“Do you know who those "farmers" are? They are not Old MacDonald on a farm. They are corporations. Corporations that the government props up needlessly. Crop insurance is subsidized to the tune of 70%. Fair is fair so pay 70% of every Americans insurance bills - health, home, car, life, etc. If it is sink or swim for the hungry, it is sink or swim for everyone (corporations are people after all).”
“Blatantly unconstitutional. Florida already found this out. Why others are following eludes me. Not only did Florida spend more than they saved, they have spent a small fortune in legal fees. And continue to do so as they appeal.”
Kalik on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:07:18
“"Blatantly unconstitutional"....so is the NSA looking at my e-mails and listening in on my phone calls.”
“No one is forcing anything on anyone. Renting a venue is a BUSINESS transaction. If you can't separate your business fro your religion you have a problem. Furthermore, when you run a business you AGREE to all applicable laws. It is ILLEGAL to discriminate based on sexual identity and gender expression. They can break the law. But by doing so, they have the right to be sued out of business.
“2 senators who have never seen a problem they didn't want to bomb, bombed in Egypt? Tell e it ain't so?”
Jazzy lady on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:39:20
“You are right! Thank God, OB never listens to McCain..”
jannielee on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:09:16
“Two bulls (or maybe I should say one bull and a cow) in a china closet. Neither of them think before shooting off their mouth. And of course neither would admit making a diplomatic gaff. This trip was paid for by the generous American public. What a waste.”
Honeybucket on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:06:00
“Why are we taxpayers paying for first class travel junkets for politicians who need to first take care of business at home, before going to other countries and messing in their government?”
“The debt ceiling accomplishes nothing except give blowhards something to blather on about. The bills being paid were ALREADY appropriated by a congress that failed to pass the taxes to pay for them. Where were you when these appropriations bills were passed?
The 14th amendment renders this whole drama moot and the first president to say that is does will end this charade once and for all.”
Michael Hackmer on Dec 1, 2012 at 15:01:43
“The debt ceiling accomplishes nothing? It requires Congress and the President to raise it when they reach the limit. In the past, it was never an issue. Now it is a front page story that Americans can see. What's more, because it has become more of an issue, it is helping to force people to reach a compromise on spending.
I opposed the appropriations bills, and have been calling for a budget, a balanced budget, and better prioritization of our spending for many years. I also only support candidates have favor a different course, and have restarted the Reform Party in Virginia as part of that goal.
Lastly, I'm not sure how the 14th Amendment would play a role here. Are you suggesting that the debt amassed is illegal or void in some way? I'd appreciate an explanation.”
“As a Florida resident, I second that. The rest of the nation didn't know how backwards we are about elections until 2000. Now, the nation watches to see how we will screw up but never take steps to not live up to our reputation.”
“It will always be HRC's sandbox. They will never stop taking credit for things they had no part in or a very small part. If they don't stop acting that way no one will trust them as far as they can throw them. He talked about the $1M for the 4 marriage initiatives. The right way to do that would have been a joint press release with each of the coalitions fighting on the ground announcing $250K originating from the coalitions that originated from the coalitions themselves. Instead they shout "look what we did!" They get the reputation of being difficult to work for a reason and I don't see them addressing that with Chad.This was completely under his purview and he botched it. I will not hold Chad responsible for anything that predates his presidency but I am holding him accountable for this.Strike 1.”
Kofender on Aug 20, 2012 at 21:10:27
“HRC is notorious for taking credit for other people's work. HRC does NOT speak for me. So far as I'm concerned (especially after it flubbed its opportunity in California during Prop 8), it's a pretty worthless organization. I refuse to ever give it more money until I see it can actually begin with an idea and carry it through to completion. So far... nothing.”
“Let us vote indeed, Ann. Looks like their string of votes that come out their way are coming to an end. what is next after let us vote. Courts, legislatures and soon the ballot box are moving towards equality. You will have no other legal authority to go to soon.”
“Way out? What have you been smoking? The ex-cay movement is rapidly becoming the ex-ex-gay movement. People can't change their sexual orientation any more than they can change their skin color. Troll elsewhere.”
“I voted no,but want to explain why as it is nuanced. When I was in high school 20 years ago, I was well aware of who the gay/lesbian teachers were. Most knew I was gay as well. One was my mentor academically and taught helped me be better as a person and acdemically. Another was my guidance counselor who was able to help me find a college where I would be comfortable. No one's sexuality was ever discussed. I am surprised when one of my classmates finds out that one of the people who helped me is actually gay or lesbian. Something that I felt was obvious all along. I am afraid in some par of the country (like mine) these role models will not be available to our youth. I never had to tell any I was gay nor did they have to tell me. Gaydar works even in teens.
I do have to admit that even though I live in a extraordinarily conservative area of the country, my high school is probably among the most liberal. As a top 10 public high school, the caliber of student was far higher than most of the country and being gay wasn't too much if an issue.I was pretty much out by my senior year in 1992. I am not sure if my perspective relates to those that have no role models anywhere in the community whether completely visible or just the wink, wink, nod, nod situation I had.”
Zippy1169 on Mar 2, 2012 at 13:47:00
“I am happy for your experience. However, I like another responder here had different experience. I am just coming out as a 40+ year old. For 40 years I have lived a life of sadness, confusion, and self hate. I no longer hate me for what I am. But the web I have weaved is long and ugly and quite a mess. Had I known someone was gay maybe just maybe I would have had the courage to have a conversation about my feelings. Maybe I would have gotten some counseling to help understand who I was. But because NO one would ever guess I am gay I never had that experience. I think today it is easier with the role models on TV and the other support groups. And just simply the fact that everything isn't hidden. But the more normal, the more accepted, they less taboo a subject it becomes the better for all those who struggle with their identity will be.
Again, I am not criticizing our judging your experience. I am just saying that did not work for all of us.”
EllyBean on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:59:13
“Interesting. I disagree with you entirely because in high school, I was entirely unaware of my own sexual orientation. My out teacher, and the non-issue on that subject that was enforced by the entire faculty and student body created a safe space I had no idea I'd even needed. That positive example did stay with me for many years after high school, though.”
“What exactly does glitter bombing accomplish? A few shots in the news of someone being rushed of by security yelling something intelligible is the only thin I have seen come from it. No one even knows what they are protesting except the vague notion the it has to do with LGBT equality. Nothing about the issue that the bomber actually disagrees with.
I am further dismayed with those who glitter-bomb people that would would be willing to have an actual discussion about the issues. Dan and trans issues comes to mind. Believe it or not many of us don't live in that world and are not aware when we make a mistake. When you pounce on us for not being aware but do nothing to help us understand it is your fault not ours.
Now for the last paragraph to be proven true in 3 ... 2 ...1 ...”
Michael Shanley on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:43:36
“I won't denouce, but here's the faults in your statements...
"A few shots in the news of someone being rushed of by security yelling something intelligible is the only thin I have seen come from it."---In most circustances I've seen the thrower usually doesn't utter anything hence why it may be intelligible.
"No one even knows what they are protesting except the vague notion the it has to do with LGBT equality"----This statement is factually inaccurate.
"I am further dismayed with those who glitter-bomb people that would be willing to have an actual discussion about the issues."----Most expousing ephitets and hate toward gays do so because of their religious beliefs tells them it's wrong as any other sin. How do you have a discussion with people who raise one sin above all others, against their own religious teachings? First the other side has to practice their religion accurately or there is no way to know where they are coming from.”
“30+ years later? HRC can work on issues like marriage for the at 10 years but now is getting around t HIV/AIDS? HIV/AIDS is more important than your damn weddin you have spent the last 10 years focusing on. I can get fired for marrying my partner. That is more pressing than your damn wedding. People are getting killed on the streets of this country for being gay that is more important than your damn wedding. The most useless and bloated organization in Washington”
“Does he know how much the combined efforts in ME, MD, WA and MN cost? They dollar amount was astronomical. We pay for our rights now? We can't expect Gates, Bezos, Singer et al. to jump into every ballot fight.”
“DOMA is unconstitutional on its face in violating the full faith and credit clause and inserting the federal government in states' rights to define marriage as they see fit.Section 3 is likely to be struck down this term. It will likely be another lawsuit from a couple married in a state recognizing marriage equality but living in another state that will end up striking section 2 down as that is the only way to have standing.”
“That is not the whole story.Too many people in the MSM community are also IV drug users courtesy of the rise in meth use over the last 10 years in the community. It is rather naive to ignore this vector.”
BacSi on Oct 24, 2012 at 07:57:11
“An excellent point. Drugs and booze I might add are certainly a contributor to HIV. People making choices they might not make otherwise.
And I have seen online hook up sites for MSM where Party and Play Meth and Sex is an option you can check for your ad. And at least a few do.
I would add poppers as well. Many a bad decision made after a few hits of Rush.
I tried to find the CDC data I had previously posted. It listed the population groups by the number of new HIV DX in the US. Maybe I will have better luck after some coffee.
MSM White lead the risk groups. Then MSM Black. MSM Hispanic. These 3 sub groups accounting for 61 percent of the new HIV cases in the US.
Way down toward the end of the list you find MSM IV drug users. They account for an additional 3 percent of the new HIV Dx in the US.
So yes IV drug use is a problem within the MSM HIV community. But I would think that the non IV drug use may be an even bigger problem.
Either way the number or percent of MSM IVDU is a problem but in terms of HIV transmission a much much smaller problem that unprotected sex. By a LOT.
In fact IV drug users in general hets and gays in the US are way down the list as far as a risk group.”
“This testing a partner leaves me with mixed feelings. Every quick test there is will return a false negative if a positive person is on medication and has an undetectable viral load. Our communities need to have a more robust discussion of HIV outside the poz/neg paradigm. There are so many other considerations (safer sex practices, viral loads,etc.) need to be introduced into the conversation.”
“Why are these types of articles always placed in the "gay" section of a site? None of this is news to the our community. We all know that we are fighting for the dignity to be able to put pictures of our loved ones on our desks, not have sex on them. This argument needs to be made outside of our comfort areas.”