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Sep 18, 2015 abrock_ca commented on SL Letter of the Day: Gender-Neutral in a Dress.
regardless of what the LW ends up identifying with, this is excellent advice

"Wear whatever you like, identify however you like, and refuse to engage with idiots who think they have a right to critique, dictate, or overrule your gender identity.
Aug 27, 2015 abrock_ca commented on Savage Love.
@54 - people are morons.
Aug 26, 2015 abrock_ca commented on Savage Love.
Honestly, I am appalled that someone hacked Ashley Madison. A private site, with private cheaters - it should not have been hacked.

On the other hand, I'm thrilled that people like Dugger and Rader got caught on it...what hypocrites! So I admit I am enjoying that part of it. But I would have preferred no one went after the site at all. I've heard conflicting reasons for the attack - that they are appalled at the "immorality" or they are appalled that AM charged to purge the data completely - but it's nothing any self-respecting hacker should have done.

I do wonder why anyone would use their work address on such a site; are people really that clueless? I guess so.
Aug 18, 2015 abrock_ca commented on The GOP Wants to End Birthright Citizenship.
This is so stupid. They are all for the constitution until they are against the constitution. Our nation was founded by immigrants; it has become strong because of immigrants; this is a slap in the face of all the "first generation" born here after their parents immigrated here - legally or illegally.

I like #19's comment. Let's make it retroactive - but all the way back to the founding of the country - and then only people descended from Native Americans can be citizens.
Jun 18, 2015 abrock_ca commented on Brian Brown Suggests Terry and I Stole Our Son from His Biological Parents.
If I pretend to be an anti-gay christian, will you have me over for dinner? That Christmas spread looks awesome!
Mar 5, 2015 abrock_ca commented on Jimmy Kimmel's Awesome Vaccine PSA.
um - how did the Kimmel video get replaced by the love baby soft ad? was it just me?
Jan 1, 2015 abrock_ca commented on We Regret These Errors.
I love this annual column!

and yes, I would have eaten the pork buns.
Dec 2, 2014 abrock_ca commented on Classy GOP Staffer Fired After Slamming Obama Girls for Their Lack of "Class".
Look, I don't like how the repubs have their knives out for Pres. Obama. And yes, her tweet was classless.

But - don't we all at some point in our lives say something we shouldn't? Given that she apologized for the tweet, I'm not sure she should have lost her job over it. Yes, I know, she's communications director. Yes, I know, it was a stupid, thoughtless tweet.

I guess I would just like for us all to relax a little and give ourselves some permission to fuck up.

Reading a book recently by Bryan Stevenson called "Just Mercy". In it, he says something like "we are all better than the worst thing we have ever done" or something like that. Meaning we shouldn't only be judged by the worst thing we ever did, but by other parts of our lives.(And of course Lauten should have considered this before criticizing the girls, but - hey, we all make mistakes.)

And digging up Lauten's shoplifting from age 17 is pretty tacky in my opinion.

I know mine is a minority opinion; and believe me, I'm a die-hard progressive who abhors what the republican party has become. But- in this case - I lean toward a little mercy.
Nov 29, 2014 abrock_ca commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Care Package.
While I initially thought the giftbag was a horrible idea, Dan seemed to think it was ok, so now I'd love to know what the contents were.

Otherwise, yes, they should both move on separately; a check for the cost of the abortion would be good; and yes, the guy does seem a bit thoughtless, but it's hard to judge from letters.
Nov 29, 2014 abrock_ca commented on Slog Readers Push Lucie's Place Fundraiser Past Its Goal.
amazing. Sometimes social media (assisted by bloggers) is really great.