World of Transwarcraft

I find the Sisterhood of Transsexual Purity every single bit as messed up as I find the Transgender Borg.

Obsessive Trolls in want of lives.  They seem to have nothing better to do than crawl endlessly through everything from the Usenet to mailing list and now through blogs looking for nits to pick.  They are like zombies looking for brains to eat and people to draw into their troll world where the endless game of Transwarcraft gives meaning to their pointless and empty existence.

Perish the though that the coiners of WBT might not share their obsessions nor their politics.

We might think that Christan Williams, Autumn Sandeen, Dyssonance and Monica Roberts are too crazy to take seriously, but are they  any more fucked up than the trolls of HBS/Classic transsexualdom?

The World of Transwarcraft is kind like George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books, only without the occasional sexual titillation.

Endless fucking war over the meaning of words that no one really gives a damn about.

I stuck my head up, looked around and saw that most of these wars seem to be perpetuated by a relative handful of people, many of whom seem to be on line for 18 or more hours a day which suggests both a lack of sleep and an addiction to stimulants such as cocaine or meth.

I actually remember when I bottoming out with drinking, how I would binge and go on an Internet tear, lashing out full of rage.

That didn’t improve my life.

Sobriety did…

An Acquaintance of mine, Andrea James was curious about a bunch of the players in this World of Transwarcraft. When it comes to the awarding of points for honestly claiming their own words the crazies on the Transgender Borg side win hands down.  They are out there putting their name on their words and often their pictures.  As a result they take the heat.

The Sisters of Transsexual Purity, on the other hand often hide behind aliases.  The ones who don’t tend to be far less dogmatic.

Their attacks come off as though they are right wing operators being paid to follow a script.

They are dogmatic in the same way as the Dominionists who are exposed by Southern Poverty Law Center and People for the American Way.  They use virtually the same scripts.

They hide behind numerous aliases, create different e-mail accounts and even go so far as to put up dummy blogs with zero posts.

In some ways they are very much like Denise Tree aka Kiira Tirea and others.

Refuse to take their bullshit or call them on it and immediately they slip into ad homenim attacks.

It’s easy to dismiss these people as cranks, failures and  nut jobs.

But along with being a general pain in the ass, and annoying they destroy people’s ability to work together for similar purposes even when those purposes aren’t the same.

Lately rather than fighting with people I’ve found myself wondering, Cui bono.  Who benefits?

What if these trolls aren’t just attention whores getting their jollies by stirring shit.

What if stirring shit is how they earn a living?

I wonder because I’ve discovered there are people out there who will pay for people to write reviews for businesses.  But there is even a darker side there are people who get paid to go on the sites of other business and write negative reviews.

Weird and nasty.

Not to mention extremely boring that people are still pushing the same BS they were pushing ten years ago.

The ramblings of a poor, obsessed homophobe for your enjoyment and pity

From Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters:

By Alvin McEwen
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reposted with Permission

Far be it from me to put someone in a spotlight as a subject of derision to be made fun of, but this child deserves it.

He kept sending me messages on the Signorile video until I blocked him, so he took the time to send me this long rambling message. This is sad homophobia defined.

Just read and understand the ignorant mindset behind some people’s reasonings of why they treat us lgbtqs like freaks:

.. you blocked my responses to your post Alvin in YouTube, but I am not surprised, people like you want to block the Truth, to silence it like Chris Mathews even said in his video.

No matter, here it is anyway…

Do you know what it will take for a t-r-u-l-y better world to happen? Brutal honesty, and then Responsible Behavior from everyone! It will take for every single person to look at their lives, identify what they are doing wrong, and correct it, no excuses, …none!

And what is correct and what is wrong behavior? Easy, look at the outcomes of the action, and then it becomes clear as daylight. And we all have flaws, things we need to work on, we assume too much, we care too much about our own selves and not enough for others, we pursue material things when we should we working more on our own selves, we consume too much, we rape the land too much, we neglect one another, we indulge on physical pleasures too much, when we should be more spiritual and protect and not abuse our bodies, and on and on.

And of course, out of those many flawed lives, many negative “side-effects” blossom, like children raised in neglectful environmental/dysfunctional/abusive environments, hell… some of the people having children are themselves children! Many children (like the case of homosexuals) are atrophied by those bad environments, and make the incorrect Gender Identification, or what is called Gender Identity Disorder in Philology, which later blossoms into full homosexuality. Remember, there is no “gay gene”.

My problem with people like you is that the dysfunction you have you seem to try justify it, to excuse it, when in reality if you look at it… A-L-L of it, it is clearly a bad behavior. High disease rates, high mortality rates, high cost to the individual and society, unstable relationships, physical damage to the body due to the erroneous sexual acts, and on and on… and on! It is all here: (Editor’s note – the poor child supplied his page but I refuse to give it out. I’ve seen it and it’s the same cherry-picked or discredited junk science we have seen repeatedly but ths time grouped together in one sad package. The young man obviously took so much work in gathering together his statistics that he didn’t read them thoroughly or derive where they came from. A little note, my friend. There is no such thing as “gay bowel syndrome.” Dumb ass.)

You tell the doctors that have to deal with the many diseases being spread in the population more and more by highly sexually promiscuous homosexuals, since many of homosexuals happen to be asymptomatic, carrying disease most are not even aware of, but are spreading it on to others thanks to your reckless sexual behaviors that homosexuality is good… go on and tell them…

You go on and tell the taxpayer that the health care cost going higher and higher every year due to more and more homosexuals (and other liberals as well) doing reckless sexual behaviors, causing more people to get sick with preventable disease it is a good thing… you go ahead… you tell them (just look at the HIV cost numbers in Canada in that webpage)…go ahead tell them…

Wrongs are wrong, no matter how much you make like doing it, no matter how much you may “feel” you have no choice but to do it! The same thing has happen to other groups like the alcoholics and smokers, people that would say they had “no control over their actions”… “they couldn’t help it”… And just because others may be doing other things wrong still does not make a wrong right… that is the mentality of a child.

In the end, humanity will never achieve a better world as long as groups like the homosexuals stay in denial and keep pushing their dysfunction upon society as an “OK” thing”, as a “harmless thing”, ignoring and even blocking the data again and again that point and says, hey you have a problem…

I leave you with this thought by the great Greek philosopher Socrates (469–399 B.C.E.) that said that the biggest endeavor for a person in life is to “TRULY know thyself” or what he called, to have an Analyzed Life, he wrote: “…The unexamined life is not worth living…”

And please note that I have refuted his claims in a myriad of past posts, including this one which addresses in particularly the lies of “shortened mortality rate,” the “unstable relationships,” and the “promiscuity argument.”

My prime objective for posting this child’s pathetic ramble is for you see the folks who have dived  headfirst into the pool of lies pushed by the religious right.

But with this posting comes a caveat. Not everyone believes this mess and the wilder these folks gets, the more mainstream we are becoming.

So in essence, you are witnessing death throes of archaic ignorance.

But I’m feeling a little guilty about it. Who knew watching the death throes of archaic ignorance would be so much fun to watch?

One more thing that someone just pointed out to me. What’s the definition of stupid irony? Using a quote from a gay man (Socrates) to end a ramble criticizing gays.

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Right Wing Republicans and Christo-Fascists Attack Dan Savage After Speech at Conference for High School Journalists

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Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

From The Nation:

April 27, 2012  
Unlike the rest of the world’s democracies, the United States doesn’t use the metric system, doesn’t require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn’t abolished the death penalty, and doesn’t celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.Outside the US, May 1 is international workers’ day, observed with speeches, rallies, and demonstrations. Ironically, this celebration of working-class solidarity originated in the US labor movement in the United States and soon spread around the world, but it never earned official recognition in this country. Since 2006, however, American unions and immigrant rights activists have resurrected May 1 as a day of protest. And this year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the rebirth of a national movement for social justice, a wide spectrum of activist groups will be out in the streets to give voice to the growing crusade for democracy and equality.The original May Day was born of the movement for an eight-hour workday. After the Civil War, unregulated capitalism ran rampant in America. It was the Gilded Age, a time of merger mania, increasing concentration of wealth, and growing political influence by corporate power brokers known as Robber Barons. New technologies made possible new industries, which generated great riches for the fortunate few, but at the expense of workers, many of them immigrants, who worked long hours, under dangerous conditions, for little pay.As the gap between the rich and other Americans widened dramatically, workers began to resist in a variety of ways. The first major wave of labor unions pushed employers to limit the workday to ten, then eight, hours. The 1877 strike by tens of thousands of railroad, factory and mine workers—which shut down the nation’s major industries and was brutally suppressed by the corporations and their friends in government—was the first of many mass actions to demand living wages and humane working conditions. By 1884, the campaign had gained enough momentum that the predecessor to the American Federation of Labor adopted a resolution at its annual meeting, “that eight hours shall constitute legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

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Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

From The Washington Post:

By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
April 27, 2012

Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.

It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted.

We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

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Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns

From The New York Times:

Published: April 28, 2012

IT is an astonishing thing that historians will look back and puzzle over, that in the 21st century, American women were such hunted creatures.

Even as Republicans try to wrestle women into chastity belts, the Vatican is trying to muzzle American nuns.

Who thinks it’s cool to bully nuns? While continuing to heal and educate, the community of sisters is aging and dying out because few younger women are willing to make such sacrifices for a church determined to bring women to heel.

Yet the nuns must be yanked into line by the crepuscular, medieval men who run the Catholic Church.

“It’s not terribly unlike the days of yore when they singled out people in the rough days of the Inquisition,” said Kenneth Briggs, the author of “Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.”

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Student protests force Quebec’s Liberal Party convention out of Montreal

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, April 29, 2012

MONTREAL — The Liberal Party of Quebec Premier Jean Charest, faced with a student protest movement that has turned violent, said Sunday it was relocating its annual convention to a city outside Montreal.

The party, which has been in power for nine years in the French-speaking Canadian province that is home to eight million people, had been scheduled to hold its party meeting at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal May 4-6.

Instead, it will hold the convention in Victoriaville, 170 kilometers (105 miles) to the east of Montreal, the party said in a statement.

Since mid-February, the provincial government has faced a stiff challenge from students angry over plans to raise school fees as part of an effort to rein in the budget deficit.

Tuition in Quebec had been frozen since the province’s “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s in a bid to boost access to post-secondary education, but it began to creep up in the 1990s.

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James Gilligan on Violence

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Local NATO hosts red-faced over ‘Red Zone’ militarization plan

From The Chicago Sun Times:

By Fran Spielman
April 26, 2012

The head of Chicago’s NATO Host Committee said Thursday she was blindsided by the federal government’s decision to create a militarized “Red Zone” in the Loop to protect federal buildings in the run-up to the May 20-21 summit at McCormick Place.

The image of federal agents on downtown streets far from McCormick Place — in battle gear, weapons slung — three weeks before the summit is certain to have a chilling effect on those who live and work in the Loop. It also calls into question Host Committee Executive Director Lori Healey’s oft-repeated message that Chicago will remain “open for business” during the summit.

On Thursday, Healey found herself in the difficult position of having to convince the public that a scary headline that blindsided even her is not an indication that the feds are bracing for weeks of trouble.

“A lot of us were surprised to read that. Obviously, the federal government doesn’t consult with the city when they do this. Everybody was unaware of this,” she said.

“It’s common practice for the federal government to have protection around their own buildings. Everybody plans extensively … for lots of different events. This is just getting an undue amount of attention. I would guarantee you they do it for all sorts of events. It’s just that they decided to publicly release it.”

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France eyewitness: Youth mobilise for Melenchon, pledge ‘resistance’

From Green Left:

By Liam Flenady, Paris
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Presidential elections in France are a media spectacle rivalled perhaps only by those in the United States. In day-to-day life, there is also a real buzz as people argue and discuss the race on worksites, the street and, habitually, in cafes.

Streets are plastered with posters of candidates and clever activist propaganda (over the top of some street signs here, activists have put up “Impasse Sarkozy”).

This election, whose first round was on April 22, is proving to be particularly polarising. It has mobilised sections of the populace who in previous elections have felt alienated or disappointed by candidates, left or right.

The so-called centrist vote lost significant ground in this election from 2007.

With the campaign of Jean-Luc Melenchon for the newly formed parliamentary alliance Left Front, many people on the left have been given a feeling of hope they have not had for a long time ― or, for the young, perhaps ever.

Melenchon is the most successful single candidate to the left of the social democratic Socialist Party since Georges Marchais of the French Communist Party (PCF) in 1981.

The success of Melenchon’s anti-neoliberal campaign in framing the debate throughout the campaign has led many journalists to begin bemoaning that the rich are being “scapegoated”.

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NOM’s Ruth Institute recruits, touts Rob ‘gay is worse than incest’ Gagnon

From HRC:

by Jeremy Hooper
April 27, 2012

Some things you should know about Robert Gagnon:

  • His definition of homosexuality: “By definition homosexual desire is sexual narcissism or sexual self-deception. There is either (1) a conscious recognition that one desires in another what one already is and has as a sexual being (anatomy, physiology, sex-based traits) or (2) a self-delusion of sorts in which the sexual same is perceived as some kind of sexual other.
  • Says quite plainly:It is my contention that homosexual practice is a more serious violation of Scripture’s sexual norms than even incest, adultery, plural marriage, and divorce.
  • Claims gays threaten American even more than war:The one political concern where the greatest sea change in the federal government’s policies is likely to come is not in social programs for the disadvantaged, the environment, taxes, or even the Iraq War. No, the greatest change is likely to come on the issue of homosexual advocacy and the oppressive hand of the federal government against those who resist the false conclusion that homosexual practice is a normal, natural, and acceptable form of behavior that society should promote

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Stop the Holocaust of Migrating Birds

From Common Dreams:

by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Published on Sunday, April 29, 2012 by Common Dreams

Lately I have been sitting with the brooding knowledge that at least 7 million migrating songbirds were killed this spring running the gauntlet of 84,000 American communication towers that rise as high as 2,000 feet into the sky, braced by invisible guy wires that garotte the birds right out of the air.

This is actually just a fraction of the number of birds killed each year by running a collision course with human activity.

This spring has been more silent than ever. The traditional dawn chorus of birdsong has ebbed to a few lonely little souls, most belonging to non-migratory species like cardinals, bluejays, chickadees and sparrows.

They say that when Europeans first arrived on this continent, the migration of the passenger pigeons would literally darken the sky for minutes on end.

I have never seen a living passenger pigeon, and it seems that my grandchildren will not know what I mean when I talk about the dawn chorus of riotously busy, happy birdsong, any more than they will be able to imagine an apple orchard in full bloom buzzing with the diligent harvest of a million droning bees.

Knowledge like this makes me sick at heart.  My rational side is aware that mourning is not productive, but another side of me knows that it is one of the special gifts of us humans to feel grief; to locate particular sadnesses in the larger landscape of suffering; and to use our sadness and anger at injustice as a lightening rod for change.

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Utah: Gay teenager commits suicide

From Pink News:

28 April 2012

A 17-year old from Mountain Green, Utah, has killed himself due to homophobic bullying, local media organisations report.

Jack Reese is not the first person to have taken his own life in Northern Utah. One official spoke off-the-record to Marian Edmonds of Ogden OUTreach: “It happens here about once a week, but officially, you know, it doesn’t happen here.”

Jack’s boyfriend, Alex Smith, spoke early in the week at a community event during which a film on bullying was being screened. Smith recalled, without even realising that Jack had already taken his own life, how his boyfriend was repeatedly bullied at school.

Yesterday, ahead Jack’s funeral at Ogden this morning, OUTreach, announced that an urgent meeting will be held on May 1, to address LGBT bullying and suicide in Northern Utah. Several community leaders, teachers, parents, and young people are expected to attend, including active members of the Mormon Church.

“The youth I work with all know either a victim of bullying, the loss of a friend to suicide, and most often, both. These youth are bright, creative and loving, yet too often face daily abuse from rejecting families, bullies at school and the loss of their church family. It is time for local schools to incorporate proven techniques for eliminating bullying and homophobia, for churches to preach love and acceptance, and for parents and families to love and accept their children. Each loss of life is a loss for all of us, and it must stop now,” Ms Edmonds said in a statement.

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The President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner

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Christy Wilcox Reporting Live @ the Unite Against the War on Women 4.28.12 Los Angeles, CA

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Rabbi Levin: Cardinal Dolan/ USCCB Confront Homosexualist Romney

Rabbi Levin demonstrates how you don’t have to be a right wing Christo-Fascist or Taliban Muslim to be totally bug fuck insane.

If sincere humanistic followers of any of these religions don’t start reining in their crazies I fear for all humanity.

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What’s in a name?

From Xtra Canada:

NEWS / Trans students want their chosen names used on post-secondary documents

Jacques Gallant
Friday, April 27, 2012

Ben Boudreau would simply like to have his professors call him by his name, but this is proving to be far more difficult than he envisioned.
Boudreau is a transgender student at Montreal’s Concordia University. He’s been fighting with the registrar’s office and ombudsperson there to have his preferred name used on official university documents.
For now, the legal name he is trying hard to distance himself from still appears on his transcript and on attendance sheets distributed to his professors.
The second-year sciences student was recently offered a compromise by the university. He was told his legal name would have to remain on official documents, but the registrar would contact Boudreau’s professors to explain his situation, so they would not call out his legal name in class. They also told him they would print the letter “B” next to his legal name on his student ID card.

“The thing with the card was useless, because my legal name is still on it, and as for the registrar, I’m not sure if they ever followed up with all of my professors, because there are still slip-ups in class,” Boudreau says, noting that it takes time for a legal name change to be processed. This is why he is trying to get Concordia to modify its policy on preferred names.

Services Quebec’s website indicates it can take up to four months to study an application to change a resident’s legal name. It takes even longer for trans individuals wishing to have their genders legally modified.
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After decades of pressure, ENDA continues to languish — What gives?

From LGBTQ Nation:

Matt Baume
April 25, 2012

The first GetEQUAL action that I ever witnessed was in September of 2010, when a group of about two dozen protestors stood on a street corner in the Castro, waiting for the light to change, and then marched out into the middle of the intersection to unfurl a giant traffic-blocking banner:

“When jobs are lost, the market stops,” it read, a little wordplay since the street they were blocking was Market Street.

I’m lucky to have always worked in LGBT-friendly bubbles.

At a creative company in San Francisco, there’s little risk to being out in the workplace. But I know that not everyone can be so fortunate. As easily as I settled in California, I could have wound up in one of the 29 states where I can lose my job because of who I love — or one of the 34 states where my trans friends can be fired over a pronoun.

I firmly believe that marriage is an important cause for the LGBT community, and I’ve dedicated the last few years of my life to the fight for marriage equality.

But sometimes I’m surprised that employment protection doesn’t get more attention. Is it because marriage is a more fun topic than work is? Maybe. But like those GetEQUAL activists pointed out, we all depend on jobs. Why aren’t we more up in arms about ENDA?

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The Nightwatchman Speaks #16

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LGBT Baby Boomers Need Grassroots Support for Social Security Equality Bill


by Karen Ocamb
April 28, 2012

Let’s face it: much of the LGBT movement has one massive Peter Pan complex. We won’t grow up. We don’t want to go to school just to learn to be a parrot and recite a silly rule. Nope, not us. We’re here, we’re queer and everyone just has to get used to it!

But while the minds, hearts and spirits of LGBT movement founders and Stonewall activists still stir with the fight for real freedom, the body is aging – whether we like it or not. And with aging comes limitations, dependency, and the fear of being forced back into the closet just to get proper and safe treatment. For couples who have shared lives and expenses together, losing a husband or wife could also mean losing financial freedom while trying to survive a broken heart. Suddenly being a second class citizen in the United States of America hits home: we are the cause we’ve been fighting for.

Two years ago, on April 11, 2010, Lorri Jean, CEO of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center officially launched the Rock for Equality campaign in conjunction with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Aids Community Action Foundation.  The campaign noted that LGBT workers pay into the Social Security system but are denied benefits when a partner dies, including retirement benefits, disability insurance, survivor benefits and burial expenses.  Two years ago they estimated that since 2000, those benefits totaled more than $2 billion, depriving LGBT older taxpayers of more than $120 million in Social Security benefits every year.  According to the calculating “Denied” clock on their website, as of 5:03pm Pacific time today, the total was $2,434,079 and counting.

Jean got the idea for the campaign after hearing about Alice Herman, a senior lesbian who not only lost her legally married wife Sylvia, but the other half of her duel-income – forcing her to leave her home and live in her car.  She explained the urgency:

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