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It ain't easy being red: England hates on "ginger" heads

Redheads are HAWT, you goofy limeys! kansascity.com | Redheads in England, including Prince Harry, are subjected to taunting and worse
What would Elizabeth I make of living in modern Eng-land, where being a redhead often means a lifetime of discrimination? In recent years classic British playground taunts such as “tut-tut ginger nut, where d’ya get your hair cut?” have evolved into more nasty matters. “Discrimination against redheads seems to be getting worse and worse,” said Simon Cheetham, founder of redandproud.com, a Web site that seeks to counter discrimination against redheads — called “gingers” — by honoring those with flaming tresses. “In this politically correct world you can’t say anything about people’s religion or sexuality, but it’s still OK here in Britain to portray redheads in a negative manner,” he said. Earlier this year the Chapmans, a family that included six redheads living in Newcastle, England, told the British media they were forced from two homes by relentless attacks that included anti-redhead graffiti, vandalism and physical assaults.... And just last month, at the much-publicized Memorial Concert for Princess Diana, Prince Harry reportedly asked 14-year-old Maxine Broadfoot — winner of an award for peer counseling given in his mother’s name — whether she might counsel him on the bullying he has received because of his red hair. Broadfoot told the British media she thought he was joking, but Prince Harry, third in line to the throne, later said he had been serious about being taunted. His army buddies, for example, apparently have nicknamed him the “Ginger Bullet Magnet.”
Good band name!

August 11, 2007

Church cancels memorial for gay Navy vet

PageOneQ | Church cancels memorial for gay Navy vetARLINGTON, Texas—A...

August 09, 2007

Federal Court: Pharmacists Can Refuse to Dispense Emergency Contraception

To which I say, "Fuck that, you pill-counting jackoff, do...

Crime author charged with murder after the police read his perfect plot

Crime author charged with murder after the police read his perfect plot - Times Online

. . . a murderer, so self-satisfied with the brilliance of his perfect crime, pens an account to pass off as fiction and enshrine it in literary history.

Where reality ends and fiction begins in the stomach-turning novel Amok is the central task before the jury in Poland’s trial of the decade. Four years after he published his bloody bestseller, Krystian Bala has found himself on trial for the same torture and murder that he detailed in his novel.

Amok, Mr Bala claims, was inspired by news reports of the murder of a Polish businessman, whose mutilated body was fished out of the Oder river in the town of Wroclaw, close to the German border in southwest Poland, in December 2000. Police identified the dead man as Dariusz J, the owner of a small advertising agency. His death had been a grim one. His body bore the marks of torture, his limbs were distended. His hands were bound and tied to a noose around his neck.

Initial inquiries showed that he was well liked, successful and solvent. With no motive or suspect, the police were stumped. The case was broadcast on Poland’s version of the BBC television programme Crimewatch but it produced no serious leads — only some strange e-mails sent from internet cafes in Indonesia and South Korea, describing the murder as “the perfect crime”.

Isn't this sort of the plot of "Basic Instinct"?

Johnson & Johnson suing Red Cross over trademark dispute

Red Cross Sued for Use of Symbol - Forbes.com

NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson, the health-products giant that uses a red cross as its trademark, sued the American Red Cross on Wednesday, demanding that the charity halt the use of the red cross symbol on products it sells to the public.

Johnson & Johnson said it has had exclusive rights to use the trademark on certain commercial products - including bandages and first-aid cream - for more than 100 years.

It contends that the Red Cross is supposed to use the symbol only in connection with nonprofit relief services.

August 08, 2007

New York Council considering banning "bitch" and "ho"

It’s a Female Dog, or Worse. Or Endearing. And Illegal? - New York Times

The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its linguistic (and legislative) lance toward a different slur: bitch.

The term is hateful and deeply sexist, said Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn, who has introduced a measure against the word, saying it creates “a paradigm of shame and indignity” for all women.

But conversations over the last week indicate that the “b-word” (as it is referred to in the legislation) enjoys a surprisingly strong currency — and even some defenders — among many New Yorkers.

And Ms. Mealy admitted that the city’s political ruling class can be guilty of its use. As she circulated her proposal, she said, “even council members are saying that they use it to their wives.”