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Why Return the Child?

Recently, I wrote about the appalling Detroit-area doctor who has been mutilating little girls for her twisted cult. Both this perverse excuse for a human being and her accomplices – Fakhruddin Attar and his demented wife Farida – were indicted yesterday for scheming to disfigure little girls. When I wrote about this, I noted that Jumana Nagarwala’s claim that she was merely removing the children’s “genital membrane and giving it to relatives for burial” held about as much water as an ISIS member claiming to respect women (or Antifa claiming to respect free speech), and medical examinations proved otherwise.

But according to a juvenile protection petition filed in Minnesota, along with federal court documents, the injuries sustained by the Minnesota girls are far more severe than Nagarwala described. A doctor’s findings cited scarring, a small tear, healing lacerations and what appears to be surgical removal of a portion of her genitalia, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Seriously? What civilized human being with any shred of morality who was educated in one of the best medical schools in a developed country would harm little children in such a manner?

What galls me even more is that according to the report, at least one of the children was returned to her parents.

WHY??

The doctor pernicious cunt wad apparently exchanged texts with one of the mothers, confirming the time they were to meet so she could disfigure her little daughter.

The father allegedly knew about the trip through texts with his wife while she was in Detroit.

The little girl told a child protective services investigator that the doctor had “made her cry,” and the victims said they were instructed to keep what happened to them a secret.

It’s quite obvious there was conspiracy between the parents and the doctors.

And yet, at least one of the little girls was returned to her parents!

WHAT??? WHY?

Why are these people not held liable for conspiring to mutilate their children? Why have they not been charged?

Why have the children been returned to them?

Why haven’t they been sterilized with some rusty implements, so they’re never again able to create innocent life and then harm it? (I may or may not be joking about this last part. You decide.)

We already know that Nagarwala is a sadistic, sub-human savage, who apparently lied to investigators about even being present for the procedures!

But why are the parents not being held criminally liable, and WHY for the sake of everything that’s not fucked up in this world would you return a child to savages who conspired to mutilate her in a sick effort to assume control over her sexuality?

I hurt for these little girls so much! They were awake for the whole thing, and I can’t imagine the pain and humiliation. What kind of “compassionate” agency that’s supposed to look out for the welfare of the most vulnerable among us, would return a child to these monsters?

Someone explain this to me, because I just don’t get it.

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Fostering Allies

A recent workshop at Kennesaw State University got some heat for segregating participants based on color during breakout sessions. The workshop, titled “Being, Becoming, and Fostering Allies: Building Relationships across Privilege,” asked those who identify as white to go to one room during the breakout sessions, and whose who identify as “people of color” to go to another.

The panelists, the school’s website claims, highlighted “the essential conceptual, relational, and emotional processes involved in ally development, using their long-standing relationships to illustrate key concepts and identify and model strategies for enacting ally intentions.” Panelists also explored “the ongoing process of developing and fostering allies and the challenges that emerge in these journeys,” and discussed “the essential roles of self-reflection, cultural humility action, and re-engagement after failures, as well as the qualities of relationships that facilitate ally development.”

The university claims the event was misrepresented as segregation.

“The goal of the workshop, which was led by an outside expert, was to foster learning and create an environment of understanding and support for one another,” said Kennesaw State University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel. “Attendees were asked to work together and then were invited to join the group with which they identify.”

I don’t see any mischaracterization going on.

Were the students separated by color?

Yes.

Then how in frozen hell is this not segregation? Even if it’s for part of the workshop, it’s still segregation based on skin color – the very thing African Americans fought against for decades, and the very thing some of them now crave as a safe space!

Not only that, but based on the title of the workshop, these “educators” are also dividing participants based on their perception of “privilege” based on nothing but the amount of melanin in their skin!

Fact is, nearly 18 million white, non-Hispanic adults live in poverty, according to statistics released in September 2016.

Fact is, many of them live in conditions so deplorable, they are ridiculed and denigrated by everyone, including the very same people of color who claim they have privilege, for their poor dental hygiene, for the meth prevalence in their neighborhoods, and for their “trailer trash” lifestyle.

Fact is many of them are immigrants, like myself, who came here with nothing and clawed their way out of the hole.

So you know what, snowflakes? When you are so poor you have to “shop” for clothing in other people’s garbage and eat ice cubes in the summer, because unlike all your friends, your parents can’t afford to get you ice cream from the ice cream truck, and when your furniture and appliances come from others’ dumpsters, and your dad fixes an old black and white TV he found on the curb for you to watch, then you can talk about others’ privilege.

Until then, claiming “privilege,” because someone happens to be lighter than you, segregating them, so you can bitch about how horrible and insensitive they are, and then claiming to do so in the spirit of increasing understanding and support for one another is painfully lacking in self awareness.

It implies that the only “understanding” you’re interested in fostering is forcing those of us who you believe are privileged by virtue of the color of our skin to admit that we’re racist, insensitive oppressors. You don’t want those you consider victims to understand the plight of their counterparts. You couldn’t give an infected penis wrinkle about the experiences, pain, and plight of anyone who happens to be white. You’re only interested in flogging them into recognizing the alleged “plight” of everyone else…

…not based on any objective experience, mind you, because it’s not like they get to know the participants on a personal level, but based on skin color.

If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is!

And if you need any additional evidence about the narrow-minded  bigots that infest that particular institution of higher learning fanatical derangement, look no further than the kind of shit goblins it lets loose on the world.

Gideon Lanstra, 18, said everyone in her family voted for Trump but she supported Clinton. She said it’s very hard to be friends with anyone who supports the president. At Kennesaw State, where she attended classes last semester, her roommate backed Trump. “I got silent angry,” she recalled. “That means I’m not going to punch you or yell at you, but gosh I’m upset.” Now she’s trying to find an apartment with someone else.

You want to foster understanding? You might want to start with this perpetually aggrieved cunt hair, who can’t even live in the same apartment with someone who holds different views from her, and rage quits a living arrangement, because TRUMP!

You want to create an environment where people support one another? You might want to start with ensuring that everyone’s experiences, views, and ideas are respected and heard – not just those whom you consider to be victims of cis/white/hetero oppression.

Otherwise, I’ll call you exactly what you are. Racist, hysterical moonbats, who are working to set race relations back decades.

Here’s a clue: Jim Crow isn’t a progressive ideal.

You want a civil war? Because that’s how you get a civil war

Dear Social Justice Zealot Howler Monkeys and their violent Antifa enforcement goons –

Are you enjoying this?

Are you happy to see America break down into violence?

Are you enjoying the sight of your bloodied, battered fellow Americans, guilty of nothing other than having voted for someone you don’t like, and speaking words with which you don’t agree, violently silenced?

Because if you are, I have news for you. America is fighting back.

Sane individuals – those who voted for Trump and those, like me, who did not – are sick and tired of your threats, your attempts to violently silence free speech, and your cowardly assaults on the very principles on which this country was founded that protect all our rights to free expression.

And if you think getting your asses handed to you at Berkeley this weekend was bad, I have news for you: it will get worse.

The people whom you have worked so hard to silence for years have had just about enough.

They are better organized and better armed, and better skilled at combat than you are, and when you push them hard enough, they will push back.

They aren’t worried about your “oh-so-scary” black hankies and face masks. They know that’s just your cowardly way to ensure you aren’t held accountable for your violence and blatant disregard for the rights of your fellow Americans.

They aren’t scared of your fireworks. Many of them are veterans, who have seen much worse in combat.

They laugh at your pathetic attempts at badassedness, because they know setting fire to trash after you have emerged from mommy’s basement into the sunlight, because you somehow think you now are safe because you have the upper hand, is nothing compared to the ass kicking you will receive when you get in their faces.

Go ahead. Try.

You think you can silence voices with which you don’t agree with violence and intimidation, you fascist fuckbags? I have news for you. Those voices are attached to real human beings who are sick and tired of your shit, and will hand you your ass.

They’re no longer intimidated by your attempts to slander them as racists and silence their voices by reporting them to their employers, and threatening their livelihoods. They’re done.

Don’t believe me?

Watch that video closely, and see sniveling, unwashed, pasty hippies, whose “activism” until recently was limited to being Internet commandos and “bravely” doxxing those with whom they don’t agree, so that others can do their dirty work for them and violently harass their victims, get their filthy faces beaten by the very people they try to silence.

I told you before you didn’t have the right not to be offended.

I’ve said numerous times that the right to speak freely exists equally among all people – even with those with whom you may disagree.

I’ve warned that your fascist antics will not end well, you frothing, delusional zealots.

You didn’t listen. You silenced academics. You celebrated when the livelihoods of those with whom you disagree were destroyed. You targeted the loved ones of those with whom you disagreed. You proudly proclaimed that your right not to be offended trumped others’ right to be heard.

You threatened violence against your fellow Americans because they dared to exercise their constitutionally protected rights!

You outscreeched anyone with whom you disagreed.

The social justice zealots started this culture war, and America is going to finish it.

America has had enough. This is where America begins to push back, you ignorant shitgibbons.

And if you think the ass beating you took at Berkeley was bad, try it in Texas. Try it in North Dakota. Try it in Tennessee or Oklahoma, or any other state that isn’t filled with unwashed, basement-dwelling ignorami, who have only emerged from their safe spaces because the media has been broadcasting how they’re full of win and they thought it was safe enough to publicly victimize their fellow Americans.

America has had it with you pusillanimous fuck weasels. You want a war? You got it.

Entitlement Mentality

Recently Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat down with Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Program Executive Director Abigail Golden-Vazquez for a chat about civic engagement, Latinos, and opportunities. I will say I agree with her on the importance of education and civic engagement – not just for Latinos, but for everyone! The issues she discussed aren’t endemic to just Latinos. When she says, “None of us can afford to be bystanders in life. We create our community, and we create it by being active participants in our community,” it shouldn’t be limited to Latinos, or to anyone of a particular ethnicity, religious affiliation or lack thereof.

A lot of the challenges with a lack of civic participation are not limited to Latinos. When Sotomayor says, “If you’re working 14 hours a day at your job, it is hard to make time for civic participation. And for many Latinos, that’s the quality of their life. We have to engage with that reality,” this is not an insurmountable problem faced only by Latinos. It’s one that plagues much of the working class. Latinos aren’t the only ones working multiple jobs more than 14 hours per day and the weekends. But we make time, and we do what we can. And sometimes we don’t get a lot of sleep. And many times we don’t have free time on the weekends. That’s just the way it is, but we sacrifice for the things that are important. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that.

And no, it’s not fair that some people inherit immense wealth, giving them opportunities to attend the best schools without accruing massive debt.

And no, it’s not fair that some kids get to grow up without ever worrying about how much something costs, while others – that’s their first concern.

And no, it’s not fair that some kids grow up in cramped apartments, while others live in opulent mansions.

There are a lot of things that aren’t fair. Life isn’t fair. And yet, we all work to make our own opportunities.

Which is why this bit from Sotomayor’s conversation galled me.

“There’s a continuing tension in America between the image of the person who pulls themselves up by the bootstraps, and the person who believes that you need a lift to get up sometimes,” Sotomayor told the program’s executive director, Abigail Golden-Vazquez. “Those people who believe that everyone must pull themselves up ― they don’t believe that people are entitled to help.”

“For those of us who understand that sometimes no matter how tall the heel on your boot is, the barrier is so high that you need a small lift to help you get over it ― they will understand that the inequalities in society build that barrier so high,” she continued. “Unless you do something to knock it down or help that person up, they will never have a chance. I had those things. I had a unique mother who was able to understand the benefits of education and encouraged me to use education as my liftoff. But not everyone knows that.”

For a jurist on the nation’s highest court, perhaps she needs a lesson in English.

It’s not that we don’t believe in help. I’m more than happy to help – whether it’s by donating time or money – those who are in need. But there’s a difference between asking for help and being entitled to it.

The definition of “entitled” is: believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.

Sorry, but this is where she lost me.

No one is ENTITLED to my help.

No one is ENTITLED to the fruits of my labor.

No one is ENTITLED to what I earn – to assets that should be going, first and foremost, to help me and my family – simply because they consider themselves deserving of said assets.

Need is not a claim check.

It’s not a claim check to my work. It’s not a claim check to the fruits of my efforts. It’s not a claim check to my sympathies.

No one is entitled to anything produced by another person without that person’s willingness to give it. The value people get in exchange for helping others is determined by that person alone – whether it’s the satisfaction of helping a fellow human being, or a promise of repayment or work – and not by politicians in power who think that forcing people to give up their earnings to “help,” which usually comes in the form of a handout that keeps people dependent or a bureaucracy that does squat, is the way to get those greedy rich people to contribute.

Everyone understands that sometimes people need a hand. It’s just that we also understand that undermining others to level the playing field is not really leveling the playing field, but crippling others so everyone exists on the same field of misery. That’s not helping those who need help. It’s merely crippling the competition, and negating the need for the person to put forth effort to help themselves.

That’s what I think about when I see this graphic.

It’s not just taking away two boxes from the tall person, who can see over the fence. What Sotomayor and other statist politicians want is to cripple the tall person, so they can’t stand to see at all. They want equality of outcome at any cost – even at the cost of crippling those they consider privileged.

Equality of opportunity is equality before the law. It’s the understanding that you will not be prevented by those in power from pursuing your goals, whether they’re educational, professional, or personal.

The graphic depicts equality of outcome, which looks really good in that little picture, but assumes silliness, such as 1) the tall person needs the box to see in the first place 2) there exists an equal number of boxes 3) the tall person wouldn’t willingly give up the box they don’t need to help out the short person, and 4) the means to sustain your family, the fruits of your labor, the value of your work, the results of your achievements are somehow identical to a fucking box!

You take away a box from the tall guy in that graphic, the worst that will happen is he won’t see a baseball game.

You disadvantage a kid because you feel he’s too privileged by giving away an educational opportunity to someone you consider underprivileged, but who may not have earned it, and you have just figuratively crippled him.

You reject a college applicant, who may have higher grades, who may have worked harder, and who may have participated in more extracurricular activities in favor of a poor kid, who may have had to work after school to help support his family, or just didn’t have the talent or the drive to get the grades, and all you’ve done is taken away an opportunity from one human being and handed it to another, with the government as the arbiter of who is more deserving, rather than objective achievement.

You deny a job to an applicant with superior skills, because said applicant happens to be white/cis/male/*insert privilege here*, and you’ve just screwed a superior applicant AND your company, or worse yet, you’ve allowed the government to do it for you – to pick a winner and loser based on arbitrary politicians’ whims.

You take earnings away from one family to feed/clothe/educate another – even though may be a noble goal – and that’s that much less that family has to spend on their own food, on their own sick kids, on their ailing parents, on their leaking roof, or their car repairs.

Helping a person up does not and should not mean, crippling another to “level the playing field.”

And yes, sometimes life is unfair. Yes, some people are more fortunate than others. But to people like Sotomayor, “pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps” is somehow a negative thing, because we won’t always be successful, and because we have to work harder than some others to succeed. She assumes that certain demographics simply CAN’T succeed and achieve without government force giving them an advantage.

I find that to be an abhorrent prejudice against said demographics. Fact is they can and do succeed. You can’t tell me that Do Won Chang, who started Forever 21 after immigrating to the United States from South Korea, in 1981 and worked three jobs simultaneously, as a gas station clerk, a janitor and a coffee shop employee had a level playing field. No, he simply worked harder, even though he started out penniless, without much English, and without a college degree.

My own parents came to this country without English, and with $300 in their pockets, and they are now comfortably retired – without ever having asked the government for a hand up, because they didn’t feel they were entitled to it.

People can and do succeed, even without the advantage of starting out rich. To claim they cannot, because they have brown or black skin, and therefore are in more need of help than others, is a pernicious, racist lie.

Conservatives

Rob wrote a great piece last night eviscerating David Shephard’s condemnation of conservatives who actually stand on principles on the Bull Elephant. You should really go read Rob’s fisk. He uses big words, and he didn’t drop the F-bomb even once! (Note: this is why I will never write for an actual news source or political site again. Too much effort to constrain my cursing.)

Shephard, whose claim to fame is apparently being a lobbyist in Richmond, claims that the House Freedom Caucus and its “conservative” members were never meant to be legislators, because they apparently never influence policy (Except for tanking the GOP’s shit show of a health care bill, of course. You’re welcome.) They should just hang out in think tanks and attend luncheons, proclaims a snot-nosed millennial whose contribution to the economy is lobbying and consulting.

If my eyes rolled back any harder, I’d need a pair of salad tongs and a team of Navy SEALs to retrieve them.

And that’s why, Shephard claims, Trump voters hate these guys, mmkay?

Because apparently people who want to examine legislation that has the power to affect millions of Americans and significantly impact our economy by using actual economic principles and rational thought don’t belong in government.

Rob rightfully excoriated this dick weasel.

The Trump voter, for the most part, is driven by emotion rather than logic. Trump, to his credit, seized on the undercurrent of frustration with business as usual in Washington, and rode it, against all expectations, including mine, to the White House. But let us not kid ourselves, Trump has little idea, even from moment to moment, of what he actually wants to ‘get done’. All he is interested in is ‘winning’. He is an ideologically unmoored populist. Steve Bannon, his chief political guru, has little ideological compass himself, and lacks the depth of knowledge to develop one. …And this is the guy who had the unmitigated gall to tell House conservatives in a meeting this past week “Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.” This administration will never be an effective leader for conservative principles as it stands right now.

I have, for the most part, avoided partisan discussion on this blog, choosing instead to focus on particular issues objectively and examine them from both sides. There’s a reason for this. Partisans focus on party. As Shephard shows, they care little for actual principle, and care only about advancing the party brand. Even when the party elite try to advance pure shit legislation that the majority of Americans recognize as dreck, winning is more important than what’s good for the country.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not only a Republican problem. The majority of Americans also opposed ObamaCare, but the legisleeches back then cared more about passing legacy legislation than ensuring the good of the nation. But apparently Republicans have learned nothing from that disaster.

It’s apparently more important for them to appear to be keeping their campaign promises than to actually be keeping them. Winning. That’s how you win in politics. You manipulate public perception into believing you’re doing something, and you claim victory. It’s not about America. It’s about your party winning in Congress. So yes, when intelligent people step in and put a damper on your plans with actual facts and figures, you have no choice but to malign and bully them.

What really gets me is that Shephard has so little self awareness, that he actually thinks denigrating legislators who analyze legislation and consider its fiscal implications as worthless and “a waste of a desk and a chair,” while wrapping himself in the “conservative” mantle somehow reflects positively on him and the vapid establishment squishes who pride themselves on having no principles, but “winning” at the polls.

The Trump voters work for a living, he says in an obsequious attempt to lick the taints of the ignorant, as if the members of the House Freedom Caucus have done no real work in their lives.

Mark Meadows, the current Chairman, started a small restaurant in North Carolina, and later sold it to start a successful real estate development endeavor in Florida. Yeah, what a failure!

Brian Babin of Texas is a dentist. Obviously, he can’t relate to the working man.

Rod Blum – with his degrees in finance and business administration obviously has nothing to contribute to the conversation about legislation that would affect this nation’s people and economy, and neither does economist Dave Brat.

The caucus includes businessmen, military veterans, doctors, realtors, small business owners, as well as lawyers. Obviously, they have nothing to contribute to the health care legislation debate, and they certainly don’t have anything in common with those Trump voters who work for a living, right, jackass?

Conservatives should not be defined by the number of notches they carve in the “win” column. Conservatives should specifically defined by their principles and ideology, which shouldn’t changed based on the way the political wind is blowing. If Shephard is correct, and the typical Trump voter wants results that will “improve our country,” they should be thanking the members of the House Freedom Caucus for ensuring that the GOP’s dumpster fire health care legislation, which did nothing to reduce government dependence and kept much of what Americans hated about ObamaCare in the first place firmly in place, never saw the light of day.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus were elected for a reason. They were open and transparent about their views, and their constituents selected them to represent their views in Congress. Maybe they were tired of politicians who told them what they wanted to hear, and then fell right in line with the usual bullshit once they got to Washington. There’s a reason they sent the calculating, ambitious, unprincipled Republican Eric Cantor home in favor of the educated, passionate, pro-freedom economist Dave Brat, despite Brat’s considerable disadvantage in the fundraising department. There’s only so many times you can betray the principles you claim to hold, before your constituents say, “ENOUGH!”

Congress needs more ideologically committed conservatives (and liberals), not fewer. We need less notches on our political bedposts and more actual wins. We need people who stand behind what they believe and rely on knowledge and experience, not their FEELZ, and who won’t be threatened and intimidated into backing down and doing anything less than what they objectively understand to be good for the country. They shouldn’t care that some carnival barker threatens to primary them, because this shouldn’t be a career from which to profit, but an honor to serve the people who put them in office.

The fact that these are men who stood up and opposed a bill that would have been awful for the country despite attempts to threaten and intimidate them speaks volumes about their love of their country and their respect for their constituents and yanks the curtain open on the puppetmasters, shining a stark spotlight on their lack of values and respect for America.

Trump promised us during the election that we would win so much, we’d get tired of winning.

Perhaps our definitions of “winning” need a tweak.

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