Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Watercooler ~ The Same-Sex Marriage Trap

Progressives are language manipulation masters. Their arguments for or against an issue are designed to corner you with words created to make the ill-prepared and/or the simple-minded retreat from the argument. And they love to play victim and scream about their rights being violated if you do not cave into their demands. Such is the case with those whose mission is to redefine marriage.

If you look at the history of the so-called “gay rights movement” over the last twenty years or so, they have changed the language they use when they see danger encroaching upon previous terminology. Recall when the preferred term to refer to homosexual relationships was sexual preference? Like preferring chocolate over vanilla, a person’s preferred choice of engaging in sex with the same sex was simply that — a preference. Until it became clear that they needed to up the ante because the term sexual preference implied choice as in free-will. Refusing to allow people to believe homosexuals choose their behavior, the terminology was suddenly changed to “sexual orientation” and the argument centered around the permanence and unchangeable nature of a person being born gay. Never mind that the science does not support that theory. It is so because they say it is so. End of discussion.

Now, the movement has reached full-blown maturation and the language gurus are using the deceptive term “marriage equality” to make you cringe at the thought of denying someone a right that should be available to all. Tricky tricks of the language gurus who really are just manipulation masters.

Here’s a great clip showing Ryan Anderson calmly and rationally dismantle their argument in less than five minutes:

Well done, Ryan.

The Watercooler is always an open thread.

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Erick Erickson with a Preview of the RedState Gathering

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Surprise outcome. Incompetent ATF accepts incompetence as the norm


While nearly everyone is familiar with Operation Fast & Furious, the failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) scheme to create facts that would lead to gun control laws in the United States, fewer are familiar with a similar program run in Milwaukee, WI called Operation Fearless. Where Fast & Furious was a combination of maliciousness and epic incompetence that has led to the deaths of hundreds of people, including a US Border Patrol agent, Operation Fearless is a veritable clown car stupidity. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which broke the case last year:

Members of both parties in Congress have been calling for accountability since the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported problems in Operation Fearless in early 2013.

The investigation found agents used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to promote the operation and then arrested him; allowed armed felons to leave the store; arrested four of the wrong people; paid such high prices for guns that people bought guns from stores and sold them to agents for a profit; and failed to secure the store, resulting in the operation being burglarized.

Special Agent Michael Aalto, the lead undercover agent, had his guns stolen, including a machine gun, which has not been recovered.

Not surprisingly, Operation Fearless was not limited to Milwaukee. It mirrored similar operations in Albuquerque, NM, Pensacola, FL, Portland, OR, Wichita, KS, and other cities.

In any sane organization the people who dreamed up this stunt and managed it would be fired and anyone working on it without objecting would be subjected to career-ending disciplinary action. The reason is simple, no one involved in Operation Fearless had the intelligence, integrity, or commonsense to be allowed to possess a badge, gun and the right to kill fellow citizens. But we are talking about the ATF here. The Journal Sentinel set out to find what the ATF had done in response to this egregious pseudo-investigation:

James Burch, the ATF’s assistant director for governmental affairs, wrote that seven special agents involved in the Milwaukee sting were reviewed.

The ATF’s Professional Review Board proposed a reprimand for one agent and issued a “memorandum of caution” — the mildest action the board can take — to three others.

The agent who faced a reprimand ultimately received the less serious memorandum of caution. That decision was made by an ATF official whose name was not included in the letter.

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