This thread has become fascinating on so many levels, and I jsut want to say a great big HI! to those hundreds of lurkers I know are watching at the moment.
I just went to the supermarket, and the hand-mixer attachments looked a bit dodgy. I blame this thread. And through it, David.
Just to add insult to injury, the old lady minding the counter looked like she'd just come from a parish coffee morning
A very dear friend of mine, while in Blenheim:
But you know how small second hand bookshops run by grandmotherly old ladies always have the small dirty book section that no one ever buys anything from but everyone always looks at? I had a quick look at that, as one does. And it was all, quite hardcore, gay porn.
The invention, which toysinmotion.com recently began selling, is a special motor that serves as a connection between a cordless screwdriver and a conventional vibrator. Unlike other similar machines on the market, its inventor contends, it thrusts and swivels, thereby eliminating any need for labor on the part of the user.
That's got to be some kind of benchmark, doesn't it, a society that's got too lazy to masturbate?
BTW, Quickest Thread Tangent Ever.
Aw, you guys are sweet. If'n any of you wanna send my whiskey, just let me know.
This just in: Huckabee makes Olbermann's Worst Person in the World.
I shall get with my submitting immediately...
I agree with this too, but I'm not sure how to counter it. If the objects of the abuse would rather just keep their heads down, what can the rest of us do about it? Ideas very welcome. Can we get an "it's not ok" public service campaign? I think that'd be very worthwhile, actually.
Now, see, this is the sort of thing I'm interested in. Because I've waded in when a non-Maori-looking Maori friend was copping it, and she was just embarrassed. And I've had friends intervene when I was copping it for wearing a pentacle in public, and, well, I didn't feel so great about it, because I didn't want a fight that was going to ruin my day. I did just want to keep my head down.
I've thought about this a bit, and I tend towards the idea that there's no quick fix. It's got to be a slow societal thing. My dad was a really repugnant racist, and my youngest brother is nearly as bad. Brother is on a ban from his typical 'towel-head/coconut' rants in my house or in front of my children.
My kids, however, have grown up largely in an environment (school, neighbourhood) where as Pakeha they're outnumbered by non-Pakeha. I've never, in seven years of doing school runs and going to school events, seen one incident of racism among the kids. They just know that kids are kids and it doesn't matter what colour they are, that's not what decides whether they're a good person or not. And me personally, I've really enjoyed doing things like trying to work children's party food around 'Asian' taste buds and bans on pork, because it's so different from how I grew up.
Oh, I agree with you, Craig, I just don't think it changes the fact that when Huckabee is asked the question right out, he should answer the fecker, instead of being congratulated for glibly dodging it. And I know, I know, lots of politicians don't answer questions, but when you're going to use your position to seriously affect the lives of other people - as banning abortion would - surely you could be a little bit consistent about it.
Seriously, what do think would happen to either Clinton or Obama if they stood up and said "I support abortion on demand, and oppose the death penalty because a felon - no matter how heinous - is a human being; a fetus during the first trimester is not."
It's only an inherent contradiction if you use the 'culture of life' justification. Perhaps they were only opposed to the death penalty because they didn't like the idea of accidentally executing innocent people.
His main whoopsie with potential Democrat voters so far has been failing to put sufficient distance between him and a preacher who claims to have been cured of homosexuality.
He did get there in the end. In fact, his speech on this made quite an impression with me, as it contains, y'know, policy and stuff. Commitments.
McClurkin is a talented performer and a beloved figure among many African Americans and Christians around the country. At the same time, he espouses beliefs about homosexuality that I completely reject.
Believe it or not, if I was American I'd change my voter registration to Democrat just so I could cast a primary vote for Obama.
A friend of mine is considering doing just that. She voted for Bush twice, and now can't bring herself to choose any of the current slate of Republican candidates.
Is yelling offensive comments at someone because of their race worse than making qualified, obviously generalised observations about a broad area?
Sorry, obviously unclear, I was likening 'Cantabrians are racist' to 'Asians are bad drivers'. A generalised assertion, which people feel they can back up with anecdotal evidence.