The Breakfast Club: 6-3-2014

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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The Breakfast Club: 6-2-2014

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. I'm jetlagged, so today it's posted when I wake up. Deal with it.

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Sunday Train: A "Bipartisan" Transport Bill You Can Support

For me, when I hear the word "bipartisan", my first reaction is to brace myself to confront a piece of corporate mischief making being peddled under the excuse that there is some other piece of corporate mischief making that is even worse and this bad policy will stop ... or sometimes just delay ... that even worse policy from being implemented.

However, since the appeal came from Transportation for America, I was willing to keep reading and see what was in it:

Most taxpayers would agree that the level of government closest to the people should have more control over how transportation dollars get spent in their local communities. Yet local cities, towns and counties control less than 15 percent of all federal transportation dollars.

If you think that needs to change, then stop what you’re doing and ask your representatives to cosponsor this critical, bipartisan bill. It would give local communities more access to federal transportation funds that they can invest in homegrown transportation plans and projects that they control.

Join me below the fold to have a look and a think about this proposal.

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Time announces our victory...or defeat

It has been a long, hard struggle.

And it is not over yet.

But this is progress. Time Magazine has declared that this society has reached the "transgender tipping point."

I'm not a subscriber, but Zack Ford at Think Progress informs me that June 9, 2014 issue of the magazine includes "an extensive Transgender 101 article" that covers many of the issues affecting our community, photo essays of some of the transgender people who have influenced American and world culture (no, I am not included)...both living and dead (Kye Alums, Cassidy Campbell, Carmen Carrera, Candis Cayne, Lynn Conway, Caroline Cossey, Laverne Cox, Paisley Currah, Jamie Ewing, Fallon Fox, Rose Hayes, Christine Jorgensen, Isis King, Lana Lawlwss, Ashton Lee, Chelsea Manning, Janet Mock, Mike Penner/Christine Daniels, Renee Richards, Sylvia Rivera, Amanda Simpson, Lea T, Jenna Talackova, Brandon Teena, Billy Tipton, and Lana Wachowski), and an interview with Ms. Cox.

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The Breakfast Club 5/29/2014

The Breakfast Club 5/29/2014

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
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Gender Prison: Calls for effective Civil Rights protections

Monday's editorial by the New York Times editorial board Leadership on Transgender Civil Rights is a long overdue call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get visibly involved in the establishment of legal protections in New York for transgender people.

With Maryland recently becoming the 18th state to extend civil rights protections on the basis of gender identity, the editorial hails the event as a good example for New York, which sits along with only Wisconsin and New Hampshire as states which protect its citizens on the basis of sexual orientation but not gender identity.

We are closer today to creating that open, respectful, inclusive world that we want for all of our children.

--Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland

The editorial condemns the state for its failure to address the needs of gender-variant New Yorkers.

With less than a month remaining before the legislative session in Albany is scheduled to end, on June 19, it is time for state lawmakers to approve long-stalled legislation — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act — to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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The Breakfast Club: 5-26-2014

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. I'm jetlagged, so today it's posted when I wake up. Deal with it.

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Let us go then you and I, to The Breakfast Club

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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