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Feb 20, 2014 Smartypants commented on College Might Lose Some State Funding for Recommending That Students Read Fun Home.
It started as a brilliant graphic novel and now it's a brilliant musical. Saw it in NYC over the holidays. The music and acting were phenomenal.
Jan 8, 2014 Smartypants commented on SL Letter of the Day: Bubble Boys.
Years ago I gave up being Catholic for Lent and have never looked back. Belief in any kind of god went soon after. Despite that, I still remember what it felt like to believe and the enormous struggle it took to make peace with myself. Have to say that Aaron Hartzler has great advice that is sensible and compassionate. Looking forward to reading his book.
Nov 15, 2013 Smartypants commented on Toronto City Council Strips Crack-Smoking Mayor of Some Duties.
Your opening sentence is extraordinarily offensive. To warthogs.
Nov 12, 2013 Smartypants commented on Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Is a Super-Rich, Sniveling Serpent-Beast.
It's a brilliantly evil move -- $10,000 x 60,000 workers is just $600,000,000, less that 1/6th of last year's profits to wipe away billions in future obligations to workers. You'd think Boeing would have learned from the 787 the hazards of outsourcing it's production to less skilled and experienced workers, but apparently not. Guess I'll be driving somewhere for my next vacation.
Jul 13, 2013 Smartypants commented on George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murdering Trayvon Martin.
And the 21st century has our Emmett Till.
Jun 19, 2013 Smartypants commented on GOP Congressman: We Have to Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Are Masturbating In There.
The Atlantic has an piece on the research the Congressman is referring to -- it was actually about female fetuses at 32 weeks. It includes the following passage:

"We recently observed a female fetus at 32 weeks' gestation touching the vulva with fingers of [her] right hand. The caressing movement was centered primarily on the region of the clitoris...these light touches were repeated and were associated with short, rigid movements of the pelvis and legs. After a break, in addition to this behavior, the fetus contracted the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and the climax, clonicothonic movements [rapid muscle contractions] of the body, followed. Finally, she relaxed and rested. We observed this behavior for about 20 minutes."

So Dan, the only evidence in the scientific literature is for girl fetuses rubbing it out. Dirty, dirty girls.…
May 29, 2013 Smartypants commented on SL Letter of the Day: Back in the Saddle.
A former boyfriend was on anti-depressants (you'd have taken them too if you lived in Hoquiam) and it was nearly impossible for him to maintain an erection and ejaculate. We had great sex together as soon as I got over my issues of 'not satisfying him' because he rarely had a visible orgasm. Of course it helped that he was also a big bottom.
May 21, 2013 Smartypants commented on Lars Von Trier's New Movie Features Fake Plumbing.
I'd rather watch the real thing in Shortbus.
May 19, 2013 Smartypants commented on Slog Bible Study: Revelation 1:9.
No. We suffer because Jesus is YOUR king.
Apr 27, 2013 Smartypants commented on The Saturday Morning News.
Long-time Reader @22-23, you appear to have been right the first time. Based on the wikipedia entry for the Adwaita turtle, it died in 2006 age 255 years. The tortoise at the Cairo zoo was reputed to be 270, so it was the oldest known vertebrate ever.