PATRIOTISM: Erickson – Lives, Fortunes; Limbaugh – James O’Keefe; Snowden
DOMESTIC: Pollak – activists celebrate Snowden; Schilling – 100 anti-NSA protests; Lowry – Obamacare surrender; Stanley – OCare stalls; WSJ – employer mandate sputters; Bigelow – Rubio rehab; McHugh – TX prefers Cruz & Christie to Perry; Hanson – press & Faustus;
IMMIGRATION: York – CBO update; Pollak – WSJ attacks blood & soil republicans.
EGYPT: Fernandez – who lost mideast?; Chulov/Kingsley – backlash; Levinson – brotherhood kicked; Klein – new terror groups.
PA: Feldman – senate recess w/o Medicaid; Henry – dereliction of duty
END NOTES: Girls wanna have fun
“There’s an old adage: There’s no profit in social change. But, you know, there’s a lot of profit in this rhetoric. But, I mean, we get results. We’re not gonna stop, never give up, never surrender.” James O’Keefe
“Conservatives overwhelmingly see radical Muslims as the greater terror threat,” Rasmussen said on June 27. “Liberals are fairly evenly divided between radical Muslims and the Tea Party.” World Tribune
“I took a nap in front of the TV. When I woke up, Shepherd Smith was on the TV talking about a military coup ousting the democratically elected Muslim president. There were crowds and fireworks on the TV…massive demonstrations…it was pretty exciting and Shep Smith was going on about the problems with crime and the poor economy leading up to the military actions… and then he said the coup was in Egypt, so I went back to sleep. ” Thx Jo!
Jennifer Stefano, AfP: “3 More Things to Do to STOP Medicaid Expansion in PA”
“For nearly 6 months, we have been engaged in a sustained effort to stop Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth. Thanks to your efforts and the 33 politically courageous State Representatives who signed a public letter stating they would vote NO on the budget if it included Medicaid expansion, we are almost there in dealing another blow to Obamacare in Pennsylvania.
“Please take a couple of minutes and help us today:
1) Send this action alert to your Senator encouraging him/her to concur with the House on the welfare code bill. This means that the Senator is signing off on the House’s politically courageous stand to strip Medicaid expansion from the welfare bill.
2) Send this action alert to say “Thank you” to the House members who have demonstrated the political courage to oppose Medicaid expansion in PA.
3) Contact these ten Senators who went against the majority to vote NO on Medicaid expansion and thank them for their support:
Senator Alloway– 717.787.4651; Senator Argall– 717.787.2637; Senator Brubaker– 717.787.4420; Senator Eichelberger– 717.787.5490; Senator Folmer– 717.787.5708; Senator Hutchinson– 717.787.9684; Senator Mcllhinney– 717.787.7305; Senator Vulakovich– 717.787.6538; Senator White– 717.787.8724; Senator Ward– 717.787.6063
Thanks to your efforts, we are almost there! Please complete these three items today! Thank you for all you do, In Liberty and Solidarity!
1776: The Continental Congress had the Declaration of Independence printed.
1865: The U.S. Secret Service was established.
1950: Private Kenneth Shadrick of Skin Fork, West Virginia, became the first U.S. soldier to be killed in action in the Korean War. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
ABOUT PATRIOTISM . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor”
“Two hundred thirty seven years ago, our forefathers sat in a hot room with closed windows arguing over the future of the thirteen colonies they represented. For a while they had thought of reconciliation with their motherland. But over time it became clear that neither King nor Parliament were interested in anything other than submission.
These fifty-six men did what had not been done before them.
They outlined their grievances on paper, declared their independence, and signed their names so both King and Parliament would know who the traitors were. The act was treason . . . “
Rush Limbaugh: “Interview: James O’Keefe, the Special Forces of the Conservative Movement”
“RUSH: I had to say that. I need to ask you, do you ever feel like — because your work is well-known, particularly among this audience, with ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR, Eric Holder’s ballot offered to a stranger, the son of Congressman Jim Moran resigning after encouraging double voting, that was all you. But have you ever encountered people on our side who’ve let you down, who’ve said, “You know, James, you’re putting too much pressure on us.” Have you had any people on our side ask you to tone it down?
“O’KEEFE: You know, Rush, one of the things you’ve said that really resonated with me is you said that our adversaries circle the wagons and our allies circle the firing squad. I have come to know this over the last few years in a sort of baptism by fire. People don’t know this, when we did the pimp and prostitute videos on ACORN, we had spent our own money to do it, Hannah Giles and I did, and we went to Washington like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, trying to show members of the oversight committee. There’s a chapter in this book, Breakthrough, where even Republicans threatened to arrest us if we didn’t give them the footage exclusively. And there are so many more stories in this book about trying to speak truth to power and trying to overcome obstacles, not just from the people you would think, from the government, from the media, from the federal judiciary, and even sometimes, yes, from allies.
“. . . Well, yeah, I mean, to say I was in danger was an understatement. The book starts out with me in federal jail. We had a federal judge delete my videotapes and then charge me with a crime I didn’t commit. I was confined to my state where I live, New Jersey, for three years, three and a half years. The government would not let me travel without permission from a US attorney, a federal judge, and a probation officer, for a misdemeanor crime which I would argue I didn’t even commit. And I was audited once a month. I had to submit cash inflows and outflows to federal agents. When I would release an investigation, they’d show up at my parents’ house and ask my father, “What’s your son doing? What’s he doing next?” We have faced the fire. And I know that they are politicizing the First Amendment. I see the Department of Justice protecting the guy who bugged McConnell and calling him a journalist, and it is this politicizing of the First Amendment which threatens us. Not just me, but everyone, all Americans, because if we lose this, if we lose the First Amendment, it’s over. And we have been on the front lines, and that’s what my story is about. It’s about surviving them, and overcoming their obstacles and continuing to make a difference, despite everything they’ve thrown at us.
“. . . After Congressman Moran’s son resigned (his field director was telling us how to vote multiple times in other people’s names) you started to see a begrudging respect because of our results. But let me just say that I have actually sued a journalist for defamation and gotten settlements, which is not an easy thing to do if you’re a public figure. You have to prove actual malice. I have actually gotten money from journalists for defaming me and then use that money to fund more investigations. It’s really incredible. We’ve gotten front page retractions at the Washington Post. We’ve had hundreds of corrections printed on our stories. And nobody in the mainstream media seems to view me as an ally, and my message is “I’m on the same page as you guys.” We’re trying to be government accountability people. There’s a storied tradition of this kind of work going back to Mike Wallace. . . “
O’Keefe’s First Book: Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy
“Acorn Planned Parenthood NPR Medicaid VOTER FRAUD The New Jersey educational association Labor Unions Hailed by David Weigel in Slate as having “had more of an impact on the 2012 election than any journalist,” James O’Keefe is young, brash, and provocative: a new breed of guerrilla reporter for the twenty-first century. He and his associates have famously infiltrated some of America’s most protected organizations and institutions. They have challenged politicians, bureaucrats, media moguls, union bosses, and election officials, all with the goal of exposing the lies and malfeasance heretofore hidden from the public. Now, O’Keefe chronicles the harrowing undercover investigation that opened America’s eyes to the chicanery of its state houses and the duplicity of the White House during one of the most compromised election campaigns in our nation’s history: the 2012 presidential race.”
Edward Snowden … “Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC
“One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
“On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
“This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
“For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
“In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
“I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.”
DOMESTIC . . .
Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Activists Celebrate Snowden as American Hero in July 4th Parade”
“Residents of Santa Monica, CA were treated to a large contingent of Occupy Wall Street activists and Edward Snowden supporters in Thursday’s annual Fourth of July parade down Main Street.
Carrying “Free Bradley Manning” signs and protest banners, and pretending to videotape the crowd for government purposes, the demonstrators were well received by the local crowd. (Even this conservative thought they were great fun.)
Chelsea Schilling, WND: “U.S. explodes with 100 anti-NSA protests”
“Americans outraged by the federal government’s spying programs took to the streets on Independence Day for ‘Restore the Fourth’ protests in an estimated 100 American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Memphis and Miami, plus international cities such as London and Munich.
“The ‘Restore the Fourth’ national protest was named after the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans against ‘unreasonable searches and seizures.’”
“The NSA’s PRISM online surveillance program was exposed by Edward Snowden only weeks ago. Americans soon learned that at least nine Internet companies reportedly submitted to government surveillance of their servers: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple. . . “
Rich Lowry, NRO: “An Obamacare Surrender”
Buying time until after the 2014 elections . . .
“Washington is riven by conflict and deep-seated division. It is rare indeed when both sides can agree on anything consequential. Therefore it is incredibly heartening that there is now bipartisan agreement that the implementation of Obamacare is a mess.
“Republicans have long maintained this, but now the Obama administration has lent its implicit assent with its astonishing decision to delay by a year the law’s employer mandate. This is what the administration calls, via a blog post by the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy that announced the decision, ‘Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner.’
“The Treasury Notes blog can call it whatever it wants, but there is no hiding the embarrassment of a climb-down on a high-profile feature of President Barack Obama’s signature initiative. . . “
WSJ: “Employer Mandate? Never Mind”
“These columns fought the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, and we’d now like to apologize to our readers. It turns out we weren’t nearly critical enough. The law’s implementation is turning into a fiasco for the ages, and this week’s version is the lawless White House decision to delay the law’s insurance mandate for businesses, though not for individuals.
“The employer mandate is central to ObamaCare’s claim of providing universal coverage . . .”
Tim Stanley, UK Telegraph: “Obama delays Obamacare employer mandate. His second term has become a mix of inaction and injustice”
Thx Ted . . .
“The Obama administration has announced that it’s delaying implementation of the employer mandate aspect of Obamacare until 2015. The mandate says that all businesses with over 50 workers must provide health insurance to their staff or face fines of up to $3,000 per employee. So the delay is a big deal for the following reasons:
1. It’s a tacit acceptance that Obamacare is a job killer. . .
2. The costs of Obamacare are being quietly passed on to ordinary consumers
3. Republican and Tea Party attacks on Obamacare have suddenly been validated.
“And what does all of this say about Obama? It confirms the suspicion that he’s a one term president who happens to be serving two terms. All the rhetorical promises of the first term are proving empty in the second, as he drifts from crisis to crisis and flip to flop. . . “
William Bigelow, Big Govt: “Rubio Rehab: Senator Proposes Popular Pro-Life Bill”
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is revving up an effort to regain credibility among conservatives after his popularity took a nosedive over his stance on immigration reform, The Hill reports. Senate Republicans are aiding Rubio’s rehabilitation by allowing him to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The House has already passed a similar bill that allows abortions after 20 weeks only in cases where the mother’s life was in jeopardy or if the mother had been impregnated through rape or incest.
“Rubio’s announcement of his sponsorship is scheduled for the return of the Senate after the July 4 recess. But since the Democrats control the Senate, and abortion is the leading sacrament of the Democratic Party, the bill is unlikely to pass. . . “
Katie McHugh, Daily Caller: “Texans favor Cruz over Perry for 2016 presidential race”
“Lone Star State Republicans would sooner vote for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz than Gov. Rick Perry for president, a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found on Wednesday.
“The Canada-born Cruz leads all potential contenders in the 2016 race, with 27 percent of Texas Republicans naming him as their top choice for the GOP presidential nomination. The junior senator also enjoys a 42 percent approval rating overall, with 71 percent of Mitt Romney supporters backing him. Perry earned the support of only seven percent of Republicans looking for a 2016 nominee.
“The field looks difficult for all Republican contenders after adjusting for the seemingly inevitable Clinton factor, however.
“Nearly three-quarters of all Texas voters believe Gov. Perry should not run for president in 2016 and favored Hillary Clinton by four percentage points in a direct contest with Perry. But Cruz beats Clinton by five percentage points, 49 to 44. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also performed well, eking out a three point lead.
“Texas voters favored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over Clinton by the widest margin of nearly nine percentage points. . . “
Victor Davis Hanson, Town Hall: “The Press and Dr. Faustus”
“In the old Dr. Faustus story, a young scholar bargains away his soul to the devil for promises of obtaining almost anything he wants.
The American media has done much the same thing with the Obama administration. In return for empowering a fellow liberal, the press gave up its traditional adversarial relationship with the president.
But after five years of basking in a shared progressive agenda, the tab for such ecstasy has come due, and now the media is lamenting that it has lost its soul. . .”
Heather Ginsberg, Town Hall: “A Hemp Flag Flies Over the Capitol Today”
“The flag flying over the Capitol Building today is made of hemp. Yes you read that correctly, hemp! Although the flag may look no different today than any other day, but yes the fibers that it is sown with come from hemp. “It’s believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana’s less-recreational cousin back in the 1930s.”
“A Colorado hemp advocate, Michael Bowman, is the man responsible for getting this flag on top of the Capitol today. . . “
IMMIGRATION . . .
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “CBO: Even with more Border Patrol, Gang of Eight bill would still not stop millions of illegal immigrants”
“The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform changed several times as it raced toward final Senate passage last Thursday. The biggest change, of course, was that it went from being an $8.3 billion bill to a $46.3 billion bill with the Senate’s decision to add the Hoeven-Corker amendment calling for a near-doubling of the Border Patrol.
That change alone rendered the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the cost and effectiveness of the bill completely out of date, and the office was unable to make any comprehensive re-assessment of the bill before senators, rushing to vote on the bill before heading home for the July 4 recess, passed the legislation.
Now, the CBO has updated its analysis, and its main finding is that the near-sextupling of the amount of money spent on the Border Patrol would increase apprehensions of immigrants trying to cross the border illegally — but not by much.
Joel Pollak, Big Journalism: “WSJ Attacks ‘Blood-and-Soil’ Republicans over Opposition to Immigration Bill”
“The Wall Street Journal editorial page has attacked opposition to the immigration bill that passed in the Senate last week, urging the Republican-led House to ‘improve’ the bill, ‘not kill it.’ The bill’s border security provisions, the Journal argued, were not weak, as conservatives had charged, but were ‘wretched excess,’ the result of ‘the Republican party letting its blood-and-soil wing trump its supposedly free-market principles.’
“It might seem odd to attack ‘blood-and-soil’ conservatives (a phrase of Nazi provenance, evidently) on the eve of July 4th. But one need not wave the American flag or protest the obviously offensive connotations of the insult to defeat the Journal‘s arguments for the Senate bill. By arguing that economic growth should drive immigration reform, the Journal actually undermines the ‘Gang of Eight’ legislation it attempts to defend. . . “
EGYPT . . .
Richard Fernandez, PJM: “Who Lost the Middle East?”
“Both of these developments were reported last evening: Al Arabiya published the article ‘Saudi king congratulates Egypt’s new interim president’; Time magazine reported that ‘Obama expresses ‘concern’ over Morsi ouster, orders review in military aid to Egypt.’
“In the light of the Saudi king’s fulsome congratulations, Obama’s sour reservations suggest a rift between the White House and the kingdom — they’re not singing off the same sheet of music. The Saudi king sounds delighted, while Obama acts like he’s lost his shirt. . .”
“. . . . At any rate, the shambles littering North Africa to the Levant suggest that Ted Cruz’s description of the administration’s regional policy as ‘one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory’ may be an understatement.”
Martin Chulov and Patrick Kingsley, UK Guardian: “Egypt prepares for backlash as Morsi allies reject new regime”
“Ousted Muslim Brotherhood mobilises for day of protest as hundreds of party’s members are seized.
“Egypt is braced for further dramatic events on Friday as the vanquished Muslim Brotherhood called for a ‘day of rejection’ following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country’s new interim president, Adly Mansour.
“Supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, still reeling from the military coup that removed their leader from power, are expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers following a series of raids and arrests that decimated the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior ranks and consolidated the miltary’s hold on the country.
“In a stark sign of Egypt’s new political reality, the group’s supreme leader, Mohamed al-Badie, who was untouchable under Morsi’s rule, was one of those arrested.
“. . . At his inauguration on Thursday, Mansour, who was appointed as head of the constitutional court on Sunday, said this week’s protests had “corrected the path of the glorious revolution that took place on 25 January 2011”, and that continued revolution was needed until “we stop producing tyrants.”
“He also reached out to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, calling the organisation “part of the fabric of Egyptian society”.
“They are just one of its parties and they are invited to integrate. . .”
Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: “Egyptian Military Ousts Morsi, Suspends Constitution”
“On Wednesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah Said Al-Sisi announced a military coup in Egypt. He said that the Constitution had been suspended, that early elections would take place, and that there would be a “code of ethics” for the media. He stated that the chief of the Constitutional court would be taking charge during a transitional period before another election. He said the new government would be “diverse and include all the people,” and that the constitution would be revised to reverse changes made by ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. . . “
Charles Levinson, WSJ: “Egypt Turmoil a Blow to Muslim Brotherhood“
Thx Ted! . . . Hillary?????????
“CAIRO—The Egyptian military’s ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power after just one troubled year in office deals a blow to the movement’s push for influence in the region. Some analysts believe it could mark the start of Islamists’ decline as a political power in the region, but could also push some Islamists to give up on democracy and turn to violence.
“The Brotherhood has hemorrhaged support since Mohammed Morsi won the presidency 12 months ago with 51% of the popular vote. Under Brotherhood rule, crime has spiked, the economy has tanked and the country’s politics have grown dangerously polarized. The popular upswell of discontent with the Brotherhood and the movement’s governing shortcomings has been acknowledged even by the movement’s most defiant leaders.
“”This is the first time in the history of the Brotherhood that it is the people and not the regime that are acting against the movement,” said Ibrahim al-Hudaibi, a prominent former member of the group.
“But many Brothers are also convinced they are victims of a campaign by secular foes and old-regime loyalists including the military to oust Islamists from power. . . “
Aaron Klein, WND: “Muslim Brotherhood plots to form new terror group”
“JERUSALEM – Following the ousting today of Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s president, members of his Muslim Brotherhood are already studying how to form a so-called military wing to carry out terrorist attacks, according to a senior Egyptian security official speaking to WND.
The official said the possibilities the Muslim Brotherhood members were discussing include formally renouncing membership in the Muslim Brotherhood so they can direct attacks, including against tourist sites in Egypt. . . “
http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/muslim-brotherhood-plotting-to-form-new-terror-group/World Tribune: “Analyst: Obama has formed strategic alliance with Muslim Brotherhood”
“. . . Analyst Barry Rubin asserted that Obama has formed a U.S. strategic alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries. Rubin, director of Israel’s Gloria Center, said Obama signaled his intention to establish such an alliance as soon as he entered office in 2009.
“For all practical purposes the closest allies to the United States are no longer Israel, Saudi Arabia, and a moderate Egypt, but an Islamist Egypt, an Islamist regime in Turkey, and the Syrian rebels led by the Brotherhood,” Rubin said in a recent analysis.
“Rubin said the Brotherhood alliance formed the basis of the U.S. security doctrine in the Middle East. He said the doctrine was concealed from the American people, although hinted in Obama’s speech in Cairo in 2009.
“Two and a half years ago, who would ever have thought that the United States would enter an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood?” Rubin asked.
Other analysts agreed. The Investigative Project on Terrorism has traced White House invitations to leading members of the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. On June 13, Obama hosted Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayahall, vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by Qatar’s Yusef Qaradawi, himself banned from the United States.
“The IUMS has a long history of supporting Hamas — a top Hamas leader is an IUMS member — and of calling for Israel’s destruction,” IPT, in a report by Steven Emerson and John Rossomando said. . .”
PA . . .
Carl Feldman, PoliticsPA: “Senate Recesses Sans Medicaid Expansion”
“Negotiations between the House and Senate have been ongoing for the last three days, after the June 30th budget deadline, on two key bills covering Medicaid expansion and the tax code.
On Monday the House, in what has become the most prolonged disagreement left standing between the two chambers, moved to wrap up debate on the Welfare Code bill that is typically passed in conjunction with the budget.
“Wrap up, it did not. On Tuesday House Republicans rejected a proposal – passed 40 to 10 by the Senate – that would force the Governor’s hand on Medicaid expansion.
“We believe the Governor and Secretary Mackereth should have an opportunity to negotiate the best terms for Pennsylvania,” House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said then. “None of us is in a position as legislators to usurp the power of the executive branch to do those negotiations.”
“These discrepancies between the bills called the Senate back into action Wednesday to work towards concurrence. On the Medicaid issue, GOP Senators voted on party lines to concur with the House version that did not include expansion. . . “
Lowman Henry, CAP: “Guest Post: Dereliction of Duty”
Alcohol, highways, and pensions . . .
“While the state constitution required the adoption of a new fiscal year budget by June 30th, nothing requires the General Assembly to recess on July 1st. The recess is an artificial construct. Most years, the lengthy recess does not matter. This year, however, with issues of great significance left unresolved, the recess is irresponsible.
“As of right now, Pennsylvania’s supposedly “full time” legislature – one of the highest paid and most expensive legislative bodies in the nation – will “recess” until mid-to-late September. To be fair, it won’t be all fun-in-the sun for lawmakers. The more diligent will hold town meetings, meet with constituents and attend committee hearings. But, there will be no session in which actual laws are passed.
“Some legislative leaders are already saying that there is plenty of time, that we are only a quarter of the way through a two year session. But such an argument omits political reality. The political reality is that when the legislature returns in September the 2014 election season will be getting underway. The entire house and half of the senate must stand for election in 2014. That means few lawmakers will be willing to cast tough votes just months before potential challengers begin circulating their nominating petitions.
“There may be a short window of opportunity, perhaps until Thanksgiving. But when the General Assembly adjourns for its holiday recess the chance of any significant, groundbreaking legislation passing thereafter will go up the chimney with Santa Claus. . . “
END NOTES . . .
Girls just wanna’ have fun
Governor Rick Perry called a Special session of the Texas legislature to establish a
20-week deadline for abortion. (The average pregnancy lasts 39.) Crowds of cameras and screaming women appeared and chanted “pro-choice” or “pro-life” slogans. Wendy Davis found herself at the front of the gang that wanted no restraints and chanted praises to Satan. She immediately was seen as a possible candidate for Governor. The “pro-lifers” sang Christian hymns and had a different leader.
Truth: “Duty” and fame are often separate.
Irony: “Freedom” and power for women imply not having children, particularly little males.
Sociologists and some historians use “culture” in their explanations; they also tend to be secular and political leftists. Mormons and evangelicals to the sky, Sunday’s pre-football communes, and look for omens from God.
Our human chorus also has other participants such as biologists who chant about writings from Mendel, Galton, Keverne, or Haig.
First, there are genes that do things and genes (“imprints”) that tell other genes what to do, how much to do, and when to do it.
Second, the supervisory crew is sometimes split by the differences between mother and father. Such genes are “imprinted” and do opposite thing to a developing fetus.
“Male” imprints lead to the female’s making a nest, nursing, and retrieving little males that wandered away. They also lead to larger placentas, mother’s loss of control over her blood pressure and blood sugar, and to more neurons in the motor areas and hypothalamus of their fetus, to thicker dental enamel, and perhaps to a larger right front cortex that find patterns in whatever it encounters.
“Female” imprints lead to smaller children who are timid, talk incessantly about what might go wrong, have deceptive language skills, and manage elaborate networks that “civilize” her little males. Females and old males weave shrouds of “rules” that keep things as they have been.
Bottom line: Mom’s interest – saving herself for her “self” and for later men – is to invest as little as possible in any one fetus; dad’s interest is to spend her assets on his kid while he impregnates several women and hell with her future partners. A second bottom line: “Daddy made Momma’s dreams come true” but now Daddy’s out the door and Momma gets her stuff from the government.
Our time is done. Invaders – whose women are still proud of having fearsome sons – have found our door and our “centre cannot hold” . . .
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