Diving into Transgender Identities

Today Celina Dugin of the National Review takes on my basic question…..

How does a person know that he/she is transgender? I have 0 idea what a man “feels” like, yet I’m competitive, I get dirty, I like to Jeep and shoot guns. I’ve never had babies, I don’t wear makeup or heels. I don’t like hanging out with a bunch of gaggling girls, though I know plenty of females who are similar.

So what is the definition of a man if not a penis?

And you men out there….how on earth do you know what it means to feel female? Answer, you don’t.

The fluidity of gender/sex/orientation is not definitive. It’s being a tomboy somedays and enjoying good gossip on others. Traits are separate from gender and it irks me that people try to force these into their boxes. Especially on children.

Anyway Celina asks the question in a far better way than I.

Life is Hard

Maggie’s Farm posted this quote from the Z Blog this morning:

Trump is the warning shot. He’s the food riots before the revolution. He’s the stack of letters to the editor in protest over some issue. People do not go from happy to bloody revolt overnight. It’s a process and the early stages are warnings, at least they should be viewed as warnings. If the people in Washington insist on flooding the country with helot labor, despite what’s happening in the election, the people are going to insist on building scaffolds in Washington. The Trump phenomenon is the warning.

This is what I think.
Life is hard. If you wanted change so badly, it would have worked for you to get into position to create change. Run for office, volunteer with political campaigns, write those letters and make those phone calls. But how many people really do that? In reality – not many. Many don’t even bother to vote.
So you get all these heated discussions amongst friends and neighbors and then it explodes with Trump.

Illegal immigration – how many small businesses out there use illegal (and legal) immigrants to get their entry level jobs done? And why? Because we keep increasing minimum wage on the will of the people and we keep insisting on businesses providing more time off, more health care etc, on the will of the people. We want low prices, we want to be healed of cancer. We want subsidies for corn and sugar. We want our new roof in 2 days, not 5. We want nannies and yard people et al. The people that want those things, actually do the work and run for office and volunteer and go to power lunches and use their time to get their needs met vs hanging out and just exploding all over someone like Trump.

If all these Trumpers really cared about the illegal immigrant problem, then we wouldn’t actually have the problem. Instead, they would have insisted that x number of weeks of unemployment was enough and people should go get jobs beyond that. And that sub minimum wage is acceptable for those on unemployment now. Why do businesses require immigrant labor? Is it really because those are the only people willing to work those jobs? And if so, why? Because others don’t need to. (yes Republicans are mean)

It’s an amazing phenomenon, I will grant you that. I will be very surprised if the momentum holds. Why? Because it’s hard work. And people want the easy route.

In Colorado, after the government changed the laws here about the number of bullets people could carry or who could sell what gun when there was a big giant uprising led by a few men who had never voted and 2 officials got ousted. Since then? As a casual observer, I’d say – not much. No law has changed. The governor elected is a Dem.

What happened to the fight? It just disappeared.
Life is hard.

We’ll see what happens. Interesting times folks, interesting times.
We’re like Hank Reardan, staying uninvolved until suddenly you want everything fixed yesterday.

UPDATE: While not a Trump supporter, I will admit, I too want to poke my eyes out anytime I go to a political event. So yes, I blame myself too. I’d rather be doing anything than “getting involved”. Mea culpa

Funny News Story out of the Times-Call

You have to see this story to believe it.
Eh, nevermind….I’ll give you a peek at the photo.
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This is a story of Biden coming to CU to discuss campus sexual assault.

“Guys, look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘Are you being the man you think you are?'” Biden said near the end of an hour-long speech on the Boulder campus Friday afternoon.

“I know it takes courage,” he added. “You’re worried about being socially ostracized by your fraternity brothers or the team or whatever. We have to change the dynamic and socially ostracize the abusers.”

Dude, get a mirror.

Good Friday

The day all of what we deserved was taken on by Jesus. ht to this quote Maggie’s Farm.

Had we stood in that crowd that day, it is a forgone conclusion that we would have been part of the sneering mob, ushering him to eternal doom.
He who knew no sin, took ours on to Him, and became the sacrifice for us that each of us deserved.

Good Friday may be a day of celebration for you. But not for me. It is a day of conviction, meditation, remembrance, and sorrow.
Sorrow that a God who never had to, sent His only son, to suffer everything I have always deserved.

The realization of this is the beginning of gratitude. But on Good Friday there was nothing to be grateful of for sure. Only some vague promise that He might return.
On Good Friday, the only hope we had dared to believe in was dead. Evil had won, mockers had succeeded, traitors were enriched, and the enemy of everything good declared victory.

On Good Friday even God the Father turned his back.
It was the smell, not just of death, but of abandonment, hopelessness, emptiness, and defeat. It was all encompassing, it was suffocating.

On THAT Friday there was nothing good… …nothing good for anyone.
On Good Friday hell rained down everything it could on Him, and fortunate for us, He was strong enough to take it!

Stronger than us He was… that’s for sure!

Apple and the Feds

Wow…just wow.

Now we learn the FBI, far from exhausting all other practical options, had been pursuing such non-Apple leads all along…..Instead, Justice rushed to legal war with dubious theories. As it escalated its rhetoric, it even threatened to confiscate Apple’s source code and electronic signature: “The government did not seek to compel Apple to turn those over because it believed such a request would be less palatable to Apple. If Apple would prefer that course, however, that may provide an alternative that requires less labor by Apple programmers.”……Justice also fibbed by saying the Apple case is about one phone. The FBI and state and local prosecutors are pursuing dozens of similar suits—and the circumstantial evidence continues to pile up that targeting Apple was less about counterterrorism than a hand-picked case meant to set a legal precedent for the encryption “back door” that the FBI wants.

Perhaps now is the time for Congress to act if it wants requirements about encryption.

Tea Partiers and Trump

Hmmmmmm. Glenn Reynolds has a good column today…..

Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement…….Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racist, denounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.”

BUT I would hesitate to mix Tea Partiers with Trumpists. They are separate.

QOTD

The part in bold regarding David Brooks’ pronouncement that he doesn’t have a clue.

Note that even David Brooks’ pronouncement that he needs to “socially mingle” with his lessers is just a regurgitation of another old idea he had — that the someone should set up programs to let The Elite go on camping trips with those of the lower orders, to facilitate such “social mingling.”

Or, as I like to say: David Brooks demands that a government program be set up which can introduce him to his doorman.

QOTD

Via the WSJ from Peggy Noonan.
regarding Sanders’ support.

In the young his support is understandable: They have never been taught anything good about capitalism and in their lifetimes have seen it do nothing—nothing—to protect its own reputation.

This is so true!! I am friends with a few 5th graders who have had an earful from their cranky ol’ Aunt Terri about capitalism due to their regurgitation of teacher thoughts on the subject of capitalism.