Parents sue Alameda schools over gay-issues curriculum

Because religion teaches these Christo-Fascist moral monsters that its main tenet is killing LGBT/T folks by stoning.  One of the main Christo-Fascist arguments against anti-bullying and hate crimes laws is that they violate their religious freedom.

Freedom is not the freedom to oppress others.  Although that is the Ayn Rand/John Galt model.

Yesterday Alternet ran an article describing Ayn Rand’s facination with a sociopathic murderer and how she saw him as the perfect model.

http://www.alternet.org/books/145819/ayn_rand%2C_hugely_popular_author_and_inspiration_to_right-wing_leaders%2C_was_a_big_admirer_of_serial_killer

So what, and who, was Ayn Rand for and against? The best way to get to the bottom of it is to take a look at how she developed the superhero of her novel, Atlas Shrugged, John Galt. Back in the late 1920s, as Ayn Rand was working out her philosophy, she became enthralled by a real-life American serial killer, William Edward Hickman, whose gruesome, sadistic dismemberment of 12-year-old girl named Marion Parker in 1927 shocked the nation. Rand filled her early notebooks with worshipful praise of Hickman. According to biographer Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market, Rand was so smitten by Hickman that she modeled her first literary creation — Danny Renahan, the protagonist of her unfinished first novel, The Little Street — on him.

What did Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: “Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should,” she wrote, gushing that Hickman had “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel ‘other people.'”

This echoes almost word for word Rand’s later description of her character Howard Roark, the hero of her novel The Fountainhead: “He was born without the ability to consider others.”

One may argue that this is a perversion of Christianity and yet historically Christianity along with Islam has spread at the point of a sword leaving millions upon millions of bodies in its wake.
How perfectly sociopathic to totally disregard the pain and suffering this ideology of hate causes LGBT/T people.

Dec. 8 vote to readopt Lesson 9 at elementary level violated Brown Act, plaintiffs argue.

By Michele Ellson
Correspondent

Posted: 02/25/2010 03:32:36 PM PST

Updated: 02/25/2010 04:43:41 PM PST
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Kerry Cook and Serena Dietrich filed a suit Feb. 18 in Alameda County Superior Court that seeks to nullify the school board’s Dec. 8 vote to readopt Lesson 9 for Alameda’s elementary schools until a replacement curriculum is approved and to adopt a Links to Literature guide.

Continue reading at: http://www.contracostatimes.com/teens/ci_14470854

France May Make Mental Violence a Crime

I seeing some really admirable steps taken in France to end mental abuse.  Of course removing GID from their version of the DSM really caused me to sit up and take notice.

In the late 1990s the APA issued a statement that the actions and suppositions of certain rogue psychiatrists were taking in promoting reparative therapy were creating a source of problems for gay and lesbian people.  That telling gay and lesbian folks they had a mental illness caused psychiatric problems.

When I saw this my inner anarchist went, “Wow! I’ve got to do something with this!”  So I did.  I rewrote the release to make it about transsexualism and put it out on the web.  Just to a few mailing lists.  I wanted to see how fast it would get around.  I later titled the electronic performance piece “If”.

I learned some thing.  Lots of folks are in a co-dependent relationship with an abuser.  That’s the only way I can describe the emotional response of those who cling to GID as a necessary thing in their lives.

It was never part of mine because I came out years before it was invented.  Sometime people insist I too must have had it but it is sort of like religion.  If you grow up a non-believer chaces are you won’t become one.  To me GID is like an abusive thug that messes with my friends.  I tell them to leave their abuser but they insist they need him (GID).

This is one of those world changing paradigm shifts in deal with abuse.

From the New York Times

2/26/2010

By STEVEN ERLANGER

PARIS — France’s National Assembly approved Thursday night a proposal to add “psychological violence” to a law intended to help victims of physical violence and abuse, despite doubts that the law is specific enough to have much impact.

The proposed law says that to “act or repeatedly say things that could damage the victim’s life conditions, affect his/her rights and his/her dignity or damage his/her physical or mental health” is punishable by a jail term of up to three years and a fine of up to 75,000 euros, or about $103,000. Carefully covering both genders, the law applies to behavior toward a wife, husband, partner or concubine.

Danielle Bousquet, a Socialist, and Guy Geoffroy, a member of the ruling center-right Union for a Popular Movement, wrote the draft law, supported by 30 other legislators. It received backing last November from the government and Prime Minister François Fillon, who called it “very significant progress.”

The new law, Mr. Fillon said, “will allow people to take into account the most insidious situations, which don’t leave a mark to the naked eye but can mutilate the victim’s inner self.” He called the issue “a great national cause,” and the government has started a series of commercials on television to sensitize viewers to conjugal violence, especially against women.

Ms. Bousquet, 64, said that psychological violence could be gradual. “In the beginning, there are only slight offenses, a husband who is a little too insistent and domineering with his wife, but then the husband’s ascendancy becomes more prominent and each time the victim strikes back, the tone changes and physical violence can set in,” she said in an interview together with Mr. Geoffroy.

“Fear isn’t something you can easily simulate,” she said. “It’s not hard to see whether a woman is terrified or not.”

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/world/europe/26paris.html?em

Friday Night Fun and Culture

Gordon Brown Calls On America To Repeal DADT, Calls UK LGBT Soldiers ‘The Pride Of Our Country’

This came from Issues and Alibis mailing list

I believe its origin to be: (HT: Towleroad)

http://www.towleroad.com/2010/02/british-pm-stands-by-gays-speaks-out-on-dont-ask-dont-tell.html

“As conservatives in the United States try to argue that repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) would lead to all sorts of horrors like an increase in “body art,” natural disasters, and a reinstatement of the draft, British citizens are serving comfortably alongside openly gay men and women. Yesterday at a reception at Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate February’s LGBT History Month, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown underscored the country’s more progressive position:

Brown singled out the lesbians, gays and bisexuals from the Army, Navy and Air Force who attended the event in uniform.

He told them: “You are the pride of our country and we thank you very much. We know this debate continues in America today. I would say to people who still favour ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, look at our experience in Britain.”

Brown also hosted a reception for LGBT History Month last year, when he slammed California’s Prop. 8 as “unacceptable.”

A recent report by the Palm Center backed up Brown’s statements on gay men and women serving openly in the military. The study found that foreign militaries have been able to quickly and successfully integrate:

Other key conclusions of the new study are that preliminary findings that open gays do not disrupt military effectiveness hold over time, including in Britain, whose policy of non-discrimination marked its ten-year anniversary last month; that successful transitions did not involve creating separate facilities or distinct rules for gays or straights; and that the U.S. has a long tradition of turning to foreign armed forces as relevant sources of information about effective military policy.

Yesterday on the House floor, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) read a letter from an active duty soldier in Afghanistan who had “learned that a fellow soldier was also gay, only after he was killed by an IED in Iraq.” The deceased soldier’s partner also “wrote the unit to say how much the victim had loved the military; how they were the only family he had ever known.”

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Britain – Sex-change surgery could be the victim of multi-million pound NHS cuts…

Willow has raised the specter of National Health Insurance  programs ceasing to fund SRS should those of us working to depathologize it succeed in getting GID removed from the DSM.

I honestly do not see that as the problem.  The same forces trying to defund SRS are the same forces trying to defund abortion.  They label SRS as caving into the delusions of mentally ill people.

I am far more concerned with the transfer of wealth upwards and the institution of “austerity measures” on the poor as outlined in Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine.

We are seeing an elimination of the middle classes and polarization into two classes rich and poor where the rich have everything and the poor have nothing.  In this case it is all too easy for those who already have one foot in lumpen prole status to slip fully into that class below the statuses defined as rich/middle/working class.

The privatization of everything would mean that there would be no public health or publicly funded education.

We have long been in a class war.  The problem is that most working class people are to drugged on sports, religion, trinkets, sex and violence to recognize how exploited they are.

[2010-02-26 WiganToday]

http://www.wigantoday.net/wigannews/NHS-savings-may-affect-couples.6107738.jp

Friday, 26th February 2010

NHS savings may affect couples

Couples waiting for IVF fertility treatment and patients hoping for sex-change surgery could be the victims of multi-million pound NHS cuts.

But Wigan health chiefs have sought to reassure patients that no job cut targets have been set.

It was revealed this week that trusts across Greater Manchester have been ordered to slash spending plans for the NHS by a massive £950m.

The need for savings is expected to affect “every aspect of health care”, bringing job cuts and changes to services.

It is understood that savings could be made through cuts in lifestyle services such as IVF, weight loss surgery and gender reassignment.

The “efficiency savings”, outlined in Greater Manchester’s Primary Care Trust board papers begin in April and must be made by 2014.

Bosses have been told to begin with a 30 per cent cut in management – prompting some PCTs to merge human resources, finance and other “backroom” services with neighbouring health trusts.

Ironically, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT’s own chief executive, Peter Rowe, has been enlisted by the Government to identify areas where savings can be made across the country.

Regional health bosses have told Greater Manchester’s 10 primary care trusts – the organisations which fund all health care in their area – that they must save almost £1bn over the next four years.

But the Wigan PCT issued a statement today which was resolutely upbeat, and suggested that much of the savings could be made relatively painlessly by good housekeeping.

A spokesman said: “We have no definite picture of what will happen when the current three-year comprehensive spending review ends in March 2011. We are confident there will be no reduction in the NHS budget.”

Full statement in today’s (Friday) Wigan Evening Post …

“Lifestyle”

I cringe when ever I hear someone use the term “lifestyle” in connection with LGBT/T people.

It has such ultra right wing Christo-fascist connotations.  Like something an American Goebbels cooked up.

“Lifestyle” in one form of usage has the semiotic of a chosen pattern of consumption, or that is how it is marketed in everything from Vogue and Architectural Digest to Outdoor Life or Outside.

When I share a You Tube video on my weekly feature “Friday Night Fun and Culture”  am sharing a glimpse of my “lifestyle” and if you have been following them over the last few months they tell you something about me, or at the very least about the musical artists I like.

Omnivore, lacto-ova vegetarianism, vegan are lifestyle choices.  They reflect how one relates to food and may reflect a whole greater dimension of ethos including how one feels about animals.

While living frugally is not a lifestyle choice for those who live at the bottom of the socio-economic scale, there are those with disposable income who choose to opt out of the vast corporate driven consumption machine.  For those people simplifying life and living frugally is not a matter of necessity but of choice.

Ironically there is a gay/lesbian lifestyle, a rather well developed one at that,  which overlaps with the world of art and fashion.  One can go to G/L restaurants, watch G/L movies, go to theater featuring L/G performers, buy the out put of L/G artists goe on G/L cruses and live in certain parts of cities where gay men or lesbians cluster.

This is less a case for people with transgenderism and even far less a case for post-SRS women and men.  What do we have that constitutes a culture beyond books, blogs and conferences?

However, the Christo-Fascist right wing does not use lifestyle in the context of an actual life style but rather as a semiotic indicating a pervert who has chosen to be a pervert and who should be stoned to death rather than allowed to live as an equal to cis-gender/sex white heterosexual people.

It bothers me even more when the self proclaimed “classic transsexuals” pull the Christo-Fascist version of the semiotic out of their equally transsexual asses and use it to attack those  post-op transsexual women  who are bisexual or lesbian in their sexual orientation. The sound bite has long been that it was the doctors who required us to become heterosexual through surgery. But the real back story is that we took more shit from our heterosexual sisters in the 1970 than we did from the medical profession regarding our post-SRS sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation like transsexualism and transgenderism are not lifestyle choices.  A lifestyle choice when all are equal affordable is choosing to go on the Nation Magazine Cruise for Progressives vs Carnival Cruise for Families vs Olivia Cruise for lesbians.

There is one thing about the usage of that semiotic and how it is attached to people,  how you use it tells me if I want to be associated with you or not.

Random Thoughts on a Lazy Day

Last night we went to see Henry Rollins.  For those of you not versed in punk rock history, Henry was the lead singer of one of the finest punk bands ever, Black Flag.

In the years since the break up of Black Flag, Henry Rollins has emerged as one of the leading spoken word artists. If you haven’t heard of him or seen him perform you should perhaps pull him up on You Tube.

Three hours of stream of consciousness rap, a magical mystery tour that invokes the memory of the late Spaulding Gray, only far edgier with less pathos.  Also more political and radical.

I took the photo with a Panasonic Lumix  DMC-ZS 3, a rather amazing pocket camera with a 25-300mm Leica lens.  A cool camera for when I want to take photos for the blog but don’t feel like schlepping a full sized DSLR.

Another  thought.  We get catalogs.  Once on a mailing list they send catalogs.  Today there was one offering a sale on panties at Victoria Secret.  Anyone who tries to push AGP should be forced to deliver proof as to why it is perverse for transsexuals to look upon the sexualized pictures of of women that arouse both lust and envy.

Apparently to the degree that numerous feminists are concerned that combination of lust/envy can lead to identification with those models and the development of a poor body image leading to anorexia and bulemia.

Apparently Bailey and Blanchard are afraid they might get girl cooties if they were to look at fashion magazines and the like.  Or perhaps they are concerned people will think their cherished neo-Freudian bullshit is just that and they don’t want their theories contradicted by reality.

When ever I read any of their crap I am reminded about Freud’s precious penis and the myth of vaginal orgasms.  They are prick focused and as clueless as Freud, Siggie not Anna.

I have to ask myself.  Would I buy a used vaginal orgasm from either Bailey or Blanchard?  The answer is clearly no.

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