The five percent solution

“To our transgender brothers and sisters, we will not allow a federal nondiscrimination or hate crimes bill to move forward that does not include you. You are us and we will not walk down the path to equality without you at our side.”

–Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, speaking at a tranny conference in Kansas City. Basically, he’s proposing political suicide. (NOTE: I do not support hate crimes legislation for any minority — murder is murder, hate is hate, but that’s another discussion.)

It’s not an all or nothing world, and Foreman — typical of the shortsighted queer establishment — has betrayed 95 percent of his constituency, as gay journalist Chris Crain points out

It’s one thing to promise that “gender identity or expression” will be added to the categories to be protected in legislation to ban bias in the workplace, housing, public accommodations and the like, as well as to a federal hate crime bill. It’s quite another to promise to fight our own gay rights bills if there’s insufficient support for trans protections in Congress.

That’s every bit the betrayal it would have been for Martin Luther King, Jr., himself — he who said an injustice toward one is injustice toward all — to promise civil rights legislation based on race wouldn’t go forward until sexual orientation could be added; or for feminist leaders to promise no protection based on gender in federal civil rights laws until sexual orientation could be included.

I’ll be your monkey man

Beachwoodsparks0146Meandering through MySpace tonight, I landed on the Beachwood Sparks page and rediscovered a song I thought was named "Sweet Julie Ann" (for obvious reasons). Actually, it’s "Black Diamond," a great fucking tune from the band’s early days that I hadn’t heard in years. Listen here, download and thank me later. ("We’d Love to See You" is also well worth a listen.) 

I first saw Beachwood Sparks — along with Stanley Roper — on one of the second stages at the "This Ain’t No Picnic" festival back in 2000. There wasn’t much we didn’t like that day (X marked the spot), but Beachwood survived the temporary euphoria and no doubt will remain in my rotation 20 years on. Scourge

Speaking of atmospheric pop folk, check out "Water wings" by The Scourge of the Sea (yet another good call by Cable & Tweed).

Noted and quoted, defining the GOP edition

What’s gone wrong with the GOP? Let me start by quoting a friend who is both gay and conservative (yes, I know several such): “I’m for low taxes, strong defense and limited government. Why doesn’t the Republican party want me?”

There’s a two-part answer to that question and neither half is good news. The first is that today’s GOP doesn’t really want gays — and it yearns to supervise everybody else’s bedroom and reproductive behavior as well as (implicitly, at least) their relationship to God. The second is that Republicans are no longer really in favor of limited government. Besides having their own version of a nanny state, they want to spend and spend, start program after program, ladle out the pork, make deals with influence peddlers, and spin the revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street. Yes, they still pretend to favor low taxes but that’s an illusion; they pay for limitless government via huge deficits that will mean high taxes for my granddaughter.

Chester Finn, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution (a conservative think tank) and an assistant secretary of education under Reagan

Racism sells

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THE K-K-Kramer scandal murdered Michael Richards’ career – but it’s doing wonders for sales of the latest “Seinfeld” DVD.

Season 7 of the popular sitcom is outselling the Season 6 set (released on the same day last year) by more than 75 percent, and more than 90 percent over season 5 at some online DVD retailers, according to TMZ.com.

Meanwhile, pedophiles go free

From 1995 to 2003, inmates in federal prison for drug offenses have accounted for 49 percent of total prison population growth.

One in every 32 American adults were behind bars, on probation or on parole at the end of 2005, according to the Justice Department. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent from the previous year. So this is how the drug war works — more people behind bars, and more drugs on the street.

Legalize it, man — it’s the only solution.

The five percent solution

"To our transgender brothers and sisters, we will not allow a federal nondiscrimination or hate crimes bill to move forward that does not include you. You are us and we will not walk down the path to equality without you at our side."

–Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, speaking at a tranny conference in Kansas City. Basically, he’s proposing political suicide. (NOTE: I do not support hate crimes legislation for any minority — murder is murder, hate is hate, but that’s another discussion.)

It’s not an all or nothing world, and Foreman — typical of the shortsighted queer establishment — has betrayed 95 percent of his constituency, as gay journalist Chris Crain points out

It’s one thing to promise that "gender identity or expression" will be added to the categories to be protected in legislation to ban bias in the workplace, housing, public accommodations and the like, as well as to a federal hate crime bill. It’s quite another to promise to fight our own gay rights bills if there’s insufficient support for trans protections in Congress.

That’s every bit the betrayal it would have been for Martin Luther King, Jr., himself — he who said an injustice toward one is injustice toward all — to promise civil rights legislation based on race wouldn’t go forward until sexual orientation could be added; or for feminist leaders to promise no protection based on gender in federal civil rights laws until sexual orientation could be included.