Left-Wing Media Rages at Column Calling Transgender Actor ‘Not a Woman’

This week Kevin Williamson of National Review stepped into the LGBT buzz saw for the crime of believing that a person with XY chromosomes is a man and not a woman.

He has been castigated in the gay press, mocked in the gay-sympathetic press, and has received calls for him to be “fired” from a big-city newspaper where he doesn’t even work.

Williamson, former Deputy Managing Editor at NR and frequent contributor to National Review Online, wrote a piece called “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.” It is something of companion piece to one he published last year called “Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman.”

Laverne Cox, a transgender actor with a role on the hit Netflix prison drama Orange Is the New Black, recently was featured in a Time magazine cover story on gender identity in America.

Williamson finds all this puzzling and annoying.

Williamson says gender was created in modern times as a way around the concreteness of sex and “is simply the mystical exercise in rearranging words to rearrange reality.”

He says, “Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that.”

The media backlash seems to have started in earnest with the syndication of the column by the Chicago Sun Times. A swift chorus of outrage from groups such as GLAAD prompted the Times to back down almost immediately, removing the column and apologizing.

Others joined in.

Matt Wilstein of Mediaite writes that on the point of Cox not being a woman, “…Williamson is right. Cox is not a ‘woman’ in the narrow, traditional sense that he is capable of comprehending. But nor is she a ‘man’ in the way he insists on describing her throughout his intentionally offensive screed…”

Somebody at TheFrisky.com wants you to know: “Conservative National Review Asshat Declares ‘Laverne Cox is Not a Women’ Is Very Wrong.” Jessica Wakeman writes, “Why anyone cares what Williamson—whose job is simply ‘roving correspondent’ for the Review—has to say about transgender issues, I don’t know. But his piece—which we will not link to so as not to give it traffic—was so full of ignorant pseudoscience and bias that it couldn’t help but attract (mostly negative) attention.” She says Williamson “misgenders” Cox by calling him “him,” “he,” and “spokesman.”

Richard Lawson, writing in Vanity Fair, called Williamson a “conservative troll” and refers to his “ugly, buffoonish way” of refusing “to address Cox and Chelsea Manning by their preferred pronouns.” He calls it a “babyish bit of stinkery” from a “noted stinker.”

A website called “Lexie Cannes State of Trans” calls Williamson a “transphobe extraordinaire” and his piece a “bloody hit piece.” In the link to Williamson’s piece, Lexie Cannes provides a “trigger warning.”

Slate‘s Mark Joseph Stern says, “Humans are hard wired for empathy, which means we are prone to treat other people’s struggles with compassion and sympathy. This rule, however, doesn’t apply when the other people in question can be made to seem disordered, disgusting, and inhuman.” He calls Williamson’s piece “a strangely angry hatchet job…”

Last August Williamson wrote a far stronger piece about Bradley Manning in which he pointed out the linguistic gymnastics transgenderism invites us to perform. He mentions a 2013 case brought by the Department of Justice against a California school district for “sex discrimination” because they would not let a girl use the boy’s room. However, the case was not really about sex, which is a protected category, but about “gender identity.”

In that article Williamson quoted at length from Dr. Paul McHugh, former longtime head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University who famously closed the pioneering sex change unit at Johns Hopkins. McHugh said, “It is not obvious how [a patient’s] feeling that he is trapped in a man’s body differs from the feeling of a patient with anorexia nervosa that she is obese despite her emaciated, cachectic state. We don’t do liposuction on anorexics. Why amputate the genitals of these poor men? Surely, the fault is in the mind, not the member.”

Williamson is unrepentant. He told Breitbart News he is preparing a much longer article, now running to 12,000 words, tentatively titled “Alcoholism is a Sexual Orientation.”

He says doctors should not agree to perform sex change operations but makes clear he’s not calling for any laws against it. He says, “If this kind of thing were going on in a non-technological world, it would be treated like genital mutilation.” He calls such surgery “unethical.”

He says, “However strongly one feels about [transgenderism] emotionally, ethically, or politically, reality is reality; a man can never be a woman.”




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Ben Allen Celebrates First Victory with Sandra Fluke in Close Second

As Breitbart News predicted, Democrats Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke have made it to the top two in California’s newly-adopted “jungle” primary system and will advance to November in one of the most interesting races to date. Both candidates are vying for Senator Ted Lieu’s 26th District State Senate seat. 

Allen was the clear winner in first place, finishing at almost 22%, with Fluke a close second at almost 20%. Over a microphone, Allen thanked all who gathered to celebrate at a Santa Monica restaurant, as a screen projected live primary results.  

Friends and supporters from every stage of Allen’s life, from elementary school to high school to his Harvard days, were in attendance. Yet even with his win, Allen’s modesty shined through. He said, “This is extraordinary for me. I’m really humbled by these results.”

The two candidates traveled vastly different paths to make it to the top.

Allen, a Harvard grad and Berkeley lawyer, has a strong track record full of local experience. In addition to being a practicing lawyer and lecturer, he is president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education and focuses on education and jobs. 

Allen has received the endorsement of Democratic interest groups and prominent locals, and even has the backing of Republican-turned-Independent Bill Bloomfield, who supports more moderate political candidates. Bloomfield invested nearly $200,000 of his own money in Allen’s campaign, a lot of which was used to fund mailers on his behalf.

Fluke graduated from Georgetown Law and emphasizes her role as a symbol for women’s rights. She moved to California fairly recently and has, throughout the election, rode on the laurels of her brief media fame after being called a “slut” by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh–whose tongue was lodged in his cheek at the time. Fluke had appeared before Congress to demand that already-inexpensive birth control be free for female students at Georgetown. As a result, she garnered support from more national players.

But independent expenditures and local party endorsements are a big indicator and could be the factors which set these two candidates apart in determining who the winner will be come November.




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Secret Service Wants Surveillance Software that Detects ‘Sarcasm’ on Social Media

The U.S. Secret Service is seeking bids on new surveillance software that can monitor social media in real time and detect “sarcasm” by users as well as gather and track users’ past posts across multiple platforms.

The new contract is titled the “Computer Based Annual Social Media Analytics Subscription” and requires software creators bidding on the project to create a new program capable of real-time monitoring of social media sites able to locate users geographically and to detect sarcasm and false positives in users’ posts.

Along with having the capability to read, locate, and track social media users in real time, the new software must also be capable of gathering a history of social media users’ past posts. The Service also wants to be able to have an automatic way to determine if social media users are potentially violent or if they are just joking with their posts.

It is unclear just how much Congress knows of this new Secret Service contract.

The full list of what the Secret Service wants the new software to do is as follows:

  • Real-time stream analysis;
  • Customizable, keyword search features;
  • Sentiment analysis;
  • Trend analysis;
  • Audience segmentation;
  • Geographic segmentation;
  • Qualitative, data visualization representations (heat maps, charts, graphs, etc.);
  • Multiple user access;
  • Functionality to have read-only users;
  • Access to historical twitter data;
  • Influencer identification;
  • Standard web browser access with login credentials;
  • User level permissions;
  • Compatibility with Internet Explorer 8;
  • Section 508 compliant;
  • Ability to detect sarcasm and false positives;
  • Functionality to send notifications to users;
  • Functionality to analyze data over a given period of time;
  • Ability to quantify the agency’s social media outreach/footprint;
  • Vendor-provided training and technical/customer support;
  • Ability to create custom reports without involving IT specialists; and
  • Ability to search online content in multiple languages.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.




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Liberal Institutions Burned by Sharia Relationships With Abu Dhabi

Five years ago, the Sheik of Abu Dhabi, the fabulously wealthy Emirati province famous for manmade islands, Lamborghinis, and house concerts with Justin Timberlake, approached NYU president John Sexton with a deal. Seduced by millions in oil and sharia financed market money, Mr. Sexton acted against the better judgment of his peers (and other universities who had turned down similar deals with the sheik) and agreed to build a campus in Abu Dhabi. The project is now a human rights disaster.

The irony is unavoidable, as the liberal New York University is now embroiled in a worker’s rights fiasco the likes of which has rarely been seen in the US since the 19th century. Doubly ironic is that the Guggenheim Museum, that Frank-Lloyd Wright-designed crown jewel of culture in NYC, is also neck deep in worker’s rights abuses after agreeing to build in Abu Dhabi per a deal with the same sheik.

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, and we have some serious soul searching to do.

There is no getting around the fact that dealing with sharia-controlled regions, such as the UAE, virtually guarantee abuses. No contract or law, national or international, can compete with the cultural and legal superiority of sharia-ism. And the truth of the matter is that no matter what agreements we might make the dynamic will persist. The powerful ruling classes of these nations will indulge in the playboy lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, while stepping on the necks of women, foreigners, and migrant workers.

Joy Brighton, a women’s rights activist and former Wall Street trader, is author of the new book Sharia-ism is Here – The Battle to Control Women, and Everyone Else.




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Queen’s Speech 2014: Full Text

Below is the full text of the Queen’s Speech, expected to be delivered by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster around 11:30am today. 

The text below has not be checked against delivery.

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MY LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

My government’s legislative programme will continue to deliver on its long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

To strengthen the economy and provide stability and security, my ministers will continue to reduce the country’s deficit, helping to ensure that mortgage and interest rates remain low.

An updated Charter for Budget Responsibility will be brought forward to ensure that future governments spend taxpayers’ money responsibly.

My government will also continue to cut taxes in order to increase people’s financial security.

My ministers will implement measures to increase further the personal allowance and to freeze fuel duty.

Measures will be brought forward for a married couple’s allowance, which will recognise marriage in the tax system.

Legislation will be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business. The Bill will support small businesses by cutting bureaucracy and enabling them to access finance.

New legislation will require ministers to set and report on a deregulation target for each Parliament. The legislation will also reduce delays in employment tribunals, improve the fairness of contracts for low paid workers and establish a public register of company beneficial ownership. Legislation will be introduced to provide for a new statutory code and an adjudicator to increase fairness for public house tenants. 

Legislation will impose higher penalties on employers who fail to pay their staff the minimum wage. 

Measures will be brought forward to limit excessive redundancy payments across the public sector.

In respect of National Insurance contributions, legislation will be brought forward to tackle avoidance and to simplify their collection from the self-employed.

My government will introduce a Bill to bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness. The Bill will enhance the United Kingdom’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources. Legislation will allow for the creation of an allowable solutions scheme to enable all new homes to be built to a zero carbon standard and will guarantee long-term investment in the road network. 

My government will continue to implement major reforms to the electricity market and reduce the use of plastic carrier bags to help protect the environment.

A key priority for my ministers will be to continue to build an economy that rewards those who work hard.

Legislation will be brought forward to give those who have saved discretion over the use of their retirement funds. My government’s pension reforms will also allow for innovation in the private pensions market to give greater control to employees, extend the ISA and Premium Bond schemes and abolish the savers’ ten pence tax rate.

The overall benefits bill will continue to be capped so that public expenditure continues to be controlled and policies will be pursued so people are helped from welfare to work.

My government will increase housing supply and home ownership by reforming the planning system, enabling new locally-led garden cities and supporting small house building firms.

Legislation will be brought forward to sell high value government land, encouraging development and increasing housing.

My ministers will continue to promote the Help to Buy and Right to Buy schemes to support home ownership.

My government will continue to deliver the best schools and skills for young people.

In England, my ministers will help more schools to become academies and support more Free Schools to open, whilst continuing investment to deliver more school places. Further reforms to GCSEs and A Levels will be taken forward to raise standards in schools and prepare school pupils for employment. My government will increase the total number of apprenticeship places to two million by the end of the Parliament.

My government will continue to work to build a fairer society.

To improve education attainment and child health, my government will ensure all infants will receive a free school meal. Free childcare will be extended to more of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds and a Bill will be introduced to help working families with childcare costs. 

A Bill will be introduced to strengthen the powers to prevent modem slavery and human trafficking whilst improving support for victims of such crimes.

A Bill will be brought forward to provide that where a person acts heroically, responsibly or for the benefit of others, this will be taken into account by the courts. 

Legislation will be introduced to improve the complaints system in the Armed Forces through the creation of an ombudsman. 

A serious crime Bill will be brought forward to tackle child neglect, disrupt serious organised crime and strengthen powers to seize the proceeds of crime.

My government will continue its programme of political reform.

My ministers will introduce legislation on the recall of Members of Parliament. 

My government will continue to implement new financial powers for the Scottish Parliament and make the case for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

My ministers will continue with legislation giving the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Ministers more power over taxation and investment. 

My government will continue to work with the devolved administration in Northern Ireland to rebalance the economy, promote reconciliation and create a shared future.

Draft legislation will be published providing for direct elections to National Park authorities in England. 

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.

MY LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

The United Kingdom will work for peace and security on Europe’s borders, and for stable relations between Russia and Ukraine based on respect for national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law.

My government will host the NATO summit in Wales as a sign of the United Kingdom’s commitment to the alliance.

My ministers will strive to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, to reduce violence and promote a political settlement. It will work for a successful transition in Afghanistan, and will work towards a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.

The United Kingdom will lead efforts to prevent sexual violence in conflict worldwide.

My government will work to promote reform in the European Union, including a stronger role for member states and national parliaments. My ministers will also champion efforts to secure a global agreement on climate change.

Prince Philip and I will pay a State Visit to France and will attend events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

We look forward to welcoming His Excellency the President of the Republic of Singapore on his forthcoming State Visit.

Other measures will be laid before you.

MY LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.




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