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USAID Should Further U.S. Interests, Not ‘Safe Spaces’
The foreign-aid budget is vital. But it includes plenty that’s wasteful and counterproductive.
March 20, 2017
Mr. Moyar is author of “Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty through Human Capital” (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
The Trump administration’s new budget outline calls for a 28% cut in funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Defenders of USAID insist that foreign aid is vital to advancing U.S. interests. They’re right—but there’s also plenty of waste.
On its website, USAID explains that the “Purple My School” program, a joint venture with the United Nations, “encourages peers, teachers and parents to become allies of LGBTI students” in eight Asian countries. “Through teachers’ facilitation, students discuss issues surrounding homophobia, how to create safe spaces for LGBTI students, and are encouraged to wear, draw, or make something purple.” (The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.)
To promote transgender rights in Central America, USAID has “helped Guatemala’s Election Tribunal update election manuals and provide trainings to electoral officials on how to be sensitive to people whose appearances are not congruent with the birth name on their personal identification card.”
Liz Wheeler Stumps All Over “The Day Without A Woman” And She’s RIGHT!!!!!
The more information that becomes available regarding the problems Europe is having with the migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa, the more obvious it is that the culture these men and boys were raised in is not compatible with Western behavior There does not seem to be respect for women or for their rights or respect for the rule of law. It definitely seems to be a clash of civilizations. NancyTHE WEEKLY STANDARD
The Truth About SwedenAs Saul Bellow said, ‘A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep’Firemen extinguish a burning car on the third straight night of riots by immigrant youths around Stockholm, May 21, 2013.
Photo credit: Fredrik Sandberg / Scanipx Sweden / AP
“I often use Sweden as a deterring example.”
The words are not those of Donald Trump, but Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In an interview with Swedish public television in January, the former NATO secretary general and Danish prime minister described Sweden’s immigration policy as a failure and a warning to other countries. But it was President Trump’s unclear and slightly confused reference to Sweden during his February 18 rally in Florida that has turned attention to the Scandinavian country of 10 million and the details of its migrant experience. Sweden has accepted more refugees per capita in recent years than any other country in Europe. “Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” Trump said. Since then, Swedes have seen facts about their country, and many exaggerations and misconceptions, used as arguments in an American domestic debate.
But there are, in fact, good reasons for Americans to care about Sweden’s problems. First, because Sweden’s failure to integrate its immigrants, in line with Rasmussen’s observation, carries lessons for other countries; second, because Swedish news reporting and public discourse on immigration and integration are restricted by taboos. Swedish journalists and public figures who have been outspoken about the problems—and transgressed what the Swedes call the “opinion corridor”—have risked being labeled xenophobes or racists.
Maryland library cancels lesbian pole dancer’s sex-ed classes for teens
LEONARDTOWN, Maryland, March 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Citizens voiced their concerns to St. Mary’s County commissioners on Tuesday night regarding a sex-ed class for minors without parental consent to be taught by a lesbian prostitution advocate in publicly-funded libraries.
The public forum lasted more than three hours, with men and women imploring civic leaders to do all they can to “restore good, wholesome, moral family values again.”
The classes for children ages 12-17 without parents present were canceled.
Lexington Park Library director Michael Blackwell apologized to attendees for making the “mistake” of scheduling the sex-ed class and said he hopes residents will forgive him. Rev. Larry Crabtree of Seek and Ye Shall Find Bible Church vouched for Blackwell’s sincerity.
“It truly was something to behold,” Georgia Kijesky, the homeschooling mother who rallied concerned citizens to call their local libraries, told LifeSiteNews. “Witnessing so many coming together and hearing the sincerity in their pleas made me so very, very proud to be a St. Mary’s County resident.”
Deacon Eamon Ripple of St. John Francis Regis parish in Hollywood, Maryland, gave an impassioned plea to “restore sex as a life-giving sacrament of matrimony instead of reducing it down to a recreational activity bringing harm to our children.”
St. John Francis Regis youth minister Rich Olon exposed lesbian instructor Bianca Palmisano’s bias toward “homosexual education” and transgenderism.
Palmisano was a keynote speaker at the 2013 “Slutwalk.” Olon pointed out that during her speech Palmisano promoted a sex toy shop where she said “polyamorous leather dykes could hang out with kinky bisexuals and couples and compare notes with lifelong swingers, and still welcome those just beginning to explore their sexuality.”
Palmisano added in her “Slutwalk” keynote address, “We host workshops twice a month, bringing in speakers from across the country to share their expertise on everything from blowjobs to threesomes to rough sex.”
Palmisano supporters also spoke at the public forum, calling objections to the sex-ed classes “censorship” and parents “homophobic.” They claimed the public favored the classes and chided county commissioners for caving to pressure.
“Much of the opposition stems from the feeling that an agenda was being pushed in the choice of such a radical liberal extremist to teach, or ‘groom,’ our children on sex,” Olon explained in a letter to the editor of a local paper. “She describes herself on her website as a ‘sex educator, vivacious queer, feminist … ‘ She provides seminars on bondage, sadism and masochism. She is an LGBT activist, a promoter of the legalization of prostitution, and a self-described ‘pole dancer.'”
“Do we really want someone who wears the title ‘Slut’ like a badge of honor teaching children about sex?” asked Olon, who also heads up religious education for the parish. “Should someone who believes that violence has a place in sex be charged with educating our children on sex?”
VIDEO – PRAGER U – WHY I LEFT THE LEFT
According to Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, the “progressive” left needs a new name that more accurately describes the movement. In this week’s video, Dave, who considers himself a true liberal, says that we should call the “progressive left” the “regressive left.” Why? Because progressives today oppose free speech, freedom of religion, and diversity of thought. In other words, progressives have turned liberalism on its head. So if liberals don’t have a home on the left, should they consider themselves conservatives?
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the National Catholic Register.
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” So declared Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri on October 30, 2008, on the cusp of his historic presidential election.
It was a stunning statement, boldly revolutionary, surpassed only by the response of those in attendance, who, rather than pausing to reflect upon such an audacious assertion, wildly applauded. To be sure, these Obama enthusiasts would have ecstatically cheered anything he said at that moment. There was a full-fledged Obama personality cult in motion at that time. He could’ve promised a box of “Lucky Charms” cereal in every home and gotten a giddy reaction. Obama himself admitted to serving as a kind of “blank screen” upon which Americans desiring some warm and fuzzy “hope and change” could project whatever they wanted.
But even then, the words “fundamentally transform” should have alarmed everyone. We Americans generally don’t do fundamental transformation. We make changes, yes, small and large, but who among us—other than the most radical revolutionaries—actually want to fundamentally transform the nation? Many people think that America has many problems, but those can be addressed without a fundamental transformation. Ask professors who teach history or political ideologies (as I have for two decades) and we will tell you that totalitarianism is the ideology that fundamentally transforms. Indeed, the textbook definition of totalitarianism, which I’ve scribbled on the chalkboard every fall and spring semester since 1997, is to seek to fundamentally transform—specifically, to fundamentally transform human nature via some form of political-ideological-cultural upheaval.
THE DAILY SIGNAL
Standing Up to Political Bullying Is What Voters Want
After a month of counting absentee and provisional ballots, exploring voter fraud, and recounting 90,000+ ballots in one of the progressive strongholds of the state that were turned in at 11:30 p.m. on election night, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory conceded that he lost his re-election on Dec. 5.
McCrory lost his re-election by only 10,277 out of 4.7 million votes, or two-tenths of 1 percent. However, repeal of the H.B. 2 “bathroom bill” is not the lesson to be learned from the election.
The governor’s race in North Carolina had barely concluded before the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT groups began taking credit for having unseated the one-term governor over his refusal to back down to their bullying.
The Human Rights Campaign engaged in an eight-month smear campaign against the state of North Carolina—with McCrory as the primary target—over the passage of North Carolina’s privacy law, which blocked a Charlotte city ordinance that would have allowed men into women’s bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities.
The Human Rights Campaign points to highly suspect internal polling as proof that this issue was his downfall, but the facts bear out a different conclusion. McCrory’s strong stance for privacy and safety and ensuring that local laws do not impose financial and legal liability on businesses actually helped him in his re-election bid, rather than hurting him.