Instead of The Salvation Army I Suggest Donating to Goodwill Instead

When I was in San Francisco during the 80s I was in my punk rock phase and my very favorite Thrift Store was a Purple Heart near Mission and Duboce.  I found clothes to shred to go with my black leather jacket and Docs as well as jeans and clothes to wear to work.

I also had a Goodwill Store I liked.

Even then I sort of tried to avoid the Sallies… Part of growing up with labor pink diapers and a political education by Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Woody Guthrie.  I always remember Joe Hill and the songs of the I.W.W. regarding the Salvation Army.

In LA I continued to patronize the Goodwill Stores and a chain called Out of the Closet which helped finance AIDS project LA.

So after I posted a thing last week about the Salvation Army I was wondering what I could find to balance it out.

Then I came across the following:

Goodwill thrives at San Francisco thrift store

From SF Gate:

By LISA LEFF, Associated Press

So when a prime piece of commercial real estate languished vacant in the predominantly gay Castro district, activists and city officials saw an opportunity to put a dent in the problem. The result is the nation’s first Goodwill, and perhaps the first store of any kind, designed as a jobs program for workers whose genders are different from the ones they had at birth.

Seven of the shop’s nine employees are transgender, most of them women who used to be men. Like the donated merchandise they collect and sell, all are looking for new lives. They were referred to Goodwill by the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, a nonprofit training and employment service that also places workers with Macy’s, Trader Joe’s, Bank of America and other supportive companies.

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In the current copy of Rolling Stone Tom Morello of The Nightwatchman and rage Against The Machine Named John Lennon’s song Imagine the number one protest song.

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Naked Hatred in the Name of Radical Feminism/Lesbian Separatism

Since the late 1960s/early 1970s there has been a certain faction that has self defined as radical feminist/lesbian separatists that thrives on viciously attacking women born transsexual or transgender.

Since 1970 I have seen one sister in particular, Beth Elliott, bear the brunt of these episodic attacks of unmitigated hatred.

Beth is about the same age I am.  We met on a couple of occasions in the early 1970s.  My impression of her was that she looked like the typical hippie chick of that era, the same way I did.

Thus all the smears about some sort of exaggerated fembot presentation are pretty much lie based.

I share something else with Beth Elliott.  At different times we both were part of the Lesbian Tide Collective.  She was there at the beginning, I was there at the end.

It is to the credit of the other women of the Tide Collective that we were judged in a way that treated us like honest human beings. We were accepted as women, feminist and lesbians.

Therefore I was deeply saddened by a report by Monica Roberts on TransGriot that someone named BevJo is rehashing the faith based hatred expounded by Mary Daly, Janice Raymond and Sheila Jeffries.

Yesterday I put up a post about transsexuals who hate other transsexuals and use the same sort of language used by BevJo, which is in turn the same language used by Porno Pete La Barbera and the rest of the Christo-Fascists so aptly labeled as hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center.

Some of the strangest forms of attack upon Beth in the article referenced by Ms. Roberts, which may be read at: are the physical appearance based ad hominems based on hair length and looking like heterosexual women are supposed to look.  As an aside, when I moved to Texas I found my lesbian version of gaydar was thrown out of whack by meeting a lot of women who looked like stereotypical dykes but who were heterosexual  women with ranches and horses.

While women like BevJo are a minority within the lesbian community their hatred has a corrosive effect on those sisters targeted.

For one thing it makes it hard for women whose lives have been impacted by transsexualism or transgenderism to be out and honest when doing so can result in brutal hate based attacks.  Therefore when we work on feminist/lesbian issues we keep our mouths shut out of fear that simply saying transsexualism/transgenderism is also a feminist issue will cause us to be subjected to the same sort of brutal attacks we have seen others receive.

The hatred we are subjected to is also a form of misogyny.

Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity offers an excellent analysis of how “transphobia” is really a form of misogyny.

I have seen this as being part of the reason why those of us who were assigned male at birth and transition to female are treated with far more contempt and bigotry than those who were assigned female at birth and transition to male.  Those who transition to male are seen as moving up the social ladder whereas those who transition to female are viewed as moving down that same social ladder.

There is no room in an absolutist male/female binary paradigm for those who are outside that paradigm.  This is a position that is at odds with the idea of maleness and femaleness being a preponderance of traits that results in society treating a person in a manner that socializes them into approved masculine or feminine roles.

Prior to coming out and telling people I was transsexual I was chastised for physical traits and ways of acting that were deemed feminine. When I came out those same aspects of my being were reinforced in a positive manner and fear of being seen as feminine was replaced with fear of being seen as masculine.

This isn’t a novel observation.  We observed it in our groups in the early 1970 and I heard the same thing in groups 30 years later.  The more one is treated as a woman by society the more woman one becomes.

I honestly think that what bothers these “Radical Feminists” is the way in which we disturb their theological paradigm of there being some sort of total difference between men and women rather than a continuum.

There is no difference between these people and the Christo-fascists who attack LGBT/TQ people as well as oppress women.

They are  radical in the same sense their spiritual kin the Klu Klux Klan and Aryan Nation are radical and they are wrong on every level.

Their very arguments display the depth of their errors of thinking.  They so often double bind women with transsexualism or transgenderism.

If we like men our motivation for getting SRS is to slavishly serve them and to seduce unsuspecting men into having sex with us and turn them gay.  We can do this because we have invisible magic male chromosomes that will some how turn these men gay.  Or maybe it is because our sex parts were changed from male to female and still contain male cooties even though both male and female sex parts grow from the same set of cells depending on hormone levels and their interactions with genetic switches that guide development.

Men use the deception excuse as rational for murdering us.  Even when they meet us in trans-bars that are clearly identified as such.  Or in courtroom where we were called before a judge who used our birth name.

This is the same mindset that labels our boyfriends as gay even when our relationships are heterogendered and the pre-op sister has the same forms of non-vaginal sex with her partner that assigned female at birth women often use.  Hormone shrunken parts or surgically reassigned parts must have magical powers if they can make a straight man gay.

But as I said one cannot win with bigots.

If one is influenced by the heterosexual socialization that is used to sell clothing and insecurity to heterosexual women then one is perpetuating stereotypes and acting as a tool of the patriarchy to oppress women.

If we like women our motivation for getting SRS is to seduce lesbians into having sex with us and rape them with our vaginas. Because if we can get them to have sex with us our magic invisible all powerful chromosomes will make them straight.  Of course our only possible motivation for changing the sex we were assigned at birth is to act as tools of the patriarchy to seduce lesbians away from the path of true lesbianism with our all powerful chromosomal cooties.

Now here’s where it gets strange.  If we dress like our heterosexual peers we are perpetuating sexist stereotypes.  But if we dress and act just like our dyke peers we are somehow infiltrating them to pollute them.

I won’t respect this mindset by calling it transphobia.  It is hatred and bigotry pure and simple.

It comes out of the same ideological mind set as racism and anti-Semitism.  Or the Taliban Christian mind set that demonizes gay and lesbian people.

But I will go one step further.

Bigots like BevJo can rot in their own pool of puss and hateful venom…

I would rather be part of the general Left.  A tree hugging dyke with another WBT life partner.

Together we support our causes which do not include dealing with people like BevJo.

Generally speaking this bigotry is somewhat anachronistic.  As more and more TS/TG women and men have come out people have seen how we are as varied as cis-sex/gender folks.

Transsexual/transgender men and women are not the enemy.  Many of us, perhaps more than the general population, support feminism, anti-racism and a variety of progressive causes.  But like the general public some of us do not.

But the most ironic thing of all is how women like BevJo sound identical in their bigotry to a group one of the frequent commentators to this blog has labeled the “transsexual sisters of purity” i.e. the Classic Transsexual/HBS” set.

I guess that, in and of itself, is indicative of the class of criticism spewing forth from this self appointed set of “radical lesbian feminists”.  They have achieved sameness with Christo-Fascists and self-hating transsexuals who have decided they are the only real transsexuals.

Even more interesting is how the biggest spewer of this bigotry on the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Chat board (One Down) was exposed as having been born transsexual herself.  She was using bigotry to throw suspicion away from herself.

I can only wonder how many of the other radical lesbian separatists are in fact using their bigoted rants to hide having been transsexuals themselves?

If the bullshit from the Classic Transsexual/HBS set is any indication I would bet there are more than a few.

I would also bet that like the loudest homo hating preachers are the most likely to be on the down low, that the loudest transsexual transgender hating people also have some secrets they are hiding.

Peak Oil and Not Enough Water

One of the most pernicious of all the privatization programs have been the corporatizing of the commons.

Oil and gas companies among others may well own the rights to various resources that are under your property and as rich pigs they have the right to destroy your property and health to get it.

Corrupt government officials (and I apologize for the redundancy but it has come to pass that corruption is part of the job description) work hand in glove with the corporate masters.

I have written about the problems with Fracking polluting the ground water with the chemicals they use to free the natural gas.  I should add that this process requires a great deal of water.

The same is true of the extraction of oil from oil sands.

It is also true of mountain topping for the extraction of coal.  They destroy the environment and the water supply.

So the gas and petroleum corporations destroy people’s access to clean drinkable water.  But never fear companies like Fuji will bring you water from far away at an exorbitant price.

Excerpt from today’s Alternet:

Fiji Water Shuts Down

Fiji Water announced today that it will close its operations in Fiji in response to a water extraction tax hike proposed by the Fijian government, to take effect in 2011. The abrupt shutdown comes just three days after the government announced the 2011 budget, which proposes increasing Fiji Water’s “extraction tax” to 15 cents a liter up from one-third of a cent.

It looks like there days of profiting off water in a country where many of the locals don’t even have access to clean water may really be over. As Lenzer writes:

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Then Raw Story had this:

Climate change could cut clean water to three billion people: report

By Nathan Diebenow
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 — 9:28 pm

Almost half of humanity could lose clean water access due to climate change, according to a British report to be released tomorrow ahead of an international climate change conference in Mexico.

“The main message is that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences,” Dr. Mark New, a climate expert at Oxford University, told The Observer.

The report will assume that global temperatures will rise 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)  this century even if nations agree to curb carbon emissions this year.

Climate change scientists believe that a mass global movement to “decarbonize” human activity in order to stay below this temperature is virtually impossible, especially after the UN climate talks in Copenhagen failed last December.

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From The Guardian UK

Climate change will cost a billion people their homes, says report

British scientists will warn Cancún summit that entire nations could be flooded

Robin McKie

The Observer, Sunday 28 November 2010

Devastating changes to sea levels, rainfall, water supplies, weather systems and crop yields are increasingly likely before the end of the century, scientists will warn tomorrow.

A special report, to be released at the start of climate negotiations in Cancún, Mexico, will reveal that up to a billion people face losing their homes in the next 90 years because of failures to agree curbs on carbon emissions.

Up to three billion people could lose access to clean water supplies because global temperatures cannot now be stopped from rising by 4C.

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I feel very safe in predicting that the two classes of people The Greed Pigs and the rest of us will not suffer equally as we enter the era of population crash that will accompany the end of peak oil and adequate supplies of clean water.

Those with money will continue to thrive while whole lots of disposable people will not.

Julian, Julian I admire Your Courage in Speaking Truth to Power

It isn’t just the corruption of the governments whose secrets are being exposed, if you can really call the petty school boy/girl sniping and bitchy cattiness secrets.

We learned that even the US will serve its masters the Saudis by providing the money, bodies and blood to act as the Hessians  of the people we gave all that oil money to in order to tool around in gas guzzling SUVs.

And we thought we went into Iraq because Saddam Hussein was a nasty man.

But the fun doesn’t stop when you have a Danial Ellsberg or Julian Assange spilling the nasty thoughts of the powerful like Cassandra in truth telling mode.

The powerful use the governments but the real power is located on Wall Street and in the financial centers around the world.

The rich own the governments and working people are their slaves

And the headline of the Andy Greenberg’s article at

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Wants To Spill Your Corporate Secrets

Nov. 29 2010

Early next year, Julian Assange says, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal documents will be exposed on with no polite requests for executives’ response or other forewarnings. The data dump will lay bare the finance firm’s secrets on the Web for every customer, every competitor, every regulator to examine and pass judgment on.

(For the full transcript of Forbes’ interview with Assange click here.)

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Wall Street quietly seeks to undo new financial rules

From The Seattle Times:

By Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — The heavy hitters of finance lost big battles earlier this year during the overhaul of financial regulation, but they’re working hard to win the war. They’re quietly trying to soften, if not kill, some of the more controversial provisions.

Lobbyists for Big Finance are working hardest to neutralize the so-called Volcker Rule, which would force big banks to spin off their lucrative proprietary trading operations, in which they invest their own capital in speculative deals.

The measure — named after its proponent, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker — seeks to prevent big banks from betting against trades they made on behalf of their customers, a popular practice until the financial crisis exploded in 2008.

For example, big investment banks such as Goldman Sachs sold customers overvalued mortgage bonds even as they bet secretly that those bonds would default.

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Republicans to Unemployed, “Let Them Eat Cake.”

With transsexual and transgender people suffering unemployment and under-employment at a far higher rate than cis-sex/gender people in our same general class/race/educational demographic the failure to extend un-employment benefits is a major concern.

Time to stop focusing on our trans-centric navels and look at the bigger picture where we find ourselves having a lot in common with a huge number of other un-employed/under-employed people.

Aside from having to fight the anti-trans discrimination in a panopticon world where any employer willing to spend a hundred dollars can learn anything and everything about our lives, we live in a world where working people have gone from personnel to human resources.  We are wetware.  Disposable anytime an employer can find someone who will work cheaper and give blow jobs to boot.

At a time when real unemployment is in the 17%+ range and way higher for people saddled with a trans-prefixed word any place in their history it highly behooves us to pressure our congress people and Senators to extend unemployment benefits. We also need add all the other contributing factors such as age, age related disability, race, class to the soup.  The result is that many are faced with unemployment insurance bridging the time gap until eligibility for Social Security benefits which are also facing a freeze in order to give the rich mother fucking elite bastards hundreds of thousands of dollars more that they can turn back into the Wall Street fraud machine.

From Huffington Post:

Arthur Delaney
11-29-10 01:21 PM

WASHINGTON — Food banks across the country are watching for the end of federally-funded extended unemployment insurance.

“We are bracing for it,” said Vicki Escarra, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, in an interview with HuffPost. Escarra said that Feeding America’s 200 member food banks across the country feed nearly six million people every week.

“I can assure you, if these unemployment insurance benefits are not reinstated we’ll see these numbers go way up,” Escarra said.

Two federal programs — Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits, which together provide up to 73 weeks of jobless aid on top of 26 weeks of state aid — are set to begin to expire this week because Congress has not reauthorized them. According to the Labor Department, two million long-term unemployed will be dropped from the programs by the end of December if Congress does not act.

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From Raw Story:

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk: Extending jobless benefits ‘misguided,’ but tax cuts for the rich necessary

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, November 29th, 2010

Republican Mark Kirk, hours away from being sworn in as a US senator, said Monday that efforts to extend jobless benefits are misguided but argued it is imperative to extend Bush’s tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, Kirk said current proposals to extend unemployment benefits “take us into the direction of Greece and Ireland that are now imploding as economies.”

“We see overseas what happens when governments spend money they don’t have,” he added. “Proposals to extend unemployment insurance by just adding it to the deficit are misguided.”

The temporary extension of unemployment benefits are set to expire November 30th and nearly two million job-seeking Americans are expected to lose their benefits in December.

If no benefit extension is passed, an additional several hundred thousand unemployed workers are expected to lose their benefits every month thereafter.

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Tom Morello The Nightwatchman “House Gone Up In Flames”

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US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis

From The Guardian UK:

David Leigh, Sunday 28 November 2010 18.13 GMT

The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year.

At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables – many designated “secret” – the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN leadership.

These two revelations alone would be likely to reverberate around the world. But the secret dispatches, which were obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistleblowers’ website, also reveal Washington’s evaluation of many other highly sensitive international issues.

These include a shift in relations between China and North Korea, high-level concerns over Pakistan’s growing instability, and details of clandestine US efforts to combat al-Qaida in Yemen.

Among scores of disclosures that are likely to cause uproar, the cables detail:

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Tens of thousands protest EU-IMF bank bailout in Ireland

From World Socialist Web Site:

By Chris Marsden
29 November 2010

Saturday’s demonstration by between 50,000 and 100,000 in Dublin against the bailout of banks was massive by Irish standards and in relation to its workforce of 2 million. It was a powerful expression of the determination of workers, young people and students to resist the savage austerity measures being imposed by the Fianna Fail-Green Party coalition as a precondition for an €85 billion package of loans and guarantees from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The pain involved only gets worse. The deal reached with the EU finance ministers late Sunday means Ireland will have to pay a staggering 5.8 percent interest rate on its loan, compared with 5.2 percent for Greece. The Irish State will also funnel €17.5 billion into the coffers of the banks from the National Pension Reserve Fund and other sources. It has been estimated that by 2014 interest payments on the loan will have increased from €2.5 billion to over €8 billion per annum, around one fifth of all tax revenue.

Yet there is a fundamental political dilemma facing those looking to defend themselves from a further 10 percent cut in wages, tens of thousands of job losses, tax hikes and the elimination of social provisions—set to cost families that have already suffered an average €4,000 loss in income an additional €4,000 a year. It found symbolic expression at the rally at the end of the march, where the two main representatives of its organisers, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, were subjected to catcalls and booing that on occasion drowned out their speeches, even over the PA system.

The reaction to David Begg, the ICTU’s general secretary, and Jack O’Connor, the leader of Ireland’s largest union, SIPTU, was manifestly hostile. But this solicited precious little comment in the mainstream media. The Irish Sunday Times noted, “Jack O’Connor, the ICTU president, and David Begg, its General Secretary, were loudly heckled. Angry marchers shouted at O’Connor ‘to get off the stage’.

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The Strange Case of “True Transsexuals” who hate other Transsexual and Transgender People

Disclaimer: I have gotten seriously pissed off with some of the BS about gender and the insistence upon the erasure of transsexuals by the smothering inclusive “Transgender Umbrella”.

But until the last half dozen or so years I’ve counted transgender individuals among my circle of friends. Unfortunately I’ve outlived those whom I knew in 3D and now most of my Transgender friends are people I have met on-line.  Mainly on mailing lists and places like Facebook.

While I’ve argued with people, I actually like and respect some of those folks I have argued with.

I recognize the validity of economic arguments.  Hell I was lucky to get SRS when I did.  I caught the tail end of the 1960s prosperity coupled with cheap rent, and access to a loan that I might not have been able to get except for having someone willing to co-sign.

When I first came on-line some 15 years ago Alta Vista was the hot search engine and the alt. lists on Usenet were the place to be.

I encountered some really strange folks there and got in some very heated arguments.

It was there that I first encountered someone who considers herself to be “True/Classic Transsexual”  and can always be depended upon to trash TG folks,.  Only in those days she wasn’t so certain about herself.  Indeed.  Her self description was, “More than a transvestite and less than a transsexual.”

Guess what, I’m perfectly fine with that and I’m equally fine with her coming to a greater understanding of self and going on to get SRS.  There are as many ways to be trans as there are people who have to deal with conditions that have trans as a prefix.

I left the Usenet about a year or so after having first found my way there.  When I left people were engaging in a level of violence that was crossing over from the virtual world into 3D.

I was on a mailing list called “Trans-theory” ostensibly run by the rarely present Stephan Whittle. This list was subjected to a prolonged attack by a cabal that was using various tactic to defame and degrade women of a transsexual history by dividing us into androphiles and autogynephiles.  A pair of rather meaningless pathologies  that degraded both those who were defined as AP or AGP.

About this time I met Stephan Whittle at a conference in Burbank and had several extended conversations with him.  While he was more supportive of the Transgender Umbrella paradigm than I was he came off as sincere and sane.  Someone I could disagree with and not have it turn into a major war filled with personal slander. The cabal went after him with serious allegations and in a manner of ad hominem attacks that resulted in his abandoning the mailing list.

Members of this same cabal launched numerous attacks directed toward emotionally injuring me including personal threats.

As a result Tina and I founded the Women Born Transsexual Mailing list.

At its onset it seemed to attract people who would later leave to form the HBS/Classic Transsexual faction.

Over the course of some 8 years the list also attracted people who would go to great lengths not only to join the list as an individual but created sock puppets for the purpose of disrupting the list.

Not that the list needed much disruption as every post-SRS sister has her own firm opinions of what constitutes a “proper transsexual”.  Some of the issues that tore the list apart included those who thought lesbian sisters should support heterosexual sisters marriage rights and not fight for same sex marriage.

We were visited by Charlotte Goiar, who insisted we start using “Benjamin Syndrome” instead of transsexual.  I was skeptical and pointed out that while Transsexual was commonly abbreviated as TS, Benjamin Syndrome would be abbreviated as BS which in American slang stood for Bull Shit.

When I started this blog a couple of years ago all the usual trolls showed up.

Fortunately Andrea James who was kind enough to give my blog an initial push which really helped me get rolling had a bunch of information on a couple of the trolls as well as several people people notably Kiira Tirea who were part of the original cabal.

I wasn’t about to let my new blog become hostage to these people so I immediately slapped them on moderation.

As a result I have several people who devote an inordinate amount of time to trashing me for not wanting to be part of their “Classic Transsexual/HBS” club.

You see I’ve pretty well come to the conclusion that the vast majority of people do not get SRS on a lark or as part of some sort of thrill.  I also believe many who recant have fallen under the spell of some religious cult.

Others should have been excluded from SRS based on mental illness.

But most of us got SRS for the simple reason of having been born Transsexual.

We coped with having been born with transsexualism in a number of different ways.  Some of us were obvious as kids, others were not.  Some of us had sex with men, some with women before SRS.  Some of us had marriages in our assigned at birth sex and others had relationships that might have been heterogendered while being technically homosexual.

Some may have been asexual before and asexual after.  Some are more taken with adhering to a rigidly defined gender role than others.

Some people have way too much time on their hands and use it to trash others.

I’m giving a shout out to Elizabeth of the Blog,  Notes from the T side Like me, she has been around for many years.  We were even in Los Angeles at the same time in the 1970s although I don’t think our paths crossed.  We were also both patients of Dr. Benjamin.  From what I have read of her blog she seems like good people.  Coincidentally she is being attacked by some of the same people who came here and messed with my blog when I first started it.

Pay her a visit.  I’m going to give her a link on my Blog Roll.

Harvey Milk Was Murdered 32 Years Ago Today

I took the Photo above a few weeks before Harvey milk was murdered along with Mayor Moscone.

Harvey was the first openly gay person elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  He was a tireless campaigner for the civil rights of Gay and Lesbian people.  He was speaking at a campaign rally in Los Angeles in opposition to prop, The Briggs Amendment which would have banned gay and lesbian people from teaching in the state of California.

The year was 1978 and we defeated that piece of hate legislation.

Less than a month later Dan White, who had previously resigned from the board of Supervisors sneaked into San Francisco City Hall and premeditatedly murdered Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone.

He used  a sketchy defense of diminished capacity due to eating Twinkies.  He was an ex-cop and a good straight Irish Catholic lad and so he got a slap on the wrist.

The gays staged a huge riot, burned dozens of cop cars and trashed the area around City Hall.

After the pathetic murderer got out he served justice by killing himself.

Streisand: Why Heart Disease Is Treated Like a Boys’ Club

From Alternet:

By Barbra Streisand, Huffington Post

Posted on November 23, 2010, Printed on November 27, 2010

Women have broken through some of the hardest glass ceilings. We’ve had women explore the depths of outer space, a woman run for President of the United States, and we’ve had a woman serving as Speaker of the House, a position that is just two heartbeats away from the Presidency. Many consider politics as one of the last bastions of the boys club and thankfully — although slowly — women are finally making real inroads.

But there is another boys club that until recently many people either didn’t know about or talk about. It came as a big shock to me to discover that gender inequality still prevails in the medical sciences when it comes to research and treatment of some illnesses. I consider myself a well-informed person, but I only became aware of this fact when learning about women and heart disease, and I was stunned.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in our country, more than all cancers combined. Today, heart disease kills more women than men. When I started to think about this, it was not surprising. More women are taking on the stresses of juggling household demands, of being wife, mother and breadwinner. All of these modern day strains add to higher blood pressure, lack of physical activity, quick and unhealthy food choices, and weight gain — all major contributors to heart disease.

Despite the statistics, for years, most of the medical community has been treating our mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends inadequately because they based their treatment protocols on research outcomes done mostly on male patients. Cardiologists treating women certainly intended to provide their patients with quality care, but they could only depend on the research that was available and known to them.

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Backlash Feared As Some In GOP Push Social Issues

From The Huffington Post:

JOHN HANNA | 11/26/10 03:06 PM | AP

TOPEKA, Kan. — Although fixing the economy is the top priority, Republicans who won greater control of state governments in this month’s election are considering how to pursue action on a range of social issues, including abortion, gun rights and even divorce laws.

Incoming GOP governors and legislative leaders across the nation insist they intend to focus initially on fiscal measures to spur the economy, cut spending and address state budget problems.

“At this point, the economy dominates everything, and until the economy is turned around and our fiscal house put in order, there’s not going to be a lot of appetite for anything else,” said Whit Ayres, a pollster in Alexandria, Va., whose firm did research for several GOP candidates in the midterm race.

But the pressure to go further, as soon as possible, is only slightly below the surface in states where conservatives’ top social goals have been foiled for years by Democratic vetoes and legislative obstacles.

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The Korean crisis and the threat of a wider war

From World Socialist Web Site:

27 November 2010

This week marks the 60th anniversary of China’s entry in force into the Korean War. The attack carried out by some 300,000 Chinese troops resulted in one of the most stunning defeats suffered by the US military in its entire history.

What followed was a protracted and bloody stalemate that ended only with the armistice declared in July 1953. The war had claimed the lives of more than four million people, the vast majority of them Korean civilians.

Six decades after US and Chinese troops waged bitter hand-to-hand combat south of the Yalu River, tensions on the Korean peninsula are arguably at their highest since the end of the Korean War. They are being fed by and are in turn exacerbating great power conflicts between Washington and Beijing.

The arrival in the Yellow Sea this weekend of a naval battle group led by the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, signals another escalation in the current crisis.

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Firms See Long-Sought Goal in Sight: Major Pay Cuts Through Two Tiers

From In These Times:

By Roger Bybee

The outlines of a massive new structural downshift in wages are emerging more and more clearly.

The largest wage-cutting wave since the Great Depression has already been sweeping the United States for the last couple years in response to the Great Recession. At small firms, many of these pay cuts have been viewed as a temporary means of reducing costs until the recession is fully ended.

The pervasiveness of this trend leads much of the public  to assume large corporations are merely seeking the same temporary relief as small firms when they demand concessions in high-profile negotiations. The workers’ pay will surely rise back to previous levels when the situation improves for the company, as occurred during the 1980s, right?

Not this time around.The recession camouflages a far more insidious and long-lasting corporate strategy: Instead of temporary pay cuts to get through a few tough months, major corporations have something very, very different in mind.

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Willie Nelson arrested for pot possession

In case y’all were wondering about the theme of this weekend’s Friday Night Fun and Culture

One of Texas and America’s great living treasures was busted for possession.

Now busting Willie for weed is just too easy and all things considered he should be given a license and all the pot he wants to smoke.

But this, like not getting groped by some glorified rent a cop or x-ray as part of a degradation in the name of national security is a matter of personal freedom.  The illegality of pot is ironic in  that is by all measure less harmful than booze or tobacco which are legal for adults in private.

From Raw Story:

By The Associated Press
Friday, November 26th, 2010 — 9:56 pm

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.


Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana.

Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested.

Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly a $2,500 bond before being released.

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High court handling of Wal-Mart appeal will have wider implications

Remember misogynistic right wing radical judicial activists like Scalia interpret the 14th amendment of the constitution to only protect men.

Right wing activist judges also want to eliminate class action law suits  eliminating the ability of common people to band together and have the same sort of legal muscle as the corporations.

Time to impeach the Supreme Court Justices who represent the corporations instead of people.

Time to end corporate personhood.

From The Los Angeles Times:,0,6358247.story

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington BureauNovember 26, 2010

Reporting from Washington —
The fate of the largest job bias lawsuit in the nation’s history — a claim that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shortchanged women in pay and promotions for many years — hinges on whether the Supreme Court will let the class-action case go to trial.

The court is likely to announce as soon as Monday whether it will hear the retail giant’s appeal asserting that a single lawsuit cannot speak for more than 1.5 million employees.

Business lawyers and civil rights advocates are closely following the Wal-Mart case for its implications for class-action litigation.

“This may sound like just a technical, procedural issue, but because of the economics of it, class-action certification is often the most important issue to be decided,” said Washington lawyer Roy T. Englert Jr.

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