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Thursday, March 14, 2019

No joke: the Islamic Republic of #Iran was just appointed to the @UN_Women's rights committee that judges complaints of women's rights violations. Yes, a day after the regime sentenced women's rights lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh to 38 years prison & 148 lashes. read more


Lethal Mass Partisanship: The American Constitution's authors were deeply concerned about the mortal dangers posed by political parties for American democracy and its citizens alike. James Madison wrote in Federalist #10 that partisan majorities in small democracies would inevitably "sacrifice the weaker party" and produce "spectacles of turbulence and contention," which explained why democracies had historically been "short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." He argued that a large, diverse nation and a carefully designed constitution would save the American republic from a similar fate. The Framers were right to worry but wrong about preventing partisan disaster. Divisions over slavery led Southern Democrats to reject the legitimate 1860 presidential election, inaugurating a civil war that killed three-quarters of a million Americans, the population equivalent of 7 million today. Partisan violence shook the nation on a smaller scale in the decades before and after the rebellion, meant to press electoral advantages and, in the post-war South, inseparable from defending and extending white supremacy.


A new Florida bill would make it a crime for a minor to post a picture of a gun -- "or a device displayed to resemble a firearm" -- on social media. The bill, SB 1310, was introduced by Florida state senator and Democrat Jason W. B. Pizzo. The bill states that anyone younger than 18 "who posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable" by a fine of $1,000 or up to a year in jail.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times, writing that I had wanted to live "authentically as the woman that I have always been," and had "effectively traded my white male privilege to become one of America's most hated minorities."

Three years ago, I decided that I was neither male nor female, but nonbinary -- and made headlines after an Oregon judge agreed to let me identify as a third sex, not male or female.

Now, I want to live again as the man that I am.

I'm one of the lucky ones. Despite participating in medical transgenderism for six years, my body is still intact. Most people who desist from transgender identities after gender changes can't say the same.


Saturday, March 09, 2019

Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, as the editorial head of Fox News online, I reviewed a draft news story that said porn actress Stormy Daniels had confirmed having an affair with Donald Trump a decade earlier. The only problem was ... Stormy hadn't said that. Daniels and her associates were playing a bizarre cat-and-mouse game with Fox News and other outlets, trying to get their story out without fingerprints and, ultimately, without enough proof to publish. We and others practiced solid journalism. Now, that's being spun in an effort to prove the opposite.


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