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The following article was published on
the American Thinker website on February 27th
girl who wants to be a boy wins TX state girls' wrestling title
A girl who goes by the name Mack Beggs because she wants to be a male won
the Texas state girls' wrestling title in the 110-pound class.
On the surface, this would appear
perfectly normal. And in a way, it is, given that a girl won a girls'
title. But as Paul Harvey used to say, "and now for the rest of the
story." The transgender community is up in arms because the state of
Texas won't let Beggs compete as a boy. And many female wrestlers also
think Beggs should have competed as a boy because she's taking male hormones,
Testosterone is considered a
performance-enhancing drug (PED) in all sports. But in Texas, if a
girl is attempting to make herself appear more like a male
("transitioning") and a doctor prescribes the hormone, it is
perfectly legal – even if the drug gives the girl additional strength and
endurance she wouldn't have had without it.
In some of his [sic] first media
comments since the story was widely reported, Beggs said "I wouldn't be
here today if it weren't for my teammates," the Dallas
Morning News reported on its website.
"That's honestly what the
spotlight should've been on, my teammates," he [sic] added.
Beggs' family has sought to have him
[sic] wrestle as a boy [sic], and some of his [sic] opponents have said [sic]
he has an unfair advantage among girls because of the testosterone he [sic] is
taking as a part of his [sic] transition [sic].
The University Interscholastic League,
which governs school sports in Texas, said that the state's education code
allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it "is prescribed by a
medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose".
About a week ago, Beggs won a regional
championship after a female wrestler from a Dallas-area high school forfeited
The parent of another girl who wrestles
for the same Dallas-area high school had filed a lawsuit trying to block Beggs,
saying his [sic] use of testosterone increases his [sic] strength, which could
pose a risk to opponents.
Nancy Beggs, Mack Beggs' grandmother
and guardian, told the Dallas Morning News after the forfeit in the regional
championship match: "Today was not about their students winning. Today was
about bias, hatred and ignorance".
According to transathlete.com, which
provides information for transgender athletes, Texas is one of seven US states
with policies it sees as discriminatory against transgender athletes.
Lou Weaver, who runs transgender
programs for the LGBT rights group Equality Texas, said Beggs is abiding by
current state rules, which need to be updated, "so that guys [sic] like
Mack can wrestle with their peers, which would be on the boys' team."
The obvious question is how good a
female wrestler Beggs would be without the testosterone. I don't think
there's any doubt that she would have been an above average wrestler but
probably not a state champ.
Taking testosterone by itself does not
build sufficient strength and endurance to become a champion athlete. The
athlete needs to work hard to get to that next level of competition. But
there is also no doubt that the testosterone gave her an advantage that other
girls did not have. So in the end, this is a question of fairness, having
little to do with the transgender issue except as it makes it legal for Beggs
to take the male hormone.
We are going to be hearing more and
more stories about transgender athletes competing where they shouldn't, or
enjoying an unfair advantage over their opponents. Eventually, even
"tolerant" parents and school districts will revolt, given the
obvious fairness issue involved. The issue can be ignored for only so
long before an outcry occurs calling for a change.
texters in climes where winter rears its ugly head repeatedly have an
interesting new ally in their quest to operate smart devices without getting
their hands cold.
is a line of hand wear that promises to let you text, phone, and even operate
vehicles' LCD screens without having to remove them, a promise that - given my
history of trying to use my smart stuff while wearing gloves - seemed like a
product that was simply too good to be true.
So I asked them
if I could try a pair - and they responded by sending me two - one from their
"Urban" line and one from their "Winter" collection. They
also market "ingress gloves" which I assume are for facilitating
doctors' prostate exams when they're performed outdoors in winter.
is actually some kind of outdoor "real world" mobile game (kind of
like that Pokeman thing that was so strangely popular recently?) and if you're
playing outdoors and want to keep your hands warm, the Glider Gloves could
prove handy (no pun intended) here as well.
I don't play
Ingress (to be honest, I had to look up what the heck it was after I saw the
reference on Glider Gloves' website),
but I drive a lot of different cars and SUV's that have LCD screens at various
places on their centre stacks. I also have a smart phone I take with me year
'round and when it's really cold I shiver in anticipation of the vehicle
warming up enough that I can take off my gloves to operate the phone or the
car's tech. Heck, some vehicles - ones that you can lock merely by touching a
spot on the door handle - force me to remove my gloves to perform that simple operation.
say, I'd tried several different types of gloves to get around this rather than
risk my precious skin by exposing it to the elements (though I never tried any
of this in a Honda Element!), and not even my rather thin driving gloves would
work in these scenarios. Fingerless gloves always seemed kind of counterintuitive,
too, since it's my fingertips that get the coldest.
bothered me so much that I stayed at home in fetal position rather than go
outside in winter (I do that all year!) but once I tried the Glider Gloves I
was convinced of their abilities.
concept is quite simple," said Scott Henderson, Marketing and Public
Relations, Glider Gloves. "It is a hassle to take off your gloves to use
your smart phone or touch screen device, but more importantly your hands get
cold, especially in extreme winter climates. Glider Gloves not only keep your
hands warm while you text, but are the ideal solution for iPhone and Android
What makes the
Glider Gloves work is the copper yarn the makers have weaved into them, which look
kind of like those little suckers found on a squid's tentacles, though they're
very small indeed. They're only put on the palm side of the gloves, which makes
sense of course - and thanks to their presence you can touch, tap, swipe or
whatever else you'd do with an interactive screen. The company says the design
allows your electrical current to pass through the glove and interact with your
palms also feature "anti-slip grip silicone," which is a nice touch.
I tend to have issues with keeping a glass and metal phone from sliding through
my palm when I'm wearing gloves and more than once this has led to disaster -
or at the very least a cracked phone case. With the Glider Gloves, however, I
haven't any such issues, so if I drop my phone in the future while wearing them,
it'll be my fault clearly.
I figured the Glider
Gloves would cost an arm and a leg, since they're a specialty item, but they aren't
expensive at all! A quick comparison check of The Bay's website showed "non-Glider"
gloves ranging from about 15 bucks to over 100. Yet on Glider Gloves' website
the Urban gloves - the lighter of the two main items (which make pretty decent
driving gloves) - list for $24,99 and as of this writing (Friday, Feb. 24,
2017) they're also on sale for $18 CAD.
Gloves, which as their name implies are thicker and warmer (I wore them during
some recent -20 Celsius weather and they kept my paws nice and toasty), list
for $29.99 and are on sale currently for $24.95. Their "Ingress edition
versions" list for $34.95 and are on sale for $29.99.
editions come in two incarnations: Resistance and Enlightened, which sounds
like they'd be perfect for NeverTrumpers I wonder if there's a Deplorables
version on the horizon…
gloves are insulated with a thick, double-layer material the maker says are
good for extended outdoor periods and if I ever stay outside that long I'll let
you know if it's true (it undoubtedly is). According to their website, they can
even be used when snowboarding and skiing, and make checking your phone on the
chairlift "a relaxed and cozy experience" (if you aren't afraid of
heights and swinging in a chair!).
I forgot to
tell the folks at Glider Gloves what size I'd need, so they sent the Winter
gloves in size Large and the Urban ones in XL. The sizes on offer, however,
range right down to ones suitable for kids (wee paws for station
A size chart
on the company's website is designed to help you choose the Glider Gloves
that'll fit you the best. I found the XL urban gloves a bit too long for my stubby
fingers, though the hand parts fit fine. The Large winter gloves fit my fingers
beautifully but are a tad tight on the hands, proving either that you can never
please everyone or that I'm just a short fatty…
come with a 30 day exchange policy and a 90 day "plain and simple"
warranty. To keep them clean you should hand wash them gently with mild soap
and cold water, then lay them flat in a well-ventilated area to dry. The
website warns against tumble drying them.
What a simple
and elegant - and affordable - solution!
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
John Marshall said, “Between a balanced
republic and a democracy, the difference is like that of order and chaos.” -FromThe Life of George Washington,
Revised Edition 1832. The chaos gripping our present society is certainly not
the ‘balanced’ republic Marshall was referring to. Our system is functioning
more like a plane crashing - like a democracy.
Let’s explore ‘balanced
republic,’ ‘democracy’ and ‘order and chaos’ by using an analogy. The U.S.
government is comparable to a commercial aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot are
the elected representatives. They are selected by qualified passengers (or U.S.
voters). The flight attendants are the appointed and employed governors. Their
job is to keep the passengers (all the American governed – both voter and
non-voter alike) comfortable and calm for the duration of the flight (the
destiny of the nation).
Language of Liberty
The ‘voting’ passengers from
the left side (Democrat, Liberal, etc.) and from the right side (Republican,
Conservative, etc.) of the aircraft periodically vote to replace the pilots. A
peaceful transfer of control takes place, right? Not so fast! In 2009, how did
the right side respond to the blue pilot (Obama)? And in 2017, how is the left
side reacting to the red pilot (Trump)?
The other ‘voting’ passengers
(Independents, Libertarians, Constitution, and other voters) are assigned seats
in the back of the plane alongside the ‘non-voting’ passengers. These
passengers might feel as though they do not have a say in who controls the plane.
From 2008 to 2017, how did the Libertarian and Constitution party passengers
When one side of the plane
doesn’t like or want the newly selected pilots what do they do? They might
complain, organize a protest, yell, hurt other passengers, or even scream at
the flight attendants to remove those on the other side of the plane from the
aircraft. In extreme cases they may try to undermine, overthrow, or even kill the
pilots or hijack and crash the aircraft. In short, create chaos. This is how a
representative democracy works; like the German government, for example. Unfortunately,
the American culture is now being trained to think and function as a democracy
and we are doing a very good job of creating chaos as a result.
Fortunately, real life
flights are not like this – most of the time! Other than pilots, flight
attendants and passengers, who else is involved in the function of the aircraft?
Who fixes or maintains the aircraft, which symbolizes the systems in government?
Can the average German
maintain his so-called democratic Federal republican system? You might say, “Yes,
they get to vote!” But you get to vote too. Yet, following our analogy, isn’t
voting merely selecting the pilots? Voting
is not maintaining the aircraft itself. Maintenance is one of our
responsibilities. How many days or minutes per year does it take to vote for
The U.S. Citizen’s Almanac instructs
new American citizens that, “…voting
ensures our system of government is maintained…” Are those few minutes per
year equal to a German or an American maintaining their system (the aircraft)
or are they merely switching out the pilots in control of the aircraft?
The U.S. mixed republic
functions in a similar way to the German democratic Federal republic except for
ONE major and profound difference: The U.S. governed (voters and non-voters)
are unique in that they are their government’s sole maintenance crew.
In addition to being governed
by the destiny of the aircraft and periodically voting to replace pilots, the
passengers (the governed) are responsible for ‘keeping’ the system airworthy,
or capable of overcoming gravity. Just like the nature of gravity, the pull of
our human nature must be overcome to keep our nation (our aircraft) stable and
on course. We can crash the plane with chaos or maintain it according to the
designer’s specifications to keep it stable. It’s our choice.
In designing the U.S. system, the architects believed that we, the
governed, are capable of carrying out daily preventative maintenance to balance
our republic. This is known as self-government. In Federalist #39, James
Madison stated “…we based all our
political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” The
Framers determined that apart from the governed carrying out daily maintenance
activities, the aircraft would inevitably crash. Thomas Jefferson said, “[Without becoming] familiar with the habit
and practice of self-government, the political vessel is all sail and no
ballast.” -Letter to Henry Dearborn, 1822
While the Framers were not
specific on exactly how the governed were to balance and maintain order of the
U.S. republic, the assignment of maintaining the newly established government
was made clear to the governed. On September 17, 1787, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth)
Powel inquired of Benjamin Franklin whether our new social contract (the
Constitution) described a monarchy or a republic. He counseled her, “We have given you a republic, if you can keep
it.”‘Keep’ means to maintain. -From
the diary of Dr. James McHenry, Sep. 18, 1787.
We are the only ones who can
keep the aircraft from crashing! We have inherited the only republic of its
kind in history and it is indeed clear that it’s our responsibility to keep it.
For Mrs. Powel, the
‘preventative maintenance’ experiment began that day in 1787, and it continues
for us today. Mrs. Powel became a role model of how ‘the governed’ are to keep
their republic, in spite of the fact that she could not vote or hold public
office. Her ‘keeping’ methods will be explored in Part 3.
Mark Herr, Co-founder and
President of Center for Self Governance, was born in England to a military
father and was raised in South Korea. He is a retired Air Force veteran who
served his entire career in Tokyo, Japan. Herr holds a BS in marketing
& management and a MBA in finance & information systems. As a
social and political scientist, Mark devotes 289 days per year, nationwide, to
studying and teaching State Constitution, Regional government, City-County
government, training citizens and legislators in applied civics, and teaching
high school students foundational civics. He is co-authoring the book
"Speaking the Language of Liberty”.
The Language of Liberty series is a collaborative effort
of the Center for Self Governance (CSG) Administrative Team.The authors include administrative staff,
selected students, and guest columnists. The views expressed by the authors are
their own and may not reflect the views of CSG.Contact them at email@example.com. To learn more, go to CenterForSelfGovernance.com.
The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 1
Did the New World Order mind set play
a sick joke on Catholics and the Pope in particular with the design of Pope
Paul VI's audience hall in the Vatican? The depictions in a horrific sculpture
of Our Lord and the hall itself seem to resemble a snake's body! This is the
hypothesis of English writer David Icke whose interpretation is featured in
Outer Dark's video discussing construction details. According to Icke, "The
global conspiracy is ruled by reptilian aliens who rule by blood lines and they
control the world's resources. The elites are different from us."
The video's producer cites the Icke theory, but cautions viewers to form their
own opinions; make up their own minds. He says, "I'm an arm chair
philosopher and come to my own theory." But he does not feel
architects and designers just come up with ideas for construction, saying:
"An architect does not design unless there's a reason."
Here's what is going on. The
Pope's audience hall (video) serves as the 6,300 capacity arena for the Vatican's Wednesday
papal audiences. Events are attended by the devout who come from all over
the world. The reinforced, concrete structure contains a 15 ton
bronze sculpture that is 66ft wide, 23ft tall and serves as a backdrop for
the Pope as he greets his followers. Christ is depicted rising from a
tomb, "in the Garden of Olives while the earth is shaken by an enormous
storm," according to comments explaining what sculptor Pericle Fazzini had
in mind as he created the piece. But as a blogger for the end-times web
site states: "Images are important. Imagine sitting in front of that
evilly horrific sculpture week after week conducting religious services with a
serpent-looking Christ coming out of a man-made, bomb crater." Fazzini
sought to show Jesus Christ arising from an atomic bomb cataclysm. HIS
head is half blown away and pitiful looking humans surround HIM in the
contemporary work of art entitled "Resurrection." Ickes finds
odd that such a horrific image would appear within the bunker type structure of
the Pope's audience hall. The deformed figure of Christ's Head is not
congruous with the joy of HIS Resurrection from the dead. "For God
is not a God of Confusion but of Peace." 1 Corinthians 14:33.
Even more disturbing is the
interior appearance of the hall itself. If one is seated far down the
rows, near the stage and is preoccupied with the seriousness of the occasion,
paying attention to overall symbolism probably would not be pertinent.
But the Outer Dark citizen philosopher suggests that a view from the back of
the auditorium brings up snake like images. He presents a diagram showing
slant-eyed windows on either side of a ceiling that could be interpreted as the
tails of a snake, drawing one's attention to the stage where the Pope sits
between two fang-like support beams. "Fangs" are repeated as
the youtube video
goes on to point out the reptilian suggestion of snake skin
on the wall tiles. At first, the picture from the back of the room seems
rather innocuous. But the more one stares at it, the more one becomes aware of the
discomforting snake symbolism. Arm chair philosopher asks, "Why is
reptilian symbolism surrounding the Pope? Is the pathway to the Pope a snake's
Outside, the unusual, undulating solar
roof also suggests negative movement. All of the electrical needs of the
structure are supplied by 2,400 photovoltaic panels. Germany's Solar
World donated the award winning roof, now valued at $1.5 million. The
audience hall sits in two separate countries, the Vatican and Italy. Pier
Luigi Nervi, deceased, was the architect. So as we approach the most
glorious time of the Christian Liturgical calendar, ask yourselves, do you want
the symbolism of Our Lord's Resurrection to suggest heavenly affirmation or the
darkly visual sculpture of Christ arising from an atomic bomb crater?