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May 11 Corydon commented on The Resignation of the US Census Bureau Director Is a Much Bigger Story than the Firing of Comey.
Determining whose votes count and whose don't is a really important, subtle (because most people just assume the system works) way of controlling access to power. Little known fact: when the first emperor Augustus was offered any position he wanted in the republican machinery of Roman government, the job he took wasn't that of consul, but rather the fairly lowly, bureaucratic job of censor. But in that position, he drew up the rolls with the membership of the senate.

@4 The census is still a really important job. Getting an accurate count does more to put at least something of a brake on gerrymandering. It also affects how and where money is spent.

And it's important that the count is right. We've been seeing floods of people moving back into city cores that were abandoned in the '50s, '60s and '70s (one reason housing prices are sky high). Those people, who tend to lean left, absolutely need to be counted accurately.

@1 The census is one of a very short list of jobs that the Constitution specifies that the federal government absolutely must do (Article 1, Section 2, if you want to check for yourself). Not even the most ardent, die-hard Tea Partier would object to the federal government carrying out that particular task.

So no, the President doesn't just get to get around the Constitution by defunding the census bureau.
Apr 26 Corydon commented on #ShoutYourAbortion and Civilization Have Won a Webby Award.
@15 I do vehemently support all these things. Colorado had a privately funded program that provided teenage girls with free IUDs that cut teenage pregnancy and abortion rates drastically. Huge success, so of course they aren't going to continue doing it. And I believe that a just and virtuous society ought to provide comprehensive health care from prenatal to hospice. I'll go further: I am firmly anti-war, a pacifist, despite having served in the Army in my younger years. I believe that as a developed country we not only have an obligation to meet the needs of our own citizens, but also to work to address issues of poverty around the world. I do privilege human life above that of other organisms. I'm an environmentalist first and foremost because of the effects on human life.

But I have to admit I have a problem with abortion. I don't express it much because I feel doubly unqualified to comment as a gay man; I really cannot have any personal stake in the issue. I suppose in my ideal world, I would want women who do get pregnant to have all of the support and love they need feel comfortable making a choice not to get an abortion, but that's not the world we live in, as Lindy West's story makes clear.

But the thought does occur that in an alternate universe where Ms. West had chosen not to have an abortion, her child would have been turning 7 this year and probably well-settled into first grade, where he or she might have been doing projects on life in other countries or learning addition and subtraction or being some other kid's best friend for life, like my nephew is now, like I did in first grade.

That seven year old child would not have been some widget to be replaced at a more opportune time. That seven year old would have been unique, never before seen in this world and never to be seen again.

That strikes me as a real loss for us all, including a loss for Ms. West, and one that pro-choice advocates seem reluctant to address.
Apr 25 Corydon commented on Senator Patty Murray Is Trying to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy Nationwide.
I read the bill that @3 helpfully linked to and it does seem unusually broad.

I also have to wonder just how common it is for Congress to legislate concerning specific therapies. I know we have an FDA and all that, but we've also got a massive supplement and herbal remedies industry that is at least as questionable as conversion therapy. Nobody really seems to object too much to that even if the herbs in question are potentially dangerous, probably because of the money at stake.

This strikes me as pretty much just a full-on pander. The bill is going nowhere and everyone knows it. It literally accomplishes nothing except to shore up a little support for the politicians signing on to it.
Apr 21 Corydon commented on Savage Love.
SHUTOUT, it may be worth knowing that these people are bad Catholics too. Catholicism disapproves of any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, of course, but that does not mean that heterosexual Catholics are permitted to treat you like shit. The Catechism is pretty clear about how LGBT people are supposed to be treated by others.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

If you want to be a Catholic, then you are obliged to recognize that same-sex sexual activity is sinful, that monogamy is required, etc., etc. But, the mere fact of being gay or lesbian or bisexual isn't in itself sinful, only the acts are. My guess is that you're not all that interested in being a Catholic, so the Catechism doesn't apply to you.

It does apply to your in-laws, however. So the next time they treat you disrespectfully, you might helpfully offer them some guidance for something they might want to discuss in confession.
Apr 19 Corydon commented on What It's Like to Tinder in Spokane (More Guns).
Any word on what the Grindr/Scruff landscape looks like? Enquiring minds want to know!
Apr 14 Corydon commented on Here's That Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer....
@3 Not bloody likely, considering what Disney shelled out for the franchise.
Apr 8 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: This Land Was Made for You & Me (to Have Sex in Public).
@13, personally I find that it's just as good of a substitute. But then, for me the appeal is being seen and watched (and hopefully appreciated), not so much the risk of getting caught doing something you shouldn't be. As with any kink, YMMV
Apr 7 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: This Land Was Made for You & Me (to Have Sex in Public).
LW already has a partner who wants to fuck outside, so really, unless you are exhibitionists or are trolling for a third partner, the two of you can go anywhere remote and get your groove on reasonably safely.

I really enjoyed cruising outdoors in my youth. Something about the taboo nature, the setting, the anonymity and uncertainty were all very exciting. I actually fantasized about it even before I consciously understood I was gay.

But here's the thing, especially about cruising in urban parks: a lot of people use them for a lot of purposes, including letting the kids run around. I've come around to the idea that having sex where someone who is not a voyeur stands a decent chance of seeing me get it on is kind of rude. I just don't want to ruin someone else's experience of the park.

So if my partner and I want to fuck outside, we go somewhere where we almost certainly won't meet anyone else. And if I want to put on a show or get into something random, I'll do that somewhere appropriate like a sex party or bath or something. Another alternative are the few places where outdoor nudity is expected (like a nude beach). There are also gay campgrounds and resorts (and, I'm assuming straight equivalents).