A big ‘Thank You’ with macadamias to Target … and a less polite but equally appropriate message to former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling…. (More)

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target”

On Tuesday, Target announced that all of their stores will be LGBT-inclusive:

Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.

Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.

We believe that everyone – every team member, every guest, and every community – deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.

Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.

Thank you, Target. You sell macadamias at your stores, but here’s a special gift box of them, just for you:

“Liberal-minded pseudo-hippie social justice warrior philosophy”

Needless to say, RedState’s Caleb Howe was outraged:

Mega-retailer Target Corp. has opened the door today, literally, to the endangerment of children in service of a fake cause. They have a newly restated policy that says you can basically go into whatever bathroom you want, for whatever reason you want, because inclusivity.
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Like other do-good liberal idiots, Target honchos suffer from the delusion that are making some bold step toward tolerance of an oppressed minority by removing rules dividing the bathrooms by gender. But make no mistake, it is a delusion, and a perfectly silly one. It is the same liberal-minded pseudo-hippie social justice warrior philosophy casting aside barriers to entry for bathrooms that simultaneously demand written letters of consent be in the possession of any man seen standing close to a woman. The same movement that rails against “manspreading” is perfectly fine with manpeeing, it seems, in a virtually perfect display of the nutbaggery of their entire pretend, college-hobby-turned-pain-in-the-ass-for-normal-people “movement”. And yes I said normal, please find a safe space and wet yourself. But use whatever safe space corresponds with your self-wetting genderdentity.

The problem, in Howe’s view, is that it’s just not fair to rapist frat boys:

Let me stop you. Let me stop you right there. If you are about to say to me “why can’t a trans person pee where they feel comfortable” then I ask you this: why can’t a little girl? What if a bearded guy in a trench coat claiming to identify as a woman while standing in the corner of the bathroom smiling makes a little girl uncomfortable? Why does trenchie win? Oh you think that’s absurd? It isn’t. SJWs tell us EVERY SINGLE DAY that college campuses and sporting events and even grade schools are packed to the gills with potential rapists awaiting only the means and opportunity. Well what makes Target so special? Or North Carolina? What, those places are magically rapist-free? What’s your message, oh sage corporate executives? Oh wise and benevolent music dictators? Tell us! Tell us Hollywood, why colleges are dangerous rape-villes but Target is full of persecuted transgender individuals who just need a place to take a leak in peace??

Okay, what’s the difference? Data.

A 2007 study found that one-in-five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and most campus rape complaints are never filed and reported in official statistics:

The differences point to flaws in the way campuses quantify sexual violence under the labyrinthine Clery Act, which requires institutions to collect and publish the number of offenses reported to law enforcement, deans, victim advocates, resident advisers, coaches, and other “campus security authorities” by October 1 each year. For example, Clery Act numbers count only incidents that occur on campus, on adjacent public property, and in university-affiliated buildings. At many large state schools like UW-Madison, Van Orman says, “most of our students are living off campus, and most of those students who are assaulted are assaulted off campus.”

In an effort to protect students’ privacy, the Clery Act also exempts certain employees, such as licensed mental-health counselors and religious advisers, from adding disclosures to the Clery tally. “Sometimes students think they did make a report, but then, when you dive deeper, you find that they talked to a counselor,” says Alison Kiss, director of an advocacy group called the Clery Center for Security on Campus. According to Van Orman, about half of UW-Madison survey respondents who say they reported a rape did so to a licensed mental-health counselor, meaning that none of those incidents ended up in official statistics.

The idea behind designating confidential counselors is to allow students to seek advice and support without triggering an often grueling university or police investigation into the incident. Yet not every disclosure made to other, nonconfidential employees necessarily leads to an investigation, Van Orman says. And in some cases, making a “confidential” report simply means that the school is not required to record the incident: A 2009 investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that some schools had designed their victim assistance systems in ways that led to nearly every report being designated as “confidential,” keeping official tallies of campus sex offenses low.

But there is not a single documented incident of a transexual assaulting a woman or girl in a public bathroom. In fact, every alleged case of an LGBT attacking women or girls in bathrooms has been debunked.

So no, the purely imaginary risk of LGBTs attacking women and girls in bathrooms should not get the same social and legal response as the very real risk of campus rape. Conservative ideology may thrive on myth-based fearmongering … but sane, just societies do not.

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“His conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated”

And in related news, yesterday ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Shilling:

Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on “Monday Night Baseball,” was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders.

The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”

To that, Schilling added: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

“ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

And while Schilling did not reply to the New York Times, he did post a rambling rant at his blog:

This is likely the easiest way to address all of you out there who are just dying to be offended so you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind.

Let’s make one thing clear right up front. If you get offended by ANYTHING in this post, that’s your fault, all yours.
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This latest brew ha ha is beyond hilarious. I didn’t post that ugly looking picture. I made a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.

Well, no. The internet doesn’t let you get away that easily. Schilling deleted his Facebook post, but plenty of people had already taken screenshots. If you’re desperate for an excuse to use brain bleach, you can see Schilling’s post here.

Schilling’s rant continues with the typical “If you really knew me and what’s in my heart” manure that all bigots drag out when they get caught.

But here’s the thing. I don’t care what’s in Schilling’s heart. I do care when he spreads false, malicious, hate- and fearmongering rubbish. And enough other people cared enough to contact ESPN. They reviewed the evidence, decided he had violated their company policy, and gave him the boss’s version of F–You. As in … fired.

So thank you and a gift box of macadamias to ESPN as well …

… and another big F–You to Curt Schilling. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

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Photo Credit: Target.com

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Good day and good nuts