Here’s The Real Enemy

One of the things that has come to bother me a good deal is that progressives expend far more energy in attacking each other than they do attacking the real enemy.

Traditional Values Coalition is a Christo-Nazi Organization, a Hate Group whose main purpose is the oppression of women as well as LGBT/T people. Other places have other orgaizations.

The following is one of their letters they send out to scam their army of bigots to get them to finance their hate campaigns.

ENDA Would Normalize The Dirty 30

April 8, 2010

Dear Traditional Values Coalition Supporter

Donate Now!

In the next few weeks, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and their homosexual and transgender allies will attempt to ram through the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act

What you may not know is that ENDA normalizes and provides special federal protection for 30+ bizarre sexual orientations listed by the American Psychiatric Association – the so-called “Dirty 30.” These 30+ fetishes include behaviors that are felonies or misdemeanors in most states.

ENDA’s “Dirty 30” includes such bizarre criminal acts as incest, pedophilia, prostitution, beastiality, and cross-dressing. If we don’t act today, Obama and Pelosi will normalize these disorders by federal law on April 21!

In a moment of candor, liberal Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) openly admitted on the House floor that the “Dirty 30” would be covered by federal law. In fact, he wants the Dirty 30 to be given special protection! In his own words: “all of these philias and fetishes and isms that were put forward–need not live in fear because of who they are.”

If Obama, Pelosi, Hastings and the Congressional Democrats pass ENDA, co-workers will be forced to work alongside individuals with these bizarre sex fetishes. Christian businesses will be directly impacted by ENDA. They would be forced to hire or retain cross-dressers and individuals who engage in these sinful behaviors. Students will be indoctrinated that “alternative lifestyles” are no different than traditional lifestyles. Young children will be forced to learn about these bizarre sexual fetishes – and you will have no say in the matter.

TVC has led the fight against ENDA for more than a decade. We have lobbied Members of Congress and their staff and provided a wealth of information on why ENDA should not be passed.

Will you help TVC continue this fight?

ENDA will be voted on in the House Education and Labor Committee on April 21 and sent to the floor for a vote by the end of April. It must be defeated. Contact your Members of Congress.

Sincerely,

Rev. Louis Sheldon and Andrea Lafferty

P.S. Please visit ENDAHurtskids.com
to sign our petition against ENDA. It’s critical that you contact
your Members of Congress today, and tell them to vote NO on this
outrageous legislation. We’re counting on your immediate help.

These Christo-Nazis use every single vile lie they can muster.

What bothers me is that we often hurl the same insults at each other.

Identity politics of the sort that require us to define others in the same basic place we are as the enemy and engage in horizontal hate slinging are not only self defeating but in the long run insure the victory of these fucks.

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Moderation and Keeping It Civil

There are some people who comment on this blog who are on permanent moderation and whose chance of ever having anything appear here are somewhere between slim and zero.

I have other people on moderation but let almost everything they write through, although I do work and sometimes things have to wait.

There is one sock puppet, who I occasionally let post something.  Even though I think this person is a total fraud with an extremely bad history as far as TS/TG people go.

Posts passing through immediately are based on recognition of both your e-mail address and your ISP address.  Some assign different ISP addresses every time one accesses the web.  Also if you use wi-fi hot spots even if you are not moderated your post will be held in moderation queue.  This is due to it having been sent through an unrecognized ISP issuer.

There are a number of folks here commenting with strong opinions.  I do not want this blog turning into some place like alt.support.SRS on the Usenet.  Keep it civil.  Though we all are human and get angry at opinions that sound like someone pulled them from their arse it is important to remember who our real enemies are and remember that horizontal hostility is a waste of time and energy as well as converting no one to your position.

Suzan

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Friday Night Fun and Culture

This week a bit of a two for the price of one.  As you know I have a love of semi-obscure women folk singers, often lesbian.  Some 15 years ago I found a Catie Curtis CD with a hole punched through the jewel box in a remainder bin.  She looked so cute and like the sort of artist I’d like so I took a chance.

The other part of the two-fer is that she is performing at a coffeehouse in Berkeley that was my favorite haunt some 40 years ago, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse.  Gerde’s Folk City may have been swallowed by NYU and the Gaslight may exist only in the memory of those of us who spent time in the Village during the 1960s but Freight and Salvage just keeps on chugging along.

Former Memphis cop testifies to beating of prisoner by arresting officer

This is an all too common story regarding the on going treatment of transsexual and transgender people, many people of color and almost all poor that too often gets ignored by the educated and privileged TS/TG people who do have an ounce of power and a voice.

From the Memphis Tennessee Commercial Appeal

Former Memphis cop testifies to beating of prisoner by arresting officer

By Lawrence Buser

Friday, April 9, 2010

A former Memphis police officer told a federal jury Thursday that a fellow officer’s videotaped altercation with a transgender prisoner last year was not a fight but “a beatdown” by the officer.

Testifying for the prosecution, James Swain said he watched officer Bridges “Sutton” McRae use his metal handcuffs like brass knuckles to punch the prisoner several times in the head in the sally port of the jail.

McRae, who was fired, is charged with civil rights violations. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

Swain said the incident began when the prisoner, Dwayne Johnson, refused to be fingerprinted unless McRae called him by his feminine name, Duanna.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/apr/09/ex-cop-testifies-of-beating-to-prisoner-by/

Christo-Nazi Fred Phelps and His Spawn Plan On Picketing the Funerals of the Miners Killed this Week

You just have to know you are the absolute scum of the earth when you are so totally vile even the freaking Klu Klux Klan denounces you as bigoted scum. Which BTW according to recent news stories they actually did.

When that old fuck, Fred Phelps dies I’d love to see millions of people picket his funeral with hateful signs saying how he burns in hell.

It won’t happen because he is the vilest person in the world.

From the New York Times

Protesters From Kansas Take Aim at Miners

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/09/us/09westboro.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

By BERNIE BECKER

MONTCOAL W.V. — Protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to the Upper Big Branch mine Thursday morning to convey the message that the explosion there that left 25 miners dead was a result of e-mail messages allegedly sent from West Virginia threatening the Church and its publisher, according to a statement from the Church.

The church, which is led by Fred Phelps, has attracted attention in recent years by showing up at funerals for soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. At those funerals they carry signs that say that God hates homosexuality and that the death of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is God’s way of punishing the United States for its tolerance of it.

“This whole nation is awash in rebellious sin and defiance of God, His standard, and His servant’s faithful words,” a news release on the church’s Web site said Thursday morning.

The statement said the church had received threats about a trip to West Virginia and Virginia scheduled to begin Thursday.

“So God reached down and smacked one of those mines, killing 25 (and likely four more are dead),” it said. “Now you moan and wallow in self-pity, and pour over the details of the dead rebels’ lives, pretending they’re heroes.”

According to its Web site, the church is scheduled to protest at several locations in Virginia and West Virginia, Thursday through Sunday, including at the West Virginia state capitol and the Hillel on the Virginia Tech campus.

Last month the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the father of a Marine killed in Iraq may sue protesters from the church who picketed his son’s funeral with signs that read “God Hates You” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

School bullying is killing our children

From Tri-State Defender Online

http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/articlelive/articles/4784/1/School-bullying-is-killing-our-children/Page1.html

by Sirdeaner Walker
NNPA News Service

One year ago, I was an ordinary working mom, looking after my family and doing the best I could as a parent. But on April 6, 2009, my life changed forever.

While I was cooking dinner for my four children, my son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover excused himself and went to his room. When I checked on him, I imagined he would be doing his homework or playing video games. Instead, he was hanging from an extension cord tied around his neck. He was only 11 years old.

Carl liked football and basketball and playing video games with his little brother. He loved the Lord and he loved his family. What could drive a child to take his own life?

That question haunts me to this day. I will probably never know the answer, but what we do know is that Carl was being bullied relentlessly at school. He didn’t want to tell me what was bothering him, but I kept at him, and he finally told me that kids at school were pushing him around, calling him names, saying he acted “gay,” and calling him “faggot.”

While my heart instantly broke for him, I was furious that he was being subjected to this treatment. Immediately, I called the school and I expected they would be just as upset as I was. But instead, they told me that it was just ordinary social interaction that would work itself out.

I desperately wish they had been right.

Continue reading at: http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/articlelive/articles/4784/1/School-bullying-is-killing-our-children/Page1.html

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If You Think the Civil War Ever Ended, Think Again

Some people have taken me to task because I am an unabashedly left wing anarcha-feminist and atheist who looks at the oppression of people with transsexualism and people with transgenderism in a context that goes beyond just transphobia in its various disguises and place us into the context of being a legitimate minority class of peoples.

Thus when I hear the right wing Christo-fascists spew misogyny that would deny women the right to control their own reproductive choices I see it as part of the same ideology that condemns LGBT/T people by denying them basic civil rights and full equality.

These same people tend to be racist as well as imperialistic supporters of the tyranny of the multi-national corporations and their destruction of workers rights.

In the US this movement is fascist and takes the form of embracing neo-Confederate family values.

The Following article appeared on Alternet

If You Think the Civil War Ever Ended, Think Again

By Adele Stan, AlterNet
Posted on April 8, 2010, Printed on April 9, 2010
http://www.alternet.org/story/146366/

When I first moved to Washington, D.C., I had hardly a stick of furniture, so I boarded a bus to take me to the nearest Ikea, which was in a Virginia mall. Quite unfamiliar with the territory, I watched out the window with curiosity as the bus traveled along the chain-store lined route.

Soon I noticed we were traveling along a road called the Jefferson Davis Highway. I was stunned, and a bit sick to my stomach. How could it be that a highway was named after a man who made war against the United States, all so the citizens of his region could continue to hold human beings in chains? All so slave masters could continue to rape the women they claimed to own. The children of these unions were usually enslaved by their own fathers, often acting as servants to their white half-brothers and -sisters.

Continue reading at: http://www.alternet.org/news/146366/if_you_think_the_civil_war_ever_ended%2C_think_again

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