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Sep 11, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on BenDeLaCreme Talks About Going to Hell and Why He’s Not on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
BenDeLaCreme remains one of my all time favorites in RPDR history. And except for Katya, none of my other favorites are back, either. One thing they all have in common is they're BUSY! Working!

Maybe DeLa will bring her show to San Francisco next? Maybe Club Oasis?
Sep 10, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on The Election Is Tightening—Don't Waste Your Vote.
Jill Stein doesn't fit my values, though she's closer than some of the others except Clinton, and Gary Johnson certainly doesn't. There are just WAY too many issues that I disagree with Dr. Stein on. And that's before we get to whether or not she remotely experienced enough to be president. Even if she were a viable candidate, she fails me both on her issues and her abilities.
Sep 3, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on Savage Love.

Slinky is absolutely right that florists, hairdressers, etc. became known as "gay professions" because they were independent contractors where, because you were self-employed, you couldn't be fired if you were gay.

Plenty of closeted gay men who could pass went into other professions -- teaching, corporate jobs, everything else. Those who were naturally too effeminate to pass wouldn't get hired in those jobs and needed other alternatives. Now, why not become an independent, self-employed accountant or attorney or auto mechanic? Because the other flip side of not being fireable is also needing clientele. And the people willing to hire someone who was more flamboyant were typically women. Back in the 50s, women did the hiring for florists, hairstylists, and interior decorating. If a family needed to hire an accountant or an attorney or auto mechanic, usually it was the male head of the household who made that decision, and he'd be less likely to hire a poofter.

This isn't to say that these things never happened. But stereotypes are born from what was more likely to happen and what was more noticeable. Gays who could pass weren't noticed, and did all sorts of things. Gays who were flamboyant and effeminate couldn't pass, and ended up locked in self-employed professions with mostly female clientele. And because they were more noticeable, that's where the stereotypes were born.
Aug 15, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on What Do You Know: Millennial Voters Flocking to Clinton.
Duverger's Law
Aug 15, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on What Do You Know: Millennial Voters Flocking to Clinton.
@43 - It's also because we have a plurality system that allows the winner to be the person who gets the most votes rather than a majority. Some places require run-offs for races that get less than 50% but in most Congressional and Senate races you just have to come in first. I actually like Jill Stein's ranked choice voting plan, which we have for local races in SF. But it would not work unless it happened everywhere, and that can't happen without a Constitutional Amendment which the two parties won't less happen, of course.
Jul 29, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on SL Letter of the Day: Unicorn Hunters.
@2 - Oh God, I never even read it as Fun Gal. All I could think of was that she picked an icky acronym to emphasize she wasn't going down on the other woman or something.
Jul 28, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@77 - As a Clinton supporter, I also got annoyed with the media when they started lumping in super delegates with pledged delegates. I sensed immediately that it would just fuel resentment and if Clinton took the lead in pledged delegates (as she did the ole race except for right after New Hampshire), people would either be confused and say she only had the lead by adding it super delegates, or that voters were only voting for her because of the bandwagon effect thinking she was already winning. A lot of people claim the media was in the tank for Clinton but I don't think that's the case -- they're more interested in a horse race than a run-away victory, which this alleged collusion was supposedly conspiring to do. But yeah, while the issue of the very existence of super delegates is more complex than people realize (and I can go on for paragraphs on how minority representation and improved because of them, which is a big part of by the Congresional Black Caucus opposes eliminating them), the way they were reported this cycle wasn't helpful to Sanders OR Clinton.
Jul 28, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@7 - Yes, I remember telling my Dad I supported John Anderson because Carter was incompetent and Reagan wanted to blow up the world. Of course, I was a birt of a drama queen. I was also 12 and didn't have electricity, tv, or newspaper, so the fact that I even knew John Anderson was in the ballot was in hindsight a bit remarkable.

@3 - I think you're right. For the Sanders supporters who aren't ready yet, I think a little time to decompress may be in order. Some deep breathing, fresh air, smell the flowers, and then come back for th debates. Then decide between Clunton and Stein.
Jul 26, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!".
@15 - Why weren't the RNC's servers and emails hacked?

Because the Russians chose not to.

Because the hackers have now been traced not only to Russia, but specifically to an arm of the Russian government. Vladimir Putin has a personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton after she expressed concerns over the integrity of the last elections in Russia. Meanwhile, he and Trump have lavished praise upon one another, Trump owes at least $300 million to Russian oligarchs (which is why noted conservative columnist George Will believes he won't release his taxes), Trump's top campaign adviser Paul Manafort has been a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukranian politicians for more than a decade, and the ONLY battle over the GOP platform that the Trump camp fought -- the ONLY ONE -- was to gut the platform's original anti-Russia stance on Ukraine. The ONLY battle over the platform was to back Vladimir Putin.

That's why the RNC's servers weren't hacked and the DNC's were, and why the DNC files were posted on Wikileaks (which have long been weaponized by the Russian government with the knowledge and consent of Putin-sympathizer Julian Assange, who is being guarded by Russian FSB guards in the Ecuadoran embassy in London) at a time when they were hoped to do maximum harm.
Jul 26, 2016 Kevin_BGFH commented on Required Reading: Republican Intellectual (Cough, Cough) Predicts Death of GOP.
@1 and @2 - If the GOP were to utterly collapse and die out, they would be replaced just as the Whigs were replaced in the mid-1800s. Just as Duverger's Law suggests that our plurality, first-past-the-post system prevents third party candidates from achieving success outside of multi-option races (like some city council and school board races where the top five winners get elected), it also will create a vaccuum if the opposition party completely collapses, it will be reformed.

Let's hope if it does the anti-science elements are jettisoned and it becomes more like the GOP of Eisenhower's era, a party that had genuine differences with the Democrats but could hold rationale debates on matters of public policy.

My personal preference would be to replace our first-past-the-post voting with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV, also known as Ranked Choice Voting), which we have for local elections in San Francisco. That actually would allow for the genuine viability of third party candidates because people could put Jill Stein first on their ballots and Hillary Clinton second, should Stein not achieve enough votes. But because elections are handled by the states, it couldn't be imposed by Congress without a Constitutional Amendment.