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Monday, November 30, 2009

Latin America's first gay marriage halted


Latin America's first same-sex marriage, set to be held in Argentina on Tuesday, appeared derailed after a judge filed an injunction to stop the union until the issue can be reviewed further.

Read the full story at CNN.com

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The First Christmas Newfie Joke of 2009


Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The man from Nova Scotia fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It represents a candle', he said.

'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said. The man from Saskatchewan reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'

Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.

The Newfoundlander started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'

The Newfie replied, 'These are Carols.'

And So The Christmas Season Begins......


*Thanks, Bright Eyes

World AIDS Day


HIV=Reality

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Read stories from people living with HIV/AIDS.

http://www.worldaidsday.org/



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Eye Check


Glasses
Do you need glasses??

Look carefully at the picture below.

Girlz

Did you see the bare bum of the girl in the background?



If you did see that in the picture, you need to have your eyes checked, as that is the shoulder of the girl holding the camera.

........ my appointment is at 2pm tomorrow!

*Thanks, DW!

Windows Dancer LE

My favourite fun Windows program is back and now works with Vista and Windows 7! It's called Windows Dancer LE and is available for Genuine Windows users. Below is a screenshot of my desktop, with the dancer Kris (after all, it's almost Christmas:

My Windows 7 Desktop, showing Windows Dancer LE - Kris

Now I tried using Microsoft Dancer LE when I was running Vista, but it would not detect the sound. Now running Windows 7, the sound was properly detected and it will dance when the music plays.

Kris is one of 24 dancers - all available for free. Below is Josh:

Josh - Windows Dancer

Get it now from 4Shared.com. (This includes an option to download the Windows Plus! Digital Media Enhancements as well. Windows Plus! Digital Media Enhancements - Full Package :(contains Windows Dancer, Windows Audio Converter, Windows CD Label Maker, and Windows Party Mode)

Download extra dancers from Microsoft.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Golden  Retriever 1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we 've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

Border Collie 2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund 3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

Rottweiler 4. Rottweiler: Make me.

Boxerpdog 5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Labrador 6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

German Shepherd 7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Jack Russell Terrier 8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture. (how true)!

Old English Sheepdog 9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!

Cocker  Spaniels 10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Chihuahua 11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or "We don't need no stinking light bulb."

Greyhound 12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd 13. Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

Poodle 14. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?



Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:

Kitty cat

"How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"

ALL OF WHICH PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THAT WHILE DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF!

Las Vegas


I TRULY DID NOT KNOW THIS!


Las Vegas Churches accept gambling chips

THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN LAS VEGAS , BUT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS.

NOT SURPRISINGLY, SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES WILL GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED. SINCE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY DIFFERENT CASINOS, THE CHURCHES HAVE DEVISED A METHOD TO COLLECT THE OFFERINGS..

THE CHURCHES SEND ALL THEIR COLLECTED CHIPS TO A NEARBY FRANCISCAN MONASTERY FOR SORTING AND THEN THE CHIPS ARE TAKEN TO THE CASINOS OF ORIGIN AND CASHED IN.

THIS IS DONE BY THE CHIP MONKS.




YOU DIDN'T EVEN SEE IT COMING DID YOU?


*Thanks, Bright Eyes

Holiday Bad Attitude


Once again, I was disqualified from my neighborhood's BEST Decorated House due to my bad attitude!

Peeing Santa Christmas lights
*Thanks, Bright Eyes

One Man Band


Saturday, November 28, 2009

If You Were Gay - Starring Bert and Ernie

A parody of "If you were gay" from Avenue Q starring Bert and Ernie as Rod and Nicky.

Miracle coyote


Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75 mph, embedded in the fender, rode for 600 miles - and SURVIVED!

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75 mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on. They didn't realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.

Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later, they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender - and very much alive.

After the incident around 1 am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice. But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9 am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.

At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.

'Daniel saw fur and the body inside the grill,' Tevyn East said. 'I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn't register it was the whole animal.'

Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life. 'It flinched,' Tevyn East said. 'It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out.'



'We knew it was bad': Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender

Miracle coyote

Fur Pete's sake: What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car - the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator

Miracle coyote

Wily coyote: The animal's head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender to save it after it was struck by the car at 75 mph


Miracle coyote

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself
The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

Miracle coyote

And voila! Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal - which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.

Miracle coyote


*Thanks, Bright Eyes

Gay Humour

A guy came into a bar one day and said to the barman "Give me six double vodkas."

The barman says "Wow! you must have had one hell of a day."

"Yes, I've just found out my older brother is gay."

The next day the same guy came into the bar and asked for the same drinks. When the bartender asked what the problem was today the answer came back, "I've just found out that my younger brother is gay too!"

On the third day the guy came into the bar and ordered another six double vodkas.

The bartender said "Jesus! Doesn't anybody in your family like women?"

"Yeah, my wife..."

HYUK!

The chicken farmer decided that his rooster was too old to service his hens any more and brought in a new young rooster and let him loose in the chicken pen.

The old rooster fronted up to the young rooster and said, "You know, I'm too old to go in for this fighting business to see who gets to satisfy the hens. Why don't we race for it instead?"

The young rooster, cocky as hell, says, "Fight or race. Who cares! I'll kick your butt anyway!"

"Well," the old rooster says, "You're so young and strong, why don't you give me a yard start and we'll race to the end of the chicken pen and back."

"Take two yards," crows the youngster. "I'll kick your ass out of here anyway!" So they line up - old'un two yards in front of the young'un and an old hen dropped wing to start them.

Off they went, the old rooster gradually being overtaken by the young one.

All of a sudden a loud explosion. The farmer had shot the young rooster. "I don't know what the world is coming to!" said the farmer. "That's the third gay rooster I've had to shoot this week!"

HYUK!

Mr Bear and Mr Rabbit are walking through the woods trying to hide the fact that they don't really like each other, when they come across a golden frog. They are really surprised yet even more so when it starts talking. It tells them that it will give each of them three wishes to wish for whatever they want.

Mr Bear immediately says "I wish all the other bears in this wood were female." The frog grants the wish. Then Mr Rabbit wishes for a crash helmet which promptly appears. He places it on his head. Mr Bear looks at Mr rabbit strangely then says "I wish all the bears in the neighbouring forests were female." The frog grants the wish.

Mr Rabbit then wishes for a motorbike, which immediately appears. He gets on and starts revving the engine. At this Mr Bear starts complaining that Mr Rabbit has wasted wishes that he could have used. Shaking his head, he wishes that all the bears in the world were female, leaving him as the only male bear in the whole world. The frog grants the wish and Mr Bear starts jumping up and down.

The frog and Mr Bear then look at Mr rabbit, waiting to hear his final wish. Mr Rabbit looks thoughtful, revs his motorbike, says "I wish Mr bear was gay!" and speeds off as fast as he can!!!


HYUK!

What is the difference between priests and gay men??

The way they pronounce AHMEN!!!!

HYUK!

Why can't women find any caring and sensitive men?

They already have boyfriends.

HYUK!

One day a guy dies and finds himself in hell. Walking around, he runs into the devil.

Devil: Why are you so sad?

Guy: Why do you think? I'm in hell.

Devil: Hell's not so bad. We actually have a lot of fun down here. You a drinkin' man?

Guy: Sure, I love to drink.

Devil: Well you're gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays, all we do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, Diet Tab. We drink until we throw up and then we drink some more.

Guy: Gee, that sounds great.

Devil: You a smoker?

Guy: You better believe it.

Devil: All right! You're gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars from around the world and smoke our friggin' lungs out. If you get cancer, it's okay -- you're already dead.

Guy: Golly!

Devil: I bet you like to gamble, too.

Guy: Yes, as a matter of fact I do.

Devil: Good, because Wednesday is gambling day. Craps, blackjack, horse races, you name it. You like to do drugs?

Guy: Yes, I love to do drugs. You don't mean...?

Devil: That's right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great big bowl of crack. Smoke a doobie the size of the Titanic. You can do all the drugs you want, and you'll never die -- you're already dead.

Guy: Neat! I never realized hell was such a happenin' place!

Devil: You gay?

Guy: No.

Devil: Oh, you're gonna hate Fridays...

HYUK!

There were three men in a bar. All three were sitting at the bar stool and one got up to use the bathroom. The other two men started talking. One man said, "So what's new in your life".

He responded, "Well I just found out my son got a promotion. He used to be a janitor at the bank and now he is an executive. On top of that there's someone special in his life. He just bought his new love a brand new Lexus."

The other man says. My son also got a promotion and he has decided to settle down. He bought his new love a new house on the beach.

The third man comes back from the bathroom. He looked kind of upset so the other two men asked what's eating him. He responded, "I just found out that my son is gay. The good part is his lover bought him a brand new Lexus and a new house on the beach."


HYUK!

Made of wood?


So, how do we tell whether she is made of wood?
Build a bridge out of her.
Aah, but can you not also build bridges out of stone?
Oh, yeah.
Does wood sink in water?
No, no.
It floats! It floats!
Throw her into the pond!
The pond!
What also floats in water?
Bread!
Apples!
Very small rocks!
Cider!
Great gravy!
Cherries!
Mud!
Churches -- churches!
Lead -- lead!
A duck.
Oooh.
Exactly! So, logically...,
If... she.. weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood.
And therefore--?
A witch!
A witch!


Figure this out! - The balanced hammer

Balanced hamer. Can you figure this out?

Guess BEFORE you look at the video.
*Thanks, Gary

Friday, November 27, 2009

Politically Correct Christmas Party Memo


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party


I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional Carols... Feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO Shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 PM. Exchanges of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts Easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Patty

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party


In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on, we’re calling it our “Holiday Party." The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians and to those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree and no Christmas carols will be sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment. Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family,
Patty

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party


Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table, you didn't sign Your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign On a table that reads, "AA Only", you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody? And sorry, but forget about the gift exchange, No gifts are allowed since the union embers feel that $10.00 is too Much money and the executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.
REMEMBER: NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

PATTY

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party


What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which Forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the Party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of Year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the Party or else package everything for you to take it home in little Foil doggy baggy. Will that work? Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet, and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms. Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men; each group will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table. To the person asking permission to cross Dress, the Grill House asks that no cross-dressing be allowed, apparently because of concerns about confusion in the restrooms. Sorry. We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. I am sorry to report that we cannot control the amount of salt used in the food. The Grill House suggests that People with high blood pressure taste a bite first. There will be fresh "low sugar" fruits as Dessert for diabetics, but the restaurant cannot supply "no sugar" Desserts. Sorry! Did I miss anything?!?!?

Patty

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party


I've had it with you vegetarian pricks!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it Or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill Of death," as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your f*%^ing Salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them Scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW! The rest of you f*%^ing weirdoes can kiss my *ss. I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die,

The Bitch from Hell!!!
PATTY

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FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: October 6, 2009
RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party


I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

Happy Holidays

Joan


*Thanks, Daryn

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This dumpster had a hex colour code on it, so some Geek repainted dumpster to match the code...

Hex painted dumpster
*Thanks, Calvin

Fact of Life:


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says W T F...

*Thanks, Michelle

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Real Reason You're Late For Work!


The Real Reason You're Late For Work!
*Thanks, Bright Eyes!

Support decriminalisation of Homosexuality at UN!


YekamobacBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbia should "quickly take visible steps" to halt a recent spate of violence and discrimination against gays, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The New York-based human rights group said it had written to President Boris Tadic urging him to denounce violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Homophobic violence in recent months has threatened LGBT people's access to basic freedoms," said Boris O. Dittrich, advocacy director in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch.

"Leading politicians should show the courage to condemn hatred and prevent abuse," he said.

Attacks and harassment against gays are common in predominantly conservative Serbia. The Balkan country's first gay pride march in years was canceled in September after government said it cannot guarantee security from extremist groups.

The event was widely seen as a major test for Serbia's pro-Western authorities who have pledged to stir the country toward European Union membership. A gay pride march in 2001 was broken up by the extremists who severely beat up many participants as police stood by.

Human Rights Watch urged the government to make sure the next gay pride march can be held safely in 2010. It also demanded a swift state probe into threats against gay activists and said Serbia should introduce anti-discrimination training in schools as well as for its police, judges and prosecutors.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities. Tadic and other government leaders have condemned attacks against gay activists in the past.


*Ventura Country Star

Your Kids Are Starting to Learn A New Language


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Happy Thanksgiving to my American Readers!


Thanksgiving Every Day

Turkey

The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat;
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.

But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shine.
It's then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.

On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it’s all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we'd make every day like Thanksgiving Day.

By Karl Fuchs

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Synchronized Gymnastics


The men's gymnastics team from Aomori University prforming at the 2009 All-Japan Championships. Stay with it; their timing and skills will floor you.



This is beautiful!


They won gold.

*Thanks, Gary

Ethics Is Not Easy


Let’s be honest. Ethics is not for wimps. It’s not easy being a good person.

It’s not easy to be honest when it might be costly, to play fair when others cheat, or to keep promises that are inconvenient.

It’s not easy to stand up for our beliefs and still respect differing viewpoints.

It’s not easy to control powerful impulses, to be accountable for our attitudes and actions, to tackle unpleasant tasks, or to sacrifice the now for later.

It’s not easy to bear criticism and learn from it without getting angry, to take advice, or to admit error.

It’s not easy to feel genuine remorse and apologize sincerely or to accept an apology graciously and truly forgive.

It’s not easy to stop feeling like a victim, to resist cynicism, or to make the best of every situation.

It’s not easy to be consistently kind, to think of others first, to judge generously, or to give the benefit of the doubt.

It’s not easy to be grateful or to give without concern for reward or gratitude.

It’s not easy to fail and still keep trying, to learn from failure, to risk failing again, to start over, to lose with grace, or to be glad of another’s success.

It’s not easy to look at ourselves honestly and be accountable, to avoid excuses and rationalizations, or to resist temptations.

No, being a person of character is not easy. That’s why it’s such a lofty goal and an admirable achievement.


This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

*CharacterCounts.org

TROY - The Latest Strip


--Wizard's Note: I have updated all the TROY posts to reflect Michael Derry's new domain. Links are no longer broken--


This a gay-themed comic

Click Above Then choose 'Current Strip'

Click Above Then choose 'Current Strip'.



Troy #242 “The Real, Hot Life” is out in the magazines and up online. Nick finds out what’s hot and what’s not.


And Michael's book “Troy: From 1 to 200 The First Ten Years” is now available on LULU.com. What a great book for the beach or just relaxing by the pool, huh?


The Absolute BEST Unsubscribe Confirmation

Do YOU want to punish Derrick?


*Thanks, Calvin

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Urgent notice for Friday!


ALIENS ARE COMING TO EARTH ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

AND THEIR MISSION IS TO ABDUCT ALL GOOD LOOKING AND SEXY PEOPLE.

YOU WILL BE SAFE, I'M JUST POSTING THIS TO SAY GOODBYE.

alien
*Thanks, Gary

Saskatoon Shines!



*Thanks, Darcene

La Presse en Rose


La Presse en Rose A statement from the mother of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com
Miriam Mercado gave this statement to the team organizing the weekend’s vigils:

“When my son told me he was gay, I told him, ‘Now, I love you more.’ I want to tell the world that hatred is not born with human beings, it is a seed that is planted by adults and is fostered creating a climate of intolerance and violence. We must change our ways and understand that anyone …could have been my son. And I want everybody to know that Jorge Steven was a very much loved son.”

Below, a heartbreaking video where Mercado thanks those who have supported her after the death of her son.





La Presse en Rose

Corvino: The slippery slope of religious exemptions

By John Corvino, columnist, 365gay.com

This morning, I didn’t feel like getting out of bed. I wasn’t sick; just tired. But I had a full workday scheduled.John Corvino

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared unto me and said, “Behold, today is a sacred day, and you must not work.” Sweet!

Okay, maybe I was dreaming. But as the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes pointed out, there’s no useful distinction between “I dreamed that God appeared to me” and “God appeared to me in a dream”—and if the latter is good enough for Biblical prophets, it’s good enough for me.

Before you render judgment, note that the angel added that my readers—this means you!—should take the day off too. Indeed, he presented me with platinum tablets (gold is so old-school) commanding that the day on which this column appears is sacred and must be honored with a Sabbath.

I’ve since lost the tablets, but trust me: that’s what they said.

Now, suppose you believe all of this, and suppose you phone your employer and tell him that you’re not coming in. He might try to fire you. But (assuming that other employees get accommodations for religious holidays) that’s religious discrimination! Tell him so.

He might counter that Corvinianism, as my followers like to call it, is not a valid religion. But why not? Because it’s new? All religions were new at one point. Mormonism is less than two centuries old. I have knickknacks that are older than that.

Moreover, if religious accommodation should vary according to the age of the religion, then many forms of paganism should get more deference than Christianity. Forget Christmas break. I want the Feast of the Unconquered Sun. (Oh wait—they’re the same. Bad example.)

I’m joking here to make a serious point: religious accommodation is a slippery part of the law. And those who cite it in the gay-rights debate need to start acknowledging that.

--more--



La Presse en Rose


World AIDS Day at AIDS Saskatoon

by Megan Morman

The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, recognizing these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV/AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. In low and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services.

Here in Saskatoon as well we continue to confront quickly-rising HIV rates. Why not check out a few of this year's World AIDS Day events, which aim to illuminate HIV/AIDS in both its global and local contexts.

AIDS Awareness Week Condom Blitz
Friday, Nov. 27
Sponsored by AIDS Saskatoon, in conjunction with the Saskatoon Sexual Health Centre and the Saskatoon Health Region. Watch for our safer sex superheroes in 13 bars and nightclubs across the city. Volunteers will hand out free condoms from 9-11pm; head to Diva's later and make sure you tip the person who takes your coat -- AIDS Saskatoon volunteers will be working the coat check all weekend in exchange for donations.

Glimmers of Hope - World AIDS Day Party
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1:30-3:30pm in the 601 Outreach Centre
Come help us celebrate personal success stories! Cake will be served at 2pm.

Water Meets the Sky Screening
Tuesday, December 1, 5-7pm in Arts 241, U of S
AIDS Saskatoon short presentation on HIV/AIDS in Saskatoon, followed by a screening of the film Where the Water Meets the Sky. Room For Improvement Youth Development Inc, a student group on the U of S campus, sent 11 young people to film a documentary in East Africa highlighting specifically an orphanage in Rwanda while also visiting Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Where the Water Meets the Sky is the result. The presentation is at 5:15pm, followed by the film from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Hosted by Room For Improvement Youth Development Inc. See www.watermeetssky.com to view the trailer.
FIX: Story of an Addicted City
Thursday, December 3, 7-9pm Francis Morrison Library Theatre
Screening of the 2002 documentary by Nettie Wild. Follows drug users and harm reduction advocates as they battle for the opening of North America's first safe injection site in Vancouver's Lower East Side.

Caribbean Christmas
Sunday, December 6, 6pm-midnight, Odeon Event Centre
Join AIDS Saskatoon's Fundraising Committee for a Caribbean Christmas! This delectable dinner will include Caribbean chicken kabobs, green beans and Jamaican rice. There will be live music and drinks will be available for purchase. Plus, if you're still looking for that perfect Christmas gift for that special someone, check out the Silent Auction. We'll have all the fixins for a reggae good time! Tickets are $20, and available at AIDS Saskatoon's office (ask for Cathy), or from any AIDS Saskatoon Board Member.

Watch for AIDS Saskatoon all around the city -- including at Midtown Mall and the University of Saskatchewan.

--more--


La Presse en Rose

Why do we hate? Academics seek answer in new field

By The Associated Press

(Spokane, Washington) Why did the Nazis hate the Jews? Why did the Hutus hate the Tutsis?

Hate is everywhere, but the fundamental question of why one person can hate another has never been adequately studied, contends Jim Mohr of Gonzaga University, who is developing a new academic field of hate studies.

The goal is to explain a condition that has plagued humanity since one caveman looked askance at another.

“What makes hate tick?” Mohr, director of Gonzaga’s Institute for Action Against Hate, wondered. “How can we stop it?”

Gonzaga founded the institute a decade ago after some black law students received threatening letters. It has since started a Journal of Hate Studies, hosted a conference and offered its first class on hatred last spring.

The hope is that other universities will follow suit, said Ken Stern of the American Jewish Committee in New York, who has been involved in the effort. “We wanted to approach hate more intelligently,” he said.

Stern, who has spent 20 years battling anti-Semitism, said the need for hate studies became obvious when people started fighting groups like the Aryan Nations, which once flourished in this area. Opponents galvanized against the Aryans, but didn’t really know how best to fight them, Stern said.

“We were flying by the seat of our pants,” he said. “There was no testable theory.”

There is not even a good definition of hate, Stern contends.

Philosophers have offered numerous definitions: Rene Descartes said hate was the urge to withdraw from something that is thought bad. Aristotle saw hate as the incurable desire to annihilate an object.

In psychology, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness.

Gonzaga, a Jesuit university best known for its basketball team, offered a class on the subject taught by five professors from different disciplines.

Student Kayla De Los Reyes was in that class, and said the information both horrified her and gave her hope.

“Hate is something that is part of the human emotional makeup,” she said. “Everyone feels it at one point or another. You have to learn to control it.”

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