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The filing deadline has passed so taxpayers might take inventory of what government is doing with their money. By the April 28 order of U.S. District judge Jon Tigar, taxpayers will be paying for undergarments known as binders or compression tops that flatten the chest of transgender inmates at women’s prisons. Such inmates at men’s prisons may have sandals, t-shirts and walking shoes. Judge Tigar ruled that they must now have pajamas, nightgowns, robes and scarves, along with “access” to bracelets, earrings, hair brushes and hair clips. Taxpayers who find this disturbing should remember that, in at least one case, they paid for a convicted murderer’s sex-change operation.
That would be Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who as Rodney Quine murdered Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, and stole his car. Quine claimed he was really a woman and wanted the state to pay for his tuck and roll job, but his demand was denied. Enter judge Jon Tigar, an appointee of the 44th president, who assigned himself to Quine’s case and appointed a team of San Francisco lawyers and the Transgender Law Center to represent the convict. Tigar ruled that the denial of a sex-change operation constituted “deliberate indifference” to the murderer’s medical needs, and was therefore “cruel and unusual punishment.” In 2015 California agreed to pay and on January 5, 2017, Rodney Quine duly got the “reassignment,” surgery at a cost to taxpayers of $100,000. The state duly transferred Quine from Mule Creek, a tough men’s prison, to the women’s prison at Chowchilla where life will be much easier. And thanks to judge Tigar, a one-man robed politburo, taxpayers will now be springing for Shiloh Heavenly Quine’s jewelry and sartorial needs, right down to the bracelets, earrings and compression tops. It’s the kind of change taxpayers can’t believe in.