Political correctness devours its own children

Originally posted on Nick Cohen: Writing from London:

Women Against Pornography

From Standpoint Magazine April 2015

FOR YEARS a few of us have warned that modern “liberals” would live to regret abandoning the principle that you should only censor speech when it incited violence. We would enjoy our vindication if the unravelling of progressive assumptions was not so extraordinarily menacing.

Political correctness is eating itself. It is abandoning its children, and declaring them illegitimate. It is shouting down activists who once subscribed to its doctrines and turning its guns on its own. Women are suffering the most, as they always do. “Radical feminist” is now an insult on many campuses. Fall into that pariah category, and your opponents will ban you if they can and scream you down if they cannot.

It is tempting to say “serves you right” or “I told you so” to the feminists on the receiving end of the new intolerance. But you will not understand how…

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3 Ways to Love People Who Don’t Like You

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also known as:

how not to act like a little dog on a leash.

So this funny thing happens when you decide to really be you. Sometimes people don’t like it.

I know this, because I’ve spent an enormous amount of energy over the course of my life trying to get people to like me. Have you ever watched a dog competition? Living your life trying to get everyone to like you is a little like being a dog in a dog show. It’s like handing a leash to another person and then committing to do a bunch of tricks and turns in response to their moves. It’s acting and reacting in response to your owner, which is an interesting word to use when you think about it. If you are prone to use approval from others as your way of shaping your identity, “owner” might be just the right word.

Allowing our own identity to be “owned” by another’s approval might be one of the great reasons why it’s worth fighting against. I’ve learned the hard way that people’s approval cannot be the way I make decisions.  First–because it’s exhausting to be a trained dog. Second–it never works. It has a 100% failure rate because no matter how hard I try, I cannot actually get everyone to like me.

Go ahead, say it out loud: “Self: Not everyone is going to like me.”

Whew, you did it. See? You didn’t spontaneously combust. You are still you, even if someone doesn’t like it. Baby steps.

Here’s three other ways to keep loving people even when they don’t like you:

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“I’m having a … fetus”

Originally posted on BrotherWatch:

Funny, but you never hear expectant mothers say, “I’m having a fetus.” Or, “My fetus is kicking.” Nor do pregnant women talk about hoping that the “glob of cells” they’re carrying will be a boy or a girl.

Rather, they understand that they are having a child. Not a pig or a frog or a bird, but a child.

This truth escapes the pro-abortion crowd. Abortion activists will often claim that the object of the pregnancy is a fetus, not a baby. Fetus is a medical term. People simply regard it as an unborn baby.

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The expression “with child” arose for a reason. The expectant mother is “with” something, and that something is a “child.” (Notice the word “with” – the child is with the mother, not part of the mother.)

People know the truth, yet the abortion industry – abortionists, feminists, many academics, public…

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Jesus, Race, and Saint Starbucks

Originally posted on Our Daily Fred:

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Every once in a while our crazy, carnal culture opens a spiritual door so freaking wide that even we slight-sighted, tongue-tied, thick-as-a-brick, bumbling believers can walk through without tripping on our well-tended timidity.

This week Starbucks began encouraging its baristas to write the words “Race Together” on cups to get its customers talking about race. CEO Howard Schultz wants his baristas to prod customers into conversations about race relations. Some might find this corporate cue an unwelcome intrusion into their sacred Starbuckian space, but I think it’s one of the most remarkable, culture-sanctioned, public invitations to share the Gospel of Jesus that we’ve seen in a long time.

And I don’t mean a chance to launch a doctrinal diatribe of mass destruction at some poor barista and nearby customers. For once we don’t have to go against the flow. This time we can simply surf the latest progressive wave.

Most nonreligious people don’t realize (and many Christians forget) that Christianity has been, and remains, the most powerful force for…

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Who Is (Really) Behind Student-Led Protests?

By : Macey France at Politichicks.com

Screen-Shot-2015-03-14-at-10.12.29-AMI’ve heard all kinds of things about teachers’ unions; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve even written a couple pieces on how the 2 big teachers’ unions in the U.S. have made poor decisions and for the most part, to not represent the average teacher.

Lately I have seen a lot of news stories about high school students walking out and protesting the use of standardized tests. I’m all for this if it’s a protest thought of, planned by, and promoted among the students themselves.

Many sites will claim that the students need to walk out and protest these tests and not take them because the students are the ones, after all, who will be ideologically indoctrinated under them.

I find that statement, and statements like that, a little ironic. In many of the schools where the students hold protests there is a large union presence with teachers who discuss union issues and unfair treatment with their classes.

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BIBI’S BLOW OUT: Netanyahu miraculously surges to 29 seats. Has 5-seat lead over Herzog. Obama campaign against Bibi backfires.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Netanyahu at victory rally in Tel Aviv in the week hours of Wednesday morning (photo credit: Times of Israel) Netanyahu at victory rally in Tel Aviv in the week hours of Wednesday morning (photo credit: Times of Israel)

(Central Israel) — The Israeli media was completely wrong.

The newspaper polls were completely wrong.

The exit polls were completely wrong.

The Obama team efforts to unseat an American ally were a complete failure.

Netanyahu wasn’t losing. He wasn’t about to be shipped off to retirement in disgrace.

This wasn’t close — this was a landslide.

Bibi’s blow out.

It’s now 5:30am. The sun will soon be rising here, and as it does Israelis — and the world — will be awakening to a miracle.

With 95% of the actual votes counted, Netanyahu and his Likud…

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Obama ‘embarrassed’ for senators who sent letter to Iran, but not for this?

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

An open letter to Iran signed by 47 GOP senators has been heavily criticized by Democrats, with Harry Reid claiming those Republicans are “undermining” Obama.

President Obama weighed in on the matter in an interview with Vice News:

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it depends on what your definition of “embarrassed” is.

Alternate headline:

Funny that.

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The world’s tiniest drone shows privacy may be dead for good

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Originally posted on BGR:

Privacy seems like such a quaint 20th Century concept, doesn’t it? Unbox Therapy has posted a video of the CX-10 Mini Drone, which is described as the world’s smallest drone and is a definite harbinger of things to come. In other words, it looks like privacy is finally toast.

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They Fired The First Shot

Originally posted on thetonedeafbard:

They Fired The First Shot 2012 By A Friend of Medjugorje might very well be the most important book of our time. It reintroduces the principles and concepts that lead to the American Revolution, and ultimately would undergird our Constitution. In addition it thoroughly addresses the Spiritual issues behind the times we have come upon as a nation; and then proceeds to introduce a practical, workable solution that every American can work out.

Let me begin by saying that I only read this book because it was highly recommended by one of the very few people on this earth whose advice I take with little reservation. The reason I wouldn’t have read it is this: The book was written by a devout Roman Catholic who chooses to center much of the teaching in the book around the appearances of the Virgin Mary to the Medjugorje visionaries.

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Parent’s Survival Guide to Fifty Shades of Grey

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from Miriam Grossman, M.D.

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist I’m in a unique position. Young people walk in my office, sit down, and open their hearts. Soon their secrets spill out: I was drugged and raped. I’m sleeping with my best friend’s fiancee. My girlfriend had an abortion. I want to die.

I’ve spent the past thirty years of my professional life listening to these, and many other tales, so I have some expertise about the lives of teens and young adults. Their number one problem? Romance.

There’s a lot for them to figure out, but they’re utterly lost. What do I want, and how do I get it? How do I deal with peer pressure and navigate the hook-up culture? Are there consequences to sex, or is it just about fun? What’s normal? What’s not?

Please know, these are kids who by and large do well in other areas. They’re successful at school and with friends; some of them are accomplished musicians and athletes. But romance? That’s where they’re thrown off-track, and there are lots of tears, anger, and regret.

I often wonder to myself, I know this kid has responsible, loving parents…where are they?

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