Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Palm Springs Police Chief Apologizes For Homophobic Remarks

Guess he doesn't realize that gay men pay a huge percentage of his salary... douche


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via Towleroad News #gay by Steve Pep on 12/29/10

Yesterday, Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez publicly apologized for homophobic remarks he made during a sex sting operation that targeted gay men in that city.

David_dominguez Valley News reports on exactly what Dominguez was caught saying: "What a bunch of filthy mother (expletive). You guys should get paid extra for this."

According to court documents, Dominguez used the phrase "filthy motherfuckers" while another officer involved in the sting was overheard using the slur "cocksuckers."

It took Dominguez a few months (and a couple of denials) but he has now apologized: "An inappropriate comment made by me did not display the utmost professional conduct expected from the chief of police and I sincerely apologize to the community at large."

The apology came only after City Manager David Ready released a memo to the Palm Springs City Council that criticizes the way in which the stings were conducted: "Portions of the operation were not conducted according to the professional standards that are expected of our Police Department. As a result, appropriate disciplinary and correction action has already been taken."

Valley News provides more information about the findings: "In the city's report, Ready said police should have reached out to hoteliers, businesses and residents to warn them about the sting operation. He suggested the sting could have been done with surveillance instead of undercover decoys."

You may recall that the sting operation caused quite an stir among the city's gay community over the summer. The undercover operation targeted gay men involved in public sex and were charged under a harsh and unusual section of the Penal Code that would require them to register as sex offenders for life.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

most random error ever


Epic response to a cranky letter about paper airplanes in a sports stadium


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via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow on 12/23/10

From 1974, a brief and touching correspondence between a season's ticket-holding Cleveland Browns fan and the stadium management:

I am one of your season ticket holders who attends or tries to attend every game. It appears one of the pastimes of several fans has become the sailing of paper airplanes generally made out of the game program. As you know, there is the risk of serious eye injury and perhaps an ear injury as a result of such airplanes. I am sure that this has been called to your attention and that several of your ushers and policemen witnessed the same.
Absolutely Epic 1974 Letter From Cleveland Browns to a Fan (via MeFi)


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Amazing Photo of Rainbow Over Bay Bridge In San Francisco


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via Laughing Squid by Scott Beale on 12/22/10

San Francisco Rainbow over the Bay Bridge

Lisa Bettany shot an amazing photo of a rainbow going end to end over the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crispy Hexagons


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via Laughing Squid by Scott Beale on 12/21/10

Crispy Hexagons

Mmmmmm, Crispy Hexagons. Wake up with a bowl of geometry!

photo by Scott Beale


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Watch: House's Loudest Bigot Louie Gohmert Warns of Soldiers Crawling into E...

Is this guy for real?


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via Towleroad News #gay by Andy Towle on 12/21/10


During House debate of the "DADT" repeal bill, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that gays in the military would destroy nations. In this clip, he warns of "overt homosexuality" and the predatory soldier who might crawl into your bunk.



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Monday, December 20, 2010

Thread Installations by Gabriel Dawe


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via Laughing Squid by Scott Beale on 12/20/10

Thread Installation

Fast Company Design takes a look at the beautiful thread installations created by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe.


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