Sex change surgery performed on 16-month-old South Carolina child without consent

 

 photo MCBIKE_zps88641981.jpgM. C. Crawford is 8 years old. He was Identified as a male at birth until doctors determined that he had ambiguous genitalia, with parts of both female and male reproductive structures. When a court terminated the parental rights of his mother and he was abandoned by his father, he was placed in state custody. At 16 months old doctors removed his penis and one testicle, leaving enough to form a clitoris and labia. A bit after that the child was adopted in South Carolina by Pam and Mark Crawford.

The first thought that I had was, let's make sure they don't do the surgery.

--Pam Crawford

Unfortunately the Crawfords were too late. They raised M. C. as a girl until about a year ago, when he told his parents he wanted to be raised as a boy.

On Tuesday lawyers for the Crawford family said they were filing suit against the Department of Social Services.

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Hellraisers Journal: CWA holds rally in West Virginia

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Sunday May 17, 1903
Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and Her Armies of "Wild Women."

Mother often receives the call for help from strikers in Pennsylvania, "For God's sake, come over to my area." And she answers the call whenever she can. No area is too dangerous for Mother Jones. In Roaring Branch, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, Mount Pleasant, Arnot, Shamokin, Coaldale, Scranton, and other towns and hamlets, Mother Jones has been busy the past few years aiding the miners in their struggles to win decent pay and better working conditions. She has led armies of women over the hills to drive out scabs. John Mitchell as President of the UMWA has received word on more than one occasion about "Mother Jones raising hell up in the mountains with a bunch of wild women." Even the brutal company gunmen have been known to panic when approached by Mother Jones and her armies of "wild women."

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The Neverending American War on the World

The fun never stops. The revenge for 9/11 will continue for this century. Perhaps it will be another Hundred Years War.

In a Senate hearing today, a Pentagon Special Operations Chief told Senators that the war OF terror will continue for at least 10 to 20 more years and more likely decades, it was confirmed it has no geographic limit including this country, i.e., it truly is global, the AUMF from 2001 is the authorization for all of it, it can include people not even born yet and it includes associated forces of Al Qaeda, i.e., anyone the Pentagon or CIA think is remotely affiliated with the terrorist group created by the CIA. In the hearing, John McCain was incredulous that the Pentagon took such a broad view and said “None of us” who voted for the law in 2001 “could have envisioned [granting] authority [to strike] in Yemen and Somalia.”

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Whole lot of walkin'

Nixon has won Watergate

Jonathan Turley, USA Today
6:03 p.m. EDT March 25, 2013

Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an "imperial presidency" with unilateral powers and privileges. In 2013, Obama wields those very same powers openly and without serious opposition. The success of Obama in acquiring the long-denied powers of Nixon is one of his most remarkable, if ignoble, accomplishments.
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Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon's impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality.

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Hellraisers Journal: Savannah Port Drivers Are Standing Up!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday May 16, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: A sample of poetry by Josphine Conger.

The Prayer of the Modern Woman

Unbind our hands. We do not ask for favor in this fight
Of human souls for human needs. We ask for naught but right,
That we may throw the burdens from our backs and and from
our brains
The thrall of servitude. We are so weary of the pains
That crush our hearts, and cramp our wills reducing all desires
To childish whims, while great hopes lie like smoldering fires
Within our brains, or burst distorted from some weak, unguarded
point,
Leaving ruin and sorrow in their track....

We do not want our rights doled out; we want full liberty,
To grow, and be, and do our part, as Nature meant we should;
We want a perfect sister-as well as brotherhood.

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Hellraisers Journal: Our food and child labor, USA.

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday May 15, 1903
Pennsylvania - The Breaker Boys

According to the laws of Pennsylvania, no child under the age of 12 is to be employed outside the mine. However, the miners living in poverty as they do, must often make the choice between perjury and hunger. Young boys can be found hunched over the chutes picking the impurities from the coal. They sit in this hunched position for long hours breathing the coal dust into their young lungs. They receive from 27 to 39 cents for a 10-hour day. Should a young boy fall into the chute, he will most certainly be crushed to death.

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Are We Really the Reality Based Community? We Don't Act Like It.

This is not directed at the reality based VOTS community.

And by "we" I don't mean me or I, because I make a good effort to at least try. I'm talking about blogs like Daily Kos. I had always assumed, because of the many insightful writers on the site and on the front page that was the case. However, we are starting to see some of what we see with corporate control of all airwaves in how site moderation is run.

For instance, whether on Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC there is always a fake debate when it comes to climate change which is undeniably happening since we have hit 400 ppm of CO2 in our atmosphere for the first time in 3 million years. When this spectacle that pretends to be a live debate on TV happens, there are always two guys picked by the network to come on TV to debate the issue; one a NASA scientist like say James Hansen and one fringe dwelling Koch funded climate changed denier to debate as if there is something to debate as if both sides have an equal argument to make. WRONG. The science is in.

I always thought we in the progressive blogosphere prided ourselves on not accepting that dynamic, but now I am starting to wonder. On the issues I go to great lengths to cover when it comes to the economy, there are certain undeniable facts that have to be acknowledged whether you are a Post Keynesian MMT proponent like me or not. I mean, if we are any different than debates on red state or the corporate owned media, that is. I have to wonder about that now, because it now appears from what went on in my last diary in the comment section that a moderator here stepped in and made an effort to portray the troll like behavior and continual denial of established facts in every diary of mine as "just an honest disagreement."

It was inferred that I was "out of line" for accurately describing a commentator while using a term that accurately describes his brand of troll like behavior. That's not out of line. When people act like trolls in every diary of mine I can only ignore it for so long before calling it out directly. We can't just ignore this kind of behavior forever in this community. I mean, not if we still consider ourselves part the reality based community. Do we?

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Hellraisers Journal: Global retailers are bowing to pressure!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday May 14, 1903
Appalachia, U.S.A. - The Miners' Children

Last year Dorothy Adams wrote an article for The New York Herald titled, "Little Strikers: Blighted Childhood of Tiny Girl Mill Hands." She told of a strike of mill girls in Appalachia, how they worked ten or more hours per day. These little girls cut velvet with razor-sharp knives while breathing air heavy with lime dust. They made two or three dollars per week. When they went out on strike, they longed for Mother Jones to come and help them. Little children with feet and ankles swollen, they are old long before their time. Mother Jones could not come, she was busy with strikers elsewhere. These little girls of the mills are often the daughters of the miners. The little sons of the miners are often found working as breaker boys.

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