ENDA and The Present Congress

Lately I have heard a lot of anger directed at Democratic congress people and senators.  People talking about with holding support from people who are our best friends in congress.

Anger directed towards Barney Frank that comes from a Transgender Movement that has its ideological roots in very homophobic heterosexual cross dresser organizations such Tri-Ess.

WTF…  Take off the blinders folks the Republican Party has controlled this country pretty much since the 1960s.  Today they have stood like George Wallace obstructing any attempts to roll back their neo-fascist corporate ass kissing right wing elitist rule.

In two years we have made more progress than in the previous 28.

As piss poor as it is we finally got some Health Care Reform.  Did y’all miss what a bloody struggle that one was.

DADT…  The only way we got that one through even with the stalling provisions was by attaching it to the Defense Budget re-authorization bill.

As I have said earlier some of the Democrats being chided for not moving ENDA through this congress are in campaigns against people who are to the right of Attila the Hun.

Before you get too hard on them it might be useful to consider that these same Democrats weren’t able to get a benefits bill that would support the health care needs of the first responders to 9/11 passed over the Republican obstructionists.

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American Fascism’s Continuing Assault on ‘Useless Eaters’: Phyllis Schlafly Smears ‘Unmarried Moms’ Receiving Unemployment Benefits

From Anti-Fascist Encyclopedia: http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/american-fascisms-continuing-assault-on-useless-eaters-phyllis-schlafly-smears-unmarried-moms-with-unemployment-insurance

By Charlie Eisenhood
Think Progress | Jul 30th, 2010

schlafly American Fascism’s Continuing Assault on ‘Useless Eaters’: Phyllis Schlafly Smears ‘Unmarried Moms’ Receiving Unemployment Benefits

Over the past two months, many Republican pundits and members of Congress have been calling for the end of unemployment benefit extensions for the millions of Americans who can’t find work. Meanwhile, GOP Senators held the unemployment insurance (UI) extension bill hostage for weeks as 2.5 million Americans were left without the “desperately needed lifeline” of UI benefits. Even as five workers fight for every one job opening, Republicans are still calling the unemployed “spoiled” and suggesting that blocking benefits is fine because it only affects a “small amount of people.”

Last week at a fundraiser for Michigan GOP congressional candidate Rocky Raczowski, conservative pundit Phyllis Schlafly added her voice to the chorus crying out against government assistance for the poor or unemployed:

One of the things Obama’s been doing is deliberately trying to increase the percentage of our population that is dependent on government for your living. For example, do you know what was the second biggest demographic group that voted for Obama? Obviously the blacks were the biggest demographic, y’all know what was the second biggest? Unmarried women. 70% of unmarried women voted for Obama. And this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have Big Brother Government to be your provider. And they know that. They’ve admitted it. And they have all kinds of bills to continue to subsidize illegitimacy…

The Obama administration wants to continue to subsidize this group because they know they are Democratic votes.

Schlafly’s argument is specious. She talks about “subsidizing illegitimacy,” but not all single women are mothers. Less than 20 percent are mothers to young children. The rest include millions of widows, millions of young never-married women, and plenty in between — some of whom have kids, but most of whom do not.

Continue reading at:  http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/american-fascisms-continuing-assault-on-useless-eaters-phyllis-schlafly-smears-unmarried-moms-with-unemployment-insurance

Desert Religions Run Amok

Religion, all religion oppresses using ignorance and superstition to perpetuate cruelty upon cruelty.

Islamic extremists like those asserting Sharia Law and the Taliban are some of the worst of the worst.

I am going to quote from the following post on another blog:  http://momento24.com/en/2010/07/31/image-of-an-afghan-woman-shattered-the-world/

Trigger Warning!!! Do not click on this link if you are easily disturbed by photographs of Atrocities

Text from site:

The Time published in its cover a surprising and disturbing picture, a portrait of Aisha, a young Afghan woman of 18 years old, who was convicted by a Taliban commander to cut off her nose and ears for not following the rules of her community.

Aisha posed for the photo because she wants “the world to see the effect of the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s women, many of which resurfaced in recent years.”

The photograph is accompanied by a solid story by Baker Aryn about how “Afghan women have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban and how they fear a resurgence of them.”

The journalist from The Time said he “thought a lot about whether to put this picture on the cover of The Time. First, he wanted to make sure the safety of Aisha and to ensure that she understands why she would be at the cover. She knows that she may become a symbol of Afghan women who had had to pay for the Taliban’s repressive ideology.” It was also confirmed that she is being kept in a secret and protected place by armed guards and sponsored by the NGO Women for Women of Afghanistan. “

Continued at:  http://momento24.com/en/2010/07/31/image-of-an-afghan-woman-shattered-the-world/

By The Way…  It was St. Ronnie Reagan who armed the Taliban and helped them come to power.  Including initially supplying them with the Stinger missiles that are now shooting down our helicopters and killing our military personnel.

No gods, No masters

Some Disturbing Statistics

From Questioning Transphobia

Reposted with permission from Lisa Harney

Original post at:  http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=2732&cpage=1#comment-10884

From Yahoo Finance:

The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace.

So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and “free trade” that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn’t tell us that the “global economy” would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough.

Here are the statistics to prove it:

•    83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
•    61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
•    66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
•    36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.
•    A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
•    24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
•    Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
•    Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
•    For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
•    In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
•    As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
•    The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
•    Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
•    In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
•    The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
•    In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
•    More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
•    or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
•    This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
•    Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.
•    Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
•    The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

So, about those bootstraps and rugged American individualism. How’s that working out, United States?

And that racist colonialist imperialist legacy that’s all about exploiting workers in the Global South?

Also, is there truly any job on Earth that is really worth millions of dollars, 10s of millions? 100s of millions? Is there any reasonable meaning to the concept of a single person being a billionaire? Obviously there is meaning, as all that wealth concentrated in a few hands means that so many do without so much. But is it really rational for this to be an economic reality?

Friday Night Fun and Culture Act 2

Friday Night Fun and Culture

FBI admits probing ‘radical’ historian Zinn for criticizing bureau

While many babble on about how free people are in America I have tended to question the reality of that freedom. Too often that freedom seems to mean one is free to work wages so mean and parsimonious as to give meaning to the term “wage slavery”.  Oddly that freedom doesn’t seem to extend to the rights of labor to organize, form unions and strike for better conditions, otherwise why would workers who try to exercise that freedom be fired, subjected to beatings and arrest or sometimes even murdered by those who are authorized to enforce the nations laws.

Why are people of color, women, LGBT/TQ people considered subversive and anti-American when they ask that the nation that claims to stand foursquare for freedom, justice and equality honor those claims by giving people of color, women and LGBT/TQ people those things the nation says it is most proud of.

Why are those who peacefully dissent and point out the short-comings, the bait and switch nature of these claims spied upon by secret police when our government tells us that only totalitarian governments use secret police to spy upon citizens who peacefully dissent.  Why is it okay for a nation that claims to stand for freedom of speech turns around and black lists those who have the audacity to speak out against the injustices of racism, imperialism, sexism and homophobia?  Are terminations and black listing the marks of freedom or of an authoritarian police state?

Is it more radical to petition an authoritarian state to be allowed to become part of that authoritarian state than it is to work to end the authoritarian state that oppresses so many?

The late Howard Zinn exposed the reality behind America’s image and showed us how it was so often a bright and shining lie.

For this he was investigated by the FBI and I am sure by secret police squads all over the country.  His crime being a truth teller with the courage to speak that truth to power.  I am not surprised at their attempts to have him fired and blacklisted as that is the nature of those involved in the maintaining of the authoritarian aspects of corporate freedom and the government by and for the rich.

From Raw Storyhttp://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/

By Daniel Tencer
Friday, July 30th, 2010 — 3:22 pm

FBI files show bureau may have tried to get Zinn fired from Boston University for his political opinions

Those who knew of the dissident historian Howard Zinn would not be surprised that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI kept tabs on him for decades during the Cold War.

But in a release of documents pertaining to Zinn, the bureau admitted that one of its investigations into the left-wing academic was prompted not by suspicion of criminal activity, but by Zinn’s criticism of the FBI’s record on civil rights investigations.

“In 1949, the FBI opened a domestic security investigation on Zinn,” the bureau states. “The Bureau noted Zinn’s activities in what were called Communist Front Groups and received informant reports that Zinn was an active member of the CPUSA; Zinn denied ever being a member when he was questioned by agents in the 1950s.

“In the 1960s, the Bureau took another look at Zinn on account of his criticism of the FBI’s civil rights investigations.”

Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/

Religious Right Group Slurs Home Depot in Anti-Gay Attack

From Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/07/28/religious-right-group-slurs-home-depot-in-anti-gay-attack/?ondntsrc=MBQ100770HTW&newsletter=HW072910

Posted in Anti-Gay by Hatewatch Staff<!– Hatewatch Staff –> on July 28, 2010

The American Family Association (AFA), one of the nation’s most obsessed anti-gay crusaders, launched a boycott of The Home Depot a week ago today because the home improvement and construction retailer “promotes the homosexual agenda.” Rather than “remain neutral in the culture war,” AFA wrote, “The Home Depot has chosen to sponsor and participate in numerous gay pride parades and festivals.”

That alone wouldn’t be an earth-shaking accusation; plenty of major corporations, including Home Depot, sponsor gay pride events. But AFA’s announcement strongly implies – with clever wording and misleading “evidence” – that the home-improvement retailer is helping gay sexual predators stalk children.

A letter posted on AFA’s website and signed by its president, Tim Wildmon, declares that a photograph “taken during recent homosexual events sponsored by The Home Depot show[s] children being encouraged to visit gay sex websites.” In the photo, children presumably attending the Southern Maine Pride Festival and parade in June, are seen holding orange Home Depot cups with small red-and-white flags stuck in them. The AFA caption reads, “The flags in these Home Depot cups promote a gay website which proclaims itself as ‘the men’s social group for men who have sex with men.’” The caption goes on, “The cups were given to children by The Home Depot gay parade marchers, while homosexual activists followed up by introducing them to gay sex websites.”

Read carefully, AFA’s post never accuses Home Depot of having anything to do with the flags. But AFA nevertheless concludes, “The Home Depot has no problem aligning itself with gay activist groups who target children with a pro-homosexual message.” The impression is inescapable: Home Depot pals around with lustful gay activists as they recklessly invite kids to visit a gay porn site.

But what about those mysterious flags? The writing on the flags can’t be read in the photo, and AFA conveniently never identifies the offending website — and for good reason, as it turns out.

The flags, Hatewatch has learned, were distributed by an Augusta, Maine, group called Just Guys, which provides safe sex counseling, HIV testing, social support and other resources for gay men. Its meetings are on the calendar of MaineGeneral Health, Maine’s third-largest health care system. And just for good measure, the front page of justguys.info prominently displays a warning:

“This website contains HIV/STD prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection and Sexually Transmitted Diseases are spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, this website may contain pages which you may not wish to visit. Thank you.”

Not exactly the hallmarks of drooling pederasts.

Just Guys director Lew Alessio acknowledged that his organization distributed the flags at the southern Maine festival. The message on the flags said simply, “Gay Pride, Safe Pride,” and then the web address – the promotional phrase AFA cited wasn’t on them. The obvious conclusion: AFA representatives went to the website to find the promotional phrase — and thus knew perfectly well that justguys.info is not a “gay sex website,” and that it doesn’t target children in any way.

“All of our written material must be approved by the review board of the Maine Center for Disease Control,” Alessio told Intelligence Report. “While we gave out thousands of trinkets with various safer sex/gay pride messages on them, every single message was approved by the MCDC in advance of the event.”

Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes told Hatewatch that AFA representatives approached the company in early July, demanding that it end all sponsorships of gay-pride events. It was an easy call for the company. “To forbid our associates to have any involvement in pride festivals would run counter to the company’s culture of inclusion,” Holmes said. “We’re not going to discriminate against anyone because of race, religion or sexual orientation.”

This isn’t the first time AFA has tried to pin the “preys-on-children” tag on Home Depot. Last summer, the AFA-affiliated One Million Moms group complained about the company’s $5,000 sponsorship donation to the Nashville Gay Pride Festival, then added: “Home Depot also signed on as a vendor, conducting kids craft workshops for children via a special booth set up just for them. To this end, Home Depot is basically encouraging the attendance of children at events which openly expose them to transvestites, cross-dressers, and homosexual activities. … Obviously, Home Depot is OK with the idea of exposing children to an unhealthy and risky environment.” In other words, it’s Home Depot’s fault for accommodating kids who attend a public parade on public streets approved by local government.

A representative of the American Family Association, contacted by Hatewatch, said no spokespersons were available to comment

Bryan Fischer, AFA’s director of issue analysis for government and public policy, posted a letter regarding the latest boycott including an admonition that Home Depot “might want to check with the Ford Motor Company about what happens when ordinary American families decide to vote with their wallets against companies that peddle perversion.” Fischer was referring to AFA’s 2005 call to boycott Ford for similar pro-gay offenses. “Ford Motor Company eventually surrendered, and re-focused its energy on making automobiles instead of retooling American culture.”

Oh? Portfolio.com, the web portal for the Bizjournals network, didn’t see it that way, concluding that AFA chairman Donald E. Wildmon (Tim’s father) in March 2008 “unilaterally declared victory.” Ford didn’t see it that way either: “I can tell you there was not a negotiated settlement to this boycott,” Ford spokesman Jim Cain said in the portfolio.com article. Cain pointedly noted that during and after the AFA boycott, Ford maintained relationships with groups including Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the Human Rights Campaign, both supporters of gay marriage.

Fischer, it should be noted, has recently argued that homosexuality should be prohibited by law, that Muslims should be banned from the U.S. military, and that executing couples engaged in “sexual immorality” might help the nation renew its “commitment to follow God.” He has argued that Adolf Hitler was gay and that World War II Nazi stormtroopers were actually a sinister, elite gay fighting force.

Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck Combs Communications, which specializes in marketing to gay consumers, said most anti-gay organizations have abandoned consumer boycotts as a strategy for a simple reason: They haven’t worked. Few other religious-right or anti-gay organizations have joined AFA’s call.

“To the best of my knowledge, no corporation has evidenced any drop or loss of revenue from boycotts of this sort,” Witeck told Hatewatch. To the extent they are still used, the primary goal seems to be assuring the boycotting organization’s base that their contributions are making a difference, he said. “You take a cause, you do it, then you declare victory and then everyone believes their money was well-invested.”

The real net effect of anti-gay boycotts, says Witeck, is like listening to “one hand clapping. They really don’t change corporate behaviors.”

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Thursday Afternoon Jazz Interlude

Outside it’s hot and humid, trying to rain…  so here’s a little “Stormy Weather”

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‘Worst Bush-era policies’ becoming the ‘new normal’: ACLU

From Raw Storyhttp://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0729/aclu-report-obama-core-liberties/

By Muriel Kane
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 — 1:19 pm

From the point of view of civil libertarians, the Obama administration has been an exercise in frustration, with every hopeful sign followed by failures to live up to its own promises.

The ACLU has just issued a report (pdf), titled “Establishing a New Normal: National Security, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Under the Obama Administration,” which focuses on this pattern of inconsistency.

“The administration has displayed a decidedly mixed record,” explains ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romaro, “resulting, on a range of issues, in the very real danger that the Obama administration will institutionalize some of the most troublesome policies of the previous administration — in essence, creating a troubling ‘new normal.’”

As summarized in a press release announcing the report, “President Obama has made great strides in some areas, such as his auspicious first steps to categorically prohibit torture, outlaw the CIA’s use of secret overseas detention sites and release the Bush administration’s torture memos, but he has failed to eliminate some of the worst policies put in place by President Bush, such as military commissions and indefinite detention. He has also expanded the Bush administration’s ‘targeted killing’ program.”

Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0729/aclu-report-obama-core-liberties/

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Israel – Rights groups: Doctors discriminating against sex-change patients in Israel…

[2010-07-29 Haaretz.com]

http://tinyurl.com/386gpow

Thu, July 29, 2010 Av 18, 5770

Rights groups: Doctors discriminating against sex-change patients in Israel

Members of Israel’s transgender community are protesting what they see as discriminatory treatment by the Israeli medical system.

By Dan Even

Members of Israel’s transgender community are protesting what they see as discriminatory treatment by the Israeli medical system, including doctors’ demands for a psychological evaluation before providing hormonal treatments for people who want to undergo sex changes.

A project promoting the right to high-quality health care for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered will be kicked off at today’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem.

“The ties between a doctor and the transgender patient are complex, because many doctors still have stereotypes, and there are doctors who treat without being sensitive,” said Nora Grinberg, an activist for transgender rights and a member of the Health Ministry’s committee to update regulations on sex-change operations.

She said there are doctors who refuse to treat transgender patients, meaning that they don’t identify with their birth sex and may want to undergo a sex change.

“The knowledge on the subject of transgender identity has undergone a revolution in the last 15 years,” Grinberg said. “But the demand that patients be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist before being given hormones indicates discriminatory treatment, a situation known as the ‘gatekeeper,’ in which the person doing the treating has the power to allow or bar medical treatment for a transgender person and den the patients’ right to autonomy.”

There has been a major increase in demand for sex-change treatment in recent years, but representatives of the transgender community have said the situation for those seeking sex-change surgery is far from satisfactory.

A Health Ministry committee was convened two years ago to review sex-change procedures established in 1986, but the committee has yet to issue any recommendations.

Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, is the only place in the country performing sex-change surgery, and there are many complaints about how the matter is handled there.

The Health Ministry said the committee looking at amending sex-change surgery procedures has developed wide-ranging draft recommendations. The ministry said they are being re-examined, however, due to opposition by Grinberg and Physicians for Human Rights. The ministry said any complaints about discriminatory treatment in the health care system can be filed with the ministry’s ombudsman.

Grinberg said candidates for surgery are currently required to apply to a hospital committee and remain under follow-up care for two years before receiving approval for the operation. She said the wait is contrary to accepted practice around the world.

Grinberg also objected to the requirement that patients undergo psychiatric evaluation before surgery, a practice she said violates medical ethics. Sex-change surgery is covered by national health care, but there are some associated costs that are not covered.

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Belgium/US – Study recommends normal breast screening for transsexual women; sex expert disagrees…

[2010=07-28 Diagnostic Imaging]

http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/controversies-in-breast-screening/content/article/113619/1622961

Controversies in Breast Screening

Diagnostic Imaging.

Study recommends normal breast screening for transsexual women; sex expert disagrees

By Rebekah Moan

28 July 2010

Breast screening habits for transsexual women shouldn’t differ from those of biological women, according to a recent European study. However, a human sexuality expert disagrees, saying screening for transsexual women should depend on when the patient started estrogen therapy and not age alone.

Reports of transsexual women developing cancer are scarce; however there may be some degree of under reporting. The study sought to remedy this problem and examined 50 women post–sex-reassignment surgery (EJR 2010;74:508-513).

The researchers found mammography and breast sonography were technically feasible in the women. No gross anomalies were detected. In addition, 98% of the patients intended to come back for screening.

“It is not unlikely that in transsexual women, who receive life-long estrogen therapy, the risk of developing breast cancer will prove to be higher than for their male counterparts,” said study author Dr. Steven Weyers from the gynecology department at Ghent University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium.

The study recommended a normal screening regimen for transsexual women. The mean age of study subjects was 43 ± 10.5 years.

Other studies have found women with breast implants are not at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Women with breast implants are not diagnosed at a later stage, nor do they have more recurrences or shorter survival, Weyers said.

Not everyone agrees with the study’s conclusions, however.

The pathophysiology of breast cancer suggests that risk is largely related to years of estrogen exposure, according to Dr. Jamie Feldman, an associate professor in the human sexuality program at the University of Minnesota.

“It really makes no sense to screen a 40- or even 50-year-old transwoman who just started estrogen therapy two weeks ago,” she said.

Given the estrogen exposure factor, using the screening schedule developed for biological women is not cost-effective and exposes transsexual women with a low risk of cancer to unnecessary x-rays, false positives, anxiety, and possible biopsies, she said.

Instead, Feldman suggests screening mammography for transsexual women start at age 50 provided they have had five years of hormone therapy. High-risk patients should begin sooner, Feldman said.

© 1996 – 2010 UBM Medica LLC

A couple of flaws and omissions.

Not all transsexuals come out and transition in middle age.  Some of us start hormones as young teens or young adults.  We definitely need to follow the same sort of breast cancer screening patterns as natal females.  Plus the other screenings related to hormone usage i.e. liver function, blood clots etc.

Further this is one place where it would be good to use the dyad transsexual and transgender as not only transsexual to female people use hormones or get implants but non-op transgender women do as well.

The Pink Swastika: A Pernicious Lie

One of the nastier Blood Libels circulating through the ultra right wing Taliban Christian propaganda industry is the one about the Nazis being gay.

While it is true that there were gays in the early Nazi movement most notably the Sturmabteilung or SA it is also true that they were purged from the Nazi movement and were butchered during the “Night of the Long Knives”.

Instead of right wing homophobic lies from people who not only deny part of the Holocaust but perpetuate a Blood Libel, I suggest people read:

The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps by Heinz Heger, David Fernbach, and Klaus Muller

The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant

In the meantime Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show gives the libel perpetrator and ultra right wing propagandist,Scott Lively,  rope enough to hang himself.  Watch him squirm when Jason Jones mentions how overt homophobic displays are often a cover used by closet homosexuals followed by the reflexive denial of homosexuality we have seen by not only Ted Haggard and Larry Craig but by other right wing closet cases who have had the doors of their closets opened.

To watch Scott Lively make an ass out of himself go to: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-28-2010/gay-reichs

From Pharyngula:

More savage than natural men!

One of the more contemptible anti-gay activists is Reverend Scott Lively, a true liar for Jesus who considers it his sacred mission to rid the world of homosexuals. He was proud to have inspired the Ugandan death penalty for homosexuality law (although in the face of the outrage that generated, he backed off, claiming they should give them the choice of prison or gay conversion “therapy”).

His other claim to fame is that he is a holocaust revisionist. He has written a book, The Pink Swastika, in which he claims that Hitler and his entire inner circle was gay, that the atrocities the Nazis committed were driven by the immoral impulses of the gay Nazi elite, and that the well-known anti-gay laws and mass murders of homosexuals in the Third Reich were just a cover, a distraction to conceal the fact that Nazis were all gay. Oh, and also that the reason they were murdered is that gays are intrinsically violent, anyway.

Lively is an evil little liar, so it was delightful to see him exposed on the Daily Show. This is one of the clearest illuminations of the insanity of these gay-hating evangelicals I’ve seen.

Insane Rapture Bunnies Tim LaHaye and Mike Huckabee… Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Crazier…

I would be tempted to laugh at the bug fuck insanity of the Taliban Christers and the Republi-Nazis if it wasn’t so freaking scary.

I have seen the following video on Joe My God and Pam’s House Blend

The problem is they really want to bring on what the survivalists refer to as TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).

And guess what?  Most Jews and all LGBT/TQ folks as well as a whole bunch of liberals and progressives get killed in this scenario.  Women’s rights?  Forget it.

Their vision of the future is every CGI horror movie and Death Metal vision ever placed in the media stream.

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Glenn Beck’s Incendiary Rhetoric Is Dangerously Close to Having a Body Count

I know many folks consider me a bit paranoid when I voice concern regarding rabid right wing neo-Nazi rhetoric that has been legitimized by Faux networks and talk radio.  But along with so many Christo-fascist organizations they engage in a form of hate speech that rises to the level of inciting violence. Yet in spite of the police having enough resources to infiltrate and do surveillance on groups of Quaker Vegetarians for Peace as well as groups that provide food to the homeless they can never spare the resources to infiltrate and do surveillance on the neo-Nazis and those right wingers whose speech comes perilously close to inciting lynch mobs into violence against LGBT/T folks.

From Alternet

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America
Posted on July 27, 2010, Printed on July 28, 2010

http://www.alternet.org/story/147647/

On his Monday radio show, Glenn Beck highlighted claims that before he started targeting a little-known, left-leaning organization called the Tides Foundation on his Fox News TV show, “nobody knew” what the non-profit was.

Indeed, for more than a year Beck has been portraying the progressive organization as a central player in a larger, nefarious cabal of Marxist/socialist/Nazi Obama-loving outlets determined to destroy democracy in America. Beck has routinely smeared the low-profile entity for being staffed by “thugs” and “bullies” and involved in “the nasty of the nastiest,” like indoctrinating schoolchildren and creating a “mass organization to seize power.”

As Media Matters reported, the conspiratorial host had mentioned (read: attacked) the little-known progressive organization nearly 30 times on his Fox program alone since it premiered in 2009, including several mentions in the last month. (Beck’s the only TV talker who regularly references the foundation, according to our Nexis searches.)

So yes, Beck has done all he can to scare the hell out of people about the Tides Foundation and “turn the light of day” onto an organization that actually facilitates non-profit giving.

And guess what? Everybody in America would have found out about the Tides Foundation last week if Byron Williams had had his way. He’s the right-wing, government-hating, gun-toting nut who strapped on his body armor, stocked a pickup truck with guns and ammo, and set off up the California coast to San Francisco in order to start killing employees at the previously obscure Tides Foundation in hopes of sparking a political revolution.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/media/147647/glenn_beck%27s_incendiary_rhetoric_is_dangerously_close_to_having_a_body_count/

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US – Colorado Sex-Change Doctor Marci Bowers Considering Move…

[2010-07-27 AP]

http://cbs4denver.com/news/Colorado.gender.reassignment.2.1826768.html

Colorado & Denver News

Jul 27, 2010 6:32 am US/Mountain

Colorado Sex-Change Doctor Considering Move

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) ¯ A town nicknamed the “sex change capital of the world” could be losing a doctor who has performed hundreds of the operations.

Dr. Marci Bowers said Monday she is “98 percent sure” she will be moving to the San Francisco area Oct. 1.

“There are advantages to being in a bigger city with access to airports,” said Bowers, adding that Trinidad’s location about a three-hour drive south of Denver was a barrier for some potential patients.

She also is in a relationship with a first-year surgical resident in San Francisco. Bowers said that if she moves, she would join an office in San Mateo with two plastic surgeons and a surgery center.

She said she is disappointed in some leaders of Mt. San Rafael Hospital where she operates, though she didn’t rule out a return to Trinidad one day.

Trinidad gained the nickname of “sex change capital of the world” from the work of Stanley Biber, who performed thousands of transsexual operations in town, among other medical work, starting in 1969. He stopped doing surgeries in 2003 and died in 2006.

In Bowers’ seven years in Trinidad, she has performed hundreds of gender reassignment surgeries. More recently, she also has been performing reconstructive surgery on victims of female genital mutilation.

© 2010 The Associated Press.

Food For Thought

As an atheist I believe there is no after life, when you die that is the end.  But I also believe that all animals have the same thing that religious people call souls.

Over the years I have shared my life with several companion animals.  When I was young and lived in the country, when a pet died we would bury our animal friend’s remains, maybe planting a tree or leaving a uniquely shaped stone on the spot.

In more recent years Tina and I have had two of our animal companions bodies cremated and we have their ashes in containers that will eventually be intermixed with our own remains and scattered.

When we helped them to an easier death and had them cremated we were given cards that spoke of a Rainbow Bridge where we will be reunited when we too die.

Today I observed that perhaps we should hope there is no Rainbow Bridge because if there is then we might not just be reunited with our friends but have to face all those animals we murdered and ate.

Imagine all those cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and other animals waiting for us and angrily demanding to know why we so arrogantly killed them, ate them and wore their skins….

Ahhh… there stands a major contradiction, the guilt of the omnivore who also loves animals and nature.  Good thing I don’t have to think too much about there being an afterlife.

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Two US polls show marijuana legalization support growing higher and higher

From Raw Story:  http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0726/polls-show-legalize-pot-support-growing-higher-higher/

By Ron Brynaert
Monday, July 26th, 2010 — 1:04 pm

“Every man got to legalize it, and don’t criticize it,” Reggae legend Peter Tosh sang in 1976.

While US support for marijuana legalization may never hit the “every man” level — at least not publicly, that is — two recent national polls definitely show that it is growing higher and higher.

“Americans are evenly divided over whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States, but most expect it to happen within the next decade,” a Rasmussen Reports press release states.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults nationally shows 43% believe marijuana should be legalized. But 42% think it should remain an illegal drug. Another 15% are not sure.

These results show a slight shift toward legalization from February of last year.

Continue reading at:  http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0726/polls-show-legalize-pot-support-growing-higher-higher/

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Penny Wong, Australia’s Despicable Lesbian Senator Suddenly Slamming Gay Marriaage

From Queerty

Penny Wong, Australia’s Despicable Lesbian Senator Suddenly Slamming Gay Marriage

Sen. Penny Wong, Australia’s Labor Party climate change minister, is backing Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Which is an interesting position for Wong to take, given she’s a lesbian.

The first lesbian cabinet member in Australia’s history, Wong says she backs her party leader’s stance on marriage equality — because that’s the party’s position. She is, quite clearly, a charlatan and a traitor to the LGBT community, more concerned with politics and appearances and towing the line than equal rights. “On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect,” she said yesterday. “The party’s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman.”

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5 Stupid, Unfair and Sexist Things Expected of Men

Gender as determining who is really a man or who is really a woman not sexism is the problem but Greta Christina is expressing a similar idea.

By Greta Christina, AlterNet
Posted on July 24, 2010, Printed on July 26, 2010

http://www.alternet.org/story/147626/

If you have a scrap of progressive politics in your bones, it’s no surprise to you that sexism hurts women. Like, duh. That’s kind of the definition of the word.

But we don’t talk as much about how sexism hurts men. Understandably. When you look at the grotesque ways women are damaged by sexism — from economic inequality to political disenfranchisement to literal, physical abuse — it makes perfect sense that we’d care more about how sexism and patriarchy and rigid gender roles affect women, than we do about how they affect men.

But men undoubtedly get screwed up by this stuff, too. Not screwed up as badly as women, to be sure… but not trivially, either. I care about it. And I think other feminists — and other women and men who may not see themselves as feminists — ought to care about it, too.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/147626/5_stupid%2C_unfair_and_sexist_things_expected_of_men/

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