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UPDATE: Houston Voters Uphold Conventional Restroom Arrangement, Reject Mandatory Gender-Blending Ordinance

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No Men in Women’s Bathrooms: Those Crazy, Unfair, Radical, Houston Gender Traditionalists!

HOUSTON — Juan A. Lozano reports: An ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston failed to win approval from voters on Tuesday.

[Also see — The Bathroom, Locker Room, and Shower Wars and the 2016 Presidential Election at The Corner]

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was rejected after a nearly 18-month battle that spawned rallies, legal fights and accusations of both religious intolerance and demonization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Supporters of the ordinance had said it would have offered increased protections for gay and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Houston: Trans-Delusional Men’s ‘Equal Rights’ Access to Women’s Restrooms Bill Failing in Early Voting Election Results

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Katherine Driessen reports: Early voting results show Houston’s equal rights ordinance failing by a wide margin, with 62.5 percent of voters opting to repeal the law and 37.5 percent supporting the embattled ordinance.

“Businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing and city contracting are all subject to the law and face up to $5,000 in fines for violations. Religious institutions, however, are exempt. The ordinance was in effect for only three months between extensive legal challenges.”

Those results include 134,074 early voting and mail ballots but do not reflect turnout at the polls Tuesday.

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[Also see – FEDS RULE TO FORCE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TO UNDRESS NEXT TO NAKED BOYS WHO THINK THEY’RE GIRLS]

The hotly contested election has spurred national attention, drawing comment from the White House and the state’s top officials.  Largely conservative opponents of the law allege that it would allow men dressed as women, including sexual predators, to enter women’s restrooms.  Supporters of the law, including Mayor Annise Parker, argue that it extends an important local recourse for a range of protected classes to respond to discrimination.

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At opponents’ watch party in the Galleria, campaign spokesman Jared Woodfill and others erupted in cheers as the early voting results were posted.

“It’s going down,” Woodfill said. ” It’s over. Our message worked.” Read the rest of this entry »


White House Stiffs Chris Mintz: Hero of Oregon Shooting Who Obama Won’t Mention

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Ericka Andersen writes:

“When 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed got in trouble for bringing a ‘homemade clock’ to school, he was invited to the White House within 24 hours. When African-American youth Michael Brown was killed, no less than three White House aides attended his funeral.”

“When a hero like Chris Mintz charges an armed killer at a school shooting, risking his own life to save others, Obama can’t see past his gun-control agenda to stop for a moment and thank him for his bravery.”

The president has been slow to honor the man who rushed the killer in Oregon….(read more)

Source: National Review Online


President Barack Obama: The Movie

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The MacGuffinization of American Politics

Ace writes: In a movie or book, “The MacGuffin” is the thing the hero wants.

Usually the villain wants it too, and their conflict over who will end up with The MacGuffin forms the basic spine of the story.

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the MacGuffin is, of course, the Lost Ark. Indy wants it; the Nazis have it. This basic conflict over simple possession animates a two hour long movie.

Alfred Hitchcock noted — counterintuitively, when you first hear this — that the specifics of the MacGuffin don’t really matter at all to a movie. He pointed out that the audience doesn’t care at all about the MacGuffin. The hero in the movie itselfcares, but the audience doesn’t.

In one Hitchcock film, the MacGuffin was some smuggled uranium hidden in vintage wine bottles. But Hitchcock noted it didn’t matter if it was uranium in wine bottles, or a fragment of a diplomatic dispatch from the Nazi high command, or a hidden murder weapon, or photographs proving a Senator’s affair.

The Lost Ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark could have easily been replaced with some missing Shankara Stones from a Thuggee temple, or the Holy Grail. In fact, that’s exactly what they changed the MacGuffin to in the sequels.

No audience member really cared if the Nazis wound up with the Ark of the Covenant. For one thing, the audience walked into the theater knowing, as a matter of real-world historical fact, that Adolf Hitler had not ever possessed a holy artifact of unspeakable power, and that, even if had possessed such a thing secretly, it availed him not at all, because he shot himself through the temple in a bunker as the Allied forces closed in around him in 1945.

But we cared about Indy. He was a character we liked, a character that sparked our imaginations; whether he was looting a South American burial mound (illegally, by the way!) or blowing off his students by sneaking out a back window during office hours (poor work ethic, incidentally), we rooted for him to win.

A MacGuffin only has one requirement: That it be important-sounding, so that the audience understands he hero isn’t engaged in some trivial matter, but that the Stakes Are High. (Woody Allen inverted this rule in his parody espionage filmWhat’s Up Tiger Lily?, where the MacGuffin was a top-secret recipe for chicken salad.)

But an important sounding MacGuffin is just another way to increase the audience’s emotional attachment to the Hero, not to the idea of possessing the MacGuffin.

And that, of course, explains all you need to know about the abnormal political situation we find ourselves in, and the Cult of Barack Obama.

For Obama’s fanbois, this is not politics. This isn’t even America, not really, not anymore.

This is a movie. And Barack Obama is the Hero. And the Republicans are the Villains. And policy questions — and Obama’s myriad failures as an executive — are simply incidental. They are MacGuffins only, of no importance whatsoever, except to the extent they provide opportunities for Drama as the Hero fights in favor of them. Read the rest of this entry »