commented on If Republicans Wanted to Hurt Obamacare, Well, Their Shutdown Is Having the Opposite Effect
The plague of STUPID has always been here (and, sadly, will likely always be here). The trouble is that we've (the collective we, not, you know, us) have allowed the STUPID to blossom, indeed fertilized it, since . . .
Oh, hell, I blame Reagan.
commented on "The Thing of It Is, I Need My Paycheck. That Is the Bottom Line."
As for how it can be fought:
Vote. Vote for progressives (or the closest thing you can find). Vote in every election. Especially in the state and local contests. We're mostly screwed until the next census, but we must build the foundation now.
Talk. Tell every like-minded (or other than close-minded, but you're welcome to take a swing at them too) person you know that they must vote. (For progressives in every election, blah blah.)
Persevere. The wingnuts worked for decades to get to where they are. It won't take us quite so long, but it won't be a cake walk either.
commented on Richard Dawkins Is Cool With "Mild Pedophilia”
Can't say I've ever read anything by Dawkins. But he doesn't seem to stretch very far from his own skin. If he hasn't observed/experienced it, then it doesn't exist. Sexual harassment? Nope. Never seen it. Besides, there are women in parts of the world who have it worse. Sexual molestation? Well, I was touched inappropriately when I was a child, but I'm none the worse for wear, so I suppose it's all okay.
Serious lack of empathy in that dude. (But too large a microphone.)
commented on Homophobe Messes With the Wrong Gay Rugby Player on Capitol Hill
Jesus Motherfucking Christ. I see that this is the most commented on Slog, so I take a peek to see if there's some active discussion going on since it was first posted, and it's all fucking Rob in Goddamn Baltimore! Motherfuck, dude! Give it a break.
I've been called a faggot a million times in my life, but the only times that stick in my memory, the only times that still dig, are the times that it was muttered by some asshole passerby with a clear escape path. Sure, many of the times when it was said "to my face" were met with, in hindsight, an ineffective response, but it's those drive-by fuckers that rankle. Because they were not answered! Those motherfuckers deserve an answer! They have to learn that there are consequences for their hate speech. That we will not lie down and take it!
I think we all agree that non-violence is preferred - and were I in the situation, that would have been provided - but I cannot fault the rugby player. In the end, no one was hurt, and someone (Goddess willing) learned something.
commented on Get Pumped Full of Quercetin with Neighborhood News
Thank you, @2. I agree. I mean, there's that store up around 67th on 15th, but it's unlikely they'll be participating in the sidewalk sale from a couple of miles down the road. I haven't seen any Scandinavian crap here in well over a decade. Nope. Naw. Nuh-uh.