“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mike Pompeo’s Senate hearing revealed an important truth. America has been perverted by the left.

The Perversion of America

The question from Sen. Cory Booker was blunt: “Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion? Yes or no?” Sitting in the witness chair at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominated by President Trump to be Secretary of State. The former Kansas congressman began to answer, but Booker interrupted: “Yes or no, sir. Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion that is what you said here in one of your speeches? Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”

Watching this televised interrogation last week, I halfway hoped Pompeo would make the obvious joke: If they’re not having perverted sex, what’s the point of being gay?

Words mean things, and “pervert” originated in 14th-century France, as a verb meaning “to turn away” from correct religious belief, or as a noun synonymous with “apostate.” In the 1890s, the English psychologist Havelock Ellis used “perversion” to describe homosexual behavior in his Studies in the Psychology of Sex, thus borrowing the language of medieval Catholicism for the allegedly “scientific” study of sexual behavior.

Of course, neither Ellis nor anyone else who has made a career of studying sex should be presumed to be neutral and objective about the subject. Like many later such “experts” (including Wilhelm Reich and Alfred Kinsey), Ellis was decidedly weird in his sexual behavior, and his “objective” writing about homosexuality must be viewed with suspicion in light of his own abnormality. Nevertheless, it is to Ellis that we are most indebted for shifting the context of Western society’s understanding of homosexual behavior from the traditional category of religious morality (sin) to medical science (perversion).

This shift from Bible-based language to scientific terminology as the common basis for describing sexual behavior was advanced in the 20th century by Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic disciples. Those who had formerly been deemed sinners in need of prayer were reclassified as patients in need of therapy, and psychiatric “experts” replaced clergy as the guiding authorities in such matters. What had formerly been a crime called sodomy (a term derived from Genesis 19) subject to legal punishment, became instead the symptom of a disease called homosexuality, subject to psychiatric “treatment.” Instead of being sentenced to jail for an illegal act, or seeking advice from a pastor, priest, or rabbi on how to escape sinful temptation, the person diagnosed with homosexual tendencies was sent to the therapist’s office or, in some cases, committed to a mental institution. Words mean things, and this change of terminology about sexual behavior was significant of a major cultural shift in 20th-century America.
Mike Pompeo didn’t have a chance to explore the etymology of the word “perversion” in his Senate testimony last Thursday. Cory Booker wasn’t seeking a historical overview of our society’s understanding of sexuality, but rather was asking about remarks Pompeo made during a June 2015 “God and Country” rally at Summit Church in Wichita, Kansas. Pompeo quoted the words of Summit Church’s senior pastor Joe Wright: “We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.” In fact, those words are from a very famous prayer Pastor Wright gave in 1996 at the Kansas state legislature, which provoked nationwide attention as the evangelical minister asked God’s forgiveness for a number of sins. That 277-word prayer has been reprinted many times and circulated widely over the Internet and, while it may seem shocking to Democrats and their media allies, the words Pompeo quoted from Pastor Wright reflect the Bible-based beliefs of the vast majority of Christians in America today.

“Yes or no,” Cory Booker demanded, “do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”
Of course it is, if words have any meaning, but Mike Pompeo was there to be confirmed as Secretary of State, not to give a lecture about etymology, theology, or moral philosophy. A student of rhetoric might observe that Booker was not asking Pompeo whether homosexuality can be defined as a perversion; anyone could consult a dictionary for that. Rather, the New Jersey Democrat was interested in the negative connotation of the word “perversion.” In large measure due to the influence of Havelock Ellis, “pervert” became a vulgar insult in the 20th century. To be a pervert was to be sick — mentally defective — and as psychology replaced Christianity as the prevailing standard of social and legal judgment, “pervert” carried a stigma, a connotation of disapproval. For the sake of rhetorical accuracy, therefore, Sen. Booker’s repeated questions in Thursday’s hearing might be rephrased: “Do you disapprove of homosexual behavior?”

Here we arrive at the real truth of the matter. Pastor Wright might provide a scriptural exegesis, invoking various Bible passages (e.g.,Genesis 1:27-28Leviticus 18:22Romans 1:24-28) to justify the Christian faith’s disapproval of homosexuality. Americans are guaranteed both freedom of religion and freedom of speech by the First Amendment of the Constitution, and so no Christian can be compelled to approve of homosexuality, nor can any American be forbidden to express their opinion on the subject. It might have behooved Pompeo to turn the question around on Sen. Booker: “Does the Democratic Party believe in the First Amendment or not? Yes or no, Senator?”

Do we have a right to our own opinions, or is it now “hate speech” for anyone to say they disapprove of homosexuality? This concerned the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the series of decisions — Lawrence v. Texas (2003), United States v. Windsor (2013), and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) — in which the Supreme Court first struck down the right of states to outlaw sodomy, then voided the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and finally mandated that same-sex marriage must be recognized in all 50 states. Anyone can read Scalia’s dissent in the Lawrence case, where he prophesied the “far-reaching implications” of the 5-4 majority ruling as ominous of “a massive disruption of the current social order.” Four times in that dissent, Scalia quoted the majority’s claim that an “emerging awareness” of sexual freedom justified overturning the Court’s 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick decision, which had upheld Georgia’s sodomy law. The majority opinion in Bowers was written by Justice Byron White, who had been appointed to the Court by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, indicating that not long ago — within the lifetime of many readers — there were actually Democrats who disapproved of homosexuality.

Times change, and we are now governed by what I’ve called the Emerging Awareness Doctrine. Once an “awareness” of sexual liberation begins to “emerge” as a principle of law, who knows where it might lead? If the Supreme Court could locate a federal “right” to same-sex marriage somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment, what other unexpected mischief might be found there? Some people have interpreted the Obergefell ruling to mean that citizens can be compelled to provide wedding cakes for same-sex marriage ceremonies, and why stop there? Perhaps next we’ll all be required to attend the nearest Gay Pride parade, under penalty of laws forbidding “discrimination” against the LGBTQ community.
Sarcastic humor about homosexuality is not yet illegal, of course, although it would be unwise to make any such jokes on a university campus in America, where the activist mobs are intolerant of anyone who refuses to participate in the compulsory celebration of “diversity” and “inclusion.” At Harvard University, for example, an evangelical Christian student group was recently “suspended” and “defunded” — to all intents and purposes, banned from campus — because it asked one of its leaders to step down after she became involved in a lesbian relationship. Christianity is now practically prohibited at Harvard, a school founded by Puritans for the training of Christian clergy, one of those 21st-century ironies we’re supposed to ignore, the same way we are expected to ignore how much Sen. Booker’s interrogation of Pompeo resembles the anti-Communist crusade of Joe McCarthy: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a homophobe?”
Words mean things, and the accusation of “homophobia” — which is what Sen. Booker was driving at in his questions about “perversion” — requires us to believe that Mike Pompeo’s disapproval of homosexuality is rooted in an irrational fear. Thus the scientific pretensions of Havelock Ellis have been reversed. Whereas once Ellis claimed “expert” knowledge of the causes of perversion as a mental disease, nowadays it is normal people who are subject to diagnosis as being afflicted with a “phobia” if they express disapproval toward homosexuality.
Pompeo was quick to disavow engaging in any illegal discrimination in such matters, but Booker felt a need to publicly shame him for what he’d said in a 2015 speech at a Kansas church event. If Christianity is unacceptable at Harvard, it certainly can’t be tolerated at the State Department. And if it is no longer permissible for any government official to say what Pompeo said, how much longer will preachers be allowed to say what Pastor Wright said?

America has become perverted, in the original 14th-century sense of the word, having turned away from the doctrines on which the nation was founded. We have worshipped other gods — “diversity” and “inclusion” chief among them — and the Supreme Court itself has “endorsed… an alternative lifestyle.” As Justice Scalia warned 15 years ago, there are “far-reaching implications” of our nation’s turning away from its founding principles and it remains to be seen how long America will survive the resulting “massive disruption” of its social order.


  1. Catch the Laura Ingraham Show if you, I knew nothing about the Scooter Libby story. Newt Gingrich has some remarkable things to say about the whole saga....and Comey's involvement....

  2. CIA Director Pompeo secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

    Mike Pompeo
    Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu / Washington Post)

    Shane Harris, Carol D. Leonnig, Greg Jaffe and David Nakamura
    Washington Post

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Donald Trump to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.

    The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump's most trusted emmisaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because of the highly classified nature of the talks.

    The clandestine mission, which has not previously been reported, came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state.

    "I'm optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately - America and the world so desperately need," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week during his confirmation hearing....

    1. Trump Reveals High-Level Talks With North Korea (Pompeo Visited Over Easter Weekend)
      JOHN SEXTONPosted at 10:01 pm on April 17, 2018

    2. IF The Donald is able to really defuse the Korean situation, I wonder if even that would draw out a word of praise for the man from our Quirkster ?

      Odds are slime to none....

      TDS is hard to overcome....

    3. Slimy odds are usually the best ones. Means the bookies have inside info.

    4. With slimy odds the house will slip away.

      Bet slight to none if you can.

    5. Naw, I wanna slip on out of it all....

    6. Where's the fun in that?

  3. Barbara Bush R.I.P.

    George H.W. is bound to soon follow.

    1. Barbara is reported to have been sipping a last bourbon whiskey shortly before death.

    2. She would have made a good Queen.

    3. Died holding hands with George H.W.

  4. One of the most important governmental posts is SOS. A member of the US Senate had an opportunity to question an outstanding and serious man about this responsibility. This fool, CoCo Booker, was more interested in asking how Pompeo feels about a man sodomizing another man. What an outrage. If that is not a perversion of our society from a myriad of angles, then there is no normality.

    1. It really is fucked up. What the fuck does that have anything to do with being Secretary of State? If he hates fags he can't be Secretary of State? wtf.

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  6. Senior U.S. officials have spoken directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they negotiate the terms of a summit between Mr. Kim and President Donald Trump aimed at eliminating Pyongyang’s stock of nuclear weapons, a U.S. official said.


    The remarks came during a two-day summit between Mr. Trump and Mr. Abe. The two are expected to discuss a range of issues, including trade policy.

  7. For Doug who is always interested in the animals and their behaviors -

    Baboons used 55-gallon barrel to escape from San Antonio research facility, officials say
    By Fares Sabawi, Updated 5:20 pm, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Texas Biomedical Research Institute officials are making changes to their enclosure after four baboons briefly escaped from the facility on Saturday.

    The animal care team determined the baboons rolled a 55-gallon barrel upright near a wall of their open-air enclosure, then climbed it, which allowed them to escape.

    The enclosure was built nearly 40 years ago, according to a news release from the facility.


    Free at last....for awhile.

  8. CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report.

    The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over Easter weekend, unnamed officials said.


    The news that Donald Trump's nominee for US Secretary of State had travelled to North Korea for a clandestine meeting with Mr Kim was first reported by The Washington Post newspaper.

    Very little is known about the talks other than that they were to prepare for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.


    Mr Pompeo's trip was the highest level meeting with a North Korean leader since 2000 when then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader, in Pyongyang.


  9. He alienated Ann Coulter, drove Alex Jones to tears ...
    ... and now has gotten into a pissing match with Nikki ...

    President Trump was watching television on Sunday when he saw Nikki R. Haley, his ambassador to the United Nations, announce that he would impose fresh sanctions on Russia.

    The president grew angry, according to an official informed about the moment. As far as he was concerned, he had decided no such thing.

    It was not the first time Mr. Trump has yelled at the television over something he saw Ms. Haley saying. This time, however, the divergence has spilled into public in a remarkable display of discord that stems not just from competing views of Russia but from larger questions of political ambition, jealousy, resentment and loyalty.

    The rift erupted into open conflict on Tuesday when a White House official blamed Ms. Haley’s statement about sanctions on “momentary confusion.” That prompted her to fire back, saying that she did not “get confused."

    Waiting on that punchline ...
    Betcha it's a doozy

  10. California Progressives Launch (Another) Attack on Free Speech

    The California State Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would actually — among other things — ban the sale of books expressing orthodox Christian beliefs about sexual morality.

    Yes, ban the sale of books.

    Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” to engage in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

    The bill then defines “sexual orientations change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” (Emphasis added.)

    This is extraordinarily radical. Christian orthodoxy is simple — regardless of a person’s desires (their “orientation”), the standard of right conduct is crystal clear. Sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. When it comes to “gender expression,” there is no difference between “sex” and “gender,” and the Christian response to gender dysphoria is compassion and treatment, not indulgence and surgical mutilation.

    Put another way, there is a fundamental difference between temptation and sin.
    California law would intrude directly on this teaching by prohibiting even the argument that regardless of sexual desire, a person’s sexual behavior should conform to Biblical standards.

    1. Divide California up into three parts.

      1)Goofy as shit



  11. Let Your Love Flow Like A Mountain Stream

    When Younger

    When Older -


    Added Bonus: We Don't Smoke Marijuana In Muskoge

    Keep singin', folks

    1. From bell bottoms to ridin' jeans.

    2. Singing the same song for 36 years. You got to admit that is a good run.

    3. Here they are at beginning middle age -

      If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body

  12. Last year, the engine maker and the Federal Aviation Administration instructed airlines to make ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades of engines like those on the Southwest jet. The FAA said the move was prompted by a report of a fan blade failing and hurling debris.

    But it was unclear whether the particular engine that failed on Tuesday was covered by the directives.

    'There's a ring around the engine that's meant to contain the engine pieces when this happens,' said John Goglia, a former NTSB member.

    'In this case it didn't. That's going to be a big focal point for the NTSB - why didn't (the ring) do its job?'

    1. Engine blow out like that was what happened when I was flying out of Honolulu in the long ago.

      One engine on the tail and one on each wing - just as the pilot was getting the nose up on take off one wing engine blew out like that not far outside my window seat.

      Pilot came on the interphone - "I could have taken off with two engines" in the shakiest voice I think I've ever heard.

      No windows or anything else damaged as I recall.

    2. DC-10

      So, why didn't he take off?

    3. He would have just had to land again, I guess. He's not going to fly us across the Pacific on 2 engines if he can help it.

      DC-10 is right. That's what it was. Old too.

      There's a large inlet or lake or lagoon at the end of the runway.

      It was the longest take off taxi I've ever experience. I was wondering if he was ever going to get that sucker in the air, and then, BOOM !

    4. The scary part was when we stopped the cabin began to smell with aviation fuel smell.

      I was thinking OH..oooo and was wondering if we might go up like a Roman Candle but nothing happened.

      After awhile they had another plane for us.

    5. Makes you wonder why he even broadcast that comment to everyone in the first place.

    6. I don't know but he was shaky sounding for sure.

  13. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


    Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the special counsel bill is “so much more” than another policy debate.

    “I think this will be one that history will judge us all,” Warner said.

    1. Warner ain't so bright, though he looks normal.

  14. Turdeau News

    Canada: On Trudeau’s behalf, Muslim MP Iqra Khalid honours anti-Israel activists

    By Christine Douglass-Williams on Apr 17, 2018 11:17 am

    Canada: On Trudeau’s behalf, Muslim MP Iqra Khalid honours anti-Israel activists
    “‘Land Day’ symbolizes the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) determination to “liberate” “Palestine” by wiping Israel off the map.” On April 14, 2018, the Palestine House held its annual commemoration of the “Land Day”…..The keynote speaker at the event was Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna who is known of his support of Syria’s Assad regime and the Palestinian […]

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  15. Sajid Javid opened a Commons debate on antisemitism this afternoon by accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of a “frankly deeply worrying lack of leadership” on the issue.

    Speaking directly at an anguished looking Mr Corbyn across the despatch box, Communities Secretary Mr Javid said he “sincerely hopes” the opposition leader would use the opportunity of the debate to "clarify his position" on the problem.


    Conservative MP Robert Halfon told the Commons he was subjected to antisemitic abuse in his constituency in Harlow, Essex, by a person he knew to be “from the left” who told him to “go back to Israel".


    Mr Halfon attacked the Labour leader for turning a blind-eye to antisemitism. He also said the internet had become “a sewer” for anti-Jewish hatred.

  16. Pompeo was in N. Korea two weeks ago, before his Senate hearing.

  17. For Quirk & Quirk, Brothers in Law, litigating out of Detroit, Michigan -

    Surprised By Neil Gorsuch’s Ruling? You Weren’t Paying Attention

    None of this should be surprising. As I noted in these very pages just more than a year ago, Gorsuch is serious about the way in which constitutional design protects individual rights. That’s the whole point of features like the separation of powers, after all, which isn’t just some antiquated attempt to show how much James Madison learned at Princeton. Indeed, two of Gorsuch’s most-noted opinions in the 10th Circuit involved crimmigration, albeit in the context of executive branch power.

    It’s in administrative law, by the way, where Gorsuch can be expected to go farther than Scalia in enforcing constitutional structure and pushing back on government overreach. As others have noted, he’s less beholden to deference doctrines and prefers greater judicial scrutiny of administrative action. So expect Gorsuch to be more solicitous of immigrants, criminals, and every other kind of litigant caught up in the administrative state.

    It doesn’t make him a squish. It makes him an originalist.

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  19. Cosby's Rape Defense: He Doesn't Like Intercourse....DRUDGE

    He's got a dozen or more accusers.

    Bill's got himself in a deep dark hole from which to withdraw.

    1. You ain't no physicist discussing black holes!

    2. I'm afraid ol' Bill, 'America's Dad', let himself get sucked on in, past 'the event horizon', deep....deep into the warm moist black hole, and is going to find he has a hell of a hard time ever getting back out again.

      It's gonna turn into a prison in there for him.

  20. Tonight on Coast to Coast with George Noory a retrospective will be taken of Art Bell's life.

    Portions of old programs will be played.

    I am hoping for some on Mel's Hole - still no bottom has been found to it that I know of - AND the recordings Quirk sent in the night he flew into Area 51 getting his arse shot down by a F-15. You can tell when this happens in the recordings as it all goes very suddenly quiet.

    Again, tonight 10pm retro of the life of Art Bell on Coast to Coast.


      The Art Bell Show retros are tomorrow night, Thursday at 10 pm. on Coast to Coast with George Noory

    2. Well, that is tonight down here.

  21. Mr. Trump made the call seeking advice from Jay Goldberg, who represented Mr. Trump in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president not to trust Mr. Cohen.

    On a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is fully protecting the president, Mr. Cohen “isn’t even a 1,” he said he told Mr. Trump.


    Mr. Goldberg, who is 85 years old and has practiced law for more than five decades, said he suggested that Mr. Trump add a well-known New York lawyer to his legal team. Mr. Goldberg declined to name the lawyer, but a person familiar with the matter said it was Frederick Hafetz, a former chief of the criminal division of the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.


    A White House official said that following the call with Mr. Goldberg, the president was “complimentary” about his former lawyer and relayed the suggestions to his legal team on hiring Mr. Hafetz and other matters. The president asked Mr. Cobb to call Mr. Goldberg “as a courtesy,” the official said.

  22. .

    White House to Investigate Purchase of $43,000 Phone Booth for Pruitt's Office

    An unnamed but well connected White House official claims "Superman's phone booth cost less than half that and it had a walk in closet and make-up area."

    When asked about the 'alleged' comment, Pruitt said...

    You Don't Tug On Superman's Cape
    You Don't Spit Into The Wind
    You Don't Pull The Mask Off The Old Lone Ranger
    And You Don't Mess Around With Scott Pruitt

    In other news...

    170 lawmakers sign resolution calling for Pruitt's resignation

    White House leaker: Trump still considering Pruitt as replacement for Jeff Sessions.

    Sarah Sanders: President Trump has ever confidence in Scott Pruitt and the job he is doing. He condemns this despicable conspiracy by the Dems, the media and the deep state to try and besmirch a dedicated civil servant like Scott.


  23. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter.

    In the letter, Bezos stressed the importance of having high standards in running a business. By setting high standards, companies are able to live up to "ever-rising customer expectations," he said.


    The annual letter, which Bezos has published every year since 1997, is widely considered a must-read by business professionals for its rich detail around the Amazon CEO's management principle and long-term thinking.


    "So, the four elements of high standards as we see it: they are teachable, they are domain specific, you must recognize them, and you must explicitly coach realistic scope," Bezos writes. "Building a culture of high standards is well worth the effort, and there are many benefits."

  24. Just checking in. Took a few days off to Key West, FL. Awesome weather.

    The NAS Key West fighter base have been training and I am having a blast from the past every time one or two or three of these guys pass over. My own air show from the balcony!

    They had a couple of unfortunate accidents in the last couple of month and are using some of the Trump military budget to catch up on training. Beautiful sight. I love the sound of fighters ripping low across the Gulf.

  25. A few months ago, I did several posts referring to Comey as a Dirty Cop. I need to revise and resubmit. He is a Dumb Ass, Dirty Cop. Sorry I didn't get it right the first time.