New California Textbooks to Put Focus on People’s Sexuality Instead of Their, Ya Know, History

As a state, California has adopted a fresh take on history: A person’s sexual identity is what matters more than what that person does.

The state’s board of education has approved ten textbooks that it has deemed “inclusive enough,” and rejected two others that were not, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*, one of the top textbooks producers in the United States.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The rejected textbooks failed to abide by California’s 2011 FAIR Education Act. The law, written by former state Sen. Mark Leno, requires that schools teach about historical figures who were LGBT or who had disabilities.

Equality California’s executive director, Rick Zbur, called the board’s decision a “long-fought victory.”

“Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision,” Zbur said.

Okay. Cool. LGBT people have contributed to society. This isn’t something that’s up for debate. Likewise, straight people have. White people also have contributed, as well as black, Asian, Hispanic, and other groups.

But, there are two problems here. The first is that we are still addressing the issue of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican who, as a Senate candidate, is having to face allegations that he sought relationships with teenagers in his thirties. Many of the people, including myself, who are thoroughly creeped out by the age difference and, more specifically, the age of the girls in question.

Kindergarten is for five-year-olds. Eighth grade is for 13- to 14-year-olds, typically, which is right in the lower range of the girls Moore was (is?) attracted to. Children between five and 14 years old are not mentally, socially, or emotionally equipped to fully understand sexuality, much less engage in a relationship that will almost certainly include sexuality.

If we are to agree on that, and Heaven knows many folks on the Left outraged by Moore do, then how can we also argue that they are fully equipped to deal with homosexuality, bisexuality, or transsexuality?

The second problem, which ties into the first, is that children at this age don’t need to know sexual preference in order to understand what a person has contributed to society. That Emily Dickinson was a lesbian or that Walt Whitman was gay in no way changes the fact that “A Noiseless, Patient Spider” is one of the best poems I read in high school or that every Emily Dickinson poem can be read to the tune of “Yellow Rose Of Texas.”

This shouldn’t matter in education. Kids sure as hell don’t really care, unless they’re being raised by little activists at home (in which case they’re going to end up being libertarians when they grow up), and you’re getting in the way of real education when you toss activism into the mix. What you end up doing is muddying the waters and confusing who someone identifies as with what they did.

It means very little to children. It may mean more in college, where you can really dive into the psychology behind what people do or write. In elementary and middle school? They care about what is written or what happened, what it means, and how you can extend your knowledge of the subject matter. Sexual identity doesn’t help with those goals. It just confuses the kids as to what the goals are.

 

*Let’s also throw out there that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a way better publisher than McGraw Hill.

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Another Hollywood Rape Case Exposes Fake Feminist Outrage

Fake feminist alert!

You can add Murray Miller, writer for the HBO series, “Girls” to the list of Hollywood rapists and sex abusers.

Miller has been charged by actress Aurora Perrineau of rape in 2012, when she was only 17-years old.

Perrineau filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday.

Unlike some of the other accusers who have stepped forward to tell their tales, Perrineau actually took a lie detector test in September.

The statement of what happened to her reads:

She said in her statement for the polygraph test that she met Miller while out with some friends at the Standard Hotel, where she “consumed some alcoholic beverages.”

“He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old,” Perrineau said in the statement.

The actress was with two friends, she said, and Miller asked one of them for a ride home “because he was drunk,” and the group agreed. Miller was 35 at the time.

She said everyone got out of the car at Miller’s home, and she did not want to, but “felt like I had to go along with everyone else.

“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said in the statement.

Sick.

Well, the star of “Girls,” the ever-loathsome Lena Dunham has come to the rescue – for Miller.

Dunham, herself an admitted kiddie toucher, issued a statement to social media.

Horrible.

What happened to the liberal trope that you always believe the accusers (I mean, after the Clinton years)?

Dunham, like so many feminists-of-convenience only extends her girl power for as far it can be used to benefit herself.

And as can be expected, Twitter exploded with outraged comments (Mind the language):

And this face-burner:

Dunham tried to straddle the fence on this one, and all she managed to do was expose herself for the hypocrite she is.

 

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Ohio Democrat Candidate for Governor Says He Did a Lot of Boinking in His Day

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Welp, this is one way to get out in front of a potential scandal:

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who recently declared his intention to run for governor defended “heterosexual males” Friday amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct.

I’m looking at this guy, and as a fellow male I’m calling bullsh** on the quantity and quality he’s claiming. I think there should be a judicial inquiry and we should get a subjective evaluation of the bodycount, so to speak. Let’s start with the “gorgeous blonde.” Because a man who can’t be trusted to tell the truth about his sexual history can’t be trusted. (BTW, this guy is apparently single, never married, and that doesn’t exactly reek of “heterosexual male.” NTTAWWT.)

His follow up is particularly telling:

Now take a quick look at my post earlier today.

What O’Neill is saying is exactly what Kate Harding is saying. That Democrats can’t be drawn into tossing people to the curb for personal misconduct so long as their votes are correct. This is not hard to comprehend and why Republicans can’t understand what is happening–and happily cooperate in their own destruction–just boggles the mind.

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Creep Alert: Florida Dems Chair Resigns After Sexual Harassment Scandal

The Florida Legislature has been under Republican control since 1996, and the Democrats frequently complain about how their minority status leaves them on the sidelines. Apparently this applies to even sex scandals, as Florida Democrats made sure they got their share of the headlines this week as they watched their Chairman resign in disgrace.

When State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D), the incoming Senate Minority Leader, resigned suddenly last month after his extramarital affair with a lobbyist was revealed, it set tongues-a-wagging in Tallahassee that the bubble of protection around the good ol’ boys club might finally be showing signs of cracking.

November looked like it might be brighter for Florida Democrats. They defeated a Republican incumbent in a heavily contested mayoral race in St. Petersburg, and then news broke that multiple women were making allegations of sexual harassment and groping against State Sen. Jack Latvala, the Republican budget chair who wielded enormous power until he was forced to step aside while the allegations were investigated.

In the grand tradition of pride going before a fall, Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Chairman Stephen Bittel was named the “Winner of the Week in Florida Politics” (a regular feature by the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith) for the party’s role in the St. Pete Mayor’s race. The FDP Twitter account happily touted Bittel’s trumph.

This week it’s pretty clear Bittel is a top contender for Loser of the Week.

Politico Florida broke the story: six women, former FDP staffers and consultants, accused Bittel of creating a hostile and demeaning work environment. None of them accuse Bittel of criminal activity or inappropriately touching them, “but he made them feel so uneasy that they didn’t want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk.”

The Politico article is worth reading in full, but among the money quotes are one woman who complained that “there was a lot of boob stuff in his office,” and another who described Bittel as “so f—ing creepy.”

“He’s just so f—-ng creepy,” said a former female party staffer, anger palpable in her tone. “He just leers at you, and stares. I don’t know if you know what that feels like, but he just leers at you. I don’t know how to describe the feeling.”

Another former FDP staffer said that it was policy to not leave any women, especially younger ones, alone with Bittel at the office, his home, or the party’s private plane.

The hostile environment Bittel created at the FDP is yet another one of those “open secrets” that had been waiting to explode, and also seems to be a logical explanation for why Florida Democrats weren’t hitting Republican harder for the Latvala scandal. They had their own very similar disaster in their own offices.

After the Politico report, Bittel apologized but it wasn’t enough to save him. Elected only this past January, the FDP Chairman’s race had been especially contentious as the party sought to chart its path forward in the Trump era. The hostility between the different factions of the party never fully healed from that Chairman’s race, and Bittel again drew the ire of his fellow Democrats back in June after a dispute over his decision to cut part of the program during a fundraiser featuring then-Vice President Joe Biden. The cut portion would have featured several black Democratic legislators and when they voiced their displeasure, Bittel called them “childish.”

Each of the Democrats who have entered the 2018 race for governor — former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Orlando businessman Chris King — served as the Four Horsemen of Bittel’s political apocalypse when all four of them called for Bittel’s resignation.

Bittel posted a statement on the FDP Twitter account announcing that he was stepping down and apologizing for “all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party.”

With Democrats scrambling to find a new Chairman and Republicans nervously biting their fingernails waiting to see what additional aftershocks arise from the Latvala investigation, the Florida Legislature is experiencing more turmoil than it’s seen in years, and like the waves of sexual harassment scandals pouring out of Hollywood, the mud is splattering enough on both sides to keep anyone from gloating.

“Neither side should rest easy given that the bad behavior seems to be a fully transpartisan problem,” Rick Wilson, a Tallahassee-based Republican strategist told RedState.

Wilson’s wife, Molly Wilson, is a former Latvala staffer and one of the few who has spoken on the record about his demeaning comments.

“What part of ‘You shouldn’t be creeping on or sleeping with your staff, lobbyists, or fellow members of the Legislature’ are you people not understanding?” Wilson asked rhetorically.

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BREAKING. Palestine Liberation Organization Reportedly Told to Start Packing Its Bags UPDATED

Since 1994, the quasi-terrorist group called the Palestine Liberation Organization has been allowed to have what amounts to an embassy in Washington, DC. This is because the State Department, including eight years under George Bush, fancied the PLO thugs to be a “partner for peace.” The PLO is barred from the US as a terrorist organization but administration after administration has issued a waiver to the law. Under existing law, State was required to close the PLO offices if they take part in any action against Israel in the UN. They’ve cavalierly violated this requirement on several occasions.

But a day of reckoning may be here.

The best thing the Trump administration can do for Mideast Peace is to force the Palestinian Authority to choose between peace and war. And the best way of doing that is by stopping the fiction that the PLO and Hamas are anything but what they are: vicious terrorist groups that should be eradicated.

UPDATE
My guess about the cause was correct:

The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a U.S. law that says the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. A State Department official said that in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed that line by calling on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis.

But the law leaves the president a way out, so Tillerson’s declaration doesn’t necessarily mean the office will close.

Trump now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are in “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” If Trump determines they are, the Palestinians can keep the office. The official said it was unclear whether the U.S. might close the office before the 90-day period expires, but said the mission remains open at least for now.

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Trump Administration Lifts Trophy Ban on ANOTHER Endangered Species

I told you on Thursday about the Trump administration lifting the ban on elephant trophy hunting – an Obama-era directive that would prevent American hunters from killing elephants in foreign countries and then bringing their parts back to the States.

It seems they weren’t done, there. Now it’s lions on the line.

ABC News reports that that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) began issuing permits for the importing of lion trophies — lion body parts taken after hunting — from Zambia and Zimbabwe a month ago.

Officials told ABC News that the department decided that “legal, well-regulated sports hunting” could help the endangered species survive.

The Obama administration added the African lion to the list of endangered species in 2015, amid outrage over a dentist who shot “Cecil the lion” while on a safari trip. That was a dumb reason, but there are more important things.

So is the lion really endangered?

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, the population of the African lion has decreased by 43 percent over the past two decades and the lion species is regionally extinct in seven African countries.

Yup. That sounds like the perfect time to allow and encourage the import of lion trophies.

Yes. That was total sarcasm.

So that’s two endangered species opened up to poaching in one week.

The reasoning behind their decision is… special.

The FWS said it has determined that hunting African elephants in the two African countries “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of the body parts.

“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesman said in a statement.

Well-regulated hunting and trophy claiming works when there’s overpopulation of a species – not when the population is nearly cut in half.

BUT, this is where we are now, as a country, and it really feels like spitework, on the part of Trump, as he seeks to overturn anything Obama did.

That, or he’s doing his sons a solid, since they both seem to enjoy safari-type hunting.

 

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Al Franken Bad Behavior Causes Him a Lot of Embarrassment Back Home

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. gestures as he leave the stage after speaking during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

 

There has been some low-level fallout for Senator Al Franken over the revelations that he sexually assaulted another celebrity guest on a USO Tour in 2006.

This morning, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Franken had canceled a scheduled appearance at a major book festival in Atlanta:

Sen. Al Franken canceled plans to appear at an Atlanta book festival hours after becoming embroiled in controversy following allegations of sexual misconduct.

He had been scheduled to appear at the Book Festival of the MJCCA. The event, promoting his book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” was scheduled well before anyone could have imagined he’d be trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. The event had sold out.

Another blow was struck closer to home just a short while ago. Franken had been championing the cause of a young woman named Abby Honold to enact a law to better equip law enforcement officers to work with rape victims:

No more.

Fallout for Franken continued on Friday, when a Minnesota woman who was raped by a fellow University of Minnesota student in 2014, said she no longer wants Franken to sponsor legislation she has championed to aid sexual assault survivors…

“Many of us spent years working for Senator Franken in Minnesota and Washington,” their statement read. “In our time working for the senator, he treated us with the utmost respect. He valued our work and our opinions and was a champion for women both in the legislation he supported and in promoting women to leadership roles in our office.”

Abby Honold, a rape survivor whose struggle to get justice after being raped in November 2014 drew national attention, said she no longer wants to work with Franken on legislation to aid other survivors.

The bill, which was set to be introduced soon to the Senate, would provide funding to better train law enforcement on how to work with trauma victims. Daniel Drill-Mellum, the man who raped Honold, had worked as an intern in Franken’s office.

“It’s so difficult to see that from someone you know and someone you trust,” Honold said. She said she’s contacted the office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar to see if she’ll pick up the legislation instead.

This is all minor stuff and will blow over. So far none of his Democrat colleagues have called for Franken to resign and the odds of the Ethics Committee recommending expulsion approach √-1. If he runs for re-election he’s probably a hands-down favorite. Having said that, perhaps some level of opprobrium will convince men and women in positions of power that the people who work for and with them are not some kind of a sexual party favor to be taken at a whim.

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Treasury Paid Almost $1 Million in Harassment Settlements for Congress Alone in 2017

If you think congressional foul play begins and ends with Al Franken, I’m afraid the news gets far worse.

According to the Washington Times, the congressional office compliance report listed a number of payments our own treasury had to make for settlements pertaining to sexual harassment nearing $1 million:

In the first 10 and a half of months of this year, the Treasury Department paid $934,754 to Capitol Hill employees who were the victims of various work issues.

Last year, 15 victims were compensated a total of $588,049.

In total, 264 victims have been paid a total of $17 million since 1997.

According to the records, the most payments were made in 2007 when 25 victims were compensated a total of $4.05 million for abuses while employed by Congress.

In 2002, nearly $4 million was paid to only 10 victims.

The office said it released the information ahead of schedule due to multiple requests for the information, likely in light of recent events.

“Nothing in this subparagraph requires the Office to release award and settlement figures referenced in Section 1415 of the CAA. However, based on the volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements reached under the CAA, I am releasing these figures beginning with Fiscal Year 1997, up to and including FY 2017,” Compliance Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann said in a statement.

 

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Here’s Why FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Is Great

Al Franken and the hard left are outraged at the FCC’s plans to have a Net Neutrality vote, but here’s why it’s actually a great idea.

Here’s a tweet by now-Chairman Ajit Pai about the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations, back in 2015 when they were a secret plan.

Look at that. That’s 332 pages of government regulations on the Internet, and it was illegal for Pai to expose them, despite that being “the most transparent administration in history.” That, right there, is how you know it’s a complete lie, when the extreme left-wing claims that “Net Neutrality is just about preserving the Internet” and all that nonsense.

It doesn’t take 332 pages to pass regulations that dictate the way the Internet already worked, and still works. Here’s what it actually does:

This was about using regulatory fiat to overturn the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which legislated that Internet services are different from phone, telegraph, television, and other old technologies. They called this maneuver “Title II Reclassification,” and for years it was held up by the extreme left as their own “nuclear option” for Internet regulation. Title II of the Communications Act applies to 1930s-era technology, instead of the 1996 law which was meant to apply to the Internet, but they declared that the Internet should be regulated under the 30s law instead.

Twice before the far leftists at FCC tried to impose Net Neutrality by regulatory fiat. The first two times they did so in a blatantly illegal way, and both times they got shut down. This third time, the one that won in courts, only won because they got away with Title II Reclassification under the “Chevron deference.” That’s the legal principle used in courts, to say that regulators can interpret the laws they enforce.

They wanted to regulate the Internet, and they found any legal pretext they could get, to do so. Al Franken even admitted it: he wants to control content, websites, everything, under the principle of Net Neutrality, using the powers taken by the “Open Internet Order.”

FCC will repeal that Open Internet Order, and bring the internet back to the regulatory light touch that it grew under for 20 years. We should celebrate that.

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Watch Ben Sasse Crush the Myth that the American Bar Association is ‘Objective and Neutral’

Yesterday, Senator Ben Sasse took to the Senate floor to speak about the importance of the Senate’s duty with regard to confirming judicial nominees. In doing so he dropped some truth about the real nature of the American Bar Association, noting that they are not a neutral party and are in fact a liberal advocacy group and should be treated as such.

In many ways, the ABA is like the mainstream media. They are decidedly left of center on virtually every issue but try to portray themselves as being objective and fair. The left likes to pretend that it is actually the center so that they can dishonestly portray anyone on the right as “extreme.”

Sasse made some strong points about how the ABA’s recommendations should be understood.

“The American Bar Association is not neutral. The ABA is a liberal organization that has publicly and consistently advocated for left-of-center positions for more than two decades now,” said Senator Sasse. “The ABA has no right to special treatment by members of this body. It’s pretty simple — if you’re playing in the game, you don’t get to cherry pick who the referees are. Take just a moment to look at the amicus briefs that they have filed in recent years.”

Senator Sasse continued his speech, saying he supported the ABA’s right to take and fight for more liberal positions. It’s the right given to them and every American by the First Amendment. He says the issue he has is that the ABA attempts to “masquerade” as a neutral party.

“That is fine, but what’s not fine is that the ABA, which is a liberal advocacy organization, would masquerade as a neutral and objective evaluator of judicial candidates,” said Senator Sass. “The ABA cannot take blatantly liberal positions on the one hand and then masquerade as a neutral party on the other and then demand a special seat at the table in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Senate to try and tell us who is and isn’t supposedly qualified to be a judge.”

Listing the leftist causes the ABA has lent its support to over the years, Sasse called out his colleagues who lazily “outsource” their votes to the ABA or hide behind ABA recommendations as if they hold some special authority about who should or should not be a federal judge.

He asks fellow senators and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to not be fooled or pretend that the ABA is neutral. He says Americans deserve honesty.

“Just like the ABA has every right to advance its liberal policy positions, every senator has the right, and indeed the duty, to give our advice and consent on judicial nominees. If senators decide they like and value the ABA’s policy positions and they like and value the ABA’s ratings, they are free to give them due deference and consideration,” said Senator Sasse. “But don’t hide behind it. Don’t pretend the ABA is something that it is not. Do not ignore the facts of what the ABA has become. The American people deserve honest, not thinly veiled partisan ship.”

The leftist activism of the ABA is similar to that of the American Medical Association. The AMA comes out in favor of left wing causes like Obamacare while pretending it speaks for all medical doctors in the same way the ABA represents itself as speaking for the entire legal profession. Good on Sasse for driving these points home.

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