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Police Ignore Order to End High Speed Chase: Kill Couple After Firing 137 Times

This story did not receive too much attention prior to the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and now as a result of that overwhelmingly tragic event, I am afraid that this story will simply fade into oblivion.  In my opinion, this is yet another example of the out of control violence that has gripped America.  Initially, it would seem that this story is just another example of the out of control American police community, and the perverse belief that the act of fleeing the police justifies the use of deadly force.  However, I think that this story is representative of much more

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"My name is Mark Damico, and I'm tired."

My name is Mark Damico, and I'm tired.

My name is Mark Damico, and I’m tired. I’m tired of being told that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Two days ago a crazy man with a knife attacked 23 people, most of them children at a school in China. None of them died. Yesterday, a crazy man with a gun attacked 27 people, most of them children, at a school in Connecticut. Twenty-six of them died. You do the math.

My name is Mark Damico, and I’m tired. I’m tired of being told that there is no absolute right to free speech in this country, no absolute right to a quick and fair trial, and no absolute right that I won’t be tortured. But when I say that there should also be no absolute right to possess a gun, I’m marginalized, scoffed at and called a “bleeding heart”. I know of 20 children and 7 adults whose hearts bled today enough for me for all eternity.

My name is Mark Damico, and I’m tired. I’m tired of being told that “it’s too soon” to talk about meaningful gun control after such a tragedy. That it’s “insensitive”, as though bringing up the fact that in some places in this country it is easier and quicker to buy a gun than it is to buy a new phone can be more insensitive than losing your child, or mother, or father, sister, brother.

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Terror, Horror and Human Rights (or rather lack thereof)

I hope you can wade through to the end. This is important. And I think it is even more important to share the first three stories in order to highlight the last one. So I'll start in India, then proceed to Indonesia, followed by Cote d'Ivoire.

But those place names could just have easily have been Washington, DC, Indianapolis, or Charleston. This is one area where America is much less than spectacular.

The places could be anywhere where some people are considered less than human. For us transgender people that doesn't exclude much of this planet.

The stories will set the background for the story from New York about UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and others speaking about Human Rights Day.

I caution the reader that there is violence in the first stories.

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Not so much equality

Somewhere along the line the concept of equality has become muddled. We can certainly see that in deliberations around North America in the past week.

In Boise, ID, Helena, MT, East Aurora, IL and Canada we have seen what happens when the public chooses to consider the equality of minority people...especially those of us in minorities that most people don't know much about, don't want to know much about and generally detest anyway.

The idea that giving us equal protection under the law will endanger other people because a third set of people might take advantage of our protections is just ludicrous. It's like saying that disabled people shouldn't have protections because able-bodied people might use their set-aside parking spaces.

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Gender Prison: Liberation Day

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association approved the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which will now be known as the DSM-5 (as part of the dumbing down of America, it was apparently found necessary to stop using Roman numerals).

Among other changes, such as the revamping of the autism disorder spectrum, the new version of the manual no longer classifies people who are transgender or gender non-conforming as mentally disordered. Additionally compulsive hoarding will now be in a category of its own and PTSD will be moved into its own chapter, with more sensitivity to children and adolescents.

Until now, the term “gender identity disorder” has been used to diagnose people who are transgender. For conservatives, this has provided rhetorical carte blanche to describe the entire trans committee as disordered, delusional, and mentally ill. In some cases, this diagnosis has even been used to discriminate against trans people, with claims that they are unfit parents or employees, as examples. On the other hand, insurance companies have been more willing to cover the expenses associated with transition under this language, because treatment for a disorder is considered medically necessary, rather than cosmetic.

The final editing process will take place until December and the new manual will be released at the APA annual meeting in San Francisco in May and take effect then.

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Gender Prison: "story-telling, mythmaking, and fear mongering"

It's a socially conservative women's group. They support "the values of traditional family and marriage." Yada, yada. One can infer that the "REAL women" is "as opposed to feminists."

Not that they are not opposed to transwomen…they truly are. But they are not opposed to only us.

So currently there is a bill (C-279) before the Canadian Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights which would extend the specific protection of the Canadian Human Rights Code on the basis of gender identity and gender expression and additionally add those categories to the criteria for hate crimes.

REAL Women of Canada is sending (as I write this. By now, it is "has sent") a researcher to testify today. There was a written submission prepared ahead of time.

It is for the purposes of response to that submission that we rise today.

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So, Petraeus, Broadwell, Libya, secret prisons . ..

Some of us were discussing this report and article from CNN.  Here's where we can conspiracize to our hearts' content.  Why not?  We'll likely never know the truth, with all these unrelliable sources and diverse motives.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/us/petraeus-cia-resignation/index.html

 

 

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Changing American Demographics Favor Progressives

                Progressives have long discussed why so many Americans continually vote against their own interests.  Americans have a long history of voting for politicians that enact legislation which makes the lives of the majority more difficult.  For decades the conservatives have masterfully used social issues to garner support from voters who would normally not support conservative ideology.  By using divisive social issues the Republicans have been able to convince a large number of voters to actually vote against their own economic interests.  Conservatives have skillfully used the

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Election Results: Victories and Defeats Open Thread: UPDATED 2X North Dakota Senate Flips From Red to Blue

What a night.  I stayed up far too late last night and now I'm running on fumes.  Staying up past midnight and getting up at 4:30 is definitely a young man's game.  However, I am mostly satisified with the news from last night.  I want to set aside the presidential race for a moment and focus on the State races.  There was a lot of good news coming out of the State races.  Here are just a few of the reasons I'm happy today:

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Biden: Anti-transgender discrimination "the civil rights issue of our time"

So Joe Biden was leaving an Obama-Biden campaign office in Sarasota, Florida after making a surprise visit yesterday, when a woman "who he thought had beautiful eyes" caught his attention.

She said something ...at first inaudible to pool, to which VP responded was the "civil rights issue of our time"


Pool later asked the woman, Linda Carragher Bourne of Sarasota about the exchange. She said her daughter was Miss Trans New England and asked if he would help them.


"A lot of my friends are being killed, and they don't have the civil rights yet. These guys are gonna make it happen," she told the pool.


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