More TERF Wars Stuff

Over at The Atlantic, there’s a piece pooh-poohing the Trump Administration’s consideration of a rule that would require government agencies to consider an individual’s “gender” to be determined by the genitalia the person had at birth—with an allowance for the use of genetic evidence to deal with persons who might be anomalous (such as being XXY).

The agency proposes to define gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” Which would indeed be ideal at a bureaucratic level.

<sarc>However, such a use of science is clearly impermissible when it gets in the way of the goals of the Party of Science.</sarc> Indeed, certain scientific research relating to persons’ wishes to self-identify with imaginary genders not congruent with their sex is now under political attack, as Julian Vigo notes in a post over at Quillette. The culture-war skirmish over transgenderism is usually handled as a debate about culture or sociology, but really a debate about the primacy of the scientific method—since many of the trans activists’ shibboleths are either scientifically dubious or obviously wrong. Failure to fall in line and be politically correct will get one labeled as a TERF, a trans exclusive radical feminist.

One of the dark ironies informing the trans extremists’ case against their opponents is the insistence that people like me—women—must call themselves cis women. For all their fixation on self-identification and self-selected pronouns, these same activists demand the right to apply made-up terms to others. And if you reject those terms? Well, that’s just taken as more proof that you’re a “TERF.”

Science deals with the Universe as it is, not as we wish it were.

UPDATE—Welcome, Instapundit readers! Thanks for the link, Prof. Reynolds.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Wrong and wronger. That’s probably the best way to describe the “mockery” to which one member of Team Kimberlin, Very Ordinary Seaman Ferguson, tried to subject many of the defendants in The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits, especially me. Of course, the proper response was to make Ferguson the object of pointage, laughery, and mockification based on his silly claims. This Prevarication Du Jour from five years ago today is an example of such pushback.

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wilsb8_201310220313ZVery Ordinary Seaman Ferguson thinks that I have a bigger problem now, does he? I suppose he thinks that the two marvelously deficient lawsuits that The Dread Pirate Kimberlin has filed against me are big problems.

They are, but not for me.

If by some chance either of the suits survives a motion to dismiss, Brett Kimberlin will have to answer a lot of questions during discovery, and he will provide discovery this time. Because if he doesn’t, that will be grounds for dismissal. So either each suit is dismissed, or Kimberlin is subject to discovery, or he ducks discovery again and each suit is dismissed.

Of course, I suspect that one or more of the defendants in either or both of the suits will have counterclaims, and they will likely multiply after discovery. Also, I suspect that one or more of the defendants in either or both of the suits will be adding parties as part of their counterclaims. If I were a member of Team Kimberlin, I’d … no, I not gonna give ’em any advice.

The lawsuits aren’t a problem. They’re a golden opportunity.

I’m reminded of a line from the movie Patton.

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The one suit against me that made it past motions to dismiss resulted in Kimberlin being sanctioned for playing games with discovery. And then he lost the case at trial. All his other lawfare failed on motions to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment.

And the pointage, laughery, and mockification continues.

The Constellation Godzilla

Godzilla isn’t one of the official 88 constellations. It’s a new, unofficial x-ray constellation. The NASA team responsible for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has devised a set of constellations constructed from sources in the gamma-ray sky. The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. Among them are the Little Prince; the TARDIS from “Doctor Who;” Godzilla and his heat ray; the antimatter-powered U.S.S. Enterprise from “Star Trek: The Original Series;” and the Hulk, the product of a gamma-ray experiment gone awry.

To explore Fermi’s Gamma-ray Constellations, visit the interactive x-ray sky chart at

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

While much of the time dealing with The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s lawfare has been a pain in the neck (or a couple of feet lower), some aspects have been amusing. The TKPOTD from a year ago today provides an example.

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Consider the following scenarios.

The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin receives an order from a court of appeals saying that he needs to file a certificate of confidentiality, but he doesn’t know exactly what that means, so he screws up his paperwork. In that case, he will not have obeyed the court’s order, and his appeal is likely to be dismissed because he failed to perfect it.

Now, suppose someone tips him off to the actual requirements for a certificate of confidentiality with just enough time left to put in the extra effort to file a proper certificate. TDPK might decide to spend a day or two finding all the information needed and drafting a proper document.

In the first case, TDPK winds up losing. In the second case, TDPK puts in a lot more work and still winds up losing because his appeal lacks any merit. Both scenarios have the same ending, but one is more … um … entertaining. Once in a while, it’s useful to educate a midget or a monkey.

I need to check on that popcorn order.

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Yep. TDPK wound up losing. Every single case he brought since 2012. All of ’em.