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Monday, March 27, 2017

Dear GOP: Stand Strong Against the Immorality and Lunacy of the Left

In today’s political climate, few things are as certain as this: Virtually every crazy policy, corrupt courtroom ruling, or depraved piece of legislation that plagues our political climate is a product of modern liberalism. Whether killing children in the womb, killing small businesses, legally redefining the oldest institution in the history of humanity, legalizing and promoting a wide variety of sexual immoralities, criminalizing (or attempting to criminalize) the life-blood of American industry, criminalizing Christianity, stealing money from one group of constituents to buy votes from another, and so on, liberals and their lackeys in the Democrat Party, the mainstream media, and academia have used their political, information, and entertainment powers in manners most perverse.

To a great extent, this is why the GOP is in unprecedented territory when it comes to political power. Except for the northeast, the west coast, and most large cities, whether local, state, or federal offices, across the U.S., the GOP brand dominates. I believe this has happened not because of any special degree of governing competence held by republicans (as their recent health care failure demonstrates), but because of the special degree of incompetence and immorality possessed by today’s democrats. As Marvin Olasky put it, “Republicans cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Democrats can be trusted almost always to do the wrong thing.”

I believe most Americans—especially those voting for republicans—would agree with me: A politician is like a plunger—a tool that you would rather not be without, but one that you almost never want to have to use. Even Christ-denier Thomas Paine understood, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Ironically, and contrary to one of their highest ideals, American democrats have simply made their politics “intolerable.” And currently, the GOP is the best tool we have to fix what the democrats have wrecked.

Granted, this is a tall task, for there is much to do, and in spite of their heavy losses, democrats seem determined to continue with their radical liberal agenda. There has been little self-assessment by democrats since November 8. On the contrary, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and the widespread electoral success of the GOP throughout America has led many liberals to new and greater heights of unhinged behavior and rhetoric.

Spurred on by virtually no real evidence, and because they have made a god of government (and thus, are almost completely incapable of handling political defeat), liberal pundits across the U.S. have spilled gallons of ink desperately attempting to blame Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on some nefarious conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Because they are devoted to the “theology of self,” fragile campus snowflakes across America are suppressing—violently in some cases—any form of speech (political, religious, et al) that they find “offensive.”

Nothing illustrates the lunacy and “unhingedness” of today’s liberals better than the newest front in the perverse LGBT agenda. Modern liberalism has gone so far off the deep end that we have “progressed” from debating the climate, guns, abortion, marriage, and the like, to debating what is a male and what is a female. I’ve chronicled this a couple of times recently, but it seems every week now there is a new story where those corrupted by liberalism have allowed men to take trophies from women, or violated the sanctity of bathrooms and locker rooms—even where children are concerned—all in the name of “tolerating” madness.

Liberals have even injected the politics of gender into the current NCAA men’s basketball tournament. After Duke’s loss to South Carolina in the second round of the tournament, many observers—fans and pundits alike—blamed the loss on the state of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.” (The game was played in South Carolina instead of North Carolina because the NCAA is “discriminating” against the state of North Carolina.) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski himself has called North Carolina’s common sense law against men using women’s restrooms “stupid.” Hey Coach K, the definition of “stupid:” To think that this man

is somehow now a “woman” and has the “right” to use a women’s restroom, etc.

However, the madness has only just begun. Just wait until there is consensus on real health care reform by Trump and the GOP-led U.S. Congress. Just wait until there is real tax reform. Just wait until construction on a border wall begins. Just wait until President Trump gets to appoint a second justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. And can you imagine the size of the “safe space” necessary if a conservative-led Supreme Court of the United States overturns the infamous Roe v. Wade and Obergefell rulings? If you think you’ve seen campus fires now, just wait.

As such things come to pass, the violence, riots, “nastiness,” and vile speech we’ve already witnessed will pale in comparison to what will come. We should expect nothing less from a movement that has abandoned virtually every measure of sound science and morality. So take heed, Washington republicans: be ready for attacks, protests, filibusters, lies, smears, irrational arguments, and dirty tricks of virtually every form imaginable. Be ready to defend yourself and conservative principles and policies. In other words, stand strong and be ready to fight. Whether it’s health care, tax law, foreign policy, the courts, the justice department, the military, and so on, we conservatives who voted for you want smaller, smarter, and moral government. This is exactly what republicans have been elected to do.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2017, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is Now a "Weather Skeptic"

After the latest Northeast snow storm brought less than expected (forecasted) totals to New York City at a news conference, Mayor, Bill de Blasio spoke on the "modest" snow totals seen in his city:
What we saw here is a very different than what was projected, even as of late yesterday.
He added,
This is the lesson we keep learning. The National Weather service does everything they know how to do. Mother Nature still does what it wants to do, so what we got was a storm where the numbers that were projected occurred to the north and west of us — not here, thank God so we were spared some of the worst of it.
If ONLY de Blasio and those like-minded would take such a view with the climate! One of the points I've often made when it comes to the oft-repeated doom-and-gloom forecasts perpetuated by climate alarmists of every rank is that, if the weather forecasters are sometimes very wrong predicting what's going to happen just days, or even hours, later, why in the world would anyone trust a climate forecast that purports to tell us what is going to happen years, decades, or even centuries in the future?

Think about it: How often are your local forecasts very wrong? Not very often when the days are not far away. But once one gets past a few days, the forecasts are often quite wrong and adjustments are made as those days draw closer. As I noted back in 2009, the reason there is such a devotion to dire climate forecasts by the "Warmists" is because they have, in a sense, made man-made global warming (or, "science" in general) their religion. (Sadly, the modern left has many such gods.)

And because the modern left has also made a god of government, an impending climate disaster is a convenient tool for more Big Government.

Copyright 2017, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, March 12, 2017

UW-Madison Students Display Stunning Duplicity Towards Christians

Alliance Defending Freedom was recently on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. It wasn't pretty. The corruption of liberalism was on clear display. Watch:

Remember, the duplicity and illogic witnessed above is rampant across U.S. campuses. In addition, this sort-of thinking--or rather, lack of thinking--has infected, not only our classrooms, but our state houses, court houses--even churches! In other words, as I've pointed out often, the corruption of liberalism is wide and deep. Liberals on campuses, in the media, in elected office, et al, must be made to answer these sort of questions.

However, remember, Christians shouldn't even need the protection of "religious liberty" when it comes to marriage. The Supreme Court of the United States must reverse its perverse, immoral, and unconstitutional ruling on marriage.

Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Is Roy Williams' UNC Degree in "Bullsh*t"?

Dear Roy Williams: If you can't tell the difference between what is a male, and what is a female, perhaps it is you who has a "bullsh*t" problem.

In case you missed it, after their win over Miami in the quarterfinal round of the ACC basketball tournament, Williams--the head coach of the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team--was asked about the impact (on recruiting and media attention) of having the ACC tournament in a big city such as New York (the site of this year's tournament), as opposed to a city like Greensboro, North Carolina (a frequent host city).

Williams answered,
It used to be much more [important to play in a big market] than I think it is now. Now everybody has got social media, and we don't need The New York Times to find out what in the dickens is going on in our country. You know, our president tweets out more bulls--- than anybody I've ever seen. We've got social media. 
In the old days, there's no question it was the media capital of the world, but I'm not sure it is right now.
Williams (an alumnus of UNC) was already not happy about having to play the opening rounds of the tournament in Brooklyn, New York. The first two rounds of this year's ACC men's basketball were originally scheduled to be played in Greensboro. However, after North Carolina legislators passed a common sense "bathroom bill" (in response to liberals in Charlotte ignoring said common sense and sound morality), and because the NCAA is committed to the perverse LGBT agenda, the ACC men's basketball tournament--and a half a dozen other championships--were pulled from the state of North Carolina.

After the "bathroom bill" (HB2) became law in North Carolina, University of North Carolina president vowed that she would not enforce the law on the campuses of UNC. She defiantly declared,
Pending a final [court] judgment in this case, I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require that transgender students use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.
Williams himself called the law "ridiculous" and "stupid." In other words, the head coach of UNC men's basketball thinks its "stupid" to require men to use the men's room, and women to use the ladies' room. Now I'm no expert in the excrement of male bovines, but it seems to me if you support the notion that a human being with XY chromosomes, testicles, and a penis somehow has a "right" to use the ladies' restroom or ladies' locker room, then perhaps you are the one peddling the "bullsh*t."

Copyright 2017, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I Told You Testosterone Would Make Women’s Sports More Interesting

To be fair—given the perverse transgender agenda of the modern left—my idea was that men (like Bruce—“Dude Looks Like a Lady!”—Jenner) would compete as “women.” My idea was not that female athletes who want to pretend that they are men (or boys)—and thus take athletic performance-enhancing drugs such as testosterone to help live such a deluded fantasy—would compete as females. I did not imagine this because (I thought) virtually every female athletic association would not allow such an advantage.

Of course, in most athletic associations this is the case, but at the high school level in the state of Texas, it seems there are exceptions. As has been widely reported recently, a female wrestler in Texas—Mack Beggs—has won the state championship in her division largely due to the fact that she has a significant competitive advantage: she’s taking steroids (testosterone).

Once upon a time, such behavior was widely considered cheating. In fact, some of the biggest scandals in sports history involve behavior virtually identical to the behavior of Mack Beggs. (Alex Rodriguez took testosterone.) In fact, due to the widespread problem of “doping” (taking performance-enhancing drugs) in the world of athletics, in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency was created. Clearly (and always) on the list of banned substances: testosterone. In spite of being an endogenous (naturally occurring) anabolic androgenic (promotes male characteristics) steroid, testosterone use among athletes is prohibited if administered from outside the body.

In the modern era of sports, scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs are numerous. One of the largest examples (in terms of sheer volume of athletes and length of time) involves the Olympians of East Germany. In a tragic attempt to hide the real devastating effects of a communist government and a socialist economy, and instead to present itself as a strong, healthy nation, during the Cold War, the East German government began doping its athletes.

The primary drug administered to thousands of East German athletes as young as eight years old was Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (CDMT)—a synthetic steroid and, as the name indicates, a synthetic “derivative of testosterone.” (This was the same drug that disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson took.) Unlike Mack Beggs and others who knowingly take performance enhancing drugs, most of the East German athletes were duped into doping. Their coaches told them they were taking “vitamins.” In terms of medals—with over 500 summer and winter Olympic medals between 1968 and 1988—the result of the doping, as in the case of Beggs (a record of 56-0), was a huge success.

However, as The Daily Mirror reported in 2015, the East German athletes paid a terrible price. As the Mirror notes,
The stars of yesterday suffered severe depression, heart conditions, degenerative bone disease and infertility. Some even changed sex because of the drugs. Many spiraled into drink and drug addictions, unable to find work.
Shot putter Heidi Krieger suffered the loss of her femininity. She had a “sex-change” operation (of course, it’s not really possible to change one’s sex) and now lives her life pretending she’s a man, “teaching youngsters the dangers of pumping steroids in a bid for sporting glory.” Concerned that the current situation with Olympic athletes in Russia mirrors that of East Germany, Ines Geipel, 55, a 1980s East German champion sprinter, warns:
It is more than 25 years ago now and yet there are so many parallels with the Russian situation and ours. It is about a state-controlled abuse. 
It carried on until 1989. We are probably talking about 10 to 15,000 athletes in total. We saw kids as young as eight being doped. They were guinea pigs and we have seen the health impact down the generations, passed from grandfather to grandchild. 
The bodies are broken, and so are the souls. Naturally there was great gynaecological damage because the women were taking men’s hormones. We have seen still births, infertility, disabled children born to former athletes.
In other words, there are significant health risks—especially for women, in taking testosterone. Of course—like the oppressive East Germans—this is secondary to the perverse sexual agenda of the modern left. What’s more, whether those struggling with their gender identity take dangerous drugs, as Dr. Paul McHugh—University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital—puts it:
The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.
And when the perverse LGBT agenda invades the world of sports, the harm extends beyond the physical and mental damage done to the athlete who’s decided to indulge his or her delusions with drugs and surgeries. Whether it’s males competing as females—as in the case of Alaska’s Nattaphon Wangyot—or, as in the case of Beggs, a female taking testosterone, the ones who will suffer competitively are the female athletes who have decided to play by the rules of sound science, morality, and the athletic associations that govern their sports.

Beggs’ case is just the latest example of this lunacy. Multiple organizations corrupted by liberalism have laid the groundwork for rendering women’s athletics a farce. As I noted last year,
Among many other crazy things, on “transgender and gender non-conforming students,” The National Center for Transgender Equality declares:
  • You have the right to equal educational opportunities regardless of your gender, including your gender identity or expression, or your race, nationality, or disability. This includes not being punished or excluded from school activities or events [read: sports] because you are transgender or gender non-conforming.
  • You have the right to use restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that are consistent with your gender identity, and can’t be forced to use separate facilities. 
As early as five years ago the NCAA “Office of Inclusion” produced a document that, among many other crazy things, recommended allowing humans who were born male to compete as females. They piously and ignorantly declared that assumptions commonly made about humans born male who wish to pretend they are female “are not well founded.” 
Ignoring sound science and common sense, the June 2016 edition of the “science” magazine Cosmos concluded that, “It’s only a matter of time before trans female athletes compete in the Olympics,” and “they will not have an edge over the rest of the field.”

Given the physical advantages of men over women (as I’ve pointed out twice before—but which are obvious to those not corrupted by liberalism), male athletes will not suffer competitively in this latest cause of liberalism, where, ironically, trophies and money will be taken from women and given to men. A real feminist would fight against such an injustice, but alas, modern feminism is beholden to the sexual agenda of modern liberalism.

So beholden that, in spite of all that science and common sense reveal, prior to Beggs beginning her quest for a state championship, The Washington Post began their piece on her story with,
On Friday, Mack Beggs, an undefeated high school wrestler from Texas, will compete at the girls’ state tournament in suburban Houston. 
But unlike the rest of the teen’s female competitors, Beggs, 17, is a boy.
Pause for a moment and consider the stupendous stupidity of that last sentence. NOTHING in sound science or morality allows for that conclusion, yet one of the supposed premier news organizations in the world—the paper that helped bring down a U.S. President—printed that sentence.

Additionally, after Beggs’ story broke, “trans athlete and activist” Chris Mosier, via Twitter, ignorantly declared,
High school athletic association policies for trans athletes should allow for participation by gender identity, not by birth certificate.
So again, by this perverse logic, males “identifying” as females would be allowed to take trophies from real girls or women.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for public school athletics in the state of Texas, requires student athletes to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate. With support of about 95 percent of Texas school superintendents, the wise rule change was made last year, no doubt in response to cases like that of Nattaphon Wangyot’s. Yet UIL rules also allow the use of steroids if “dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.” Thus, the UIL and the state of Texas should have further ruled that, since “gender identity” is a disorder, and since it is not possible for a female to “transition” to a male, the “roided-up” Beggs should not have been allowed to compete in any division.

Again, these people need serious physical, mental, and spiritual help. They do not need accommodation in living a lie.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2017, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America