Utah Rep.: Ban Gays From Publicly Funded Programs

Can we just ban Mormons from receiving any public services, getting married and tax them more as well as tax the property of their cult?

From The Advocate: http://advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/02/02/Utah_Strict_Bill_to_Exclude_Gay_Families/

By Michelle Garcia

February 2, 2011

A Utah legislator introduced a bill Wednesday that would require all publicly funded programs, laws, and regulations, to ensure they exclude families headed by gay and lesbian couples.

Rep. LaVar Christensen writes in the bill’s language that “marriage and family predate all governments and are supported by and consistent with the Laws of Nature and God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World, affirmed in the nation’s founding Declaration of Independence.” It also says, “families anchored by both a father and a mother, fidelity within marriage, and enduring devotion to the covenants and responsibilities of marriage are the desired norm.”

Brandie Balken, executive director of Equality Utah, told the Salt Lake City Tribune that the bill could be used to “create a filter for public agencies and a way to target laws, services and funding that currently help single Utahns or Utanhs with families that differ from Representative Christensen’s.”

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I’m Tired of Transsexual Models, Lady Boy Flight Attendants, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag Pageants, Transsexual Porn Stars and Sex Workers

There is a real reason why this blog contains more stories about politics, economics, the environment etc, etc than it does about transsexual and transgender specific stories.

I get several feeds from people who collect transsexual and transgender stories from around the world plus I get Google and a couple of other story feeds.

Most of the stories are quite honestly boring.  Sometimes I make exceptions if people seem really interesting or have made a break through.  Lea T. and Nina  Arsenault are sort of exceptions Lea because she represents a level of break through and Nina because of her honesty and self awareness of herself as “art project”.

But generally I am not interested in Pageants or RuPaul’s opinion of anything.  I find most of the stuff that comes from the mouths of drag queens, especially performers to be an insult to all women including both post-transsexual women and transgender women.

I was always more cute than glamorous.  Glamorous was a better descriptor for some of my friends.  But I liked being pretty and attractive as much as the next woman.  I obsessed about my weight and appearance and getting older.  At times I dressed so blatantly sexy/sleazy I couldn’t help being objectified and I ate the attention up like it was caviar and Moet’s Champagne.

I know the pleasure of arousing the lustful male gaze, the sense of power. Yet even then I knew there was more to me and I wanted to be taken seriously when I was some where during the day time doing something I wanted to have taken seriously.

This is why I get tired of so much emphasis being placed on the physical appearance of some of the young and pretty sisters.

I think it is great Thai Airlines is hiring “Lady Boy” flight attendants.  So rather than doing sex work a few of the prettiest of our Thai sisters can be part of a flying drag show, where they wear tags identifying them as Katoeys. So they are not only objectified but treated as a third sex, with the male customers being protected from deception by having the flight attendants wear badges that clearly identify them as Katoey.

I get really tired of hearing and reading about “transsexual” porn stars and sex workers who insist on advertising the size of their cock and how “functional” they are.  When I first came out it seemed like the only careers choices we had were performer, hair dresser or sex worker.  That was 40 years ago times have changed.  Besides the majority of transgender women are trying to claim they are legitimate as women without SRS. Your advertising your cock size undermines their attempts to be taken seriously and their attempts to find a profession other than sex work.

Post-transsexual women are women, end of story.  We are not transgender.  While some of us deal with the fall out from the objectification embracing of some sort of freakish “third sex” by ranting and raving in anger, others of us just sigh and think, “How in hell will an inclusive ENDA ever get passed?”.

Objectification of the nature encouraged by the hypersexualizing of transsexual and transgender  has as much impact as the tasteless caricaturing of our lives in crappy movies like “Ticked Off Trannys with Knives” and the tasteless sketch on Saturday Night Live.

We want to be taken seriously and treated with dignity, permitted to lead ordinary lives with jobs that are fulfilling as well as paying a living wage.  This is hard to do if people have to constantly fight objectification and caricaturing.

Post-transsexual women and men are real women and men, part of our distancing ourselves from “transgender as umbrella” is that too many under that umbrella embrace some sort of third sex/gender construct that undermines the credibility of post-SRS people.

Therefore I get tired if the steady stream of stories that seem to belong more in tabloids than in my life.  Particularly when the people I know, post-transsexual, pre-op and transgender are generally far more ordinary people and less given to either flamboyant self-objectification or to being caricatures.

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Debts Should Be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People

From Truth Out: http://www.truth-out.org/debts-should-be-honored-except-when-money-is-owed-working-people67301

by: Dean Baker

Monday 31 January 2011

This seems to be the lesson that our nation’s leaders are trying to pound home to us. According to The New York Times, members of Congress are secretly running around in closets and back alleys working up a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy.

According to the article, a main goal of state bankruptcy is to allow states to default on their pension obligations. This means that states will be able to tell workers, including those already retired, that they are out of luck. Teachers, highway patrol officers, and other government employees, some of whom worked decades for the government, will be told that their contracts no longer mean anything. They will not get the pensions that they were expecting.

Depending on the specific circumstances, they may find their pensions cut back 20 percent, 30 percent, perhaps even 50 percent. There would be no guarantees if a state goes into bankruptcy.

There has been a concerted effort to bash public-sector employees by either highlighting the few instances where pensions actually are exorbitant, or just making things up. Untruths about Goldman Sachs, General Electric, or any other major company rarely appear in the media and are usually quickly corrected when they do. However, exaggerations or outright fabrication are a standard practice for those who report on state and local budgets when it comes to public employees.

Continue reading at:  http://www.truth-out.org/debts-should-be-honored-except-when-money-is-owed-working-people67301

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Wall Street Pay Broke Record Last Year

In case you wonder why I hate rich wall Street scum and think they should pay 75% taxes with no exemptions on everything they are given over say a million then wonder no more.

The rich elite scum are the enemy of the hard working people and the unemployed or underemployed people of America.  They are why ENDA doesn’t mean shit.

While Main Street suffers wall Street parties.

What is good for Wall Street is bad for the hard working people of Main Street.  The CEOs and Bankers have dozens of mansions while the people of the heartland are losing their homes.

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/wall-street-pay_n_817373.html

William Alden

February 2/11

Wall Street pay is rising, while income for normal Americans has stagnated.

Even as the real economy limped, financial firms paid employees a record sum last year, the Wall Street Journal reports. In 2009, the last full year data are available, average wages for Americans fell 1.5 percent from the previous year, according to the National Average Wage Index. Median household income in 2009 was “not statistically different” from 2008, according to the Census Bureau.

But total pay at Wall Street firms rose 5.7 percent in 2010, as the 25 companies that have already reported results shelled out a record $135 billion. Even as regulators pressured firms to alter compensation, prominent executives got big pay bumps, seeming to suggest that the former Wall Street culture has emerged virtually unscathed from the recession.

In the years leading up to the financial crisis, executives got bonuses based on their companies’ short-term performance, a phenomenon that experts say encouraged excessively risky behavior. When lawmakers drafted regulations for the financial sector, executive compensation became a crucial subject for reform. The stimulus act, passed in early 2009, contained rules limiting pay.

But those rules have not worked, according to a December report from the Council of Institutional Investors. While some firms did decrease bonuses, they also raised base salaries to compensate. Even the new forms of pay — such as restricted stock, designed to align executives’ interests with those of shareholders — don’t effectively curb dangerous risk, the report found.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/wall-street-pay_n_817373.html

As Tea Party Koch Brothers Earned An Extra $11 Billion In Recent Years, They Laid Off Thousands

February 2, 2011

From Alternet:   http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/458013/as_tea_party_koch_brothers_earned_an_extra_%2411_billion_in_recent_years%2C_they_laid_off_thousands/

David and Charles Koch, co-owners of Koch Industries and primary financiers of the Tea Party, have amassed one of the world’s largest private fortunes and Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in America. Koch sycophants in the media have attacked anyone daring to criticize the company because Koch Industries employs nearly 50,000 people, according to a study produced by Koch Industries last week. In the last two years, David and Charles Koch have jumped from each being worth $16 billion to now being worth $21.5 billion. That means together they went from being worth $31 billion dollars to being worth $42 billion today. David is now the richest man in New York City, and the pair are now on the nation’s top ten list for richest Americans.

However, at a time when the Koch brothers were enjoying spectacular financial gains, Koch Industries laid off well over 2,000 people. Using the same approximate “jobs multiplier” Koch Industries used in its study last week, that means Koch Industries extinguished nearly 8,000 jobs in recent years:

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/458013/as_tea_party_koch_brothers_earned_an_extra_%2411_billion_in_recent_years%2C_they_laid_off_thousands/

From Op-Ed News: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Accelerating-to-Third-Worl-by-Rob-Kall-110201-475.html

Accelerating to Third World America: One Third of Home Occupants Rent and Eighteen Percent of US Homes Vacant

By Rob Kall

February 1, 2011

The economic and housing crises have wreaked massive changes in how Americans live, as we accelerate our slide into third world status
A quarterly Census report on homeowner vacancy and homeownership states that of the 131 million homes in the US, 112.5 million are occupied and of those, 74.8 are owned. That means that about one third of the occupied homes in the US are being rented.
A smart discussion of the report at CNBC explained that the number of unoccupied homes dropped, but that was because of a big uptick in rentals. The article observes,

Younger Americans have seen what home ownership has done to their friends and families, and many want no part of it. Credit has become very nearly elitist. Home prices, whatever your particular data provider preference might be, are still falling.

Banks, Fannie  [ FNM    0.488    0.001    ( +0.21% )    ] and Freddie [ FRE    3.28    0.01   ( +0.31% )    ] are holding on to hundreds of thousands of properties, and we don’t know exactly when or how they’ll sell them.

Continue reading at:  http://www.opednews.com/articles/Accelerating-to-Third-Worl-by-Rob-Kall-110201-475.html

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Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months

From Pink News UK: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/02/01/six-trans-women-killed-in-honduras-in-two-months/

by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
1 February 2011

LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days.

According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.

The women were murdered on the streets or in their homes in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and in the cities of Comayagüela and San Pedro Sula.

The attacks ranged from gunshots to setting the victims on fire.

Indyra Mendoza, director of Honduran lesbian group Red Lésbica Cattrachas, said: “The impunity with which these murders have taken place has shaken the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Honduras.

“We need legislative change and prevention programs to end discrimination in Honduras, because at the moment we are living our lives in hiding.”

Human Rights Watch said the women appeared to have been tortured before being killed.

Complete story at:   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/02/01/six-trans-women-killed-in-honduras-in-two-months/

Queensland evacuations urged ahead of Cyclone Yasi

Is any one still in denial about Climate Change?

From The BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12342031

1 February 2011

Australian officals are urging residents in parts of Queensland to flee ahead of the most dangerous storm ever predicted to hit the state.

Cyclone Yasi, a category five storm – the highest alert level – will make landfall on Wednesday night local time (after 1200 GMT).

State Premier Anna Bligh said people should just “grab each other” and find safety.

Last month, Queensland was hit by widespread deadly flooding.

“Do not bother to pack bags. Just grab each other and get to a place of safety. Remember that people are irreplaceable,” Ms Bligh said.

Filling sandbags

Police on the streets of the northern city of Cairns were urging people to get out.

“Everyone’s got to go now,” one officer said. “The water is coming now.

Continue reading at:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12342031

Colossal Storm Roars Through Nation’s Heartland, Warnings From Texas To Maine

We are currently iced in.  Our drive way and the street in front of our house is solid ice and we don’t have a four wheel drive or chains.

The one positive thing about this storm is maybe it will wake some of the deniers up if their Stupor Bowl at Jerry World is a bust due to ice storms, freezing rain, snow and temperatures in the single digits/teens.

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/colossal-storm-roars-thro_n_817257.ht

MICHAEL TARM

02/ 1/11

CHICAGO — A winter weather colossus roared into the nation’s heartland Tuesday, laying down a paralyzing punch of dangerous ice and whiteout snow that served notice from Texas to Maine that the storm billed as the worst in decades could live up to the hype.

Ice-covered streets were deserted in Super Bowl host city Dallas. Whiteouts shut down Oklahoma City and Tulsa. And more was on the way. Chicago expected 2 feet of snow, Indianapolis an inch of ice, and the Northeast still more ice and snow in what’s shaping up to be a record winter for the region.

The system that stretched more than 2,000 miles across a third of the country promised to leave in its aftermath a chilly cloak of teeth-chattering cold, with temperatures in the single digits or lower.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/colossal-storm-roars-thro_n_817257.ht

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