Should the term “same-sex attraction disorder” get you banned by the CBC?

From The National Post:

By Jonathan Kay
Mar 21, 2011

Like all mainstream media web sites that allow users to comment on published stories, reserves the right to delete “offensive” comments. This apparently includes use of the term “same-sex attraction disorder” to refer to the condition otherwise known as being “gay.”

I know this because a Halifax-based Kevin McDonald has been writing to news editors and reporters across Canada with his complaints about the CBC policy.

Back in February, McDonald wrote a short entry in the comment section under a CBC story about Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury, in which he referred to Tewksbury as being afflicted with “same-sex attraction disorder” (SSAD). When that comment was deleted, McDonald complained to the CBC through its ombudsman’s office, arguing that his use of the SSAD term is legitimate because “people can and do leave the homosexual lifestyle with therapy,” and “thousands [of people] leave the gay lifestyle every year.” In response, he got a note from a CBC moderator who explained as follows:

We appreciate that this is an issue that you feel strongly about. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion that the term “same-sex attraction disorder” is acceptable.  But as you will also be aware the notion that homosexuality is a “disorder” is not recognized by any mainstream medical or mental health organization. Indeed, the American Psychological Association and all other major national health organizations have expressed concerns that therapy promoted to modify sexual orientation is neither safe nor effective. To suggest that homosexuality is a “disorder”, a “malady”, as you wrote, is not only without scientific basis, but considered to be needlessly offensive.

In response to this, McDonald has unleashed a wave of email upon Canadian journalists, declaring that “Canada’s public broadcaster is imposing a particular ideology (the idea that homosexuality is only ever normal behavior) about an ongoing, unsettled social controversy and excluding any dissent of that opinion.”

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Texas Lawmaker Defends Bill That Would Protect Creationists On The Job

No special protections and privileges for ignorant superstitious fucktards.

What upsets me most is how creepy right wing idiots like this one makes it seem like every one here is a Bible thumping moron.

He’s a disgrace to Texas.

From Mother Jones:

By Josh Harkinson
Mon Mar. 21, 2011

Last week, I wrote about an unusual piece of legislation in Texas that would ban workplace discrimination against creationists. HB 2454 would make it a crime to “discriminate against or penalize in any manner” a professor or student based on his or her “conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design.” On Friday, the author of the bill, Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington, called me to defend it. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:

Mother Jones: Are you a creationist?

Bill Zedler: Evolutionists will go “Oh, it just happened by chance.” Today we know that’s false. Today we know that even a single-celled organism is hugely complex. When was the last time we’ve seen someone go into a windstorm or a tornado or any other kind of natural disaster, and say “Guess what? That windstorm just created a watch.”

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February Home Sales Plummet As Housing Market May Have Further To Fall

From Huffington Post:

Lila Shapiro
Posted: 03/21/11

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes fell sharply in February, after several months of increases, according to a report released Monday, in an another blow to a sagging housing market that may have further to fall.

Existing home sales dropped 9.6 percent from January to February to an annual rate of 4.88 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors, an industry group. Compared with the same period last year, sales fell 2.8 percent. Home prices fell to their lowest in nearly nine years.

Although economists expected a decline from January’s annual rate of 5.36 million units sold — economists polled by Reuters expected February sales to fall 4.0 percent — the steepness of the drop came as a surprise. The last several months of housing market data from NAR showed glimmers of recovery, but many analysts now feel that the downward trend is clearly reasserting itself.

“Expectations had looked for a decline, but a much more modest decline than what we saw,” said Miller Tabak economist Dan Greenhaus. “I think what we’re seeing is a complete and total reversal of any strength we saw as a result of the first time homebuyers credit.”

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Kill Public-Employee Unions; Erase the Middle Class

From  Truthout:

Dmitri Iglitzin and Carson Glickman-Flora
Monday 21 March 2011

It’s not like we didn’t see it coming.

At the very start of this year, January 2, The New York Times warned us of the coming battle with a front-page story, “Public Workers Facing Outrage in Budget Crisis.” The Economist, in its January 8 issue, gave us, “The battle ahead: confronting the public-sector unions.” And the January Time Magazine, “Public Employees Become Public Enemy No. 1.”

So, nobody should have been surprised when public employees became enemy No. 1 in Wisconsin, whose governor and Republican-dominated Legislature are pressing a bill that would eviscerate most of the unions representing that state’s employees.
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Ohio are likewise all considering legislation to ban various types of collective bargaining, and in Indiana, almost every Democratic member of the state’s House of Representative recently boycotted a legislative session to stop a bill that would weaken collective bargaining.

What has not been clearly noted, however, despite the thousands of barrels of ink that have been spilled about this topic, is the underlying motive behind these attacks. Why, exactly, has the governor of the Badger State made destroying public-sector unions his No. 1 goal? Why are similar efforts being made in numerous other states? Why target public-sector workers and their unions? What put this on the top of the hard right’s agenda? Especially because, as The New York Times noted, “A raft of recent studies found that public salaries, even with benefits included, are equivalent to or lag slightly behind those of private sector workers with a similar education.”

Some of the reasons are mundane. Class envy is there, for sure. Public employees are, on average, better educated and better compensated than other workers; thus, resentment by the latter can always be ginned up against the former. Tea Party-ish dislike of government in all of its forms, however irrational, can always be transmuted, by those with a motive to do so, into a passionate hostility against the government’s agents and representatives, its employees.

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Employees accuse Bayer of sex discrimination

From Raw Story:

By Reuters
Monday, March 21st, 2011

NEW YORK – Six former and current employees of a U.S. unit of Bayer AG filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination in pay, promotions and the treatment of pregnant women and mothers.

The lawsuit, filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey federal court, sought $100 million in lost pay and benefits as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

The plaintiffs, women who served at the associate-director level or higher, blamed a male-dominated management team for fostering an environment that was hostile to women. According to the complaint, internal company communications stated a preference for men in leadership roles and described women as “loose cannons” prone to “mood swings,” “indecision,” and “backstabbing.”

The complaint also cited examples of overt hostility toward motherhood and pregnancy, including the denial of promotions for women who took maternity leave and a senior manager’s alleged statement that he “needed to stop hiring women of reproductive age.”

The company denied all allegations of gender discrimination and said it would vigorously defend itself against the charges. The company is committed to nondiscrimination and equal treatment for all employees, it said in a statement.

The lawsuit is the latest in a string of gender discrimination class actions filed by Sanford Wittels & Heisler against large corporations on behalf of female employees. On March 3, the firm filed a suit against health insurer Cigna Corp for allegedly blocking women from promotions and higher-paying jobs. The same firm sued Publicis Groupe on February 24, describing the multinational advertising conglomerate’s glass ceiling as a “cement wall.”

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WI justice admits he called female colleague a ‘bitch,’ threatened to ‘destroy’ her

Or Why Republican is not only synonymous with Nazi but with Misogynistic Dickwad.

From Raw Story:

The anger of one conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice boiled over last year when he called a fellow justice a “bitch” and threatened to “destroy” her, according to a published report.

Justice David Prosser reportedly made the comments to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson following a February 2010 debate over whether another justice should have been forced off criminal cases.

“In the context of this, I said, ‘You are a total bitch,'” Prosser admitted to the Mulwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel last week.

The conservative justice told the paper that he had made the comments because Abrahamson had tried to undermine and embarrass him.

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Committee passes NV bill adding transgender people to hate crime protection

From The Republic (Columbus, Ind.):–Transgender-Crimes/

The Associated Press
First Posted: March 17, 2011
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Crimes prompted because a person is transgender could be eligible for harsher penalties under a bill moving forward in the Nevada Legislature.

SB180 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 4-3 along party lines Thursday. It would add offenses based on one’s “gender identity or expression” to a list of hate crimes that already includes crimes motivated by sexual orientation, and could tack one to 20 years of prison time to a sentence.

Supporters from Equality Nevada, who in previous hearings had described murders, rapes and disparaging slurs toward transgender people, said Thursday’s move was a step of progress for transgender Nevadans.

“We have something on the table early in a very busy legislative session,” said Equality Nevada Executive Director Lauren Scott. “It’s a win, as far as I’m concerned.”

National organizers of the Transgender Day of Remembrance estimate 15 people are killed each year in the U.S. in attacks motivated by their transgender identity.

Republicans said they opposed the bill because it elevates one group of victims above others. Las Vegas Republican Sen. Michael Roberson said the term “gender identity” was too broad and could open the door for lawsuits based on anything that expresses a person’s gender.

SB180 defines gender identity or expression as “a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.”

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