Saturday, July 31, 2021

Saturday 9: Dead Skunk

 Sam’s Saturday 9: Dead Skunk (1972)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a poor dead skunk that stinks "to high heaven." Have you ever experienced the spray from a skunk?

Oh yes!

My bedroom windows are awing type windows that crank out from the bottom.

So one spring night with the windows wide open I woke up gasping for breath, the room was filled with skunk. It was so bad I had to sleep on the couch in the living room for a week, my bedroom reeked of skunk.

The next morning I went out looked around my bedroom windows and right under my window was a skunk head, tail, and entrails. My theory was an owl killed it under my window.

2) Dennis Oliver, a disc jockey in Quincy, IL, played this song every night at 9:00 PM for decades. The only thing that got him to stop was being moved to the morning slot. What song do you never tire of?

I think any song by the Eagles.

3) At Georgia Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium, the fans sing this during the 7th inning stretch of their baseball games. Do you know the lyrics of the more conventional 7th inning choice, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?"


4) This week's featured artist, Loudon Wainwright III, can play many instruments, but is said to enjoy banjo and ukulele best. If you could magically become proficient on any instrument right now, which would you choose, and why?

A guitar because it is portable and can be played anywhere.

5) He appeared as Capt. Spalding on several episodes of M*A*S*H in the 1970s. If you could transport yourself into the world of your favorite TV show, which would you choose?

Well first off it wouldn’t be M*A*S*H who wants to be in the middle of a war.

Dr. Who’s universe, time travel would be so neat.

6) Loudon's mother was a yoga instructor. What did you most recently do for exercise?



I am sorry to say don't exercise enough.

7) He went to St. Andrew's School in Delaware, where the movie Dead Poet's Society, starring Robin Williams, was filmed. When you think of Robin Williams, do you recall his dramatic movie roles, his funny movies, his comedy routines, or Mork from Ork?

All of them! He was a great comedian and actor, what ever he did was great.

8) In 1973, when this song was popular, Norman Mailer created a great deal of buzz with his book about Marilyn Monroe. Do you read many biographies and memoirs? Or do you prefer to read fiction?

I think any Saturday 9er knows the answer… I read science fiction.

9) Random question: You're on the road, traveling through a town you've never been in before, and ready to stop for a quick bite. On one side of the street is a cute little diner called Mom's. On the other side is McDonald's. Which do you choose?

Um… any Burger Kings or Subways in town?

I am a creature of habit, I have a hard time going to a strange place.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 30, 2021

What Would You Do?

Do you remember that ABC show by that name?

Well suppose that you are LGBTQ+ and you are getting married, would you invite your anti-LGBTQ+ grandmother? Would you invite her to keep the family peace? Would you give take the high road and invite her?

Now suppose your grandmother is Anita Bryant.
The granddaughter of a notorious anti-gay rights activist is marrying a woman — and she's not sure whether to invite her grandmother to the wedding
By Julia Naftulin
July 26, 2021

Sarah Green said she came out to her grandmother, anti-gay rights crusader Anita Bryant, on her 21st birthday.

After Bryant, a famed singer and devout Christian, sang Green "Happy Birthday," she told her a husband would be in her future.

"And I just snapped and was like, 'I hope that he doesn't come along because I'm gay, and I don't want a man to come along,'" Green said on an episode of Slate's podcast "One Year."

That's when Green said her grandmother told her homosexuality doesn't exist.
Now 81, Bryant lives in a world where gay marriage is legal, and her granddaughter is planning her own nuptials with another woman.

Whoa, talk about karma.
"It's very hard to argue with someone who thinks that an integral part of your identity is just an evil delusion," Green said. "She wants a relationship with a person who doesn't exist because I'm not the person she wants me to be."
So now is the wedding and the bride has a decision to make.
It's been years since Green came out to Bryant. She's now planning her wedding, but is unsure if she should invite her grandmother.

"I think I probably will eventually just call her and ask if she even wants an invitation, because I genuinely do not know how she would respond. I don't know if she would be offended if I didn't invite her," Green said on the episode.
So what would you do?

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Big Lie.

So what does the “Big Lie” has to do with trans issues?

Well the very same people who are pushing the “Big Lie” are the very same politicians who are pushing anti-trans legislation.

First up… None of the Republicans who are pushing the lie believe in the lie, they are more concerned about winning their next election. They know that elections are won by a narrow margins and that makes strange bedfellows.
GOP Rep. Admits ‘Nobody Actually Believes’ Election Was Stolen From Donald Trump
Trump-critical Adam Kinzinger revealed what “a lot” of his Republican colleagues are saying in private.
Huff Post
By Lee Moran
July 29, 2021

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Wednesday that the vast majority of his Republican colleagues don’t believe in ex-President Donald Trump’s election lies, even though they may continue to peddle them in public.

“Save one or two maybe out here, nobody, and I think it’s very important to repeat, nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump but a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was,” Kinzinger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Blitzer asked Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the 9-member House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, if any of his fellow GOP lawmakers had “actually privately said to you, ‘Good work, I support you.’”

“Yes, oh yeah, yeah,” responded Kinzinger, who has become one of his party’s fiercest critics of its one-term, twice impeached former president.
Look, these politicians are not dumb, they are college graduates, this whole big lie thing they know is fake but they don’t want to offend Trumps base because they believe that Trump can get them enough vote to get them across the finish line. They know it is a lie but politics is all about getting elected and they are will to endorse the lie even if it is tearing the country apart.

Was the violent insurrection know before hand?
GOP lawmaker Mo Brooks admits he wore body armor at Jan. 6 Trump rally, and says he was tipped off to 'risks'
Business Insider
By Vanessa Gu
July 29, 2021

Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks said he wore body armor to former US President Donald Trump's rally at the Ellipse on January 6, claiming he was tipped off about "risks" in the days leading up to the event, reported Slate.

"I was warned on Monday [Jan. 4] that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks told Slate politics writer, Jim Newell.

"And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor," the Alabama Congressman added.

"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker," he continued. "To cover up the body armor."
Republican lawmakers knew there was going to be violence but then denied the violence happened even to this day.
Back in May The Hill reported that,
GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit'
By Cristina Marcos and Rebecca Kheel
May 12, 2021

Republican after Republican on Wednesday repeatedly sought to downplay the violence of the Jan. 6 insurrection, with one Georgia lawmaker likening the mobs overwhelming Capitol Police and vandalizing Capitol offices to a “normal tourist visit.”

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) made the tourist comment, saying that calling what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 an insurrection “is a boldfaced lie.”

“Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures,” the first-term lawmaker said. “You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from Jan. 6, you’d think it was a normal tourist visit.”

Four hundred people have been charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, which interrupted the counting of the Electoral College and forced the evacuation of the House and Senate.
Then on Tuesday he again defended his tourist statement at another hearing according to The Hill.
GOP Rep. Clyde defends 'normal tourist visit' comparison for Jan. 6
By Mychael Schnell
July 28, 2021

GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.) defended his description of rioters walking through the Capitol on Jan. 6 appearing to look like a “normal tourist visit” during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

The heated exchange occurred hours after four police officers appeared before the select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, offering harrowing testimony that recounted scenes of chaos, violence and destruction from the insurrection.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the select panel, confronted Clyde during a Rules Committee meeting about his previous comments regarding the insurrection, in which he said people “would actually think it was a normal tourist visit” if they had not known the footage was from Jan. 6.

“Do you stand by your statement that they were tourists?” Raskin asked Clyde.
The GOP lawmaker, however, refused to answer the question, claiming that Raskin had read an “interpretation” of his statement.

Raskin then recited Clyde’s statement in full: “Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”

“Those are your words,” Raskin continued.

“And I stand by that exact statement, as I said it,” Clyde responded.
You have to realize that there are photos showing the congressman holding the doors to the House Chamber shut against the insurrectionists…
‘Do Georgians always barricade doors
against normal, everyday tourists?’ one critic asked


Next question how did the conservative media report on the hearings?
How right-wing networks covered the January 6 hearing after months of soft-pedaling the Capitol attack
CNN Business
By Brian Stelter,
July 27, 2021

While viewers of other TV channels heard House Democrats denouncing the "whitewashing" of the January 6 attack, One America News viewers witnessed the whitewashing first-hand.

On OAN, Tuesday's select committee hearing about the insurrection barely happened at all. The channel's poorly-produced programs avoided the substance of the hearing; slipped in several factual mistakes; and promoted the GOP's counter-programming instead.

In other words, Donald Trump would have loved OAN's coverage.

It stood in stark contrast to Fox News and Newsmax, two other right-wing channels that actually showed the hearing while police officers described fearing for their lives when a pro-Trump mob overwhelmed law enforcement at the Capitol on January 6.

Fox and Newsmax did however air complaints about the hearing before and afterward. Newsmax featured an interview with a father and son who entered the Capitol during the riot and described a peaceful scene, including police officers being "really cordial."

NPR had this wrap-up of the hearings.
4 Takeaways From The Emotional 1st Select Committee Hearing On The Capitol Attack
By Deirdre Walsh,
July 28, 2021

Here are four takeaways from the hearing:

1. Officers point the finger at Trump for inciting supporters
U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn said what happened on Jan. 6 was political and that those participating had a mission: "They literally were there to 'stop the steal,' " he said, using a phrase former President Donald Trump and his supporters invoked to falsely claim that the 2020 election results were illegitimate.

2. Murphy reveals rioters were 40 paces from two lawmakers
Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy, one of the seven Democrats on the nine-person committee, revealed for the first time Tuesday how close the throng of rioters came to her and New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice.

She described how the two lawmakers were holed up in a room in the basement of the Capitol, a location they thought would be the most secure in an emergency. But she said that the two were just "40 paces" from where Officer Hodges and others clashed with rioters attempting to breach the West Front entrance.

3. McCarthy's move to boycott the panel leaves Trump without a defense
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the call to pull all five members he named to the select committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vetoed two of them — Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.

Pelosi's move was unprecedented because no leader had blocked another party from installing their members for a select committee, but she argued that the statements and actions from Jordan and Banks made it untenable for her to accept them. The resolution creating the panel gave the speaker the power to block GOP picks.

4. The committee could subpoena the former president and other Republicans
Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., didn't rule out subpoenas for Trump and other senior White House officials, telling reporters after the hearing, "We will follow the facts." He indicated that the committee could schedule a hearing next month, even though the House is scheduled to take its regular August recess.
So why is this important to us, the trans community?

These very same politicians try to block pro trans legislation, they are trying to block healthcare for us, they they are trying to block us from using the restroom of our gender identity, they are trying to block us from participating in sports, they don’t want to pass the Equality Act that will ban discrimination against us, in other words they want us back in the closet.

The Republicans are good at one thing… lying.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

My Story Part 174: The First Time

(Switch Day!)

View from my desk

We all have started off on a new job and know how nerve wracking and rewarding it can be, but now imagine what it would be like if you started off your new job as a woman for the first time.

In 2007 I got laid off, transitioned, changed all my legal documents including grad school and in the following year I started my internship at a women’s rights organization.

Talk about stress!

Remember those little quizzes in women’s magazines about life stresses; 20 points for a divorce, 10 points for being laid off, etc. Well I always thought we should a 100 points for transitioning and that year I hit jackpot!

So that morning I got ready to go to work… I actually wore a dress! And for those that know me that’s amazing.

The first hurdle was getting by building security. The building housed the YWCA and other non-profits and they had a separate entrance than the YWCA besides the YWCA offices, there was NARAL and CWEALF (Where I was interning).

“Hi! I am the new intern at CWEALF.” and all he said was “Second floor to your right.”

And so began my internship.

I know that crossdessers dream of going to work as a woman but really it isn’t all that exciting, you are concentrating on your work, not your clothes.

My desk overlooked the Capitol and swiveling around in my chair I could look out and see the Capitol dome and one of my duties was to go down to the Capitol to pickup the mail and to drop-off the mail. (Yes, the legislature does have its own mail room and I also wrote a weekly newsletter that was sent to every legislator.), so I got to know the Legislative Office Building (LOB) pretty well.

Lobby Day

Another thing that I did as an intern was to organize a Lobby Day (Here I am helping trans people find their legislators).

Testifying on a trans bill 

There are no dress codes for the LOB; jeans, a tee shirt, and sneakers are perfectly fine but being from the old school I prefer business dress so I always wore slacks, a blouse, and flats. I feel that as a representative of a non-profit that I should present a positive profile.

After graduation I found myself giving testimony at public hearings. I also

Press conference at the LOB

have been part of press conferences, a couple of times the press conferences we held at the LOB in hearing chambers with different legislators including the US senators and congressmen. 

I am on a legislative committee and also the governor’s council on hate crimes so I have to look my best when I attend those meetings. Most of the other meetings that I attend are at various state agencies such as the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

With Dress Barn out of business and the wig store closed I have to find a new clothing source for plus size clothes. While for shoes I go to Footprints on the Berlin Turnpike, they care large size shoes and the staff will measure your foot. I have bought everything from ankle boots to sneakers to mid heel dress pumps.


Switch day is usually either Saturday or Sunday when the motels or cottages usually end their week, those days are usually mobbed with people either coming to the Cape or leaving the Cape. For me it is the day I come or leave the Cape.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Religious Freedom What Does It Mean?

Suppose you are evangelical minister and works at a public university what does religious freedom mean?
Administrator at Public College Angers Supporters of Gay Rights
Inside High Ed
By Scott Jaschik
July 26, 2021

Logan Fowler is the director of marketing and communications at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. He is also the pastor of the Truth Baptist Church.

In the latter role, he has made videos that criticize gay and lesbian people, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported. He said in the videos that gay pride parades suggest the acceptance of pedophilia, and that the idea of “coming for your children” is a central belief of the gay “agenda.” He also criticizes transgender athletes and calls gay and lesbian people "vile."

Some students and faculty members are questioning how Fowler can perform in both of his roles.

At a recent open meeting, President Cynthia Pemberton defended his ability to do his job. Pemberton said the college “respects the First Amendment rights of its employees to express their personal beliefs. However, LC State itself supports and values the rights and dignity of all persons.”

Fowler did not attend the open meeting but gave a statement to reporters. “I have an impeccable 15-year track record that verifies my ability to be respectful in the workplace,” he said. “I have held and practiced my faith for all 15 of these years.”
The Lewiston Morning Tribune wrote about a protest march,
Pride event puts focus on love and acceptance
Residents organized walk in response to videos of sermons from Lewiston's Truth Baptist Church
By William L. Spence of the Tribune
July 19, 2021

Members and supporters of Lewiston's LGBTQ community shared a “Mr. Rogers” moment Sunday, coming together to wave Pride flags and offer words of love and acceptance.

About 25 people took part in the event. After meeting at Trevitt Park behind the former Lewiston Civic Theatre building, they walked a few blocks to the Episcopal Church on Eighth Street, waved at passing cars for an hour or so, and then walked back.
Members of the Episcopal Church reached out to offer their support for the peaceful demonstration. The reader board in front of the church said, “God made the rainbow and called it good.”
“If you're unsure that you have support or are anxious about who you are, there are those who will love and support you, regardless,” Pierce said.

They didn’t want him fired but marched in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community to show them that Lewiston has their back. The minster has not let his religious beliefs interfere with his job, so far he has treated everyone equally.

If the university fired him because of his religious beliefs would be wrong and set a horrible precedent, and it would probably violate the First Amendment.

As much as we detest religious bigots as long as it is just words there is not much we can do. I had a person follow me down the street one time telling me that I was a sinner and going to hell, as long as the woman didn’t threaten me there is not much that we can do.

That woman who was damning me to hell was getting the disgusting look not me, it was her that people thought was disturbing the peace.

Monday, July 26, 2021



The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines boogeyman as…
1: a monstrous imaginary figure used in threatening children
2: a terrifying or dreaded person or thing : BUGBEAR
The Republican party is good at generating boogeymen.

Just look at the big bro-ha-ha over Critical Race Theory… what is it? It seems to have a million definitions and the number of things CRT is suppose to do keeps growing and it is being pushed by far right political pundits like Fox News, One News Now, and other far right-wing political conspiracist.

So lets look first at what CRT really is and not what the right-wing conspiracy theorists claim it is.
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?
By Stephen Sawchuk
May 18, 2021

Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement.

The topic has exploded in the public arena this spring—especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban its use in the classroom.
Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

The basic tenets of critical race theory, or CRT, emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late 1970s and early 1980s created by legal scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, among others.

A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to Black people in those areas.
Now look at what the Republicans claim it is, New York magazine wrote,
This is a classic phantom menace. To the extent it is even clearly definable, CRT is an academic school of thought (initially developed in legal circles) existing almost entirely in higher education. It encourages reevaluation of history, literature, and other bodies of received knowledge to take into account racism as an often-pervasive social construct. It’s an approach, not a set “theory” that is “taught” or “trained,” and it focuses on analysis of institutions and policies, not individual culpability for injustice.

In other words, the current panic-stricken right-wing movement to condemn CRT in settings ranging from K-12 education to corporate diversity training is wildly off-target. There is no there there, for the most part. And the proponents of this witch hunt without witches generally aren’t bothering to supply any evidence of what they are attacking…
According to New York magazine the Alabama lawmaker, state Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Mobile, who sponsored the bill said...
“It basically teaches that certain children are inherently bad people because of the color of their skin, period,” Pringle said.

 When asked for examples the lawmaker said,

“Yeah, uh, well — I can assure you — I’ll have to read a lot more,” he said …
“These people, when they were doing the training programs — and the government — if you didn’t buy into what they taught you a hundred percent, they sent you away to a reeducation camp,” Pringle said.
NBC reported that,
"Any anti-racist effort is being labeled as critical race theory,” said Jonathan Chism, assistant professor of history at the University of Houston–Downtown and co-editor of "Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines.”

“Many that are condemning critical race theory haven’t read it or studied it intensely. This is largely predicated on fear: the fear of losing power and influence and privilege,” he said. “The larger issue that this is all stemming from is a desire to deny the truth about America, about racism.”
In other words they created a boogeyman.

The Oswego Country News Now said this about CRT,
The first rule of critical race theory is that nobody knows what critical race theory is.

Okay, a few people do, but they’re a small fraction of the people who’ve been talking about it lately. Critical race theory (CRT) is an obscure area of legal scholarship. In my two decades of teaching American economic history, including much on slavery and race, I did not come across it until recently. Yet somehow any number of conservative politicians and pundits can’t stop talking about how teaching it endangers our children and our republic.
The “anti-CRT” campaign is massive. Conservative politicians and pundits are using this fake issue to whip their followers into a frenzy. Fox News has mentioned “critical race theory” some 1,300 times in the past three and a half months. Viral videos denouncing CRT have been viewed a combined thirty million times. Legislators in 22 states have introduced legislation to ban or limit the teaching of CRT, again without ever accurately defining or describing it.
Where else have the Republicans and the right-wing pundits created boogeymen?

How about all the laws that the Republicans have passed against trans people?

What about immigrants and Muslims?

And what about the Black Lives Matter movement?

The Republicans and the right-wing pundits are very good at stirring up fear and hate.

In a USA Opinion article the writer says, “That is why the policies promoted by governors, typically Republicans, that critical race theory should be banned from their state’s public schools are so idiotic, so irrelevant, and so manifestly designed to add fuel to the fires of the culture war.” 

New York magazine article said,
The Heritage Foundation has supplied pseudo-intellectual credibility to the crusade against CRT, and Fox News has been its chief propagandist, with a reported 1,300 on-air references to CRT in just the last three-and-a-half months.

But to an ever-increasing extent, it’s the MAGA wing of the Republican Party at the center of this appropriately paranoid movement, as Politico explains:

Former top aides to President Donald Trump have begun an aggressive push to combat the teaching of critical race theory and capitalize on the issue politically, confident that a backlash will vault them back into power …

“This is the Tea Party to the 10th power,” Steve Bannon, Trump’s former adviser who has zeroed in on local school board fights over critical race theory, said in an interview. “This isn’t Q, this is mainstream suburban moms — and a lot of these people aren’t Trump voters.”
The Republicans and their far right-wing news outlets are very, very good at creating fear.


This And That In The News

A potpourri of short news article that have caught my attention…
Opinion: Texas should not deny transgender people their full citizenship
Houston Chronicle
Letters to the Editor
July 25, 2021

Regarding “Senate Panel to Revive Transgender Bill,” (July 13): This is absolutely not about sports. Conservative lawmakers need that small slice of ultraconservative voters to push them over the finish line. This is a strategic decision as they exploit both their conservative Christian voters and LGBTQ+ Texans. Listening to senators talk about “a child’s genitalia” is one of the most disturbing experiences of my life.

Just as women were denied their rights because of their bodies, the transgender population is also being denied their full citizenship. When your opportunity to participate in society depends on your body — whether that is skin color, your physical ability or your private parts — instead of your inherent worth as a human being — that is the foundation for discrimination. Make no mistake: This isn’t about sports. It’s about power.

She got that right it is all about energizing their base and to force us back into the closets.

Then the next two articles are about the courts.
Federal judge grants injunction in lawsuit involving transgender Bridgeport [West Virginia] student-athlete
July 21, 2021

An 11-year-old transgender student-athlete from Bridgeport has gained an early victory in a federal lawsuit filed against state and local education officials over the state’s law banning transgender athletes from competing in female sports.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin granted the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction, meaning that while the suit, on behalf of Becky Pepper-Jackson, continues, the state cannot enforce the law and Pepper-Jackson will be allowed to sign up for school athletics, as any girl would.

Pepper-Jackson was hoping to join the school’s cross country and track and field teams.
The judge said…
Judge Goodwin wrote that he has “been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem” and that “this law both stigmatizes and isolates” Pepper-Jackson and that she “will be irreparably harmed if this law were to take full effect.”

Goodwin also found that there is a likelihood that the suit will be successful in its claim that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.
I believe that the Supreme Court case Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia last year paved the way for this ruling, in the court’s ruling they said that sexual orientation and gender identity are components of “sex.”

The other article is about federal courts overturning the draconian state laws against us.
Federal Courts Keep Shooting Down Anti-Trans Laws. Will That Hold at SCOTUS?
By Mark Joseph Stern
July 22, 2021

At the start of his Wednesday order blocking a West Virginia law that prohibits transgender girls and women from playing many school sports, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin observed: “A fear of the unknown and discomfort with the unfamiliar have motivated many of the most malignant harms committed by our country’s governments on their own citizens.” He may have understated the problem. The tidal wave of anti-transgender state laws enacted in 2021 are motivated not just by fear, but also by sheer hatred toward gender minorities—a hostility rooted in a rigid conception of sex that aligns with neither scientific fact nor lived experience. So far, most federal judges who have assessed these laws see that discriminatory impulse. But the battle will soon reach the Supreme Court once again. And it is far from clear that a majority of the justices, some of whom share this anti-trans animus, are prepared to halt this nationwide assault on trans equality.
BINGO! “A fear of the unknown and discomfort with the unfamiliar have motivated many of the most malignant harms committed by our country’s governments on their own citizens.” That is the reasons so many discriminatory laws are on the books… people being afraid of people who are different. People who look different, people who talk differently, people who worship differently, and people who sexual orientation or gender identity is different from them. What they really want it to turn back the clock to the mythical world of “Father Knows Best.
None of these laws arose organically out of a mass movement against transgender Americans. It was, rather, manufactured by anti-LGBTQ groups working hand in glove with Republican politicians in search of a new wedge issue. The law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which supports imprisonment as a penalty for same-sex conduct, led the charge; ADF’s attorneys drafting the model legislation that countless Republicans copied, pasted, and pushed onto the statehouse floor. These lobbyists, along with their GOP allies, focused primarily on transgender youth, passing off their campaign as a compassionate effort to “protect children.”
These hatrers are generated by the wedge politics that the conservatives hate politics that the Republicans push.

In an article in Psychology Today they write,
Peer-reviewed research shows that conservatives are generally more sensitive to threat. While this threat-bias can distort reality, fuel irrational fears, and make one more vulnerable to fear-mongering politicians, it could also promote hypervigilance, perhaps making one better prepared to handle an immediate threat.
Now you know what drives the ring-wing conservatives… fear.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pride = Courage

We sometimes forget the origins of Pride, that it was march to overthrow oppression. It wasn’t a bar crawl, it wasn’t floats of corporate sponsors but it took real courage to march.
In the eyes of the law we were still criminals… That is what Pride is.
Thousands march in Hungary Pride parade to oppose LGBT law
USA Today 
By Justin Spike Associated Press
July 24, 2021

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary’s right-wing government filled the streets of the country’s capital Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade.

March organizers expected record crowds at the event and called on participants to express their opposition to recent steps by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government that critics say stigmatize sexual minorities in the Central European country.

Budapest Pride spokesperson Jojo Majercsik said this year’s march is not just a celebration and remembrance of the historical struggles of the LGBT movement but a protest against Orban’s current policies targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
That is what Pride is about.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

Saturday 9: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (1963)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this song> Hear it here.

1) TV writer Allan Sherman based this song on his own son's letters of complaint from camp. Did you go away to summer camp?
No, and I am glad that I didn’t. I went to a day camp and I hated it.

2) Our camper is afraid of both bears and alligators. What animal scares you?
Well it depends…
On what the circumstances are when we meet.
A spider crawling over your face and waking you up is pretty scary. A grizzle bear in a zoo isn’t scary but a grizzle bear that you met on a trial is.
So what scares me?
Poisonous snakes.
I had a copperhead curled up on my front sidewalk sunning itself on the flagstones. I told it don’t move until I get back with a long handled shovel from the garage to flatten it with, but alas it was going by the time I got back.

3) One of his fellow campers developed poison ivy rash. Have you ever experienced redness and itching caused by poison ivy or poison suma?
Poison ivy many times. One time I fell in to a patch of it and by the time I got home rashes were beginning to form.
Pro tip: Wash the affected area with straight dish detergent, it take the oil form the poison ivy right off.

4) Early in his career, Allan Sherman created the game show I've Got a Secret, which became a big hit. What's your all-time favorite TV game show?
Well I used to watch “I’ve Got a Secret” all the time, now it is Jeopardy.

Updated 8:10
There used to be a local TV show "What In The World" that had a panel of know-it-alls that I watched and enjoyed.

5) In 1959 he moved from New York to Hollywood, where he transitioned from writing to performing almost by accident. As a lark, he entertained at the parties of his next-door neighbor, Harpo Marx. A recording company executive heard him and offered him a contract. Tell us about the last party you attended.
My grand niece and nephew graduated from high school & junior high.

6) Allan Sherman got unexpected press attention and a boost in record sales when it was discovered that President John F. Kennedy was a fan. What's something you purchased because of a recommendation from someone else (friend, relative, celebrity endorsement ...)?
I can’t remember anything… sorry.

7) In 1963, the year "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh" was popular, Studebaker stopped producing cars in the United States. What was your family car when you were growing up?
A ‘55 Chevy, Oldsmobile, Buicks… a lot of Buicks, more Chevys, a Vega… I wish that we didn’t, and an Opel.

8) Also in 1963, Vogue magazine did a cover story on how make wearing white "new and exciting." What color do you look best in> Is it the color you wear most often?
Blue as in blue jeans with a white tunic.

9) Random question: Have you ever gone on to have a platonic relationship with a former lover?
Not really, when our paths crossed from time to time we were always cordial. One still has me on speed dial.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

The Library - The Newest Battlefield

I love the town library, I take book out at three in the morning or I can borrow a movie, or an audio book whenever or wherever I want. But there are those who want to destroy the libraries because of their liberal polices of not censoring books.
Right-Wingers are taking over library boards to remove books on racism
Most of these opposition groups purport to be homegrown & grassroots, all have access to numerous national right-wing organizations.
LA Blade
By Special to the LA Blade
July 19, 2021

By Eleanor J. Bader | NILES, IL – When Joe Makula decided to run for the board of the Niles-Maine Public Library in Niles, Illinois, this spring, a community member asked him how he thought the library could better serve the area’s increasingly diverse community.

Many were stunned by his response: “Instead of stocking up on books in seven different languages, if we got people to assimilate and learn English better, I think we would do more good in that area than increasing our inventory of foreign language books.”
But despite, or perhaps because of, his political outlook, Makula — who did not respond to Truthout’s request for an interview — won the April election and now holds a seat on the library board; two other fiscal conservatives were also elected.
From there it all went down hill.

Not only did they cut the funding for the library which resulted in less staff and fewer hours the library was open but also promoting “traditional values.”

Nationwide there is a push to take over libraries board and they are getting support national organization that are labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Niles-Maine Public Library is not the only program facing draconian cutbacks or a right-wing takeover. In fact, in places ranging from Kootenai County, Idaho, to Ann Arundel County, Maryland, to Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, to the town of Frisco, Texas, local efforts are underway to limit what libraries offer — especially when it comes to promoting racial equity and gender inclusivity.

Some locales are making opposition to critical race theory — either through books or community lectures and discussions — their core focus, but other locations are adding virulent opposition to comprehensive sex education and LGBTQIA+ acceptance in a trio of concerns. What’s more, while most of these opposition groups purport to be homegrown and grassroots, all have access to the support and resources (including model legislation) of numerous national right-wing organizations. These include the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Family Research Council, Family Watch International, the Heritage Foundation and Project Blitz, as well as right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Wire, Newsmax and the Washington Free Beacon. All told, NPR reports that as of late June, at least 165 local and national groups are working to “disrupt or block lessons on race and gender,” in both traditional classrooms and public spaces.
What got the hackles of the conservatives up?
In today’s world, of course, the Red Menace is no longer dominant; instead, critical race theory, feminism and anything affirming a continuum of gender identities have jelled into a new bogeyman.

And nothing sticks in the conservative craw like Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH).
Lambda award-winning author Julia Watts found herself the target of right-wing animosity in 2019. Shortly after her 2018 novel, Quiver, was published, Watts was invited to read at LitUp Festival, an event sponsored by the Knox County, Tennessee, Public Library System. “It was going to be a big event to encourage teen readers with a lot of programming put together by the kids,” Watts told Truthout. She says she was pleased to be invited — and then shocked to have the offer rescinded.
Books like In Our Mother’s House, Heather Has Two Mommies, Daddy’s Roommate, Call Me Max, George and I Am Jazz are being yanked from shelves because they don’t promote the conservative lifestyle of the “Father Knows Best” era.

The article ends with,
And that [young people being introduced to ideas about diversity and inclusion], she says, represents a threat to white supremacists — and an incredible opportunity for organizing, whether through electing people who support diversity to library boards, or mobilizing community support for inclusive programming through mass meetings, street protests, petition drives or public demonstrations.

We are facing the same thing in the town where I live with the school board. We have a “non-partisan” school board but in reality it allows far right-wing supporter to fill the seats. The only newspaper to cover the board elections is a right-wing newspaper and the questions they ask the candidates are non-controversial, so you end up with a pig in a poke.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Courts Taketh It Away, The Courts Giveth

Yesterday I wrote about the horrible court ruling where we can be deadnamed and misgendered, well here are two “good” court rulings.
Federal judge grants injunction in lawsuit involving transgender Bridgeport student-athlete
WBOY Ch 10
July 21, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An 11-year-old transgender student-athlete from Bridgeport has gained an early victory in a federal lawsuit filed against state and local education officials over the state’s law banning transgender athletes from competing in female sports.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin granted the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction, meaning that while the suit, on behalf of Becky Pepper-Jackson, continues, the state cannot enforce the law and Pepper-Jackson will be allowed to sign up for school athletics, as any girl would.
Judge Goodwin wrote that he has “been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem” and that “this law both stigmatizes and isolates” Pepper-Jackson and that she “will be irreparably harmed if this law were to take full effect.”

Goodwin also found that there is a likelihood that the suit will be successful in its claim that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.
Thank you Supreme Court in last years ruling that we are protected under Title IX!

Then down in Arkansas another court block another draconian law.
Judge blocks Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors
The ruling "sends a clear message to states across the country that gender-affirming care is lifesaving care," Holly Dickson of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas said.
NBC News
By Jo Yurcaba
July 21, 2021

A federal judge temporarily blocked an Arkansas law Wednesday that would have banned physicians in the state from providing transition-related health care — such as hormones and puberty blockers — to transgender minors.
Judge James M. Moody Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas heard arguments in the case Wednesday morning, granting the ACLU's request for a preliminary injunction against the law, which was scheduled to take effect next week.
And of course the Attorney General will fight the injunction.
The suit names Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and members of the Arkansas State Medical Board as defendants.

Rutledge told NBC News in an email after the ACLU filed the suit that she would “aggressively defend Arkansas’s law which strongly limits permanent, life-altering sex changes to adolescents.”
And all the Republican states chimed in…
The state received support from 17 state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief in the case — a move that attorneys have said is largely unprecedented, the 19th reported.
In an article on Spectrum News they said,
U.S. District Judge Jay Moody found that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed with their challenge and that allowing it to be enforced would hurt transgender youth currently receiving the treatments.

“To pull this care midstream from these patients, or minors, would cause irreparable harm,” Moody said.
These cases are only round 1 in a long and drawn out process that will probably go all the way to the Supreme Court.

My guess that these cases when the states deny us healthcare will be seen in violating the First Amendment and Section 1557 of the Affordable Cares Act (Obamacare).

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Courts Did It Again

They okay’d harmful speech in long term care facilities as protected speech.

Pictured this… you are suffering from a fatal disease in your senior years and you are confined in a hospice, the staff uses the wrong pronouns and deadnames you causes undue emotional and physiological harm but there is nothing you can do about it because the court ruling that they have a First Amendment right to cause you harm.
Nursing homes can deadname transgender seniors, court rules
Using a trans senior's birth name allows nursing home staff “to express an ideological disagreement" with a person's gender identity, one judge wrote.
NBC News
July 20, 2021

LGBTQ rights advocates said Monday that they will seek to challenge an appeals court decision tossing out part of a California law designed to protect older transgender residents in nursing homes.

The 2017 law is intended to protect against discrimination or mistreatment based on residents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Third District Court of Appeal [Third District of the California Courts of Appeal.] overturned the part of the law barring employees of long-term care facilities from willfully and repeatedly using anything other than residents’ preferred names and pronouns. In doing so, the law banned employees from using the incorrect pronouns for trans residents, also known as misgendering them, or using their legal name, also known as deadnaming them.

That ban violates employees’ rights to free speech, the court ruled Friday.
What about our rights!

Using our deadnaming and misgendering causes us harm!
“The pronoun provision at issue here tests the limits of the government’s authority to restrict pure speech that, while potentially offensive or harassing to the listener, does not necessarily create a hostile environment,” she wrote, adding italics to “potentially” and “necessarily.”
So deadnaming and misgendering “…does not necessarily create a hostile environment…” spoken by a cisgender white judges.
Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, who carried the law, said deliberately using the wrong name or pronoun is “straight up harassment” and “erases an individual’s fundamental humanity.”

But causing us anxiety, depression, and other medical problems is okay. The Washington Blade wrote,
“The Court’s decision is a beyond disappointing, especially for our state’s transgender and nonbinary seniors. Let’s be clear: refusing to use someone’s correct name and pronouns isn’t an issue of free speech — it’s a hateful act that denies someone their dignity and truth,” said Equality California’s Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur.

“Study after study has shown that trans people who are misgendered face alarming and life-threatening rates of depression and suicidal behavior. And older LGBTQ+ people face feelings of isolation, poor mental health and extreme vulnerability to communicable diseases like COVID-19. California’s nursing home patients deserve better than this — and we’ll be fighting until this decision is overturned,” he added.
In another Washington Blade article they quote Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)…
“The Court’s decision is disconnected from the reality facing transgender people. Deliberately misgendering a transgender person isn’t just a matter of opinion, and it’s not simply ‘disrespectful, discourteous, or insulting.’ Rather, it’s straight up harassment. And, it erases an individual’s fundamental humanity, particularly one as vulnerable as a trans senior in a nursing home. This misguided decision cannot be allowed to stand,” Senator Wiener said in a statement.
But our rights take a backseat.

Courts after courts have ruled that there are limits to the First Amendment when it causes harm to others, they are called “fighting words,” Cornell Law School says this about fighting words.
Fighting words are, as first defined by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in Chaplinsky v New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942), words which "by their very utterance, inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality."
“…by their very utterance, inflict injury…” the Third District Court of Appeal seems to have forgotten that little item or do not consider us harmed by the microaggressions.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Love Destroys The Hate

There are pockets of love and hate tries to destroy them but we can fight it, it is not easy, it is not a one time deal, and it takes a commitment to keep hate at bay.
The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began
By Leah Millis
July 16, 2021

WESTCLIFFE, Colorado, July 16 (Reuters) - The ranch hand walks along rocky ground, the beam of her flashlight cutting through the moonlit night. She holds a shotgun loosely at her side during her patrol of an alpaca ranch founded as a haven for transgender and non-binary people.
Logue says she saw that many in the LGBTQ community had nowhere to feel safe and struggled to find employment, housing, and peace of mind.
The hate began with a canceled 4th of July parade and then the protesters started to come to town over the canceled parade, that the article says was more like “a Nazi propaganda parade.”
Messages and calls expressing transphobic hatred and disdain for the ranchers' anti-fascism began then, according to Logue. Reuters has reviewed several hostile and anonymous online messages, two containing death threats. One was an image manipulated to show a gun pointed at the ranch house.
The Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly spoke at an Oath Keepers rally so when threats were made going to the sheriff was out of the question.

Now she sleeps with a rife.
May Quinty Dynamic, a transgender woman from Denver, was among the volunteers. Dynamic said she was thrilled to be surrounded by so many other transgender people. She met Logue, who, like her, also began to transition at the age of 35.
So far her love for the trans community has survived the community of hate.

Meanwhile here in New England, summer camp is not an armed camp. Camp Aranu'tiq is a camp for trans youth and this 2014 is about the summer camp.
US: Camp Aranu’tiq provides trans youth a safe, accepting summer camp experience
Pink News
By Katies Dupere
August 13, 2014

A non-traditional summer camp is making a difference for transgender and gender-variant children who are often barred from the experience of summer camp.

Camp Aranu’tiq was founded by Nick Teich, a transgender man, in 2009.

The camp gives transgender and gender-variant youth a chance to experience a summer camp that affirms their gender and recognises their experience as trans kids.

According to The Huffington Post, Teich had grown up with a love for summer camp, eventually becoming a camp counselor.

When he transitioned in his twenties, however, he was told that it would be too “Jerry Springer” for him to be a summer camp volunteer.

To help trans children and adults still have access to the summer camp experience, he founded Camp Aranu’tiq.

In Chugach, the language of an Alaskan indigenous group, aranu’tiq means a person who embodies male and female spirit.
The camp is still going strong and the radio talk show Radio Boston mentioned the camp at the end of the show.
Local Summer Camps Provide More Than Just Fun In The Sun
By Amanda Beland and Tiziana Dearing
June 21, 2021

We take listener calls with Michele Rowcliffe, the president of American Camp Association, New England, which accredits hundreds of day and sleepaway camps in the region; and Nick Teich, CEO and Founder of Harbor Camps, which operates a handful of programs including Camp Aranu'tiq, for transgender and non-binary youth.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Incitement To Violence

The right-wing is at again, they are calling for violence against us over a so-called incident at a spa in Los Angeles.
40 People Were Arrested After A Right-Wing Media-Fueled Protest Against A Trans Woman Using A Spa
It was the second time violent protesters have gathered in Los Angeles outside Wi Spa, though little has been confirmed about any incident involving a trans woman.
BuzzFeed News
By Ryan Brooks
July 18, 2021

Forty people were arrested as protesters and counterprotesters clashed outside a Los Angeles spa over transgender rights Saturday, according to the LAPD.

This is the second time protests have turned violent outside the spa since a video of an angry woman confronting staff went viral last month. In the video, the woman yells at staff that a trans woman was nude on the women's floor of Wi Spa in Koreatown and claims other women customers were offended.
The protests have been hyped by Fox News fanning the protests which resulted in violence over an incident that has raised questions of being faked.

The facts surrounding the video, and even whether a transgender woman was actually at the spa, haven't been confirmed. The spa told the Los Angeles Blade that none of its regular transgender clients were scheduled for appointments the day of the incident.
The LA Blade reported that,
Alleged Trans incident at upscale LA Spa may have been staged
The video quickly made the rounds in far right, and Trans-Exclusionary Feminist (TERF) sites and Anti-trans “feminist” websites.
By Robert Lansing 
July 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES – On June 24th, Instagram user “cubaangel” posted a video of herself angrily confronting a staff member at the Wi Spa in Koreatown, accusing them of letting a disrobed transgender person into the women’s section of the business.

There is increasing doubt among law enforcement and staff at the Wi Spa whether there was ever was a transgender person there to begin with. Anonymous sources within the LAPD tell the Blade they have been unable to find any corroborating evidence that there was a transgender person present on that day.

Similarly, a source at the Spa told the Blade there’s no record of any of its usual transgender clients on its appointments guest list on the day in question. Treatment at the Spa is by appointment only, and most of its transgender clients are well known to the staff.

The Q Voice News asked these questions about it.
Was a social media video posted last month about an alleged incident of a transgender woman in the women’s changing area of a Los Angeles area spa a hoax?
Hoax is the wrong word, fraud would be a better word. The article goes on to say…
  • Shortly after the video went viral in transphobic parts of the internet, members of the trans community raised questions about it:
  • Why does the footage end as the woman marches downstairs to confront this person she’s allegedly seen?
The woman repeatedly mentions children being exposed to a penis, but no children appear on the video and the group doesn’t appear to have any children with them.
These early doubts have been bolstered by reporting from the Los Angeles Blade. In that article, police suspect the alleged incident is a hoax because no witnesses were found who saw a trans woman at the spa, and Wi Spa says none of their trans clients had scheduled appointments that day.
It would not be the first time that the right-wing staged an incident to stir up hate against us. In 2008 an incident was staged at a local gym. They don’t care if they lie as long as it stirs up hate.
The Daily Beast
By Danika Fears
July 08, 2021

Earlier this month, violent protests erupted outside a Korean spa in Los Angeles after a customer complained in a viral Instagram video about a naked transgender woman being allowed in the female section of the facility. But authorities have yet to find any evidence that a transgender person was at the Wi Spa that day, suggesting the entire incident might have been staged, the Los Angeles Blade reports. The outlet also points out that the Instagram user who uploaded the video—which made its way to Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show—has an account that posts mostly Christian memes, raising questions about why she would’ve gone to a spa that’s well known for being accepting of LGBTQ customers. A protest in support of the Instagram user turned violent over last weekend, with a video showing one right-wing demonstrator hitting a filmmaker with a pipe and another pulling out a gun, telling those around him it’s “something to shoot you with.”
To me that sure sounds like an incitement to riot.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

“Gay” Paradise

The other day I went in to Provincetown MA otherwise known affectionately know as “P’town.”

I figured that it would be deserted, but when I came down Cromwell St. and went to turn on to Bradford St. there people everywhere and turning on to Commercial St. I had to wait for an opening in the foot traffic. Down Keegan St. and over the rainbow crosswalk to the parking lot.

The parking lot on McMillan pier was full. I had to drive around it a couple of times to find a space, I saw a family of five heading down one of the aisle so with parking skills developed over decades, I stalked them, so with my car in stealth mode running on the electric motor I followed them and was rewarded with a parking space.

As I was waiting to for them to back out of their space a lesbian couple walked by, the kids in the family that I stalked did do anything when they saw the couple, no giggling, poking elbows… it was a non-factor.

Walking down Commercial St. I heard my name called and I looked around but all I saw was masked faces. Someone called my name again and he pulled down his mask… Ah. It was my contractor sitting on the park bench in front of the town hall. I wanted to say why are you not working to install my new windows, but instead I said "Hi" and made smalltalk.

As I continued walking along Commercial St. you can’t help notice all the rainbow flags and a couple of trans and Bi flags flying, almost every store has one flying.

I have a theory why P’town at the very tip of Cape Cod is so “LGBTQ+” friendly. As we were driven out of other towns and places they keep heading father and father out toward the tip of the Cape and finally Provincetown was the last place they couldn’t be driven out because there was no other place to go.

The visit Provincetown website says,
Gay and Lesbian History of Provincetown: Tolerance, Harmony, and Open Spirit
It is no coincidence that for more than 50 years, the gay and lesbian community returns every summer to Provincetown. The recent development/tourism development of Provincetown owes much to this community here where one can find a place to feel at home.
In reality it probably became so gay friendly because of the artists and the writers. P’town was a sleepy Portuguese fishing village until the Roaring Twenties. The Cape was a bootleggers dreams, and P’town at the end of the Cape and other towns had harbors and inlets where the smugglers could unload.
When the railroad came to Provincetown, according the New England Historical Society…
The railroad, though, brought tourists to enjoy Provincetown’s wide, sandy beaches. So did the steamer from Boston and later, Route 6. Portuguese families discovered they could make a little extra money by taking in boarders. While the Portuguese men were away fishing, their wives accommodated visitors, often nice single men. They returned year after year, and they grew friendly with their hostesses.

From then and there, Provincetown was only a few steps away from becoming a gay mecca. But the town’s unique subculture had its roots in a long-ago past.
Unlike other colonial towns, Ptown didn’t get a charter. And unlike other Puritan towns, it didn’t have to support a minister. The residents lived outside of the Puritans’ strict social order. Well outside.
Then came the playwrights, poets, and artists, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill, and artist like Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth with miles and miles of deserted beaches and dunes no body cared what happened on the beaches and dune shacks.
The Atlantic House (also known as the A-House) may possibly be the oldest gay nightclub in the U.S. It was built by Provincetown’s first Postmaster, Daniel Pease, in 1798, and was a hangout for some of America’s most well-known writers in the 1920s. The town became truly “gay-friendly” back in the early 1950s and has remained so to this day. It is one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly communities in the country.
The movie “Packed In a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” is about a lesbian artist who lived in P’town in the twenties when Provincetown was the host to the artist colony.

When I was around thirteen my parents and a neighbor rented a cottage for 2 weeks in North Truro my parents took it for a week and the neighbors took for a week so us kids had two weeks in the Cape and our parents go a week vacation with out the kids. I remember when we went into P’town my father use to call it bohemian lifestyle. When we walked the streets there were street artist galore, every nook and cranny had a portrait or character artist in it. Now looking back at that I realize that “bohemian lifestyle” was a code word gays. Little did I know back then that I would have cottage just down the road from P’town and that I would be attending Fantasia Fair one of the oldest trans conferences in the US. Besides Fan Fair, there is Bear Week and Women’s week which is just before Fan Fair.

And then there is Carnival!

Two years ago I went to see the parade on Thursday… it was amazing!

Provincetown goes from a population of 3,000 to almost 100,000 for the parade.

I would have to say P’town is “The” most friendly LGBTQ+ accepting place on the east coast and free thinking for the common people. Northampton is also very LGBTQ+ but I think P'town won just by a nose;  I have heard that on the west coast that Palm Springs is the same way but from what I have seen it is for the rich “GAYs” and sadly P’town could be heading the same way.

One of the biggest problems that they have on the Cape is finding cooks, waiters, store clerks and other employees. At one time they lived in apartments above the stores but now they all have been converted into condos… condo that sell for $200,000 or $300,000. When I was looking for a cottage the real estate broker had a condo that was one room with a sleeping loft on Commercial St. with no parking that was almost $300,000!

The towns around P’town are trying to build low income housing but the residents keep shooting the zoning changes down and then they complain that they can’t find summer help.

Like all coastal towns P’town is in metamorphosis, where it ends up we have to wait and see. Will it be inundates the nouveau riche driving land prices out of sight? Will mega yachts take over the harbor? Will cruise ships dump thousand of passengers on the streets of P’town?

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Saturday 9: Purple People Eater

Sam’s Saturday 9: Purple People Eater (1958)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) When actor Sheb Wooley brought this song to MGM Records, they initially rejected it, saying it just wasn't the kind of thing they wanted to be associated with. Then executives discovered how popular the audition recording was with the 20-somethings in the office. MGM released it after all and it became a #1 hit. Tell us about a time you were glad you changed your mind about something.

Not going to party with Phil Collins.

Yup, you read right I could have partied with Genesis and Phil Collins, instead I studied for an engineering test… which I flunked.

They played in the gym at Rochester Institute of Technology on a weeknight in the gym and there were about 25 – 30 people in the audience and Phil Collins invited everyone to come and party with them.

2) This song has been so enduringly popular that in the 1970s, the Minnesota Vikings defensive line referred to themselves as the Purple People Eaters. What football team do you root for?


I am not into sports, I just understand why people get worked up over a sports team or an athlete.

But I do have an interesting story about Purple People Eaters*.

3) The song was initially inspired by Sputnik, the satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1958. In the 21st century, do you think space exploration is a worthwhile public investment? Or would you prefer governments spend that money here on earth?


We need to be changed and dream as a society otherwise we are no more than ants.

Space exploration pushes our knowledge and many inventions come out of that exploration.

It doesn't have to be an either or, it is the politicians who made it that way. Back in the 60s and we could afford both space exploration and the social safety net. The money spent on space exploration is less than 1% of the budget.

Update 8:55 I think space exploration can be used to bring manufacturing back to the US

4) The Purple People Eater is a visitor from another planet. When you imagine creatures from outer space, are they frightening or friendly?

The odds are that there are intelligent creatures and if there are beings that explore the universe then I think they would find us quite boring.

5) This record was the biggest hit Sheb Wooley ever had. He was better known as an actor, costarring with Clint Eastwood on the 1950s TV show, Rawhide. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?

I liked Rawhide but not many other Clint Eastwood movies.

6) Sheb and Clint remained buddies and appeared together decades later in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Tell us about one of your longest-lasting friendships.

Actually my longest-lasting friends are fading away being replaced by new friends.

7) In 1958, when this song was popular, hula hoops were a national craze. Did you ever play with a hula hoop? If yes, were you good at it?

Yes I had a hula hoop and I was horrible at it.

8) Also in 1958, Arnold Palmer won his first Masters Golf Tournament. When did you most recently play golf?

Um… never. Now if you are talking about miniature golf than it was a couple of years ago that I played and I loved it.

9) Random question: Do you believe women gossip more than men?

I can answer this from a unique perspective, and they both do it the same amount.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

* Purple People Eaters: There was a DJ who had a group of loyal followers called the Purple People Eaters. I think the DJ was JoeyReynolds and he was on WPOP or WDRC. I remember that he moved to a clear channel radio station in Buffalo NY that we used to listen to in the parking lot of McDonald’s.


Last weekend Tropical Storm Elsa came through with high winds gusting to 60 mph on Friday and almost no rain on the Cape but back home there was widespread flooding so I decided to drive home on Saturday. At hone we had about 2.5 inches of rain in about 3 hours Hence the reason why I didn't post any comments on your blogs.

Friday, July 16, 2021

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Earlier this month the Supreme Court refused to hear a case about a Christian florist and let stand the Washington state Supreme Court verdict.
A timid court, and an uncertain future for religious freedom (pt. 1)
The Christian Post
By Rick Plasterer, CP Op-Ed Contributor
July 15, 2021

The loss of the long-running case involving Barronnelle Stutzman of Washington State, a great-grandmother and proprietor of Arlene’s Flowers, should be cause for both alarm and resolve among committed Christians. In 2014 she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding involving a long-time friend and customer.

Without an initial compliant, the Attorney General of Washington and later the ACLU sued both her business and also Stutzman in her personal capacity. Despite two appeals to the Supreme Court, each after a loss in the Washington State Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court finally declined to take her case on July 2. This leaves her with attorney’s fees for the other side which could close her business and take her personal assets.

Cases involving the clash of religious freedom and the sexual revolution, in which Christians are required to facilitate sinful behavior or express ideas that they believe are wrong have gone from uniform losses when they first appeared early in this century to mixed results in the late 2010s. A rapid review of important cases and decisions follows in this article, and assessment of the proper response to the current situation in the next.
When you open a business you have to take care of every customer. Period. If they don’t want to do that then they shouldn’t be in business. Would it be okay to refuse a black person because the Bible says it is okay? Would it be okay to refuse a Muslim or a Jew? Why do they think that they can pick and chose which customer to serve?

One of the commenters hit the nail right on its head…
Baronelle Stutzman's legal team, the Alliance Defending Freedom, advocates for criminalizing homosexuality in the United States. They've provided free legal support to anti-gay groups seeking the same in Jamaica, Belize, and Brazil.

This was never about flowers.
What will happen if they violate someone else’s religious beliefs? Who beliefs win out? Do you need to be a member of an organized religion or can it be just your own beliefs?

Picture this scenario…
You see a homeless people in the park and you offer to buy them Happy Meals from McDonald’s, then you get arrested for feeding the homeless people in the park because there is a city ordinance against feeding homeless people there. You plea not guilty because it violates you deeply held moral beliefs that no one should go hungry. You are not a religious person but you belief that it is morally wrong to let anyone starve. Does the Religious Freedom Act protect you from arrest?

Then Fox News had this to say,
SCOTUS decision on refusing service to same-sex couple was 'devastating,' Christian florist says
Barronelle Stutzman stands by her strong faith in God despite setback
By Sam Dorman
July 15, 2021

Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman is encouraging others to maintain their faith in God as she deals with the fallout of what she described as a "devastating" decision by the Supreme Court.
Amid the adverse ruling, the 76-year-old grandmother is standing by her convictions and faith in God.

"Sure, I want to win, and yes, I want everything to go smooth, but He doesn’t promise that," she said. "He just says be obedient and be faithful, and that’s what we’re supposed to do. I mean, it’s just a trust level all the way around. If you don’t trust in God’s word, then you don’t have anything to trust in."
Okay lets stop for awhile and look what she said, “Amid the adverse ruling, the 76-year-old grandmother is standing by her convictions and faith in God.” The ruling didn’t go the way that the Christians wanted, they wanted to be able to discriminate against people but the court said that is wrong. Did they ever stop and think maybe God wanted that ruling because God is telling them that it is wrong to discriminate against people?

The courts are opening a big, big can-of-worms when they delve into religion and the First Amendment. One nation, one law.

Thursday, July 15, 2021


The federal government is looking in to if COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan labs to cause a global plague and we all should stop and think what that means.

This should make all of very, very nervous.

Wuhan Labs is a BSL-4 lab, the highest rating in protection from bio hazards. 

Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4)

BSL-4 laboratories are used to study infectious agents or toxins that pose a high risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections and life-threatening disease for which no vaccine or therapy is available. The laboratories incorporate all BSL 3 features and occupy safe, isolated zones within a larger building or may be housed in a separate, dedicated building. Access to BSL-4 laboratories is carefully controlled and requires significant training.

If it escaped from the lab that means what we think of maximum protection from bio hazards is not fool proof.

There is a Level 4 lab just miles from Connecticut on Plum Island, it was located there after World War II because of its isolation and it would make it harder for the diseases that they study there like cholera, anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, and bubonic plague to get out in to the environment.

Now it is being moved to Kansas right in the middle of cattle country. They are building a brand spanking new Level 4 building at Kansas State University's Manhattan campus. Why is it being built in the middle of cattle country and not on some isolated island in Long Island Sound a thousand miles from cattle country… it isn’t because of science but because of politics. According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist:

Since the late nineteen-nineties, Pat Roberts, the Kansas senator, had been pushing for a biodefense facility in the state; he hoped to transform Manhattan into the “Silicon Valley for biodefense.” In 1999, at Roberts’s urging, three K-State faculty members—Ron Trewyn, a biology professor and dean, and Jerry and Nancy Jaax, medical-defense experts who’d appeared as characters in Richard Preston’s 1994 book “The Hot Zone”—developed a plan for a facility that could study infectious disease in plants, animals, and the food supply. In 2008, a version of their proposed lab opened as a BSL-3 facility called the Biosecurity Research Institute. By then, D.H.S. had begun considering sites for N.B.A.F. Roberts personally appealed to administration officials, hosting them on visits to K-State. He told a joint session of the Kansas state legislature that “securing this facility would be one of, if not the greatest, economic development initiatives in state history.”

Now these very same Republican senators are calming that COVID-19 escaped from a Level 4 lab just like the one being built in Kansas.

The Kansas protesters have accepted their inability to divert the juggernaut of political and economic interests that favor N.B.A.F. In 2019, the billboard above Highway 18 that once declared “No NBAF Germ Lab!” displayed an ad for the Parkwood Inn & Suites, touting its location, just ten blocks from Kansas State.

It is moving ahead as is a given and the very same senators who want it moved are calling for an investigation of Wuhan, and they don’t see the irony in it.

Wired News said…

“Everyone will tell you, it always comes down to the people,” Trewyn said. They have been the Achilles’ heel of lazarettos throughout history. Of course, the NBAF is carefully engineered to lower the risk of human error.