I will not cede the moral high ground to people who looked the other way

Here’s what Patty Murray had to say about serial sex predator and killer of Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy upon his death:

When I was young Ted Kennedy was larger than life. I could not believe it when I first walked out on the floor of the Senate and he walked over to welcome me. From that day on, he became a valued friend, a courageous partner, and a personal mentor.

From my earliest memories in the Senate when I watched him patiently and passionately argue to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act, to his last moments when he led the charge to pass legislation that guaranteed equal pay for women and encouraged Americans to serve and give back to their country as he did, Ted never once stopped fighting for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. [Unless, perhaps, they were drowning in his submerged vehicle] The country is indeed a better place because of him.

His loss is very personal to me. I will miss him. Our country will miss him.

I’m sure Mary Jo Kopechne’s family misses her, too, but, you know, acceptable losses.

And here’s what Murray had to say during the Senate impeachment hearings for Bill Clinton:

This President’s behavior was reprehensible, but it does not threaten our nation. In the past year, despite the scandal that ran on the front page nearly every day, our country has prospered. Our economy is growing. Our waters and air are cleaner. Our communities are safer. Our education system is stronger. America is not poised on the brink of disaster. Our democracy is safe.

I wonder if Roy Moore’s actions from 40 years ago threaten our nation.

And here’s what Claire McCaskill said about Ted Kennedy:

This man was so much more than his image. While his vision soared, the power of his personality and the magnet of his intellect drew his colleagues to the table of compromise. It was there he did his best work. His love for the little guy and his affection for the underdog influenced everything he did. [Ah, yes…the little guy. And gal. Especially waitresses.] And importantly, his sense of humor and contagious laughter made him real and approachable in spite of his power and privilege.

Mmm-hmmm…I’m sure Carla Gaviglio thinks about his infectious laughter every time she remembers the “waitress sandwich” prank. Hilarious!

Let me clarify something right here. I am not defending or excusing any past behavior on the part of Judge Roy Moore.

But.

Patty Murray and Claire McCaskill, who gave Ted Kennedy a pass on a lifetime of predation, are going to have a say in whether or not Roy Moore will be seated in the Senate, should he win election.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, they have to say. I, for one, am not looking forward to being lectured to, from their supposed moral high ground, on the moral moral implications of seating Roy Moore from women who gave Ted Kennedy and/or Bill Clinton a pass on a lifetime of sexual predation.

H/T American Thinker

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It’s Always Unfair to Allow Boys to Compete Against Girls

No matter how they identify.

There. I’ve said it. Even though this insane article from USA Today, declares “everyone agrees” that Andraya Yearwood was properly allowed to compete as a girl, I stand in dissent. As the mother of three daughters and having previously been married to an age-group and high school swim coach, I know that allowing boys to compete in girls’ events can never be fair.

Rational people know this instinctively, which is why separate boys and girls teams exist in the first place. Starting at the youngest age levels, the fastest boys will always be faster than the fastest girls due to a number of physiological factors. These include:

  • a larger heart and lungs in relation to body size
  • longer and larger bones for greater leverage and a better framework for muscle mass
  • greater muscle mass in relation to body weight
  • higher proportion of fast-twitch muscle cells

Many of these changes will be unaffected, or minimally affected, by hormone therapy, but in this case, the athlete had not even begun treatment. He competed with the full benefit of every advantage a biological male possesses over a biological female.

This Daily Caller article notes that had Andraya competed as a boy, he would have finished in last place. That doesn’t really tell the whole story, or paint a complete picture as to just exactly how much of an advantage males have over females. Consider this: Andraya’s winning time in the 100m dash was over a second slower than the boy’s qualifying time of 11.5. In other words, if he had chosen to compete as a boy during the regular season, he likely would not even have qualified to participate in the state championships, but by competing as a girl, he was able to win two events.

This is reality. A run-of-the-mill high school male athlete can beat the best of the girls.

At the highest levels of competition in sports like track and swimming, women’s records lag behind men’s by about 10%. This differential has remained constant for decades.  It doesn’t mean that female athletes are competing at a lower level of excellence than male athletes, only that there are real physiological differences between men and women, boys and girls.

Allowing boys to compete in girls’ events, as I said above, can never be fair. Not only are girls being forced to compete against boys, they’re required to like it, then shower with the boys who stole their righteous rewards at the end of the day.

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Important Information No Self-Respecting Person Should Be Without

The chronological order of the Derinyi novels by Katherine Kurtz.

  • Camber of Culdi
  • Saint Camber
  • Camber the Heretic
  • The Harrowing of Gwynedd
  • King Javan’s Year
  • The Bastard Prince
  • Deryni Tales
  • The Childe Morgan
  • The King’s Deryni
  • Deryni Rising
  • Deryni Checkmate
  • High Deryni
  • The Bishop’s Heir
  • The King’s Justice
  • The Quest for Saint Camber
  • King Kelson’s Bride

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Open Letter to State Senator Guy Palumbo

Dear Senator Palumbo:

I see you have introduced legislation for a new carbon tax. I find this disturbing but unsurprising.

Leaving aside the question of whether or not a tax on carbon is justified or beneficial, I wonder if there is an upper limit on the amount of money you think is fair to confiscate from Washington residents. I’ve posed this question to you numerous times on Twitter, but, having received no response, am asking again: How much of a person’s labor do you think the government is entitled to? One third? One half? Three quarters?

I realize this may sound like a trick question, but I think it’s fair and should be asked of every elected official. If you don’t have an upper limit in mind, how do you know when citizens have been taxed enough? And if you do have one in mind, don’t you think your constituents are entitled to know where it’s set?

Every tax is ultimately paid by individual taxpayers, whether it’s a direct tax such as sales or property tax, or indirect, such as the B&O tax. Your proposed carbon tax is no different.

I would appreciate a response.

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@IBTimes’s deceitful photo choice

Even though the story about a gay concentration camp in Chechnya has less than nothing to do with Christians, International Business Times has chosen to use a photo that implicates them.

If you look closely at the photo, you can see that the signs include Christian scriptures, even though the article does mention – in the last paragraph and, really, how many people read that far – that Chechnya is a majority Muslim country that adheres to traditional Islamic values.

The photo doesn’t appear within the body of the article; rather it appears as the default when the story is linked and shows up in a Bing search.

Unless they want to claim stupidity, there’s no innocent explanation for this.

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The many lies of Susan Rice

A simple error or more of the same from the Liar of Benghazi?

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First there was the Benghazi lie, in which she appeared on five Sunday morning news shows to tell the American people that the attack was motivated by a YouTube video.

The Bowe Bergdahl lie, in which she assured us that the U.S. Army deserter had served with honor and distinction.

The Turkish airbase lie, in which she stated that the Turkish government had agreed to allow their airbases to be used for operations against Syria and Iran.

The unmasking lie, in which she first claimed she didn’t know anything at all about it, and then, after it was revealed that she had, indeed, requested the unmasking, stated, in a stunning display of grammatical malfeasance, that she “leaked nothing to nobody.” We’re still waiting to see if that last bit is a lie or not.

And now, in the face of Syria’s recent gas attack on their own citizen’s, we have the chemical weapons lie, in which she said as recently as January that Assad had “voluntarily and verifiably” relinquished all the country’s chemical weapons.

What did I miss?

Why do people continue to believe anything this woman has to say? If she said the sky was blue, I’d go outside to make certain it wasn’t green. And for the love of God, who at the Washington Post thought this professional liar was qualified to write an op-ed on presidential truthfulness?

Charles Woods, whose son, Tyrone Woods, was killed in Benghazi, suggested recently that perhaps Rice should take a lie detector test. He might be onto something there. Although I’m not entirely certain she couldn’t fool the machine.

Susan Rice has no acquaintance with the truth and people who believe that she’ll ever tell the whole truth about the unmasking incident are – how can I say this nicely – delusional.

 

 

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Nevertheless…

I’ve written some not-very-complimentary things about Mitch McConnell, but when it came down to this Supreme Court nomination, he got the job done.

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