“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Greetings once again from the Jingoistic Right Wing Conspiratorial Xenophobes Of West Texas.

DEATH:

Well, well, well…….. FINALLY at age 90 Fidel Castro bit the dust. Fidel’s death saddened me on the level of the deaths of: IDI AMIN, FRANCOIS (PAPA DOC) DUVALIER and MICHAEL JACKSON….. and that would be NOT AT ALL.

I have heard several stories about just whom Barack Hussein Obama intends to send to the funeral services of this dictatorial mutt (NOW DECEASED) and if it were up to me I would send Anthony Weiner, Colin Kaepernick, and O.J. Simpson on a week end pass. As you may have guessed, Weiner, Kaepernick, and O.J. are not among my favorites either.

Now, do you suppose that anything in Cuba will actually change. When Fidel appointed his brother Raul Castro to replace him do you think that business as usual would probably in effect?

Without going very deep into the life of Fidel Castro, he will more than likely be remembered as a Dictatorial Communist who caused the deaths of many of his countrymen. Sort of reminds me of a few other European, African, and Asian leaders we have seen in our lifetimes.

BUT, with the Texas High School Football Playoffs going into the final two weeks, the loss suffered by the San Angelo Central Bobcats to the #1 ranked Allen Eagles last Friday was more important to me than Fidel’s biting the big one.

CALLS:

Last week I checked my bank statement and it was off by $144.00. I went through the statement line by line and noticed that on November 21st there was a withdrawal of $144 by an insurance company. I had not knowingly authorized anyone in the past 20 years to make an automatic withdrawal from my main checking account, or any other account for that matter. I do have a couple of annual automatic deposits for the required minimum distribution of the IRAs that we have BUT NO AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWALS other than those over 20 years old for one life insurance premium and one long term healthcare premium.

SO, I went to my bank and they let me borrow an office and put me in contact with the department which handles the challenges to such occurrences. I spoke with a very nice and helpful young lady in Florida and she had credited my account with the $144 prior to my leaving the local bank. She asked me to contact the insurance company and let them know that they were not authorized for such withdrawals which I agreed to do. BUT, of course since this was the Friday following Thanksgiving, the insurance office was closed and I had to contact them on Monday morning…… NOW, here is where the fun begins.

I called the number of the insurance company which had been furnished to me by the bank. The call, of course, was answered by a recording with multiple options, none of which really dealt with my problem. SO, finally there was an option to talk to a LIVE REPRESENTATIVE. THEN, I got put on hold for approximately 28 minutes. Normally I would have hung up but I wanted to get to the bottom of this so I stayed on the line via speaker. NOW, while waiting on hold, I was treated to a little tune played on some chimes which was about 30 seconds in length…. at the end of this irritating little 30 second tune, it IMMEDIATELY REPEATED ITSELF. Now just divide 30 seconds into 28 minutes and you will learn that I was subjected to this irritating little tune 56 times…….. THEN a live lady came on the line and I explained to her my problem and she finally located by name and policy number and before I could blink…. she said…. “I WILL HAVE TO CONNECT YOU WITH AN EXPERT.” THEN, I was put on hold for another 17 minutes while waiting for the EXPERT.

NOW, what do you suppose I had to pass those 17 minutes? YEP, you’re right… the same idiotic song played over and over again… and in my case it was 34 more times. Then finally a guy came on the line and I explained to him what had occurred and wanted to get this insurance either removed entirely from my name OR if they were really interested in my taking the policy, they could MAIL me an invoice and if I was still interested, I would send them a money order but that I had not knowingly authorized an automatic withdrawal of funds. I was pretty polite considering that I had been forced to listen to that dippy little tune 70 times.

BUT, they guy wanted to argue and he told me that he had my signature on a form that gave them permission to make this annual withdrawal. AND, once again I explained to him that I had not KNOWINGLY signed anything which gave them that authority AND that the authority had been CANCELLED a couple of days prior to our conversation and that I had changed my mind …. and that UNLESS the company PAID ME $144 per year to take the policy that they could just save the postage.

I guess, that what I am trying to do is to warn people about some of these annual policies (this particular one was for medial air service provided by the NRA) which require your signature is actually an authorization for them to withdraw those funds every year. I suppose that I was guilty of not completely reading the form which I signed.

NOW, if this were not enough telephone call problems, over the Thanksgiving Holiday through the week end I received enough ROBO CALLS to last a lifetime. I received them from the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE; The NRA; MICROSOFT; and several more entities whose names I did not recognize. I normally hang up but if I am in a really bad mood and have nothing else to do, I wait until I can SPEAK TO A LIVE REPRESENTATIVE….. at which time they receive a good solid blast from “THE AIR HORN FROM HELL” and while it does not put either them or me in a different tax bracket, I do get a brief moment of enjoyment from my own childish form of retaliation.

AND, on the subject of CALLS, if you are on the DO NOT CALL REGISTER, you have wasted your time. It doesn’t even slow ’em down.

Hopefully in today’s technological world, someone, somewhere, will invent a device for your home AND cellular phones which will actually TOTALLY BLOCK this type of call. BUT, while we are waiting for this to happen… I can only hope I never have to listen to that dippy little 30 second chime tune again.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill, Marshall Newman -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (100 years old) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters, Suzie Dove, Weston Lord, DeWayne & Donald Schendel, Ken Welty – CA – Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, Carol Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Jason Smith -MS, Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CAPT. Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz FORMER DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), FORMER San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH, Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), James Comey, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Huma Mahmood Abedin, David Schweikert (R-AZ), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Donna Brazile DNC CHAIRPERSON, John Podesta CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Planned Parenthood, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri, Sean Hannity FOX News, Kirsten Powers FOX News, Matt Damon (supports seizure of firearms), Colin Kaepernick – QB San Francisco 49ers, SAN FRANCISCO 49ers for supporting Kaepernick

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

I though the NFL and Professional Sports in general had lost their minds but I must put the President of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts also in that same category. This idiot has now prohibited the American Flag from being flown on his campus. I suppose he has the right to do whatever he wants but I would also think that perhaps somewhere, someone with way more clout than him who is connected in some financial way to that particular college would put the brakes on this idiot.

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As I indicated earlier, the San Angelo Central Bobcats were defeated last Friday afternoon by the Allen Eagles from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. It was a tight game for awhile but after the starting quarterback for Central got hurt and had to leave the game their chances faded. Their sophomore backup quarterback came in and did a good job but I can’t even imagine how much pressure that young man was under to be put into that situation against that level of competition. However, I was proud of our local teams which had a good year. The Veribest Falcons (6 man) made the playoffs for the first time EVER. The Wall Hawks (Class 3A) have made the State Quarterfinals; The Mason Punchers (Class 2A) have also made the State Quarterfinals and I believe that the Iraan Braves (Class 2A) are also in the State Quarterfinals. I also know that the TWO TIME DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS IN CLASS 2A Division II, BREMOND TIGERS, have made the State Quarterfinals for the 3rd year in a row. This coming week end they play THE TENAHA TIGERS. Both Bremond and Tenaha are 13-0 and and are both loaded with talent. Anyway, the REAL football season (Texas High School) is coming to an end and I am hoping that, as usual, every single 11 man Championship Game will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest in a few weeks. It is, in my opinion, THE BEST FOOTBALL on the planet.

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GOOD GUYS:**

ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; SHERIFF DAVID CLARKE; GEN. JAMES NORMAN MATTIS

** You may have noticed that all politicians have been removed from the Good Guy List. Sheriff David Clarke is the only exception.

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

A Tiny Minority of a Million Muslims in America by Daniel Greenfield

The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) is boasting that its voter registration campaign “One Million Voters” across mosques and schools has doubled the number of registered Muslim voters to over a million.

The media is cheering this development even though USCMO has a history that makes the KKK look downright sunny. USCMO was in the news last year for its statement denying the Muslim genocide of Armenians and arguing that any recognition of the massacre must also recognize “Muslim suffering.”

USCMO’s Secretary General Oussama Jammal had engaged in 9/11 Trutherism at a rally backing a Hamas supporter. He was president of the Bridgeview Mosque which raised money for the head of Islamic Jihad. The Chicago Tribune described this as the result of a “hard line” takeover of the mosque.

The Bridgeview mosque had been interlinked with the Islamic Association for Palestine which had been set up by the Muslim Brotherhood and featured Hamas operatives such as Mousa Abu Marzook. Jammal had received a “Mosque of the Year” award from KindHearts, a terror charity that was shut down for its ties to Hamas.

Jammal had blamed the Jews for the government’s actions, claiming that there was a “Zionist agenda” at work.

The US Council of Muslim Organizations includes American Muslims for Palestine; an anti-Israel hate group headed by the notorious campus bigot Hatem Bazian. AMP is openly supportive of Hamas terror. Its national campus coordinator has said that, “Hamas’ rockets are an oppressed people’s audible cry for help.” At one of its conferences, there was a lecture on how to “navigate the fine line between legal activism and material support for terrorism.” Its Vice President defended Islamic terrorism.

Along with AMP, USCMO’s founding members include CAIR, an unindicted terror co-conspirator in terror finance. It also includes ICNA, whose former secretary general was convicted of Islamic war crimes by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal. Some of the victims of Islamic terror had their eyes gouged out, hearts removed and their breasts cut off by of the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

The monster had written in ICNA’s convention program that Muslims “have a culture and civilization which once ruled the world and still has the viability to rule the world again.”

The ICNA Member’s Hand Book insists that Islam has to be made “a way of life for all.” Under “Goal,” its charter declares, “The goal of ICNA shall be to seek the pleasure of Allah through the struggle for Iqamat-ud-Deen (establishment of the Islamic system of life) as spelled out in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.” The hand book calls for the establishment of an Islamic State.

Like ISIS, this will be a Caliphate governed by the everyday horror of Sharia law.

Registering a million Muslims to vote is a means to that end. The end is the Islamic State of the Caliphate. And that would mean the end of America.

Next on the list of Founding Members for USCMO is the Muslim Alliance in North America. MANA was co-founded by Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing.

Siraj Wahhaj is also a board member of USCMO.

Wahhaj insisted that America would fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He called for taking over the United States and replacing it with a Caliphate. “If we were united and strong… we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him…. if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”

Registering a million Muslims would certainly be a step in that direction. And Wahhaj had been rather clear that involvement in politics is a war against America. “You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.” The one million Muslim voter registrations should be seen as a weapon in the cause of Islam.

A weapon aimed at America. Islam is a gun that kills freedom.

“In time, democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam,” Wahhaj has declared.

The question is whether we really are ready to allow Muslim colonists to crumble our democracy and replace it with an Islamic State of slavery, oppression and Muslim Supremacism.

Another Founding Member of USCMO is the Muslim American Society which was described by federal prosecutors as “as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” It called Osama bin Laden “a visionary who believed in the possibility of an Islamic state in Afghanistan.”

How many of USCMO’s Muslims believe in the possibility of an Islamic state in America?

USCMO’s board includes Siraj Wahhaj who has been forthright about his goal of an Islamic takeover. Also on the board is CAIR’s Nihad Awad who has said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”

AMP’s Osama Abu Irshaid, another Hamas supporter, also sits on the board. Then there’s Mazen Mokhtar who had been accused of soliciting funds for Al Qaeda. He also claimed that Hamas terrorism is “heroic.” Khalil Meek of the Muslim Legal Fund of America was the spokesman for a coalition defending the Holy Land Foundation which was convicted of funding Hamas’ campaign of racist Islamic terror against Jews.

USCMO is claiming credit for the mass Muslim voter registration. We like to believe that Muslims who support the kind of views you have read above are merely a tiny minority of extremists. It would be rather grim if the millions of Muslim settlers living in this country really do want to overthrow our free society and replace it with an Islamic State in which non-Muslims and women lose their civil rights.

And yet, if such views really represent only a tiny minority of extremists, why do such huge numbers of Muslims allow themselves to be represented by these extremists? Either these million Muslims are willing to let the “extremists” call the shots or they agree with them. And in that case the tiny minority becomes a growing majority. And that growing majority is a threat to the United States of America.

When Islamist groups that seek to overthrow America boast of doubling Muslim voter registrations, that’s not a triumph for democracy. It is, as some of USCMO’s Islamists have said, a threat to it.

Source: Sultan Knish

“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Greetings from The Association Of Really Thankful Jingoistic West Texans.

THANKSGIVING:

This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early. My wife and I had a visit from our Daughter, our Granddaughter, our Great Granddaughter, our Great Grandson, and my two youngest Grandsons. All of them drove to San Angelo from Colorado in the Denver area. We had not seen any of our Grandchildren or Great Grandchildren in several years as we do not make the long Colorado drive every year like we did at one time.

Having family members close at this time of year is very important to me. On Thanksgiving Day, my wife and I will attend Church and then have a small Thanksgiving meal with just the two of us.

To me, Thanksgiving Day is just what it says. It is a day for us to give thanks for everything we have had and everything we have experienced…. good and bad… in our 79 years on this earth.

What is so sad to me is that Thanksgiving Day has really lost its meaning to a great many Americans. Many of our school age children have no clue about the very first Thanksgiving Day celebration in America and certainly do not attach much importance to that day. To many, especially the Millennials, it is just a few days when they do not have to attend classes or a day in which football is the primary reason for their existence.

When I was attending elementary school in Houston, Texas we were taught about the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony in 1621. We learned that there some members of the local Indian tribes were also in attendance. According to what I remember being taught, the celebration was held to give thanks for a successful harvest. And we also learned that the local Indian tribes helped the Pilgrims to survive their first year. It was a three day celebration and was more of a harvest festival than a true Thanksgiving. And, surprisingly enough, the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey was more than likely not the main course. Venison and duck were probably the main meat courses.

The Pilgrim’s flour supply had been non existent for a good while so bread was not present other than a form of bread made from ground corn. Also fish and dried fruit were a staple at the first feast.

In October 1777, all 13 colonies joined in a Thanksgiving celebration. It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. But it was a one time affair. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789 but there were some who opposed it including future President Thomas Jefferson.

The Thanksgiving holiday we know today became a reality in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. BUT, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned as a legal holiday as the 4th Thursday in November by the U.S. Congress in 1941.

I really wonder if in today’s public education system if the students are taught any real history of our Thanksgiving holiday. I would wager that they are not but rather taught that it is to celebrate the DIVERSITY of our population and has nothing whatsoever in giving thanks to a Supreme Being.

I am equally sure that today’s public school students are not being taught about just exactly what a real breakthrough our American Society really has been for the past 240 years. I am sure that it is more likely that they are being taught that our Republic is the root of all evil in the world today. I also wonder if it ever crosses their mush filled minds to ask this question; Why do people from almost every nation in the world try to re-locate…. legally or illegally… in the United States? If America is such an evil and poorly run society, who do people risk their lives to come here to live? If you can, please show me another society on the face of the earth….. during ANY time period…. where the people had the one thing that is really the most important thing of all…… FREEDOM.

As I have told you in the past…. when young S. Korean girls recognize the fact that FREEDOM is the most important concept on earth, then why are our children being taught that DIVERSITY and EQUALITY are more important? Just look at many of the Socialist societies in our world today. For the biggest part, their people have EQUALITY provided by their government BUT they are not free to pursue their desires… THE STATE decides what kind of work or profession each of them will pursue and THE STATE determines their pay and THE STATE controls their movements; their actions; and for many, their thoughts.

TO THAT KIND OF EXISTENCE I SAY NO THANK YOU.

But what I am truly thankful for is that I have a wonderful and caring family; wonderful and caring friends; and I was able to pursue a career in a job that I truly loved. SO, on our Thanksgiving Day Holiday, I do give thanks for these things and actually I give thanks for these things every day of my life.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill, Marshall Newman -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (100 years old) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters, Suzie Dove, Weston Lord, DeWayne & Donald Schendel, Ken Welty – CA – Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, Carol Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Jason Smith -MS, Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CAPT. Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“People who call themselves ‘progressives’ claim to be forward looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward. One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people.”…………….. THOMAS SOWELL

“When it comes to criminal justice, there is much the same kind of preoccupation on the left with the past that cannot be changed. Murderers may in some cases have had unhappy childhoods, but there is absolutely nothing that anybody can do to change their childhoods after they are adults.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“At the core of a liberal is the spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic, and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”….. P.J. O’ROURKE

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…. and include …. all men capable of bearing arms. The mind that aims at a select militia, bust be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” …………… RICHARD LEE – 1787

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz FORMER DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), FORMER San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH, Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), James Comey, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Huma Mahmood Abedin, David Schweikert (R-AZ), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Donna Brazile DNC CHAIRPERSON, John Podesta CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Planned Parenthood, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri, Sean Hannity FOX News, Kirsten Powers FOX News, Matt Damon (supports seizure of firearms), Colin Kaepernick – QB San Francisco 49ers, SAN FRANCISCO 49ers for supporting Kaepernick

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

Let’s hear it for the Police in Cannon Ball, N.D. I caught an article in the (Sub) Standard Times a couple of days back.. headlined…”OFFICERS DOUSE ND PROTESTERS WITH WATER IN SUBFREEZING WEATHER.”

The article went on to say that these “PROTESTERS” were attempting to push past a long blocked bridge on a state highway in Cannon Ball, N.D. A Sheriff’s spokesman said that water hoses were used to keep distance between officers and criminal agitators and also to put out fires set by those agitators. A spokesman for the PROTESTORS said that the fires were set to warm people soaked with water. A couple of the groups involved in this “protest” were: The Indigenous Environmental Network; The Sierra Club; Greenpeace; and Amnesty International…… In other words, THE USUAL SUSPECTS. And as usual, many of the “PROTESTERS” were not from North Dakota. The article named one PROTESTER from Hawaii and one from Massachusetts. AND, as usual, these PEACEFUL PROTESTERS were throwing rocks and other debris at Officers.

Now at this point, perhaps I should point out to future PROTESTERS a fact of which they should already be aware: Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If you make the conscious choice to engage in any type of violent protest, there could be a chance of water being used to spray the crowd and fires started by the so called PROTESTERS. When water hits skin or clothing and the temperature is sub-freezing, the chances of being uncomfortable at a bare minimum do exist. SO, perhaps you should choose another line of work… OR….. dress warmly.

Now if this sounds to you like I have little or no sympathy for these PROTESTERS, then I would say that you are most perceptive.

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This past week, up to and including earlier today, I have watched self designated MILLENNIAL STUDENTS still stuck in a whining mode over the Presidential election and the results. Perhaps these students might want to take a glimpse at Thomas Sowell’s quotes on Progressives. Of course ALL Progressives are NOT MILLENNIALS and by the same token I am sure that ALL MILLENNIALS ARE NOT PROGRESSIVES….. but I’ll bet most of them are.

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I was hoping that I would be able to attend a TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL 6A DIVISION I REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL Football game which will be played here in San Angelo just a few miles from my house on Friday, November 25th…. between #1 ranked Allen High School and #6 ranked San Angelo Central High School. Both teams are sporting a 12 – 0 record this season and should be the game of the year for both schools….. HOWEVER…. it appears that the game is already a sellout and I will have to be content on just listening to it on the radio….UNLESS…. some enterprising television station has the good sense to televise the game. Someone told me that our local stadium holds something like 17,000 people and I would venture to say that it will be overflowing on Friday afternoon.

West Texas still has several teams in various classes still active in the Texas High School Playoffs. Anyway, if you don’t have a dog in the fight…. root for THE SAN ANGELO CENTRAL BOBCATS!

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Upon handing in his resignation as Director of National Security, James Clapper predicted that the Russians would continue to attempt to hack into U.S. government communications…….. WOW! What are we going to do, without a Federal Government Intelligence Official who can predict THE OBVIOUS?

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And finally here are some memorable quotes…. all from the same person:

1) “I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.”

2) “82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.”

3) ” How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?”

4) “What happens when you get scared half to death twice?”

5) “If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?”

STEVEN WRIGHT

This is a really funny man whom I have not seen on television in a long time….. perhaps this is due to the fact that

NOTHING on television is funny anymore.

GOOD GUYS:**

ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE

** You may have noticed that all politicians have been removed from the Good Guy List. Sheriff David Clarke is the only exception.

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

Is Obama’s World a Utopian Myth? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Speaking in Greece on his valedictory trip to Europe as president, Barack Obama struck a familiar theme: “(W)e are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude form of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them’ …

“(T)he future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common, as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict.”

That the world’s great celebrant of “diversity” envisions an even more multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial America and Europe is not news. This dream has animated his presidency.

But in this day of Brexit and president-elect Donald Trump new questions arise. Is Obama’s vision a utopian myth? Have leaders like him and Angela Merkel lost touch with reality? Are not they the ones who belong to yesterday, not tomorrow?

“Crude nationalism,” as Obama said, did mark that “bloodiest” of centuries, the 20th. But nationalism has also proven to be among mankind’s most powerful, beneficial and enduring forces.

You cannot wish it away. To do that is to deny history, human nature and the transparent evidence of one’s own eyes.

A sense of nationhood — “I am not a Virginian, but an American,” said Patrick Henry — ignited our revolution.

Nationalism tore apart the “evil empire” of Ronald Reagan’s depiction, liberating Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians and Bulgarians, and breaking apart the Soviet Union into 15 nations.

Was that so terrible for mankind?

Nationalism brought down the Berlin Wall and led to reunification of the German people after 45 years of separation and Cold War.

President George H.W. Bush may have railed against “suicidal nationalism” in Kiev in 1991. But Ukrainians ignored him and voted to secede. Now the Russified minorities of the southeast and the Crimea wish to secede from Ukraine and rejoin the Mother Country.

This is the way of the world.

Out of the carcass of Yugoslavia came Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo. As nationalism called into existence Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, it impelled South Ossetians and Abkhazians to secede from Georgia.

Was it not a sense of peoplehood, of nationhood, that drove the Jews to create Israel in 1948, which today insists that it be recognized as “a Jewish State”?

All over the world, regimes are marshaling the mighty force of ethnonationalism to strengthen and sustain themselves.

With economic troubles looming, Xi Jinping is stirring up Chinese nationalism by territorial disputes with neighbors — to hold together a people who have ceased to believe in the secularist faith of Marxism-Leninism.

With Communism dead, Vladimir Putin invokes the greatness and glory of the Russian past and seeks to revive the Orthodox faith.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invokes nationalism, Attaturk, the Ottoman Empire, and the Islamic faith of his people, against the Kurds, who dream of a new nation carved out of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

“So my vision … may not always win the day in the short run,” Obama said in Greece, “but I am confident it will win the day in the long run. Because societies which are able to unify ourselves around values and ideals and character and how we treat each other, and cooperation and innovation, ultimately are going to be more successful than societies that don’t.”

What is wrong with this statement?

It is a utilitarian argument that does not touch the heart. It sounds like a commune, a cooperative, a corporation, as much as it does a country. Moreover, not only most of the world, but even the American people seem to be moving the other way.

Indeed, what values and ideals do we Americans hold in common when Obama spoke in Germany of “darker forces” opposing his trade policies, and Hillary Clinton calls Trump supporters “racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic … bigots.”

Did not the Democrats just run “an us and a them” campaign?

Less and less do we Americans seem to be one country and one people. More and more do we seem to be separating along religious, racial, cultural, political, ideological, social and economic lines.

If a more multicultural, multiethnic America produces greater unity and comity, why have American politics become so poisonous?

Trump’s victory is due in part to his stand for securing the U.S. border against foreigners walking in. Merkel is in trouble in Germany because she brought in almost a million Muslim refugees from Syria.

The nationalist parties that have arisen across Europe are propelled by hostility to more immigration from the Third World.

Outside the cosmopolitan elites of Europe and North America, where in the West is the enthusiasm Obama detects for a greater diversity of races, tribes, religions, cultures and beliefs?

“Who owns the future?” is ever the question.

In 2008, Obama talked of Middle Pennsylvanians as poor losers clinging to their bibles, bigotries and guns as they passed from the scene.

Yet, now, it’s looking like it may be Obama’s world headed for the proverbial ash heap of history.

Source: Human Events

Psychiatry Professor: ‘Transgenderism’ Is Mass Hysteria Similar To 1980s-Era Junk Science By Richard B. Corradi

The movement’s philosophy qualifies it as a popular delusion similar to the multiple-personality craze, and the ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and ‘recovered memory’ hysterias of the 1980s and 90s.

Consider the remarkable phenomenon of transgenderism. A disorder of gender identity that afflicts a minuscule number of Americans has become a polarizing cultural cause celebre. Its influence—in capturing public attention and demanding social change—has been extraordinary, out of all proportion to the numbers of the gender-dissatisfied.

While the political left has fully embraced the transgender agenda as a “civil right” opposed by only the bigoted and hateful, many people see the movement as a concerted attack on traditional social mores and customs, an “in your face” assault on conventional standards, practices, and morality.

Clearly, the transgender phenomenon is the tip of the spear of the LGBT movement, greatly energized by the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage that includes in the definition of liberty the right of people to “define and express their identity.” For the LGBT movement this literally includes the right to decide one’s gender, to claim the rights of an alternative gender (since gender is malleable, there are choices other than simply male or female), have the choice acknowledged by society as a civil right, and ultimately become accepted as a conventional lifestyle.

However, transgenderism as a normative lifestyle may be a hard sell. While fair-minded people can agree that gays or people with gender confusion should not be discriminated against, the general public doesn’t appear to be ready to accept gender as simply a social construct or that people can be whatever gender they choose. These contentions, the conceptual foundation of transgenderism, fly in the face of reality: the biological difference between the sexes.

The Contagion of Mass Delusion

Transgenderism would refute the natural laws of biology and transmute human nature. The movement’s philosophical foundation qualifies it as a popular delusion similar to the multiple-personality craze, and the widespread “satanic ritual abuse” and “recovered memory” hysterias of the 1980s and ‘90s. These last two involved bizarre accusations of child abuse and resulted in the prosecution and ruined lives of the falsely accused.

Such popular delusions are characterized by a false belief unsupported by any scientific or empirical evidence and have a contagious quality that overrides rational thinking and even common sense. This all-too-human tendency to suspend individual critical judgment and go along with the crowd is greatly facilitated by social media. Most important, however, the cause has received the imprimatur of “experts.” The very people who should know better have bought into the hysteria. Just as “mental health professionals” a generation ago supported the child abuse delusions, and even participated in prosecuting the unjustly accused, so too have they fueled the fire of the transgender delusion.

The transgender movement was greatly energized when The American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its 2013 revised edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders” (DSM-5) delisted “Gender Identity Disorder” as a psychiatric “disorder,” reclassifying it as “Gender Dysphoria.” However, rather than providing a scientific validation of the transgender agenda, the APA’s action was a remarkable abrogation of professional responsibility in the interest of political correctness.

Unlike medical diseases, psychiatric disorders have no diagnostic biologic markers—no physical findings, laboratory tests, or imaging studies. Psychiatric diagnoses consist of symptom checklists determined by committee consensus. It should come as no surprise that the process is exquisitely reactive to prevailing cultural and political winds. Absent biomarkers that define illnesses, there is no end to the mental and emotional conditions that can be called psychiatric disorders. It can be extremely profitable for an activist special-interest movement to succeed in getting its cause legitimized as a mental disorder, not least for a pharmaceutical industry poised to retarget psychotropic drugs to treat any new mental illness.

Activist Science Plus Relativism Equals Insanity

However, the process works both ways. Psychiatric “disorders” both come and go in response to contemporary cultural fads and determined special interests. For the sexual liberation movement the political advantage lay in having offending disorders removed. In 1973 it succeeded in getting the APA to remove homosexuality from its lexicon of disorders simply by vote of the membership.

The tragedy, of course, is that people suffering from identity issues do not receive the help they need.

Subsequently the movement conflated with postmodern relativism, in which there are no universal or transcendent values, only social and cultural conventions. The doctrine as applied to gender asserts that gender—male or female sex—is merely a social construct, not a biologic fact, and subject to change according to one’s desire. People can be of any gender they choose, an “alternate gender,” or even opt out of the entire gender construct.

Such was the agenda that the APA bought into when it dropped “Gender Identity Disorder” from the DSM-5. However, rather than simply eliminating the concept of gender identity since officially it was no longer a disorder, it created a “new diagnostic class” called “gender dysphoria.” This carried the assault on common sense even further, since now psychiatrists, the purported experts on distinguishing between fantasy and reality, put their stamp of approval on the transgender hysteria.

Only prelogical children and psychotic adults believe in magical thinking, that “wishing can make it so.” Yet “gender dysphoria” is characterized as “gender incongruence:” a feeling of dissatisfaction with one’s “assigned” (birth) gender, and a wish to be otherwise-gendered, makes one a different person. To reclaim one’s true (desired) gender identity may require sex-reassignment surgery, a treatment for the “new diagnostic class” of gender dysphoria sanctioned by the APA. The torturous vocabulary the DSM manufactured to label the possible gender spectrum variations would be laughable were it not so tragic.

Refusing to Diagnose Withholds Needed Treatment

The tragedy, of course, is that people suffering from identity issues do not receive the help they need. Anorexia nervosa is another disorder characterized by a distortion of body image. However, in contrast to the transgendered, who are aided in acting out a delusion with hormones and “sex-reassignment,” people with a morbid and unrealistic perception of themselves as being obese or too heavy are not put on weight-reducing diets. Rather, anorexia is diagnosed as a psychiatric disorder and treated appropriately with psychotherapy.

Anorexia and “gender dysphoria” are among the many manifestations of psychological conflict that may occur during the “identity crisis” of adolescence, an important developmental milestone in identity formation. It is a time of rapid physical changes and strong sexual urges. Gender confusion—the wish to be the opposite sex, or even to be no sex at all (non-gendered)—can simply be a young person’s temporary pause in resolving the conflict between the safety of secure parental attachments and the compelling but frightening urges of adult sexuality and autonomy.

Asceticism—a renunciation of sexuality and sensual pleasures generally, in effect becoming asexual and anhedonic—is another coping device young people sometimes use. It is remarkably similar to gender dysphoria in its purpose of achieving a temporary respite from confusion about one’s emerging sexuality and anxiety about the demands of adulthood.

The vast majority of such defense mechanisms are transient, useful when the storms of adolescence are most intense, but no longer necessary as a more stable sense of self emerges. (Most common perhaps is the adolescent idealization of celebrities. That many of these popular figures are androgynous illustrates the nature of these identifications as a respite from sexual and gender conflict.) Very few young people who diet severely become lifelong anorectics. Not many adolescent ascetics become cloistered monks. In contrast, some gender-dissatisfied youths are given hormones and even undergo sex- reassignment surgery. A transient developmental conflict is subjected to life-changing and sometimes irreversible treatment.

Reinforcing Delusions Hurts People

More lamentable still is the use of these “treatments” in prepubescent children whose prelogical thinking blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Young parents with concerns about their children need to seek the counsel of people with knowledge about normal child development. Unfortunately, good advice is sometimes hard to come by. Afraid of being seen as “behind the times,” “ignorant,” or “bigoted,” people who should know better are unwilling to rely on their own common sense and the wisdom of generations.

Middle-aged men and women who feel dissatisfied with their lives may act out unrealistic romantic fantasies in an attempt to remake themselves.

If a four-year-old girl, who, afraid of being displaced in her parents’ affection by a new baby brother, announces that she is a boy, wise parents do not begin treating her as a boy. They do not assume she is transgendered. Instead, they embrace her and assure her that she is their precious little girl whom they love. Parents who allow prepubescent children to choose whether they want to be male or female have relinquished their role as rational adults, and are themselves in need of psychiatric consultation.

Clearly forming a stable personal identity is a complicated business. For some people it is prolonged, and some never achieve it. While adolescence and young adulthood can be a pivotal time in shaping one’s personal identity, identity is subject to inevitable challenges during the life cycle, as well as to unique individual stressors.

Midlife is a challenging time for many people. Middle-aged men and women who feel dissatisfied with their lives may act out unrealistic romantic fantasies in an attempt to remake themselves. Often this leads to the tragedy of divorce and the destruction of families. The transgender movement has fostered the most unrealistic fantasy imaginable—that one can solve what is always a multidimensional dissatisfaction with one’s self by changing one’s sex.

Why Some People Want to Believe They’re Transgender

The characteristics that define one’s personal identity are the nuclear elements of personality. People with a chronically unstable self-image, poor self-esteem, and an ill-defined sense of self are poorly equipped to deal with the stresses of ordinary life. This group constitutes the vast majority of the self-identified transgendered who undertake the full sex-change regimen of hormone treatment and “sex-reassignment” surgery.

However, most people suffering from such common personality disorders do not focus on gender dissatisfaction as the cause of their global dysfunction and do not regard sex change as the remedy. Why would a few people with a complex and multidimensional disorder of personal identity decide that their problem consists in having been “assigned” the wrong sex? The answer lies both in the nature of the personality disorder itself, and in powerful social, cultural, and political influences.

The LBGT movement has achieved enormous success in exploiting the psychological vulnerabilities of people who lack a coherent sense of self, providing both activist leaders and a “noble” cause with which to identify. Flush with success following the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, the movement has taken on an aura of invincibility.

The success of the transgender rights crusade, based as it is on the cultural delusion of denying biologic difference between the sexes, would suggest there are no limits to the movement’s goal of reshaping American culture and its institutions. Attaching oneself to such a powerful force can be a heady experience for someone whose self-identity is largely defined by the people and causes with which he or she identifies.

Transgenderism Is Identity Politics

The transgender movement has made clever use of the powerful force of identity politics. Clearly, personal identity, the totality of one’s sense of self, does not consist simply of gender any more than it does of one’s race, ethnicity, religion, or class. Such, however, are the categories upon which identity politics are built. To be politically effective, identity politics depend upon lumping people into groups that obliterate personal identities and characteristics. There are no individuals in identity politics, only amorphous masses of people with a common and defining property, one exploited for a political purpose.

All this is with the credulous support of people and institutions who have succumbed to the contagion of a cultural delusion.

This process exploits differences between people (cultural, social, ethnic, religious, etc.) to build constituencies of the aggrieved, the marginalized, and those led to believe they’re marginalized. They are assured redress of their grievances by a special interest group—commonly a political party that profits at the polls from activating them as a victimized group. The victimized must of course have victimizers, who are vilified as oppressors of the community of aggrieved.

This bitterly polarizing formula casts the “transgendered” as an amorphous lot of hatefully oppressed people. No distinction is made among highly disparate groups of the “gender dysphoric.” As has been described, these range from transient expressions of gender “incongruence” that occur in the normal developmental process, to those that are surface expressions of common life-stage conflicts, and to those more deeply rooted problems of personal identity that are symptomatic of personality disorders.

Ironically, individuals are robbed of their personal identity and become anonymous members of the gender identity community—the “transgendered.” Rather than the individual assessments and personalized psychotherapy that the sufficiently distressed should receive, the remedy is one-size-fits-all. A transgender person can become any gender he or she chooses, or be no gender at all. They can call themselves any names they choose, take hormones, and have their sex surgically “reassigned.” All this is with the credulous support of people and institutions who have succumbed to the contagion of a cultural delusion.

Individuals are further stripped of their personal identity as they become pawns in the broader LGBT agenda. As it has gained judicial and political power, the LGBT goal appears to be no less than full public acceptance of any variety of sexual expression it chooses, with no tolerance for dissent. Transgenderism is the vanguard of the current offensive. The bitter social strife it has fostered indicates the lengths to which the movement will go in destroying the opposition.

Demonizing the Opposition

Who are the opposition? True to identity politics, they are cast as a mob of bigoted haters who would deny the transgendered their basic human rights. There can be no other explanation for why someone might believe that transgenderism defies both reason and the laws of biology.

The liberal mainstream media is chief among the institutions in lock-step with the divisive tactics of identity politics.

The demonized, of course, are those of religious faith. Much of the Western world has become secularized and anti-religious, but a strain of strong religious belief still remains in the United States. These adherents to a code of sexual morality that differs from the LGBT sexual liberation agenda, albeit foundational to the Judeo-Christian value system for millennia, are seen as the last bastion of opposition. Consequently, expressions of sincerely held religious belief are attacked as hateful and bigoted. Believers are mocked as unsophisticated rubes and rednecks, desperately clinging to their guns and religion while resisting the inevitable triumph of rational modernity.

The liberal mainstream media is chief among the institutions in lock-step with the divisive tactics of identity politics. Glowing anecdotal accounts and individual testimonies of people who have had sex-change surgery regularly appear in fawning media reports that support and encourage the transgender craze. Transgendered celebrities in particular are commended, and the person’s preferred gender pronoun always dutifully applied.

Any religious or moral opposition to the movement is reflexively characterized as hateful and discriminatory. Nowhere to be seen are the accounts of disillusionment and depression by those who regret having had surgery. In neglecting compelling clinical evidence and research in support of the common-sense notion that surgery is not a treatment for a psychological disorder, the psychiatric profession is certainly most culpable (although one wonders what has become of responsible reporting and the honored tradition of investigative journalism).

The Long March Through Institutions

Along with the media, the political left has warmly embraced the LGBT movement’s apparent goal to reshape the social fabric and cultural traditions of American life and to reconstruct society to suit its demands. There appears to be no limit to efforts to silence dissenters. Religious believers are being demonized, and many fear even freedom of the pulpit is in jeopardy. There is no hesitation in using courts to impose the will of a tiny minority on the general public, even to the extent of changing the bathroom practices of the entire nation.

The effect the transgender delusion will have on our society and its institutions, including the military, remains to be seen.

Objections of the majority, even on grounds of privacy or to protect young children from premature exposure to sexual issues, are simply ignored. Many of our elite academic institutions willingly comply with efforts to alter our basic language, promoting use of the many neologisms invented to label the new varieties of gender.

The federal government’s decision to allow transgendered people to serve openly in the military, women to serve in combat roles, and eventually to have a fully sexually integrated military, illustrates the extent to which political correctness has triumphed. That men and women in the intense and intimate daily contact military service demands could become a highly effective fighting force, a band not of men and women but of generic soldiers, would prove that gender is simply a social construct. It would also refute the laws of human nature. The belief that men and women will not behave in accordance with their biology is precisely the delusion.

The effect the transgender delusion will have on our society and its institutions, including the military, remains to be seen. In contrast, the destructive influence of identity politics is immediate and very personal for the transgendered. As faceless members of a political special interest group, they are robbed not only of their distinctness as individuals but also of their chance for effective treatment.

The vicissitudes of life—developmental conflicts, life-cycle stressors, personality disorders—that express themselves in gender dissatisfaction or confusion are the same as those that can challenge a secure sense of self and cause emotional distress in anyone. Indeed, such distress is what most commonly causes people to consult psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. People labeled “transgendered” or “gender dysphoric” are no less entitled to individual psychological assessment and personalized counseling or psychotherapy.

Historically, contagious popular delusions that deny common sense and fly in the face of reality eventually run their course. This will likely be the fate of the transgender craze. But before it collapses under its own weight, many people will suffer irreparable harm.

Richard B. Corradi, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio.

Source: The Federalist