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Posted on Oct 23rd
re: Renee Zellweger: ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards (14 comments)

Melanie Griffith Syndrome is like Lou Gehrig’s Disease for celebrities.

Way to divert from the issue. The issue is racism. The team name is explicitly racist. Period. It doesn’t matter whether you believe it’s only sort of racist, or whether racism is part of ‘Murka so therefore it should stay around. The name is a racial slur, and it is completely and totally unacceptable that it is broadcast internationally by major TV networks and websites, tacitly recognizing that a marginalized people do not have a strong enough voice to fight it.

We can talk all you want about comic books, video games, and any other issue as part of different discussions, but do not try to talk about those things in the middle of this discussion as some sort of slippery-slope argument. It’s utterly stupid, beneath you to write, and beneath us to read.

We have a habit of bashing opinions that are uninformed and unreasonable, irrespective of the source of those opinions. His boyhood fondness for a team is not exactly persuasive against a nation of people explicitly stating that it is a racist, derogatory term against them.

Should we change it to the Washington Coons? How about the Washington Chinks? The Washington Kikes? I got it: the Washington Crackas. “Redskins” is as or more offensive to the collective American Indian Nation than these, and the trite, ah-shucks, “but it’s tradition!” justifications are baseless and, ultimately, irrelevant to the actual issue, which is racism.

Posted on Oct 8th
re: Good Morning, Caitlin O'Connor, And Other News (3 comments)

Fish (or PB), you don’t read 4chan at all, do you? That “Shia LaBoeuf is totes method, bro” line… I’ve seen it before.

Posted on Sep 17th
re: Reggie Bush 'Harshly' Disciplines His One-Year-Old (72 comments)

“I believe in disciplining children, but anyone who hits hard enough to leave bruises, cuts or other marks is a goddamned asshole.”

‘Disciplining’ is not synonymous with ‘hitting’, as you seem to believe.

Posted on Sep 15th
re: On Adrian Peterson And 'Whooping' Kids (214 comments)

“I believe there is a clearly defined line here that you don’t punch a woman half your size in the face until she’s knocked out.”

Can you hit her until she’s, ya know, not quite knocked out, but not quite standing either? Where is that “clearly defined line” you were talking about?

I’m offering this advice as congenially as I can: stop.

Posted on Sep 15th
re: On Adrian Peterson And 'Whooping' Kids (214 comments)

“It went too far and that’s the reason he was indicted and arrested for it.”

This seems like a tacit statement that beating your children is OK as long as you don’t go “too far”, whatever the hell that means.

“I don’t think it’s fair to fire him from his job (effectively ending his career) for this particular offense until he is convicted.”

If he were a teacher, doctor, lawyer or engineer, there are several jurisdictions where he would lose his job pending the outcome of the trial. Why is an athlete exempt from these types of rules?

“We have hearsay, rumors, and a few “leaked” photos – this isn’t the same situation Ray Rice was in. With Ray Rice, there was video evidence of the crime being committed and, in that situation, the NFL obviously had to suspend him.”

No. Adrian Peterson testified to these facts before a grand jury. Instead of a video, we have him saying it in the first person before a quasi-judicial body, leading to his indictment. Perhaps you are not as informed as you believe.

“I think there is enough evidence at this point to support the fact that physical punishment is not the most effective way to teach kids right from wrong – let’s make that clear. Let’s get some clear laws out there!”

I agree, it is wrong. I believe the laws are quite clear, though. I also believe the average person is not aware of most laws, because there is no impetus for them to inform themselves.

“I’m just so sick of the media and general population getting on their high horses and forming these strong opinions before they even have the facts straight.”

See above re: facts.

“Give it a rest – you don’t understand the situation and neither do I.”

I agree with 50% of this statement.

Posted on Sep 15th
re: On Adrian Peterson And 'Whooping' Kids (214 comments)

Neither of us was suggesting he walked away unscathed. We both recognize the emotional repercussions are serious.

I was trying to say that I do not believe your statement that black children heal well is an appropriate one to make. At all. It adds an asterisk where none is required.

@Justifiable seemed to be saying that no child, black or otherwise, should have to be healing as a result of a beating from an adult. He also does not seem to believe your healing comment was appropriate.

Posted on Sep 15th
re: Demi Lovato Bikini Photos: Miami (1 comments)

I thought the Lingerie Football League was out of season.

Posted on Sep 15th
re: On Adrian Peterson And 'Whooping' Kids (214 comments)

Dear Pot,

Think this through next time.

Regards,
Kettle.