Oh yes she did(!) Remember that other rev., Willie Wilson? How he thought women who were let out of the kitchen immediately became lesbians? Turns out a bit of that hate came from his son not being able to find a date to the prom. Mr. Wilson, that means your son is a loser, though I'd love to see more lesbians in the world. The Rev. Abena McCray responds to him in the Washington Blade:
I do know that — as someone who is not a practicing homosexual but an accomplished one — his descriptions were a bit distorted. Most lesbians I know are as uninterested in objects in the bedroom as they are hatred in their church.
Lesbian relationships pose little threat to “self-defined” black men and women secure in their sexual orientation. But loving relationships among women do pose a tremendous threat to systems of intersecting oppression.
For lesbians, generating loving “mirrors” for one another through healthy relationships will continue to deconstruct all the “isms” that can keep all women down, including heterosexism.
Utahian Elizabeth Soloman won a suit against the State of Utah for the right to register personalized license plates reading "GAYSROK" and "GAYRYTS" which translate into "Gays are Ok"/"Gays Rock" and "Gay Rights" respectively. Judge Jane Phan told the AP:
"The narrow issue before us is whether a reasonable person would believe the terms 'gays are OK' and 'gay rights' are, themselves, offensive to good taste and decency. It is the conclusion of the commission that a reasonable person would not,"
This 11th century coin bears an image of Jesus on the front, and an inscription of "Jesus Christ King of Kings" on the back, and it's a really, really old tourist tchotchke dug up in Israel. Kind of like a present day Jesus hologram. Geeky details from Live Science after the jump, if you're into that:
Continuing the day's big box theme, take a look at the impressive comparison above between Costco's compensation and benefit figures and Wal-Mart's (click it for more lovely detail). Hmm... if the evilist thing about Wal-Mart is it's unfair labor practices, does this mean we all love Costco? The NY Times found some haters to quote in it's otherwise gushing article today:
"He has been too benevolent," said analyst Emme Kozloff... Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that at Costco "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder."
Basically, the Wall Street types are frustrated that Costco's employee friendliness is costing daytraders profit, but Costco does skimp on at least one salary:
Despite Costco's impressive record, [chief executive Jim] Sinegal's salary is just $350,000, although he also received a $200,000 bonus last year. That puts him at less than 10 percent of many other chief executives... "I just think that if you're going to try to run an organization that's very cost-conscious, then you can't have those disparities. Having an individual who is making 100 or 200 or 300 times more than the average person working on the floor is wrong."
This feels more American to me than the greed zeitgeist, and obviously more ideal than cheating workers out of every cent possible (hello Wal-Mart). The employee-positive component has not kept Costco's business model from success. Those happy workers are creating much more profit per head than Wal-Marts. Profit is an obvious part of Corporate America, but Costco demonstrates that altruism could be too.
Context is important. Curbed posted pics of some inlaid swastikas a couple of hapless Brooklyn apartment hunters took after they picked their jaws up off an open house floor. There are lots of possible explanations - wood workers too lazy to flesh out a more detailed inlay, possible Iroquois connection, but seeing as most of Brooklyn predates the Third Reich, we can rest assured that it is unlikely this is a Hitler homage. What a fit for the right homeowner, though - tailor made for some of those anti-Semites lurking around densely Jewish Brooklyn. Curbed remains practical:
But whatever the origin of this particular flooring — the Iroquois, "some well-intentioned Hare Krishnas," as another reader suggests, or an ancient Greek architect (unlikely) — the question you have to ask yourself is do you want cue up Wikipedia every time your dinner guests recoil in horror at the sight of your hardwood?