For one, I'm not going to equate racism and homophobia. Those also are very different structural issues - as you might call them.
As for homophobia (a fear of homosexuals/homosexuality), am I incorrect in thinking you believe a fear of such leads to an intolerance or that western society actually believes this? Or would you like to offer another definition of homophobia? I'd also like you to comment on the expansive use of the term "homophobia" by the homosexual movement today and whether the actions/viewpoints that movement includes under that label are appropriate.
Is this EVERY Saturday, or only when they have a band playing. Or do they have bands? I can't imagine a cover fee just to eat or drink there. I usually go to the Chas. Grill in Northwoods. Can someone clarify this one?
Cannibals exist in nature too. It isn't that the definition of nature is a poor one, it's that you apparently don't grasp the meaning of "dissonant."
Absolutely many creatures are capable of behaviors beyond those motivated by propagation of the species. But that doesn't address the question of whether those behaviors should be endorsed by a civil society. That observation is even further removed from the relatively recent and faddish idea that marriage is simply an institution in which consenting adults (of any number and flavor) fulfill themselves.
As for your last inane paragraph, I'll use Brendan Eich as an example again. He supported, by donation, Prop 8 in California which defined marriage as an institution of one man and one woman. Is he a homophobe for doing so as innumerable LGBTers stated? For those actions, was he unfit to serve as CEO of Mozilla, as those in the LGBT movement stated?
If one today believes marriage is still an institution limited to one man and one woman, one is labeled, as you have done and as was done to Brendan Eich, as treating others with subhuman contempt and hanging on to yesteryear's outdated and homophobic ideals. As I stated before, the LGBT movement has no tolerance for such views. Yes, this is a fascist movement.
Oh, so typical to feign offense when you get challenged on your bullshit. I didn't realize that you were a fragile snowflake who melts into sadness when someone calls you an asshole. If you said this same willfully ignorant shit to me in a bar, I would not only call you a troglodyte to your face, I would spend the rest of the evening shaming you for your ignorance as you sat silently at the end of the bar. (Bartender, I'd like to buy that man a drink, what is your selection of moonshine?) You can put up with my "cherry picking and irrationality and inaccuracies and downright silliness" because you can't refute it. You can only degrade and demean. You are not open to differing points of view, you are rigidly attached to your shallow grasp of history.
And I stand by my comments about racism up north. Yankees support blacks on paper but just not in their own neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. NIMBY racism. Racism in the south is about denial. Denial of equality, denial of rights, and denial of responsibility. NIMBY racism requires no effort (out of sight, out of mind) while denial is an active process that requires effort to maintain. Keep your head in the sand, Cid. Stay ignorant. Don't you dare read that Coats article.
Madelyn Pickin Lawrence,
I think your suggestion is likely one of the reasons the state legislature got him the job in the first place: a controlled burn of the forest, so to speak, to make CofC match up better with the ideology of the majority in the state legislature (Larry Grooms has hinted as much in his statements about McConnell). This was and is a straight up attack on the College of Charleston. There may be a bad professor or two at CofC, but compared to the fundamentalists State House, the vast majority seem extremely open minded to me by comparison. Here's hoping that the best professors at CofC, and especially the author of this op-ed, aren't nauseated away by McConnell's hire.
The argument against McConnell is full of things like "he's a Confederate reenactor so therefore he must advocate a return of slavery" or "he's a Republican so he must hate gays and want to suppress them" - however McConnell himself has never said or done anything to support those ideas.
The accusations against him just can't get off the ground, there's no substance.
Happy Pessimist - so the answer to my question is "nothing, really, but we don't much like him or who he is."
As another person said above, he may offend some people. Fine, welcome to America. Nothing he has done and no positions he holds leads to intolerance.
Fish Pimp - if we met in a bar and we discussed this and disagreed, would you call me a dense asshole to my face? I'm pretty sure you wouldn't, assuming your parents raised you with any hint of manners. If you did, I'm certain you wouldn't do so more than once. Not because I would ask you to step outside, simply because I would choose not to converse with someone as apparently low-end as you any further.
I can put up with your cherry picking and irrationality and inaccuracies and downright silliness (white people up north are more racist, but it's a better, nicer kind of racism? FFS, read what you wrote!) . Those are easy to tear apart. Now I just feel sorry for you
The only poll that mattered was the one in November of 2012. In that one, after almost four years of President Obama and his policies, he was found to be substantially more popular than Mitt Romney and the Republicans.
Substantially as in 332 to 206 electoral votes; and 65,915,796 to 60,933,500 popular votes.
Not quite a landslide, but a lot better than his predecessor did.
My favorite place in Charleston. Seriously hands down awesome tacos and great margaritas.
Love this place!!
This place on a Saturday is ridiculous. They charge 5$ cover fee to have to wait at the bar and get served like 20 mins later. Who does this 5$ go to? That stuck up little club promoter who thinks his stuff doesn't stink. GET RID OF THAT GUY!!! I will take my business elsewhere.
Some inmates in a prison were talking one day about the recent news that a new warden would be coming in to take over and what that might mean for the lives of the inmates. They knew that there were two men being considered for the job, and that the two men were very different. One was known as hard, but fair - while the other was known to play favorites and even had a cruel streak.
Eventually, the talk turned to who the best warden had been throughout the years, and many of the older lifers shared their experience with the younger men. As the day wore on, it became clearer and clearer that there was to be no real consensus either on what the new warden might be like or who the best past warden had been.
Finally, one of the men noticed the prison's longest-serving, and oldest, man sitting silently in one corner. He called out to the assembled crowd, "Hey now! Old Smith's been sitting here all afternoon, not saying a word, and we could have just asked him to sort all of this business out for us and been done with it long ago."
The other inmates nodded and began calling out for Old Smith to impart to them his wisdom.
The old man finally looked up, and held up his hand. Silence fell among the men. He looked around at them all, patiently waiting to hear from him, and he began laughing softly.
"You fools," he began. "You sit here and you want to try to figure out which of these two new men you want as your warden and if that wasn't bad enough, you then want to sit here and bicker about who the best warden to ever be in charge here ever was." He laughed again and then stopped suddenly. The smile on his disappeared and the tone of his voice was sharp and reprimanding. "You see, at the end of the day, it wouldn't matter who was in charge of this place - and ain't none of them can ever be the best - because after all, WE ARE ALL STILL IN PRISON."
----old anarchist folktale
Saw a poll the other day that put Regan as best and Obama as worst?
OK, I lied. I'm not just going to post in the yarn story thread.
Streetlaw, please, please, please tell me that you don't believe that the "liberal" in "liberal arts" has anything to do with politics or lifestyle.
These days, getting a high school diploma offer no assurance of having been educated. And just because people have jobs is certainly no guarantee they can or will do them honestly, efficiently and without prejudice.
There might be a case for reparation, but not for the labor. If it were based upon what a slave might have made doing similar work had they remained in Africa, I'm afraid it would not amount to much, even with interest. The greater tragedy was the way black families were torn apart, denied the opportunity for education, and deprived of the chance to invest in the economy they were so instrumental in creating. Unless more is done to repair the cultural damages they've endured, it will take African-Americans another 100 years to be fully assimilated into society, even with the ongoing liberal initiative to promote interracial unions, and providing blacks themselves decide they really want to give up enough of their racial identity to fit in.
Some might suggest, in all fairness, blacks be given something like victims compensation. If so, it should be sufficient enough to have these words printed on the checks. PAID IN FULL. And hopefully many would use at least a part of the money to return to Africa; where their children can get a decent education; where their tribalistic nature is pervasive; and where they will be truly free at last!
COC a much better fit. More into the alcohol and drug scene. A liberal arts school I believe.
That beard has to go...disgusting
I am only going to post in this story from now on.
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