U.S. Consumer So Totally Screwed, Economists Say

From Wonkette: http://wonkette.com/422186/u-s-consumer-so-totally-screwed-economists-say#more-422186

7:32 pm September 17, 2010
It’s a good thing Obama sort of halfway gave that Consumer Protection Bureau job to his alleged friend Elizabeth Warren, because it sort of sounds like these are terrible times for the Consumer — who, by executive order, officially replaced the U.S. Citizen back in 1983. For example, U.S. Consumer Sentiment “unexpectedly declined” this month, hitting a one-year low. How is that unexpected? Did the economists think everybody wouldn’t notice? Household wealth (!) dropped again in the second quarter of 2010, and home values are now expected to either stagnate or decline for another three years, or maybe forever, who knows. But guess who’s really worried?

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Christian Lunatic says, “Stone the Whales! Gay Sex is Terrorism! Muslims Suck!”

Why in the world do we treat these insane fucks as though they are credible instead of institutionalizing them and giving them shock therapy or a lobotomy or something?

From Mother Jones Magazine: http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/bryan-fischer-values-voter-summit

And other bits of wisdom from Bryan Fischer, who’ll be sharing the stage with Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit.

— By Stephanie Mencimer

Thu Sep. 16, 2010 3:00 AM PDT

As the director of issues analysis at the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer has issued some rather interesting “analysis” over the past year. He has said that Muslims should be banned from serving in the military; that a whale at Sea World should have been stoned to death for killing its trainer; that inbreeding makes Muslims stupid and violent; and that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism. So naturally, he has been invited to speak to a huge gathering of conservative political activists this weekend, alongside such GOP luminaries as Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Sponsored by the Family Research Council, the Values Voter Summit is the premier Christian-right political gathering in Washington, DC. Running for three days this weekend, the summit is most notable for its straw poll, which serves as a testing ground for Republicans thinking of throwing their hats into the ring for the next presidential primary. Virtually all the GOP presidential wannabes will be there (though Sarah Palin won’t), along with a who’s who of social conservative activists. Thousands will gather to attend panel discussions on the “American Apocalypse,” the “Obama Administration’s War on Life,” and “How To Reach the Online Generation (Without Losing Your Soul).” Robert Davi, the character actor who narrated the infamous Demon Sheep ad, will talk to the crowd about Hollywood conservatism. And Fischer will address a plenary session—shortly after Bill Bennett and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speak, and right before Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to appear.

Continue reading at: http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/bryan-fischer-values-voter-summit

Yet Another Reason Voting Republican is Insane for any LGBT/T Person

From Raw Storyhttp://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/montana-republican-party-homosexuality-crime/

Montana Republican Party wants to make homosexuality a crime

By The Associated Press
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 — 4:20 pm

At a time when gays have been gaining victories across the country, the Republican Party in Montana still wants to make homosexuality illegal.

The party adopted an official platform in June that keeps a long-held position in support of making homosexual acts illegal, a policy adopted after the Montana Supreme Court struck down such laws in 1997.

The fact that it’s still the official party policy more than 12 years later, despite a tidal shift in public attitudes since then and the party’s own pledge of support for individual freedoms, has exasperated some GOP members.

“I looked at that and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” state Sen. John Brueggeman, R-Polson, said last week. “Should it get taken out? Absolutely. Does anybody think we should be arresting homosexual people? If you take that stand, you really probably shouldn’t be in the Republican Party.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/montana-republican-party-homosexuality-crime/

Why do Republicans hate freedom so much?

Thought for Today…

Last night on the Bill Maher Show he showed a clip of Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Bagger Candidate for Senate from Delaware .  This is the woman who equated masturbation with adultery.  I hereby propose that when one is in search of a euphemism for riding the Hitachi dirt bike up Pleasure Mountain that one call it O’Donnelling oneself.

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Saturday Music Interlude

Last night I got a Facebook message from one of our favorite local music venues, the Grenada Theater on Greenville Ave that the Dresden Dolls  have added a stop on their reunion tour.  Being a big fan of the Dolls I let my fingers do some tapping and got tickets.

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Studies and Researchers

I read a lot of information regarding TS/TG and I put more trust into biographies and theoretical pieces written by TS/TG people than I do into the vast majority of studies.

I don’t believe in boy brain/girl brain and the improbable claims of extremely rare intersex conditions drive me bananas.

I believe what makes some one TS or TG is probably innate.  I don’t consider it a birth defect.  It is just something some people are.  Calling it a birth defect plays into the hands of the Laura Schlesingers of the world.  No being born LGBT/T is more a kin to having brown eyes not blue.  Just part and parcel of the wide range of traits people can have.

Gender is learned behavior.  Not taught although it is that too but learned from the world and how we experience it.  Now I believe but do not have proof that there is an internal sense of self that says I am male or I am female.

But most of these studies don’t mean shit.

I have not had my life made easier by all these studies, actually most of them have made my life harder.

I ask you to look at the questionnaires.

How many have a clear bias, a theory that the person presenting the questionnaire is trying to prove?  How many of them require you to place yourself in a box that ill defines how you see yourself and the world?

My favor is the one that asks you how you “identify” and kicks you out if you answer something other than transgender.  Really subtle, don’t cha think?

If you are a feminist who wants to further a school of bias against us in the same manner as Janice Raymond then do what Janice Raymond did.  Skip getting to know very many of us and just pick the most biased research you can find from the vast trove of biased research.  Your goal is faith based not research.  You have a conclusion and are looking to bolster your case.

Male researchers who want to do one on one research have one goal and one goal only.  Getting a little “hot trannie sex”.  If you put out for them then you are a “feminine gay man” if you don’t put out for them then you are a”fetishistic cross dresser”.  The only way you can win an encounter with one of these dickwads is if you bring a 9mm and go all Aileen Wuornos on them.  I would applaud that bit of performance art, a jury most likely would not.

After thought.  When I see Bailey’s book, “The Man who would be Queen” I think it is autobiographical at least in a subtextual sense

Being Trans is Probably a Spectrum, Y’all

From Questioning Transphobia:

http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=3084

Reposted with permission

Written by Lisa Harney

September 17th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Or maybe even a fucking three dimensional point coordinate system with waves connecting everything. Who knows?

There is no one size fits all definition, there is no one size fits all description of trans experiences. We run the gamut, and no one explanation can possibly cover the variety of trans people who really exist. No one has found any statistically significant genetic markers.  No one knows a thing about etiology. No one has learned a thing whether it’s from brain scans, brain dissection, or sitting in bars and noting which trans women give you a goddamned woody.

Also, why the fuck is there any scientist anywhere in the world who still promotes Bailey’s ~theories~ as scientifically sound or supportable? Does he just not understand why “confirmation bias” is bad? Is sexology just about promoting bad research* that harms a marginalized group of people? Why is Bailey still polluting the pool of scientific study of trans people in such unethical ways, and why does Northwestern still allow him to teach?

* Unethical and nonconsensual use of trans women’s narratives, learning about trans women by cruising gay bars** in Chicago, asserting conclusion as premise, failing the scientific method in every possible way.

** Not, btw, dismissing trans women in those bars, but the idea of cruising bars to learn about women in the first place? What kind of misogynist bullshit is this?

Edit: Corrected the link. The wrong link was to this guy at SFGate, who points out:

“I expect a lot of criticism,” Ramachandran says. “Those who study transsexuality tend to be territorial because they themselves have made so little progress. There is no literature that illuminates the underlying mechanisms, other than psychological mumbo jumbo. And then someone comes striding in and spends two weeks solving the riddle. It must be infuriating.”

I totally disagree that he’s solved the riddle, but he has identified the problem with the research.

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Iranian Honour Killing: Trans murdered by her brothers in Tehran

http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8906030969

http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20224.htm

By Dan Littauer, Editor of Gay Middle East

12.9.2010

Tehran, Iran. Farsnews reported that on April 25th, 2010 police found a 24 year old woman dead in her apartment, on Shariati St. After an initial investigation it became apparent the woman was called Mahsa and was a transsexual that had undergone sex-change assignment (his name before sex-change was Masood). Mahsa was strangled, and the police found out that her brothers were perpetrators. In addition the brothers stole money they found on her. The two brothers confessed to the killing of Mahsa, and mentioned the reason as “opposing her immorality”. Their father, who in Iranian Shari’a law is the Vali’ye Dam (Masa’s blood-owner), forgave his two sons for the murder. One brother was sentenced to 8 years in prison, with five years suspended jail time and the other for three with two years suspended jail time. In other words the brothers would only serve three and one year respectively in prison for murder!

This is a painful example of how Iranian law concedes if not indirectly sanctions honour killings in defense of any family “dishonour.” This is further proof that for all of Iran’s trumpeting of their so called “progressive” policies towards sex-change, many of the laws of the Iranian Islamic Republic actively encourages terror, violence and murder. Such policies terrorises LGBT minorities in Iran and incites direct violence that damages families and whole communities. GME calls upon the Iranian Supreme Leader and the judicial system to repeal these laws and decriminalise homosexuality and any discrimination against sexual minorities. In an exclusive interview to GME, Saghi Ghahranman, CEO of the Toronto based Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) stated that “it is possible to advocate and educate parents to understand and accept their children if the law is not supporting murder, and if it does not force a fabricated morality over loving family bonds.” She added that: “this is why we think it is most crucial for the penal code to change in a way that preserves rather than destroys a loving family.” Saghi believes that such imposed morality is at the core of the legislations that encourages Honour Killings that are becoming common place Iran.

Source: http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8906030969

Jimmy Carter: Ted Kennedy killed health reform

So much for lionizing Ted Kennedy’s role in getting us Universal Health Care in this country.  I was never as big a fan of any of the Kennedy clan as many of my friends.  Every time I listened to them that Phil Ochs record “Love me, I’m a liberal” would cue up on my mental turn table.
From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/carter-kennedy-killed-health-reform/

By Raw Story
Thursday, September 16th, 2010 — 6:04 pm

Ted Kennedy, the iconic senator from Massachusetts who passed away last year, was responsible for the failure of then-President Jimmy Carter’s health reform plan in the 1970s, the result of a personal rivalry between the two politicians, Carter says.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, to be broadcast Sunday and previewed at the CBS News site, Carter asserted that Kennedy was determined to see Carter fail as president, apparently in an effort to boost his own chances of taking the White House in 1980.

“The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed,” he told CBS’ Leslie Stahl. “It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill.”

Kennedy “did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of life,” Carter said. Stahl quoted an excerpt from the diary Carter kept as president:

Continue reading at:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/carter-kennedy-killed-health-reform/

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