Jul 3, 2015 LewisT commented on Seattle Jury Acquits Protesters Who Blocked Highway 99 on MLK Day; Juror Says The Action Was Free Speech.
@21 said it best. Say as many hypotheticals as you want. The jury was dealing with realty.
Jun 13, 2014 LewisT commented on Why Can't Hillary Answer the Question?.
Is Hillary Clinton going to break off ties with the fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia who send gays to prison? Savage says: Let's vote for her and HOPE!
And hey, speaking of prisons, is Clinton going to close Gitmo where American marines stacked naked prisoners on top of one another? CROSS YOUR FINGERS, JACK.
And hey, speaking of marines, is Clinton going to pull back America's colonial hegemony that is making democracy and therefore women and gay rights impossible in Palestine?
And hey, speaking of colonialism, is Clinton going to resolve the First-world/Third-world differences in the global warming treaties, giving all living things a chance for decent life? HEY, THAT'D BE A CHANGE.
Jun 12, 2014 LewisT commented on The Advocate Covers the Southern Baptist Convention Attack on Trans People.
"The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." -- 1 Samuel 16:7
Jun 12, 2014 LewisT commented on Shit Is Going Down In Iraq.
@61

From Al Jazeera:
LGBT rights may eclipse Winter Games (Jan 15, 2014)
LGBT boycott Russian vodka (Jul 30, 2013)
The scourge of bullying (Oct 27, 2011)

Jun 12, 2014 LewisT commented on Heads Up, Trans Activists.
I want to clear up a misconception. Tragedies in and of themselves don't do the trick. If they did, Guantanamo Bay would be closed and the war in Afghanistan would be over. We have this myth in this country that if you just tweak people's emotions and come up with a cute buzzword it's enough to make social change.

We need to reach out to the people who think of themselves as loving fathers, or open-minded liberals (like you), but have ignorant responses in a few areas. That's what the "policing" is about - making the base of the movement educated and stronger.

What you're proposing isn't much more than this: a good old-fashioned Marxist circlejerk: we wait for things to get really bad (hopefully a Civil War!) and then push for revolution. This turns the issue into one of angels and demons, don't you see? Dan this is sad recycled dogma and it's not how social change happens. Don't you think progress on gay rights happened by educating the mushy middle, the people on the fence. Then once the issue becomes hot enough it becomes election-worthy, and THEN the tragic stories can have an effect-- to shore up the emotional "framing."
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Jun 11, 2014 LewisT commented on Shit Is Going Down In Iraq.
Just read non-corporate news. The Real News Network, Democracy NOW! are two that come to mind. Also the leading foreign affairs journal Foreign Policy is good.
Dec 3, 2012 LewisT commented on Case Closed: Bisexual Men Exist!.
I'm not gay, so I don't know what it feels like to be completely alien to the culture around you. I totally understand being defensive and even cruel, because social stigma is so strong to us as a species.

But I want to bring up two things in response.

First, I think we can agree here's a conversation that needs to stop happening:

Is so-and-so gay?
No, he likes pussy.

variation:

Are you gay?
No. I like pussy.

Second: Gay/straight is a binary that obviously appeals to people, the same way Christian/heathen does, or natural/unnatural. Bisexuals don't have it incredibly easy just because we can blend in. And I'm sorry to go all caps but this is where gays start to show their own homophobia. YOU CAN'T BLEND WHO YOU NATURALLY ARE. My whole life growing up was one heartbreak after another. Aladdin never kissed Jafaar. Why do I miss my friend so much? Why do the other boys punch me when we wrestle? My own sexuality never even registered on my mind.

Do you see how hard it can be to figure shit out when whatever you want to call this phobia is is the standard? Here's a simple exercise. Find a map of where professional wrestling is popular in the US and compare it with where bans on gay marriage have happened. Considering all types of legal status, Google insights shows a dramatic correlation.

You're right we should take it on ourselves and come out, just for our own defense. I applaud that. After I came out to my friend, he stopped believing homosexuality was a slight against nature. But it's really unfair to put it just on maturity.

We are not morons. We are not the enemy.
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Oct 7, 2012 LewisT commented on Head of Seattle Prep—"Seattle's Jesuit High School Since 1891"—Endorses Marriage Equality, Urges Voters to Approve R-74.
US is a superstitious country.

Solution: bitch/butch only relationships. The holy union of Ish and Isha are there. And anti-gay discrimination is shown for what it is, gender discrimination.
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Sep 9, 2012 LewisT commented on Slog Mormon Study: Abraham 3:9.
This Kolob is apparently the part of a person most resistant to change, their animal nature, probably the cerebellum. One planet on another is using lower and higher thoughts together, what Judaism and Christianity called the "spirit" that LDS calls "intelligences."

What's really puzzling is how the hell this relates to private property and good rulers being divine mandates.