No Pet genders?

July 17, 2017

This gives a whole new meaning to the term “crazy cat lady”: a writer at the feminist magazine Medusa is urging people not to give their pets gender-specific names because animals can’t tell you if they are transgendered and might be offended by it. And that just scratches the surface of the insanity. This link goes to a fun commentary and excerpts, but click through to the original article to read the drivel in full, then check out some of the comments if you enjoy laughing like a non-cis-gendered hyena. As one commenter notes, this may be the stupidest thing on the Internet today, and that’s really saying something.

By the way, if you have a cat trapped in a dog’s body, or a bird trapped in a cat’s body, that usually means you need to give those animals the Heimlich maneuver and make them cough up the cat or bird so it can get away.

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Contrary to popular belief, this Republican Congress is managing to get some things done before its current session ends. But the strategy of “do something even if it’s wrong” isn’t the best way to govern.

Thanks to the votes of 24 Republicans, the House rejected an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, proposed by Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, which would have stopped the military from funding treatment relating to gender transition, including sex-change surgery, for members of the military and their families. The vote was 214-209. Under the Obama administration, the military began recognizing “gender dysphoria” as a medical diagnosis and approving payment for all related treatments, even though soldiers recovering from gender “reassignment” surgery would typically be non-deployable for up to 267 days afterwards and those needing ongoing hormone treatments might be non-deployable into the far future.

The amendment would have continued to fund psychological treatment for gender dysphoria. And that makes sense.

According to Congressional aides, Hartzler was contacted by Defense Secretary James Mattis and asked to pull the amendment before it came to a vote. Mattis has said he’s postponing the July 1 deadline to start accepting transgender applicants by six more months to allow further study by military leaders. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter enacted the new policy only last summer; that’s when service members started being forced into training on it, even though no openly transgender recruits have been accepted yet. Female recruits have reportedly had to sit through a PowerPoint presentation on allowing biologically male soldiers into the women’s shower with them.

As long as the amendment did make it to the floor, it seems unbelievable that 24 Republicans voted it down. Six others didn’t vote at all. Of course, one of those was Majority Whip Steve Scalise, but he had a good reason: he’s still recovering from surgery himself, the kind that is definitely not elective.

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Denied

July 14, 2017

This week, Iranian cancer researcher Mohsen Dehnavi arrived in the US to do postdoctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital, but he was stopped by immigration authorities and deported back to Iran the next day. It provided the left with a perfect PR opportunity to assail President Trump’s temporary travel ban that includes Iran, with John Kerry likely making his face even longer as he tweeted that it was “tragic” that the doctor had been kept from saving lives by Trump’s policy.

Two problems with that: first, Customs officials say he was deemed inadmissible for reasons they discovered during his CBP inspection, and it had nothing to do with Trump’s travel order. Second, while the doctor was badmouthing Trump’s travel restrictions, he neglected to mention that in 2007, he had allegedly been the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer student force linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

If this is just a mistake and he is truly an innocent healer, then he can appeal to Trump to intervene and make an exception for him, as he has for others. But you’d think that someone who cares about saving lives would understand why we have rules to insure that everyone who comes into the US cares about the lives of others as much as he says he does.

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Cut her some slack

July 14, 2017

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow is enduring plenty of horselaughs after the network’s live coverage of the Trump-Macron press conference, when she said we were listening to the French national anthem as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was playing. It’s easy to mock her, but I’ll cut her some slack: having been on TV during live broadcasts myself, I know things might not have been as they appeared. Maybe she couldn’t hear the live music and was fed the wrong information through her ear piece. It’s live TV and mistakes happen. Click the link to the video and decide for yourself.

But while you’re there, also check out the list of other recent embarrassing CNN mistakes for which there’s really no excuse.

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