Free Speech

In California there is a bill up that

Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” to engage in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

The bill then defines “sexual orientations change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” (Emphasis added.)

Let’s assume everyone is on a spectrum. Some very homosexual and some very heterosexual and some in between. You would not be allowed to discuss all the ups/downs of choosing an option within the spectrum to either stay with or not. Maybe you have a girlfriend and a boyfriend and you need some counseling to figure out your life. No can do.

HOWEVER, you CAN choose to discuss changing the gender of your 12 year old daughter because she’s a tomboy. Including all the way through to giving her hormones to keep her from developing naturally.

We have entered crazy town.

ht Maggie’s Farm

Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson is one of the best writers out there. I don’t care what subject it is, if he’s written the column, I’m going to read it.
Andrew Klavan supports him with this (ht Maggie’s Farm):

Now, I love reading Kevin’s pieces and sometimes I agree with them, or part of them. But here’s a fun fact to know and share: When I disagree with something he says, I don’t burst into flames or faint dead away or explode or even melt like the Wicked Witch. I merely sharpen my arguments against his and wake the morrow morn a wiser man.

I completely agree. That’s the point of reading opinion columns. You sharpen your own thoughts. You may even be convinced. [aside: often you hear that people should read from the left and the right….as soon as the left brings me a writer like Kevin Williamson, I’d be happy to]

Jeffery Goldberg of the Atlantic hired Mr. Williamson and fired him 2 weeks later due to the screaming of the masses. It’s quite clear that the US rule of not negotiating with terrorists is a good one. As the screaming masses win each of these “fights”, they just scream louder the next time around.
Good luck with that, you on the left. It will turn around and bite you in the rear.

Trump and the News Today

Well, this is really Trump and the News Every Day.
It’s just that today in a column from the NYTimes on how great and successful progressives are at changing the culture they give us a paragraph like this:

Two things have fundamentally changed the landscape. First, over the past two years conservatives have self-marginalized. In supporting Donald Trump they have tied themselves to a man whose racial prejudices, sexual behavior and personal morality put him beyond the pale of decent society.

How come conservatives self marginalize, but progressives who supported Hillary are NOT tied to a woman who cheats (personal morality anyone?), who disdains other women (misogyny), who does not have any common sense (emails), and who is willing to sell out her country for a buck (Uranium One).  ?

I’d be ok with both depictions if I ever saw the 2nd on.  Since we don’t I’m stuck defending Trump from all comers.

ht Maggie’s Farm

God

I love this column.  It says so many things that I think only with clarity!  He writes of what we are hearing these days where people (and here the author uses Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker, an athiest)  are asking where was God at Parkwood.  God is always there.  (ht Maggie’s Farm)

Most important of all, Pinker’s God has no mystery. He’s a do-gooder or a do-nothing. (Secularists don’t assert an evil God—that would be even more superstitious than a good God.) But Christians know that God is, in full, unknowable, and a day of intense suffering is at the center of their worship. They have God’s written word, the example of the saints, and the impulse to revere him in their hearts. But his works are inscrutable. At times His wisdom makes no sense, and we assume that our confusion is our own fault, not His.

Russian Meddling

I’ve seen questions lately asking why the right isn’t upset with Russian meddling in elections.

This is why.  Obama meddled so often we here outside of government in the naive world of middle America now think it must be normal.  I mean, if Obama did it…..

Trump’s election brought on the cryers..”he’s going to change what’s normal in a bad way!”.

Too late..

(ps – so happy they mentioned Honduras.  I was going to give Obama a noncynical chance, when he did

(ht Maggie’s farm)

SotU

Here we go.

I have the great pleasure of being in a room with 9 other women who are Trump supporters. In Boulder. It’s like a conservative miracle!

He’s recognizing the greatness of Americans. Firefighters, pilots during the hurricane etc etc. Scalise and the police and health people who saved him.

“State of our Union is strong because our people are strong.”

200,000 mfg jobs

Rising wages

45 year low of unemployment claims. African-American claims the lowest ever. Same with Hispanic unemployment

Stock market through the roof. He went through his tax reform highlights including the repeal of the individual mandate. He’s shared the tax cut bonus announcements that have been going on and the Apple announcement.

“There has Never been a better time to start living the American dream”

Faith and family are the center vs government. Preston from Redding started a flag movement on Veterans graves.

Ooh Trump mentioned standing for the National Anthem!

Onto VA accountability act. Sounds good to me. 1500 let go from VA.

“Right to try” with healthcare and the FDA. Yay

1.5 trillion for infrastructure.

“Americans are dreamers too”. Excellent line!

……etc etc

Impression? This was a really enjoyable speech. This was awesome to hear a pro America theme. The zingers may have gone too far but the ending of this speech is amazing.  He didn’t deal with any of the real problems, ie entitlements, but no one ever does, so I don’t hold it against him.

It really feels like he loves the people of this country. Go Trump!