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Disney to pull Boy Scouts funding by 2015 over policy banning gay leaders

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This is a cross-post thanks to our wonderful friend Anomaly from FreakOutNation - on Twitter as @anomaly100.

The Walt Disney Company has fabulously given notice to the Boy Scouts of America, stating that it will pull all funding to the group beginning in 2015 due to a BSA membership policy that bans gay leaders, the entertainment company announced on Friday.

My Fox 8 reports, “Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local BSA councils. However, through its VoluntEARS program, Disney allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice.”

Those employees who take part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be allowed to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, according to the organization.

However, the new policy will not affect Walt Disney employees who volunteer with the Scouts.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement, “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids. America’s youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”

Via My Fox 8:

According to Disney’s charitable giving guidelines, groups become ineligible to receive Disney funding if they “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation.”

Disney would not divulge its formula for converting volunteer hours to dollars, but a chart on Disney’s corporate website shows that in 2010, employees raised $4.8 million via 548,000 volunteer hours, which works out to $8.79 an hour.

Disney’s decision carries a lot of weight. I wonder how many Republican congressman will volunteer to raise funds for the organization.

H/T: Equal rights guy @ComgenKDT who you can follow on Twitter here. 

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What To Be This Halloween?

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As it gets closer to Halloween, we all think about costumes -- what are we going to dress up as this year, or how are we going to costume our children for the annual candy round-up? A soldier. A zombie. A ghost. A skeleton. That's pretty much common fare. Toss in a cowboy, a princess or a clown (truly the most frightening, especially if you suffer from coulrophobia) and you've got 90% of who you're going to see knocking on your door October 31st.

But if you want to be different, stand out from the crowd, you need inspiration. And where do you find that? Role models are a good place to look.

One mom and talented photographer, Jaime Moore, searched high and low for creative ideas to photograph her 5-year-old daughter Emma for the holidays. Neither were particularly inspired by the ethereal, fanciful world of Disney characters so it was onto plan B.

But who is worthy of honor?

Courtesy of an UPWORTHY post by Rossalyn Warren here are the 5 "Kick-ass" role models Jaime and her daughter Emma Moore came up with... then for future's sake, there's a final, sixth picture which demonstrates the hope and aspirations for so many young girls today.

Susan B. Anthony

Coco Chanel

Amelia Earhart

Helen Keller

Jane Goodall

And for all those little girls out there, so they can fantasize, here's Emma with tomorrow's dream today.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Preview video for Epcot Center, 1978

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Today Epcot, yesterday Disneyland. Via.

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Video Overnight Thread- Disney's "Paperman," a romantic short film

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Suweet. Via Boing Boing.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- 1942 Donald Duck cartoon funded by the US Treasury exhorts you file your tax-return

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Video- When Donald Duck met Glenn Beck

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Disney's A Tangled World: Creating the Look

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