Transman leads Reader Voting in Ultimate Guy Contest

 photo aydian_zpsffnfholk.jpgAydian Dowling is a transman, originally from New York, but now living in Eugene, OR. Aydian is set to be the first transgender man to grace the cover of Men's Health magazine by winning their Ultimate Guy contest.

While the ultimate decision is made by a panel of judges, Aydian has a substantial lead with 48732 total votes in the Reader's Choice portion of the competition, compared to the second place contestant, who currently has 10070.

The contest advertises, "Our judges are looking for a guy who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example."




Bigots propose bounty on transgender people using public facilities

A group calling itself the Privacy for All coalition has filed what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act for consideration as a ballot initiative in California. The PPPA is indeed all about the P (as in pee).

It would require that

a person shall use facilities in accordance with their biological sex in all government buildings

. Without using the word transgender, the PPPA seeks to remove the right of transgender people to actually identify as such by defining "biological sex" as "the biological condition of being male or female as determined at or near the time of birth or through medical examination."

As the mechanism to enforce this the Act would create a cicil claim against any individual who seeks to use facility in accordance with their gender identity rather than their biological well as any government entity that allows that to happen.

Such claim includes equitable relief and damages up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and attorney’s fees that may be determined by a court

Yes, you should read the word "bounty" there.



Our Choice

At the end of March, Vogue India released a video featuring 99 women, many of them Bollywood actresses, intended to be a message of empowerment. Directed by Homi Adajania and based on a work written by Kersi Khambatta, the video features the voice of Deepika Padukone.



In my family, my father is the only male in the house, but all of us have a voice. I've always been allowed to be who I want to be. When you're not caged, when you don't succumb to expectation, that's when you're empowered.


The short filmed received a lot of harsh criticism and several pushback parodies.

Teen Pathar has now released a transgender version, available on the other side.



The Breakfast Club (Classical Gas)

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The Breakfast Club (Clichéd)

TV COMMERCIAL - 120 classical masterpieces Album - John Williams 70's 80's


Well, it's been 10 years and I hope I'm constantly surprising you
with facets of my character I have not yet revealed even when I write
within a restricted format (which is the essence of poetry).

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgI hate Borodin, just because of that commercial.

My therapist is leaving the medical group (oh, don't worry, it's
all related) with which I am associated and in our final session they
asked me-

"Do you answer to ek hornbeck?"

Yes, of course I do.

It's not a common name so it's easily picked out of the crowd
whereas regular names like Robert or Bob have instantly a dozen heads

Well, I'm not like that.  Not that my head doesn't spin because
it might be someone I know personally, but because I don't share myself
on the Internet.  Personally I Google rather poorly, ek hornbeck much
better, and my onion layers are part of the fascination-

Is he in Heaven?  Is he in Hell?  That damned elusive Pimpernel.

Except I'm more on the Robespierre side.

Tout institution qui ne suppose pas le peuple bon et le magistrat corruptible est vicieuse.

Yup, one of 500 and ignored on a rainy day.

But by 1833 when Borodin was born the struggles of 1789 were far in the past (hah). and he...

Well, he was an award wining chemist.

He dabbled in music and wrote several things but rarely finished
any of them, still he attracted the attention of the more serious
composers who saw flashes of talent and was considered one of The Balakirev Circle of new wave nationalist Russians because he was so conciously derivitative of popular folk tunes.

The Polovtsian Dances referenced in the commerical above were a part of his (unfinished) opera, Prince Igor, which was about the suppression of native Mongolians (the Polovtsians) by Prince Igor and has all the charms of Opera...

Let's review the rules, shall we?

The 3 rules of Opera.

  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

with an admirable mixture of genocide of the culture you are
stealing.  It has all the charm of a musical about Greasy Grass in which
Custer wins.

Oh and it and several other snippets were stolen by Broadway for Kismet.  Someday I'll chat about Nellie Forbush, a thoroughly unsympathetic character.

To his credit Borodin was an early advocate of Women's Rights and
despised by his "revolutionary" contemporaries in 'The Five' for
writing in conventional formats like Quartets, Concertos, and Symphonies
of which I offer you the two that he indesputedly finished all on his


Aleksander Borodin - Symphony No. 1 in E flat major - 1. Adagio

Borodin: Second Symphony LIVE Concert HD


So what does this say about me (aren't we all the star of our own movie)?  I like this role.  He's exactly like me only more in your face-

I'm not trying to prove anything. All I want
to do is teach my students that man just wasn't planted here like a
geranium in a flowerpot. That life comes from a long miracle; it didn't
just take seven days.

But it's against the law. A school teacher's a public servant. He should do what the law and the school board want him to.
Has the accused have anything to say in his own defense? If not, I
sentence you to life as a public servant. A silent butler in the service
of your school board. Waste baskets for ideas on sale in the outer

I don't see anything funny in this Mr. Hornbeck.
Objection sustained. Neither do I.

Then why don't you just leave us alone? You newspaper people have stirred up enough trouble for Bert. What do you want anyway?
I came to tell Boy Socrates here that the Baltimore Herald is opposed to Hemlock and will provide a lawyer.

Who? I don't know yet but what's the difference? A new lawyer with
old tricks, an old lawyer with new tricks. Wake up Copernicus! The law
is still on the side of the lawmakers and everything revolves around
their terra firma.

Then why bother, you and your newspaper?
Because I know that the sunrise is an optical illusion. My teacher told me so.

Sigh.  I have to break in a new therapist.  I think I'll start with this one-

What do you call a schizophrenic Buddhist?

Someone who is at two with the universe.

And actually, that's multiple personality disorder and I've never been diagnosed as anything except depressed and anxiety prone.


Obligatories, News and Blogs below.




Judge, jury uphold HERO

A state judge in Texas ruled that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) did not gather enough signatures to force a repeal referendum.

After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart.

Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,249 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

(As) a matter of fact and as a matter of law the Referendum Petition is not valid or enforceable in all respects.

--Judge Robert Schaffer



Free Nicoll

Nicoll Hernández-Polanco tried to enter this country twice when she was 17. The Guatemalan native was caught and deported.

In October of 2014, Nicoll again crossed the Sonora desert to the Arizona border. This time she turned herself in and asked for asylum. Guatemala is one of the most dangerous countries in the Western Hemisphere for transgender women, battling for second with Honduras behind Brazil.

Having experienced about a decade of sexual and physical abuse in Guatemala and then Mexico, ICE threw the new fish into the shark tank that is their Florence, AZ all-male detention center. Since she has been there she has been assaulted by another detainee, forced to shower with men, verbally abused by both the guards and the other inmates, and placed in solitary confinement for standing up for herself.

Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies without borders), the Transgender Law Center, and other LGBT and immigration rights advocates have been fighting for her release...for an end to the torture...but ICE refuses to budge. In their eyes, her deportation is a priority because of her two previous deportations.



The Breakfast Club (May The Force Be With You)

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 April 17th





Cuban exiles invade Bay of Pigs; Three astronauts of
Apollo 13 land safely in pacific ocean; Benjamin Franklin dies at age
84; JP Morgan born in Connecticut; Ford rolls out the Mustang

Breakfast Tunes




Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett (Album Version)





Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac


Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin





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