NCTE And The FRC On A Trans Youth Joining The Girl Scouts

Thumbnail link: A Parents Guide To Preventing Homosexuality: Chapter 1. Masculinity Is An Achievement (excerpt)Update: The National Review has posted a peice on the 7-year-old trans girl from another person associated with the Family Research Council — Senior legal fellow Cathy Ruse. The name of the article is Male and Female He Created Them. From the conclusion of the article:

No mention is made anywhere of the boy’s father, and his utter absence from news stories strikes me as a classic “elephant in the room,” or in this case, not in the room. Dare I state the obvious, unspoken truth? This poor little boy desperately needs a father.

The treatment schema in A Parent’s Guide To Preventing Homosexuality is summed up in Chapter 1, entitled Masculinity Is an Achievement. The in the subsection of that chapter entitled In Search Of Masculinity, Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D. outlines what he believes the role of a father is, as well as specific techniques, to prevent homosexuality in a son.

Reparative therapists see a secure gender identity as a primary avenue through which we grow to maturity. In contrast, a defining characteristic of the gay movement is the drive to destabilize the categories of sex and gender.

Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)

The National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE’s) Mara Keisling and the Family Research Council’s (FRC’s) Peter Sprigg were on Fox News Sunday morning (October 30, 2011) discussing the case of the 7-year-old trans girl whose parents attempted to enroll her in the Girl Scouts. From the Fox News video Colorado Boy to Join the Girl Scouts?:

An excerpt from the video from the Family Research Council’s (FRC’s) Peter Sprigg:

Well, a person who believes they are the opposite of their biological sex, or who wants to the opposite of their biological sex, is suffering from a recognized mental illness called Gender Identity Disorder. And the appropriate response to that is psychological counseling to help them be comfortable with their biological sex. I believe that’s true for an adult, but it’s doubly true for a child who has nowhere near the maturity to be able to decide that they want to change their sex.

An excerpt from Mara Keisling:

Well, what I think that what the Girl Scouts have done really, really makes a lot of sense. Peter is wrong about this being a mental illness. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual which lists it also lists insomnia, migraines, and religious conversions. These are all things that can cause stress…

Image: Autumn Sandeen (11/23/2010)The solution that Peter Sprigg — whose organization, the FRC, has been identified as a hate group — is stating that the 7-year-old at the center of the story needs reparative therapy. What Sprigg and the FRC is suggesting is found in A Parent’s Guide To Preventing Homosexuality by former president of the NARTH. Excerpts from that book’s chapter 2, the chapter entitled “The Prehomosexual Boy,” explains some of what Sprigg and the FRC are advocating:

I believe in a reparative approach to gender identity conflict. Something is lacking the [Gender Identity Disorder (GID] or gender-empty child’s sense of himself as truly male (or her sense of being female). Along with other like-minded psychotherapists, I hope to offer a choice that could change the course of lives before these young people are so deeply entangled in unwanted homosexual behavior that it is almost impossible for them to find their way out.

…[We like-minded psychotherapists] believe that healthy development requires that a person’s interior sense of gender identity and his biology must correspond. Mind, body, and spirit must work together in harmony. The gender-nonconforming boy might be artistic, creative, and relational, but in order to grow into his potential, he must also be confident that he belongs to the world of men.

Once mothers and fathers recognize the real problems their gender-confused children face, agree to work together to help resolve them, and seek the guidance and expertise of a psychotherapist who believes that change in possible, there is hope. Growth into a heterosexual identity is indeed possible.

Also from The Prehomosexual Boy chapter of the same book, is a subsection entitled Sex Change Operations: Two Views:

Traditionalists (including most people of faith), believe that a natural order written into our bodies tells us who we are. For this reason, traditionalist cannot accept the view that a man who “feels like a woman inside” is justified in having his genitals amputated, breast implants inserted, and female hormones pumped into his bloodstream so that he can make his body conform to his interior sense of who he is. Traditionalists shiver with horror at the sight of this person, born a man, gesticulating in a caricatured femalelike manner, having artificial breast that contrast with the faintest shadow of a beard and the telltale angularity of a man’s jaw. What that person did to force his body to conform to his desired biological sex does not in fact look noble; it looks like raw butchery. Reflecting on the same scenario, sexual liberationalists applaud — this person exercise choice (the highest human good!) and made himself conform to who he believed he could be, with the help of modern medicine.

In the minds of traditionalists such as Sprigg, the FRC, Nicolosi, and NARTH, trans girls and trans women are just boys and men that — much like gay men — haven’t embraced their God-given masculinity. It’s not with any stretch of the imagination, given the description by Nicolosi above, that “traditionalists” perceive the T’s of those World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) describes as transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people to be super-homosexuals…to be super-abominations.

(By the way, count this as another checked check-box for Why We’re “Lumped Together” In LGBT Community.)

WPATH’s recently updated Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People states this about the ethics of reparative therapy:

Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success (Gelder & Marks, 1969; Greenson, 1964), particularly in the long term (Cohen-Kettenis & Kuiper, 1984; Pauly, 1965). Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.

What Peter Sprigg and the FRC offer this trans youth is — per the secular treatment schema put out by the subject matter experts at WPATH — is a kind of therapy that’s no longer considered ethical: reparative therapy.

That’s something to ponder isn’t it?

Further viewing: Transyouth Family Advocates (TYFA) Executive Director Kim Pearson on CNN talking about a different 8-year-old transyouth (where the issues are similar).

Why Is The DHS Doing The City Of Portlands Police Forces Job?


Sitting here watching the local news and I see a story about DHS going to downtown Portland Oregon, into a city park full of OWS protesters and telling them to disperse or get arrested.

Who the hell are you and why are you here?

This should be a Portland city police job, if in fact, there is a legal issue to begin with.

I want to know why the DHS is suddenly brought into this and why Portland mayor Sam Adams can’t seem to handle this and invites the Feds into the equation.

It’s like some JBT handing you a fucking parking ticket.

I call Bullshit.

Update, it seems it is a Federal Park in down town Portland.

I call Eminate Domain on your ass.

Take that.

You are what you eat: McRib’s ‘restructured meat product’ and Pink Slime infused burgers

There is a piece over at The Week, “What’s the McRib made of, anyway?” that answers the question about what’s in McDonald’s pork sandwich that recently made its return to the menu for a limited time. Since I live in the South and have access to real barbecue, not pre-fab, I wondered why anyone would eat this garbage. I wasn’t far off about it being garbage:

At face value, the sandwich contains just pork, onions, and pickle slices slathered in barbecue sauce and laid out on a bun. But the truth is, there are roughly 70 ingredients. The bun alone contains 34, says TIME‘s Melnick. In addition to chemicals like ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80, the most egregious may be azodicarbonamide — “a flour-bleaching agent most commonly used in the manufactur[ing] of foamed plastics like gym mats the and soles of shoes.” According to McDonald’s own ingredient list, the bun also includes calcium sulfate and ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, among other chemicals.

If you start off with that much trash in the bun, you can only imagine what the “meat” inside the bun is:

Pig innards and plenty of salt. Typically, “restructured meat product” includes pig bits like tripe, heart, and scalded stomach, says Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine, citing a 1995 article by Robert Mandigo, a professor at the University of Nebraska. These parts are cooked and blended with salt and water to extract salt-soluble proteins, which act as a “glue” that helps bind the reshaped meat together.

Actually, let’s take the horrifying McRib off of the hot seat for a moment. Take the all-American staple, the hamburger, as served by McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast food outlets. Would you like fries with your Pink Slime? Yes, that’s the nickname of the “beef product” created by the uniquely-named Beef Products Inc., a supplier to McDs. Faced with what we consider slaughterhouse waste product from the cow, Beef Products Inc. came up with a novel way to turn what was formerly only used in dog food into a cash cow by treating the by-products with ammonia to kill E. coli and germs and mixing it into a slimy additive to stretch out “real beef.” And the U.S. government food safety agencies approved it. From the original report in the NYT (2009’s “Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned“):

Beef Products Inc., had been looking to expand into the hamburger business with a product made from beef that included fatty trimmings the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil. The trimmings were particularly susceptible to contamination, but a study commissioned by the company showed that the ammonia process would kill E. coli as well as salmonella.

…With the U.S.D.A.’s stamp of approval, the company’s processed beef has become a mainstay in America’s hamburgers. McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food giants use it as a component in ground beef, as do grocery chains. The federal school lunch program used an estimated 5.5 million pounds of the processed beef last year alone.

The company says its processed beef, a mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips, is used in a majority of the hamburger sold nationwide. But it has remained little known outside industry and government circles. Federal officials agreed to the company’s request that the ammonia be classified as a “processing agent” and not an ingredient that would be listed on labels.

Think about that when you see that juicy fast-food, pink slime-infused burger on a TV ad. Think about how many U.S. kids are being fed this crap by parents who go up to the drive through, unaware that the meat contains what’s swept off of the slaughterhouse floor, clean and “enhanced.” And their kids are eating pink slime in their schools as well:

In 2004, lunch officials increased the amount of Beef Products meat allowed in its hamburgers to 15 percent, from 10 percent, to increase savings. In a taste test at the time, some school children favored burgers with higher amounts of processed beef.

…In early 2003, officials in Georgia returned nearly 7,000 pounds to Beef Products after cooks who were making meatloaf for state prisoners detected a “very strong odor of ammonia” in 60-pound blocks of the trimmings, state records show.

“It was frozen, but you could still smell ammonia,” said Dr. Charles Tant, a Georgia agriculture department official. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”


Just when you thought that the European Debt Crisis could not get any more bizarre…


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George Papandreou suggests holding a referendum on the latest proposal. From the Guardian.

The Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, stunned Europe‘s leaders on Monday after he proposed that his country should hold a referendum on the landmark European debt deal reached last week.

A Greek vote against the deal could scupper weeks of negotiations over how to rescue the country’s economy and prevent a debt crisis to match the Lehman Brothers crash of three years ago.

Stock markets, which have rallied in recent weeks after a sustainable deal looked more likely, reacted immediately to the news with a sell-off of shares. In New York, the Dow Jones index of leading companies fell sharply as Papandreou’s plan was revealed. The euro fell 2% against the dollar and the US Volatility index – the so-called “index of fear” – climbed 22%, its biggest one-day rise since mid-August.

Papandreou gave no date or other details of the proposed referendum, though the interior minister, Haris Kastinidis, said it would most likely be in January.

And of course we all KNOW how that would turn out. And what if Italy and Portugal and Spain get the same idea ? Talk about the European Dept Commission sounding like a chorus of scorched cats.

Late Night FDL: Kids Today Like Their Print

If it’s THEIR print, that is:

Students have returned to college campuses armed with laptops, smart phones and countless other electronic gadgets. Yet most still turn to a print newspaper for their campus news.

The printed versions of college newspapers continue to thrive, with students grabbing copies as they go from one class to another. It’s not unusual to see students reading about the latest campus news while eating a quick lunch or taking a break on the lawn.

It’s far less likely that the wired generation, raised with iPods and smart phones, is checking out the news on the newspaper’s website.

I can’t tell you how many college journalism events I go to, where they discuss “the future of journalism.” The only time student media even comes up is for someone to deplore it as unserious and students’ love of it as insignificant. It only counts as reading a paper if you read the Times, kids!

Some of this is the usual amateur versus professional argument with which blogtopia is familiar. Some of it is that a lot of our pundit critters aren’t researchers, and just say things based on the last poll to cross their desks. But they ignore the reasons student papers succeed, and the reasons they do succeed could be valuable lessons to media companies that have responded to the loss of customers by making their products worse: (more…)

What Are We For?

I’d been trying for weeks to capture the story of occupy in song.

I was with my daughter in Miami coupla weeks ago and we were in strategy mode and I said “we are the ninety niners.” She says “No, just tell a simple story.”

I just went down a list of valid complaints each of which belong to different Americans, but all are equally upset about, a litany of ” mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any longer.”

The corporate media has been all ” they don’t have a message, what are they for?”

It’s pretty simple, we are for every interest of all the 99%. So it is a question of “whose side are you on?” I believe this is a winner for each Democratic candidate, indeed the battle cry for 2012.

OccupyMN to Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Stop Foreclosing on the American Dream!

Just a heads-up to all Twin Cities Metro Area residents:

ADVISORY: EVENT – Tues. Nov 1 – 11:45am

Kevin Whelan, 612-325-9266,
or Donna Cassutt 612-859-2054,

Rally at Chamber of Commerce Meeting to tell Banks, CEOs: “Stop Foreclosing on the American Dream”

St. Paul—Minnesotans from faith, labor and community groups will rally on Tuesday November 1st outside of the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to demand that large banks and corporations pay their fair share of taxes, invest in good jobs, fix the foreclosure crisis and practice fair lending.

WHAT: “Don’t Foreclose on the American Dream” Rally at Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, November 1, 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (more…)

NYC Law Enforcement Moving Aggressive Park Dwellers into Occupy Wall Street Site

(photo: Hanibaael)
If this is true (h/t), it represents one of the more cynical actions I’ve seen from law enforcement, whose job it it to serve and protect, in a long, long time. According to Harry Siegel, cops in New York City are re-routing aggressive, drunken individuals picked up in parks across the city down to the protest site, taking advantage of the open-source nature of the protests.

The number of non-participants taking advantage of the resources that the activists have provided — free food, clothing, tarps and sleeping bags, hand-rolled smokes and even books, not to mention a sense of protection from the police, who have increasingly left the park to protect itself – has exploded over the past week, and is threatening to define the occupation itself and overshadow its political and social ambitions. Despite those resources, “spanging” (spare-changing, or panhandling) at Zuccotti has become commonplace, as have fights, near-fights and open-air drug sales […]

The NYPD seems to have crossed a line in recent days, as the park has taken on a darker tone with unsteady and unstable types suddenly seeming to emerge from the woodwork. Two different drunks I spoke with last week told me they’d been encouraged to “take it to Zuccotti” by officers who’d found them drinking in other parks, and members of the community affairs working group related several similar stories they’d heard while talking with intoxicated or aggressive new arrivals.

The NYPD’s press office declined to comment on the record about any such policy, but it seems like a logical tactic from a Bloomberg administration that has done its best to make things difficult for the occupation — a way of using its openness against it.

“He’s got a right to express himself, you’ve got a right to express yourself,” I heard three cops repeat in recent days, using nearly identical language, when asked to intervene with troublemakers inside the park, including a clearly disturbed man screaming and singing wildly at 3 a.m. for the second straight night.

“The first time I’ve heard cops mention our First Amendment rights,” cracked one occupier after hearing a lieutenant read off of that apparent script.

Emphasis mine. I don’t think that the protest movement would have much of a problem using some of their bounty to share with people who are troubled or homeless; they are the 99% too, after all. But this rises to the level of the cops seeding the protest site with unruly, aggressive, perhaps mentally ill types. And I’m sure they’re ready to point afterwards at the conduct they helped to instigate. They’re using Zuccotti Park almost as a holding pen for types that would normally spend the night in the city lockup or drunk tank. [cont’d.]

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