By Jeff Childers
Good morning, C&C! It’s an early one today since I have court this morning. Your roundup includes: the National Hockey League’s immune system begins quietly rejecting “Pride” month; unattractive cross-dresser sued for wrangling his way into sorority; Supreme Court gets some clarity on its relationship with Biden’s DOJ; Russian oil sales to EU slowed to a trickle; high-profile open letter calls for halt to AI development; myocarditis study shifts the argument over covid versus jabs; Kentucky lawmakers push through anti-trans bill over governor’s veto; and Dr. Drew eloquently describes official lying.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🔥 The National Hockey League’s woke virtue-signaling might be missing the shot. The Post Millennial ran a story yesterday headlined, “NHL May Cancel LGBT ‘Pride’ Nights as Growing Number of Players Refuse to Wear Rainbow Gear.”
Are YOU shocked? I was even more surprised than a hockey player who just spit three more teeth into his glove than he thought he had left.
Currently, all NHL teams are required to enthusiastically participate in the so-called “Pride” nights during “Pride” month; but some teams are jettisoning the ridiculous-looking, gayly-colored theme jerseys. For some reason. Maybe the players are catching on to the fact the league has fallen through the ice of sanity, plunging them into the testicle-shrinking icy waters of an emasculating ritual humiliation.
But this season, several players invoked their religious beliefs, politely declining to participate in pre-game warmups wearing the “Pride”-themed jerseys. In an interview with CTV News, League commissioner Gary Bettman admitted, “This is the first time we’ve experienced that, and I think it’s something that we’re going to have to evaluate in the offseason.”
Last Thursday night, Florida Panthers players Eric and Marc Staal abstained from wearing the jerseys citing their Christian beliefs. The pair said in a statement, “We carry no judgement on how people choose to live their lives, and believe that all people should be welcome in all aspects of the game of hockey. Having said that, we feel that by us wearing a Pride jersey, it goes against our Christian beliefs.”
Beyond the obvious Biblical prohibitions on inter-gender sexual relations, Christians have a bigger problem with the whole concept of “Pride,” since pride is the original sin that kicked it all off, the pride of the Great Adversary Satan, who believed that he was just as good as God. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High,” Satan reportedly bragged (Isaiah 14:14), right before telling gullible Eve all about the beneficial effects of fruit consumption for the whole family.
So “pride” is not too good for Christian believers.
San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer also tweeted a carefully-worded explanation for his own decision not to don the rainbow-striped sporting gear:
San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks
A statement from Goaltender, James Reimer:
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The article cites several more players and teams who all have declined to participate, some more vocally than others. In response to the growing numbers of players engaging in silent protests, the league is reportedly re-evaluating the program, and even considering canceling it altogether, putting it permanently into the penalty box.
🦗 In another story you won’t read in the corporate media, Cowboy State Daily ran a salacious story yesterday headlined “Women Sue University Of Wyoming Sorority For Accepting Transgender Member.” It’s on!
Let’s play “one of these things is not like the other.” Can you pick out which ‘individual’ is the brand-new, sorority-council-mandated trans member of KKG-UW? You get three guesses:
At some point soon, a court somewhere will be forced to figure out exactly what a woman is. I would opine that the inevitable case will make a mockery of thousands of years of evolving jurisprudence, but let’s wait and see. Maybe a court will surprise us.
Maybe it will be this case.
Artemis Langford, 6’2”, 260 lbs, a/k/a “Terry Smith,” currently lives outside of the sorority house while he’s finishing out his off-campus lease, but has permission to move into the sorority in the fall. Langford often hangs around the sorority house for meals and other “secret” sorority rituals and events. The gals alleged in their complaint that Langford frequently sits in the second-floor common area, silently watching the women.
I bet he does.
Once he moves in, everyone reasonably assumes Langford will promptly begin using the showers. The doors to the sorority’s communal showers do not lock, and the main bathroom located on the second floor does not have a private changing area.
The gals’ complaint, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Wyoming, argued “An adult human male does not become a woman just because he tells others that he has a female ‘gender identity’ and behaves in what he believes to be a stereotypically female manner.”
Ouch! The complaint got even more real:
The Fraternity Council has betrayed the central purpose and mission of Kappa Kappa Gamma by conflating the experience of being a woman with the experience of men engaging in behavior generally associated with women.
So. That’s the question, isn’t it? Are trans-women “real women,” as hair-sniffing Joe Biden 100% believes, or are trans-women just simulated women, with some men simulating women better than others?
In this case, I’m sorry to say, and I don’t mean to offend anyone, what we have here is yet another unattractive cross dresser, another poor simulation. But you are obliged to give Langford credit. Even though Langford has only a 1.9 GPA — painfully under the 2.7 minimum required for the ladies — he leapt ahead of UW’s quarterback and the rest of the football team by cleverly wrangling full, unimpeded 24×7 access to the sorority’s shower room, instantly making every other young man on campus insanely jealous.
The complaint alleged that Langford is “sexually interested in women,” and has a profile on Tinder “through which he seeks to meet women.” It also said “Mr. Smith has, while watching members enter the sorority house, had an erection visible through his leggings,” the suit says. “Other times, he has had a pillow in his lap.”
It got even grosser. The complaint also says Langford took pictures of the women at awkward, unprepared moments at a sorority slumber party. “Smith repeatedly questioned the women about what vaginas look like, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control,” the complaint alleges. Langford “was supposed” to leave the slumber party by 10 p.m. but did not, saying he would leave “after you fall asleep.”
That’s not creepy. It’s trans rights!
Seriously, I think this lawsuit is terrific, and I applaud the courageous lawyers who filed it and are sure to be having their inboxes filling up with deranged, poorly-drafted death threats. But I’m not sure about the case. The Cowboy Daily said all the ladies are seeking is to have Langford thrown out, and I’m not sure that is any kind of relief the court can provide. Still, I have not seen the sorority’s contracts and haven’t done the research under Wisconsin law, so we’ll see. I’ll give the lawyers the benefit of the doubt.
Regardless, I would hope the court can help find some way to protect these young ladies of KKG. It’s a moral imperative. It will also be interesting to see who pops up to defend Langford, and who pays those lawyers.
I think I heard someplace that the “Porky’s” screenwriters originally considered this exact story as the first draft plot for their movie, but ultimately threw it out, because they thought nobody would ever believe it.
🔥 The Washington Times ran an eye-opening story yesterday headlined, “U.S. Marshals Told Not to Arrest Protesters Outside Justices’ Homes, Documents Reveal.”
Can you believe that.
Deputy U.S. marshals assigned to guard Supreme Court justices last year — supervised by Biden’s DOJ — were instructed to try NOT to arrest anyone, according to documents revealed in a Congressional hearing Tuesday by Senator Katie Britt (R-Al.). The documents flatly contradict Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s previous explicit assurances to Congress that “threats against Supreme Court justices are taken extraordinarily seriously.”
Which is a nice way to say our top law enforcement official, Grandma Garland, lied to Congress, earning four Pinnochio’s.
The protests of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes — including one terrifying break-in — followed the leak of a draft of the Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. They clearly violated Section 1507 of the US Code which in no uncertain terms criminalizes protesting against a judge’s home while intending to influence a ruling.
Which is exactly what the protesters were doing. But unlike Congressional tourists on January 6th, the DOJ hasn’t prosecuted anybody.
Earlier this month, Old Lady Garland told Senators that his prosecutors couldn’t bring cases unless the marshals made arrests, and the marshals on the scene “didn’t think” there was a reason to do that. Now we know why. That’s what they were told.
By not arresting anyone, the DOJ has encouraged, if not green-lighted, future protests and invasions of the Justice’s personal residences.
I hope the Supreme Court is getting the message about their real relationship with Biden’s DOJ. They might want to carefully consider that, as they hear other cases related to federal agency authority. I’m not saying the deliberate failure of the DOJ to take them seriously should influence how they decide cases involving Biden. I’m just saying.
Don’t cancel me!
🚀 The Washington Times ran a slippery story yesterday headlined, “U.S. Supplants Russia as Europe’s Biggest Crude Oil Supplier in Major Blow to Moscow.”
Finally! Some good news in the Proxy War!
According to the Times, in the six months before Russia invaded Ukraine, European imports of Russian crude oil ranged between 39.7 million and 49.7 million barrels, or about 24% to 31% of all oil imports. But the latest EU figures show that in December 2022, the U.S. shot past Russia, providing 34.5 million barrels of oil to Europe, about 18% of the continent’s total crude imports, while Russia only sold them 7.6 million barrels, or 4% of total imports.
The Times implied that Biden’s sanctions programs are “working” and this reduction of oil sales will finally put Russia on the ropes, for real this time, not like the other times they predicted Russia’s imminent implosion.
Two days ago, Business Insider ran a story headlined, “Russia Says It Has Successfully Rerouted All the Oil It Would Have Sold to the West to ‘Friendly’ Nations.”
But let us not focus on the negative. After all, American oil companies are now selling more expensive oil to Europe and their profits are gushing like geysers. It’s win-win! The Americans are making money, the Russians are making money, and our European allies, well, okay, maybe not.
But the Europeans don’t seem to mind paying lots more for American oil, because they have the satisfaction of helping save democracy or something. Slava Ukraine!
🔥 Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal ran a sobering story headlined, “Elon Musk, Other AI Experts Call for Pause in Technology’s Development.”
Elon Musk and some less-well-known tech leaders signed an open letter calling for all AI development to be immediately paused.
NEW – Elon Musk & Tech Leaders Call for a Pause on Advanced AI Systems Citing ‘Risks to Society’ “AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs.” @elonmusk
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“We’ve reached the point where these systems are smart enough that they can be used in ways that are dangerous for society,” AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio, director of the University of Montreal’s AI Institute, said in an interview. “And we don’t yet understand.”
The open letter urges AI companies to temporarily halt training their computer systems to be any more powerful than GPT-4, the technology released this month by Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI.
“It is unfortunate to frame this [AI development] as an arms race,” MIT professor Max Tegmark said. “It is more of a suicide race. It doesn’t matter who is going to get there first. It just means that humanity as a whole could lose control of its own destiny.”
“I don’t think we can afford to just go forward and break things,” continued Mr. Bengio, who shares a 2018 Turing award for inventing the systems that modern AI is built on. “We do need to take time to think through this collectively.”
Here’s the link to the open letter in case you want to add your signature: https://futureoflife.org/open-letter/pause-giant-ai-experiments/.
In the clip linked above, Brian Kilmeade said that AI experts predict the technology will be more profoundly disruptive than the internet and handheld computers like the iPhone. I think that’s probably right.
I am as suspicious of AI tech as anybody. But it is coming, whether we like it or not. And having studied the history of science (my minor), I see loose parallels to similar worries about industrialization technology in the 1800’s, which were also widely predicted to destroy civilization and put half the workforce on government charity.
While countless legacy industries were destroyed (the beloved example being wooden wagon wheels), just as the rise of streaming services destroyed the record industry and broadcast television, other industries were created along with new opportunities and problems replacing old ones.
The bottom line is, nobody knows. That uncertainty fuels much of the anxiety about AI. Since mankind has survived other disruptive technologies, it will probably survive this one, too. My own concerns involve the question of whether there is an upper technological limit, a ceiling or threshold that will result in an experience like humanity running into a civilizational electric fence of some kind.
It helps a lot to have faith to rely on in these puzzling days, but even for secular folks, cautious optimism is a better strategy than fear. Fear is our adversaries weapon.
Ultimately, it’s a VERY good thing that AI is getting all this attention. It should. Next, we should take just as hard a look at the explosion of genetic experimentation.
🔬 On March 23rd, the Journal of Clinical Microbiological Infection published a meta-study obliquely titled, “COVID-19–Associated cardiac pathology at the postmortem evaluation: a collaborative systematic review.”
One of the most common objections we hear in response to obvious vaccine injury is that “covid causes myocarditis too.” Doctors often trot this lame canard out to justify taking the vaccines even though myocarditis is now officially recognized as a side-effect of the shots. “But you can get myocarditis from the virus too, so the risk evens out,” they babble semi-coherently.
Its an irrational argument anyway, because serious covid is a risk you can or may avoid, but taking the shots ON PURPOSE is a risk you definitely encounter.
But the researchers of this study conducted a systematic review of 50 autopsy studies and dissected 548 hearts of patients who died of or with covid. They frequently found tissue edema and necrosis, and roughly two thirds of autopsied hearts had detectable covid virus in the cardiac tissue.
But NONE of the hearts had extensive myocarditis as the cause of death. Zero.
This meta-review should end the debate over whether covid can cause fatal myocarditis. Despite finding the virus in heart tissue, the researchers did NOT find it was causing any significant inflammation.
The only new proven cause of heart damage is covid vaccination. So.
🔥 Yesterday, the AP ran an encouraging story headlined, “GOP Lawmakers Override Veto of Transgender Bill in Kentucky.”
Yesterday afternoon, Republican supermajorities in Kentucky easily brushed aside the democrat governor’s veto of a bill regulating transgender issues — including bans on access to “gender-affirming” healthcare to restricting bathrooms to biological sex.
The new law:
— Bans all treatment of gender dysphoria in kids.
— Compels teachers to tell parents if a student says they’re gay/trans.
— Requires students to use bathrooms consistent with their birth sex.
Here’s a sample from the great new Kentucky law:
🔥 For some time now, media doctor Drew Pinsky seems to have been red-pilled (red-injected?) but now he definitely isn’t buying the official Damar Hamlin story. In a recent podcast, through a process of logical deduction, Dr. Drew calculated that Damar Hamlin’s cardiac injury was most likely vaccine induced.
But while the TV doctor was working through the possibilities and ending up on the one nobody wants to talk about, Dr. Drew began thinking about how officials must have covered up for Damar’s vaccine injury, and why they did it, and then worked himself into as close to a state of rage as the mild-mannered doc ever gets.
Dr. Drew said we should be angry too:
You should be beside yourself with anger. You can’t handle the truth? They don’t have faith in your ability to handle “the truth” or your ability to handle information as it come in? That is disgusting, personally. I believed my entire career that people can process things, learn things, try and understand things, find sources they can rely on.
But the fact there are people out there who don’t believe you can handle, or you shouldn’t handle, or that it’s too much for you to incorporate into your thinking or that it will cause you to go into some other kind of misinformed state?
Sunlight and truth and information in my experience has NEVER done that for people, never. I worked in a psychiatric hospital for 30 years. Information helped CLEAR people’s sense of paranoia, not added to it. So where are they getting these ideas that you can’t handle the truth?
I don’t know. I don’t know.
What happened to Damar Hamlin? Why can’t we ask? Why can’t we know?
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That’s the issue, isn’t it? Our officials are supposed to be OUR agents, working for US, and therefore have no right to pick and choose what information we get. Good for Dr. Drew, who has been brave enough to bet his career and reputation that the truth is ultimately the best long-term option.
Have a terrific Thursday! We’ll meetup here again tomorrow morning for another highly-caffeinated roundup.
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