Gulf Benefit Beer Banned in States It Could Help

Louisiana-based Abita has brewed up a “charitable pilsner,” Save Our Shore, to benefit relief efforts in the Gulf sates impacted by BP’s Deeepwater Horizon disaster.  Post-Katrina, Abita created  Restoration Ale, with some proceeds going to hurricane recovery.

But the SOS’s sale is banned in two of the four states that will benefit from the sudsy funds.

Neither  Mississippi nor Alabama can sell Save Our Shore Charitable Pilsner. The beer’s 7% alcohol content is above Alabama’s limit, while Mississippi has an even more arcane reason for prohibiting the SOS’s sale: The 22-ounce single container size is illegal.  Weirdly, it’s perfectly okay to buy a case of 12-ounce beers all at once. math isn’t my strongest suit, but I think there is more beer in twenty-four 12-ounce bottles than in one 22-ouncer….

Abita is bottling SOS in the 22-ounce bottle because the larger size is more cost- and time-efficient. The 12-ounce bottles require three labels, one each for front and back and a third on the six-pack container, while the bigger bottles needs only to have information printed directly on the bottle.

Save Our Shore Charitable Pilsner retails for $5, and Abita will donate 75 cents to Gulf aid charities.

Another Mississippi High School Discriminates Against LGBT Student

photo: amanky

Copiah County School District in Mississippi cut senior Ceara Sturgis completely out of the Wesson Attendance Center 2010 class yearbook after the senior’s long battle with school officials to include a photo of her wearing a tuxedo. Ceara is lesbian, something that doesn’t bother her classmates:  Fellow students nominated her to be prom queen, though she declined because she was concerned about how the administration would react.

Despite student support, it’s clear the adults in the Copiah County School District have some problems with  Ceara. The class of 2010 yearbook contains not a single mention or picture of Ceara, despite her achievements and good grades. Ceara’s  name is not even listed.

Ceara and her mother  Veronica Rodriguez involved the Mississippi ACLU last year when officials decided not to allow Sturgis’ photo to appear in the senior yearbook because she chose to wear a tuxedo instead of a dress. In October, 2009 the ACLU wrote  letter demanding officials use Ceara’s submitted photo in the yearbook, but Copiah County School District officials refused.

Her mother told the Jackson Free Press:

It’s like she’s nobody there, even though she’s gone to school there for 12 years. They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she’s one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They’ve got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There’s even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school. I don’t get it. Ceara is a top student. Why would they do this to her?

Ceara is a lesbian, she stood up for her rights, she involved the ACLU.  Mississippi school officials obviously don’t like these things, as we’ve seen from the Constance McMillen case.

Where’s Constance? Photos from a Private Prom

So a lot of the kids from Itawamba Agricultural High ’10 seem to have gone to the same prom this weekend, judging by their public Facebook pages, captured here by an intrepid sleuth. Cassandra Lee Maier wrote on March 29 that she was

sick and tired of the damn prom being cancelled. what the hell happened this time??

but on Saturday she posted a smiley icon saying that she had an awesome time at the prom, and that

it was so pretty

Danthon Huddleston was really happy.

Had soooooo much fun lastnight thank you; all the parents whoade lastnight possible and a might to remember thank you. Seniors our year is back on track!!! :)

On Saturday morning, Angel Russell posted on Facebook

had so much fun last night………never knew I could dance that much :)…. BEST EVER!!!!

On a photo from Angie Byrd Sherrer’s Facebook page where she posted pictures of her daughter Holly dancing at the private no-gays prom (Mrs Sherrer has since made her page private), student Mckenzie Mina King posted this:

bahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. haha. waittt, i still dont think im finished laughing….
hahahahaha.
i just love youuuuuuuu.
Pam Spaulding reports that
Fulton not only displayed rank homophobia, it raised the bar of evil by sending learning-disabled students to the fake prom, clearly labeling them “others.”
Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. “They had the time of their lives,” McMillen says. “That’s the one good thing that come out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”
I can see some of the same dresses in these pictures posted by different students.
Just a reminder to the non-white kids , non-disabled kids who went to this event: Forty-five years ago, in Birmingham, Alabama the same stunt got pulled on a black girl.

Think about civil rights for moment.
And if that’s not fucked up enough, now there’s a FB group called Constance, Quit Yer Cryin
Okay. My work here is done. Let’s see what Sarah Palin has to say about this…

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