February 2010

Johnny Weir: More Man Than Mailhot and Goldberg

Out of ugly, I think the most important thing to do in life is to make something beautiful.--Johnny Weir

Unless you've been living under a stone, you've probably heard about the incredibly asinine, offensive and just plain stupid remarks made in French by Canadian

Broadcasting sportscasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg regarding Johhny Weir's performance at the Men's Figure Skating event at the Vancouver Olympics. Weir is 23, and a three-time U.S. champion, known for his creativity and choreography as wells as his skating.

CitiBank: WTF are you Thinking? Homophobic Much?

In a bizarre move, CitiBank

apparently blocked a customer from accessing their bank account. You can read about it here, but it looks like they blocked the owners of a new gay men's social networking site fabulis from their CitiBank account because, (wait for it) they're gay and so is their customer base.

Yes, really. Here's the full story and here and here and here and a final rather half-assed apology from Citibank here.

The Talmud of Homosexuality

From one very narrow and simplistic perspective, the Old Testament is clear cut on its stance concerning homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 says, in so many words, that sexual bonding between two men is "an abomination" and for anti-gay activists this has been enough. From an educated standpoint, the popular interpretation of this passage is inadequate. Though I cannot speak for New Testament scripture on the topic, I would like to offer my own theological argument for why Leviticus 20:13 should not be considered presently valid.

Retrograde Progress on DADT

"No matter how I look at the issue," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen said, "I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens."

In response to this and other statements, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the Pentagon to conduct a year-long study regarding revising the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy (DADT), and has said that in the interim he will invite recommendations for the next 45 days regarding ways of rendering the current policy "more appropriate and fair to our men and women in uniform."

Can someone give us a break!!!!!

Worked for a company  for many years as a supervisor and wanted to apply for a open managers job.  I was told that I could not be a manager in the same station that I worked. At the same time the position was open and then closed five different times. Over the past years I had meet many people throught out  the U.S. I was beyond shocked to find that the company had placed many supervisors into managers positions in their own stations. The company then told me that this was a policy but they have nothing in any of their handbooks that stops a person from doing so.  I was told that it would not happen, not to even apply. I did the right thing and called the hr manager.  I was told that that person was no longer the hr manager and that someone in the training dept was taking over.