Just a guy.
Sigh. I can’t help but sometimes get the feeling that mankind is simply not deserving of womankind. Like, they make all the best attempts to be friendly and social with us, but our relationships with them end up being limited by our own transactional world-views when it comes to those of the opposite sex. Too many guys, when the meet a new gal who’s pretty, their first thought is usually “OK, she’s nice, but how far can I actually get with her?” And how he answers that question more or less ends up deciding the depth of all their future interactions. Whereas women, by way of response, end up thinking “OK, maybe this guy is alright, but is he being nice to me in a purely platonic way, or does he expect something more out of it?” Many, afraid of being misinterpreted by the wrong sort, choose to just be aloof or withdrawn, and of course end up being labeled as “cold” or “bitchy.”
We’re like two foreign tribes met at a river, each trying to get something out of the other through gifts or barter, and neither of us quite knows the other’s intentions, and any moment a wrong gesture or misunderstanding can lead to open warfare. And of course, you got the troublemakers like Jordan, who want to skip all the diplomacy and just grab what they want and drag it back to their tent. Guys like that pretty much spoil the game for everyone else.
Tuan’s right, you know. It’s no laughing matter having that kind of chip on your shoulder, especially if you’re a minority attending a majority-white school. Some people will single you out precisely because you’re different and so easy to rile. It can make life hell.
Not what I mean. You don’t just want the person whose going to win, but the one whose going to govern effectively. I know it sucks to lose, but sometimes it’s even worse to win with a candidate who’s so flawed they won’t actually get anything meaningful done during their tenure, which may end up being shorter than planned precisely because they get nothing done.
Remember, folks, we’re voting for the President, not the guy or gal who has the best chance of winning the election.
I know it’s unfair, but Tuan can’t help it. Some guys are just naturally irresistible to women. The rest of us got to work for it.
I can’t answer because I don’t know the facts of that case. What was the nature of the crime he was sentenced for? What was his behavior like in prison? Was there anything that could have indicated to the parole board that he should remain in prison?
Oh God, its the Flying Vampire Squid!!!
That’s for being a litterbug. Next time use the bin, you bloody infant.
Yes, recidivism among parolees continues to be a problem. But what are the courts to do? The prisons are filled to capacity with so many non-violent offenders, parole boards are often under pressure to release as many prisoners as possible, regardless of whether they are ready to rejoin society or not. Now I’m not saying this will solve the problem completely, but they might have more leeway to impose stricter sentences on the truly violent if we were decriminalize or reduce sentencing for other offenders.