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Trump Administration Threatens to Pull Funding from Duke University Program for Promoting Islam While Ignoring Christianity

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Duke University and the University of North Carolina jointly run a Middle East studies program, and the initiative is now under threat by the Trump administration.

The White House is threatening to pull taxpayer funding from the endeavor, amid allegations of federal funds misuse. What kind? The advancing an anti-Israel bias, aggressively promoting Islam, and ignoring Judaism and Christianity type.

On August 29th, the Department of Education sent a letter to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies designating a due date by which the curriculum must be revised. Otherwise, funding will be pulled.

The program — which received a $235,000 grant last year — states its goal as “[supporting] the development of foreign language and international expertise for the benefit of U.S. national security and economic stability.”

Yet, earlier this year, the Duke-UNC CMES held a conference on the taxpayer’s dime with, according to Republican North Carolina Rep. George Holding, “severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

Fox News reports Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was “troubled” by the event.

As noted the investigation:

There is a considerable emphasis placed on understanding the positive aspects of Islam, while there is an absolute absence of any similar focus on the positive aspects of Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion or belief system in the Middle East.

Some academic papers linked to the program have included “Radical Love: Teaching from Islamic Mystical Tradition” and “Performance, Gender-Bending and Subversion in the Early Modern Ottoman Intellectual History.” Neither, in the view of the Education Department, serve the program’s official purpose.

In fact, as for project’s foreign language aspect, only 960 of the 6,800 participants are enrolled in Middle East language classes.

More from Fox:

Department officials instructed the Duke-UNC consortium, which was founded in 2005 and received the grant nearly a decade ago, to provide a “revised schedule of activities” for the next academic year and explain how each offering promotes foreign language learning and advances national security interest.

One UNC history professor thinks the D of E should mind its own business. VP of the school’s American Association of University Professors chapter, Jay Smith, told the Associated Press the official who signed the letter “should stay in his lane and allow the experts to determine what constitutes a ‘full understanding’ of the Middle East.”

Henry Reichman, chair of a committee on academic freedom under the American Association of University Professors, derided the probe as — here’s some novel joint terminology for ya — “right-wing political correctness.”

Education Dept. head Betsy doesn’t seem to be much of a favorite among Democrats, but some do want her to police things at times: In December, actress-turned-person-sayin’-political-stuff appeared to forget cops exist and asked her to be the new Commissioner Gordon (here).

As per DeVos’s commissioned letter, the schools have ’til September 22nd to turn the program around.

-ALEX

 

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Is This Guy the Ukraine Phone Call Whistleblower?

The legacy media have been spoon-feeding us anti-Trump articles based on “anonymous” sources for over two years now. As they’ve plowed the ground, here is one from me with a decidedly different intent, i.e., to expose a politically-motivated former CIA officer and now a whistleblower with ties to Democrats.

A source known to me at the State Department, who will remain anonymous, tells me that everyone is pointing to Edward “Ned” Price as the whistleblower who came forward with the accusation that President Trump “abused his office” during a phone conversation with the Ukrainian president. Here is how the swamp rag Washington Post characterizes the whistleblower’s complaint:

The whistleblower complaint at the heart of the burgeoning controversy over President Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president claims not only that Trump misused his office for personal gain and endangered national security but that unidentified White House officials tried to hide that conduct.

In forceful language, the unidentified whistleblower alleged that the commander in chief pushed his foreign counterpart to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and that senior White House officials then tried to “lock down” records related to the matter.

The pressure, the whistleblower alleged, came in a phone call July 25 between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, an exchange that turned so politically problematic that White House lawyers directed other officials to remove the electronic transcript of the conversation from the computer system where it was stored.

Read the rest here.

Note that the complaint specifically refers to the phone call, which transcript the White House released just yesterday. Any objective reading of that transcript makes it clear that there was no pressure to do ANYTHING exerted on the Ukrainian president by President Trump whatsoever. What President Trump actually did was to solicit Ukraine’s help for an ongoing investigation – a completely lawful interchange! Read it for yourself here if you have only been following legacy media reports about that transcript.

 

Who is Price? According to Wikipedia:

Edward “Ned” Price (born 1982) is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and a political analyst for NBC News. Price is also a former American intelligence officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until February 2017. On February 20, 2017, Price published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, outlining his decision to retire from the CIA rather than work in a Donald Trump administration.

Note that New America Foundation is one of the two top organizations liberally funded by George Soros, the other being the better-known Open Society Foundation. NAF’s chairman of the board of directors is Eric Schmidt who has long and deep-standing ties to Democrats – particular Obama and the Clintons.

https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/george-soros/

He certainly fits the profile of what has been rumored about the whistleblower: former intelligence officer, supportive of a Trump political rival, etc. But that’s not the half of it, though. Anonymous sources also report that Price was not only a CIA deep state agent but was also one of the spies that John Brennan used in the 2016 election to spy on the Trump campaign. This guy quit the CIA in an huff and is virulently anti-Trump, too. Gee, is it any surprise that this guy would magically come forward now with a complaint based on hearsay evidence?

Here is an interesting tidbit from Price’s twitter timeline.

In that WaPo article linked above, there is this fascinating paragraph that dovetails coincidentally with Price’s tweet above:

The transcript, the whistleblower alleged, was then loaded onto a separate system meant for classified information. And according to White House officials who informed the whistleblower, that was “not the first time” a transcript was put there due to concerns about politics rather than national security, the complaint alleged.

Remember, there are NO coincidences in politics, particular concerning the Deep State cabal who have been after President Trumps scalp from the beginning! There’s a high probability that the transcript was put on the classified system to preclude it being leaked, too!

Here’s my question for Price, disgraceful Democrats like Adam Schiff, and their allies in the legacy media: if the President’s conduct was so egregious, then why on Earth didn’t State Department officials who were privy to the conversation first-hand register a complaint?  Price only learned about the incident second- or third-hand!

I believe we’re going to find out a lot more about the whistleblower, including his complaint and how it was compiled from multiple sources (reportedly including media reports!), his political motivations, his likely connections to Adam Schiff and other Democrats, and much more. Stay tuned!

The end (for now).

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Climate Activists are Asked if They Love the Green New Deal. Apparently, They Weren’t Expecting This Follow-Up Question

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We’ve reached a hip new place in society where you can love stuff even though you don’t know what it is.

These days, it’s boss to just go with the flow; if you’ve heard from someone that something’s great, wrap that thing in warm affection.

Heck, if you’ve got the time, put it on a sign, hoof it to the public square, and scream it out ’til your neck veins pop.

Don’t know what some of the words you’re shouting even mean? Stop being such a S-Q-U-A-R-E. It’s cool, Daddy-O.

Ya gotta learn to not overthink things.

Take the Green New Deal, for instance.

Green is awesome — it’s the color of weed and money, and Kermit the Frog.

And the thing’s New — that’s always better than crummy Old.

And who doesn’t love a deal?

It’s like socialism — what’s wrong with being social?

Whatever you’ve heard — about anything — shout that $!*@.

Get out there and just love the stuff. And if ya can, cry and sweat and crap your pants and block roads and beat up people. Stop worrying about what anything means, just do it — ’cause you’re already right.

Amid Friday’s climate strike in Washington, D.C. — which shut down 22 major intersections (here) — The Daily Caller asked folks what they thought about frequent-flyer AOC’s emerald bid to eliminate air travel, redo every building everywhere (here), and aspire to plugging those poor cows’ rectums (here).

People liked it.

Then they were asked, essentially, what it is.

They were like Fonzie.

Check out the video above.

And if you find the time today, just think of something you’ve heard recently, go to a park, throw rocks at trees, and scream it ’til you lose your voice. It’s lookin’ like that kind of stuff changes laws.

‘Preciate it, WorldChanger.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, herehere, and here.

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Gay Jewish Former Dem Dave Rubin’s Event Gets 86’d by Antifa Threats and Accusations that He’s Neo-Nazi Recruiter

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It seems the world’s gone crazy, and we’ve hopped an ark, pushing off from the mainland of words that mean things and reaching the shores of Nonsense Island.

Therefore, now “immigrant” is the political and media word for “someone who chooses to enter the U.S. through means other than immigration” (here), “inclusive” means “an exclusive point of view” (here), and “anti-fascism” means “fascism” (here and here).

And often, it seems, “conservative” just means “Nazi psycho.”

Maybe it’s time to shake the English Etch-a-Sketch and start all over.

Let’s come up with words that actually mean the thing the words actually mean; that’d be nice.

Until then, a pro-fascism group which bafflingly calls itself Antifa(scism) continues its fascistic terrorism.

Hence, gay former Democrat (and great guy to check out) Dave Rubin has announced that his upcoming September 29th event with People’s Party of Canada leader and Canadian Prime Minister candidate Maxime Bernier at Hamilton, Canada’s Mohawk College has been canceled.

The decision was made due to threats by Antifa. That would be, the decision was made due to threats by blackmaskedviolent fascists.

Another reason for the cancellation: an article in The Hamilton Spectator labeling Dave a “far-right YouTube personality.”

Rubin called the piece nuts:

The evolving “classic liberal” host blasted the article’s author, Evan Balgord, who’s also the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

More backward word usage?

The normally strikingly civil Dave had some interesting usage himself, such as “sniveling” and “weasel.”

I’d say that isn’t hard to understand, given this incredible statement in the article:

Dave Rubin is a far-right YouTube personality and a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University which analyzed 79 million comments and over 330,000 videos to track the effect.

I have a response: Nah-ah.

Here’s Dave’s:

Speaking to the Post Millennial, Rubin said he doesn’t know what happened:

“I don’t know where these threats came from, nor who the ‘journalist’ who wrote this ridiculous piece of fiction is. I was looking forward to talking to Maxime about freedom and liberty in front of hundreds of good people. I intend to be at the event as expected.”

Here’s another bit from the goofy write-up:

Hamilton is a front-line of hate group vs. anti-racist and anti-Fascist action in Canada, and the PPC’s decision to have the event at Mohawk during the election is deliberate. Many in their base hate anti-racists and anti-fascists and share fantasies of fighting them and watching them be arrested. By inviting a demonstration against their event the PPC is feeding red meat to their base.

The Daily Wire describes more about the article, which doth hath dumbness:

Balgord limned PPC as racist, writing, “So many PPC supporters and organizers have been exposed as bigots, members or supporters of hate groups, radical conspiracy theorists, or full-blown neo-Nazis that it’s hard to keep count.” Then he segued to Rubin, who is gay and Jewish, sniping that he is “a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University …” He continued, “Either would be counter-demonstrated in Hamilton, and with the current environment it promises to be tense. Mohawk can expect anti-racists to show up and their own students to demonstrate.”

The editorial encouraged the college to cancel despite the country’s Freedom of Speech policy, due to safety and security issues.

There used to be a phrase: “the American conversation.” It seems we’re losing that, as opponents of ideas — including ones of which they’re actually unaware — appear to increasingly want to place duct tape over mouths that might speak them. On Twitter, users block contrary voices, and Google takes what you look at on the web and feeds it right back to you the next time you search.

The above story, of course, takes place in Canada; but it mirrors the trajectory of our land to the south.

In my opinion, we’d all be a lot better off if less time was spent trying to prevent speech and more investment was made in listening.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, herehere,  here, here, and here.

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House Republican Explains: The ‘Democrats Don’t Really Want to Impeach the President’ (Video)

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The Democrats have appeared to be jonesin’ for impeachment since Trump got sworn in.

Just look here.

Poor Al Green’s been about to explode over it (here).

And it looks to be finally happenin’.

Over a phone call.

Why now?

Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden thinks he knows, and he explained it to CNN’s Chris “I’m not afraid-O” Cuomo:

“Democrats don’t really want to impeach the President. They want to be under an impeachment process throughout the next election cycle. Democrats know that if they vote for impeachment, even if they are able to muster up the votes…when that goes to the Senate, the Senate will acquit the President. They know that.”

That isn’t hard to believe.

And it’s a breeze to imagine the whole maneuver is gonna spectacularly backfire: As I covered previously, Meghan McCain pointed out Wednesday that further discussions of Ukraine will drag Joe Biden through the mud, which will give Elizabeth Warren a boost (here). Furthermore, a recent poll shows Elizabeth 2 points ahead of Joe (here).

And if Elizabeth faces Trump on that ultimate stage, Donald J. will open his mouth and swallow her whole. In my opinion, she has no chance against that guy one-on-one.

To be clear, that’s not a put-down. I’m just saying — she ain’t a Terminator. Neither was my great grandmother, but I liked her.

And Lance likes the idea of not going down the path of impeachment, which — in his view — is a distraction from taking care of business:

“Why waste all this time and these resources, why not get to work for the American people. All I heard from Democrats when we took office — I’m a freshman, all my freshman colleagues across the aisle said, ‘Lance, I want to work with you, we want to get to work for the American people, we want to put all this partisanship behind.’ But now we’re talking about impeaching the President. It’s outrageous.”

Lance also pointed out that the House got stocked with moderate Dems before the midterms, which further highlights the boneheadedness of a drive to the impeachment hoop.

The Daily Wire reports:

The Texas congressman explained that more than 30 Democrats in the House currently represent congressional districts that voted for Trump during the 2016 election cycle. The Democratic Party largely gained its House majority after a wave of the party’s moderate candidates were elected in those purple districts during the 2018 election cycle.

With the 2020 election on the horizon, many of the more moderate House Democrats have feared that voters’ distaste for impeachment could put the House majority back in the hands of the GOP. Accordingly, the party still does not seem to have the required 218 votes needed to impeach the president.

According to Lance, there’s a whole lot of stalling on the part of Democrats as 2020 looms:

“Some of these bills, most all of them actually, are bills that Republicans wanted to work with Democrats on, but Democrats know that if we work across the aisle and actually have a bill that we’re all in unison on, then the president might actually sign it. God forbid the president signs something that the House passes because then we’d have to give the president a victory. Democrats won’t go for that.”

For example:

“The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, they won’t even take it up because they know it’s bipartisan, because they know the votes are there and if it passes the House, it sails through the Senate and the president signs it. The president can declare victory and that’s something the Democrats won’t allow.”

-ALEX

 

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The View’s Sunny Hostin Confounds the Conscious and Coherent: ‘Impeachment…Will Unify the Country’

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There’s nothing like a giant, ridiculous fight to bring people together.

Actually, I believe that can be true sometimes, in relationships.

I don’t reckon it works that way in Washington.

But Sunny Hostin does — she said as much Wednesday.

The View segment began with discussion about the released transcript of Trump’s conversation with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Hoopla over that long-distance lighting rod’s led to Nancy Pelosi announcing the House will make a move for impeachment.

Aye aye aye, here we go.

As I covered Tuesday, Meghan McCain thinks it’s a very bad strategy for Democrats.

She reiterated:

“The political implications are staggering. In swing states impeachment polls horribly. There’s voters — Democrats, Republicans and independents — that don’t want to go through this process. I said this clumsily before. If Democrats take this aim, you can’t miss.”


Interestingly — and, in my opinion, impressively — Meghan pointed out that keeping the story at the forefront is actually pushing Biden back and giving Elizabeth a shot for the nomination.

She’s got a very good point — I wrote previously that Warren’s two points ahead of Joe in a recent poll; and, in my estimation, there’s no way she can hang with Trump in a debate. He’ll grate her like cheese.

Meghan:

“Do you know who is having the best day today?. Elizabeth Warren. Joe Biden is involved in this. His son is involved with this. President Trump is involved. Her poll numbers are rising. She’s first in New Hampshire. This is the best political day for her.”

Co-host Joy expressed Watergate-inspired hope:

“During Watergate, the country was not on board for impeachment, either. It took a long time before…I recall watching. Every day it was on television. It was right there for everybody to see all the crimes that Nixon committed.”

Behar believes middle America just doesn’t understand how terrible Trump is:

“I don’t think people are watching this the way news people do. The average person in Kansas and Iowa they’re busy with their lives. Watch it every day. See what he did. Then come to your conclusion about whether he’s destroying the country.”

But, as Meghan noted, a whole lot of people don’t want impeachment to start with:

“69% is a staggering number.”

So far, it only seems to have bostered Trump, as pointed out by Abby Huntsman:

“Also, to that point, when Nancy came out yesterday, within 15 minutes $250,000 was given to the Trump campaign.”

“It was $1 million all day yesterday,” Meghan added.

Back to Abby:

“If you think this country is divided right now, if you think politically we’re in a bad place, wait until we get to impeachment.”

But then, a whole different kind of perspective landed.

Like a Vietnam chopper, it descended…

Dust blew. The rails neared the ground.

Get ready for touchdown.

Here it goes…deploy the completely inexplicable.

Say it, Sunny:

“I think impeachment hearings will unify the country.”

I can think of only one appropriate response:



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-ALEX

 

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Whoa, Nelly: a New Poll Sees Elizabeth Warren Hoof it Past Joe Biden in the Race for 2020 Glory

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She’s got on her gym shorts, folks!

Might the nation one day have a President Elizabeth Warren?

If you count out Trump, one poll says Yes.

Via Politico, according to a Quinnipiac University study released Wednesday, Elizabeth’s pulled ahead of former VP Joe by two points — that makes the score 27% to 25%.

To be clear, that’s still within the survey’s margin of error, but Pocahontas is clearly on the warpath.

In the last report by Quinnipiac, Liz was at a crummy 19 to Joe’s beefy 32.

But now, look out, Jack!

And Joe’s not exactly sprintin’ without ankle weights. The Daily Wire thinks he’s got a heap of problems:

Biden’s problems are systemic. First, assuming he was the party’s inevitable nominee, Biden didn’t do much on the ground campaigning in early primary states — even as other Democrats, like Warren, started their tours of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina back in the spring. Now playing catch-up, Biden has given speech after gaffe-filled speech, engendering little confidence in his nascent presidential campaign.

He’s also got some baggage from the past — like saying he’d “be damned” if he’d participate in reparations and calling gays security risks (here and here). Not to mention recently appearing to insist he’s so cool, he’s not even uncomfortable around black people (here).

But in the luggage department, Warren ain’t so slick her own self — she’s either a baloney-filled huckster or a vampire: Despite what the mirror tells her, she’s claimed to be an Indian to great career profit (here).

Giving her the benefit of the doubt, her campaign’s startin’ to show its fangs.

It’s a tight race at the moment, but I’m lookin’ into my crystal ball at the Ultimate Contest: If Elizabeth makes it to the last round and finds herself on a stage against Donald J. Trump, that guy’s gonna eat her lunch like the Cookie Monster shovelin’ down Chips Ahoy. She won’t have a chance against the most ferocious live-on-stage presidential opponent I’ve ever seen.

That guy takes no prisoners.

What do you think? Could Elizabeth transform into a titan of entanglement? Might she roll up her sleeve and shock the world with a belligerent bicep in the arm wrestle for the White House?

Let us all know.

And just out of curiosity: At the beginning of this article, how many of y’all visualized her in running shorts? I did.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, here, and here

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Family Claims Their Son Has Been ‘Labeled a Sexual Predator’ Simply for an Unwanted Kiss. He’s Five

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Despite valiant attempts at progress, the trajectory of society seems to at some point have taken a turn toward the insane. This story offers no pushback to that idea.

Nathan Putnam’s family claims he’s been “accused of sexual harassment” and “labeled a sexual predator.” Subsequently, he’s been punished.

That seems a bit harsh, since he only kissed someone on the cheek, and hugged someone else.

It also seems harsh because he has autism.

And it especially seems harsh, given that he’s 5 years old.

As reported by Chattanooga’s CBS 12, Debi Amick — Nathan’s grandmother — posted the following to Facebook:

“What do you do when a 5-year-old child is being labeled a sexual predator and accused of sexual harassment by the school system? It was disclosed that it will go in his record for the rest of his life that he is a sex offender.”

She didn’t even defend him due to his age, but rather, with the notion that he’s different for his age:

“This child is austic [sic], he comprehends and functions very different than your typical 5 year. What do you do? Who do you turn to for help when the school will not even listen to the child’s doctor when he explains the child’s difficulties in his comprehension of simple things such as boundaries.”

I think we could all probably relax a little bit even if he wasn’t autistic — he’s five.

His mother, Summery, said she was “sick to her stomach” from the call she received. The East Ridge Elementary teacher told her, “You need to have a talk with Nathan about boundaries.”

That seems a reasonable request.

But as per Summery, it’s easier said than done:

“If you don’t understand how autism works, you’ll think he’s acting out or being difficult. But, that’s not the situation.”

Now here’s where we take a little bit of that “crazy” turn.

Tim Hensley — spokesman for Hamilton County Depart of Education — provided a statement, explaining that “school personnel are required to [sic] concerns regarding children to the Department of Child Services (DCS).” After that, it’s “up to DCS to determine if those reports are acted on by DCS and what form those actions may take.”

Nathan’s been switched to a different classroom and placed in special ed.

Because he cheek-kissed one child and hugged another.

As reported by The Daily Wire, there are similar stories floatin’ around:

Nathan is hardly the first autistic child to be punished for his condition, but he currently appears to be the youngest. In 2015, there was the story of Brian Ferguson, then a 20-year-old student at Navarro College in Texas. Ferguson, like Nathan, has autism, and would hug his friends and kiss them on the top of their head since, at 6’5”, he towered over them. One day Ferguson saw a woman who looked like his friend, so he went up to her and hugged her and kissed her on top of her head. The woman, however, was not Ferguson’s friend. Ferguson was expelled for “sexual assault” because of the kiss on the woman’s head. After a national backlash ensued, Ferguson was re-admitted to the school and even met with the woman whom he allegedly assaulted. She wasn’t the one who reported him, and never wanted him punished for what she called a “peck,” but school administrators witnessed the interaction and stepped in.

To be sure, no one wants an undesired hug or kiss. And no one should have to endure one. But maybe when the culprit’s under the age of 6, we can just try to teach him he shouldn’t do it.

Do you agree?

-ALEX

 

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Mattel Releases a Gender Fluid Doll Playset for Kids – to ‘Encourage People to Think More Broadly’

 

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It’s finally here: On Wednesday, Mattel launched its revolutionary new line of dolls.

In a move the company believes to be surrendering to the demands of children, the toymaker behind Thomas & Friends and Power Wheels brings to a toy box near you Creatable World — a “gender inclusive” series allowing kids to mix and match the figures’ female and male hair, clothes, and accessories.

What are they really hoping for? According to Senior Vice President of Mattel Fashion Doll Design Kim Culmone, to open a dialogue:

“We see this line as an opportunity for us to open up that dialogue around what dolls are for and who dolls are for. And also, as the world begins to celebrate the positive impact of inclusivity, we absolutely fundamentally believed it was time to launch a doll line free of labels and free of rules for kids.”

But it’s also supply and demand:

“Kids don’t want their toys dictated by gender norms.”



The Daily Mail notes that author and pediatrician Cara Natterson was consulted on the project.

Here’s what she had to say:

“A collection like this just knocks down every barrier to play. Through research, we heard that kids don’t want their toys dictated by gender norms. This line allows all kids to express themselves freely, which is why it resonates so strongly with them.”

If I may say so, the messages seem to conflict. Is the toy in response to what kids want, or is it to teach kids to think differently?

“We’re hopeful Creatable World will encourage people to think more broadly about how all kids can benefit from doll play,” Cara stated.

As per by The Daily Wire, Mattel explained they utilized a “dedicated team of experts, parents, physicians, and most importantly, kids” in the development of the line, which boasts six different dolls of varying skin color.

Time magazine reports on the new line:

A child opens a box. He starts jumping and screaming with joy — not an unusual sound in the halls of Mattel’s headquarters where researchers test new toys. But this particular toy is a doll, and it’s rare for parents to bring boys into these research groups to play with dolls. It’s rarer still for a boy to immediately attach himself to one the way Shi’a just did.

An eight-year-old who considers himself gender fluid and whose favorite color is black one week, pink the next, Shi’a sometimes plays with his younger sister’s dolls at home, but they’re “girly, princess stuff,” he says dismissively. This doll, with its prepubescent body and childish features, looks more like him, right down to the wave of bleached blond bangs. “The hair is just like mine,” Shi’a says, swinging his head in tandem with the doll’s. Then he turns to the playmate in the toy-testing room, a seven-year-old girl named Jhase, and asks, “Should I put on the girl hair?” Shi’a fits a long, blond wig on the doll’s head, and suddenly it is no longer an avatar for him, but for his sister. …

Mattel’s first promotional spot for the $29.99 product features a series of kids who go by various pronouns — him, her, them, xem — and the slogan, “A doll line designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in.” With this overt nod to trans and nonbinary identities, the company is betting on where it thinks the country is going, even if it means alienating a substantial portion of the population. A Pew Research survey conducted in 2017 showed that while 76% of the public supports parents’ steering girls to toys and activities traditionally associated with boys, only 64% endorse steering boys toward toys and activities associated with girls.

With Christmas around the corner, I suppose we’ll soon see whether it “resonates so strongly” with the average child.

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The Key to Solving the Opioid Epidemic is Border Security

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For years the opioid epidemic has devastated communities across the country. As Sheriff of a suburban Chicago county for 12 years, I saw the rise of the epidemic firsthand. Working hand-in-hand with other law enforcement agencies, we had more success fighting the epidemic in Lake County, Illinois, than most communities across the country, but we were limited in our success because the federal government has yet to solve the problem that is now driving the epidemic: the flow of synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the country across the border.

The opioid epidemic is not a new crisis. As a sheriff for 12 years, interim coroner for two years, and a prosecutor for 16 years, I have been on the frontlines fighting the opioid epidemic for years. In Lake County, we started innovative, cross-jurisdictional task forces and programs to combat the problem. One of our programs has even won national awards for its success in fast-tracking individuals with substance use disorders to treatment programs and services.

In most of the country, the opioid problem is only getting worse. Drug overdoses killed a record 72,300 Americans in 2017, a rise of 10 percent since 2016, which is more than the yearly death tolls from H.I.V., car crashes and gun deaths combined. For this reason, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a national health emergency in October 2017.

The growth of synthetic opioids like fentanyl can be blamed for the recent increase in overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose by 520 percent between 2013 and 2016. At the same time, overdoses from legitimate prescription drugs leveled off for the first time in history. Federal and state government laws – and new innovative programs like ours in Lake County – should be credited for the success in reducing prescription drug and heroin overdoses, but we have yet to seriously curtail overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Just a few months ago, Customs and Border Protection officers made the country’s largest fentanyl bust in history. Two hundred and fifty-four pounds of the drug was stopped at the border in a tractor-trailer loaded with cucumbers. In fact, as of mid-July 2019, border agents had seized more than 2,000 pounds of fentanyl, more than enough to poison the entire U.S. population. Perhaps even worse, law enforcement officials are seizing record-setting amounts of the deadly drug thousands of miles from the border as well. In April 2018, Nebraska state troopers seized 118 pounds of fentanyl in a routine traffic stop.

Fentanyl flows into the country via Mexican drug cartels and Chinese drug smugglers and is trafficked all over the U.S. China is currently our nation’s largest source of illicit fentanyl, but the problem of drug smuggling across the border has only increased in recent years as the federal government has attempted to crack down on China. Fentanyl seizures more than doubled last year, yet officials at the border say more of the drug is still getting through and ending up in our communities.

The solution to the opioid epidemic starts with increased border security. Federal, state, and local government programs have made an impact in stemming the tide of the crisis, but to truly curtail the problem, federal policymakers must focus on tightening border security and giving border agents the training, tools, and resources to stop fentanyl before it flows to the rest of the country. Communities across the U.S. have been battling the opioid addiction crisis for years, but we will only be truly successful if the problem at the border is fixed by the federal government.


Mark Curran was the sheriff of Lake County, Illinois in suburban Chicago from 2006 to 2018. He is now a candidate for U.S. Senate running against Sen. Dick Durbin.

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