Monthly Archives: August 2010 - Page 2

LIONEL AUDIO: Ambiguous Genitalia, In Utero Selection Against Being Gay & Sexual Orientation Engineering

The L.A. Times reports that a prenatal treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) to prevent ambiguous genitalia may reduce the chance that a female with the disorder will be gay. Critics as you can imagine call it sexual orientation engineering.

The condition causes an accumulation of male hormones and can, in females, lead to genitals so masculinized that it can be difficult at birth to determine the baby’s gender.

A hormonal treatment to prevent ambiguous genitalia can now be offered to women who may be carrying such infants. It’s not without health risks, but to its critics those are of small consequence compared with this notable side effect: The treatment might reduce the likelihood that a female with the condition will be homosexual. Further, it seems to increase the chances that she will have what are considered more feminine behavioral traits. [Id.]

We remember Caster Semenya (supra), the world champion South African middle-distance runner, who was subjected to gender verification tests and later cleared. Genital and gender ambiguity had never been so clinically analyzed and discussed in public fora. The closest we had come was the “trailblazing” efforts of SNL character Pat whose sexual ambiguity was reclassified to the more artful androgynous.

The issues and topics I address that are inspired by this article are inter alia:

  • Whether homosexuality is a pathology that should be selected out in utero, if possible;
  • Whether discussions anent sexual orientation causation create the aura of pathology;
  • The homologous nature of genitalia and pudenda;
  • Gender versus sexual orientation identity and reference;
  • The bioethical considerations in sexual orientation “tinkering”; and
  • Bioethical considerations and issues in selecting out and against myriad congenital conditions that may not be pathological or deleterious to a child’s health but may be nothing more than cosmetic variations.

LIONEL AUDIO: Mélange Freebie

Every drug dealer worth his salt knows is that in order to entice new customers he must give away free product from time to time. And that’s precisely what I’m doing. This one’s on the house. In the ‘pert near three-quarters of an hour, I’ll take you on a journey that defies description or duplication. You may call it desultory; I call it chat scat.

LIONEL AUDIO: Weekend Review, Film, Obama’s Impuissance, “Mosqueteers,” Hitchens’s Big C, Facebook Illiteracy & Heartbroken Lefties

The week has proved most fascinating for me. So many subjects, so little time. In this screed the following are discussed in no particular order.

  • Film reviews. This week’s favorite is “The Sicilian Girl.” It’s a dramatic retelling of the story of Rita Atria: “how a 17-year-old Sicilian whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims) breaks the vow of silence that enshrouds that world, and gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge [Paolo] Borsellino.” [Source] When you compare it to the American film drivel à la The Sopranos, you appreciate the historical underpinnings of La Mafia Siciliana that are never even addressed in America’s basic thug films.
  • Christopher Hitchens’s esophageal cancer and the absolutely ridiculous questions posed by some who wonder if he’ll now “convert” as death is imminent. It’s insane. If Hitch lost the Brit brogue, nobody’d give him the time of day. We’ve a British fetish. We attribute great cerebration to “limey lingua.”
  • Facebook illiteracy. Nothing exposes better just how illiterate we are than Facebook. Just read some of the rambling, maundering prattle of folks. It’s a sad statement. What’s worse is how adults still don’t get the fact that it’s not a private communication medium.
  • The chagrined left, chided by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, and how their boyfriend Barry hurt their feelings. Obama’s as much a “progressive” as I’m center for the Knicks. And how Obama had to reexplain his New York mosque position. Not good if you have to explain what you’ve explained.

LIONEL AUDIO: The Pentagon Mosque. The What?! Why Didn’t I Hear About This? I’ll Tell You Why, But You Won’t Like It.

While a slew of well-intended but clueless folks protest the proposed Islamic Center within an unacceptable propinquity to the hallowed Ground Zero, always referring to the proposed center as a mosque, I’d bet that most if not all were unaware of a mosque of sorts positioned and located in the Pentagon. Not two blocks from the Pentagon or a mile away but in the Pentagon. Yep, you heard right.

Justin Elliott’s superb piece in Salon entitled “Why did no one object to the ‘Pentagon mosque’? cites a 2007 Washington Times article that speaks almost glowingly of the practice of regular Islamic prayer services in the very building that was allegedly attacked by Muslims on 9/11. I needn’t remind you whom the Washington Times is owned by.

Yes, Muslims have infiltrated the Pentagon for their nefarious, prayerful purposes — daring to practice their religion inside the building where 184 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. They haven’t even had the sensitivity to move two blocks, let alone a mile, away from that sacred site. [Salon]

During the reign of 43, Dubya and Laura were most ecumenical in their recognition of the importance of validating Islam. The Washington Times piece, replete with grammatical and punctuation errata, provides this perspective from the Bush Security Council.

President and Mrs. Bush host an iftar dinner every year because they want people around the world to know how much they respect Islam and the many Muslims living in the U.S. who are free to worship as they want, and are an integral part of our society,”[sic] said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

You’d think the anti-mosquers would have picked up on this and you’d further think that if they did, they’d be hard-pressed to justify the lunacy of objecting to the New York Islamic Center when the highest ranks of the Defense Department found nothing troubling about providing facilities within a building that was purportedly targeted and attacked by the very people praying. In fact New York City has more than 100 mosques, compared with 10 in 1970, and more than 800,000 of its 8.21 million residents are Muslims. [Source] In the U.S. there are approximately 850,000 Muslim Americans under the age of 18 in addition to the 1.5 million adults, for a total of 2.35 million Muslims nationwide. [Source]

LIONEL AUDIO: The JetBlue “Hero” Is A Nut!

So bereft and pathetic is this society, so soulless and devoid of any proportionality anchor(s) are we that we’ve now heralded this wingnut Stephen Slater as some latter day hero. I addressed this on my PIX 11 commentary and everything I said has proven to be true. The feckless MSM have made parallels to that great American character Howard Beale in “Network,” missing the point completely. This story is so emblematic of so many issues that I parse: our inability to distinguish between fame and infamy, how security folks failed in pursuing this matter more vigorously, how this nut who activated an emergency chute (that could have killed some innocent baggage handle) could have run across a tarmac and sped away unstopped, just to name a few.

As we hear today, Mr. Slater the hero’s version of the facts are not necessarily that of eyewitnesses who were there during the event. It seems that Ol’ D. B. Cooper here may have been laboring under the rigors of alcohol. His 15 minutes might be stretched to 20 but watch how the hero devolves into a safety risk and public nuisance. Remember, we can change on a dime when it comes to hero worship. Provided we don’t forget altogether. Anybody remember Mel Gibson?

LIONEL AUDIO: Ask 1000 Americans What The Federal Reserve Is Or Does And They’d Have Nary A Clue

Quick! What does the Federal Reserve do? Is it federal? Is it an agency? Part of the government? It has no reserves and isn’t federal. It’s not enumerated anywhere in the Constitution. Its decisions are not subject to any appellate review or oversight. It’s been a part of our governmental existence for just short of a century and we’ve never not known it to exist. When we hear that it sets interest rates, we nod in a hypnotic obeisance. I reduced some of the more salient points in my PIX 11 nightly commentary for your video edification.

Most haven’t the foggiest notion of what that means. In fact when it comes to any discussion of the economy our eyes glaze over, especially after economic jargon is thrown around: SDR’s and the IMF, fractional reserve banking, carry trades, fiat currency. And what’s more fascinating, these snippets from the econ argot aren’t money arcana or trivia. These instruments, concepts and matrices are what’s used by globalist banksters to steal, pilfer and overburden all legally, in the open and without so much as a question from the MSM and the yawning masses.

The World is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. – Benjamin Disraeli

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t a clue. That was by design. The Fed is to our economy what the Higgs boson is to particle physics. It confounds and knows no historical analog. And while much of our governmental cluelessness is not, frankly, harmful to an appreciable extent, ignorance as to the rudimentary basics of the Fed can lead to our financial collapse. Americans feel bullet proof to every calamity imaginable. Bad stuff can’t happen to use. We’re special. All one has to do is look at Europe, Greece, the EU and its most dysfunctional child, the Euro, to see what happens when folks look the other way and trust the wrong people. If the globalists had their way, the EU would transmute into the NAU, the North American Union, with our very own Amero. (Hint: Why do you think Dubya was so nonchalant about border porousness?)

The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution. – Benjamin Franklin

It is hard to imagine how millions of Americans are so nescient as to this privately owned central bank that control’s our currency, economy and has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy. The very institution is parasitic, designed to siphon this country’s wealth and redistribute it to predator mega banks. Since 1913, no less! It’s never been subject to an audit. Just think about that. Never. (For a great primer on the rudiments of the subject, read of the 11 reasons why the Fed is bad. Only 11?!)

I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. – Woodrow Wilson

The questions are endless. Why would a sovereign nation like the U.S. not issue its own currency? Who would allow unelected private backers to control the purse strings of this country? The relationship with Wall Street is incestuous to put it mildly. I’m fascinated also by the fact that American citizens just imagine that if things were as bad as they’re reported, certainly the media would report it. Certainly Congress would investigate. Certainly wanton illegality and behavior that could bankrupt our country would be reported and exposed. Wouldn’t they? Let me repeat: They’ve never been audited!

There are so many excellent analysts on the subject: Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, even Dylan Ratigan from DEMS-NBC is “Fed up” and has been most aggressive in attempting to awaken the country to the parallel universe of Bernanke. Non- MSM sources provide a wealth of information, notably the preeminent Alex Jones, who’s been relentless in exposing the obvious and apparent treachery inherent in the Fed. I’ve abandoned all hope in our jejune media even addressing the inherent problems at issue. They’re too busy with Snooki.

Every pol running for anything talks a great game about fiscal responsibility, balancing the budget, living within our means . . . you know the drill. But you’ll never hear anyone, save Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich or Ralph Nader perhaps, even broaching the subject of eliminating the Fed. Note how these Fed critics are the perennial losers. The terrible troika. Unelectable, with nary a chance of winning, and yet all of them speak to tackling the Fed’s stranglehold or abolishing it altogether. Funny how those who dare broach the subject or appear to be the most conversant with the perils of our monetary system are relegated to the political trash heap of conspiracy theorists, whack-jobs and tin foil hatters.

The third POTUS would certainly be in their camp.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered. – Thomas Jefferson

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LIONEL AUDIO: Mental Illness, Brain vs. Mind, Psychiatric Nescience and The Wonderful World of Whacky

Crazy, nuts, psycho, mental. (And those are my friends on Facebook.) Since time immemorial we’ve enjoyed a concomitant fascination with and by mental illness and diseases of the mind and a complete demonization of mental disease victims. Next to why Carrot Top hasn’t been indicted so far, nothing fascinates me more than the subject of mental illness. In this most reasoned disquisition, if I may say so myself (and I believe I did), I discuss a panoply of subjects anent the broad rubric mental illness or as I prefer, waxing nutso.

  • Reality and consciousness
  • Dopamine, serotonin and a dog named Boo
  • Psychopathy and the appreciation of consequence
  • Neurological versus psychiatric pathologies
  • The brain versus the mind vis-à-vis Joe versus the volcano
  • OCD, addiction matrices and Bea Arthur’s mannish features
  • Phobias, irrational fears and rational dread
  • SSRI, MMPI and the initializing of everything
  • Neurological pathologies and the uniqueness of dysfunction
  • Psychosis versus neurosis
  • The quiddity of insanity
  • Reality show concomitant exploitation and exposure

Neurological disorders and pathologies have no natural counterpart. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s chorea are the product disruptions and damage to the brain. The symptomatology knows no counterpart in normal behavior spectra. Psychiatric disorders are distorted variations of behaviors that are “normally” observed and experienced: depression, schizophrenia, mania and the darling of reality TV, OCD. Psychiatric maladies are exaggerations and distortions of behaviors and phenomena that are normal. When you see things and hear voices and you’re asleep it’s called dreaming. When you see things and hear voices and you’re in the express line at Whole Foods, you’re having a schizophrenic episode. Fascinating.

Our collective nescience of the brain and mind seems to be getting greater and worse. We’ve almost the same medieval frame of reference as to “crazy” folks as we did a century ago. In fact, when we disagree with someone and find her argument or reasoning specious, we call her crazy. How many times have you heard someone quip that someone exhibiting psychotic behavior must be off their Prozac? Depression, SSRI’s, Thorazine . . . aw, who cares? We warehouse the mentally ill in prisons where they receive no psych care whatsoever. Their illnesses exacerbate, they become more violent because they’ve been ignored or incorrectly mediated and their prison sentences are lengthened as a result. They’ve no advocates, no colored ribbons, they’re all but forgotten.

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'” Matthew 25:45

LIONEL AUDIO: Hate Crimes Are Thought Crimes And Unconstitutional

Now, who in their right mind could be against hate crimes? Me. I spoke of this in my nightly PIX 11 commentary, I wrote about it in my book and it’s been a frequent topic and subject of conversation on my radio shows.

First. It is constitutionally protected speech to hate, abhor, loathe, name it. And that applies to religions, sexual orientations, genders . . . everything. Just don’t hurt someone because of it. There are certain behaviors that we recognize as culturally-identifiable symbols of hate: burning crosses, swastikas and the like. What if someone were to burn a Christmas tree on someone’s lawn? Sorry, Charlie, we don’t know about that one so you get a pass as far as hate crimes go. No matter what you intended. Rule No. 1: A hate crime must be readily recognizable as such.

Second, if you do hurt someone because of their religion, sexual orientation or gender we should care not why you hurt someone but that you did. Simple. Increasing the severity and punishment of a criminal sanction because of the crime’s motivation is insane. Let the sentencing judge know how a victim was injured in a victim impact statement or hearing. That’s kosher, but we should care not of someone’s thoughts. Especially when those thoughts are constitutionally protected expressions of speech.

What so many folks mistakenly believe is that my thesis advances the idea that hate criminals who exhibit violent behavior should be ignored. Au contraire, mon frère. As one judge announced in court to an incredulous defendant, “I’m gonna break it off in you.” Indeed, folks who exact significant pain and incomprehensible injury should be treated to an all expenses paid trip to Deli’s Island — for whatever reason the miscreant may have used or had to injure an innocent victim. Motivation and bias are inapposite. But so wedded to the idea of a hate crime are some that they can’t let go of the labeling. No guarantee of severe punishment will suffice for some hate crime enthusiasts unless and until a law is passed that is specifically entitled “hate crime,” nothing suffices. They see this as the bad guys getting away or a callous and indifferent society shrugging its collective shoulders in nonchalance. Wrong! Laws against violence will always exist no matter the victim or the type of animus attendant thereto.

There’s another issue here. Citizens should recoil in absolute terror over their government penalizing someone for thoughts, motive, bias, prejudice and, yes, hate. Correction: Make that the thought of such. Hate crimes are thought crimes. Hate crimes subject certain thought to aggravated criminal sentencing. And hate is as American as apple pie. It’s funny how certain groups of hate victims are protected by and included in hate crime legislation. Hit someone while dropping an N-bomb and that’s a hate crime. Hit someone while cursing the Aleuts or professing a hate of Alsatians and you’ll get a quizzical look accompanying your criminal charge. Because remember, no one’s advocating that criminal charges not lie. Also, were you to keep your mouth shut while truncheoning some hapless citizen, we’ll reward you by not upping the sentencing ante. That stinks.

Speech should remain unfettered, uncensored and free except in the most egregious and injurious of cases. It should always remain against the law to yell “Theater!” in a crowded fire.

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LIONEL AUDIO: The War On Drugs Is An Insane Waste of Time, Resources & Civil Liberties

The war on drugs is an absolute failure and waste of time: (1) It wastes our limited police resources, (2) strips away at and erodes what’s left of our Bill of Rights (especially the Fourth Amendment), (3) further softens us up and habituates us to mindless police control and excessive legislation and (4) fails to address the problem of drug addiction in the least. The facts are mind boggling and not subject to dispute. The money spent on this fictive war is Brobdingnagian in amount and the Internet is replete with site after site devoting itself to revealing the charade that this fictional war perpetuates.

(2005) “The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities. There are currently more than 2 million people in American prisons or jails. Approximately one-quarter of those people held in U.S. prisons or jails have been convicted of a drug offense. The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses than any other country. With an estimated 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug abuse or dependence, the growth of the prison population continues to be driven largely by incarceration for drug offenses.” [e.s.]

Source: Justice Policy Institute, “Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety,” (Washington, DC: January 2008), p. 1.

The citations, quotes and plain ol’ facts that argue against the sagacity of this continued drug war nonsense are overwhelming. The data simply point to the immutable and simple fact that, for whatever reason(s) you care to utilize, the war on drugs is a colossal failure.

“We must have law enforcement authorities address the issue because if we do not, prevention, education, and treatment messages will not work very well. But having said that, I also believe that we have created an American gulag.”

Source: Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey (USA, Ret.), Director, ONDCP, Keynote Address, Opening Plenary Session, National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 19, 1996, Washington, DC.

Often ignored from the discussion of decriminalization or medicalization is the fundamental right that taxpaying American adults have to imbibe in a substance that may or may not be harmful so long as they don’t operate motor vehicles under the influence of such or deliver it to children. It is the most fundamental of presumed rights that don’t need constitutional endorsement.

And remember: Just say no. Sometimes.

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