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Here's Why The Idea Of 'Traditional Marriage' Is Total Bullsh*t

Here's Why The Idea Of 'Traditional Marriage' Is Total Bullsh*t

Commented Jan 20, 2014 at 16:59:19 in Queer Voices

“Wait - where's the rest of this article? Is that the end of it?”
Kenny Rogers Addresses Dolly Parton Affair Rumors (VIDEO)

Kenny Rogers Addresses Dolly Parton Affair Rumors (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 19:45:03 in Divorce

“Adresses?
Really Huff?
Addresses.

Ugh.”
The 'Perfect Woman' In 1912, Elsie Scheel, Was 171 Pounds And Loved Beefsteaks

The 'Perfect Woman' In 1912, Elsie Scheel, Was 171 Pounds And Loved Beefsteaks

Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 05:41:30 in Women

“Yes, but what did she DO?”

Michelle Parella Boyle on Dec 30, 2012 at 08:23:18

“In 1912, most women did not go to college. She was going to an Ivy League school, which was quite a accomplishment then!!!”
Obama, Tearful, Finishes Campaign In Iowa, Where It Started

Obama, Tearful, Finishes Campaign In Iowa, Where It Started

Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 01:09:06 in Politics

“No matter what, you were the first President to call me an equal.

Thank you and my son thanks you, too.

-Athena Nation, West Seattle, WA”

LadyTee on Nov 6, 2012 at 08:32:28

“AthenaN, beautifully stated. Fanned and faved.”

RIPRNC on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:29:07

“Fanned from Queen Anne. :)”

Morpheus Flux on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:19:59

“Excellent comment, I will fane and fave you and thank you for it.”

Jerry Frey on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:14:26

“People are equal in a state of nature - money talks and truth walks.”

Charn Robinson on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:12:14

“GREAT JOB!”

NoMittens on Nov 6, 2012 at 01:10:50

“FF”
Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 03:04:01 in Small Business

“Indeed.”

Kingbreaker on Oct 11, 2012 at 06:30:35

“Dang, I need to hire an editor.”
Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 03:03:43 in Small Business

“I don't agree, but respect your insight!It's funny, but being raised back East in the 70's I and my father knew a lot of garbage collectors and bus drivers with degrees - all the way up to PhDs (PhD's? See - not perfect, just progress!) 
Some of it was a reflection of the job market, some because it was a personal goal, and so on. But today, with this weird "entitlement" thing going around, I am so shocked to meet people with degrees who have never flipped a burger in their life, or had a really crappy boss, or some such. The thought of ditch-digging makes some of the students I'm around grimace. To me, a job does not define you - it's the love of it that does. 
Thank you for your commentary - it's deeply appreciated!”
Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Kyle Wiens Of iFixit Won't Hire The Grammatically Challenged

Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 00:59:29 in Small Business

“I won't date you if you can't spell the obvious stuff. It's a complete turn off.

Both of my children are highly academically and emotionally intelligent for their age. I believe in the survival of the intellectually fittest. When I realized I needed help in some grammar and math areas, I went back to school. As I've gotten older, I've witnessed my memory fading in some areas and increasing dramatically in others. So, I started on working on subject matter that increases neural plasticity. I'm now on my way to an MFA due to taking a second look at something that scared me.

David Sedaris is a self-admitted terrible speller. He consistently credits his editors for all the work they do to help him convey his material. Now, if someone who cannot spell decides to seek help and admits that's what they have to do to keep their creative or scientific ideas on track, then of course I'll make great exception. There's ignorance and then there's laziness.

My father couldn't read until he was in his 30's (I was about seven). And then he took off like a shot and became a voracious reader the last few years of his life. He did it for his children and for himself. He made a decision to move out of ignorance into knowledge. So, yes, I am a bit hard on the gramatically and spelling challenged. With a dad like that and kids like mine - keeping up is expected. :-)”

Amalek on Oct 11, 2012 at 01:37:54

“You are correct.  Fine grammar does get you laid.”

Rayko74 on Oct 11, 2012 at 01:05:44

“The problem with your theory is that the world needs ditch diggers and highly intelligent people aren't going to do it. With out the stupid people society falls apart.”
Be Beautiful: How 30 Days Nearly Naked Changed My Life

Be Beautiful: How 30 Days Nearly Naked Changed My Life

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 11:03:19 in Women

“You are one of the BEST, Miss Jolly :D

Proud of you and your work - and look! The Huff Post!

Right on.

xoxoxoxoxoox From one Goddess to Another, I praise you!”
It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 13:49:13 in Politics

“4.

....All of them. No matter what country, faith, or standing. All of them are equal. And, as Kahlil Gibran tells us, not our own. So, we should handle them with even more love, guidance, and respect.

Let children be children.
How?

By us being adults. Put away the guns. Turn off the television. Stop yelling at them or yanking them or blaming them. Help them. Give them choices, not just one religion or one race or one idea.

Open yourself to the child mind - and you will find the answer on how to stop "the violence", any violence. Open yourself to the child mind and you will be open to the gateways to Heaven/Elysium/the Stars.”

Tavon on Dec 22, 2012 at 14:55:19

“When our leaders in Congress dig in their heels and refuse to work for the good of the nation it sets the worst example for our children to see and mimic.

Intolerance in our politicians should not be the example they set, any more than how our teachers are, our church leaders are or parents are.

Live a better example at the top, and hopefully, it will trickle down.”
It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 13:48:58 in Politics

“3.

.....not watching anything "violent" or making jokes of that nature. People who know us know we kid each other a lot, and that we don't watch violent movies or shows as it is. We never say "I'll kill you" or that level of joking. But, he watches Ben Ten and Teen Titans and has seen most of Star Trek and Star Wars, sans the "bad" parts and such, between both homes he shares. In that one month, his entire perspective changed. He talked about how he noticed more and more how violently kids talk and television is really, really violent and how adults shouldn't say "kill" or "murder". He realized (and I already grit my teeth several times over this fact and limit these, too) saw it in almost all the Pixar movies...his favourite.

In 30 days, he became re-sensitized.

Ever since, he has made a clear effort to watch even his joking language, especially around women and girls. He doesn't watch much, if any at all, of his Ben Ten or Teen Titans cartoons anymore. He's moved on to better things. Biology. Bugs. Drawing. Art. Photography - he even asked Santa for a camera. We kid each other still, and he's even caught me off-guard - pointing out when I have said something that could be misconstrued when joking with friends.

He is seven. And he is my hero.

Let the children be heroes while they are alive. ......”
It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 13:48:04 in Politics

“2.
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I will not jump into the gun debate when we are participating in doing the same to children in other countries and starving our own to be pretty enough for the next reality show or are building our motherboards for our phones or cracking open "recycled" batteries, covered in stains and burns.

What happened is horrific and I am unable to focus, sleep, explain any of it. But, to act like this loss is greater than anyone else's is bullshit. It's horrible and wrong, severely wrong. My father was in the Korean War, my Step Father in Viet Nam. Horrible things happen to children in every war. Horrible and severely wrong things.

So, this argument is beyond guns. It's about a culture of justifiable violence. I am surprised President Obama didn't draw these parallels, but that would have politicized his beautiful and heartfelt speech. It will come up later, hopefully.

Recently my son and I spent 30 days .....”
It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 13:44:57 in Politics

“1.

We had God in two of my schools.
The other two were public.
Both had teen pregnancies, drinking, drugs including crack, sex in empty classrooms, suicides, deaths, and rumors of affairs with adults.

These schools were either in or just outside of low-income, predominantly single-race areas (two in predominantly black areas, two predominantly white).

Parents yelled, made us pick switches, beat us, while others loved the f--- out of us and tore us out of those homes. Divorces, coming outs, affairs, and so on.

Most of the time there was church. Other times, hunting and fishing. Camping trips. Scouts. Sledding. Pure white snow so virginal even Mother Mary would've said to Gabriel - "Now THAT'S pure."

Over and over parents moved us to "better" schools, "better" areas, but some avoided dealing with their own mental illnesses, alcoholism, financial cascades and it would upend ever effort to be a family. A real family. Whatever that is.

The world, even a First World, is a horrible place.
It is also a good place.
Sometimes.

When ten girls were hit with a land mine hours later after the Connecticut Twenty, not a single facebook commentator in my crew mentioned it. I was surprized by this while I hovered over the status update, copy ready to be pasted and sent. Why nobody else? These girls were in a warzone. Why are there lives less valuable? Did they not colour? Draw? Pray? Sleep? Eat?

I will not jump into the ....”
Luke 1:39-55: Can We Speak of God's Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?

Luke 1:39-55: Can We Speak of God's Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 06:19:35 in Religion

“1.
We had God in two of my schools.
The other two were public.
Both had teen pregnancies, drinking, drugs including crack, sex in empty classrooms, suicides, deaths, and rumors of affairs with adults.

These schools were either in or just outside of low-income, predominantly single-race areas (two in predominantly black areas, two predominantly white).

Parents yelled, made us pick switches, beat us, while others loved the f--- out of us and tore us out of those homes. Divorces, coming outs, affairs, and so on.

Most of the time there was church. Other times, hunting and fishing. Camping trips. Scouts. Sledding. Pure white snow so virginal even Mother Mary would've said to Gabriel - "Now THAT'S pure."

Over and over parents moved us to "better" schools, "better" areas, but some avoided dealing with their own mental illnesses, alcoholism, financial cascades and it would upend ever effort to be a family. A real family. Whatever that is.”
Paul Ryan Said Something That Should Force Him Off the Ticket, But You Probably Didn't Hear About It

Paul Ryan Said Something That Should Force Him Off the Ticket, But You Probably Didn't Hear About It

Commented Aug 28, 2012 at 00:34:36 in Politics

“Hm....the article misquoted and twisted his words, which I cannot believe I'm untwisting to hear what he REALLY said...and what he said I get.

"the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life" is what he said.

And, I agree. Well, only, I believe life is already present before conception.

I'm against rape, of course, but if conception occurs during the rape then there's a question of is this new, unexpected life less valuable because the zygote-to-be's mother was raped vs. a choice of timing and deliberate actions to conceive. I'm a pro-lifer who is adamantly pro-choice. I believe "life" is an egg and sperm as they are cells - two diploids that meet and create a member of the eukaryotic tree called "human", at least if the codons say so. Life is before conception for me, and just for me. And, if I were raped and it resulted in conception I would most-likely have a legal, safe procedure done because it's an unfair to that new life as it is mine to meet via forced imposition. But, it's not less valuable if we equate "value" with "life".

Difficult stuff, but as anti-Romney and Ryan I am, I am tired of the unnecessary twists our media, all media, institutes for any agenda that is not for the betterment and education of the American People.”

jokko666 on Aug 28, 2012 at 01:28:24

“A very thoughtful post, AthenaN. In my view a conception should always be as a result of an act of love. Rape is a crime of violence, the antithesis of love, and to force a woman to carry such a fetus to term is also a crime of violence.”

Sherrie Heckendorn on Aug 28, 2012 at 01:23:21

“I was glad to see that you do promote the choice be available to women. For myself, until a fetus can live outside the womb, it is not a baby,”

live4ward on Aug 28, 2012 at 00:51:04

“Huh? You would end this "life" out of fairness to it? That's kinda like destroying the village in order to save it... Consider that it's a mass of cells, not a "life" yet, and your safe, legal procedure makes complete sense. Call it a human and you really can't justify abortion, especially as a way to treat it more fairly. For the record, it's a mass of cells to me till it's not. I just wish we could a get a good concensus on exactly when that is...”

MysticLady on Aug 28, 2012 at 00:50:29

“Is 'life is already present before conception' based on science?”
Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Commented May 30, 2012 at 14:53:43 in Queer Voices

“Huh? I'm a woman. Apparently this post was meant for someone else.”
Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Commented May 29, 2012 at 18:28:12 in Queer Voices

“Indeed!”
Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Commented May 29, 2012 at 18:27:46 in Queer Voices

“For some reason, this is not posting - it's part 3. Deal.

3. Travolta is an easy target and an unfair one. Go write about someone you "know" is "in the closet" at your church or Safeway or car wash about why they won't come out. And then maybe you'll have an article on our lives, our fights, our fears we'd be willing to accept as unbiased, well-informed, and informative.

Otherwise, leave our closet door alone. Just wait for us to come out when ready and be supportive, then.

Oh, and before there's a response that says I'm just angry or bitter or some cheap shot to undercut the obvious embarrassment I may have caused upending this argument - walk a day in my shoes. I don't have anger. I have exhaustion - exhaustion of expectations and tropes by people ill-informed on our lives as GLBT men and woman who write so casually about us without even asking us what we know.

Go be gay, and then come out, and tell us how great it is.”

atlee9657 on Jul 23, 2012 at 18:44:42

“After reading the other responses, i think you are spot on. Really, is it for us to judge what he is doing? Oddly, I have a similar story to the author and other posts and my own troubled past creeps into my opinion. Unfortunately I do believe there are a lot of gay people who live double lives - obviously this is not done just for kicks. In my case, my ex-husband is in some heavy denial and I'm not sure I blame him. His upbringing and lifestyle is not accepting. Unfortunately I was a casualty to the lie.

I think the reason everyone is so interested is it sounds true, and we all are trying to view how this changes who we though he was/is. I have been reviewing every detail of my old life and applying the new truth to each event. I really think this is what the public is doing, ESPECIALLY because he is so well liked. I don't think that part changes. I feel very sorry for him and the family. I hope there is some peace for them.”

Tony JohnsonLA on May 30, 2012 at 04:30:18

“you have not upended anything, your argument doesn't hold water because you are living half a life, and for that my friend, I am truly sorry. If I knew what magic words I could say that could make all your fears go away, and allow you to see yourself as the wonderful man you are, who also happens to be Gay...and relieve yourself of the self imposed prison you have put yourself in, I would say them. Because a life that is authentic and real is worth it, and is the only way to ever know any true happiness. I wish you luck on your journey.”
Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Commented May 29, 2012 at 15:23:01 in Queer Voices

“2. You are not doing a service outing anyone - it's for that person to decide. Regardless of my personal experience and pain, my partners were not ready to live "out". They had to live the way they did until they either made the decision to come out, or marry yet another woman and continue to hide. It's wrong, yes, but I remember the struggle it was for me at 12 and have had the experience of having my "outness" used against me in a custody battle I didn't win. So, the cost is often very, very, very high for us in the GLBT side of the things.

Next time you decide to tell "closet cases" or anyone of the GLBT community what they "must" or "should be" doing, go somewhere where woman aren't allowed to speak, let alone vote or be seen in public without a male companion who is related to you. Go and experience the decades of demanded invisibility we do. Go to an HIV Free Clinic and tell 14 year olds that they have HIV. Go work in a hospice that turns away gay patients. Go work at DSHS in any of our states as see how gay, homeless, parents with children are treated.

cont'd..”
Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Travolta, Gay or Not Gay... Why Should We Care?

Commented May 29, 2012 at 15:20:24 in Queer Voices

“1. Personally, I know what it's like being an out and open bisexual (and fully capable of being monogamous in my relationships) and being deceived by a closeted partner. But, you have a clear and present anger that's clouding your article to be informative and unbiased. Coming out isn't as simple as a reset button on life, especially when faith or children are involved.

Using the term "closet case" so loosely is insensitive and prejudging the situation. I doubt you like being called a "beard" or "breeder" by gay folks - well, we feel the same about quote a bit of your resentful language in your article.

While I enjoy the Huffington Post, I am sad to say they made a mistake not editing your article a bit more. A little fact-checking into Scientology and some statistics in deaths resulting from coming out in areas/families/faiths would make your article more readable and plausible.

cont'd”