Corydon
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Jan 20 Corydon commented on The Racists Are Not Afraid Anymore.
"Blacks Make Racial Slurs & Commit Hate Crimes Too!!"

Well, yes. In my experience all human beings are prone to prejudice. It's something we all have to struggle with.
Jan 20 Corydon commented on Thanks, Obama: Favorite Presidential Moments from the Last Eight Years.
As someone who was discharged under DADT and who later worked in a small way for its repeal, I've got to say this was really the high point for me. It was really hard for me to believe; I had to walk into a recruiter's office with my DD214 to see if it was really true (it was; at my age they would have let me into the reserves, I would have kept most of my rank, but would have had to go through basic training again. If I hadn't tested positive for HIV in the interim I might have done it too). That was one very personal thing that President Obama helped accomplish.

Speaking more broadly about the country, it's really hard to overstate the importance of the ACA. Democrats have been pushing towards the goal of coverage for all since the 1930s, but it's always been too heavy of a lift. The ACA is imperfect, both in philosophy (a simple, straight-up single payer system has always been my preference) and design (the criticisms about increasing premiums, decreasing benefits and lack of providers are valid), but has unquestionably been a major step forward in coverage.
Jan 16 Corydon commented on Inside the Debate Over Whether the Seattle Womxn's March Should Be Silent.
@3 At the risk of quoting a dead, white, cisgendered, male member of the patriarchy, "We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."

@6 Straight-up question for you: what is it about your gender, race and orientation that makes your voice an essential and powerful part of how you assert and defend yourself? Is that less true for people of other races? Other genders? Other orientations? Should we assign greater or lesser value to people's voices on those grounds?

I think President Obama was talking about the power of ideas, argued passionately, convincingly, and with conviction. Surely the ability to do that is independent of the traits you mentioned.

You seem to have accepted an identity based on those traits. To a large degree, society imposes that identity on you. What I'm suggesting is that you are much, much more than that.
Jan 16 Corydon commented on Attorney General Cracks Down on Landlords Who Ban Felons, Citing Disproportionate Impact on Black Renters.
@6 I've lived with people who had prior felonies before. Yes, with unlocked doors and everything. One even had a second degree murder conviction from a couple decades prior. People really do turn their lives around.

I think a better solution would be something like the UK's Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Basically, if you don't reoffend, then after a certain period of time, depending on the severity of the offense, your felony is considered "spent" and essentially wiped from your record.

In other words, it gives you full rehabilitation into society. You no longer have to report your record to anyone (except in certain narrow cases), not landlords, not employers, not the police. It doesn't turn up on background checks. You are simply no longer a felon.
Jan 12 Corydon commented on About Trump's L.L. Bean Tweet.
See, this is what happens when we allow every single last little detail of our lives to become saturated with politics. We are now reduced to analyzing tweets for hidden meanings and for whether we are being manipulated into boycotting this or that right or wrong person or whatever.

I, for one, am not going to live my life this way. I refuse to cede that much control over my life to Donald Trump.

So how about this: you like LL Bean's products? Their customer service? Then buy their stuff. They don't have the right size or color or design? Then don't.

Simple as that.
Jan 12 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letters of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up.
As far as the Strictly Come Dancing advice goes, I'd agree; if you're going to events like that solely to pick up then, yeah, you're a creeper. Go DIAF.

But that's not how I read the advice. I read the advice as saying, go out and do some interesting stuff. Meet some interesting people. Make some interesting friends. And, as you expand your social circle in healthy ways like that, the relationship piece probably will happen organically at some point. You can't predict when or where or with whom, but it will happen.

It does take patience. But so do most other good things in life.
Jan 10 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Stamping Out "Just My Preference" Gays.
@87 I'd fuck a hot Republican. That's why God has graciously provided us with ball gags.
Jan 10 Corydon commented on Dylann Roof Receives the Death Penalty in Charleston Massacre.
@2 Here's the problem with this idea: Roof is the case that legitimizes a system that we know damn well is racist and stacked against the poor.

I would happily support my tax dollars keeping Roof alive for the rest of his natural life in prison, if it meant we could get rid of a criminal penalty that we know has been unjustly applied.
Jan 9 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Stamping Out "Just My Preference" Gays.
I'm HIV positive. I put it on all my profiles, because it's the right thing to do.

Am I allowed to say I only prefer to get with other HIV+ guys?

Does that make me a hater?