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California Agrees to Fund the Country’s First Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery

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The murderer can finally feel complete. Don’t think I can say the same for his victim and the family members.

From Yahoo: A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner’s attorneys confirmed Friday to The Associated Press.

California prison officials agreed in August 2015 to pay for the surgery for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom and has no possibility of parole.

Quine’s case led the state to become the first to set standards that will allow other transgender to inmates apply to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. It also prompted a federal magistrate to require California to provide transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities with more female-oriented items such as nightgowns, scarves and necklaces.

“For too long, institutions have ignored doctors and casually dismissed medically necessary and life-saving care for transgender people just because of who we are,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, which represents Quine and other transgender inmates. Completion of the surgery not only fulfills a landmark legal settlement but marks a victory “for all transgender people who have ever been denied the medical care we need,” Hayashi said.

Quine will be moved to a women’s prison after the operation, which was performed at a hospital in San Francisco, her attorneys said. Quine told a prison psychologist who recommended her him for the operation that it would bring a “drastic, internal completeness.”

She He expects it will end a dysfunction and depression so deep that she he tried to cut and hang herself himself in prison five times, most recently in 2014 when she he was initially told she he could not have the operation. Quine said she he tried unsuccessfully to amputate her his genitalia when she was about 19, three years before she he went to prison and roughly the same time she he tried self-medicating with illegally purchased female hormones.

She He and an accomplice are serving life terms for kidnapping and fatally shooting 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig in downtown Los Angeles in February 1980, stealing $80 and his car during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage. Baig left behind two young daughters and a son.

Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed official who controls California’s prison medical care, said the cost of sex-reassignment surgeries could approach $100,000, including procedures and medications before and after the operation. Attorneys at the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center said that figure is exaggerated.

A portion of the state’s expense will generally be reimbursed by the federal government, Hayhoe said. The percentage varies depending on individual circumstances, but it can cover up to 95 percent of allowable charges.

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Most Dangerous Cities in America

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that, according to FBI statistics, crime is down in the United States for the 5th year in a row. The statistics for 2010 show a 5.5% drop in violent crimes compared to last year. An example is St. Louis, Mo. — last year’s most violent city — saw an impressive 18% decrease in violent crime.

The bad news is that in certain parts of the country, things are getting much worse.

For example, Flint, Michigan — which has the dubious distinction of being the most violent city in America in 2010 — saw a 10% increase in violent crime over last year, with 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Here are the 25 most violent cities in America, ranked by the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) per 100,000 people. The source of this list is an article by Leah Goldman in the Business Insider, May 23, 2011. But the article leaves out an interesting fact.

On average, blacks make up 12.9% of the overall U.S. population. On a hunch I looked up each of the 25 cities on Wikipedia, to find out the racial demographics of each. I found that, with the exception of Miami and Stockton, the percentage of blacks is above the national average in every one of the remaining 23 most violent cities.

AMERICA’S 25 most violent cities:

25. Elizabeth, N.J.: 1,100 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Pop. 120,568 (2000): 55.78% White, 19.98% Black, 49.46% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24. Lansing, Michigan: 1,101 per 100,000. Pop. 119,128 (2000): 65.28%W, 21.91%B, 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23. Miami, Florida: 1,108 per 100,000. Pop. 362,470 (2000): 34.1% Cuban, 5.6% Nicaraguan, 5.5% Haitian, 3.3% Honduran, 1.7% Dominican, 1.6% Columbian.

22. Kansas City, Missouri: 1,126 per 100,000. 62.8%W, 28.6%B, 9.2% Hispanic/Latino of any race.

21. Nashville, Tennessee: 1,128 per 100,000. 65.9%W, 27.1%B, 7.5% H/L.

20. St. Petersburg, Florida: 1,132 per 100,000. Pop. 244,769 (2010): 68.7%W, 23.9%B, 6.6% H/L.

19. Richmond, Calif.: 1,134 per 100,000. Pop. 103,701 (2010): 17.1%W, 25.9%B, 39.5% H/L.

18. Lowell, Mass.: 1,156 per 100,000. Pop 105,167 (2000): 68.6%W, 16.52% , 4.21%B.

17. Philadelphia, Penn.: 1,189 per 100,000. 43.6%W, 42.5%B, 11.4% H/L.

16. Springfield, Illinois: 1,237 per 100,000. Pop 111,454 (2000): 81.01%W, 15.34%B, 1.2% H/L.

15. Washington, D.C.: 1,242 per 100,000. Pop. 601,657 (2010): 38.5%W, 50.7%B, 9.1% H.

14. Hartford, Conn.: 1,293 per 100,000. Pop. 121,578 (2000): 27.72%W, 38.5%B, 40.52% H/L 9mainly Puerto Rico).

13. Cleveland, Ohio: 1,296 per 100,000. 52.5%B, 40.5%W, 9%H/L.

12. Springfield, Mass.: 1,354 per 100,000. Pop 153,170 (2010): 56.11%W, 21.01%B, 27.18%H.

11. Buffalo, NY: 1,357 per 100,000. 53.8%W, 41.1%B, 8.3%H/L.

10. Stockton, Ca: 1,381 per 100,000. Pop. 291,707 (2010): 37%W, 12.2%B, 40.3%H/L.

9. Rockford, Ill.: 1,453 per 100,000. 150,115 (2000): 72.81%W, 17.37%B, 10.18%H/L.

8. Baltimore, Maryland: 1,455 per 100,000. 33.1%W, 63.2%B, 3%H/L.

7. Little Rock, Arkansas: 1,522 per 100,000. 52.7%W, 42.1%B, 4.7%H/L.

6. Oakland, Ca: 1,530 per 100,000. 25.9%W, 27.3%B, 25.4%H/L.

5. Memphis, Tenn.: 1,539 per 100,000. 31.7%W, 62.6%B, 5% H/L.

4. New Haven, Conn.: 1,584 per 100,000. Pop. 129,779 (2010): 43.46%W, 37.36%B, 9.39% H/L.

3. St. Louis, Mo.: 1,747 per 100,000. Pop. 348,189 (2000): 43.9%W, 49.2%B, 3.5%H/L

2. Detroit, Michigan: 1,887 per 100,000. Pop. 713,777 (2010): 10.6%W, 82.7%B, 6.8% H/L.

1. Flint, Michigan: 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000. Pop. 124,943 (2000): 41.39%W, 53.27%B, 2.99% H/L.

Blacks are the primary victims of black criminals. Blacks and all Americans ignore this stark reality, at our own peril.

~Eowyn

Obama and the Left Silent On Vicious Racial Assault in McDonald’s

Last week, on April 22, two female customers brutally assaulted another customer in a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Baltimore County, Maryland. The attackers are black. The victim, 22-year-old Chrissy Polis, is white and reportedly a transgender.

McDonald’s employees stood by, doing nothing. Worse still, the video was shot by an employee who can be heard laughing.

Eventually, a good Samaritan stepped in to stop the attack. But the vicious attackers punched her too. Vicki Thoms, 55, told 11 News:

“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s inhumane. When they started really hurting her, to the point where I thought she was going to die, that’s when I decided someone needed to do something. I kept screaming, ‘Stop. Get off of her.’ And they wouldn’t stop. One of the girls said to me, ‘It’s none of your (expletive) business,’ and hit me in the face.”

One of the attackers, 18-year-old Teonna Monae Brown, has been charged with first degree assault and second degree assault. Her co-attacker, 14, is being charged as a juvenile.

Prosecutors said they are “considering” possible hate crime charges “based on sexual orientation.” It’s never a “hate crime” if blacks assault non-blacks! — as the ethnic Chinese community in Oakland, California know only too well. A year ago, two black teenagers brutally attacked and killed a middle-aged Chinese immigrant man, Tian Sheng Yu, at 18th St. and Telegraph Avenue.

Here’s Victor Davis Hanson’s comment:

“The past week a sensationalized video of a transgendered female in extremis went viral on the blogosphere. Two young African-American women beat her senseless at a McDonald’s restaurant. The African-American staff is shown in the clip as mostly passive bystanders to the brutality. Yet I know this nationally viewed abhorrence is not a teachable moment about much of anything. Unlike the Professor Gates mix-up, this public spectacle will not be used by the president to warn us about the wages of incivility or the need for a new racial tolerance and understanding. Nor will there be, among the homosexual community, much of a national Matthew Shepard moment seeking to present the public beating as a symbol of a wider hatred of the sexually ambiguous among us. There is about as much chance of a Hollywood movie about the incident as there is of a sequel to Rendition. At best, we are to accept such violence as inevitable, as the powerless sometimes thrash out against the more privileged classes and races; at worst, these are the tragic wages of prior oppression that must be contextualized and constructed in the proper narrative of the centuries.”

~Eowyn

Urban Dancin’ in the Rain

Oakland, California has one of America’s highest crime rate and recently was ranked as this country’s 5th most dangerous city by CQ Press. Now, some of the city’s youth are transforming the city’s dangerous mean streets with dance.

D Real (he’s in the white shirt in the video below) had a brother Rich, who was killed in a car accident at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and 90th Avenue. The day after Rich died, D Real and a few dancers were gathered in YAKfilms’ office at Youth UpRising trying to think of a tribute that went beyond the standard R.I.P. T-shirt. Youth UpRising is a youth leadership center in Oakland with a professional dance studio. 

The dancers decided to TURF dance in the rain on the corner where Rich was killed.

As explained by Queena Kim of The Bay Citizen on August 3, 2010:

TURF stands for “Taking Up Room on the Floor,” and it’s a form of street dancing that originated in Oakland. In contrast to other street dances, TURF aims to tell a story. Before his brother’s death, D Real had strayed from dancing and was beginning to dabble in music. In one of their last conversations, Rich told D Real to forget about music and focus on dancing, his real talent. So in memory of Rich, D Real and three friends who were willing to brave the pouring rain danced for this video….

TURF dancing is known for incorporating all types styles from the break dancing to popping and ballet…. In “Dancing in the Rain,” you can see dancers taking “en pointe” to a different level. And about 58 seconds into the video, you can also see one of TURF dancing’s signature moves–the “glide”–when the dancer who goes by the name “Man” skates across the water. On a dance floor, Man would glide across the dance floor to mark his turf.

To the untrained eye, the glide sorta looks like the moon dance, which begs the question: Was Michael Jackson the original TURF dancer?

“No, not in anyway whatsoever,” Savion said. “TURF dancing came about in the last 10 years. Michael Jackson was moon dancing long before that, and he had his own style, just like James Brown had his own style. But the genius of TURF dancing is we’re not inventing anything, we’re documenting and incorporating so many dance movements.”

~Eowyn

Most Dangerous US Cities

The Associated Press reports on November 22, 2010, that St. Louis, Missouri, is America’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a study by CQ Press, using population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Crime data include the rates of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

The top five most dangerous cities are:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri, which had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4.
  2. Camden, New Jersey, which was the most dangerous U.S. city in 2008, 2004, and 2003.
  3. Detroit, Michigan.
  4. Flint, Michigan.
  5. Oakland, California.

Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will be happy to know that you are living in or near America’s 5th (Oakland) and 6th (Richmond) most dangerous cities.

For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

You can look up the crime index of your city by CLICKING HERE. The lower your crime index, the better. 😉

~Eowyn