Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

Meet the Host of the 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010

From the U.S. Department of State:

“Qatar does not allow individuals with HIV/AIDS to enter the country . . . Qatari authorities have confiscated the passports of U.S. citizens who acquired Qatari citizenship . . .  In several cases, Qatari authorities informed U.S. citizens that their U.S. citizenship had been revoked. However, foreign governments have no authority to revoke the citizenship of a U.S. citizen . . . The Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to avoid large crowds and demonstrations whenever possible . . . Local and third-country-national young men have been known to verbally and physically harass unaccompanied, expatriate women . . . Qatari police have arrested U.S. citizens suspected of or witness to a crime, including traffic accidents involving injuries to pedestrians or the occupants of other cars, traffic arguments, slander, and a variety of lesser offenses . . . Insulting someone in public is considered a punishable offense . . . Proselytizing is illegal in Qatar . . . Homosexual activity is considered to be a criminal offense, and those convicted may be sentenced to lashings, a prison sentence, and/or deportation.”


Arizona, This One’s From The Heart

April 23, 2010

I’m the grandson of a World War II “war bride” who, like many others, initially entered this country under what could charitably be termed circumstances of uncertain legality before Congress enacted a series of laws to clarify the war brides’ status and give them a path to citizenship (read: “amnesty”). Even if those laws had never been enacted, they would have come here anyway.

With this in mind, I have absolutely no qualms when I say, [expletive deleted] Arizona.

I have nothing but admiration and respect for anyone who, like my grandmother 65 years ago, is willing to leave everything and everyone they’ve ever known and loved, and who has the courage to risk it all by trying to build a better life and future for themselves and their families here, regardless of the legal circumstances under which they arrived. They are real Americans. As for those who would resort to KGB tactics to drive such people out, they are utterly undeserving of the flag they brandish about as if it was theirs alone, and they disgrace that flag by doing so.

At any rate, here are some Arizona-based companies that either have operations or sell stuff around here and that won’t be seeing any of my business anytime soon:

  • Best Western
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Dial Corporation (brands include Citré Shine, Coast, Combat, Dial, Dry Idea, L.A. Looks, Loctite, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri, Soft Scrub, Tone)
  • Fender Musical Instruments
  • Go Daddy
  • PetSmart
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • U-Haul

It’s Amazing How Low Some Will Sink

April 9, 2010

Some have been following in the news over the last few weeks the sorry and shameful saga of Constance McMillen’s attempt to go to her high school’s prom. In a nutshell, problems arose when McMillen, who is gay, wanted to bring her female date. This occurred in rural Mississippi, so of course many people in the area freaked out. The school district decided to respond by canceling the prom rather than either explicitly allowing McMillen and her date attend or explicitly barring the pair from attending.

In the resulting court case, a judge ruled that the school district could not bar a gay couple from attending the prom. The judge didn’t force the district to reinstate the prom because a parent-sponsored, private prom was already being organized.

Here’s where things start to get really convoluted. At the time of the ruling, the judge believed that McMillen and her date were invited to the new event. But then, lo and behold, the pair were never invited and the organizers (who, don’t forget, are the parents of the district) wouldn’t divulge basic information about things like where and when it would be happening to McMillen, and then the whole thing got canceled mysteriously.

At this point, school administrators and teachers stepped in and organized a prom-ish thing at a local country club that was held last Friday night. This where the whole saga gets even more convoluted, sorry, and shameful: McMillen, her date, and five other kids showed up at the event, which was chaperoned by the high school’s principal and teachers.

Now it gets even more sorry and shameful. It turns out reason only seven kids were there was because the parents of the district secretly organized another prom at the same time in another location which all the other kids from the school attended instead. It isn’t clear yet whether or not any school officials had any inkling this was being planned, but my guess is that from the looks of it, they probably didn’t know what was going on. If that’s the case, then there’s really no legal redress at this point.

But, wait! Things are about to get even more mind-blowingly shameful than you could possibly imagine at this point. Here’s McMillen, quoted in The Advocate a few days ago:

Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. “They had the time of their lives,” McMillen says. “That’s the one good thing that came out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”

That’s right. The parents and kids who organized and were complicit in the secret prom didn’t just exclude the gay kids, they went ahead and also excluded the mentally challenged kids while they were at it.

It’s a move nearly unparalleled in the slimy annals of asshattery. At any rate, I believe we’ve found the newest recipients of the “Biggest Douche in the Universe” Award: it’s the people of the Itawamba County School District. Step up and claim your prize, folks.

John Edward Receives the Biggest Douche In The Universe Award on South Park.

Step aside, John Edward. The parents of Itawamba County School District are the new winners.

Welcome to the Eleven O’Clock News

October 3, 2007

Good evening. I’m Ted Tool, and welcome to the eleven o’clock news. We now take you to Some Random Valley Girl with today’s top story.

Some Random Valley Girl: So, like, Britney’s totally gonna have to, like, surrender full custody of her kids to K-Fed today? Like, at noon and stuff? And… [She puts her hand to her earpiece.] How is that not, like, the top story? It’s totally important and stuff?! [Pause.] Okay, so, like, the real top story is that Russian President Vladimir Puttin’ has decided to run for Prime Minister after his term as President is up and stuff, and that, like, totally short-circuits Russian democracy even more than it’s already been and… [She puts her hand to her earpiece again.] What do you mean I just mispronounced his name?! How’s it go? [Pause.] UGH, gross! That totally sounds like making poots! I’m not gonna say that on the air!

Ted Tool: Uhh, could you go on to the second story please?

Some Random Valley Girl: Yah, totally, Mr. Tool. So, back to Britney… [Again, her hand is raised to her earpiece.] How’s that not the second story, either?! [Pause.] So, like, all these monks are suddenly disappearing across Burma or Myanmar or whatever I’m supposed to be calling it, and the junta’s like, wiping out villages too, in retribution for monk-led anti-government protests there, like, the last couple of weeks and stuff? [Pause.] What does Britney have to do with any of this?!

Ted Tool: Umm, it doesn’t, but it’s important…

Some Random Valley Girl: Who says? If you look at, like, the most popular story rankings on all the news web sites, Britney’s totally at the top of them! That’s what people wanna know, not this.

Ted Tool: Yes, but…

Some Random Valley Girl: So, like, therefore, from, like, a financial standpoint of getting as many viewers as possible to keep this network afloat and stuff, Britney’s totally the most important news story?

Ted Tool: Umm…

Some Random Valley Girl: So, back to Britney. Hasn’t she, like, totally become like watching the decline of Elvis in time-lapse?

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