What Say You, Caitlyn?


Jan. 20th Has Come and Gone – As Has Any Chance of Seeing a Federal LGBT Anti-Discrimination Statute During My Working Lifetime

And so I did my part yesterday.

I refrained from even posting here about the ascension of the Russia-backed, white nationalist junta.

I did tweet, though – and at one point I realized just how under-siege our Constitutional form of government is: In rapid-fire succession, I re-tweeted a half-dozen tweets from Bill Kristol.

And the re-tweeting was because I was in agreement with him.


And then there was George Will:

Twenty minutes into his [          ], Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.

“A dependence on the people,” James Madison wrote, “is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” He meant the checks and balances of our constitutional architecture. They are necessary because, as Madison anticipated and as the nation was reminded on Friday, “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.”

Once again, full agreement – almost.

I omitted one word.

It is not a presidency.  It is a Russia-backed, white nationalist junta.


The previous eight years were a presidency – at least officially.  But we all know that, in large part, Barack Obama’s two-term presidency ended as Bill Clinton’s did – after only two years.

And therein lies the reason that the only honest assessment of the Obama Administration that one can offer is that it was a failure.

Mind you, I’m not talking about Barack Obama the person.  Had he been eligible to run for a third term, I’d happily have voted for him.

But he wasn’t.

Term limits – via the 22nd Amendment (rammed through Congress in 1947 while under the control of Republicans who, then as now, talk the talk about ‘the people’ deciding for themselves how government should operate, but are always eager to rig the game to stop the majority from electing their candidates of choice) – prevented that.

And, of course, con artistry is what ended the Obama Administration in practical terms on Jan. 3, 2011.  For Clinton it was the Contract on America.  For Obama it was the astroturfism of the Tea Party.

Obama, though, was luckier than Clinton in one respect: the Democrats did maintain control of the Senate for four more years, only losing control in 2015.  So, Obama did get to fill a few more federal judgeships than Clinton was allowed to fill.  But, thanks to that, the Supreme Court seat that, very clearly, a majority of Americans wanted a Democratic president to fill, remains empty.


As I’ve noted here more than a few times of late, the wants of the few outweighed the needs of the many.

Cue St. Barney:

“We had three items and there was only room for two.”

Those LGBs with the specific want of a military career got what they wanted (and later, those Ts with the same want would get the same – or so they think.)  And those who want us to believe that hate crime laws actually prevent hate crimes got what they wanted.

That was just in Congress during 2009-10.  We all know that those who want it to be true that ‘once we have marriage equality, nothing else will matter’ later got what they think will cause nothing else to matter.

But, of course, they’re about to find out otherwise.

Those who are able to milk the media for quote space in which they bloviate about trans people having “robust bias protections” got….

well, a lot of undeserved space in the media in which to bloviate about the entire universe of ‘sex discrimination’-based judicial and administrative protections which all emanate from a very thin Supreme Court decision from almost 30 years ago is something more than smoke and mirrors.

But, of course, we are about to find out otherwise.

Most of the bloviators, after all, weren’t the ones shopping for employment while the bloviators were bloviating – and most of them aren’t shopping for employment right now as a necessity to pay bills.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t make use of the smoke and mirrors before the fans blow the smoke away  and before the jackboots shatter the mirrors.  Some trans people have worked it in their favor.

But what lives by the administrative ruling can – and likely will – die by the administrative ruling.  And what lives by a passage (albeit an incredibly salient one) from a four-justice plurality opinion from 1989 can – and likely will – die by the five-justice majority that will exist when Thomas, Roberts and Alito get two christofascist playmates (one if the bloviators are as wrong about Kennedy as they are about most everything else.)

And Chelsea Manning’s commutation?

Explain to me how that is of practical value to anyone not named Chelsea Manning?

Yes, I agree, it is symbolic of a change between the Democratic presidential administration of the 1990s and the one that ended on Friday.  But I have to go back to the thing that didn’t change: each one was assaulted – successfully – by the right-wing hate machine.  Perhaps Bill Clinton had an excuse for not seeing his coming – or at least not believing it was possible.  Barack Obama did not.  He’s a smart guy.  He surrounded himself with smart people.  Perhaps one can make an argument that they could not have prevented what happened in 2010, but we’ve already seen – just today – the lengths to which the Russia-backed, white nationalist junta is willing to go to control the narrative.


To the same degree that the Russia-backed, white nationalist junta is willing to push lies, the Obama Administration had the power to push reality.  Sometimes it did, but too often it let itself get run over by lies.

So, I repeat: Barack Obama the man is top notch.  Ditto for Barack Obama the man as the president the individual – for the most part.  But the entity – the era – known as the Obama Administration really is a failure.

Now, I do hope that the protests of today are the start of something that will lead to Democrats re-taking Congress in 2018 – but this time under a Speaker of the House who doesn’t take impeachment off the table even before the votes are counted.

And yet, I remember the last time dubious presidential election signaled the end of a Democratic president’s second term.

Sixteen years ago we all were confident that we could contain the cancer of illegitimate executive branch control to four years.

We were wrong.



Sure.  Again – I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen today.

But also place your bets.

You might as well make a few bucks off of accurately predicting which American cities will be volunteered against their will to be the victim-props in the Russia-backed, white nationalist junta’s ever-so-convenient counterpart to 9/11 which – probably far quicker than Bush-Cheney so needed – it will need to fully distract an overwhelming majority of the populace and completely suppress dissent.

And, while you’re at it, place your bets as to which American cities will, once the Russia-backed, white nationalist junta manages to unite all of the world against America in global war, play the roles of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Place your bets.

You might as well make a buck.

Because if anything – well, anything in addition to roaches – survives the coming holocaust, it will be the obscenity of profit-above-all-else.

So, yes, long after the mushroom clouds dissipate, Chad Griffin will still be pulling down a half-mil per year.

As an American, that makes me feel great again already.

#sarcasm (in part)

I Hereby Declare the Death of ‘Incremental Progress’

Gov. Pat McCrory concedes defeat to Roy Cooper….

And so, now it can be officially stated: The same North Carolina electorate which said yes to racist, misogynist, treasonmeister Donald Trump, said said no to HB2-mongering transphobe Pat McCrory.

And those who can’t acknowledge what that juxtaposition actually means must be officially and forever shunned.

The only real positive to emerge from the election of November 8, 2016 came not in spite of trans rights being included alongside LGB right but because of it.  Had the city of Charlotte buckled under to Pat McCrory and either not included trans rights along with LGB rights – or not enacted any civil rights ordinance at all – HB2 would not have happened and neither would the backlash to it, meaning that the slimy, Art Pope-owned Pat McCrory would have ridden Pepe the Frog to a second term as North Carolina’s governor where, even if there were no bits of anti-LGBT legislation for him to sign, he would have been able to continue to allow the destruction of the state’s water supply.

But the city of Charlotte didn’t listen to the Shannon Gilreaths of the world.

The city of Charlotte did what was right.

The city of Charlotte enacted a legitimately robust civil rights ordinance.

And, in response, La Cosa Nostra Carolina ramrodded through HB2 – which #OneTermPat (the prophecy of the hashtag now proven, of course) signed in hopes of being able to use as a bloody shirt for his re-election campaign.

At this point, one has to wonder if McCrory’s counterpart to Kellyanne Conway was a TERF who believes her own tweets.

We all now know that the reaction to HB2 demonstrated that the pro-trans sentiment embodied by United ENDA in 2007 was not a fluke.  Not only did McCrory’s HB2 turn North Carolina into a laughing stock, it more concretely cost the state major sporting events, corporate investments and jobs.

And now it cost McCrory his job (well, his current one; I’m sure a new one awaits in the Trump Administration) in an election cycle in which Democrats, overall, seemed more eager to perpetuate the legacy of Michael Dukakis than that of Barack Obama.

The next Gay, Inc.-ers or apologists for Gay, Inc. who assert even imply that trans rights are the problem must be immediately fired from any and all paid positions of employment that said Gay, Inc.-ers or apologists for Gay, Inc. currently have.  They must also be forever banned from all media forums.

The gay willingness to cave on trans rights has never been the solution.

It and the purveyors of ‘incremental progress’ have always been the problem.

#OneTermPat is the proof.


End of story.

All of the Analysis of White Supremacist, Christianist Hypocrisy that is Really Necessary



I Have Seen the Future…



The Five Horses Asses of the Apocalypse



When the History of What Was the United States of America is written, the Final Chapter Will Read:

While they slept – either comatose from the L-Tryptofan of Iraq War (profiteering) engorgement and the oxycontin of trickle-down christianist sham economics that harmed the very disenfranchised white supremacists it had been sold to as a cure for all ills, or latently anencephalous via ‘reality’ television tales of fake lives grounded in substanceless nonachievement – the bear that Ronald Reagan had warned them about entered their homes and devoured them all. But it was not a communist bear; instead, aided by the most diseased monster that multiple American immoralities could cobble together into one clown, it was a bear amped up on the very capitalistic economic steroid that Reagan died believing saved the world by selling…

to a Russian bear.

LBJ’s “Daisy Girl” Is Alive And Well…

…and she wants everyone to stay that way.

I Dare Call This Treason

“As a matter of constitutional law, the Senate is fully within its powers to let the Supreme Court die out, literally,” wrote the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro in a column Wednesday on The Federalist.

Any questions?

In the Immortal Words of Brigadier General Taylor…


THAT’S funny!