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Thursday, June 30, 2016

BREAKING: U.S. Military Now to Allow Service of Big Red Birds with Fuzzy Pink Feet

I suppose there's only one thing now to decide: is liberalism, as Michael Savage told us a decade ago, a mental disorder, or as Tom Trinko at American Thinker recently concluded, evil to the core?

Seemingly never tired of "struggling against reality," the Obama administration Pentagon has decided to allow "transgenders" to openly serve in the U.S. military. At a press conference today, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said,
I'm announcing today that we're ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military. Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.
Poor Max Klinger would've been devastated, as would have the television executives at CBS. For the first seven seasons of the legendary TV show M*A*S*H*, CBS garnered millions of laughs from Americans who watched Corporal Max Klinger dress up as a woman in a silly attempt to garner a "Section 8" and a discharge from the U.S. Army. Leave it to the Obama administration to undermine one of the greatest television shows of all time.

Oh well, at least M*A*S*H* provides us with an opportunity. In its desire to accommodate all things perverse, and in order to make transgenders feel more comfortable, I'm sure the Obama administration would not object to new military dress for soldiers who wish to carry on in the Max Klinger tradition. Thus, using Klinger as inspiration, I've come up with new uniforms for the U.S. Army. (The other branches of the military can do their own Google search.)

For a combat uniform, here are three options:

The purse accessory in the middle option could be used to carry extra ammunition, supplies, and so on. The large cover in the uniform on the right might prove more useful in desert combat situations.

For formal affairs, there is Army Service Uniform. Fortunately, Klinger was not shy about sporting dressier outfits.

Note all ensembles come with a cover, with the center and the right option also coming with a jacket. The umbrella in the first outfit also doubles as a weapon to use against those not properly progressive enough when it comes to the practice of men dressing as women, and vice versa.

Of course, we need even our trans-troops to remain in top physical condition. (They have to be able to run in heels, right?) Thus, we must provide them with a physical training uniform.

Note the flexibility allowed by the first uniform. The catcher's mitt is not standard issue. The middle option is for those soldiers who wish to perform physical training as a famous female movie character. (I mean, if we're going to allow for fantasy...) Again, Dorothy's picnic basket is non-issue. Option three has the advantage of doubling as a tent.

Klinger was so diversified in his attempts to get out of the Army that he provides us with literally hundreds of additional options should the need arise. There's his maternity line:

Though, as Colonel Blake did point out in this episode, in his condition, Klinger should not be smoking. However, I'm sure the Obama-led Army will soon allow (at taxpayer expense of course) Planned Parenthood personnel on all military bases and outposts in order to remedy such unfortunate incidents.

There's the wedding line:

The patriotic line (for when important dignitaries are on base):

And lastly, the escape line, for when our trans-troops decide it's time to go AWOL:

Once airborne, it's foolproof, as from the ground one will appear as a big red bird, with fuzzy pink feet.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New National Health Institute Survey Reveals: Those Engaging in Homosexuality Report More Health Problems

According to Reuters, "For the first time since its launch in 1957, the National Health Interview Survey in 2013 and 2014 included a question about sexual orientation." Among many other things, the report reveals that there are "substantial health disparities for LGB adults in the United States." These "health disparities" include the facts that those engaging in homosexual behavior "were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use."

Sadly, and foolishly, the researchers here make no effort to determine the reasons for these health disparities. With no science to back their conclusions, they merely declare that the revealed health disparities exist "potentially due to the stressors that LGB people experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination." Also, foolishly, the survey did not ask about sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). The health outcomes examined were "chronic conditions (cancer, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, hepatitis, and weak or failing kidneys."

Of course, as my "Dangers of Homosexuality" page reveals, homosexuals have "health disparities" because of their dangerous (and sinful) sexual behaviors. Additionally, once one abandons the eternal moral absolutes given by our Creator in the sexual realm, it becomes easier to abandon other moral absolutes. Thus the rampant drinking, smoking, and drug use among those engaging in homosexuality. Or, as is often speculated, homosexuals seek to numb themselves through drug and alcohol abuse in order to rid themselves of any guilt they feel due to their sinful behaviors. Of course, what those corrupted by a liberal worldview would have us do is lie and stop calling homosexuality sin.

Lastly, why would anything calling itself the "National Health Interview Survey" take so long (nearly 60 years!) to survey the health of homosexuals?! (Maybe they were afraid of what the answers would reveal?) And then when finally asking about the health of homosexuals, why would you NOT ask about STDs?!

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Benghazi is What Happens When the Liberal Narrative on Islam Prevails

The final Benghazi Report is out, and it is a revealing and thorough indictment of the actions of President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and many within the Obama administration.

After Benghazi, where four Americans were killed as the result of a coordinated attack by radical Islamists upon an American embassy, the Obama administration--including Hillary Clinton--immediately put forth the narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video, Innocence of Muslims, that was critical of Islam. Of course, the liberal mainstream American media--the same media we're suppose to trust to fairly cover the final Benghazi Report--played right along and helped further the lie that the attack was the result of a video.

In her deceit over the video, days after the attack, and after she had already declared that she knew the attack was not the result of any video, Hillary Clinton went so far as to shake the hand of Charles Wood, father of Benghazi hero Ty Woods, and told him, "We are going to have the filmmaker arrested." The efforts of Clinton, Obama, and others within the Obama administration and the media who aided and abetted the false video narrative, were so effective in their lies that the creator of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was arrested.

Of course, we now know that the Obama administration repeatedly lied to and misled the American public about the Benghazi attack. Then, four years later, the Orlando massacre happens, and the Islamic apologists within the Obama administration again attempt to cover-up what really happened when a radical Islamist kills 49 inside a nightclub.

As if it needed to be said again, liberals simply cannot be trusted when it comes to Islam, radical Islam, and the safety of Americans. Marco Rubio could not have been more right when he declared,
Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being commander-in-chief of the United States," Rubio said at the Jan. 14 debate. "Someone who cannot handle intelligence information appropriately cannot be commander-in-chief, and someone who lies to the families of those four victims in Benghazi cannot be president of the United States."
Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mateen's Motivations, in His Own Words (UPDATE)

Because we live in a world where truth is relative, where the oldest institution in the history of humanity (marriage) can be redefined to mean whatever we want it to mean, where biological sex has no meaning--where males are females and females are males--where a child in the womb is not really a human being worthy of protection, it should come as no surprise that the clear motivations of a radical Islamist who killed 49 Americans at an Orlando nightclub are called into question.

I know, let's let the killer, Omar Mateen tell us why he murdered over four dozen of his fellow citizens. Here's Mateen's own words from his 911 call:
In the name of Allah the Merciful, the beneficent [said in Arabic]. Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah [said in Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings. My name is--I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State. I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may Allah protect him [said in Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
Later, on three separate occasions, Mateen spoke with police negotiators. The transcripts of those calls have yet to be released, but a summary by the FBI declares,
In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.”
During the Orlando massacre, Mateen posted the following on Facebook:
"I pledge my alliance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi...may Allah accept me," Mateen wrote in one post. "The real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west....You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes...now taste the Islamic state vengeance."
In addition to Mateen's own words, we now now know that Mateen's father was a longtime Taliban sympathizer. According to reports, "Mateen attended a mosque with a Florida man who would later become a suicide bomber in Syria. In part because of that connection, the FBI investigated Mateen twice as a possible jihadist threat." 

In other words, we know Mateen's motivations. He killed in the name of Islam. Perhaps there were other mitigating factors (there's evidence Mateen was involved in the homosexual lifestyle) in Mateen's massacre, but to ignore the clear role of Islam is dangerous, and the height of foolishness.

UPDATE: Several news outlets, along with columnists not corrupted by liberalism, are now reporting that Omar Mateen was not a homosexual. Some of this information was out several days before I first posted this piece. Admittedly, and tellingly, I had not heard this information. It's no surprise that the mainstream media would not want to draw too much attention to the facts that contradicted their preferred narrative (that Mateen was a self-loathing homosexual). 

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Thursday, June 23, 2016

While Democrats Protest Against the Second Amendment, Nearly 3,000 Babies Died

As Washington Democrats staged a foolish "sit-in"—Isn't it amazing how good liberals are at doing nothing?—in order to gain a vote on gun-control measures that will do nothing to prevent gun violence, over 2,800 of the most defenseless Americans were slaughtered inside their mother's womb. Of course, Washington Democrats—to the tune of nearly 60 million since the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision—have long been directly complicit in the deaths of unborn children.

Meanwhile, as they continue to foolishly flail about—I mean sit on their bottoms—when it comes to guns, Democrats also continue to display a dangerous ignorance on the real threats to Americans. What kind of administration tries to hide from Americans what almost anyone who'd paid attention to the Orlando atrocity for 15 minutes already knew was true?! What kind of administration tells us that we need "compassion, unity and love" when it comes to dealing with terrorists and terrorism, but will not come to the aid of the most defenseless among us?! The answer is simple: an administration corrupted by liberalism.

As I've noted before, for liberals, attempting to claim the moral high-ground is like a community organizer winning the Nobel Peace Prize: it only happens with willful suspension of reason and facts—which means it happens a lot in liberal circles. Because the moral demands of liberalism are few and malleable, any movement born of liberalism will have a corrupt morality. Today's sit-in is no different. All these Democrat fools are accomplishing is again demonstrating why no one should ever vote for a liberal.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Friday, June 17, 2016

Apart From Jesus, We’re Always in Danger

“Of all bad men,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “religious bad men are the worst.” Lewis added, “The ‘average sensual man,’ who is sometimes unfaithful to his wife, sometimes tipsy, always a little selfish, now and then (within the law) a trip sharp in his deals, is certainly, by ordinary standards, a ‘lower’ type than the man whose soul is filled with some great Cause, to which he will subordinate his appetites, his fortune, and even his safety.”

In the atrocity that plagued Orlando this past weekend, we saw Lewis’s long proverb on display. The homosexual nightclub Pulse was filled with those illicitly satisfying their sensual desires. In walks a man who is blind to the notion that you don’t cure one evil through the exercise of another. Motivated by the “great Cause” that is radical Islam, he commits mass-murder on a historic scale.

Of course, other than perhaps the gunman Omar Mateen, no one visiting Pulse last Saturday night/Sunday morning thought his life was going end. However, make no mistake about it, as this page well documents, and in spite of the decades of liberal propaganda to the contrary, whether or not a homosexual nightclub is visited by a homicidal Islamist, those steeped in the homosexual lifestyle are putting their lives at considerable risk. To remain silent on this issue means tens of thousands of those made in the image of God will suffer horrifically. 

Because of the many health risks associated with homosexuality, multiple studies have revealed that homosexuals live about 20 years less than national averages. Even the CDC admits, “[R]ecent studies have examined the health and health care of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations and have found clear disparities among sexual minority groups (i.e., gay or lesbian and bisexual) and between sexual minorities and straight populations. These disparities appear to be broad-ranging, with differences identified for various health conditions… [and] health behaviors such as smoking and heavy drinking…Across most of these outcomes, sexual minorities tend to fare worse than their nonminority counterparts.”  

In other words, it’s much more dangerous to live a homosexual lifestyle than it is to smoke. (According to the CDC, and The New England Journal of Medicine, the lifespan of smokers is about 10 years less than nonsmokers. And we all know how the left loves cigarettes.) Whether drug or alcohol abuse, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, false religions, and the like, any place outside the will of God is a dangerous place.

The most dangerous place in America,” said pastor, author, and university president Dr. Mark Rutland, “is the place where authority is not observed and where rebellion is inculcated into the lives of our young people…The most dangerous place in America, is the place that is filled with disrespect, irreverence, and the spirit of lawlessness—the spirit of disobedience.”

As I noted after a different mass shooting nearly three years ago, for decades now, millions of American youth, taught by their Faustian masters, (whether in their homes, at their schools, or through the media) have been brought up in this spirit of rebellion. Thus hundreds of millions of Americans have suffered with the cursed fruit of a nation that has rebelled against authority of most every kind, but especially that of God. We are a nation filled with wicked rebellion. (Ask large city police departments—like Chicago’s—where this spirit of rebellion has led.)

Good has become evil, and evil has become good. A man commits mass murder and so many of us look for answers and explanations in his weapon of choice. Satan laughs. We have not armed ourselves against one another so much as we have taken up arms against God and His law. No one should be surprised that a nation which has killed over 50 million of its children in the womb is a violent nation in other ways as well. As Mother Teresa taught us, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child—a direct killing of the innocent child—murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

We are a nation plagued not only with violence and lust, but with greed, gluttony, slothfulness, selfishness, along with almost every other wickedness you can imagine. It is little wonder then that we elect leaders who reject God’s idea of marriage and who refuse to defend the most defenseless among us. It is little wonder that, more and more, our courts reject the moral authority of God’s law.

Just prior to his death, Moses warned the children of Israel of the curses that followed disobedience: disease, drought, financial ruin, military defeat, and death. Jesus regularly warned of the earthly and the eternal consequences of rejecting Him and going our own way.

Filled with pride and jealousy, King Saul spent the last years of his life trying to kill David. While suffering this persecution, David wrote multiple Psalms. Many of these Psalms speak to how David found safety with God. Psalm 34:7-8 declare, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Nevertheless, a relationship with our Creator does not guarantee an earthly life of protection and safety. Centuries of martyrs testify to this. In spite of his faith, for years David’s life was in danger. In spite of their earthly walk with the Son of God, most of Jesus’ Disciples died for their faith. What they, and all who share their faith, are guaranteed, is that, no matter their earthly fate, they will end up eternally safe in the Father’s Kingdom. My prayer—and yes, to really fix things like this, we must pray—is that those in Orlando and around the world will find this eternal safety in God’s loving arms.

Copyright 2015, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Radical Islam Again Terrorizes America (UPDATE #3)

As the death toll is now at 50 (with dozens more injured), the Islamic terrorism that struck Orlando, Florida a few hours after midnight this morning is the third-worst terror attack (behind 9/11 and Oklahoma City) on U.S. soil. The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Islamist, Omar Mateen from Fort Pierce, Florida. Reportedly, Mateen entered the homosexual nightclub Pulse just after 2 a.m. armed with multiple guns, including an AR-15. Just before he started his slaughter, Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS.

Nevertheless, liberal leaders in the U.S. continue to have their heads in the sand when it comes to Islam, violence, and terrorism. This morning, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told Meet the Press that the real culprit in the Orlando attack is the lack of gun control. Thus the mantra of the left in these atrocities continues: ignore Islam and blame guns.

When first speaking on camera of the Orlando massacre, radical liberal, Congressman Alan Grayson, whose district includes the Orlando area, refused to mention Islam.

During his press conference this afternoon on the Orlando atrocity, President Obama also refused to mention anything about Islam. In spite of the evidence, Obama said that his administration had reached "no definitive judgment" on the motivations of the terrorist. He did of course continue to blame the gun culture in America for this type of violence.

Moments after Obama's press conference, ISIS claimed responsibility for the Orlando massacre. How sad the leader of the free world refused to state the obvious, and moments later our enemies had to set him straight.

Let me again make an important distinction here: radical Christians want to guard the sanctity of marriage, call homosexuality the sin that it is, and help those who are struggling with sexual sin find hope and healing. Radical Islamists want to murder homosexuals and other such "infidels." (See: Radical Christianity vs. Radical Islam.) As many will highlight this as an attack on the homosexual community, another distinction is important here: Remember that, for years now ISIS has been slaughtering Christians all over the world. Thousands have been murdered and the Obama administration had to be begged to call such slaughter the genocide that it is.

Let us pray for all of those in Orlando whose hearts are broken at the loss of their loved ones. Let us pray for our national leaders to see this world through the wisdom of God's eternal truths. Let us pray for those who are deceived by the enemy of all of humanity. And let us pray that God's Kingdom would come, and that His will would be done.

UPDATE: In April of this year, speaking on "women's issues" at an Orlando-area mosque--the Husseini Islamic Center--a radical imam from Iran said that the "compassionate" thing to do for homosexuals was to kill them. "Death is the sentence," said Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, later adding, "Out of compassion, let's get rid of them now." Tellingly, off-camera, one of the members of the mosque told a reporter that Sekaleshfar's words were "well received and not particularly controversial."

How likely is it that Mateen was a member of, or at least attended, this mosque?

Also telling, note that the words (from the video) of the representative of the "Interfaith Council of Central Florida," the "Rev." Bryan Fulwider:

"These issues around homosexuality and the decrying of it or denouncing of it by religion takes away, often, from our really important task of helping our community be a better community."

This is the typical liberal drivel when it comes to Islam. Note his use of the word "religion," and--like Obama--his avoidance of any reference to Islam. Obviously he is wanting to link Christians who consider homosexuality a sin with Muslims who want to kill homosexuals and other such "infidels." In other words, never mind the facts, liberals want to further their narrative on Christianity so they can further their political objectives when it comes to the homosexual agenda. (A personal note to "Rev." Fulwider: You're never going to help your community by refusing to see sin for what it is.)

Also, reports out now reveal that Mateen's terror act is another example of a "known wolf" attack. The Daily Caller is reporting that the FBI opened files on Mateen in 2013 and 2014. The question that must be asked by the media: Was the investigation of Mateen shut down because of Obama administration political correctness?

UPDATE 2: One important way that the Christian community--or those like-minded--can be the hands and feet of Jesus in this (or future similar) incident(s): give blood. Because of their lifestyle choices, and the risk of the spread of disease, those sexually active in the homosexual community are not eligible to give blood.

UPDATE 3: I just got word of this today, and it comes as no surprise. Chick-fil-A again illustrates what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus. While hundreds stood in line to donate blood for the hospitalized victims of the radical Islamic terrorism that struck Orlando early Sunday morning, the Orlando-area Chick-fil-A--normally closed on Sundays--called in its employees to serve their famous chicken fillets and iced tea--free of charge--to the blood donors and first responders who answered the call for the Orlando victims. A Chick-fil-A spokesman declared, "While we have a corporate policy that firmly states we are closed for business on Sundays, there have been rare cases that move our local operators to respond with food donations to help communities in need. The events in Orlando stirred our local restaurant owners and their teams to band together to provide nourishment to first responders as well as volunteers who donated blood."

Trevor Thomas

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Target Declares Itself "Committed to the Complete Overhaul of American Society as it Pertains to Sex"

A representative from the American Family Association (AFA) attended today's meeting of Target shareholders in southern California. AFA's Abraham Hamilton III was present to again express concern towards Target's recent policy change that allows men into women's restrooms. According to reports from One News Now, Target did more than triple-down on its perverse restroom policy.

According to Hamilton, Target's response to the concerns raised by AFA was,
"We don't care what you have to say. We don't care what the American Family Association represents. We don't care what those people who signed your petition represent. We are committed to the complete overhaul of American society as it pertains to sex."
Based on this response, AFA declared that it would step-up it's boycott efforts of Target. Hamilton declared that "Father's Day is right around the corner ... and even back-to-school efforts, [so] we plan to increase and expand our boycott effort because Target has put us in an unenviable position by saying We don't care what you think - so we're going to have to make them care what we think."

And remember, another way to make Target "care what we think" is, the very first time a sexual predator attacks a victim in a Target restroom, Target must be vigorously sued for every penny allowed. The only thing these amoral fools seem to understand is their financial bottom line.

Trevor Thomas

Friday, June 3, 2016

Will Further Perversions of Title IX Ruin Women’s Athletics? (UPDATED)

Quick (no web searching!), who was the 2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball champion? (Don’t tell me that your office didn’t do a women’s NCAA tournament bracket contest!) Okay, given that they’ve (UConn) won it four times in-a-row, that’s too easy. Let’s try again: Who was the last (2015) WNBA champion? (Hint: They’ve won it four of the last five seasons.) Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know either, and twice in their recent five-year championship run they defeated the team from my home state in the championship series.

Even better: Can you name five WNBA teams? How about five WNBA players? Last year, the most watched women’s sporting event of all-time occurred. What was it? Can you name the teams or five players (a hint!) who competed? Neither could I.

Speaking of most-watched sporting events, of the 50 most-watched sporting events of 2015, 43 of them were NFL games. Only one was a female sporting event (the answer to the third question in the previous paragraph: last year’s Women’s World Cup final). I know, including the NFL just isn’t fair. Nevertheless, of the 50 most-watched non-NFL sporting events of 2015, only two were women’s events. Even non-humans outperform women’s sports in viewership—three of the 2015 non-NFL top 50 were horse racing events.

In spite of such glaring consumer-based evidence—and as fast as Bernie Sanders can dodge a question on Venezuela and socialism—liberals across the U.S. continue to insist that we must have “equality” when it comes to sports in America. When it comes to college and high school athletics, the infamous Title IX is the favorite instrument of liberals with which to discriminate in order to eliminate “discrimination.”

Enacted in 1972, Title IX benignly declares, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” In the initial hearings prior to the law being passed, very little mention was made of athletics. At that time, most of the focus was on the hiring and employment practices of federally funded educational institutions—especially colleges and universities.

Of course Title IX soon devolved into a weapon used to impose radical feminist ideology upon public colleges and universities. This is especially the case with college athletics.

In the 44-year history of Title IX, hundreds of men’s college athletic programs have been killed, with tens of thousands of male athletes losing the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. In 1981 there were 146 Division I men’s wrestling programs. Today, only about half of that number (77) exists. According to the Government Accountability Office, from 1981 to 1999 a total of 171 college wrestling programs (all divisions) were eliminated. Since 1980, about 80 percent of Division I men’s gymnastics teams have been lost (from nearly 80 teams down to only 15).

On the other hand, colleges and universities are literally inventing opportunities for female athletes. For example, with 89 participants—which is 40 percent larger than the average NCAA Division I rowing program—the women’s rowing team at the University of Iowa is the second largest athletic program (behind football). According to a recent article in The Gazette, in order to create more opportunities for college females to participate in athletics, rowing teams across the U.S. “are unique in that they have a novice division for freshmen, most of whom have never rowed.”

This is unsurprising, as very few high schools in the U.S.—and none in Iowa—offer girls rowing. Thus, in order to fill Title IX quotas, schools are reduced to “recruiting” female rowers from their own campuses. Women’s college rowing teams scour their campuses in search of women who are “tall and athletic.” Instead of inflated rosters on existing sports teams, some women’s sports advocates are calling for new sports opportunities for females such as lacrosse or ice hockey. Yet scant numbers of high schools (less than 6%—about 2,200 teams out of more than 37,000 high schools) across the U.S. offer girl’s lacrosse. Even fewer offer ice hockey.

And virtually none of these college women’s teams produce revenues that can support their budgets. In the 2014-2015 season, the University of Iowa women’s rowing team’s net revenue was less than one-tenth of its operating budget. Almost every women’s college athletics program in America loses money. (Consistently, at the collegiate level, only football and men’s basketball make money.)

And this is true of women’s professional sports teams as well. On the heels of winning the 1999 World Cup and the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, incorrectly sensing a growing interest in women’s soccer, American investors created the Women’s United Soccer Association. This professional women’s soccer league lasted only three seasons and lost over $100 million dollars. In 2009 the Women’s Professional Soccer league began play. It too lasted only three seasons.

The most “successful” American professional women’s sports league is the WNBA. Yet it was 14 seasons before a single WNBA team actually made money. It’s nearly impossible to find the hard figures—almost certainly because there is virtually no one in the mainstream sports media who wishes to acknowledge the truth—but the best I can tell, in nearly 20 years of operation, the WNBA as a whole has yet to turn a profit. (It’s only lasted as long as it has because it’s been financially propped up by the NBA.) Tellingly, as of 2014, over 50 NBA players made more money than every WNBA player combined.

There will never be “gender equality” when it comes to athletics, because human genders are not—and will never be—equal. Men are bigger, faster, and stronger than women. And “bigger, faster, and stronger” makes for more exciting and interesting sports. What’s more, as most anyone not devoted to a liberal worldview who’s observed human beings for at least 15 minutes was already aware, men are naturally more physically aggressive than are women. As Psychology Today points out:

The fact that males are more aggressive and more violent is reflected by their anatomy itself; in many animals species they are heavier, more muscular, better armed with means of attack and defense. In humans, for example, the arms of men are, on average, 75 percent more muscular than those of women; and the top of a male body is 90 percent stronger that the top of a female body [Bohannon, 1997; Abe et al., 2003, apud Goetz, 2010, p. 16]. Also, men are taller, they have denser and heavier bones, their jaw is more massive, their reaction time is shorter, their visual acuity is better, their muscle/fat ratio is greater, their heart is bulkier, their percentage of hemoglobin is higher, their skin is thicker, their lungs bigger, their resistance to dehydration is higher etc. In other words, from all points of view, men are more suited for battle than women, and these skills are native.

And as Ann Coulter noted over a decade ago, “Competitive sports are ritualized forms of fighting, and boys like to fight.” In other words, sports—especially those involving heavy contact—is a form of battle, and in spite of what the Obama administration would have us believe, men are much more suited for battle than are women. No amount of legislation or other forms of legal wrangling is going to change these facts.

But as we all know, liberalism has never let facts get in the way of their agenda, and with new efforts derived from an even more perverse interpretation of Title IX, liberals may have finally found a way to make women’s sports more interesting: let men compete as women.

Given the moral depths to which our culture has sunk on sex and sexuality, it’s very easy these days to find “transgender” advocates touting Title IX as giving students wide-ranging “rights” to live a lie. 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 concludes 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.”

The state of Alaska is already allowing boys to compete against girls. Just days ago, KTUU in Anchorage reported that Nattaphon Wangyot—who was born male but identifies as a female—was allowed to represent Haines High School in the women’s 3A 200-meter race at the state track meet. I wonder what poor girl was kept out of the meet as the result of such blatant discrimination. Wangyot also played volleyball and basketball, presumably on the girl’s teams. I wonder what poor girls lost playing time as the result of having a boy participate on their team.

Given that we now live in a culture that has legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, whether we’re talking about locker rooms or restrooms, it should come as little surprise that we are now debating what is a male and what is a female. However, no one seems to be pointing out that this type of perverse thinking ONLY hurts (real) female athletes. If mental illness and hormone therapy were really all that’s necessary to level the playing field, why are no “transgender males” (females pretending to be men) beating (real) men, at any type of elite level, in any sport? In the combined 276-year history of MLB, the NFL, and the NBA, no human being born a female has ever been a regular member of any of those leagues.

Real women better rise up and notice what is happening. If this is the path the homosexual agenda (which includes the transgender apologists) now wants to take, Title IX (ironically) is now being used to render women athletics a farce.

(See this column at American Thinker and The Patriot Post.)

UPDATE: Some interesting recent articles (on the state of professional women's athletics) courtesy of some folks at the Free Republic (thanks DWW!):

U.S. women’s hockey team scrimmaging against high school boys with mixed results

What happened to girl power? Australia's national women's soccer team the Matildas lose 7-0 to an under FIFTEEN boys' side

UPDATE 2: It seems that the guy competing against girls at the high school state track meet in Alaska got 3rd place in the 200-meter race! So this is where radical feminism has taken us: guys taking medals from girls! I guess there's no end to the absurdity that liberalism will yield.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Reminder: Fiscal Conservatism Works

A new report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University again reminds us of the value of good common-sense conservatism when it comes to government spending and taxes. The report “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition” reveals that states run by conservatives are in much better financial shape than states dominated by liberal politicians.

This handy chart by Investor’s Business Daily reveals the top 10 and bottom 10 according to the report:

This map by the Mercatus Center reveals the rankings of all 50 states and Puerto Rico:

The states are ranked according to five separate metrics:

  • Cash solvency. Does a state have enough cash on hand to cover its short-term bills?
  • Budget solvency. Can a state cover its fiscal year spending with current revenues, or does it have a budget shortfall?
  • Long-run solvency. Can a state meet its long-term spending commitments? Will there be enough money to cushion it from economic shocks or other long-term fiscal risks?
  • Service-level solvency. How much “fiscal slack” does a state have to increase spending if citizens demand more services?
  • Trust fund solvency. How much debt does a state have? How large are its unfunded pen-sion and healthcare liabilities?

According to the report, the worst states are plagued by two common characteristics: massive debt, and unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities. Of course, it’s this type of accounting that Obama has brought to the White House.

As liberal-led states flirt with bankruptcy, they also continue to wage war on free speech and moral absolutes. As recent headlines reveal, California wants to prosecute those who openly deny liberal dogma on climate change, and Massachusetts wants to legalize gender perversion.

Remember, as I’ve noted before, the states are “laboratories for democracy.” As we’ve seen (and continue to see) with the homosexual agenda (same-sex “marriage,” et al), what liberals are attempting at the state level they will bring to the federal level. That’s something worth remembering come November.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Wednesday, June 1, 2016