danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Evidently, this is what an "olive branch" means to Virginia Thomas, wife of SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas:
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
Mrs. Thomas claims the call was place to Ms. Hill to "offer an olive branch" in an attempt to "get past what happened so long ago". Hmmm. Methinks Mrs. Thomas is a bit unclear on the concept.

But what I really love from this story is Ms. Hill's reaction. She thought the voicemail left at her Brandeis University phone number was a prank call and called the campus police! LOL

Ms. Hill says she has no intention of apologizing, and stands by her testimony from 1991.

Now, I will admit I didn't follow the whole Clarence Thomas hearings very closely in 1991. But there is one thing about the situation that will always stick with me, which was the difference in reaction between my family (the country mice living in central PA) and my then in-laws (the city mice living outside Philly). My family condemned Ms. Hill as a troublemaker, who was obviously trying to ruin the career of a good man because of some female hysteria, and they also threw in a few comments about her skin color, to boot. My in-laws were outraged that a sexual-harassment accusation didn't stop Thomas's confirmation. The philosophical and ideological differences that 100 miles could make was quite astounding to me at the time.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Evidently, this is what an "olive branch" means to Virginia Thomas, wife of SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas:
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
Mrs. Thomas claims the call was place to Ms. Hill to "offer an olive branch" in an attempt to "get past what happened so long ago". Hmmm. Methinks Mrs. Thomas is a bit unclear on the concept.

But what I really love from this story is Ms. Hill's reaction. She thought the voicemail left at her Brandeis University phone number was a prank call and called the campus police! LOL

Ms. Hill says she has no intention of apologizing, and stands by her testimony from 1991.

Now, I will admit I didn't follow the whole Clarence Thomas hearings very closely in 1991. But there is one thing about the situation that will always stick with me, which was the difference in reaction between my family (the country mice living in central PA) and my then in-laws (the city mice living outside Philly). My family condemned Ms. Hill as a troublemaker, who was obviously trying to ruin the career of a good man because of some female hysteria, and they also threw in a few comments about her skin color, to boot. My in-laws were outraged that a sexual-harassment accusation didn't stop Thomas's confirmation. The philosophical and ideological differences that 100 miles could make was quite astounding to me at the time.
danagryphon: (Pink Marriage)
"The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control,"

Dear Mr. President,

No, you cannot OPPOSE same-sex marriage but support EQUALITY for gays and lesbians. Civil union =/= marriage. Separate is NEVER equal. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

Lets try a few word substitutions and see if that makes it any clearer.

"The president does oppose interracial marriage, but he supports equality for interracial couples"
"The president does oppose abolition of slavery, but he supports equality for African-Americans"
"The president does oppose women's suffrage, but he supports equality for women"

Seriously, Dude, are you TRYING to completely alienate the people who elected you?

No love,

Me
danagryphon: (Pink Marriage)
"The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control,"

Dear Mr. President,

No, you cannot OPPOSE same-sex marriage but support EQUALITY for gays and lesbians. Civil union =/= marriage. Separate is NEVER equal. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

Lets try a few word substitutions and see if that makes it any clearer.

"The president does oppose interracial marriage, but he supports equality for interracial couples"
"The president does oppose abolition of slavery, but he supports equality for African-Americans"
"The president does oppose women's suffrage, but he supports equality for women"

Seriously, Dude, are you TRYING to completely alienate the people who elected you?

No love,

Me
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
"See, it's not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It's that the Republicans are playing chess, and the Democrats are in the nurse's office, because once again, they glued their balls to their thighs."

Jon Stewart, on the Democrats' ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory here in Massachusetts.

Oh boy, this ain't gonna to be pretty. But at least the stoopid calls will stop.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
"See, it's not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It's that the Republicans are playing chess, and the Democrats are in the nurse's office, because once again, they glued their balls to their thighs."

Jon Stewart, on the Democrats' ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory here in Massachusetts.

Oh boy, this ain't gonna to be pretty. But at least the stoopid calls will stop.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
Pat Robertson needs to crawl back under the rock to the slime from which he was spawned so that his dementia-riddled brain, poisoned tongue, and withered body can dry up and blow away. And Rush Limbaugh just needs to lay off the pain killers and Viagra.

danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
Pat Robertson needs to crawl back under the rock to the slime from which he was spawned so that his dementia-riddled brain, poisoned tongue, and withered body can dry up and blow away. And Rush Limbaugh just needs to lay off the pain killers and Viagra.

danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It was an interesting weekend. Started with E having a sleepover Friday night with the new Cubmaster's son, who is actually a grade behind E, but they evidently bonded over a week of cub scout camp this summer. Saturday, despite being invited to a cookout, we spent running errands and cleaning. You see, we offered to host M's family—that's his brother's gang of 8 plus his parents, plus his best friend L and his girlfriend (X)—for a Labor Day cookout. And this was to be after spending all of Sunday afternoon and evening at a wedding in NH.

So Saturday was shopping for wedding gift, cookout food, and cleaning up the condo. I even got half the bedroom painted this weekend (a lovely shade of purple, I absolutely love it). Sunday morning, we finished the shopping—hitting the farmstand for fresh corn on the cob—and a little bit of prep work on stuff that had to be made ahead of time.

The wedding was fun, a very contemporary, secular Jewish ceremony, which means a JP, but with a chuppah and stomping on the glass at the end. It was also a very casual ceremony, being held outside next to the ocean, and was quite lovely. The groom grew up across the street from M, so his parents and brother were also there. The reception was a bit chilly, being in a pavilion next to the ocean on a chilly September evening. But the food was good, the music was fun (if a bit loud...wait did I just say that? oh, I'm getting old), and M and I even danced a bit. They had a marshmallow roast/s'more making to complement the wedding cupcakes for dessert. M and I left around 10, and evidently missed a couple of more interesting parts of the party, including the bride wrestling in her wedding dress. This is evidently the new rage among brides, to trash the dress as part of the reception. Okey dokey.

Of course, this whole exercise also got M's parents on a kick about when our wedding will be, since I would like to have it in October, and that is fast approaching. I really just want to elope and get it over with, but I suppose I should start some sort of planning if we are actually going to do this thing this year.

So Monday arrived, and the house filled up. M's brother now has 6 kids (6 weeks to 16 years), and they even all came; we thought the 16-year-old might beg off, since she has made it painfully obviously she has absolutely no love for M or anything associated with him. M's friend L also came, and brought the mail order girlfriend, whose visit was ending this morning. Plus the 4 of us, and that makes 16 people, the most I have entertained yet in the new place. But all went well, aside from a brief foray into politics, when I felt obliged to explain to M's father that no, the elderly really aren't going to have to be evaluated every 5 years to see if they should be euthanized (are you kidding me!!!), which almost caused a feeding frenzy when they realized they had a librul(ish) in their midst. I also had to smack down L when started trying to make cracks about Ted Kennedy. What an asshat.

But I've decided that the next time someone asks me if I'm a liberal (or any other political denomination), instead of trying to explain that I am an independent, a social liberal but fiscal conservative, with a healthy dose of libertarian thrown in, I've decided that my answer from now on is going to be "Actually, I'm an American; I don't believe in being a slave to ideology, but would rather be a servant to the greater good of the American people. I'd rather use my brain to make decisions about how this country should be governed than listen to talking heads, propaganda, party platforms. How about you?" Or maybe, "Well, I'm an independent, which means you have a chance to sway me to your side if you can come at me with facts and logic and not talking points and fearmongering. Care to give it a shot?" Oh, Barney Frank, where are you when I need you?

After that brief pissing match, the subject didn't get brought up again, at least, not in my presence. I did hear one or two comments in the background about Obama's speech to the schools, but I think at that point, they had figured out that I wasn't going to be sympathetic to their bashing of all things Obama. Too bad, so sad.

M's brother and parents left around 6, and L and X stayed to watch a movie, The Birdcage (lol!). I knew this was not going to end well when L started making comments about the sexiness of the dancers in the opening scene, until M and I pointed out that they were all dudes. Oh, the schadenfreude. I excused myself after about the first hour of M having to explain every other line in the rest of the movie because they didn't get it. But hey, I had kids to get ready for bed.. yeah, that's it... and dinner to clean up from.. yeah, that's the ticket....

Kids start back to school tomorrow, so I have to get back into my regular routine. Bleh.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It was an interesting weekend. Started with E having a sleepover Friday night with the new Cubmaster's son, who is actually a grade behind E, but they evidently bonded over a week of cub scout camp this summer. Saturday, despite being invited to a cookout, we spent running errands and cleaning. You see, we offered to host M's family—that's his brother's gang of 8 plus his parents, plus his best friend L and his girlfriend (X)—for a Labor Day cookout. And this was to be after spending all of Sunday afternoon and evening at a wedding in NH.

So Saturday was shopping for wedding gift, cookout food, and cleaning up the condo. I even got half the bedroom painted this weekend (a lovely shade of purple, I absolutely love it). Sunday morning, we finished the shopping—hitting the farmstand for fresh corn on the cob—and a little bit of prep work on stuff that had to be made ahead of time.

The wedding was fun, a very contemporary, secular Jewish ceremony, which means a JP, but with a chuppah and stomping on the glass at the end. It was also a very casual ceremony, being held outside next to the ocean, and was quite lovely. The groom grew up across the street from M, so his parents and brother were also there. The reception was a bit chilly, being in a pavilion next to the ocean on a chilly September evening. But the food was good, the music was fun (if a bit loud...wait did I just say that? oh, I'm getting old), and M and I even danced a bit. They had a marshmallow roast/s'more making to complement the wedding cupcakes for dessert. M and I left around 10, and evidently missed a couple of more interesting parts of the party, including the bride wrestling in her wedding dress. This is evidently the new rage among brides, to trash the dress as part of the reception. Okey dokey.

Of course, this whole exercise also got M's parents on a kick about when our wedding will be, since I would like to have it in October, and that is fast approaching. I really just want to elope and get it over with, but I suppose I should start some sort of planning if we are actually going to do this thing this year.

So Monday arrived, and the house filled up. M's brother now has 6 kids (6 weeks to 16 years), and they even all came; we thought the 16-year-old might beg off, since she has made it painfully obviously she has absolutely no love for M or anything associated with him. M's friend L also came, and brought the mail order girlfriend, whose visit was ending this morning. Plus the 4 of us, and that makes 16 people, the most I have entertained yet in the new place. But all went well, aside from a brief foray into politics, when I felt obliged to explain to M's father that no, the elderly really aren't going to have to be evaluated every 5 years to see if they should be euthanized (are you kidding me!!!), which almost caused a feeding frenzy when they realized they had a librul(ish) in their midst. I also had to smack down L when started trying to make cracks about Ted Kennedy. What an asshat.

But I've decided that the next time someone asks me if I'm a liberal (or any other political denomination), instead of trying to explain that I am an independent, a social liberal but fiscal conservative, with a healthy dose of libertarian thrown in, I've decided that my answer from now on is going to be "Actually, I'm an American; I don't believe in being a slave to ideology, but would rather be a servant to the greater good of the American people. I'd rather use my brain to make decisions about how this country should be governed than listen to talking heads, propaganda, party platforms. How about you?" Or maybe, "Well, I'm an independent, which means you have a chance to sway me to your side if you can come at me with facts and logic and not talking points and fearmongering. Care to give it a shot?" Oh, Barney Frank, where are you when I need you?

After that brief pissing match, the subject didn't get brought up again, at least, not in my presence. I did hear one or two comments in the background about Obama's speech to the schools, but I think at that point, they had figured out that I wasn't going to be sympathetic to their bashing of all things Obama. Too bad, so sad.

M's brother and parents left around 6, and L and X stayed to watch a movie, The Birdcage (lol!). I knew this was not going to end well when L started making comments about the sexiness of the dancers in the opening scene, until M and I pointed out that they were all dudes. Oh, the schadenfreude. I excused myself after about the first hour of M having to explain every other line in the rest of the movie because they didn't get it. But hey, I had kids to get ready for bed.. yeah, that's it... and dinner to clean up from.. yeah, that's the ticket....

Kids start back to school tomorrow, so I have to get back into my regular routine. Bleh.

Finally!

Aug. 19th, 2009 09:49 am
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A couple of really good call-outs on people who use outrageous language to demonize their opponents. The First Amendment protects their right to use that kind of rhetoric, however, it does not protect them from being criticized for it.

First, Barney Frank FTW:

Woman:  Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy, as Obama has expressly supported this policy, why are you supporting it?

The Honorable Barney Frank:  When you ask me that question, I am gonna revert to my ethnic heritage, and answer your question with a question.  On what planet do you spend most of your time?...You want me to answer the question?  As you stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler, and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis, my answer to you is as I said before, it is a tribute to the 1st Amendment that this kind of vile contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table - I have no interest in doing it.



Then on CNN:

Lemon:...At least the president is trying to reform health care, so where did the outrage suddenly come from?

Hardage: Don, this is the second town hall he's done in the last week that I actually saw real Americans get up and ask questions, it wasn't a pre-selected group or a -

Lemon: Hang on, before you do that - Real Americans - that's another term that sets people off. We're ALL real Americans, everybody.

Hardage: Anybody can get in, anybody can ask questions, you've seen a completely different tenor in the town hall he held on Tuesday and today than townhalls we've been seeing so far in this debate. That's what I mean by real Americans.

Lemon: You know what, that whole real Americans thing, can we lose that real Americans? Because everybody in the country who is a citizen is a real American. We're all real Americans and that's part of the issue that really sets people off and divides people, so let's get rid of that "real American." I'm a real American, you're a real American, conservative, liberals, independents, we're all real Americans."

Finally!

Aug. 19th, 2009 09:49 am
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A couple of really good call-outs on people who use outrageous language to demonize their opponents. The First Amendment protects their right to use that kind of rhetoric, however, it does not protect them from being criticized for it.

First, Barney Frank FTW:

Woman:  Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy, as Obama has expressly supported this policy, why are you supporting it?

The Honorable Barney Frank:  When you ask me that question, I am gonna revert to my ethnic heritage, and answer your question with a question.  On what planet do you spend most of your time?...You want me to answer the question?  As you stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler, and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis, my answer to you is as I said before, it is a tribute to the 1st Amendment that this kind of vile contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table - I have no interest in doing it.



Then on CNN:

Lemon:...At least the president is trying to reform health care, so where did the outrage suddenly come from?

Hardage: Don, this is the second town hall he's done in the last week that I actually saw real Americans get up and ask questions, it wasn't a pre-selected group or a -

Lemon: Hang on, before you do that - Real Americans - that's another term that sets people off. We're ALL real Americans, everybody.

Hardage: Anybody can get in, anybody can ask questions, you've seen a completely different tenor in the town hall he held on Tuesday and today than townhalls we've been seeing so far in this debate. That's what I mean by real Americans.

Lemon: You know what, that whole real Americans thing, can we lose that real Americans? Because everybody in the country who is a citizen is a real American. We're all real Americans and that's part of the issue that really sets people off and divides people, so let's get rid of that "real American." I'm a real American, you're a real American, conservative, liberals, independents, we're all real Americans."

danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
Today, President Barack Obama sent HR3300 to Congress, a bill declaring that the sky is blue.

Republicans immediately began protesting, decrying it a pork-laden bill designed to cater to the professional sports lobby. Furthermore, it is also a sign of Obama's rampant spending, as he has obviously increased the national debt to make the sky blue (in a secret conspiracy of the academic elitists that has been going on for at least 100 years), even for those who aren't willing to work for their own blue sky. They said that we have never had blue skies before this president, and are working to rebrand the sky as azure or cerulean. Sarah Palin said in a rare media appearance that you can see the true cerulean sky from her front yard, but really it is just God's jammies, dontchaknow, the cute ones with fluffy clouds all over them, just like little Trig wears, you betcha. Then she went out to shoot some wolves.

The far-right, led by Rush Limbaugh, declared it an attempt to turn the country into a socialist state, as everyone knows that "blue" is a code word for liberalism, which now equals socialism. Limbaugh also declared that Nazi German had blue skies under Hitler, so anyone who supports this bill is a fascist as well. Glenn Beck cried after a soulful reading of a poem he penned called "Ode to the American Sky". He also cited this bill as evidence of the president's racism, since he obviously hates the whiteness of clouds. His website "Red Kite Project" to block out the blueness of the sky with red kites will be up and running by the end of the week. Bill O'Reilly sent one of his producers to wait outside the National Weather Service and question the first person who came out about why the sky hates America.

The religious right has declared a boycott of the bill, because if you add up the numerals in it's title, they equal six, and the two zeros are place holders, so it is really code for 666. They rename the bill "Obamabeast", and begin storming TV and radio stations all over the country to disrupt weather forecasts, especially the ones that start at 6:00. They also start holding Leave Our Skies Ever Red parties to celebrate the "rockets' red glare" that the founding fathers used as their inspiration to write the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. Red, after all, is the color of the laser beams that shoot out of God's eyes when He is angry.

Democrats say that it is too little from the President, and he should be able to make the sky blue all the time, and not cloudy all day. After all, he campaigned on a pro-environment platform, so this is one of his campaign promises. If he really was an advocate for the environment, he would specify the exact frequency of the shade of blue that it is appropriate for the sky to be, which has obviously changed over the last 100 years due to human influence.



What, me getting sick of all the political bickering? Nah.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
Today, President Barack Obama sent HR3300 to Congress, a bill declaring that the sky is blue.

Republicans immediately began protesting, decrying it a pork-laden bill designed to cater to the professional sports lobby. Furthermore, it is also a sign of Obama's rampant spending, as he has obviously increased the national debt to make the sky blue (in a secret conspiracy of the academic elitists that has been going on for at least 100 years), even for those who aren't willing to work for their own blue sky. They said that we have never had blue skies before this president, and are working to rebrand the sky as azure or cerulean. Sarah Palin said in a rare media appearance that you can see the true cerulean sky from her front yard, but really it is just God's jammies, dontchaknow, the cute ones with fluffy clouds all over them, just like little Trig wears, you betcha. Then she went out to shoot some wolves.

The far-right, led by Rush Limbaugh, declared it an attempt to turn the country into a socialist state, as everyone knows that "blue" is a code word for liberalism, which now equals socialism. Limbaugh also declared that Nazi German had blue skies under Hitler, so anyone who supports this bill is a fascist as well. Glenn Beck cried after a soulful reading of a poem he penned called "Ode to the American Sky". He also cited this bill as evidence of the president's racism, since he obviously hates the whiteness of clouds. His website "Red Kite Project" to block out the blueness of the sky with red kites will be up and running by the end of the week. Bill O'Reilly sent one of his producers to wait outside the National Weather Service and question the first person who came out about why the sky hates America.

The religious right has declared a boycott of the bill, because if you add up the numerals in it's title, they equal six, and the two zeros are place holders, so it is really code for 666. They rename the bill "Obamabeast", and begin storming TV and radio stations all over the country to disrupt weather forecasts, especially the ones that start at 6:00. They also start holding Leave Our Skies Ever Red parties to celebrate the "rockets' red glare" that the founding fathers used as their inspiration to write the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. Red, after all, is the color of the laser beams that shoot out of God's eyes when He is angry.

Democrats say that it is too little from the President, and he should be able to make the sky blue all the time, and not cloudy all day. After all, he campaigned on a pro-environment platform, so this is one of his campaign promises. If he really was an advocate for the environment, he would specify the exact frequency of the shade of blue that it is appropriate for the sky to be, which has obviously changed over the last 100 years due to human influence.



What, me getting sick of all the political bickering? Nah.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
"Made up of decent, old-fashioned Americans who just want to overturn a Democratic election" -- Stephen Colbert (about the birther movement)



Wow, does this woman really have no clue that Colbert is totally making fun of her? (Does anyone else find it ironically hilarious that the woman arguing about the citizenship of Obama was born in the former USSR? LMAO)

Yes, this is the leader of the birther movement. Can they please go away now? Although, I gotta say, after seeing this appearance, I'm starting to believe the theory that she is a shill put in there to make the wingnuts look bad. Nobody can be that clueless. Right? RIGHT? (crickets) Even Bill O'Reilly (who I absolutely can't stand) has debunked the birthers. And when BillO thinks they are nuts, that's really saying something (being a few fries short of a Happy Meal himself).

I hate these guys just as much as anyone who refers to Obama as "Osama" or "Hussein" (which includes most of M's family, and his best friend, btw). If you disagree with the man's politics, fine, disagree away. But at least have the intellectual integrity not to try to warp reality to fit your twisted version of it.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
"Made up of decent, old-fashioned Americans who just want to overturn a Democratic election" -- Stephen Colbert (about the birther movement)



Wow, does this woman really have no clue that Colbert is totally making fun of her? (Does anyone else find it ironically hilarious that the woman arguing about the citizenship of Obama was born in the former USSR? LMAO)

Yes, this is the leader of the birther movement. Can they please go away now? Although, I gotta say, after seeing this appearance, I'm starting to believe the theory that she is a shill put in there to make the wingnuts look bad. Nobody can be that clueless. Right? RIGHT? (crickets) Even Bill O'Reilly (who I absolutely can't stand) has debunked the birthers. And when BillO thinks they are nuts, that's really saying something (being a few fries short of a Happy Meal himself).

I hate these guys just as much as anyone who refers to Obama as "Osama" or "Hussein" (which includes most of M's family, and his best friend, btw). If you disagree with the man's politics, fine, disagree away. But at least have the intellectual integrity not to try to warp reality to fit your twisted version of it.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Dude, if you are going to have a strong opinion that women should not have an abortion as an alternative to "oops" of birth control, perhaps you should have some inkling, some smallest fraction of a clue of the actual failure rates of various of birth control methods.

And saying that a 10% failure rate is "acceptable" (whatever the hell that means) but only a 0% (non-medical necessity) abortion rate is acceptable is just a bit hypocritical.

Also, being completely ignorant that there is a significant percentage of women who can't even use hormone-based birth control because of medical contraindications, or that it is possible for a woman to be allergic to the spermicide found in the sponge, on condoms, or used with the diaphragm, kinda decreases the credibility of your argument that birth control is "good enough".

Oh, and finally, having this philosophical stance does not make you "pro-choice but not pro-abortion". No pro-choice person I know is pro-abortion. Every pro-choice person I know would like to see fewer abortions performed, by supporting better sex education, better access to birth control, and research for better birth control methods. You, sir, are anti-choice. At least be honest with yourself about that.

And let me clear up a couple of those other little misconceptions for you:
1. treating women like frail flowers doesn't make you a "gentleman" and it doesn't mean you aren't sexist
2. being Jewish and having a token black friend doesn't mean you can't be racist
3. having a token gay friend doesn't mean you aren't a homophobe
4. parroting Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh doesn't make you a "true conservative"
5. having spent 9 months in the Navy reserve before switching to Air Force reserve because it was easier and guaranteed that you would never get called into active duty does not make you "ex-Navy", and you should not be accepting "thanks for your service" from people when you tell them that
6. being unwilling to even consider dating someone who isn't of Asian ethnicity does make you shallow, and might be a big clue as to why you are a 40-year-old virgin (see also #1-5)

Just sayin'. Duuuuuude.

(Can you tell I spent the majority of my weekend with M's "talking-points-spewing, if-Rush-says-it-it's-good-enough-for-me, Fox-News-is-fair-and-balanced, conservative=good, librul=evil socialist" friend?) ::shudder::
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Dude, if you are going to have a strong opinion that women should not have an abortion as an alternative to "oops" of birth control, perhaps you should have some inkling, some smallest fraction of a clue of the actual failure rates of various of birth control methods.

And saying that a 10% failure rate is "acceptable" (whatever the hell that means) but only a 0% (non-medical necessity) abortion rate is acceptable is just a bit hypocritical.

Also, being completely ignorant that there is a significant percentage of women who can't even use hormone-based birth control because of medical contraindications, or that it is possible for a woman to be allergic to the spermicide found in the sponge, on condoms, or used with the diaphragm, kinda decreases the credibility of your argument that birth control is "good enough".

Oh, and finally, having this philosophical stance does not make you "pro-choice but not pro-abortion". No pro-choice person I know is pro-abortion. Every pro-choice person I know would like to see fewer abortions performed, by supporting better sex education, better access to birth control, and research for better birth control methods. You, sir, are anti-choice. At least be honest with yourself about that.

And let me clear up a couple of those other little misconceptions for you:
1. treating women like frail flowers doesn't make you a "gentleman" and it doesn't mean you aren't sexist
2. being Jewish and having a token black friend doesn't mean you can't be racist
3. having a token gay friend doesn't mean you aren't a homophobe
4. parroting Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh doesn't make you a "true conservative"
5. having spent 9 months in the Navy reserve before switching to Air Force reserve because it was easier and guaranteed that you would never get called into active duty does not make you "ex-Navy", and you should not be accepting "thanks for your service" from people when you tell them that
6. being unwilling to even consider dating someone who isn't of Asian ethnicity does make you shallow, and might be a big clue as to why you are a 40-year-old virgin (see also #1-5)

Just sayin'. Duuuuuude.

(Can you tell I spent the majority of my weekend with M's "talking-points-spewing, if-Rush-says-it-it's-good-enough-for-me, Fox-News-is-fair-and-balanced, conservative=good, librul=evil socialist" friend?) ::shudder::

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