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Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"supreme court justices often disagree with each other, and 5-4 decisions are common." But Skycastle always knows what is correct without even having (or appreciating) the benefit of a law degree. If you don't believe it, just ask him.

"So why put your trust in them?" Undermining the judiciary! Your Russian handlers must be very proud!

"Try thinking for yourself instead." Good advice coming, as it does, from a bot! If we cannot even trust the Supreme Court, we certainly cannot trust you.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/28/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Bill, you don't need a law degree to understand the basics of the Constitution. One basic is limited federal power. The Constitution was designed to limit power to the federal government by giving it only certain, specified duties, listed in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, and the only way to legally give additional powers to the federal government is by Constitutional Amendment.

Do you disagree?
If you disagree, can you explain what the 10th Amendment means?

BTW - supreme court justices often disagree with each other, and 5-4 decisions are common. So why put your trust in them? Try thinking for yourself instead.

Posted by Skycastle on 03/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

"Do you ever stop to ask what neurological and long term health damage is done by not having a natural puberty? I mean, really wondered why our body has puberty, what it does for our brains? How we work out the world through these years?"

Trans youth who receive puberty blockers and then begin hormone replacement therapy still go through puberty, they just get the opportunity to go through the correct puberty for their gender identity. The JAACAP article cited above provides peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that youth who receive hormone blockers and go through puberty according to their gender identity grow into happy, well-adjusted adults. The neurological and long term health damage of forcing trans people to go through the wrong puberty has been well-documented.

"Have you read about the crisis in Haiti caused by puberty blockers? The crumbling bones, the anxiety and the heart troubles."

Do you have a source for this? I wasn't able to find anything Haiti-specific. Anything that affects hormones can lead to medical complications, including osteoporosis, mental health problems, and other physical side effects. Trans youth who receive puberty blockers and later hormone replacement therapy are monitored by medical professionals. Blood tests are administered regularly to anyone receiving hormone replacement therapy to ensure they do not suffer any adverse side effects. The health care received by trans youth in the US is not comparable to what may have happened in Haiti.

"When men get prostate cancer in their sixties the side effects from hormones blockers kill them before the cancer, when men take hormones to prevent hair loss some get such chronic fatigue that they commit suicide."

You can't make a comparison between testosterone blockers used to treat hair loss in cis men and hormone replacement therapy administered to trans people. It's completely different. Male-to-female trans people medically lower their testosterone and then replace that hormone with estrogen. The replacement of hormones prevents the chronic fatigue and depression caused by low testosterone. People being treated for hair loss simply lower their testosterone. The monitoring for trans people and cis men being treated for hair loss are two completely different and unrelated things.

"And Cambridge University research shows that most gender non conforming kids, those that you perceive as trans, are simply lesbians or homosexual. They surveyed 5000 homosexual teens."

Again, which Cambridge study? This is the same thinking used by Ken Zucker, mentioned above, who was fired by the Canadian mental health services for his reparative therapy practices. Current research, the JAACAP article cited above, shows kids who transition are happier and healthier. Sexual orientation and gender identity are also completely separate. This line of reasoning doesn't take into consideration people who transition and become homosexuals, i.e. trans women who are attracted to women, trans men who are attracted to men. Being trans is not an attempt to escape the stigma of homosexuality.

"Come on now placing this health damage on kids is nonsense and pretty disgusting, rendering your child infertile because they say they're the opposite sex is abuse."

Forcing kids to deny their identity and conform to their gender assigned at birth is also abuse. Previously you stated trans people are just trying to escape their homosexuality and now you are concerned about their fertility? In my experience fertility is not usually a pressing concern for homosexual couples. Fertility issues are a legitimate concern for trans people considering medical transition, but there are options available to them. Also, trans youth can't just go out and start hormone replacement therapy, *any* medical intervention for trans youth *requires* parental consent, and requires the input of a team of medical professionals. The decision to allow a trans child to medically transition isn't just made willy-nilly based on the opinions of liberal activists or well-meaning journalists, it's a serious decision between parents, the child, and medical professionals.

All these points are simply straw-man arguments and false-comparisons based on biased, out-dated evidence and personal prejudice. If you don't like trans people, simply own it, don't try to prove that trans people don't have a right to exist or access medical care.

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Posted by IliketogetHeii on 03/28/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

SKYCASTLE:

I'm going with Mr. K's characterization...paid troll or bot sounds about right.

Even so, I will give you the opportunity to clarify where exactly you got your law degree. Your post is so full of debunked legal fantasies that you might want to ask your alma mater for a refund.

"So the feds have no legal power over these issues, and when they make laws here it's an "usurpation of power" and is totally unconstitutional."

You do realize, of course, that the Supreme Court disagrees with you. SCOTUS IS in the Constitution, so I'm going with their reading of it. Not yours.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/28/2017 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

Do you ever stop to ask what neurological and long term health damage is done by not having a natural puberty? I mean, really wondered why our body has puberty, what it does for our brains? How we work out the world through these years? Have you read about the crisis in Haiti caused by puberty blockers? The crumbling bones, the anxiety and the heart troubles. When men get prostate cancer in their sixties the side effects from hormones blockers kill them before the cancer, when men take hormones to prevent hair loss some get such chronic fatigue that they commit suicide.
And Cambridge University research shows that most gender non conforming kids, those that you perceive as trans, are simply lesbians or homosexual. They surveyed 5000 homosexual teens.
Come on now placing this health damage on kids is nonsense and pretty disgusting, rendering your child infertile because they say they're the opposite sex is abuse.

A child asking lithium has serious mental health issues, and praying away the gay is a phenomenon known in religious circles. I'd wager these kids couldn't accept they were homosexual.

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Posted by Jellie Kay on 03/28/2017 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

Do you ever stop to ask what neurological and long term health damage is done by not having a natural puberty? I mean, really wondered why our body has puberty, what it does for our brains? How we work out the world through these years? Have you read about the crisis in Haiti caused by puberty blockers? The crumbling bones, the anxiety and the heart troubles. When men get prostate cancer in their sixties the side effects from hormones blockers kill them before the cancer, when men take hormones to prevent hair loss some get such chronic fatigue that they commit suicide.
And Cambridge University research shows that most gender non conforming kids, those that you perceive as trans, are simply lesbians or homosexual. They surveyed 5000 homosexual teens.
Come on now placing this health damage on kids is nonsense and pretty disgusting, rendering your child infertile because they say they're the opposite sex is abuse.

As for kids praying, this is praying away the gay. They think they're feelings are about gender, whereas religious indoctrination tells them that being gay is sinful so they think they're "in the wrong body". A teen taking lithium??? Serious mental health issues, not trans.

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Posted by Jellie Kay on 03/28/2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Matthew, since you asked, the Constitution leaves it up to the states to develop environmental regulations. Read the 10th Amendment if you're confused here. Seriously, read it and try to understand it, then we can discuss it.

You want to know how the EPA, DOE, wildlife rule, Obamacare, and federal money for Planned Parenthood are all unconstitutional? The answer is simple:
Those powers were never given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution. That's how the Constitution was written, so that only limited, specified, delegated powers were given to the feds. They're listed in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. All other powers indeed most powers were left to the states and the people. When the people decide that the federal government needs more power, they're free to pass Constitutional Amendments which give it more power. This basic idea of limited federal power was the cornerstone of the Constitution. The Founders built it around that idea, so as to prevent federal tyranny. They left it up to the states and the people to decide if the feds needed a new power, and required the feds to get their permission first, so that the feds couldn't just take control of areas which were not under their legal control. This was meant to protect our rights from federal abuse. But power over the environment, wildlife, education, and health was never given to the feds, not in the original Constitution and not in the amendments. So the feds have no legal power over these issues, and when they make laws here it's an "usurpation of power" and is totally unconstitutional. Do you understand this? If not, consider the 18th Amendment (Prohibition). Why was it passed?

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Posted by Skycastle on 03/27/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

FOR ALL OF THE HATERS OUT THERE- AP EXCLUSIVE: PRICE TAG OF NORTH CAROLINAS LGBT LAW: $3.76 BILLION!

https://www.apnews.com/fa4528580f3e4a01bb6…

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Posted by guruD on 03/27/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Do not bother addressing comments to "Skycastle." If it is not a Russian bot, then he is a poorly paid troll. How is the weather over there in Albania, "Skycastle?"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

I wish transitioning had been available when I was a child in the '60s.

I have been given the look many times in my life starting at 3 years old when I had shoulder length wavy auburn hair. Rude people would come up to me and ask, What are you a boy or a girl? I was confused by this question since I knew the my mom and sister were girls and I was like them, but I felt more like I was one of my brothers. As an adult, I have been given the look when someone questioning my gender sees me in the womens bathroom. I have been given angry sneers. I was shunned by my Christian ministry after 10 years of celibacy and service because I was a sexual suspect, a person that is under suspicion of being deviant. I was not, I was a child that was misunderstood and after being sexually assaulted numerous times as a defenseless child, I decided I didnt want anything to do with sex or relationships.

But I find it very interesting that others feel that they can judge me not by my actions, but their religious beliefs. Maybe they need to read their Bibles again on how Christ treated the others, and that God said the Greatest Commandment is to love God with all of you heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. Still waiting for conservatives to get this point when they say its their right to disregard my rights as an American citizen. Looking forward to this court case going to the Supreme Court and see how the Highest Judges of our Nation rule on this issue.

PS- And yes, I did have a bathroom incident in Arizona where they dont wants trans people in the women's bathrooms. I walked in and got a very startled look and a woman started to say I was in the wrong bathroom. So since I was in a hurry I just said to her in a calm tone, Its okay, Im female, and continued to go into a stall. I get this whenever I travel. If it was at a restaurant and if she had gotten the manager involved, then I would have called 911 and got it all on tape for the publicity on harassment. Such is my life.

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Posted by guruD on 03/27/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Colorado's public accommodations debate

And yes, I did have a bathroom incident in Arizona where they dont wants trans people in the women's bathrooms. I walked in and got a very startled look and a woman started to say I was in the wrong bathroom. So since I was in a hurry I just said to her in a calm tone, Its okay, Im female, and continued to go into a stall. I get this whenever I travel. If it was at a restaurant and if she had gotten the manager involved, then I would have called 911 and got it all on tape for the publicity on harassment. Such is my life.

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Posted by guruD on 03/27/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Skycastle,

Without the EPA, who will develop environmental regulations? Do you seriously want your rivers being polluted without a government agency to protect them? How exactly are these agencies "unconstitutional"? You do realize per the Hyde Amendment that our Federal tax dollars CANNOT BE USED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO PERFORM ABORTIONS, with few exceptions.

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Posted by Matthew McNulty on 03/26/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Awesome! I LOVE Trump's agenda. We need to terminate the EPA, DOE, wildlife rule, and Obamacare for the simple reason that they are ALL unconstitutional! None of those powers are given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, therefore they are usurpations of power - something forbidden by the Constitution. I say get rid of all illegal federal laws and agencies.

And defunding that abomination called Planned Parenthood (founded by the vile racist and genocidal maniac Margaret Sanger) would be wonderful. Aside from such funding being unconstitutional, govt. should NEVER steal taxpayer money to kill unborn children. That's so wrong it's vomitous.

Now unions, they can be a horror. When I worked for a utility company, I was FORCED to become a dues paying member of the the IBEW, and that rotten group used my dues money to support sickening Leftist candidates, whom I couldn't stand. Forcing people to pay money to groups which support horrible political candidates is just evil.

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Posted by Skycastle on 03/25/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Kipper:

"At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly."

High praise indeed. Is that the best defense you can muster for the Gazette?

"sounds like a personal thing?" Your hostility to the LGBTQ community is the "personal thing" in your post.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/25/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Successful and schizophrenic

I want to say a big thanks to Doctor Andre Armstead of USA for helping me cure me of my Brain disease. Brothers and sisters, Nath Luth is my name and I live in Texas USA. Few years ago I had a car accident and my brain was affected I was rushed to the hospital the doctor did his check and said I dont have any internal injury in my brain but just that I was emotionally fragmented and for that reason I lost memory of what happened. But sometimes I sleep at night and I see in dream how I got the accident. But when dawn if am asked how it happened, I cant say it. It continued like that and I found myself very forgetful. Doctor gave me medicines like Diuretics, Anti-seizure drugs, Coma-inducing drugs, to some extents the drugs helped but later on it stop helping me and as a result of this, I was fully diagnosed of schizophrenia (Brain Disease). Doctor said my problem was same with a variety of brain disease like salience syndrome, Psychosis, susceptibility syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, Lemierre syndrome, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome, vascular dementia, CJD, mad cow disease, PTSD, encephalitis, panic disorder, OCD, ADD and a lot more. So i and my family became very afraid because doctor said I would die with it. My Immediate younger brother is an ICT officer he is always on the internet. So he came home and said he read about a herbal doctor called Doctor Andre Armstead who have used his herbal medicine to cure so many people of various diseases. So he copied out the contact details of the Dr and he contacted him. He emailed him, and explained to him what I was passing through but Dr Andre promised him that he will cure me of my brain disease and I will be totally cured for life. So he made the arrangement with Dr Andre, and he prepared the herbs from Washington and shipped it to us in Texas. So I followed his instructions on how to take it and behold it worked for me just like a magic, and totally cured me of my long suffered brain disease, and today I am totally cured of my brain disease. Please if you are out there suffering from any kind of brain disease, or you know someone suffering from it, I urge you to contact Dr Andre immediately and get your cure. His contact details are (doctorandreaarmstead@gmail.com) and his phone number is +1 (617) 663-8926, Thanks.

Posted by Nath Luth on 03/25/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly. Funny that Ralphie has such an axe to grind with a newspaper he worked for for several decades...sounds like a personal thing?

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 03/24/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “The camping trip from hell

Smart phones have turned us into pussies.

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Posted by Roger Williamson on 03/24/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

The second I get my ballot, I'm voting for Skorman!

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Posted by Judith Posch on 03/24/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

this is the fight of our generation... big money vs. working people. geezerette, developers and the big business are trying to buy another election. the rest of us need to step up and let the rich old geezers know they cannot buy the vote any longer. vote for YOUR best interests!! don't believe the fake alternative crap that is being printed by the geezerette. mainly... VOTE!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 03/24/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Why in the hell are the Gazette and GOP crowd here so afraid of Mr. Skorman?
Really, what is the source of their snarling hatred of that guy?

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Posted by OldCrank on 03/23/2017 at 6:46 PM

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