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CapeGabe said:It's funny, I was going to start a thread a few days ago asking if the forum was slowing down again. We need something like a local news station's weather forecast map, the Bald Move Forum Boner Pill Alert Meter.
Preamble - I’ve been day drinking at a beach all day, so the neurons in my brain are a bit withered. OKAY let’s get to it!!!and 7 others.
I’ll start with one of my favorite Vonnegut quotes:
“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. 'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom? 'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”
So coming back to the city from the beach I stopped in at a Target to get my oldest son some Pokémon cards and my youngest son an LOL doll. Yeah my 3 yr old boy likes LOL dolls. So what? You got a problem?
Right up at front when you walk in, Target had a big “Pride Month” display. A good 30’x30’ area with shirts and just a lot of fabulousness. I even said to my wife “ well how about that!? Good on Target with their little slice of fabulous for Pride Month.” Times are a changin’.
I was raised Catholic , aka “Boy Raping Inc.” as @Freddy put it. It’s a tumultuous thing, my and my atheist sister’s relationship with our Catholic family members. I support SNAP. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. When this recent movement hit home, specifically the Catholic Parish and school we went to showing up multiple times on “the list” for Houston I avowed I’d never bring my boys in a Catholic church again. We’ll see how that goes. It’s complicated with weddings and funerals.
But I’m the teenager who told his staunch Catholic family - yeah I’m not going to confirmation classes anymore. I’ve gotten into really nasty, bourbon-infused shouting matches at 1 am at deer camp with my Dad about baptizing my children.
So I’m there man, I got skin in the game. I’ve talked about it here before, but like @CretanBull I cannot STAND IT when people use the “virtue signalling” card to dismiss people doing the absolute correct thing by standing up for the meek, the persecuted. “Social Justice Warrior” is another one. Oh, crimes against humanity are happening, excuse me for giving a fuck.
So, @A_Ron_Hubbard ‘s latest dilemma of how to engage and convert ‘radioactive’ mindsets is really a doozy of a problem to solve. It’s like this Flat Earther doc I recently watched, “Behind The Curve”, wherein it’s explained how the true Scientific community didn’t even engage ‘Flat Earthers’ in debate because it was a lost cause. Their logic was so circular and cherry picking to support a belief they will never wane from. So I don’t know man. I just cut bait. Waffle time.
More about me and my experience with learning the plight of LGBT: I’m a guy who switched his major to English, so I’m professionally trained to be one of those goddamn critics! (Now you can all laugh at my grammar flubs, terrible sentence structures and ADD ramblings)
My two most favorite classes I chose were Women’s Lit and LGBT. My two favorite professors and best relationships I had in school, both women and the LGBT professor being L and I think also appreciative of a guy who wasn’t G or B or T having sincere interest to take the class. I have a pretty nice LGBT section of my library. I like how John Waters recently on Bill Maher said “If you go to their house and there are no books, don’t fuck em!”
I learned so much reading books like A Home at the End of the World, Ruby Fruit Jungle, A Boy’s Own Story, Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit, Middlesex to name a few. But the one that hit the most was Stone Butch Blues. That book fucked me up. Cause it really hit home how real this persecuted life is. I learned about the Stonewall Riots for the first time. I learned what can happen when a lesbian gets incarcerated. It absolutely broke my heart having my lesbian professor educating me how a 20 year spouse can be denied hospital visitation rights as their love is on their last dying breath.
That course is definitely why, and I’m cool to admit this even though it opens me up to jabs (pretty sure not here), when later my now wife and I watched Broke Back Mountain in the theater I balled like something I’ve never done before after a movie. Walking out all tears and a real shower show in the car. Remember all the gay jokes about that movie at that time? It’s not a joke. We need to speak out and support our fellow humans.
My wife and I used to live in Montrose, the super gay inner city Houston neighborhood. The Pride festival used to be right down the middle of Montrose but now they moved it to downtown. Folks are trying now to move it back to Montrose where blood has been spilt and people died defending the right to just wake up everyday and be. I think Houston is the second largest Pride festival in the nation. But when I would say “oh yeah I live in Montrose” you could imagine the looks and horse shit I would have to endure from conservative Houstonians.
My runaway train of thought has run out of track. LGBT Bald Movers, from this BM fam - we love you and we support you!
All the Chickens said:I've drawn up this super detailed diagram that will surely resolve all of this bickering over how Arya snuck up on the NK.
I wanted to comment on statues coming down and Juneteenth tomorrow. I put a political meme behind a spoiler because I know we're kinda doing a delicate dance on a cliff's edge with regards to BM & Swizzbold, but this meme is something I posted on Facebook recently....a place I hardly ever post political stuff anymore. But a lot of my pals loved it and the family & hidden friends who have reared their ugly heads in the past when I have posted political stuff stayed quiet cause honestly what are they going to say?and 3 others.
[Basic theme to the meme behind the spoiler: Why is it those who claim Honest Abe and say the other side was for slavery and created the KKK, why are these the same people who are upset about these statues coming down?]
It's the same crowd who hoists up Candace Owens, who says the big political party switch is a lie and to ignore your history books. That the Southern Strategy didn't exist to support her made up Blexit bullshit.
Here in Houston we have 2 statues coming down right before Juneteenth, a holiday that many nationally might not know has ties to the Houston-Galveston-Port Arthur region of Texas.
1st Statue: Richard William "Dick" Dowling in Hermann Park. Now, Houston has made progress renaming many high schools and building names over the past few years but wow a Dick Dowling statue still in our city's flagship park...the most diverse city in the US with a statue like that in a park where everyone brings their family. It's right by the zoo and the museums, and family atmosphere. What it must be like to have a family picnic with that guy towering over you. The mayor was going to give it to Port Arthur, which was weird, but Port Arthur's mayor was like "Hard Pass" because he's mad he still can't get the Dick statue they already have there taken down. Why would he want two?
Now might be a good time to look up Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass in Port Arthur. Port Arthur, hometown of Pimp C, Bun B, and Stephen Jackson (George Floyd's "twin"). There is already a statue of Dick there and it's ridiculous. Looking like barrel-chested butthead. They made him look like Gaston for fucks sake. (Noooooooo onnnnnne TREASONS like Gaston no one TRAITORS like Gaston!) But Dowling was a major reason the Union was kept out of Texas and why it took one June 19th 2 years after the Emancipation for it finally to be read in Galveston "Oh hey, y'all have actually been free for the last 2 years."
2nd Statue: "Spirit of the Confederacy" statue coming down in Sam Houston park. This is a prime example of how these statues were meant to intimidate, put up at a time Houston was a re-segregated city and enacting new segregation laws. It was put up on Robert E. Lee's birthday in 1908 to celebrate him and "all the heroes of the South who fought for States Rights". It was put up by the Robert E. Lee chapter #186 of the Daughters of Confederacy, who did a lot to try to re-write history with all that "states rights" narrative bullshit. So when I was 16 my grandmother wanted me to be involved with the Daughters of Confederacy as one of the male counterparts in all their ballroom galas & crap. All I knew is it involved cummerbunds and racism, so no thanks. This statue is stupid too. A Valkyrie angel trying to look all Billy Badass with his arms crossed, but instead looking constipated. Man, racists really do love their Aryan Nordic symbolism.
So, to hell with these statues. I'm glad there is so much momentum now that people who used to talk a lot of shit over the past 5+ years don't feel as emboldened this go round. Black Lives Matter. Sorry for my wall of text.
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I'm a man of wealth and taste
In West Philadelphia I was born and raised
I like warm hugs
My name is pronounced with an Umpty
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I’m Chris from Houston, and it’s absolutely my wife's fault, @xulsolar22, that I’m here. Around 2016 she would always be saying “wait wait you gotta hear this one part it’s hilarious” when the guys were covering TWD and GoT. We've been kickin' it since high school and we have 2 boys now. We're the youngest possible Gen Xers. I'm big into sci-fi, horror, Rockets basketball, guitars and general Dad stuff, as in Academy is my favorite store.
When I was a kid growing up to GI Joe, all the other kids knew the catch line was "Now you know...and knowing is half the battle!" But for some reason I though it was "Now you know...and knowing is half the BIBLE!" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also it was waaaay deep into adulthood until I finally learned that the little triangle next to the fuel gauge on a car is actually an arrow telling you which side of the car the gas tank is on. Yep. It's amazing I've made it this far guys.
Man I just want to say with hopefully not starting any beef, and this also hopefully not to be perceived as dick sucking, but I really do appreciate the BM business model, perhaps too pure at times for it's own good, but the business model that isn't "point to something, anything(!), in the room and I'll fuck it!" There is enough of that everywhere in life.
Resigned today. Really it made my day. It feels great cause this job has beaten down my soul over the past 5 years. Company is in its death throes and this is the Hail Mary. Fired all the sales guys so engineers with no work will sell and then design. Everyone was on voluntary furlough already for months so it was a 20% cut already taking each Friday off. Trumpies, anti-maskers, and racists all the way to the top. Could never take time off so have 2 months of vacation. Wife makes good money & health insurance so we’ll be fine. Like a huge breath of fresh air. Self care, exercise, eating right. Not being stressed the fuck out all the time. Not being so aggro, go back to being me and sweet. Have colleagues in the industry telling me they have a ton of places that would be glad to have me on board. Fish rots from the head, I forgave myself 2 years ago for things I can’t control as this company circles the drain. This should have happened YEARS ago. Onward to the new chapter. A chapter of my choosing where I can be happier. No toxicity, no waking up hating to go to work, not having fun, coming home angry or downtrodden. Strong support from my beautiful wife. We’ve been kicking it for 23 years. Get to help my kids with virtual school like a stay home Dad for a little while. Not swamped with debt. It’s like a car just got forklifted off my chest.
JoshTheBlack said:I think we're going to keep seeing companies acting more swiftly to clean house when people out themselves as bigots as a sort of reaction to 1/6 and the festering of intolerance that has been allowed in American politics. I'm not versed on what she has expressed, so I can't speak to how warranted this was. I am torn between thinking it's good to see companies like Disney act quickly to root out the rot (so to speak) and thinking that it just adds to the persecution complex the American right has. Deplatforming seems to have worked to some degree in lowering the temperature, at least in the short term. I'm concerned that the persecution complex is fostering more radicalization, and it is occurring in less public places than before. I'm not convinced, but I'm inclined to think that erring towards deplatforming/"cancelling" is better than allowing the radicalism to spread unchecked as it has for the last hot minute.
One thing I'm tired of hearing though is people who claim their bigotry and intolerance is political opinion. It's not. We can disagree on how the government should allocate resources, and whether a particular piece of legislation will lead to a better world. We can't disagree on treating other humans as people. You aren't entitled to your own facts.
Now please, go on national news and tall about how you are being silenced.