The Breakfast Club (Bad is Bad)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Breakfast Tune: Bad is Bad/Ukulele and Banjo - A Girl from Texas
 

 

Bad is Bad/Ukulele and Banjo

RockinFunkyFolkGrass(Theresa Arnold)- Published on Oct 21, 2014 One of many jam session with dad. This is from the "crotch" collection of video recordings...LOL. This one was filmed in May 2014.... 

 

Today in History
 

 

Today in History for July 11th

America normalizes diplomatic ties with Vietnam; Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in a duel; Skylab makes a fiery return to Earth; Babe Ruth's major league debut; Laurence Olivier dies. 

Breakfast News & Blogs Below

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Shocking: Fox makes up news for "special report"

I'm shocked! Shocked, I say...that a so-called news organization would listen to a conservative parental rights group as their source for news without ever searching for what rationally generates the "story."

Headline: Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

A group calling itself Parents Rights in Education has taken two separate pieces of Oregon health law and bundled them together to come to the "shocking" conclusion that a fifteen year-old in Oregon can now walk into a health care facility in Oregon and demand a sex change operation without parental consent.

It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children. They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling.

--Lori Porter, Parent's Rights in Education

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The Breakfast Club (A Song About Alice)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for July 10th

  

 

 

   

Start of World War II's Battle of Britain; Telstar
satellite launched; Millard Fillmore becomes President; Chechen warlord
Shamil Basayev killed; Singer Arlo Guthrie born; Cartoon voice Mel Blanc
dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate
another person's point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a
challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in
terms of serving other people.

Arlo Guthrie

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Country Roads

When I try for a mental picture Appalachia, what I normally come up with is West Virginia. As a transperson, that is not normally what I would call heaven. Not even "almost heaven."

 photo Skinner_zpsvyvgkq8o.jpgBut such places can surprise. Last year Trudy Kitzmiller and Kristen Skinner were treated badly at the DMV. You don't have to be transgender to get that...but being transgender at any DMV can be a special kind of Hell.

(A manager) told me it was a DMV policy that people listed as male could not wear makeup. The manager referred to me as 'it' and told me to take off my makeup, wig and fake eyelashes.

--Skinner

She couldn't comply with removing the "wig and fake eyelashes." since they were her own hair. She did remove all her make-up before having her picture taken.

The 45-year-old IT professional called the experience at the Charles Town office in Jefferson County on January 7 "humiliating."

The way I was treated was unprofessional. Isn't the point of a photo identification to identify how you look every day?

--Skinner

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The Breakfast Club (Pure as the Driven Snow)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgFirst
of all it will be another sucky blogging day because unless you're
interested in the Donald (I think he's a hoot and hope he wins, TMC thinks he's a disaster and has gone all prepper) or Greece (who knows and if Tspiras really was hoping he'd lose the referendum he should be the first one against the

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Trans women assaulted in public

 photo earls_zpsmnqio6w8.jpgMany of the stories I have tracked recently have been, all in all, on the good news side. But you should not be led to think that life for transgender people has all become a bed of roses. There are still people who do not believe we should be seen anywhere in public.

Warren Earls identifies as a trans woman. She's 59 and is used to being verbally abused. But her recent trip on the DC Circulator bus got out of hand.

I got on the bus and sat down behind the bus driver. A group of kids got on -- about seven of them. The one that I noticed started off saying to the rest of them, ‘Isn't it a shame to be old and gay.’

I told him to go ahead and leave me alone and that's when he started cussing and making threats about what he's going to do on me.

---Earls

Earls used her phone to record the incident as she rode the 15 minutes from Southeast DC to Anacostia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakfast Club (Lovely Work of Art)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for July 8th

  

 

 

   

Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Tokyo Bay;
Industrialist John D. Rockefeller born; Word of what becomes known as
'The Roswell Incident'; North Korea's Kim Il Sung dies; Ziegfeld stages
first 'Follies.'

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Mona Lisa Song by Nat King Cole

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

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Where we're at: What's Next?

It's hard to know how long we should wait.

Transgender people are very happy to see the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality. People tend to ignore the fact that the ruling gives transgender people the legal right to marry whether we are gay or straight. That right has not always been available...and is not something that should be taken for granted.

But trans activists also know that if we wait too long before trying to get our hirons back in the fire, the instinct for activism in the LGBT community can just evaporate. We can't afford for that to happen.

Nine transgender women have been murdered so far this year. Nine. The latest was Mercedes Williamson, who was stabbed to death and left to rot in a field near a farmhouse in Southern Mississippi.

Advocacy groups hope that the same public focus and enthusiasm for change that produced such an irresistible surge in support for gay marriage will now coalesce behind their decades-old struggle for trans equality. They are loth to describe the fight as a new frontline – fearing that would belittle the hard work that has been waged over many years largely out of the limelight.

Clearly gay marriage has been a cause of great celebration. But it’s critical to remember that many members of our community cannot celebrate when they are struggling to survive on a daily basis.

--Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center

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The Breakfast Club (Good Morning Blues)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for July 7th

  

 

 

   

Terror bombings strike London's transit system;
Oliver North testifies at Iran-Contra hearings; Sandra Day O'Connor
nominated for U.S. Supreme Court; Author Robert Heinlein and musician
Ringo Starr born.

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Della Reese and B.B. King - Good Morning Blues

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I get by with a little help from my friends.

Ringo Starr

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Another shoe drops

The Navy and Marines have followed the lead of the Army and the Air Force and made it more difficult to discharge transgender people for being transgender.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum last Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision."

The memo was sent to the chief of naval operations and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Sgt. Shane Ortega, a three-time Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and openly transgender soldier at Wheeler Army Airfield, said he was "elated" with the news because it gives transgender troops worried about discharge "the opportunity to breathe."

These types of historic actions are the ones that parallel the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

--Ortega

The military policy changes mean transgender personnel seeking medical treatment won't be automatically separated from service.

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