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Congratulations and thank you...

...to everyone who has played a role in making marriage equality the law of the land.

Years, decades, whole lifetimes spent ushering in this day. Actions and deeds large and small... all of it mattered. All of it added up and up and up every day, even when it seemed like it didn't.

Even when it seemed like your own peers were at best indifferent, at worst outright hostile.

You kept at it, no matter what, and now the day has finally come. Well done. You did it. You built this!

Celebrate, and savor it, because this is what accomplishment feels like. And hang on to that feeling. It will be a powerful fuel as we recommit ourselves to the work that still needs doing.

Never fails to disappoint.

A black woman tells of her experience in this life, out jumps a bunch of old white guys to blurt out, "I've never heard of that, it's not a big deal anyway, no you're the racist for bringing up race."

And they've lived such sheltered lives, apparently, that they really don't seem to realize how obviously, glaringly ridiculous their comments are to everyone looking on. Didn't you notice you walked out of the house today with no pants on?

It would be funny, I guess, if it wasn't so toxic. But it's so damn toxic. Leaves even an old white lady like me retching and ill.

Hold on, wait. You need to start at the beginning:

What are words? In fact, what are letters? Are they shapes? Or sounds? Sound-shapes?

What are they for? Can anyone really know? I'm just a poor, puzzled misogyn-- um, I mean, obvious tro--- uh, I just so sincerely wish to understand!

/grim sarcasm

Seriously folks, the OP's point couldn't have been simpler or more clear. But in case it actually was too complicated for you somehow, try this:

Don't use that word.

You're welcome.

"I would LOVE to see Hillary in a free debate with Sanders"

You should tell that to the guy who wrote the OP.

Wed May 13, 2015, 01:32 PM
23. its about power
This is smash mouth politics and I would LOVE to see Hillary in a free debate with Sanders.

See also:

Democrats approve six presidential primary debates
...The debate stage will include Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who is seeking the Democratic nomination. ...

We'll know for sure DU accepts subtle racism...

...if you are allowed back after your latest suspension.

Self-proclaimed ally insists he knows better...

...refuses to concede value in POVs based on lived experience...

...derails discussion with procedural minutia about "how the world really works"...

...projects his faults onto others in the discussion...

...and eventually declares himself the tragically put-upon victim of the very group of people with whom he claims to ally.

Yep, I think we've about covered it all here.

Bye now, I'm through.

I'm reminded of the phrase...

..."stupid people think everyone is as stupid as they are."

These absurd little people who pronounce themselves allies even as they dismiss, contradict, explain at, berate and outright abuse us... are you freakin' kidding?

WE SEE YOU, OKAY? You're not fooling anyone... except maybe your own ridiculous selves.

I mean, that's what makes it all so puke-inducingly galling. As opposed to "merely" ignorant, petulant and pathetic.

So for shining sunlight on this latest example of these peewee-league performance artists. The sooner they all find new hobbies, or maybe even learn to function in this thing called society... well, the sooner the better.

Aristotle is credited with saying...

..."It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

I'd suggest a corollary exists: that the inability to accept ideas that challenge -- and even demonstrably refute -- our own opinions is the sign of a constrained intellect.

It is the worst sort of cognitive failure, I'd argue, one that destroys all credibility in the individual over time.

When the facts are at odds with our opinions, what do we do? That's the true measure of a mind. And a useful gauge of our character, as well.

I feel kind of the same way about the phrase "gender wars."

Now that's a made-up term designed to silence conversation.

Seems to pop up whenever women discuss our life experiences and relative positions in the world.

Just don't let anyone know it's a honeypot...

...for vendetta-minded DUers, not to mention trolls former and current!

Seriously though, the jury system struck me as something truly innovative when you unveiled it.

Still does, no hate here.

It's just that you haven't been able to design around its biggest flaw: us, the mostly-sentient, questionably rational, internet-dwelling life forms making use of it.

Myself included.

So this new experiment in applied social science could be fascinating. Or terrifying. Can't wait to see.
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