Buggery Charges Lead to Shuttering of Scandal Ridden Murdoch Owned Rag

Yes I know there is a difference between buggery and phone bugging/hacking.  I simply wrote a Murdoch inspired headline.

Can you say schadenfreude?  That delightful glowing  joy one feels when bad things happen to deserving villains.

I only hope this represents a crack in the dam that destroys the Murdoch Empire of Evil.

For all the energy put forth by Transgender Activists with regards to crappy films that shall remain nameless, far more damage has been done to TG/TG people in Great Britain and elsewhere  by the scum bags and pseudo-journalists who make up the stream of filth and lies emanating from all the media outlets that comprise Murdoch Evil Empire. All the Ses-Swap Model Headlines.  All the Former Air force Pilot Turned Barmaid headlines.

It is time for people to carefully examine and question the veracity of anything and everything that comes through what are basically right wing propaganda machines owned and operated purely in the interests of the filthy rich.

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/07/news-of-the-world-to-close

News of the World axed by News International

Sunday edition of Murdoch’s tabloid to be last in the aftermath of political and commercial fallout from phone-hacking scandal

, and guardian.co.uk, Thursday 7 July 2011

News International announced on Thursday that it is closing the News of the World after this Sunday’s edition, with no end in sight to the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking scandal after 72 hours of mounting crisis.

Sunday’s edition of the paper will be the last, News International chairman James Murdoch told News of the World staff on Thursday afternoon.

Murdoch told employees at the 167-year-old title: “The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed to when it came to itself”.

Murdoch said in a statement: “Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.”

Murdoch also conceded the company had “made statements to parliament without being in full possession of the facts. This was wrong”.

He said “the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter” and that the company had passed information to the police which would demonstrate this.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/07/news-of-the-world-to-close

The Murdoch Style, Under Pressure

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/business/media/hacking-scandal-poses-new-threat-to-news-corporations-image.html?_r=3&hp

By and
Published: July 6, 2011

Risk-taking and line-skirting have always been just one more cost of doing business for Rupert Murdoch.

But before Thursday, the widening voice-mail hacking scandal at the British tabloid News of the World had threatened to stain the company’s image in a way that other embarrassing incidents at News Corporation’s far-flung media properties — which also include the Fox networks and The New York Post — had not.

In the past, Mr. Murdoch has either outlasted his critics or acted swiftly to limit the fallout. On Thursday, he was in damage-control mode again: The company announced it would shut down The News of the World as of Sunday.

Mr. Murdoch had already moved quickly to denounce the hacking and announce its intention to cooperate with the police, but the damage was proving difficult to contain.

Before the sudden closing of the newspaper, there was a growing consensus within the company that Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and onetime editor who has become the focus of much of the outrage over the hacking, would be forced out of her job, according to people with knowledge of discussions inside News Corporation.

The possibility of firing Ms. Brooks was one that several people close to Mr. Murdoch said he was fiercely resisting because he was loyal to her and viewed the campaign against her as a vendetta by the company’s political enemies.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/business/media/hacking-scandal-poses-new-threat-to-news-corporations-image.html?_r=3&hp

The Transgender Group the Transgender Borg do not want to Assimilate and the Death of Vicki Marlane

In the hagiography of Sylvia Rivera and perhaps Marsha Johnson we are left with the impression that they are the only connection between the Gay Community and the “Transgender Community”, because after all “They were at Stonewall”.

A much larger element of actual transgender folks, the queens, are often excluded from the collective “Transgender Umbrella”, treated as an embarrassment in a manner some might describe as heterosexist.

When queens are actually my favorite transgender people.

I would much rather be friends with a transgender person who came out through the gay community than one who came out through the straight community.

My transgender friends, who had sex with men, have over the years been closer to me in most cases than my transgender friends, who had sex with women.

That so many of those friends died so young from either drugs or AIDS was a major reason why I initially supported the idea of all transsexual and transgender people getting together to work for the protection and rights for all.

Instead, I found so much anti-feminist post-modern BS and so much heterosexism, so much anti-transsexualism, I realized I was dealing with the descendents of the Prince of many names.

I saw people working to maintain privilege rather than working to help the most oppressed, the sex workers and low end performers, the ghettoized and down by law drag queens and transgender folks who will never be part of the professional transgender set that make up the Transgender Inc boards and lobbying groups.

I saw the same thread of contempt towards transgender people who sleep with men that marked the heterosexist homophobia of Tri-Ess.

I have a suggestion to both the Transgender Borg and Transgender Inc.:  Start embracing the queens.  People like Jose Serra, Empress Nicole and any others who made it through the AIDS Crisis years, those who survived the hard life faced by queens.  They have as much or more of a connection to the L/G communities as Sylvia Rivera.

Or accept that Transgender Inc/Transgender Borg basically means heterosexual cross dressers who live much or all of the time as members of the sex not associated with their genitals and go your own way.

Lately it seems as though the under current of homophobia in the transgender community has been surfacing more often, not just among the post-op heterosexual transsexuals (who I do not consider part of the umbrella) but among those in the umbrella who are angry about other groups, namely gays and lesbians looking at their own causes instead of the transgender cause.

Perhaps it is time for both the Borg and the professionals of Transgender Inc to engage in some introspection with regards to the shunning of those transgender people who are more in the gay community than the transgender community.

Local Legend and Pioneering Transgendered Performer Vicki Marlane Dies at 76

From SFist:  http://sfist.com/2011/07/05/local_legend_vicki_marlane_die.php

July 5, 2011

Beloved local legend Vicki Marlane died this morning at 7 a.m. of an undisclosed illness. She was 76. Nicknamed “The Lady With the Liquid Spine” for her trademark, sultry flexibility while lip syncing, Marlane was profiled in the New York Times two years ago, and was thought to be the oldest, continuously performing, transgender performer in the country. Until recently, she performed twice weekly at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge often doing three or four numbers (and costume changes) each night.

The show, the Hot Boxxx Girls, was Marlane’s baby, and she produced it over the last decade, hiring and firing drag queens both young and old, polished and unpolished, to do some of the most unironic, old-school female impersonation in the land. Marlane was a fan of Celine Dion numbers, occasionally stripping down to a shiny two-piece number in the middle of a song, age be damned, and she brought a great deal of pathos and passion to the show, earning her thousands of fans over the years. Memorial services, and tribute nights, are in the works but as yet unannounced.

Complete article at:  http://sfist.com/2011/07/05/local_legend_vicki_marlane_die.php

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The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story

From Truth Dig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_tea_party_and_goldman_sachs_a_love_story_20110705/

By Robert Scheer
July 5, 2011

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. This should be an obvious fact of life for most Americans. Just read the story in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal headlined “Profits Thrive in Weak Recovery.” Or the recent New York Times story pointing out “that the median pay for top executives at 200 big companies last year was $10.8 million,” a 23 percent gain over the year before.

In the midst of a jobless recovery, those same corporations are sitting on more than $2 trillion in reserves, refusing to invest in this country, as increasing percentages of their profits are garnered in tax-sheltered operations abroad. And the bankers who caused the economic meltdown have turned against President Barack Obama, who saved them; instead they favor a tea-party-dominated Republican Party that seeks to limit any restraint on corporate greed while destroying the ability of state and federal governments to bring some measure of relief to ordinary folk.

The whole point of the tea party is to focus concern over our stagnant economy on something called “big government” while ignoring the big corporations that have bought the government as an accessory to their marketing strategies. Big government is big precisely because it now exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational capitalism, whether through a bloated defense budget, trade pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or monetary policies that serve the interests of the largest companies.

It was their lobbyists who got Congress to end sensible regulations of financial shenanigans, and now, with the new tea party members of Congress as their most stalwart allies, they are yanking the teeth from the very mild regulations that Obama got through the last Congress. As The Associated Press reported: “Congressional Republicans are greeting the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s financial overhaul law by trying to weaken it, nibble by nibble.”

It is nothing short of demagogic for the Republicans to be complaining about the debt when it was the radical deregulatory policies that they pursued which caused all that governmental red ink in the first place. What a hoax to pretend that teachers’ pensions or environmental protections are responsible for a debt that increased by 50 percent as a direct consequence of the banking collapse. Yet they want to gut even the tepid regulations that became law under the Obama administration, foaming at the mouth about sensible regulation as job killing when it is the uncontrolled greed of Wall Street that is at the root of our high unemployment.

Continue reading at:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_tea_party_and_goldman_sachs_a_love_story_20110705/

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Dr. Barton Recommends Getting Your Healthcare Advice Straight From The Bible

Here’s a suggestion for helping with any possible Medicare cost problems. Ask people if they are born again and truly trust in the lord. If they answer yes, tell they to trust in Jesus for their medical need because he is the ultimate decider. Then suggest prayer and a good minister who does faith healing.

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/dr-barton-recommends-getting-your-healthcare-advice-straight-bible

Submitted by Kyle Mantyla
June 28, 2011

Last week, I stumbled upon a video on YouTube of a presentation David Barton made at a Citizens for Community Values banquet earlier this year and decided to watch it.  But by now, I have seen Barton’s standard presentation so many times that I could almost recite it by heart and this one was no different from any of the dozens of other such presentations I have watched him deliver … with one exception.

In this presentation, Barton made an aside to recommend a book called “None Of These Diseases” by S.I. McMillen, calling it “one of the best healthcare books you’ll ever read.”  So I decided to order a copy – not one of the updated and whitewashed versions being sold today, but the original 1963 version that read just as McMillen intended it – and, once I received it, it became obvious as why Barton would recommend it since it is basically a medical version of the sort of political propaganda that Barton peddles professionally.

Most of the book is dedicated to explaining how all medical advances were first foretold in the Bible and declaring that people would be so much happier and healthier if they just followed the health advice set forth in Scripture … and how it would protect them from schizophrenia:

The individual who has Christ in his heart and the Bible in his hand has splendid fortifications against man’s greatest mental disturbance – schizophrenia. Why do I make that statement? It is medically recognized that schizophrenia is the result of anxiety stemming from an inability to meet the adjustments of adulthood. In highly predisposed individuals even a little anxiety can tip the scales. Furthermore, it is felt that any individual, if subjected to sufficient stress, could experience the schizophrenic reaction.

Naturally, anything that lessens anxiety is important in the prevention of schizophrenia. In reduction of anxiety, nothing is more important than spiritual conversion and Christian living. Anyone who ever truly repented his sins and asked God to forgive him can never forget the miraculous way in which his mind was immediately freed of “the guilt complex.”

Elsewhere, McMillen states that promiscuity is the cause of arthritis and insanity and that it is not necessary for women to experience orgasm:

Continue reading at:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/dr-barton-recommends-getting-your-healthcare-advice-straight-bible

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The Religious Right’s Shadow Nation

From Truth Wins Out: http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2011/07/17492/

by Wayne Besen
July 5, 2011

Weekly Column

Lately, it seems Christian fundamentalists have campaigned to pervert the notion of “religious freedom” to mean they have the absolute right to control lives and dictate how other people live. If they are unable to coerce or browbeat non-believers into following their church’s rules in the public square, they falsely play the victim card and cry “discrimination.”

For normal Americans, religious freedom means the right to worship according to conscience. This most basic tenet of liberty is not enough for America’s predatory fundamentalists. They believe they are superior and have the God-given right to force society to play by their rules. This inability to co-exist is a divisive and destabilizing force that must be adequately addressed.

How far will these extremists go to get their way and claim special rights? Consider a new bill proposed by two Michigan state senators, Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit) and Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids) that would permit students in counseling programs to refuse helping clients with issues that conflicted with their “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

The Michigan Messenger reported this week that this ludicrous legislation was in response to an Eastern Michigan University student, Julea Ward, who was expelled from a counseling program after declining to counsel a gay student. According to the Messenger, Ward refused to offer relationship advice because she thought it was tantamount to cheerleading a “lifestyle” that she rejected.

Ward sued in federal court, but they have so far ruled that Christians are still part of society and not above the rule of law.

Continue reading at:  http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2011/07/17492/

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Improve Medicare and Expand It to All

From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/06-12

by Jim Recht
Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

In honor of its 46th birthday this month, here is a brief history of Medicare: of the bitter controversy surrounding its creation, its subsequent achievements, and its current position at the center of congressional budget debates. I believe that once they understand the deep differences between this institution and our country’s more recent attempts at healthcare reform, most reasonable individuals will conclude that a national insurance system like Medicare offers a solution to the healthcare crisis, and that it should be fully funded and extended to cover all Americans from birth.

During the contentious debate that preceded its adoption in 1965, Medicare was attacked by powerful special interests — among them, the insurance industry and the American Medical Association — who decried it as “socialized medicine” and warned that it would destroy our healthcare system and even threaten our basic freedoms. It seems difficult today to imagine how such fear-mongering could have been taken seriously. Over the past half-century, by affording hundreds of millions of Americans access to high-quality health care, Medicare has played a major role in increasing life expectancy and overall quality of life in this country. Funded via a progressive tax mechanism that asks incrementally more of our wealthiest neighbors, and boasting better service and far lower administrative costs than the “leanest” private insurance, Medicare has become along with Social Security one of the most popular government programs in history.

In his speech announcing the new plan, then-President Johnson reminded the country that “there is a tradition we share today. It calls upon us never to be indifferent toward despair. It directs us never to ignore or to spurn those who suffer untended…[it] is as old as the day it was first commanded: ‘Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, to thy needy, in thy land.'”

The current administration’s health reform legislation, and our own Massachusetts Health Reform that preceded and inspired it, are part of a very different story. That one begins in 2006 when, largely in response to Bush Administration pressure, then-Governor Mitt Romney signed into law legislation that dismantled our extensive healthcare safety net, partially replacing it with an “ownership culture” that has required hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income residents to purchase insurance policies sold by private corporations through a state-run exchange.

5 years on now, despite our mainstream media’s oddly strained attempts to suggest otherwise, we face overwhelming evidence that the Massachusetts Reform has failed. According to the comprehensive report released this month by Mass Care (masscare.org), Massachusetts reform has certainly forced many more Massachusetts residents to purchase health insurance policies – a boon to insurance companies, whose revenues have increased dramatically. But the difference between having insurance and having adequate access to quality healthcare has grown more oppressive than ever. For most individuals and families except for the very poorest and the wealthiest, out-of-pocket payments and insurance premiums have continued to skyrocket. Wait times for primary care appointments have increased, while ever fewer primary care doctors accept new patients — they simply cannot cope with the administrative costs and frustrations of a system dominated by private insurance companies, each with its own system of authorizations, denials and appeals. Finally, with state spending continuing to increase at alarming rates, it is now beyond question that the reform is financially unsustainable.

Continue reading at:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/06-12

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Why Do the Police Have Tanks? The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/world/151528/why_do_the_police_have_tanks_the_strange_and_dangerous_militarization_of_the_us_police_force/

The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training.

By Rania Khalek
July 5, 2011

Just after midnight on May 16, 2010, a SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of a 25-year-old man while his 7-year-old daughter slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. The grenade landed so close to the child that it burned her blanket. The SWAT team leader then burst into the house and fired a single shot which struck the child in the throat, killing her. The police were there to apprehend a man suspected of murdering a teenage boy days earlier. The man they were after lived in the unit above the girl’s family.

The shooting death of Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones sounds like it happened in a war zone. But the tragic SWAT team raid took place in Detroit.

Shockingly, paramilitary raids that mirror the tactics of US soldiers in combat are not uncommon in America. According to an investigation carried out by the Huffington Post’s Radley Balko, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement over the last 30 years, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units for routine police work. In fact, the most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

Some 40,000 of these raids take place every year, and are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. And as demonstrated by the case of Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones, these raids have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries.

How did we allow our law enforcement apparatus to descend into militaristic chaos? Traditionally, the role of civilian police has been to maintain the peace and safety of the community while upholding the civil liberties of residents in their respective jurisdiction. In stark contrast, the military soldier is an agent of war, trained to kill the enemy.

Clearly, the mission of the police officer is incompatible with that of a soldier, so why is it that local police departments are looking more and more like paramilitary units in a combat zone? The line between military and civilian law enforcement has been drawn for good reason, but following the drug war and more recently, the war on terror, that line is inconspicuously eroding, a trend that appears to be worsening by the decade.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/world/151528/why_do_the_police_have_tanks_the_strange_and_dangerous_militarization_of_the_us_police_force/

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