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Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 13:44:06 in Gay Voices

“There are lots of people I don't "accept" (whatever that means), but I don't set them on fire. We have a right to not like or approve of somebody or their actions and lifestyle (is that what "accept" means?); we have no right to set them on fire.”
Breakup Songs: What Are Your

Breakup Songs: What Are Your "It's Over" Anthems?

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 15:47:26 in Women

“Best breakup song Lee Hazlewood's "I'd Rather Be Your Enemy, (Than Hear You Call Me Friend)". From perhaps the best breakup album "Requiem for An Almost Lady".”
Virginia Abortion Clinics Threatened By New Regulations

Virginia Abortion Clinics Threatened By New Regulations

Commented Aug 29, 2011 at 20:58:17 in Politics

“I think God is punishing Americans for thinking they know what God is thinking... pun intended.”

LostinAlaska on Aug 29, 2011 at 23:34:59

“Hahahaha! Agreed!”
Progressive Groups Unveil 'Contract For The American Dream'

Progressive Groups Unveil 'Contract For The American Dream'

Commented Aug 8, 2011 at 23:35:06 in Politics

“They may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one...

Glad to see something that makes sense coming out of the political sphere.”

catndryer on Aug 8, 2011 at 23:53:53

“The Tea Party appreciates your support....”
Anthony Weiner Seeks Treatment, Requests Leave Of Absence As Top Democrats Call For Resignation

Anthony Weiner Seeks Treatment, Requests Leave Of Absence As Top Democrats Call For Resignation

Commented Jun 11, 2011 at 14:37:15 in Politics

“Totally agree. At least Weiner's actions weren't illegal like Vitter's. Did he ever have to face trial for being a john? Every other hoser busted soliciting hookers does, why not him?”
Anthony Weiner Resignation Called For Again By RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (VIDEO)

Anthony Weiner Resignation Called For Again By RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 14:58:50 in Politics

“And the thing about Sanford, Gingrich, Ensign and Vitter is that they also lied about their "indiscretions". I don't see how Weiner is much different than all those Republicans. RNC needs to watch their back, karma is a boomerang...”
Time Capsule Of A Decade: Top Ten Films

Time Capsule Of A Decade: Top Ten Films

Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 15:45:39 in Arts

“I'm kinda shocked not to see "Batman Begins". "The Dark Knight" was great, but "Batman Begins" really reshaped how we view superhero films - that they can have a great story, fantastic actors and an awesome, non-rock guitar score.”
Time Capsule Of A Decade: Top Ten Films

Time Capsule Of A Decade: Top Ten Films

Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 15:43:12 in Arts

“2 great suggestions there. Totally agree on both.”
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40 Percent Of Americans Still Believe In Creationism

Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 13:19:01 in Religion

“the science of our day cannot explain everything. but we continue to understand more and more. in the last 400 years, our scientific knowledge has been expanding at exponential rates. while we may not be capable of understanding everything, we are moving closer and closer to that point. the mystery of the unknown remains and is fantastic.”
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40 Percent Of Americans Still Believe In Creationism

Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 13:13:52 in Religion

“"beliefs in creationism and evolution are strongly related to levels of education attained" = shocker. not.”

futbol4fun on Dec 20, 2010 at 13:19:16

“No, it really isn't. Is it?”
Pie Day: The Best Pie In Los Angeles

Pie Day: The Best Pie In Los Angeles

Commented Dec 1, 2010 at 23:37:37 in Los Angeles

“Agreed. It is absolutely CRIMINAL that Pie 'n Burger is not on this list. I'm a Southern boy who knows about some pie, and how House of Pies made the list and Pie 'n Burger didn't is God awful.”
Local Food Advocates Hold Up Food Safety Bill In Senate

Local Food Advocates Hold Up Food Safety Bill In Senate

Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 12:20:15 in Home

“I remember reading parts of this bill over the summer when it was making it's rounds. And I remember reading something that made me think that the bill would make it illegal to share the produce from your own garden with friends and neighbors without following the same registration that they're asking for on small farms. Did I read that wrong or has that been removed? Anyone know? If that really is in there, then not only no, but hell no. And I want my farmer's market the way it is. Leave it alone, it's awesome.”

Smooter on Nov 17, 2010 at 12:28:31

“I remember the same. Not being mentioned in the 'big picture' article here.
And yes, many farmer's markets will cease to be, unfortunately. Some of the best produce I've ever gotten have beem from farmer's markets. Something I will miss greatly if this goes through.”
NPR Bans Employees From Jon Stewart's & Stephen Colbert's Rallies

NPR Bans Employees From Jon Stewart's & Stephen Colbert's Rallies

Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 17:22:36 in Media

“I'd really like to know if a similar memo was sent concerning the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally, or any political rally at all. If they didn't, then I believe the Stewart/Colbert rallies are being singled out unfairly.”
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Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

Commented Sep 9, 2010 at 13:32:23 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this article. Our three daughters were all born at home. I wouldn't have chosen it differently. They were beautiful and serene.”
Eagle Rock Restaurants: The Best Restaurants In Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Restaurants: The Best Restaurants In Eagle Rock

Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 14:43:45 in Los Angeles

“Yeah, Blue Hen is still open. But I think the pho (and service) at Lemongrass is actually better, though not organic.”
Eagle Rock Restaurants: The Best Restaurants In Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Restaurants: The Best Restaurants In Eagle Rock

Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 14:42:27 in Los Angeles

“Second that. While I wouldn't call Fatty's one of the best vegetarian restaurants in LA (though it's up there), it definitely has an inventive menu that makes the vegetarian dinner out pretty fun.”
The Beer Fashioned

The Beer Fashioned

Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 17:37:51 in Home

“mmm... bourbon, beer and bitters together? sounds fantastic. i might skip the sugar though. i think maybe try a sweeter beer, like a Belgian ale - possibly Piraat, and skip the sugar cube. thanks for the ideas supercute cocktail lady!”
Schwarzenegger, Brown File Motions To Resume Gay Marriage

Schwarzenegger, Brown File Motions To Resume Gay Marriage

Commented Aug 7, 2010 at 02:08:59 in Los Angeles

“This is the silliest argument that is continually thrown around. Freedom of religion also means freedom to not be religious or to have a religion that accepts gay marriage. It's not a freedom to have right-wing interpretations of only certain passages of Leviticus mandated on everyone. And I don't see the willful denial of civil rights as "respectfully declining to participate". You're not being asked to participate. You don't have to perform a gay marriage nor do you have to have one, but you have to accept that people are equal and have the same rights you do, no matter if your religion tells you otherwise. It's amazing that judges are radical when they uphold the Constitution. And the founders came here to get away from having another religion forced upon them and persecuted when they wanted their own religion and way of life. Hopefully you'll see the parallel there.”
Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants In Los Angeles

Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants In Los Angeles

Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 16:20:02 in Los Angeles

“concur on that. Bulan is the best veggie Thai I've ever had.”
Should Dads Be Allowed in the Birthing Room?

Should Dads Be Allowed in the Birthing Room?

Commented Jun 29, 2010 at 12:44:02 in Healthy Living

“Sounds like your experience was that your husband was REALLY grating on your frayed nerves. But as for our three homebirths, I was the one calling the midwives, filling the tub, doubling checking the equipment, boiling lots of water and timing my wife's contractions until the midwives arrived. I'm wasn't secondary, I was the primary caregiver until the midwives got there. And for two of our children, I was holding my wife for support in whatever position she needed to be in and the other birth was very fast and I caught our baby and attended our other child at the same time. I was in service to my wife and children yes, but not secondary. I think of it as primary supporter and caregiver. And if you, the mother, haven't had a conversation with the dad about what you expect in the delivery, then yes, he will be clueless and you will be grated by that cluelessness. But for each of our births, I was whatever my wife needed me to be, present when needed, away when needed and the births were wonderful experiences for both of us. Sounds like some pre-birth communication would have made your experience much better. A new generation of father is spreading. We can be in service to our wives and children and not just observe and cut the cord.”

Jasmin Haviland on Jun 29, 2010 at 13:48:58

“(cont) Homebirth is a wonderful solution, but it's not for everyone. So we need to figure out how to take what makes it lovely and is transferable, and drag it into the hospital, and MAKE them apply it, so that the partners of the labouring women are not undermined and are true partners, and so the wishes of the labouring woman are respected (which they're mostly really not) and she can be calm.”

Jasmin Haviland on Jun 29, 2010 at 13:46:35

“*smile* Homebirths are different, and it gives the father that chance to be useful. *sigh* I think people don't know what I mean when I say useful. I think the problem really is how the medicalized births marginalize both parents (because as I've mentioned I'm talking in stereotypes and so there's of course exceptions to the average and thank god for it).
The father knows that he should be doing something, should be helpful, but most of the things he'd try to do, he gets shooed away. He's made to feel in the way by the doctors and nurses who are doing the jobs by rights he should be doing. The mother is flat on her back, hooked up to machines, with the implicit tick of the clock deciding whether she'll "have" to get a section, so of course she's stressed and easily irritated.
It does no good to just say "this is wrong" or "this needs to change" or even "I feel disregarded and angry and hurt" though they are important things to say. It needs to follow with "this is why this is" because until you know why, you can't fix it. And once you know why, you have to fix it. You can't just say "men should be active partners in birth" until you know why they're not and fix the problem.”
Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Commented Apr 16, 2010 at 15:27:33 in Home

“I'm the vegetarian who thinks if you're going to eat meat you should have the cojones to kill it. Good on Mario Batali. I think there'd be a lot more vegetarians if they had to do the dirty work themselves rather than blissfully ignorant of the source. I agree with you TX Giant that the veg "truths" are annoying. Just as the carnivore "ignorances" are annoying too.”

ColoradoBrad on Apr 24, 2010 at 20:53:48

“You act as if its difficult. Dove for dinner, shoot it, grab the breast plate and pull away from the rest of the body. Clean the feathers, rinse and Dinner.”

NoSillyName on Apr 16, 2010 at 19:46:32

“Batali did not shoot and eat his own meal.

I'd like to see his appetizer menu: "Freshly Slaughtered Dove"

Wonder what it cost NPH.”
Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Commented Apr 16, 2010 at 15:15:54 in Home

“If you've ever met a cow, you'd know they are also beautiful and peaceful. And if you have eaten a hamburger or steak recently, then the only disconnect is that you have someone else kill your meat. How is there a difference except that Mario is willing to take responsibility as the killer of his meats and you're happy to not think about it... how do you think a cow winds up as those hamburgers and steaks. Let me tell you there's no anesthesia...”
Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Mario Batali Shoots Dove For Neil Patrick Harris' Dinner

Commented Apr 16, 2010 at 15:08:44 in Home

“How is a gentle bird different than a gentle cow? Unless the cow was attacking you... the Halsey argument is hypocritical at best (unless as RobbieB said, you are really a vegan - though vegetarian don't eat dove or squab either).”

Halsey on Apr 18, 2010 at 22:33:16

“Michael..I am a vegetarian...grew up a meat eater..then one day...just "thought"...and couldn't do it any more..not for mY health...I just can't do anything about nature being cruel to survive...but...NOT for an uber-expensive culinary experience...
one of the BEST things (I'm not vegan..ergo..try to get local, dairy..., etc)..is man...just melt some butter..get garlic..make an aoili...and dip crusty bread...heck..lobster or clams..a "side flavor" compared to that... OR>..YOu should taste my peal the skin off your tongue chili....you'll sweat..and the endorphines will totally make you high as a kite :-)(MUST use a good dark beer near the end)”

Pema on Apr 17, 2010 at 09:27:30

“michael. one plate of shrimp represents the deaths of several. one cow can feed many many people.”
Have You No Decency, Sir? At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

Have You No Decency, Sir? At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 18:52:30 in Politics

“Don't be so afraid of midwifery. We just had our third baby girl at home with a midwife. All three were born at home. Countries where midwifery abounds have way lower infant mortality rates than the US. Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the US. Don't get hoodwinked into believing that a birth is an emergency. It's a birth. They've been happening for a very long time, and midwives have been attending births longer than doctors. Look into the practice of midwifery before you get scared about it. Our midwives have always been highly trained and very professional.”