While I endorse and respect the first amendment rights of free speech, even and especially yours Rat T, that right has little to do with (other than informing me) the freedom I exercise with my right, responsibility, privilege and freedom to vote. Happily anyone can say what they want given our first amendment privileges. In fact, I am very pleased that the presumptive Republican candidate for president does not hold back. His free speech exposes him on a regular basis for the charlatan he truly is.
Like many I recall a time when I had respect for Senator McCain in spite of,more often than not, disagreeing with him. This was before he endorsed President G. W. Bush's campaign to invade Iraq. This was also well before Sarah Palin entered the national scene. Consistently and systematically Senator McCain has devolved as a Congressman who commands respect from either side of the aisle Too bad. Too bad for his legacy, and too bad for the American public. We could certainly use independent leaders wit backbones in DC. This is good evidence of the need for term limits. Senator McCain has outlasted his relevance and effectiveness as a representative of this state, and of our country.
The last straw very sadly is for Senator McCain to suck up to Donald Trump, after Trump insulted his military service record. Love McCain or hate him, he has earned a nations respect for serving our country. How ANYONE could endorse a loudmouth who insults a genuine war hero seems treasonous to me.
Franz Kafka would be happy in this land.
Beautifully written. What a wonderful grandmother you are.
I wish you and your ENTIRE family only love and respect.
Dear What, Again?
Think about what you just wrote...
I assume you are referring to Michelle Obama's diet initiative. It's a suggestion. Have you no sense of nuance? No one tells us what to eat except corporate entities such as McDonalds, and other franchises. You are welcome and encouraged to eat anything you like. Do you want a gallon big slurpy, but cannot find one in gallon size, just by 2 1/2 gallon. Want to smoke, vape, do medical weed, drink alcohol, do so. Eat a Sonoran dog wrapped in bacon, go vegan, veggie, pescatarian, I see no one from the government stopping me. I welcome regulation insuring what I eat is safe, fresh, and not riddled with toxins.
No government entity has told me where to pee. In fact they are saying pee where you identify. I can still pee where I have been peeing, no pressure other than that from my bladder. How about government involvement in a woman's right to choose, I'll bet you don't mind that kind of involvement. Now wash your hands after peeing....only a suggestion, not a government mandate.
Do a bit of reading on the topic. Young people, children know. They know before their parents, or often while their parents are in denial. This is not a choice. Who, even a child would want to bring to themselves the hate, resentment, social bias, teasing, bullying, and gender racism visible in these laws, letters, and ignorant blowhards? People thought for some time that homosexuality was a choice. Who would choose a lifestyle that the uneducated and desensitized populace discriminates upon?
Really, bathroom issues are basic, why do we care where people poop as long as they do so discretely, and wash their hands after.
The fearful are ruling the culture. What is to be feared from this? Everyone poops.
Imagine you are at a dinner party and meet someone new. The conversation always evolves to "what do you do?"....
Answer: "Oh, I just got a new job policing bathrooms to be certain people are in the proper bathroom. I check their birth certificates. Of course, I get paid a shitty (pun intended) wage, the hours are piss poor, and I never get to see the light of day. There are no benefits, but someone has to be responsible to maintain a level of fear and ignorance in our country."
The entire developed, educated and sophisticated world is laughing at US.
This bathroom issue is a simple minded smoke screen, averting small minds from considering our states education issues, infrastructure, employment and land issues, as well as a racist thumbing of the nose at President Obama. Talk about a blatant disregard of basic civil rights. Arizona needs to grow up. Look how businesses and corporate conventions are leaving North Carolina. AZ is next.
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