The Breakfast Club (Piccolo Trumpet)

 photo BeerBreakfast_web_zps646fca37.pngOne thing that you learn as an artist is that it's good to have a patron. The popular illusion is of the independent entrepreneur who through the strength and novelty of their original vision captures the hearts and minds of the masses and markets their output commercially.

The truth is that every Vincent has at least a Theo and that financial success is like winning the lottery. Most who are ridden by a Muse die poor, young, and convinced they are despised.

Welcome our Benevolent Oligarch Masters.

As I had the good fortune a few years ago to be heard by Your Royal Highness, at Your Highness's commands, and as I noticed then that Your Highness took some pleasure in the little talents which Heaven has given me for Music, and as in taking Leave of Your Royal Highness, Your Highness deigned to honour me with the command to send Your Highness some pieces of my Composition: I have in accordance with Your Highness's most gracious orders taken the liberty of rendering my most humble duty to Your Royal Highness with the present Concertos, which I have adapted to several instruments; begging Your Highness most humbly not to judge their imperfection with the rigor of that discriminating and sensitive taste, which everyone knows Him to have for musical works, but rather to take into benign Consideration the profound respect and the most humble obedience which I thus attempt to show Him.

And he was just a Margrave, the equivalent of a Count or a Baron. Imagine if he were a Duke.

So here's an audition piece for you.

Of course there's more.

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What it comes down to is, they really don't like us

I've got a couple of stories I am cobbling together to support the title thesis...which should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody. I mean, it's nearly a tautology.

Big surprise. Maryland recently became the 17th state to offer anti-discrimination protections for gender non-conforming people...so immediately the people who voted against it and lost started howling...and lying and fear-mongering...hoping to cajole the Maryland public into dispensing with the new law.

Incredibly, the conservatives’ main line of attack is that the law will turn women’s restrooms into fertile ground for peeping toms disguised in dresses and wigs, even for similarly attired rapists. This is middle school trash talk disguised as policy analysis. There is no evidence that this is a statistically detectable problem in other states that have banned discrimination against transgender people, nor in Maryland localities, such as Montgomery County, that have had similar statutes on the books for years.
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More broadly, opponents of the legislation tend to miss its central point, which is to ban the blatant discrimination that transgender people report is pervasive. In a 2011 survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, 71 percent of transgender people in Maryland said they had experienced harassment or mistreatment at work and 18 percent said they had lost a job or been denied a promotion as a result of their gender identification. Seventeen percent reported having been denied housing. Shocking numbers of students in public schools report harassment (81 percent) and assaults (38 percent).

--Washington Post Editorial Board

The Post rightly points out that although recall leader Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Asshole) has concentrated on raising fears about behavior in bathrooms, he opposed transgender protections at every turn when they didn't include public accommodations.

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The Breakfast Club :: V-E Day Edition

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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Gender Prison: Federal judge rules transwoman prisoner must receive hormone therapy

 photo Whitney-Lee-x400_zpsff0c34da.jpgWhitney Lee has lived as a woman for 18 years. The 36-year-old Lee has had a troubled life. She is currently incarcerated at the Mansfield (OH) Correctional Institute for men, serving a three-year sentence on charges of forgery and theft in Hamilton County (Cincinnati).

Lee had been on continuous hormone therapy since 1999 at home, in federal prison, and at the Hamilton County Justice Center before a prison psychiatrist determined in 2012 that she "lacked the criteria for gender identity disorder" and determined that her therapy was therefore contra-indicated.

I can only imagine that means that Whitney did not measure "feminine enough" on something like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index...which in my own experience is a measurement of how stereotypically masculine or feminine a person might be.

Gender dysphoria is characterized in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as "a marked difference between the individual's expressed/experienced gender and the gender others would assign him or her." The DSM elaborates, "It must continue for at least six months. In children, the desire to be of the other gender must be present and verbalized. This condition causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning."

--Parker Marie Molloy, The Advocate

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The Breakfast Club: 5-5-2014

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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