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Sep 10, 2013 Kumquat commented on Richard Dawkins Is Cool With "Mild Pedophilia”.
Well, to be more precise, proving that humans of all stripes and creeds can be pretty screwed up in certain areas. What is crazy weird to me about this is that I feel I've read the exact same thing from a Catholic cardinal a few months back. Now I'm wracking my brain to find the article, because how weird would it be if *this* is what R.Dawkins has in common with the Catholic Hierarchy?
Jun 16, 2013 Kumquat commented on Photos From The Georgetown Carnival.
I second (third?) the love for Boe. His kind of generous free spirit is refreshing to see- nothing vulgar about it!
Jun 11, 2013 Kumquat commented on For Just $69 (Each), You Can Attend a Daddy/Daughter Purity Ball in Bellevue This Weekend!.
The whole $69 bit is more proof we live in a universe where the line between satire and reality is just erased.
Jun 11, 2013 Kumquat commented on Rand Paul Aide Frets Over America's "Judeo-Christian Heritage".
Besides the content, I see a lot of similarities in syntax and tone between David Lane and our own Siddha!
Apr 30, 2013 Kumquat commented on Brave CBS Reporter Speaks Up for Underprivileged Older Christian White Men.
Yes. Check. Those attributes alone are not enough to- um- get you a cookie? What?
Apr 22, 2013 Kumquat commented on You Don't Know Either, Amanda Palmer.
Well, again, I feel empathy for Dzhokar and I feel grossed out by Amanda's poem. Somehow, I don't feel I'm giving into mob mentality over this one, and I don't feel like I'm betraying my empathy for Dzhokar and his brother over not liking this particular poem. In fact, I'd say not liking this poem is pretty incidental to my response to anything that happened in Boston.
Apr 22, 2013 Kumquat commented on You Don't Know Either, Amanda Palmer.
Or I guess what Matt from Denver said.
Apr 22, 2013 Kumquat commented on You Don't Know Either, Amanda Palmer.
I don't want to speak for Megan's outrage, but since you are asking, I'll offer my own, Delirian.

I find the poem offensive because it does *not* do the thing that you are claiming it does- it does not humanize Dzhokar- it attempts to speak for him, and in a way that is incredibly off putting, and ultimately just points the finger back at Amanda Palmer. As humans who collectively experienced (at a once or twice remove, depending on who you are on this thread) something horrific, and are still processing it, it's off putting and offensive to have a public figure (which, you know, is the sort of result of being a successful artist- she is a public figure) take all of that awfulness and then just turn the spotlight on themselves. "Wait, wait, see how provacative and risque I'm being!" is what comes across from this poem. Whether that's because of clumsy artistry or that's the intent, it's still really annoying and not really useful. And, honestly, a lot of crap is offensive because it's crap. Seriously, people devote their lives to dissecting other's artistic output based on the metric of "is this crap or not".

I agree with you that it is paramount to remember the humanity of Dzhokar. You can hold that position and also hold that this poem is crap.

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Apr 8, 2013 Kumquat commented on The Morning News: Margaret Thatcher Dies, Hillary Clinton Writes a Book, and Chile Digs Up a Nobel Laureate.
Was there an article I missed somehow that #4 pertains to, or is it just sort of a random comment that didn't fit anywhere else today, and just ended up here? Is it somehow linked to the Nutella one? The worst date ever one? I'm just so confused by the placement here!

Mar 25, 2013 Kumquat commented on Gaytheists.
Actually, now that I think about it, my father in law's super conservative church was *way* more on the ball- and fiercely advocating for- protection against human trafficking than anyone else I am aware of. They take in people who've been illegally trafficked, help them find housing, navigate within the immigration system, help them find employment, etc etc. They also do lots of work to try to influence local and state legislation. His church is abysmal when it comes to gay rights (or even environmentalism), but they were really at the forefront of this particular issue.

Humans: we are a mixed bag!
 
 

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