Girl Scout Troops in Trans Panic Mode?

From The Advocate:

By Diane Anderson-Minshall
December 19, 2011

After a Denver Girl Scout troop decided to allow a 7-year-old transgender child into the troop — reiterating that Girl Scouting was about empowerment and inclusion — a representative from Colorado’s statewide organization, Rachelle Trujillo, told  The Christian Post  that “if parents brought a child to a meeting, and the child is recognized in the community as their daughter, then the Girl Scouts accept that. We don’t require proof of gender.”

She went on to emphasize that inclusion policies should be handled, as they always have been, at a regional level.

While parents of trans kids applauded the decision, apparently not all Girl Scout moms were happy. According to The Christian Post, three troop leaders in rural Louisiana resigned their posts and are dissolving their troops over the inclusive policy. All three leaders were affiliated with Northlake Christian School in the town of Covington.

Those leaders called a trans welcoming policy “extremely confusing” and “dangerous situation.” Their former Girl Scout troops are now expecting to align themselves with the American Heritage Girls, a Christian organization that was founded in 1995 in response to the Girl Scouts’ decision to let scouts use a word other than “God” in their pledge.

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Bachmann’s husband: Kinsey’s research on homosexuality is a ‘myth’

All these ultra right wing gay in denial politicians and closet case Christo-Fascists have been attacking Kinsey’s study and the 10% of people are gay or lesbian for years now.

They claim at most it is something like 5%.  When the missing 5% is composed of the prissy lipped screaming queens in denial right wingers like Marcus.

I can help but thinking the old duck adage applies.  If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a freaking duck.

From Raw Story:

By Andrew Jones
Monday, December 19, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) received another uncomfortable moment on the campaign trail about her anti-gay views Sunday evening.

According to CNN, the congresswoman and her husband Marcus encountered Kathy Schnell, a woman wearing a Bachmann sticker and holding up a sign saying “Gay-friendly Iowan.”

While smiling to sign the poster, Bachmann asked “Gay-friendly Iowan?”

 Schnell proceeded to pick Bachmann’s brain on the number of America gays.

“I wonder if you’re aware that 10% of the population is gay?” she said. “And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay.”

Thinking that the GOP presidential candidate wasn’t listening to her, Schnell told her friend “She’s not listening to me.”

That prompted Bachmann to reply, “Well, that’s according to the Kinsey Report.”

A few seconds later, her husband Marcus jumped in and told Schnell, “Your facts are wrong.”

(Methinks the queen doth protest too much.)

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Lawyers say Bradley Manning struggled with gender identity disorder

From The Washington Blade:

By Lou Chibbaro Jr.
December 19, 2011

Attorneys representing Pfc. Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army private previously identified as gay, startled observers at a pre-court martial hearing on Saturday by saying allegations that Manning leaked classified U.S. intelligence information could be linked to a personal struggle over his gender identity.

Revelations that Manning created a Facebook page under the name Breanna Manning, that he dressed in women’s clothes, and he told an Army supervisor that he was suffering from gender identity disorder surfaced on the second day of a military proceeding known as an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Md.

An Army witness testified at the hearing that investigators learned that Manning kept a collection of articles about gender identity disorder in his personal living quarters.

Authorities have accused Manning of orchestrating the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history while he worked as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. He was arrested in May 2010 on 22 counts of violating military codes pertaining to intelligence. He faces a possible sentence of death or life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Among other things, he’s accused of turning over more than 250,000 classified Pentagon and State Department documents through attached email files to the organization WikiLeaks, which published most of the documents on its website.

News that Manning reportedly was experiencing gender identity disorder comes at a time when the American Psychiatric Association is in the process of eliminating that term from its diagnostic manual and replacing it with the term gender dysphoria.

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Christian Bale Talks To CNN About His Violent Experience In China

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Lawrence King’s Murderer sentenced to 21 years in prison

From LGBTQ Nation:

Monday, December 19, 2011

VENTURA, Calif. — Brandon McInerney was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison for the execution style killing of openly gay classmate Lawrence King during a computer lab class three years ago.

McInerney, 17, did not speak at the hearing, but his attorney Scott Wippert said his client was sorry for killing King, 15.

“He feels deeply remorseful and stated repeatedly if he could go back and take back what he did he would do it in a heartbeat, Wippert said.

The family of Lawrence King said in court that they could not forgive their son’s killer.

“You took upon yourself to be a bully and to hate a smaller kid, wanting to be the big man on campus,” King’s father, Greg King, said on behalf of his wife. “You have left a big hole in my heart where Larry was and it can never be filled.”

In a deal reached with Ventura County prosecutors last month, McInerney agreed to avoid a retrial and to plead guilty to second-degree murder, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm. A mistrial was declared in September when jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the degree of guilt.

Several jurors, in interviews with the media after McInerney’s trial, said that he shouldn’t have been tried as an adult.

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Thom Hartmann: Conversations w/Great Minds – Prof. Frances Fox Piven – biggest fear about OWS

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More Than 30 Percent Of Americans Arrested By Age 23, Study Says

From WBUR Boston NPR:

By Mark MemmottDecember 19, 2011

There’s been a sharp increase in recent decades in the number of young Americans who report they’ve been arrested at least once, researchers report in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

While in the mid-1960s about 22 percent of Americans reported having been arrested by the time they turned 23, researchers estimate that the “prevalence rate” for arrests by that age now lies “between 30.2 percent and 41.4 percent.”

Increasingly, “arrest is a pretty common experience,” Robert Brame, a criminologist at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and one of the study’s authors, tells USA Today.

According to ABC News, “Brame and his colleagues analyzed responses to a national survey of more than 7,000 young people between 1997 and 2008. … Not all of the young people remained in the study for all 11 years, accounting for the uncertainty reflected in the wide ranges of the study’s findings.

Time magazine’s Healthland blog says that:

“Although it may seem shocking that at least one-third of U.S. youth has an arrest record, those who study juvenile crime don’t find the figure to be out of line. Since the 1970s, America has become much tougher on crime. … During that time, the number of Americans in prison has gone from half a million to 2.3 million, with approximately 93,000 incarcerated youth. …

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Occupy Hopelessness: Where govt eye does not reach

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Thank You Anarchists

From The Nation:

December 19, 2011  
It is becoming something of a refrain among the well-meaning multitudes now energized by Occupy Wall Street that the movement needs to shed its radical origins so as to actually get something done. “If they can avoid fetishizing the demand for consensus,” James Miller wrote in late October in the New York Times, “they may be able to forge a broader coalition that includes friends and allies within the Democratic Party and the union movement.” According to some activists, groups like Van Jones’ Rebuild the Dream are poised to turn occupiers into Obama voters. Especially as the 2012 election season starts, the thinking goes, it’s time to get real.

This actually reminds me of long debates about planning that took place in the NYC General Assembly before September 17, and then again during the early days of the occupation. Many peoplemyself included‚ though I was there to observe as a reporterfirst arrived with some preconceived agenda about what needed to be done given the current political situation and how the occupation should do it: abolish corporate personhood, or enact a Tobin tax, or (as crasser signs would say) “Eat the Rich.” They complained that the anarchists‚ along with assorted autonomists, libertarian socialists and so forth‚ were hijacking the movement’s progress by bogging it down in process. But, after a while, after enough long meetings, they started to come around.

For some who were experiencing it for the first time, the General Assembly became a cathartic opportunity to unload long-pent-up polemics. Perhaps never having really had their political voices heard off the Internet, newcomers would interrupt the agenda and turn the people’s mic into a soapbox. With practice, though, that would change. They’d find that hewing to the process was better than making off-topic speeches. They heard stories about the assemblies in occupied squares in Egypt, Greece and Spain firsthand from people who had been there. Helping shape the daily decisions of the Occupation started to seem actually more empowering than trying to tell Obama what to do.

The anarchists’ way of operating was changing our very idea of what politics could be in the first place. This was exhilarating. Some occupiers told me they wanted to take it home with them, to organize assemblies in their own communities. It’s no accident, therefore, that when occupations spread around the country, the horizontal assemblies spread too.

At its core, anarchism isn’t simply a negative political philosophy, or an excuse for window-breaking, as most people tend to assume it is. Even while calling for an end to the rule of coercive states backed by military bases, prison industries and subjugation, anarchists and other autonomists try to build a culture in which people can take care of themselves and each other through healthy, sustainable communities. Many are resolutely nonviolent. Drawing on modes of organizing as radical as they are ancient, they insist on using forms of participatory direct democracy that naturally resist corruption by money, status and privilege. Everyone’s basic needs should take precedence over anyone’s greed.

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Europe, prepare for a riotous 2012

From The Guardian UK:

If eurozone countries continue to pursue misguided policies, social movements will gain steam and the EU will unravel

Henning Meyer
, Monday 19 December 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, it is fair to say that this year has been one of the most disastrous for the European Union in its history. The eurozone crisis has spread from the periphery to the core and all political and financial rescue packages were too little, too late. Towards the end of the year it felt like EU leaders took longer to agree the latest measures to restore confidence than it took for markets to lose it again.

It was also unfortunate that the little action taken was mostly misguided. This includes austerity policies implemented simultaneously across Europe and the creation of so-called debt brakes, which is basically the constitutionalisation of a failed stability framework. The last summit of the year also brought about the biggest political rift in the union’s history, with the UK blocking a treaty change leaving the EU deeply divided and caught up in a silly war of words.

In Germany there is an annual vote for the Unwort des Jahres (“most infamous phrase of the year”). From a European perspective, my absolute favourite this year is “national interest”. Like it or not, EU politics has become more British in recent years. The UK has always seen the union as an institution in which you try to secure your “national interest” rather than a place where you make political compromises with partner countries. The inability to move beyond the perceived short-term “national interest”, at the expense of what is better in the mid to long term, has been a key reason for the EU’s powerlessness to respond adequately to the challenges it faces. We are moving towards political deadlock in a severe and worsening crisis and the forecast for next year doesn’t look good either.

It now seems unavoidable that the world economy enters another recession, which is likely to reach depression levels in some countries. Last week Christine Lagarde of the IMF issued a warning not just against the looming downturn but against 1930s-style policy responses of protectionism and isolation in the name of the “national interest” (here it is again). She rightly exposed the pursuit of misguided, domestically driven policies as self-defeating in the mid to long term. Protectionist policy measures will trigger defensive responses, which will worsen the aggregate situation further so a depression becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The world has been in this situation before – and it did not end well.

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