Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

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The first paragraph in a news item from the online Minneapolis Star Tribune made me do a double-take, shake my head in disbelief, and then read the complete story.

Here is that paragraph: "A Colorado civil rights panel has ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs school district likely discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl when it prevented her from using the girls' bathroom at her elementary school."

Wait a minute. How in the world can a six-year-old child possibly know which sex he or she is? Biologically, if he has a functioning penis, he is a boy, and must use the Boys restroom. Also biologically, if she has a functioning vagina, she is a girl, and must use the Girls restroom. Otherwise, any and all of the other students in the school can use the restroom of their choice. If challenged, all any student has to do is declare himself or herself a member of the opposite sex no matter what is biologically indicated. If then not allowed to use the restroom of choice, this (in our litigious age) becomes a matter of discrimination.

That's how I see it.

LINK to story

While walking on the sidewalk alongside Speedway Blvd. early Tuesday morning, I espied in the scrub, at the base of a tree, what appeared to be a plastic fork sticking in the earth.

On closer inspection, I deduced that the small space might have been constructed by one of the homeless folks who frequent the area, perhaps building with stones and a plastic fork a temporary shrine of sorts.

Or a dining room.

Of course, I've been told that I have a vivid imagination.



It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.



With a string of pop hits in the mid-1960s that began with the career-defining "I Got You Babe" (1965), Sonny and Cher Bono established themselves as the most prominent and appealing married couple in the world of popular music. Sonny and Cher projected an image of marital harmony that a lot of people could relate to -- an image not so much of perfect bliss, but of a clearly imperfect yet happy mismatch.

Mr. and Mrs. Bono traded on that image professionally for a solid decade, even several years past the point that it was true. After 13 years together, Sonny and Cher were legally divorced on this day, June 26 in 1975.

Their daughter, Chastity Bono, changed her name to Chaz Bono and, using hormones and other pharmaceuticals, physically changed her gender from female to male.



appearing as, wishing to be considered as, or having undergone surgery to become a member of the opposite sex.



Eleanor Jean Parker
(born June 26, 1922)
Eleanor Parker is an American actress. Her versatility led to her being dubbed Woman of a Thousand Faces, the title of her biography by Doug McClelland.

By 1946, Parker had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines, Never Say Goodbye, and played Mildred in the remake of Of Human Bondage.

Parker's most famous screen role is probably that of Baroness Elsa Schraeder, the second female lead in the 1965 Oscar-winning global success The Sound Of Music

Chris O'Donnell is an American actor. He played Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Charlie Simms in Scent of a Woman, Finn Dandridge in Grey's Anatomy, Peter Garrett in Vertical Limit, and Jack McAuliffe in The Company. O'Donnell stars as NCIS Special Agent G. Callen on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy
(born June 26, 1992)
Jennette McCurdy is an American film and television actress and country pop singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and is currently reprising her role in the spin-off series Sam & Cat. She has also appeared in a number of notable television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There and Close to Home.

Peter Lorre
(June 26 1904 - March 23, 1964)
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian-American actor. Lorre caused an international sensation with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German film M (1931). He later became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries (in particular with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet), and, though frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, became star of the successful Mr. Moto detective series.


A lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again; that's not the case in my family.

--Chaz Bono


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