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NBA Player 'Comes Out' -- but Tolerance Cuts Both Ways
Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Larry Elder

Posted on 05/02/2013 4:25:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

Compared to the hell Jackie Robinson went through, Jason Collins is getting a ticker tape parade.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association player, recently wrote a column in which he announced that he is gay: "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay (male) athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

When comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out in 1997, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the earth-shattering headline, 'Yep, I'm Gay.' With a general population that surveys put at about 4 percent homosexual (although estimates run as high as 5 to 10 percent), is anyone surprised that, in a country of 10,000 or so pro athletes, gay male athletes exist? After all, the WNBA, the NBA's sister league, features several openly gay players. When the league's top draft pick, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, recently "came out," the media and fans said "ho-hum." But when Collins came out, he became front-page news as the first male to do so.

At one time, gay athletes like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova lost fans and endorsements. In Collins' case, one of the few discordant notes came from a professional football player who tweeted: "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys. SMH (shaking my head)." Four minutes later, he sent an apologetic tweet and got publicly slammed by his employer, the Miami Dolphins.

Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama praised Collins for his courage. Obama even called the athlete to offer his support.

Open arms. Not exactly how baseball greeted Robinson.

About racism in America, John O. Sullivan, the editor of the conservative magazine "National Review," once said: "White racism exists. But its social power is weak; the social power against it overwhelming." Similarly, hostility toward gays certainly exists, but its social power is growing weaker and on the decline.

Will fans, as happened during Jackie Robinson's playing days, shout out slurs with no fear of getting thrown out of the arena or getting beaten up by outraged fans?

Will Collins' teammates, as in Robinson's case, pass around a petition signed by a number of teammates, stating they refuse to play with him?

Will arenas require gay fans to sit apart from non-gay fans the way many stadiums, during Robinson's era, segregated black fans from white fans?

Will they tell gay reporters, as they did black reporters during Robinson's day, to sit in the stands, typewriter on the lap, rather than in the press booth with the other reporters?

Tolerance cuts both ways.

What happens to a player who says, "I think homosexuality is a sin," or, "Got no problem playing with or against him, but I don't approve of his lifestyle"? Or a player who asks: "What's all this business about 'bravery'? What Collins does behind closed doors is his business. Why do I need to know about it?"

In 2007, sportswriter Chris Broussard of ESPN wrote about an openly gay colleague: "I've played in several rec leagues with LZ Granderson, who is an openly gay writer at ESPN The Magazine. ... I don't shower with LZ after games like NBA teammates do, and I'll admit that if I had to, it might be a little uncomfortable at first. But if a gay player just goes about his business in the shower, showing that he has no sexual interest in his teammates and that he's not 'checking them out,' I think the awkwardness would wear off fairly quickly. LZ and I know where each other stand, and we respect each other's right to believe as he does. I know he's gay, and he knows I believe that's a sin. I know he thinks I get my moral standards from an outdated, mistranslated book, and he knows I believe he needs to change his lifestyle."

About Collins' coming out, Broussard said: "Personally, I don't believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or (engage in) openly premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that's a sin. If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals -- whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian." The Washington Post wrote that ESPN stood by Broussard despite his "controversial" comments.

Want political incorrectly controversy? How about an athlete or Hollywood star "coming out" as an Iraq War-supporting, tax-cutting, ObamaCare-opposing ... conservative! With Collins coming out, the NBA has exactly one more openly gay player than it has who is openly Republican.

Dr. Ben Carson, the neurologist and ObamaCare critic, accepted an invitation to speak at Johns Hopkins' commencement. But after Carson stated his opposition to gay marriage, students and faculty protested. Carson withdrew.

Jason Collins could teach Johns Hopkins a lesson in tolerance.


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1 posted on 05/02/2013 4:25:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think we can go all the way back to the 1950s and find gay players in the NBA. Same for the NFL, and especially for major league baseball.


2 posted on 05/02/2013 4:27:08 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Kaslin
With a general population that surveys put at about 4 percent homosexual

Where did that come from? . . . 4% . . . it's barely 1.5% if that. One of our local news-twits said it was 10% . . .

It's like that 90% figure of people against gun ownership . . . comes right out of their a$$. But, if you repeat it enough . . . some of it sticks.

3 posted on 05/02/2013 4:28:50 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: pepsionice

“I think we can go all the way back to the 1950s and find gay players in the NBA. Same for the NFL, and especially for major league baseball.”

In the 1950’s they were not “gay.” They were homosexuals. The difference is: a homosexual is attracted to members of the same sex. Gay is a lifestyle choice and indicates a communist political agenda. Hence the desire of gays to coopt homosexuals into gayness by eliminating the word as “offensive.”

You can be a conservative homosexual. You can’t be a conservative gay. Gay and conservative or polar opposites. Conservative and homosexual are not necessarily so.


4 posted on 05/02/2013 4:30:42 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Kaslin

who gives a flip, he is a narcissistic attention seeker


5 posted on 05/02/2013 4:33:17 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Gen.Blather

“You can be a conservative homosexual. “

Yup. And that is one of the reasons yesterday I finally decided conservatism is no longer for me. I’ll just be an indy henceforth following the principles of Reagan.

Enjoy the movement you helped destroy.


6 posted on 05/02/2013 4:39:50 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yldstrk

Excellent point


7 posted on 05/02/2013 4:40:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Norm Lenhart; Gen.Blather

Norm, if you want to make a point, at least have the guts to take on a poster’s entire comment, not pull a little tid bit out of context. That’s cowardly. And you did take Blather’s comment out of context by leaving off the last half of it.


8 posted on 05/02/2013 4:50:05 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: yldstrk

Actually, he’s an aging, barely-competent basketball player, scoring 1.1 points per game, trying to keep the paycheck going for another season or two.


9 posted on 05/02/2013 4:50:51 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

No need to know or hear about a person’s sex life...keep it in the closet. This is PRIVATE and not NEWS.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 4:53:08 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: DuncanWaring
Just one more reason I dislike basketball. Overpaid primadonna’s and now add in a dike to boot.
11 posted on 05/02/2013 4:55:30 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Kaslin

12 posted on 05/02/2013 4:56:40 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: FES0844

“No need to know or hear about a person’s sex life...keep it in the closet. This is PRIVATE and not NEWS.”

This is exactly my opinion on this kind of news story—or of anyone who feels like they have to broadcast information on their sexual activities or preferences. Too much information!!!


13 posted on 05/02/2013 5:02:49 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Words mean things. Have the guts to admit it.

If you want to defend his clear and in context statement, then be my guest. It’s the reason that the movement flounders. People ignoring basic principles as you have done in post after post.

When you show me where in any conservative text, any speech or essay that a father or historical icon of conservative thought has accepted homosexuality as conservative, show me. Until then, try not to be part of the problem.


14 posted on 05/02/2013 5:03:11 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: csmusaret

Excellent!


15 posted on 05/02/2013 5:04:27 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: Kaslin

I am sick and tired of this gay shyte and it is sickening too. It was better when they were in the closet doing what they do far way from everyone else


16 posted on 05/02/2013 5:10:13 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: MNGal

Fresh from Pookies Toons


17 posted on 05/02/2013 5:16:10 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: Kaslin
When the league's top draft pick, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, recently "came out," the media and fans said "ho-hum."

Lesbians generally get a break. after all, I'm sure I'm not the only lesbian-trapped-in-a-man's-body here on FR!

18 posted on 05/02/2013 5:20:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

If Jackie Robinson had waited until he was a 36 yr old free agent to tell the world he was Black, then Jason would be “just like him”.....


19 posted on 05/02/2013 5:20:47 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: Kaslin
Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama praised Collins for his courage.

Yes, the poofter isth thoo brave!

20 posted on 05/02/2013 5:21:08 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: dennisw

As am I. And I am really sick of so called conservatives finding all the extra special reasons it can be fit into pur supposed worldview.

Last night, two more libs got the zot defending homosexual adoption by conservatives.

Remember CPAC? GOProud? Remember how people said NO! ? Some here seem to think that never happened. They seem to have a problem that conservative thought (traditional not current) rejects homosexuality entirely. And always has.

But of course, the liberal moles and psuedocons on FR and across the political right just have to keep chipping away to make it acceptable in some narrowly defined circumstance. That should disgust us all.


21 posted on 05/02/2013 5:24:22 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Kaslin

This is being called a “Jackie Robinson” moment.
Bull$hit.
No one has prevented gays from playing major league sports. No one has set up separate fountains for gays.

Blacks got a raw deal in this country. Gays enjoy all the privileges they could ever dream of.

Apologize to blacks.


22 posted on 05/02/2013 5:24:57 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Words mean things. Have the guts to admit it.

Norm Norm Norm...yes, words mean things...which means, ALL THE WORDS mean something. You intentionally removed half of Gen Blathers words on this particular point so as to make you snotty little point. You are the one who didn't have the guts to take on his entire thought. Now if you do, I'd like to see it, but he was making a potentially valid point about the difference between two very different communities within the non hetero population.

23 posted on 05/02/2013 5:26:07 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Kaslin

It is interesting that we are told that homosexuality is in the genes, that it is not environmental or learned or a choice. But this guy has an identical twin and identical twins have identical DNA.

Guess what? The twin is not homosexual and was as stunned as the nine-year girlfriend by the gayness declaration.


24 posted on 05/02/2013 5:27:25 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Still waiting CW. Where is the tracts and speeches of Conservatives accepting homosexuality as conservative? Find them and present them here. Don’t bother trying to divert your failure. This is the issue.


25 posted on 05/02/2013 5:28:44 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Kaslin
Even the readily corrupted Gallup survey (they simply asked folks if they were gay on every survey they took for 4 months in 2012) they didn't get up to 10%, or even 5%, nor 4% ~ but according to this chart

>http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/gallupinc/GallupSpaces/Production/Cms/POLL/lmtirbhdle6ij8dwdewgig.gif

they only make it up to 3.4%.

There is a flaw in this methodology. PEW Research was able to identify it when they discovered that 91% of all persons who are polled don't ever end up giving an answer ~ which means the average poll has only a 9% response rate. Start with the PJ Media story ~ >http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/30/we-are-the-91-only-9-of-americans-cooperate-with-pollsters/

You might ask what that has to do with anything ~ other than the need to make polls bigger ~ and you would be right to do so. Turns out that as we approach '0', '0' being a situation where NOBODY ANSWERS A POLLSTER, a smaller and smaller portion of all those polled is providing ALL the answers!

If that very small portion is aware that there's a question of peculiar interest to them, and they answer 100% of the time any one of their members is polled they can easily distort the actual response levels!

Think about it if 100% of the sample population responds at a 9% level, and X% of the sample population responds at a 100% level..................

We can examine the issue this way. Assume that 10% are homosexual. Say that we sample 100 homosexuals, and 900 straight folks (they'd all be chosen perfectly randomly BTW). That's 1000 in the sample population. Out of that we get 100 answers from homosexuals and 90 answers from straight folks!

WOW! The homosexual response is then 52% of the total response ~ or roughly 5X the percentage we'd imagine with their being but 10% of the population.

Now that I've addressed your concerns about gay marriage and JCPenney marketing poll results, let's go a bit further.

Assume there are 1% of the population who are homosexual. We sample 1000 people, 10 of them homosexual and 990 straight. The 10 homosexuals answer 100% of the time, and the 990 straight people answer 9% of the time. The result is that homosexuals account for 11% of the total response ~ that is 11 TIMES their assumed representation in the population.

Let's say the gays are just .3% of the population. We ask 1000 people to answer questions. 3 gays answer. 90 straights answer. The result will be that gays are once again 3% of the answer.

That, BTW, is 10 TIMES their assumed representation in the population.

That tells you where the polls came from that favored Romney. A miniscule number of gays, answering 100% of the time to every possible poll, made themselves look like they were 3%. That was enough to tip every poll, including Gallup's own poll about how many people are gay, to the gay point of view!

This year you will go to the store and buy products that fit the gay point of view on acceptable color and fit! You will near 'newsies' tell you that gay marriage is good, gay sex is good, gay shampoo is good, and whatever it is they are eating this year, is good.

26 posted on 05/02/2013 5:32:51 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

If I might quote The Hildabeaste:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

In other words, who cares?


27 posted on 05/02/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

You miss the point, I am not trying to defend Gen Blathers argument per se, I am only pointing out that you are taking his argument out of context in a gutless manner. I would like you to take on his entire argument. I tend to reject any notion of single issues being a total definition of anyone.

A homosexual who stays in the closet and believes in limited government regulation and taxation is less of a threat to me than either a gay activist liberal OR a big government social conservative frankly. It’s a worthwhile discussion, but you only want to take on half the issue. Your anger and self righteousness, compared with your shallowness, is rather off putting.


28 posted on 05/02/2013 5:36:45 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: csmusaret

God I miss Bill Buckley.


29 posted on 05/02/2013 5:40:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Is the identical twin mortified by his brother’s depravity


30 posted on 05/02/2013 5:42:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

My statement quoted his which was clear and unambiguous. That is the definition of being in context.

As you refuse to cite evidence that homosexuality is a part of conservative philosophy, I must conclude that you were simply grandstanding in support of pushing it on conservatives. That puts you in the liberal wing of the conservative movement.

Now again. either put up or shut up. When you show how a response to a direct quote, in context is out of context, ping me. When you show how homosexual acceptance is a conservative pillar, ping me.

Until that time, feel free to posture all you like. Because anyone with the ability to read can see that you cannot back up squat.


31 posted on 05/02/2013 5:43:02 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yldstrk

Me too. His Gore Vidal interview was informative regarding conservatism and homosexuality.


32 posted on 05/02/2013 5:46:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Sounds like he has more than the usual number of problems!


33 posted on 05/02/2013 5:46:42 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Wait till the twin/genetics thing has time to make the rounds and sink in to peoples heads. That destroys one of their main arguments and though they will spin, it opened the door to discuss all this scientifically.


34 posted on 05/02/2013 5:49:21 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
My statement quoted his which was ambiguous. That is the definition of being a con

So, you support ambiguity and conning people? Way to go Norm. In your own words, I have destroyed you. (no, you won't be smart enough to understand what I just did to you, but maybe someone can help you out).

35 posted on 05/02/2013 5:50:16 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

You freaking liar.

“My statement quoted his which was clear and unambiguous. That is the definition of being in context.”

Thats a cut and paste. Notice the un is not missing?

There it is folks. Read it for yourselves. C, There went your credibility.


36 posted on 05/02/2013 5:53:28 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: laweeks
See my post at #26. They may be as little as .3% for all anyone can determine, but certainly not more than 1.0%.

Unless a pollster makes some effort to filter gays out of the responses their opinion can be amplified up to 11Times their actual representation in the population.

37 posted on 05/02/2013 5:56:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey
It is interesting that we are told that homosexuality is in the genes, that it is not environmental or learned or a choice. But this guy has an identical twin and identical twins have identical DNA.

Guess what? The twin is not homosexual and was as stunned as the nine-year girlfriend by the gayness declaration.

That is why homos have to recruit new homos. Schools are promoting the homo agenda as normal.


Communist Goals (1963)

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

38 posted on 05/02/2013 5:57:43 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: muawiyah

Remember too that homosexuals have long been working their way into political, media and other areas where information is distributed/legislated. There are a number of ways they amplify their numbers/influence and strangely enough they all crossrefrence. A perfect circle of propaganda.

It’s the global warming consensus model.


39 posted on 05/02/2013 6:00:14 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

When I was in college the leftists and SDS people didn’t like gays and made the same homo jokes that all guys did. This sure has changed.

Today Everyone can’t cave into the gay agenda fast enough...obviously many Republicans too


40 posted on 05/02/2013 6:01:15 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Bingo.


41 posted on 05/02/2013 6:01:20 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Kaslin

We have to stop using their preferred terms and call them what they are. Not with hatred, but for clarity.

HOMOSEXUAL, because there’s nothing GAY about it.


42 posted on 05/02/2013 6:02:05 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Excellent point, and I agree


43 posted on 05/02/2013 6:03:24 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: dennisw

Notice the ‘extra narrowly definitions people use to work homosexuality into acceptance. My brother is gay BUT....My uncle is gay BUT... My teacher is gay BUT...They think just like I do!!

No they don’t. But instead of doing what is right and recognizing it for what it is, they each legitimize it in a small way that adds up across the board...and we come to today.


44 posted on 05/02/2013 6:05:01 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Ah, ha, the comment that set off the storm ~ I think the reason behind the handful of supposed Conservatives who want to go after the gay vote has to do with a misunderstanding of how they become an inordinate part of political discourse.

It has to do with polls, and some imagine the polls to be really good, with master minds behind them who are really smart, and certainly a small group of gays couldn't distort the results.

So, thinking there are all those gays, they want to win elections so they solicit gay approval.

Romney did that ~ he lost ~ just like his gay fanbase didn't even exist too!

That's due to a problem I outline in post #26.

So, yes, we have Conservatives trying to bring in the gays, but they are misled by systemic polling that over-responds to gay thought. And no, being gay is not a Conservative position ~ at best we would think tab a into slot b considerations would be private matters and at worst we just want them to go away with their constant chronic litany of all the slings and arrows their sex organ receive when displayed in public for all to see.

They ultimately out themselves anyway ~ just like Billy James Hargis ~ a fellow who was more Conservative than not, but who had more than his fair share of problems ~ about which he did nothing useful!

Conservatism has always prospered when we push the logic of our positions, not when we counsel our logic with polls!

45 posted on 05/02/2013 6:05:51 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Very well said.


46 posted on 05/02/2013 6:07:54 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: pepsionice
...especially for major league baseball.

The way those center fielders bend over with their hands on their knees?

47 posted on 05/02/2013 6:08:00 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Norm Lenhart
A funny story. My brother in law had an apartment and his roomate had moved out to a mental hospital so he needed to rent one of the bedrooms to someone else.

He called the Washington Post to place an ad ~ he told them "Room for Rent. Student wanted."

The postie then ran the ad ~ abbreviated as "Room for rnt; stud wanted"

He had to get his phone number changed ~ thousands of calls.

If Collins is not just scamming the press for more coverage to augment his career, by now he's had to get an entirely new set of phone numbers AND move out of his home!

We'll see if he's really gay eh! (bwahahahahaha)

48 posted on 05/02/2013 6:11:45 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

Forty-Five posts and nobody realizes that photo isn’t Jason
Collins.


49 posted on 05/02/2013 6:12:38 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Norm Lenhart

Thank you.


50 posted on 05/02/2013 6:13:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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