Rich people’s revolutions are barely noticed but a poor revolt is hard to miss

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Episcopal Church in Minn. passes resolution opposing marriage amendment

While I am an atheist I remember some extremely good people over the years in the anti-war movements and other movements who wore the collar and were ministers in churches that were not Christo-fascist like these neo-Christian Dominionists.

From The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune:

Posted by: Rose French
October 31, 2011

Members of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, which held its annual convention over the weekend in Minneapolis, passed a resolution opposing the marriage amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.

The church is joining other denominations and non-profit organizations in signing the “Resolution against the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Marriage for Same-Sex Couples” as prepared and presented by Minnesotans United for All Families.

That group is trying to defeat the amendment set for a vote on the November 2012 ballot, which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“The Episcopal Church in Minnesota has always stood with the marginalized,” said Bishop Brian N. Prior, IX Bishop of Minnesota, said in a released statement. “Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender orientation or immigrant status, Episcopalians in Minnesota have always embraced both the Gospel mandate of love of neighbor and the Baptismal Covenant imperative to respect the dignity of every human being.”

Episcopalians (which number about 22,000 members in Minnesota) join other faith-based groups already gearing up for the heated political battle ahead this year.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Case No. 43,217 Domaine Javier

I’ll admit I’ve put off commenting on this one.

In part because I can already picture the wailing and gnashing of teeth along rending of clothes that my snarkiness will no doubt set off.

The other factor was I couldn’t make up my mind if I should title this:  “What could possibly go wrong?” or “What was she thinking?”

In case you missed the story, in which case you probably are not on the same mailing list/news feeds I am or studiously avoid LGBT/T oriented Blogs you are probably already familiar with the story.

Transgender student expelled from private Riverside university

From The Los Angeles Times:

October 29, 2011

A man who identifies himself as a woman said she has been expelled from a nursing program at California Baptist University for appearing on a television program to discuss her gender identity, a local newspaper is reporting.

Domaine Javier, 24, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise she was expelled from the school after appearing on MTV’s “True Life” and declaring that she is biologically male. Javier dresses as a woman and has identified herself as female since childhood.

The show’s episode was called “I’m Passing As Someone I’m Not,” the newspaper reported.

Javier told the paper that she clicked the space next to “female” on the school’s online application form.

“They said, ‘On your application form you put “female,” ’ ” Javier told the paper. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’ ”

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And yes it is tacky in the extreme for the LA Times, which used to be a real newspaper to describe her as a man. 

But as wait folks there is more to the story.

From the LAist:

After appearing on MTV’s Reality Show “True Life,” Domaine Javier – a transgender woman – was expelled from her nursing program at California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside. The 24-year-old student revealed on the show that she is biologically male, inciting a major roadblock in her career path.

The private university claims that Javier was expelled for “committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity” and for presenting false or misleading information in university judicial processes, reports The Press-Enterprise. Javier, who has identified herself as a female since she was a toddler, did so on her CBU application form.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Javier. “They said, ‘On your application form you put ‘female.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.'”

The expulsion became effective on August 30, just one week before Javier was slated to begin the nursing program. She had recently transferred to CBU from Riverside City College (RCC). “Devastated” by her expulsion, Javier returned to RCC but cannot enter the nursing program until next fall. “This totally ruined my career path,” she said. “I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible.” Her graduation will be delayed by at least one year.

CBU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the most conservative major Baptist denomination. Javier, aware of the university’s religious foundation but unaware of its affiliation, says she “didn’t know they were that extreme.”

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In one article Domaine Javier said that the application asked for her “gender” so she put female, had it asked for her “sex” she would have put male.

That is fair enough.  It does reflect the problem of substituting gender which is non-synonymous with sex for sex in a question which is really about what set of genitals you have and not about how masculine or feminine you are.

But it also demonstrates the problem of playing post-modern word games with people who have a 14th century Christo-fascist mindset.

The really puzzling aspects of this are as follows.

With dozens of State Colleges and Universities in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area, all of which have  formal transsexual and transgender friendly non-discrimination policies, why pick one of the few ultra extremist reactionary schools where life is dancing on a razor blade?

If it is a matter of religion…  I tell TS/TG folks as well as LGB folks who are involved in rigid religious cult that hate them for what they thatthey should find another church/religion, something life affirming and LGBT/T friendly.  Like the Unitarians or even Episcopalians is MCC or an LGBT/T church/synagogue isn’t to their liking.

But all that said.

If you are in a situation where you will be thrown out of school, your home, your job and/or suffer some sort of great loss if they find out you are TS/TG then put at least a little effort into controlling that information.

Do not go on MTV’s Real World.  Do not appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo or Bravo TV.  Do not boast about what you are doing on Facebook.

These are mean and hateful people they will kick you out of school.


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Friday Night Fun and Culture: Grateful Dead

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Hartmann: Class warfare vs. Class surrender with Alan Grayson

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Roubini predicts eurozone collapse; world markets will follow

Unlike Alan Greenspan who is never right about anything, when  Roubini makes dire predictions it’s “Oh fuck” time…

From Russia Today:

Published: 04 November, 2011

Noted American economist Nouriel Roubini says the eurozone is in the midst of crumbling, and with the rest of the world’s future at stake with a potential collapse, they might want to listen up — Roubini has been right before.

Speaking privately at a get-together this week at his apartment, those in attendance have since leaked that Roubini, who manages the Roubini Global Economics firm, has low-expectations for resurgence in the eurozone. According to the economist, a collapse is imminent as the economy overseas gets more chaotic.

There is a “significant risk of a Eurozone breakup,” sources say Roubini told a handful of select party guests recently, reports the Business Insider. Adds the economist, if the Eurozone goes under, “everything around the world goes sour.”

Roubini has claimed that in the past he correctly predicted both the housing market crash and the worldwide recession, the aftermath of both is still evident in the crises across the globe. For his forecasting, Roubini has earned the title “Dr. Doom” from members of the media, who look to him for economic outlook and have been met with not-so-optimistic — and correct — assumptions from the analyst in the past. As the American economy continues to show slumping statistics and the unemployment rate stays at or above a stagnant 9 percent for months, a collapse across the pond could cause a catastrophe for the world economy.

Sources say Roubini announced, “If the Eurozone blows up, it all gets worse.”

Less than two weeks ago, Roubini had predicted that the odds of a eurozone collapse were one-in-two.

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Occupy Wall Street beset by rumors of police crackdown

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, November 4, 2011

By Sebastian Smith

NEW YORK — Fears of a possible police crackdown spread Friday through New York’s Occupy Wall Street camp in the wake of violent clashes between police and protesters in California.

The camp that popped up in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park seven weeks ago, inspiring similar anti-Wall Street demonstrations across the United States and in London, faces mounting political pressure, along with plummeting temperatures.

 The police presence was unchanged around the cramped tent village, but angry comments by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and increasingly hostile coverage in parts of the New York media jangled protesters’ nerves.

The website reported “rampant” rumors of police action and warned: “NYPD (police) could move in as early as tonight, or it could be next week. We know that our adversaries are trying to build political cover for eviction by demonizing us in the press.”

Ex-Marine Jose Mediavilla, 29, cut a bizarre sight wearing a gas mask while using a broom and dustpan to clean around the cramped tent village.

“I’ve had it the whole time in case of raids,” he said. “There were a lot of rumors last night and today I’m wearing it just to show I’m ready.”

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