1. How can this be? Based on the same documents, the President crowed that Mueller had nothin,’ and the mainstream Trump-hating media crowed that the walls were closing in. It’s a confirmation bias orgy! Charges aren’t evidence, and attempted contacts with a foreign power isn’t “collusion,” and we’ve already talked about the theory that paying off a floozy not to kiss and tell, which is 100% legal at all other times, is a stretch to call and election law violation when the rake is running for President. No such case has ever been brought; it’s dubious whether one would prevail; even if it did, this is a fining offense at most. [ For the record, this is the “resistance’s” Impeachment Plan K, in my view, one of the lamest.]
Both sides are jumping the gun. In the media’s case, it’s more fake new, future news and hype.
2. Stare decisis vs. the prohibition on double jeopardy. In Gamble v. US, just argued before the Supreme Court, the question is whether the federal government can try a citizen for the same crime a state court acquitted him of committing. I’ve always hated the rule that it can (the cops in the Rodney King case were jailed that way), because it seems clear to me that the Constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy (that’s the Fifth Amendment) was intended to prevent such trials. Still, previous Supreme Court decisions have upheld the convictions. In the current case, it appears from oral argument that a majority of the current justices agree with me, but are hesitant to so rule because of the doctrine of stare decisis, which means respecting long-standing SCOTUS precedent.
A ruling to apply double jeopardy would be a ruling against stare decisis, meaning that Roe v. Wade might have less protection than many—including me–have thought. Stay tunes, and watch Justice Kavanaugh’s vote particularly.
3. Is wanting to/needing to/ actually taking steps to changing one’s sex a mental disorder? There have been a lot of articles about this lately, especially in light of evidence that peer groups, the news media, LGBT advocacy and parents are making many young children want to change their sex before they even know what sex or gender is. The question is itself deceptive, because it pretends that “mental disorder” is anything but a label that can be used or removed with a change of attitude or political agendas. Vox writes,
Major medical organizations, like the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association, say being transgender is not a mental disorder. The APA explained this in explicit terms when it stopped using the term “gender identity disorder” in favor of “gender dysphoria”: “Part of removing stigma is about choosing the right words. Replacing ‘disorder’ with ‘dysphoria’ in the diagnostic label is not only more appropriate and consistent with familiar clinical sexology terminology, it also removes the connotation that the patient is ‘disordered.’”
Well, “removing a stigma” is hardly a valid criteria for deciding whether something is a malady or not. What being transgender “is” can’t be changed by what we call it. Recently narcissism was removed from the mental disorder list—that doesn’t change the fact that narcissists see the world and themselves in a way that most people do not, and that this perspective causes them and the people around them a lot of trouble during their lives. The process worked in reverse with alcoholism, where being officially labelled a disease removed a stigma.
I once directed the comedy/drama “Nuts,” which opines that “insanity” is just a view of reality not shared by the majority. It was on this basis that the Soviet Union sent dissidents to mental hospitals. I don’t care what various associations or professionals call these minority positions: we know that they are using bias and political agendas to devise the label. This is one area where a phrase I despise, “It is what it is,” may be appropriate.
4. It really is looking like Facebook is irredeemably unethical . Now what? These two recent articles—“Facebook Emails Show Its Real Mission: Making Money and Crushing Competition,” and “Facebook CEO Backed Sharing Customer Data Despite Second Thoughts: Documents”—provide smoking gun proof of a company that can’t and shouldn’t be trusted by users, competitors or the government. The first article contains perhaps the most damning revelations, such as
- The company engineered ways to collect Android users’ data without alerting them.
- Mark Zuckerberg personally approved cutting off a competitor’s data access.
- Facebook used a privacy app to collect usage data about its competitors.
At this point, it doesn’t matter what Facebook says it’s going to do, or what reforms it promises. We know it lies, and we know we can’t trust our data on the platform. The only question, and it’s an ethical one, is whether we are willing to be complicit in Facebook’s corrupt, divisive, and societal damaging activities.
5. I sure hope the professor was joking. I fear he was not. Eric Sprankle, an associate psychology professor at Minnesota State University Mankato, tweeted that the Virgin Mary did not consent to being impregnated by God , and even if she did [ Luke 1 26:38 tells us the angel revealed God’s plan for Mary and she agreed] “the power difference” between God and Mary “negates” her ability to give meaningful consent.
Yes, Mary had a #MeToo case against God.
Just wait until Trump tries to appoint him tp the Supreme Court.
6. Speaking of mockeries of Christianity… Two nuns at St. James Catholic School in Torrence, California are accused of stealing $500,000 in school funds for their own vacations and gambling sprees in Vegas. Bank records show Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang had been embezzling from the school for at least 10 years, the Press-Telegram reports. Sister Mary Margaret, who retired as the school’s principal earlier this year, handled all tuition checks and fees, so it was easy for her to deposite some checks into a private account only she and Sister Lana knew about. Kreuper and Chang told parents that the school was operating on a tight budget.
Here’s my favorite part of the story: the archdiocese and the church are not pursuing criminal charges after the nuns expressed remorse.
I’m surprised the Church didn’t quietly send them to other Catholic schools so they could continue embezzling there.
7. Telling us all we need to know about the readers of TIME magazine, its relevance to today’s society, millennials, polls, and values of much of the American public. Here are the results of TIME’s online poll to name the most influential person or persons in America, what used to be called TIME’S “Man of the Year.” As Samuel Jackson says in “Jurassic Park,” “Hold on to your butts…”:
Planet Earth 9%
Thai Cave Divers 7%
Moon Jae-in 4%
Mohammed bin Salman 4%
Undocumented Children 4%
Michelle Obama 4%
Jair Bolsonaro 4%
Christine Blasey Ford 4%
Robert Mueller 3%
Colin Kaepernick 3%
Simone Biles 3%
Serena Williams 3%
Meghan Markle 2%
Justin Trudeau 2%
Pope Francis 2%
Stacey Abrams 2%
Donald Trump 2%
Lady Gaga 2%
Ariana Grande 2%
Donald Glover 2%
Aly Raisman 2%
Angela Merkel 2%
Elon Musk 2%
Maxine Waters 2%
Kamala Harris 2%
Emmanuel Macron 1%
Taylor Swift 1%
LeBron James %1
Kim Jong-un 1%
Ryan Coogler 1%
Carmen Yulín Cruz 1%
Nancy Pelosi 1%
Sandra Oh 1%
Jeff Bezos 1%
Stormy Daniels 1%
Vladimir Putin 1%
No googling now, or checking the link: Who or what THE HELL is BTS?