Not in this situation, and I'm as bleeding a heart as you're going to find. I didn't even see him being gratuitously punitive, really, even though it would have been pretty forgivable in the context. All of the shots he took were in the service of keeping the guy down, not just beating him up because he could and he… » 7/27/14 4:11am Yesterday 4:11am

Well, yes, but sadly, misunderstanding or ignorance of science isn't the exclusive province of conservatives. The science that many liberals and leftists seem not to understand has to do with "chemicals", the mere mention of which seems to freak them out completely, regardless of the fact that every living thing is… » 7/26/14 7:27pm Saturday 7:27pm

Someone like you — well, two someones like you, actually, it was a couple — came along and saved me once when I was sobbing on the sidewalk, completely beside myself. I won't go into the whole epic backstory, but it was at the end of a day that I hope to God I never see the like of again, and the tatters of my sanity… » 7/25/14 2:39pm Friday 2:39pm

The platform doesn't encourage conversations as much as it simply provides a place for them to happen. Conversations happen on the Internet just about anywhere they're given the opportunity to take place. This has been going on since Usenet. See also message boards, LiveJournal, Reddit, 4chan, and any number of… » 7/23/14 1:26pm Wednesday 1:26pm

I dislike the term "white trash" intensely, because the entire point of it is to specify the whiteness of the trash in question, the subtext being that normally one would expect trash (i.e. poor people) to be black. That's the derivation of the term. "See, they're white, but they're still trashy (poor)." The fact… » 7/19/14 4:09pm 7/19/14 4:09pm

This is what drives me nuts, too: that people can't spend the extra nanosecond to realize that you can talk about part of a large group of people without condemning all of it. And it works in both directions — if I try to talk about specific members of a given group, people jump in saying, "Well, not everyone in that… » 7/18/14 4:13pm 7/18/14 4:13pm