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Biological male wins women’s cycling championship

McKinnon (c) takes another win earlier this year/Instagram photo

 

McKinnon on the podium (c) for the world championship win.

This transgender woman won the women’s world cycling championship. No biological advantage there…

Of course if you have a different opinion than the good doctor you are nothing but a bigot.

From News.com.au: CYCLING’S first transgender world champion has fired back at heated criticism surrounding her breakthrough victory at the 2018 UCI Masters track championships.

Canadian philosophy professor at South Carolina’s College of Charleston Dr. Rachel McKinnon endured a torrent of online trolling after taking to social media to celebrate her world championship win in the women’s 35-44 sprint final at the Velo Sports Center in Los Angeles earlier this week (this story was dated Oct. 16.).

An image of McKinnon standing tall above her competitors during the medal presentation ceremony has spread globally in the wake of her controversial victory — just as she predicted.

McKinnon, born a biological male, won gold in the sprint final against friend Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen from the Netherlands.

An elated McKinnon claimed, to her knowledge, she is the first openly transgender athlete to win a world championship in any sport, after nudging past Van Herrikhuyzen on the final straight in a time of 12.903 seconds.

American Jennifer Wagner, who finished third, led the criticism against McKinnon’s participation in the championships.

Wagner responded to English media commentator Katie Hopkins’ online swipe at McKinnon by declaring it was not fair that McKinnon was able to compete at all. Hopkins also declared it was “febrile madness” for the UCI to sanction McKinnon’s participation.

McKinnon hit out at the criticism immediately following her victory both on social media and in interviews. She told velonews.com she enjoyed no physical advantage over her competitors despite being born a male.

“I think there is absolutely no evidence that I have an unfair advantage,” McKinnon said. “People who oppose transgender inclusion in sport put us in the double bind. It’s the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario.

“If I win, they attribute it to me being trans and having an unfair advantage. If I lose, the same people think I must not be good anyway. People will never attribute my winning to hard work which is what I think I deserve.”

She said there is no research to suggest that testosterone and body development would in anyway enhance the physical performance of transgender athletes.

She recently told USA Today that policing the testosterone levels of transgender athletes violates their human rights — declaring that should override all debates surrounding potential unfair playing fields for transgender athletes.

“We cannot have a woman legally recognised as a trans woman in society, and not be recognized that way in sports,” McKinnon said recently.

Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue (#sportisahumanright). We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.

Read the whole story here.

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When it comes to political correctness, Millennials have the solution…

safe spaces
Like I’m going to take advice from those who love socialism yet can’t define it. Riiiiight.
From Yahoo (via Business Insider): The heated debate about political correctness is often misunderstood.
While many individuals across generations dislike the pejorative use of political correctness to represent censorship, a closer investigation reveals generational differences in the desire to use inclusive language.
Millennials know that using appropriate language invites rather than restricts productive conversation. Creating a supportive environment makes space for all individuals to feel welcome in sharing their opinions, rather than fearing that people will demonize their personhood and attack their character based on their identities. Thanks to the internet, Millennials are citizens of the globe and ambassadors of social justice. Unfortunately, not all generations understand how using certain words or phrases prohibits dialogue and hurts other people.
To discover five things that all millennials want older generations to know about political correctness that they don’t understand, read the list below.

  1. There is a major difference between ‘being honest’ and spewing prejudice.

You have the right to share your opinion, but you don’t have the right to make people feel threatened. Using emotionally charged words that make others feel frightened for their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing — even if it does not impact you in the same way — is morally wrong.
Prejudice means possessing strong unfavorable opinions about a person based on their demographics and cultural affiliations. While we all have varying degrees of prejudice, using yours to purposefully harm others, or refusing to stop saying words that others find hurtful, is bullying. Just as you want a teacher to intervene and protect your child from a bully, it’s okay for others to give you the opportunity to correct your behavior when your words are offensive.

  1. Political correctness is not about censorship, it’s about showing respect.

Censorship is a coercive attempt to hide something from people. Asking people to use more inclusive language is not silencing their voice, it’s inviting them to use language in a way that promotes productive conversation.
The purpose of political correctness is to treat all people with the love and respect they deserve. This means calling people by the pronouns they use, and avoiding words and phrases that stereotype and demonize entire groups of people. You can still possess whatever ideology you follow and you can still share your opinion, you’re just being asked to do so in a way that is not hurtful to others.

  1. Millennials feel more connected to global citizenship and human rights than nationalism.

Not only do Millennials have conversations with people around the world, they are also seeing inhumane acts of violence against marginalized people live streamed on social media. This increased visibility and exposure leads to a desire to ensure equality for all individuals, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, or religion.
Nationalism, or the belief that your country and its laws, culture, and government is superior and beyond critique, is not appealing to Millennials. Seeing firsthand pictures and videos on their smartphones of discrimination and unequal rights for people of color, Muslims, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ individuals has increased Millennials desire for social justice.

  1. Inclusive language creates space for meaningful conversations to take place, offensive language makes people feel unsafe.

If you were trying to have a difficult conversation with someone and they opened the discussion using words that were aimed at hurting your feelings, making you feel unsafe, or undermining your personhood, would you want to keep talking?
No, and that’s why everyone should use more inclusive language. When you create space for other people instead of shutting them out, it creates opportunities for honest dialogue to emerge. You’re not being ask [sic] to silence yourself, you’re being asked to use different words and phrases to express your thoughts. That subtle difference is not a big deal — you do it all the time. You don’t speak the same way to your partner as you do your grandmother or your newborn infant. Adjusting your dialogue isn’t a momentous task, and doing so might allow you to have more meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life.

  1. Millennials are not being sensitive, they’re being morally minded and ethically informed global citizens.

Many individuals in older generations think that Millennials are overly sensitive, but it may be the other way around. If Millennials are simply asking older generations to be respectful of others by using more inclusive language, and older generations respond with hostility — a common response to feeling threatened — perhaps older generations are dealing with an underlying fear of being unable to adapt to a changing world.
Making mistakes is part of learning. Most people occasionally say things that hurt other people’s feelings. But the mature individuals are the ones that apologize and then adjust. Continuing to use hurtful language only prevents meaningful and necessary conversations.
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Hollyweird “stars” who want our taxes to pay for Planned Parenthood abortions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXhApAKnAkE
These libtards apparently think 1) we care about their opinions and 2) you are too stupid to figure out how to contact your senator.
Know who to boycott.
From Daily Mail: The looming vote on the controversial Senate Republicans’ health care bill has motivated Hollywood to take part in the rancorous debate.
A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham, joined a plethora of 25 more celebrities including Aubrey Plaza, Padma Lakshmi, Suki Waterhouse, Elisabeth Moss, Spike Jonze, Amy Poehler and Brie Larson among many others to create a video on Friday supporting Planned Parenthood.
In the opening frame, superimposed text reads ‘these famous faces want to help you reach your representative.’
A number of celebrities follow with their names before the actual message of the video starts with superstar director of Her and Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze.
The message ‘We need you to contact your United States senator and you can do that by visiting istandwithpp.org/call’ is then carried on by several more celebrities.
After an example of how to leave a message for senators suggesting a no vote for ‘any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood,’ a more personal message is expressed.
‘This is nothing more than a blatantly political attempt to do whatever it takes to attack women’s health and rights and take health care away from the people who need it the most,’ declare another series of celebrities.
Famous activist Gloria Steinem also appears, saying ‘the right to decide our own bodily future is the most basic of all human rights.’
In a statement accompanying the release of the video, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said: ‘We are so grateful to have the support of so many artists, many of whom have themselves relied on Planned Parenthood for health care and who understand the importance of speaking out.’
‘This support is especially important right now as the Senate is jamming through a bill that would block millions of women from getting birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Now is the time to speak out. One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They will not stay silent as politicians vote to take away their care and their rights.’
Anticipating its universal unpopularity, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell crafted the bill in secret and only released the actual text of the bill earlier this week.
The bill would end Obama’s tax penalties on people who don’t buy insurance – effectively ending the so-called individual mandate – and on larger companies that don’t offer coverage to their workers, according to AP.
It would offer less generous subsidies for people than Obama’s law but provide billions to states and insurance companies to buttress markets that in some areas have been abandoned by insurers, and has language blocking federal money Planned Parenthood.
Democrats said the measure would result in skimpier policies and higher out-of-pocket costs for many and erode gains made under Obama that saw roughly 20 million additional Americans gain coverage.
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Please Pray For Persecuted Priest in Vietnam

Just because Vietnam is not in the MSM doesn’t mean the Communist Party government there has become any less oppressive.
Yesterday, July 26, 2011, comes news that the government jackboots once again jailed a brave sick dissident priest, 66-year-old Fr. Thaddeus Nguyễn Văn Lý.

Fr. Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly


Police arrested Father Ly in the central diocese of Hue before an ambulance transported him to prison. Authorities claim he was returned to prison for distributing anti-government leaflets during his parole.
Ly is a Roman Catholic priest and prominent Vietnamese dissident who was imprisoned for a total of some 17 years – amid harsh conditions and often in solitary confinement – for calling on Vietnamese authorities to respect freedom of expression and other human rights. The publisher of the secret dissident journal To Do Ngon Luan (Freedom and Democracy), he co-founded the online pro-democracy movement Bloc 8406 and has helped to set up other banned political groups in Viet Nam. For his peaceful pro-democracy activities, Ly was sentenced on March 30, 2007, to eight years in prison for “conducting propaganda against the state” .
Father Ly had been serving his jail term in Ba Sao prison, near Ha Noi in northern Viet Nam, when he suffered a stroke in November 2009. He did not receive a proper diagnosis or adequate medical treatment and was only transferred to a prison hospital in Ha Noi some two weeks later. Despite being partially paralyzed, he was returned to his prison cell on 11 December 2009.
On 15 March 2010, he was granted a one-year “temporary suspension” of his sentence to seek medical treatment for a brain tumor. But his freedom was short-lived. On July 25, 2011, Ly was returned to prison.
For his ongoing imprisonment and continuous non-violent protest, Amnesty International has adopted Nguyen Van Ly in December 1983 as a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International is calling on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Father Ly. The organization’s Deputy Asia Pacific Directory Donna Guest said,
“Father Nguyen Van Ly is one of dozens of activists serving long jail terms for their peaceful criticism of the Vietnamese authorities. Father  Ly is in very poor health and should never have been arrested in the first place. He is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his peaceful pro-democracy work. The Vietnamese authorities must release him without delay, and in the meantime reveal his whereabouts and grant him immediate access to family members, his lawyer and adequate medical treatment. Peaceful dissent and the promotion of democracy are criminalized in Viet Nam, and these prisoners of conscience are being held in deplorable conditions.”
Please pray for this valiant martyr for Christ. Thank you.
~Eowyn

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Amnesty International Admins Get $1.4M Golden Parachute

Stephanie, my long-time liberal friend with a severe allergy against work, is my early-warning system for all up-and-coming notions and fads of the Left. Whatever her latest craze invariably turns out to be the Left’s next great wave.
Some 15 years ago, Stephanie suddenly got it into her head that she should start her own non-profit, “Goddess Garden.” (Stephanie is a wiccan witch, whose “religion” is Goddess worship.) She would get a plot of land, plant flowers in it, and get donors to finance the whole venture while she draws a handsome salary as founder and director.
I know, I know. You and I do the same thing. We call it a home garden. What silly suckers we are!
Stephanie’s Goddess Garden was my early-warning radar system about the equal-opportunity (both left and right) boondoggle called The NonProfit Charity. Alas, as this article about the famous human rights non-profit Amnesty International shows, in too many cases, profit greed is the prime motivator and the non-profit’s administrators and staff are the real beneficiaries of the charity of good-hearted donors. Research the charity organization before you part with your hard-earned dollars!
~Eowyn 
Amnesty International top anti-poverty officials resign and pocket £ 850.000
MercoPress . Feb 23, 2011

Amnesty International paid its outgoing secretary general and deputy secretary general a total of about £850,000 [US $1,367,672] in the year that both women resigned, the organization’s accounts show.
The UK-based organization, which is not a charity but has an associated charitable arm, the Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust, said it has taken measures to ensure it never makes similar payments again.

Irene Khan


Irene Khan, who served as secretary general until December 2009, received more than £530,000 [$852,783]– more than four times her previous salary – according to the most recent accounts of Amnesty International Ltd. Her deputy, Kate Gilmore, who also left in December 2009, received more than £320,000 [$514,888], the accounts show.
Peter Pack, chair of Amnesty International’s international executive committee, declined to comment on the nature of the agreements, but said in a statement: “Before committing to the agreement we signed with Ms Khan, we considered it very carefully and were convinced that it was in the best interest of Amnesty’s work. The payment itself is made up of several elements, some of which dated back several years. This was a unique situation. None of the current employees, including the new secretary general, are on the terms that applied to Ms Khan. The new secretary general, with the full support of the international executive committee, has initiated a process to review our employment policies and procedures to ensure that such a situation does not happen again.”
As the first woman, Asian and Muslim to head the organisation, she spent eight years in charge of Amnesty’s operations, acting as its chief political adviser and strategist, chief spokeswoman and the chief executive officer of the international secretariat….
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This Is North Korea

A public execution:
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A country that’s a huge prison camp: the barbed wire is not to keep outsiders away, but to keep the North Korean people from leaving:
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The real North Korea that Dear Leader Kim Jong Il doesn’t want the world to see:
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~Eowyn

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