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  • I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.

    12/13/2017 6:10:58 AM PST · by Heartlander · 98 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 11, 2017 | Michelle Cretella
    I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl. Michelle Cretella / December 11, 2017 / “Congratulations, it’s a boy!” Or, “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” As a pediatrician for nearly 20 years, that’s how many of my patient relationships began. Our bodies declare our sex. Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a...
  • Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' 2017 Word of the Year

    12/12/2017 5:32:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | December 12. 2017
    "Feminism," a top lookup for 2017, was named Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Tuesday. News reports have kept the word in top searches the past few years, but the dictionary said it was looked up 70 percent more this year than last. The official definition classifies the word as the "theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests." Use of the word spiked this year, due in part to events like the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and similar marches worldwide. The word itself became the subject...
  • New Paradigms in Addiction Therapy – Chemical Substances Are Not the Main Factor

    12/12/2017 9:30:01 AM PST · by JockoManning · 86 replies
    Wake Up World ^ | 11 DEC 2017 | Anthony Tyler
    Original source: I'm fairly averse to starting threads. But this is an important issue--and--with the help of my housemate, I'm willing to bother. We would be willing to discuss it with seriously interested folks. Portugal's changed laws and treatment of addiction issues has changed their statistics and the results in individual's lives and the lives of their family members has yielded dramatic success. We can do better, as Christians, conservatives and Americans. From the original source article (same is in referenced article): QUOTE: A true enveloping substance addiction is gritty, and tends to be enabled by a varying degree...
  • Tips for coping with the holiday stress

    12/07/2017 5:25:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Cenpatico IC
    With the holidays now upon us,Cenpatico Integrated Care (Cenpatico IC) is offering helpful advice to handle the stress of the season. While this is usually considered a happy time for most people, the season can be extremely difficult for some. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed because there is so much to do. For others, this can be a challenging time due to economic problems, the recent loss of a loved one, or other issues. This time can lead to feelings of sadness, loneliness or depression. Here are some steps that can be taken to help overcome the “holiday...
  • House Roll Call: Impeachment

    12/06/2017 4:40:06 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 37 replies
    Bristol HeraldCourier ^ | December 6, 2017 | Self
    The 364-58 roll call Wednesday by which the House killed a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. A "Yes" vote is a vote to kill the resolution.Voting yes were 126 Democrats and 238 Republicans. Voting No were 58 Democrats and 0 Republicans. X denotes those not voting. Present denotes those who voted they were "present" at the time of the vote but did not vote yes or no on the issue. There are 2 vacancies in the 435-member House. ALABAMA – All Yes ALASKA – Yes ARIZONA – All Yes ARKANSAS – All Yes CALIFORNIA – Dems who voted No:...
  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 9:52:20 AM PST · by fireman15 · 3 replies
    Documentary Service Fees: A 2009 change to state law increased the documentary service fee from $50 to $150. In order to charge a documentary service fee, the dealer must include a disclosure about the fee in its advertising. Absent proper disclosure of the fee in print, radio and television advertisements, a dealer cannot charge a documentary service fee of any amount. A dealer may use in its advertisements the statutory language, “a documentary service fee in an amount up to one hundred and fifty dollars may be added to the sale price or the capitalized cost of a vehicle” or...
  • Cartel Hitmen Force ‘Confessions’ From Victims Before ISIS-Style Beheadings In Mexico

    12/02/2017 6:39:58 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Dec. 3, 2017 | Jeremy Kryt
    Members of the Viagras cartel videotaped a rival hitman confessing to “sins” in the western Mexican state of Michoacán last Thursday, then bent his neck backward over a block of wood and sawed off his head with a carving knife. The beheading video was posted to social media, along with a warning to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). In the clip, the decapitated victim also claims to be the brother of Juan Carlos Márquez Pérez, a.k.a. “El Duende” (The Goblin), a CJNG operative arrested back in 2015. In a separate incident on Tuesday of last week, two more severed...
  • Kerry: Israel, Egypt, Saudis pushed US to bomb Iran

    12/02/2017 11:59:48 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 42 replies
    AhlulBayt News Agency ^ | Dec. 2, 2017 | staff
    (AhlulBayt News Agency) - US Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt pushed the United States to bomb Iran before the 2015 nuclear deal was struck. Kerry defended the deal during the Ignatius Forum in Washington, saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was genuinely agitating towards action, before he struck the accord with Tehran. Kerry said when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he met with Saudi King Abdullah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Netanyahu, who all lobbied for military action. "Each of them said to me, you have to bomb Iran,...
  • Handguns and Russian collusion

    11/26/2017 8:09:37 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    Thinking | 26 November 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Handguns. Liberals tell us how evil they are. Liberals tell us how evil they believe Trump to be. They claim the Russians somehow meddled in our elections. What about the use of Russian handguns in murders in the United States? Almost never. Rarely are Tokarevs or Makarovs used in murders in the U.S. to kill someone. You would think the Russians would be more active in having their weapons used to kill U.S. citizens. Fact is, even though U.S. handguns are available in much higher numbers, that is not the issue statistically. THE truth is that Americans who buy Russian...
  • Quin Hillyer: Sessions puts a stop to Department of Justice’s bullish abuse of power

    11/24/2017 9:22:13 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 6 replies
    Yellow Hammer News ^ | Nov. 24, 2017 | QUIN HILLYER
    Yes, Jeff Sessions really is making a difference at the Justice Department, as a new order curbing the department’s own power makes clear. The other day, a friend said to me that he figured Sessions really would be better off accepting a write-in bid for his old Senate seat because “he’s not really doing anything as Attorney General anyway. I haven’t seen any big successes there.” I beg to differ. I’ve covered the Department of Justice (DoJ) quite closely for more than 20 years, and have seen that much of what gets done there – especially the bad stuff –...

    11/23/2017 3:35:22 AM PST · by knarf · 2 replies
    Just out last night for our intellectual pleasure.
  • The Revolutionary Communist Party lays out their strategy for communist takeover of the US

    11/22/2017 6:30:20 AM PST · by ETL · 32 replies (their official website) ^ | 1999 through present (2017) | Bob Avakian (their insane leader)
    Bob Avakian [leader of the RCP] on the Revolutionary Press Create Public Opinion, Seize PowerRevolutionary Worker #1000, March 28, 1999 On the occasion of our 1000th issue, we are proud to present the following selection from the writings of RCP Chairman Bob Avakian on the revolutionary press and our central task--"Create Public Opinion... Seize Power." ***** It must be really understood that we are involved in warfare with the enemy--a particular kind of warfare in which at the present time the main battles and campaigns are political and the main weapon the newspaper, but a kind of warfare in which...
  • A Review of the Book ‘Saving K-12’ (Part Two)

    11/18/2017 4:27:46 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    IllinoisFamily,org ^ | Nov. 18, 2017 | John Biver
    Every 12 Years: A Review of the Book ‘Saving K-12’ (Part Two) Written By John Biver | 11.18.17 Last time I presented some of the background about why I enjoyed Bruce Deitrick Price’s new book Saving K-12: A Citizens Guide to Improving Public Education. In this post, I will present a few examples. Giving the background on a topic is easy. Choosing examples on that topic when there are so many within one book, is not easy. “The Education Establishment has spent 100 years making public schools dumber,” Price writes. Ouch. He explains: "That’s a common impression which, after years...
  • Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: A lot of people 'know I'm packing' so they don't 'mess with me'

    11/16/2017 8:15:41 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | | Nov 16, 2017 | Mandy Mayfield
    Sarah Palin spoke out against sexual harassment in the workplace on Thursday, but said personally hasn't experienced any incidents because people know she is carrying a weapon."I think a whole lot of people know I'm probably packing, so I don't think there's a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me," the former Alaska governor said while speaking to MSNBC's Kasie Hunt on Capitol Hill. “I don’t mean to be lighthearted about it; this is a serious issue,” Palin added. “It really stinks for women in the workplace that for too long, men have thought they can get...
  • Gunman in Northern California rampage was not supposed to have guns

    11/15/2017 9:25:32 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | Ray Sanchez, Jason Hanna and Phil Gast
    Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters he did not know whether Neal had surrendered the weapons. The shooter illegally manufactured guns he used Tuesday, officials said. Handguns police recovered were not registered to him, Johnston said. Neal "was not law enforcement friendly" and authorities a number of times had come to his house after complaints that shots were fired from the property, Johnston said.
  • Specialization in progressivism: gun control, car control, etc.

    11/15/2017 5:28:12 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In my last blog post, I wrote about how critical specialization is to progressive ideology, and the weaknesses that get bred in because of that. I also wanted to point something out, and I don't think very many people will like it. Culturally, I am quite certain that progressivism would be hard pressed to justify its own existence without specialization, and gun control is one of those topics that is probably the easiest to dissect. One of the main stated goals of gun control is to get guns out of the hands of pretty much everybody, but the only people...
  • Inside a Chinese Prison: An American’s Perspective

    11/15/2017 11:00:19 AM PST · by EBH · 20 replies
    Prison Legal News ^ | 06/22/14 | Stuart B Foster
    I grew up around jails and prisons in the Upstate of South Carolina. My grandfather was born in jail, with the punch line being his father was the sheriff and had brought his pregnant wife to work. My father was the county judge and the jail next to his office was my playground. My first job was running errands between the courts, lawyers and prisoners. Studying sociology in college, I focused on penology and visited many prisons across my home state. After 15 years of teaching I received a scholarship to work and travel in Asia. My interest in prisons...
  • Mitch McConnell praises Edward Kennedy in Boston

    11/13/2017 12:22:13 PM PST · by Flick Lives · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 10, 2015 | Laura Krantz
    The Republican leader of the Senate told a crowd gathered on Sunday at the institute honoring one of the chamber’s most liberal members that the late Edward M. Kennedy’s skills as a legislator are the kind needed to help the fractious body learn to once again cooperate. Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Kennedy was someone who could separate the personal from the political and who stayed true to his word. Those are characteristics that will help the body function better in the future, and there are already signs of progress, McConnell said. “A real sense of renewal is...
  • St. Martin’s Day

    11/13/2017 9:16:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    If you’ve ever been out on the streets in Germany on a Nov. 11 evening, you’ve most likely seen crowds of children marching through the streets carrying lanterns and chanting. It’s what we do on St. Martin’s Day, and a beloved childhood memory for most of my fellow Germans as well as myself. St. Martin was a Roman soldier born in modern-day Hungary between 316 and 336 A.D. who spent most of his adult life in France and eventually was baptized and became a monk. There are various legends surrounding his life, but one of the most prevalent – and...
  • HELP! Where Can I find a PDF list of DWM Cartridge Numbers?

    11/12/2017 8:22:20 AM PST · by txnativegop · 13 replies
    November 12, 2017 | me
    Where can I find a pdf list of DWM cartridge numbers?I had such a pdf on my old computer but it died unexpectedly and to my everlasting shame, I did not have a back up copy of the list.I have tried to find the list on the internet again, but I have been unable to do so.