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Jan 18 Urgutha Forka commented on The Abortion Rate is the Lowest It's Been Since the '70s. It'll Probably Go Up Again with the GOP in Power.
That's what I mean though. Simply saying you oppose abortion doesn't mean you actually oppose it. Calling an apple a banana doesn't make it a banana.

They say they're against abortion because it's more socially acceptable to say that than to say they're in favor of punishing women, which is the way they truly feel.

It's the same argument that happens here on a regular basis. If they truly opposed abortion--ostensibly because they care about the life of the child--that would play out in their actions. They'd support contraception, they'd go after the men as much as the women, they'd support maternity leave and funding for low income parents, cheap and accessible day care, etc. But they support none of that. Because they DON'T care about the child, and they DON'T care if a child is being killed or not. They only care about making the lives of women miserable.
Jan 18 Urgutha Forka commented on Betsy DeVos: We Need Guns In Schools to Protect Children From Grizzly Bears.
What @7 and 10 said,

Her lack of knowledge about our country's education system is startling. Focusing on this idiotic bear comment will distract from the very real and frightening fact that she simply doesn't know the basic arguments, positions, and functioning of the department she's been tapped to lead.
Jan 18 Urgutha Forka commented on The Abortion Rate is the Lowest It's Been Since the '70s. It'll Probably Go Up Again with the GOP in Power.
Republicans aren't against abortion. They've never been against abortion.

If their wives/daughters needed/wanted an abortion they wouldn't think twice about it.

Republicans are against low income and minority women having freedom, because they use that freedom to (often) work against republicans.

Stop believing their lies.
Jan 18 Urgutha Forka commented on Crowd At MLK Rally Boos Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Some of your comments seem to suggest that you think this republican/democrat divide only happened in the last election. The fact is, the "rural" people, the republican voters who vote against their own self interest, has been going on for decades. Long before Hillary Clinton was even on anyone's radar.

The problem of republican voters shooting themselves in the foot has nothing whatsoever to do with Hillary Clinton or the current DNC. It's a cancer that's been eating away at our country for years and years.
Jan 17 Urgutha Forka commented on The Best "Fuck You, Pedestrians"? Stewart Street and Denny Way.
Or, perhaps the stoplight timers should be better synchronized so that people don't get stuck in the middle of an intersection through multiple light changes?
Jan 17 Urgutha Forka commented on Crowd At MLK Rally Boos Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

It's probably both. That she was both concerned about her neighbors without jobs AND she didn't think the republicans would actually take away their insurance. It IS very sad. It's unfortunate that she, and others like her, are going to learn things the hard way... that is, if they survive to learn at all.

More likely, she and those like her won't learn. The republicans will take away her insurance and then they will simply blame the democrats for everyone's misery. That's what they always do. And their voters accept it as reality.

It's like what @10 said. This woman's heart may have sympathetic strings, but she doesn't understand how government, or economies, or global politics work. There are myriad reasons WHY these people don't understand things that are vital to their own survival, but the point remains that they do not understand them and they vote against themselves over and over and over.

They AREN'T likely to embrace Keynesian economics. They AREN'T likely to embrace big government, even if their refusal to do so kills them. They've been lied to, conned, and tricked into believing the opposite of the truth. They've been convinced that the democrats are killing them and the republicans are their only hope, when, in fact, the exact opposite is true.
Jan 17 Urgutha Forka commented on Crowd At MLK Rally Boos Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
In the article Dan linked about people voting for Trump even though they need the ACA and Trump vowed to repeal it, there's some interesting bit of self-sacrifice there.

Debbie Mills, the spotlighted Trump voter who needs the ACA, said she voted for Trump because the people in her town are losing their jobs and need work, and that despite needing the ACA herself, the town is all in this together.

Her words, from the article:
We're in a small, rural area where there's not a lot of businesses right now going on, and so we can't really have anything else shut down, because it affects everybody.

We were in an area where there's lots of coal. And so we don't work in the coal mines, but … one job affects this job and affects this job. If they're not working, they're not grocery shopping, they're not going and buying furniture, they're not buying clothes, they're not doing anything.

I'd read this article before but didn't catch that part. It's very interesting. As a democrat, and more or less a socialist, I agree that what happens in that town affects everyone, and so her actions of thinking of the town first and her own personal health (her husband's actually) second, resonate with me.

The actual outcome of this may be fundamentally flawed (Trump and the republicans are liars, cheats, and a frauds, and will not be bringing any work to that, or any, small town unless it happens to have billionaires as residents) but her sentiment is morally and ethically sound, imo.
Jan 16 Urgutha Forka commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Lifelong Straight Guy Wants To Recreate Magical Gay Sex He Once Had With Smooth Guy Whose Queeny Ways Appealed to Him.
I love questions where people shoot down every idea for some particular problem in hopes that there's some other magical solution out there they haven't already thought of.
Jan 13 Urgutha Forka commented on The Morning News: State Supreme Court Rules Against Grays Harbor Oil Terminal, DOJ Opens Comey Investigation.

Lindy used to post on SLOG all the time when she was writing for The Stranger.

She still holds the record for the most commented ever piece: