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Nov 8, 2010 Schorschi commented on Secure the Border!.
As a general fan of the rule of law and state's rights, I say: abso-friggin'-lutely. No cheaters!
Nov 2, 2010 Schorschi commented on Rand Paul Wins Kentucky Senate Seat.
Rand Paul is not a libertarian. That point should be made clear.
No true libertarian opposes gay marriage. This is axiomatic.
Oct 23, 2010 Schorschi commented on Win-Win.
I remember that brief, shining moment when the context of a remark was important, when it was bad to throw someone under the bus for saying they have held an intolerant opinion, when it was just political sniping to attack someone for a soundbite. Those were good times.
Oct 11, 2010 Schorschi commented on Would It Help To Declare a National March On One High School?.
@26: Dan, this is what I mean by invading enemy territory. Nothing will ever change if you don't discourage people from misbehaving like this at the march. You always tell people to be respectful when contacting those who are doing the wrong thing, and I've always found that admirable.
Oct 11, 2010 Schorschi commented on Would It Help To Declare a National March On One High School?.
Holy. Fucking. Shit. This was my high school (class of '98). I haven't heard anything about it in years, and now this. I have absolutely no idea what happened there. When I was there, it was kind of an oasis after the utter hell of middle school. I'm straight, but a friend in middle school made some jokes (?) about having a crush on me, and a pack of trailer trash kids tormented me for a few days. It was just another round of bullying in a school that would never do much about it. When I got to high school, the mixing of the middle schools meant that the trash fought amongst themselves, got stoned, and lost interest in bullying.
We had a gay/straight alliance when I was there, though I don't recall any openly gay kids. There were a few who came out since, but the atmosphere certainly didn't feel hostile. We had a huge drama program, a massive choir, and a lot of kids who were pretty "swishy." And as far as I can remember, things went pretty smoothly for just about everyone. All of this is to say that it wasn't a "vicious shithole" when I was there. I don't know what's happened since. I do know that apropos of a comment above, this is not an affluent community. The "beachfront" is mostly low-income rental housing, and there's been little interest in re-gentrifying it.
Dan, if you want to march on my former school, I hope you'll talk to me first. I'll be glad to help you, but I hope you approach it as a community in solidarity with those who need help, and not as an attack on enemy territory. These people have all kinds of capacity to do good, and they haven't done anything as shitty as moving the prom and not telling the gay or disabled kids. They haven't done what's right, and they need to. If that's your goal, I'll help you make it happen
Oct 6, 2010 Schorschi commented on SL Letter of the Day: Finding Dad's Porn.
Hi Dan. I have a 4 month old daughter. Before she is of an age to ask about such things, you need to write a book about explaining sex to children. You have a son, you must have thought about these things. We're all waiting with our credit cards to buy your book, you just have to write it.
Oct 5, 2010 Schorschi commented on Required Listening: "You don't follow the Bible! You're a liar!".
This part of the New Testament should be ignored:
"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
And yes, it's pretty much literally "homosexuals," translated from a Greek word coined by Paul from the root words of "having intercourse with" and "men." Hard to squirrel your way out of that.

Of course, Jesus told his followers they should cut their hands off rather than masturbate. There's a lotta crap in there. Christians must repudiate this nonsense, just as Muslims must repudiate the Verse of the Sword and Mohammed's last words, Hindus shouldn't burn wives on the funeral pyre with their dead husbands, blah blah blah. Basically everyone should carefully consider before following the edicts of pre-modern cultures.
Oct 5, 2010 Schorschi commented on Required Listening: "You don't follow the Bible! You're a liar!".
God, I hope so. The world is improved when religions decide to ignore more of their holy books.
Sep 18, 2010 Schorschi commented on Maher on O'Donnell: Come On My Show Or I'll Show More Clips.
Oh man, playing clips out of context is hilarious! Maybe she'll tell half of a story about discriminating against white farmers! Humor!
Sep 5, 2010 Schorschi commented on Beauty Is Truth.
Truthers make a mockery of "reason." They proceed from a conclusion, that the WTC attacks were committed by the US government, and then look not for evidence of this predetermined conclusion, which would be bad enough, but for doubt and uncertainty. This upends the principle of scientific reasoning we all should have been taught in middle school: Science proceeds by collecting facts, forming a hypothesis from those facts, and then devising and running tests that will either refute or fail to refute that hypothesis.