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Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 05:03 PM (13 replies)

Gender Recognition Act passes NY state Legislature


ALBANY – The state Legislature has approved a bill to allow nonbinary, intersex or undesignated gender New Yorkers to use an "X" for their sex on driver’s licenses rather than identifying themselves as male or female.

The Gender Recognition Act and another bill raising the minimum age that children can be tried for crimes as juvenile offenders were among bills passed in a last-minute rush Thursday night, as the legislative session closed.

No more at link, but it's probably paywalled anyway.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 11, 2021, 03:35 PM (0 replies)

And, ya also know, the strategy of emphasizing the positive over blind attacks did land...

us the Presidency with the highest number of votes in history. Senate and other downballot votes are a completely different story.

There are vast numbers of ways to interpret all this, but it could probably be argued that we could have gone more for the throat of the asshole in the WH, but everyone is rightfully hesitant to call that asshole an asshole. You just don't admit that the country managed to elect the dumbest, meanest, most inept asshole in the country to that job.

Besides, the dumbest of the believers will be simply reinforced in their idiotic cult beliefs that you are the problem, not their crowned leader.

Now, if I were the despotic leader of all the Democrats, I might lean toward vicious attacks from the ground up. School boards are one place to start, as the R's have discovered, and rephrasing some arguments toward basic human rights most of us agree with, and basic biology and human relationships most of us agree with would be a good start. No quarter for those arguing against basic human decency.

Then, we can start on those clowns in state government that regularly make fools of themselves in public. Really, just asking if it's possible to adjust the Moon's orbit just shows you're a fucking asshole. And suggesting a woman already grieving over a miscarriage should have to prove she didn't have an abortion takes you out of the human race entirely.

And Congress-- after all that practice, we should be able to properly target and annihilate the fools and tools there.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 11, 2021, 03:23 PM (0 replies)

Dengue fever in Florida again...


The death of a Miami woman in her 30s from locally acquired dengue fever highlights the need for awareness of a potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus that's now found in the United States.


Spread by a bite from an infected Aedes mosquito, dengue can cause a high fever, rash and muscle or joint pain. In severe cases, dengue can cause potentially fatal bleeding and shock. Each year, up to 400 million people will become infected with dengue and about 22,000 will die from this disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2019, Florida saw 413 folks diagnosed with dengue, most of whom had recently traveled to Cuba. This outbreak sired 18 locally acquired cases, including one that resulted in the young Miami woman's death. To determine the source of the infection, doctors reviewed the woman's travel history and performed genetic sequencing of the virus, which confirmed that it was locally acquired.


"Florida is a sort of a quasi-endemic area for dengue now," he said. "We should expect this as a risk moving forward, and doctors in the southern U.S. should know that dengue is on the table as a possible diagnosis."

There is no widely available vaccine to prevent dengue, Morris said. To stave off infection, "use a good bug spray, cover your skin and avoid areas with a lot of standing water," he said. Mosquitoes like to lay eggs near standing water in buckets, bowls, flower pots and vases.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:07 PM (4 replies)

I suppose this works better in the lounge...

Anyway-- Hear! Hear!

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:18 AM (2 replies)

Dinner with Newt? Somehow I got on the Conservative Direct mail list and while...

most of them just go into the trash bin, once in a while something catches my eye.

A lottery with the prize being dinner with Gingrich and Rick Scott was in the email today. I didn't click the link, but I assume some donation is involved.

Times like this, I'm almost tempted to donate a dollar just to see what happens.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:18 AM (10 replies)

An unpopular thought about the filibuster...

So, the filibuster is racist, is it? It certainly was used by Dixiecrats in the 60s to try to derail civil rights law.

But, it was used in the Roman Senate and in the British Parliament. France, too. And some others. Racism there, too?

The tyranny of the majority was one of the things most feared by the founders, and our entire system is set up to mitigate its effect. The three independent branches of government and bicameral legislature were specifically set up to avoid one faction from taking over. The filibuster simply added to the original plan.

Now, politics is an ugly business, and no one seriously believes that the events of Mr. Smith goes to Washington could ever happen. But, just as the Senate is a defense against the House going crazy, the filibuster is one way, perhaps the only way, to stop the Senate from going crazy.

Do we need that one last step before a veto, or years before the courts look at it? I think we just may. Not the craven way it was used for the last 10 years, though. Bring back the days-long yakking on the Senate floor. Bring back the cots. This simply threatening filibuster to force cloture is the cheapest of cheap shots.

Besides Wikipedia and a few Federalist papers, I found this pretty good wrap-up of the whole thing. No doubt more are out there.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 08:11 PM (4 replies)

had a silly thought about making coffee-- mix the sugar and powdered milk in the...

basket with the grounds when brewing it.

I plan on trying this sometime soon, but am curious if anyone else has.

I foresee several problems, but will give it a shot unless someone says they did it and spent some time in the hospital, or lost body parts.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:38 AM (29 replies)

Was the 2nd amendment to guard against slave revolts?

Discussion started earlier at:

with a short article linked.

However, today's Fresh Air (on your local NPR station) interviewed Carol Anderson and the truth of it all is even more disturbing. There had been a slave revolt or two by that time, and the perps were mass hanged. The Supreme court eventually ruled that the amendment gave the right to individually carry, unless you were black. And it got worse.


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 10:04 PM (36 replies)

Christianity without Christ, an American specialty.


The earliest followers of Jesus would be greatly baffled by what it means to be “Christian” today.

The ever-changing lists of “essential” beliefs and organizational expectations would certainly be unfamiliar to those who encountered the radical love and grace of Jesus and, in response, left their familiar and comfortable ways to follow in his risky footsteps.

Oh, it took belief to heed the call of Jesus to “follow me.” But Jesus never required a test of orthodoxy, put them through a six-week doctrinal course and then gave them a membership card to The Jesus Club.

Today’s Americanized Christianity gives little to no attention to following Jesus. It is about affirming some human-formed list of “essentials” that tend to leave Jesus out – and often require attitudes and acts of exclusion at odds with how Jesus actually related to others.

I have no particular belief ]in the divinity of Jesus, or even if he actually existed. I do, however, have a particular affinity for the teachings of Jesus as distilled down to us today. Jesus certainly wasn't the only great spiritual leader, but he is the one this Westerner is most familiar with, and see no reason to pledge allegiance to Buddha, or someone else. Ultimately, it is all very much the same.

But, I digress... Like most here, I cringe when I see the universal parables and prayers of the Gospels suddenly perverted into calling for political positions. Unless I missed something, Jesus said render unto Caesar that which is his, and not to put God into the middle of it.

Separation of church and state was actually one of the first Christian principles.

Carry on.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 06:46 AM (7 replies)
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