The King Louie Club

     Yet another non-human has been granted legal rights that some humans aren’t given, in this case an orangutan was declared a person.

“Judge Elena Liberatori’s landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person, thus entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by people and better living conditions.

“’With that ruling, I wanted to tell society something new, that animals are sentient beings and that the first right they have is our obligation to respect them,’ she told The Associated Press.”

     Though Dr. Zaius might disagree, let us hope that this does not lead to the discovery of “man’s hot red fire”.

     Still, if allowed to run for an elected office, there’d certainly be a step up in intelligence of the office seeker.

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The Presumption of Illegality and the Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy

     The big buzzword amongst woke “urban planners” is “equity“. If ever you hear your local government elected officials talk about it or hear them being informed about it, then you have fair warning that something sinister is afoot. Equity, in effect, is a positing that all superficial inequalities are caused by some fundamental evil that can only be corrected by “re-balancing” society by punishing the effect of unequal outcomes by not only forcibly changing the superficial effect in the hopes of changing the cause, but also by declaring people guilty of deracination because the unequal outcome was caused by a “disparate impact” even if there was literally no discrimination, let alone intent.

     A recent legal paper by Gail L. Heriot of the University of San Diego examines how this is an attack on the rule of law, and how it benefits some over others.

“In Griggs v. Duke Power Co. (1971), the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 went far beyond prohibiting intentional discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. According to the Court, it also presumptively outlawed job actions that have a ‘disparate impact,’ regardless of whether the employer had an intent to discriminate.

“The evidence that this was a misinterpretation of both the text and Congressional intent is overwhelming. Up until 1991, Griggs would have been an excellent candidate for an outright and explicit overruling. But the Civil Rights Act of 1991’s backhanded recognition of the disparate impact cause of action makes that more difficult than it otherwise might be.

“This article discusses various ways in which disparate impact liability has been bad policy and various arguments for its unconstitutionality.”

     The full paper can be read below:

Title VII Disparate Impact … by ThePoliticalHat on Scribd


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News of the Week (November 17th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Nov. 17th, 2019


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Firing Line Friday: Resolved: On Impeachability

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

     With all the obsession over Presidential impeachment now-a-days, let us look on a far less insane investigation from over twenty years ago discussing impeachability.

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Quick Takes – Transing Children: Tricking 8 Year Olds; Puberty Blockers For Pre-Teens; Adults & Middle Schoolers Swapping Sex Stories

     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: Gotta get ‘em early and fresh?

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     There ain’t no transgender kid like a woke eight year old transgender kid… which the woke adults will get one way or the other.

“It doesn’t get much crazier than this. According to KPTV-TV, an Oregon elementary school teacher tried to convince an 8-year-old student that he was transgender. The schoolteacher did this without involving the parents. The result? The boy is now aggressive, depressed, and confused.

“The teacher at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn targeted the boy for transgender indoctrination when he started using the staff restroom after a stomach issue made him feel uncomfortable about using the boys’ toilet. The teacher took the 8-year-old aside, spoke shortly to him, and then proceeded to share all kinds of transgender literature and videos with him. The teacher asked the boy several times whether he thought he was a girl and even held him out of recess in order to read transgender books and watch transgender videos. Oh, and to top it off, there were one-on-one conversations about transgenderism.

“All this was done without the parents’ consent or even their knowledge. It only came out when the boy came home with a book about transgenderism and when he talked to a therapist (while crying his eyes out).”

     Unsurprisingly, the parents are suing.

“Bear in mind that this wasn’t a teenager, which might be bad enough, but an eight year old with a stomach problem. Even granting the best of possible intentions, why wouldn’t the first step in dealing with suspicions of gender dysphoria be to contact the child’s parents? It’s not as if the parents in this case are social neanderthals, at least from the perspective of Academia. They tell reporter Bonnie Silkman in the video that they aren’t concerned about what identity he chooses as long as he chooses it, and not get indoctrinated into it by an activist teacher.

“…

“The most impressively loco part of this story is that the teacher still works at the school — a full year after the school confirmed the parents’ story. The only correction the teacher received was to be reminded of the district’s policies on “controversial issues” and to notify parents and the school when she “alters a student’s regular school day.” Meanwhile, this family will be dealing with the aftershocks of her actions for years.

“The school district declined to comment on the story because of the lawsuit, but they might owe an explanation to the other parents in the district, especially to those whose children are within this teacher’s supervision. How many other children has she attempted to indoctrinate into transgender identities? And how many of the parents in this school district — and elsewhere — might start considering private schools or home-schooling to protect their children from predatory behavior?”

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Boaty McBoatface for President in 2020?

     Broke: Secure elections with voter ID

     Woke: Same day registration at the voting booth

     Bespoke: Swipe right or left for each candidate and ballot measure

     Despite cries of Russian Hackers stealing the 2016 election, some people want to move voting, or at least the option for it, to the internet, where civic participation is as simple, and as shallow, as swiping left or right…

“[Sheila] Nix [the president of Tusk Philanthropies, an organization aimed at expanding mobile voting] says she hopes more jurisdictions nationally begin offering a mobile app voting option for military and overseas voters. After that, Nix and Sawhney both say, the plan is to expand to other populations that have difficulty with traditional voting options, including disabled voters and people in remote parts of the country.

“Within a decade, Nix says, she hopes a mobile phone-based option is widely available, because she feels like younger voters won’t vote without one.

“’It just seems hard to believe that they’re going to go into a system where they’re going to go into a polling place or the vote-by-mail system, when they don’t have a good understanding of stamps,’ Nix said.

“’Our theory is, let’s get it started … so that in four or eight years from now, when we get an influx of young voters, we have something to offer them and we don’t make our turnout problem worse.’”

     Clearly this means only one thing: President Boaty McBoatface!

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California’s War on Plastic

     Ah, California, the Fool’s Golden State, where plastic straws are considered a greater threat than plague rats, brings us the next chapters in the war against synthetic carbon-based polymers: Los Angeles City Council has followed San Fransisco in voting to ban single use plastic water bottles.

“The City Council of Los Angeles voted to begin the process of a large-scale ban of plastic water bottles on city property Wednesday night at the Los Angeles City Hall.

“The City Council will have different departments and groups in the city come up with plans on how to phase out single-use bottles from all city-owned buildings and all city events. The addition of more water sources and bottle filling stations, in addition to the 200 currently being built within the city, will also be reviewed.

“As the ban will be in place at all city owned facilities, the ban would include major centers of activity such as Los Angeles International Airport, the LA Coliseum, and Union Station.”

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A Lesson From One Hundred Years Ago

     One hundred years ago, the Treaty of Versaille formally ended the First World War, which was supposed to be the “War to End All Wars”. Between the birth of the Communist Regime in Russia, the animosity from the post-war punishment of Germany, the false delusion of the League of Nations, the attempt at global peace instead continued the fall of Western Civilization that the needless First World War Began.

     Though begun as “Armistice Day,” Veterans Day has expanded in the United States as a day for all those brave men and women who fight to keep us free.

     On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, let us remember they who risked everything for freedom even despite the follies of their political leaders., including their very lives.

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News of the Week (November 10th, 2019)

 

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Firing Line Friday: Psychiatry: New Explorations

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

     With so many people saying that we are living in “crazy times”. Thirty-nine years ago, Dr. Thomas S. Szasz argued that there are no mental illnesses, just bad behavior. Is society crazy, or just bad? Or perhaps modern psychiatry is just nuts.

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