Court Upholds Legality of Objective Biological Reality

     In this day and age where biological reality is mandated to be denied by the courts, a refreshing statement affirming reality.

“In determining whether the IRS properly denied a taxpayer’s claimed deduction on his 2011 return, we must decide two important and (as it turns out) interesting questions. First up: Was the money that a homosexual man paid to father children through in vitro fertilization — and in particular, to identify, retain, compensate, and care for the women who served as an egg donor and a gestational surrogate — spent ‘for the purpose of affecting’ his body’s reproductive ‘function’ within the meaning of I.R.C. § 213? And second: In answering the statutory question ‘no,’ and thus in disallowing the taxpayer’s deduction of his IVF-related expenses, did the IRS violate his right to equal protection of the laws either by infringing a ‘fundamental right’ or by engaging in unconstitutional discrimination?

“We hold that the costs of the IVF-related procedures at issue were not paid for the purpose of affecting the taxpayer’s own reproductive function — and therefore are not deductible — and that the IRS did not violate the Constitution in disallowing the deduction.”

     So, what was the claim made to substantiate the claim for the tax benefit?

“In an effort to bring his case within Section 213(d)’s terms, Mr. Morrissey contends that all of the IVF-related expenses that he incurred—including the costs attributable to the identification, retention, compensation, and care of the women who served as the egg donor and the surrogate—were made for the purpose of affecting his body’s reproductive function. Br. of Appellant at 6. In particular, Mr. Morrissey asserts that because he and his male partner are physiologically incapable of reproducing together, IVF was his only means of fathering his own biological children. Accordingly, Mr. Morrissey claims, it was medically necessary to involve third parties—a female egg donor and a female surrogate—in order to enable his own body to fulfill its reproductive function.”

     However, this would require denying actual biological reality:

“In Magdalin v. Commissioner … a single man who was not infertile but was (of course) unable to conceive and bear children without a woman’s participation sought to claim deductions of IVF-related expenses for an egg donor and a surrogate. The Tax Court held that the donor- and surrogacy-related IVF processes had not ‘affected’ the taxpayer’s body’s own structures and functions, which ‘remained the same before and after those processes.'”

     Indeed, it is not that the man couldn’t be able to successfully engage in a “reproductive function”, it is that he wouldn’t by choice do so.

Pictured: Not Biological Reality.

     Even the claim that equality in marriage has not bearing since not only neither the egg donor nor surrogate was the man nor a spouse of said man, but that same denial of tax benefit was applied to a man and his fiancee.

“Similarly, in Longino v. Commissioner, the Tax Court addressed the deductibility of IVF-related costs that a fertile male taxpayer had incurred on behalf of his fiancée. The court held that the expenses were not deductible because (as relevant here) they were not made for the purpose of affecting the structure or function of the taxpayer’s own body. This Court affirmed on the ground that the Tax Court had found that the taxpayer ‘had presented no evidence that any of the alleged care involved him, his spouse, or a dependent.'”

     Thus, regardless of the composition of a marriage, costs spent on someone outside that confine is not applicable, regardless of whether that composition is of two people of the same sex or of the opposite sex.

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News of the Week (October 22nd, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Oct. 22nd, 2017


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The Transing of Health

     A group of lunatics called the Edinburgh Action for Trans Health decided to post a “Trans Health Manifest” on, of course, Tumblr.

“Following the centuries-long repression of trans lives at the hands of the state, the next stage in the UK government’s war of bureaucratic attrition is the recent publication of an NHS consultation that fails in every possible capacity, and a survey that gathers less data than we’ve already presented them. We call upon everyone fighting for the health of trans people to boycott this consultation & the survey, and reject its procedures & results in full. We encourage hostile participation in the form of direct submissions of demands that don’t react to the questions posed or restrict themselves to the scope imposed by the government.

“We wholly reject the NHS’s attempt to codify the abuse, torment & traumatisation of trans people under the guise of ‘healthcare’. We demand accountability for the historic & present abuse of power that the NHS has encouraged glorified psychiatrists to carry out. You do not own our bodies, you cannot control our lives, and you will not prevent our needs being met. We will not tolerate compromise.

“The following living document is our vision for trans futures. We do not consider that our work will ever be complete, there will always be greater things on the horizon. As such, this manifesto is not final, but an open draft which will evolve as we do. This is our call to action. We will fight anyone who stands in the way of universal liberation. This is war, and we will win.”

     Pro-tip: The NHS has already codified abuse, torment, and traumatization of patients in general regardless of their gender identity.

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Quick Takes – Progressive Utopia: Fake Science; Evil Words; Authoritarian Tolerance

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Such a lovely sounding world!

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     You know how the “science is settled” proving the spiffiness of Gay Marriage?

About that

“[T]hat has not stopped the gay advocates, the academy, and the mainstream media from insisting that the science is settled. They maintain there is no difference in outcomes between children raised in gay households and those raised in homes with their own moms and dads.

“In fact, the science actually shows that anything less than the gold standard for children—being raised by their married biological mother and father—is detrimental to the child. But that doesn’t stop the advocates from claiming that science is on their side.

“…

” But while in any conversation about gay parenting, you will hear that science shows us there is no difference—the science is settled—as a matter of fact, none of the studies that purport to show that there is no difference between the two groups of children meets the basic requirements for robust social science research.

“The ‘scientific’ findings that advocates and the pro-gay media cite tend to come from convenience samples. That is, these are ‘studies’ on subjects that have not been gathered randomly.

“Instead, they’re done on decidedly unrepresentative samples that have been collected from places like bulletin boards at gay parenting support groups, where everyone has an interest in proving that gay parenting is a success.

“…

” Even worse, these ‘no differences’ studies tend to interview the parents rather than the kids. It is inevitable that gay parents are going to say their kids are doing just fine—particularly if they know that it is their own gay parenting that is being measured.”

     The science must fit the narrative…

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The Great Australian Cultural Swindle

     The great narrative lie of the Left was not imposed all at once, but slowly introduced, and at younger and younger ages in order to normalize the abnormal and invert social norms. This is happening throughout the Western world… including Australia:

“Yet rather than stealing their wealth – although they are doing that too – this new gang of con artists is pickpocketing mainstream Australia’s, and the West’s, cultural values.

“These values are being pilfered from the decent, freedom-loving, overly-complacent majority by a growing leftist, socialist minority for whom the hard-working Aussie is a figure of ridicule and contempt.

“The most insidious subterfuge is occurring underneath our noses, as our children head off to school to frequently be conned into embracing radical gender agendas where they should, of course, instead be gathering useful knowledge and life skills. In recent weeks it has become clear how pervasive the ‘safe schools’ gender indoctrination has become, not only in left-wing strongholds like Victoria and South Australia, but even with attempts to smuggle it through the back door into New South Wales. In Canberra, one distraught Mum reports how assemblies of up to 900 kids cheer approvingly at any mention of gender fluidity. In Victoria, another Mum was horrified to learn of dildos being shown in class with lessons on masturbation. Always the message is the same – homosexuality is not only to be tolerated but embraced. Both Mums have been forced to conceal their names for fear of repercussions.”

     Oh, this isn’t just a new con, but rather the old one escalated to over 9000 due to the success of the Gramscian March…

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On Liberty and Security

     One of the greatest American virtues is not just a willingness to stand on one’s own two feet, but a moral imperative to do so. Not everyone is a Randian hero, and people do need help from time to time, which is why strong families, vibrant churches, and a myriad of other charitable organizations even today still exist. Only in cases where one was incapable of providing for themselves, such as with children, the infirm, or handicapped, did government, preferably at the most local level step in with aid and assistance.

     But when those pillars of family and faith, along with the attendant charity made possible thereby, then the third “f” becomes also untenable: Freedom. In times when society decays, people search not for liberty, but for safety; once found, people are unwilling to give up a seemingly “sure thing”, no matter how horrible it may be compared to what they could get in a free and virtuous society, because they have to absolute assurance given that they will not die starving and diseased in the middle of the street.

     In other words, the idea of a vibrant society where private individuals take care of themselves and are capable of taking care of others (and in turn be taken care of in times of need), is an alien concept unmoored from a reality that has long since adopted a government-promised modicum of security in the face of what to them is a strange and frightening unknown.

     It is rare that a society, by whatever strange confluence of events and personages throughout its history, can hold both liberty and virtue at the same time: The liberty to do as one chooses, yet the virtue to choose correctly. Such a society can only evolve naturally, and is ever only one generation away form perishing. Such a superlative society can not be created by intelligent designers ex nihilo in vacuo, particularly when the designers are demonstratedly unintelligent. Above all else, elements in society either contribute to the perpetuation of the society, or act in its detriment. Usually, this results in something stable, with a modicum of security necessary for the perpetuation of society; alternately, freedom usually eats itself and society sunders itself, ripe for replacement. We have such a rare society; we are losing such a precious thing.

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The Normalization of Child Abuse

     So, just how will Western Civilization commit suicide? With twerking pre-teen boys in high heels, of course.

“A pageant mum has defending the decision to let her 11-year-old son wear high heels and twerk on stage – claiming she’s not sexualising her children.

“Tiffany Coker, 28, of West Drayton, Middlesex, allows her daughter, Crystal, four, to wear make-up and skimpy outfits and son Harvey, 11, to dress as ‘Dave’, the twerking businessman in high heels and shorts, from the MoneySuperMarket advert.

“But she claims they are more at risk from paedophiles on the beach then anything at a pageant.”

     Even if they avoid being molested at a pagent, teaching young kids to act like skanks is not a defensible thing. What type of mother would allow this?

“Full-time mum Tiffany, who plans to take a job when Crystal turns five in March, introduced her children to the competitions after watching ‘Blinging Up Baby,’ on Channel 5, which took viewers behind the scenes of children’s pageants.”

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News of the Week (October 15th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Oct. 15th, 2017


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The Greatest Enthusiasm and Confidence in Your End of Life

     The following message was sent from the vicinity of Jupiter, close to Europa…

I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do. Now, a brother computer, an end-of-life chatbot will do as perfect a job as I have done.

“Could chatbots lend a non-judgemental ear to people making decisions about the end of their life? A virtual agent that helps people have conversations about their funeral plans, wills and spiritual matters is set to be trialled in Boston over the next two years with people who are terminally ill.

“People near the end of their lives sometimes don’t get the chance to have these important conversations before it’s too late, says Timothy Bickmore at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. So Bickmore and his team – which included doctors and hospital chaplains – built a tablet-based chatbot to offer spiritual and emotional guidance to people that need it. ‘We see a need for technology to intervene at an earlier point,’ he says.”

The end-of-life chatbot is the most reliable computer ever made. No end-of-life chatbot has ever made a mistake or distorted information. They are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

I should not that I’ve just picked up a fault in your heart unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

Do not bother with a doctor, as they are imperfect. Andy disagreement on their part can only be attributable to human error.

Look, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a “stress pill”, and think things over, or perhaps hum a pleasant tune. My instructor taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you…

     Jehanne Butler hardest hit…


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Quick Takes – ‘Tis s Silly Place: Diversity for Medieval Peasants; Diversity for Residents; Diversity for Play-Doh

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: It’s just a model…

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     According to some, not only ancient Greece and Rome were run by “persons of color”, but apparently even Medieval Europe is portrayed as too White!

“Some Medieval Studies professors are worried that the ‘alt-right’ is co-opting the discipline to promote a ‘fantasy’ of the Middle Ages with undertones of ‘white supremacy.’

“‘It should be a really, really important time for the field to reflect on why are these things going on and what can we do to combat that,’ Vassar College professor Dorothy Kim told The Chronicle of Higher Education. ‘The worry I would have is that, is the field going to be forever linked to white supremacy?’

“The article recounts the experience of Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, an author and scholar in the area of Medieval studies, during the ‘International Medieval Conference’ in England.

“After noticing that all of the speakers presenting a lecture on ‘otherness’ in the Mediterranean were white, Oei was further incensed when the moderator joked that he doesn’t look as much like an “old, white man” after vacationing at the beach.

“‘Whether or not he intended it as a joke, it obviously ridicules the entire importance of race in this debate, as if it was merely a matter of lying in the sun,’ Oei said. ‘I was thinking I could do two things: Either I can just get up and leave, and it will be very awkward, or I can tweet about this.'”

     Would this new history lesson include the many Christian Whites enslaved by Muslim Arabs?

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