Doth Protest Too Much 101

April 27, 2010

Meet Eugene Delgaudio:

 

What might you presume about this character based solely on this photo? 

That he’s an over-the-hill gay porn star whose Rogaine failed his cheesy mustache even worse than it did the hair on his head?

That he’s a pedophile who couldn’t keep his dick out of children long enough to learn enough latin to be allowed to be a legalized pedophlie via membership in Joe the Rat’s Juvenile-Jumping Jamboree?

Well, based on that photo, I think one could come up with any number of disgusting things that he could be other than what he holds himself out to be – namely, a  District Supervisor in Sterling, Virginia who feels that he is such a superior specimen of All-American American that he has the moral authority to spew the folllowing (reproduced at Pam’s House Blend):

Our children…

They’ve been the Radical Homosexuals’ target all along.

Now they’re finally going after what they’ve always wanted.

Just a few weeks ago, radicals in Congress led by openly homosexual Representative Jared Polis introduced H.R. 4530.

It is a bill to turn America’s schools into indoctrination centers … its classrooms into social laboratories … its playgrounds into homosexual breeding grounds.

Of course, they’ve disguised the bill’s wicked nature behind the innocent name “The Student Non-Discrimination Act.”

Sound harmless, right? Well, that’s key to their scheme.

Honestly, I can hardly imagine a law more harmful.

More appropriately, this bill should be called “The Homosexual Classrooms Act.”

. . .You see, the Homosexual Classrooms Act contains a laundry list of anti-family provisions that will:

* Require schools to teach sodomy and other appalling homosexual acts so homosexual students don’t feel “singled out” during already explicit sex-ed classes;

* Spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation, recruiting and even pressuring vulnerable teens and pre-teens into the homosexual “lifestyle”;

* Effectively outlaw voluntary prayer in schools, and expose students who pray privately to lawsuits and even criminal prosecution for “religious intimidation”;

* Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to “freedom of self-expression”;

* Force parochial schools to secularize and purge any reference to religion because radicals claim it creates a “hostile learning environment” for homosexual students.

Simply put, The Homosexual Classrooms Act will use schools as weapons to eradicate traditional values in the next generation of American students.

First, let me reiterate what I said in the comment threat over at PHB:

I wouldn’t let that character anywhere near any child of mine.

Yep – that’s a judgment call alright, and I’m making it.

But lets get back to what Delgaudio had to say.

I think it needs a bit of annotation:

Our children…

Yeh?  What about em?

They’ve been the Radical Homosexuals’ target all along.

Oh, and I guess I’ve just imagined that christians target children with aggressive pushing of myths and fear – often against the wishes of those children’s parents?

Now they’re finally going after what they’ve always wanted.

What? Just yanking infant non-white and noin-rich boys out of the crib and dropping them on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan?  Oh…sorry. I misread.  That’s what you and your ilk have always wanted.

Just a few weeks ago, radicals in Congress led by openly homosexual Representative Jared Polis introduced H.R. 4530.

Holy shit! An actual fact!

It is a bill to turn America’s schools into indoctrination centers … its classrooms into social laboratories … its playgrounds into homosexual breeding grounds.

Well, I guess one fact in a row is a start, eh?  And, yeh, if you’re going to go back to making shit up you should, as Bill Hicks opined regarding goldfish and Lincoln Logs, go hog wild.

Dude, you’ve got a big-ass hog there!

Of course, they’ve disguised the bill’s wicked nature behind the innocent name “The Student Non-Discrimination Act.”

Damn! You almost had a second actual fact there – if not for that “wicked nature” christianist talking point shit.

Sound harmless, right? Well, that’s key to their scheme.

“Defense of Marriage Act,” anyone?

Honestly, I can hardly imagine a law more harmful.

Really?

You’re sure about that?

Ever heard of The Enabling Act of 1933?  Okay, okay – perhaps that’s a Godwin’s Law violation.

Or, perhaps it would have been prior to last week.  But still, lets not talk about Nazi laws from the 1930s; how about Nazi laws from 2010?

As analyzed by that eminent legal scholar Seth Myers:

This week, Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration law in the country which will allow police to demand identification papers from anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. I know there’s some people in Arizona worried that Obama is acting like Hitler, but could we all agree that there’s nothing more Nazi than saying “Show me your papers?” There’s never been a World War II movie that didn’t include the line “show me your papers.” It’s their catchphrase. Every time someone says “show me your papers,” Hitler’s family gets a residual check. So heads up, Arizona; that’s fascism. I know, I know, it’s a dry fascism, but it’s still fascism.

And, Eugene, you think that preventing LGBT students from being beaten up and killed is worse than the necessary precursor to the formal establishment of Wannseezona?

More appropriately, this bill should be called “The Homosexual Classrooms Act.”

. . .You see, the Homosexual Classrooms Act contains a laundry list of anti-family provisions that will:

Uhhhh…define “family”?

* Require schools to teach sodomy and other appalling homosexual acts so homosexual students don’t feel “singled out” during already explicit sex-ed classes;

Citation please?

* Spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation, recruiting and even pressuring vulnerable teens and pre-teens into the homosexual “lifestyle”;

Citation please?

* Effectively outlaw voluntary prayer in schools, and expose students who pray privately to lawsuits and even criminal prosecution for “religious intimidation”;

Citation please?

* Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to “freedom of self-expression”;

Citation please?

* Force parochial schools to secularize and purge any reference to religion because radicals claim it creates a “hostile learning environment” for homosexual students.

Citation please?

Simply put, The Homosexual Classrooms Act will use schools as weapons to eradicate traditional values in the next generation of American students.

Simply put, Delgaudio believes that the same schtick that Rush Limaugh has ridden to millionaireist glory on – namely, convincing people that they don’t need to think  or fact-check for themselves and should just let the well-professed, self-identified ‘revealed’ leaders think for them – will work for him.

Dear Eugene: 

There’s not much good I can say about Rush Limbaugh, but I can say this: Even at his heaviest, he had far more style sense than you.  And, while nothing that may ultimately be revealed (and proven) regarding his illegal drug addictions and sexual encounters will surprise me, he doesn’t look like a child molester (a child devourer maybe, but that’s a different matter.)

Even my mom – who, sadly, gets far too much of her information about life in the 21st Century from Sean Hannity – would, if presented with a copy of the bill that you’re lying about, be able to tell that you’re a lying sack of christianist shit.

Maybe your constituents are stupid enough not to check things out for themselves.

The rise of St. Sarah of Stupidity tells me that, even though you’re a lying sack of christianist shit, you may well have the odds on your side.

And that says more – and nothing good – about 2010 America than I ever could.


Language, Please? Hearing, Anyone?

April 27, 2010

I’m in the Central Time Zone.

By my count, there just a few minutes under 86 hours left in the month of April.

ENDA is…………………………………………………………?


Why America is Dead – Pt. 31: The Sanctification of Ignorance

April 27, 2010

John Quiggin at Crooked Timber succinctly distills what I and many others (including, doubtlessly, the ghost of Bill Hicks) have been seeing in America:

[C]onsidered in intellectual terms, there is very little remaining on the political right (particularly in the US, but this point applies to most of the English-speaking countries, and to a large extent elsewhere) that is worth engaging with in terms other than the derision employed here. It’s not that, as rightwing pundits go, people like Douthat, Goldberg, Krauthammer and McArdle are soft targets. Compared to, say, Powerline or the cast of Fox News, they are paragons of reasoned and reasonable discourse.The same goes for the thinktanks and quasi-academic institutions that are supposed to provide some kind of rigorous basis for thinking about policy. AEI, Heritage, Heartland and the rest offer little more than partisan hackery. Increasingly, the same is true of Republican-aligned academics. There is simply no room for independent thought.

Overall, as I said on my blog a while back, the scene is one of complete ideological incoherence. Market liberalism has run out of steam, libertarianism has failed to produce a coherent response to the Iraq war or the Bush assault on civil liberties (to be fair, Obama has also failed here) , and the various other elements that have emerged or re-emerged as forces on the right – Christianism, aggressive nationalism, anti-feminism and so on – amount to little more than a tribalist set of hatreds of various others.

The unifying feature of the right in the 21st century is not so much ideology as an embrace of ignorance, represented most obviously by the leading figures on the right in the US, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Rather than reflecting an even partially coherent world view and political program, rightwing politics now consists of the restatement of talking points in favor of a set of policy positions that represent affirmations of tribal identity, rather than elements of a coherent program.

The best way to understand this can be summed in the term ‘agnotology’ (h/t commenter Fran Barlow), coined by Robert Proctor to describe study of the manufacture of ignorance. Proctor was referring primarily to the efforts of the tobacco lobby to cast doubt on research demonstrating the link between smoking and cancer. But the veterans of that campaign have moved on to a whole range of new issues, from climate change to health policy, and their techniques have been so widely imitated that the entire political right now looks like Big Tobacco writ even bigger.

The waffle house waitress who, two decades ago, quizzed Hicks, “What you readin’ for?” was but an advance scout.  Sarah Palin and her drones are the neo-Gengis non-Mongol Horde of Morons, who see reason and rationality each as greater threats to their way of delusion life than all of Cold War Soviet Union’s nukes combined – threats that must be destroyed, and are poised to be destroyed by the wink-addled unemployed who have been convinced that the destruction of America’s economic central nervous system – jugular-pierced by the Wolverine-talons of Reaganomics and subsequently decapitated by Bush-Cheney treasonism – is somehow all the fault of Barack Obama.


D.C. Evil – Its Not Just for Rhode Island Avenue Anymore

April 26, 2010

In the form of a letter to President Obama, at Pam’s House Blend Autumn Sandeen tells of her treatment by taxpayer-salaried thugs following the DADT protest.

There’s plenty of room for disagreement about whether DADT is the issue to push right now – but there is no room for disagreement about what Autumn’s arrest exposed:

President Obama, your Park Police took me down from the White House Fence; I was placed on the side of the police van where the other two female veterans in our group were seated. When we were about to be searched at the Park Police processing center, I informed the officer who was to search me that I was transgender. When I went up to the processing window to identify myself, I told them I was transgender, and had male genitalia and female breasts, and that I identified as female. When the Park Police were preparing an identification bracelet for me, it initially identified me as a female.However, before the Park Police placed the identification bracelet on my wrist, they asked me a second time — and only me — what my actual “given name” is, even though the officers had a copy of my military retiree identification card with my legal name of Autumn Violet Sandeen.

But wait – it gets better:

When we arrived at the DC Superior Courthouse, Officer Carr of the Park Police also represented you poorly. Specifically, when he was identifying the make-up of the prisoners to the corrections officer who was going to be processing us, he identified the six of us in the following manner (emphasis added):

There are two women, and three men — Well, really four men, and one of them is an impersonator.

Two officers came to my holding cell, and told me there was some confusion on my gender. I told the two officers I had male genitalia, female breasts, and a female gender identity. As they walked away, I overheard the senior officer tell the junior officer that my answer meant I was a male, and that I must have told other officers that I was female-suggesting I was trying to deceive them.

Then the female identification bracelet was cut off, and a second bracelet that identified me instead as male was attached to my wrist.

Have the operations of the U.S. Marshals service been farmed out to the Sheldon family?  That clearly would be a believable explanation for:

The one caucasian, female U.S. Marshal who had her curly blond hair up in a bun — dressed in a fuchsia, lightly ruffled blouse, a black blazer and slacks–kept raising her fist up and yelling out “Go Navy.”My peer female protesters — Cadet Mara Boyd, and Cpl. Evelyn Thomas — were in a holding cell behind the U.S. Marshal’s station. They heard that same U.S. Marshal in the fuchsia blouse state the following to one of her peer officers (emphasis added):

“Did you see it? The nerve of it to be wearing a Navy uniform. Did you see the shim in the Navy Uniform?”

Calling transgender people “it” is clearly a way of dehumanizing transgender people. “Shim” a relative to “she-male” is also a dehumanizing term to identify transgender people.  President Obama, your U.S. Marshal calling me “it” and “the shim” is the equivalent to calling an African-American by the n-word, or calling a Gay-American by the antigay f-word, it is absolutely unacceptable.

I wasn’t there of course – and Autumn may well have a different speculatory view (or may not even want to hazard a guess) – but: How much would anyone be willing to bet that the “it”-monger was lesbian (or at least bi)?  That goes to the issue of what is “acceptable.”  Why would someone in that position feel that is “unacceptable” to dehumanize a trans woman when every disgusting epithet and stereotype of trans women is consecrated either by our corporate gay oppressors or the juiced-up millieu who wouldn’t know the difference between ENDA and an endo and wouldn’t care because neither directly impacts the playlist or the coke purity at the local blowhole barn?

The Lambda Literary Award nomination for The Man Who Would Be Queen?

The gay women who say that transsexual women can never be women because we weren’t ‘born’ women – yet who say that they’re somehow not embracing the same ‘biology is destiny’ insanity that made women de facto slaves until the early twentieth century?

The gay men who will, by night, have sex in public places and party with Luna’s Ticks – and then, by day, work against trans-inclusion in civil rights legislation, claiming ‘pragmatism’ because trans issues are too scary for non-gay America, thereby giving Andrea Lafferty a rhetorical reach-around?

It actually matters not whether the person who hurled the “it”s and “shim”s at Autumn was male or female, gay or straight or bi; the legitimization of what the person did – and the freedom to do so without any fear or reprisal – has come not from President Obama (though, clearly, he could put an instant stop to it if he wanted to) or even his immediate predecessor.

The shortest distance between ‘Ticked Off Trannies With Knives’ and ‘Ticked Off Transphobic Marshals With Guns’ is not a straight line – but a gay one.


Imagine There’s No…

April 25, 2010

…horde of white teabaggers.

And, in addition, imagine that, instead, the horde of white teabaggers that have been foisted on America by Fox ‘News’ and a select group of astroturfing corporatists, there was a horde of non-white teabaggers.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic?

Tim Wise is just askin’….


Yet Another Reason There Can Be NO Compromise on Trans-Inclusion in ENDA: “Progress” Through the Eyes of Someone Who Already Has Everything She Needs

April 24, 2010

From the DC Agenda:

The executive director of Equality Maryland said although state lawmakers didn’t act this year on two LGBT priorities, progress was made in the recently ended legislative session.

Morgan Meneses-Sheets talked with DC Agenda about that progress, this year’s biggest accomplishments and disappointments and the work that remains to be done.

DC Agenda: You just experienced your first Maryland General Assembly session as executive director. What are your thoughts regarding the process?

Morgan Meneses-Sheets: While we are disappointed that our two key priorities — marriage equality and gender identity anti-discrimination — did not move this year, we have made progress.

Really?

Gee – I’m still legally unequal to you whenever I set foot in Maryland Morgan.  So I guess “progress” is measured differently when you already are covered by the state’s anti-discrimination law, eh?

The Gender Identity & Expression Anti-Discrimination Act gained four new co-sponsors from key geographic areas across the state. For the first time, the Maryland AFL-CIO came out in support of the gender identity bill and testified at the hearings. This is a big move forward in terms of our relationships with the labor community.

Gee Morgan, how about all of those claims made a decade ago by the greedy, transphobic elite of Maryland – you know, the claims that trans people actually were already covered by existing law?  How are those working out?

Oh wait…

The fact that they were lies trotted out to bamboozle legislators and con trans people don’t affect your ability to find a job in Maryland, so I guess no one has really been keeping track, eh?

DC Agenda: What do you see as your major accomplishment and what was your biggest disappointment during the session?

Meneses-Sheets: It was a busy session. We worked hard to continue to build momentum and prevent setbacks. We organized successful hearings, had a large lobby day turnout, generated media attention, engaged activists and lobbied legislators, mobilized new activists, held legislative briefings and identified new coalition partners. We are in a stronger position than at the start of the session and that in itself is truly a major accomplishment. …

For me, the biggest disappointment was the turn of events around the de facto parent bill.

Well, well, well….

So your biggest disappointment wasn’t the fact that trans people are still legally unequal to gays and lesbians in Maryland but, rather, that those gays and lesbians who received the special right to discriminate against trans people back in 2001 didn’t get something else?

DC Agenda: By the end of 2010, we will have completed four years with a Democratic governor and a majority of Democrats in the General Assembly. But other than adding names as co-sponsors, the bills to provide transgender protections and marriage equality have not advanced out of committee. Why should the next four years be any different?

Meneses-Sheets: A great deal of progress has been made in the past four years. We expanded protections available to LGBT couples, including statutes to protect hospital visitation and medical decision-making and a repeal of the inheritance tax for domestic partners. We beat back efforts to repeal rights for transgender residents of Montgomery County. We also successfully fought back each and every attempt to set us back. There are many states where that is not the case. This in itself is something to celebrate. We continue to gain ground in Maryland in our efforts to create true and lasting equality.

Adding new co-sponsors is an important endeavor.

Yup – it is indeed.

For someone who is living high and dry under the trans-exterminationist status quo that your predecessors helped create and who is collecting a paycheck while trans people are starved back into the closet.

I’m now off to meet with my bookie – to place the last of my savings down as a bet that Morgan Meneses-Sheets will be Pee Wee Solmonese’s replacement at the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool.

Different sex.

Same indifference to trans existence.


Finally Revealed: The REAL Republican Healthcare Plan

April 24, 2010

A “simple healthcare plan that anyone with a few thousand chickens can use“:

LOWDEN MEDICAL PROCEDURE

TO CHICKEN CONVERTER

Matthew “The Persecution of Sarah Palin” Continetti was actually on Real Time last night defending Lowden – so it was grugdingly that I filed this under “satire.” 

For your convenience, we recommend bringing at least 20% more chickens than specified to any doctor’s appointment. For that matter, you should have at least 1500 chickens per passenger in your car in the event of an accident, so you could just use those if you’re a little short on chickens, but then be extra careful driving home from the doctor because you will have used up some of your accident chickens.

Llamas are larger than frogs – but are chickens larger than llamas?  Or frogs?