Ruthie...how many drunk drivers do you suppose passed this "incident" while the cop was harassing these folks downtown trying to make an honest buck? How many low-riders with bass booming do you estimate drove by?
There is a time and a place for everything...and 1 am Sunday morning (read that "late Saturday night") is a perfectly reasonable time to busk downtown in my opinion.
First off: That cop must have been a real dick.
2nd: Any folks that are on the street EARNING money, rather than just begging for it should be encouraged not punished. I never give money to panhandlers, but if I stop to listen to or look at an artist performing on the street I will always pay for the privilege.
What a stupid and ill-enforced law.
I'm glad there is someone around to tell Native Americans and white folk how a REAL "red man" behaves. Seems like a small box to fit into.
Wow, Rau. You obviously do not understand satire. But let me fill you in: Satire is, historically, a very effective way of to bring about positive social change. I would even say it is far more effective than false dichotomies, and angry diatribes.
The 1491's are Native Americans (not "Whiteys") using satire to bring focus to ridiculous stereotypes in society through humor. I'm sorry you just don't get it.
What's a real rip off is going to "The Park Formerly Known as Glacier National Park" and getting charged full price...
Regardless of what causes global warming (human or nature, or most likely both), a warming planet is dangerous for humans, and it needs to be addressed with a top level of priority.
Taryn may have done this to advance a cause she believed in, or she may have done it to humiliate her father, or most likely it was a combination of both. But her father has made a life out of intolerance and humiliating those he sees fit to judge, so the humiliation he may feel is his to own. If he wasn't such a judgemental, dogmatic bigot he would have greeted his daughter with a hug and with support and the whole thing would have been a non-story. Instead, through no ones fault but his own, Mr. Nash gets to feel humiliated. And I don't feel a lot of sympathy for him. I do hope the Nash family can heal, and that Tei can let his love of his daughter overcome the judgement and hate he holds for homosexuals. More likely he will try to "cure" her, and only further drive a wedge between himself and his daughter.
Just so it's clear, this law is not JUST about the LBGT community. This ordinance is designed to protect EVERYBODY in Missoula's community except those that discriminate against others. It says that people cannot be discriminated against in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodation "ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, RELIGION, CREED, SEX, AGE, MARITAL OR FAMILIAL STATUS, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR GENDER EXPRESSION."
Let's just pretend that the law only mentioned "RACE, COLOR, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY." I wonder if there would be the uproar? I can't help but feel that the real issue is that many people are just plain uncomfortable with the LGBT community. To those people I would suggest that you get used to them, because they aren't going anywhere, and they've been around since the beginning of time, whether you think that was millions of years ago, or 6000 years ago. Jesus, himself counted many eunuchs among his followers. Yesterday's eunuchs, today's trannys. Just get over it.
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