We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. – Common Sense, Thomas Paine 1776
Here's Yenta Bloomberg meddling in Pennsylvania politics with his anti-2nd. Amendment fetish.
A new pro-gun-control TV ad urging voters to reject Republican gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Tom Corbett is on the air because of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
The ad and a blizzard of anti-Corbett and pro-gun-control mail in this region, a key political battleground, were funded by Bloomberg's donation of $500,000.
The group airing the pro-gun-control ad, CeaseFirePA, is best known for its advocacy in getting 46 Pennsylvania municipalities to adopt ordinances or resolutions requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons, and its push for stronger gun permitting restrictions.
Bloomberg has been an outspoken advocate of gun control measures and his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group of 500 mayors, includes 200 in Pennsylvania.
With Bloomberg’s personal check to the CeaseFirePA PAC fueling their efforts, the group has made a $300,000 TV buy that will put the ad before the average southeasterner six to eight times before Election Day.
It features Mary Beth Hacke, a Pennsylvania mother and CeaseFirePA board member. Her infant son, Ryan, was killed by a stray bullet fired by a criminal wielding an illegal gun.
Regarding people as sex objects: sexuality is part of every human being. We are geared by God, through whatever method He used, to mate. So the sight of a pretty woman or handsome man will produce some degree of desire. That desire may be fleeting and of course will usually be put aside. We can still treat people with respect, humor and affection without acting on our sexual tingles. And I think we should enjoy our sexual tingles.
This is one reason I think homosexual attraction is inborn. Of course I was told all my life that, as a boy or man, I'm supposed to like girls and women. And that's what happened. But I can't even fathom a sexual attraction to another man. I've occasionally been surprised that a figure I mistook for a woman turned out to be a man when I saw closer, but that's not the same thing. I wasn't really taught not to want other men, I never did want them. I wasn't really taught to want women, I did want them. If that's true for heterosexual attraction, then it seems to me it should be true for homosexual attraction.
I'm sure some people engage in homosexual acts because heterosexual activity isn't available and it seems a usable substitute. I'm just as sure that there are people who are confused about their sexuality and need help -- thus some people who live as gay people find they are really predominantly straight and choose to live that way. We all know of cases the other direction as well -- the husband or wife who leaves the marriage for a gay partner.
Whether attraction is innate or chosen, certainly acting on attraction is a choice. I expect any decent adult to restrain the urge for sex with teens even though the urge is a normal one. So should gay adults restrain their urge for sex? I don't see why. I think they should live as they are. I still think promiscuity is empty and sad, but I think that for all promiscuity.