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The Coalition of the Left was thrilled when New Hampshire voters elected “the first openly transgendered legislator” to the statehouse because … unless one is conservative… victim-group status trumps qualifications every time.  So how did this triumph of identity politics work out?

Not so well.

Stacie Laughton, the state’s first openly transgender legislator who was elected to the House of Representatives and then withdrew her candidacy days later, said Thursday that she is the person responsible for calling in a hoax bomb threat at a local hospital.

After spending two weeks receiving treatment at a Vermont hospital for bipolar disorder, Laughton walked into the Nashua Police Department at noon on Thursday and turned herself in on a warrant for the Feb. 27 incident.

Gee, who would have thought being estranged from the biological reality of one’s existence might be connected to mental illness?

Reading on — and noting that the press accounts avoid any mention of party affiliation, I had to go to wikipedia to confirm he’s a Democrat — it seems this individual had a few felonious contacts with the criminal justice system relating to credit fraud.

A mentally ill leftist with a history of fraud? Surely there’s a place for him in some blue state’s congressional delegation.

Cue the music…


Another Fake Gay SJW “Hate Crime”

Posted by V the K at 10:04 pm - March 3, 2015.
Filed under: Coalition of the Oppressed

Another sad drama queen, another desperate plea for attention.

An LGBT rights advocate in Ohio was charged Tuesday with making false statements after he posted on social media that he was being abducted, a Greene Township police official told BuzzFeed News.

Adam Hoover, the Co-President of Marriage Equality Ohio, posted on Twitter and Facebook on Monday evening

I am guessing that his lie is okay because it illuminated a larger narrative or something. When there’s no real oppression left to victimize you, I guess you gotta stage it yourself.


It Should Be Much Easier to Achieve Social Justice with Fewer Capitalist Oppressors Around

Posted by V the K at 7:29 pm - August 31, 2014.
Filed under: Coalition of the Oppressed

The company that owns the iconic QT convenience store that was torched on the first night of the riots in Ferguson, MO has no plans to re-open the store.

A QuikTrip official told The Gateway Pundit the company has no plans on rebuilding in Ferguson and that the looted store was barely breaking even.

You go, social justice seekers! Drive all the businesses out of your hood. That’ll show those racist cops.


By the way, some cops in Ottawa, Kansas shot an unarmed white kid to death last week. Oddly enough, the citizenry did not respond by burning and looting local businesses.

Many Animals Evoke Racist Thoughts

Students at the University of Minnesota in St. Thomas wanted to bring a camel onto campus to acknowledge “hump” day (not to be confused with “Sex Week.“)  But the event was canceled after some students — I am not making this up – objected because the presence of a camel might offend students from the Middle East.

Students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

So, if the sight of a camel is said to offend Middle Easterners… what other types of animals are too offensive to have on a college campus?

Ban Buffalo –Might offend American Indians

Ban Elephants — Might offend Africans

Ban Pandas — Might offend Asians

Ban Siamese Cats — Might offend Thais.

Ban Turkeys — Might offend the Turkish

Ban Moose — Might offend Canadians

Below the jump is the response of the college administration; notable mainly for its tone of “Oh, you guys are so great and all of opinions are valid and you’re all special snowflakes whose opinions really matter a lot.” Calling out stupid, ignorant people on their ignorance and stupidity is just not done.


Texas A&M to Give Special Gay and Transgendered Snowflakes Their Very Own Super Special Graduation Ceremony

Because Texas A&M wants to give extra-special recognition for the amazing achievement of being gay or confused about gender identity.

With the spring semester winding down, Texas A&M is set to host its inaugural “Lavender Graduation” celebrating the commencement of its LGBT students.

The mid-April event is sponsored by the university’s GLBT Resource Center which falls within the university’s Offices of the Dean of Student Life. According to its website, the resource center is “dedicated to providing a safe and affirming location on campus for all students regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.”

Because it just isn’t enough to just accept people’s gayness, you have to celebrate it, dammit! Celebrate it at every opportunity. And if you don’t celebrate gayness every moment of every day, then you obviously hate gay people and want them to suffer and be miserable.

The Crazy Is Strong with This One

Man-Hating Radical Feminist Dingbat says all sex is rape.

Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV [Ed: penis in vagina] and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes no sense at all.

First, well intercourse is NEVER sex for women. Only men experience rape as sexual and define it as such. Sex for men is the unilateral penetration of their penis into a woman (or anything else replacing and symbolising the female orifice) whether she thinks she wants it or not – which is the definition of rape: that he will to do it anyway and that he uses her and treats her as a receptacle, in all circumstances – it makes no difference to him experiencing it as sexual. That is, at the very least, men use women as useful objects and instruments for penetration, and women are dehumanised by this act.

I am betting that the chances she makes a decent sammitch are nil.

And if you’re saying, “Surely I am excluded from her lunacy because I am a ghey,” sorry. She’s says teh buttsecks is bad too because it SYMBOLIZES the immoral penetration of a vajayjay. Masturbation … also wrong. In fact, anything that could possible make a man feel happy in any way is wrong because men suck.

She does have advice for men who want to repent of their evil rapist ways: Become a eunuch and give up all of your possessions, property, money, and rights away to women. (Check the link, I did not make that up.) Note, don’t expect forgiveness, much less gratitude, if you do give up everything you own to The Sisterhood. She will still hate you because you’re a hated penis-bearer.

But remember, to the left, what she proposes is not lunacy. Fiscally responsible and Constitutionally restrained Government as advocated by the Tea Party… *that* is considered lunacy.

Hat Tip: Jawa by way of Ace

Today’s Appalling Facebook Meme

Wow, just wow, is about all I can say in response to this piece of leftist rationalization which I saw today on Facebook.  It goes without saying that we’d be hearing something VERY DIFFERENT from this fellow if there was a Republican president.

The message here boils down to: freedom doesn’t matter, liberty doesn’t matter, rights don’t matter, and the most important role for government is to stand for “social justice.”  Here’s the link, but I’ve quoted the whole thing in its appalling entirety below:

Things I’m more worried about than my phone being tapped:
Global warming. The richest 1% controlling more wealth than the bottom 50%. Homelessness. Gutting the food stamp program. The rich hiding several Trillion untaxed dollars. Secretaries paying more in taxes than billionaires. Politicians being bought and sold. Malaria and starvation. More people per capita in prison than any other country. The “war” on drugs. More black men in prison than in college. Rising cost of education and health care. The rise of extremism. The continued oppression of women. The general lack of compassion in the world. The degree to which we all blame our problems on others and close our eyes to our own irrationality.
That more people are outraged by a small loss of privacy than any of these other issues.

Should I add “People who write in sentence fragments” to his list of outrages more “worrisome” than a government which spends all its time monitoring its people, or is that just my pet peeve?

Not surprisingly, the best responses to this kind of thing date to the founding of the Republic.  We’ve always got the classic from Benjamin Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

But in this context, where the message is to sacrifice liberty for “social justice,” I think Sam Adams might be better, though trying to choose just one passage that is appropriate is rather like an embarrassment of riches.  I have long admired this one:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Perhaps this one is better: “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

And just in case the Obamalaise is getting to you, here’s one worth repeating regularly: “Nil desperandum, — Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.”

Gay Groups Capitulate To Obama… Again

Let’s file this under the category: “If This Nominee Was President Bush’s…”

OutServe-SLDN Statement on Hagel Apology

(Washington, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson released the following statement in reaction to an aplogy issued today by former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for remarks made in 1998. The apology was reported by Washington Post.

“We are pleased that Senator Hagel recognized the importance of retracting his previous statement about Ambassador Hormel and affirming his commitment to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and LGBT military families. We look forward to learning more about his commitment to full LGBT military equality as this nomination and confirmation process unfolds,” she said.

The hypocrisy of gay groups and their lickspittle use of kneepads when it comes to anything-Obama is more than revolting at this point.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Lesbians Charged With “Hate Crime” For Beating Up…. A Gay Guy

Now I’ve seen everything…

Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station in an unusual case that experts say exposes the law’s flawed logic. (emphasis added)

“My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.”

Prosecutors and the ACLU of Massachusetts said no matter the defendants’ sexual orientation, they can still face the crime of assault and battery with intent to intimidate, which carries up to a 10-year prison sentence, by using hateful language.

Are you KIDDING me?!?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Hiding Israel’s record on gays behind the “pinkwashing” slogan

In a letter to the New York Times explaining why Israeli Prime Minister Binnyamin Netanyahu “respectfully declined” to write an op-ed piece for the old gray lady, his senior advisor Ron Dermer provides his correspondent with many examples of the paper’s bias, including this one:

Yet instead of trying to balance these views with a different opinion, it would seem as if the surest way to get an op-ed published in the New York Times these days, no matter how obscure the writer or the viewpoint, is to attack Israel. Even so, the recent piece on “Pinkwashing,” in which Israel is vilified for having the temerity to champion its record on gay-rights, set a new bar that will be hard for you to lower in the future.

Pinkwashing, as Matthew Ackerman reported last month

. . . refers to the efforts by the state of Israel and Israel advocacy organizations to promote Israel’s liberal treatment of its gay population, which is certainly the freest, by an extreme long shot, in its region and perhaps in the entire Western world, where even San Francisco may not be as welcoming to gays as Tel Aviv.

The attractiveness of this kind of argument is easy to see. Because Israel is seen most harshly in the West by the left, it is the “progressive” case for Israel that must be made. (Evangelicals and conservatives, presumably, will go on loving the Jewish state no matter how large or, shall we say, exuberant, the Tel Aviv gay pride parade becomes.) Since the left today reflexively voices its concern over gay rights, the thinking goes, highlight sexual freedom in Israel.

Despite the facts on the ground, many “progressive” voices, including those otherwise sympathetic to gay causes, bend over backwards to fault Israel, even creating the term “pinkwashing” to fault those who would highlight the rights openly gay people enjoy in the Jewish State, freedoms denied them in most nations in the Middle East. (more…)

Jamie Kirchick’s window into (the reactionary nature of) contemporary liberalism

On Monday, realizing that nearly 500 e-mails had accumulated in my blog and personal e-mail accounts, I started wading through them, going through nearly 200 e-mails.  I did catch a few personal ones I missed, but most (fortunately!) were just links to (or summaries of) news and opinion pieces which I mostly skimmed over.

A number caught my eye, including this one from the globe-trotting Jamie Kirchick:

The subtitle struck me even more than the title, “The political legacy of opposition to apartheid has devolved into hostility toward the West — and sympathy for anyone else engaged in ‘anti-imperial struggle’”. It’s almost as if that statement defines many facets of American liberalism — and other left-wing ideologies — particularly since the Civil Rights movement.

All too many on the left saw segregation not as an ugly stain on a noble experiment, but instead as a defining aspect of America. In opposing that heinous system, many became hostile toward the United States and, by extension, the West. Their animosity is often furthered by the way the legacy of the Civil Rights’ movement is taught on college campi. Western civilization, our teachers tell us, is fundamentally hostile to “the other.”

No wonder some left-wing outfits show support for the ostensible representatives of other oppressed groups, even when those representatives are themselves hostile to those supposedly represented by the groups themselves. Witness Codepink. Or “Queers for Palestine.

All too few (alas!) recognize that Dr. King drew on the very best of the Western tradition in crafting his (successful) movement to end segregation, frequently citing, in his speeches, our country’s founding documents and national hymns and regularly referencing Scripture and lessons drawn from his education in Christian theology.

The moral authority of those who belong to minority groups

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:12 pm - June 20, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,Coalition of the Oppressed

Earlier today, reader ILoveCapitalism e-mailed me asking why I hadn’t blogged on the fake lesbian blogger controversy.  In suggesting that I didn’t have “to gloat or anything”, he got at part of the reason I have yet to comment on the matter, at least not in a public forum.

I mean, when I first heard that ostensible lesbian “Paula Brooks” was really a man, I smiled in amusement, given how she, er, he and I had tangled in our comments section.  Seems he felt he only had the moral authority to take on gay conservatives in the guise of a lesbian.

Bill Graber who masqueraded as Ms. Brooks was not the only straight man to play a lesbian on the Internets, “Tom MacMaster, the editor of the lesbian news site Lez Get Real,” where “Paula” also blogged, acknowledged that “he was behind the persona of” Amina Arraf AKA “A Gay Girl in Damascus”.

MacMaster and Graber seem to have understood something about the mentality of the left today, that a lesbian has greater moral authority by dint of her minority status, or as, Maureen Dowd might put it, moral authority of those who belong to victim groups is absolute.

RELATED:  Michael Petrelis reports that “straight married Anglo-American Tom MacMaster, the hoaxer behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, is very upset with blogger Max Blumenthal“, so upset indeed that he’s thinking of suing.”  Petrelis welcomes the lawsuit as it could “bring a lot more scrutiny to MacMaster and his hoax”.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  ILoveCapitalism offers:

- Straight white men who support a form of politics (“progressive”, politically correct) that made them feel ignored and marginalized to the point where they had to go into a closet just to be taken seriously, hiding their real selves. Umm, what’s that expression that leaps to mind… “self-hating”? (more…)

Why Israel’s Record on Gays is Relevant

Despite the adulation that President Obama enjoys in most gay circles, he has refused to address the persecution of our fellows around the world.  It is particularly striking that while he has delivered two speeches in the past four days on the Middle East, citing in his speech this past Thursday at the State Department, our promotion of “political reform and human rights in the region“, he did not mention the plight of homosexuals suffering under Islamicist oppression.

Nor had he mentioned their suffering in his June 4, 2009 speech in Cairo.

Perhaps, it’s because on gay issues, he takes his cues from the gay left, all too many who fear losing their sense of solidarity with the broader “progressive” movement for whom alliance with some of America’s enemies is paramount.  All too often they lose sight of the individuals who suffer under the rule of anti-American regimes.

Over at Commentary Contentions, Jonathan S. Tobin wonders at “David Kaufman’s bizarre and confused article in Time magazine that focuses on ‘pink washing’—the term used by leftists to describe the discussion of Israel’s stance on gay rights.” Kaufman, Tobin finds, is concerned that some cite Israel’s exemplary record on gays as a “cover to stop people from denouncing Israel for its alleged abuse of the Palestinians”:

The reason why Israel’s gay rights record is relevant to the broader discussion about the conflict in the Middle East is not a matter of mere public relations. The point here is one of understanding the difference between an open society and a culture rooted in fundamentalist Islam and irredentist nationalism, which sees all minorities as objects of hate. The drive to isolate and eradicate the one non-Muslim majority country in the Middle East is rooted in the intolerance that is at the core of the culture of Israel’s foes. The equal rights enjoyed by gays in Israel and the oppression and violence they face in Palestinian society as well as in much of the Arab world is a perfect example of the difference between liberal democracy and intolerant Islam.

Read the whole thing.

If the president is such an ally of gay people, why is he so unwilling to hold up Israel as an exemplar of how a nation in the Middle East should treat gay people?  And to encourage its Arab nations to follow that example?

(H/t:  ThatGayConservative.)

No, being gay does not mean you should back organized labor

My friend Rick Sincere just alerted me to an interesting post over at Truth on the Market.  There University of Missouri law professor Thom Lambert takes University of Pennsylvania law professor Tobias Wolff to task for contending that, as Lambert puts it, “if you’re gay, you should support expansive collective bargaining rights for labor unions“:

The three reasons he articulates for equating labor union rights with relationship rights are far from convincing.  The first — the fact that “LGBT Americans come from the same economic and demographic origins as all Americans” – proves too much.  If gay people are really representative of all Americans, then some gays — say, public school teachers – benefit from expansive rights for public sector unions, and other gays — say, business executives in high tax brackets — are harmed by them.  To be fair, Wolff does suggest that gay people may be disproportionately impacted by reduced employment benefits because they lack various legal protections affored to others, but doesn’t that suggest that the real problem, the place where gays should focus their energies, is the lack of equal protection?  Moreover, one could make a strong argument that gay people, who have fewer dependents on average than straight people, have less need for lucrative employee benefits.  In any event, Wolff’s initial argument is hardly compelling.

Neither is his second argument.  Surely the fact that a group expresses support for gay equality and offers gay people various resources does not create a “reciprocal obligation” on the part of gay people to support all that group stands for.

Read the whole thing.

Yes, all too many gays on the left believe they must find common cause with other left-of-center interest groups.  Their real concern is advancing their liberal agenda.  Look, gay men and lesbians should be free to associate with and offer support to various Democratic interest groups and auxiliaries, but they should make clear that this is primarily out of partisan preference or agreement on certain issues.  They shouldn’t try to dress it up as advocacy for gay individuals.

Calling Lambert’s post “worth a read“, Dale Carpenter adds

. . . that Wolff’s argument comes from a long political tradition, going back at least to the 1950s, which maintains that gay rights are inextricably tied to a host of causes supported by self-styled progressives — everything from abortion rights to various left-wing revolutionary movements.   (more…)

Why can only straight, white male Christians* be oppressors?

When reader V the K e-mailed a link reporting that “75 percent of religious persecution being carried out against Christians,” I sent back a hasty response, edited for clarity:

Shhh. . . don’t tell the left.  It’ll upset their narrative.  Remember, white male Christians are responsible for the most persecution in the world.

One day, someone will have to examine why so many on the left have decided that the only oppression that matters is that done by white Christians or Jews.  Why do so many in the West, those with a European Jude0-Christian background, assume the victim always be the “other”?

Well, it seems one of our readers has.  Writing on his blog, he looks at how these Westerners have turned out society’s tradition of self-correction against itself:

Part of the trouble with this noble self-criticism, based as it is on the multiculty prescript that one may critique one’s one people but not another’s (especially if brown), is that the other groups are not doing this. While Westerners flagellate themselves in this ongoing and interminable White Lent, the other tribes are flexing their muscles, singing their virtues and heartily agreeing with us that we do not deserve to live. This is a part of why Obama’s repentance and apology tours provoke me so much.

A lot of liberal behavior reminds me of two particularly female psychopathologies: bulemia and self-cutting.   Liberals, especially the comfortable classes, alternately gobble up the pleasures of the West and then, guilt ridden, vomit them out. And it seems that they are happiest when they are cutting up their own bodies.

Read the whole thing.

RELATED:  DOJ to white male bullying victims: Tough luck

*or Jews.

Canceling a gay pride event to avoid offending religious conservatives!?! UPDATED

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - March 14, 2011.
Filed under: Coalition of the Oppressed,Gay PC Silliness

Someone should alert Gary Bauer and others who seek an end to gay pride parades.  Gay activists in the UK want to cancel a march because it might offend members of a particular religious group.  So, maybe ol’ Gary should just follow their lead claim offense; gay groups on this side of the pond will surely capitulate.

Fearing that a gay pride parade in London’s East End “will cause tensions between gay people and Muslims“, some activists want to cancel a march scheduled in response to “to anti-gay stickers plastered around the East End“:

An open letter signed by Out East chair Thierry Schaffauser and Terry Stewart of the Hackney Community Engagement Board claims that the Pride march may “divide our communities” or be used “to oppress other marginalised groups”.

Out East organises Hackney Pride and the letter has also been signed by Denis Fernando of Unite Against Fascism and the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils.

It says: “We believe that the most appropriate response to the stickers is to liaise with Muslim communities and others to create bridges and communicate with each other.

“We want both homophobia and Islamophobia addressed as a collective problem and not feed one against the other, we do not recognise these as distinct categories.

“We will refuse any attempt to divide our communities or take the risk that an LGBTQ event is used to oppress other marginalised groups, in particular LGBTQ Muslims who will be the most affected by this rising antagonism.”

That’s rich.  These folks have the view that all victims are alike; if you’re an approved victim of Western straight white male hegemony, then we need address animosity (or perceived animosity”) as a “collective problem.”  Wow, just wow.  These guys are more concerned with offending Muslims than they are with speaking out against anti-gay bigotry.

If Muslim groups have a problem with a gay pride march, wouldn’t that indicate that they harbor, um, well, politically incorrect sentiments about gay people?  It seems that some gay activists are so desperate to be part of this coalition of the oppressed that the ignore how many Islamist regimes oppress gays — while other Islamist organizations, even in Western countries, favor our marginalization if not persecution.

Meanwhile back on our own shores,

A group of gay lefty organizations who CLAIM they exist to work on behalf of gay people actually put out a press release on Friday attacking Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization. Nevermind that radical Islam teaches that the penalty for being gay is DEATH. Honestly, the Onion couldn’t have written this release. (more…)