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By electromotive force on An Interview With My Mom

I am BEYOND proud of Edith--and the great community you all make.

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm 38

By FlufferNutter on Remembering Lilith: Jewel

@Hellcat Remember when A Night Without Armour came out and Kurt Loder totally confronted Jewel on MTV News about her misuse of the word "casualty"? It made me love him SO HARD. (But she was sort of cheeky in her response, so it made me sort of like her, too!)

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm 2

By fondue with cheddar on Paying Your Share and When You Can't

Not paying your share is only okay if your friends have offered beforehand to help pay for you. Not paying your share is never okay if you just throw in whatever you have and count on everyone else to make up the difference. It's easy!

I've been the person who makes less money than everyone else, and I've also been the person who helps pay for the person who makes less money than everyone else. And you know what? There was never any awkwardness or anger because EVERYONE WAS HONEST WITH EACH OTHER. GEEZ, PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO BE.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm 12

By parallel-lines on Leaving Westboro Baptist: An Interview

@Mira I heard her interviewed on NPR and she just kept yelling "brainwashing!" and stayed in the group for some time after she started to have moral qualms about it. I didn't get the feeling that she felt any sort of accountability for her actions or the hurt she had inflicted on others, she was "brainwashed" and scared of being rejected by her family. And the interviewer kept asking her time and time again and she kept skirting it and saying "brainwashed." But by 19, yeah...there was some sort of moral compass there. She harmed a lot of people with her actions. Does she really understand how horrible what she did was, and how badly she hurt people already in pain, how they have to live with that for the rest of their lives in addition to the loss of a loved one? I don't think she does and I don't know if she ever could. I guess I'm not big on forgiveness either...

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm 8

By Mira on Leaving Westboro Baptist: An Interview

@franceschances It was sarcastic, because I'm really side-eyeing this woman. I would have had a lot more sympathy had she grown up in this "church." Clearly her father brainwashed her and I feel for her there, but a 14-year-old knows right from wrong. At 19, you're thanking God for September 11? Are you fucking kidding me?

I'm responding specifically to the "supposedly" when she's talking about why Matt Shepard was murdered (this coming from someone who used to hold signs reading "Fag Matt Burns In Hell" - I noticed she didn't specify what exactly those "Matt In Hell" signs say - so it's not like she was unaware of what the church was trying to argue about his murder) and this line: "as long as I have asked for forgiveness and believe I am forgiven, I don't think I would change anything."

O RLY. Well, I saw these people picket Judy Shepard, taunting her about her murdered son with the abovementioned sign, and I saw them at the funerals of people I loved, and I don't forgive her for the harm she caused to vulnerable people who didn't deserve it. I don't forgive any of them.

I guess that's kind of mean of me, but I feel okay about it. I'm not a Christian and I believe legitimate forgiveness can come only from the actual people you've harmed, not from some proxy religious figure who can make you feel better about yourself without forcing you to actually make amends with the injured parties. Angry lesbian, party of one? Yep, that's me.

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm 35

By SarahP on Six Guaranteed Low-Effort Toddler Games

I play "Do you like my hat?" almost every day with my husband but he always ignores me in the hopes of stopping me from doing it all the time.

Clearly I should be hanging out with more toddlers.

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm 52

By Edith Zimmerman on How to Make Albino Black Widow Spider Deviled Eggs

@aeroaeroaero It wasn't thought through very well.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm 10

By Biketastrophy on Jealousy Mutations and the 2.5 Days Game

@Anne Helen Petersen HELLO GIRL ON THE HAIRPIN
I AM NIGERIAN PRINCE AND HAVE A FORTUNE TO TRANSFER TO THE AMERCAS

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE YOU ON A DATE FRIDAY NIGHT AT FANCY STEAKHOUSE SO WE CAN DISCUSS COURTSHIP AND GOLD

DO YOU ACCEPT Y/N

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm 88

By aeroaeroaero on Mount Defiance at Starvation Ridge

@Elizabeth Switaj@twitter Oh come the fuck on. What were they supposed to do? Nothing in this (funny, not "cute", funny) story paints their story as anything less that poorly thought-out and ill planned. Grow a sense of humor.

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm 10

By Bebe on Baggage, "Bed Death," and Suspected Infidelity Triangles

@EternalFootwoman

I have seen the moment of cargo greatness flicker
And I have seen the EternalFootwoman wear the shorts and snicker,
And of those shorts, I was afraid.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm 17