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Miracle Occurs, Authorities Confounded

Two prisoners at New Jersey’s only women’s prison have become pregnant after having sex with a transgender inmate. The women had engaged in “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person,” the state’s department of corrections told NJ.com. They were being held at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility at Union Township, about 16 miles west of New York City. The transgender prisoner, Demi Minor, 27, who is serving 30 years for manslaughter, has been moved to another prison for young adults.

Clearly, dad material.

As a result of the pregnancies, the New Jersey Corrections Department said it was currently reviewing the policy for housing transgender incarcerated persons with the intention of “implementing minor modifications.”

Maybe we’re the ones in the mirror universe, where everything is slightly askew.

Via Darleen in the comments.

Also, open thread. Share ye links and bicker.

Comments

Hopp Singg

One has to ask, Y?

David

One has to ask, Y?

I think we can assume that people who end up in prison aren’t generally known for their decision-making skills. As to the decision-making of the authorities, including the New Jersey Corrections Department, I leave that to the reader.

Hopp Singg

So there was an X next to his name all along, then?

Nikw211

Miracle Occurs, Authorities Confounded

[ Snort ]

serving 30 years for manslaughter

Wondering what the 30 years were for, I turned to the The Daily Mail to find the following:

    Demi Minor, who is serving a 30-year sentence for stabbing her former foster father to death ... Minor, 27, complains that she was misgendered and abused by guards ...

Imagine my surprise at seeing a news outlet I'm so regularly and so forcefully assured is nothing less than an organ of hateful, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Nazi-sympathising propaganda still finding the time to insert the 'correct' pronouns.

And not only that but doing so in these circumstances no less.

Truly, we live in an age of signs and wonders.

Hopp Singg

The journalists all, both together and separately, decided they should do so, with no direction from their superiors whatsoever.

Apparently, it was also unanimous.

David

still finding the time to insert the ‘correct’ pronouns.

It does seem unwise to cede such fundamental territory, to bow to the unreal. What follows from that concession will tend towards the absurd.

ee76

Clearly, birthing people can also be impregnating people. /s

JuliaM

Does the ‘minor modifications’ referred to mean the short sharp application of two housebricks, perchance?

Captain Nemo

But I don't understand. This sort of thing just never happens, according to those extremely trustworthy* trans activists.

*Sarcasm

Maybe we’re the ones in the mirror universe, where everything is slightly askew.

Who knows - maybe something went wrong with the Large Hadron Collider back when they switched it on, and we were sucked into a black hole. It would explain a lot.

Joan

"It's just about being polite..."

🤡

Nikw211

It does seem unwise to cede such fundamental territory, to bow to the unreal

Just so.

But so much ground has been given over so long that when I'm in a more sombre mood it seems very much that it can't and won't ever be recovered at this point.

Not only would you have to reverse a trend that's been going on decades, but you'd be trying to reverse it with at least half the rest of the population actively blocking your efforts on the grounds that you must be stupid and/or venal and/or evil.

Penseivat

I read that Minor is demanding that only a woman can conduct a strip search. No problem. Just make sure the 'woman' is transgender.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not at all unrelated, as the saying goes, "When they dig him up in 1000 years anthropologists will be able to tell his sex".

Slow your roll there, Skippy.

This February, University of Kansas Associate Professor Jennifer Raff published “Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas,” in which she argued that there are “no neat divisions between physically or genetically ‘male’ or ‘female’ individuals.”

Raff (pictured) suggested scientists cannot know the gender of a 9,000 year-old biologically Peruvian hunter because they don’t know whether the hunter identified as male or female – a “duality” concept she says was “imposed by Christian colonizers.”

You can educate yourself here.

Through this presentation, we will challenge the audience to consider ways in which they can work within their own field to reduce harm to Transgender and gender-variant decedents...

Only a virulent transphobe would not see the violence to the dead this has caused.

anon a mouse

that it can't and won't ever be recovered at this point.

Some years hence, groups will wonder how "the ancients" lived the way we do...

David

“It’s just about being polite...”
🤡

Thing is, I’ve had perfectly civil exchanges with transgender people and the supposedly “non-binary.” No-one got upset. But beyond my routine politeness, no concession to psychodrama was made, and for that matter, so far as I can recall, none was asked. In much the same way that if I were chatting with some hugely overweight person, I wouldn’t generally pass comment on their size.

But when people start demanding that I pretend along with them - which is to say, lie - then I’m not inclined to oblige.

asiaseen

"When they dig him up in 1000 years anthropologists will still misgender him".

Incidentally I wonder how many dinosaurs have been misgendered.

Jen

Are you enjoying the great British heatwave, David? :-)

Bill de Haan

I think we can assume that people who end up in prison aren’t generally known for their decision-making skills

I beg to differ. Most people in prison not only are known for their decision-making skills, they are generally in prison because of those same skills.

They are generally not know for good decision-making skills, I will agree.

David

Are you enjoying the great British heatwave, David? :-)

I’m faring about as well as you’d imagine. I opened all the windows and now hot air is blowing over me.

pst314

In much the same way that if I were chatting with some hugely overweight person, I wouldn’t generally pass comment on their size.

Me, too.

But when people start demanding that I pretend along with them - which is to say, lie - then I’m not inclined to oblige.

That is behind many of the acquaintances that I have chosen to drop. I won't call them friendships because I eventually learned that my agreement and approval were in effect mandatory.

David

Me, too.

And yet there are activists who would denounce my comments regarding those civil exchanges as constituting some kind of phobia or hatred. Which is laughable, and pernicious.

pst314

Which is laughable, and pernicious.

Emphasis on pernicious. When people behave like that, and show no sign of willingness to engage honestly, I write them off, put them on the "do not render aid" list, and warn others. There is no moral duty to be kind to rabid dogs.

WTP

Not only would you have to reverse a trend that's been going on decades, but you'd be trying to reverse it with at least half the rest of the population actively blocking your efforts on the grounds that you must be stupid and/or venal and/or evil.

Or crazy. Like when I tried to point these things out to my doctor and similar people 30 years ago when it could have been arrested before doing so much damage. Oddly, the funnier things have gotten the harder it is to laugh about them.

David

This just in: Sun still shining.

Darleen

This just in: Sun still shining.

Yikes, you're in the summer temperature range for the southwest US. You're due to reach what high desert Victorville, CA, is to reach today.

If you have no A/C, time to take in a movie or hang out at a shopping mall.

David

or hang out at a shopping mall.

The very idea, madam.

Captain Nemo

This just in: Sun still shining.

Heh. Oh, and here's some breaking news - occupant of our government's foreign secretary position - a job which most of us would expect requires travelling to foreign places on government business - has indeed been travelling to foreign places on government business. This is apparently newsworthy:

https://twitter.com/mikeysmith/status/1548376651897061376

pst314

Nobody came to his aid.

Darleen

The very idea, madam

Sometimes we do what we gotta do. ;)

As much as I was born, raised and still live in SoCal, I thought I could pretty much handle the heat and temps even at the 95-100F range.

Then we were in San Antonio, TX, on July 6-8 to watch one of the grandsons graduate from A school as a Navy Corpsman (Ft. Sam Houston).

Holy frijoles, 95 degrees F and 80+% humidity!!

Darleen

Oh .... Navy grandma brag moment ...

pst314

Congratulations!

David

[ Slides half-pint of advocaat along bar. ]

The ice is on the house.

David

For a limited time.

Captain Nemo

Congratulations, Darleen.

David

It’s now 36°C. That’s 97°F for you heathens overseas.

Tomorrow, I’m told, will be a little hotter.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Centigrade:

0: Water freezes
32: Slightly warm
97: You die
98.6: You die
100: Water boils, you die.

Fahrenheit:

0: Frickin' cold
32: Slightly chilly
97: AKA "Summer" south of the Line of Mason and Dixon (only 91 today, a bit of a cold snap)
98.6: Congratulations, you are normal
100: Welcome to Arizona
212: Water boils, you die.

Clearly Fahrenheit is the superior temperature for humans.

David

[ Sticks ice cube tray to face. ]

pst314

[ Sticks ice cube tray to face. ]

I wonder if those "Absurd Japanese Inventions" books have anything useful.

David

Today, I was directed with some enthusiasm to these.

Apparently, they’re a thing.

pst314

Apparently, they’re a thing.

I first saw those around 2005-2010. Presumably they are more popular now because batteries last longer.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

They are generally not know for good decision-making skills, I will agree.

I can't remember the source, but there was a woman who was in prison interviewing the prisoners. One chap spent much of his time bragging about how good he was boosting cars.

Naturally, the woman asked, "If you're so good at it, why are you here?"

He fell silent as if this was the first time he thought about it.

Darleen

[ Sticks ice cube tray to face. ]

No no ... ice cubes to zip lock bag, apply to arm pits or behind knees.

David

apply to arm pits or behind knees.

The inner side of the wrist is also a good spot.

WTP

Clearly Fahrenheit is the superior temperature for humans.

Well it was per design. Use the right tool for the job. Dr. Fahrenheit made a very good scale for how heat affects humans. 100 was set at the top end as the standard human body temperature, which coincided with an atypical hot day and zero was chosen such that it would represent an atypical cold day, with the freezing point of water being 1/3 the distance to 100 and comfortable room temperature being the next 1/3 and thus half way twixt water freezing and the top end. Improvements in temperature measurement technology skewed the numbers a bit, but it all made sense. Each Freedom degree being 5/9 of a Communist degree also enables more accurate information without resorting to decimal places. But try explaining that to people today and they look at you like you have two heads.

Sue Sims

Come to Bournemouth, where I live:* 86F, 30C maximum today (mostly cooler), and an invariable breeze off the sea. But don't go down to the beach, because everyone within 100 miles radius of Bournemouth has done precisely that.

*For you foreigners, imagine that that Britain is a triangle: Bournemouth is plumb in the middle of the bottom edge.

Ela

they don’t know whether the hunter identified as male or female – a “duality” concept she says was “imposed by Christian colonizers.

San Jose State archaeology Professor Elizabeth Weiss ... said there is a move among academics “toward getting all of the academy’s favored shibboleths to accord with one another ... She noted that applying biological sex to remains often helps dispel myths detrimental to women.

Indeed. if the trans advocates want to suppress or soft-pedal or cast doubt upon the determination of sex from skeletal remains, where does this leave the stories about warrior princess graves (here or here for example), where an ideological house of cards (women being badass warriors until suppressed by whiteness/priests/colonialism, and without the aid of modern automation/medicine/hygiene/contraception that opened up traditional male roles to women in more recent times) is built on the objective uncontested foundation of (1) a skeleton was found with a military paraphernalia, (2) the skeleton was female, (3) we can safely say that the skeleton was female.

WTP

they don’t know whether the hunter identified as male or female – a “duality” concept she says was “imposed by Christian colonizers.

Curious how the whole mitochondrial DNA lineage thing fits into all this. Or are they going to redefine female as 'mitochondrial DNA-passers' or however that whole thing works? If other academics in this and related fields are not going to speak up on this nonsense, I think we should shove it down their throats. No objections because you think you can go along doing your research in peace? No. Sorry Charlie. Stop everything that you are doing and change ALL your documentation and get it up to spec with the latest BS or not one more penny of grant money. We'll sic the trannies on you otherwise.

It's all so bloody stupid...obviously. They don't have males and females in cultures that were not colonized by Christianity? Is that their argument? Seems that would be easy to disprove via the Scientific Method. They are #Scientists, aren't they?

anon a mouse

For cooler temps, head south. Snow predicted for the next few days across New Zealand, and tonight's low forecast of 0 C in Melbourne...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The perfect solution when you can't decide to eat or rob someone.

WTP

The perfect solution when you can't decide to eat or rob someone.

And bully them. Invite a crowd of your friends and fellow thugs along to video everyone laughing at you as you make lame, quasi-polite attempts to "reason" with the thieves to not take your stuff. Everyone gets a great, good laugh. Then post it to social media. The proper response for the owner/operator would be to dump the tray on the ground. You're losing it anyway.

pst314

The proper response for the owner/operator would be to dump the tray on the ground. You're losing it anyway.

In a more sensible society, it would be legal to just shoot them.

pst314

What is this? A "migrant"? When and where? Annoying tendency of some bloggers to omit all documentation.

pst314

More evil videos from "Holy Martyr to White Supremacy" Tekle Sundberg.

David

Just so.

We’ve seen repeatedly where the pretence can lead. And once the fundamentals have been ceded, it isn’t clear how one would resist each new distortion, each new and more farcical development. When you’ve already, as it were, given away the farm.

David
“I’m not against conservatives per se – I am a liberal.”

I, Hypocrite gets cancelled by his tax accountant.

Richard Cranium
What is this? A "migrant"? When and where? Annoying tendency of some bloggers to omit all documentation.

The preacher/priest didn't turn all four cheeks to the interloper. Well, if there really is an afterlife, he'll get his just rewards.

If there isn't, he'll get his just rewards for being an abject failure of a shepherd of his flock. That assumes a) there was anyone in his church during that event and b) he is conscious just prior to his final spiral into darkness.

Well, I guess (b) requires him to think about this particular event; I don't know if it's unique enough to commit to memory on his part.

John

The perfect solution.

When fried food is involved I recommend the Rorschach approach.

“None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me.”

Burnsie

"implementing minor modifications..."

As if the policy to house a fully intact male heterosexual murderer in a woman's prison--based entirely on his word--was 99% correct in the first place.

Just needs a tweak!

I can't imagine what that would be--one pregnancy and you're out, instead of two?

Ruu

Just needs a tweak!

Foxes can be put into henhouses and cats can be put among pigeons. It's something that can be managed, a matter of putting procedures in place guided by the latest policy science, dealing kindly but firmly with the "concerns" expressed by the hens, while making it clear that no language will be tolerated that makes the fox feel "othered", that casts suspicion on the reasons for the fox wanting to be in the henhouse, that questions the project of putting foxes into henhouses, that questions whether foxes can be assimilated into henhouses.

While misunderstandings and accidents will of course take place, we report on such incidents responsibly, indeed boringly, so as not to stir up populist foxophobic hate, and we make recommendations on how to adjust the procedure.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...each new and more farcical development.

Speaking of which, ballet heads to the cutting room floor.

Francesca McCarthy, head of undergraduate studies at the NSCD, told The Telegraph: “It is essentially an elitist form.”

Yes, because it requires abilities twerking and interpretive dance don't.

“It is a very specific form that is built around particular white European ideas and body shapes that are often alienating to young people who do not fit that aesthetic ideal.”

No doubt ballet was colonized by yte Europeans when they stole it, like everything else because wypipo have no culture, from PoCs back in the 15th century.

Ms McCarthy confirmed that: “Ballet has strongly gendered roots in terms of the movement vocabulary.”

“Most of our ballet staff were trained at a time where divisions in the teaching of ballet were clear and men lifted women.”

You knew that had to be in there, but things are also, "problematic in relation to the inclusion of non-binary and trans dancers.”.

David

[ Sweats. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

[ Sweats. ]

"Unprecedented"

Rudyard K Muldoon

You may talk o’ gin and beer
When you’re sweating safe out ’ere,
An’ you’ve read of Penny Red an’ all about it;
But when it comes to Blogger
You will do your work on water,
An’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots of ’im that’s got it.
Now in Blighty’s sunny clime,
Where I used to spend my time
A-bloggin' for a misfit few,
Of all them blackfaced crew
The finest man I knew
Was our Typepad bhisti, Gunga Din,
         He was ‘Din! Din! Din!
    ‘You limpin’ lump o’ brick-dust, Gunga Din!
         ‘Hi! Slippy hitherao
         ‘Water, get it! Panee lao,
    ‘You squidgy-nosed old idol, Gunga Din.’

asiaseen

Apparently, they’re a thing.

Popular in Hong Kong (surprisingly cooler than dear old Blighty) as are small hand-held fans.

But my heart really yearns for a punkah walla...

Nikw211

it isn’t clear how one would resist each new distortion, each new and more farcical development

A phenomena that I’ve noted on more than one occasion over the past couple of years is for certain kinds of event to begin with what sounds an awful lot like the kind of Royal honorifics I’d thought had long since consigned had their day in the sun.

So whereas in yesteryear, you might hear:

    Her Majesty Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India

Instead now you might, on occasion, get something like this:

    My name’s Vicky. My pronouns are she and her. I am a cis, heterosexual woman. I have a round face, long brown hair, hazel eyes, and a light brown complexion. I acknowledge that we are on occupied ancestral land of the Dothraki.

Not everyone does this of course, which is a relief, because if everyone introduced themselves that way the entire event would be taken up just introducing each other and/or it would go on for days.

But that not everyone does it seems very much to mark out those who do as belonging to a caste apart.

Which does make you wonder not just whether or not that's the ultimate aim, but more importantly where all this is heading.

Nowhere pleasant I imagine.

David

Incidentally, the institution mentioned above, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, has a history of dysmorphic mishaps.

pst314

An interesting development: It seems that Tekle Sundberg had been harassing and threatening his neighbor for months before he repeated fired his gun into her apartment.

PiperPaul

the entire event would be taken up just introducing each other and/or it would go on for days

Much of leftist agitation seems to be designed to provide well-paying, secure jobs for activists/loyal drones people who could not find "real" work otherwise.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yet another fine dining experience. (possibly transiently NSFW)

Darleen

No doubt ballet was colonized by yte Europeans when they stole it, like everything else because wypipo have no culture,

Let's see now -- Shakespeare is out, classical music is out, blind auditions for orchestra chairs is out, ballet is out ... even musical notation is somehow white supremacy and must decolonized, too.

I'm no longer buying this "EEEEEK WHITE PEOPLE!" schtick. What you have is people who find the rigors of these arts too hard. Better to destroy than compete.

Ironic, too, the claim that "white people" have no culture then targeting hated European culture for destruction.

pst314

"transautistic"

pst314

What you have is people who find the rigors of these arts too hard. Better to destroy than compete.

That is certainly a very important part. But there are also the Maoists who, if they're following Mao's example, want to destroy every part of our culture which does not derive from Marxism.

Steve E

Man descended from a long line of despotic rulers lectures the world on democracy.

Darleen

Today's poetry moment.

asiaseen

Man descended from a long line of despotic rulers

Or not if the rumours about his Y donor are true (and physical appearance suggests they are). However, Victoria (whose royal ancestry is also in doubt), Ed VII Georges V and VI, and dearly beloved Betty can hardly be described as "despotic".

asiaseen

poetry moment

Thesaurus Swallower

WTP

Or not if the rumours about his Y donor are true

Or not. Either way, if the UN is meant in any way to be representative of the humans on this planet, WTF does this guy get a hearing there? He's just some guy. We only know of him because he (supposedly as you say) descended from a bunch of other despots who even themselves tossed his sorry ass out. Where/what is his legitimacy over anyone else who can take a bath? Hell, I would at least shave for the occasion and I hate those bastards.

WTP

Recruiter: Dear W,

My name is Yadda Dadda and I am the HR Manager at Somerecruitingcompany.

I am reaching out because we are looking for a Software Engineer to work with BigMajorDefenseContractorYouHaveSurelyHeardOf ASAP.

We offer competitive salary, great 401(k) plan & benefits, remote work, and the opportunity to work with and for amazing people.

Let me know if you're interested and we can schedule some time to chat. I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,
Yadda Dadda
--
Me: Hi Yadda, thank you for reaching out. I would like to learn more about this opportunity. (boilerplate LinkedIn crap)

Would employment in this position require attendance in diversity "training", sexual harassment training, or any other such popularly referred to as "woke" classes be required? Would my employment or reputation be put at risk by any failure to use pronouns other than he/him/she/her or would I potentially be required to refer to singular individuals by the collective pronouns of they/them?
--
Recruiter: Hi W! Wonderful! Are you available sometime this week for a brief phone call?

No required training needed and we don't require or request any use of specific pronouns.
---
I am so f****d. I don't want to work. And now my new-old tricks are failing me.

NJH

“It is a very specific form that is built around particular white European ideas and body shapes that are often alienating to young people who do not fit that aesthetic ideal.”

The aesthetic would be improved with the dance of the Fat Little Swans, and the flabby varicosed hams of a Black Swan wobbling her way through 20 or 30 fouéttes. A must see performance.

pst314

How about Walt Disney’s Fantasia and the ballet dance of the hippos and alligators?

Richard Cranium
I am so f****d. I don't want to work. And now my new-old tricks are failing me.

Tsk You can merely claim that you want other people to refer to you by your selected pronouns but you find it abhorrent to return the favor to other workers.

WTP

You can merely claim that you want other people to refer to you by your selected pronouns but you find it abhorrent to return the favor to other workers.

The interview could be interesting. After all, it's a "Software Engineer" position. Nothing else was mentioned. Not one language or technology. If I were working, I wouldn't waste my time. Curiosity...killed the cat but...

Dan C

A must see performance.

Coming to a stage near you. And woe to the person who disparages the ugliness.

Daniel Ream

Foxes can be put into henhouses and cats can be put among pigeons

Pregnant inmates get better food, better quarters and less work duties. The inmates are aware of this. Draw your own conclusions.

No required training needed and we don't require or request any use of specific pronouns

One of two things is going on here.

Either the recruiter is lying because they have a quota of candidates to pass on, so it doesn't matter whether you ultimately pass an interview; or, with the software developer market hotter than the surface of the Sun right now, market forces are currently working.

I'm inclined to think it's more the latter than the former. I just took a new job; one of the new (male) front-end developers showed up on the first couple of video meetings wearing eyeliner, lipstick and teardrop earrings. That stopped after a week. The HR power skirt was dragging her feet processing my benefits paperwork; one word to my boss and I had everything completed and activated for me less than 24 hours later.

David

And in happening-venue news:

The crowd on opening day was huge. One woman said that the line for entry on opening night was “wrapped around the block” with “literally 200 lesbians” waiting to get in.

But the excitement about a new progressive hangout dissipated quickly. Within days, Doc Marie’s found itself on the receiving end of accusations of not being inclusive enough for trans people and people of colour. Despite mask mandates being lifted in Portland, patrons accused the bar of not implementing enough COVID safety measures. Patrons also claimed that Doc Marie’s had “culturally appropriative art” on the walls.

Eventually, the employees demanded the owners relinquish ownership of the bar and hand the business to them. The owners were given a “24-hour deadline.”

The particulars aren’t entirely clear, or entirely sane, but it seems that much of the umbrage centred on the idea that a bar for gay women would exclude, and somehow harm, people who aren’t gay women, or indeed women.

John

From an outsiders perspective it appears that L and G are tumbling down the intersectional league table at a rate of knots.

In an ironic twist this is due to the actions of those to the far-right end of the ever-expanding LGBTQX1+2 spectrum, self-identified groups who are pushing their own stripes ever further into the once relatively innocent rainbow flag and now shamelessly appropriating the historical black philosophy of “gimme dat”.

pst314

The particulars aren’t entirely clear, or entirely sane, but it seems that much of the umbrage centred on the idea that a bar for gay women would exclude, and somehow harm, people who aren’t gay women, or indeed women.

and:

"It's just about being polite..."

To paraphrase Terry Pratchett, expel them politely.

David

Maybe direct comments re the above to the latest thread, where it appears.

Zionist Overlord #73

WTP
Tell them your pronouns are ego/tistical.

Wait 5 minutes, and file a complaint that your co-workers are referring to you as an element of the male genitalia. Accept generous severance package, rinse and repeat.

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