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What is a “Fat Sex Therapist”?

A woman who calls herself ‘The Fat Sex Therapist’ gave a speech to St. Olaf College in Minnesota during which she claimed that diet culture was a form of “assault” and that weight loss science was “white supremacy”.

“I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” Sonalee Rashatwar told the audience during a two hour speech on the topic of “radical fat liberation”.

“I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body,” she added.

Rashatwar went on to assert that science was a tool of “white supremacy”.

“We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable…is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?” Rashatwar asked, going on to claim that “fatphobia” was a form of Nazism.

Rashatwar went on to argue that people shouldn’t be burdened with personal responsibility for weight loss and that “social supports” should be in place to help fat people “subsidize” their food costs.

She also said that the Christchurch shooter being a fitness instructor was proof that “Nazis really love this idea of an idealized body”.

Maybe everything Rashatwar said is true – science doesn’t exist and is actually just veiled racism, obesity doesn’t cause high blood pressure, and that dieting and fitness are just tools of white supremacy and structural oppression.

Or maybe she’s just inventing pseudo-intellectual excuses for being fat and lazy.

Read the rest at: You be the judge.

Sanders is a snowflake!

2020 presidential contender Bernie Sanders faced an aggressive and, at times, outwardly combative audience at the She The People Forum devoted to women of color in Houston on Wednesday, as the self-described democratic socialist struggled to convince attendees of his commitment to minority and underprivileged communities.

The tense moments underscored the challenges Sanders’ campaign still faces despite its frontrunner status. The 77-year-old Vermont senator, long a champion for progressive causes, has sought to win over voters who turned out in massive numbers to support former President Barack Obama.

In a particularly striking moment, host Aimee Allison asked Sanders what he would do to fight white-supremacist violence. In response, Sanders launched into a familiar anecdote that — perhaps precisely because of its familiarity — seemed to crash and burn.

“I know I date myself a little bit here, but I actually was at the March on Washington with Dr. [Martin Luther] King back in 1963,” Sanders began, as audible groans and jeers broke out at the auditorium at Texas Southern University. One person apparently shouted, “We know!”

“And,” Sanders continued, as he held his hand up to quiet the crowd and apparently to wag his finger, “as somebody who actively supported Jesse Jackson’s campaign, as one of the few white elected officials to do so in ’88, I have dedicated my life to the fight against racism, and sexism, and discrimination of all forms.”

Read the rest at: She the People

DNC Chair says if they lose on 2020 it means Repubs cheated!

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says a loss by his party in 2020 will be attributable to one thing: a “lie, cheat and steal” playbook preferred by President Trump.

Mr. Perez offered a prima facie case for political foul play this week while appearing on MSNBC.

“What’s clear from this administration, and what’s clear throughout the entirety of his business practices, is that they will lie, cheat, and steal,” Mr. Perez replied when asked about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently release report. “They’ll do anything to win. They have so eroded institutions of democracy, that is why there is health care on the ballot, and we will continue to point out that the Democratic Party is the party fighting to save your health care. The Republicans are fighting to take it away. So many other things on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot.”

“We have to be prepared for lying, cheating, and stealing,” he added. “They have an approach to undermining our democracy that is shameful, and that is why we are organizing everywhere. … I’m very sober about the realities of the upcoming campaign. … The party of Lincoln has officially died. The party of Trump is not a party that represents our democratic values.”

Mr. Mueller’s 448-page report found no criminal evidence regarding Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian state actors.

Read the rest at: DNC

Environmentalists NOT happy with new report on electric cars!

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO and product architect Elon Musk, right, and chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen, left, drive the prototype Tesla Model S all-electric 5-door sedan after its unveiling Hawthorne, Calif. The City Council in Downey Calif.

As anybody who truly loves science can tell you, science is about things being settled. When a scientist (or a celebrity who once met a scientist) tells you that something is a scientific fact, that’s all there is to it. The authority has spoken. The science is settled. And if another scientist disagrees, that person isn’t really a scientist and has blasphemed against science and must be cast out. That’s how science works. It’s about a credentialed class telling the rest of us how to live. Our role is to just keep our mouths shut and our wallets open.

One such settled scientific fact is that electric cars are better for the environment than the dirty gas-guzzlers most of us drive. We should all switch to electric cars so we’ll reduce our carbon footprint and save the planet. Until we do, we are bad people who hate the children and want them to die.

Right?          Hello?

Oscar Schneider, The Brussels Times:

When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix – in which coal still plays an important role – are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich.

Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2…

When all these factors are considered, each Tesla emits 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is more than a comparable diesel vehicle produced by the German company 25Mercedes, for example.

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Electric cars emit… more pollution? As in… not less?

Of course, you realize what this means. This is fake science. Electric cars are actually good, because otherwise it would mean the smart fellers were wrong about something. If you drive a Tesla, you’re a good person.

 

Mueller report makes Obama look BAD!

Scott Jennings, CNN contributor and former assistant to President George W. Bush, called out Barack Obama in an Op-Ed on Friday, saying that the recently posted Mueller report makes the former president look “just plain bad.”

Released Thursday, the report details the results of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian interference during the 2016 election.

“The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014,” Jennings wrote. “Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election.”

Jennings also noted that the Russian interference had not been unnoticed by the Obama administration.

“In 2016, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to ‘stand down’ and ‘knock it off’ as they drew up plans to ‘strike back’ against the Russians,” he said.

Read the rest at: Obama

Screw York Yankees!

You are dead to me. You are a collection of Fredos. The cock has crowed, you pathetic sniveling jerks.

The team I have rooted for since 1965, when I first visited the House that Ruth Built, where I hawked peanuts and ice cream a lifetime ago, watched countless games (Guidry striking out 18!), has gotten so woke and decided to abandon playing (during the Seventh-Inning-Stretch) Kate Smith’s iconic rendition of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America.

The 1938 radio premier of Smith singing the song can be heard here.

Why? Per the Daily Mail, the Yankees, “dropped the song after becoming aware of the late Smith’s racially insensitive songs, with names like ‘Pickaninny Heaven’ and ‘That’s Why Darkies Were Born.’” Another charge: Smith (who died in 1986) endorsed a “mammy” doll in the late 1930s. An unnamed spokesman said “The Yankees take social, racial, and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

No, it’s on the side of stupidity. As stupid: The Philadelphia Flyers, who initiated the custom of playing Smith’s tune during games, announced they too were kyboshing Kate.

What repulsive people, gnats compared to how truly great and American this lady was. Kate Smith was more than just a crooner — who now stands judged and convicted of living when she lived. From her New York Times obituary:

At the height of her career, during World War II, she repeatedly was named one of the three or four most popular women in America. No single show-business figure even approached her as a seller of War Bonds during World War II. In one 18-hour stint on the CBS radio network, Miss Smith sold $107 million worth of war bonds, which were issued by the United States Government to finance the war effort. Her total for a series of marathon broadcasts was over $600 million.

And when she wasn’t raising the dough to crush fascism, Smith was visiting the soldiers: “. . . she traveled nearly 520,000 miles to entertain American troops.” That’s the equivalent of 130 times around the globe. While the Yankees were playing baseball and getting loaded after the game.

Read the rest at: New York Yanks

Human composting coming to a state near you!

Washington state lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would allow residents to take part in “natural organic reduction” of human remains, citing in part research that said careful composted human remains could be safe for use in a household garden, reports said.

The Seattle Times reported that Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on Friday said he did not review the final legislation. Inslee– who is running for president— has been active on Twitter since the state Senate and House of Representative passed bill 5001, but did not mention the bill in any posts. The bill reportedly passed easily and had bipartisan support.

The report pointed out that the measure has been several years in the making. There was a trial that involved six backers who agreed to organic reduction. The results were positive and “the soil smelled like soil and nothing else,” the report said.

Troy Hottle, a fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told the paper that the method is as “close to the natural process of decomposition [as] you’d assume a body would undergo before we had an industrialized society.”

An NBC News report last year said the procedure could cost $5,500.

“People from all over the state who wrote to me are very excited about the prospect of becoming a tree or having a different alternative for themselves,” Democratic state Sen. Jamie Pedersen told NBC.

Read the rest at: Composting

Obama Administration – Darker than we knew!

There was so much hope in January 2009 when Barack Obama took office. Here was the first black president of the United States, promising to be a leader for all Americans, to halt the rise of the oceans and to be the most transparent administration ever. Even black Americans were saying the Civil War was finally over.

Unfortunately for America, it didn’t turn out that way. As more and more evidence is revealed daily on the evening news, it is now very clear the Obama administration was the most corrupt presidency in the history of the republic.

As Mr. Obama’s favorite, President Abraham Lincoln, warned us, the most dangerous threats can come from domestic enemies.

First of all, that bit about being a leader for all Americans, color-blind if you will, was a tall tale. Mr. Obama never missed an opportunity to sow racial divide. During his term in the Oval Office, racial relations literally went off the cliff. Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle promoted the false narrative that white America was literally guilty of hunting down blacks with glee. They whipped up resentment in minority communities against the police, even though a Harvard study found that blacks are no more likely to be killed by police than whites.

But the racial divisions, as painful and heartbreaking as they are, were not the worst of it.

Read the rest at: Obama Strikes Again

 

Rosenstein in trouble?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will soon leave the Justice Department that he joined as a newly minted lawyer nearly 30 years ago. He is, by all accounts, a skillful attorney who spearheaded a number of successful public corruption prosecutions and won widespread respect from members of both parties en route. But as is often the case, he will be remembered best for the worst moments of his career: his letter providing a cover story for the firing of FBI Director James Comey; his baffling failure to recuse himself from the special counsel’s probe into possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump; and his wingman role in Attorney General William Barr’s bid to make Trump’s obstruction issues melt away.

Before he became the Justice Department’s second-in-command under Trump, Rosenstein’s long tenure at the department looked like a public service success story. He joined the Justice Department at age 25, fresh from a D.C. Circuit clerkship and just one year out of Harvard Law School. President George W. Bush named him U.S. attorney for Maryland in 2005, and President Barack Obama asked him to remain at that post, making Rosenstein the only Bush-appointed U.S. attorney whom Obama retained. Though a registered Republican, he won the admiration of Maryland’s U.S. senators, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of whom are Democrats. When Trump nominated him as deputy attorney general, Cardin said that Rosenstein “has demonstrated throughout his long career the highest standards of professionalism.” Van Hollen praised him as a “top-notch lawyer” with a “record and reputation of serving justice.” At a time when virtually everyone in American political life was associated either with Team Red or Team Blue, Rosenstein appeared to be one of the few figures with bipartisan bona fides.

Read the rest at: Tragedy of Rod

Unemployment hits 50 year low!

If the mainstream media were truly honest, this story would without question be front page news.

Unfortunately, the MSM isn’t on the level and hasn’t been for a long while. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, they serve as the communications arm of the Democrat party.

Period. 

And yet, President Trump continues to get things done for the American people thanks to his conservative policies that benefit all.

For example…

From Axios:

U.S. employment numbers continue to get better. Data released yesterday showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest in almost 50 years last week.

Why it matters: More important than the single print was the direction of the trend. The 4-week moving average of initial claims fell to 201,250 last week, the lowest reading since November 1969.

See the rest at: Unemployment

 

People DONT agree with Mueller report – BUT dont know why!

A sizable number of voters don’t agree with the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, although many of them are not exactly sure why. Most voters think politics is the reason for the criticism.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that a plurality (47%) of Likely U.S. Voters agrees with Mueller’s conclusion that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and no prosecutable obstruction of justice by President Trump. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree, while 15% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 18 and 21, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Read and see the rest at: Reports

Wrong predictions about Earth Day!

Tomorrow (Monday, April 22) is Earth Day 2019 and time for my annual Earth Day post on spectacularly wrong predictions around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970…..

In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now: The planet’s future has never looked better. Here’s why” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 19 years ago: How accurate were the predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970? The answer: “The prophets of doom were not simply wrong, but spectacularly wrong,” according to Bailey. Here are 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around 1970 when the “green holy day” (aka Earth Day) started:

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.

3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

Read the rest at: More Earth Day Failures

50 Years of climate change prediction failures!

This Earth Day, it almost feels like we should be carving some turkey. Why? Because we have a lot to be thankful for since the first Earth Day event occurred 49 years ago.

We should be thankful that the gloom-and-doom predictions made throughout the past several decades haven’t come true. Fear-mongering about explosive population growth, food crises and the imminent depletion of natural resources have been a staple of Earth Day events since 1970. And the common thread among them is that they’ve stirred up a lot more emotions than facts.

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate … that there won’t be any more crude oil,” ecologist Kenneth Watt warned around the time of the first Earth Day event. “You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ’er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” Watt also warned of global cooling and nitrogen buildup rendering all of the planet’s land unusable.

The issue, however, is that present trends do not continue. They change dramatically for a number of reasons. Innovation happens. Consumer behavior changes. Importantly, price signals play a huge role in communicating information to energy producers as well as consumers. Higher prices at the pump encourage companies to extract and supply more oil. Expensive gas prices, meanwhile, motivate entrepreneurs to invest in alternatives to oil, whether that’s batteries, natural-gas vehicles or biofuels. Drivers will examine their consumption options as well, whether carpooling, finding alternative modes of transportation or, over time, purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Here we are, 19 years past Watt’s arbitrary deadline, and drivers are pulling up to the pump saying, “Fill ’er up, buddy” (figuratively speaking, as Watts also didn’t foresee self-service stations) without any cause for concern. Thanks to human ingenuity and the entrepreneurial drive of energy producers, the United States is now the world’s largest oil producer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — and continually breaking records.

While global energy poverty and food insecurity remain a pressing challenge, the problems are getting much better, not worse. World Bank and United Nations data show extreme poverty and global hunger has noticeably droppedsince 1970. And according to the International Energy Agency, the number of people without access to electricity fell to below 1 billion people for the first time.

Clearly, there’s work to be done. But signs are pointing in the right direction.

In the United States, the common perception is that the country’s environmental state is deteriorating. On the contrary, through investment in new technologies, and through legislation, environmental trends have improved significantly in the United States. Pollutants known to cause harm to public health and the environment are declining. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest air quality trends report, the combined emissions of the six common air pollutants have decreased 73 percent between 1970 and 2017.

Read the rest at: 50 years of failure

Dixie schools renamed because of racism?

The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery.

Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name of its elementary school by Aug. 22, when classes resume.

However, the board didn’t choose a new name. A committee made up of parents, other community members and district staff will be set up to solicit and evaluate suggestions from the public.

The board rejected some 15 names in February when it voted against a name-change on grounds that more community input was needed.

The cost of the name change, such as replacing signs, was estimated at nearly $40,000, but the Marin Community Foundation pledged to cover it.

Dixie is a nickname for the southern U.S. states that formed the pro-slavery Confederacy in 1860, sparking the Civil War. The legacy of the Confederacy prompts political, legal and cultural conflicts to this day.

Those who support changing the name say the district was named Dixie by James Miller, the school founder, on a dare by Confederate sympathizers. Those who oppose the change say the school system was named for Mary Dixie, a Miwok Indian woman that Miller knew in the 1840s.

Read the rest at: Dixie

LA now has a bigotry ban!

The City Council Wednesday approved a civil and human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination and other forms of bigotry in Los Angeles.

The ordinance was approved on a 12-0 vote, along with a second measure to create a commission to investigate violations of residents’ civil rights, with the power to levy fines of up to $125,000 per standard violation and cumulative penalties of up to $250,000 per violation as a result of violent or harassing acts.

The commission would have 15 members, with one member appointed by each of the 15 City Council members and approved by the full council.

Peter Schey, a civil rights attorney and the city’s legal adviser on immigration issues, urged passage of the ordinances, which need to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to become official.

“I think it’s going to be a model human rights and civil rights provision that other cities may later adopt, and I think it will provide protection to a large number of people, particularly vulnerable, low-income people who presently for one reason or another fear the federal government’s unfamiliarity with the state’s procedures on having the discrimination that they’ve experienced addressed,” Schey told the council’s Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee in February.

Read the rest at: LA Bigotry

More Parents pushing against Sex Ed in California!

Stephanie Yates got choked up staring out at the cheering crowd of over 500 sign-holding moms and dads who traveled from all over the state to stand with her on the steps of the state capitol. Regaining her composure, Stephanie got real with the crowd and admitted she used to be so shy and fearful she could hardly introduce herself.

Explaining her transformation last Thursday, Stephanie gave credit to her creator. “God will give you the courage for what you need to do to protect your children,” she said. And after seeing the graphic, immoral sex and gender identity lessons the public schools were teaching children, she decided, “I don’t care if they think I’m crazy. I don’t care if they get mad, and I lose friends and I lose family over this, because it is about our kids.”

And so Stephanie started to take action “one step at a time.” A little less than a year ago she created a Facebook group at her husband’s suggestion. As more and more parents joined, and as sex education lessons and school board meeting videos were posted for parents to see, the Facebook group started growing, eventually doubling, then tripling in size. Now after holding two rallies at the state capitol and a sex education sit-out with over 40 participating school districts, the Informed Parents of California Facebook group has grown to almost 15,000 members.

Despite all their efforts, California’s education bureaucracy and its elected leaders are, in large part, still ignoring them. Informed Parents of California co-founder Aileen Blachowski admitted this at the rally, but that doesn’t mean they intend to quiet down.

“Department of Education, hear this loud and clear,” Aileen declared to the crowd. “The parents of California will not submit their children to indoctrination. … If you will not listen to us. … We will pull our kids from your schools.”

Over the next few months Informed Parents of California plan to implement “Operation Suspend Re-Enrollment.” Parents will be encouraged to send letters telling school district officials not to expect their children for next school year if they will not listen and act on parent curriculum concerns.

One group of political leaders who have shown their support to these parents is the California Senate Republicans. The Senate Republican communication team video taped the entire rally, interviewed speakers afterwards, and put together promotional videos of the two senators who spoke at the rally, Senate Republican Caucus Chair Brian Jones (District 38 – Santee), and Mike Morrell (District 23 – Rancho Cucamonga).

Read the rest at: Parents against FORCED Sex ED

Some Pastors dont want to offend!

New polling has revealed half of American pastors are too concerned they might offend someone to speak out on hot-button social and moral issues, but could that problem have a simple fix?

According to research from the Barna Group, the same issues pastors feel most pressured to preach about are also the ones they feel most uncomfortable addressing.

It should come as no surprise the issues at the top of the heap are homosexuality and abortion.

“The pressure for leaders, and especially faith leaders, to satisfy everyone on all sides and to avoid offense is very real today, especially in the digital era,” said Roxanne Stone, editor-in-chief of Barna. “The public nature of social media only increases the stakes.”

The majority of the push and pull pastors feel is coming from inside the congregations they lead.

“The pressure for leaders, and especially faith leaders, to satisfy everyone on all sides and to avoid offense is very real today, especially in the digital era,” said Roxanne Stone, editor-in-chief of Barna. “The public nature of social media only increases the stakes.”

The majority of the push and pull pastors feel is coming from inside the congregations they lead.

Read the rest at: CBN news

 

Pence backlash as commencement speaker at Christian University!

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 16, 2018. Pence spoke after receiving a briefing and visiting employees with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the headquarters. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Christian college in Indiana invited Vice President Mike Pence to speak at its commencement ceremony in May, but members of the university community were not happy with the selection. The university has since stood by its decision to invite the vice president despite some public opposition.

Taylor University, a small Christian college located in Pence’s home state of Indiana, announced his role as the commencement speaker Thursday in a press release, as well as subsequent posts on the school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. University president Dr. Paul Lowell Haines said that his school “ is pleased and honored to welcome to our campus and its 2019 Commencement exercises, Vice President Mike Pence.”

In addition to heralding the vice president’s public service career, Haines said, “Mr. Pence has been a good friend to the University over many years, and is a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates,” according to the release.

The announcement was met with distaste from a number of members of the university community, many of whom shared their thoughts about the announcement on the school’s social media pages. One alumnus, Washington, D.C. resident Alex Hoekstra, started a Change.org petition calling for people to protest the vice president’s speech because, according to Hoekstra, inviting Pence as the keynote speaker makes “alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies which … are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear.”

The petition had garnered over 4,000 signatures by the time of publication.

Outside of that petition, members of the university community shared their positive views of the announcement on the school’s social media channels as well.

Read the rest at: Pence

Students Vote for Reparations!

Portrait of a happy young businessman throwing out money banknotes isolated over gray background

Georgetown University students voted Thursday in support of establishing a mandatory fee for undergraduate students to pay to descendants of slaves.

According to the Georgetown Election Commission, 66.08 percent of students who voted supported the measure while 33.92 percent of students who voted did not support the measure.

The referendum, known as GU272, requires undergraduate students to fork up to $27.20 per semester, reported WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Funds collected from the fee will go toward descendants of 272 slaves that Georgetown sold in 1838. The referendum comes as a number of 2020 Democrat presidential candidates now openly support reparations, as the Wall Street Journal  highlighted Thursday.

“The proceeds of the GU272 Reconciliation Contributions will be allocated for charitable purposes directly benefiting the descendants of the GU272 and other persons once enslaved by the Maryland Jesuits—with special consideration given to causes and proposals directly benefiting those descendants still residing in proud and underprivileged communities, such as in Maringouin,” the referendum says.

The referendum notes that descendants of many of the slaves whom Georgetown sold in 1838 to avoid bankruptcy still reside in poorer communities in southern Louisiana. The document also claims that the semester fee will rise in accordance with inflation. Now that the resolution has passed, it will be considered by the school’s Board of Trustees for final approval.

“The students will show what they care about and that they want to act in reparative justice,” Georgetown student Maya Moretta, who helped advocate for the resolution, told WRC-TV. “If you have a large group of the student body who want to provide reconciliation, then I think the Board of Trustees will listen.”

After the revelation of Georgetown’s 1838 slave sale, the school announced that it would grant an advantage in admissions to descendants of these slaves, as well as rename a memorial and two campus buildings.

“Student referendums help to express important student perspectives but do not create university policy and are not binding on the university,” Georgetown University spokesman Matt Hill told WRC-TV. “The university will carefully review the results of the referendum, and regardless of the outcome, will remain committed to engaging with students, Descendants, and the broader Georgetown community and addressing its historical relationship to slavery.”

Read the rest at: reparations

No Religion growing as fast as Catholicism!

A new report published by the General Social Survey says that for the first time ever, ‘No Religion’ is now the most popular choice for Americans, tying Catholicism and evangelicalism.

“‘Religious nones’ as they are called by researchers, are a diverse group made up of atheists, agnostics, the spiritual, and those who are no specific organized religion in particular. A rejection of organized religion is the common thread they share,” CNN reports.

“It is the first time we have seen this. The same questions have been asked for 44 years,” political scientist and Baptist pastor Ryan Burge told CNN.

“A person under the age of 40 is four times more likely to say that they have no religious affiliation today than in 1972. However, the jump in those over 40 is six times as likely,” Burge tweeted.

Some atheists surmise that that rise of the internet and social media has replaced organized religion as a means for organizing and connecting with community.

See the charts and info at: No Religion

Condoleezza Rice a War Criminal?

ANN ARBOR MI - MARCH 30: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the University of Michigan as the Goff Smith lecturer March 30 2011 in Ann Arbor MI.

A socialist student group at the University of Buffalo is calling out the school administration for hosting “war criminal” Condoleezza Rice as a “distinguished speaker.”

The former U.S. Secretary of State and special assistant to President George W. Bush for national security is scheduled to speak Wednesday as part of a distinguished speaker series hosted by the Graduate Student Association.

“UB YDSA emphatically supports freedom of speech, including the right to protest, and welcomes a variety of viewpoints to campus…,” the Young Democratic Socialists of America statement reads, claiming that “as National Security Advisor in the Bush Administration, [Rice] personally approved the CIA’s use of waterboarding on prisoners. She lied about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and used that as justification to wage a war of aggression that directly caused the violent deaths of nearly 500,000 people.”

The YDSA chapter offered a further explanation:
“While we don’t think an event recognizing Condoleezza Rice as a ‘Distinguished Speaker’ should take place, we recognize that it is unlikely that the University will cancel the event at this point,” the chapter told Campus Reform. “We hope that they refrain from honoring war criminals in the future. We will be protesting outside of the event in an effort to make the audience aware of her crimes.”

A University of Buffalo spokesman also commented to Campus Reform, saying in part that “the university does not take a position on the views expressed by those who visit our campus.”

Read the rest at: Condoleezza 

The man who destroyed the FBI

Wyatt Earp. Elliot Ness. J. Edgar Hoover. Inspector Clouseau. James Comey. The names reflect a continuum, from greatness to farce and mediocrity.

In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached such depths of disgrace as James “Cardinal” Comey. The “Cardinal” was a sobriquet that FBI agents used to denigrate their leader. As Deputy Attorney General, he was called “drama queen.” Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unmatched in the histories of either of those illustrious organizations. He was the cult of personality. He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement. The Bureau and the public became the losers.

The Comey Memos, a 15-page suicide note, reveal a deeply tortured and troubled man. They have a hausfrau sentimentality. But they are telling nonetheless.

As we watch in amazement the mendacious and fiction-laced Comey book tour (truly a tour de farce), one is struck by the utter phantasm he has created around and about him. With each successive lie, he sinks to a new low. Ask yourself this question: Can you imagine William Webster or Louie Freeh mounting this psychodrama defense of their tenures as FBI director? To ask the question is to answer it.

The American people are being treated to a dose of reality about Washington, D.C. Comey is a symptom. The disease is a voracious, rapacious government filled at high levels by people of immense ego and viciousness. Whether it is the IRS’s Lois Lerner, Comey, or the political thugs Obama installed at the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Justice, the CIA, the DNI, and the NSC, they all share a common bond: allegiance to a cause unrelated to the Constitution, a cause borne of disdain for the average American and dedicated to power and its use and abuse against political “enemies.”

There now can be no doubt that there was a brazen plot by senior officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, NSC, and DNI to carry out two objectives: to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email server investigation; and if she lost the election, to frame Trump and his team for crimes they did not commit.

As a former U.S. Attorney, Independent Counsel, Special Counsel to the House of Representatives, and investigator for more than 40 years, I can say all the known facts of record and the reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom point to just that.

These individuals concluded, with Comey in the lead, that Donald Trump was not fit to be president. They loathed him and everything he stood for. They loved Hillary and everything she stood for. He had to be stopped. She had to be elected. And if she couldn’t be elected, he had to be immobilized, degraded, and run out of office. That meant that the rules of the constitutional game no longer applied because the end result – removing Trump – had a higher moral value. Indeed, it was a moral necessity. The Comey book tour underscores that maniacal belief.

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Climate Change is VERY active!

In a blow delivered to global warming purveyors, a new study discovered that a massive Greenland glacier that had been shrinking rapidly is expanding again.

NBC News reports that a new study published in Nature Geoscience examined the Jakobshavn glacier, in central west Greenland, the ice sheet’s fastest glacier and largest by volume discharge, and found that as opposed to the situation in 2012, when the glacier was shrinking 1.8 miles every year while thinning roughly 130 feet, over the last two years the process has been reversed.

The abstract for the study notes that the glacier “has been the single largest source of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet over the last 20 years. During that time, it has been retreating, accelerating and thinning.” It links the growth and thickening of the glacier over the last two years to “to concurrent cooling of ocean waters in Disko Bay that spill over into Ilulissat Icefjord,” adding, “Ocean temperatures in the bay’s upper 250 m have cooled to levels not seen since the mid 1980s.”

The scientists note that their information was gleaned from two NASA data sets: the radar altimetry of the Oceans Melting Greenland mission and the laser altimetry of Operation Icebridge. The study states, “Between 2016 and 2017, we observe ice thickening of 20 to 30 m in the vicinity of the front … Repeat Glacier and Ice Surface Topography Interferometer (GLISTIN) measurements in 2018 show that the thickening continued at a similar rate near the front, but has now extended as far as 80km upstream and has spread laterally.”

The study acknowledges, “Over the past several years, ocean temperatures have cooled on the continental shelf in the vicinity of Jakobshavn Isbrae. We find that ocean temperatures in Disko Bay below about 150 m cooled by nearly 2 degrees centigrade between 2014 and 2016.”

Most importantly, the study states, “Jakobshavn Isbrae witnessed three decades-long episodes of rapid thinning since the beginning of the twentieth century. The latest started in 1997 and our observations of recent slowing and thickening could signal the end of that episode by 2017. Such episodic course reversals underline the difficulty of projecting contemporary trends into the future to assess glacier contribution to sea-level rise.”

Study lead author Ala Khazendar, a NASA glaciologist on the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project, said that the natural North Atlantic Oscillation vacillates between climbing and dropping; he added that although the water can get cooler, ultimately it will get warmer and the melting will increase.

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Are Democrat leaders Crazy?

After almost two weeks of critical media coverage of Joe Biden’s handsy history, poll after poll indicates most Democrats do not care. The latest Quinnipiac poll—of California, no less—has the yet-to-announce Biden easily leading Bernie Sanders and favorite daughter Kamala Harris. This poll also has Harris performing better among white liberals than nonwhite voters.

These findings are mostly news to the progressive elites at the top of Democratic politics and the establishment media. The data suggesting the Democratic Party is an upstairs/downstairs coalition in which a small faction of disproportionately white progressives dominate a more diverse rank-and-file has been piling up in studies by More in Common, Pew, and Gallup. In recent days, some in the media have finally begun to notice.

At The New York Times, resident propellerheads Nate Cohn and Kevin Quealy find that “[t]oday’s Democratic Party is increasingly perceived as dominated by its ‘woke’ left wing. But the views of Democrats on social media often bear little resemblance to those of the wider Democratic electorate.” They add: “The outspoken group of Democratic-leaning voters on social media is outnumbered, roughly 2 to 1, by the more moderate, more diverse and less educated group of Democrats who typically don’t post political content online.”

Cohn and Quealy report that approximately a quarter of Democrats are progressive ideologues; only a tenth might identify as democratic socialists. “The rest of the party is easy to miss,” they write. “Not only is it less active on social media, but it is also under-represented in the well-educated, urban enclaves where journalists roam.”

Similarly, Third Way—a group representing centrist Democrats—has released a poll finding a similar chasm between the woke mob on social media and other Democrats: “On the question of whether Democrats want a candidate who will appeal to a broad range of voters or move left to energize progressives and liberals, voters who do not post on Twitter prefer broad appeal by 57 points, while active Tweeters prefer broad appeal by a much narrower 27 points.”

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