Saturday night open thread – this and that
Does anyone have anything interesting planned for the rest of the weekend?
Kate and I, deviant dykes that we are — hellbent on cultural destruction — plan on pulling weeds out of the flower beds, clipping hedges and doing laundry tomorrow, weather permitting. We may take in a movie if we are good girls and get all our chores done, cook dinner and eat on the deck. Hardy partying, huh?
A few things that came in the mailbag today…
* Boy, is it any surprise that a former “family values” lobbyist for Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council was caught allegedly offering $1000 for some three-way lesbo action? Apparently Jack Burkman isn’t too bright (or perhaps only thinking with “little Jack”, since he propositioned the two women at DC Pride, handing out a business card with his real name and contact info on it. Wonkette has more. (H/t Americablog, — thanks, Holly)
* Fellow Triangle resident and ace science blogger Bora (a.k.a. Coturnix) now has a base at A Blog Around the Clock, which hopes to expand to a 100-blogger coalition by year’s end. He’s also running/participating in a drive for DonorsChoose.org, which will help provide funds to assist public school teachers in providing books, equipment, and field trips that to spur and encourage interest in science. Go check out the project and the list of participating bloggers. Bora:
A bunch of us at ScienceBlogs have set up Bloggers Challenges which will let us (and that includes you) contribute to worthy school projects in need of financial assistance. We’ll be able to track our progress right on the DonorsChoose site. And — because we like a little friendly competition — we’ll be updating you periodically as to which blogger’s readers are getting his or her challenge closest to its goal.
You don’t need to give a barrel of money to help the kids — as little as $10 can help. You’re joining forces with a bunch of other people, and all together, your small contributions can make a big difference.
Two men who punched and kicked a gay barman to death as if they were ” trying to kill an animal” were jailed for a minimum of 28 years yesterday.
The sentencing came as it emerged that the number gay-hate crime cases being dealt with by the courts almost doubled in the past year, to 600 investigations. But campaigners warn that the prosecution rate represents a fraction of the true scale of the problem.
Jody Dobrowski, a 24-year-old barman, sustained 33 separate injuries during the attack on Clapham Common in October last year. His killers, Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, showed no emotion as they were jailed for life after admitting to the murder at the Old Bailey. The court heard how Mr Dobrowski’s body was beaten so severely that his family did not recognise him, and had to identify him by his fingerprints.
* Mad Kane talks about Ann’s Master Plan
* Paul pointed out that Raw Story has a number of great items up today, including:
— Rove says Left uses Web to ‘mobilize hate and anger’: you have to read this — he’s off his rocker.
— New Bush policy adviser said jail abortion doctors. Domestic policy adviser Karl Zinsmeister’s perfectly comfortable with the idea.
— From the “they all look alike” department – Tony Snow does it again. He had to apologize yesterday for confusing the identity of Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), with Representative McKinney (D-GA).
* Hair wars. Yet again, selective bigotry regarding grooming policy and “ethnic hairstyles,” this time at Six Flags America. (H/t, Teddy):
It’s right there, under “Extreme Hairstyles,” in the 2006 seasonal handbook for Six Flags America employees: no dreadlocks, tails, partially shaved heads “or any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags theming.” Braids “must be in neat, even rows and without beads or other ornaments,” the amusement park handbook advises.
…That prompted Tim Bivins, 18, who has worked at Six Flags America in Largo for two years, to cut several inches off his hair this spring and pay $50 to have it braided into cornrows. Not good enough, he was told. Cut the braids shorter or go home.
…”This is culturally very, very insensitive and possibly discrimination,” said King Downing, coordinator of the ACLU’s national campaign against racial profiling. “The question is, how long do we have to keep going around and around with this when it comes to people of African descent and the natural style of the hair that they wear?”
..”Why not point out mohawk or mullet [styles], too?” [Editor of Nappy News Linda] Jones asked. “They only specify dreadlocks, and who is more likely to wear those styles? Are they saying that styles that aren’t in keeping with the European aesthetic are not professional?”