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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fake News Is Everywhere--Here Is What It Looked Like This Past Week

The week’s news that wasn’t


Demystifying, fact checking, indurating and walking back the least biological, most flaccid, unscriptural and hypocritical fakeries in fake news.
How can they be sure?
We were greeted with headlines in the mainstream media Monday morning with “news” that a man had given birth to a baby boy.
Well that would certainly be news and deserve top billing with any publication, and perhaps a break in regular programming by Lester Holt, David Muir or Wolf Blitzed. It would also mark a sea-change in what we know about biology… and physics.
But alas, all was not what it seemed. Turns out it was not a man who gave birth but a testosterone-taking woman who claims to be man with woman parts. And the couple conceived the baby the old fashioned way. And the baby was born the old fashioned way. And so, it was all a big letdown.
Trystan Reese, the baby’s bearded mother, claims she was “assigned” the female gender at birth but is “OK with my body being a trans body. I’m OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby.”
No word on whether Reese and her husband, the very gay-looking Biff Chaplow (who could stand dose or two of testosterone himself), are likewise OK in their mental illness, because Reese is no “man.” If they both believe Reese is a man, they both need psychological counseling. She’s just a woman who took testosterone, grew a beard and cut her hair short.
But this is all very confusing. The Daily Mail tells us that Chaplow is indeed gay. And in a YouTube video about their experience with pregnancy, both claim to be gay.
But I thought “gay” meant being attracted to people with the same body parts. Reese is a woman who looks like a man but kept her female parts. Chaplow is a man who looks (somewhat) like a man and still has his male parts. So what we have is, essentially, a traditional marriage of a woman (a purposely odd-looking woman, but a woman nonetheless) and a man (an odd-looking effeminate man, but a man nonetheless), who conceived a child. And this is news? And Reese is not even the first woman claiming to be a man to give birth.
The couple claims the baby is boy. But if, as we are told and the couple obviously believes, “gender is fluid,” how do they know? And aren’t they being insensitive by enforcing traditional sexual stereotypes on him?
Math is hard, but some things aren’t
After Donald Trump announced a ban on transgenders in the military, citing “medical costs” as one of the reasons for the policy change, the CIA propaganda mill Washington Post told us that the U.S. military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on medical care for transgender troops. This claim could generously be called specious and more accurately be described as bunk.
The Post uses a Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Department of Defense that estimated the military will pay $2.4 million to $8.4 million annually for “the typical health-care costs for gender-transition-related medical treatment” for active duty military, and an analysis by the Military Times that the DOD spent $84 million on erectile dysfunction medications in 2014 as the basis for its claim.
But the two figures are apples and kumquats. The spending for addadictomy and cutadictomy treatments are assumed to be for active duty military only, of which there are about 1.3 million troops. The Military Times analysis was based on spending for everyone under the DoD umbrella: civilian employees, National Guard and reservists, retirees and active duty. So the Military Times was looking at spending for 4.9 million people, or almost four times as many as the Rand Corp. study considered.
In fact, the Military Times report breaks down the costs somewhat and tells us that from 2004 to 2014 there were 102,885 prescriptions written for ED medications for active duty troops totaling $7.67 million.
Also from the report:
More than half of those were classified as “psychogenic,” meaning the dysfunction was related to psychiatric rather than physical causes.
A number of factors can contribute to ED, from mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, to medications for treating physical and mental conditions as well as injuries, illness and aging.
In other words, it’s not just a bunch of horny old men in need of a quick pick-me-up who is getting ED medications. It’s largely troops who have been injured physically, mentally and emotionally who are getting the drug.
It should be noted that while $7.67 million and $8.4 million sounds like a lot of money to us rubes, it’s just a drop in the proverbial bucket in the District of Criminals (or about the cost of one M1 Abrams tank or one-tenth of an F/A-18 E, or one-fourth of an Apache helicopter) from a military budget of $540 billion.
Chalk up another win for Holy Scripture
A favorite tactic of the anti-God people is to take a portion of Holy Scripture out of context and attempt to use it to disprove the Bible as the infallible word of God. And so it wasn’t surprising to see the British newspaper, The Independent, and other MSM outlets reporting on a study in the American Journal of Human Genetics hit us with this headline: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon.”
Seems some intrepid scientists scuttling around in the ruins of the Canaanite city of Sidon uncovered some remains dating from 3,700 years ago, extracted some DNA and sequenced their genome. They learned that modern Lebanese people inherited about 90 percent of their DNA from the Canaanites, indicating that Canaanites survived a Biblical purge. AJHG reported the researchers’ findings.
The Independent implies that the existence of Canaanite DNA in Lebanese people prove the Bible is hokum. To make its case, the article tells us:
For God had ordered the Israelites to slaughter the apparently sinful Canaanites, saying: “You shall not leave alive anything that breathes. But you shall utterly destroy them.” And, according to the Old Testament’s Book of Joshua, they did just that:
“Thus Joshua struck all the land, the hill country and the Negev and the lowland and the slopes and all their kings. He left no survivor, but he utterly destroyed all who breathed, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded….  He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Joshua. 10:40, 11:15)
The “You shall not leave alive anything that breathes” passage comes from Deuteronomy 20:16. In context, it reads:
But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded, that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 20:16-18 (ESV)
So we see that God did indeed instruct the Israelites to utterly destroy the Canaanites. But The Independent runs off the rails from there.
Chapters 10 and 11 of Joshua describe exactly what all he conquered. And it wasn’t Sidon. In fact, God chastises the Israelites in the book of Judges numerous times for failing to utterly destroy the Canaanites as He commanded. Their disobedience of this and other commands led to their apostasy and, ultimately, their rejection by God and, finally, the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.
So no, the Bible doesn’t say the Canaanites were wiped out. In fact, it’s made quite clear they were not, so and it’s not at all surprising that Canaanite DNA is found in Lebanon. And anyone who has actually read the Bible would know this.
Trump is not as fit as Obama or Bush Jr. So what?
Politico is concerned that Donald Trump isn’t as active as previous presidents and recently informed us that he’s the least athletic president in generations. Their concern grew while watching Trump ride a golf cart on a tour of the National Museum in Riyadh, and, a few days later when he rode a cart part of the way up a hill on a 700-yard trek for a photo op while the other heads of state walked.
Politico’s concern for Trump’s well-being is laudable. He’s said to be 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds and enjoys fast food – especially Kentucky Fried Chicken — and red meat. He likes his steak well-done and served with ketchup, which is a crime against humanity. But Politico doesn’t bother to zing him for that, indicating their priorities are completely out of whack.
They just don’t like that he doesn’t play basketball like Barack Obama (who smoked), or jog or bicycle like George W. Bush (who drank), or jog like Bill Clinton (who was likewise overweight and ate Big Macs and who was 25 years younger when took office).
Trump is 71. He’s been pampered his whole life. But he was indefatigable on the campaign trail, whereas Hillary Clinton was constantly collapsing and disappearing and was racked by a violent cough that often interrupted her speeches.
And curiously, any mention during the campaign that Hillary mighthave a health problem was quickly dubbed as fake news.