Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
There is a substantial amount of interest in the story of Sheri Doub, the former Vice President for Citizen’s Tri-County Bank of Chattanooga, TN, who was fired after she modeled a bathing suit in some local charity newspaper or something. She’s suing the bank for half a million dollars plus back pay.
Curiously, at this point I do not have a copy of the actual picture, nor do I have the vaguest conception of what the picture looks like, nor do I have any picture of Ms. Doub in any swimsuit or in any pose, nor do I know of anyone who can get any such thing.
I know you people clicking on my site from a Google search are here to locate exactly that thing, and I’m sorry you have to navigate away from here empty-handed. By the way, welcome. And here is a follow-up news story with a little more detail, so it won’t be a completely wasted trip for you. You’re welcome.
Sheri Doub modeled this swimsuit for an article that appeared in the Times Free Press last May. The two piece suit came from Proffitt’s, but the department store says it did NOT pay her to model it. Doub says she agreed to the spread for the paper as a favor, and thought nothing of it. But on the day the fashion piece came out in the paper, she lost her job as bank manager at the Tri-County bank on Signal Mountain.
Sheri Doub I WAS ASKED TO COLLECT MY BELONGINGS AND I WAS ESCORTED OUT THE FRONT DOOR AND ASKED TO RETURN THE KEYS. I WAS VERY EMOTIONAL, CRYING WHEN I LEFT.
Bank president Ann Smith wrote in this letter she wanted Doub’s resignation immediately. Smith wrote “The clothing or lack that you were modeling has caused great embarrassment to our organization. Doub says bank CEO Glenn Barker told her maybe she should pursue a career in modeling.
Sheri Doub I WAS DEVASTATED, I WAS IN SHOCK. DISBELIEF. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT BECAUSE I HAD WORKED FOR THEM FOR FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AND HAD DONE A GREAT JOB.
She filed this suit seeking 500 thousand dollars in damages. The bank responded this afternoon, reading from a prepared statement but answering no questions.
Ann Smith Citizen’s Tri Counties Bank IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT MS. DOUB’S CLAIMS ARE MORE SENSATIONAL THAN FACTUAL, THE BANK STRONGLY BELIEVES WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, WE WILL BE VINDICATED.
In its termination letter, the bank cites outside employment as a violation, but Doub says she received no compensation for this piece in any way.
Sheri Doub I WANT IT TO BE MADE KNOWN THAT IT IS NOT RIGHT TO DO THAT TO SOMEONE AND TAKE AWAY WHAT THEY HOPE WOULD BE THEIR CAREER FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
Ann Smith THAT DECISION WAS A CULMINATING EVENT THAT CAME IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BANK HAVING PRIOR ISSUES WITH HER JUDGMENT AND PERFORMANCE AS A BRANCH MANAGER.
Sheri Doub tells John, if a man did the same thing she did, she does not think he would’ve been fired.
That last line is very important, according to those more familiar with the law than me. An at-will employee may be dismissed for any reason, but discrimination is a big no-no. Ms. Doub is unlikely to win out in this thing because until a male employee of the bank poses in a thong, and is untouched by any termination or warning or reprimand, this is speculation.
You know what I’m thinking, though? Watch this one. Because she happens to be right; Women in skimpy clothing, bring out all kinds of irrationality in people, which men can’t bring out regardless of what they wear even if they want to. And I’m sorry Ms. Bank President Ann Smith, but there’s a challenge involved in giving this a luster of rationality. It doesn’t make sense when all’s said and done. Sheri Doub poses in a bikini for no money; Sheri Doub does her gardening in a bikini; Sheri Doub spends the afternoon at the lake in a bikini. What’s the difference amongst those three?
I mean yes there are some differences, but it’s difficult to argue that any of them are meaningful. Or that a man would be treated the same way for doing the same thing. Er…in swim trunks, that is, not a bikini.
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