Is HRC Running Web Ads to Add Trans People to the Gay-Only Laws of Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York and Delaware?

In your heart – and mind – you know what the answer is.

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Memo to Lisa Williams: Harvey Milk Did Not Die for Bank of America’s Sins

At the outset, I want to say that those who have trepidations about jumping on the Bradley Manning bandwagon shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.  It is not completely clear yet what the full effects of his document-dumping will be.  While it is without debate that he exposed some wrongdoing that needed to be exposed, what he divulged  may – emphasis on that word may – have serious unintended, and possibly even unjustified, ramifications.

That having been said, I really wish that everyone would think about whether anything that he’s done could possibly. even extrapolated out as riduculously as might be possible, cause as much damage to as many people (in the uniformed services or otherwise) as what we know – emphasis on that word as well – has been done to tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Americans of all sexual orientations and gender identities by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Clear Channel Media.

News reports yesterday indicated that Bradley Manning, widely known to be gay [KAT’S NOTE: also asserted by some to be trans, though this is something I offer no opinion on here], had been selected to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco gay pride parade, named by the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. When the predictable backlash instantly ensued, the president of the Board of SF Pride, Lisa L Williams, quickly capitulated, issuing a cowardly, imperious statement that has to be read to be believed.

Williams proclaimed that “Manning will not be a grand marshal in this year’s San Francisco Pride celebration” and termed his selection “a mistake”. She blamed it all on a “staff person” who prematurely made the announcement based on a preliminary vote, and she assures us all that the culprit “has been disciplined”: disciplined. She then accuses Manning of “actions which placed in harms way [sic] the lives of our men and women in uniform”

Now, here’s the money shot:

Williams decreed to all organization members that “even the hint of support” for Manning’s actions – even the hint – “will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride”. Will not be tolerated.

Jawohl!

Not.

Again, in spite of what Greenwald has to say below, I can see room to debate whether or not this particular honor should have been bestowed on Manning.

[T]he authoritarian, state-and-military-revering mentality pervading Williams’ statement is striking. It isn’t just the imperious decree that “even a hint of support” for Manning “will not be tolerated”, though that is certainly creepy. Nor is it the weird announcement that the wrongdoer “has been disciplined”. Even worse is the mindless embrace of the baseless claims of US military officials (that Manning “placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform”) along with the supremely authoritarian view that any actions barred by the state are, ipso facto, ignoble and wrong. Conduct can be illegal and yet still be noble and commendable: see, for instance, Daniel Ellsberg, or most of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the US. Indeed, acts of civil disobedience and conscience by people who risk their own interests to battle injustices are often the most commendable acts. Equating illegal behavior with ignominious behavior is the defining mentality of an authoritarian – and is particularly notable coming from what was once viewed as a bastion of liberal dissent.

But the more one learns about the parties involved here, the less surprising it becomes. According to her biography, Williams “organized satellite offices for the Obama campaign” and also works for various Democratic politicians. It was President Obama, of course, who so notoriously decreed Bradley Manning guilty in public before his trial by military officers serving under Obama even began, and whose administration was found by the UN’s top torture investigator to have abused him and is now so harshly prosecuting him. It’s anything but surprising that a person who was a loyal Obama campaign aide finds Bradley Manning anathema while adoring big corporations and banks (which funded the Obama campaign and who, in the case of telecoms, Obama voted to immunize).

What we see here is how even many of the most liberal precincts in America are now the leading spokespeople for and loyalists to state power as a result of their loyalty to President Obama. Thus do we have the President of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade sounding exactly like the Chairman of the Joints Chief, or Sarah Palin, or gay war-loving neocons, in depicting any meaningful opposition to the National Security State as the supreme sin.

Its the authoritarianism within LGB( ) circles that has me most disturbed here.

Williams’ bio says nothing about having been assimilated by the HRC Borg, but based on her Napoleonic attitude, I suspect that if, anyhwhere in the world, there is even a single vibrator shaped like Elizabeth Birch, I now know who owns it.

According to that bio of hers:

Since 2006, Lisa has served on the San Francisco Pride Board and currently serves as Board President. As President, she has recruited diverse community leaders to implement new ideas and programs that enhance the success of San Francisco Pride.

Well, in addition to Williams, there are 8 other people on that page and if any of them are trans-anything its not evident from the page.  There is, on the other hand, one person whose bio indicates that in his “free time” he enjoys “political engagement, macro-economic monetary policy, music venues and swimming.”

Seriously?

Bank of America…

Wells Fargo…

Clear Channel Media….

All ‘yes’.

Makes sense now – in a Mr. Creosote sort of way.

One More Reason to Hate Corporate ‘Education’ Con Artist Michelle Rhee

The Death of Human Intelligence

Even I didn’t want to believe that the ‘dinosaur quiz’ that’s been making the rounds on Facebook and elsewhere was real.

Accoring to Snopes?

PROBABLY TRUE

Being assimilated by the Borg (or maybe the Cybermen) is beginning to look like a better option every day.

[A] reader wrote to us and reported that the quiz displayed above belonged to his 10-year-old daughter, saying:

I didn’t know that this was being taught to her until we heard a radio
commercial together about the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit was coming to the TD Convention Center [in Greenville, South Carolina].

Okay, I know that a lot of places get branded as the ‘asshole [and/or armpit] of America.’  I grew up in Houston, so all of the jokes I heard along those lines were aimed at Pasadena.

I hereby declare South Carolina to be the ‘oxygen starved brain of America.’

The Commercial starts out, “After 65 million years, the dinosaurs have returned …” She commented immediately that it was only four thousand years ago. When I corrected her, she snapped back, “Were you there?” I have since taught my daughter differently, but I am sure she is confused now and plan to make sure she understands that teachers are people too and can be factually wrong.

The test showed up [at] home a day later to my disgust.

It’s a great school for Reading, Writing and Math. She is ahead of most of her peers and also is taking Latin there. But I now know to be vigilant for the rest of the year about her science teachings.

She will not be attending the school next year …

He indicated that he wouldn’t disclose the name of the school until the end of the
school year in June, but he did forward us an image of the second page of the quiz:

Actually, breathing exercises administered by Darth Vader are looking pretty good right about now too.

Apparently Some People Aren’t Thrilled With My Analysis as to HRC’s Actual Intentions Re: ENDA

You know….

There will never be an ENDA so long as HRC continues to exist and is allowed to portray itself to the populace as speaking for anyone other than its tiny cabal of rich primary funders who never needed ENDA and, if forced to tell the truth to those who HRC claims to speak for, would be revealed as never wanting it, owing to having far more in common with the über-capitalist business interests who oppose all anti-discrimination laws as much as the christianist right opposes LGBT ones than they (think that they) have with LGBT people at large.

You’d think that there was no history whatsoever of gay individuals profiting from working against the best interests of not just trans people but all LGBT people.

Given this reality, why exactly is the idea that HRC is not simply actively working against the best interests of trans people but also actively working against the best interests of all LGBs who are not part of its tiny, core, not-in-need-of-ENDA funding base sooooooo unbelievable?

SCOTUS Makes a Sane Ruling on Something Government Has No Authority to Regulate in the First Place

From the NY Times:

“The social sharing of a small amount of marijuana” by immigrants lawfully in the United States does not require their automatic deportation, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

“Sharing a small amount of marijuana for no remuneration, let alone possession with intent to do so, does not fit easily into the everyday understanding of trafficking, which ordinarily means some sort of commercial dealing,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for a seven-justice majority, partly quoting from an earlier case.

The case arose from a traffic stop in Georgia in 2007 during which Adrian Moncrieffe, a Jamaican citizen, was found with 1.3 grams of marijuana — “the equivalent,” Justice Sotomayor wrote, “of about two or three marijuana cigarettes.”

But if the majority was seven, that means there had to be a few pro-drug-war, big-government defenders.

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas said the majority’s approach “has the effect of treating a substantial number of state felonies as federal misdemeanors, even when they would result in federal felony convictions.” The only theme that unites the court’s decisions in this area, Justice Thomas added, “appears to be that the government consistently loses.”

True intellectual discourse demands only one possible response to this: What an asshole!

Uncle Thomas still puts the ‘con’ in conservative.

Any chance that a ‘conservative’ might refer to the actual text of the Constitution and see that nothing therein gives the government the authority to criminalize pot use?

Probably the same as Uncle Thomas’s (second) wife not benefiting financially from industries that themselves benefit from the criminalization of pot.

The other dissent?  Samuel A-LIE-To.  He said “the majority’s approach was ‘analytically confused.'”

Remember…

He was appointed by the coke-snorting, draft-dodging rich boy who still thinks that Iraq was a legitimate war – and whose ‘presidential’ lbrary was dedicated the same day as the issuance of that dissent.

Too…..

Much…..

Irony……………………………………………………

More Voices Questioning Gay Marriage, Inc.

Michelangelo Signorile at HuffPo:

Jimmy is a 47-year-old man who lives in a rural area of a conservative state that has no legal protections for LGBT people, including employment protections. He wrote me recently to tell me about the nightmare he experiences in his workplace, harassed by co-workers and fearing that he may be fired by his company at any moment simply because he is gay:

I work at a business driving a bus. I have not come out and I’m not sure I want to. I used to get along with my co-workers but there are some who have made it clear they don’t like me in the least. They started to ignore me and there are rumors  going around that I’m gay. Since this rumor, some of the drivers have totally ignored me or just shut up when I’m around. Two drivers went out of their way to tell customers and try to get me fired. They have asked customers to make false complaints against me, saying I hit on them and even had sex on my bus. I have not done anything of the sort… What can I do?… Please help me.

Some people would say that Jimmy needs to get the hell out of that place, but for many LGBT people in rural America in the years following the worst recession in decades, and with the economy still faltering, that’s surely not easy. And why should they move, some of them will ask you, and let the bigots win?

For people like Jimmy, the idea of marriage equality is amazing, and it’s pretty wonderful that the president supports it. But right now that’s not what’s going to help them pay the rent and continue to put food on the table, or protect them from being harassed and tormented at work, or simply allow them to just be who they are without fear of losing their jobs.

Me – yet again:

A two-part question for everyone who believed in John Aravosis’s ‘trans people are holding ENDA hostage’ canard: Are there more Jimmys in America today than there are LGB( )s who already have everything they want re: anti-discrimination law and are pushing marriage above all else? If you even think there’s a possibility that there are more of the former than the latter, then why can’t it be said that rank-and-file LGBTs are being held hostage by the Gay Marriage, Inc. agenda?

Oh…

That’s right.

Behind the facade, behind the rhetoric, behind the plastic trinkets, behind the plastic promises, behind the plastic smiles, behind the very real Gay, Inc. permanent employment that no trans person is ever considered for…

those who actually control HRC have as little use for ENDA – any version of it – as the christianists and the corporatists do.

They are interested in protecting their money – not in doing anything to help the Jimmys of America (to continue) to earn any of their own.