Trans Soul Rebel (does god bless your transsexual heart?)

After thirteen plus years of screaming to Against Me! (only thirtenn–I know, I was late to the party), I finally got to see them two weeks ago in VA Beach. It was, of course, stellar. It slayed all things. If you’re not yet on board, pick up their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It’s badass and quite the intimate look at Laura Jane Grace’s ongoing transformation. Now, check out the chorus to this song (Walking is Still Honest). It’s probably... Read More

The Transgendered Pat(sy)

As I’m sure most of you are well aware, at least by now, there is some confusion as to the exact job status of Heath Adam Ackley at Azusa Pacific University. With the simple pronouncement of “I’m transgender”, Adam, initially, claimed to have been fired only to later nuance that claim with the notion that he and Azusa are coming to terms with a situation that would be mutually beneficial. I, of course, am not sure as to all the politics that are taking... Read More

When Bombs Start Flashing

In case you were wondering, the title is from a Bad Religion song. It’s called Atomic Garden. The line is, “I like the 4th of July/when bombs start flashing.” I think they were trying to be prophetic. I don’t know. Anyway, I just thought I would leave today’s post in their hands. I just don’t have the energy to write the obligatory “Independence Day is idolatrous” post. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get it. It’s the holiest day of the... Read More

‘Nobody Puts May Day in a Corner’

Today should be ‘Hug Your Local Anarchist‘ day (or other labor activists of numerous political persuasions). If you appreciate the fact that employers cannot work 11-year-olds to death, are legally required to provide breaks, and must exercise at least some limitations on taking advantage of people in desperate need of work, then find that sweet little gutter-punk with a ‘circled A’ tattooed on his or her face and kiss it. Unless, of course, they have said... Read More

The Trans-Ballad of Laura Jane Grace

[N]ot that I think this deserves any kind of explanation…-‘The Disco Before The Breakdown’ Being a long time fan of Against Me!, I’ve tried to follow all of the comments, articles, zines, interviews, etc., discussing Tom Gabel’s “transformation” to Laura Jane Grace. Suffering from what has been labelled ‘gender dysphoria’ (perhaps something of a misnomer as gender is an ideological construct–that in and of itself may... Read More

Holy Daze: I Come Bearing Gifts

A couple of things to celebrate on this day of your Lord and Savior’s (the nation-state) most sacred of holy days: This book: Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism and Conscience. This website: American Jesus (and, ahem, accompanying interview). Another book: Myths America Lives By. Perhaps, the most important book of the three: Blood Sacrifice and The Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag. (Seriously, stellar scholarly study, yet very accessible.) And,... Read More

“No, I Won’t Take Your Hand and Marry the State.”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFkeKKszXTw] I hope the state isn’t paying attention.  Read More