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Opposition from on high

Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft. More.

Criticism of Trump's anti-transgender maneuver has been swift and vocal.

It's destined to fall on deaf ears, however.

It's ultimately going to come down to the business community to stop it because it's so bad for business.

--Christopher Gergen, Forward Impact

The action taken by the administration is troubling and goes against all that we believe in.

--Yahoo

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Still and forever a Democrat

Still and forever a Democrat

I understand some of the rhetoric. I've been there. Heck, I'll be 68 in 22 days. How could I not have been where you feel you are now.

When I was 18, I was a McCarthy supporter, but was deemed too young to vote. One might think that would be enough to put me off the whole concept of voting right there.

I backed McGovern in 1972. We know how that worked out.

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New Jersey transgender rights bill resurrected

A bill to allow transgender people born in New Jersey to change the sex listed on on their birth certificate without being required to have undergone surgery rises for the third time today.

Though New Jersey has issued changed birth certificates to residents who undergo sex reassignment surgery since the nineteen-eighties, those who do not want or cannot afford surgery have no recourse. A new version of the bill goes to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Thursday.

On the previous two occasions the bill appeared, it was passed, only to be vetoed by Governor Chris Christie, who claimed that the bill opened the door for "fraud, deception and abuse."

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The Notorious RBG: "The Best and Hardest Job I've Ever Had"

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka The Notorious RBG, sat down for an exclusive interview with MSNBC's Irin Carmon. During the interview she spoke on numerous
subjects including the dysfunctional congress, abortion, marriage
equality, sexism, retirement and tattoos.

 

 

Full interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Full transcript can be read here  

 

 

 

 

 

CARMON: So I know that you have no intention of
retiring, and correct me if I'm wrong, anytime soon. But I'm wondering
what you want your successor to look like?

GINSBURG: My successor will be the choice of whatever president is
sitting at that time. But I'm concerned about doing the job full steam.
And I've said many times, once I sense that I am slipping, I will step
down. Because this is a very intense job. It is by far the best and the
hardest job I've ever had. And it takes a lot of energy and staying
power to do it right. So that is when I will step down, when I feel I
can no longer do the job full steam.


 

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I am a Lesbian

It was early October of 2007. Congress was finally considering ENDA...although anyone with half a brain knew that the Half-a-Brain-in Chief in the White House would eventually veto anything which might be passed that was beneficial to LGBT people. And John Aravosis was hell-bent on snipping the T off the end of LGBT...because we were just too pushy.

That was the setting in which I wrote the following essay.

The graphic at the right is entitled Lace Egg

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Visas for Translators: Even Kafka Wouldn't Put His Name on This

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver tackled an issue that has
gotten little attention from the mainstream media, helping to save the
Iraqis and Afghans that helped the United States in the wars it started
in their countries. The audience may have laughed but much of this is
heartbreaking and anger inducing, anger at the United States for being
so inhumane and heartless.

 

Translators 

 

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50 Years After Freedom Summer

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation.
It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that
served the general public ("public accommodations"). Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were upplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment.

This year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer,
also known as the Mississippi Project, a campaign to register as many
African-American voters as possible, especially in the state of
Mississippi. That campaign was marked with violence by the locals directed against the outsiders.

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On the Moral Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party: Charlie Crist (Exhibit A)

I lived in Florida for five years. Because I donated to and volunteered for Democrats in Florida, I find myself on about a billion different fundraising "activist" email lists. So it was no surprise to me that every Democrat running for something in Florida contacted me today to let me know that if I would just chip in $5 or $10 to help candidate X win election Y, they will "fight" to overturn today's SCOTUS verdicts.

But when I got this email from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (the ex-Independent who used to be a Republican), my stomach turned:


Inserted teaser:
   click through the fold to see what it was that turned type1error's stomach

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