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  1. Darren Blair commented on Candorville about 1 month ago

    Actually, Utah’s compromise “religious liberty” law is generally regarded as the fairest in the nation for all involved parties, in that the state government brought in both religious leaders and gay rights leaders to work out the details together.
    The law has been put forward by some pundits as a possible model for laws in other states.
    In that sense, Utah is actually on the bleeding edge of the topic, as they’ve successfully found a way to balance LGBT rights and religious freedoms.

  2. Darren Blair commented on Jen Sorensen 2 months ago

    Part of the problem is that director Paul Feig has made repeated statements to the effect that he regards all critics of the film as being sexists; to him, if you don’t like the film, then something’s wrong with you.
    Feig’s comments have helped polarize the issue, something that I feel to be quite tragic. Had he not stirred the pot more than it already was, the film would have gone down as just another botched reboot and the world would have moved on.

  3. Darren Blair commented on Jen Sorensen 2 months ago

    I’m a “professional” movie critic, and I panned the film as well. I found that the film was more in keeping with what Hollywood was doing a decade ago, meaning that the whole thing felt dated. Couple this with lackluster special effects and what I regarded as an excess of crude humor, and I was rather disappointed.
    I’ve spoken with other individuals who were not “professionals”, and their assessment was similar to mine: the film was simply a decade too late in happening.
    At no point did the gender of the involved cast members enter the equation.

  4. Darren Blair commented on Something about Celeste 4 months ago

    Problem is, if someone wants to kill badly enough, they’ll find a way, guns or no.
    What we need to be doing is getting people who are potentially dangerous the help they need before they pick up a weapon in the first place.
    In this case, the guy’s wife not only knew he was up to something, she drove him to the gun shop and the club on a few occasions. Had his wife put her foot down and called the cops, he’d be in a cell and 49 other people would be alive.

  5. Darren Blair commented on Something about Celeste 4 months ago

    Governor Perry was the best candidate out of the crop that showed up for this year.
    Problem was, Perry tried to implement some actual law and order down here in Texas, and in response the state Democrats tried to throw him in jail on puffed-up charges.
    You see, a key public official – and prominent Democrat – got pulled over one night for erratic driving. Not only was she drunk as a skunk, IIRC she had open alcohol containers in her vehicle. She was immediately arrested, at which point she made a spectacle of herself and demanded that she be released or else she’d use her authority to ruin the careers of every police officer involved in arresting and detaining her. She was so belligerent that she had to be restrained.
    Perry – like most of Texas – was so furious over the incident that he laid it on the line: if her superiors didn’t remove her from office for her actions, he’d use his veto authority to kill their funding. Perry even lined up a replacement – another Democrat – to take the position.
    Rather than recognize that it was time to clean things up, a number of Democrats in the state got folks to press charges against Perry for abuse of power.
    So long as the prospect of a jail sentence hung over Perry, no one wanted to vote for him.
    So yeah – you can blame the Democrats here in Texas (the same crop that infamously pushed Wendy Davis as governor) for Trump being the #1 GOP candidate right now.

  6. Darren Blair commented on Herb and Jamaal 4 months ago

    Depending upon who you talk to, the exposure to oxygen changes the flavor.

  7. Darren Blair commented on Green Pieces 4 months ago

    It’s been noticed. Articles have been written about it for some time now. I myself made note of this over a decade ago when I first began discussing the issue of illegal immigration with people.
    It’s one of the many reasons why some of the Native American reservations that are on the border take such a hard-line stance against illegal immigrants now, and are actually using their autonomy to get stricter about policing things.
    If only the rest of the nation would catch up and finally get a coherent and cohesive plan in place, we might finally slow the tide.

  8. Darren Blair commented on Nick Anderson 4 months ago

    As a Texan? The sorry state of Texas Child Protective Services is a major scandal within the state itself, and reform is an even hotter topic than the transgender debate. Problem is, the national media doesn’t normally report on Texas CPS until such time as it suits their needs.

  9. Darren Blair commented on Something about Celeste 5 months ago

    Only the more extreme versions of Christianity hold to that.
    The rest, believe me when I say it, view things far differently.

  10. Darren Blair commented on My Cage: New and Old 6 months ago

    The problem with saying “$250K = rich” is that it fails to factor in cost-of-living. There are actually parts of America where $250K is “upper middle class”, not rich. As such, a number of us who disagreed with this tax hike favored a proposal by which cost-of-living differences were factored in.