GENDER ABSURDITY: A nation, led by pop culture, descends into chaos


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LAW PROPOSED FOR NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATES WITH “X” AS GENDER 

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, I want to take you to a couple of news stories, one out of Fox News and the other out of World Magazine. The Fox News story reports that a New York City proposal would allow people born in New York City the option to choose a third gender on their birth certificates. This would allow adults to go back and change their birth certificates from male or female to the new “X” category.

DR. REEDER: New York and California seem to be the arbiters of pop culture movements. Pop culture is the product of the various dynamics of the society, all the way from shows that are produced to the jokes that are funny, to the books that are written and the songs that are sung. Therefore, now we’re going to have a culture in which you can’t just look at people and say, “Well, that’s he or she,” because now we have said that people can self-identify.

Clearly, the confusion and loss of objectivity in this post-modern world and the absence of any categories of any accuracy and common sense based upon truth — not only ethical absolutes, but created absolutes — simply by observation like, “That’s a man,” or “That’s a woman.” “No, I may have the biological apparatus of that, but I’ve decided I am not that. You have to then set aside any common sense in your life and accommodate the chaos that I have selected in my life.”

 WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS TYPE OF CULTURE? IT UNRAVELS

Well, that leads to the unraveling of a culture. Where does that come from? Folks, that comes from just basic reality that we have lost sensibility in the issue of origins. Atheistic, Darwinian evolution has now brought us to the point that there is no creator who has sovereignly made us in His image, male and female; has sovereignly instituted certain dynamics such as the sanctity of work, the sanctity of rest, the sanctity of sexuality within the sanctity of marriage.

All of that is dismissed and now we are right back to two books in the Bible: The Book of Judges and the other is the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the book of Judges, it repeatedly says that, “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes,” and that, of course, leads to a lifestyle that’s affirmed and developed by Solomon in his book of Ecclesiastes. A culture in which everyone does what is right in their own eyes becomes a culture of two things: chaos and vanity and the word “vanity” means emptiness — confusion and emptiness.

PENNSYLVANIA CASE IGNORES STUDENTS’ PLEAS FOR PRIVACY

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, lest anyone think that this is just related to what the latest song is talking about, it’s actually entered into our court system. Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and the other in Virginia, disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

Only four minutes into one of the oral arguments in Pennsylvania, Circuit Judge Theodore McKee stopped plaintiff’s attorney, Randall Winger, and forbade him to use the word “sex” and “opposite sex”. He said, “When you use the word ‘sex,’ you complicate the discussion. It’s not that simple. That’s why I use the term ‘transgender boy or girl’ to try to get around that problem.”

DR. REEDER: And then you’re going to have to come up with more adjectives and more adverbs. “I’m not really a transgender boy; I’m a transgender X.” “Oh, by the way, I’m not really transgender; I’m pangender.” Therefore, the alphabet, LGBTQ+ has now become LGBTQIA+. It continues on ad infinitum, ad absurdum.

POP CULTURE SHOULD NOT MAKE LAWS FOR OUR LAND

Legislative initiatives such as what’s happened in New York both reflect the pop culture and add to the pop culture and then that shows up in judicial rulings that are not based upon constitutional law of a locality or a state or a nation, but they’re based upon pop culture. That judge’s comments, as nonsensical as they are, do make sense if you embrace the cultural anomalies you see today.

We have now a pop culture that says you are not what God made you; you are what you want to consider yourself. “Every man does and is and embraces what is right in his own eyes.” The only thing is, you can’t say that anymore because you can’t use the word “man”. Now you’ve got to use the word “every entity” is what they say they are in their own eyes.

LACK OF PRIVACY, MODESTY AND BOUNDARIES IS MARK OF PAGANISM

In the very court case that you’re talking about, people are trying to get security in privacy and modesty in a public facility. We did a program yesterday on my trip to Israel. One of the things I do is I take people to the ruins of Bashan. Bashan was a Canaanite city that became an Israeli city or a Jewish city when Joshua came into the land, but never fully occupied and, therefore, remained in the hands of the Canaanites, heavily influenced by Egyptian pharaohs who had a control of the trade route and the Romans finally conquered it.

I take people right beside the theater to the public facilities and then I made the comment, “One of the marks of civilization is a public facility but you will notice there is no male or female in this public facility.” Now, on the one hand, there was a public facility — that’s the mark of a civilization is that the government, for general welfare, will make a public facility, ingenious public facilities, by the way, with even running water and how it was put together — but there was no privacy. Why? A pagan world and life view.

Then, when Christianity comes, you not only have the matter of a public facility that makes available things to people in the necessities of life, but now privacy and modesty is given. Now we have, in our descent into a pagan world and life view, you’ve got rulings from these very courts where students have come and said, “I want to go to a locker room and a bathroom where I don’t have to share it with someone of the ‘opposite sex,’” and, in the presentation, they’re told you can’t even use the language “opposite sex”.

CONFUSION LEADS TO DICTATORSHIP

What’s at loss? Privacy, modesty. What will happen from that? Chaos, confusion, molestations and all other things — the door’s wide open for voyeurism and everything else that, used to, we did not have in the sensibilities of a culture and the sanctities of that culture, including the sanctity of true privacy. Isn’t it interesting that we claim privacy to advance the right of the killing of an unborn child, but we will not affirm privacy for someone to be able to have modesty and security in a public facility?

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, as we continue to go down this road, what’s the ultimate outcome?

DR. REEDER: Everything’s going to become meaningless. Without objectivity, you can’t have liberty. You’ve got to have something that is objectively true in order to have true liberty. Liberty without objective truth is nothing more than anarchy and every man does what’s right in his own eyes. Court systems scramble to affirm what every man does what’s right in his own eyes and people cannot live with confusion, emptiness and chaos. That leads to dictatorships and that leads to somebody rising up and saying, “Hey, I can bring order to this confusion.”

Whenever you lose the absolutes, then you lose true liberty. We have a home and we have about 20 yards in our backyard, and then there’s a cliff on the other side of that. Well, when my grandchildren come over, they come and play in the backyard and Cindy gives them about 5 yards and that’s about it, because she doesn’t want them to go off the edge of the cliff. However, if I put a fence up, now they get the full 20 yards.

That’s what objective true law does — it’s built on ethical, true absolutes and it puts the fences up and that’s what gives full and true liberty, liberty that’s within the boundaries of what is true and what is absolute and what is law.

When you have an atheistic world and life view, then there are no realities and there is only what exists by virtue of chance and mutation. Therefore, humanity says, “We’ll make it what we want to be instead of we will conform to what God has revealed that it is,” and that leads to emptiness and that leads to a way of life that no one can accept, which means it creates a culture in which dictators become welcome and flourish.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin, editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News, who has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and whose work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

8 hours ago

Are you afraid to answer the phone?

Millions of Americans fear answering their phone due to a plague of billions of robocalls. These calls have made a mockery of the national Do Not Call Registry and touch on several public policy questions.

We had seemingly ended the problem of unwanted telemarketing calls. Congress authorized the Do Not Call Registry in 2003 after more than a decade of calls disrupting the peace and quiet of our homes. Fines of $11,000 per violation largely put telemarketing companies, with hundreds of thousands of employees, out of business.

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Why have unwanted calls returned? VOIP technology (voice over internet protocol) allowed anyone with a computer and an internet connection to make thousands of calls. A handful of responses can make thousands of calls worthwhile when the cost is almost zero. Furthermore, technology makes robocallers mobile and elusive.

By contrast, telemarketing firms employed hundreds of people at call centers. The authorities could find and fine telemarketers. Firms had to comply with the Do Not Call registry, even if forced out of business.

Technology further frustrates the control of robocalls. Spoofing makes a call appear to be from a different number. Spoofing a local number increases the chance of someone answering, defeats caller ID, and makes identifying the calls’ source difficult.

By contrast, technology allowed the elimination of spam email. It’s easy to forget that fifteen years ago spam threatened the viability of email. Email providers connected accounts to IP addresses and eventually identified and blocked spammers. Google estimates that spam is less than 0.1 percent of Gmail users’ emails.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banned almost all robocalls in 2009 (political campaigns and schools were excepted). Yet the volume of calls and complaints from the public rise every year. And the “quality” of the solicitations is lower: legitimate businesses employed telemarketers, while most robocalls seem to be scams.

Telephone companies and entrepreneurs are deploying apps and services to block robocalls. The robocallers then respond, producing a technological arms race. The technology of this arms race, however, is beyond me.

I’d rather consider some issues robocalls raise. The root of the problem is some people’s willingness to swindle others. Although we all know there are some bad people in the world, free market economists typically emphasize the costs and consequences of government regulations over the cheats and frauds who create the public’s demand for regulation. People can disagree whether a level of fraud warrants regulation, but free marketers should not dismiss the fear of swindlers.

Robocalls also highlight the enormous inefficiency of theft. Thieves typically get 25 cents on the dollar (or less) when selling stolen goods. Getting $1,000 via theft requires stealing goods worth $4,000 or more. In addition, thieves invest time and effort planning and carrying out crimes, while we invest millions in locks, safes, burglar alarms, and police departments to protect our property. America would be much richer if we did not have to protect against thieves or robocallers.

Finally, having the government declare something illegal does not necessarily solve a problem. Our politicians like to pass a law or regulation and announce, “problem solved.” Identifying and punishing robocallers is difficult; the FTC had only brought 33 cases in nearly ten years. And less than ten percent of the over $300 million in fines and relief for consumers levied against robocallers had been collected. Government has no pixie dust which magically solves hard problems.

The difficulty of enforcing a law or regulation does not necessarily imply we should not act. The Federal Communications Commission, for instance, recently approved letting phone companies block unwanted calls by default, and perhaps this will prove effective. We should weigh the costs of laws and regulations against a realistic projection of benefits and laws failing to solve problems as promised should be revised or repealed.
Still, a law that accomplishes little can have value. Cursing robocalls accomplishes little yet can be cathartic. A law that costs little might provide us satisfaction until technology solves the problem.

Daniel Sutter is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University and host of Econversations on TrojanVision. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Troy University.

9 hours ago

VIDEO: Culverhouse vs. UA, Trump and Biden battle in Iowa, the Bentley saga could be over and more on Guerrilla Politics

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— Why did the media get the story with Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. and Alabama so wrong?

— Is the Iowa slap-fight between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden a 2020 preview?

— Now that former ALEA head Spencer Collier has settled his case with the state over his firing, is the sordid Bentley saga over?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by State Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) to discuss medical marijuana, the prison special session and the lottery.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” that calls out Joe Biden for lying about the lack of lies and scandals in the Obama administration.

VIDEO: Culverhouse/UA, Trump and Biden battle in Iowa, the Bentley saga could be over and more on Guerrilla Politics

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN.

10 hours ago

Alabama team targets international connections at SelectUSA Investment Summit

Alabama is home to a diverse lineup of international companies, and the state’s business recruiters are looking to expand those ranks.

The economic development team is in Washington D.C. at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which starts today and is the premier foreign direct investment (FDI) event in the U.S.

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FDI is a significant part of Alabama’s economy. Last year alone, it came from 16 different countries, for a total of $4.2 billion in investment and 7,520 new and future jobs.

Since 2013, the state has attracted $12.8 billion in FDI, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. It’s spread across a variety of sectors, including automotive, aerospace and bioscience.

“Team Alabama is looking to capitalize on a record-breaking year for FDI in the state, by continuing to build partnerships with world-class international companies looking to grow in the U.S.,” said Vince Perez, a project manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce.

SHOWCASING ALABAMA

SelectUSA is led by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its annual summit regularly attracts top industry leaders and investors from around the globe. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 2,800 attendees from more than 70 international markets and 49 U.S. states and territories.

Participants of the past five summits have announced $103.6 billion in greenfield FDI in the U.S. within five years of attending, supporting more than 167,000 U.S. jobs.

“We are excited to have another opportunity to showcase Alabama’s vibrant business climate that’s been cultivated over the years through business-friendly policies,” Perez said.

“This year’s Investment Summit is very timely as we will be armed with the recently passed Incentives Modernization Act, which upgraded our already-strong incentive tool kit, making us more marketable than ever.”

The measure targets counties that have had slower economic growth. In particular, it expands the number of rural counties that qualify for investment and tax credit incentives. It also enhances incentives for technology companies.

Joining the Commerce Department at the SelectUSA Summit are PowerSouth, the North Alabama Industrial Development Association, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Alabama Power Co., and Spire.

Speakers at the summit will include key government and industry leaders who will discuss opportunities in a broad range of areas and industries, such as energy, infrastructure, agriculture and technology.

FDI supports nearly 14 million American jobs, and it is responsible for $370 billion in U.S. goods exports. The U.S. has more FDI than any other country, topping $4 trillion.

(Courtesy of Made in Alabama)

A ‘Story Worth Sharing’: Yellowhammer News and Serquest partner to award monthly grants to Alabama nonprofits

Christmas is the season of giving, helping others and finding magic moments among seemingly ordinary (and occasionally dreary) days. What better way to welcome this season than to share what Alabamians are doing to help others?

Yellowhammer News and Serquest are partnering to bring you, “A Story Worth Sharing,” a monthly award given to an Alabama based nonprofit actively making an impact through their mission. Each month, the winning organization will receive a $1,000 grant from Serquest and promotion across the Yellowhammer Multimedia platforms.

Yellowhammer and Serquest are looking for nonprofits that go above and beyond to change lives and make a difference in their communities.

Already have a nonprofit in mind to nominate? Great!

Get started here with contest guidelines and a link to submit your nomination:

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Nominations are now open and applicants only need to be nominated once. All non-winning nominations will automatically be eligible for selection in subsequent months. Monthly winners will be announced via a feature story that will be shared and promoted on Yellowhammer’s website, email and social media platforms.

Submit your nomination here.

Our organizations look forward to sharing these heartwarming and positive stories with you over the next few months as we highlight the good works of nonprofits throughout our state.

Serquest is an Alabama based software company founded by Hammond Cobb, IV of Montgomery. The organization sees itself as, “Digital road and bridge builders in the nonprofit sector to help people get where they want to go faster, life’s purpose can’t wait.”

Learn more about Serquest here.

12 hours ago

Alabama Power wins Electric Edison Institute awards for power restoration efforts following Hurricane Michael

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) awarded Alabama Power with the EEI “Emergency Assistance Award” and the  “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after Hurricane Michael hit Alabama, Georgia, and Florida in October 2018.
The Emergency Assistance Award and Emergency Recovery Award are given to EEI member companies to recognize their efforts to assist other electric companies’ power restoration efforts, and for their own extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process.

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Alabama Power received the awards during the EEI 2019 annual conference.

Alabama Power’s extraordinary efforts were instrumental to restoring service for customers across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida quickly and safely,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “We are pleased to recognize the dedicated crews from Alabama Power for their work to restore service in hazardous conditions and to assist neighboring electric companies in their times of need.”

Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm to make landfall during the 2018 hurricane season, was a Category 5 hurricane with peak winds of 160 mph. The storm hit Mexico Beach, Fla., on October 10 before being downgraded to a tropical storm and traveling northeast through Georgia and several Mid-Atlantic states. Alabama Power sent more than 1,400 lineworkers and 700 trucks to help restore service to customers over the course of two and a half months.

Hurricane Michael also resulted in 89,438 service outages in Alabama Power’s territory. Due to their tireless work, Alabama Power’s crews restored power to 100 percent of customers within four days after the storm, dedicating more than 124-thousand hours to the recovery.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)