commented on There Are No Atheists In Foxholes
I thought the question and the way he phrased it, "You gotta thank the lord," was ridiculous and presumptuous. Even in the Bible Belt. She answered so graciously and I'm glad she didn't back down and let him know she's an atheist.
commented on What Did You Do This Weekend?
@32, no, Palin is a quitter, plain and simple. There is no credit to give to her. She abandoned the people who elected her to go off and work for Fox News.
I have never liked her, so my opinion hasn't changed, but come up to Alaska and talk to those who supported her and you will find many of their attitudes have changed. Alaskans don't take kindly to those who abandon us and even those who strongly supported her candidacy as governor and vice president, turned their backs on her after she resigned as governor. One Alaskan blogger only refers to her as "the Quitter".
The credit she can take is bringing down the McCain 2008 presidential race and for that, I do say thank you. Otherwise, she is nothing more than a mouthpiece for right-wing conspiracy nuts.
Oh, and while I do agree that one shouldn't wish cancer on another, I will say that she can have my Crohn's disease any time. It's incredibly painful, makes it so you can't eat, and requires lots of doctor visits and more colonoscopies than you can count (4 in one year is my personal record). Considering the amount of shit that comes out of her mouth, I think it's only fitting that she have an ailment that requires her to be scoped on a regular basis.
commented on How Long Did You Last?
@20, he did sound like Trey Parker doing his bad "Christian Rock" singer voice! Thanks, I needed that. Makes the memory of what I listened to a lot easier to tolerate.
I made it to about 1:45. I also had to stop after the part about God bringing people to their knees. I couldn't help but wonder what the singer might have done to cause God to bring him to his knees. You know, the whole, "He who is without sin cast the first stone," thing. Be careful what you wish for. Who really wants to worship a God who would condemn "His" children to burning in hell for eternity?
Ug, I need a palate cleanser. Maybe I'll watch a good episode of South Park.
commented on Advice Cop: A Clear Case of DTMFA
Stating you are not into your partner's kink and/or that it turns you off, is perfectly fine. Turning around and shaming your partner for having said kink is NOT fine. That is the reason this person should DTMFA. Not that she refused him, but in how she refused him, shamed him for it, and then threatened to tell their mutual friends. Not cool.
commented on John Corvino: Anal Sex
His description of sex as something messy and strange reminds me of a song by Stuart Davis. It's called Immanence. The chorus is
Everybody wants to taste,
a little something carbon based.
Sex is proof the Holy Ghost
crawls around in stuff that's gross.
It's a great song!
(P.S. he's not religious, but a lot of his songs do have an irreverently spiritual side.)
commented on Has Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Ever Had a Blowjob? Eaten Pussy? Fucked Ass? Eaten Ass?
@14, I agree with you. If you are grossed out by the fact that a 47 year-old lured 17 year-olds into oral sex, which is legal given the age of consent, then raise the age of consent. Or, perhaps, if the 47 year-old was in a position of authority, such as a teacher or police officer, you could change the law to make such acts illegal, even if the 17 year-old is technically legal.
The year after I graduated high school, it was discovered that one of the English teachers had been, for years, having sexual affairs with various 17 year-old seniors. He would pick one female student each year, groom her and then have sex with her, often on school grounds. However, he finally picked the wrong girl - a Mormon who went along with him at first, but then freaked out and told her family, bringing the situation to light.
He was fired, but since the age of consent is 17 in our state, no charges could be brought against him. However, shortly thereafter, a new law was proposed: If the perpetrator is in a position of authority over the victim (a teacher, coach, youth pastor, etc.), then even if the victim is above the age of consent, charges can still be brought. The idea is that even if it was technically consensual, there is an element of coercion considering the perp's status over the victim.
This new law bears the name of that former teacher, and it has been used more than once.
commented on Today In the East Carolinian
@54, while she does have the right to voice her opinion, she and others like her do NOT have the right to deny other people their right to marry the person they love. We also have the right to tell her so.
Her argument that same-sex marriage shouldn't be legal because some people object to it is shocking considering she is an African-American woman. Here is her final paragraph:
"When dealing with an entire society of various demographics, be mindful that not everybody is supportive of your lifestyle, and don’t expect people to be. It’s the harsh truth that what you are doing is abnormal and wrong to a large group of people."
Here's the same paragraph with a few changes that I hope would help people see how ridiculous her argument is:
"When dealing with an entire society of various demographics, be mindful that not everybody thinks African-Americans are fully human, and don’t expect all people to do so. It’s the harsh truth that what you are is considered sub-human and worthy of hate to a large group of people."
You could do the same thing with being a woman.
Best comment by Anonymous: "By your logic, you should stop being black because some people are still racist. Gays shouldn’t lose their rights because you find it offensive."
commented on "A kilo is a kilo is a kilo."
@54, yes it makes more sense for smaller airlines to go by weight.
In Alaska, there are a lot of small commercial and freight flights that go to various villages. I've been on some of them and they do ask you what you weigh before they let you know where your seat will be. Due to the small size of the plane, they need to make sure they aren't exceeding the weight limit and to make sure the weight they do carry is appropriately balanced on the plane. In that situation, it makes a lot of sense that a smaller carrier might want to start charging by weight.
BTW, @5, as another commented, the appropriate variable is the cost of the fuel consumed, rather than the price of the fuel. You are correct that the price of fuel is not related to the weight of the passengers. However, the cost of the fuel consumed during the flight IS directly related to the amount of weight the plane is carrying. More weight, more fuel consumed. I'm sure it's not a perfect correlation, but I would guess it is at least a linear relationship.