Thom Hartmann: Republicans ran up the debt & now they don’t want to pay the bill

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Detective: Man dressed as woman went into pool locker room

Both the Transgender Borg Cult and the Transgender Inc activists say this sort of thing never happens.

Yet there are men in prison for raping women or murdering women who demand treatment as transsexual or transgender people.

I’ve been called names for saying that actual transgender or pre-op transsexual people should have greater protections regarding public accommodations than the transvestites and the rest of the numerous identities that have.  Perhaps the letter from the doctor and court ordered change of name.

Also it might be a good idea to keep registered sex offenders even if they claim to be transgender out of the women’s room.

From Milwaukee KATU:

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – A registered sex offender dressed up like a woman, went into a women’s locker room at a pool and talked with several children before being chased down by a good Samaritan, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Friday around 3 p.m. 39-year-old Thomas Lee Benson put on a bra, lipstick and eyeliner and walked into the North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie, Detective Jim Strovink said.

Strovink said Benson wandered around the center talking with children, went in the women’s locker room and took a dip in the hot tub.

The pool was full of children at the time, including many on a summer field trip with the group Self Enhancement, Inc.

26-year-old Tayo Cotton and other adults were supervising kids on the field trip when he noticed Benson walk into the locker room. He said Benson was wearing a bikini at that point. He next saw Benson leave the men’s locker room dressed in men’s clothes.

“It looked just like a man wearing a bikini bottom and he had a white t-shirt on with a bikini top, you could see the bikini top,” Cotton said.

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Coming Out in the Good Old Days

There was much to be said for coming out in 1969 before the invention (social constructing) of “transgender”.

Life was much simpler before the constructing of “identity” as something with meaning.

One was either transsexual and got a sex change operation or a queen and didn’t.  queens may have lived out their lives as women with breast implants, facial surgery, even castration, but they were honest about liking their dicks whether for purposes of sex with men or with women.

Transvestites, well they were heterosexual men who dressed up for what ever reason and spew a combination of rationalization (I am not a faggot.  I only do this to relieve tension etc) and homophobia as well as a whole lot of hatred of transsexuals who do not live up to their particular fantasies.

I was lucky.

I never lived in the drag queen ghetto.  Some of my transsexual sisters did but many who came out around the same time I did were never a part of that bullshit.

For one thing we had high school diplomas and Junior/City College at least in California was virtually free.  If you did do sex work and had half a brain you put an ad in one of the underground papers.

Rent was cheap.  Medical treatment was easy to get and was free or low cost (for hormones) at least in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

It was also much better for us to find our own way in life instead of having a bunch of Stalinistic Transgender Borg and Transgender Inc folks telling what to think and say down to the exact politically correct word.

One thing that was way better then was that surgery really made you into a woman.  There wasn’t all the bullshit about “I identify as a woman, therefore I am a woman.”

We were more honest about things like that.  If you wear women’s clothes, take hormones, live as a woman and plan on keeping your dick, then you are a queen. The same goes for your identifying as a woman and keeping your dick.  You are a queen.  And no I am not going to “he” you unless we are fighting and I am trying to verbally cut you.

Lately it seems the Transgender Borg Cult is getting desperate.  They are mining any and all clippings and quotations for anything from anyone in an attempt to verify their rewriting of history that is aimed at locating “Transgender” back further in time than its actual history and give it the validation it is so sorely lacking.

Someone pulled up a quote from Christine Jorgensen.  I was never all that fascinated by Christine. I thought her biography was dishonest and rather lame when I first read it in 1969.  The movie was a total embarrassment.  It doesn’t really mean anything to me one way or another if she used transgender in a sentence that showed she viewed it positively in 1985.  At that point she was ill and working the speakers circuit.  It doesn’t matter to me if she thought transgender sounded nicer because it didn’t have “sex” as part of it. She censored and expurgated all the sex out of her memoir so why should I expect anything different from a quote pulled to support the Borg ideology.

The thing I liked best though about the 1970s was not having people demand I consider myself part of some sort of transgender community that included drag queens and transvestites.

I like being able to choose my friends and the communities I wish to be a part of rather than have people draft me into their cult.

Are Rumors Accused WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning Is Transgender Behind Harsh Treatment?

From Alternet:

The implication that Bradley Manning’s sexuality has something to do with the crime he’s accused of is wrong and dangerous.

By Emily Manuel
July 6, 2011

Private Bradley Manning has been a controversial figure since his arrest in May 2010, after being accused of the largest leak of classified documents ever to the website WikiLeaks. Manning is accused of leaking much of the 500,000 documents WikiLeaks published as the War Logs, as well as the shocking “Collateral Murder” video showing U.S military knowingly firing on unarmed civilians from an Apache helicopter.

These leaks provided valuable information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a time when war reporting has often been compromised through the practice of embedding reporters within military units. For this act of whistleblowing, Manning faces charges that include “aiding the enemy,” theft of public records, transmitting defense information on the Internet, and computer fraud. If found guilty, Manning could face life in prison.

One rumor has persistently followed Manning: that he is a pre-hormone treatment transgender woman. A year ago, Boing Boing posted chat logs purportedly between Manning and hacker Adrian Lamo in which Manning apparently makes references to a desire to undergo medical transition. In the logs, Manning says that “the CPU is not made for this motherboard” (a reference to the common understanding of transgender people as being “born in the wrong body”), frets about the “possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as [a] boy” and wonders how to “figure out how on earth im going to transition.” From there, besides a typical rubbernecking Gawker reiteration, the story largely officially died, though it continued to circulate online.

Over the weekend, however, New York magazine upped the ante again by publishing a feature article focusing on Manning’s sexuality and gender identity in which an anonymous counselor claims that Manning had talked to him on the web about being transgender:

“Bradley felt he was female,” the counselor told me. “He was very solid on that.” Quickly, their conversation shifted to the practicalities: How does someone transition from male to female? “He really wanted to do surgery,” the counselor recalled. “He was mostly afraid of being alone, being ostracized or somehow weird.”

The story implies that Manning’s supposed sexual and/or gender identities are in some way related to his behavior in leaking the documents. This mode of insinuation suggests that being gay or transgender is “disturbed” or “confused” and causes criminal behavior—a demonstrably false idea. As Glenn Greenwald recently pointed out, “the notion that these reactions to wholly unjustified, massive blood-spilling is psychologically warped is itself warped. The reactions described there are psychologically healthy; it’s far more psychologically disturbed not to have the reactions Manning had.”

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Tax the Rich. Problem Solved

From Common Dreams:

by Carl Gibson
Published on Friday, July 8, 2011 by

What if there was a group of terrorists holding your family hostage with a gun pointed at themselves, demanding the account number to your pension fund? Would you negotiate with the terrorists by allowing them access to your savings, or would you let them shoot themselves and keep your retirement money intact?

Congressional Republicans are threatening to default on the debt unless President Obama caves to their demands to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending. Regardless of the market-crashing consequences of a debt default, actually doing so would be unconstitutional. Section 4 of the 14th Amendment clearly states that “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions…shall not be questioned.” Republicans are violating the constitution by threatening a debt default. End of discussion.

Credible economists and lawmakers on both sides generally agree that raising the debt ceiling is an essential part of governing, and that a large deficit can pose a danger to economic security. But if Speaker Boehner genuinely cares about deficit reduction, he need only look to ending his own party’s policies and shifting the tax burden. Swearing allegiance to Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge, the GOP will only allow room for $4 trillion in cuts, arguing this is a spending problem, not a revenue problem. However, their budget would collect exactly $4 trillion less over the next decade through even more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

Contrary to Republican claims, the United States is one of the lowest-tax countries in the world— U.S. corporations and wealthy citizens pay far less in taxes than other developed nations. Since 1950, capital gains taxes have dropped 10 percent, tax rates for million-dollar households have decreased 10 percent since the mid-nineties, and the estate tax has virtually disappeared for those with the largest fortunes since the onset of the Bush presidency. Four simple solutions would close that $4 trillion budget gap in the next decade, without even touching Social Security or Medicare.

By passing laws like Sen. Carl Levin’s Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, we could generate over $100 billion in new revenue from closing loopholes that allow corporations to shift profits to overseas bank accounts. Through modest taxation of speculative Wall Street trading, we could bring in another $150 billion per year. With higher income tax brackets for households earning over $1 million annually, as Rep. Jan Schakowsky has proposed, we would gain another $100 billion. And progressively taxing estates worth $5 million or more would mean an extra $45 billion in tax revenue.

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Obama Sells Out Hard Working Americans with Concessions to Rich Republi-Nazis

From The Washington Post:

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Published: July 6, 2011

President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.

At a meeting with top House and Senate leaders set for Thursday morning, Obama plans to argue that a rare consensus has emerged about the size and scope of the nation’s budget problems and that policymakers should seize the moment to take dramatic action.

As part of his pitch, Obama is proposing significant reductions in Medicare spending and for the first time is offering to tackle the rising cost of Social Security, according to people in both parties with knowledge of the proposal. The move marks a major shift for the White House and could present a direct challenge to Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to protect health and retirement benefits from the assault on government spending.

“Obviously, there will be some Democrats who don’t believe we need to do entitlement reform. But there seems to be some hunger to do something of some significance,” said a Democratic official familiar with the administration’s thinking. “These moments come along at most once a decade. And it would be a real mistake if we let it pass us by.”

Rather than roughly $2 trillion in savings, the White House is now seeking a plan that would slash more than $4 trillion from annual budget deficits over the next decade, stabilize borrowing, and defuse the biggest budgetary time bombs that are set to explode as the cost of health care rises and the nation’s population ages.

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Brownback Nominates Operation Rescue Attorney to Kansas Board of Healing Arts

From RH Reality Check:

by Jodi Jacobson, Editor-in-Chief, RH Reality Check
July 6, 2011 – 9:29pm

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has nominated Operation Rescue defense attorney Richard Macias to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised, that Governor Brownback nominated Operation Rescue criminal defense attorney Rick Macias to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts,” said Julie Burkhart, executive director of Trust Women PAC, and a former colleague of Kansas physician Dr. George Tiller.

The Board of Healing Arts is tasked with licensing and disciplining Kansas physicians, a role that is particularly sensitive given that both Brownback and the Kansas legislature have worked tirelessly to pass and enforce legislation that is specifically targeted at abortion providers.  Just last Friday, a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of medically unnecessary regulations aimed at closing down the three clinics providing abortions in the state.

“This [nomination] is just another example of Brownback’s obsession with restricting access to women’s reproductive health in Kansas,” said Burkhart.

According to the Midwest Democracy Project, Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones praised the Wichita lawyer, who will serve until June 30, 2014.

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In signing anti-abortion bill, Louisiana gov. compares women to criminals

From Raw Story:

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that requires women’s health clinics to post signage notifying patients of alternatives to abortion.

At the signing ceremony, Jindal said he was proud to help make his state one that supports a “culture of life,” adding that women will soon be treated similarly to criminals who are read their rights after an arrest.

“When officers arrest criminals today, they are read their rights,” he said, according to a report by Louisiana paper The News-Star. “Now if we’re giving criminals their basic rights and they have to be informed of those rights, it seems to me only common sense we would have to do the same thing for women before they make the choice about whether to get an abortion.”

The law was needed, according to anti-abortion activists, to prevent clinics from “coercing” women into terminating pregnancies. It also requires the creation of a website that would inform women of their rights.

Every year, over 10 million women die or sustain life-threatening injuries due to complications from pregnancy, according to the World Health Organization.

In the U.S., the number of women who die from pregnancy complications on an annual basis has doubled over the last 20 years, and a full one-third of pregnant American women will suffer from some form of complication, according to Amnesty International.

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Worse Than Fiction: America’s Overcrowded Cellar

From Common Dreams:

by Roy Eidelson
Published on Thursday, July 7, 2011 by

In a 1973 short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin describes a peculiar city where the inhabitants’ prosperity depends entirely upon the endless suffering of a single young child, locked away forever in a cellar. The townspeople ignore the child’s pleas for release because they have learned that his salvation will destroy a world that is utopian in every other way. As Le Guin writes:

They all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child’s abominable misery.

Although we may be tempted to look for parallels between this troubling tale and the ills of contemporary U.S. society, our attention should instead be drawn to two striking differences. First, whereas in Omelas one child tragically suffers for the welfare of everyone else, in the United States today many, many more children are abandoned to a metaphorical cellar — not for the greater good, but merely to preserve or enhance the lives of a privileged relative few. Second, the distressing arrangement is unalterable in Omelas, fixed in place by the author’s construction. In our world, the current system instead reflects an outrageous lack of political will and courage.

Who are our country’s cellar-dwelling children? They include the child whose parents have lost their jobs and cannot find the work needed to pay the bills and keep their home. They include the child whose future prospects and enthusiasm for learning have been crushed by too many days in the overcrowded classrooms of an underfunded school. They include the child denied life-transforming treatment for a debilitating illness because her family could not find affordable health insurance. And they include the child whose entire young life has been spent in the shadows of poverty and hopelessness. Of course it’s not only millions of children who are shuttered in the dark underground. But focusing on our country’s youth hopefully enables us to bypass the litany of “blame the victim” talking points that present extreme inequality as good and “free markets” as just distributors of merit-based rewards.

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Buffett: GOP Threatening To ‘Blow Your Brains Out’ Over Debt Ceiling

From The Huffington Post:

James Sunshine
First Posted: 7/7/11

Republicans are playing a dangerous game by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

“We raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush Administration,” Buffett told CNBC on Thursday. Now, the Republican-controlled Congress is “trying to use the incentive now that we’re going to blow your brains out, America, in terms of your debt worthiness over time.”

If Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit of the federal government by August 2, the date when the U.S. will reach the limit of its borrowing abilities, it will likely begin defaulting on its loans.

Buffett, who according to the Washington Post has helped raise money for Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton in the past, has been highly critical of the actions of the Republican-controlled Congress. In May, Buffett stated at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting that if the Congress failed to raise the debt ceiling, it would constitute “the most asinine act” in the nation’s history, reports Reuters.

According to the U.S. Debt Clock, America’s total public debt equals close to $14.3 trillion which, according to the CIA World Factbook, is roughly 60 percent of the annual gross domestic product.

But even with this information, Buffett is unfazed.

“We had debt at 120 percent of the GDP, far higher than this, after World War II and no one went around threatening that we’re going to ruin the credit of the United States or something in order to get a better balance of debt to GDP.”

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