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I'm a straight guy who, like most sensible straight guys, supports LGBTQ rights, especially considering… more »

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  • What keeps you up at night?: Zombie movies, existence of right-wing radicals
  • Tushy or Tuchus
  • What do you like to read when you poop?: Video game manuals
  • Too many teeth or No teeth at all
  • If you found out you were going to have a pit-bull baby, would you have an abortion?: Yes

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6:31 PM venomlash commented on "If We’re Serious About Reducing the Number of Guns in Our World, Then We Also Have to Reduce the Number of Guns in Our Movies.".
@3: The picture you linked to tried to make a cogent point and failed. Does the 1st Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression pertain only to quill pens and hand presses? No, but certain advances in expression ARE regulated more strictly than simple speech or handwriting. The airwaves, for example. Radio wave transmission is pervasive and unavoidable in a way that could never have been foreseen by the men who wrote the Bill of Rights. For that reason, it is regulated more strictly (by the FCC) than forms of expression known in the late 18th century.
Analogously, the more advanced weapons of today, including rifled and automatic firearms, are still protected by the 2nd Amendment, but rightly subject to stricter regulation.
Why? Do you think all weapons should be treated the exact same way by regulatory authority? (The right is "to bear arms", not "to bear firearms".) By that line of reasoning, if one is allowed to own a shotgun, one should also be allowed to own a AIM-9 Sidewinder.
3:17 PM venomlash commented on Why Are Conservatives Fighting Contraception?.
@77: Conservatives are fighting contraception in this case, and in many. Allow me to draw a parallel here: an overwhelming majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, support universal background checks. However, it is Republicans leading the charge against such a measure; is it fair to say that Republicans are fighting universal background checks?
I'm perfectly fine with a headline saying "liberals fight against big sodas" or whatever. As long as it doesn't say "ALL liberals", it's accurate. And as much as I think banning big sodas is a dumb idea, nobody needs 64oz of diabeetus potion at once.
3:05 PM venomlash commented on Rachel Maddow Shreds Tucker Carlson.
@4: You know that Rather et al. didn't actually create the fake documents, right? They just didn't do their due diligence in authenticating stuff before airing it.
3:02 PM venomlash commented on If Kids Got Raped At Denny's As Often As They Get Raped At Church....
@13: Teachers are generally background-checked. Pastors almost never are. One thing you see in the Catholic Church that you almost never see in public education is an authority figure abusing children, followed by a cover-up in which the authority figure is simply relocated to a different district, followed by a repetition of the abuse.
Also, that "[s]ource" wasn't evidence, but rather an opinion piece written by the executive editor of the National Catholic Register. Not exactly an objective source! If you want the actual evidence, you may find Ms. Shakeshaft's report here.
2:48 PM venomlash commented on Did You Recently Donate Three Human Skulls to the Bellevue Goodwill?.
SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE
8:23 PM yesterday venomlash commented on Why Are Conservatives Fighting Contraception?.
@65: ...eeexcept that the taxes YOU pay are not dependent on the financial status of anyone but yourself. You've got this simplistic idea of "government takes my money and gives it to some lazy fag somewhere" (not a direct quote) that doesn't have anything to do with how things actually work.
Everyone pays some taxes. Everyone gets some benefit. But whenever anyone gets some benefit YOU think they don't deserve, you insist that your paltry contribution to the collective whole gives you total control over how the whole is spent.

Your spiteful insistence that it is wrong for public dollars to pay for anything for poor people, whether or not it saves taxpayer money overall, is nothing shy of ridiculous.
By your logic, we should do away with prisons! Who cares if incarcerating and rehabilitating criminals keeps them off the street? Our hard-earned dollars shouldn't pay for food and housing for lawbreakers!

"And it's entirely possible for a thing to be formally legal and also profoundly wrong and ill considered."
That's funny, since you seem to be incapable of distinguishing between the two. You think Obamacare is wrong, so you insist it's "illegal" and "unconstitutional" despite it BEING a law and BEING FOUND BY THE SUPREME COURT to be Constitutional. Don't try to pull a fast one with me, you worm.

I would like to make a correction, however. I have in several places mistakenly attributed the right of Congress to tax incomes to the 14th Amendment; the correct source of authorization is the 16th Amendment. I apologize for the inaccuracy.

I shall leave you with the following two direct quotes from you, Seattleblues:
"Taxing authority and government activity do actually have limits, though you wish they didn't."
"I already suggested a solution. Have a kid taxpayers must support and you lose parental rights."
That's right. You want to restrict the federal government to its barest defined powers, but you also want it to take kids away from people who get welfare benefits. Do you see any inconsistency here?
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8:07 PM yesterday venomlash commented on Patty Murray and Senate Democrats Draft Bill to Override Hobby Lobby's Anti-Birth-Control Bullshit.
@9: ROFL HUH you don't know what a fetus is.
8:06 PM yesterday venomlash commented on Loose Box of Smallpox Virus Found in NIH Storeroom.
I say we keep smallpox in carefully-controlled secure laboratories for cautious research. If a related pox emerges as a threat, smallpox could be invaluable as an object of study.
11:14 AM yesterday venomlash commented on BBC Officially Has No Time for Science Skeptics.
@23: Agreed; GMO hysteria is one of the more aggravating problems with the political left in America. Plenty of people don't distinguish between "genetically-modified" and "transgenic", nor do they understand that SOME modifications are perfectly benign. Terminator genes, pesticide resistance, and insecticide production I'm against, and I do support mandatory labeling of transgenic organisms in food, but tweaking promoter sequences to make crops grow faster is nothing to sneeze at. Biotech is a powerful tool that can be used for good or evil purposes.
11:09 AM yesterday venomlash commented on Crowd Refuses to Pay Light Rail Fare to Protest Immigrant Youth's Death at Sodo Station.
If he pulled a gun on a LEO, he has only himself to blame for his current state of deadness. If not, obviously there's some massive cover-up. Let's see what the tape shows, but right now I'm going to go with the police version of events, absent definitive evidence otherwise.
 
 

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