· Jan 13, 2013 at 8:27 am
On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts quickly snuffed out a flicker of hope that a gay Eagle Scout candidate in California might actually earn the rank after his local council threw their support behind him. That flicker came from news that a local review board vowed to challenge the Boy Scouts’ decision not to award Brian Andresen the Eagle rank due to his sexual orientation. But just hours after that report went live, a Boy Scouts executive reaffirmed the initial decision on Tuesday and told CNN that Mount Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council rejected the Eagle Scout application for 18-year-old Ryan Andresen due to “membership standards,” specifically “duty to God, avowed homosexuality, and the fact that he is now over 18 years of age.” The boy’s father, Eric Andresen, said in response, “It’s pretty upsetting, and it’s wrong. The whole thing has been wrong since day one.”
Writing as a devil’s advocate, nobody is forcing Andresen to be an Eagle Scout. It’s not like he he has to go.
The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.
From one point of view it makes kinda makes sense because the Boy Scouts are filled with young, impressionable boys and the organization is probably doing its best to head off any predators. From another point of view, this won’t matter. Avowed predators don’t exist.
· Jan 12, 2013 at 10:50 am
I’m sure you’ve heard the news…
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
This is one of the best petition responses I’ve ever read. Well done, Paul Shawcross.
· Jan 12, 2013 at 9:31 am
In 2010, inspired by the global water crisis, the musician and activist Kenna organized Summit on the Summit, a hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with several fellow performers, including Jessica Biel and Lupe Fiasco. The trek was turned into an MTV documentary also intended to raise awareness of the many nations affected by a lack of clean water.
To kick off the new year, Kenna has climbed the mountain again with a new team, including Foster the People singer Mark Foster. The two paused at the peak of Kilimanjaro to deliver this exclusive video message to Rolling Stone, during which they explain the purpose of their hike and describe their view at 16,000 feet.
If I was in my mid-20s again, I’d be doing shit like this instead of pretending that work was important.
· Jan 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm
For this week’s episode, the Saturday Night Live and Portlandia star co-hosts the entire hour, and he does it in character. He’ll be imitating a public radio personality, one familiar to This American Life listeners. The theme of the episode is doppelgangers. Armisen says he worked up the imitation hoping to do it on SNL, but the public radio personality isn’t quite famous enough to be mocked on network TV. Tune in this weekend, or get the podcast Sunday night!
If you’re not watching Portlandia and/or not listening to This American Life, there’s something wrong with you.
· Jan 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm
The surface of the board and the case appear to be made from wood that was hand carved and burned. I thought Westeros looked lovely as a 2D map, but this game board blows that out of the water. You can also see that there are fabric pouches included in the box; I just bet they hold equally impressive objects.
Look at more photos after the break. Just look at them.
Unfortunately you can’t buy this gem but this one might do ya.
Can’t wait for March 31st, 2013.
· Jan 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm
Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. Anyone on planet Earth can apply if they meet the basic requirements. But obviously, the job isn’t for just anyone. On Jan. 8, Mars One released its application criteria.
The full site with all the spacey details — Human Settlement on Mars in 2023. I would sign up but on that day I got shit to do.
Furthermore, the human ability to conceive in reduced gravity is not known, neither is there enough research on whether a fetus can grow normally under these circumstances. Mars One will therefore strongly advise the settlement habitants not to attempt to have children.
No monkey business okay? Mars One has enough on their minds.
· Jan 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm
Not long after the owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains admitted their anti-Obamacare campaigns hurt more than helped, the owner of a Wendy’s franchise in Omaha, Nebraska plans to cut 300 employees’ hours to part-time to avoid providing them health care coverage.
By moving workers to part-time status in order to avoid paying for their health benefits, the Wendy’s franchise would shift the costs of insurance coverage onto hundreds of employees[…]
Those darn square hamburgers.