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WE ARE SO MAD! The transgender ban tweeted out by That Orange POS yesterday is cruel, and shameful, and ALL THE BAD THINGS! It’s also a gross political misstep that’s blowing up in The Shit Gibbon’s face. So…silver lining there!

Let’s take a trip in the Fabulous Wayback Machine to see how Our Predisent™ drove the bus into a ditch. AGAIN. Buckle up, Nerds!

GOP Moderates Vote Against Kicking Transgender Service Members in the Privates

On July 13, GOP moderates decided to try a new thing. They would buck their party and acknowledge that it is 2017, transgender people exist, and kicking them for political advantage is just being an asshole. A bill to ban military spending on transition-related medical care was voted down 209-214 when 24 Republicans joined the Democrats to kill it. The Bigot Caucus had a hissy fit over the heathen defectors to Team Trans. If they couldn’t jam their throbbing hatred down people’s throats, they’d find a way to go in the back door!

Congressional Perversion

Luckily, Republicans already had another backdoor sexxxymoney scam going on for Donald Trump’s Fuck You Mexico Wall. Because the wall is popular with the rubes, but not so much with people who can microwave a burrito without supervision. The GOP needed to find a way to fund it, without debating it in open session where people might call them out for being racists who waste money. Plus, you know…

So they attached $1.6 billion ameros of wall money to a defense spending bill in the House Rules Committee, and dared the Democrats to vote against the troops.

The Bigot Caucus noticed things were getting hawttt in the House Rules Committee, and they decided to join in for a budget-fucking three-way! But just as they were unzipping to stick their stupid Trans-Hate in between the troops and the wall, Paul Ryan busted in and told them to put it back in their pants. He’s already having a nervous breakdown trying to destroy healthcare, and he doesn’t have time for that pervy shit right now!

Vicky Plays the Nasty Girl

Queen of the Bigot Caucus Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) likes a man who plays hard to get. So she threatened to torpedo the defense spending bill if it didn’t include her Trans-Hate. The Hill reported,

Hartzler claimed the cost of surgeries alone could reach $1.3 billion over the next 10 years.

“This is about addressing [North] Korea, Russia, ISIS,” Hartzler said, holding up pictures of each. “We need every defense dollar to go to meeting those threats, not anything else, and we need to make sure our troops are ready and can be deployed.”

Rumors that Hartzler’s data came from some dude she met while trawling a truckstop restroom could not be independently verified. But the RAND corporation projects an actual total of between $2.4 and $8.4 million dollars, or about 0.1% of military healthcare spending.

Hartzler tried batting her eyes at Defense Secretary Mattis, but he gave her the brush-off, too. He’d already kicked that can down the road, promising to deal with the transgender issue once Afghanistan is fixed. So, like NEVER.

Poor Vicky! All dressed up in her Sunday hate, and no one to persecute!

The Man On Top

But then Vicky had A IDEA. She called up Donald Trump directly and told him that his Mexico Wall money was getting nixed because of those icky transgenders and their hormone injections. Or something? Honestly, we have no idea what she told him, or what that demented old loon heard. Anyway, President A.D.D. went berserk and started tweeting that transgenders were OUT of the military! Problem solved.

EXCEPT, no one was looking for this fight right now. And he hadn’t actually deliberated with his generals. And the Pentagon’s own study showed that allowing transgender members of the military to serve openly would have negligible cost and no impact on morale.

No matter! The White House flacks were sure they’d picked a terrific wedge issue to beat Democrats with in the upcoming election.

They haven’t been this excited since Trump signed that first Travel Ban Order back in January! Man, that worked out awesome!

Nicetimes??? Whaaaaaaa???

Every once in a while, the universe surprises you.

Sure they want to discriminate. But not, like, in a super obvious way!

Oh, but we are to kid! The dozen or so Republicans that came out and said NO, JUST NO give us hope that hateful bigots won’t be able to wreck the country entirely. Thanks for that!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is ON MESSAGE!

Dear God we hate this woman! After she pulled that stunt with the fake letter from a kid who luvvvs the Dear Leader, she stood there with a straight face and insisted that it is normal for the President to fart out military policy on Twitter and then tell his generals to figure out how to make it happen. You can watch the video. Or not if she gives you a ragestroke.

Then she got all pissy because the reporters only wanted to talk about President Trump beating up on transgender people. Why weren’t they asking about John Barron, err….Pickle! Unfair!

So, now what happens?

Who the hell knows! But a presidential tweet doesn’t change policy overnight.

The only thing we know for sure is there will be lawsuits. And if we had to guess, we’d say they will go something like the Travel Ban and Sanctuary City suits, where Donald Trump’s own words were used against him.

Here’s a longish quote from Columbia Law Professor Jamal Greene writing for the Take Care Blog.

The military employs cooks, medics, attorneys, engineers, postal workers, journalists, photographers, chaplains, chemists, and workers in countless other fields. It employs approximately 1.3 million active duty personnel. The idea that a transgender person serving “in any capacity” endangers the readiness or effectiveness of the armed forces is not credible.

Indeed, such a blanket prohibition, tweeted out in advance of the Pentagon completing a policy review, is so lacking in credibility that its only motivation seems to be animus towards transgender people. As the Supreme Court held more than two decades ago in Romer v. Evans, enacting government policy motivated by bare disgust towards a population of Americans is unconstitutional as a matter of first principles.

“Animus” is not always a clear guidepost to determining unconstitutionality, but it is here. We know it because we are seeing it.

If animus is the motivation behind the policy, it should be struck down on its face even if a differently motivated law might have some constitutionally valid applications. Just as the President cannot institute a travel ban motivated by religious animus even if he could have reached a similar conclusion upon careful review, so too he cannot institute a transgender ban motivated by transgender animus even if he could have done so for legitimate reasons.

I doubt he could find such reasons, but his tweet shows that he didn’t even try.

It’s ugly, and it’s going to get uglier. And to our transgender friends, we can only say that we’re sorry, we love you, and we’re fighting with you. RESIST!

[The Hill / WaPo / NYTimes / Politico / Politico, again / Bloomberg / Take Care Blog]

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  • Relativicus

    “GOP Moderates Vote Against Kicking Transgender Service Members in the Privates”

    I’d have gone with “GOP Moderates Vote Against Kicking Transgender Corporals in their Privates” but you’re the pros.

    • OutOfOrbit

      These are not the Privates you’re looking for.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Ωbjectifier

      His sons are way too fat to serve.

      • Bozilingus

        Place an apple in their mouths and bake at 350 until done. Will serve hundreds of these cannibal Repug MFs.

      • Oblios_Cap

        In the head, especially.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        I am given to understand that Governor Sanders knows how a diet works, when he cares to.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        His sons are way too stupid to serve.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Or any of the dogs that the sons have left…

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Trump clearly doesn’t understand what makes our military number one in the world, if he did, he would understand why kicking people out of it, for simply being trans, won’t make it stronger.

  • x111e7thst

    SHS’ mouth is trying to flee her face again

    • Oblios_Cap

      I imagine her idiot father must disappointed that he wasn’t be able to get many goats or cows as her bride price but had to pay a huge dowry to marry her off.

    • commatoes

      She’s Trump’s spokesdrone. Her mouth should be allowed any possible measure for self-preservation.

  • Oblios_Cap

    They’re really getting desperate to find some group that they can claim to legitimately hate on.

  • armed_bears

    Craven bastards. It was always about money and political leverage. How delightful to watch it devour them, screaming.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b0e6311c1d1863d165173399ba8babde8f4e1e6e14dcbbad195c5460e68ca1b.png

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Yeah, that’s gonna fire up… exactly the people who are already fired up.

      I think they’re badly miscalculating how this is going to play inside the service. The officers may GAF about this stuff (I’m pretty sure that was a good way to get promoted fast under Bush) but I suspect that the people getting shot at (and their families) might prefer having a nice reliable transperson at their back than a diverted gangmember or someone who had to have white power tattoos removed.

  • grindstone

    We’re not getting our border wall against the scary browns. Women are pushing back on repealing obamacare. Gays won the right to marry. We can’t have our travel ban against scarier browns……who can we kick?

    Trans folks! Sure, there are so few we can win this one. How about a smaller segment then….got it! Trans in the military! A surefire damn winner!!!

  • Scooby

    I think I’m going to cancel my trip to Seoul.

    • Oblios_Cap

      and Pyongyang?

    • arglebargle

      So you’re not a Seoul man?

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    http://www.duffelblog.com/2017/07/f-35-transgender-troops/

    F-35 can’t believe how much the military spends on transgender troops

    “They spend how much on transgender medical services? $8.4 million? My God that’s like four screws and a couple of bolts on my ejection seat,” the F-35 told reporters, in between sips of cognac during its lunch break. “I’m so glad Trump is ending this disgraceful waste of military spending.”

    “Doesn’t the DoD have better things to spend its money on? With this money going to transgender people we could get like two bombs to drop on the Taliban that would have no strategic impact.”

    • armed_bears

      Let’s come up with a plan Republicans can all agree on: Each trans service member gets a new F-35.

  • Jgb979

    “After consultation with my generals”

    I guarantee you there were a lot of clenched buttholes around the pentagon around 9:00am yesterday, thinking he was going to restart the Korean War over Twitter

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Misspelled ‘Without’.

    • Oblios_Cap

      That’s exactly what happened. What a great country!

    • Bureaucrap

      “After consultation with my genitals….”
      FIFY.

    • commatoes

      Talking to a Cap’t Crunch cereal box counts in Dolt 45’s mind as a conference with Navy Brass.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    When he is going to do something about the hideous financial drain wounded soldiers are to our military? Who wants a soldier with no legs covering their back in a foxhole? Huh?

    • Elendira

      I read another article. If this is purely about “cost.” Then the first two most expensive things on the list would be:

      1.) Get rid of paying for wounded veterans.
      2.) Get rid of military families

      I don’t see Trump addressing those two expensive issues that distract from total and decisive victory

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Oh look! Trump finallt appointed an ambassador. Wait what? You thnk this is a good idea?
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/26/gay-rights-opponent-picked-ambassador-netherlands-donald-trump-pete-hoekstra

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      It’ll go over like a fart in church.

      • Wild Cat

        If you worship a corpse in church, why would a fart get in the way . . . ?

    • Wild Cat

      What type of area is Groningen in regard to politics? Very reactionary?

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Rural area, like most northern regions of the Netherlands very down to earth, grounded people. Much like Frisians but don’t ever tell that to their face.

        • Wild Cat

          I must have passed through years ago on some tourist trip.
          I have a writer I worked with who married a Frisian. They live in the Jordaan last I heard. He’s a scholar on that dialect.

      • Kakkeltje

        Very socialistic.

  • Ricky Gay

    My takeaway, this useful phrase!
    “All dressed up in her Sunday hate…”

  • Blackest Noobs

    so that part of the military budget that cost sooooooo much for transgender surgeries…it’s 8 million….and though that is a lot to the most of us…it is merely a drop in the bucket of the military budget…we’re talking like .001%

    heck if you wanted the money for your wall there’s five times that amount the military spend on viagra….sorry limp dicks…you’ll need to give it for a wall.

    again…how in the fuck is this Trump guy the one with business acumen?!?

  • Blackest Noobs

    taxpayers will pay 60 millions dollars a year so that Trump can spend weekends in NYC and Florida.

    • Wild Cat

      And in Florida with his mistress, per reports.

      • WIDTAP

        Golf is his mistress? God knows the fat slob couldn’t get it up for anything else.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          He might get a hole in one, but never one in a hole.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      60 Million just to save the FLOTUS’s snatch from orange stains.

  • Bureaucrap

    That $8.4 million will buy exactly 8.4 inches of wall length.

    • Ωbjectifier

      What a remarkable coincidence.

    • texcynical

      I don’t think Trump has any idea what 8.4 inches would look like.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Neither does Melania.

        • Bobathonic

          Tiffany’s security boy toy libelz!

        • Clark_Nova

          You forget about her “personal trainer”.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Or 4 Trump dicks

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        You’re being generous …

    • theblackdog

      or 1, maybe 2 of his weekend golf outings.

  • Crystalclear12

    New definition of Trump: what happens to your career when you sell your soul to an idiot instead of the devil.

    Can you use it in a sentence?

    • Bobathonic

      He sold his soul to Stan.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Good Morning, Wonketttkurstytojas! The trouble, I think, with donald throwing out all this bullshit obfuscation in his wake (Boy Scouts, trans in military, etc.) to distract from Russia and healthcare and raiding taxes for rich bastards, is that it makes it possible simply to oppose him on all fronts unilaterally. Even some Republicans now do eyerolling when you speak his name…

    • Maggielle

      I wish for more hot mics so we can overhear some real conversations.

  • WIDTAP

    Greed (wanting reassignment treatment treated as an elective medical expense not to be funded by military health care) is the new gateway drug to animos. Foretunately for bigots, you have a very efficient greed-to-animus-coverter in the WH.

  • arglebargle

    But transgender Mexicans can still contribute their Peso-ameros to the construction fund, right.

  • Michael R

    Security for fucking Betsy Devos costs more than what they are talking about .

  • elviouslyqueer

    Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25. Article 25.

    • TJ Barke

      THEN WE WOULD GET PENCE!

      • theblackdog

        Yup, and he pretty openly wants to wreck anything that’s helpful for LGBTQ people.

        • TJ Barke

          He probably wants to be actively harmful to LGBTQ people…

      • elviouslyqueer

        Head Motherfucker What Thinks He’s In Charge has already told DOJ to start stripping away our civil rights. I’ve always loathed this asshole with every fiber of my being, but shit is getting PERSONAL.

        • miss_grundy

          NOW you think it’s getting personal? His animus toward anyone who isn’t white and straight dates back to his entire life. Have you not been paying attention?

      • Nockular cavity

        Who is fuck-up-a-wet-dream politically incompetent. He doesn’t scare me so much.

        • TJ Barke

          Hard to be more incompetent than Donnie…

          • P’jama Pahnts

            I agree. Trump’s own idiocy is preventing a lot of his twisted agenda from going through. I fear Pence would have a very similar agenda and be more measured about implementing it.

          • Nockular cavity

            He actually still has supporters, for some damn reason. Pence made himself hated in freaking Indiana.

      • Bobathonic

        So Trump is ok? I don’t think so.

        • TJ Barke

          No, but Pence is *marginally* more competent, and likely to get more harmful shit done than Donnie. Plus he actively hates anything LGBTQ while Donnie is indifferent. Donnie will throw them under the bus because he doesn’t care. Pence will throw them under the bus because he wants to watch them get crushed.

          • eka

            if we don’t get rid of an insane tyrant, it shows the system is irrevocably broken. we need for checks and balances to hold, we need to be able to deal with this situation – otherwise, what path forward do we have? if the system works, we fight using all the tools we have. the next few years will be bad. but i would still rather have a functioning system in place.

        • William

          It’s a difficult choice. An executive branch based on basic crazy, or one based on religious crazy

          • Bobathonic

            It’s not a difficult choice at all. We have an incompetent and dangerous criminal traitor as prednisent, we should remove him. Anything else is a form of “I’m satisfied with Trump”.

      • paxpax

        ~ s h u d d e r ~

      • Gayer Than Thou

        I have the feeling we’re getting Penced anyway, speaking of this new “policy.”

      • WIDTAP

        I would rather fight Pense on policy than risk Trump putting out military in harms way with a tweet.

        • Maggielle

          I have never served in the military, but I have a feeling that when Trump comes to shove, the armed forces will stall him or in some way monkey wrench him, without being actively opposed to the administration (i.e. treasonous). The armed forces tend to be conservative, but they aren’t radical, and they don’t like the chain of command being fucked with, and they have always dealt with bullshit and may not have as a high a tolerance for it as Trump et al. might assume. But I will defer to active duty personnel and veterans on this.

        • eka

          i’d rather the system worked – and if that means we get pence, i’m okay with that. but it’s hard to believe in a system that can’t get rid of someone like trump. if we can believe it works, we can work to repair it in future elections.

      • Rags

        I don’t think so. They need dems for article 25 and that negotiation would include de-Pencing in advance. The vote would never happen but when it became clear (a la Nixon) that shit and fan were in red zone proximity, the process of replace Pence/repeal 4-5 would begin.

      • armed_bears

        I believe ‘then we would get to work on Pence.’

    • Wild Cat

      The catch-22 is that the Constitution is insane too— they’ll retain power with a more effective figurehead who is also a religious psychotic.

    • Bureaucrap

      At the risk of being “that guy”, it’s actually the 25th Amendment, Section 4. A majority of the Cabinet has to make a declaration, and 2/3 of both the House and Senate have to agree before it can take effect. Not impossible, but…

      • WIDTAP

        … but real awful shit has to go down before you will overcome GOP loyalty to party over country.

    • hudson srinivasan

      upfist. one q. why 72 times?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      That’s like (Fuck, math is hard) 1,800 articles. He, Donnie two scoops, should be proud. Not only would he be the first article 25ed predisent (he wouldn’t be, but the lie of being first is more important than actually being the first), he gets like 1,800 of them.

  • NastyBossetti

    “This is about addressing [North] Korea, Russia, ISIS,” Hartzler said, holding up pictures of each.
    Wait, how does one hold up a picture of a country?

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Especially when one is on the phone.

  • William
    • P’jama Pahnts

      Perfect!

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    This shit is like Mad KingTheoden and Faux & Friends is Grima Wormtongue. Or is Bannon Grima Wormtongue? I need a Grima Wormtongue to make this analogy work.

    • Edith Prickly

      It’s Wormtongues all the way down.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Basically.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Bannon is Wormtongue … defnitely. But who is Sarumon?

      • TJ Barke

        Paul Ryan?

      • Edith Prickly

        Cable news – so Fux and Friends.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        The Koch Brothers?

  • MynameisBlarney

    I find myself having to post these more often to prevent rage-screaming at people.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BXCLehPA4Gw/?taken-by=shitheadsteve

    • NastyBossetti

      My new hobby: texting inexplicable photos to people I know, then saying, “oops that was meant for someone else.”

    • TJ Barke

      Do you need a hug? *seriously?*

      • MynameisBlarney

        Couldn’t hurt, but what I really need is a vacation someplace quiet and hopefully far far FAR away from idiots, close to a well stocked bar with a band that doesn’t suck and play Grateful fucking Dead and/or Jimmy motherfucking Buffett covers.

        Also, I could use a hunnerd pound sack of hunnerd dollars bills.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      The penis mightier?

  • Nockular cavity

    Note also that that second tweet is NINE minutes after the first. “the United States Government will not accept or allow”…what??? People in the Pentagon were seriously wondering if we were going to be attacking North Korea or something.

  • William

    Today I am announcing so many jobs. Jobs that will be so great. So many people are saying they are great jobs. This I can tell you. Bathroom inspectors. Like the millions and millions of coal mining jobs and thousands and thousands of Carrier factories that are opening every day across America. Bathroom inspectors will be everywhere to save boy scouts from Hillary supporters, just like the late great Abraham Lincoln wanted it, right before he asked God to put my face on Mt. Rushmore. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f685e437516be36bba63f09b22ea1bfd9c9c59f20c570cef74687db281b804c7.jpg

  • RugzYaBurnt

    Time to find out if rich, white, cis gays actually give a shit about anyone else now that they’ve secured marriage rights. Trans people make easy prey for conservative creeps looking to recycle the old molester/bathroom goblin scares they used to sound off about gays, and given how familiar all of this should sound, way too many privileged ‘mos are way too silent.

    • commatoes

      Log Cabin Republicans (yeah Anne Coulter is a buddy of theirs) have been pretty quiet lately.

    • WIDTAP

      Slightly OT, but I am heartened to see the new trend towards single user bathrooms ( like you have at home) in public spaces. These equally accommodate men, women, moms or dad’s with their toddlers, handicapped, handicapped with assistants, trans, everyone. Just solving the problem of the size of the lines for women’s room alone is worth it.

      • William

        I was at an event a few weeks ago and as I was leaving the urinal I was surprised to find a woman at one of the sinks. It didn’t bother me a bit, and I am a 63 year old catholic raised, hetero male. In fact there wasn’t that weird and unexplainable discomfort I would normally get from making eye contact with a guy in the bathroom. For some inexplicable reason it felt “normal”. I’m going to talk to a friend of mine who knows his way around the attic (he’s a shrink), to explore this phenomenon a little better, over a beer and some nachos.

        • WIDTAP

          In other words you are a straight and normal guy. Half the public events that I go to eventually end up routing the women into the men’s room because of the crazy lines.

          • William

            But still, there are people who should have their own separate restrooms. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4e609180fa6a7470cf3220580c060ba38cc0b9977601ef0c4572bad9a49dc0c.jpg

          • WIDTAP

            Back in the 1960s, when my father was on the school board of our Catholic school, someone had suggested that the only unisex, single user bathroom in the school, the one in the teacher’s lounge, be reserved for the nuns. Prompting Dad to quash the idea with, “What? Didn’t the nuns grow up in homes with families that use the same bathroom?”

            Some people have weird ideas about confusing sexual and scatalogical functions.

          • bupkus231

            Hopefully, there’s a really tall cliff behind each of those doors.

      • Edith Prickly

        I’m seeing more new places with unisex accessible bathrooms too. A restaurant near my house has a large common handwashing area and completely enclosed stalls with proper doors. Works for everyone.

  • CountryClubJihadi

    Love Sarah’s new false eyelashes. Maybe she’s Born With It, Maybe it’s Go Fuck Yourself.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I applaud Ms Sanders for NOT taking the Mooch’s advice, and finding a more professional stylist and make up artist. If she is going to be on TV every day, she’s smart to look her best.

      What comes out of her mouth, OTOH …

    • Maggielle

      OT-ish, but in recent years everybody – well, every female body – on television is wearing false eyelashes. They even make Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid do it. And all the false eyelashes are ugly. They look like window shutters. Even on TV shows, where a woman cop is bravely chasing a perp, she’s wearing window shutters on her eyes. Could we not simply do mascara? Is that not a reasonable accommodation to patriarchal and/or cosmetics industry standards?

      • CountryClubJihadi

        I really hate false eyelashes. The worst is that they don’t cover the glue properly and when people look down it looks even more ridiculous. My sister was a newscaster for 30 years and I don’t think she ever wore them and she looked just fine. Forcing Sarah to look like she came from Glamor Shots at the mall infuriates me, no matter how much I dislike her.

  • La forza del resistino

    It;s said we are blowing (haha) north of $40m on DoD ED meds. Do we plan on fucking the enemy to death? h/t (some late nite tv funny person).

    • miss_grundy

      Tammy Duckworth said it was more like 84 million for Viagra and ED treatment.

  • commatoes

    So Donny-heel-spurs is an expert on military effectiveness.

    I don’t know if this is a black comedy or a stoner flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

  • William

    So let me see if I got this. I’m living in a country that won’t allow a transgender person to be a soldier, and carry a rifle into a combat zone, but we’re just fine with Larry Craig and Ted Nugent being board members at the NRA.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Sick of winning,

  • canes_pugnaces

    As my teen trans child enters young adulthood, to know that the president dismisses their contribution(s) to society makes my blood boil. And FYI, my child at 15 is spending the summer at a NYC medical school lab isolating genes and a pre-curser protein that lead to autism . This lab is funded by NIH money. Are these vile sub-humans going to make it difficult for her mentors to work with her? Maybe.

    • commatoes

      They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So many kudos to you and your kid.

      Trump and his spawn OTOH… Ok, Barron gets a pass for now. I feel sorry for the kid as the most painful insult he’s getting at school is probably, [in the voice of Nelson from the Simpsons] “HA HA, you’re just like your Dad.”

      • Carpe Vagenda

        The thing is, Ivana never stood up for the kids. It sounds to me like Melania insisted that Barron get proper support for whatever cognitive issues he inherited from daddy, and daddy (of course) is convinced the kid is a human attack on his magnificent genetics.

    • armed_bears

      Yes… but on the other hand she will be among colleagues who are well educated, tolerant and insensitive to fact-free bullshit.

      • Maggielle

        If we get through this era, can you imagine how ridiculous people will think this shit is a hundred years from now? “How could they get the concept of gender so wrong? Why did they used to think you could ID a witch/not a witch by drowning a person? Why did they cling to the miasma theory even after other evidence surfaced? Why did they purposefully ignore a deadly epidemic for years when they could have been working on cures and vaccines? How the hell could they forget how horrible polio was when people who had it were still alive?” Et cetera blah blah blah.

        • commatoes

          The irony is that after the fall of Rome, the middle east and Islamic culture became the centres of the arts and sciences (think of terms like algebra, nadir, zero, etc.). In the modern era Islam has been degined by Wahhabism. It would be like defining western culture by the Puritans/Amish.

          In Europe the Dark Ages lasted for more than six centuries. The current crowd that want to go back to an age of ignorance (“morans” that think the earth is 6000 years old) must not be politely accommodated.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    So weird. I completely misunderstood what “American Heroes Week” was about.

    • TJ Barke

      Apparently it’s about denying potential heroes…

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        I’m really afraid for when they come up with “Women’s Rights Week” and “Anti-Bigotry Week”

        • LesBontemps

          Pretty sure that’s what Trump’s presidential campaign was all about.

      • commatoes

        This is probably a recommendation from WH advisor, patriot, and proud supporter of the military, Ted Nugent. [Sorry I can’t even type that with a straight face]

        He ain’t gonna have no wounded transgenders at his ranch to fire guns and eat BBQ.

  • Duke

    Insulting and demeaning a small minority always worked in the Reich. What now now? Why not here?

  • Gayer Than Thou

    $1.3 billion for gender reassignment surgeries? Are trans people in the military getting their new swimsuit regions gold plated?

    • armed_bears

      That is strangely unalluring, for two of my otherwise favorite things.

    • commatoes

      Gaudy gold plating? Now Donny-two-scoops will be on the fence.

  • fawkedifiknow

    The “over-under” on the date for Trump to tweet “All good Americans shall say “Merry Christmas’ this anniversary of Baby Jesus’ birth this year” is August 15, if he hasn’t fired Sessions and Mueller before. Then, it will be the next day.

  • Infrequentcontributor

    As much as I’d like to be excited by the various expressions of outrage (and our the media’s horror when they use the wrong fork at the dinner table), the White House seems to realize this is a marathon rather than a sprint. This will burn hot for a short time and then people will move on to other things. But the policy will stand. The effects will remain. This is true of the travel ban which is reducing numbers of people coming in, it’s reflected in the Gorsuch nomination, etc. I just hope this is enough to convince people for the next few elections at least that there really was a meaningful choice in November–and that we can’t just wish our way into a fantasyland where it doesn’t matter.

    The AG and Mueller firings when (not if) they come will be the same thing–outrage, etc, but will Congress put another independent counsel in place? Probably not.

    So don’t kid yourselves, no revolution is coming. Nothing but blood, sweat & tears until the next election.

    • armed_bears

      Nope. We’ve crossed the trans Rubicon. He has demonstrated that the center has moved, and it’s Trump who is outside the norm.

    • Jim Johnson

      And even then, I really hope that we can do much better than only lose by “less than expected margins.”
      If the Republicans continue with their fascist coup over our constitutional government with their gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics, there will eventually be a revolution. I would prefer it be non-violent if this comes to pass. 2018 may be the last chance to keep it that way.

  • William
    • armed_bears

      Well, this administration didn’t start until we put a dick in….

  • Lyly Sirivong

    I really marvel (meaning I’m gobsmacked) at the ability of bigot republicans to pull bullshit figures and statistics our of their arses.

    • Maggielle

      Creating their own reality, they are.

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        If we can get them to finagle some of the fundamental forces in it, it will spontaneously disappear along with everything in it.

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      Not that amazing, really. They know their base, and how to lie to them.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    He’s just tossing his foaming haters a bone so they will get over him trying to purge Sessions and eventually fire Mueller.

    • commatoes

      A bit of an old reference but, I don’t think it’s foam but santorum.

  • randomhookup

    So we are fighting for the people who are fighting for us? That’s not confusing at all!!!!

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      It’s not about him hating trans people. It’s about his base hating trans people and them being unhappy with how he is treating Jeff Sessions in his mad drive to shutdown the Russia probe.

      This is him shouting “squirrel!” to those people.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      “We Have Met The Enemy, and they are Ours”

  • The Conservatives may not “believe” in environmentalism, but they certainly are a fan of recycling rhetoric. See some of them are infesting social media with the ol’ “unit cohesion” spiel. Y’know the same fallacious POS that was used against black people and women and gays in armed forces. I guess you can’t beat a classic. 🙄

    • commatoes

      It’s not a classic if you think it’s still 1950.

    • TakingAmes

      Evidently they haven’t heard about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

  • armed_bears
    • armed_bears

      And also too: Aren’t transexxxuals so dangerous we can’t go into the restroom with ’em? Sound like stone-cold killers.

    • theCryptofishist

      And you know that there were men in women’s bodies fighting under Washington.

      • armed_bears

        I imagine in every conflict since the Revolution. My fave: Cathay Williams….

  • By the way, there is something oddly perverse about the way some folks are complaining about OUR TAX MONEY helping Trans people in the context of the oh-so bloated Military-Industrial Complex. As this person (who i think knows what she’s talking about) puts it

    https://mobile.twitter.com/xychelsea/status/890215240461430785

    • armed_bears

      Yeah… but I gotta suggest the trans community can find a better hero than someone who spilled secrets to Assange. Her personal story aside, her actions were not really all that endearing.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • commatoes

      The Secret Service has had to ask for a budget increase to the bloviator-in-chief can play golf on weekends and so the FLOTUS doesn’t have to look at him daily.

      • theCryptofishist

        Okay, so when is one of the networks going to have some clever graphic (not the fund raising thermometer thing, but something like that) that show how much money is going down that hole. And then, whenever he goes to Mar-a-Lago, they slap another tank, or whatever, to represent what the cost is in some tangible way.

    • BrendaKay

      Golly, it’s as if the $$ doesn’t matter as long as it’s spent on Trump.

  • ken_kukec

    “Overheard at the Pentagon: ‘We’re taking orders via Twitter now?'”

    Send over a steak smothered in ketchup, hold the transgenders.

  • Oh nothing to see here. Just another example of how Trump and Clinton are the same:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/isteintraum/status/834606615831642112

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    This kind of seems a bit like a “Fuck you” to me…

    https://twitter.com/idreesali114/status/890584115669602304

    • armed_bears

      That would be “Fuck you, Sir.”

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        I think more of a “Fuck taking orders from twitter.” I’m pretty sure it’s not a lawful order if it comes from twitter.

  • Covfefe

    Say what you want, but Trump’s move was strategic genius. Terrorists throughout the world have surrendered to US forces once they learned transgenders are being barred from the US military. http://www.duffelblog.com/2017/07/trump-transgender-ban-military/?utm_source=Duffel+Blog+Fans&utm_campaign=0ceb819e41-Duffel_Blog_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d392bc034-0ceb819e41-23783993&goal=0_6d392bc034-0ceb819e41-23783993&mc_cid=0ceb819e41&mc_eid=0b169a9096

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    But what about RUSSIAN trans people? Are we going to ban them from hacking our elections?

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump doesn’t want any confusion when he leers at our troops.

  • William
  • Carpe Vagenda

    So, that was disgusting and painful, but it didn’t last long.

    https://twitter.com/ValerieJarrett/status/890599248810606592

    • Marla

      The fallout of lawsuits aimed at this administration would be overwhelming. This is nothing more than Trump’s posturing to the political right that are themselves barely holding onto a thread of supporting this orange menace.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        but, hey, he got slapped down lightning fast. Bet he’s super happy with these guys.

        https://twitter.com/Shareblue/status/890600192365522944

        • Marla

          No doubt it’s Pence and Bannon who are pumping this shit into Trump’s bloated head

          • bupkus231

            Them and Hartzler ( from the post: “…Vicky had A IDEA. She called up Donald Trump directly and told him that his Mexico Wall money was getting nixed because of those icky transgenders…” )

            This Vicki sounds like a real nice person – but one who knows how to play Rump like a piccolo….

          • Carpe Vagenda

            I don’t think either of them has ever met anyone who isn’t at the far end of extreme. I think taking their advice on culture war is a very poor idea.

    • bupkus231

      That doesn’t mean it’s over – Rump will direct Mattis to come up with “implementation guidance”, and Mattis will backburner it for 6 mos.

      Or he’ll refuse and Rump will “You’re fired” Mattis and install another toady in his place, like maybe Wayne LaPierre on the NRA ( “Hey, they’ve got guns, the military has guns, he must know what to do!” )

      • Carpe Vagenda

        I wonder if he’s not going to memory hole it. Remember, Bannon has the same problem the Times does. He thinks the worst trash making noise in the flyovers is representative of everyone who’s beneath his notice (because ew, poor people), and judging from the response to this they’re not in some significant ways.

        • bupkus231

          “Memory hole it” – That’s what I imagined happening with my bit about Mattis backburnering it for 6 months – I just didn’t explicitly call out that I think that would kill it.

          Of course, you may be talking about Rump’s “memory hole”. That would certainly be more likely than Rump admitting that he fucked up with this – just go on to more distractions, etc….

      • theCryptofishist

        Okay, so he’s going to hobble his administration by “you’re fired” ing people in positions he’s already filled and have to go through the process again. I suppose that keeps the turtle busy, but I can only see that as downside for Trump.
        And yes, Turtle LIEbulllZZZZ!!!!!!!11

        • bupkus231

          “…so he’s going to hobble his administration by “you’re fired” ing people in positions he’s already filled and have to go through the process again.”

          Do you really think Rump is capable of looking far enough ahead to realize this ( remember, he was already blaming Dems for obstructing confirmations when he hadn’t really nominated anyone? ).

          In all his “dominance politics”, the only thing he understands is that firing someone ( or, better yet, getting them to quit ) is all that counts.

          I’m pretty sure that CV’s bit about these tweets/policy change going down the “memory hole” is what is most likely, but who can really predict what Predisent Rump will do from day to day?

          • theCryptofishist

            Yes, it’s a very wild ride.

  • Jennifer R
  • Daniel Hooper

    I often joke about my, “followers” as the self-appointed wolf demigoddess of retail, followers being the people who watch my stuff on social media and various furry sites. They number a couple hundred total overall.
    I think if you polled my followers and the ones who follow Trump(and actually like him), I probably have more people who identify as trans despite Trump having an exponentially larger following. And that’s also about the only thing Trump has that’s larger than me.

  • Gerald Parks

    Ahhhh….the 5 time draft dodger in chief is leading …..from the rear?????

  • GetABrainMorans

    I know that bullets and bombs are extensions of the penis, but this is ridickolous!!

  • mancityRed6

    what are they doing in the background while this takes center stage?

  • GetABrainMorans

    “If they couldn’t jam their throbbing hatred down people’s throats, they’d find a way to go in the back door!”

    This is my favorite part of the article.

  • Arki J. Kirwin-Muller

    Really glad to have your support, 5 Dollar Feminist!

    It means a lot to me and probably to every other trans person out there.

    We need all the allies we can get these days.

    • Fivedollarfeminist

      I am so, so sorry this is happening. Much love. ❤️

  • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

    Well, this is a day late, but since it’s still true…

  • Zyxomma

    $5F, I’m in complete agreement. I’ve known trans people since I was 16, and I’m in my 60s. There’s nothing wrong with them (unless one counts Republican Caitlyn Jenner), but plenty wrong with Dictator Tot. This will not stand.

  • WIDTAP

    Although I respect the rights of enlisted men and women to grumble (privately) about the officers, you got to give it up for Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told all of the commanders today that the current policy remains in place until they receive a proper directive from SecDef. Per Gen. Dunford the military will “treat all of our personnel with respect.”

    Tweets don’t cut it.

  • commatoes

    This just came up in my youtube subscriptions from AsapSCIENCE

    https://youtu.be/k6p1nmOnILA

    and their vlog channel video titled “Can You Get Rid Of Homosexuality?”

    https://youtu.be/2aAxuYgpuXQ

    My fellow Canadians Greg and Mitch are pretty great.

  • andyshelt

    “In a rebuke to Trump’s attempt to run the government and military via Twitter, Gen Joseph Dunford, America’s top military officer, said on Thursday that the armed forces would continue to permit transgender people to serve openly until the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, has received Trump’s “direction” to change the policy and figured out how to implement it.”

    In other words, the military have just told Trump to go fuck himself on his attempt to rule by Twitter announcement.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/27/donald-trump-transgender-ban-troops-pentagon-us-military

  • sosuume

    Costs about $8-9 million a year for transgender medical expenses — that’s just two trips a year by #45 to Mar-a-Lago.

    Geez. Next thing you know women won’t be able to serve, what with the cost of those icky birth control pills and all.

    • thixotropic jerk

      Especially if they be bleeding from their wherevers!

  • ziggywiggy

    Seems like they are trying really hard to make life miserable for all the letters in LGBT, “The Justice Department said in a federal suit on Wednesday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect gay people from discrimination in the workplace.” (that quote by Niemöller just keeps ringing true). Does that mean us gays will get little pink triangles to sew on our clothes so it’s easy to know who to fire? http://www.thedailybeast.com/justice-department-gays-not-covered-under-federal-civil-rights-law

  • Fabulous new T-shirt issued for The Pentagon?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef9538b14f27256d0b11db74597527bad45cc2321423cf40f19976955087426e.png

    Stop pretending you didn’t vote for this moron

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • armed_bears

      wow. humbling. well said.

  • Jennifer R
    • April

      They always demonize anyone who they do not like or understand.

      Also know as character assassination.

      • Jennifer R

        Plus the whole it being factually wrong? APA says this is actually bullshit.

  • Jennifer R
  • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

    You guys, this whole thread is so good. https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/890618530600636416

  • Also for the inevitable “blah, blah ‘social issues’ blah blah ‘distraction'” retorts:

    THIS IS THE TYPE OF ‘RED MEAT’ THAT THE WOLVES THAT REPUBS CLASSIFY AS “WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS” SALIVATE OVER INSTEAD OF ANY “ECONOMIC ISSUE” THEY’RE SUPPOSEDLY “CONCERNED” ABOUT! I don’t think any transgendered person decided to discriminate against themselves just to serve up a “distraction” from…say the Trump health care debacle. WE are REACTING to to this disgusting display of legalized discrimination, we didn’t CAUSE it. Apparently THAT’S the great “sin” that’s being transgressed here.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I’m sorry to say that Vicky “My Qualifications for Congress Are Raising Soybeans and Corn and Being A Gender Traitor” Hartzler is my representative. Don’t blame me, I did not vote for her.

  • gratuitous

    Is it too much to ask Sweet Sarah who President Trump meant by “his generals and military advisers,” when they supposedly met or consulted, and where? You know, just so we have a complete record of the genesis of this tweetrum.

    • Jo Mathie

      He probably dreamed it and confused it with real life. Actually the whole US presidency seems like a really weird dream.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      He pondered over a bowl of Cap’n Crunch in the middle of the night. Close enough for MAGA.

  • Hardly Ideal

    Two things about this whole transgender military ban that chap me:

    1) Don’t tell me about the cost. In an age of missile bombardment, the US is developing a rapid-fire railgun for some reason. (for those not in the know, it’s a gun that helps accelerate bullets to ungodly speeds with magnets. Imagine the Superman ride at Six Flags, but as a gun instead) What in God’s name do we need that thing for? Are we planning to fight the fuckin’ Tyranids next?

    2) Didn’t this asshole complain about Obama ruling by fiat once upon a time? Nothing says “fiat” quite like tweeting on the toilet before the rest of us have even made coffee.

    • Jennifer R

      I had an ex make a railgun out of neodymium

  • whitroth

    1 Gee, I just read, minutes ago, that the military spends 10 times more on treating erectile dysfunction than on trans.
    2. Right now, here’s a question for these Dumbfuckistanis: are they, or someone in their immediate family, or their church, RIGHT NOW volunteering to join the military to replace
    trans folk who will be forced to leave?

    And if they have no one, then STFU.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    ““This is about addressing [North] Korea, Russia, ISIS,” Hartzler said, holding up pictures of each. “We need every defense dollar to go to meeting those threats, not anything else, and we need to make sure our troops are ready and can be deployed.”

    You mendacious, smug, jingoist, piece o’…….

    (wanders off into the desert cursing)

    • Teto85

      But the generals can still get their boner pills. The military spends 5 to 10 times on boner pills for the brass than it spends on trans soldiers .

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Hey, Caitlin Jenner! How’s that vote for Trump looking now?

    • Teto85

      One thing about her that has been buried since she came out was that before her transition she was homophobic and said that “I will always like girls.” On her tv show she said that she liked girls. So, is she now self-loathing since she likes girls and is still homophobic?

  • Cornelius Fussbudget

    Seems like the Pentagon is following Sessions’ lead here: just ignoring the twitter feed of the popular vote loser. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8b0b55f0a13355e1a372a09710e1d6a17da1454a4feecff33fccd44048bf2a13.jpg

  • Dolmance

    I honestly think I’m going to need a psychiatrist before this shit is over.

  • Teto85

    The US military spends 5 to 10 times as much (depending on the source) for boner pills for its active troops and vet as it does for all services for trans personnel. Not saying anything, just saying.

  • Keith Taylor

    Out of what can only be a sick streak of masochism, I looked at the President Trump Channel to see what his die-hard supporters are saying about this issue. Of course I knew it’d be bad. Just wanted to know if one or two had rational, or moderate, views.
    Of course not.
    I won’t even repeat some of the crap.
    He knows his base if he doesn’t know anything else.

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