Addicted to False Equivalency

By now most folks have heard about the Onion’s sub-misogynistic tweet about 9 year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis last night.  Unlike so many – mostly on the right (though also a select group who claim to be liberal and/or feminist) – the Onion realizes when it screws up and, here, screwed up badly and admitted so.

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

Sincerely,

Steve Hannah
CEO
The Onion

Memo to Republicans (and Bil Browning, et. al.): THAT’S a REAL apology. 

But, unsurprisingly, the Imaginary PC Police (not imaginary police that are PC mind you, but those who police imaginary instances of political correctness) are up in arms.

ConservaOnion

Here’s the problem with that: However obnoxious the comment about Wallis was – and I think we can all agree that it was – it was about an entertainer who won’t be eligible to run for either the prsidency or the vice-presidency for 26 years and has done nothing other than appear in a movie and at the Oscars (and, importantly, she’s not an adult under any moral or legal framework in the United States.)

Palin(s)?

Even though many versions of the questions about Trig Palin’s ancestry were posed obnoxiously, the questions themselves were quite legitimate given (1) the visual questions regarding images of Sarah and Bristol from the period when Sarah, according to official narrative, was pregnant with Trig, (2) Sarah’s then-status as someone claiming to be worthy of holding America’s vice-presidency, (3) Sarah’s then-status as actual chief executive of the State of Alaska, and (4) the seriousness of the matter of whether someone with the status of (2) and (3) had ever lied on any official documents (much less to the electorate) regarding who the father and the mother of Trig are.  So what if Bristol was only 17 in 2008?  That’s already actually an adult in some states and certifiably so in any state whose penal system might want to lock her up.  If the kid is actually Bristol’s (irrespective of who the father actually is), then she was then and still is a participant in an ongoing fraud.  Personally, despite making several posts about it at the original ENDABlog, I do think the visual evidence was pretty flimsy (though, as a purely legal matter, the bare questions were far more legitimate than anything that was being asked re: Obama and Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.)  Nevertheless, as usual with the Palin Defense League: Massive Fail.

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Another Fact: In New York, Its Been Ten Years Since SONDA

And GENDA is…………………………………………….?

The people of Washington and Maine deserve to see marriage prevail at the ballot today.  It seems like there’s a decent chance that that will happen.

The people of Minnesota deserve to see Michele Bachmann’s wet dream (yes, she’s in Congress – something that will hopefully change today – but the thing on the ballot today was her pet project while she was in the Minnesota Legislature, something she could never accomplish because at least one chamber was always under Democratic control) die an ugly death today.   I worry about Minnesota, though; people tend to underestimate just how radical the Republican party there has become (remember: Bachmann is actually just the tip of Minnesota’s Republican crazyberg.)

The people of Iowa deserve to have their judiciary – as well as Varnum v. Brien and the fourth signatory to it to come up for a retention vote since the decision – defended today from Bob Vander Plaats and corporate christianist psychopaths who think that a 6,000-year-old earth is not a myth but that separation of church and state is.

What do all four states have in common?

All enacted civil rights laws that (1) were legitimate (read: trans-inclusive) from day one and (2) preceded same-sex marriage.

Maryland, however, chose a different path: not only enacting a genocidal gay-only rights law 11 1/2 years ago but then – as predicted – moving right past the basic civil rights needs of trans people and on to the gay want of marriage.

And, as the New York example has shown, if marriage prevails in Maryland, trans people will forever remain unequal to non-trans gays and lesbians under state law.

Yes, there are some non-trans gays and lesbians in Maryand who actually support trans rights and its a shame that they should have to wait for something that, if the U.S. Constitution were interpreted properly, no state would have ever had the right to ban in the first instance.  But there are a buttload of trans people who support same-sex marriage – people who Maryland’s Gay, Inc. sees no problem in making wait….

again.

The difference, of course, is simple – and ugly:  those non-trans gays and lesbians in Maryland may lack marriage rights, but they currently do have the legal right under Maryland state law to refuse to hire trans people, rent to trans people or even allow trans people into their places of business.  

Until those non-trans gays and lesbians in Maryland – and the Gay, Inc. that they allow to shape policy on their behalf – are willing to give up that right, they will not have earned a vote in favor of marriage.

No, I don’t have a vote – but because, thanks to Maryland’s Gay, Inc., I’m a third class citizen whenever I set foot in the state, if I did have one, it would be no.  Trans people in Maryland who do have a vote – and who have any hope of the state ever undoing the political hate crime of 2001 – should actually vote no.

Countdown to this post being quoted out of context by not noting my support for marriage in the other states in 3…2…1….

Looks Like Tom Arnold Really Was the Classy One

What have we learned over the last few months?

When a Twitter user accused Barr of transphobia, she tweeted back, “Women do not want your penises forced in their faces or in our private bathrooms. Respect that FACT.”

More recently, Barr tweeted: “I remember when the LGBT community stopped supporting NAMBLA” and claimed “I was instrumental in forcing lgbts to dis include man boy love as part of their program.”

Instrumental?

Really?

I guess we can presume that the proof of this is honeymooning in some gold-toileted, car-elevator-encrusted sister-wife hideaway in Utah right along with Mitt Romney’s tax returns and the evidence of Mary Daly’s renouncement of her trans-exterminationist works, eh?  Right along with an explicit statement from you that clarifies the implication of what your curent hissy fit represents your position to be: namely, that, (1) even if you view pre-op trans women as men, you nevertheless do view trans women who have had SRS to be women, (2) you have no problem with post-SRS trans women being in what you feel you have the right to demarcate as women’s space, and (3) that you’re willing to say this to the radphlegm exterminationists who are, at this moment, lathering up to christen you as their new martyr, eh?

But even beyond that (for, after all, we all know that Queerty – along with Shillerico, AmericaBog, Joe.My.Clod and TowleToad are fact-free zones)…

With this we can clearly see the swiss-cheesiness of the Barr brain.

I was instrumental in forcing lgbts to dis include man boy love as part of their program

I seem to recall the war over NAMBLA involvement being concluded at least 15 years ago (in many locales  more), and I doubt seriously if any Ts were in any position to take part in the rightful exclusion of actual pedophiles (although, as I’ve heard one old-time gay rights activist note: on at least a couple of occasions, the so-called NAMBLA representative attempting to get involved with gay pride organizational affairs turned out to be an undercover cop) from LGB(T) anything because the obnoxious exterminationists for whom this obnoxious, over-the-hill, never-really-funny-in-the-first-place ‘comedian’ is carrying historical water had long since pretty much ensured that no trans people – irrespective of plumbing -had any place in the gay rights movement.

Stick with national-anthem-singing, Roseanne.

Memo to The John, The Bil, The Towle, The Joe and The Queerty: Its Okay to Stand By Your Stories IF THEY’RE ACCURATE

The gay blogosphere with a transphobia agenda as compared to the Boston Globe:

We received your request late this afternoon for a correction regarding this morning’s Globe story. Having carefully reviewed that request, we see no basis for publishing a correction. The Globe story was entirely accurate.

The Globe story was based on government documents filed by Bain Capital itself. Those described Governor Romney as remaining at the helm of Bain Capital as its “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president” until 2002. The story also cited state financial disclosure forms filed by Romney that showed he earned income as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

The Globe story accurately described the contents of those documents.

A contrast indeed….