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Jul 23, 2013 mmoffatt commented on Gun Owners Live in Fear.
There was actually a great Harper's article about this from a couple of years ago called "Happiness is a Worn Gun" (http://harpers.org/print/?pid=86669). When you carry a concealed weapon you have to live at Threat Level RED all the time. So you are always on edge and have to be constantly vigilant. This is why people first built walls around communities, its why we band together in cities, so we don't have to feel like this. What is the point of progress if it doesn't allow us to be lazy and comfortable?
Jun 25, 2011 mmoffatt commented on It Gets Better: New York Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage.
My wife and I were in Sheridan Square last night and 1000s of people were gathered around the Stonewall Inn singing "Empire State of Mind". Way to go NYC! (finally)
Dec 7, 2010 mmoffatt commented on Laughter and Screams.
@4 Charles I don't care about your interpretation of Toy Story 3 (who really cares what you think about this film, or any film for that matter), but I do have to correct you when you say "the credits are not the end of a film! they are after the end of the film!" Credit sequences may not always be a part of the story or narrative of the film, but they are always part of the film itself. The official running time attributed to all films always includes the length of the credit sequences.

However, in many cases, the credit sequence is a part of the story and plot of the film as well. The action that takes place during the credits of Toy Story 3 is definitely part of the films story and is in fact an integral part of the plot's resolution or denouement. Would you say that the original studio cut of TOUCH OF EVIL begins when Charleton Heston and Vivien Liegh cross the border into Mexico? Because that is when the opening credit sequence ends? If this is where the film begins, then what are we to make of that car blowing up? Strategic air strike maybe?
Oct 20, 2010 mmoffatt commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Wicked Grandmother.
I really don't believe in letting old bigots get a pass on their bigotry. My wife's grandma is a 91 year old born again Christian. 10 years ago when I first got together with my wife she was mean and spiteful to me for 1) being an ex-catholic/now atheist, and 2) living in sin with her granddaughter. My wife always said, "Well, she's 81, she isn't going to change now". Well now she's 91, she could live to be 101. They have been giving her a pass since she was in her 70s. So people aren't supposed to stop being assholes because their old? I have to put up with her bullshit for 20 years because she "won't change her ways"? Old people can change their minds just like the rest of us. I'm only 30, and people have been giving this lady a pass for 20 years. You could definitely say that I was bigoted when I was 10, but my beliefs have matured. You don't have to stop talking/tolerating your grandparents because they are assholes, but you should definitely call them on their bullshit.
Sep 9, 2010 mmoffatt commented on The American Way of Food.
Yes France does have wonderful French food. What they don't have a lot of is wonderful Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Mexican, Ethiopian, Russian....food. They are just barely getting sushi in Paris and the place that was recommended to me was pretty bad. We have a lot of shit food in the suburban grocery store, and a lot of great ethnic restaurants in the city.
Aug 13, 2010 mmoffatt commented on The Only Thing New York City Has To Offer the World These Days.
@17 - How can you tell that he is being facetious? Doesn't he always use ill-conceived stereotypes and gross generalizations to make his point?
Aug 13, 2010 mmoffatt commented on The Only Thing New York City Has To Offer the World These Days.
Charles, the thing that troubles me is that (just like those on the Conservative Right) you seem to only be able to think in absolutes. If you see an article or story about New York City, then it must encompass all of NYC's peoples and places. 8 million people in the city (and another 12 million or so surrounding it) are reduced to one idea, one belief - all of humanity can be described and demarcated within the boundaries of your beliefs. How lucky for the rest of humanity - You think therefore we are. I remember I used to believe that Marxist theories, feminist theories, etc could describe the world; of course I was 18.
Jul 9, 2010 mmoffatt commented on "It's very hard for her; it's her third summer in which she is just waiting...".
Charles I agree that your empathy for Amanda is touching, but I think your theory about how people remember summers vs. winters is based on the false premise that everyone enjoys the warmth of summer and despises the cold of winter. I for one can recall my winters more easily. For me winter is a time for my favorite activity, skiing. I can remember each winter that has passed clearly and vividly because I link these memories to the amount of snow that winter, how many powder days I skied, when I first learned to ski bumps, when I first landed a 360, etc. Summer, on the other hand, is usually spent in the air conditioned office, or unmemorable trips to the beach.
Jul 7, 2010 mmoffatt commented on Today The Stranger Suggests.
@1 - Ditto. Paul Feig is the genius behind Freaks and Geeks. If you watch Undeclared you can see where Apatow took the Freaks and Geeks formula and turned it into his own brand of sentimental melodrama intermixed with gross out humor. But Paul Feig's vision was much more grounded in real life humiliation and failure as well.
Mar 11, 2010 mmoffatt commented on High School In Mississippi Cancels Prom to Prevent Lesbian Student From Bringing Female Date.
The school district is punishing this girl for being a lesbian. Anyone with half a brain could foresee the fallout this girl will receive from them canceling Prom. She will be tormented from now until graduation because it was "her fault" prom was canceled. This is an extremely petty act on the the part of the school district and I just hope that nothing truly horrible happens to this girl in the next few months. If it does, the school will be to blame.