Nancy Pelosi Has Got to Go

Period.

The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

Rank-and-file Democrats are complaining loudly that the party’s message operation failed during the election cycle. Members of the [Congressional Black Caucus] are angry over the defeat of Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford. And nasty fights over ranking member spots have broken out all over the place — including another tug of war between Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer over the top Democratic post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

A routine internal debate over proxy voting for the ranking member posts — it hasn’t been allowed in decades — turned into national news because Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled war veteran expecting her first child soon, won’t be allowed to cast her vote since she can’t travel back to Capitol Hill.

Sticking with a barely-animated leader who is now (rightly) more associated with incompetence and multiple losing election cycles than she will ever be associated with via history for the 2006 takeover (which, lets face it, was more the work of Howard Dean than of corporate Dems such as Pelosi) is the kind of crap that culturally and politically neutralizes the obscenity of House Republicans having a set of committee chairs that is again 100% male but now even whiter going into 2015 than 2013. (How? Unprosecuted criminal Darrell Issa, who is of Lebanese descent, is no longer going to be a committee chair.)  Stated differently: It gives Republican talking heads some ammunition to be somewhat truthful when they go into their ‘both sides do it’ yammering, because defying 21st century reality and logic by sticking with a decrepit, incompetent leader isn’t really anything to be proud of even if the decrepit, incompetent leader happens to be a woman.  (And lets face it, Republicans have long been cultivating a crop of young, self-loathing christianist barbie candidates to appeal to angry white males who vote with their hormones.)

Here’s a thought, stick with a woman leader, but do so by stealing the ‘defense’ meme from Republicans who are going to con as many people as they can with what Joni Ernst is claiming that her life story is.

In short…

Tammy Duckworth for Minority Leader.

The time is now.

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The Latest Bil Pill

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Here are some facts: Not that this alters my animosity toward the pushers of Marriage Derangement Syndrome, but Charles Manson does have more marriage equality than those who live under DOMA laws – just as New York, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Massachusetts LGBs have more basic civil rights than I do as a trans woman.  And Charles Manson is 80, an age that plenty of LGBs and Ts of his generation (and others, of course) were violently prevented from even sniffing.  (And do you want me to mention AIDS?)

The fact that he’s in prison for violently preventing Sharon Tate and several other people from sniffing any birthday that they might have encountered after the summer of 1969 doesn’t change any of that.

But when someone uses the phrase “Oppression Olympics,” you can be sure that one or more of several things is afoot: (1) The person is a minority of some sort running for office as a Republican, (2) the person is gay and is gearing up to fling rationalizations for excluding trans people from ENDA or some other civil rights proposal, (3) the person is trans and is defending Gay, Inc.’s anti-trans-woman hiring practices, or (4) the person is desperate for website traffic.

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You be the judge.

I Wonder if the Trans Tokens O’ HRC Who Sat on the Sidelines During the Last Decade of Last Century and the First Decade of This One Even Know Who Leslie Feinberg Was?

I can’t say that I agreed with everything Feinberg wrote, but no worthwhile collection of 1990s trans scholarship can be without Transgender Warriors.

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And at Feinberg’s death, no website of any worthwhile LGB(T) organization should lack at least a mention of said death.

I guess hawking prayer towels water bottles to LGBTs who need employment discrimination protections more than marriage and telling trans women who were blacklisted for not sitting on the sidelines to not sit on the sidelines takes so much Wall Street money and soul-selling that, well…, priorities, yadda yadda yadda….

UPDATE

Yes, HRC added something – but that screensnap is still that screensnap.

Only if You Put On the Uniform You Conned Your Way Out of Having to Put on Fifty Years Ago, Mitt

Again, the rich snots who avoid ever having to wear the uniform and put themselves in harm’s way are getting all hot and bothered over the prospect of sending more poor kids off to die:

Mitt Romney Says U.S. Shouldn’t Rule Out Sending Troops Into Iraq Or Syria

Memo to Phishers

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Its called spellcheck.

Look into it.

“if you cant kill trans, you can overshadow it so trans will just go away”

That’s a comment from around the time of Trans Day of Remembrance last year.

This year:

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…because all trans organizations are so flush with money (yes, there’s that fake trans organization that HRC owns and that, like all Gay, Inc. entities, hires lesser-qualified non-trans people over better-qualified trans people, but lets ignore it for the moment – and preferably forever) that the memory of trans people (and some non-trans people who were presumed to be) who died via violence can be used to fund an issue that, however worthy it may be of funding, is not connected to the issue of violence against trans people.

I suggest writing this organization a check for zero dollars and zero cents and – tastefully, non-harassingly, without any threat or implication of violence and, most importantly in light of the disrespect inherent in this expressing your feelings about this latest erasive appropriation, respectfully – expressing your feelings about it in the memo line.

It Depends on What Your Definition of “Strong” Is

From the Washington Beyer, er…, Blade:

A Republican original co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has come out in support of passing the measure as an amendment to major defense legislation.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), one of eight House Republican co-sponsors of ENDA, said in a statement Tuesday to the Washington Blade that she’d like the bill to move forward — either as a stand-alone bill or an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

“As a strong supporter of ENDA, I know that every day this law is not in place, LGBT individuals face the risk of being fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and of having no recourse against it,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Really?

You know that every day this law is not in place, LGBT individuals face the risk of being fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and of having no recourse against it, eh?  Yet back in May…

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an original co-sponsor of ENDA in the U.S. House, said through a spokesperson that she would not sign a discharge petition to force House leadership to move the bill to the floor.

Yeh, that’s “strong” support alright – if, by strong, one means the odor of her statement.

“Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will not be signing a discharge petition as it is a partisan political tool,” said Keith Fernandez, a Ros-Lehtinen spokesperson.

Well, I just looked up the definition of “partisan political tool,” and the illustration for it looks a lot like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Interestingly, its the same illustration accompanying “two-faced.”

Harvey Dent could take lessons from Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.