A Raven and a Swan

I had no idea that Aesop was trans-species-phobic.  I’m glad I found out!  Here’s the proof:

From Aesop for children:

A Raven, which you know is black as coal, was envious of the Swan, because her feathers were as white as the purest snow. The foolish bird got the idea that if he lived like the Swan, swimming and diving all day long and eating the weeds and plants that grow in the water, his feathers would turn white like the Swan’s.

So he left his home in the woods and fields and flew down to live on the lakes and in the marshes. But though he washed and washed all day long, almost drowning himself at it, his feathers remained as black as ever. And as the water weeds he ate did not agree with him, he got thinner and thinner, and at last he died.


A change of habits will not alter nature.

Source: http://fablesofaesop.com/the-raven-and-the-swan.html


The Concentrated Madness of the Moment

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes:

Here is a quick and generally reliable rule to follow. If people have always said it, it is probably true; it is the distilled wisdom of the ages. If people have not always said it, but everybody is saying it now, it is probably a lie; it is the concentrated madness of the moment.

Source: qtd. in http://wmbriggs.com/post/21302/

They Can Make You Commit Atrocities


“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”


Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/20527-those-who-can-make-you-believe-absurdities-can-make-you

Debating with Liberals

Fran Vesel - Portret jokajoče dekliceRalph M. Peterson offers some observations about debating with modern liberals:

Liberals don’t think – they feel, and then they react to their feelings…

…If you want to win arguments with liberals, you have to learn to play dirty.

Read more here: http://notallowed2laff.blogspot.ca/2015/01/why-conservatives-cannot-win-arguments.html

When under an SJW attack, Vox Day’s “SJW Attack Survival Guide” is also helpful to consult.  It can be found at Vox Day’s website, in the right sidebar under the “Castalia New Releases” section.



A collection of people’s thoughts on the new trans-everythingism movement:

On Trans-Everythingism in General:

Joseph Backholm:

While feminism, transgenderism, and homosexuality hold positions that cannot be reconciled with each other, it is of no concern to them because their goal is not to discover what is true. Quite the opposite. They are united by a common desire to make the world embrace their belief that nothing is true except the things they want to be true.

They are declaring independence from a fixed reality.

Read more: http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2015/06/04/the-self-defeating-logic-of-transgenderism/

Stand to Reason:

Remember when I talked about our culture biting absurd bullets? Here’s how it works:

  1. A group argues for something by citing a reason that expresses a particular principle.
  2. Other people point out that the reason given for A would argue equally for situation B, such that if we accept A because of that principle, then we must also accept the absurd B.
  3. Though step #2 is intended to demonstrate that the principle being used to reason to A is faulty (since it equally supports absurd outcome B), instead of recognizing this, those arguing for A double down on their principle and accept B.

Read more: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2015/06/more-doubling-down-on-faulty-principles.html



A Canadian university teacher has argued during a radio interview doctors should amputate the limbs of able-bodied, physically healthy individuals who consider themselves “transabled,” positing such extreme procedures will help those people feel “empowered.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/prof-doctors-should-amputate-healthy-limbs/#KqlyMWDx5Iw12oRD.99


Charlotte Allen:

Blanchard’s theory is that transgenders fall into two distinct categories whose sexual orientations, interests, choice of careers, and even, to a large extent, social class are violently different from each other. One of those categories he calls “homosexual” transgenders, whose sexual attraction, from childhood to death, is strictly toward members of their own genetic sex. Among males, they’re the extremely effeminate boys who identify as girls in early childhood, play with dolls and other girls’ toys, and shun the rough-and-tumble play typical of boys their age. Studies at Vanderbilt and the University of London have shown that 70 to 80 percent of those trans-children grow out of their trans-identity at puberty and become, simply, gay adolescents and, later, gay adult men. The 20 to 30 percent who do take formal steps toward transitioning, Blanchard believes, are a self-selected group who, thanks to their more delicate looks, can function fairly successfully as women. “They’re people who might be unsuccessful as men,” Blanchard said…

By contrast, Blanchard discovered that the predominant form that trangenderism takes in the West today involves men who, as men, have never identified as homosexual in their erotic attractions, but rather as heterosexual, bisexual, or asexual. Those men, his research revealed, tended to make their transitions in their mid-to-late thirties, or even later​—​at least a full decade on average after the homosexual transgenders did. Furthermore, many of those men were married and fathers before they came out.

Read more: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/transgender-triumph_859614.html?page=3

Come Reason Ministries:

If Dolezal’s act is galling, then how much more galling is the idea that one can change the outward appearance of one’s hair, face, and genitals to appear as sex different from your biology. The transgender community would reduce the definition of a man or a woman to injectable hormones and plastic surgery.

Read more: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2015/06/the-rachel-dolezal-ordeal-show-why-race.html


Rachel Dolezal:

When pressed further about her race, she told KREM; ‘I actually don’t like the term African-American. I prefer black, and I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3122205/White-NAACP-leader-pretended-black-pictured-time-scandal-broke-responds-atatcks-saying-don-t-two-sh-ts-gusy-think.html

Denny Burk:

Dolezal was not born black, yet she wishes now to identify with the black community. She is, after all, the head of the NAACP in Spokane. Whatever her reasons for doing so, she has adopted a social identity that conflicts with her biological identity. And everyone agrees that doing such a thing is a farcical and potentially deceptive.

The parallels between her case and that of Bruce Jenner and the transgender issue would appear to be fairly obvious. Transgender persons are people who adopt a social identity at odds with their biological identity. And yet, we are told that Bruce Jenner is to be congratulated while Rachel Dolezal is to be censured. The inconsistency would appear to be obvious, right?

Read more: http://www.dennyburk.com/red-and-yellow-black-and-white-we-can-be-all-of-them-in-his-sight-racheldolezal/#more-30715

Vox Day on “WrongSkinism:”

Who is she to question Rachel’s truth? If Rachel felt her father was black, then he was. So ignorant! Race is just a social construct.

Read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2015/06/so-brave.html

Douglas Wilson:

Why is it that Bruce Jenner, a male passing himself off as a female, is hailed by all and sundry for his courage, while Rachel Dolezal, a white woman passing herself off as black, is being treated as a fraud?…

Why is Dolezal not permitted to play by the same rules as Jenner and simply self-identify as black?

Read more: https://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/black-is-black-i-want-my-country-back.html

Sean Davis:

Rachel Dolezal changing her wardrobe, her makeup, and her hair do not make her black. Pretty much everyone seems to agree on that, for obvious reasons. You don’t turn red into blue by magically declaring that red is now blue.

And yet, the Left and the media would have us believe that Bruce Jenner can become a woman by…changing his name, his wardrobe, his makeup, and his hair. How can you logically square the belief that Jenner is a hero while Dolezal is a mental case? Well, you can’t.

Read more: http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/12/if-rachel-dolezal-isnt-black-how-is-caitlyn-jenner-a-woman/

Trans-Speciesism (Otherkin/Therians):

On the Social Construct Theory of Truth

James Faris discusses the implications of the postmodern view of truth:

The social construct theory essentially asserts that truth is what the society agrees upon as being the truth; the one absolute is that there are no absolutes. Thus, murder is wrong because everyone agrees that it is wrong, not because it is objectively wrong.

Read more: http://gentlereformation.com/2015/05/13/the-chickens-of-postmodernism/