The “Twilight Zone” edition of the Thursday evening round-up

Victorian posy of pansiesThis will be a short post, but it contains three things that really deserve immediate attention because they are so bizarre they could only happen in the Twilight Zone.

The first thing — and I’m deliberately using the word “thing” for reasons you will soon discover — is an overwrought, almost hysterical Slate opinion piece about an exceptional act of cruelty visited upon every child born in a Western hospital. When I started reading the article, I assumed that the exceptional act of cruelty was going to be circumcision.  This assumption made less and less sense the more I read, because the piece quite obviously included all babies born, not just boy babies. So, there went my “circumcision is a good thing” rebuttal, including new data out of Africa showing that, not only does circumcision slow the spread of deadly disease, it actually increases sexual pleasure in men.

I next thought that the horrible thing being done to children was vaccinations, but that couldn’t be right. Newborns don’t get vaccinations, and this opinion piece was quite clearly focused on newborns. That was a shame, too, because I do love waxing eloquent about how fortunate we are to live in a vaccination age. (Yes, some children do have bad responses, but they are statistically negligent when compared to the number of children dead or permanently handicapped because of infectious diseases that are almost unknown in America thanks to vaccinations. We don’t even have to look at the past to prove this assertion. It’s enough to look to Africa, where polio and measles are again becoming deadly scourges as war and ignorance further darken that already benighted continent.)

It was only as I kept on reading that I realized the real terror visited upon children unlucky enough to be born in hospitals: doctors look at their external genitalia and, based upon what they see, they assign a gender designation to the child. No fooling! That’s what they really do. And as far as one Canadian activist is concerned, this is a denial of basic human rights that must be condemned in the strongest terms and countered if at all possible:

With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.

I honestly don’t know what to say in the face of that insanity — and it is insanity.  One of the basic tenets of sanity is the ability to distinguish the real world from the fantastical world of one’s lunatic delusions.

Except for a few outliers, such as amoeba, almost every living species on earth is divided into male and female, with that distinction involving reproductive organs.  Penis = sperm delivery system; vagina and above = egg providing system, incubator, and baby delivery system.  That’s how the real world really works.  Only someone with a serious mental illness, brought about either by organic brain damage or by being marinated for too long in the sauce of radical gender studies, could argue otherwise.

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It’s behind a Wall Street Journal pay wall, but this article is still worth noting:  You may have heard about California’s thirty-year drought being one of the worst ever.  Our house, I’m sorry to say, smells like a urinal, because we’ve gone back to the days of “when it’s yellow, let it mellow.”  It doesn’t mellow; it stinks.

Our inconvenience pales in comparison with what’s happen in California’s Central Valley, which has for decades provided more than half of the fruits and vegetables for the entire United States.  There, the farmers have no water whatsoever.  They’ve been forced to leave 500,000 acres fallow and, understandably, have concentrated only on crops that will provide a maximum return on their investment.

But you want to know the worst thing?  This heinous water shortage could have been ridden out much more easily had it not been for the environmentalists and their obsession with the 4″ long Delta Smelt, a tiny fish in the Sacramento Delta.  Thanks to the greenies getting the smelt designated as “endangered,” California’s agricultural interests, not to mention the interests of all Americans who want affordable food, have been subordinated to the needs of that little fish.  That’s why, after 300 smelt were found trapped in pumps releasing water to agricultural concerns, the federal government acted.

How did it act, you ask?  This is how: it “flushed 800,000 acre-feet into the San Francisco Bay last winter and an additional 445,000 acre-feet this spring to safeguard the endangered delta smelt. That’s enough for roughly three million households to live on and to irrigate 600,000 acres of land.”

Our environment is a precious thing, whether one views it as a gift from God, Gaia, or natural forces.  We have an obligation to respect the land and its inhabitants, but I do not believe that this obligation extends to destroying ourselves to increase the numbers of a single fish.

What we’ve seen in California is a form of insanity that even Rod Serling might have thought too incredible to include in a Twilight Zone episode.  And yet it really happened.

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They say that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.  Nowadays, though, it goes from tragedy to catastrophe.  Remember how Jimmy Carter made a fool of himself during a 1980 presidential debate with Ronald Reagan by appealing to his 13-year-old daughter as an authority on nuclear disarmament?

Barack Obama has now gone Carter one better.  He’s appealing to both his daughters as authorities on climate change, which he has characterized as the greatest threat facing America.  It’s as if the Islamic-inspired atrocities around the world have never happened.

We’ve entered life on the funny farm, deep, deep in the Twilight Zone.  Logic and reality cannot hope to function when delusion and fanaticism hold sway.

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  1. qr4j says

    Re designating gender to newborn children: My parents live outside a small city in Central Illinois. They are working retirees with a very limited income. Their entertainment and hobbies focus largely on gardening, their two dogs, and raising a few heritage breed chickens — currently two hens, a rooster, and now a chick recently hatched.

    It takes quite a while to determine the sex of a chick. And doing so is very important. If the chick is determined to be a rooster, Pop cannot put him in the same pen as the older rooster. The two will have it out and one will likely die. If the chick turns out to be a hen, even then, Pop has to be careful how he introduces her to the other chickens. She has to be accepted into the neighborhood, if you will.

    What has this got to do with gender designation among humans? Well, there are very practical reasons why we designate a newborn as male or female. And while we’d all like to think we humans are more evolved than chickens, we do it to protect the child just as Pop has to do for his new chick.

    You can learn a lot from a chicken!

    PS: The chick is cuter than you could imagine. She/he has bonded with Pop. He’s his “mother.” He doesn’t know the sex, but has given the chick a name: Suzie Q. Not sure what he’ll do if Suzie Q happens to be a male. But the libs should be happy: My 68 year-old dad, who happens to be a conservative Republican and an ordained evangelical minister, is not above a little gender-bending, at least when it comes to chickens. Hope that gives someone a chuckle.

  2. Caped Crusader says

    It suddenly struck me the other day that the only thing that resembles a current day DemProg, to whom the facts now should be obvious to any sane thinking human, is that they completely resemble a crazed teenager to whom the facts make no difference or sense, because in their case they have no real world experience. If you think of them in this context, their reality denying behavior allows some understanding of their actions.

    But, as someone once said of the Laverne and Shirley Show, “Nobody could possibly be that stupid”. And I have said before, their is such a thing as incarnate evil and they possess their share in overabundance. Since most of their leaders come from sheltered academia (as opposed to those in academia also who work in the real world) and their zombie apostles, they are able to escape the shock forced upon most of us by the real world, and not a world fabricated in their warped minds, where to them all the solutions and answers are clear but have ever been subjected to reality.

    As I have said many times the REAL education starts the day you LEAVE school, regardless of the level, exalted or humble! Most of these pampered “teenagers” have never been forced to leave school and therefore still know all the answers. This is what we are currently suffering under, along with the basic evil ingrained in this process of “faux” education.

  3. Libby says

    That article re: identifying sex at birth is pure insanity. I do wonder how that squares with abortion supporters like Planed Parenthood who are okey-dokey with sex-selective abortions. The cognitive dissonance of the Left seems to be getting worse.

  4. Charles Martel says

    Two thoughts about the Canadian psycho who’s complaining about assigning “gender” at birth:

    1. The correct word is sex. Sex is assigned in the womb. Take it up with Mother Nature for assigning a baby’s sex without the infant’s informed consent. (And don’t try to control my beautiful English language with such Frankenstein formulations as “gender,” “homophobia,” “white privilege,” and “rape culture.” Leftists can go eff themselves through whatever orifices their dictator obstetricians assigned them at birth.)

    2. When somebody is this removed from reality, it is only a matter of time before reality intrudes. Think of the modern leftist enterprise as Icarus and his wax wings. Let’s call the sun “Sol Bitch Slap.” Now Icarus is soaring ever higher, on cheap dollars and cheaper rhetoric, but getting perilously close to Sol Bitch Slap.

    SLAP. SLAP. SLAP.

    “Look, Jane, Sol bitch-slapped Icky!”

    “Look, Dick, look. Icky is tumbling down out of the sky. Down, down, down!”

    THUD.

    “Ooh, ooh, Icky doesn’t look too good! No, no, no.”

    • Caped Crusader says

      Charles, please stop picking on Canadians, they just can’t help it because of their childhoods. Before the internet made it obsolete, I was a lover of shortwave radio. one of my favorite programs was from RCI International in English. a news magazine type show. One interview I distinctly remember was an interview with some academic who revealed a study showing that 92% of Canadian children were abused, AND THAT’S ONLY THE ONES WE KNOW ABOUT!, I died laughing. You can’t top that for a woosie nation with no backbone, which is where we are headed.

  5. barbtheevilgenius says

    Newborns often get a Hep B vaccination. I’d imagine you can refuse it, though you may have to fight with hospital personnel to do so.

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