Thursday, October 13, 2005

Double (Sized) Standards?

Thanks for the Memory to Lars Larson.

Ore. court rules Eagles must allow women members

SALEM -- A state anti-discrimination law requires that Eagles clubs allow women to join, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a decision with little practical impact now that the organization permits membership by both sexes.

The rest can be read at the link. The quote that caught my eye was this one:

In 2-1 ruling, an appeals court panel said the law against sex discrimination in public accommodations applies to the Fraternal Order of Eagles because it operates as a business and basically offers services to the public.
So my question is, what are the odds they'll apply the same standard to Women Only businesses like Curves?

Smug by Proxy

A year ago today, a new blog was born, run by an astute 16-year-old and titled The Political Teen. As one of HIS readers pointed out, in his first month online, I linked to him, with high praise.

I wasn't alone, and thanks to his own writing skills and intelligence and the attentoin of some blogosphere bigwigs, he has far outstripped my own humble readership.

Happy Blogoversary, PT. I'm proud to say I was among the first to regonize your potential. Keep up the good work, and many happy returns.

Give 'Til It DOESN'T Hurt!

At the spa where The Feared Redhead works sit a flyer and business cards for a fundraiser for a young Eugene girl. Here is her story:

The cute little girl... now three years old. She was born with a massive malformation of the lymph glands on the right side of her neck. It is so invasive that it has wrapped itself around her windpipe. For the first year she was required to have a tracheal tube just to be able to breath. Injections of a special solution known as OK432 reduced the mass sufficiently to safely remove the trach. However, surgery is absolutely necessary to remove what is left since it continues to compromise her airway and produces other medical complications. The surgery will be performed by a world-renowned doctor in New York in November. However, insurance will not pay about $40,000 of the total cost. So, we are asking people to donate to a fund set up by Heart For The Homeless a non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon. The fund is titled JACQUI'S FUND. You may contribute directly through USBANCORP to "JACQUI'S FUND." Or you may send a contribution to Heart for The Homeless, ATTN: Jacqui's Fund, 21085 NW Rock Creek Blvd., Portland, OR 97229, earmarking it for Jacqui's Fund. Contributions are tax-deductible. Checks and money orders may be made payable to "Jacqui's Fund." If you have questions, simply contact me, Jerry Propst, through the comment portion of this blog and I will do my best to answer your questions.
That's directly from the blog Jacqui's grandfather has set up. I'm asking all my readers to thoughtfully, prayerfully consider giving to help Jacqui. In addition, Jacqui's dad mentions that he needs help setting up a paypal button for donations. If any of you are adept at that sort of thing, please help him out.

We can do this, people. They're about halfway there already. Let's show them how much heart the blogosphere has.