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Dec 4, 2013 CNNicholby commented on SLLLOTD: Tenure Track.
@6 but it's a lot more first dates than second dates. A few friends on OkC suggest maybe 20:1 or even 50:1. That's a lot of churn.
Jul 16, 2013 CNNicholby commented on SL Letter of the Day: His Anglican Organ.
My kid says, "I got screwed." Now, should I take this as meaning someone literally fucked him up the ass, or can we agree this has become a figure of speech that transcends its origins?

I sympathize with the language police; it feels sometimes as if language is the problem and something that can be easily corrected. What they forget, however, is that it's the attitudes that drive the language, not the other way around. A perfectly decent egalitarian isn't going to turn into a misogynist by saying "cunt" or "bitch" or "pussy-whipped."

Language is not a static thing, though, we give it meaning and we take away meaning. We call someone a cunt not because it's a woman's reproductive organs and those are obviously bad, but because it's the Worst Thing You Can Say™. I daresay a woman's reproductive organs are rarely on anyone's mind when the term is used; it's the shock value alone that matters. Consider how "cunt" and "pussy" are both used pejoratively to refer to the same thing, but one is considered worse than the other.

All of the words we use have origins, and most are metaphorical in derivation. The reason we use cunt and asshole and dick and pussy and shithead and so on is because they are vulgar. Slate's Lexicon Valley is very helpful in understanding how profanity and vulgarity has changed. Look for episode #28.…

As for nigger and faggot, they're neither profane nor vulgar, nor do they have a meaning in US English that has transcended their origin (except when members of the target group have re-appropriated the term).
May 13, 2013 CNNicholby commented on There Is No Goldy.
Goldy, why do you hate our Lord and Savior? Is it just so you can continue to live a sinful lifestyle that you deny Him? I believe once you allow Him into your heart, once He touches you with His Noodly Appendage, you will come to repent your sinful ways and turn once again towards the path of righteousness and all things saucy and delicious.
Mar 26, 2013 CNNicholby commented on T-Mobile Ditches Phone Contracts Altogether.
If I didn't care about what kind of phone I wanted, I'd get Republic.

I've had T-Mo for a while now and one thing people don't realize is just how much spectrum (and cash) they got from that failed AT&T deal. And with fewer customers using T-Mo, they truly do have more bandwidth than AT&T. Case in point, I'm writing this from a NJ hotel room with my business partner. I'm getting approximately 19Mbps down on T-Mo's not-really-4G-HSPA-network, while he's getting 2Mbps down on AT&T's certified-real-4G-LTE network. We had similar experiences in Boston and Seattle - that so-called faster network isn't so fast when everyone and their uncle has an iPhone.

Which... is probably the one reason they're not doing so well. Their lack of an iPhone means fewer people will be willing to switch to them. But if you can get an unlocked* CDMA iPhone 5, it will work with T-Mo's current GSM network and their future 3.5G HSPA+ network. If you buy the unlocked GSM iPhone 5, it will work on their current 3.5G HSPA+ network (although only at 21Mbps) and future 4G LTE network (which will be in the same bands as AT&T). And you can save $20-40/mo over Verizon and AT&T while you do it.

*the CDMA bands won't be unlocked, but these phones also support GSM which is unlocked
Feb 10, 2013 CNNicholby commented on Slog Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 7:9.
I'm pretty sure Paul was referencing gonorrhea. Presumably if you married a virgin you'd be safe from this and other STIs of the time.
Jul 11, 2012 CNNicholby commented on Savage Love.
Projecting from my own experience here, but is it possible he put on the weight because she stopped fucking him? I used to have a ripped physique while my girlfriend was about 40lbs overweight when I met her. Even as she lost weight, the sex dropped off dramatically and I soon found myself feeling resentful and eating more and exercising less to compensate. Sure, if I helped out around the house more, lost weight, wooed her more...THEN there would be more sex. So I lost weight, started doing more chores (even though I had a full time job and she had none), did more things to show she was appreciated and surprise surprise, even less sex (I know, couldn't have seen that one coming).

So, yeah. Whatever the problem LBS has, it's likely in her head. I don't think she needs a doctor, I think she needs to be radically honest with herself and decide whether she truly is attracted to this guy or not. And if the answer is "not" she needs to quit torturing this guy and move on to someone she is attracted to.
Jun 28, 2012 CNNicholby commented on Tweet of the Day.
slacker! why do we pay him again?
Jun 5, 2012 CNNicholby commented on Seattle Cupcake Maker Endorses Barack Obama's Socialist Health Care Program, Is Rewarded in Presidential Tweets.
@22 Yes, but by including the people like me in the pool, people who don't typically use the healthcare system, the average cost per beneficiary would go down and the average revenue per beneficiary would go up. With the current system only including the elderly and infirm, it's no surprise the average cost is so high.

Plus it's time to start up those death panels. Sorry grandma, but I don't want to pay for your open heart surgery at 89.
Jun 5, 2012 CNNicholby commented on To All the Divisive Haters Trying to Drive a Wedge Between Racial Minorities and Gays.
Don't forget the original wedge between poor whites and colored folks. That one is still going strong.