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elwoodlaw on 12-7-2009



The fear is not a general erosion of the English language. Instead, the harm of LOLspeak is the erosion of meaningful communication skills. Watch how teens communicate. The abbreviated communication breeds ambiguity and a general lack of thoughtful dialogue. I acknowledge, at times, there is a cost/time saving benefit of LOLspeak. However, to rely on it as a primary form of communication sacrifices connection, discussion, humanity, and intellect for a peppercorn of efficiency/laziness.
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This point is not directed solely at Sarah Palin. Instead, it is directed at what she is emblematic of. A long time ago our country stopped searching for the "best and brightest." Now, our voters seem to crave political leaders "who they can have a beer with" or who they think are like them. I, for one, want elected leaders to be really smart, thoughtful, pragmatic, a supporter of science, and not a "NASCAR dad", "soccer mom", or "hot moose hunting governor."

One commentator who has posted regarding this topic has complained that Sarah Palin is the victim of the leftist media conspiracy to destroy a strong conservative woman. However, without the soundbite and image driven media, Sarah Palin would not even be known. The utter lack of meaningful content in what we call "news" in the era of the internet is the exact genesis of politicians of Palin's ilk. The modern form of what passes for "journalism" is the reason why Abraham Lincoln would be nothing more than a fine lawyer today. The public's acceptance of flash over substance would doom any opportunity for Lincoln to lead our country. I find Palin and her supporter's criticisms of the media to be hollow; especially in light of the fact that it is the paparazzi form of news coverage that gave political birth to the "hot moose hunting governor." Americans should demand more for itself and stop settling.
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A vast number of songs that we all know, but publicly deny enjoying.
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The fear is not a general erosion of the English language. Instead, the harm of LOLspeak is the erosion of meaningful communication skills. Watch how teens communicate. The abbreviated communication breeds ambiguity and a general lack of thoughtful dialogue. I acknowledge, at times, there is a cost/time saving benefit of LOLspeak. However, to rely on it as a primary form of communication sacrifices connection, discussion, humanity, and intellect for a peppercorn of efficiency/laziness.
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As the cliche' goes, why don't gay people have the right to be as miserable as the straight population. While over-simplified and overstated, this aphorism is appropriate. Many gay citizens pay taxes, serve in our military, create scientific breakthroughs, contribute to the arts, and share with our communities like any other beneficial members of society. Why should they be treated differently?

Ironically, Bible abusing rightists commonly criticize the gay community for the right's perception that gay people are particularly promiscuous. Why wouldn't our society want to reward people who have made a commitment to one another? Also, on that note, we must consider whether there is a public health benefit of encouraging monogamy?

As for the children argument, why are people who are sterile allowed to marry? You can fish all day, but if you do not have a line or tackle all you are going to get is a nice boat ride.

I understand people's perspectives about this are commonly shielded in religious or cultural ideals that were developed during a different time. However, respectfully, I assert that time has gone by. With all due respect, this really seems to be more of an excuse to try to indirectly, and maybe/hopefully unintentionally, be anti-gay simply because you do not like the lifestyle.

Finally, this argument is about same-sex marriage. It is not about incestuous marriage, pedophilia, polygamy, or other issues. These red herrings and implied slippery slope arguments are garbage and cheapen the dialogue regarding this issue. It is simply a cheap attempt to associate the issue with irrelevant noise.
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This point is not directed solely at Sarah Palin. Instead, it is directed at what she is emblematic of. A long time ago our country stopped searching for the "best and brightest." Now, our voters seem to crave political leaders "who they can have a beer with" or who they think are like them. I, for one, want elected leaders to be really smart, thoughtful, pragmatic, a supporter of science, and not a "NASCAR dad", "soccer mom", or "hot moose hunting governor."

One commentator who has posted regarding this topic has complained that Sarah Palin is the victim of the leftist media conspiracy to destroy a strong conservative woman. However, without the soundbite and image driven media, Sarah Palin would not even be known. The utter lack of meaningful content in what we call "news" in the era of the internet is the exact genesis of politicians of Palin's ilk. The modern form of what passes for "journalism" is the reason why Abraham Lincoln would be nothing more than a fine lawyer today. The public's acceptance of flash over substance would doom any opportunity for Lincoln to lead our country. I find Palin and her supporter's criticisms of the media to be hollow; especially in light of the fact that it is the paparazzi form of news coverage that gave political birth to the "hot moose hunting governor." Americans should demand more for itself and stop settling.
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It is an essential ingredient of Glogg (a traditional Swedish spiced wine). It is a tasty and warm beverage that makes the holidays a bit more tolerable. Also, it is flammable.
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