Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor, Signs Transgender Equal Rights Bill Into Effect

I’m fucking sick and tired of hearing Taliban Christians and Radical Feminist pissing and moaning about how  transsexual and transgender people having employment and accommodation rights is is going to infringe upon rights of Taliban Christians and Radical Feminists to freely exercise their bigotry.

From Huffington Post:

First Posted: 1/20/12

Massachusetts officially became the 16th state to treat transgender citizens as a protected class today as Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial signing of the groundbreaking rights bill.

As Colorlines is reporting, the law legally protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit, in addition to providing additional civil rights and protections from hate crimes.

“I sign this bill as a matter of conscience; people should be able to come before their government as equals,” Patrick is quoted as having said as he signed “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” into law. Though Patrick had actually signed the bill in his office in late November, Thursday’s event was a ceremonial start-of-the-year one that drew an overflowing crowd from the local transgender community, local network WWLP is reporting.

“This law is about affirming rights,” Gunner Scott, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), is quoted by Bay Windows as saying. “This law is for people who think they can deny us those rights… This piece of paper is not magic, but for many of us it is the result of hard work that will change our lives.”

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Former President says Newt Gingrich “appeals” to racist groups

From The Orlando Liberal Examiner:

Orlando Liberal Examiner January 19, 2012

If you have been paying attention to any of the Republican debates you will notice a recurring theme, race. Whether it’s subtle or not so subtle comments, every Republican candidate has had an obsession with the African-American community as well as other minorities. One of the biggest statements that has brought attention to the Republican field is former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich’s comments about young children and janitorial work. Newt Gingrich claims that children around the age of 10, in low-income areas should be given the job of janitors while firing the current adults who hold the position. While Newt Gingrich claims that janitors in New York make an “obscene” amount of money, acrroding to the average salary of a janitor is around $22,000 a year. Head janitors, those who run the school and are in charge of all the people below them, can crack the $100,000 a year markwith massive overtime and years put in at the job.

By what Newt Gingrich has said, he wants to roll back child labor laws, putting dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment in the hands of young children, all at the same time firing hardworking adults who have a family to feed and bills to pay. Newt Gingrich, along with many other Republicans, direct these comments towards low-income families and minorities, in particular the African-American community. Newt Gingrich has even stated that food stamps are an African-American problem, despite more white Americans receiving them. Republicans will always cry “reverse racism” and blame the “liberal left,” but the truth is easy to see.
Former President Jimmy Carter is one who has noticed what has gone on and hasn’t been shy about making a comment towards the Republican party and Newt Gingrich.
President Carter: “I wouldn’t say he is racist, but he knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group….When you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘why don’t the black people get jobs,’ and if I’m president, I’ll make sure they turn toward a work ethic, rather than an ethic of welfare and food stamps, that’s appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina.”
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Catholic leaders tell Gingrich, Santorum ‘to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes’

From The Floridian Independent:


Catholic leaders issued a letter Friday to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, themselves Catholics, urging them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”

The letter, signed by 45 Catholic leaders says:

Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

“At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting,” the letter adds.

“This statement is urging prominent Catholics in the race to go back and look at church teaching,” John Gehring, the Catholic outreach coordinator at Faith in Public Life, tells The Florida Independent, adding “that the letter is also about poverty.”

“The Catholic bishops have been incredibly important in raising a prophetic voice that really challenges those who think that the free market alone can sort of solve our economic problems,” Gehring says.

“You have Catholic conservative leaders, like John Boener, Paul Ryan, Rick Santourm, Newt Gingrich and they’ve all been looking to dismantle vital social safety nets,” Gehring says.

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Republican Racism is an Air Raid Siren, Not a Dog Whistle

From Alternet:

Republican candidates are overtly signaling that whiteness and American identity are intertwined.

By Chauncey DeVega
January 19, 2012

On his MSNBC show Hardball, Chris Matthews called out Newt Gingrich and other Republicans for what he described as their “dog whistle” appeals to white racism during the South Carolina debate on Monday night.

He was correct in identifying the work that racism does for the Tea Party GOP and its candidates in their efforts to win over white conservative voters. However, Chris Matthews was too generous and kind. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and other Republican candidates are not engaging in subtle dog whistles to their faithful, where racism and white racial anxiety hides in the background, masked and hidden by other language.

Definitions matter: dog whistle politics are based on a signal or cue to the in-group, and one so subtle that those not in the know will overlook it as no more than quixotic background noise, a blip, a comment without context or meaning.

For example, during the 2004 election, President Bush’s mention of the infamous Dredd Scott Supreme Court decision had nothing to do with African Americans and slavery. Rather, it was a wink to a rabidly anti-choice conservative Right-wing audience that Roe vs. Wade would be overturned by his administration.

In 2008, McCain-Palin featured a negative campaign ad which borrowed from the movie The Ten Commandments and suggested that Barack Obama was the Anti-Christ. If one was not part of the Left Behind Jesus Camp Christian Nationalist Dominionist crowd, the visuals and narrative of the commercial were odd, bizarre, utterly strange, and devoid of context. The ugliness of these symbols and metaphors were so covert, that they made sense for those outside of the targeted audience only after Time magazine thoroughly deconstructed the campaign adand its malicious intent.

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Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will

From Think Progress:

By Marie Diamond
on Jan 17, 2012

n an article about the reasons Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum:

Rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent out an email saying that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president. […]

The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email said.

Johnson, who remains on Santorum’s staff, complained that the email was “blown out of proportion” and should not be held against him because it was sent from a personal email account.

But he refused to back away from the substance of the email, saying “I was sharing my personal reflections with a friend…[T]hey were reflections on over 25 years of formal, theological study [based in] classical Christian doctrine.”

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‘Enemy is on Wall Street, not in Iran’

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