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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I've seen a number of people ask what may or be good faith questions about trans people, or make claims that they may actually believe about trans people (claims I know to be untrue). Sometimes I have attempted to educate these people; often I have walked away, knowing the attempt to be useless.
Here's an excellent resource, to anyone who is interested in learning.
Seven Troubling Questions About Transgender Theories, Answered
Friday, March 24, 2017
TrumpCare fails at the legislative level.
Trump is reaching out to Democrats now. That's... droll.
Costa on MSNBC: Trump says bill won’t be coming back in near future & he’ll see if the Dems want to work with him on healthcare.— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
So the site where I had the encounter with the Right-Wing Troll held a brief forum with those who commented there, saying that they had received complaints about the troll, and that they were inclined to begin deleting such abusive emails in the future. They asked for thoughts on this policy.
Comments came out strongly in favor of not just deleting abusive comments, but of banning those who showed a pattern of making such comments. (I was one of those who argued for this policy, using basically the argument I made here.)
The site owner then banned Dick Johnson from the site.
As some of you may have noticed, Dick almost at once began posting abusive and stalker-type comments here. He'll be banned and deleted here as well, no fear, and for the same reasons he's banned and deleted there.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
my last post that appeasement isn't a tactic, historically, that has much of a success rate.
This is true.
I think one mistake I made in the beginning with Dick Johnson is one we often make when dealing with bullies. Slightly amused at his mistake (ha ha, he thinks I'm a guy, isn't that fun), I ignored the stupid insults he threw my way.
This was when he thought I was just a guy, not a gay guy.
So from time to time -- as many of you do -- I comment elsewhere in the blogosphere.
When I do so, I comment under my blogosphere name: as delagar, in other words. This is a name with no apparent gender. Often enough, out in the 'sphere, people assume I am male. (Go figure!)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
As the kid is in her last six weeks of high school and literally counting the minutes until she never has to go back to high school again, this extra Friday is all that stood between her and doom.
Only messing a little here. It's never been so hard to get this child off to school as it has been this past month. "Here's an idea," she tells me, frequently. "What if I drop out of school, right now?"
"That sounds like a fine idea," I say. "Then you can get a job at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is always hiring."
"But you are missing the point. Then I would never have to go back to high school, ever again."
Our plans for Spring Break: sleep a lot. Write a lot. (Do a lot of art, on the kid's part.) Go hiking at Devil's Den. Go up to Crystal Bridges at least once, to see the new exhibit, even if it is Roy Lichtenstein, who is the kid's mortal enemy. Take the dog to the dog park. Sleep some more.
The weather has been cold as balls here, but next week looks lovely.
Trump, meanwhile... sweet Jesus.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
A perfect illustration of the American South. This was posted on my FB feed. A local store has this display up for the Easter Season, and many, many people were thanking Jesus for the store and its "bravery" in witnessing for Christ.
The fact that this is a marketing plot -- and a fairly heretical one -- has not entered their minds. This is because no one in the South, and very few people in America, are willing to admit that the real religion of America is not Christianity, but Capitalism.
Once you realize that, of course, this display makes perfect sense.
Buy more soda, affirm your witness to the one true God.
Friday, March 03, 2017
My cat climbs into my lap and butts her head against my shoulder (her signal that I should carry her to her food dish and give her food).
I ignore her, since I'm in the middle of working.
She butts a little harder, and then claws me gently on the ear.
Me: Hey! Not acceptable!
Cat: (Claws a little harder.)
Me: (Capturing cat and looking at her eye to eye): That is not appropriate behavior. Do I claw you when I want something?
Cat: (Sullenly) Mwar.
Me: No, I don't. So you don't claw me.
Apparently I am trying to teach a cat ethics. #LiberalBehaviorGoesTooFar
(The meme referenced in the title, in case you have been on Mars and missed it: This is the Future Liberals Want.)