Baltimore Mother Calls for ‘Murder-free Weekend’

If only the problem of gun violence in our cities were this easy to solve.

The Baltimore Sun reports on a 44 year old mother Erricka Bridgeford’s simple message to her city: “Nobody kill anybody.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence.

“It’s a citywide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for a three-day ceasefire the first weekend of August to quell Baltimore’s violence. She admits that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and flyers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grass-roots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together, and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”

You can’t argue that this movement is coming from a good place in people’s hearts but its impact is likely to be minimal at best. The problem of violence doesn’t come from a scarcity of people saying that killing is bad. It comes from a broken culture in which people no longer care about the difference between good and evil. The moral foundations have been discarded, the nuclear family has been erased, and chaos has been the result.

In a way it’s similar to the radical feminist calls to “teach men not to rape.” It presupposes that people only do bad things because they haven’t been made aware that they are bad things.

More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners.

“You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.

A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford says her younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.

Next month’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figures the movement has already saved a life somewhere.

“Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”

The “if it saves one life” argument applies to this grass roots effort much better than to any of the tyrannical gun control laws for which similar arguments are used. However, making a real dent in the problem of urban gun violence is going to take a sustained effort from families determined to repair a broken culture and be vigilant against negative influences on their kids. It’s not a problem that will be fixed in a weekend. It may take generations.

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Crowdfunding Site Launched in Response to Grave Injustice Visited upon Ann Coulter

The great thing about America is that despite our political differences, when faced with great adversity, we come together as a people to aid those in need and restore justice. In that fine tradition, a total stranger has stepped up to the plate in order to aid Ann Coulter in her time of need. Ann, as you know by now, was the victim of a heartless airline empire that coldly deprived her of a few extra inches of legroom despite her great sacrifices on behalf of a grateful nation.

Sure, she mocks 9-11 widows and black people getting killed by police officers and repordedly lives off a diet of the souls of fresh puppies.

But, she’s an American and when Americans need help we step up! #MAGA  #Snowflakes #ThisDoesntCountAsWelfare

All she wanted was some extra leg room.

Thats it, and what did she get? No leg room, almost like she was a common poor!

Most people don’t even grasp the extent of her sacrifices on our behalf.

I don’t presume to know why Ann’s time is so valuable. I’m not sophisticated enough to understand things like that any more than I understand complicated hoagies with foreign sounding names.

What I do know is that my faith in humanity is restored.

#MAGA

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Politico Engages in Smoke and Mirrors Journalism Regarding Ethics Attorneys and Trump Jr.

Politico published a piece about a joint op-ed in the New York Times penned by Norm Eisen and Richard Painter, the former ethics attorneys for President Obama and President George W. Bush respectively. Today’s op-ed addresses the Donald Trump Jr. situation with Russia, but the content isn’t really important. The important thing to note is the media tricks being played here.

Eisen and Painter, as well as outlets like Politico, MSNBC, CNN, and others make a big point of noting the former Presidents for whom the two men worked. The intent is undoubtedly to make whatever opinions they express as a duo appear to be some bipartisan agreement.

The problem is both men are left wing partisans.

In an editorial penned Tuesday night in the New York Times, the two called Trump Jr.’s defense “nonsense” and said they would have called the FBI immediately in such a situation.

“As ethics lawyers, we have worked on political campaigns for decades and have never heard of an offer like this one,” wrote Norm Eisen and Richard Painter. Eisen is the chairman and Painter is the vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. “The promised Russian ‘documents and information’ would have been an illegal campaign contribution from a foreign government — and a priceless one.”

They said this meeting could tangle with conspiracy law, criminal violations and campaign finance laws among other legal liabilities.

Painter, who served for over two years in Bush’s administration, said on Tuesday that people should not collect information from Russia unless they “want to be accused of treason.” He also said such acts would not have been tolerated during the Bush presidency.

“We’d have one of them — if not both of them [Jared Kushner and Trump Jr.] — in custody right now, and we’d be asking them a lot of questions” Painter said. “This borders on treason if it is not itself treason.”

Painter additionally said that “you can accomplish a lot by way of damaging your own country, assisting an adversary and espionage” during the 10 minutes Trump Jr. met with the Kremlin-related lawyer.

Politico portrays Painter as if he speaks for the former Bush administration, but as Legal Insurrection has reported, he is a left wing activist. He holds a position with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that was one occupied by David Brock who founded the far left propaganda organization, Media Matters for America.

Richard Painter is the Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-wing activist group.

In December 2016, Painter replaced in the position of Vice Chair … wait for it … David Brock. Yes, that David Brock, the consummate Democratic oppo-research attack dog, leader of Media Matters, and now American Bridge. That David Brock was Vice Chair of CREW tells you everything you need to know about the group.

But you will almost never hear this part of Painter’s resume when he appears on TV, which he does quite often. You might hear that he’s a professor at U. Minnesota Law School. But most of all, you will hear that he is a former George W. Bush administration Chief Ethics Lawyer (2005-2007).

But in the age of Trump, his entree to TV commentary has been relentless Trump bashing — there is nothing the media loves more than someone who served in an Republican administration but now attacks Trump.

And Painter’s main TV role is to attack Trump in outlandish terms. I never heard of Painer — and I bet you never did either — until he started fulfilling the TV role of attacking Trump.

Mr. Eisen is also associated with CREW and was a law school classmate of Barack Obama’s. ‘Nuff said.

Beware of the media’s sleight of hand here. Donald Trump Jr. may be guilty of something beyond incompetence but you won’t get a balanced opinion on it from Eisen and Painter.

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VIDEO: Brit Hume Examines the ‘Keystone Cops’ Farce Starring Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. has gotten himself a lot of publicity this week as the latest member of the Trump campaign to have had no contact with Russians until it was discovered the he had contact with Russians. Brit Hume sat down with Fox News’ Bret Baier  to discuss it. Hume invokes the “Keystone Kops” to suggest there’s probably more bumbling incompetence here than criminality.

The Right Scoop reports:

For those who don’t know the reference from the 1600s, “Keystone Cops” means bungling, immature, incompetent and dumb. Now this is before the newest revelation that there’s an email showing Trump Jr. was told the information was coming from the Russian government.

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Am I the Only One Who Is Losing Faith in…Well…Everything?

Am I alone in thinking that 2017 has so far been one crisis of confidence after another?

Apparently not, judging from the polls Kimberly reported on late last night.

The data shows the confidence that Republicans and Democrats have separately for national institutions, including churches/religious organizations, the national news media, and colleges/universities.

Not only is the gap of confidence incredibly wide, but in some cases, it is on the rise. Hardly surprising, but definitely of note.

The fact that polls are indicating a loss of confidence in various institutions is actually comforting to me. When you find yourself at odds with former allies, have your positions unfailingly misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued because they don’t adhere to correct extreme or they don’t pay proper obeisance to the right people, it’s at least nice to know you’re not entirely alone in feeling like things aren’t as they should be.

It has been ages since I had much faith in the press. The predominantly leftward bias and the priority placed on being first rather than being accurate.  The seemingly objective reporters have always been scarce as long as I can remember but there was a time that you could at least expect some of the pundits on the right to remain objective about the facts upon which they based their analysis. That’s largely gone now.

I’m inspired by Andrew Breitbart’s  book Righteous Indignation where he calls for tearing down the “Democrat-Media Complex.” I can’t speak for him but I really don’t believe he meant to replace it with a “Republican-Media Complex” or  a “Populist-Media Complex.” I think he was aiming for a media that reported the truth without concern for where the chips fell. It’s sad to see his name and likeness attached to voices that now write and share only that which helps their chosen leader. Today, discerning what is actually true from the tribal media is like trying to eat soup on a Tilt-a-Whirl.

During the now 24 hour news cycle how many facts are actually presented? What we call “news” today is usually just one talking head asking questions of two diametrically opposed party loyalists who contradict each other’s answers. People watch it like it were an Olympic sporting event and decide the outcome like Cold War era Soviet figure skating judges.

The problem extends beyond the media to politicians who work only to defend their party rather than the rights and liberties of the people they represent. The few who do speak up find themselves ostracized or threatened. The situation is worse in the era of Trump because many people who once defended those lone voices have sided with their detractors while somehow still believing they are working against the “establishment.” They celebrate a President whose first instinct seems to always be something other than simply telling the truth while remaining outraged by the lies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Character only matters insofar as one can use it as a weapon against the other side.

Even religious institutions that once provided moral guidance now proclaim sleazy politicians to be “God’s chosen” as if God’s ability to work through corrupt people means that we should actively seek out such people and put them in charge. Morality is now whatever you can get away with so long as it does not surpass the other side in its terribleness.

This will no doubt elicit plenty of “sore loser” nonsense from the people whose loyalty to a politician exceeds their reading comprehension. I’m not accusing Trump of being in bed with Putin. I’m not calling for impeachment. I’m not saying Donald Trump Jr. committed a crime, let alone treason. My concern is that if he had actually committed a crime, the loudest voices on the Right would probably still be crying “nothing-burger” just as the partisans on the Left did and still do for all of Hillary’s chicanery. I won’t know if that’s true unless or until something like that happens, but my whole point is that I’ve lost confidence an all but a small remnant of what we once called the conservative movement.

The more we get comfortable with low quality people being our political and thought leaders, the more the quality of our leaders will decline.

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Florida Man Can’t Believe What Nasty Creatures Are Invading His Property

Wait. When exactly did the United States develop a monkey problem? Fire ants, killer bees, feral hogs—all these have been well documented.

But monkeys?

In Florida, one man’s property has been invaded and the troop of Rhesus monkeys is stealing the food from his deer feeder.

Local media report that Brian Pritchard of Ocala says troops of rhesus monkeys have been invading his property in search of food in his deer feeders. Cameras he set up to photograph deer instead contain pictures of dozens of monkeys.

Pritchard says the primates have eaten 250 pounds of food in recent days.

Officials say the monkeys probably originated in nearby Silver Springs State Park, which recently shut down two areas because of increased monkey presence. It’s estimated that 200 monkeys live in the park but many are seen beyond its boundaries.

A state park had to be shut down due to monkey infestation? In America?

Forget about all this Russia nonsense. How is this even happening and why isn’t the National Guard involved?

Monkeys may look cute and comical clowning around on Animal Planet but in reality they are disgusting and vile creatures who are made of pure evil.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter Blames ‘Media Illiterate’ Americans for the Corrupted Fake News Media

I am often amazed by how people who are supposed to be sources of information are so often completely clueless about what is going on.  Case in point, CNN’s Brian Stelter delivering an editorial—on the ironically named show, Reliable Sources—on attitudes about the news media. This mess could only come from within the media bubble.

He leads off with an infomercial slogan: “The solution to poor journalism is more journalism,” complete with cheesy hand gesture.

Then he proceeds to beat the living hell out of a poorly constructed straw man.

Stelter thinks the primary issue that needs to be addressed in the wake of his profession’s and specifically his network’s feckless incompetence is the scourge of “anti-journalism.” He’s arguing that there are people who want to literally stamp out journalism altogether and alludes to “powerful politicians” who support such an idea. <sarcasm>Who could he possibly be talking about?</ sarcasm>

The solution to poor journalism is more journalism. But some people want less of it, or none of it. They want to stamp out journalism altogether. Do you think I’m exaggerating. I don’t think I am.

Exaggerating wasn’t the word I was thinking of. Out of touch, ignorant, clueless, phony…things like that maybe.

We need to see this for what it is and describe it clearly. There’s a big difference between well meaning people who are skeptical of the press—I count myself among them—and then those people who want to tear down the press, who don’t want it to exist. Those anti-journalism voices are getting louder these days, partly because they’re being amplified by some pretty powerful politicians.

Amid so many shouts of “fake news” media companies producing real news need to speak loudly.

Shouts of “fake news” when media companies like CNN “produce” fake news are not a sign of anti-journalism. (“Producing” is an odd word choice. Media companies should report the news, not “produce” it. The news is the news. It doesn’t need to be manufactured.)

Even the most hardcore Trumpist who revels in bashing the left wing media is still consuming journalism of some sort. They might be seeking out sources that are equally slanted and corrupted in the opposite direction but amid all the media hatred out there I haven’t detected any sentiment about “stamping out journalism” altogether. The closest thing I can think of is the lame brained idea a few people floated about eliminating White House press conferences and replacing them with Presidential tweets. Even that wouldn’t qualify as an elimination of journalism.

Maybe that’s a conclusion they jump to in insular newsrooms where everyone is fretting that a silly wrestling GIF is an incitement to violence.

Here’s how I see it. Skepticism is healthy. Constructive criticism makes news rooms better. This is a pro-journalism point of view. When I make a mistake or I don’t challenge a guest enough or I cut somebody off…your emails, I get’em and they help me improve. But it’s not constructive or pro-journalism to promote resentment and hatred of journalists.

I’ll grant that there is plenty of resentment and hatred for certain journalists and outlets. Stelter completely ignores the indisputable fact that those sentiments exist primarily because those journalists and outlets have promoted resentment of half the country for years years now, both in how they report stories and in which stories they choose to ignore. When his own network was recently busted for knowingly pushing a false, politically motivated narrative, Stelter looks like a fool trying to play the victim here.

Stelter cites some flippant remarks from the fringe, crackpot Governor of Maine as evidence of his imagined anti-journalism movement. Governor LePage obviously resents the media and paints them with a broad brush because they exposed his ignorant and racist comments. Using LePage as an example only shows how weak Stelter’s claims really are. The chances are pretty good that if pressed, even a clown like LePage wouldn’t favor the complete absence of the press.

Remember when President Trump called the media the enemy of the people?

Again, a CNN reporter has no leg to stand on here. Any network (or blog, or newspaper) that knowingly promotes false stories for ratings or clicks or sales really is an enemy of the people. That goes for sycophant propagandists on the right as well.

When politicians disparage real news as fake or when they root for the death of newspapers or when they call reporters names or when they claim we make up stories and sources, they’re not trying to improve journalism. They’re trying to get rid of it.

What about when they root for the death of newspapers who make up stories and sources and promote fake news as real (all while ignoring any real news that doesn’t fit their political ideology)? The death of that sort of media would improve journalism immensely. As far as getting called names? Sack up, Brian.

Stelter’s blindspot is treating all journalism as legitimate. Corrupt journalism that acts as a political propaganda arm for a party or candidate (no matter which side they’re on) should be gotten rid of by exposing it to the light of day and letting people vote with their dollars. That would not only improve journalism, it would save journalism from itself. I know that many on the right are so fed up with left wing journalists skewing the news left that they are seeking out right wing journalists who will skew the news right. I’m on record condemning both. Once journalism gets in bed with any political party, it ceases to be journalism. Cronyism sucks no matter which side benefits.

Stelter—the employee of an exposed purveyor of biased and fake news—then wraps up his argument by blaming media consumers for the failures of his network and professional brethren.

I’m sorry to say these people, these trolls, they’re media illiterate. They don’t really know how newsrooms work.

It’s your fault, America. You just aren’t educated or smart enough to understand how being 99% in the tank for the Democrat party is what real journalism is all about.

I think the real problem here is that the news media is largely America illiterate, and Americans know more about how newsrooms work than the folks at CNN really want them to.

People don’t want to eliminate journalism.  They’re starving for it.

 

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How About We Stop Throwing Around the “T” Word Like a Bunch of Idiots?

The “T” word is getting thrown around pretty freely these days. Especially now that George W. Bush’s  ethics attorney Richard Painter publicly said Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who supposedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton was an act that “borders on treason.”

Later Painter just called it “treason” on Twitter.

That Painter worked for GWB probably gives the impression that the treason charge is coming from a Republican ethics lawyer, but Painter heads up a left wing activist group. His current role is not one of law but one of leftist political hackery. Shocking, right?

Richard Painter is the Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-wing activist group.

In December 2016, Painter replaced in the position of Vice Chair … wait for it … David Brock. Yes, that David Brock, the consummate Democratic oppo-research attack dog, leader of Media Matters, and now American Bridge. That David Brock was Vice Chair of CREW tells you everything you need to know about the group.

But you will almost never hear this part of Painter’s resume when he appears on TV, which he does quite often. You might hear that he’s a professor at U. Minnesota Law School. But most of all, you will hear that he is a former George W. Bush administration Chief Ethics Lawyer (2005-2007).

I’m not a lawyer, but all the treason accusations flying around are reminding me of 2015 when scores of people who had never before heard of the Logan Act were suddenly venting their outrage on social media over the idea that Senator Tom Cotton and company had supposedly violated it by publishing an open letter to Iran. The cries of “treason” seem equally motivated by politics alone and sound equally stupid.

Painter’s shenanigans were nevertheless successful in that it got plenty of social media dumb-dumbs parroting the charge but “treason” is just a leftist political slogan in this case.

Here’s how the law defines it in 18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

To my knowledge, we aren’t currently in a legally declared state of war with Russia (or anyone else), so that leads me to think whatever Trump Jr. did doesn’t meet the legal definition of treason. Some are saying that Russian hacking is an act of cyber warfare which automatically places us in a state of war with Russia. I’m fairly sure that’s not how it works.

This is not to say Trump Jr. may not have done something unethical, inappropriate, or even illegal in some other way. It’s probably not treason though. I don’t trust anyone in the Trump family any farther than I could throw one of their buildings, but I’m sick and tired of easily refuted left wing hysteria and sensationalism suffocating legitimate issues of concern.

Things that should be be investigated soberly just get drowned out as one side shouts “TREASON” while the other responds “WHAT ABOUT HILLARY?” in a war between two tribes of idiots. Rational discussion and consistency are practically impossible these days.

This is probably the most sensible advice for now.

Good luck getting anyone to agree to that though.

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Specially Designed Homes Provide Independence for Disabled Vets Thanks to Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise is a pretty amazing guy. He recently got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his acting but history will show his greatest achievements to be the things he did to to help wounded American veterans. Chris Walker lost both arms and one leg while disarming a bomb in Afghanistan, but thanks to Sinise’s commitment to helping those who have sacrificed for our country, Walker now has a custom designed smart home that provides him and his family with greater independence.

For the first time in years, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Chris Walker opened and closed the blinds on his own.

“In my (current) house, I can’t close the blinds, so if somebody opens them, they stay open until somebody else closes them,” Walker said.

But, with his brand new, custom designed smart home, Walker doesn’t have to rely on others to complete simple tasks like pulling a cord to darken a room. He can do it all on his iPad.

Walker looks forward to a simplified life, thanks to a little help from the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Founded by the actor who starred as Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film Forrest Gump, the Gary Sinise foundation aids veterans through benefit concerts and outreach programs, among other activities since 2011. In 2012, the foundation launched its Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment — or RISE — program, which builds or modify homes and mobility devices for severely injured veterans like Walker.

Walker didn’t always need a smart home to get around. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his second tour, he served as a Explosive Ordnance Disposal team leader in Afghanistan. While on the job in 2012, an IED he was disarming went off, destroying both arms and his left leg, shattering facial bones, bursting an ear drum and detaching muscles in his eyes.

Each of these homes is designed specifically for the individual needs of the veteran who will live there.

Walker says he remembers the day Sinise found him at Walter Reed soon after he returned to the United States.

“I was on a lot of drugs and I had a man come in, and he was talking to me, and I really wasn’t comprehending what he was saying. But, I remember when he told me that ‘We’re going to build you a house that is yours,’” Walker said. “As time went on and I was getting better and communicating with the foundation back and forth it was like, ‘This is real. This is happening.’”

From there, the foundation moved forward with construction of the house about a year ago, making sure to talk to Walker and his family about what features would make life easiest for him. Some of those updates included a security system, lights and automatic blinds that can be controlled from an iPad, an oven with doors that open at wheelchair height, lower countertops and a therapy pool for Walker to get in shape with.

Walker isn’t the only vet to get such a home through the efforts of Forrest Gump’s Lieutenant Dan. Sinise recently talked about his foundation’s RISE program with EWTN’s Raymomd Arroyo in an emotional interview. He gets choked up while recounting how he receives texts and photos nearly every day from the wife of another vet who now lives in a custom home provided by RISE.

So far RISE has built 38 homes for severely wounded vets and 20 more are currently in the planning and design phase.

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Gender Identity Madness – There Is Absolutely No Such Thing as a Pregnant Man

The U.K. paper The Independent published an article with the following headline: Britain’s first pregnant man gives birth to girl. It is amazing how such a small arrangement of words can be equal parts clickbait, exploitation, cultural indoctrination, and utter nonsense.

Hayden Cross, 21, made headlines around the world when he announced he was pregnant by a sperm donor, three years after becoming legally male through gender reassignment.

He put his transition on hold to have a child.

His daughter Trinity-Leigh was born by caesarean on 16 June, his family confirmed. It makes Mr Cross, from Gloucester, the first transgender man to give birth in the UK.

“She’s perfect in every way,” he told The Sun.

(Until people start filling her head with the idea that nature got it wrong and she might really be a he.)

He now plans to complete his gender reassignment to remove his breasts and ovaries.

Let’s review: if you give birth to a child, you are by definition female. For those females who haven’t yet born children, having breasts, ovaries, and a uterus are a dead giveaway. Allowing quack doctors to dispose of those organs surgically and artificially blast your system with hormones it doesn’t naturally produce does not make a female male any more than getting striped tattoos and hoof implants would make you a zebra.

If a person claims to be something all scientific evidence says they are not, the least scientific thing to do is assume they are acting and thinking rationally. In virtually every situation where a person insists they are something other than what they are, whether it be a specific person or some existing or completely fantastical creature, that person is rightfully approached as one who has some sort of unfortunate mental or psychological problem. However, if that person’s delusion is that they are a different sex than what every fact of biology indicates, we now must assume their feelings invalidate science.

Similarly, abortion advocates believe that a woman’s feelings determine whether her unborn offspring really is a human being (as every piece of objective scientific data indicates). The truly maddening part is that many of the people who tell us that someone’s feelings can change physical reality are the same ones who think it a thought crime to question whether scientists can accurately predict the global climate a century from now.

For many people, what makes them feel good is what they believe to be scientifically true. Whether it is the healing power of crystals and essential oils, saving the planet, or choose your own adventure biology, feelings-based “science” is gradually becoming our official state religion.

How far down this road are we going to go? Pretty dang far it seems. The tweet below from Christina Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute went viral yesterday for obvious reasons.

Oy vey, indeed. This is insanity.

Obviously there is something seriously wrong when someone believes they are something other than what they are. Like anyone else, the people who feel that way need to be treated with compassion and respect, but simply indulging their confusion is neither compassionate nor respectful.

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