America was a country where principals, character, integrity and truth mattered. There were principals we all believed in, like the Constitution, Judeo/Christian values, free speech, and the value of our founding. Of course, there were Fabian Socialists/Progressives who hated everything we believed in but they were few and far between. For the most part we believed Communism was a bad thing, marriage was between a man and a woman (accepted world wide for centuries), there are two sexes, and for cleanliness, safety and modesty men and women should have separate bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers. We aren’t that country anymore…….and why aren’t we? Progressives.

Progressive, Ted Kennedy changed our immigration regulations from bringing in educated, skilled people from countries that shared our values to bringing in primarily minority people from 3rd world countries. Changing from merit based immigration to chain migration. Plus, a wink and a nod to keeping our borders unsecured and immigration laws unenforced to allow millions to enter our country illegally every year. As well as discouraging immigrants (legal and illegal) from assimilating, learning our language, or learning the value of our form of government. Add to that Progressives refusing to allow us to verify our voter roles or use voter ID to ensure illegal immigrants can vote. Some cities are even allowing illegal immigrants and felons to vote. How does allowing people to vote who have demonstrated a disregard of our laws benefit us?

All one has to do is look at what Progressives have done to California. They created a permanent Democrat majority, not by winning a debate of ideas but by changing the demographics of the state. California has the highest percentage of immigrants, both legal and illegal. It has more people on government assistance than working. California pays one third of the welfare of the entire country. Sacramento is gleefully passing every Progressive social experiment they can think of. But let’s look at what Progressives have done to the rest of the country.

Every city with high crime, high poverty, high unemployment and failing schools has been run by Progressives for generations. Think Detroit. Every state bankrupt by unfunded pensions is run by Progressives. Think Illinois. The cities with the strongest gun laws also have the highest gun deaths. Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C. are the first four on the gun deaths list in 2016. The more dangerous our country has become the more Progressives want to prevent law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves. We used to believe the police were there to protect us but in Progressive cities police are told to stand down and allow Antifa space to destroy property and assault citizens who object.

What have Progressives done to our schools? The Department of Education was created by Progressive Jimmy Carter and our schools have had worse results every day since. At the time we were close to #1 of 36 industrialized nations, by 2009 we were #18, and as of 2015 we’re #28.

Progressives completely took over education and now our children are taught that America is an imperialistic, racist country. Our history books emphasize everything from our founding to present in as negative a light as possible with no mention of the good America has done or is responsible for. Most schools no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the National Anthem. Nor do they teach civics or the Constitution. How are our children going to understand the value of our Constitution if they don’t learn about it……and the Federalist Papers. Most kids have never heard of the Federalist papers.

According to our history books now, Columbus was an evil man who killed hundreds of thousands of Indians. Obviously, Columbus didn’t intend to bring diseases Indians had no immunity to. Progressives imply Indians were peaceful people exploited by Columbus. There was no “United Tribes of America”. Tribes fought each other, took women captive and made others slaves. Many tribes were very barbaric. Columbus was an explorer among many explorers and to believe, if he hadn’t come to America, no other explorer from another country would have is absurd. Exploring, finding what is on the other side of the mountains or the sea is innate to man. We’re still exploring. And what would be amusing if it weren’t so devastating, is that these same Progressives, who demonize Columbus for bringing people to a land that didn’t belong to them, are the same ones demanding we keep our borders open for people to come to a land that doesn’t belong to them.

When I was in grade school we had an honor guard at every assembly. We sang all the American Anthems and Christmas carols. We had swings, slides, rings, jungle gyms, teeter tauters, marry-go-rounds, bars, etc. in the playground. We played dodge ball and tag. Most of those have been removed and in some schools kids are told they can’t have a “best friend”. There were two sexes when I went to school and sex education was only an explanation of the biology, not a tutorial on positions, anal sex, and alternate life styles. Now it’s “Students” instead of “Boys and Girls”. You can change your gender by changing your clothes and any and all “lifestyles” are equal. Christianity is banned but Muslim prayer rooms are installed. Everyone gets a trophy and score isn’t taken.

Progressives took over the media a long time ago. Their influence on the news media is extremely dangerous. There is no attempt at being impartial or objective. The majority of “journalists” vote Democrat and donate to Democrats. When not a single member of the White House Press Corps is a registered Republican, is it any wonder the President and everything he does is painted in a negative light?

There are many examples of Progressive media sources editing audio or video to make it depict something differently than actually happened. There are many examples of the media completely ignoring a story because it would reflect badly on their agenda. Kermit Gosnell, for example. Harvey Weinstein, for example. Benghazi, for example. Fast and Furious, the IRS obstruction of Conservative groups, Ferguson, Travon Martin, Baltimore, etc., etc. People can no longer trust the media. The same people who defended Clinton’s diddling a 20 year old intern in the Oval office as “about sex and his private life” but Judge Moore should not hold office.

The LA Times and NY Times refuse to publish anything skeptical of Climate Change (and I’m sure many other subjects, like anything negative about Islam, Sharia Law, or illegal immigration). How is the general public going to know what is true and what isn’t if they get only one side of an issue? A few years ago the LA Times had a series on the front page (I believe, weekly) that featured a different illegal alien or illegal alien family and explained how difficult it was to “live in the shadows”. I wrote them and said I could accept their series if they alternated it with a story of Americas whose jobs were lost to illegal aliens, or their wages depressed, or how the cost of schooling, policing, housing and supporting illegal aliens effected the taxpayers. Of course, they didn’t do it. Truth has become “hate speech”. I still have a hard time accepting that these newspapers, written and edited by American citizens, could be so determined to destroy this great country.

Skeptics of Climate Change are called “science deniers” but Progressives deny the science of sex. They pretend homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality. They pretend mutilating your body can change your DNA. They are willing to endanger our children by having unisex bathrooms and locker rooms. And now transgenders are competing in women’s sports.

Not only have they been destroying our culture, our traditions, and our moral fabric, they are destroying fun as well. The NFL is on their chopping block right now. Progressives already killed the “Greatest Show on Earth”. They demanded the circus stop using elephants. Progressives didn’t care how well Barnum and Bailey cared for the elephants. They use propaganda to turn people against using elephants.

No more Orcas either. Again, no matter how well cared for they were. “Black Fish” turned the public against Orcas in captivity the way “A Clear and Present Danger” turned the public against nuclear power.

Progressives are working on demonizing zoos as well. Forget many truly endangered species are alive because of zoos. Forget many veterinary discoveries have come from zoos. Zoos are responsible for the awe and respect we have for exotic animals. A picture doesn’t come close to the experience of seeing a live animal. Zoos breed endangered species, they study species, they care for injured animals and they teach us all to love and respect exotic animals. But Progressives won’t stop until they kill zoos too.

Progressives insisted Boy Scouts allow gays and women. Girl Scouts have been turned into feminists and social warriors by Progressives. Halloween is their target as we speak. Funny how Halloween costumes never offended people in the past. May I remind them that copying is the sincerest form of flattery? Are we all so fragile we can’t take a little kidding? These institutions and experiences they are destroying were recreation, escape, and family fun.

No bonfires, no frisbies, no beer, no dogs, on the beach. No Pledge of Allegiance, no national anthem, no Christmas carols. No Easter Bunny or Santa. No genders, no best friends, no winners, no valedictorians. No smoking, no vaping, but yes, marijuana. No patriotic clothing, no patriotism. No pedigree dogs, no elephants, no orcas, no zoos. No free speech, no guns, no religious liberty, No Constitution, no Confederate statues. No cars, no ranches, no farms, no private property.

When Progressives are done, what will be left?

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Dr. Willie Soon is a astrophysics researcher at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He loves what he does.  When he talks about his work his face lights up and he gets very animated.  Willie is also a brave man.  He accepted an invitation to debate UCLA Institute of the Environment Adjunct Assistant Professor Jon Christensen at the Hollywood IMPROV.


Mr. Christensen is an historian and journalist, in fact “journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability” (aka Agenda 21).  He does not have a PhD and he is not a scientist.


Willie Soon received his Bachelor of Science degree from USC as well as his Masters followed by his PhD in Aerospace Engineering (with distinction).  As well as his research for Harvard-Smithsonian, he has also been an astronomer at the Mount Wilson Observatory.  He was chief science advisor for the Science and Public Policy Institute.  Doctors for Disaster Preparedness awarded Dr. Soon the “Petr Beckmann Award” for outstanding contributions to the defense of scientific truth.  He also received the “Courage In Defense of Science Award” by the George C. Marshall Institute.  Dr. Soon has had his character assassinated, his motives questioned, his life investigated because he questions the claims made by Climate Alarmists. Not many of us would have the courage to continue to speak after being so publically attacked for our beliefs.


We friends of Willie’s invited like-minded friends to the event to support Willie and make sure he wasn’t shouted down by Climate Change activists.  Environmental scientist Dr. Jim Enstrom brought a group of UCLA students…..who are also courageous.  They are members of the Bruin Republicans at an extremely liberal campus.  We arranged to have dinner before the event to give everyone a chance to speak to Dr. Soon.


I met Willie and Debbie Bacigalupi at Fred Segal’s for drinks first.  We were laughing and talking mostly about the fraud (GASP) of Climate Change.  As we were getting ready to leave two ladies asked Debbie if she really didn’t believe man was causing global warming. They asked her if she had seen Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”.  Debbie said she’s met Al Gore and he isn’t a scientist.  She said we happen to have an astrophysicist, expert on the Sun and it’s effects on the earth and they weren’t the least bit interested in speaking to him.  What a remarkable example of Alarmists disinterest in the truth that disagrees with their religious belief that man is destroying the earth.


We met the others at the IMPROV for dinner.  The students were very interested in talking with Willie and he happily obliged them.


The event was in the IMPROV’s smaller venue.  Along with our group there appeared  to be a group of Libertarians as well as a group of  true Climate Change believers.  Toby Muresianu hosted the show along with Lou Perez.  Toby was clearly a Climate Change believer and his routine reflected that.  Lou Perez was sort of on the fence. His routine mostly jabbed at Skeptics but his questions later showed he has some rational questions about the claims.  Lori Weiss was next. Her introduction said she has written for Joan Rivers. Joan was a Conservative, so I’m guessing if Lori wrote for her it wasn’t about politics.  They also said she worked for the EPA. They didn’t say what she did for the EPA but I’m guessing she was clerical as she had no understanding of science. Her routine seemed personal and hostile toward Skeptics. She believes Skeptics don’t care if the world is destroyed because they’re selfish and unwilling to sacrifice for the good of the collective.


The last comedian was Bryan Dey. He was refreshing. His routine was about his upcoming wedding and not about Climate Change…..and he was funny.


Willie began by expressing his gratitude to the Improv of organizing this debate, which was his first with an advocate of man-made Climate Change since 2012.  Also, since this was a comedy club, Willie recommended that everyone watch George Carlin’s routine on Global Warming.

George Carlin on Global Warming



Willie said CO2 was the “gas of life”. He said it had many, many benefits and a few potential negatives. He said those negatives deserve discussion but it is a mistake to demonize CO2. It is greening the planet.  Willie blew on his hand and said, “This is CO2”.  He said people are being made to be afraid of the sea rising maybe 4 inches in 100 years. He said this is a discussion worth having. But he said he looks at the data and the data doesn’t support CO2 having a dangerous effect.


Jon Christensen began a long, painfully slow dissertation on every Climate Alarmist talking point we’ve heard. He is a tall, lanky, greying blond with a receding hairline. He dressed all in black.  His attempt at being funny was saying he liked to say California was “Sunny with a chance of apocalypse”.  He praised Governor Brown for forcing us to make lifestyle changes based on Climate Change Alarmism.  He said we’ve cut water usage and are making strides in making renewables (wind and solar) the only source of energy in the near future (as if that is a good thing). What the Alarmists neglect to mention is that wind and solar can’t replace fossil fuels 100% and if we eliminate the use of fossil fuels there WILL be energy rationing and energy prices will be unaffordable.


Bryan Dey reminded Mr. Christensen that cheap, abundant energy has bought wealth to this and other countries and that countries without cheap, abundant energy are poor, have lower life expectancy and more disease.  Mr. Christensen said that that may be true but renewables can be subsidized to make them affordable for the poor. (I want to ask where he thinks the money to subsidize energy comes from).


Lori Weiss chimed in and said the “consensus” is that we are causing Climate Change. This is such a good example of a lie repeated over and over being believed. The 97% consensus has been debunked by several studies, including one by Willie Soon, but Alarmists don’t care and continue to repeat it as if it’s fact. Bryan Dey countered her by saying “follow the money”.  He said many scientists are funded to support that man is influencing warming. He said if they say nothing is happening they won’t be funded to continue their studies.


Christensen made the claim that there are Alarmists at one end, Deniers (I prefer Skeptics) at the other end but about 74% in the middle think man is doing something causing change (I don’t believe that number. Most studies show the majority of us aren’t worried about Climate Change). Christensen would lean over his crossed legs as if he were having a private conversation with you and speak WAY to slowly.  I kept wanting him to move it along.


Lori Weiss made an argument I’ve heard many times from Alarmists.  That even if man isn’t causing warming shouldn’t we prepare just in case?  What?  By regressing to before the Industrial Revolution for something on as shaky ground as Anthropogenic Global Warming? No, thank you. So far, I’m not aware global warming has killed anyone, but the lack of air-conditioning certainly has.


In response to a question from the audience about why we need to lower temperature, Willie said he asked Al Gore that question, face to face. He said to Gore,  OK, say we reorder our lives and reduce temperature less than a degree, what are we going to get out of it? What is that going to do? And what is the temperature supposed to be? Gore can’t answer that. How is life going to be better without air-conditioning, cars, private property?


Someone asked about the temperature of the oceans increasing.  Willie said, they did a study of the ocean temperature. They took the temperature deep in the ocean, then in the middle and then the surface.  The middle temperature is warmer than the surface.  The middle can’t be warmed by CO2.  We don’t know why it is warmer below the surface and that is worth investigating but it isn’t being caused by CO2.  Once again, Willie said he looks at the data and the data doesn’t prove man is the cause.


Based on the questions asked and the applause for Soon versus Christensen, I believe there were more Climate Change Skeptics in the audience than there were Alarmists.  This was amazing given that Hollywood is Ground Zero for Climate Change Alarmism.


After the show we took pictures outside and talked to some of the audience members. Bryan Dey congratulated Willie for participating.  We thanked him for his rational view. The UCLA students want to do something similar with Willie at UCLA.  I hope they can pull it off.


Thank you, Willie, for being willing to jump into the fray.



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The Santa Monica Republican Women Federated held their September monthly luncheon at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club due to the overwhelming response to speaker Robert Spencer and the subject, “The Left’s Jihad Against the Freedom of Speech”.

Those on the Right are acutely aware that our speech is being censored and silenced. As people arrived and gathered around tables, the talk was of how many ways our speech is being silenced.

Robert Spencer began by saying if he were to name the time we are living in he would call this “The Era of Absurdity”. We are being told to believe the unbelievable. Let’s begin with Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Woman’s March where women wore “pussy hats” and “vagina” costumes. She recently gave a speech saying that before she started wearing the hijab, she was just a white woman from Brooklyn. But when she put on the hijab she became a woman of color. She now identifies as a Palestinian-American woman of color. Absurd.

Linda Sarsour (translated in Arabic is “cockroach”) describes the hijab as liberating. But how is a hijab liberating? The purpose of a hijab is to cover one of a woman’s more beautiful features so that they will be less attractive to men. In fact, Islam considers it a woman’s responsibility to cover herself so she won’t attract men. It is not a man’s responsibility to restrain his passions. Absurd and unjust.

The Left wants no restraints on immorality but embraces Muslim restraints on women. Again…….absurd.

Let’s examine the absurdity of identifying as a Palestinian-American woman of color. First, there has never been a “state” of Palestine, nor is there a Palestinian ethnicity. Those called “Palestinians” are from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. In the 1960’s Yasser Arafat invented Palestine and Palestinians. Brooklyn born Linda Sarsour is saying she’s from a country that never existed and is a White woman of color.

Spencer said if you are Black, you don’t need to tell anyone you are, it’s obvious. He asked why anyone would pay attention to White people who say they are Black or a religion that says they are the religion of peace when…..they’re NOT? They need to keep reminding people because they’re worldview keeps conflicting with reality. Absurd, absurd, absurd.

In the absurd world where people accept that you are whatever and whoever you say you are, Robert Spencer said he is Linda Sarsour.

Spencer went on to describe how Conservative speech is being silenced. Spencer’s Facebook page, “Jihad Watch” normally had about 20,000 hits a day. All of a sudden it went down to 2,000 a day. The same has happened to many Conservative pages. Facebook had no answer to the drop.
Before this happened, if you googled “Jihad”, “Islam”, “Muslim” his page would be one of the first to come up, but that is no longer the case.
Spencer said Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Public Policy at Facebook, recently traveled to Pakistan and assured them Facebook would will remove fake accounts and explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism.

A California Imam recently called Muslims to kill and annihilate all Jews.

Facebook didn’t remove the video showing the Imam saying this. Apparently, Facebook doesn’t think that might “incite violence or terrorism” or offend “community standards”. However, Twitter said Spencer saying “Islam is not a religion of peace” was hate speech and deleted it.

“The Left is at war with reality”. Spencer said Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube have more control over speech than ANY government has EVER had. It started when Obama gave control of the internet to the United Nations. Let that sink in.

Spencer said we must not surrender, we must keep fighting. He said think of the blades of grass that poke through the concrete. BE A BLADE OF GRASS!!

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Last month I went to downtown LA for the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Committee meeting to support Sheriff McDonnell and his opposition to SB54 (Sanctuary State Bill).

The month before the committee had not said the Pledge of Allegiance because Rabbi Beth Chadashim objected to it as a violation of the separation of church and state. Mentioning God is in no way a violation. Our founders not only didn’t intend God to be banned from the public square, they began every public meeting with prayer. Today Congress begins their sessions with prayer. God is on our money and on many building and monuments all over Washington, D.C. The founders simply wanted to protect us from having government dictate that we practice a specific religion. Freedom of religion gives every citizen the right to practice the religion of THEIR choice or no religion at all.

Raul Rodriguez, Jr. from We the People Rising, objected to this ban and stood to lead the Pledge along with other attendees. The result is that the Committee now recites the Pledge at the beginning of their meetings.

Last month’s meeting they discussed police use of drones and sanctuary cities. For several hours we listened to dozens of people speak against the country and the Rule of Law. Most of the speakers talked about how selfish people who are against sanctuary cities were, how they had a right to be here because America illegally took the land from Mexico. Have they ever been told we won a war with Mexico, signed a treaty and paid Mexico for the land? OR that after winning the war, we could have taken over ALL of Mexico, but didn’t? One speaker said he was a teacher and he only spoke the truth but his truth didn’t match the actual evidence.

Megan Dowling spoke to the committee and read the statistics on illegal alien crime. The number of illegal aliens in prison, the number of murders, assaults, sexual abuse, robbery, etc. crimes committed by illegal aliens. Committee member Hernan Vera reprimanded Megan saying she could have her own opinion but not her own facts and that none of the statistics she read were true. Her statistics came from the FBI but she was not allowed to rebut his comments.

I spoke next and said that we have always been a country of laws, not men. I said if we don’t enforce laws or our border we have no country. I said Sanctuary Cities enabled crime. The tragedy in Texas where 18 illegal aliens died packed into a truck was caused by sanctuary cities. With the promise that Coyotes will get them to a Sanctuary City where they’ll be home free, they pay thousands of dollars to be brought to one.

I said I was sick of hearing what a terrible, selfish country America is. America is the most generous country in the world. We are the first to respond to natural disasters around the world, we give foreign aid tto other countries and we bring in twice as many LEGAL immigrants per year as ALL the other countries in the world combined. I asked if we were such a selfish, evil country, why are millions of people willing to risk their lives to get to America? We must return to the rule of law or we shall parish.

This month the Sheriff’s Oversight Committee moved the meeting to a Federal building in Pasadena where we weren’t allowed to have signs or take pictures or record any of the meeting which is in violation of the Brown Act. The Brown Act extends to the public the right to participate in meetings. Individuals, lobbyists, and members of the news media possess the right to attend, record, broadcast, and participate in public meetings.
Members of the public weren’t allowed to bring cameras into the meeting and if anyone used their cell phone camera, they were escorted out and not allowed back in unless they surrendered their phone or took it to their car.
The first thing the Committee did was to pass a resolution condemning Trump for telling the police to “not be too nice”. This was a very contentious meeting. At one point one of the Committee members shouted at a speaker, said he didn’t have to listen to this and left the room.

When I was able to speak I said the number one job of government was to protect us. When we see masked people in combat gear beating peaceful protestors with bicycle locks as police stand by, we are not being protected. I said I object to their characterization of Trump telling the police to “not be too nice” as encouraging inappropriate use of force. When masked people are beating others, breaking windows, destroying property, “not being too nice” IS the appropriate use of force. While they make broad assumptions about the President’s intentions, no such assumptions are made about the black geared, masked attackers. We need to return to the Rule of Law. How ironic it is that needs to be pointed out to a law enforcement committee.

I attend many public meetings. Townhalls, School Board meetings, SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments), City Councils, Sheriff’s Oversight Committee, as well as many others. What I’m struck by and still can’t accept is that, in general, our public officials are working against the Rule of Law, the Constitution and the Will of the People. Those of us who object are talked down to, smirked at, treated as if we are disobedient children.

The supreme goal of all of the meetings I’ve attended was to protect illegal aliens at all costs. I have to ask this, have you ever seen your representatives work as hard or as passionately to protect anything as they are to protect ALL illegal aliens? They make no distinction between your sweet nanny or gardener and criminals, gang members, sex trafficers, etc? They want ALL to have amnesty. ALL.

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I’ve avoided writing about this subject but I’m compelled to now.

At the Rocklin Academy in Rocklin, CA near Sacramento a first grader was sent to the principal’s office for using the wrong pronoun for a classmate? A FIRST GRADER? This is the same school that read kindergarteners “I am Jazz” and had a little kindergarten boy change into a dress and be reintroduced to the class as a girl. Where are the psychologists and pediatricians on this? A kindergartener has no idea what this means to their lives. This little boy may believe he should be the opposite sex but we’re talking about kids who believe in Spiderman, Batman, the Boogieman and Santa Claus. They live in a fantasy world at that age. They want to BE Batman or Katniss Everdeen. What, on earth, has happened to our schools? These children aren’t making a decision to change their gender, adults are.

Pediatricians will tell you MOST children who express a desire to be the opposite sex CHANGE THEIR MINDS by puberty. Surly teachers have seen examples of this. I certainly have. I can’t imagine the psychological damage we’re going to see in years to come. Even parents who aren’t inclined to “transition” their child are being pressured to. Why? Schools aren’t just accepting this, they are promoting it.

We ALL know children aren’t capable of making life changing decisions. Even when parents warn children not to talk to strangers they are likely to help a stranger find a lost puppy. We’re supposed to protect children from harm. Even teenagers aren’t capable of understanding how their behavior can affect their future. Anyone who has been the parent of a teenager knows they engage in many dangerous behaviors during those years. Changing gender shouldn’t be one of them. It’s a decision that should be made as an adult.

Let’s talk about what happens when a child is “transitioned”. They are put on hormones to bring out the characteristics of the opposite gender. One result of this is that they are now sterile. They can never have a child of their own. Do you think a kindergartener understands this? Another result is that the hormones prevent their genitals from maturing.

There is a TLC series, “I am Jazz” that is a reality show about a boy who is transitioning to become a girl. I imagine the intent of the show is for us to see how normal transgenders are but I think it has the opposite effect. Jazz’s family says she has wild mood swings. They have a hard time balancing the hormones Jazz is given. They talk about her not really having any friends. The friends she has on the show are other transgenders. But Jazz doesn’t have close girlfriends the way most teenaged girls do. And what should serve as a warning to parents who are considering putting their pre-puberty children on hormones is Jazz’s desire to have the “bottom surgery”. She has gone to several doctors on the show. Due to the hormone treatment, Jazz’s penis is infantile and there isn’t enough of it to fashion a vagina. The only solution is to use a section of the colon, which would not be aesthetically pleasing and would smell (sorry, but I’m quoting). Jazz is very concerned about this…..and she should be. She should be concerned that the adults she trusted did this to her before she could possibly understand the consequences.

I’m sorry if I offend transgenders but this is child abuse. Schools SHOULD be informing parents that MOST children change their minds by puberty. I don’t believe school administrators and teachers don’t know this. Parents starting their children on hormones will never know if their child might have changed their mind. Schools SHOULD be advising parents that this is a decision that should be made as an ADULT.

I find this subject extremely troubling. The Left is conducting a politically correct experiment on innocent, gullible, trusting children. Children too young to have any concept of what is being done to them. Children who, MOST likely, would have had a normal life if adults hadn’t made these decisions FOR them. These children are being sacrificed for a political ideology, not for psychological or medical necessity.

May I remind those who read this, that our institutions have been taken over by the Left. The media (nearly everyone who works for newspapers, networks & cable channels vote Democrat), Entertainment (try being an outspoken Conservative in Hollywood), Education (Liberal activist Professors, safe spaces, no civics, anti-Capitalism, hundreds of genders), and a large portion of government bureaucracies. When I ask why more parents, psychologists and pediatricians aren’t speaking out against transitioning CHILDREN, this is why. They’ll be shouted down, they’ll be called vile names and they might lose their jobs.

I don’t care, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”, I will call this what it is, CHILD ABUSE.

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I am so angry! I’M MADDER THAN HELL! We knew the Democrats were liars, but now there is no doubt Republicans are too. We were PROMISED for the last seven years, given the chance, they would REPEAL Obamacare. John McCain didn’t just betray his state, where premiums have increased 190%, but he betrayed the entire country by being the deciding vote to NOT repeal Obamacare.

This is a perfect example of why government shouldn’t control our healthcare. We’ve ALL been waiting with baited breath to find our what the government is going to ALLOW us to have. Some say people will die without Obamacare although there is no evidence to support that claim. No one has died in the streets in this country. Many Republicans want to continue the Medicaid expansion as though that was the best solution. The truth is that people without insurance have better outcomes than people with Medicaid do. Medicaid rations care but few patients are aware of this because they aren’t told about a treatment if it isn’t covered.

Understanding that socialized medicine is about top down control NOT healthcare, I spent the last eight years working my butt off fighting against Obamacare. I traveled seven times to Washington to personally tell our representatives we didn’t want government control, we wanted the restrictions that prevented competition removed. I spoke to groups, I wrote articles, I wrote, called, emailed, tweeted the President, the majority and minority leaders, and members of Congress. The Republicans, EVERY ONE OF THEM, assured us the House held the purse strings and they would defund Obamacare if they became the majority. So, we gave them the majority in the House. What did they do? They funded Obamacare because they didn’t want a government shut down. They told us if they had the majority in the House AND the Senate, they could repeal Obamacare. What did they do? They said they couldn’t because they didn’t have 60 votes to override a veto. They told us they really needed a Republican President who would sign a repeal. And ALL but one (Susan Collins) voted for a full repeal, knowing Obama would veto it, to show us they were serious about repealing Obamacare. But they were lying.

We now know they never believed Donald Trump would win. They never believed they’d have to fulfill their promises. So they ALL ran on repealing Obamacare. And they LIED to us. At least a third of Republicans, if not more, WANT socialized medicine. The majority leaders make sure they have just enough votes to defeat a repeal so that they can provide cover for the others who also want to defeat a repeal. We still don’t know how many Republicans really support a repeal. But what we DO know now is that the Republican Party doesn’t care what we want. They care what lobbyists and donors want. There are a few members of Congress who have the courage to stand for what is right but they are way out numbered and are being shunned, criticized and primary-ed.

Republicans aren’t trying to do what’s best for the country. They aren’t even talking about programs like Medishare or the co-ops that are cropping up across the county where people pay $50/mo. for adults and $10/mo. for children that cover everything but catastrophic care. Broken bones, stitches, tests, labs, and medications at 95% less than anywhere else. WHY NOT?

Not repealing Obamacare will eventually result in single payer. Why don’t people understand single payer will NOT guarantee they will get the care they need? We have an example of single payer in the Veterans Administration. We have veterans DYING waiting to see a doctor. We have the VA hiding and destroying records so we can’t find out how serious the problem is.

England, proponents of single payer hold up as an example, doesn’t provide cancer treatment for those over 70, and just announced they wouldn’t provide hip or knee replacements to people who smoke or have a BMI over 30% (5’10” 180lbs would be denied) whatever their age. And if you go outside the system and pay for a treatment yourself, you will have to pay for all further medical care. You will not be allowed back in the system.

I often say I don’t understand why America’s previously shared values have changed so much. We ALL believed in self-determination and personal responsibility. We were fiercely independent. We defended free speech and were against censorship. But I DO understand what has changed. Over the last 30 years or more this country has had a constant flood of immigrants, legal and illegal, from 3rd world countries where the government determined how they lived. Many don’t share our values and too many are poor and uneducated. Unlike past waves of immigrants, the most recent have not been encouraged to assimilate or learn to speak English. They’re perfectly happy to have the government take care of them.

And now we see both Democrats and Republicans pushing for more H1B visas. Not only are unskilled American workers being replaced but educated, skilled Americans are being replaced as well. Our representatives on both sides of the aisle now represent legal and illegal immigrants and refugees over natural born American citizens. Think about it. They fight much harder to protect illegal aliens from deportation and award them more and more benefits than protecting us from harm.

I fear the Republicans will never repeal Obamacare. I doubt they will pass tax reform or fund the WALL either. I believe the establishment of BOTH parties can’t believe an outsider won and can’t allow him to succeed. The Washington establishment of both parties appear to be determined to destroy this President. And the Republican leadership apparently doesn’t care about keeping the majority. I think they are more comfortable being the minority. They could campaign on the principals they know we want and keep our support when they actually aren’t for those principals at all. When we see 24 Republicans voting to fund transgender surgery, including Darrell Issa, we can see how far the party has strayed. When there are veterans dying waiting for treatment and committing suicide for lack of care, it is completely irresponsible to fund very expensive ELECTIVE surgery that requires nearly a year to recover from.

The Republicans aren’t going to be able to put this genie back in the bottle. They’ve been exposed now. They can’t make false promises, that won’t work anymore. We ALL need to let them know we no longer believe or trust them.

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My Mom Died Today

It’s not that this day was unexpected. Daphne was 98 years old after all. I actually thought she’d live to 100. She was in good health and her mind was sharp as a tack but she was ready, she told us often 90 was old enough.

And even though you know this day will come, and you think you’re prepared, you’re really not. No matter how old you are you want your parents in your life. You want their approval, their council and you want to share the special events in your life with them.

My Mom was a beautiful woman and a very talented artist. She wasn’t exactly your warm and fuzzy Mom or Grandma. For a big chunk of our lives she lived in Mexico and we saw her once or twice a year when she visited. One year when Tori was about 7 and Kim was about 12, Mom was coming for a visit and I told the girls to change their cloths because Grandma was coming to see them. They went to change and a few minutes later Tori came out of her room with a puzzled look on her face, she asked, “Have I ever met her?” I laughed and said, “Well, probably not that you’d remember”. I missed not having her in our lives then.

But when she came back to America and settled in Ventura I realized how much I appreciated having her in my life even now. Mom may not have been warm and fuzzy, but she was never dull.

Being an artist, Mom had a laser eye for details. When I was casting she sent me a lock of her hair and thought the makeup/hair people on the series I was working on might be able to make her sideburns she could glue on because she didn’t have hair in front of her ears anymore. But my favorite story is when she called me and told me I should buy an eyebrow pencil for Dr. Dennis because he’d be SO much more handsome with fuller eyebrows. I told her I couldn’t possibly do that. But not to be deterred, Mother made him a lovely card and sent it to him. On one side was a picture of him, on the other side, the same picture with thicker eyebrows. We couldn’t stop laughing.

We talked several times a week by phone. If it was first thing in the morning or dinnertime, I could be sure it was Mom. The dinnertime ones were slightly annoying, but now I miss those calls. She might have heard something Frances Swaggart Show she thought I should know or yet another reason Obama should be impeached. But she always ended with, I love you, and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

She was very proud of her children and grandchildren although sometimes we weren’t sure how proud. When Kim was graduating from High School Mom happened to be visiting from Mexico. We took her to a party to see the kids off to their prom. I had made Kim a fabulous pink silk taffeta outfit and she was so pretty. Kim introduced us to her friends parents. This is my Mom, Michael and this is my grandmother, Daphne. Mom whispered to me, does she have to say I’m her grandmother, couldn’t she say I was a friend. She was proud of Kim, she just hated people to know she had an 18 year old granddaughter.

She was very proud that Tori graduated with a science major. She never understood exactly what Tori did at her job but she knew it was scientific and that was impressive. She was so pleased to know Jackson and Hayden were champion Lacrosse players, that Hayden got such good grades and that Jackson won an award for his art. She said they inherited that from her.

And we all know how proud she was when Kim married Dr. Dennis. I’m not sure she remembered the names of the other men in the family after that. At family events at the Macaroni Grill, Mom’s favorite restaurant, she would have a seating chart. Usually she wanted Dennis next to her or across from her. Sadly, the Macaroni Grill is no longer with us either.

During the last years of her life, Mom insisted that any gifts for her had to come from the 99 cent store. Partly because she didn’t need anything and didn’t want us spending money on her but also because she thought the 99 cent store was genius and she wanted us to love it too. She was, in fact, on her way to the 99 cent store, list in hand, when she suffered her stroke. The ER nurse took her list out of her hand when she arrived. The ER nurse said she looked like a model. Dressed beautifully, hair and makeup perfect. When I left the hospital after visiting Mom, I looked across the parking lot and there it was, the 99 cent store.

I’m trying to process what life will be like without her. My mother was a grand dame with strong opinions. She was eccentric to say the least. Life without her won’t be nearly as interesting. Bye, Mom, Love you.

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