Firing Line Friday: The Rising Tide of Islam

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     The question of the rise of Islam, particularly in Europe today, has been the focus of the West for decades, as evidenced by Buckley’s interview with P. J. Vatikiotis, Gabriel Warburg, and Gabriel Ben-Dor.

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     Due to real life, there will be little to no posting until the end of the month.

     The “News of the Week” will be back on the 2nd of June.

     Until then, here is the late “Grumpy Cat” (AKA Tardar Sauce, RIP) riding a Roomba.

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Firing Line Friday: What Have We Learned from the Failure of British Socialism?

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     With Britain having just voted in a European Parliament election despite supposedly being scheduled to have left the E.U. already, the incompetence of many current leaders has become manifest. In contrast, we can look back to when a far more capable and intelligent leader was poised to save the U.K.: Margaret Thatcher.

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Quick Takes – Rise of the Urban Rat Overlords: New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco

     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: Pizza Rat for Mayor!!1!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Ah, the Big Apple that is being gnawed away by vermin. But enough about Mayor de Blasio and other politicians of his ilk. New York has a rat problem.

“So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires.

“A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet.”

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The Irrational Animus of Biological Reality

     There are two ways to receive citizenship at birth: via the 14th Amendment and the Common Law precept of jus soli; or via statute (primarily limited to jus sanguinis, though also under some circumstances to non-genetic biological relationships).

     This law applies equally to everyone, regardless of whether they are straight or gay.

     Of course, certain assumptions that can be made for marriages between a man and a woman, such the presumption that the husband is the father of the wife’s child, can not made between same-sex couples who are legally wed to each other because granting that assumption would require that we presume the biologically impossible. Thus, a child born to someone in a same-sex marriage could never be born within the wedlock of the legally wed couple.

     When the Supreme Court overturned prohibitions on “same sex marriage”, it was declared that same-sex and opposite-sex marriages are equivalent and that any potential inequivalencies were just “irrational animus”.

     Mother nature is clearly, then, an irrational hate-filled b***h.

     That citizenship, by statute, generally grants citizenship by birth to natural (i.e. genetic) parents (and non-genetic children carried by a surrogate U.S. National mother, in some cases), seems to fly above the head of a writer at The Daily Beast. Even the headline (“Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens”) and chaser (“Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship.”) are fundamentally dishonest or written out of ignorance.

     In all the examples provided, there is no indication that the same rules would not apply to opposite-sex couples in the same actual situation, or to single individuals. There is no “de-recogniz[ing]” of any legal marriage.

     The first example is of two men legally marriage to each other who went to Canada and used a surrogate and an egg donor to conceive a child. It was not explicitly stated that either of the men’s sperm was used, but for the sake of argument such assumption is granted. In an identical situation, a man and a woman, who claim parentage of a child born of a foreign surrogate with an extra-marital egg donor, would be in a similar situation. The child would be born out of wedlock and in accordance with the law—8 USC 1409(a)—the father would need to demonstrate a blood relationship. This is the same exact situation as with the two men aforementioned.

     Oh, one might muse, an opposite sex couple could just not mention the child was born through surrogacy using an extra-marital egg donor, and their parentage would be assumed, and that it is “irrational animus” that stops same-sex parents from doing the same. Of course, one would then have to irrationally assume with animus the biologically impossible. That opposite sex couples could more easily get way with it is a function of basic biological possibility.

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Derp News

     Forget about “fake news”. The real hotness in journalism is gullibility and stupidity.

     Today.com ran an article about a “salad lasagna”, which stemmed from “journalist” Julia Curley finding a Facebook post and after asking for “background” on the poster’s “salad lasagna”, received an obvious joke story by the poster who claimed to be named “Dick Chmeller”… and yet repeated that story, abet slightly toned down, in her article…

     What a stupid time to be alive.

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News of the Week (May 19th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for May 19th, 2019


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Firing Line Friday: The Irish Problem

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     With the question of Brexit being the single most important topic for the U.K. during this month’s elections for the European Parliament, that there is even an election in the U.K. for this well after three years after the U.K. voted to leave, one of the potential sticking points is the question of Northern Ireland.   It is less about sectarianism than the influence of authoritarian/totalitarian ideology. Interesting, then, that Buckley’s interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in 1972 seemed to indicate that what was old is new again…

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Quick Takes – Gender Pronouns: Policy; Lawsuits; Neutered.

     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: Biological reality it H8 speech!!1!

     First, a little castrato mood music:

     Carrying on…

     The University of Minnesota seems to realize that you can’t go too fast in imposing your wokeness on others…

“Students and faculty senators at the University of Minnesota will vote in May on a gender pronoun policy.

“A previous version of the policy proposal would have punished the incorrect use of gender pronouns with anything up to and including expulsion or termination of employment, as Campus Reform previously reported. However, UMN scrapped the punishment aspect from this policy in February.

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“The University teaches students that ‘mispronouncing someone[‘s pronoun] is a microaggression’ and that students should not “refer to [their] pronouns as ‘gender pronouns.’ ‘Pronouns are not gendered and do not directly correlate with a specific gender,’ it states.”

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Abortion as Genocide

     And by genocide, the targeted exception from the right to live based on race, specifically Black babies, via abortion.

     Sound like some fringe KKK plank? Nope, it was an actual legislative amendment submitted to Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”… by not-so-White Democratic lawmaker.

“Abortion advocates tried unsuccessfully to weaken Ohio’s heartbeat bill with a series of amendments this week, including one that would have allowed only African American unborn babies to be aborted.

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“But if Democratic state Rep. Janine Boyd had her way, the bill also would have given an exemption to African American women to abort their unborn babies for any reason up to the state’s current abortion limit, 20 weeks.

“On Tuesday during a state House Health Committee meeting, she proposed Amendment 0291 to add the exemption.”

     This is not hyperbole. The amendment literally exempts babies of Black women from the protection afforded by the bill.

Amendment 0291 to the Ohio … by on Scribd

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