Jun 26, 2015
commented on Peeping Tom Catches Bobby Jindal Announcing His Run For the White House
@8...well, no, creationism is not part of the official state curriculum. I live here. I promise it is not. However, teachers do have the option to teach creationism in science classrooms alongside evolution, using any materials they want. That is the real travesty of that law.
Not that I'm defending the horrible state legislature (though now that he is leaving office they finally stood up to him a little tiny bit in this last session...though they still passed legislation that was utterly stupid to make Jindal and Grover Norquist happy), and I'm certainly not defending Jindal. Just clarifying things on that point.
If it is any consolation, on a poll here that was actually conducted by a fairly conservative organization, Jindal lost to Hillary Clinton, and by a margin that was outside the margin of error. The man is hated here by both liberals and conservatives for what he did to this state. If he is still in the race (which is a long shot) when the Louisiana primary rolls around, he won't win his own state.
Apr 6, 2015
commented on High School Principal to Lesbian Student: You MUST Wear a Dress at Prom
I'm not saying that some nutjob on the right won't latch on to the "boy" comment, but I think the effect of that is mitigated somewhat by the fact that the student in question is also African-American (and, knowing that segregation is still a real thing in Louisiana, most of the school probably is, too).
I was really glad to see the superintendent come to the defense of the student, though. Monroe is pretty darned religiously conservative, but I sincerely doubt that teachers threatened not to chaperone if the student wore a tux. That's an excuse the principal was making up.
Feb 17, 2015
commented on The Cinerama's Salute to Best Picture Oscar Nominees Continues Tonight with Boyhood
I agree that Boyhood shouldn't win Best Picture. It was an OK film, but it was long and felt long, and most of the performances were kind of average at best.
Personally, I'm torn between Selma and Birdman. Very different movies, but they were both excellent. If one of them actually took it, though, it would likely be Birdman.
Feb 9, 2015
commented on MSNBC Reports on First Same-Sex Marriages in Ala-Fucking-Bama
I was bummed when I heard this. My office mate and I had a bet on the last five states. I had Louisiana (our state) before Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. She had both Alabama and Mississippi (where there is a stayed ruling overturning their ban) before Louisiana and Tennessee. We both had Arkansas last, where there is also a stayed ruling overturning.
Glad we did bet actual cash money.
Seriously, though, I'm so happy for the folks in Alabama. Hopefully I can rejoice with some friends here at home come this summer.
Sep 24, 2014
commented on "I'm Gay. Get Over It. I Love It. It's a Great Life."
@5 - I don't think that's what he intended with his comments, though I can see how they can be read that way. I think he probably just meant that he didn't come out, even to himself, until his early 20s. You are probably right, thought, that people who are inclined to think that sexual orientation is a matter of choice are going to read his comments that way.
Ferlo is from Pittsburgh, which is about a decade and a half behind the times in terms of politically correct lingo. It is not unusual for folks there, even allies, to use terminology like "sexual preference" instead of "sexual orientation." That's just the way the city is. I say that with love and affection - I grew up there and lived there until I moved to the deep South 12 years ago (and I long every day to go back...)
Ferlo's orientation was an open secret back in his days on city council. No one really talked about it, but most people, and certainly the people in his district, knew. He was (and to the best of my knowledge, still is) considered to actually have the interests of his constituents at heart.
Sep 3, 2014
commented on Federal Court Upholds Louisiana's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Sigh. I know I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up considering the state capital failed to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, etc., against LGBT people (only two metro council members voted in favor of it - Family Research Council and Louisiana Family Forum have a firm hold on the gonads of the politicians in this state), but given the trend, I had high hopes.
Every year I think more and more about moving to a real state.
Jul 30, 2014
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Love and Lyme
Y'all are being a little bit unfair here. No, Dr. Brotto didn't really answer her question probably because, as @8 suggested, she didn't have an answer. But knowing that, she may have been trying to give the LW and her husband some options they didn't think of or know existed. How many average people think about assistive sexual devices or sexual surrogates for people with disabilities?