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California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition From Male To Female
By Kerry Picket, Daily CallerSome parents are preparing to transition their children from one gender to the other as early as pre-school. National Public Radio interviews one Oakland, Calif. family

Apparently children as young as 4 are able to decide their gender now in progressive parenting.

This is child abuse, plain and simple.

Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Equal Pay

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women’s earnings catch up to what men earned in a single year last year, given that the gender wage gap means that women who work full-time, year-round made 78 percent of what men make. It also comes as presidential hopefuls are announcing campaigns for 2016, so where do they all stand on this particular issue?

British Philosophers: Families give children an ‘unfair advantage’, suggest giving kids to state

Ever have family meals or read to your kids? That’s because you’re a terrible person whose children should be handed over to the state for safe keeping.

From Australian ABC (h/t: Reason):

So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families.

The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment.

…‘One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.’  

It’s not the first time a philosopher has thought about such a drastic solution. Two thousand four hundred years ago another sage reasoned that the care of children should be undertaken by the state.

Plato pulled few punches in The Republic when he called for the abolition of the family and for the children of the elite to be given over to the state.

…I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally.

(don’t) Read the Rest (don’t give them the clicks, please)

Abolish the family. That will make everything better. Well, maybe not better. But at least everything will be fair. Right?

Just for fun torture, read this again:

Children should “occasionally…have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children..”

You mean, children should sometimes acknowledge that not everyone is as blessed as they are? You mean like, they should be grateful for the things they have? No. They take it a step further. They want your kids to believe that because they belong to a loving family, they are literally hurting others.

The state-worship by the majority of the population is unfathomable to me. Seriously. But in exploring this entire insane notion, here’s what they’re admitting: Families work. If children who grow up in families have an anvantage, then, by definition, families are successful. Here’s the part they don’t like: It’s an *unfair* advantage. And rather than strive to bring everyone up, they strive to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator.

Progressives do the same thing with economics although they don’t generally like to admit it. The truth is, they would rather the poor be poorer provided that the rich were less rich.

This is not a concept that is consistent with liberty. You do not lower the standards of some to achieve a perceived “fairness.” This should be anathema to all freedom-loving Americans.

Progressives and SJWs in America, these are the types of people you’ve aligned yourselves with. Don’t be deceived by them any longer.

When a 4 year old says he wants to be a girl, that’s probably because girls got more sweets or nicer toys at kindergarten that day, not because he is transsexual. When little children say silly things, you tell them ‘okay sweetie’ and go on with your day or explain why they’re silly, but once a kid says something like that in a progressive household, suddenly they’re experts on gender and totally have the grasp on the concept itself to come to that conclusion.

You wouldn’t tell your kid that his imaginary friends are real, either, but once it’s about gender, ideology trumps sanity and you end up with little kids paraded around in the media and most of the time it’s obviously the parents insisting that their kids are what no one at that age should be made out to be.

We get it, you’re super progressive and want attention. But that doesn’t mean your 4 year old is transsexual.

The pro-life movement has been an embarrassment. They’ve spent years and untold amounts of money pursuing political candidates, in search of a political messiah who would outlaw abortion, instead of using those financial and human resources to actually do something to reduce abortions. What would the country look like if, instead of investing those resources in the political realm, it had gone to study and address ways we can actually work towards ending abortion? What if it had been spent on education, anti-poverty initiatives, healthcare, community development? The majority of pro-life eggs were in the basket of controlling SCOTUS, and it was a failure.

An email from Governor Howard Dean:

If you’re as heavily invested in politics as I am (and I have a feeling you are), you also tend to spend a lot of time fixating on what’s happening in Washington. But in recent years, perpetual gridlock has kept Congress from even functioning properly, let alone taking innovative steps to rebuild our middle class.

In the meantime, the true battleground for the heart and soul of our country has shifted to the states, where we now face an uphill battle. Republicans – with the help of a massive, well-funded network of corporate-backed, radical right-wing organizations – have staged an unprecedented coup of state legislatures.

Right now, the GOP controls 68 of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers, more than they have in the history of their party. And they’re using that power to pass unpopular legislation that actively undermines the ability of middle-class families to make ends meet.

Democrats need to make a concerted effort to win in 2016 – and that’s where Democracy for America comes in. Since 2004, DFA has been focused on making the 50 State Strategy a reality, supporting Democratic candidates in every state running for every level of office. We have successfully helped elect 831 DFA-endorsed candidates running for everything from the local school board to the U.S. Senate – and we are setting ambitious goals again for the 2016 electoral cycle.

DFA wants to train and empower 25,000 volunteers by 2016 – the kind of grassroots army that could tip the balance for Democrats in hundreds of close elections nationwide. Will you help us make that goal a reality by chipping in $3 or more a month from now until Election Day?

It could get much worse if we don’t fight back now.

In 2020, voters will elect state lawmakers who will be responsible for redrawing districts all over the country – a fundamental driver of who will control Congress and state legislatures for the next decade.

That’s why we cannot let Republicans continue to out-organize us on the state level. Not only are we losing important policy battles that are moving these states backwards, but we are also missing out on the opportunity to build the bench of future leaders necessary if we are going to grow our power in Washington in the years to come.

Through the Purple to Blue Project, DFA is intentionally working to counteract the Republican takeover of state legislatures by identifying winnable states and pro-actively recruiting and endorsing candidates in those states who can help to tip the balance. In 2015, we’re working with candidates on the ground in places like New York, New Hampshire and Virginia to run winning campaigns and build progressive power – and we will expand the program again to include more states in 2016.

It’s no longer enough for Democrats to sit back and complain about Republican dominance in the states. It is time for us to take action – and I am proud to say that DFA is and will continue to be a trailblazer when it comes to implementing the 50 State Strategy.


Thank you for all that you do,

- Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, Founder
Democracy for America

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Political Toaster: The Irrational Fear of the Loony Left

Right now in the UK, the Labour Party is in disarray. They are up in arms because the so called  hard line socialist Jeremy Corbyn might win the Labour leadership. And that his ideas are actually popular among the average Labour voter. Tony Blair warned that the sky would fall if they elected him, and that the Labour Party would be relegated to nothingness if he was to lead them. But the reality is that Labour lots almost all of its seats in Scotland, and it wasn’t because they were too far to the left.

Similarly, in the US Presidential race, Bernie Sanders, a very left wing candidate by American standards, is picking up steam in his race against Hillary Clinton. He appeals to the growing progressive political movement online, and these people are the ones coming out in huge numbers to support him. Some might say he is a long shot, but they would be wise not to count him out just because he is “too far to the left”. Hillary Clinton is not all that palatable to the left wing of the Democratic Party, and many younger voters are turning to Sanders, with his very consistent views about making America more equitable and strengthening the shrinking middle class.

In Canada, the social democratic NDP are leading in the polls during the current election, and what was once seen as a fringe socialist party is now a serious contender, with its leader Tom Mulcair leading in favorability ratings. The Liberal Party; the so called ‘natural governing  party of Canada’ is seeing its fortunes rise, but many progressives do not think their policies go far enough, and are choosing instead to park their votes with Mulcair and the NDP, as a stark reaction to 10 years of neo-conservative rule by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

It also seems that the more the media and big business try to discredit the left, the more support their leaders and parties get, even in the case of Sanders who was completely ignored by the mainstream media until recently, but whose following online helped him to rise in the polls. It’s not the 90s anymore. We have learned that making the rich richer doesn’t help grow the economy. People are tired of mainstream politicians, and old governing parties, and those on the left are going further to the left to find options. And when the people realize that these choices are actually electable, their popularity surges. Time to stop fearing the loony left, because it’s not going anywhere.

Why Progressives Must Stay United

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in 2008.

Poverty rates are nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians. Problems are most severe in South and Southwest. Particularly troubling is a large increase in the share of children living in poor communities marked by poor schools and a lack of a safe place to play.

Which brings me to politics, power, and the progressive movement. 

The main event at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona last weekend was a “Presidential Town Hall” featuring one-on-one discussions between journalist and undocumented American Jose Antonio Vargas and presidential candidates Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Bernie Sanders.

It was upstaged by ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter activists who demanded to be heard.

It’s impossible to overcome widening economic inequality in America without also dealing with the legacy of racial inequality.

And it is impossible to overcome racial inequality without also reversing widening economic inequality.

They are not the same but they are intimately related.

Racial inequalities are baked into our political and economic system. Police brutality against black men and women, mass incarceration disproportionately of blacks and Latinos, housing discrimination that has resulted in racial apartheid across the nation, and voter suppression in the forms of gerrymandered districts, voter identification requirements, purges of names from voter registration lists, and understaffed voting stations in black neighborhoods – all reveal deep structures of discrimination that undermine economic inequality.

Black lives matter.

But it would be a terrible mistake for the progressive movement to split into a “Black lives matter” movement and an “economic justice” movement.

This would only play into the hands of the right.

For decades Republicans have exploited the economic frustrations of the white working and middle class to drive a wedge between races, channeling those frustrations into bigotry and resentment.

The Republican strategy has been to divide-and-conquer. They want to prevent the majority of Americans – poor, working class, and middle-class, blacks, Latinos, and whites – from uniting in common cause against the moneyed interests.

We must not let them.

Our only hope for genuine change is if poor, working class, middle class, black, Latino, and white come together in a powerful movement to take back our economy and democracy from the moneyed interests that now control both.

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“Obama Drones” | by street artist “Sabo

HOLLYWOOD DRONES
They fly into our homes, our radios, our movie theaters, magazines, into every form of media that captures our eyes, ears, and hearts. Where once they mission might have been to entertain, now they are geared to indoctrinate our youth into their “Progressive” ideology.

These posters are one-offs printed using archival paper and inks. They are beautiful for framing.

In the past political parties would ramp up a year before an election but not these people. These people are on point 24/7, 365 days in the year while the Republicans sit around poking at their asses and smelling their fingers. Have no doubt, these people are soldiers for their parties. They are pin point accurate, relentless, fly through our airwaves, straight into our home, into the minds of our children. And we wonder why so many of them side with the Left.

THE PROBLEM WITH COMEDIAN PUNDITS.
Only an idiot gets their political news from a comedian, because it’s the comedian’s job to be funny not accurate. For many jokes to be funny it helps for it to have a hint of truth and just a hint. A real political pundit has to be accurate. When they are found to be inaccurate enough times people tend to tune off. The comedian has the option to shrug his shoulders and say, “It’s a joke! Can’t you take a joke?” Again, all they have to be is funny not accurate.

The problem with this is, there are a lot of really stupid people running around out there who actually take these celebutards seriously. This is were they get their political information. This is pathetic.

Kill ‘em with Kindness, by Cindy Gomez-Schempp

White progressives. You are killing me with your kindness. I know it’s a popular phrase amongst the good white progressive. And I realize this may be the intended result within the metaphor, but your lack of real understanding or involved passion for any progressive issue which affects people of color is literally killing us. The way in which you say that you support our causes, but ‘respectfully’ listen to and support the views of those who oppose our causes is tantamount to lukewarm support. At the end of the day, when I see that type of rhetoric on your pages or hear them in your conversations, I know you don’t have our backs.

You claim to care about the issues of PoC but only to the degree that it takes a back seat to the feelings and opinions (however misinformed, racist, or outright wrong they may be) of white people. I had heard of Minnesota and North Dakota Nice, but I didn’t realize that carried to its logical conclusion it would cause white progressives trying to prove they are ‘good’ to literally ignore the issues killing people of color, just so they can claim to be “nice”. It isn’t that you can’t be angry, rude, or righteously indignant at the injustice or the cruelty of those who speak against people of color and their issues. It is that you want to give the appearance that you are ‘just too kind’, ‘way too polite’ to confront lies and injustices against people of color. You’re a lover, not a fighter.

But, you see I don’t buy it. I don’t believe you’re problem as an ally is that, you’re just too nice. If you are too nice to confront lies, and evil then you aren’t really helping. You aren’t an ally. And you are just trying to fool me. Merely saying you support #BlackLivesMatter, or demilitarizing police, or giving relief to undocumented immigrants, etc., or writing an occasional post on social media does not make you a supporter. Many white progressives believe that just saying something they’ve never said before makes them ‘an ally’. And they believe that if they stay polite and tell detractors “I respect your opinion too”, that they are nice. It isn’t true.

You aren’t nice when you side with the oppressor. You’re scared of the oppressor. You are complicit in allowing them to go unchallenged by those who are in power in this society – – white people. I don’t see anything nice about agreeing both with the oppressed, and also with the oppressor. You can’t befriend those who are being killed, and give audience and opportunity to their murderer. That isn’t ‘nice’, that’s called betrayal. It’s considered entrapment. Playing both sides against the middle. If you examine your lukewarm, sit in the middle position, you will see for yourselves how it is truly useless to people of color, and downright evil.  If you are one of those good white progressives who think their allyship means you occasionally talk about or post on social media about something that usually makes white folks cringe – – you have totally missed the point.

We see you, and we know what you are really doing. It isn’t ‘being an ally’. It isn’t ‘being a good white progressive’. It’s a carefully choreographed dance meant to keep you safely in the comfort of your white privilege while allowing you to pretend to be ‘good white progressives’ to black and brown folks’ faces with your platitudes and empty gestures that do nothing for us. Meanwhile, you make sure that within your circle of friends and family – – the social circles segregated from people of color and built upon the white supremacy that keeps you so comfortable – –  no one is uncomfortable, feels disrespected, or gets shaken by your ‘action’ or ‘inaction’ in any measurable way.

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People whining about British people making up the British government, the government of their country.  

I wonder if she’s upset about the Indian government being full of Indians, too, and whether she would consider it progress if it were filled with Africans or Europeans instead. 

Bernie and #BLM in Seattle

“But here’s the thing – what’s powerful about these interruptions from Black women is less how it has changed the tone of the Democratic campaigns and more about what they have exposed in the White left.”

~Jamie Utt

Yes, to all of this. The cries of “how dare you” and “don’t call me a racist” from white people in the audience is so telling and so painful to hear from people I consider allies, in my own city. 

 If you find yourself tone-trolling or devoted to order over justice while black people are being shot in the streets, then reexamine your priorities. If civility matters that much to you, you aren’t progressive. 

Choice is Destroying the World: The Bernie Sanders PSA

Choice is Destroying the World: The Bernie Sanders PSA

He doesn’t flinch over returning to the 90 percent personal income tax rates of the 1950s for top earners. And if reducing income inequality reduces economic growth, he says, that’s fine. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants,” he said, “when children are hungry in this country.” – Bernie Sanders (NYT) Don’t be like this woman. Let the government take your choices…

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