As a supplement to my Mediaite piece on the subject, here is Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s letter to his employees regarding the company’s donation to MN Forward:
Dear Target Team,
In the past week I’ve heard from some of you, including our GLBT team members, regarding your concerns with Target’s recent contributions to MN Forward, an independent expenditure committee that is supported by a broad coalition of large and small businesses throughout the state, including the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
As you know, Target has a history of supporting organizations and candidates, on both sides of the aisle, who seek to advance policies aligned with our business objectives, such as job creation and economic growth. MN Forward is focused specifically on those issues and is committed to supporting candidates from any party who will work to improve the state’s job climate. However, it is also important to note that we rarely endorse all advocated positions of the organizations or candidates we support, and we do not have a political or social agenda.
In the context of this contribution, some of you have raised questions regarding our commitment to diversity, and more specifically, the GLBT community. Let me be very clear, Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains a core value of our company. Some current examples of that support include:
• Domestic Partner Benefits
• Sponsorship of Twin Cities Pride
• Sponsorship of Out & Equal Workplace Summit
In addition, Target’s rating of 100% on the 2009 and 2010 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index further demonstrates the reputation our company has earned.
As CEO, I consider it my responsibility to create conditions in which Target can thrive, and I promise to do so with the best interests of our guests, team, shareholders and communities in mind. I appreciate your input and understanding.
Chairman, President and CEO
This pretty much says it all. Not only is this sickeningly homophobic, but the story Drudge links to fails to note that the 300 full-body scanners ($51 million worth) were already funded prior to the Christmas bombing attempt. Is it a good idea? Debatable, but not because Janet Napolitano is gay, and therefore addicted to peeping at your goodies.
The sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this country’s highest civilian honor, were awarded their medals today in the East Room of the White House. I was lucky enough to cover it today, even though I ended up, as per usual, behind everybody. Good pictures were hard for someone without a professional setup to come by – out of about 250 I took all day, I think maybe 30 are passably good. Gallery of acceptable shots to follow.
About an hour after the ceremony concluded, Billie Jean King herself came down to visit the briefing room, and consented to answer a few short questions. “I want to give everyone who made my medal possible a piece of it, but I wouldn’t have enough pieces!” she said to the press as she turned the medal over, revealing the engraved name on the back: Billie Jean Moffitt King. “I don’t deserve it, though. Harvey Milk deserved it,” she added. “This is the first time, I think, the LGBT community has really been honored by the White House.” Continue reading
With all of the recent noise surrounding the “Birther” movement, I pitched a conspiracy theory roundup to my editors at Asylum. As I was researching the article, I came across this hilarous Chuck Norris Fact: The Birthers endorse Chuck for President.
There’s a link on the official Birther homepage to the Chuck Norris 2012 page, where you’ll find the answers to the obvious question:
Why Chuck Norris? Do you need to ask?
Actually, I would have said, “Chuck Norris for President? WTF?” I digress.
Our country needs leadership and Chuck is the one to give it to us! He has a strong moral and professional background and is a leader in everything he does. He will uphold the Constitution and protect all of our rights!
Unless you’re gay.
He is respected by our troops and has proven himself financially responsible.
He has already proven that he has a sence of humor!
– If I am elected president – Chuck Norris (06/11/2007)
– If I Am Elected Vice President – Chuck Norris (05/20/2008)
– And don’t forget Chuck Norris Facts
While you are at it, check out The Birthers, Dedicated to the rebirth of our Constitutional Republic.
The strange thing, though, is that the Birther-run Chuck Norris 2012 doesn’t feature any proof at all that Norris is a natural-born US citizen. What gives? What’s the difference between Chuck Norris and Barack Obama? No, it couldn’t be that Norris is white and Obama isn’t. Why is that the first thing you people always think of?
No, there’s no other conclusion to be drawn. The entire “Birther” movement was created as a smokescreen to cover up Norris” own Kenyan birth. Chuckers, unite! Demand proof that this isn’t true!
I only had to read the lede to know that this story was going to make me angry:
A fight over books depicting sex and homosexuality has riled up a small Wisconsin city, cost some library board members their positions and prompted a call for a public book burning.
Are these people for real? “We don’t like this book, so we’re going to have it banned/burned”? I am actually speechless. Then again, I usually am when my favorite medium is so disrespected. A sane person would argue, “If you don’t like what these books say, you don’t have to read them. Nobody is holding your eyes open, A Clockwork Orange-style, and forcing you to read Rainbow Boys.”
Of course, why would anybody listen to reason when it’s so much more fun to damn the torpedoes and hide things you personally disagree with from public view? Continue reading
This is from Wednesday’s briefing. Robert Gibbs, and President Obama, can count on the press corps to take every shot they can to get better answers on same sex marriage and DADT. In this case, Jake Tapper uses Bill Clinton’s recent epiphany on gay marriage (DOMA arigato, Bubba) as an entree’ into the subject, with Gibbs repeating the same disappointing answer.
Why do we ask the same questions over and over? Because sometimes, you ask one of those questions the right way, and you get a little something different. If you don’t push, you’ll never get that rock up the hill.