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Last January, Berkeley Latinx Studies major / nonbinary pronoun activist Pablo “They” Gomez was arrested on charges of murdering a woman he didn’t know, schoolteacher Emilie Inman, and stabbing nonfatally fellow SJW activist Kiana Schmitt. The stabby little social justice jihadi was found sane enough to stand trial on a 2-1 vote. Monday was the first hearing since then.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Zillionaire Tom Steyer, and They

From Berkeleyside:

UC Berkeley student told friend after fatal stabbing: ‘It’s your time now’

By Emilie Raguso Nov. 13, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

… Gomez, 22, was also a UC Berkeley student at the time of the killing for which they* have been charged. They wore red jailhouse scrubs over a purple T-shirt at the Alameda County Superior Court hearing in Oakland, and kept their small hands clasped together on the table for much of the day. At times, they propped up their elbows and rested their face on their hands as they listened without reaction to the testimony that would determine the direction of the case.

* Gomez’s pronoun is “they.” Read more about personal gender pronouns. Each instance of “they” in this story refers to Gomez alone.

Authorities say Gomez fatally stabbed a stranger, 27-year-old Emilie Inman, at her Ashby Avenue home near Alta Bates hospital on Jan. 6. …

Defense attorney George Arroyo, with the Alameda County public defender’s office, kept his questions brief. He focused on testimony related to his client’s possible break with reality during events that led up to the killing and the non-fatal stabbing of Gomez’s friend, Kiana Schmitt.

The star witness and her socially constructed eyebrows.

… As her small black service dog, which wore a bright green vest, at times licked tears from her face, Schmitt described her memories, to prosecutor John Ullom, of the day she said she was stabbed by her “close friend,” Gomez. The two had known each other for about a year as of January when the incidents took place.

Gomez, Schmitt and several other people had driven up to Berkeley together in Schmitt’s car from Southern California on Thursday, Jan. 5, she said. Cal’s spring semester was to begin the next week. Along the way, Schmitt said Gomez talked passionately about a midnight ceremony Gomez had planned for the night ahead for Día de Los Reyes, or Three Kings Day. The ceremony is also called Epiphany.

Gomez talked during the drive about having had visions and spiritual transformations, and described the upcoming ceremony as an important spiritual event in their Mexican indigenous culture. Gomez also described plans to leave Berkeley the next day for Mexico, Schmitt said.

Later that night, at UC Berkeley’s Afro House student cooperative, Gomez brought a number of items to be used for the ceremony, including a bandana, a flower and a lighter. They laid the items out in a sort of altar, Schmitt recalled. …

… Some of the friends, including Gomez, went “to smoke.” …

About an hour later, Gomez appeared suddenly and was obviously “distressed,” Schmitt said. A scarf was draped over their body. They wore no shirt or pants, and were barefoot. …

“They ran up to my car, motioned for me to open the door and then they got in,” she said, of Gomez. She noticed that Gomez’s hair, which had been waist-length the prior night, had been cut very short. When Schmitt called her friend by the name “Pablo,” Gomez answered, “I’m not Pablo. I’m Ray now,” according to her testimony.

Gomez directed Schmitt to drive to a friend’s house south of campus … According to later court testimony by Berkeley Police Sgt. Peter Hong, the case agent, Gomez did have a friend who used to live at the house, but she had moved out a year prior. That woman told police Gomez had only visited her there once, but that the two were friends through “activist circles” and would see each other at “activist events.”

As Schmitt described what happened next, she began to get upset. Throughout her testimony, she pet her dog often, stroking the small animal’s ears and holding the dog close to her chest.

Schmitt said Gomez was “talking to themselves, muttering,” and told her, “Oh, there’s a woman in the sky. Can you see her?”

“What are you talking about?” Schmitt asked Gomez. …

At noon Monday, when Grant described trying to find Emilie Inman’s body, it was the first time her name had been mentioned in the court proceedings, which had begun before 10 a.m. …

Emilie Inman, RIP

As he described the scene, Inman’s parents held hands, and her father cried audibly for the first time throughout the day’s proceedings.

… Judge Desautels said it did appear, based on the evidence, that Gomez could have committed murder… She ordered Gomez to continue to be held without bail, and ordered Gomez to return to court Nov. 27 for the next hearing in the case.

Earlier in the morning, before the proceedings began, Inman’s mother attempted to take a moment to introduce herself to, and acknowledge, a woman on the other side of the courtroom she thought might be Gomez’s mother.

“Are you Mrs. Gomez? I’m Emilie’s mom,” she said.

“We don’t want to talk right now,” said a young man seated beside the woman, curtly.

“I’m not asking any questions,” said Inman’s mother, shaken.

In the afternoon, Inman’s mother broke down outside the courtroom, weeping, and speaking loudly in the direction of the handful people who attended the hearing on Gomez’s behalf.

“Are you human beings to be like that?” she asked, choking with grief. “We are all human beings.”

As I asked back in January:

What are the chances that They was pushed over the edge into homicidal rage by the Trump Derangement Syndrome and Anti-White Hate promoted by respectable media and authority figures?

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The Washington Post complains:

Trump’s withdrawal of transgender bathroom guidance leaves questions up to schools, states

Until this week, the federal government had provided a standard for how sensitive questions that schools face with transgender students should be resolved. But the shift leaves a patchwork of policies that varies widely across the country.

By Emma Brown and Moriah Balingit 3 hours ago

In other words, the President of the United States isn’t going to micromanage bathrooms and locker rooms across this 3,000-mile-wide country anymore. Instead, the decisions are going to be up to officials closer to the various actual bathrooms and locker rooms. The authors of the Federalist Papers, such as Madison and the sainted Hamilton, must be rolling in their graves about somebody finally taking federalism seriously.

As I wrote in my Taki’s Magazine review of Sebastian Junger’s Tribe:

As Junger laments, Americans today seem more interested in reviling one another than in cooperating. Perhaps that’s not surprising: America is a huge country and, luckily, hasn’t had to come together much to win wars in recent generations.

Fortunately, we already have a system, bequeathed to us by the Founders, for how we can get along without getting in each other’s faces: federalism. It’s long been out of fashion, but we can live and let live as long as we don’t insist upon micromanaging the daily lives of other Americans in distant parts of the country.

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NOTE: If you are interested in the Oroville Dam disaster in California, I’ve been updating my earlier post about it below.

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The funny thing is that, due to our pervasive mental atmosphere that makes noticing patterns disreputable, almost nobody has noticed how funny this phenomenon is: that there exists a rare form of mental illness that occasionally strikes highly masculine, higher IQ middle-aged men and convinces them that, despite all the evidence to the contrary (their children, their military or sporting accomplishments, their sci-fi obsessions, etc.) that they’ve always been a girl on the inside.

… And the victims of this delusion are almost all right-of-center in their political / cultural views!

Virtually none of the prominent late-onset M to F transgenders are conventional liberals: e.g., golfing Republican Bruce Jenner, the Kiplingesque memorialist of the British Empire James Morris, libertarian economist Donald McCloskey, outer space entrepreneur Martin Rothblatt, etc etc.

I’m sure the Wachowski Siblings of “The Matrix” hold highly respectable political views on the surface, but it’s likely not a coincidence that their term “red pill” has become one of the most subversive of the 21st Century.

Being a conventional liberal goodthinker seems to confer some degree of immunity to the ravages of this mental health syndrome.

But leftists these days are too dumbed down to get the joke that late onset transgenderism is a mental illness of rightists.

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They is on the lam

From Berkeleyside:

Police hunt for armed and dangerous Berkeley suspect after homicide, stabbing

January 6, 2017 11:46 pm

by Emilie Raguso

Police are looking for a person described as armed and dangerous who authorities say is responsible for Berkeley’s first homicide of 2017.

After a seriously wounded woman flagged someone down for help just north of the UC Berkeley campus shortly before noon Friday, police ultimately located a “violent crime” scene and discovered the body of a person they say has not been identified in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue.

No information about the victim has been released.


An earlier Berkeleyside article identified this young woman as missing:

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair …

Police have identified the wanted person as 24-year-old Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood. According to Gomez Jr.’s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside after publication to say that Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun “they.” This story has been updated.]

Never misgender an accused murderer on the run.

Gomez Jr. has been described as Hispanic, is 5 foot 6 inches tall and 110 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone who sees Gomez Jr. to call 911 immediately.

“A witness who saw him earlier in the day reported that he had shaved his head which may have been done in an effort to alter his appearance,” police said in a statement released late Friday night.

… Gomez Jr. has been involved with UC Berkeley’s Queer Alliance Resource Center, according to the group’s Facebook page, and recently helped organize a chalk protest on campus related to sexual assault, the Daily Californian reported in September.

Gomez Jr. is studying “Chicanx/Latinx Studies” according to their Facebook page, and is a senior climate action fellow at Alliance for Climate Education.

This “fellow” word sounds triggering with its implicit gender assumptions. Maybe that’s why they did it?

When the cops catch them, will they be charged with conspiracy to commit murder? If they misbehave in prison, can they be put in solitary confinement?

Update: They is now in custody.

From Berkeleyside:

Suspect in custody after Berkeley homicide, stabbing
January 7, 2017 4:32 pm by Emilie Raguso

A UC Berkeley student wanted by police in connection with a homicide Friday, as well as a stabbing that sent a young woman to the hospital, is now in custody, authorities report.

Police identified the wanted person as 24-year-old Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood. According to Gomez Jr.’s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside early Saturday to say Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun “they.”]

Berkeley Police Sgt. Andrew Frankel, department spokesman, said BPD got a call at 1:30 p.m. from a Burbank police officer who said Gomez Jr. was in their custody. They will now be booked into the LA County Jail.

Frankel said, shortly before 4:30 p.m., that BPD has not yet identified the homicide victim.

Authorities say the violence took place in the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue, east of Telegraph Avenue. A woman who had been stabbed at that location somehow made it to the 2600 block of Ridge Road, just north of the UC Berkeley campus, and was able to get help.

As a result of that investigation, police zeroed in on a house on Ashby where they found a body “much later.” No further information about that discovery has been provided.

Friends of a young woman named Emilie Inman, however, said she had some kind of connection to Gomez, and asked Berkeleyside to spread the word to the community Friday that she was missing. According to scanner recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside, her car was found in a driveway at one of the locations searched by police Friday.

Gomez Jr. is studying “Chicanx/Latinx Studies” according to their Facebook page, and is a senior climate action fellow at Alliance for Climate Education. (The “x” is a gender-neutral ending used to avoid a binary designation.) They were deeply involved in the campus activist community.

One person told Berkeleyside she had seen Gomez Jr.’s “advocacy work from a far and was always really impressed about it,” adding, “a lot are still in shock right now and need time to really process everything cause it’s so conflicting to [their] character.”

Wrote one supporter on Facebook: “I pray that my friend is ok …. And that all of this is a lie.”

There was some indication from people familiar with Gomez Jr. that mental health issues likely played a role in Friday’s violence.

Gomez Jr. posted often online about queer and transgender issues, and was deeply concerned about police brutality and a range of social justice causes. They wrote often about the importance of protesting unjust systems and fighting for equity, and expressed support for efforts such as shutting down freeways, “burning chiles at the door of the governor’s office to get them to respond to demands,” and questioning mainstream media on its depiction of crime and the treatment of minorities.

Their short bio on Twitter reads “nonbinary, pan xicanx who loves dr pepper.”

While growing up in Los Angeles, they attended Van Nuys High School.

Gomez Jr. has been involved with UC Berkeley’s Queer Alliance Resource Center, according to the group’s Facebook page, and helped organize a chalk protest on campus related to sexual assault, the Daily Californian reported in September.

Gomez Jr. also appeared in a YouTube video, viewed nearly 35,000 times, entitled “Students at Berkeley Vandalize Trump Cutout, Assault College Republicans.” In the video, Gomez Jr. can be seen tugging at the cardboard cutout, saying, “This is fucked up, this is really fucked up,” while smiling and remaining calm but assertive.

The investigation has already caught the attention of conservative political commentator and writer Ann Coulter, who posted about it on Facebook and Twitter. Many on the right, including members of the UC Berkeley community, have begun pointing at the case to argue against identity politics, preferred pronouns and related issues.

Here’s the missing girl’s Facebook page.

Personally, I appreciate NorCal hippie chicks, like my cousin’s wife G., and do not approve of them being slashed.

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From the New York Times:

Obama Defends Transgender Directive for School Bathrooms

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday made an impassioned argument for his administration’s decision to instruct public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, saying that society must protect the dignity and safety of vulnerable children.

The remarks were the president’s first public comments on a directive released Friday that has added fuel to a searing national debate over transgender rights. Mr. Obama said the guidance, issued by the Education and Justice Departments, represented “our best judgment” on how to help schools wrestling with the issue.

“We’re talking about kids, and anybody who’s been in school, been in high school, who’s been a parent, I think should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority — kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender — are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially they are vulnerable,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

Usually, reporters clean up these kind of stream of consciousness burbles to make the respondent sound more articulate. (Trump is an exception.) But a good passive-aggressive way to make most people look dumb or disingenuous is just to quote them word for word. For example, I can recall a frontpage article in the Houston Post in 1979 about my champion College Bowl quiz contest team at Rice U. that quoted me verbatim with all my usual stumbles left in from the phone interview we did. Nominally, the article was about what super geniuses we were, but I sounded like a doofus because I was accurately quoted. I thought it was a pretty clever way for the reporter to stick the knife in.

“I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved, and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.”

- 1 pt.: Run-on sentence

… “The president is turning the Constitution on its head,” Mr. Abbott [governor of Texas] told Fox News. “He’s trying to cram down as many parts of his liberal agenda on the United States of America as he possibly can” before leaving office in January.


… “We said, ‘It is our view that you should try to treat these kids with dignity,’ ” Mr. Obama said, adding that the administration had sought to help educators and administrators by including a set of “best practices” from school districts that have enacted similar transgender policies. “There are school districts who have been wrestling with this problem and have, we think, done a good job in accommodating them in a way that is good for everybody, and so you can learn from these best practices. This is what we are advising.”

But the directive represents more than just a suggestion. While it does not carry the force of law, it signals how the administration interprets federal statutes, bringing with it an implied threat that schools that act otherwise could lose federal funding.

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From the New York Times:

Obama Administration to Issue Decree on Transgender Access to School Restrooms

WASHINGTON — In the middle of a legal fight with North Carolina over transgender rights, the Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping decree telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

What about locker rooms? High schools have locker rooms …

The letter to school districts that will go out Friday describing what they should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against, signed by officials of the Justice Department and Department of Education, does not have the force of law. But it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. …

After supporting the rights of gay people to marry, allowing them to serve openly in the military and prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against them, the administration has made bathrooms its latest battleground.

I pointed out this war was being launched exactly three years ago in a post entitled “Post-Gay Marriage, Cont.” Sure, it’s nuts, but there’s a certain kind of lunatic logic to it in that they won so much with their previous offensives that they ran out of anything else to do. Because they had no intention of declaring peace, this would have to be the next stage of their war:

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a transgender’s privates waving in an adolescent girl’s face – forever.”

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From the front page:

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…. Fanned out across the neighborhood were more than three dozen Leadership Lab volunteers, many of them local college students, as well as progressive activists from around the country hoping to learn about changing voters’ minds. Over the last six years, Fleischer’s unorthodox canvassing technique has attracted the attention of social scientists, liberal groups and even presidential-campaign consultants. It has also attracted controversy. In 2014, Science published a study claiming to show that an approximately 20-minute conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser trained by Fleischer’s team could turn a gay-marriage opponent into a supporter. But Science retracted the study five months later, after the lead author couldn’t produce his data and admitted to lying about aspects of the experiment’s design.

The fraudulent study called into question the validity of the Leadership Lab’s deep-canvassing approach. Had it all been wishful thinking? Maybe, as The Wall Street Journal suggested, Fleischer’s efforts merely “flattered the ideological sensibilities of liberals.” But this week, a new study published in Science by David Broockman, an assistant professor of political economy at Stanford, and Joshua Kalla, a graduate student in political science at Berkeley, appears to serve as vindication of Fleischer’s work. Leadership Lab-trained volunteers were found to be successful at reducing transgender prejudice in front-door conversations, the effects persisting months later in follow-up surveys.

Betsy Levy Paluck, an associate professor at Princeton who studies bias, believes the study will have broad implications for those in her field. “What do social scientists know about reducing prejudice in the world? In short, very little,” she writes in the same issue of Science, adding that the new study’s results “stand alone as a rigorous test of this type of prejudice-reduction intervention.”

Here’s the front and center package right now on the homepage. It illustrates my subtle argument in a 2015 Taki’s Magazine column, “Ten Thousand Haven Monahans,” about the original wholly fraudulent research that much of the “crisis in the social sciences” isn’t even, at best, about science. Even without all the fraud, what’s being studied isn’t science but marketing research. I wrote:

And yet the most interesting point about this ignominious affair is that even if the paper had been utterly legitimate, it still wouldn’t have been “science” in the sense that most people understand the word: as a search for relatively permanent truths. Instead, it would have just been marketing research.

And that illustrates out a long-term trend. In our Age of Gladwell, leftist social scientists are increasingly giving up on looking for truths about human beings, which could get them in trouble if they found them, and reconfiguring themselves as handmaidens of the marketing industry.

On December 11, 2014, the New York Times trumpeted a study of over 10,000 voters in black and Hispanic districts of Los Angeles that would be published the next day in Science:

“Gay political canvassers can soften the opinions of voters opposed to same-sex marriage by having a brief face-to-face discussion about the issue, researchers reported Thursday.”

This was welcome news to progressives because the November 2008 election in California had been a frustrating mixed bag for them. Large numbers of black church ladies showed up at the polls to vote for Barack Obama, but in California black women voted 75-25 against gay marriage on Proposition 8.

Eventually the media settled on a narrative to explain why gay marriage was voted down in liberal California the same day Obama beat McCain there 61-37: outside agitators from Mormon Utah control the media in Los Angeles.

But that was a little too implausible even for 21st century America. Sure, Caitlyn Jenner was a woman while she fathered six children. Who doesn’t know that? But Mormons running the media … really?

So, the announcement that two academics had proved, using Science, that blacks and Hispanics could be made to see the light on gay marriage just by having a gay – but not a straight — canvasser explain it to them was much celebrated. Jesse Singal notes in New York magazine:

“It rerouted countless researchers’ agendas, inspired activists to change their approach to voter outreach, generated shifts in grant funding, and launched follow-up experiments.” …

Moreover, the sizable publicity this hoax has received has much to do with the widespread resentment that LaCour was undermining The Cause by misleading gay marriage lobbies into wasting their money on an ineffective salesmanship tactic.

The scandal has led to many thumbsucker articles about the replication crisis in science and other weighty topics. But almost all of them are missing the point that even if this analysis had been honest, it still wouldn’t have been Science-with-a-capital-S as most people think of the word. Rather, it would have been lowly marketing research. This was never claimed to be a study of whether or not gay marriage was a good idea. Instead, it just purported to be research into how best to spin gay marriage to voters.

And that’s emblematic of a trend in which the social sciences, having repeatedly failed to demonstrate the truth of the political dogmas espoused by most leftist social scientists, are slowly repositioning themselves as an arm of the marketing industry. …

It’s widely assumed by people on the left that the reason most social scientists vote like they do is because their findings support their leftist views, such as that race is only skin deep, that sex is just a social construct, and that social engineering works. Many people on the right, in contrast, suspect that social scientists come up with this data because they are leftist.

But the truth is far more ironic: leftist social scientists seldom produce numbers supporting their leftist prejudices. …

There’s nothing anomalous about liberal social scientists grudgingly data validating old conservative insights deep in their papers. That’s been going on for a half century since the federal Coleman Report of 1966. …

Due to this endless history of empirical failures, leftist social scientists have pretty much given up using the tools of their trade to come up with evidence in support of Social Justice Warrior shibboleths. That’s almost inevitable: real science is replicable and thus has to be about enduring truths. But the anti-science conventional wisdom demonizes actual knowledge as “stereotypes.”

Hence, social scientists have been increasingly focused not on truth finding but on how better to manipulate the masses.

From the NYT’s celebratory article on the new supposedly non-fraudulent study of how to browbeat voters into agreeing with World War T:

Fleischer is planning more interventions. Though he has devoted much of his political and community-organizing career to L.G.B.T. issues, he believes this kind of canvassing could change people’s thinking on everything from abortion and gun rights to race-based prejudice. He also hopes it will usher in a new era of political persuasion.

So this article is just celebrating a new marketing weapon in World War T.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I went to UCLA MBA school in the early 1980s with a guy named Martin Rothblatt *, who now tops the list of highest paid “women” CEOs in America under the name Martine Rothblatt. He was a space exploration aficionado who went on to found Sirius satellite radio.

Now New York magazine has perhaps more than you care to know about the executive whom Howard Stern calls Martine Luther Queen.

One thing that’s pretty clear is that part of the ongoing World War T irruption stems from science fiction fans like Rothblatt and Larry/Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) who are into sci-fi ideologies like transhumanism that reject any limits on the superior individual’s aspirations, even limits like sex and death:

And these days Martine sees herself less as transgender and more as what is known as transhumanist, a particular kind of futurist who believes that technology can liberate humans from the limits of their biology—including infertility, cancer, and disease, but also, incredibly, death. Now, in her spare time, when she’s not running a $5 billion company, or flying her new helicopter up and down the East Coast, or attending to her large family and three dogs, she’s tinkering with ways that technology might push back that ultimate limit. She believes in a foreseeable future in which the beloved dead will live again as robots, reanimated by sophisticated artificial-intelligence programs that will be as cheap and accessible to every person as iTunes. …

It is here that Martine and Bina have chosen to establish a major outpost of Terasem, their organization devoted to achieving immortality and “cyber-consciousness” through cryogenics and AI.

You can see the roots of these kind of ideas in old sci-fi novels, like Heinlein’s. Scientology is one offshoot of sci-fi, and this kind of thing is another.

* Reading more about him, I’m pretty sure now that Martin was my super-smart and super-arrogant teammate in our Marketing Strategy competition at b-school, the one who insisted one week upon doing all the decision-making himself in our game because he was so much smarter than we were. (And … he did do better by himself than the four of us did as a team. But then he announced it was too much work for him because he was getting two degrees at once, JD and MBA, unlike us MBA-only slackers, so we’d have to muddle along.)

I don’t have proof but everything matches up: I was a standout student in my MBA program, but this guy was way out beyond me in brainpower. And he was a JD-MBA, and he was married (or living with someone) and had multiple children in his apartment in the Sawtelle neighborhood.

It sure sounds like him. By the way, our two teammates simply loathed him, thought him a complete prick. My view was: Granted, he’s a prick, but he’s also kind of right in thinking himself a new, advanced version of homo sapiens compared to us lowly worms.

If my old teammate really was Martin/Martine, could I tell that he was a woman trapped in a man’s body? No, of course, he wasn’t. He had no feminine traits at all. It was, recall, the universal view of his teammates that he was a big prick.

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I clicked on the ESPN feature “Where is Olympic flame today?” and … yeah, I should have guessed:

Torch watch: Where is Olympic flame today? 

A leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, runs with an Olympic torch in Grozny, the regional capital of the southern Russian Caucasus province of Chechnya, during the Olympic torch relay.  

In other Chechen news, Larry David buys a detonator from Tibor the Chechen.

In future Chechen news:

Ex-Chechen Strongwoman Denounces Putin in Cannes
New York Times, May 14, 2015

Wearing a stunning floor-length Givenchy gown, former Chechen strongwoman Ramzana Kadyrova was the center of photographers’ attention once again as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Fired by Vladimir Putin after Chechen rebels dressed as biathletes shot up the grandstand at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Kadyrova was reduced to obscurity until she electrified the global media last fall by announcing that she had “always felt like a girl on the inside.” 

Since then, she has become the bearded, lantern-jawed face of the global struggle for transgender rights, as she passed up no photo opportunity to denounce the Russian president for his vicious transphobia. Her campaign climaxed last night with the debut at Cannes of the new movie she originally executive produced when still ruling Chechnya in 2013. The frontrunner for the Palme D’Or, this rapturously-received protest film entitled Fire Me? Putin, You Bastard, I Fire You! stars Steven Seagal, Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Claude van Damme, Hilary Swank, Mike Tyson, Elizabeth Hurley, and Diego Maradona as a crew of veteran mercenaries who fight transphobia wherever it raises its hateful head. A GCI version of the Russian president appears to have been added in post-production and much of the film consists of Putin being blown up in numerous fireballs, eaten by a tiger, and repeatedly run over by a monster truck. 

During the 15 minute standing ovation after the lights came up, Kadyrova took the stage with her stars and was initially ecstatically gratified. But as the applause went on and on, almost as if none of the assembled celebrities dared be the first to sit down, she seemed to grow bored and mischievous. Eventually, she pulled out a solid gold pistol and, winking broadly, goosed Ms. Hurley and Ms. Swank with it. Then Kadyrova hiked up her dress to ostentatiously scratch her testicles, and finally she urinated, quite accurately, on Michael J. Fox sitting in the third row.

Observers were unanimous in their condemnation of Putin, who is currently digging in at Volgograd for what promises to be his last stand against NATO’s tanks. “Along the banks of the quietly flowing Volga, Operation Engendering Freedom shall leave no stone atop another stone,” promised Vice President Josephina Biden, whose campaign to become the first female Democratic presidential nominee has soared since the invasion of Russia began. Ms. Biden trumped Hilary Clinton’s effort to become the first woman President by declaring herself not just a woman but a pre-op transgender lesbian and marrying Miley Cyrus. Polls predict Ms. Biden will meet the Republican frontrunner, former California governor Arlene Schwarzenegger, in the White House’s first all-woman race.


(Republished from iSteve by permission of author or representative)
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Some entries on Wikipedia are too long-form for 2014 sensibilities. For example: 

Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation

Not to be confused with the “Twentieth Century Motor Company”, a fictional corporation in “Atlas Shrugged”. 

Founded 1974
Defunct 1978

Key people Dale Clifft 

Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael

The Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation was an automobile company started by entrepreneur Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael in 1974. The company’s flagship vehicle was the Dale, a prototype three-wheeled two-seater sports car designed and built by Dale Clifft. It was powered by an 850 cc air-cooled engine and featured a claimed 70 mpg-US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg-imp) fuel economy and a $2,000 (in 1974 US dollars) price, which were popular specifications during the mid 1970′s US fuel crisis.[1] 

Carmichael, 37 in 1974, claimed to be the widow of a NASA structural engineer, a mother of five, and a farm girl from Indiana.[2] …

… Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times in November 1974, Carmichael said she was on the way to taking on General Motors or any other car manufacturer for that matter.[2] She said she had millions of dollars in backing “from private parties”, and also talked of a 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) assembly plant in Burbank, California and over 100 employees on the rolls.[2] 

The Dale was also marketed as being high-tech, lightweight, yet safer than any existing car at the time.[1] “By eliminating a wheel in the rear, we saved 300 pounds and knocked more than $300 from the car’s price. The Dale is 190 inches long, 51 inches high, and weighs less than 1,000 pounds”, said Carmichael. She maintained that the car’s lightness did not affect its stability or safety. The low center of gravity always remained inside the triangle of the three wheels making it nearly impossible for it to tip over.[2] She also went on record to say that she drove it into a wall at 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) and there was no structural damage to the car (or her). … 

That’s all very fine, but what could possibly justify the following paragraphs in Wikipedia’s Liz Carmichael entry?

After having received money from investors, purportedly for the development and marketing of the Dale car, Carmichael disappeared and the funds were unaccounted for. She was charged with grand theft, fraud, and securities violations. During her trial, Clifft stated that he still believed in Carmichael and expected large royalties once the car would go into production. In fact, he received only $1001 and a bad check. 

Following her arrest, it was discovered that Carmichael’s given birth name was Jerry Dean Michael, which was still her legal name, and that she was initially identified as a male. He married the former Vivian Barrett while still living as a man and they were the parents of five children. Michael stated he had undergone hormone therapy and was in the process of completing sex reassignment. Michael had previously been charged by the FBI (when living as a male) for alleged involvement in a counterfeiting operation; he had been released on bail and never appeared for trial. 

After his arrest related to the Dale car, Michael’s bail was paid by a news station that was guaranteed the rights to his story. He subsequently jumped bail and remained at large until the airing of an Unsolved Mysteries episode in 1989. The episode revealed that Michael had been working as a flower vendor in Dale, Texas by the name of Kathryn Elizabeth Johnson. 

Isn’t it scandalous that back then, people believed in outmoded concepts like the Public’s Right to Know? (Apparently, a few people today still think that way today. Time to get ‘em.)

For example, here’s a 1975 People magazine article. All existing copies of this monumentally insensitive article should be publicly burned:

April 28, 1975 Vol. 3 No. 16 

She Really Is a He: The Bizarre Liz Carmichael Auto Caper

When dream-car hypester Liz Carmichael went on the lam charged with defrauding her investors, police were puzzled to discover wigs, hair remover and well-padded bras in the abandoned $100,000 home the self-styled “widow” had shared with five children in Dallas (PEOPLE, March 10).  

Now the mystery has been dramatically cleared up. Liz was nabbed by the FBI climbing through the window of a rented Miami house clad in a pink checked pants suit. The fingerprints clinched it: she was a he. Liz was disclosed to be one Jerry Dean Michael, 47, a fugitive from justice since 1961.  

Many of the details of the masquerade remain murky, but apparently the 6′, 175-pound Michael passed himself off as Liz Carmichael for 13 years. He evidently derived as much pleasure from his tightrope walk between sexual identities as from his numerous scams to relieve the public of loose cash—most recently as head of the Twentieth Century Motor Corp.  

As Liz Carmichael, Michael often boasted that he would “rule the auto industry like a queen” with a cheap, gas-economizing car called the Dale. Now he is wanted for questioning in connection with phony real estate sales, counterfeiting and gun running—not to mention the dream car.  

What about the five kids? Jerry Michael owns up to fathering them all. Vivian Barrett Michael—the woman Jerry married in 1959 and whom “Liz” was in the habit of introducing as her secretary—is the mother of the brood. “We love her just as much as we loved him. The children call her Mother Liz and me just plain Mother,” attests Vivian of her husband, who last week said he is a transsexual who has had a sex change operation. Upon capture Jerry Michael insisted that for all the misadventures he is accused of, the dream car can live up to its 70 mpg claim. “I believe 100 percent in this car,” claims the 50 percent man. 

And if public article and book-burnings a la Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities aren’t enough to get the message across, a few public reporter-burnings pour encourager le autres should do the trick.

It’s the least we can do for the poor, oppressed Liz Carmichaels of this world. As you know, the most important social justice project of the 21st Century is the War on Noticing, because noticing can interfere with America’s most important human rights issue: that conmen sorry, con artists be wholly unimpeded in getting away with their diversity-related cons.

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To give you some more evidence of the New Conventional Wisdom that has rapidly congealed that privileges for the amorphous class of “the transgendered” is suddenly the Crucial Moral Issue of Our Time (a.k.a., World War T), here are some more articles denouncing Grantland for publishing freelancer Caleb Hannan’s fine piece of investigative journalism: (with one admirable exception at the end):

From The Atlantic (can’t some billionaire with a sense of history feel offended enough by the Gawkerization of this property founded in 1857 to buy it and lose money on it running something other than clickbait for liberal arts majors?):

Dr. V, Sports Journalism, and Why Sensitivity Matters 

What Grantland could have learned from a past decision at Vanity Fair before publishing its controversial story about Essay Anne Vanderbilt

… The second troubling aspect of “Dr. V’s Magical Putter” is that it survived the editorial layers of a major publication like Grantland, which ultimately bears responsibility for running the story. In a lengthy mea culpa published yesterday, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons took responsibility for publishing the story, relating how several members of his team failed to flag the troubling aspects of Hannan’s writing. (To its credit, Grantland yesterday also published a stinging criticism by Christina Kahrl, a transgender woman who writes about baseball for ESPN.) Grantland didn’t publish Hannan’s story because it wanted to run a sensationalistic piece, privacy and sensitivity be damned. It published the story because its editors didn’t realize that writing about the transgender community required special sensitivity—and didn’t bother to ask. 

From Poynter, the website of some sort of foundation devoted to journalism education:

Lessons learned from Grantland’s tragic story on Dr. V 

by Lauren Klinger and Kelly McBride 

Published Jan. 22, 2014 2:23 pm 

By editor-in-chief Bill Simmons’ own admission, ignorance was the biggest mistake Grantland made in reporting and publishing the story of Dr. V and her innovative golf putter. Ignorance about one of the most vulnerable minority groups — transgender people.

Jamie Kirchik, who was the last of Marty Peretz’s Bright Young Men (a lineage that includes Andrew Sullivan and Al Gore), dissents from the conventional wisdom in the Daily Beast:

Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People 

When Grantland revealed the inventor of a golf putter to be a fraud, a mob attacked the site as bullying a transgendered woman to death. They demand a double standard that is the antithesis of equality for trans people.

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Here’s my new Taki’s Magazine column on the current brouhaha condemning a fine piece of longform investigative reporting in Bill Simmons’ Grantland by freelancer Caleb Hannan on a con artist who duped Dan Quayle and golf broadcaster Gary McCord. Hannan’s crime: prioritizing “fact-finding” over the subject’s Pokemon Power Points in the victimism sweepstakes. 

Read the whole thing there.

Thanks to my readers who called my attention to this bizarre confirmation of what I’ve been saying for awhile about what comes next after World War G.

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