A random pet peeve of mine that is also a largely unsolvable human foible is that we always gain “strange new respect” for political or cultural foils when they start to sound more like us (or we think they do.)
“Wow, I used to hate X but now they make more and more sense because they sound more like me”
There are a whole host of folks for whom some have gained “respect” because they think they now think the same things, it would be way cooler if they respected them for thinking entirely differently, but man is fallen so
I read a piece today that was basically “look at how these liberals now think like me” which is not indicative of the actual quality of their ideas or the content of their thinking
It’s “we might get this guy in free agency!” thinking
(This is why “I used to be your political opposite but then I Saw The Light but only your donations will keep me on your side” is the best grift)
I would rather you think of me the way I think of Justin Fields, a person I both respect highly and hope to never experience again for the rest of my natural life
“Jane Coaston? Oh, she ruined me completely, totally destroyed my intellectual secondary”

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10 Jun
Yeah but real abusers could be people you like and admire whereas terrifying Satanic pedophile monsters are always somehow people you already hate
Larry Nassar abused girls for 25 years and was so well liked the MSU women's gymnastics team had her athletes sign a letter of support when he got arrested in September 2016
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Take down the statue.
Take down the statue. espn.com/college-footba…
So much of Michigan football hagiography is Bo-centered ("the team, the team, the team") but absolutely no hagiography or memory or halcyon "tradition" is worth the sexual abuse of young people and the covering up of said abuse by people who were in positions of power.
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I wrote this piece a few years ago. mtv.com/news/3016971/t…
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And one shouldn’t pretend otherwise, or pay for BS studies on the subject with a forgone conclusion
Like, don’t tell me it’s for the children, tell me it’s because you believe it is against God, I’ll at least buy that you actually think that
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This reminds me that I've always kind of wondered what the polling would be on support for marriage as a concept, in general
"Should these people be permitted by law to marry" is a funny question to poll if you think about it
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Occasionally I have a take so hot it surprises even myself and I know that I gotta leave that to the private archives
I will accept the 15 yards and the first down, thank you
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