LMN 2-26-14 It's an Arizona rant that no one needs
by Lisa Mason
posted Feb 26 2014 7:57AM
I don’t understand the Freak Out Time going on in Arizona. If you’re a business owner, why would you throw your religious beliefs into the face of a stranger? “I WON’T TAKE YOUR WEDDING PICTURES BECAUSE YOU’RE A GAY AND MY GOD OF CHOICE SAYS THAT’S WRONG.” And why would you throw your sexual orientation into the face of a stranger? “I WANNA CAKE AND I’M GAY.” Why can’t everyone just go back to the way sane people conduct business? If you don’t like someone or something, just tell them you’re booked solid that day and can’t possibly squeeze them in. You’ll stay out of the headlines/court that way or manage not to define yourself solely by your sexual choices. There’s an entire tribe in the Amazon whose term for “buzz off” translates to “Sorry, I’ve got nothing but meetings all week and I'm swamped. I can’t possibly do whatever it is you’re asking.”
I’m sorry I missed this one. Ragnarock. Last Saturday, the world was supposed to come to an end, according to ancient Vikings. Modern Vikings know that happens around the 3rd week of October.
The Trussville Municipal Court and the Police Department are offering amnesty for outstanding warrants, but it is TODAY ONLY from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Remember: crime doesn’t pay … nearly as well as politics.
Seriously, the whole Arizona thing is ridiculous. Since the proposed bill goes beyond the obvious like weddings or photos; how will business owners even know they might be providing products or services to a gay person? “Hi, I’d like to order some flowers.” “Are you gay?” “No.” “Are you sure?” “Yep.” “PROVE IT!” Hmmmm. Or the reverse: “I can’t sell you any flowers today.” “Is it because I’m gay?” “No.” “PROVE IT!” Soon we’ll all have to start wearing badges pinned to our jackets displaying our ethnicity/sexual preference/ideology to make sure-- Heeeeey wait a second… didn’t somebody else already do that?
Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last month after eight years as chairman of the Federal Reserve, is writing a book. If it's about the economy, I don't see how it could have a very good ending.
President Obama says 4 million people have now successfully signed up for Obamacare. That’s up from the 7 million number he stated months ago.
And what happens if I go in to buy a cake for a friend who is gay? Is that also illegal in Arizona? Like buying beer for someone under 21?
And a few things you need to know …
On this date in 1960, home fallout shelter kits went on the market in New York for $105. Nothing says protection from radiation like $105.
On this date in 1919, congress approved the money to make the Grand Canyon a national park. It wasn't the last time they put federal tax dollars towards a big hole.
Why would you even want to patronize the business of someone who doesn’t even view you as having human rights? This is why we have social media. Just post “Chuck’s Salon in Yakkayakkaville refused to serve me because I’m (insert whatever).” Boom. Done. There’s no vengeance like calling someone out on Twitter. That’ll show THEM!
Birmingham is a city on the Move! We’re about to have a new tourist attraction – the world’s largest outdoor Pepsi sign. It’s going Downtown over that antique scrolling sign. City leaders say the sign will be a cool addition to Birmingham’s Many Wonders. Yepper! We’ll rank right up there with the world’s largest ball of twine and the Banana Palace.
Samsung has unveiled its newest Galaxy phone, the S5. They say it will be available as soon as you feel your S4 is no longer good enough.
And … The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic says the average American spends 5 hours and 35 minutes on LEISURE every day. “Leisure time” is defined as “time spent away from business, work, and domestic chores. It also excludes time spent on necessary activities such as sleeping or bathing.” I had to look it up. FIVE AND A HALF HOURS A DAY? How?! I spend 5 1/2 hours just answering stupid questions! And complaining about Arizona. Now excuse me, I've got nothing but meetings all week and I'm swamped.