PULSEHomophobes, racists, and anti-Semites
And other humorous tales from today's media
21 , 2001
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BECAUSE OF HOMOPHOBES LIKE YOU
"God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and he is going to destroy you and a lot of others." --Florida State Representative Allen Trovillion, a seventy-four-year-old Republican representing the Orlando suburbs of Central Florida, at a meeting last month with students lobbying for gay discrimination protection in Florida schools.
"I don't understand why the gay population is becoming so vocal."--Trovillion at the same meeting.
Source: The Tampa Tribune
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Source: The New York Times
"Jews are stubborn. Tell me, why did they persecute Jesus unless he knew something they didn't want to accept? They had his blood on their hands." So says Charlie Ward to a reporter in a recent issue of The New York Times Magazine. With righteous anger, Madison Square Garden fans booed the New York Knicks guard at the start of a game last month against Toronto.
But the crowd changed its tune when, with less than ten minutes left, Ward hit his first field goal of the game and brought the Knicks to a 72-68 lead. Fans cheered and screamed, and all was forgotten. The would-be anti-Semite went on to receive a standing ovation when he scored a 3-pointer, bringing the score to 81-75--and yet another one when he sank two free throws in the last twenty seconds.
Ward later issued a formal apology for the comments.
Source: Associated Press
UNIONS ARE COOL
A survey done for the AFL-CIO found that 51 percent of 462 potential union members definitely or probably would vote against a union if the election were held tomorrow
But 53 percent of workers under thirty-five said they would vote for a union.
Why do young workers tend to favor unions? "Unions are cool," says Andy Levin, an AFL-CIO organizing official.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
SO HOW MUCH WAS THE SWOOSH?
Where does your dollar go when you buy a pair of Nike shoes?
If you pay $65:
The retailer paid Nike $32.50 for the shoe.
Nike paid the factory $16.25 for the shoe, half of what it charged the retailer. The other half went to cover shipping, insurance, duties, research and development, marketing, sales, administration, and profits.
And the $16.25 paid to the factory? It went to:
Overhead and depreciation: $2.10
Factory profit: $0.97
Source: Nike Web site
Homophobes, racists, and anti-Semites