic pattern Beta 9. Hard to port! Fire at something, for God’s sakes!” …
The director halts the action and Lorca, played by British actor Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter fame, steps off the stage. The episode’s writer, Kirsten Beyer, approaches to give a correction on his “for God’s sakes” ad lib.
“Wait, I can’t say ‘God’?” Isaacs asks, amused. “I thought I could say ‘God’ or ‘damn’ but not ‘goddamn.’ ”
Beyer explains that Star Trek is creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a science-driven 23rd-century future where religion basically no longer exists.
“How about ‘for f—’s sake’?” he shoots back. “Can I say that?”
“You can say that before you can say ‘God,’ ” she dryly replies.
So yes, apparently Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was hostile to religion, and in his make-believe universe humans evolved past needing God. But, strangely, Roddenberry didn’t. As this seemingly exhaustive study of the Star Trek oeuvre makes clear, he other writers used religion as a plot device many times, even sometimes treating it with respect.
And, in the words of Comicbook.com, “It is interesting that Star Trek: Discovery is choosing to adhere so strictly to this particular part of Roddenberry’s original Star Trek vision when it has made a point of abandoning another, the rule that there would be no conflict between core cast members.”
So we’re left to conclude that the only sacred part of Rodenberry’s vision is the one that happens to conform to the secular liberal worldview of his latest interpreters.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Someone exposes the hate and hypocrisy of the super-tolerant left and is mercilessly punished for it. In this case, it’s an award-winning LGBT reporter for a gay newspaper who stumbled on gay activists’ antisemitism and is a reporter no longer.
Back in June, transgender reporter Gretchen Hammond of the LGBT newspaper Windy City Times covered the Chicago Dyke March, a “Pride” parade organized by people who find the regular Chicago Pride Parade too conservative, or something. Hammond broke the news that organizers had banished several people who carried Star of David rainbow flags. According to Hammond’s report, “the women were told to leave because the flags ‘made people feel unsafe,’ that the march was ‘anti-Zionist’ and ‘pro-Palestinian.’” One of those forced to leave told Hammond “she lost count of the number of people who harassed her” over the flag.
Not a good look for the “Love Wins” crowd. But those who insist that people be viewed as members of groups or classes, as opposed to individuals, also get to choose which groups or classes are worthy of toleration. The criteria used to judge that is two-fold: the perceived grievance and victimhood status of the group (more = better), and the amount of room within it for ideological and political pluralism (more = worse). Supporters of Israel's right to defend itself -- heck, its right to exist at all -- fail on both counts. (It's worth noting that U.S. flags are also banned from the Dyke March.)
Since hell hath no fury like a marching dyke with her intolerance laid bare, Hammond was subsequently removed from her reporter job and was working in Windy City Times’s ad sales department while “looking for editorial work elsewhere,” according to The Tablet.
That, of course, wasn’t enough the “intersectionalists.” The Tablet reported that Hammond discussed her firing on July 13 at a New York journalism conference, and that night the Dyke March “tweeted a neo-Nazi slur, defended it, then deleted it.” The Tablet quoted a Facebook post from Hammond on the abuse she’d taken:
Not remotely surprised and thoroughy [sic] disgusted. They attacked me in much the same manner only using words like ” k*ke” and also said they would “make sure your bitch ass never writes in Chicago again.” Selfishly, I could claim to be vindicated by this disgusting tweet but I feel no cause for anything but the deepest shame that I ever was associated by acronym or by requirement to such vile hatred.
For their part, Dyke March organizers are both proud of their bigotry and quick to (surprise!) paint themselves as the real victims. “Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology,” they said in a statement after the March. “It is based on the premise that Jewish people have a God-given entitlement to the lands of historic Palestine and the surrounding areas.”
What's more, “The threats that have been made to Chicago Dyke March and its organizers by Zionists worldwide does not even compare to the violence that Palestinians endure on a daily basis while living under Israeli military rule in the name of Zionism.”
Ah, the threats from Zionists. Because, you know, the Jews love pushing gays off the roofs of buildings … er, wait …
Pity ABC, NBC and CBS News. If the fall TV season comes and Sean Spicer is no longer White House Press Secretary, they’ll have to talk about something besides Saturday Night Live. Like maybe … news.
Spicer is rumored to be leaving the press shop for another job in the administration. And if he’s not the daily face and voice of the Trump administration, it’s going to be hard for actress Melissa McCarthy to reprise her lampoon of him on SNL. And that will leave some serious holes in the networks’ “news” programming.
Between inauguration day and the season’s end on May 20, the ABC, NBC and CBS news programs couldn’t get enough of Melissa McCarthy’s Spicer. In fact, the networks dedicated 10 minutes and 49 seconds of airtime just to the impression. But while they were enjoying partisan satire that fit neatly with their biases, there was actual news they could have been reporting.
Baltimore, for example. According to a Reuters report from May 2, “homicides in Baltimore have reached such alarming levels that the mayor is getting federal assistance and requesting more support from the FBI. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the city of Baltimore, Maryland, has experienced more than 100 murders before the end of April.” The networks haven’t reported once on the carnage or the mayor’s unprecedented plea for help. Baltimore crime received just four minutes and 18 seconds of attention on the networks – most of it reporting the hunt for “Baltimore’s Public Enemy #1,” an alleged arsonist who firebombed a home in March.
What’s more, the networks were happy to talk about police abuses and corruption in Baltimore. All three networks reported when seven Baltimore police officers were were arrested on federal racketeering charges on March 2. On May 9, CBS Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues told This Morning that “In Baltimore, it was found that 44% were made where 11% of the population was, and that was primarily the black community.” So the networks know Baltimore exists, and it has a problem with police.
Unfortunately, since the 2015 riots – and the larger Black Lives Matter zeitgeist (including the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie the networks helped spread) – Baltimore police have backed off aggressively policing in black neighborhoods. Not coincidentally, the murder rate has skyrocketed. At this writing, according to the Baltimore Sun, there have been 161 homicides in the city since January 1.
But really, why would the networks talk about real world consequences of the narrative they helped create? When comedians are making fun of people you don’t like, “It’s so very entertaining,” as Gayle King said of McCarthy on the April 17 CBS This Morning.
In a May 12 publicity stunt for that week’s SNL, McCarthy dressed as Spicer and drove a motorized podium around Manhattan. NBC News hyped it, but so did ABC. On World News Tonight with David Muir, the anchor introduced the video saying, “Live from New York, a little early.”
In fact, ABC and CBS are just as enthralled as NBC with McCarthy’s shtick. ABC gave her Spicer two minutes, four seconds of coverage. CBS gave it two minutes, 48 seconds. All that for a show on a competing network. ABC’s Good Morning America had an entire on February 13 wondering if SNL had “pushed its politics too far.” If only GMA had the self-awareness to wonder if it had pushed its SNL fixation too far.
If Spicer is no longer a viable target for McCarthy next season, ABC, CBS and NBC may have to turn to other viable targets, like the tragic ones in Baltimore.
In a refreshing change of pace from most television shows written by and for liberals, the May 28th episode of HBO’s Veep titled “Blurb,” the narrative that gender is fluid was shot down. The message was gender is simple.
Wanna sleep around, but scared of wrecking your comfy marriage? No worries – according to New York Times Magazine writer Susan Dominus, you can have it all! Dominus has penned a long (12,000+ excruciating words) exploration of “nonmonogamous relationships” titled “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?” (Surprise answer: yes.)
The May 5 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea was a change of pace. The episode was of a dinner party at her home, a format she occasionally used in season one, and the celebrity guests around her dinner table were Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones, Gaby Hoffman, and Mary McCormack. The subject of conversation was celebrating teachers who have impacted their lives for Teacher Appreciation Week, but it quickly turned into a an attack on America.
That whirring sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or his cryogenic vault, or whatever his final resting place really is.
According to Jezebel, actors “Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice gay lovers Timon and Pumbaa (respectively) in Disney’s upcoming ‘live action’ remake of The Lion King, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.”
To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a resentful, dishonest race baiter, everything looks like bigotry. Writing in the New York Daily News on April, professional victim Shaun King noticed something about how conservatives respond to the golfing enthusiasms of presidents: when Obama golfed, we didn’t like it. When Trump golfs, they’re silent.
It’s no secret that the creator of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham, is rabidly pro-abortion, as I’ve mentioned in previous articles on the show. So, the fact that the current storyline has Dunham’s character choosing life for her baby has been quite surprising, though I’m waiting for the moment where she decides she absolutely cannot be “burdened” by a baby and decides to have a late-term abortion.
On the third season of ABC’s American Crime, social worker Kimara Walters (Regina King) has been working to help keep former prostitute Shae Reese (Ana Mulvoy Ten) off the streets and discovers that Shae is pregnant with her second child.
On April 2’s episode, “Season Three: Episode Four,” we find that Shae wants to have an abortion, which is what she chose for her first child as well, though she refused to give details about the first abortion in prior episodes.
April 2’s Big Little Lies finale, “You Get What You Need,” wrapped up several on-going storylines, merging them into one with an important pro-life message at the helm. We were introduced to main characters, Jane (Shailene Woodley) and her son born of rape, Ziggy (Iain Armitage) from the beginning of the limited series, and the storyline centered around Ziggy being accused of hurting and bullying a little girl at school.
Gun? Check. Holster? Check. Bulletproof vest? Check.
Prius police cruiser? Umm….
During the March 31st season finale of ABC’s Last Man Standing, Outdoor Man store manager Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) was able to work in four quips with a political nature. Mike’s daughter, Mandy (Molly Ephraim) is fulfilling a business management class assignment by shadowing Mike for twenty hours in the store. She tests out her skills in handling conflict resolution using a textbook and jumping between Joe (Jay Leno) and Chuck (Jonathan Adams), who both want to pitch for the store’s softball team. Along the way, Mike shows her how he handles the bickering between Joe and Chuck which includes taking a swipe at former President Obama and also declaring he could solve the problem of ISIS.
BREAKING: Younger people are more susceptible to stupid trendiness. That’s if you believe a new study from Harris Polling and GLAAD, the speech police for all things gay. The online survey of 2,037 purports to show that one in five millennials swims in the LGBTQ (and sometimes Y) alphabet soup. Even more exciting, according to Logo’s Dan Avery, more of this generation is comfortable identifying outside traditional binaries such as “gay/straight” and “man/woman.”
In Tuesday, March 28th’s episode of Freeform’s The Fosters titled “Dirty Laundry,” the family led by married lesbian moms and comprised of multi-ethnic children – biological, adopted and foster – takes permissive liberal parenting to a new level. Am I the only mom today that thinks allowing a 16 year old son and his girlfriend to have sex in his bedroom is crossing a bridge too far?
The third season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie became available for viewing Friday, March 24, 2017 and the seventy-something year old twosome are on a roll. The launch of their online business is happening – a business catering to women of a certain age and their vibrator needs. You read that correctly. That’s where we’re going this season.
In ABC’s Quantico, the episode titled “Mockingbird” exposes the dark side of fake news. The story has a political element to it and guess which party takes the hit? Right. The bad guys are Republican politicians.
This season of American Crime has been documenting (no pun intended) the plight of illegal immigrant farm workers as well as prostitution and drug use/addiction. In Sunday night’s episode, “Season Three: Episode Three,” all three issues were somehow tied together, as farm owners Jeanette (Felicity Huffman) and JD (Tim DeKay) attended a worker’s rally.
In Sunday night’s episode of NBC’s Chicago Justice titled “Dead Meat”, pig farm owner John Beckett (Michael Rispoli) is on trial for arson and the death of an employee. Beckett tells his jury at trial that he was swimming in debt due to government over-regulation.
Let the seller beware. Buyers aren’t buying what they’re offering.
I’m speaking of sports reporting. Sports writers jumping into the realm of the political are admitting that much of the public disagrees with their hard-left editorializing. But they are stubbornly turning up the volume and focusing on Trump-bashing and supporting illegal immigration, the transgender movement, Black Lives Matter and other left-wing causes.
Dear Mr. Woody Johnson:
I understand that your ball club is in serious need of a winning QB, and I am writing to apply for the job. Your quarterbacking in 2017 certainly left a lot to be desired, and when I opted out of my contract today, I immediately identified the New York Jets as my destination of choice. I am the logical solution to your quarterbacking problem. As you’ll see in my online resume, I have six years of experience as an NFL quarterback.
There is no shortage of media criticism of professional athletes, but David Fleming’s ESPN.com attack on Tim Tebow has re-written the standards of mean-spiritedness. In a post dripping with malice, sarcasm and anti-Christian bigotry, “Tim Tebow’s relentless pursuit of failure,” Fleming has taken Tebow Derangement Syndrome to a level not previously thought attainable.
And now back to our regularly scheduled cultural suicide.
According to The Telegraph, Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast “will star a manservant exploring his sexuality.” Super.