22 October 2019

SPECIAL - White Note Pad - (manga)

“(She) was above all things a projector of works in the face of nature, and a modifier of nature itself. A road to be made, a tower to be built, a harbour to be constructed, a river to be trained and guided in its channel – these were the problems with which (her) mind was continually occupied; and for these and similar ends (she)
 travelled the world for more than half a century, like an artist, notebook in hand.” (italics mine) 

Robert Louis Stevenson

From the outset, White Note Pad presents me with a difficulty that challenges the reader.  Or at least those readers of my variety; we all have a stroke to contend with.  But Tomoko Yamashita plumbs the depths most deftly.  

In the beginning, we see Hana, outside, and climbing small snow mountains.  Her face shows forth a bit of a square jawline; at the beginning, I mistake her being a transgender young woman.  Rather, Hana is switched with an older man, a common trope.  When she gets to work, however, she shows a confident demeanor. When a coworker asks what she would like to wear, Hana says black. (1) Kine, on the other hand, is really a mess. His hair is knotted, his body in an overall.   When the switch took place, he spent some time in the hospital.  He lost his job at an auto mechanic's shop. 
When they wake up, however, they both are sweating.  Hana's just better at it - at least at first.

The two meet up at what appears to be a swanky coffeeshop.  As usual, Kine is the odd man out here, hair and clothing unkempt.  Conversely, Hana looks the part, stylish, not a hair out of place in her outfit.  Once again, the two look curious.  After Kine vents out a bit, Hana has a plan:  the magazine works for has a need for some part-timers.  This way, they'll get to see each other, and make plans for the future. It seems like a good plan.  

However, Hana's perfect plans slowly, slowly start to unravel.  It starts with an offhand remark, "I just can't be by myself".  Standing alone,  you might not discern the comment.  But notice the opening scene.  Hana is not walking on the sidewalk, where the snow has been plowed, a sensible path.  Rather, she mounts the small mountains of snow - but not with confidence, rather with abandon.  Kine, on the other hand, walks sensibly.  He has gone through some rough times, and has lived through scars, but muddles through.

I think that you well know by now that I really don't care for giving away all of the secrets, so you'll understand if I don't.  However, I will get through some of the technical work.  Ms. Yamashita happily avoids the busywork on the cover, preferring rather a spare Hana, with warts on parade.  Another scene where Yamashita does her best work is the scene of the angry ocean.  Hana says in these scenes "My mind and body..."  but rather should be saying "My mind or body..."

And the seas roar.    

1- In Japan black can also symbolize experience, as opposed to white, which symbolizes naiveté. The black belt in martial arts symbolizes experience, while a white belt is worn by novices.[59] Japanese men traditionally wear a black kimono with some white decoration on their wedding day.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black

19 October 2019

South Carolina - 50 years after LGBTQ uprising, Charleston faith community hopes for more progress

Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.
The Post And Courier

Charleston, SC

please press:  www.postandcourier.com 

lead story -The Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand Transgender People

Michael Chen

US Supreme Court

please press:  slate.com

Donald Trump - Conservative lawyers call for President Trump’s impeachment


ezs note
This is not about conservatives.
This is not about liberals.
This is not about Republicans.
This is not about Democrats.
This is not about minor parties, or none at all.
However, it is about children, the disabled, the poor.
And it is about that virus, Donald Trump.

Call your Representative.
Call your Senators.
And if you haven't registered yet, do so now.

please press:  www.cleveland.com

16 October 2019

civil rightsv- Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

Katie Benner
The New York Times

Laramie, WY  (1908)

please press:  www.nytimes.com

Arkansas - ARTBEAT: V.L. Cox's 'Break Glass' exhibit back in Arkansas from U.S. tour

Ellis Widner
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Helena, AR

please press:  www.arkansasonline.com

lead story - Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections

Nathaniel Weixel
The Hill

ezs note:  Here comes the judge...

please press:  thehill.com

Donald Trump - Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies

13 October 2019

Connecticut - A gay rights case in D.C., and a conversation in Connecticut

Mark Pazniokas
CT Mirror

site of Hartford Yard Goats
(Hartford, CT)

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lead story - Transphobic flyers highlight fears among transgender community in Des Moines

Andrea May Sahouri
Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA (1851)

please press:  www.desmoinesregister.com

Donald Trump - James Comey Would Like to Help

Matt Flegenheimer
The New York Times

James Comey

please press:  www.nytimes.com

12 October 2019

civil rights - I listened to the Supreme Court argue about my rights as a trans person. I have never felt more frustrated.

New Jersey - U.S. Supreme Court will decide if someone can be fired for being gay or transgender. This is N.J.’s law.

Brent Johnson

Ringwood, NJ
New Jersey Botanical Garden

please press:  www.nj.com

lead story - Bradford church sets transgender worship and workshop

Kenosha News

Kenosha, WI (Bradford section)

please press:  www.kenoshanews.com

Donald Trump - Trump's losses mount in stunning day of setbacks

Kevin Liptak

ezs note:  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!!!!!!

please press:  www.cnn.com

11 October 2019

Mexico - In Juárez, A Migrant Shelter Offers Refuge For LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Mallory Falk

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
painting, 1850s (artist unknown)
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de los Manso

civil rights - ICE says Mexican citizen who confessed to shooting transgender woman in Dallas was deported in 2010

Lauren McGaughy
The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, TX

please press:  www.dallasnews.com

Minnesota - UMN grad student recognized for poem exploring transgender confinement

Farrah Mina
Minnesota Daily

University of Minnesota
Northrop Mall

please press:  www.mndaily.com

lead story - Protesters interrupt CNN LGBTQ town hall to highlight plight of black transgender women

Kate Sullivan

Washington DC

please press:  

Donald Trump - The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry

Bianca Britton, Mike Hayes, Brian Ries, Fernando Alfonso III (and many others)

please press:  www.cnn.com

ezs note:  This is a rolling, fast-paced investigation.  If you have the time, you might want to review it more than once.  

09 October 2019

South Dakota - ACLU, South Dakota attorney general at odds over Supreme Court case

Jill Langland

Sioux Falls, SD

please press:  www.ksfy.com

lead story - Transgender surgery linked with better long-term mental health, study shows

Dr. Danielle Weitzer
ABC News

Yale/New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

please press:  abcnews.go.com

Donald Trump - Editorial: Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds was the president at his malignant and incompetent worst

Los Angeles Times

Army of Glory fighter 

please press:  www.latimes.com

08 October 2019

Utah - Utah's first transgender pride event held in Provo

Braley Dodson
Daily Herald

lead story - Trans activist Samantha Boucher to manage U.S. Senate campaign

Julie Compton
NBC News

Iowa (early seal)

please press:  www.nbcnews.com

Donald Trump - Ukraine witness Gordon Sondland barred from testifying at impeachment hearing – live updates

Emily Tillett, Kathryn Watson, Stefan Becket
CBS News

ezs note: (Donald Trump) You may speak now.  Nothing to say?  Okay, see you later.

please press:  www.cbsnews.com

06 October 2019

Donald Trump - These Republicans May Not Endorse an Impeachment Inquiry. But They Aren’t Saying No.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The New York Times

Reno, NV

please press:  www.nytimes.com

ezs note:  If you live in a Republican district, call, e-write, or if they come to your area, visit her/him directly and urge her/him to vote 'YES'  on impeachment.  And gently remind her/him that you CAN vote if she/he goes the other way.

05 October 2019

civil rights - Conversion Therapy Tied to Suicide Attempts by Transgender People, Massive New Study Shows

South Carolina - SC Pride Has Made Strides Over 30 Years But More Support Sought for LGBTQ Issues

lead story - ‘Are you afraid of dying?’ Transgender woman attacked in Dallas tells her story for the first time

Lauren McGaughy
The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, TX

please press:  www.dallasnews.com

Donald Trump - 2nd Official Is Weighing Whether to Blow the Whistle on Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman
The New York Times

Whistle (anyone willing to blow?  Please?)

please press:  www.nytimes.com

04 October 2019

Delaware - Support group for parents and families of transgender children forming in Delaware

Sarah Mueller
Delaware Public Radio

Lewes, DE

please press:  www.delawarepublic.org

lead story - MaineCare to Provide Coverage for Transgender Medical Care

US News & World Report

Portland, ME

please press:  www.usnews.com

Donald Trump - READ: Text messages between US diplomats and Ukrainians released by House Democrats


ezs note:  See also Politico.com's text here. (referred to on page 8 of text)

please press:  www.cnn.com

Bill Taylor:  "As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."  (page 9)     

03 October 2019

Malta - Church school teaching practice an ‘amazing’ experience, says transgender woman

Rebekah Cilia
Malta Independent Online

Valletta, Malta

please press:  www.independent.com.mt

civil rights - For LGBT people, the courage to live openly changes hearts and minds | Opinion

Jason Boeckman

Bartow, FL (Polk County)

please press:  www.news-press.com

Virginia - Danica Roem speaks on intersectionality, transgender involvement in politics

lead story - This transgender man created resources for trans men of color in the DMV #ForTheCulture

Michael Quander

Prince George's County, MD

please press:  www.wusa9.com 

Donald Trump - Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s call with Ukraine president manifests criminal and impeachable behavior

Andrew P. Napolitano
FOX News\

ezs note:  Yup.  Even Napolitano can't stand him anymore.

please press:  www.foxnews.com