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Thursday, August 23. 2012
Basic chemistry of sex
Dealing with one's dark side in relationships
Is it rape to wake up a sexual partner in a sexual manner?
Should I euthanize my 12 year-old?
Spanish fresco restoration botched by amateur
$14.5M for boy's brain injury from metal bat
Climate High-Sticking: The Unmanly Mann
Has "Bless his heart" become an insult?
How likely is a Repub Senate majority?
Senators ask Pentagon to consider debarring United Technologies from future contracts
In Addition to Its Many other Flaws, Obamacare Is Becoming a Racket for Overpaid Government Bureaucrats
The coming government-made healthcare crisis
Book: Obamacare Is Scheme to Draft Millions of New Union Members
The Bipartisan Imperial Presidency - On core questions of federal power there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two tickets.
How good police work is the best thing to be done for the poor
It Begins… Sandra Fluke & Obama Use Todd Akin to Trash Romney-Ryan & Raise Cash
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On the darkside in relationships: regarding the woman professing fear of her anger ruining her relationship...she should stop getting involved with men and consider herself a spinster.
This is just an educated guess, but I believe she'll lay waste to a good man. Nothing he does will be good enough...nothing. She'll criticize his best efforts because in her eyes he's always done something wrong. There will be no reasoning with her and he'll exhaust himself making the effort to be reasonable. If he chooses to ignore her tirades, she'll get angrier. Even if she isn't speaking with him, her anger will be palpable. She'll keep a list of every single thing she thinks he's done to offend her and be able to run through it without reflection because she's spent so much time on every detail. And it will only get worse....
The man marrying this mess...he should run like hell.
"Climate High-Sticking: The Unmanly Mann"
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"Should I euthanize my 12 year-old?"
This was terrific. Very well done, from the casting to the protesters arguing that the poor thing should be kept alive because she can still apply lip gloss. Great post, BD.
The way I've always heard it, "Bless his [her] heart" is at least a backhanded insult. It's an insult used by people who don't want to sound insulting.
Bird Dog: GOP Convention Theme “We Built This!”
Now that's funny! The building they will be in was built by public and private cooperation.
"The total budget for the project was $139 million, of which public money accounted for $86 million and team money accounted for $53 million."
As has been mentioned before both here and at other sites, the sex while asleep scheme is not about "rape" at all. It is about starting the process to change our system of justice and it's difficult demand to produce irrefutable evidence "beyond doubt". Blending the lines between sex and rape is about only having to provide "sufficient evidence to be probable".
Which brings me to the most important question: WHEN are you WHITE guys gonna get organized and design a very active defense against the many prejudices that are used to weaken you and thus your families?
Well, my take on it is that Galloway was saying it wasn't rape rape. Of course I'm just relying on the expertise of a renowned liberal black woman jurist, Whoopi Goldberg. Others may hold a different point of view.
Is it funny that people are amused by the fact the GOP Convention's theme is not directly related to the means utilized by the building they are in?
Only to the most obtuse observer. Primarily because almost every building for public use, today, has some degree of public money involved. Is it necessarily their fault they can't find a completely privately funded facility?
No. It's as if it's absurd for people like me, a Libertarian, to take public funds which are available for college education simply because I am opposed to providing said funds.
It's not absurd. In fact, it's completely logical and efficient. Why shouldn't I take funds if they are available? That's how things work, right? So what if I disagree with their provision? This isn't a morally offensive act, it's completely practical and necessary step.
However, if given the opportunity, I'd remove the availability of these funds, even if I'd taken advantage of them before, simply because there's no good reason to make them available. Just like I utilize publicly-funded facilities like a convention center, even though these facilities shouldn't be publicly funded. At this point, choices are limited.
You may say that because I took advantage of college funding, or a public facility, I am tacitly agreeing that it makes sense to have these provided publicly. That's actually quite laughable. If you take advantage of something that is privately funded, and you're a Marxist, is that tacit approval of Capitalism? I'm sure you can see the problem I've addressed.
You might say I have other options, I don't have to use college funding, or use a public facility - but you, a Marxist, have no choices. I disagree. I may have other choices, it's true, but so do you. You can join a collective and remove yourself from society as some people have (they usually don't work out too well, so I can understand why you wouldn't). Similarly, I could turn down the funding and find other ways to get the money.
The point I'm making is choice - I choose to not turn down the money. Why, if I'm opposed, would I not turn it down? Simple. Because it's there, and it's easy to get, and easy to service. But that doesn't mean making it available is justified. The free market is about choice, and I've made my choice to take the money. I don't care if people say I don't need it or I can find it elsewhere. I don't care if it causes a bubble. And it's essentially this response which is standard across all people, and it's this response which causes the student loan bubble or causes people to say "we need publicly funded buildings so you can make that choice."
Um, no. The choices may change if the public availability is not provided, that's all. It doesn't mean the public is 'better off' because they are available. I'd argue that I'm not better off because of the student loan availability, mainly because when the bubble pops, we're all going to be negatively effected.
I'd also argue that we're not better off having a publicly-funded convention center because if it's run profitably, then a private busines would be better off building and maintaining it. If it's not profitable, why do we have it?
Bulldog: It's not absurd.
Looking ahead, we see Republicans chanting "We built this!" in a stadium built with private-public cooperation.