The Trans-Prefixed Word is not the most Important Thing About Someone

I blog on the subject of transsexualism.  I’m writing a memoir (Outside the Gates of Eden) that includes my going through SRS.

But by itself being transsexual or transgender is pretty meaningless unless you are obsessed with it because of identity or bias.

Supposedly there is a sister entered in some beauty contest, Miss Universe or something.  This isn’t the least bit important to me.  Why?  Because I don’t give a shit about beauty pageants.

There is a sister running for office in Nevada.  Now I’ve sent money to several sisters running for office.  But I wouldn’t send this one money if I had just won the Lotto and had money to burn.  In fact If she gets the nomination I would send money to her opponent because she is a Republican.

I actually like some sisters in the arts, including people like Calpernia Addams and Nina Arsenault.   I have a feeling that my liking Nina and Calpernia may come as a surprise to many who think they have me pegged, but these women have a style and insights that I find interesting.

I support many people who are transgender activists like Mara Keisling and Donna Rose.

At the same time trans isn’t the most important thing about these sisters.

Because there sure are a lot of TS/TG folks out there that I utterly despise.

Maybe my despising them has nothing to do with transphobia, maybe it has to do with those other qualities that make one a person.

Some times that trans-prefixed word is not all that important and may well be something we obsess upon way too much.

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Chicago officials deny permit for May 20 NATO protest march

From The Chicago Tribune:,0,6729053.story

By David Heinzmann
Clout Street
March 19, 2012

After approving a parade permit for a group protesting the G-8 and NATO summits in Chicago, the city has denied an identical application by the same group seeking to move their parade one day later in the wake of the White House’s decision to move the G-8 conference.

The demonstrators asked to move their march from Saturday, May 19, after word came that the G-8 meeting scheduled to start that day had been moved by President Barack Obama to Camp David. The protesters filed a permit that was identical to the one the city approved for Saturday, except the date of protest was moved to Sunday, May 20, when the NATO meeting is set to start.

But this time the city rejected the request, citing a lack of police officers as well as other security and logistics complications from the very summit the demonstrators are seeking to protest.

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Texas Democratic Lawmaker’s FW office to reopen after fiery attack

From WFAA:

March 20, 2012

FORT WORTH — Police are trying to identify the man who entered the West 7th office of Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis Tuesday afternoon and threw two firebombs just outside the door.

Two staffers were in the third floor office when the attack occurred around 4 o’clock. One of them had to leap over the flames to escape, then went to the break room, grabbed an extinguisher and put out the fire.

No one was hurt, but the lawmaker’s office was damaged by the fire.

Investigators said Sen. Davis was at her law office closer to downtown Fort Worth at the time of the incident. She was kept in lockdown by Department of Public Safety officers for four hours for her own protection.

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TSA screening of wheelchair-bound toddler sparks outrage

From The Global Post:

March 20, 2012

Video of an airport screener patting down a 3-year-old boy in a wheelchair has gone viral and fueled sharp criticism of the Transportation Security Administration.

Posted on YouTube Saturday night by the child’s father, the video had more than 500,000 hits as of Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Matt DuBiel, the father of Rocco DuBiel, videotaped the incident in the spring of 2010 at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. He posted the video after rediscovering it last week, saying he became enraged anew when reviewing it, CNN reported.

“There is another human being putting their hands on my child. That is not acceptable,” he told CNN. “If he was putting his hands on my child at McDonald’s or anyplace else, we would immediately have him arrested and call the police.”

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On the Trayvon Martin Murder: Fmr. detective: Illegal to kill dogs but not black kids in Florida

From Raw Story:

By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A former homicide detective says that with the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Florida has made it legal to kill black kids like Trayvon Martin but not dogs.

Former Washington, D.C. Police Department homicide investigator Rod Wheeler, now a Fox News contributor, explained on Tuesday that the “Stand Your Ground” law was really the “Make My Day” law, referring to a scene where Dirty Harry — played by Clint Eastwood — threatens to kill a man robbing a diner instead of retreating.

“The police department in [Sanford, Florida] oppose that law,” Wheeler told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “What that law is saying in the state of Florida — and look at the case law — you can actually shoot a dog. It happens all the time. You can shoot a kill a dog and get arrested and put in jail, but if you kill a kid — and especially a black kid in Florida — you can walk away. That’s what that law means.”

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Trayvon Martin Final Moments Captured During Phone Call With Teenage Girl

From The Huffington Post:


Just moments before Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, he was on his cellphone talking with a 16-year-old girl. For the first time, the girl is speaking out about the last, horrifying moments of Martin’s life.

“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” the girl told ABC News. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”

According to accounts gleaned from 911 audio recordings made the night of the killing and the teenage girl’s statements, Martin eventually did run. But Zimmerman wasn’t far behind, and soon the two would be face to face. Zimmerman, the self-appointed captain of the neighborhood watch, was armed with a 9 mm pistol. Trayvon had little more than a bag of candy in his pocket.

“Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for?’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here?’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

The line went dead, according to the girl’s account.

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Trayvon Martin phone call contradicts killer’s self-defence claim, family says

From The Guardian UK:

Pressure on Florida police to make arrest after Martin’s girlfriend tells how she heard teen walking away from George Zimmerman

in New York, Tuesday 20 March 2012

Florida police are under mounting pressure to arrest self-appointed neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed teenager following dramatic new evidence from the victim’s girlfriend.

The family of Trayvon Martin, 17, say the account from his girlfriend completely contradicts his killer’s self-defence claim.

In a dramatic press conference on Tuesday, the Martin family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump detailed how the unnamed girl – a minor who was so traumatised by Martin’s death she was taken to hospital at his wake – was talking to him on his cell phone in the minutes leading up to his death, and heard the altercation with his killer.

Martin, 17, was shot by Hispanic volunteer watch captain George Zimmerman, who spotted the teenager while patrolling the neighbourhood on a rainy evening in February. Zimmerman, 28, claims he shot the teenager with his licensed 9mm handgun in self-defence during a confrontation.

The failure of local police to arrest Zimmerman in the three weeks since the shooting – and the release of 911 tapes that reveal he followed Martin, despite a warning by a police dispatcher not to – has fuelled a fierce debate on race, vigilante justice and a “stand your ground” law in Florida that allows people to defend themselves using deadly force.

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Sharp Response Meets Return of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

From The New York Times:

Published: March 19, 2012

In September they began to gather, their encampment growing by the week. The police, confronted with a populist movement that put down roots in the financial district, were unsure of how to respond to Occupy Wall Street. At some marches, protesters were arrested for veering off the sidewalk into the street; at others, the police ordered protesters off the sidewalk.

Tents were banned early on, then tolerated, then banned again. The mayor said he was going to clear the encampment in October to clean up Zuccotti Park, then balked before finally going through with it a month later, when he sent the police in to clear the camp, in the middle of the night, with little warning.

Now, with Occupy Wall Street’s resurgence, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s response to the protest movement has not been ambivalent. Asked at a news conference on Monday if he had a strategy to prevent large-scale arrests of protesters, Mr. Bloomberg said: “You want to get arrested? We’ll accommodate you.”

While saying that the protests make for “great theater,” he dismissed them as ineffective. “If you have something, really, to say, that would be a great contribution, nobody can hear you when everybody’s yelling and screaming and pushing and shoving,” Mr. Bloomberg said.

On Saturday, the first major conflict between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the New York Police Department since Jan. 1 took place, with the police arresting 76 protesters. Many of those happened after the police declared the park closed on Saturday night, and ordered everyone out.

On Monday, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said he was going to ask the Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, to hold hearings to review the police actions. He said he also believed that the Police Department was “using brutal excessive force against peaceful people” during some of the arrests.

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Instead of a CEO, How About Electing a Labor Leader?

From The Nation:

John Nichols
on March 19, 2012

When you think about it, the whole idea of running local, state or national government “like a business“ makes a lot less sense than running things like a labor union. Unions are democratic institutions that have a responsibility to watch out for their members and to the broader community. They are invested in the cities and states where they work because they can’t pull up stakes and relocate overseas. And they have a dramatically better record of evolving with the country—toward an embrace of women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights—than the robber barons and their monopolies.

Union leaders manage major organizations and deal with negotiations, contracts, budgets and the challenges of balancing economic and human demands. The difference is that they tip the balance toward humanity, as opposed to the false construct that says “corporations are people, my friends.”

Once upon a time, the idea of electing a union leader as a legislator, a member of Congress, even a president, was commonplace. Both Eugene Victor Debs and Ronald Reagan learned their leadership skills as union leaders. Unfortunately, as the years passed, the political and pundit classes embrace of MBA presidents (George Bush) and CEO contenders (Mitt Romney). It has not worked well for the republic or its component states.

So perhaps it is time to get back to electing officials who come from the union movement, and who have the requisite respect for democracy and concern for the people government is supposed to serve.

And where better to begin the process of getting politics right than in Wisconsin, the state that said “no” to Wall Street’s austerity lie a year ago and that has kept pushing back ever since?

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