Ding, Dong… Felon, Religous Con-Artist, Bigot and Professional Leech, Chuck Colson is Dead.

Now if only scumbags like Robertson, Dolan and Donahue would shuffle off this mortal coil.

Oh well the world is a tiny bit better now that the poisonous lying sack of shit Colson is no longer sucking down oxygen.

May he soon be forgotten and the damage he did undone.

May his only claim to infamy be his status as a felon who helped destroy America.

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Time to Get Past Trans-Identity Politics

I came on line over fifteen years ago.  Bill Clinton was  President.

Before that I read Tapestry, Gender Trash, TransSisters and Transsexual News Telegraph.  That takes me back to when Reagan was President.

Years before that I co-ran the National Transsexual Counseling Unit and Nixon was President.

I’ve seen some progress over those years, some false steps and a whole lot of people who have deserved more and better than what they got.

Once upon a time I was part of movements that had a grander and more universal vision than the self-centered, can’t think beyond their own little “community” groups of today.

For more than fifteen years I have listened to the endless wars of words between transsexuals and transgender people.

I’ve been called names because I expect to have the freedom to define, describe and own my own life and my own experiences using my own politically incorrect language.  I have been told I shouldn’t use the rich vocabulary transsexuals and even queens used in the 1960s, a time when we could have been arrested in many parts of the country for going out in public as ourselves.

When I hear people say, “Well the doctors say/said…..”  My head wants to explode.  Is there any reason why I should care what a doctor, an academic or pshrink has to say about a life I have lived?

I mean it has been my life, not theirs.  I am not their project.  I bought a fucking service from them, an operation that let me have a cunt between my legs rather than parts I hated even touching to wash or retuck after peeing.

So today some Doctor is on Huffington Post saying how we should all use Gender Conformation Surgery.  Fuck that shit I had a sex change operation, if I’m trying to impress academics I had sex reassignment surgery.  I think the whole gender thing is just a scam to oppress women.  Besides among TS/TG folks everyone has always said, “Gender is between your ears and sex is between your legs.”  The operation I had was between my legs.

Then a friend wants me to write something about her protesting outside the GLAAD Awards.  WTF?  Didn’t GLAAD just stand up for Jenna Talackova?  Why in the world do I want to protest an organization that is on our side when we have assholes like Ted Nugent and the Tea Baggers calling  the President a “n—-r” and threatening his life.

Don’t you think there might just be a few bigger issues than protesting GLAAD? Can’t you see there are more productive things to get worked up about?

I’ve had it with pure identity groups, self centered to the point that they fail to see how the world is burning down around them.

You aren’t just getting fucked over because you are transsexual or transgender.  That is just an additional burden.  You are also fucked if you are old, over weight, a member of a minority group, an undocumented, a student with loans, a home owner scammed by the banks.  If your house is near where they decide to frack, clear cut or open pit mine.  If you are unemployed.

If you are different in any way, if you aren’t part of the one percent like Mitt and Ann then you should be working together for things that affect all of us because unless we tackle all these things the piecemeal remedies even if they rectify one pressing issue are still going to leave everyone just as fucked.

I’m old enough to have seen the utter failure of word games and identity politics, how all these petty political games gave us first Nixon and then  Reagan and how things just get worse.

Am I pleased with Obama’s being able to fight the right wing agenda?  No…  But I am deeply afraid of what happens if we don’t trounce the Reich Wing Republicans this fall and win overwhelmingly.

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Trans Leader Urges Restraint in Executive Order Response

From Gay City News:  http://www.gaycitynews.com/articles/2012/04/19/gay_city_news/news/doc4f9055c418a44898641060.txt

BY PAUL SCHINDLER
Thursday, April 19, 2012

When news broke last week that White House staffers told a gathering of LGBT advocates President Barack Obama was not moving forward with an executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity and expression discrimination by federal government contractors, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, was forceful in her public comment.

“President Obama right now has the power to stop trans employees of federal contractors from getting fired on the job,” she said. Then, after acknowledging the importance of moving the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) through Congress and her view that “the White House is going to take a more active role in addressing anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace,” she added, “But trans people and their loved ones can’t wait.”

Still, a week after senior administration officials, led by Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s assistant for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, conveyed the president’s view to a meeting that included representatives from the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Freedom to Work, and the Center for American Progress (CAP), Keisling voiced concern that the public furor that has blown up is obscuring the prospects for long term success on the executive order effort.

“This is just a dodge,” she said of the administration’s posture less than seven months before Election Day. “It is probably going to happen on the time frame we all thought it was going to happen on, instead of this made-up time frame.”

Keisling explained she and some of her fellow advocates working on the issue never believed an executive order would come before the election, and she pushed back against a narrative that has emerged in recent months that the president might act as early as June.

“CAP and the Williams Institute did their work really well to set this up, and it’s still set up,” she said, referring to the UCLA think tank on LGBT policy issues. “Suddenly, people said it had to happen right now. The answer from the White House was not ‘no,’ it was ‘not now.’”

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Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

From In These Times:  http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/13070/in_the_war_of_words_over_working_moms_can_we_redefine_gender_justice/

By Michelle Chen
Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

It’s almost poetic that this year’s Equal Pay Day—the one day of the year when Americans are supposed to reflect on the value (and undervaluing) of women’s work—coincides with the media firestorm surrounding the American stay-at-home-mom. The “controversy” over Ann Romney’s decision to stay home rather than work a “regular” job should highlight some of the continuing struggles of women to be valued and respected for their work, in and out of the home.

But the the partisan proxy war waged over the mommy question only underscores the country’s lacking vocabulary when it comes to discussing the totality of social and economic barriers facing women. Pay discrimination, domestic violence, attacks on reproductive rights, overlapping oppressions facing women of color—it’s misleading to try to lump all these issues together into a blanket term like “woman problem,” but there is one persistent theme: society’s fear of women controlling their own lives.

The distorted framing of the debate is captured in Mitt Romney’s contradictory comments about forcing mothers receiving public assistance into the labor force—in order to instill in them the “dignity of work.” This myopic binary between women of poverty and women of privilege reflects the evolution of the federal welfare state throughout the 20th century.

Poor women, who evidently lack dignity, must redeem themselves through work, while the apparently inborn dignity of their affluent counterparts allows them to embody feminine virtue by staying within the domestic sphere. And if they volunteer to climb the career ladder, they’re vaunted as supermoms.

Part of this mentality stems from a reactionary, often racialized construction of the “deserving” versus the “undeserving” poor. The argument is also steeped in the corrosive cultural assumption that poor women’s social value derives from their labor or reproductive capacity, not their humanity, intellect or relationships.

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Sonder Commando Allen West won’t name names on communist accusation

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Hannity Asks Romney About Obama Eating Dog as a Child

Why the fuck doesn’t Sean Hannity just wear his SS uniform or his KKK robes on camera.

What a fucking pathetic racist Nazi scum bag….

From Crooks and Liars:  http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/hannity-asks-romney-about-obama-eating-dog-c

By David
April 19, 2012

Fox News host Sean Hannity tried unsuccessfully on Thursday to get presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to weigh in on claims that President Barack Obama tried dog meat and other local foods while living in Indonesia as a young boy in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Earlier this week, conservative website The Daily Caller dug up a quote from Obama’s 1995 book “Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” to push back against criticism of Mitt and Ann Romney for forcing their dog Seamus to ride on top of the family’s station wagon.

“I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” Obama wrote.

“Tell us about your dog and what did you think of the revelation — it went viral today — in the president’s book, he admitted eating dog when he was growing up in Indonesia and grasshoppers,” Hannity asked Romney. “And I didn’t make that up.”

“I — Sean, I’m going to talk about jobs and the economy and getting America working again,” Romney replied. “I’m going to talk about the debt. I’m going to talk about the measures people care about.”

“All of these extraneous stories and attacks… nah,” he added.

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Free Your (Eco)Mind

From Yes Magazine:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/free-your-eco-mind

by Frances Moore Lappé
posted Apr 20, 2012

>Gradually it’s dawned on me: We humans are creatures of the mind. We perceive the world according to our core, often unacknowledged, assumptions. They determine, literally, what we can see and what we cannot. Nothing so wrong with that, perhaps—except that, in this crucial do-or-die moment, we’re stuck with a mental map that is life-destroying.And the premise of this map is lack—not enough of anything, from energy to food to parking spots; not enough goods and not enough goodness. In such a world, we come to believe, it’s compete or die. The popular British writer Philip Pullman says, “we evolved to suit a way of life which is acquisitive, territorial, and combative” and that “we have to overcome millions of years of evolution” to make the changes we need to avoid global catastrophe.

If I believed that, I’d feel utterly hopeless. How can we align with the needs of the natural world if we first have to change basic human nature?

Fortunately, we don’t have to. A new way of seeing that is opening up to us can form a more life-serving mental map. I call it “eco-mind”—looking at the world through the lens of ecology. This worldview recognizes that we, no less than any other organism, live in relation to everything else. As the visionary German physicist Hans-Peter Dürr puts it, “There are no parts, only participants.”

As part of this shift, breakthroughs in a range of disciplines are confirming what we already know about ourselves, if we stop and think about it: That humans are complex creatures and what we do—from raising children to caring for elders to sharing with our neighbors—exhibits at least as much natural tendency to cooperate as to compete.

The view that our species is basically brutal defies the evidence: “There is a very tiny handful of incidences of conflict and possible warfare before 10,000 years ago,” says archaeologist Jonathan Haas of the Field Museum in Chicago, “and those are very much the exception.” Our species has a vastly longer experience evolving in close-knit communities, knowing our lives depended on one another. The result is at least six inherent traits we can foster, once we learn to navigate the world with the map of eco-mind.

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