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Friday Talking Points [255] -- Helium Brains

[ Posted Friday, April 26th, 2013 – 17:35 PDT ]

Every so often, I write an article (mostly) in tongue-in-cheek fashion, where (usually out of frustration) I offer up some sort of reductio ad absurdum solution to all the world's ills. This game is also known as "If I ran the world, things would be different, dammit!" by its proper name. This vents my frustration, and (if I've done the job right) provides a bit of amusement for the readers. Every so often, after I write one of these, it (largely, or in part) comes true. Leaving me to ponder what's wackier, the errant thoughts in my head, or life itself.

That was all a prelude to the breaking news today: "Congress moves at lightspeed, to fix a problem that would have hit them personally, as they take yet another weeklong vacation instead of doing the nation's business." Could've knocked me over with a feather. Ahem.

Back at the end of February, I wrote, rather cynically, of how I would implement the sequester, were it up to me. This consisted of one simple idea, really: "sequester the living heck out of Washington's National Airport." Let Congress see the results of austerity right in their faces, as they fly home every weekend. I ended this article with a prediction:


The problem with many in Congress (and I am not even discriminating by party, here) is that they get incredibly out of touch with how the decisions they make in the halls of Congress actually affect Americans' lives. For once, shouldn't they be the first ones to feel the impact of their actions (or, in this case, inaction)? It seems entirely fitting and reasonable to me to move cuts which make life tough for Congress to the front of the line in the budget wars. Bringing the Washington area airports (starting with National) to a crawl would indeed hit home. In fact, it would hit them on their way home.

The public (at least those outside of the Beltway region) would probably support such a move. Obama could pitch it as: "Want to slash federal spending? OK, you first!" I'm sure a lot of folks would see the justice in such an approach. In my opinion, it's certainly worth a try. Want the sequester to happen? Fine. Then we'll just sequester National Airport into the ground, until it (or you) screams for mercy.

I bet it would take less than three weeks for Congress to crack.

Well, I was right and I was wrong, as it turns out. It didn't take Congress three weeks to crack, it took one single week -- coupled with the fifth time this year they're taking a weeklong vacation. The House is currently scheduled to work a whopping 126 days for the entire year, but that's a frustration for another day.

Seeing as how I wrote the article in a rather unserious frame of mind, I also didn't foresee what should really have been obvious -- that Congress would not tackle fixing the sequester, but that they'd rather fix only the part which affected them personally. Cancer patients, Head Start teachers, and all the rest of the Americans without a powerful lobby? You're on your own, sorry.

The real message of this week is a simple one: for all the talk about how "Congress is broken" and "Congress can't do anything," the hard cold truth is that Congress is indeed capable of moving very quickly indeed -- when it wants to. Inside of one week they put a bill on President Obama's desk. That's the yardstick to measure all other legislation -- legislation which affects other Americans than "those in Congress" -- when you hear either Harry Reid or John Boehner moan about "process" or some other wonky way of describing "sitting on our fat asses and not producing legislation." Sorry guys, but when you are personally motivated, it takes one single week to pass a law. Especially when you buckle down and concentrate, without getting distracted by attending hearings on America's job crisis (and other subjects which don't affect you personally). One week. That's the standard we can now hold you to. We'll be sure to remember that.

Speaking of holding politicians and government officials to a higher standard (pun intended), our nation's drug czar isn't having such a good week. He dutifully rolled out this year's official White House drug policy document, which can be summed up in its entirety as "Drugs are bad... mmm'kay?" Even though marijuana laws have drastically changed since the last report, R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, didn't use the word "marijuana" once in either the press release he penned celebrating the report, or on the official White House rollout site. This led me to write another of those tongue-in-cheek articles, where I assigned Kerlikowske a grade of "D-minus" or "Incomplete" for his efforts. Amusingly enough, within days a government report was released from the General Accounting Office which revealed Kerlikowske and the federal government "have not made progress toward achieving most of the goals articulated in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy." Hey, austerity-lovers -- how about some cuts here, guys? Government programs that don't work... does that ring a bell?

Sigh.

And to wrap up with this week, we're all supposed to be saying something nice about George W. Bush, apparently. Um, OK, here goes: I'd like to thank George W. Bush for his absolute disappearance from the political stage. Well, that is rather tongue-in-cheek as well, but honestly, I am thankful that Bush isn't putting himself out on the conservative media circuit every ten minutes, in order to bash every tiny thing Republicans think is wrong with Barack Obama. I do mean that sincerely, in fact. Compare Bush's retirement from office to Dick Cheney's, to see the difference.

 

Most Impressive Democrat of the Week

Well, we had a few impressive moments this week for Democrats, we are happy to report. Rhode Island took a giant leap on the way to being the tenth state to legalize gay marriage this week, and in quite impressive fashion, too -- by passing a bill through the legislature. Hopefully, more states will be taking this route in the near future. Well done, Ocean State!

In what might be called a showdown of the Chucks (or other creative names, some of them involving the word "up," no doubt... ahem...) Senator Chuck Schumer very successfully "troll-baited" Senator Chuck Grassley this week, on the subject of immigration reform. Schumer laid a trap for Grassley, and Grassley walked right into it. The video is priceless to behold, so I encourage everyone to do so. For such masterful use of deniability, Chuck Schumer gets an Honorable Mention this week.

Barack Obama addressed a Planned Parenthood meeting this week, and gave a rousing speech in support of women's rights, earning him his own Honorable Mention (more on what the opposition is doing in the War On Women later...).

But our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is a state legislator in Nevada, Senator Kelvin Atkinson. As an emotional debate over gay marriage laws was taking place, Atkinson surprised many by standing up and simply stating "I'm gay." As he put it, "I didn't think. I just knew it was time."

There's really not a whole lot more I need to say about this story. He's right -- it is time. And the only way others are going to see it is if more and more folks are as open about who they are as Kelvin Atkinson. So a hearty "Well done!" for your public announcement, senator! It has earned you this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award.

[Congratulate Nevada state Senator Kelvin Atkinson on his official contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week

Anthony Weiner, possible candidate for New York City mayor, can't really say whether there might be more embarassing photos of his... um... last name?... out there for opposition politicians to... er... expose. Boy, the jokes just write themselves, don't they? While, if he does run, we'll all be roasting this particular Weiner for months to come, we still have to hand him at least a (Dis-)Honorable Mention for his admission that, amazingly, we might possibly not have seen all of him quite yet, if you know what I mean.

But this week was notable for another announcement, from Senator Max Baucus, who informed the world that he will not be seeking his 84th term in office, because (you can't make this stuff up, although, full disclosure, I admit I did just make up that "84th term" bit, just for fun...) voices in his head told him not to run again. As he wrote in an op-ed explaining his decision:

It whispered to me among the elk resting in a meadow east of the Bridger Mountains.

I heard it as thousands of snow geese flew over the Rocky Mountain Front.

The pull came up from my soul like the ducks that rose in clouds from the winter wheat fields of Teton County at dusk.

Allow me to translate from the poetic, here. What the elk and the geese and ducks were whispering to Max was: "Max, you are a corporate special-interest whore, and your presence in Washington is downright offensive to every elk, goose, and duck in Montana -- to say nothing of your human constituents. You care not for party, state, or country, your only care is sucking up to the industries and groups which shower you with money. You, Sir, are everything that is wrong with Washington. You will not be missed. For the love of all that's holy, please step down now and let Brian Schweitzer take a run at the Senate. Oh, and please don't screw things up worse than you already have before you actually step down. We fully expect you to live the rest of your life in luxury, paid for by how you prostituted yourself and your office, and hope you don't torpedo good legislation from now until the end of next year."

Stick that whisper in your ear, Senator Baucus, and add to it your seventh Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award, which we are awarding sheerly on general principles. We haven't been this glad to see a "Democrat" leave the Senate since the exodus of Joe Lieberman. Good riddance, Max.

[Are you a Montanan duck, goose, or elk? Would you like to whisper something? Well, then, feel free to contact Senator Max Baucus on his Senate contact page, to let him know what you think of his actions.]

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 255 (4/26/13)

Some weeks, here at Talking Points Central, we offer up positive things for Democrats to speak about. And then other weeks, we just wallow in Republican-bashing, just because we can. This is going to be one of the former weeks (hey, even the conservative wordsmith Frank Luntz seems to be doing so this week). The one exception is the first talking point this week, which we stuck in there for people who grew up enjoying "album rock" in or around Baltimore in the 1970s and 80s. You're welcome, and yes, WHFS did indeed rule.

Before we get to helium brains, though, we've got to stick in one late-breaking bit of snark -- again, just because we can. Michele Bachmann tried to appear erudite while blaming Nancy Pelosi for everything she doesn't like, and instead came across as rather-less-than-erudite, in her attempt to quote Shakespeare. Which only prompts us to respond with a bit of Bard-quoting on our own, in response to pretty much anything Michele Bachmann has ever said in public: "It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

OK, nothing like a little Shakespeare to get the ball rolling! Here we go...

 

1
   Helium brains

As promised, this one's for Crack The Sky fans, just because. Congress just voted overwhelmingly to continue the national helium reserve in the panhandle of Texas. This stockpile of helium was created for military purposes, to keep our nation safe in times of war. Specifically, so we'd never experience a "zeppelin gap" or a "blimp gap" with other nations. Yep, that's right, this is a holdover from World War I. Which Congress has never, ever been able to get rid of, for the obvious reason that it is not necessary in the slightest anymore, and has not been for 70 or 80 years, minimum. The lyrics to the song "Lighten Up McGraw" immediately popped into my head, in response (from the most-excellent album Safety In Numbers which I highly recommend in general), so I thought I'd share them with you as an all-around indictment of the relative intelligence of Congress and the federal government in general:

Lighten up McGraw
You're a helium brain
Jog a mile in the rain
Best of luck
Come again

 

2
   Why not give him a call? Maybe after a drink or two...

Speaking of helium brains...

"I notice that Mark 'Appalachian Trail' Sanford has actually put his personal cell phone number in a political ad. He wants you all to call him up and tell him what you think. So for anyone in South Carolina, for anyone outside of the state, in fact, for anyone who is enjoying a few adult beverages late into the night this weekend, why not give Mark a call? He really, really wants to hear what you think. Make it a drinking game, and pass around a cell phone! You don't get this chance too often with politicians, so enjoy the opportunity to call him up and ask him how that Appalachian Trail hike is going these days!"

 

3
   Hypocrisy in the highest of officials

In other "adult substance" news...

"I see that New York Republican lawmaker Steve Katz has gotten no more than a slap on the wrist for being caught possessing marijuana -- even though he has voted against reforming marijuana laws in the past. Hypocrisy knows no bounds in Albany, I guess. Hey, Assemblyman Katz, it's a good thing those harsh Rockefeller drug laws your state used to have don't exist anymore... due to reforming marijuana laws, huh? How about as part of your public service you have to visit some cancer patients who want you to allow them to smoke medicinal marijuana legally? It seems only fitting."

 

4
   So much for an independent judiciary...

Over in Iowa, some Republicans came up with a dandy idea -- shred the Constitution by making their state supreme court kowtow to political factions in the legislature. What could possibly be wrong with that idea?

"Republicans in Iowa are apparently trying to slash the pay of their state supreme court justices. 'More austerity?' you might ask yourself, but the answer is no -- this isn't being done to save money, but to punish the judges. But the truly and wildly unconstitutional part of the idea is that only the judges who voted for gay marriage will have their pay cut. Judges that voted the way Republicans think they ought to have will still be getting their full salary under this plan. Um, guys? It's supposed to be 'checks and balances' and not 'chainsaws and legislative tyranny.' Maybe you really ought to rethink this one, and might I suggest a group reading of the Constitution to help you do so?"

 

5
   Hot enough for you?

We take you now live, to the War On Women, part one...

"Republicans keep trying to get the public to believe they aren't deeply invested in waging a war on women and women's rights, and then they turn around and do some pretty stupid stuff, once again. Take, for instance, the Republican Party in New Mexico. The executive director of Bernalillo County Republican Party, a man whose 'recent activity on Facebook includes watching a video of a bottomless woman with a "Lost Skirt in Public",' mind you, felt it necessary to share with the world his reaction to a 19-year-old woman who had just testified in front of him: 'Nice hat Working America chick but damn you are a radical bitch,' and then follow this up with, 'she was hot enough to almost make me register democrat.' If this weren't enough, he also used the term 'Gestapo' for the Democratic chairwoman. Jumping into the fray was the man who previously held the job of executive director of the county Republicans, who opined upon the boots worn by the 19-year-old and the possibility that she walked the streets in them, noting strangely: 'Even in this economy she can exchange bumper cables for boots.' Nah, there's no Republican War On Women -- it's purely a figment of all our imaginations! Yeah, that's it! Way to stay classy, Bernalillo County Republicans!"

 

6
   Not the way to get votes, guys

War On Women, part the second...

"I see a man who worked on campaigns for both Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich has been arrested and charged with blackmail and extortion for sending messages to women stating that he had nude pictures of them and unless they sent him more nude pictures he would share what he had with their family, friends, and in one case, the Republican National Committee. Makes you almost nostalgic for the innocent days of Anthony Weiner's cell phone follies, doesn't it?"

 

7
   Shooting his mouth off

There are no words for this one, really.

"If you live in Benton County, Arkansas and get the Republican Party newsletter, this month you were treated to a diatribe by a man called Chris Nogy, who outlined his plan to deal with Republicans in the state government who didn't vote the way he wanted. His solution is to shoot them all. Specifically, and I quote, The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. Unquote. He even magnanimously lets Democrats off the hook, stating, 'I don’t feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them.' I'm still waiting to see how many other Republicans feel that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution actually means elected officials should just be shot down on the street. No wonder passing background checks is so hard, if this is what the other side truly believes. I'm speechless, to tell you the truth."

-- Chris Weigant

 

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29 Comments on “Friday Talking Points [255] -- Helium Brains”

  1. [1] 
    akadjian wrote:

    And the only way others are going to see it is if more and more folks are as open about who they are as Kelvin Atkinson.

    Wow. That's great to hear.

    In extremely coincidental related news, the first major pro sports player (Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey) came out of the closet.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/29/17971190-nba-center-jason-collins-comes-out-im-black-and-im-gay?lite

    This is fantastic because when people get to know actual gay people, it's amazing how much they're like everyone else :)

    It's a shame that coming out is still so hard ... (but getting easier every day)

    -David

  2. [2] 
    akadjian wrote:

    BTW, CW. There's a broken link in the following sentence:

    But the truly and wildly unconstitutional part of the idea is that only the judges who voted for gay marriage will have their pay cut.

  3. [3] 
    Michale wrote:

    It's amazing how hysterical the Left gets when someone comes out. It's like they are some sort of noble omni-potent being or something..

    Kinda belays the idea that "they are just like everyone else", doesn't it??

    I mean, if they are "just like everyone else" who gives a flying frak WHO (or what) they want to boff??

    Seems that, by making a big deal about coming out, the Left is EMPHASIZING the very differences that the Left claims doesn't matter a bit...

    Completely illogical..

    Michale

  4. [4] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    David -

    Whoops! OK, it should be fixed, forgot the "http" part of the link for some reason. This week was pretty link-heavy (I think there's over 25 of them), so I'm not too surprised I screwed one of them up.

    Michale -

    You might have a point for the politician. Barely. But for the NBA guy, that's like saying "Jackie Robinson playing in the big leagues was no big deal, really" -- when you're "the first major leaguer of any pro sport" it is indeed a big deal, sorry.

    -CW

  5. [5] 
    akadjian wrote:

    Not sure why this bothers you so much, Michale, but it's a big deal.

    How many gay athletes can you name in baseball, football, basketball, or hockey?

    The answer is one.

    The reason is that there are some pretty significant barriers to admitting that you're gay in these sports.

    Credit where credit is due to Jason Collins.

    -David

  6. [6] 
    Kevin wrote:

    David, don't forget Michale stated he believed being gay was a "choice". That was when I decided to never take him seriously, ever. The few gay people I've known have been through so much hell, anyone who thinks sexuality is voluntary has the brain of a flatworm, and I treat them accordingly.

  7. [7] 
    akadjian wrote:

    David, don't forget Michale stated he believed being gay was a "choice".

    On the positive side, Kevin, I've never heard Michale say anything bad one way or another about gay people. He doesn't seem homophobic in any way, shape, or form. Not that you said or implied any of this. This is just my unsolicited opinion. And ... I do respect Michale's opinion that who anyone sleeps with is their own damn business.

    The few gay people I've known have been through so much hell

    And yeah, the people I know tend to second, third, and fourth that.

    -David

  8. [8] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    David and Kevin -

    My only question is: "When they make a movie about Jason Collins, 40 or 50 years from now, what will they call it?"

    After the buzz about the Baltimore Raven, I thought the first would be in the NFL, personally...

    -CW

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    CW,

    You might have a point for the politician. Barely. But for the NBA guy, that's like saying "Jackie Robinson playing in the big leagues was no big deal, really" -- when you're "the first major leaguer of any pro sport" it is indeed a big deal, sorry.

    Not really.. You really can't compare racism in the 40s (50s?? Sorry, I don't know football... :D ) to ANY kind of discrimination in the here and now..

    Hell, let's face it. These days, it's a HUGE money-maker and marketing bonanza to come out as being gay..

    And THAT is kinda my point. Everyone makes such a big deal that it totally decimates the idea that someone who is gay is just like anyone else..

    David,

    Not sure why this bothers you so much, Michale, but it's a big deal.

    So, it's something special??

    Kinda totally destroys your "they are just like everyone else" comment??

    Either they're special or they're not.. Which is it??

    Kevin,

    Good ta see ya around, buddy. :D

    David, don't forget Michale stated he believed being gay was a "choice".

    Actually, that is not entirely accurate..

    I have stated that there is scientific evidence that indicates that being gay is a choice... And my own personal experience with a wealth of gay people would seem to back that up..

    Further, once we start down that road of utterly eliminating personal responsibility, where does it end??

    Are people born lazy?? Born promiscuous?? Born evil??

    When we start saying, "It's not their fault. They were born that way" it will create a society I don't think I would like much...

    The few gay people I've known have been through so much hell,

    And the MANY gay people *I* have known seem to "be" gay only when it suits their purpose...

    So, what makes YOU right and ME wrong???

    My only point is this.

    If a gay person is "just like everyone else" why does the Left go so far out of their way to put gay people on a pedestal??

    Isn't that inherently illogical??

    Michale

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    Not sure why this bothers you so much, Michale,

    I am always "bothered" by illogical hysterical emotionalism...

    It's a pet peeve of mine.. :D

    Michale

  11. [11] 
    akadjian wrote:

    Sorry, Michale. Being the first to break a barrier is a big deal.

    Firsts are often celebrated. This is why you remember names like Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, or Amelia Earhart.

    No one is saying 'gay people' are special. I'm glad though that the only arguments you seem to have left are 'false accusations'.

    -David

  12. [12] 
    Michale wrote:

    Sorry, Michale. Being the first to break a barrier is a big deal.

    I would agree..

    IF... IF there were some major downside to doing it..

    But the environment we live in, in the here and now, it's only pluses... Money, fame, prestige, respect..

    Hell, I bet that some people who CLAIM to be gay really aren't because of all the bennies that come with it..

    Firsts are often celebrated. This is why you remember names like Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, or Amelia Earhart.

    Are you REALLY comparing walking on the moon with a LIFESTYLE choice???

    No one is saying 'gay people' are special.

    Bull... That is ALL people say about gay people..

    When was the last time you read about a gay person who was a real arrogant prick??

    The Left likes to canon-ize gay people as some noble special breed..

    But, I'll let you in on a little known secret..

    There ARE gay people who are real assholes..

    And don't EVEN get me started on how intolerant gay people are....

    Michale

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    But the environment we live in, in the here and now, it's only pluses... Money, fame, prestige, respect..

    Ya'all's response to the out'ing proves my point beyond any doubt...

    Michale

  14. [14] 
    michty6 wrote:

    Not to put words in his mouth, but I presume what Michale means is that the day when someone comes out and it is not that a big deal is the day you know that society has truly grown up and accepted people for who they are.

    This is how I read his comments and I fully agree. Well done Michale ;)

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, as I am wont to do, in the PEOPLE ARE MORONS department..

    Native Americans incensed over pro-gun rights billboard in Colorado
    Brucker said she thinks those who put up the billboards should come forward to discuss their viewpoints.

    "I thought it was pretty cowardly that someone would put something like that up and spend the money for a billboard but didn't have the courage to put their name on it," she said.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/30/native-americans-incensed-over-pro-gun-rights-billboard-in-colorado/?test=latestnews

    This moonbat attacks someone for their viewpoint, calls them names out of ignorance and then wonders why they don't want to put their names to the sign..

    "Whatta marroon".....
    -Bugs Bunny

    Michale

  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    Not to put words in his mouth, but I presume what Michale means is that the day when someone comes out and it is not that a big deal is the day you know that society has truly grown up and accepted people for who they are.

    This is how I read his comments and I fully agree. Well done Michale ;)

    More or less.. :D

    I would only add that THAT day *IS* today...

    If only the Hysterical (and not so Hysterical) Left would allow it to be...

    I am reminded of a passage from the novelization of Star Trek IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

    I am quoting from memory, so don't hold me to details..

    It's the part of the movie where they are trying to rescue Chekov from the hospital after his fall aboard the USS Enterprise (Aircraft Carrier)... Kirk comes up with a ruse to have Dr Gillian Taylor (20th century Whale Expert) lie down and pretend to be a patient...

    Taylor gets indignant and says, "Why do I have to be the patient!?? Is it because I am a woman!!?"

    Kirk answers honestly, "What the hell does being a woman have to do with anything.!!??"

    Taylor thinks that THAT appeals to her most about the 24th century than all the gadgets and technology..

    Wouldn't it be nice, in the here and now, if we read, "Sports star announces he is gay!!!" and everyone thinks.... "yea?? so???"

    That's MY reaction now..

    I guess ya'all still have a ways to go before you can catch up... ;^D

    Michale

  17. [17] 
    michty6 wrote:

    How has the 'hysterical left' got anything to do with it?

    Find me ONE news site in the entire US that didn't report this. Heck it even made it to the BBC front page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22352523

    This is just another one of your silly rants against the 'left' whoever that may be...

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    How has the 'hysterical left' got anything to do with it?

    You are saying that the Left (Hysterical and otherwise) have absolutely NO VESTED interest in "gay rights"???

    Once again. We are in different dimensional realities... :D

    Michale

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    "Maybe I Should Just Pack Up and Go Home. Golly."
    -President Barack Obama

    Jeezus H Christ, what a petulant child our POTUS is!!

    Michale

  20. [20] 
    akadjian wrote:

    You are saying that the Left (Hysterical and otherwise) have absolutely NO VESTED interest in "gay rights"???

    I love that somehow everything is another conspiracy by the 'Left'

    Sometimes Michale ... People just believe in doing the right thing ... Like equality

    -David

  21. [21] 
    akadjian wrote:

    Not to put words in his mouth, but I presume what Michale means is that the day when someone comes out and it is not that a big deal is the day you know that society has truly grown up and accepted people for who they are.

    Here, here, michty!

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    Sometimes Michale ... People just believe in doing the right thing ... Like equality

    I firmly and unequivocally believe that YOU believe that..

    Just as I firmly believe that the activists types within the Democratic Party just see it as another agenda and don't really give a rat's ass about mundane things like tolerance and equality..

    How do I know??

    Simple...

    Where's the tolerance from the gay activists over other people's beliefs?? You have a guy who is a good and decent person, who just was raised with a different set of beliefs regarding homosexuality, who would never hurt a fly or penalize anyone, yet gay activists would go all hate-monger on this guy for being "homophobic"....

    Activists preach hysterically about tolerance, yet indicate that ya might have a moral problem with what they do and they go all Hillsboro Church on yer ass...

    My advice to morons like that??

    If you want tolerance, then BE tolerant..

    If you want respect, then BE respectful..

    If they can't handle that, then they should just shut the frak up and go away...

    Michale

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    I am reminded of a passage from the novelization of Star Trek IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

    Speaking of Trek here is a factoid I bet no one knew...

    When Ma Bell broke up in the 80s, the PR spokesperson for the newly created AT&T was none other than Captain Kathryn Janeway..

    Matter of fact, it's Janeway's voice that was the operator voice in the early 80s for all AT&T phone recordings...

    Michale

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    Sometimes Michale ... People just believe in doing the right thing ..

    IF....

    And ONLY if it's politically expedient and/or advantageous to do so...

    Michale

  25. [25] 
    Michale wrote:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/04/30/espn-supports-broussard-after-controversial-jason-collins-comments/

    THIS is how discussions of this nature SHOULD be done..

    Unfortunately, many on BOTH sides of the issue who preach "tolerance" are anything BUT tolerant..

    THAT is my whole point in the issue...

    Michale

  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    Obama critic disinvited from Morehouse graduation ceremonies
    http://georgiatipsheet.com/2013/04/30/pastor-who-criticized-obama-disinvited-from-morehouse-graduation-ceremonies/

    That's the problem with the Left and "tolerance"...

    By and large, the Left is only tolerant with people that agree with them..

    If someone disagrees then the Left is just as bigoted and prejudice as they accuse the Right of being..

    Of course, there are exceptions. But those exceptions simply emphasize the rule..

    Michale

  27. [27] 
    Michale wrote:

    http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2013/05/01/news/web_photos/01_bombing123653.jpg

    What a bunch of elitest liberal college scumbags.... :^/

    Michale

  28. [28] 
    Michale wrote:

    Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax, framed conservatives
    http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4731

    If Conservatives are REALLY so bad, why do Liberals have to make shit up???

    Michale

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:
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