Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

No Pet genders?

July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

This gives a whole new meaning to the term “crazy cat lady”: a writer at the feminist magazine Medusa is urging people not to give their pets gender-specific names because animals can’t tell you if they are transgendered and might be offended by it. And that just scratches the surface of the insanity. This link goes to a fun commentary and excerpts, but click through to the original article to read the drivel in full, then check out some of the comments if you enjoy laughing like a non-cis-gendered hyena. As one commenter notes, this may be the stupidest thing on the Internet today, and that’s really saying something.

By the way, if you have a cat trapped in a dog’s body, or a bird trapped in a cat’s body, that usually means you need to give those animals the Heimlich maneuver and make them cough up the cat or bird so it can get away.

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Media Listening Tours

July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Thank God it’s Saturday, so we can tune out the news media’s week-long Russia hysteria and dud “bombshells” and share something fun. The Huffington Post has a well-earned reputation as one of the shining examples of liberal elite bubble media outlets. They were so out-of-touch with most of America that they refused even to report on Trump’s campaign except as entertainment, they put a derisive disclaimer on every story about him, and on Election Day, they gave Hillary a 98.1% chance of winning. Naturally, their “reporters” have spent the past few months either raging against an unjust cosmos or curled up in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs in their safe spaces.

But to their credit, HuffPo’s editors finally realized that maybe – just maybe – it’s not good business to be completely clueless about more than half of America. So in the spirit of Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, and a lot of other racist imperialists they despise, they’ve forced some of their Ivy League hothouse reporters onto a bus and sent them on a scientific expedition to 23 red states, to mingle with the savages and try to figure out what makes them tick. They’re calling it the “Listen To America” tour, although it’s questionable just how much listening they’ll really do.


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Of course, they could have saved a lot of time, effort, gas money and embarrassment if they’d just bought my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” in which I tried to warn media elites how out of touch with “flyover” country they were, nearly a year before the election. But that would’ve required them to actually listen to a rube from Arkansas, so that’s out of question.

Anyway, the truly fun part of this story is that it turns out Red Staters don’t take too kindly to being examined like bugs on a glass slide. The HuffPo bus expedition has sparked an avalanche of hilarious parody tweets, depicting the mysterious and terrifying sights the liberals are seeing (Note to HuffPo: yes, we actually have Twitter between L.A. and the Hudson River. See, you’ve already learned something!)

Click the link and brace for some gut-bustingly hilarious tweets. One warning: this also includes a screen capture of a genuine HuffPo political opinion piece, so be on notice that the headline contains extreme profanity. That’s another thing the reporters will probably be shocked to discover is not standard practice at the Tuscaloosa News.

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Get it together, Republicans

July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Contrary to popular belief, this Republican Congress is managing to get some things done before its current session ends. But the strategy of “do something even if it’s wrong” isn’t the best way to govern.

Thanks to the votes of 24 Republicans, the House rejected an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, proposed by Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, which would have stopped the military from funding treatment relating to gender transition, including sex-change surgery, for members of the military and their families. The vote was 214-209. Under the Obama administration, the military began recognizing “gender dysphoria” as a medical diagnosis and approving payment for all related treatments, even though soldiers recovering from gender “reassignment” surgery would typically be non-deployable for up to 267 days afterwards and those needing ongoing hormone treatments might be non-deployable into the far future.

The amendment would have continued to fund psychological treatment for gender dysphoria. And that makes sense.

According to Congressional aides, Hartzler was contacted by Defense Secretary James Mattis and asked to pull the amendment before it came to a vote. Mattis has said he’s postponing the July 1 deadline to start accepting transgender applicants by six more months to allow further study by military leaders. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter enacted the new policy only last summer; that’s when service members started being forced into training on it, even though no openly transgender recruits have been accepted yet. Female recruits have reportedly had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation on allowing biologically male soldiers into the women’s shower with them.

As long as the amendment did make it to the floor, it seems unbelievable that 24 Republicans voted it down. Six others didn’t vote at all. Of course, one of those was Majority Whip Steve Scalise, but he had a good reason: he’s still recovering from surgery himself, the kind that is definitely not elective.

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