God! Gays!! Guns!!!

President Donald Trump and his evangelical supporters enjoy frequent group gropes.

I hate to break it to the rightwing evangelical Christians that form the core of President Donald J. Trump’s cult-like base, but not even God can save their anointed king from his own impetuous and arguably criminal actions. Trump will be impeached by the House for his insane Ukraine caper and the odds are growing that he may be removed from office by the Senate.

The commander-in-chief is bucking against something far more powerful than God: The chain of command, which is taken quite seriously by rank-and-file members of the military, diplomatic and intelligence services.

The chain of command is vital in U.S. foreign policy because the stakes are so high, particularly in Ukraine, where the U.S. and Russia, possessing the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world, have squared off in a New Cold War since 2014.

That’s when the U.S.-assisted Maidan revolution toppled Ukraine’s democratically elected President Vicktor Yanukovych, whose policies were deemed too pro-Russian and anti-EU by the U.S. He was replaced by Arsenly Yatsenyuk, a pro-western puppet hand-picked by the U.S. and anointed by nonother than then Vice President Joe Biden.

In response to the potential establishment of a nuclear-armed NATO country on its western border, Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine and began providing military assistance to pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas, on Ukraine’s eastern border, where 13,000 Ukrainians from both sides have died in a civil war that’s ongoing.

Despite Trump’s many public overtures to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. diplomatic stance against Russian “aggression” in Ukraine enjoys strong bipartisan support and remains the same as under the Obama administration: Russia must leave the Donbas and give Crimea back to Ukraine.

In fact, Trump’s Russian taint has caused him to overcompensate, signing off on to ever more draconian sanctions against the Russians and providing lethal military aid to the Ukrainians—including the Javelin anti-tank missiles dangled as a quid pro quo in his far-from-perfect phone call with new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky last July.

As we’ve seen during the past few weeks as a parade of U.S. diplomats testified before the House impeachment inquiry, the efforts of Trump’s shadow secretary of state, Rudy Giuliani, to dig up dirt on Joe Biden—one of Trump’s potential opponents in the 2020 presidential election—and his son Hunter were setting off alarm bells in the diplomatic corps months before Trump’s phone call.

It’s difficult to understate just how bat shit crazy Rudy’s activities in Ukraine have been during the past year. With Trump’s approval, the president’s personal lawyer and his two Ukrainian henchmen appear to have engineered the recall of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. They are apparently being paid by a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to the Russian mob who lives in exile because he’s under indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice.

It gets worse. Giuliani has been pedaling the dirt he’s received from Ukrainian officials who have an axe to grind against Biden to journalists like John Solomon, who in turn recycled it dozens of times during appearances on unofficial Trump adviser Sean Hannity’s FOX News program and his radio show, without citing the information’s provenance: Nosferatu Giuliani.

Washington D.C. rightwing conservative power couple, attorneys Joe Digenova and Victoria Toensing, frequent guests on FOX News programs who’ve also been spreading dirt on Biden for the past year, represent the same indicted oligarch that’s apparently paying Rudy and his Ukrainian henchman.

The two henchmen, btw, have also been indicted on campaign finance violations that include allegedly bribing members of Congress to recall the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

As totally bonkers and illegal as that sounds, it’s Trump’s withholding of U.S. military aid to Ukraine as a quid pro quo in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens that could end his presidency. Regardless of when the Ukrainians first learned the military aid had been put on hold, U.S. officials knew for months and found it such a flagrant abuse of executive power, they reported it up the chain of command.

The number one rule in any chain of command is CYA. Cover your ass. Write shit down and report it to the next higher-up. Thanks to this system, Trump, as commander-in-chief, is finally going to be held accountable.

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, with their near unanimous rebuke of Trump’s abrupt attempt to withdrawal U.S. troops from Syria last month, have put the president on notice: no more foreign policy shenanigans.

With televised public impeachment hearings in the near offing, things are going to get worse for Trump. They may never get better.

Perhaps that’s why a flock of the nation’s top rightwing evangelical leaders, including Trump’s official high priestess Paula White Cain, Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed and Tony Perkins, descended upon the White House and laid their healing hands on our beleaguered chief executive last week.

It’s all too little, too late for the president. On the plus side, he’ll have more time fulfill his dream of establishing his own megachurch.

Changed Movement arrives in D.C., Bethel Pastor Kris Vallotton approves.

It’s Official: Bethel Really Hates the Gays

Speaking of lost causes descending upon Washington, D.C., Bethel Church, the rightwing charismatic megachurch in Shasta County’s midst, dispatched its small-and-not-growing Changed Movement to the nation’s capital last week to fight for the right of once-gay individuals to present strawman arguments in public and then set them ablaze.

The strawman argument put forth by allegedly once-gay Changed founders Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning goes something like this: Because skeptics such as myself and every major professional medical and psychiatric association in the U.S. accept the scientific literature that conclusively demonstrates LGBTQ individuals can’t pray the gay away, we’re denying the existence of people, like Woning and Williams, who claim praying the gay away worked for them.

That’s patently false. Anyone who understands the scientific literature knows that men and women like Williams, Woning and the whole Changed Movement crew of 15 are completely accounted for by the expected variations in sexual orientation and gender identity in human beings, which can change over time. It’s rare, but it happens. No praying required. Not everyone in the LGBTQ community is “born that way” or stays that way.

Williams and Woning would have us believe that it’s once-gays like themselves who are being persecuted by society, not the LGBTQ community.

This strawman goes up in flames once the real purpose of the Changed Movement’s visit to Washington, D.C. is revealed: To express opposition to the Equality Act, a bill passed by the Democratic majority in the House earlier this year which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition of an individual, as well as because of sex-based stereotypes.”

In a muddled blog post after the House passed the Equality Act, Woning argued discrimination against the LGBTQ community is not only Christian but the natural order of things. Prohibiting such discrimination will prevent LGBTQ individuals from realizing the true depth of their brokenness.

“I believe the LGBT culture (not the experience of same sex attraction) exists because society as a whole has rejected the behavior,” she scribbles. “The Equality Act is aimed at protecting LGBT identity, particularly as it connects to that culture. At the time of Stonewall (the birthplace of the modern LGBT equality movement), gay culture was highly marginalized by all of society, not only among Christians, reflecting a historical (if not evolutionary) bias against the behavior. And so, gay culture has matured within a vacuum of rejection and hopelessness.”

This is complete nonsense. The Equality Act, if passed by the Senate, will protect LGBTQ individuals (not a culture) from discrimination by other individuals in schools, the workplace and other public settings, period. Gay culture didn’t arise in a “vacuum” of rejection and hopelessness in the 1970s; it was a legitimate response to centuries of societal oppression that caused the rejection and hopelessness in the first place.

“In my opinion, society’s ongoing marginalization of LGBT people continues because science (especially psychology) has largely given up on sexual restoration,” Woning continues, oblivious that she herself is marginalizing the LGBTQ community. Taking a cue from Bethel elder and chief homophobe Dr. Andre Van Mol, she claims the medical scientists who study human sexuality have all been hypnotized by the gay agenda.

(Click here to read Woning’s April 2018 letter from Bethel to “friends and members of the LGBTQ+ community”.)

“Today, there are more options for restoration than ever before,” she concludes, without naming any specific conversion therapy treatment, perhaps because no effective treatment to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity presently exists.

You might think that a group of people who allegedly used to be gay would have a bit more sympathy for LGBTQ rights, but you’d be misunderstanding the Changed Movement’s role. Clad in their black t-shirts available on the online store, they’ve been trotted around the country, from Sacramento to Orlando to D.C. to toot their once-gay horns. They’re Bethel’s anti-gay Antifa.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again: Bethel doesn’t just hate the sin. It hates the sinner, too. Why else would it publicly advocate for making the lives of LGBTQ people miserable?

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is going into the pre-crime business.

Are Trump and the Machines Coming for Your Guns?

What happens when politicians repeatedly fail to solve a problem like the proliferation of mass shootings in the United States? The machines take over, and if you’ve watched the Terminator series, you know how that ends.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration is preparing to roll out what some critics call an “Orwellian pre-crime program” that combines mass surveillance with personal data mining to track down mass shooters and other criminals before they commit violent acts.

Last month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr sent a memorandum to justice department officials and national law enforcement agencies announcing the implementation of “national disruption and early engagement programs to counter mass shooters.”

These programs will be based in part on lessons we’ve learned from the War on Terror, Barr said. The same methods used to track down terrorists will now be deployed on America’s citizenry.

Because mass shooters often strike with little warning, Barr advocates an “all tools” approach adopted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force that includes the use of clinical psychologists, threat assessment professionals, intervention teams and community groups. With powerful computer programs, they’ll sift our social media posts and retail receipts to determine which one of us is going to go crazy next and intervene before we lose our shit.

As Edward Snowden revealed, Americans already tolerate a high level of mass surveillance. Barr thinks we’ll tolerate more, especially if mass shootings continue to occur.

According to Mint Press journalist Whitney Webb, Barr has been lobbying Big Tech moguls to provide law enforcement backdoors to consumer software and hardware products that bypass decryption and eliminate consumer privacy. The pre-crime software itself is being designed by firms with ties to U.S. and Israeli intelligence.

What could possibly go wrong? Webb offers a poignant example.

“It is important to point out that such initiatives … are likely to define ‘mental illness’ to include some political beliefs, given that the FBI recently stated in an internal memo that ‘conspiracy theories’ were motivating some domestic terror threats and a series of questionable academic studies have sought to link ‘conspiracy theorists’ to mental illnesses. Thus, the Department of Justice and ‘mental health professionals’ have essentially already defined those who express disbelief in official government narratives as both a terror threat and mentally ill — and thus worthy of special attention from pre-crime programs.”

There goes Sean Hannity’s audience! Straight to jail! Do not pass go!

If fully realized, Barr’s pre-crime program would use machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect and neutralize all potential threats. It will “know” how much you drink, what medications you’re on and whether you own a gun. It will know if you donate to the BDS movement or the NRA. It will know if you’ve been fighting with your wife. If you’ve been naughty or nice.

How these data points will be interpreted by the machines and the pre-crime personnel is blurry.

“William Barr’s coming ‘pre-crime’ program is arguably worse than the stuff of dystopian science fiction novels and films,” Webb writes. “It not only aims to detain Americans who have committed no crime but will expressly target individuals based on their use of electronic consumer products and the contents of their communications with their friends, family, co-workers, and others.”

Barr’s pre-crime program is being rolled out in conjunction with the Trump campaign’s get-tough-on-crime message. The same surveillance methods will be applied to urban and rural crime, and in fact are already being used in northern California south of Shasta County.

Considering the polarized state of the country heading into the 2020 presidential election, I expect we’ll be hearing a lot about pre-crime next year. There’s a lot of angry people with guns online threatening civil war if Trump is impeached or not reelected. They’ve stuck with Trump through thick-and-thin, but if the DOJ starts confiscating their guns, all deals are off.

That might be a good thing. Perhaps these machines aren’t so bad after all. Consider Barr’s pre-crime program a stealth version of China’s Social Credit System. Most of us have given up on expecting any semblance of privacy anyway.

R.V. Scheide
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141 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    RV, I clicked on your Changed Movement link, interesting including the 15 comments. You should have linked Woning’s letter to Anews and it’s 108 comments also.

  2. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    All this gives me a stomach ache. And our own representatives are part of it, that’s assuming Betancourt doesn’t win tomorrow. But I can hope she does.

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      It’s still possible to register and vote at your local polling place today (listed in the link below), if you haven’t already. Go Betancourt!

      https://www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us/

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        Sure…let’s elect even more Democrats to the state legislature. Democrats have a super majority in the state and we are the laughing stock of the nation right now. Home to half the homeless in the nation, can’t keep our lights on, over taxed and over regulated. What good will another Democrat in office do? Even Patrecia had to bail out of this incompetent and corrupt state.

        • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

          Doug Cook,

          The main reason I left California was that at 80 years old my lungs could no longer tolerate months of increasing heavy, climate change-motored wood smoke every year. For the sake of my survival I had to find a place where it rains year-round, and has comparatively clean air.

          Of course Trump cutting off all federal funding to fight fires on the 50 percent of forest land in the state that belongs to the federal government will make things much worse.

          And it’s not the Democrats in Sacramento who are responsible for the most obvious local problems. The blame for Shasta County’s homeless crisis can by laid squarely at the feet of the area’s predominance of right-wingers who refuse to do anything provably effective to address this crisis, and NIMBYist local officials who have fought tooth-and-nail to keep low-income housing and more adequate homeless facilities out of the area whenever those opportunities have presented themselves.

          There are also the thousands of Bethel Church adherents who have flooded the area in recent years, and monopolized nearly all the available housing. With its vast international wealth Bethel could certainly afford to provide some housing for its “supernatural” students and others, but I guess it’s cheaper to take over existing housing than to build new. Until the Bethel invasion housing in Redding was fairly cheap, compared to the rest of the state to the south.

          And of course as the world-wide base of operations for a raise-the-dead, grave sucking mega-cult, Redding is a REAL “laughing stock”.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            BTW Doug – I see you’re still ignoring the fact that California is the most populace state by far, and that it has the highest housing costs. Rental property owners have exploited that over-population to the hilt, which is exactly why California has such an inordinate number of homeless people. There are only so many people any state can accommodate, so hopefully (for those who must remain) the exodus will continue.

            And if California hadn’t been deprived of billions of dollars a year in revenue for the past 40 years through the corporate loopholes in Prop 13, perhaps taxes wouldn’t need to be so high. It’s time to reform that wealthy Republican-promoted scam.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            “…For the sake of my survival I had to find a place where it rains year-round”
            Huh? Average annual rainfall for Arizona is 8 inches, compared to 38 inches for Redding

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Did you miss the words “year-round”? It generally doesn’t rain in Redding for the hottest six months of the year, when forest fires are raging (which you well know).

            In addition, the average rainfall in my area is 12 inches (not 8), and we actually get more rain the summer than in the winter. That combined with no forests and a breeze off the gulf most days gives us beautiful clear skies.

            It also didn’t escape my attention that you ignored the more pertinent of my comments just to harp on a detail you got wrong. How typical.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      We’ll find out about Betancourt soon. If she gets within 10 percent it’s a good sign. She can just keep campaigning the seat is up again in 2020.

  3. Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

    It’s no coincidence that most (if not all) of Bethel’s “Changed” participants come from fundamentalist church backgrounds in which they were taught that their orientation is an “abomination”, and how sad that their self-loathing led them to desperately grasp the myth that a primitive Magic Man can “cure” them of who they are.

    Unfortunately the Equality Act is DOA under this administration. In fact, Trump and his minions are now pushing through a law (which has been actively promoted by Bethel leaders) that will allow religious adoptions agencies, homeless shelters, housing placement agencies etc. to discriminate against gay people, those who practice the “wrong” religion, and anyone else they disapprove of on “religious grounds” while still receiving government funding.

  4. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Ever see the PTL club on TV? With Paul and Jan Crouch the purple haired crying makeup running everywhere prosperity gospel preachers? They have done more to TURN AWAY folks from God while they beg for cash. Paula White is of that “spirit” and regular on that “show”

    Ohhh I predict you will be hearing much more of this…… Paula White is now newest aid on Trumps prosperity gospel administration, explains why he moved to Florida with all the other mega wealthy televangelist ?

    “The Florida-based White’s website features a pitch for followers to purchase a $130 “Favor Seed” in order to help battle “an enemy of debt, depression, a job, or a health issue prevailing against you.”

    https://apnews.com/407fc27d402145ab9dcb62cc0d4bf40c

    Televangelist Paula White Hawks ‘Resurrection Life’ for $1,144 ‘Seed’

    “White then promised that in return for sowing the resurrection seed, donors would receive special prayer cloths that could possible cause special miracles, signs and wonders.”

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/televangelist-paula-white-hawks-resurrection-life-1144-dollar-seed.html

    Senate investigations, million dollar plus suite on park ave in Trump tower

    Most important of all is anybody can believe and speak about God, “even the demons believe, and tremble”

    How many times to you hear him speak about Jesus Christ? Think about it… She is joining the White House to boost the voice of religious groups in government …

    Be afraid…Be very afraid, You aint seen nothing yet.

  5. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    If Trump plans and desires to build a cathedral with Paula White come to pass would it be called Church of the Poison Mind ?

    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6100113048001/#sp=show-clips

  6. Avatar Doug Cook says:

    I’m afraid the Democrats will be woefully disappointed in the impeachment attempt. As the Russian collusion and obstruction try…this case is falling apart as well. Pelosi said no impeachment unless it was a bipartisan consensus…it is not. Not one Republican is onboard. Now we know that the whistle blower was working with Schiff. Yeah, that Schiff who had been trying to impeach the president before he was inaugurated . The longer they drag out the hearings, the more the American people will lose interest in this partisan charade. This is all because the Democrats can’t find a viable candidate. This is going to backfire on the Democrats big time. Pelosi knows it. Good luck y’all

    • Avatar Robert V. Scheide SR. says:

      Here ya go Doug a nice little list of Trumps impeachable offenses .
      https://www.needtoimpeach.com/impeachable-offenses/

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        Mr Scheide, you can easily make the same case for any president. That is meaningless. We could have impeached President Obama for obstruction in the Fast and Furious scandal…or for droning American citizens. But we don’t impeach presidents just because we don’t like them. We could have impeached President Bush, Reagan…and the list goes on. The Democrats had a verdict and have been looking for a crime ever since. What’s the point? The end is already written. President Trump will not be removed from office. You’re not going to get 20 GOP senators to switch votes. This is all because you can’t find a viable candidate. Good luck in 2020. You’ll need it.

        • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

          Oh, I think that once the American public hears about all of Trump’s blatant attempts to obstruct, blackmail, and bribe, and the long list of his other potentially harmful, self-serving actions and demands as president, support for him will drop like a rock.

          It’s also likely that he’ll shut down the government in an effort to pressure Democrats to abandon the impeachment inquiry, just because that’s the kind of insane thing he does. That won’t go over well with all the people who will affected. The 25th Amendment should have been used long ago to remove this demented sociopath from office.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patrecia, that’s what you said about Russian collusion, obstruction and the myriad of other made up scandals you attribute to the president. I noticed you ignored my comment about the economy and how recession talk is over with. As I said…come 2020, all the Democrats will have is a failed impeachment attempt and a platform of doubling of the federal budget…and the president will have a strong economy. We are a year out from the election…if the president is ad bad as you think he is, find a candidate that can beat him. So far you’re not having much luck

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Doug Cook Republicans impeached Clinton for lying about a blow job so what the hell are you smoking?

          My buckets await your tears.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Sorry…can’t help your bucket right now. I believed at the time as I do now that Clinton should NOT have been impeached about lying about a bj. The problem with your comparison is with Clinton there was a clear crime spelled out in the Starr Report. Whether it was worthy of impeachment or not that is debatable. With President Trump, the Democrats came up with a verdict on Jan 20, 2016 and has been searching for a crime ever since. Russian collusion failed, obstruction failed…and this is now what you think is going to impeach the president on? Good luck with that. Is a mangled and awkward phone call worthy of an impeachment? About as worthy as lying about inappropriate relations with an intern.
            20 GOP Senators are not going to vote for impeachment, so I ask again…what will the Democrats have in 2020? A failed impeachment attempt, no significant legislation coming out of Pelosi’s congress and a couple of candidates that want to double our federal budget and tax the hell out of us. Look at it this way. If we completely eliminate the military budget…every penny of it. That extra money would pay for 4 months of Warrens Medicare for all. You really think that American voters are going to go for that? Your Warren/Sanders ticket will guarantee that they will lose probably 45 states.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            There is plenty of evidence of obstruction, and collusion is still open to debate. The fact that so many of Trump’s close associates are now in prison or facing that prospect tells us there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The problem is that Trump commits so many corrupt acts that investigators have had a hard time keeping up.

            And just keep telling yourself that a U.S. president who maintains a shadow government to blackmail a foreign government into digging up non-existent dirt on a main political rival is not an impeachable offense. One credible witness after another has been hammering nails into Trump’s political coffin.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Keep listening to Hannity, Doug. He’s in on it too.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Pelosi and other Demos in the HOR originally said no to impeachment unless there was bipartisan support. They’ve reversed course, saying that Trump’s actions are so egregious that they now have no choice, even if impeachment is a political loser—it’s their responsibility to impeach.

      There is little doubt that Repubs in the Senate will stand with Trump and he won’t get what he so richly deserves. Save Mitt Romney, they’ve nearly all sold their souls to the evangelical / populist / racist / proto-fascist movement that gave us the crazed and dim-witted orange megalomaniac currently infesting the Oval Office.

      I don’t personally know anyone who thinks Trump is going to get booted from office, no matter what. The Repubs have fully embraced tribal politics. Without evidence, Trump is free to accuse Democrats in Congress of being crooked criminals. “Never Trump” members of his own GOP—people with vastly superior virtues and track records to his own—are referred to as “human scum” by Trump, and his followers hoot their support.

      This is where democracy goes to die.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Oh, there’s much more doubt than you think Steve. While I do not support our present foreign policy, it’s bipartisan affair, and continuation of that policy when the presidency changes parties is expected. Now, if Trump truly wanted to, and actually had the diplomatic skills to forge peace with the Russians, he would have used his bully pulpit to get public opinion on his side, and force Congress to change the policy. But Trump is not only a crappy negotiator, he’s a chicken-shit, and the Republican Senators know it. Trump paid a heavy price with is fuck-up in Syria, both parties are pissed and so are the Israelis. See how quickly they cowed him on his alleged withdrawal? He’s on thinner ice than you think.

        • Avatar Kathy Wolford says:

          RV Scheide,
          Can you clarify or elaborate on what is going on in northern California south of Shasta County? You have my curiosity piqued.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            I couldn’t find the damn link before I published the story. It’s a big federal, state and local program in 12 Bay Area, North Bay and Sacramento area counties. Specifically it’s aimed at the drug trade, but they’re gathering as much of everybody’s data they can get. I’ll track down the link and post it here.

    • Avatar Gary Tull says:

      “Now WE know that the whistle blower was working with Schiff. Yeah, that Schiff who had been trying to impeach the president before he was inaugurated “.

      WE know? Please share your source.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Doug is referring to that fact that the whistleblower contacted the House intelligence committee to find out the procedure for filing the whistleblower complaint. This of course is standard procedure. It’s a red herring, as most of Doug’s arguments are. It’s surprising to find someone with an extensive military background has no respect for the chain of command. As we saw today, and we’ll be seeing every from here on out, Trump, Giuliani, Barr and Pompeo were all in on this insane Ukraine caper. Republican Senators have a choice: Are we a nation of laws, or a cult?

        • Avatar Gary Tull says:

          Yes, and I appreciate clarification of standard procedure here. However when someone makes false claim and insinuates the House Chairman of Intelligence is an underhanded villain for doing his job, that seems odd and somewhat trollish.

          As for Trump, Giuliani, Barr and Pompeo (and others) — appropriate long-term incarceration is in order. (see Paul Manafort). Convictions for all of that bunch would effectively provide a sense of remedy and healing for the country, IMO.

          Cult-like? I agree. But remember, along with others, even Nixon’s A.G. was sent to prison. If all they have is criticism of the procedure, they don’t have much.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Doug’s problem is he’s stuck in a feedback loop. Rudy Giuliani went to Ukraine last year and got rolled by three former prosecutors well known for their corruption. They lied to Rudy and Rudy spread the lies into the media via John Solomon to Hannity and conservative media and through Pompeo, Sondland, Pence to the State Department. All three of the known to be corrupt prosecutors have recanted key elements of their stories, and their stories have been refuted by multiple credible sources. Trump attempted to extort the Ukrainians by withholding $400 million in military aid if they didn’t publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden’s son. This has already been confirmed by multiple credible witnesses, three of whom will be testify next week. Trump is doomed.

  7. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    You managed to hit all three nails directly! Thanks again for the enlightening journalism!

  8. Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

    Doug Cook,

    Trump should never have been allowed to assume office to begin with. Entire national psychiatric associations warned the public prior to the election that Trump is clearly derranged and without conscience. The Electoral College failed in the one thing it’s good for, which was to reject Trump as being mentally and morally unfit for office.

    Even before the election Trump did things that made what Bill Clinton was impeached for look like nothing – his bribery payments to a porn star and a Playboy centerfold to influence the outcome of the election, his bragging private admission to being a serial sexual predator and his subsequent lies on that subject, his refusal to release his tax returns to hide his conflicts of interest and corrupt business dealings from the public (still on-going to this day, although we now know more than we did), etc. etc.

    In addition, the Mueller Report in no way ruled out Trump’s involvement in Russia’s election interference (which Mueller plainly stated), and made a good case that Trump actively attempted to obstruct various investigations. Now we have him dead-to-rights abusing the power of his office by trying to blackmail a foreign government into digging up non-existent dirt on a main political rival.

    And in his latest acts of insanity Trump is pulling all federal funding from California to help combat fires on the 50 percent of California’s forest land the federal government owns, and won’t rule out causing a government shut-down in retaliation for the impeachment inquiry. Trump’s presidency is all about what serves Trump’s interests and ego, and the country (and world) be damned. Republicans will pay at the polls for their unwillingness to rid the country of this demented criminal.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Patrecia sezs ” ..Trump should never have been allowed to assume office to begin with.”
      So you wanted to overturn a fair and legal election…and you call us fascists? Good one

  9. Avatar Gary Tull says:

    A couple open questions: Why are nearly all Republicans defending Trump, the 1%, and mega churches?
    Could greed and bigotry possibly have anything to do with it??

    Only the Republicans know why they are defending this”con man”, as Romney described Trump in a warning speech before the election.

    • Avatar Tim says:

      A new NY Times poll of likely voters shows Trump growing his lead the electoral college from 2016 against hyper leftists Sanders & Warren.

      It is almost as if half the country objects to being constantly scolded by the hypocritically woke…

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        You didn’t answer his question, which was: Why are nearly all Republicans defending the indefensible?

        Republicans could agree that Trump has proved he lacks both the decency, decorum, values and judgment that it take to not besmirch the office. They could simply decide that the VEEP is better suited to the job because the current POTUS is clearly unfit.

        There is nothing in that argument that requires support for Sanders or Warren.

        I don’t share your pessimism for the Demos’ 2020 chances. Trump was roundly booed at a World Series game last week. He then attended an MMA event in NYC—no doubt betting “these are my people” and hoping to be cheered, this taking the sting out of his WS reception.

        Nope. Roundly booed again. People are getting sick of Trump’s clown act.

        • Avatar Tim says:

          Roundly booed in NYC and DC? Oh no. Get out of the liberal coastal elite bubbles and you’ll find Trump still has the enough support from the rest of the country. Only a recession or a more moderate candidate (Biden) will flip the toss up states.

          No one has presented proof of an actual high crime – this just comes off like the partisan gamesmanship of Clinton’s 1998 impeachment in which Clinton clearly obstructed justice and perjured himself yet was still acquitted.

          Why defend Trump? Because he is increasingly becoming a much lesser evil for those who don’t want to triple the size of the government and don’t want to be forced to participate in trangender delusions/fantasies.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Ah gee, Tim, do you miss the freedom of calling a tranny a tranny?

          • Avatar Candace says:

            Tim, Transgender delusions/fantasies? You mean like the fantasy where they’re accepted as human beings and not shunned, driven to suicide and/or violently assaulted because of the propagation of baseless, ignorant, fear-mongering rhetoric? Like that?

          • Avatar Tim says:

            I don’t care what consenting adults do with each other. If two guys want to have sex, I say have at it fellas. If three people want to marry each other, I say god bless. And if someone wants to mutilate their own genitals, I say more power to them.

            But I won’t be ***forced*** into playing any part in a stranger’s fantasy – including calling transgender activists by any factually inaccurate pronouns they might prefer. Consenting adults means *consenting* adults and as a man of reason I do not consent to implicitly condoning “a persistent false psychotic belief that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary” (i.e. a delusion).

            I’ll happily use factually accurate nonbinary pronouns like zhe/zim, but someone born with XY chromosomes will never truly be XX (and vice versa) no matter how much they feel it is so.

            Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to reason someone out of a position they weren’t reasoned into. And rather than attempt to dispute my position with reason, the mainstream democratic candidates would all rather appeal to emotion. By simply labeling it “hate speech,” they can shutdown dialogue and continue to ignore their own hypocrisy when it comes to consent.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Candace, I brought up an example of what I consider transgender delusions the other day when I made comments about the dude who identifies as a female and is competing in women’s cycling races and is of course dominating. Another story from the UK…a birth coach was forced to resign her job when trans activists protested a Facebook comment of hers. What was the horrible comment? A Facebook message that stated a basic biological fact…only women can give birth. That was enough for her to lose her job. “Her exit comes after transgender rights activists triggered an investigation in which Doula UK concluded her message breached its equality and diversity guidelines.” And if that isn’t enough..a new cancer campaign directed to cervical cancer. Instead of encouraging women to get a yearly pap smear…the ad awkwardly states that a Pap smear is “relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix,” failing to note, of course, that only biological females have a cervix. I have no issues with transgender folks…but this out of control activism is just too much. Exactly what President Obama spoke of last week about the Woke and cancel culture

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            You really should stop just dismissing every media source except far-right-wing lie machines.

            First of all, that birth coach was not forced to resign. She was removed as the organization’s spokesperson, but decided to resign from the organization on her own.

            Secondly, she had quite a bit more to say than just that “only women can give birth”. Her remarks were clearly anti-transgender:

            https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7643251/Charity-hounds-birth-coach-post-saying-women-children.html

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Like most transphobes, Tim and Doug don’t know jack about transgender people.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            Here come the emotionally charged ad hominems designed to shut down debate!

            No means no. I am equal under the law and I own my consent. Change my mind… https://imgflip.com/i/3ff0w1

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patrecia, “…Her remarks were clearly anti-transgender
            Give me an example of her anti-transgender remarks.

            “…but decided to resign from the organization on her own.” She was forced out of her job for saying only women can give birth . I also find it interesting that you refuse to comment on the biological men competing against women in sports.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            My guess is that this comment from RV won’t be deleted…yes, as Tim said another ad ad hominem attack. What comment have I made to convince you that I am a ‘transphobe’? Maybe my above comment where I said “… I have no issues with transgender folks…” My comment to Candace has to do with the radicalism of some of the trans activists. The problem with biological males identifying as female competing in women’s sports as an example.
            When you cal lTim and me a transphobe …what you mean is we have an “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender people” which can’t be further from the truth. Matter of fact, in my new job I interact with trans people almost daily. The vast majority are delightful people. I don’t run away and hide from them as you want to ascribe to me. My guess is that I know more about trans people than you do. I interact and talk with them, as I said, almost daily.
            But ok, keep up with the ad hominem attacks about someone you never met or know anything about…is that what ‘journalists’ do?

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            Read my link. She also went on a rant in which she said that “just putting on a dress and lipstick” doesn’t make someone a woman, and basically that she’s only a woman because she was born a biological female.

            And I believe I’ll just let the courts sort out the sports issue. However at this point I personally don’t believe that transgender people should compete in sporting events where scholarships and medals are at stake until we know more, regardless of the level of hormones and testosterone blockers they’ve taken to reduce muscle, strength, and speed.

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            “No means no. I am equal under the law and I own my consent. Change my mind…”

            The law as well as private enterprise takes your “consent ownership” away all the time. But the caveat is that you do have choices, though the choices may not be to your liking. Such as consenting to taking a breathalyzer test when asked by law enforcement because you’re driving a vehicle. You’ve given up your “consent ownership” when you agreed to the law governing driving. You have a choice to not drive, maintaining your consent ownership, but is that a realistic choice? I say no. Consent to being drug tested for employment? You have a choice to not apply to maintain your consent ownership, but is that a realistic option? For some, no. Consent to using “nonfactual” gender pronouns? Your choice is not to have a conversation that would require to use those terms or don’t interact with people that demand it. Is that a practical choice? For some, no. But it’s still a choice.

            But the bigger question I have is why get so stuck on the use of whatever pronoun the subject is asking you to use? If you have this sense of “Truth”, that is opposed to a law and refuse to abide by it, you’ll join the ranks of many throughout history. Those that stood up to limit civil rights tended to lose out and history doesn’t judge them well.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            You know why my comment wasn’t removed? Because it’s factual. Tim and Doug have both made transphobic statements on this comment thread. That makes them transphobic. If you think gender dysphoria is some sort of delusional fantasy, you obviously have zero knowledge on the subject. Fear is often based in ignorance. Own your transphobia.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Then I’m sure you can come up with an example of a transphobic statement I made.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            Yeah! I’ll have you know I identify as transapathetic!

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          What we don’t see right now is Republican Senators, aside from Lindsey Graham and a few others, openly defended the clearly impeachable acts that have occurred. This ain’t about one phone call, they planned this for months, and they used FOX News and Hannity to spread their dirt. Mitch McConnell can’t possibly like the fact that Trump and Pompeo are taking their foreign policy advice from Hannity, as we learned today. More will be revealed, it’s all bad, and it’s going to be on TV–with the White House still dodging subpoenas! Not a good look. Trump is doomed.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Doug Cook, you yourself admitted you called a transgender person delusional in this very thread. No one buys your “Doug Cook is the best friend the gays ever had” BS act. You know who says shit like “I bet I know more ______ than you?” First graders.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            I called a person delusional for thinking that a biological male who identifies as a female is proud of the fact that he/she can beat the crap out of his/hers competitors in women’s sporting events. And from that you deduced that I hate transgender people? The other comment I made is about radical activism where you can’t say women need to get cervical cancer screening…you have to say ‘people that have a cervix’. I hate this kind of nonsense whether it is far right radicalism or far left radicalism. Why don’t you call me a racist too because I defend the president. The identity politics and inane name calling from the left is just laziness… don’t like anybody disagreeing with you? Just toss a few ad homemim attacks and mention Fox News… laziness. By the way…im sure you have proof that I don’t support gay rights. I’ll love to hear it. I’m sure you have a comment I made to support your claim that it is ‘BS’.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            If you supported the leaders of the KKK or Nazi Party that would make you an obvious racist, and Trump is the de facto leader (and open defender) of both of those. There’s a reason those groups consider Trump their Messiah, and he’s come through for them time and again.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            So in Patricia’s odd world. If you support the president’s policies you are a member of the KKK and a racist. Unbelievable.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Mr Till asks why Republicans defend President Trump. Well, it’s rather easy. Look at the economy. Look at how the president keeps fulfilling his campaign promises. Look at the dysfunction of the Democrat party. Come 2020… what will the Democrats have to run on? A failed impeachment and a do nothing Congress that will not do anything for the American people. Greed and bigotry? Are you saying that Republicans bare bigots? That kind of attack is why the Democrats will lose again. Didn’t you learn anything from 2016?

      • Avatar Gary Tull says:

        Doug, Yes I am suggesting a sizable portion (not 100%) bare bigotry tendencies.
        Lies and district gerrymandering appear to be the bread and butter of Republican campaigns. We will see how that works out in the long run. BTW- I find your bungled punctuation and spelling of my name not exactly a couple innocent typos.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Sorry about the typo, and yes…it was a simple typo. It was actually probably auto correct on my phone that I didn’t catch. If you read any of my comments, you would see that I don’t use ad homemim attacks to other posters. What you are saying is that a ‘sizable’ portion of Trump supporters are bigots…not quite a 100%, but close, right? This is exactly one of the reasons the Democrats lost in 2016 and why they will more than likely lose in 2020.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Sanders/Warren 2020. Pence is doomed.

  10. Avatar Candace says:

    “Not everyone in the LGBTQ community is “born that way” or stays that way”. THANK YOU R.V. for saying this for the following reason: the born that way, they can’t help it” narrative used as the reason for acceptance of LGBTQ people is insulting to many. That (usually said by well-meaning people) narrative promotes the idea that if being gay, etc. is simply personal choice then all bets are off and there’s indeed something wrong with these people. Well meaning or not, acceptance based on “excusing” is not acceptance; it attaches shame. Finally, not being gay, I can’t imagine my life if my being heterosexual was constantly offered up to be used as fodder for scrutiny and public shame. Enough.

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      I was heavily involved in the gay rights movement when I lived in Florida years ago. I never ran across anyone who didn’t know they were gay from a very early age, or who suddenly changed. However, a minor percentage were bisexual, and those people sometimes had relationships with both genders at different points in their lives.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Oh, believe me, no one in the Changed Movement “suddenly changed,” except the two victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, who I expect will soon be gay again. What Bethel is playing on is political correctness in the gay community, where some folks pressure others to buy into “I was born this way,” even if that’s not their experience. Some LGBTQ allies also repeat it, but the science right now is still unclear: we don’t know what exactly causes variation in human sexuality. We do know that a minority of LGBTQ individuals become “straight” over time all on their own. I imagine Woning and Williams, if they were gay at all, fall into this category. There are also serious Christian gays who don’t try to fake it and live a celibate life, not that they’re happy about it. Anyway, Bethel is counting on people to argue them on this point, so they can point to the science that says we don’t really know.

  11. Avatar Robert V. Scheide SR. says:

    GAGG-I add Abortion to the list God, Gays an Guns as it is a prime driver in the fundamental community. Numbering no more than 30 percent or so of society they have far greater influence than that.

    While we are focused on broader concerns these fundamentalists are bringing about big change state by state. Some have passed laws giving doctors life sentences for performing an abortion. Some have passed laws charging women who miscarry with crimes and force them to have burials for their fetus.

    You can if you must be fair and give the religious a break but it is interesting to see what other groups are affiliated now. White Nationalists, Nazis, racists, anti abortion zealots, anti jewish, and any other group that is pro white.

    There is only one word that fits the thing that is Trump “CULT”. Stop and think, come on, I know you can still think . Why else would his followers be backing things that are going hurt them and is some cases seriously. Against Medicare for All, Free College, Paid off Student Loans, those things alone would provide a huge boost to our economy. Just removing the fear of going medically bankrupt and not having to worry how your going to cover high dental bills.. It is said the average American can’t pay for a $400 emergency, when a quick visit to an emergency room will cost you thousands.

    Knowing all that your still going to vote republican, just because you don’t want that SOCIALIST health care. NO COUNTING ON STUPID!

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      The fundamentalist religious “right” will continue to vote for Trump, if for no other reason than that he’s handing them our government on a silver platter. He’s placed raving God-in-government dominionists in charge of nearly every federal agency and commission, which is another good reason to oust his corrupt a**.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      When your leader can do no wrong, you might be in a CULT.

  12. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    CAP.LOK IS PRO.LIFIC…GOTTA LUV.IT +!+

  13. Avatar Joe says:

    Satan’s plan is to destroy the human family unit. We are all living on this Earth to reproduce ourselves by the use of a loving act of sex just like all the rest of nature does..

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      Joe,

      Homosexuality is found in the animal kingdom to roughly the same degree it exists in humans.

      And if I believed in a creature such as Satan, I would say his plan is to return America to the rabidly racist, sexist, repressive 1950’s, which is what Trump’s overwhelmingly white male support base wants (it’s interestingly that the relative prosperity of the 50’s was due to strong unions and other things right-wingers hate).

      Also, the world has “reproduced” itself quite enough. Massive overpopulation kills millions of people every day through starvation and disease, and has caused life-threatening pollution. The only hope for the earth’s survival is to bring those numbers down, by any means available.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Whose plan was it for Solomon to have 1000 wives? Was that natural?

  14. Avatar Joe says:

    How many tax exempt Bethel owned homes are in the city of Redding?

  15. Avatar fakename says:

    JIST .CUz, YAwN.
    +Zzzz+

  16. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Its a sad day when a gay football player with a sore groin is glorified all over the media as a poor me baby with mommies all over the comment section crying rivers when another gay fellow dressed in a blouse and bra who happens to be homeless dies in the custody of Shasta County jailers and yet not a peep from local media no not one….

    Such bullshit

    Why???

    Congratulations R.V. Scheide you have repeatedly shown every reader of a Newscafe what a “Gay Agenda” is all about

    Which leaves this poor soul with nothing left but me to tell his story, trials, and tribulations of not only being the hated homeless of Redding but Gay homeless person which puts to double bulls eyes on his back.

    Im looking through you R.V. , where did you go?

    https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/video/510775042.html

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Here’s the deal Chris, just so everybody else knows what is really going on here. I still have the shocking photos of Marcus you sent me months ago. Readers: Marcus was this homeless guy who got whittled away one limb at a time till all that was left was a trunk, dumped on the streets of Redding where he died. I was already to do the story when you got upset with A News Cafe’s comment moderator whom you publicly insulted. So you killed the Marcus story, because you were so peeved. Since then, you’ve been making a point of displaying your Biblically-based bigotry toward the LGBTQ community in the comment section. I’ll be doing homeless stories in the future, but won’t be using you as a source.

  17. Avatar Candace says:

    Chris, I’m a “mommy” in the ANC comment section who said ( when you first brought this up) that anything that results in the loss of life of our most vulnerable is worthy of questioning. I can’t speak for R.V. (although R.V. is, by his writings, quite obviously supportive of “gays”) or any other columnist in local media, but I can speak for myself and I’ll tell you that I have no “gay agenda” other than wanting their lives and deaths to be shown the same respect as you or I. Belittling and shaming those of whom you are seeking help typically doesn’t spur them on to do so. So now, if true to form, you’ll come at me with a disdainful personal attack because it would seem that in your frustration, sadness and anger you’ve convinced yourself that no one but you truly cares about a homeless gay person dying. That’s simply not true.

    • Avatar Larry Winter says:

      Yep, Chris was true to form and personally attacked you this morning and it was quickly deleted by the admin. It’s amazing how he can champion compassionate causes through hate filled rhetoric, usually tapping into Old Testament hogwash.

      I just want to say Candy, that I enjoy reading your comments. They’re well thought out and you make your point in a manner that is very understandable and more importantly, civil.

      • Avatar Candace says:

        Larry, I’m not surprised at all regarding Chris. What frustrates me is that I know he cares and does a lot with/for the homeless here in Redding and that in itself is to be applauded. Thank you for your compliment regarding my comments. My fear is that I come across as pretentious with a stick up my you know what. What I find funny about that is that I don’t speak the way I write, at least I don’t think I do? Yikes, maybe I do! Anyway, thank you , it’s always nice to hear encouraging words.

        • Avatar Chris Solberg says:

          You were right the first time you should not speak for R.V he is a big boy with colorful language that can speak for himself

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        I see my reply to Chris Solberg was also deleted. Oh well.

      • Avatar chris solberg says:

        Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said [b]to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

        6 And He said to me, “It[c] is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes [d]shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, [e]unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

        Revelation 21

        • Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

          Chris,

          Using alternative cutesy-pie nom de plumes and spamming the forums is not an effective way to make a point.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          I myself have been reading Revelations lately, which reads like it was written by a psychedelic mushroom cult. It does serve as a useful metaphor for climate change. We’re around Rev8 right now, the Lamb of God (Trump) has opened the seventh and last seal of the book and angels are blowing fire out of trumpets. The book of revelations is a depopulation program. Everyone but the 144,000 chosenites must go!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      The “gay agenda” is such a tired meme. Yes Western Civilization is being destroyed by a tiny minority group that simply asked to be treated the same as everybody else. Being anti-gay is anti-American.

  18. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Thanks for this great article R.V. Did you ever read “Catillac Desert” about the struggles over water in the west? One comment that struck me was that dams are built because people are trained to build dams want to build dams. I think the same is true of people who have gained so much data already about everyone. Why spend millions of dollars to gather and mine this data unless you can use it it a way that sounds almost logical and justifies this activity? I make a comment on Facebook about a hearing device, and I’m overwhelmed by ads for like devices. I made another comment and the Sheriff showed up at my house. Data mining is much easier than trying to address real problems. In the wrong hands it can be dangerous to everyone.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Cadillac Desert should be required reading for all California high school students. My Dad worked on dams for his career, and we’ve both read the book several times. It’s still highly relevant today especially regarding the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta and the state/federal water project that transfers water from Northern California to Southern California.

  19. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Christine Munroe Murder / Library Park Homeless / Redding Police

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eca6Ldqk9wY

  20. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Redding Coalition For The Homeless – Christine Munro

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouiFNcFOC3s

    • Avatar Tim says:

      Michael Vielbig also confessed to 2 other murders that police did not find credible:
      Laura Stewart (44) in 1983 (Vielbig would have been 16 or 17)
      Frank Wesley McAlister in 1993 (actually killed by Brian Keith Hawkins, Shanna Culver, & Curtis Culver)

      It would seem strange for a murdering rapist to then (d)evolve to rape & let victims go. Usually the violence escalates. If anything, Vielbig’s last victim (raped and cut from mouth to ear) seems like a tentative copycat of the Munro murder (throat slit).

      PS: Vielbig, currently incarcerated at Soledad, will come up for his first parole hearing in 2025.

      • Avatar Chris Solberg says:

        One of the people I saw on the Sac River trail that blew into town that day was Timothy Brantley, who was later convicted of murdering Myong Harris here in Redding

  21. Avatar Larry Winter says:

    The picture of the President at the top is troubling, to say the least.

    So, I’m going to make light of it by putting words to his thoughts since he looks so uncomfortable.

    “They said they would only touch me for 10 seconds and I’m up to 15 already!

    “Come on, touch my crotch, touch my crotch, touch my crotch.”

    “Ah, this reminds me of the Miss Universe contest in Russia.”

    “I hope the blonde gets down on her knees to pray, wink wink”

    “That McDonalds delivery is late! I can taste that Big Mac already.”

    “Jesus was a loser. He only had 12 Disciples and was crucified, I’m the President and look at how many Disciples I have. We should change Christianity to Trumpinsanity.”

    • Avatar Randy says:

      ” Hopefully they won’t ask for their $100 bucks and the personally signed naked photo of me before getting the hell out of here”.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      There’s a pretty cool picture of Trump taking a long look at Paula White’s ass as she sits in a chair going around on the internet. Google it!

  22. Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian

    LOUISVILLE, KY—At first glance, high school senior Lucas Faber, 18, seems like any ordinary gay teen. He’s a member of his school’s swing choir, enjoys shopping at the mall, and has sex with other males his age. But lately, a growing worry has begun to plague this young gay man. A gnawing feeling that, deep down, he may be a fundamentalist, right-wing Christian.

    Read More

    https://local.theonion.com/gay-teen-worried-he-might-be-christian-1819571250?utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_source=Facebook&utm_content=Main&utm_campaign=SF&fbclid=IwAR0pLhV_8KuIhcHBwzebdEliBg_lPz-Sw7QRKCLgSI1FWUJOjNteQCJwMyE

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      LOL. The satire stopped working halfway through, cause this would never happen. That’s why the Changed Movement is so tiny.

  23. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    And still Gods outstretched hands are open

    “I Want My Sex Back: Transgender people who regretted changing sex”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pxxBQm114k

    • Avatar Larry Winter says:

      If we are created in the “image of God”, does God have a penis or vagina? He apparently has hands as you knowingly state, so I’m assuming anatomical similarities exist. Or maybe somedays He goes one way, and other days another?

      • Avatar Tim says:

        Funny, but fundamentalists would reply with Genesis 1:27 (God created man in his image) and Genesis 2:21-22 (God created woman from Adam’s rib).

  24. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    I just spent s good amount of time composing a retort to one of Chris Solberg’s comments. I posted it only to see that it didn’t appear, I believe because in the interim, the Chris’s original comment got deep-sixed.

    Not questioning the deletion of his heinous
    comment, but still: Doh!

  25. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Find them on RVs personal facebook page as I spent a great deal of time crafting responses to the Anti Christian Anti Christ spirit here….

    • Avatar Candace says:

      Chris, hard pass as far as the FB thing. Might I respectfully suggest that the great deal of time you say you spent scolding “anti-Christians” might have been better spent doing something productive to help the homeless folks you care about. While you’re at it perhaps you’ll learn from a few of them that vitriolic hate aimed at those who do not believe as you do is not in any way loving or representative of many Christian’s idea of Christianity. Expressing hate towards those who don’t lock-step in place behind you is not love and serves no purpose other than to alienate those you’re wanting to pay attention. No one is going to help/listen to you if you insist on insulting them. That never works. Whether you agree with it or not, if your goal is to represent the homeless (and I have no reason to doubt that as your honest goal) you’re not doing yourself or them any favors by continuing dialogue towards others that is veritably dripping in hate and scorn. I’m fully aware of your opinion of me and that’s ok, you’re allowed your opinion. I’m asking that you please consider what I’m saying instead of just shouting back at me. I’d honestly like to hear what you have to say (without the proselytizing), adult to adult. I personally would rather not simply write you off as uncommunicable.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Readers, I’m disappointed. There are no crafty Chris posts on my Facebook pages.

  26. Avatar Candace says:

    Tim,
    I could be very well be wrong but I’m guessing you might be a Quillette fan?
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/quillette-ben-shapiro-and-the-myth-of-conservative-facts?ref=scroll

    • Avatar Tim says:

      I had not heard of Quillette. As to the daily beast article, I don’t agree that pointing out inequal treatment under the law is appealing to emotion. Plenty of people may use emotional arguments to make a case and the issue may be emotionally charged, but the case itself can still be rooted in reason.

      Fundamentally, I see the rift as a special case of the classic Affirmative Action argument: some people feel certain groups deserve favorable treatment to try to make up for historical oppression. I believe that everyone ought to be treated equally under the law.

      What has changed is that to a vocal & influential sect, my position seems indistinguishable from someone advocating a return to historic oppression and they believe my position is so dangerous it ought to be censored as hate speech.

      • Avatar Candace says:

        Tim, Until coming across the Daily Beast piece, I’d not heard of Quillette either. It doesn’t sound like a publication I’d choose to read. That said, I like to look at opposite viewpoints which leads me to read things I’d otherwise not see.

  27. Avatar Candace says:

    Chris, Ah, I see by Larry’s post that you’re boycotting ANC. Probably a wise move for you as you seem to be accomplishing nothing here that you seem to be after. Goodbye and take care.

  28. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Just had to add one more thing to this discussion. Some children are born with mixed genitalia. Some girls are born with no vaginas or cervix. This is not something we know much about because parents don’t share this information. The issue of gender in sports will have to be addressed. The South African woman Caster Semenya comes to mind because she has a higher level of natural testosterone than most women. At one point she was asked to undergo a sex verification test. I believe there is now a debate about whether or not she should take testosterone lowing drugs to be able to compete. Nothing is as simple as we think it is.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Boycott A News Cafe! Doni refuses to give me absolute editorial control over what gets written about religion and the homeless!

      (Unless you’re me…Chris Solberg. I get to keep reading and posting under silly pseudonyms.)

  29. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    No, no, no. Every schoolboy knows that sex is binary. Every intermediate phenotype (anatomical and/or behavioral) is the product of a deluded mind. Just ask any of our non-biologist experts.

  30. R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

    Here’s the link to the mass surveillance program in northern California mentioned in the story.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/neapqg/300-californian-cities-secretly-have-access-to-palantir

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      This is the fallacy behind Sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities, even non Sanctuary like Tucson, instruct police to not report immigration status to ICE. But in an attempt to coordinate crime reports amongst all police departments nationwide, a much needed task, these local crime reports are sent to a private contractor who will not only send the data to ICE but will sell the data to anyone who forks over the cash. And don’t think it is just Republicans who buy that information.

    • Avatar Dan says:

      Fascinating read. 3rd party depository. Just like after the 70s Church Committee hearings.

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