The Process Should Be the Punishment

21 07 2016

Charlotte

North Carolina, the state where men use men’s privies, women use women’s, and the NBA is upset about that.

If they actually do that, if I was either the North Carolina Attorney General or the District Attorney for Mecklenburg County, I’d file felony extortion charges against Adam Silver.  Sure, they probably have no case, but no bother, the process will be the punishment.





All Silent on the World War T Front

12 07 2016

Evansville, Indiana

It starts out this way:

A transgender Evansville woman shot in the face Sunday told police that her alleged attacker, who identifies with a black separatist group, shouted a homophobic slur during the assault.

Gerald Duane Lewis, 26, is accused of shooting 55-year-old Crystal Raquel Cash at 715 N. First Ave. On his Facebook page, Lewis claims membership in Israel United in Christ, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group.

Except LGBTQetc probably won’t make a BFD about this, unless they can massage the story to keep us from thinking about the actual suspect, and instead try to make it out to be Pat Robertson’s fault.

Why not?

Click the link and find out!

Now that you have found out, while I know how low a bar the SPLC has to define hate, I also know that they have a high bar for black groups.  So if the SPLC has any black groups on its Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Everything Must Go List of Extremisthategroups, then they’re really something to worry about.





Veto

30 06 2016

Raleigh, North Carolina

That part in the North Carolina Constitution which gives the NBA the power to veto state laws.





Marginalized Letters

29 06 2016

Chicago

Yahoo:

Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals reported more health problems than straight men and women, in a large U.S. survey.

Are we going to be allowed to think honestly about this?  Or is this going to be our fault?

With nearly 69,000 participants, the survey revealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual adults “were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use, potentially due to the stressors that (they) experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination,” researchers wrote online June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

I figured, it’s our fault.

Overall, 67,150 survey respondents were heterosexual, 525 lesbian, 624 gay and 515 bisexual. The average age was about 47.

Because 47 year old people don’t otherwise have any health problems.

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people were also more likely than heterosexuals to report heavy drinking and smoking.

Again, we know this is our fault. That and the dope usage they’re known for. If only we would quit all this structural discriminating we’re doing against them, everything would be cool.

While gays and lesbians reported worse psychological distress than heterosexuals, bisexual people suffered the most, the survey showed.

(snip)

Gonzales told Reuters Health that the health disparities are likely due to the stress of being a minority, which is likely exacerbated among bisexual people, who may not be accepted by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

For once, something that isn’t our fault: L, G and T are ganging up on B.

Other factors too, along with so-called minority stress, may account for health differences between heterosexuals and lesbian, gay and bisexual people, Gonzales said.

For example, he said, survey respondents may not have had access to marriage, which wasn’t legalized at the federal level in the U.S. until 2015.

“It will be interesting to see how legal same-sex marriage will affect these health disparities,” Gonzales said.

Marriage, that institution which is an outmoded anachronism and institutionally oppressive, and not good for anyone. Except if you’re LGBTQ, in which case, it’s the most important civil right ever, and the master key to happiness and mental health.

In a note published with the study, Dr. Mitchell Katz says the disparities may decrease with the growing acceptance of sexual minority populations.

“Health care professionals can help by creating environments that are inclusive and supportive of sexual minority patients,” writes Katz, who is an editor of the journal.

Biased doctors and nurses.





“Gay Inc”

25 06 2016

San Francisco

Parade routes pass by a lot of intersections.  This parade passes by a lot of intersectionalities.

Scuba gear, because we’re going in deep to this one.

Too straight, white and corporate: why some queer people are skipping SF Pride

(snip)

“It just feels like a big Miller Lite tent,” said Birnbaum, 31. “With the corporate floats … it’s co-opting queer identity as a way to make money.”

You LGBTQers wanted to be mainstream, and now you got your wish.

On Friday, Black Lives Matter announced that it was pulling out as a grand marshal, due to concerns about the police’s plan to have an increased presence at the parade and heightened security measures.

No comment.  None needed.

“Pride really should be for queer folks,” said Amy Sueyoshi, a lifelong San Francisco resident, who identifies as genderqueer. “It’s not for straight people to demonstrate their queer-friendliness. I’d like that they do that in their daily lives.”

You LGBTQers wanted straight allies and “straight but not narrow” solidarity, and now you got your wish.

Although the festival adopted a “racial and economic justice” theme this year, the dominating presence of corporations, including the major Silicon Valley technology companies, is still a source of tension in a city struggling with rapidly rising rents and displacement.

One of the major LGBTQetc organizations is called GetEQUAL.  My advice to them isn’t to GetEQUAL, it’s to GetCYNICAL.  Maybe you all should consider the possibility that corporate embrace of SJW and the increasing power and wealth of corporations and very rich individuals is related.

LGBT activists said it can be frustrating to see Facebook, Google, Uber, Lyft, Salesforce and other tech firms sponsoring and marching in the parade, knowing that they are part of an industry that is greatly exacerbating income inequality in the region.

You LGBTQers wanted corporations to be gay-friendly, and now you got your wish.

“It’s ironic to walk alongside tech companies that have displaced us,” said Isa Noyola, a transgender Latina activist and director of programs at the Transgender Law Center, which relocated from San Francisco to Oakland in 2013.

Be warned, Intersectional Queen:  It won’t be that much longer until even Oakland gets too expensive for you.

In addition to low-income queer people who can no longer afford to live in San Francisco, queer social justice groups and beloved gay bars have also struggled to stay in the city.

Here we go again:  You LGBTQers won, and now you have to live with your victory.

“It’s basically commercial advertising everywhere,” he said. “It just seems like what I’d call Gay Inc. We’re just one more thing for people to purchase.”

Mainstream.

Each year, Jolivette said, the parade looks more and more like a carnival for straight people coming from outside of San Francisco. “When it starts to feel like the straight people are outnumbering the queers, that’s not a Pride parade to me,” he said.

Straight but not narrow.

But, Ekanem added, it’s important that wealthy corporations participating in the celebrations donate funds in a substantial way – to marginalized groups and causes that most need the financial support.

Repeat after me:  The left-of-center social justice agenda is a front for increasing corporate wealth and power.

“Many people have contacted SF Pride to say they are coming this year in solidarity with those who lost their lives in the Orlando terrorist attack,” he said

There will be lots and lots of generic outrage, but very little noticing.

The moral of the story is that people really ought to be careful what they wish for, because they just might get it.





Final Outrage

23 06 2016

Santa Barbara, California

Yeah, so?

We’re only a few years away from it being a civil right and a letter in the acronym and opposition to it being pathologized as a phobia, soon to be followed by full support from Silicon Valley, Wall Street and the Democrat Party, and not long after that, NRO will have an article entitled, “The Conservative Case for Hebephilia,” some on the alt-right will claim that hebephilia is a form of implicit whiteness, and about a fifth of the commenters on alt-right sites will be yelling at people who are opposed to pedophilia to drop the social issues.

Plain words, if pedophila and hebephilia offend you, this will probably be the last time you have official permission to be outraged upon a likely occurrence of them.





Should Isn’t Will

19 06 2016

Tallahassee, Florida

Yes, they should, but you know they won’t.

Don’t you know that family values is just election season rhetoric?  Any other time, high level Republican politicians are more likely to respond to lobbyist money that doesn’t even benefit their party’s coffers than to policy changes which would benefit their party’s voters, as was perfectly evident in the missive about Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoing the legislation after pressure from the Florida Bar Association.

Bringing it back to a local angle, as St. Louis-founded and -based Cordell & Cordell is mentioned here, there was a good piece of legislation that made it out of the General Assembly this year, which Nixon has signaled that he is going to sign, a bill which I helped lobby for off-label and off the record and pro bono.  However, any reforms that are more serious and substantive than this will run into a lot of resistance.  Such as it is, and taking the long neoreactionary view, I’m not optimistic about the institution of the traditional nuclear family being able to survive another generation or two of democratic republicanism and its offshoot, rampant corporatism.








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