To Have Thought Otherwise About the True Meaning of the Dogwhistle You’d Have to Have Had Arkham Asylum Values, But Thanks for the Clarification Nevertheless

From the New Republic:

Ted Cruz confirms that “New York values” is code for “Jewish.”

[N]ow Cruz has clarified what New York means in his mind. Again, talking about Trump at recent New Hampshire event, Cruz said, “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Chutzpah is a Yiddish word, so a “New York term” means one inflected by a dialect associated with Jewish immigrants and their descendants. And that can also only mean that Jewish values—sorry, New York values—are inimical to the good conservatives of the American heartland.

Am I the Only One…

…finding it interesting how MSNBC went wall-to-wall for six months ‘making’ Donald Trump and now it is going wall-to-wall tearing him down (by being MSNBCruz) and ignoring what is possibly the only substantively accurate thing Trump has said since he announced his candidacy, namely that Sen. Rafael “Ted” Cruz (R-Calgary) committed fraud to steal Iowa?

Fictional Fiscal Conservatives

That’s the term from this Addicting Info piece that should be made to stick to, well, you know…

A Tennessee Republican has quit his job after he flipped out on a reporter who wanted to know why he was spending taxpayer money on lavish treats for himself.

[T]he reporter asked about a large picture frame that was bought with the county credit card:

“Can you explain the picture frame that was $614?”

This is when the Republican got really pissed off and responded by calling her a vulgar name:

“That’s it. That’s exactly the b*tch I thought you would be.”

Remember…

‘Smaller government’ always means: ‘bigger government controlled by conservatives that screws real people even more than they thought possible’

And…

‘Fiscal conservatism’ always means: ‘conservatives spending taxpayers’ money on themselves and their families while letting real people starve’

For Those Who Placed Bets that the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign Could Not Get Any Weirder…

YOU LOSE!

John Kasich Promises To Reunite Pink Floyd ‘Once And For All’ If He Becomes President

Syd Barrett and Richard Wright could not be reached for comment.

I would be interested to hear what Roger Waters might have to say if he is reached for comment.

Which Would Make it Mail Fraud, No?

From Yahoo News:

Ted Cruz’s campaign is under fire for a mailer it sent out in Iowa that is designed to look like an official government document.

The mailers tell the recipients they have a “voting violation” for failing to caucus in previous elections, and grades them on an A to F basis, Politico reports. The paper has the words “official public record at the top,” and also includes actual names of the recipients neighbors.

Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate slammed the campaign, saying the mailer “misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.”

That may work in Calgary, Rafael, but in Iowa….

You Mean As Opposed to Selling Out Your Own Kind for Your Own Personal Financial Benefit?

You know…

…the only real m.o. of Log Cabin Republicans, the apparent concocters of this fake (as the non-endorsement at the end of the ad demonstrates) ad for Bernie Sanders?

Oh…

And just to prove how devious the concocters of this fake ad is:

On LGBT rights, Hillary Clinton has led from behind.

Right…

Log Cabin giving a flip about T rights?

No, I don’t trust HRC’s HRC but I do know two things: (1) She’s not going to allow anyone or anything to get in her way this time; and (2) no matter what, I’ll trust HRC’s HRC more than I will ever trust Jews for Hitler for Mice for Cats Log Cabin.

Tim Campbell, RIP

The following appeared in 1976 in Vol. 6, Issue No. 23 of Lee Brewster’s Drag magazine:

Drag - 0623 - 01 Drag - 0623 - 02 Drag - 0623 - 03 Drag - 0623 - 04 Drag - 0623 - 05 Drag - 0623 - 06 Drag - 0623 - 07 Drag - 0623 - 08

There was no byline.

For many years I presumed it had been authored by Brewster and/or one of the other folks directly involved with Drag.

A little over two years ago I ran across the original source of the text that appeared in that issue of Drag.  Under a slightly different headline (“Equal Rights for Transexuals, Transvestites”) it was an article that appeared in the February 5, 1976 issue of the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s newspaper.

And it had a byline.

The author was Tim Campbell.

He died in December at the age of 76.

There are several obituaries for him out in internet-land, but I’ll link only to the one in Lavender magazine.

And I link to it because Campbell wrote that one himself – not because of any particular trans aspect to it. He had his own priorities as to what he wanted people to think about when he died; he had that right (he wasn’t the host of a national primetime news program purporting to provide an objective view of history.) Having been a cohort of Jack Baker and Mike McConnell back in Minnesota in the 1970s, he not surprisingly saw last year’s gay marriage victory as a really big deal (the Baker-McConnell marriage being something he blogged about quite a bit.)

But there is one other thing I hope folks will remember even if he did not want to focus on it. He wasn’t just one of the early pro-marriage folks. And he wasn’t just the publisher, throughout the 1980s, of the GLC Voice newspaper. He also played a key role in bringing forth the trans-inclusive language that he wrote of in that Drag / Minnesota Daily piece.

Allan Spear, who Campbell did not think very highly of, did eventually begin introducing trans-inclusive legislation in Minnesota and was the Senate author of the bill that in 1993 became the first statewide trans-inclusive civil rights law.  But that wouldn’t have happened without the agitation at the state legislature in 1975 – which led to much in the way of hard feelings between the inclusionists and the incrementalists but also led to the trans-inclusion language being added to the then-gay-only Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance.

The fortieth anniversary of that occurred four days after Campbell’s death on Dec. 26.

That’s worth remembering.

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