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  1. I used to vote for who I wanted and then realized it allows the worse of two losers to win. Pick between the two candidates with a chance is the unfortunate way.
  2. Beefy? Lookup Princess Kalina of Bulgaria
  3. Drop your photo for free at https://imgbb.com/, upload it, select the photo, right-click and copy the image address, then paste the link here and it works.
  4. The only one I can tell talking about China is you. You implied that I've been to China and that it had an impression on me. You lied that I find being gay unacceptable. I have no idea why you are talking about China. I have no idea why you are saying that I find being gay unacceptable. This must be a scary. Comments from the RL dark triad in 5...4...3...2..1..
  5. Yes. The gun is a tool for hunting, defense, sports, and professional duties. The misuse of the tool does not define its primary purposes. The sale, possession and production of fentanyl is illegal, unless authorized for medical, scientific or industrial purposes... yet it is accessible and killed 108K people in 2022 due to misuse. What good is the law? Should fire be banned (burning)? Should water be banned (drowning)? Open gun ownership is a deterrence to the would be criminal, to government overreach, and to other countries that may seek our resources. I'm all for effective policing to deter and punish crime in the city's hot spots. There is not a gun violence problem where I live... so I gain near-zero safety for a ban at the cost of my personal freedom, autonomy, and independence. Taking away my guns will not protect a human life.
  6. Did I share an opinion that being gay is unacceptable? No. Do I care if people are LGBT No. Did I criticize a specific behavior in public? Yes. Did I say people should not be on tv? No. Did I point out over representation? Yes.
  7. Trump is not going to lower the deficit.
  8. @RockLobster I went back and reread your post. Your previous statement below was negative, wrong, and without merit.... you know... misconstrued the meaning of what I said. I stand by my apology for the misunderstanding on your activism comment and affirm my comment that you misconstrued what I said in your post.
  9. I read the statement as an attack because the confrontational directive comes before the conditional clause placement. Given your history of labeling, criticizing, and confronting me (rather than my ideas), my lizard brain took the negative directive as the primary message, making the hypothetical condition seem like an afterthought. I was wrong. Sorry.
  10. The wisdom of the past is important! "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776 "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787 "To disarm the people...[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788 "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops." - Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787 "The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves." - Thomas Paine, "Thoughts on Defensive War" in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775 "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." - Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788 "On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823
  11. Another misconstruction... joining WKN and Bernie... What part of my words said gay is unacceptable or that activism will make you gay.
  12. I'm not imagining things. Per Gallup, between 5.1 and 7.6% of USA citizens are LGTBQ+. However According to GLAAD's 17th annual Where We Are on TV report, out of the 775 series-regular characters on the 2021-2022 prime-time slate, 92 — or, 11.9 percent — of them are LGBTQ. That is up from 3.9% in 2015. https://ew.com/tv/glaad-reports-record-high-lgbtq-tv-characters/ But why? Activism.
  13. It's about common sense. You don't yell "fire" in a movie theater. You don't yell "active shooter" at a concert. You don't wear insensitive clothing to formal events. You don't use offensive language in a church. You don't make a lot of noise in the library. You don't play loud music in your apartment at 2 AM. You don't wear attire (religious or otherwise) that clashes with local customs. I don't mind how people live their lives until it affects me and my family. Seeing gay people on TV doesn't bother me. But seeing what seems like an *excessive number of specific characters as part of a specific agenda does.
  14. I have not been specifically to a pride parade, but I have stumbled onto public drag shows, been handed porn pamphlets in the streets, seen it first hand at St. Patrick's day and Mardi Gras parades, etc. Sometimes I had expected it, and sometimes not. Most songs with a good beat have uncomfortable lyrics. I don't always have control over the radio... The obvious solution to this is to wear ear plugs. Smirk. I get more than bargained for when searching for a C String (engineering). The obvious solution is to avoid web searching technical terms. Smirk.
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