Hey Idaho….WTF?

lhsOk so I’m pissed. I’m not upset. I’m not mad. I’m PISSED. Why you ask? Well it seems that Idaho is being a bunch of pricks and denying family admission pricing to a lesbian couple at the local STATE OWNED swimming pool called Lava Hot Springs. The couple and their three foster children recently were denied a reduced admission price to the local swimming pool where they live. Apparently this happened because Idaho does not recognize gay marriage and defines a “family” as one male, one female, and children so therefore the state agency that runs the pool must follow Idaho law. The ACLU, who I usually disagree with, says that while Idaho state law defines marriage as one male and one female it does NOT have an overall definition of a family. And last I checked by having foster children they are a foster family that is licensed by the state of Idaho. Does this not define them as a ‘family” by the state of Idaho? I really think Idaho messed up. Read the following from the Lava Hot Springs website:

Intent: The family discount is intended to help families afford the day out at a swimming pool or hot pool facility that they may not otherwise be able to afford. It is also intended to increase attendance at the facilities midweek when business is typically slower. Therefore, the discount is available Monday-Thursday except major holidays – New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Eligibility: In order to be as consistent as possible, families that are eligible for the discount are considered to be parents and children. The children must be dependant children of the parent, or parents, present at the time of entry, and under the age of 18. For the purpose of this discount, parent is defined as the person who has long-term legal responsibility for the dependant children.

Discussion: The children need not be biological offspring of the legally responsible adult(s). Adopted children and foster children are considered part of the family so long as the stipulations listed above are met. Parents are defined as those adults who are either legally obligated to the care of the dependant children or are married to the adult who is the parent of the dependant children. Single parents and their children are eligible for the discount. Adults who are raising their siblings are eligible for the discount.

Um ok so did they not just completely disregard their own policy? These two women completely meet the requirements.

You know I thought Idaho being a somewhat Midwestern state would be more tolerate of this kind of thing, but I was wrong. If this place is going to pull this kind of crap they better start requiring every “normal” family as they wanna call it show their marriage licenses and birth certificates for each kid that is with them or they don’t get a discount.

I leave you with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of marriage (I removed some definitions as they referred to plants and the Mafia):

Main Entry: 1fam·i·ly
Pronunciation: ?fam-l?, ?fa-m?-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural fam·i·lies
Etymology: Middle English familie, from Latin familia household (including servants as well as kin of the householder), from famulus servant
Date: 15th century
1: a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head : household
2 a: a group of persons of common ancestry : clan b: a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock : race
3 a: a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship b: the staff of a high official (as the President)
5 a: the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children ; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family b: spouse and children

The full article is over at http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-jun0909-same_sex_pool.63f5cee5.html.

Affirmative Racism

aa1I’m sure you all know and have heard of affirmative action. In case you haven’t here is a short definition of what is it.

Affirmative Action – A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.

Basically it is a program the government setup to make sure that minorities have the same opportunities at getting a job as any non-minority do. This is fine and dandy. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have the same rights. I believe everyone is equal no matter their race, sex, or religion. But what I do have a problem is when two people go for the same job and one gets it because they’re African American, Hispanic, Asian, or basically anything except Caucasian. Companies nowadays will end up hiring someone who is less qualified than another person applying for a job just because they don’t have enough “minorities” working in the company and they fear a lawsuit.

To me affirmative action has done nothing but cause more racism. Not against the minorities, but rather against the average white man/woman. I have known plenty of my friends who are white lose a chance at a good job because the company had to hire more minorities because the bigwigs up top were getting scared that if they didn’t have a certain Caucasian to Minority ratio they would feel the wrath of the all mighty lawsuit. What a crock. Why must companies today feel threatened just because they chose to hire a white person who was way more qualified for a job?

The black community is always screaming that they’re oppressed and that they are always being wronged or that racism is against all blacks. I’m sorry, but racism affects pretty much everyone. White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, gay, Catholic, Baptist, etc. Yet it usually seems to be the black community who are mostly throwing out the racism card. Yes we were wrong for having slavery. I agree with that 100%, but come on how many years ago was that? Why must we continue to be hassled for something we had no control over? How do you even know my ancestors played a part? I’m part Cherokee Indian. Do you hear me complaining about how my ancestors were murdered and used/abused? Do you hear me wanting reparations? Do you hear me, as a white male, throwing a fit when a black person calls me whitey, honkey, trailer trash, etc? How many black comics come on stage and put down white people? A LOT! Even some of my favorite ones. Yet if I were to go on stage and do the same stuff about minorities I’d be labeled a racist and possibly get my butt kicked. Yet when minorities do it they get laughs, applause, etc. Double standard anyone?

Again don’t take my comments as racist. They aren’t meant to be that. Yes racism exists and yes it is a big problem, but it is not just against one certain minority. As I said earlier it is against all kinds of people and many times not based on their skin color. Look at the gay community. They’ve had to deal with racism towards them. It isn’t really racism but prejudice, but it falls along the same lines.

I know this rant has gone away from my main point of how screwed up Affirmative Action is, but I felt it necessary to point out some things in order to show how Affirmative action doesn’t help everyone. It has done nothing, but cost a lot of qualified people good jobs just because a company only has so many Asians or Hispanics, or African Americans, or whatever working for them. I will end this with one simple solution to the problems caused by Affirmative Action. Find a way to prevent lawsuits from even going to court over something as stupid as “Oh I didn’t get hired and it is because I am Hispanic.” Once we can do that we can totally do away with Affirmative Action.

I know I’m gonna offend some people out there with this post, but so be it. I know that I am not the only person who thinks this way.

Generation Gaps

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Ok so today I was at a meeting for ITUG (Iowa Telecommunications User Group) and the second presentation was about the fact that in today’s workplace you are going to run into three, sometimes four, different generations.

  1. Veterans Generation (1924-1944)
  2. Baby Boomers (1944-1960)
  3. Generation X (1960-1980)
  4. Millennials (1980-2000)

Now I fall into the Millennials BUT I also fall into the Generation X. I was born in 1980 so I’m on the cusp.

The presenters first had us split into groups of our own generation. I had to choose whether I wanted to join the two guys there that were in Generation X or fly solo in the Millennial group. I chose to fly solo. First the presenters gave us all a quiz. It was various questions about things that happened during the different generations. Then we had to see who got the most correct. Well guess what. I did! LOL! It was funny to see the other group’s reactions when I was getting questions right that were from their generation.

Next we had to do write down things about the other two generations we weren’t part of. Our Opinions of that generation, Facts of that generation, and What We Would Change about that generation. Needless to say I got slammed by the other two OLDER generation groups HAHA! Then we viewed a PowerPoint presentation about each generation with facts about each generation that researchers had determined. Here are the facts from that research.