Backyard Bombardier
Vancouver, BC
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Apr 30, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on NYT Style Section Profiles Newly Married Couple.
@16: Seriously. We are a pretty good test case for y'all.

I myself have conducted a long-term experiment comparing the effect of same-sex marriage on opposite-sex marriage. I contracted one opposite-sex marriage in Canada prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage, and one after said legalization. To date, I can report that the legalization has had no statistically significant impact on childbearing within marriage (n=2 for both marriages); duration of marriage (y=11 before, y=7 and counting after); and self-reported levels of marital happiness and satisfaction (high in both cases).

Q.E.D.
Apr 30, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Pointing Out That Randy Boehning Is Bi = Biphobia.
@29: I would agree with @31 that it is mostly closeted gays, not closeted bisexuals.

A bisexual man who chooses to closet his same-sex oriented side can still have a (mostly) fulfilling romantic and sexual life expressing his opposite-sex oriented side. He is not likely to build up a seething resentment towards happily out gay folks, as he isn't really missing anything that they have.

It would really take a repressed and closeted gay man to build up the kind of hatred and envy that drives the worst anti-gay types.

I am not trying to suggest that all closeted gays are hateful and envious towards the happily out. I think the vast majority are not. But for a small but venomous few, envy towards those who openly enjoy the same-sex orientation that they themselves are painfully repressing is a strong driver of their behaviour.

Back to Boehning (ahem), if he says he's bi, I suppose we must accept that. But I would like to hear of some female partners. I can't see why a closeted bi man of his generation wouldn't have acquired some female companionship somewhere along the way. Lord knows enough closeted gay men managed to do that.
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Apr 29, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Baltimore: Hillary Wants an Investigation into Police Brutality, Rand Paul Wants an Investigation into Single Parents.
@10: You do know that the quote you posted goes on for quite a while after the words "no fathers", right? Is a lack of male role models for young men a problem for some communities? Yes. Is it the only problem? No. In many cases, it is actually a symptom of broader problems, (e.g. systemic racism leading to higher incarceration rates for black men.)
Apr 3, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Savage Love.
@239 Are you not aware that there is porn, and a lot of it, that does not consist of "Watching a woman's anus get destroyed for 45 minutes while she is under the influence of alcohol and cocaine"? It exists and many men enjoy watching it. Your insistence that there's only one kind of porn is a sign you don't really know what you are talking about.
Apr 3, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Savage Love.
@206: "Dan invented the word some years ago as a PC form of "retard."

Echoing 207, there is no such thing. When you use the word "leotard", it is obvious that you really want to say "retard". Do you go around calling black people "tiggers"? Or women "punts"?

You would seem a lot less strident if you could refrain from using language like that. Unless of course you are trying to be gratuitously offensive.
Dec 24, 2014 Backyard Bombardier commented on The Song of the Day Is… A Bunch of Christmas Songs Recommended by Slog Commenters Who Were Not as Into Mariah Carey as They Should Have Been.
Greg Lake, "I believe in Father Christmas"

"Christmas Wrapping" needs to be tied into a sack alongside McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" and thrown in the ocean.
Dec 23, 2014 Backyard Bombardier commented on This Is an Anti-Gay Organization's YouTube Christmas Card.
That (closeted, obvs) big robot is kind of a dick.
Dec 17, 2014 Backyard Bombardier commented on Wall Street Now Owns Your Savings Account? And Who in the World Has Savings?.
@1: Genuine question here: Given that 2008 did in fact wipe out a significant number of investors who "made the wrong bets," where are those who profited from those losses? Who made tons of money off of the 2008 crash, and where is that money now? (I mean, apart from those who caused the crash and then pocketed government bailouts.)
Dec 16, 2014 Backyard Bombardier commented on The Morning News: A Water Pipe Is the Latest Victim of the Tunnel Project, Report Finds SPD Making Headway on Federal Reforms.
@16: Any post that begins with a blockquote in bold text can be safely scrolled past without missing anything of value.