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Old 04-09-2016, 11:08 AM
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I NEVER thought I'd ever see NC's name along side Mississippi's name when it comes to a human rights movement. Nothing against Mississippi, but when you're mentioned with THAT state, you're probably on the wrong side of history.

4 states, 7 cities ban travel to Mississippi, North Carolina, website reports | NOLA.com
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:41 PM
Location: Near the water
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Originally Posted by jteskal View Post
When I heard about Bruce Springsteen's devision, I said, "Good for him!" And yes, I saw him in concert in Charlotte several years ago. Good for him for still having values.

Yeah right...values. All the concerts and garb he has sold in other nations where TRUE and basic rights are denied. But it's ok as long as it's in another country. But hey, let us not forget....he will take his circus to Auburn Hills, Mi., where people a very short distance away don't even have clean and safe drinking water. And these clowns think they are denied. Ridiculous.
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:14 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Originally Posted by Proud Father View Post
Only affects his fans and his bank account. What an idiot. It's like me quitting my job to protest the state.

You think Bruce and all his millions cares about cancelling one concert???
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:24 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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“We are giving the state of North Carolina 30 days to repeal this law or they can expect the 2017 All-Star game to be held elsewhere. I want to make it clear that the NBA will not stand for this type of intolerance and hate.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Proud Father View Post
I. Don't. Care.

Hopefully some Repubs will now start to care. Maybe call a special session to clean up their mess???
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:03 PM
Location: livin' the good life
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On August 28, 1963, during the peak of the civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave us these enduring words:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

The Suffragettes of the early 1900's would probably have applauded Dr. King's words loudly, as those words were in lock-step with their struggle for equal rights for women. Before them, Irish people fought for equal rights from the British crown as only Protestants could have full rights under the law. Those Irishmen urged their American brethren to stand against the slavery of the black African.

Even today, Bangladesh & Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia are treated like slaves, India is slowly emerging from a centuries old cast system. In Japan, Okinawans, Chinese, and Koreans regularly cry discrimination. In the Middle East, Israelis clash with Palestinians, and Muslim woman are typically treated like possessions rather than people. In vast areas of South America, indigenous people are excluded from the more affluent areas, better jobs, even healthcare.

Then there is the more subtle discrimination of people with tattoos, piercings, baldness, pink hair, fat, short, bad teeth, too old, too young, too white, or have accents not from around here.

The common thread that weaves through all of these people, across the centuries, and around the world, whether bandied on cardboard signs, litigated, or just held in the recesses of their mind, is the loud and clear battle cry:

Treat me as an equal! Judge me by the content of my character!

Roll ahead to 2016. NC passes the law known as HB2 (House Bill 2). News media, celebrities, the NBA, and others have quickly tagged this bill as "Anti-Gay", and a "hate bill". If you simply read the headlines you could think maybe Adolph Hitler wrote this bill himself. I mean, with all of the “hate language” and anti-gay phrases, this bill must certainly be the stuff of the Nazi party.

The media LOVES this because "NEWS FLASH", your Local TV station, newspaper, talk radio, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, are ALL 'For Profit' entities. They get paid by selling advertisements, and the amount they can charge for those advertisements is directly proportional to their ratings. Inflammatory headlines get people worked up, and worked up people watch, read, & listen.

So forget the big media outlets, let's keep this personal...

First, "Have you read HB2 for yourself?" I suspect 99.5% have not. All NC Bills are public domain and easy to find via Google – just Google “NC HB2” and skip the media stuff. It’s a 5-page PDF so you can read it on any device. Yes, it has some very long, complicated legal language, but overall, not too hard to read.

Read it for yourself, and see if you agree or disagree with me. There are two major sections. (1) Bathroom usage, and (2) who is protected under the law when it comes to employment discrimination. Maybe I missed it, but I did not find ANY hate language.

The first is easy (in my mind). In case you have forgotten, in the privacy of your own home, drop your drawers. If you have an outtie use the men's room. If you have an innie use the ladies room. If you had elective surgery to change your innie to an outtie or vise versa, be sure to have your birth certificate updated to match your innie/outtie status. If you have a sexual or clothing preference (I like jeans and a T-Shirt), that's YOUR business, not mine, not your employers, and not your workmates. When you need to use the restroom, refer to your innie / outtie status above. I don’t mean to be silly here, but come on, it’s pretty common sense.

Now for the "Who is protected under the law" part. NC included the word "biological" to more clearly define "sex". Here is the tricky part. Regardless of your preferences, choices, or affiliations, and aside from very very few exceptions in nature, EVERYONE is either Male or Female, and you have a birth certificate to document this status. The law says you cannot be discriminated against based on this status.

Everyone is IN. Everyone is covered! No one is EXCLUDED!

If you listen closely, I think you'll hear a freakin-zillion Bangladesheans, Irish Catholics, Palestinians, Suffragettes, Indigenous Peoples, and maybe Dr King himself, cheering your victory! Finally, everyone gets equal treatment under the law. No special rules for woman, no Blacks to the back of the bus, no poverty wages for Irish textile workers, no separate-but-equal bathrooms for LGBT. Everyone is the same, and NOW, the "Content of your Character" is the differentiator.

“But wait!”, many of you will say! The issue is that the law did not extend protections “specifically to lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, and transvestites”. It sure didn’t. You are already INCLUDED in the biological-sex part. A careful read and you will notice that it ALSO did not “specifically” list:
- People that have sex only with themselves
- People that don’t have sex
- People that have sex with animals
- People who are Redskins fans
- People who are Bald (trust me – they get discriminated against all the time!)

Why? Because EVERYBODY is already INCLUDED. Just like the Suffragettes, Negroes of the 1960’s, Chinese railroad works of the 1800’s, and many more around the world, people that are LGBT should not WANT to be a special class of people. So many before you fought, some died, to eliminate this kind of special class distinction and the separate treatment that comes along with it.

So every good marketer should include a "Call to Action". Here's mine...

Stop waiting for the government to tell you how to act. (Yeah I'm talking to you ESPN, NBA, PAYPAL, and Bruce Stringsteen). The State of NC wants you to treat everyone the same. You can start by dealing with your own prejudices, biases, and bigotry (we all have them, yes me included).

Let's start with an arms race. That's right. An arms race. Most of us have two of them. If you're a Democrat, use those arms to hug a Republican, Republicans, hug a Democrat. Independents, hug everyone. Hug a gay person, hug an old person, fat person, a bald person. Hug that guy down the hall that really pisses you off. If you are not the "huggy" type, do the one-armed-side-hug thing, if you are the "huggy" type, go in for the full frontal hug. Hug ten people this week. Then if you have the chance, stop talking and listen. Give a hug and listen for even 5 minutes, and I'll bet you will notice a difference (caveat - might depend on who they are and what they are talking about - but give it a shot

I'm serious! If we would all stop bitchin' and moanin' and start taking some personal responsibility with our own issues, and start lovin' people, how much better would the world be? If you are LGBT, use the right bathroom, and do your job better than anyone. If you are good, you will earn your keep (just ask Elton John). If "the man" doesn't want you around and you are the best at what you do, you'll be fine. If you're terrible at what you do, get better.

In closing..
"I have a dream that my friends, family, and neighbors will one day live in a world where they are only judged by the content of their character."

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:26 PM
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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Hug the wrong person and you could end up losing some teeth! Think ...before you speak!
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:45 PM
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Lol @ anybody giving a sh*t about a Bruce Springsteen concert...no one under 50, who isn't some white suburban hippy even knows who that guy is, or even cares about him...."ohhh it's panic time!...some old, elderly senior citizen rock and roller is boycotting NC, everybody!...that should make NC shape up!"...please.

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Old 04-10-2016, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Lucky Dawg View Post
Do you not understand the difference between a company offering their service to the residents of a state or country, and making an investment in a physical location in a state or country? The former does not benefit the government, the latter does.
Sales tax doesn't benefit the government?
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GoPhils View Post
Sales tax doesn't benefit the government?
PayPal is simply a method of transferring money between individuals. There is no sales tax involved.
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