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.

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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.

George H.W. Bush

The “H” stands for “Horton.”

The “W” stands for “Willie.”

And they will continue to do so – forever.

The first faux Texan from the first family of political fraud to slither into the White House signed this into law:

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We all know that hell is a mythological concept created by rich religionists to scare the poor into worshiping not a god or gods but rich religionists….

But based solely on the above noted aspects of George H.W. Bush’s life, I’ll contribute to the construction of hell (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) if I could be sure that that is where his eternal home would be.

(Oh, and let us not forget Clarence Thomas.)

Christianist Hatemongers Admit to Their Fraud in Their Attempt to Kill Civil Rights in Massachusetts

I refuse to provide a direct link to any hate group’s site, but if you want to type it in on your own, here it is:

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It can also be found here:

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So…

What will you find there?

The rallying cry of the pro-family groups trying to repeal the law was the well-known “bathroom safety” argument – that in addition to transgenders, this law allows male sexual predators to lurk in women’s restrooms to prey on girls and women. This was technically true, but was largely contrived.

Contrived…

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Translated: They made it up…

Just like trans people have been saying christianists and TERFs (not that there is any substantive difference between the two anymore) have been doing for years.

History repeats itself

Over a decade ago when LGBT movement took the “gay marriage” battles into the state legislatures, and later into the federal courts, the major pro-family groups tried a similar strategy. As we reported at the time, they refused to argue that homosexuality was immoral, had terrible health risks, was fraught with addiction and mental health problems, etc.

Instead, they concocted less offensive arguments such as, “Every child needs a father and a mother” and “the word ‘marriage’ is special” – and used them almost exclusively. It actually worked for a little while. But while technically true, before long they were easily picked apart by the LGBT lobby, and they began their string of wins. Nevertheless, on every level the pro-family lawyers and lobbyists refused to budge from that approach. Without any credible opposing arguments, the “gay marriage” push cruised to victories right up to the US Supreme Court. It was a shameful display of legal malpractice.

Now with the “transgender anti-discrimination” bills the same thing is happening. Our side concocted the “bathroom safety” male predator argument as a way to avoid an uncomfortable battle over LGBT ideology, and still fire up people’s emotions. It worked in Houston a few years ago.

But the LGBT lobby has now figured out how to beat it.

Concocted…

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They dreamed it up…

which means they need to look in the mirror when they talk about people being delusional.

They made it up…

which means they committed actionable defamation against the entirety of the trans community.

They fabricated it…

which means they committed fraud – because they raised money off of it.

They invented it…

which means, like all professional con artists, they’ll just try again to invent something that might actually work just a little bit longer – just long enough for them to fully cash out and crawl away.

They lied…

which means they have conclusively demonstrated how little they care about the christian values that they claim they are battling to preserve by inflicting on everyone via force of law…

which means when next any of them appear in any forum – governmental or media – to speak in opposition to our civil rights, they should be vocally pummeled with “LIAR!” until they physically fall to pieces.

Its up to us to ensure that they don’t even come as close as they did this time to achieving their bigoted dreams.

But it is also up to legitimate media to bring their admission up – and place it front and center – any time that any christianisTERF squats in front of a camera or a microphone to bleat about the next fictional terror that they attribute to the existence of trans people (particularly trans women.)

“TERF” is not a slur now because it never was.

The same is true for “christianist.”

A Conflicted November 20th

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, something that has been necessary for 20 years now and, sadly, will probably be necessary for at least as many more.  If nothing else, this will be the first morning in quite a while that we can wake up to the knowledge that WordPress has finally decided to take ethics seriously and has shuttered a particular hatesite, the TERF (which is not a slur) counterpart to Stormfront.

For me – and around 50,000 people (and just a few others who watched on ABC) – today is also the anniversary of something else, something far happier than TDOR and even happier than the shuttering of a site frequented by those who cheer the events that TDOR remembers.

It is the anniversary of one evening in Houston, just across the 610 Loop from Astroworld:

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The fortieth anniversary to be precise.