Say a woman meets a guy in a bar and has amazing (or not) sex with him. She then gives blood at her office’s blood drive a week later. That must happen right? And probably quite often. Should we ban all single heterosexual women from giving blood? Or just the irresponsible ones?
Apparently in Canada (and no doubt elsewhere), according to this article:
“a woman who has had sex with an intravenous drug user or a bisexual man must wait a year before being eligible to give blood. Yet a gay man – unless he had sex with a man before 1977 – can never give blood.“
The University of Illinois has reversed its policy about racist mascot “Chief Illiniwek” for its homecoming:
“The university values free speech and free expression,” the university said in a statement, “and considers homecoming floats, decorations, costumes and related signage all representations of such personal expression. Therefore, Chancellor Herman has directed the Homecoming Committee to strike the existing policy from the homecoming float guidelines.”
This strikes me as an absolutist interpretation of the first amendment that sounds good but has little merit when examined critically. The weasel factor is just too high. Scream “free speech!” and “First Amendment!” and people will nod along like bobble-head dolls. And then you can slither away from examining racist policy.
But in addition, the University’s reversal of its policy illustrates several troubling aspects of defenses put forth against charges of racism. Continue reading
So say you’re a white adoptive parent, and you decide your kid should go to language school. Because he or she should learn about his or her heritage. So you get to the school, and there are two adults present. One is the same color as your kid. The other is white. And the adult the same color as your kid smiles and says hello. What should you do?
a. Smile back and introduce yourself.
The apparent increase of the use of Tasers is frightening, especially in circumstances that did not appear to be threats to the officers involved. New America Media notes the use of Tasers especially against people of color.
The “debate” over “reasonable accommodation” of minorities in Quebec has hotted up in recent weeks.
The Bouchard-Taylor Commission, mandated by the provincial government in March, aims to report on the extent of so-called accommodation through consultation with the public and institutions, and make recommendations on what is considered “reasonable” – the benchmark being whether it respects common Quebec values.
The commission was set up following wide media coverage and public outcry at such incidents as the internationally reported “Herouxville debacle” and other incidents including the banning of hijabs on the soccer field.
With public forums allowing everyone to have their say, you would expect a fair amount of ridiculousness. But I honestly did not expect public figures to come up with such gems as these. Continue reading
From USA Today, Mattel apologizes to China for toy recall:
“But it’s important for everyone to understand that the vast majority of those products that we recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel’s design, not through a manufacturing flaw in Chinese manufacturers.”
My mother always used to say that you didn’t truly possess good manners if you didn’t extend them to everyone. And I was thinking about that recently because of some experiences that exemplified this.
A little while ago I was somewhere when I saw two white women carrying large boxes struggling to open a door. So I stepped forward and held the door open for them. There was another interior door so I then walked around them and held that door for them as well.
Their response? Continue reading
The Costa Rican legislature has a bill pending that would ban adoptions by prospective parents “in which one or both people have shown a sexual orientation toward people of the same sex.” So gay and lesbian couples are out. What about people who are bi but are in cross-sex marriages?
Here’s a quote from a Libertarian in support of the bill: Continue reading
Remember the $54 million lawsuit filed against a dry cleaning establishment because it lost a customer’s pants? The Chung family is reportedly selling Custom Cleaners.
… if you pick the right books by the right authors. This New York Times article is about how federal prisons are purging their libraries “to avoid becoming recruiting grounds for militant Islamic and other religious groups.”