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Apr 13 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Safe Play During Moresomes with Strangers.
Oh, another thing.

IMHO, the PDM should have realized he wasn't wanted and went home. True, he bought the booze but he would have gotten two things in return. First, he would have learned that the other people, including the LW, weren't his type of people and he could move on. Second, he would have held the moral high ground. They would be the "bad people", not him. As it stands his attempts to leverage what he did for them makes him, well, a PDM.

Apr 12 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Safe Play During Moresomes with Strangers.
I never, ever thought I would say this.

I am so happy I'm no longer the type of person who gets invited to these parties.

Tea parties, yes. Sex parties, most definitely not.
Apr 11 GhostDog commented on The United Airlines Incident (and Delta's Ongoing Cancellations) Reflect How Much Plane Travel Is Sucking Right Now.
I'm glad I'm flying Southwest instead.

It isn't exactly luxury but it is pretty nice and they get me there ok.
Apr 7 GhostDog commented on What the Woman Who Invented the Term "White Fragility" Thinks About Trump.

I did it because it was the right thing to do and because it was what my grandfather and his friends(who fought actual for reals Nazis) would have done. I did it because I want a world where better really does mean better for everyone. Since it happened I think I can count the times I've brought it up on one hand, usually when people ask me about my religious life(and from time to time I even leave that part out, it isn't exactly awesome to bring up) or when someone tries to tell me how racist I am so they will leave me alone and stop badgering me to feel even more guilty and awful than I already do.

And I'm no hero, not really. Not unless you mean in the "the hero pays the price" sense.

I would have to disagree about goodness being it's own reward(doesn't pay for my therapy bills or fill that hole in my heart I ended up with for my trouble), but that's a whole other discussion.
Apr 7 GhostDog commented on What the Woman Who Invented the Term "White Fragility" Thinks About Trump.

I mostly agree with you but not quite 100%, at least for me.

I not only feel like I'm being personally attacked but I also feel like racism is being used as a sort of backdoor "original sin", meaning that we are always racist, will never not be racist, and basically have to live in fear of hurting POC who we hang out with but we still have to hang out with them because if we don't we are even more racist.

That said, this topic is especially sensitive to me because I spent time in anti-racist work against neo Nazis and lost many friends and my religion because of it.

Mar 23 GhostDog commented on Dems Are Going To Filibuster Gorsuch But We're All Going to Die Anyway Because of the AHCA.
@1. Called it. Wish like hell I was wrong, though.
Mar 22 GhostDog commented on Amazon: Killing Jobs One Robot At a Time.

" I suspect in the macro there will be a shift as these economies continue to grow at a relatively faster rate, while ours continues to gradually slow down - at least until some other economic driver comes along to stimulate the process locally (that is, nationally, as opposed to extra-nationally)"

We've been waiting for a very long time for the economic driver in question to arrive. At this point I'm pretty skeptical that it will show up in my lifetime(I'm 40 now). The problem is that the nature of the technological advancements we have been making, by their very nature, reduce labor requirements. Also we are reaching saturation in regards to what people are willing to pay for.
Mar 21 GhostDog commented on Trump Doesn't Give Two Shits About His Supporters (And Neither Should You).

"So our outreach strategy is to ratchet up the hatred? Then what, start shooting at each other? "

I'm afraid that is where things are headed and there really isn't any way to stop it.

The right has been fed a steady diet of hate since around 1994 first by Rush, then by Fox, and now by Breitbart, World News Daily, etc.

If we wanted to stop it we would have to first go back to around 1995.

The people we are talking about haven't wanted to hear anything we have to say since around midway through the second Bush administration. We are all "libtards" and "cucks" now and if we said the sky was blue they'd scream and shot it was red just to see if they could make us cry.

I'm afraid you don't seem to understand. We aren't going to have a civil war. It started quite some time ago. It just has more in common with the cold war than the first civil war. There is nothing we can say and nothing we can do to change it and, even worse, there isn't even a way for one side or the other to win outside of the other side 100% dying out such that they can't even have kids to perpetuate the conflict.

It may take a few years but our Republic is already dead. It just doesn't fully realize it yet.
Feb 14 GhostDog commented on Release Date for Dear White People is Announced, Pisses off White Nationalists.

This is precisely true, actually. In this case they are using a definition of genocide that includes mixed race relationships which stretches the word to the point of meaninglessness.
Feb 10 GhostDog commented on Republican Congressman Dave Reichert Is Hiding from His Constituents.
Actually, oddly enough, the problem he's going to have isn't going to be from people who don't want the ACA repealed.

The problem he's going to have are from the people who want it repealed RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW.

Remember that Trump and the Republicans swore on God, Mom, and Apple Pie that they would repeal and replace Obamacare with something amazing before the chair in the Oval Office was really and truly adjusted to a new president.

Unfortunately when they got into the numbers they realized that if they out and out repealed the ACA they would take away health care from 20 million people and all of their efforts to replace the ACA invariably end up with something that looks like...the ACA. This, btw, is not a coincidence as the DNA for the ACA has a high percentage of the Heritage Foundation's health care plan that eventually became Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts.

This means they have not only the people on the left who are upset about the plans to repeal but they also have the people on the right who are upset that Obamacare hasn't been repealed and replaced with something super amazing and awesome.

I can't really blame the congresspeople for not wanting to face people after that. It's awful and we need to force them on the issue but I do understand it.