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Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophile scandal?  I suggest yes.  I know it may seem I’m harping on this, but it’s worth repeating until Hollywood is so ashamed of itself it grovels on its knees and apologizes and begs forgiveness for giving standing ovations and signing petitions in support of child rapists and, then thoroughly cleans out its closets.

A few people are calling on Barbara Walters to apologize for publicly chastising Corey Feldman for trying to open the lid on pedophilia in Hollywood.  That’s all well and good, but she’s rather old and has-been.  I’d like to see some calling out of people who are in power, who are active in the industry, big names, and who do things like, well, give standing ovations for child rapists, and sign petititions to let them back into the country and remove any criminal penalty for drugging and raping a 13 year old.

Weinstein blamed his problems on coming of age in the sixties and seventies.  Mostly, I roll my eyes and scoff, because I don’t think he really believes that himself.  But this article makes a compelling point about how the sexual revolution failed and endangered us all- and examines Michael Moore’s film reaction to the accusations against Bill Clinton, who, by 1999, ” Bill Clinton had been accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, indecent exposure by Paula Jones and groping — in the room adjacent to the Oval Office — by Kathleen Willey. And, of course, he had been investigated by Independent Counsel Ken Starr in the Monica Lewinsky matter, she a White House intern of the ripe old age of 22. ”

(Hllary Clinton worked hard to silence the voices of her husband’s accusers, to marginalize, ostracize, and demonize them and actually transfer them into talking points about how the vast rightwing conspiracy was out to get her husband, so she gets no sympathy points)

Vox Media fires one of their muckity mucks for allegations of sexual misconduct. As somebody on Twitter says, scratch an ally and you find a predator seeking protective cover.

As a military wife, I’ve been frankly baffled by the outrage over Trump allegedly telling a military widow that her husband knew what he signed up for.  Of course he did.  That’s what makes him a hero. I find it offensive that the media relied entirely on the voice of a Democrat congresswoman for their version of events. I find the intrusion on the widow at this time monstrous, particulary since the media hardly gave a moment’s thought to Gold Star families during Obama’s two terms.   General Kelly is even more outraged.

 

Heh.  Bernie Saunders gets Robin Hood all wrong.

 

Sally Quinn thinks she’s murdered three people with her witchcraft, and she’s okay with that.  I don’t really care about the crazy, but I appalled at the putrescent hatred revealed by her self satisfied claims, and by the fact that somebody with this much hubris and hate in her heart has been wined and dined by the upper crust for so long.  Our self appointed betters are just not nice people.

Check out these and other headlines at Ace:

 

More on the Fusion story- it is one that takes a bit of reading to catch up oon if you’re not a political junky, but it’s worth paying attention to:

“This is huge! Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan met with the House Intelligence Committee in closed session; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill. Remember that this anti-Trump dossier is the foundation for the left’s effort to hurt Trump. Fusion GPS associates are in deep trouble with their refusal to talk. In case you need more info on the dossier, our previous report is below this video.”

Yet another report illustrating that leftists are not nice people:

“This Is The New Normal: UC Santa Cruz Liberals Declare Mainstream Republicans Nazis And A Threat To Their Safety For Simply Existing….

…A meeting of the College Republicans at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over and subsequently shut down by hard-left students who literally screamed that the groups very existence was a threat to their safety.”

Irony much?

Sweden hit with wave of attempted bombings.  Who could have seen that coming?

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Headlines

FBI investigating complaints of alleged misappropriation of FEMA supplies 4 Puerto Rico: “Mayors of local municipalities, or people associated with their offices, are giving their political supporters special treatment, goods they’re not giving to other people who need them.”

Then there was this, from 2013: Sandy victims see almost none of promised $60 billion in aid a year after storm

Or before that, 9-11 donations to the Red Cross that never left the local chapters: The Red Cross isn’t known for keeping a tight rein on its chapters. But now, it was suddenly crucial for headquarters to find out what chapters were doing with the millions in Sept. 11 donations. So the Red Cross leadership rushed special investigative auditors out to conduct surprise inspections. The results were startling.

According to documents obtained by CBS News, a dozen of the Red Cross chapters audited were marking, or “coding”, donations as local funds. This means chapters like San Diego, Southwest Florida, and Gateway Area, Iowa would keep the money instead of sending it in for Sept. 11 victims.

What’s more, the Savannah chapter “could not provide information regarding cash (and) checks collected.” In Pine Tree, Maine “cash (and) checks (were) unlocked at all times,” and in Los Angeles the chapter there had “no accurate accounting for funds received after Sept. 11,” believed then to total “at least one-half $1 million.”

The fact that the San Diego chapter was coding donations as local was no surprise to county supervisor Diane Jacobs, who’d been fighting the chapter for a year over lack of accountability for fire donations and issuing a doctored audit.

GamerGate- where are the male allies who showed up as white knights accusing gamers who wanted better journalism ethics of being sexist nazis? A surprising number (if you are naive) are in trouble for child porn, sexual harassment, assault, and other crimes against women and children.

Slate on Trump’s presidency so far. Read between the lines, though. For instance:
“Some of Trump’s ambitions have undoubtedly been frustrated. And yet, he is, on the whole, succeeding in dismantling key parts of Obama’s legacy.”

Er. That’s because Obama’s ‘legacy’ is based on the flimsy structure of executive orders. What has been done by EOs can be undone by the same EOs and it’s always been that way. Obama bypassed Congress, and at least one of the EOs Trump is ‘dismanteling’ were already ruled illegal in court.

Or this: ” It would be tempting to ignore his Twitter ravings as inconsequential if they didn’t have the power to change the opinion of millions of Americans. ”

Oh, noes, the President has found a bully pulpit that bypasses the press and he might successfully use it to persuade people to change their minds about something.  We can’t have that.

Basically, Slate seems to be whining that Trump is keeping more of his campaign promises than they want him to keep and being more persuasive to normal people than they want him to be. They were hoping he’d be a typical president and break them all.

You know how Hillary has said she had no idea her close friend and frequent donor Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator?  Her very close friend Linda Bloodworth Thomason knew and says she warned the politicians not to get entangled.  Hillary had to have known.  You know how she was going to return his donations?  The Clintons will not be releasing any funds they received from Weinstein.

Daily Beast says in the wake of Weinstein allegations, revelations on Hollywood’s pedophile issue may be next. One hopes so. Corey Feldman has spent years telling anybody who would listen that it’s a huge problem, only to be ignored, cast aside, and publicly scolded by the shameful Barbara Walters.

” the media finally began taking the industry to task over its embrace of filmmaker Victor Salva.
In 1988, while filming his debut feature Clownhouse, Salva sexually abused his 12-year-old star. He eventually pleaded guilty to five felony counts: lewd and lascivious conduct, oral copulation with a person under 14, and three counts of procuring a child for pornography. Still, Salva has been allowed to direct film after film in the wake of his conviction, from Powder to the Jeepers Creepers trilogy…..

But perhaps the tide is turning and the shame associated with being a male victim of abuse is beginning to vanish. Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews spoke out last week about being sexually assaulted by a high-level Hollywood executive in the wake of the Weinstein news. So did James Van Der Beek, who blasted Weinstein for his crimes before sharing his own story: “What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he’s admitted to is unacceptable—in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out. I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger… I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.””

Remember that this is an entire industry and their media supporters who have stood by child rapist Roman Polanski for decades. They know Corey Feldman has been speaking out, and many of them know the names he is not allowed to say. They hire those people anyway, reward them, support them, and remain silent. I will believe they are changing and actually interested in doing the right thing when we all know who abused Corey Feldman and his late friend Corey Haim, and when people are cast out of the industry for the child abuse they know is happening right now.

More on the Salva story here.  Hollywood has no moral legs to stand on because it slithers on its belly.  BTW- a number of women now speaking out about Harvey Weinstein also signed the petition to pardon child rapist Roman Polanski and let him back into this country to make more movies (and presumably, abuse more young girls).

 

Science- they freaking love it.  Only, what can we believe?  30,000 published studies may be wrong because of contaminated cell lines

Thousands of fMRI brain studies may be wrong because of software errors.  THOUSANDS.

 

Russia story looking worse and worse for Hilary, Obama, et al.    Really, really worse.  Much worse than I imagined.  Obama knew, but chose to cover it up to proceed with Uranium deal

 

The Test Widely Claimed to Prove Everybody Has “Implicit Racial Bias” Is Crap and Has Never Been at the Level of Reliability Usually Required for Validity

Trump’s EPA sets precedent by becoming first agency to end ‘sue and settle’ practice“The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday became the first of President Trump’s agencies to issue an order barring the agency from being drawn into court settlements that alter environmental outcomes to the liking of environmental and other special interest groups.”

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Pro-Abort Claims He Has Unanswerable Question for Pro-lifers. Blocks people who answer.

You can read about it here.

And here

And here.

And here.

And here

You could make an interesting school exercise with the above reading. Make a list of the points each person is making. Compare them. Contrast. Does their reasoning follow. What would you do? What does that mean?

What does it mean when somebody claims in ten years nobody has given him an honest answer, and then he blocks people who answer him?

In the comments section to Tomlinson’s foolish and dishonest hypothetical question (yes, I have an opinion), somebody said something risable and dumb about how no pro-lifers would adopt children in the foster system because a mother who kept her child just gave up. I told her we had, twice. ( I didn’t mention the godsons, our two Little Boys who are now big boys, or the Ukrianian orphan hosting). She then moved the goal posts and told me to go talk to my fellow pro-lifers because she’d never met any who would or had. I told I knew quite a few, so maybe we just knew different people.
I also don’t know any atheists who have ever adopted, although I know they exist. I just have a smaller pool of atheists in my circle than I do Christians, and likewise, that person probably has an extremely small pool of pro-life Christians in her social circle. For one thing, she sounds incredibly unpleasant to be around if you are a prolife believer. For another, statistically, the truth is pro-life Christians DO adopt (and foster) more than pro-abortion atheists, who tend to prefer other charities. So if she doesn’t know any, her circle is too small and tight to be representative.

Fwiw, we can alter Tomlinson’s scenario a bit- if he and a five year old kid were in a burning building and I could save only one, I’d choose the kid. I hope he’d do the same if it were a choice between me and the kid. I might change my immediate opinion on that if I actually were in a burning building but I hope not. If I did it would be an understandable moment of human weakness which I’d regret and feel guilty about as long as I lived. But neither choice would prove anything about what we believed about the right to life that the five year old, Tomlinson, or I possess as an inherent part of being human.

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The Weak Anthropic Principle

I’m reading A Meaningful World, and chapter 6 deals with ‘A Cosmic Home: Designed for Discovery. It’s a fabulous book, but you do have to do some thinking while you read. These quotes are not from the book but are from essays and articles on the web that deal with topics related to the sixth chapter.

The Weak Anthropic Principle:
“The weak anthropic principle states that the ways that the universe might be observed to be is limited by the fact that observation requires the existence of observers. It is impossible to observe a universe that does not permit the existence of observers; only a universe that permits the existence of observers could be observed.
The criticism of the argument from fine-tuning based on the weak anthropic principle seeks to exploit this idea that the universe could not have been observed to be any of the ways that would not have allowed the development and sustenance of life. All possible observed universes are universes inhabited by observers, and so all possible observed universes are universes that permit life. There is therefore no need, the criticism concludes, to explain the fact that the universe is observed to be such as to permit life; it couldn‘t have been observed to be any other way.
In response to this objection, defenders of the argument from fine-tuning often make use of a story involving a firing-squad devised by John Leslie. You are to be executed by a firing-squad of a hundred trained marksmen, the story goes. You hear the command to open fire, and the sound of the guns, and then silence; you are not dead, you hear silence. All of the marksmen missed! Pondering, you realise that had the marksmen not missed you would not have been able to reflect on the attempted execution, that only a failed execution would have allowed you to be here now, listening to the silence. However, you do not infer from this that the fact that the marksmen missed is unsurprising. You remain astonished that one hundred trained marksmen could all miss simultaneously.
In this illustration, it seems that what is surprising is not that looking back at the execution you see that it failed, but that you are able to look back at the execution at all. Similarly, what is surprising about the universe is not that we observe it to be such as to allow the development and sustenance of life, but that we are able to observe it at all.”

“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Richard Dawkins’ Failed Rebuttal of Natural Theology

Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil)

The man described as ‘Darwin’s Rotweiller’[1] (by supporter Charles Simonyi) has evolved to metaphorically resemble the big bad wolf of nursery rhyme fame[2], and he is on a bestselling mission to liberate the pigs (the analogy is mine, not his) from what he sees as their prisons of straw. Zoologist Richard Dawkins, who is Oxford University’s Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, has been described as ‘materialistic, reductionist and overtly anti-religious.’[3] Nevertheless, The God Delusion – which is descended by design from Dawkins’ controversial two-part television series The Root of all Evil?[4] – is his first book written to make a direct (undoubtedly well-intentioned) attack upon theistic religion: ‘If this books works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.’[5]

Dawkins thinks that if his book fails to have the desired effect, this can only be because ‘dyed-in-the-wool faith-heads are immune to argument, their resistance built up over years of childhood indoctrination using methods [such as issuing] a dire warning to avoid even opening a book like this, which is surely a work of Satan.’[6] On the other hand, anyone who is ‘open-minded’, whose ‘childhood indoctrination was not too insidious… or whose native intelligence is strong enough to overcome it’, will ‘need only a little encouragement to break free of the vice of religion altogether.’[7]

The God Delusion is the work of a passionate and rhetorically savvy writer capable of making good points against religious fundamentalism. As Stephen Law (editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s journal Think) observes: ‘what Dawkins attacks is typically a highly Authoritarian brand of religion…”

More here

And here:
“Indeed, according to cosmologist Paul Davies, the scientific ‘multiple worlds hypothesis
merely shift the problem [of ‘fine tuning’] up a level from universe to multiverse. To appreciate this, one only has to list the many assumptions that underpin the multiverse theory. First, there has to be a universe-generating mechanism… This mechanism is supposed to involve natural, law-like processes – in the case of eternal inflation, a quantum ‘nucleation’ of pocket universes, to be precise. But that raises the obvious question of the source of the quantum laws (not to mention the laws of gravitation, including the causal structure of space-time on which those laws depend) that permit inflation. In the standard multiverse theory, the universe-generating laws are just accepted as given: they don’t come out of the multiverse theory… Furthermore, if we accept that the multiverse is predicted by string/M theory, then that theory, with its specific mathematical form, also has to be accepted as given… the multiverse theory [cannot] provide a complete and final explanation of why the universe is fit for life…[20]

As philosopher Robin Collins argues:
even if [a] many-universe generator exists, it along with the background laws and principles could be said to be an irreducibly complex system… with just the right combination of laws and fields for the production of life-permitting universes: if one of the components were missing or different… it is unlikely that any life-permitting universes could be produced. In the absence of alternative explanations, the existence of such a system suggests design.”

From the book: The question being asked isn’t “Is the fine tuning for technological life the sole purpose of the cosmos?” The question is rather, “Is it a purpose of the cosmos?”

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Bergdahl pleads guilty of desertion and other news

Six soldiers died searching for him after he deserted his post and abandoned his comrades in a war zone. Obama traded terrorists for him, feted him in a Rose Garden ceremony, called him a hero.
He just pleaded guilty to desertion. He was and is no hero.

In England- Muslim spits at a random baby’s face, shouts ‘White people shouldn’t breed,’ and gets off scot-free. Another man leaves a bacon sandwich in front of a mosque along with a St George flag saying ‘No mosques,” and is jailed for a year. He can’t fulfil his sentence because he was found dead in his cell four months later.

If your name is Clinton, you don’t get to claim there are sexual predators in the White House. We know it isn’t sexual predation you object to, but a nominally GOP candidate in the WH, because it isn’t you.
Nothing Trump is accused of comes close to what Clinton did. Juanita Broaderick, now in her seventies, is still telling anybody who will listen that Bill Clinton raped her, but Hilary is one of the people who not only won’t listen, but has tried to silence Ms Broaderick in the past.

New FBI documents enforce claim that Comey was ready to exonerate Hilary before his ‘investigation’ was completed- before key witnesses were interviewed.

Hilary falls on stairs, breaks toe. I saw the headline linked on twitter and I almost didn’t go look because I thought, ‘meh. People fall on the stairs, it doesn’t have to mean anything. I’ve broken a toe moving a table. Don’t overdo it with the negative reports, guys.’ But then I clicked through and read Hilary’s ‘explanation:’

“I was running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand, I was talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards,” Clinton told “The Graham Nortion Show.”

“I tried to get up and it really hurt. I’ve broken my toe. I’ve received excellent care from your excellent health service.”

She’s lying. She doesn’t run on stairs. She can barely walk on them, often needing support. Watch how careful she is, and how hard she clutches the rail, sometimes with both hands, and how labored a single step is:

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Beautiful, raw (language warning) insider response to Weinstein allegations.
This is powerful stuff and I am sure writing it was cathartic and helped with his guilt. Guess what? Nobody is surprised that he knew and kept quiet. We know all of Hollywood knew.
You know what else we know? We know Harvey is not the only one. We know there are others still being protected by silence. The author know this, too. If he was really sorry, so sorry victims mattered more than his self disgust at not speaking up about Harvey, about not being the head of the pack there, then he would speak up now about the other ‘open secrets.’

In the wake of Weinstein there’s this ‘Me Too’ thing on social media, where you’re supposed to say “me, too’ If you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment and such- the idea being to give American a sense of the magnitude of the problem so maybe things will change. I am thinking a culture that celebrates the founder of Playboy magazine and considers Larry Flynt an admirable free speech advocate isn’t going to get it, and is not going to know what to do about it anyway. Going along with that campaign, here are some tips a helpful feminist offered men on what they could do. mostly, I think the’d do well to do the opposite of her suggestions.

I have previously compared the left to Mao’s cultural revolution where victims were publicly shamed, made to recant, disavow and engage in self criticism. Pretty much every day I see another example of that mob mentality. Here we go again- author of a young adult novel which was given a positive review by a Muslim reviewer on Kirkus is victim of backlash- and Kirkus pulled the positive review.

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