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  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote Aliceinwonderland:

    "Drbjmn", I am ready to apologize for my part in our ongoing feud and bury the hatchet, if you're willing. - AIW

    I apologize, and am happy you say that, AIW. FYI-I have a problem and can't resolve with nigel, and i don't get updates within 45mins ofmost any post.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 4 hours ago
    Quote Lodyzhenshy:

    drbjmn

    'But, what I believe you don't get, is even if "some adult men prefer children", does NOT prove it's about sex. How can it be about about "sex" when the recipient is unable to understand, much less give consent? '

    Sorry, but if you had experienced what happens to children in such events, you would 'Know' 'sense' it is ALL about sex. At least the ones I have spoken with and myself think so.

    I quite agree that the adult has the power to force, manipulate etc but believe me. it is for the lust of sex with a child.

    When one is subjected to anal penetration and has to conduct fellatio all one is aware of is the SEXUALITY of the abuser and frankly this is the front line experience, at least it was for me. To this day I have to cut up bananas or I retch.

    Raping by 17/18 year old prefects was primarily about humiliation and a 'lesson' that darkies should stay where they belong and not go to elite schools. I do have EARS. Again, of course there was power. I was held down but the INTENT of the attack was 100% racist.

    To suggest otherwise completely negates the experience suffered by the victim.

    All I have ever said is that just to call rape power play is missing the point. Rape often has different roots.

    My experience is still with me today and my memory is about a very sexually excited 50 year old housemaster and being humiliated because my skin colour did not match the schools'.

    I was also made to remove faeces jointly put in toilet by prefects rather than it be flushed because the backs of my hands were the same colour as faeces so it did not matter.

    It had the desired effect too. I left very quickly and to this day feel that I failed to succeed in a British 'top school'!

    We all come away with our intrepretations of abuse of any kind. They do not necessarily comply with others assertations and should be respected as what they are. How can one tell another 'you should not feel that way'?

    My greatest anger rests against my big, blond blue eyed white skinned' father for sending me there in the first place. He wanted me to be a 'tough Russian' and I failed. I did become a 'tough Russian' later but I felt obliged to be tougher than those around me and never felt I was succeeding even when I obtained a high rank. I even was well decorated but I actually flushed the medals down a toilet as I did not feel I deserved them.

    I am lost about your point 2. I thought I had responded clearly.

    'I have absolutely NO idea why you think I would judge, or care, what is your wife's hair color.'

    That is simple. I married a white person because I felt more socially protected in a white society. I still find brown more attractive but I have also loved my wife, more every day and luckily the marriage is good.

    Perhaps I should not communicate with Americans at all. I feel however, that if we do not on some level, we will land up destroying the Northern hemisphere between us.

    Lody

    I was 'taught' to work from sun up to sun down, without any regard to my preference about anything. I loved my father, but he was an ass. I have my own mind.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 4 hours ago

    Lody, let me put it this way.

    Have you ever watched a movie where a man and woman were kissing, then the woman decided to end it, and the man grabbed her, told her it wasn't over until he said, then proceeded to rape her? Is that "sex"to you?

  • How to be truthful while not using it as a license to bully and harass other people...   1 day 4 hours ago

    Hi, everyone! I'm back!

    I must say that ever since I have started to listen to the advice on this thread, the bullying comments of others has hurt me less and less. Now when people insult me, I just instinctually seperate any useful truth in what they say and reject the rest as "balogna!" I have come to the conclusion that anyone should be able to say anything they want about me as long as it is truth. If a whole bunch of people decide to protest on my front doorstep, I will just naturally seperate their content from their protesting. I might even listen to them or join their cause!

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 4 hours ago
    Quote Lodyzhenshy:

    drbjmn

    'But, what I believe you don't get, is even if "some adult men prefer children", does NOT prove it's about sex. How can it be about about "sex" when the recipient is unable to understand, much less give consent? '

    Sorry, but if you had experienced what happens to children in such events, you would 'Know' 'sense' it is ALL about sex. At least the ones I have spoken with and myself think so.

    I quite agree that the adult has the power to force, manipulate etc but believe me. it is for the lust of sex with a child.

    When one is subjected to anal penetration and has to conduct fellatio all one is aware of is the SEXUALITY of the abuser and frankly this is the front line experience, at least it was for me. To this day I have to cut up bananas or I retch.

    Raping by 17/18 year old prefects was primarily about humiliation and a 'lesson' that darkies should stay where they belong and not go to elite schools. I do have EARS. Again, of course there was power. I was held down but the INTENT of the attack was 100% racist.

    To suggest otherwise completely negates the experience suffered by the victim.

    All I have ever said is that just to call rape power play is missing the point. Rape often has different roots.

    My experience is still with me today and my memory is about a very sexually excited 50 year old housemaster and being humiliated because my skin colour did not match the schools'.

    I was also made to remove faeces jointly put in toilet by prefects rather than it be flushed because the backs of my hands were the same colour as faeces so it did not matter.

    It had the desired effect too. I left very quickly and to this day feel that I failed to succeed in a British 'top school'!

    We all come away with our intrepretations of abuse of any kind. They do not necessarily comply with others assertations and should be respected as what they are. How can one tell another 'you should not feel that way'?

    My greatest anger rests against my big, blond blue eyed white skinned' father for sending me there in the first place. He wanted me to be a 'tough Russian' and I failed. I did become a 'tough Russian' later but I felt obliged to be tougher than those around me and never felt I was succeeding even when I obtained a high rank. I even was well decorated but I actually flushed the medals down a toilet as I did not feel I deserved them.

    I am lost about your point 2. I thought I had responded clearly.

    Perhaps I should not communicate with Americans at all. I feel however, that if we do not on some level, we will land up destroying the Northern hemisphere between us.

    Lody

    A 50 yr old man may be "sexually" attracted to whatever. But once he acts on it, it can't be anything other violence. I again urge you to consider that.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 4 hours ago

    drbjmn

    'But, what I believe you don't get, is even if "some adult men prefer children", does NOT prove it's about sex. How can it be about about "sex" when the recipient is unable to understand, much less give consent? '

    Sorry, but if you had experienced what happens to children in such events, you would 'Know' 'sense' it is ALL about sex. At least the ones I have spoken with and myself think so.

    I quite agree that the adult has the power to force, manipulate etc but believe me. it is for the lust of sex with a child.

    When one is subjected to anal penetration and has to conduct fellatio all one is aware of is the SEXUALITY of the abuser and frankly this is the front line experience, at least it was for me. To this day I have to cut up bananas or I retch.

    Raping by 17/18 year old prefects was primarily about humiliation and a 'lesson' that darkies should stay where they belong and not go to elite schools. I do have EARS. Again, of course there was power. I was held down but the INTENT of the attack was 100% racist.

    To suggest otherwise completely negates the experience suffered by the victim.

    All I have ever said is that just to call rape power play is missing the point. Rape often has different roots.

    My experience is still with me today and my memory is about a very sexually excited 50 year old housemaster and being humiliated because my skin colour did not match the schools'.

    I was also made to remove faeces jointly put in toilet by prefects rather than it be flushed because the backs of my hands were the same colour as faeces so it did not matter.

    It had the desired effect too. I left very quickly and to this day feel that I failed to succeed in a British 'top school'!

    We all come away with our intrepretations of abuse of any kind. They do not necessarily comply with others assertations and should be respected as what they are. How can one tell another 'you should not feel that way'?

    My greatest anger rests against my big, blond blue eyed white skinned' father for sending me there in the first place. He wanted me to be a 'tough Russian' and I failed. I did become a 'tough Russian' later but I felt obliged to be tougher than those around me and never felt I was succeeding even when I obtained a high rank. I even was well decorated but I actually flushed the medals down a toilet as I did not feel I deserved them.

    I am lost about your point 2. I thought I had responded clearly.

    'I have absolutely NO idea why you think I would judge, or care, what is your wife's hair color.'

    That is simple. I married a white person because I felt more socially protected in a white society. I still find brown more attractive but I have also loved my wife, more every day and luckily the marriage is good.

    Perhaps I should not communicate with Americans at all. I feel however, that if we do not on some level, we will land up destroying the Northern hemisphere between us.

    Lody

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 4 hours ago

    Everything has an origin.

    Quote drbjmn:

    In MY day (I'm 46), it just meant an ambiguous insult. You could kind of say a horrible person, but not quite accurate either. More like, someone not using the ability they have in a useful manner...

    Perhaps you can see how the slang evolved / crept into the civilian lexicon as the basics of the "insult" are consistent.

    I thought I recognized an homage to it in the first H.Lecter movie (skin being easier to remove after starving a prisoner). And later in the film where a portion of a vicitm is cooked up and fed back to him.

    Of course, those Men were never officially there to have been captured because we were never officially there. So it naturally follows that there would not have been any need for any official rescue missions. And so there would also have never been any opportunity for certain members of such imaginary units to have sold on the black market many of the rescue unit supplies (like the morphine) which could have at least reduced the suffering of such unextractable prisoners.

    One way people make it through situations like that is to be able to tell ourselves, "This was an anomaly that shall not continue, My Country would never do such a thing."

    And then, babyBush, Cheney, Rice, Woo, et al took that away from us with their own officially recognized enhanced interrogation program.

    To keep this on thread. I do not believe any of those Men endured what they did so that morally weak persons who happen to have male genitalia (but clearly are not Men) could perpetrate violence with them. I just can't picture them saying, "Oh, yeah - I'm for that."

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 5 hours ago
    Quote Lodyzhenshy:

    drbjmn

    1-If the perpetrator's action wasn't mostly, if not all about power, why would he do it to unwilling participants?

    Some adult men prefer children. Some children who are abused do not even understand that what is happening is bad. Some are 'trained' over a period of time. It is 100% about sexual gratification as far as I am concerned.

    2-And again, this is just a question, not an accusation: If you believe saris are more respectful, yet you say you find them more attractive, doesn't that make it more inappropriate for your wife to wear, when it is safe to assume that other men you associate with feel the same way you do?

    My comments about being disrespectful to men did NOT refer to me but those of Islam. I thought I had clarified this. My wife wears saris at times and I think she looks far better in them too; she wears them through choice as she loves doing so and feels she has an 'excuse' being married to me. She is a beautiful East Slavian blond and she is Orthodox Christian and does attend our temple and I visit her church at times. We all share the same god. This has never been an issue with us. I do hope that you do not come back and say 'then why did you marry a blond'? We worked together and it just happened!

    We do have many Bollywood stars who come to our temple and the way they wear a sari is nothing BUT sexy. Women of Islam cover themselves.

    Your last point I agree with but some people of some religions ARE controlling and that places women who wear some western style dress at risk. I did not condone this but recognise it is true. I for one have no intention of taking on Islam. I think the US government is beginning to find that hard too!

    I give a real example.

    When worshiping at our temple, it is considered not humble for women to cover their heads. We have inter-religious visits for younger people to try to gain understanding. One coach load of Islamic people more radical than most, tried to insist they had the right to visit the temple with heads covered. In the end we compromised but it is so hard.

    I work with these issues most days and frankly know less every day!

    You have been, as you say, actually abused, and I, as I say have come close to such, twice. So I must, respond with all the kindness, and respect, I can muster. But, what I believe you don't get, is even if "some adult men prefer children", does NOT prove it's about sex. How can it be about about "sex" when the recipient is unable to understand, much less give consent? For all your study, and personal contemplation, I'm certain you don't understand that once someone initiates that type of aggession, it can't possibly be about "sex." There is no such thing as "normal" or "acceptable" "sex "with a child! So any manifestion of that "man's" so called preference cannnot posibly have anything to do with anything other than power over what he wants. Want involves sex, however despicaple, but acting on it is foremost power, and "sex" , diasappears. Calling it "sex' does an incredible amount of disrespect for what you have learned to "deal" with. I find it hard to believe your experience if you don't give it any more thought than that. And I don't just mean some sort of resolution, for you. I mean actual truth. It is not 100% anything other than violence, when you consider there is no such thing as doing it without commiting 100% violence on the VICTIM!

    You COMPLETELY misunderdstood my second point. Try again.

    I have absolutely NO idea why you think I would judge, or care, what is your wife's hair color.

    I do not claim your interreligious experience isn't difficult. I do not claim you are not trying to move forward in the best way you can.

    I think, don't claim to know, if you sincerely want to engage american women on this topic, you should consider their points, and approach with much more respect.

    And I don't mind telling you so should I.

    Maybe then, you wouldn't know less every day, in this regard.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 5 hours ago

    To respond to Lody’s the Toady's outrageous accusation, I have never — I repeat: NEVER — characterized Indian culture as “backward”, overall; certainly not in ways unique or special about India. The only things I know to be backward about Indian culture are backward about all other patriarchal, racist cultures around the globe, including our own: the status & treatment of my gender, and/or certain ethnicities, not to mention gross class inequalities. Classism, sexism & racism... what else is new? Nothin' special about India in that regard.

    I am not anti-Indian, you pompous little toadie and don’t you DARE accuse me of such racist filth. Not unless you are damn well prepared to PROVE it with direct quotes from specific posts written by ME.

    If you are the Hindu priest you say you are, Lody, you are an insult to your religion and culture. You haven’t one spiritual molecule residing in that hollow, bankrupt little soul of yours. I have nothing but contempt for anyone who would misquote me like that.

    You stink. Go to hell. - AIW

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 5 hours ago

    "Drbjmn", I am ready to apologize for my part in our ongoing feud and bury the hatchet, if you're willing. - AIW

  • Is Big Brother Sanitizing The News?   1 day 6 hours ago

    Changing facts to fit US dogma only makes US dogma seem even more silly to the rest of the world

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 6 hours ago

    I rest my case as far as you are concerned. You really ARE toxic

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 7 hours ago

    I reply to DAnneMarc first. I do not purport to represent Hinduism. I just happen to be a Hindu priest.

    I do not state that one set of insults are better or worse than another. Insults are insults.

    I rarely speak or write English and at times my word choice may not be correct.

    Some words used here are considered 'Mat' in Russia and it is illegal that we use them in media. Another translation is 'swearword' or 'filthy language'. Personally I think, as stated before that the use of such words does nothing but debase the user of them. I certainly do not respect those that do. My posts are observed this end. I understand yours are too. Usually I would never resort to name calling but I responded in kind which was 'legal'

    drbjmn

    1-If the perpetrator's action wasn't mostly, if not all about power, why would he do it to unwilling participants?

    Some adult men prefer children. Some children who are abused do not even understand that what is happening is bad. Some are 'trained' over a period of time. It is 100% about sexual gratification as far as I am concerned.

    2-And again, this is just a question, not an accusation: If you believe saris are more respectful, yet you say you find them more attractive, doesn't that make it more inappropriate for your wife to wear, when it is safe to assume that other men you associate with feel the same way you do?

    My comments about being disrespectful to men did NOT refer to me but those of Islam. I thought I had clarified this. My wife wears saris at times and I think she looks far better in them too; she wears them through choice as she loves doing so and feels she has an 'excuse' being married to me. She is a beautiful East Slavian blond and she is Orthodox Christian and does attend our temple and I visit her church at times. We all share the same god. This has never been an issue with us. I do hope that you do not come back and say 'then why did you marry a blond'? We worked together and it just happened!

    We do have many Bollywood stars who come to our temple and the way they wear a sari is nothing BUT sexy. Women of Islam cover themselves.

    Your last point I agree with but some people of some religions ARE controlling and that places women who wear some western style dress at risk. I did not condone this but recognise it is true. I for one have no intention of taking on Islam. I think the US government is beginning to find that hard too!

    I give a real example.

    When worshiping at our temple, it is considered not humble for women to cover their heads. We have inter-religious visits for younger people to try to gain understanding. One coach load of Islamic people more radical than most, tried to insist they had the right to visit the temple with heads covered. In the end we compromised but it is so hard.

    I work with these issues most days and frankly know less every day!

    ZZ

    'As I said, you call me one more name, or insult my character, and I will make a complaint about you, loud and clear.

    Whatever I have said to you earlier did not contain the intensity of hostility, hate and disrespect compared to the names you have called me and adjectives you have attached to my character. If I say you're spouting sexist themes, that's not the same as an insult— that's telling you you're doing a thing that I've come to recognize as sexism. If you harbor sexist ideas and beliefs, you're going to be called on it.'

    It depends upon what you consider insulting and what I do. Seems you reserve the right to call me patronising, sexist etc. If that is the case, we clash. There are ways to put your point acrosss without calling me sexist/mysogynist to my face.

    To say 'I think that is mysogynistic or whatever' is one thing. To say 'you are a mysogynist is another' and explain why you think so and allow me to respond.

    It is diplomacy. And here we seem to part company. Your John Kerry threatens us all of the time. It does not work to threaten the largest country in the world.

    I will NOT be threatened by you or any American. I am happy to discourse with any American in a civilized manner. If that is not good enough for you, then go ahead and ban me. It would not trouble me at all but only confirm why we and the USA should be at war.

    Reading your posts elsewhere, it seems you, like myself do not like violence. so why not just try to accommodate each other?

    'I would explain to you the reason the words you've used to insult me were sexist, but I see it's a waste of effort to try to educate you.'

    That is as insulting as anything I have said. Why do you wish to continue?

    Considering racism which apparently you escew.

    'Please consider the possibility that the understanding of rape by academic authorities in the U.S. is more sophisticated than in your culture.'

    How racist is that? You imply again that we are 'jungle bunnies' and must bow down to the 'superior learning' of your culture.

    For your information. In private schools, pupils live in 'Houses' where there is a Housemaster, house tutor and matron.

    Prefects are senior pupils (17/18) who are given power to control the younger pupils including beating of them and 'fagging' for them. This is life in the most expensive schools in the world although I understand things have improved a bit.

    I really do not care to have American education pushed my way. Tell me what YOU think from your heart.

    Of course, these people had power over me but the prime motivations were sexual in one case and humiliation of a coloured child in the others. To say rape is just about power, glosses over the nuances of the act and makes understanding of the crime more unreachable.

    Lody

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 7 hours ago
    Quote Aliceinwonderland:

    Thanks ZZ. I really wasn’t all that worried about getting into a knock-down-drag-out with you. But I appreciate your timely response.

    As to your nose a little bent out of shape when I’ve failed to respond to your spot-on comments… well honey, I must thank you for your candor. First of all, your thin skin makes me feel a little less weird about my own thin skin. Guess we’re even! Believe it or not, I've had similar experiences; there've been occasions when I would've liked responses from you that weren't forthcoming either. Oh well, just goes with the territory. Beyond that, I will say that were I to respond to everything said here that I happen to agree with, I would have time for little else in my life, especially given the length of this thread… already longer than any thread I’ve ever seen on Thom’s website, with no end in sight. So while I do express my appreciation for certain posts (including yours) that ring my bell occasionally, I tend to direct most of my time and energy on the ones I disagree with. But you needn’t feel underappreciated by me, because you rock in my book. I love reading your fiesty posts, fellow word warrior!

    Far as “drbjmn” is concerned, I do not begrudge you your friendship with him. And I apologize for any remarks that might have been construed that way. I know how not-fun it is, having two friends who don’t get along. I’ve never viewed “drbjmn” as an “absolute enemy” of women, even as much as his posts have riled me up on occasion. His insults are wasted energy, as they tend to amuse me more than hurt me. While “drbjmn” and I have not gotten off to a swell start, I’m open to the possibility of burying the hatchet with him someday. But if I’ve pissed him off too much for that to be feasible, I’ll not lose sleep over it. Guess I’ll just leave it at that.

    Consider me “chilled”, ZZ, where that other friend of yours is concerned. And happy Friday! - AIW

    I used the word "stupid" in my post #217, before AIW used "buddy boy" in her #221.

    I am at fault here.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 7 hours ago

    DN, in post #449 you’ve asked the women here if we feel inferior, if we think we can match the average man our age in physical stamina and mental accuity. You bring physical size into the equation, and so on. I can speak only for myself, so here goes:

    I am a 64 year old woman, just under five feet two & a half inches tall. My weight fluctuates between 115 and 120 pounds, depending on the time of year. I’m lean, muscular and very athletic. I’m strong for my size and have a lot of endurance. I love bicycling and actually enjoy the long, steep hills, because when I get to the top of each hill I feel like a million bucks, high on endorphins. I feel like an amazon. I love it. And I don't mind being smaller than the average adult woman. Not one bit.

    I’m a composer. I’ve composed music of many genres, at the piano, something I’ve done since childhood. I also happen to be blessed with perfect pitch. As a girl I occasionally would ponder over the fact that all the composers I’d ever heard of were men, yet I could compose as well as they could even though I was “only a girl”. My parents were both avid music lovers who started me out with classical music. I've mimiced Bach, Beethoven and Debussy well enough to fool the experts. I've been called a musical genius once or twice in this lifetime.

    I could outrun and outclimb my brother and most of the boys I knew, growing up.

    I was deeply alienated in school, yet loved to read and write. I still love reading, writing, composing music… I am highly creative and have an active intellectual life.

    I love debating about issues I am passionate about; in writing, not face-to-face, which makes blogging so perfect for me. I arrive at my opinions not just through emotions and biases but via all I have learned through the years by reading, listening and paying attention, to issues of our times I’ve come to care about deeply. I am not intimidated by anyone here, male or female, old or young, rich or poor, white or nonwhite; nor am I afraid to stand my ground when I have a case on anything of consequence to me.

    And no, DN, I do not feel inferior to men. Not even a teensie-weensie bit.

    I have always believed that each gender has strengths and weaknesses; I have also viewed sexuality and sexual identity as not black & white, but with many shades of gray. (We’ve discussed all this before.) Women have higher tolerance for pain than men, and tend to live longer. Our brains are wired to integrate information absorbed through different regions, the source of that intuition females are known for. We are better at multitasking than men. And we posess something very powerful, unique only to females: the ability to give birth.

    At the risk of offending some of you guys, think the strengths of men are WAY over-rated.

    I do not happen to believe either gender is actually superior to the other. I think they are merely different, generally, and each with their own strengths. Therefore I do not believe any culture should be either patriarchal or matriarchal. I think the best cultures are those that, as Marc’s article so beautifully demonstrated, value both genders and give members of both genders access to positions of power and influence, thus benefitting from the best each has to offer.

    I hope this answers your question at least adequately. - AIW

  • Koch Industries on the Defense   1 day 7 hours ago

    I shop at a Kroger Supermarket rather than Walmart because it is Union and has better products. I do not eat at Burgur King or McDonalds because I do not want to eat pink slime. But I especially support the Boycott of Burger King for moving it headquarters to Canada to dodge taxes. When I shop at Home Depot I do pay attention and avoid Georgia Pacific Products, Also at the Grocery stores. I have seen Walmart destroy too many towns in this country and lower the standard of living. You can go elsewhere. Make your own decisions but I feel more comfortable about where I spend my dollar.

  • The Overpaid CEO   1 day 7 hours ago
  • The Overpaid CEO   1 day 7 hours ago

    Right, you have 1000 shares of xyz. The CEO has 1 million shares. The CFO has 500,000 shares. The Board of Directors has 1 millions shares split between them. Institutional holders have another 5 million shares, Your vote does not matter much. I always check none of the above.

  • Would Obama be So Unpopular Today if He Had Governed as a TRUE Liberal and Not a GOP-lite NeoLib?   1 day 8 hours ago

    The ACA has basically destroyed the Democratic Party politically. It's not popular for good reason. It's a bad way to reform healthcare. It places all the waste and abuse of a private system on the government dole. This drives prices up, not down. Yet another unpopular Republican idea that is proving quite easy to campaign against -- by the GOP. Thanks Obama. Hey, it's better than nothing, right? Well, unless it gives us a Republican President in 2016 with both houses in GOP hands -- and it very well might.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 9 hours ago

    Ohhh crapola; another duplicate post! (Grrrrr)

  • When Men Murder Women   1 day 10 hours ago

    Keep up the good fight...but I'm not going to waste any more time with irritable people.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 13 hours ago

    Apropos to #456 ~ In addition my friend, please kindly explain for us all exactly why Zenzoe's insults of you carry more weight than yours of her? I find this most puzzling. What I've always been taught is what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Can you explain your logic?

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote Lodyzhenshy:Then desist from calling me rude names and blaspheming towards me in your posts.

    Lodyzhenshy ~ A bit of friendly advice from one Demigod to another. Even at our esteemed level accusing a human of "blaspheming" toward us is, in fact, blaspheming. Make no mistake about it! I don't care what religion you purport to represent. Perhaps just a poor choice of words?

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 day 13 hours ago

    Lodyzhenshy,

    I would like to ask two questions for sake of argument, not to imply I know, or prefer, or am certain of any correct or incorrect answer:

    1-If the perpetrator's action wasn't mostly, if not all about power, why would he do it to unwilling participants?

    2-And again, this is just a question, not an accusation: If you believe saris are more respectful, yet you say you find them more attractive, doesn't that make it more inappropriate for your wife to wear, when it is safe to assume that other men you associate with feel the same way you do?

    Now just a thought:

    In the grand scheme of things, with regard to what men find inappropriate, where can any line be drawn, that doesn't disrespect the woman's right to self determination? I believe we have all agreed thus far, that regardless of what a woman wears, we would support prosecution of rape to the fullest extent. How does even suggesting that we should have a say in what they wear ever stop at anything short of a burka, in order to logically(I suppose in jest) accomodate what we know some other MEN prefer, without admitting we are being controlling, but we don't consider it that, if the controlling only fits our own personal definition of appropriateness?

    Please take my questions as just thinking out loud, and not condemnation what you are trying to honestly share here, even though I'm starting to see the problem with that line of thought, which I thought I was more aware of than I am.

  • The Overpaid CEO   1 day 14 hours ago
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    Show me one company where you voted with your stock on the CEO's salary. That is set by the BOD.

    And the BOD directors is voted on by the stockholders.

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