WELL, S*IT Moment of the Day: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Rebrands Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill as 'Women's Privacy Act' - WATCH - Towleroad [TW: Anti-Trans Bigotry & Discrimination, Transphobia, Offensive Content]
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says his anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" will be a priority in 2017 and he has rebranded it the "Women's Privacy Act".

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says his anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” will be a priority in 2017 and he has rebranded it the “Women’s Privacy Act”.

Patrick made the announcement yesterday in a speech to the Dallas Regional Chamber, KHOU reports:

He went on to lay out his argument for it: “Transgender people have obviously been going into the ladies’ room for a long time, and there hasn’t been an issue that I know of,” he said. “But, if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.”

Nineteen states have considered legislation like this in 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. North Carolina enacted it and ended up losing several big events as a result.

Equality Texas promised a fight is coming.

Patrick doesn’t seem to care that business groups think it will hurt the economy. His hate for LGBT people is stronger than that.

Watch KHOU’s report:

“So my concern is what is it going to take for them to do something here? Is one of these girls going to have to die? Are they going to end up freezing in their frontyard before they will do something?”

Melinda Coleman said she would like the case to be reopened. “I would like to see some justice,” she said. “And I would like the other girls to be able to come forward without fear.”

My advice to anyone who wants to run for Key Club Lt. Governor:

Go. For. It.

I can only speak on my experience as LtG for Division 35 of PNW District, and I am well aware that little old Lakewood/Spanaway is a lot different from, say, Seattle or Portland divisions, or even moreso divisions in places like CNH, but it is such a great experience.

Speaking from my experience, a few things to keep in mind if you win are to always stay humble, always stay pleasant, and always stay vigilant. Also, when someone tells you about an opportunity to go somewhere (a rally that isn’t your own, a convention, some K-family event) GO TO IT. And if you can’t pay for it, ASK KIWANIS.

Just saying. It’s the highlight of high school so far. That coming from the kid who got to go to Japan, leadership camp twice, among many other things.
Planned Parenthood hoax officially blows up: Texas grand jury decides to indict video creators instead
By Sophia Tesfaye

A Houston jury investigating alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood declined to charge the women’s health provider, announcing instead felony charges for the leaders of the anti-abortion organization that targeted Planned Parenthood with it’s widely debunked series of “sting” videos in 2015.

The grand jury said they did not find evidence of illegal activity on the part of Planned Parenthood after reviewing the covert videos meant to misleadingly implicate the women’s health provider in the illegal trafficking of fetal tissue. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick ordered an investigation of the nation’s largest women’s health care provider in August, following suit with a host of conservative state lawmakers. Despite the decision by the grand jury to absolve Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement doubling down on the state’s efforts to investigate the organization.

Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, not PP, indicted for the “purchase and sale of human organs”
This Just In: Missouri's lt. governor is racist as all hell

(Raw Story) Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder ® on Tuesday called for Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to reinstate the curfew in Ferguson to allow the justice system — which he said was a product of “Anglo-American civilization” — to do its job.

Following Monday night’s clashes with police in the wake of the death of slain teen Michael Brown, Kindler told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow that Nixon had been wrong to end the curfew in Ferguson.

“I don’t understand an argument for not reinstating it,” he insisted. “I don’t understand that. I’m not trying to be overtly political. I am saying, the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.”

Before Farrow ended the interview, he asked the lieutenant governor if he agreed with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles that “the perspective of all residents” was that there was no “racial divide” in the city.

Kinder said there was “no question” that race was playing a role in what was happening in Ferguson.

“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”

This isn’t even dog whistle racism. The is balls-out, bare naked, sounds-like-a-speech-at-a-klan-rally racism.

On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue, two-door Caprisse. There was a big ceremony, speeches, Lt. Governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her; but they should have.

Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car… No, the most important object in pretty much the whole universe.

She was first owned by Sal Mariarti, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he’d drive around delivering Bibles to the poor. “Gettin’ folks right for judgment day,” that’s what he’d say.

Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.

After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used car lot in Lawrence, where a young Marine bought her on impulse.

This is, after a little advice from a friend.

I guess that’s where this story begins…and where it ends.

The Impala, of course, has all of the things other cars have…and a few things they don’t. But none of that stuff’s important. This is the stuff that’s important: the army man that Sam crammed in the ash tray. It’s still stuck there. The LEGOs that Dean shoved into the vents. To this day, the heat comes on and you can hear ‘em rattle. These are things that make the car theirs. Really theirs.

Even when Dean rebuilt her from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. Because it’s the blemishes that make her beautiful. The Devil doesn’t know or care what car the boys drive.

In between jobs, Sam and Dean would get a day, sometimes a week if they were lucky. They’d pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jay Hawks game. When it was clear, they’d park her in the middle of nowhere, just sit on the hood, and watch the stars for hours without saying a word.

It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls, but they were never in fact homeless.

So what’s this all add up to? It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test…for Sam and Dean. And I think they did alright. Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And well…isn’t that kinda the whole point? No doubt — endings are hard. But then again…nothing ever really ends, does it?

—  Chuck Shurley, 5.22 Swan Song 

Former state auditor Susan Montee launches her campaign for lieutenant governor in St. Louis City Hall.

1) that this is, first and foremost, an act of homophobia. few major news outlets have mentioned this.

2) that republican politicians have no right to scream TERRORISM when it is they themselves who have encouraged this violence.

3) i never want to hear again how trans people are a danger in bathrooms.

4) that the shooter was virulently homophobic & didn’t celebrate ramadan & that he had a firearm license.

5) that it was latin night hosted by trans women of colour.

6) Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running Everyone get out of pulse and keep running keep running

7) that we will be offered prayers but not solutions.

8) that this morning texas lt. governor dan patrick posted the words of Galatians 6:7. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

9) say the word: HOMOPHOBIA.


So I had to shutdown a motherfucker today. How did I do?
(For those who can’t read the pictures)
Conservative FB friend (graduated with me, now a marine):
I find it hilarious in a sick way how people in support of the LGBT community find it right to call people I support of gunfight disgusting names and even saying something like “ if god were real he would think you were a f**king twat” to the Lt. Governor of TX. And blaming everyday law abiding gun owners for the massacre in Orlando. I don’t understand how liberals can be so ignorant to the fact that if people what to kill people they will, and gun laws are only keeping guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and preventing them from protecting themselves. I also find it funny how people come out of the woodwork to say these things simply because it was gay people but said nothing to the other semi recent shootings. Guns aren’t the problem People. In Orlando, it’s radical Islam. Point blank.

okay, so one thing. This was a hate crime. Yes, the shooter had past associated with ISIS, but this shooting is not that. Omar Mateen’s father said that this was not religion. He had seen 2 men kissing in Orland months ago, and was mad by it ( He attacked a Gay Bar, during Pride Month, yet you choose to ignore that and say it was because of Islam, because that’s what you’re comfortable with. Oman has been on FBI’s Watch List since 2013, because of terrorist activities ( , and yet he was still able to buy a gun after that. Does that make sense to you? Since the Sandy Hook shooting in December of 2012, there have been 998 mass shooting in the US ( In 2016 alone,in the 165 days,there have been 176 mass shootings in the US ( Do you think this is a problem? And yet you defend everyone’s rights for a gun? I don’t think you understand what a stricter gun law would be like. NO, it would not prevent everyone from owning guns, it would not make guns illegal. Would it be harder and more work to get a gun? Yes, of course. But could people who would be safe with them and actually need them still be able to get a gun? Yes, of course. You use the argument that people need to protect themselves, and yet if there were stricter gun laws people wouldn’t NEED to protect themselves like that. If you really don’t think that the gun laws need to be changed, you are the problem.

Remembering Jallianwala Bagh massacre 97 years later

The calculated massacre of close to 2,000 innocents in Amritsar, Punjab 97 years ago that became a turning point in India’s struggle for freedom from the British.

Popular resentment had been accumulating in Punjab since the beginning of the War (World War I), mainly due to the ruthless drive – by the British — for recruiting soldiers and forced contribution to the war fund. Mahatma Gandhi’s call for a country-wide hartal to protest against the Black Acts received a tremendous response from Punjab on March 30 and again on April 6.

Gandhi’s call for a country-wide hartal to protest against the Black Acts received a tremendous response from Punjab on March 30 and again on April 6. The agitated mood of the people and Hindu-Muslim solidarity demonstrated on the hartal (strike) days and on April 9 celebration of the Ramnavami festival made the Lt Governor Michael O’Dwyer’s administration panicky.

Gandhi’s entry into Punjab was banned: two popular leaders of Amritsar, Kitchlew and Satya Pal, were arrested. These provocations led to hartals and mass demonstrations in Lahore, Kasur, Gujranwala and Amritsar.

In Amritsar, the police firing on demonstrators provoked some of them to commit acts of violence. The next day the city was handed over to Brigadier-General Dyer. Dyer began his regime through indiscriminate arrests and ban on meeting and gatherings.

On April 13 – the day of Baisakhi festival – a meeting was called in the afternoon at the Jallianwala Bagh a ground enclosed on all sides. Thousands of people, many of whom had come from surrounding villages to the fairs in Amritsar and were unaware of the ban order, gathered in the meeting.

Suddenly Dyer appeared there with troops and without any warning to the people, ordered firing on the completely peaceful and defenceless crowd. The fusillade continued till Dyer’s ammunition ran out. Atleast about a thousand people, if not more, are estimated to have been killed. This cold-blooded carnage, Dyer admitted later, was perpetrated “to strike terror not only in the city of Amritsar, but throughout the Punjab?”

The massacre stunned the people and became a turning point in the history of India’s struggle for freedom. Rabindranath Tagore wrote a strong letter of protest to the Viceroy, dated May 31, 1919, renouncing his Knighthood

When asked if he had taken any measures for the relief of the wounded, Dyer replied, ‘‘No, certainly not. It was not my job. But the hospitals were open and the medical officers were there. The wounded only had to apply for help.“

Faced with reports that indicted him (British majority report and Indian minority report), the then Viceroy of India, Chelmsford conceded that Dyer "acted beyond the necessity of the case, beyond what any reasonable man could have thought to be necessary, and that he did not act with as much humanity as the case permitted”. Dyer had no option but to resign and return to England in disgrace.

Apologists for the Raj in Britain however, bought into Dyer’s claim that it was this bloody firing by Dyer that had saved the Raj in India. This not only reduced the punishment meted out to Dyer, he was also treated as some sort of a hero on his return. In fact, the inquiry itself could only be instituted only after in indemnity law had been passed protecting Dyer and other recalcitrant officers from criminal liability.

- Teesta Setalvad (via Sabrang India)

TX lawmakers celebrate 10 years of anti-gay bigotry with a cake.

In 2005, an amendment passed in Texas which exclusively defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  Yesterday, a varied selection of bigots including conservative leaders and state lawmakers met at the Capitol to cut a cake and celebrate ten years of discriminating against gay couples.

The amendment didn’t pass until November of 2005, but apparently, they were just so excited to celebrate discrimination they couldn’t wait a couple of seasons.

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Locker rooms, rap music, movies starring Channing Tatum: where AREN’T men bragging about grabbing women by the pussy?

In times of crisis, great leaders step up and take responsibility for their actions, honestly assess their own weaknesses, learn from their mistakes, and thus become even greater.

It should come as no surprise, then, that in the days since footage of Donald Trump bragging about committing sexual assault surfaced, he and his surrogates have scrambled to distract from the words Trump said and instead get people thinking about who the real enemies are: Fifty Shades of Grey, rap music, Magic Mike, Twilight, and Beyoncé.

Last night on CNN, Trump supporter and former New York Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey pointed out that while what Trump said was bad, Hillary Clinton’s association with rap music proves that she doesn’t really care about lewd language. Host Don Lemon reminded her that rap music is not running for president.    

McCaughey responded by taking Lemonade to Lemon.

“Hillary Clinton expresses that she finds the language on that bus ‘horrific’ but in fact she likes language like this: ‘I came to slay, bitch,’” said McCaughey. “‘When he f’ed me good I take his ass to Red lobster.’ That happens to be from Beyoncé, her favorite performer. Whom she says she idolizes and would like to imitate.”

The Republican pundit was referring to a lyric from Beyoncé’s “Formation” and juxtaposing it with a quote from a Hillary Clinton town hall in Iowa last December. When a voter asked if she’d rather be president or Beyoncé, Clinton responded that day that she admired Beyoncé’s skills, and that she wanted to be “as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer.” Nobody asked Clinton a follow up question about whether she wished she’d named Chelsea “Blue Ivy” or if she’d let Tina Knowles design costumes for her, so it’s not clear where McCaughey is getting the idea that Clinton would “like to imitate” Beyoncé.

McCaughey isn’t the only Trump supporter to try the “but rap also does it” excuse. Ben Carson did it first, saying over the weekend that what Trump said is “the kind of language that we hear in rap music.” It didn’t go over well then, either.

But Carson wasn’t done shifting blame.

On Tuesday, when CNN’s Brianna Keilar said that she’d never heard men talk like Trump did in the recording, Carson responded, “Maybe that’s the problem.” In Trumpland, the problem is not that Trump said those things, but that people like Keilar had never heard those things.

Also on Monday, Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes took a different tack, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that what Trump said was “sort of part of the culture.”

“Eighty million copies of Fifty Shades of Grey have been sold. Magic Mike was one of the most popular movies… you look at the vampire trilogy.” Panelist Ana Navarro  called her claim “fifty shades of crazy.”  

It seems strange surrogates have focused so firmly on the work and words of women and people of color to distract and shift blame from Trump. At best, McCaughey, Carson, and Hughes are trying to point to them as proof of hypocrisy on the part of those offended by what Trump said. At worst, they’re blaming black and women’s cultural preferences for sexual assault.