Is Cosmopolitan UK Going to Remove This Example of Group Libel Now That The Source Admits It Is False?

UK ‘journalism‘…

Murderer Ian Huntley wants to change gender so he can live in a women’s prison

…certainly seems to be TERF-infected.

The now-proven-false story of that particular male inmate allegedly desiring to transition was not merely false, not merely inflammatory against that particular inmate but instead an act of group libel against all trans people everywhere – created, perpetrated and propagated with the sole intent of driving negative publicity against all trans people everywhere, but particularly against trans women.

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A Trans Rights Activist’s Trans Rights Activist

Word has come that Texas trans activist Sarah DePalma is not doing very well.

While rummaging through photos looking for a good one of her, I happened across this one – which I’d forgotten about.  Even more than any of the ones which will be out there of her marching in parades, I think this one is as good of a representation of Sarah the serious-as-a-heart-attack activist as you’ll find.

What I know for sure about the photo is as follows:

(1) I took it.

(2) I used B&W film.

(3) It was taken in January 1999 – during 1999 Texas Trans Lobby Day (which, though not pre-planned, ended up coinciding with the date of George W. Bush’s State of the State address – and if I’ve got the date of that correct, it would be January 27.)

(4) The location was the Capitol office of State Rep. Debra Danburg, an ally of the trans community if there ever was one.

Sarah DePalma 1999

What I don’t remember is who is in the photo along with Sarah.

So, while Sarah is the person you should be keeping in your thoughts at the moment, if you happen to recognize either or both of the other people in the photo, don’t hesitate to pass the info along in a comment.

“TERF” is No More of a Slur to TERFs than “NATO” is to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The words the letters T, E, R and F represent are a substantive description of what TERFs are and want.

Buying the false claim that “TERF” is a slur is tantamount to siding with TERFs and their bigotry.

But, if you claim that the application of “TERF” to you is a slur, then you must disavow at least one component of the term as applied to you – you know, somewhat akin to crushing at least one element of a cause of action in order to get a case tossed on summary judgment.

So, lets get to the analysis…

Are you seriously claiming that “Trans-Excluding” – the “T” and the “E” – do not apply to you?

Well, because you defamatorily assert that trans women are men you want to exclude trans women from certain spaces, right? If so, how precisely do you credibly deny that “Trans-Excluding” applies to you?

We’re halfway there.

Want to quit while you’re behind?

Are you claiming that “Radical Feminist” (and or RadFem) does not apply to you?

This is a bit trickier – though only a bit.

GOP women certainly won’t claim it (except selectively – namely to get on TV to bash women’s equality; I’m looking at YOU Kellyanne Conjob!). But as for the reminder of the TERFs…

Don’t all of you wear “RadFem” like a crown?

So…

That’s a “T,” an “E,” an “R,” and an “F.”

TERF!

So, TERFs, you’ve lost your case, conclusively.

So much so that an assertion by a TERF (which, as we’ve just proven, is not a slur) that “TERF” is a slur should be regarded as legally defamatory to the person accurately applying “TERF” (which, again, as we’ve just proven, is not a slur) to the TERF (which, to repeat, is not a slur.)

The Obstruction of (Mrs.) Justice

Currently, two men occupy seats on the U.S. Supreme Court who, under no circumstances, should ever be referred to as “Justice.” Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh acquired their seats through multiple, interwoven forms of illegality. Nothing they say or write should ever be respected as having come from the Supreme Court.

Which brings us to Clarence Thomas.

He committed perjury to gain his seat, but most people view the process in which that perjury occurred to have been at least somewhat legitimate. G.H.W. Bush technically won a presidential election – Lee Atwater and Willie Horton notwithstanding – and Thomas actually did receive a majority vote in the Senate.

Which brings us to his wife.

President Trump met last week with a delegation of hard-right activists led by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, listening quietly as members of the group denounced transgender people and women serving in the military before accusing White House aides of blocking Trump supporters from getting jobs in the administration, according to three people with direct knowledge of the events.

It is unusual for the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice to have such a meeting with the president, and some close to Mr. Trump said it was inappropriate for Ms. Thomas to have asked for a meeting with the head of a different branch of government.

Ms. Thomas, whose group, Groundswell, meets weekly, joined others in prayer at the start of the meeting, and some members of the group prayed at different points as the meeting continued. At one point, Mr. Trump pulled in his daughter Ivanka, a West Wing adviser, saying she would be beloved if she were serving a liberal president, instead of getting negative news coverage.

One woman in the group argued that women should not serve in the military because they do not have the physical capacity that men do, according to the people familiar with the events.

This isn’t the first time her unabashed hatred for people who do not believe exactly as she does has become disturbingly evident.

Or the second…

Or the third…

No anti-trans ruling that emerges from a Supreme Court that contains Clarence Thomas as a deciding fifth vote should be respected as a valid holding by a Supreme Court majority.

Congratulations, Wisconsin!

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Yes, there have been GENDA bill in New York before.

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But this one became law.

So…

Congratulations, Wisconsin! You’re now the only remaining state whose state civil rights laws give non-trans gay men, lesbians and bisexuals the special right to discriminate against trans people.

I guess it makes sense.

After all, you were the first to do it – back in 1982.

Do you feel as special as Roger Stone does after getting a Nixon tattoo?

Fifteen Years Later: Remembering a Unique, But Forgotten, Country Star

I have a distinct, yet somewhat amorphous, definition of “country music.”

Essentially, my view is that the vast majority of what has been marketed as “country music” after about 1981 or so is really not country music.

instead, it is just corporate product cranked out by people wearing big hats and exhibiting extremely small talent. Yes, there are notable exceptions.

Dwight Yoakum is cool.  But while I appreciate the concept of Garth Brooks, I do find much of his music lacking (and even “The Dance,” which I think is his best song, I view less as country and something that stands alone in its own right.)

I could list a few other names – but I don’t want to wast space here because this is about someone whose heyday ended just as the big-hat corporate schlock era began. He did record some later into the 80s and into the 90s, but he will forever live in the 1970s.

His name was Gary Stewart. I bring him up not just because I occasionally bore people with music I like but because of the concern engendered Saturday night by the disturbing post from

Sunday was the fifteenth anniversary of Gary Stewart taking his own life.

I won’t go into the details of his life and death. For that, try the link to his wikipedia page. I’m here at the moment to point to some great, forgotten music from someone who, in retrospect, just always seemed to me as though he was born at the wrong time.

The 1970s had its own share of corporate schlock country – and the Outlaw Movement (most closely identified with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson) was a response to it. Just listening to Stewart’s music, you’d think that somehow he would be more historically associated with it.

Yet he isn’t. I’ve long thought of him as having the misfortune to have been too young to be Jerry Lee Lewis and too old to be Garth Brooks.

He did have some hits, yet didn’t fit in.  Still, for me, listening to country radio in the 1970s (which was all I was allowed to listen to) he *really* stood out.

Now, there’s no way around one thing: The lyrics to “Flat Natural Born Good-Timin’ Man” are misogynistic. If you can get by that, though, pay attention to the guitar. Nothing else sounded like this on 1970s country radio.

And now, a few more of my favorites of his:

Though there is less electric distortion and more pedal steel on “Back Slider’s Wine,”  there’s still a heavy helping of his distinctive voice.

The first time I ever saw him perform on TV (I forget which show; he did appear once on Austin City Limits, but it was in the early 80s, after he had gone into decline) he was playing his other instrument: the piano. Long before “Stonewall” meant anything to me other than the small town in the Texas Hill Country near the LBJ ranch, there was “Stone Wall (All Around Your Heart)”

And so, seeing the hubbub about Pete Davidson Saturdday and then remembering that Gary Stewart took his own life in December get me to tweeting last night.  This post is a revised form of that Tweet thread.

Thanks for indulging me.

I’ll just close with this thought: If Stevie Nicks warrants being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her solo work then Gary Stewart deserves to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Has a TERF Infection

From PghLesbian:

The phrase ‘a new low’ seems inadequate to describe the mean-spirited, churlish, vicious, nasty, hateful bitterness of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board. But writing out that serious of descriptive words repeatedly is equally insufficient to capture the true evil this Board has embraced.

This week, they published this scathing indictment of Twitter’s new speech policies with their own frightening anti-trans rhetoric and dog whistling. Coming just weeks after the Federal Government has begun to dismantle federal recognition of the humanity and rights of transgender Americans, this is disturbing on multiple levels.