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About Ormond

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  1. I definitely do not think one has to have acted on sexual attractions at all to label oneself as gay, straight, or bisexual. I have one acquaintance who proudly calls herself bisexual though she is in a long term heterosexual marriage and has never had sexual contact with anyone with her husband. At the same time, if we are going to use the terms "straight", "bi", and "gay", you have to let people draw their lines somewhere. It would seem overly strict to insist on "bisexual" only being used for those who have an exactly 50/50 split in their attractions. But on the other hand, in the article most of the young men who were interviewed seem to say that 10% or less of their attractions are to other men. It seems to me that "bisexual" might not be the best term for that mix. 10% is the figure which seems about the threshold for most people thinking something is significant, at least in those cultures that use Arabic numbers. Almost everyone who identifies as primarily heterosexual or gay/lesbian has had some fleeting attraction or fantasy about a person of the gender they are not usually attracted to. I myself identify as a gay man -- I remember one time, over 40 years ago, when I was sexually attracted to a waitress in a restaurant. I don't think that makes me "bisexual". If you say ever having one attraction in your life to your non-preferred gender makes you "bi", you are basically saying that EVERYONE is bisexual, which is a Freudian theory I don't think works well in describing how the human mind actually works.
  2. Very sorry. I was fooled because the site really did say ESPN and as a nonsports fan there was nothing that looked obviously wrong to me.
  3. I wonder if that means since Gardner represents Colorado, a "purple" state which, like Virginia and Nevada, is now trending "blue", if we can expect him to vote with the Republican majority less often in order to truly represent the people of Colorado.
  4. Well, he will blame this on other people --- not sure if he will focus on Bannon, or on McConnell, or on the news media, or on all three -- but he surely won't take responsibility for it himself. When actually Trump's tweet about Gillibrand this morning might have helped bring out educated suburban women around Huntsville and Birmingham to vote for Jones.
  5. Looks like pessimists might not always be correct. (Of course optimists aren't either.) I sure hope this holds up, because it will be so wonderful to have Bannon and Trump end up on the short end of the stick.
  6. Thanks for that information.
  7. How do you know this wasn't on their lunch hour?
  8. I found two slang definitions of booming by googling. Do you mean you were playing the drinking game involving bouncing balls, or taking hallucinogenic mushrooms? Either way, if you then scored 96% on an Abnormal Psychology test, I really wonder about the adequacy of the course you were taking.
  9. The Nebraska national committewoman has resigned from the RNC over its support of Roy Moore: http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/rnc-official-from-nebraska-quits-over-group-s-support-of/article_e25992b6-de8a-11e7-83e9-7fbb46dc0e32.html
  10. It would be interesting to get more complex data on this. Houston seems to be the real exception to the rule to me. Los Angeles did its big annexation of the San Fernando Valley so long ago, and its total metro area is so huge, that there's been plenty of time and space for the conservatives to move outside of the new city limits. (A lot of the San Fernando Valley annexation was way back in 1915, and it seems to have been completed by 1935.) P.S. And by the way, the Republicans in Texas have just rewritten the annexation laws there so that San Antonio, Austin, and Houston will now have a much harder time annexing conservative suburban areas: http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/abbott-signs-bill-limiting-annexation-powers-cities/OYYGbRsuKGHhGMgihjgOWL/
  11. Do you realize is that one reason almost all of the cities you mention are more "conservative" is because they have annexed most of their suburbs and so include people who in other metro areas would likely live outside the city limits? Jacksonville and Indianapolis have basically merged with the counties they are part of, and Oklahoma City and San Diego cover huge geographical areas. Tulsa and Wichita also probably have a higher percentage of the total population of the metro area within the city limits than average.
  12. This seems a bit wrong to me on both ends. Chimpanzees, who are more closely related to humans than gorillas, do occasionally eat some meat -- but more importantly, the about 13 million years since humans and chimps split from a common ancestor gives us way more than enough time to have possibly evolved to need meat in our diet. On the other hand, I am not sure it is really the case that one can't be very healthy on a vegetarian diet. It's probably easier to get certain nutrients as a meat eater, but I think with modern nutritional knowledge it should be quite possible to quit eating meat and still be healthy if one is careful.
  13. Well, if you all want a little belated minor good news from upstate New York, my latest edition of Locus magazine informed me that Adrienne Martini, who often writes reviews for them, won a seat on the Otsego County board as a Democrat by defeating a Republican incumbent. Locus quotes her: "Like a lot of women after the election of 2016, I thought I couldn't just be a passive observer of democracy." So maybe Oneonta, where Martini lives, would be a good small upstate New York town for you all to consider.
  14. Forgive my academic pedantic needs -- this is awful, but it was yesterday morning (Thursday December 7), not this morning. http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/aztec/2017/12/07/school-shooting-aztec-high-school/930793001/
  15. Yes, there has to come a particular moment when someone consciously changes their mind. But it should be noted that Bardella, like most people, went through a process here, and reports starting to have disagreements or doubts in March 2016. As the title of his piece says, the RNC supporting Roy Moore was "the last straw" -- a lot of other straws had to accumulate before that could be his last one. I point this out not because I don't think Mlle. Zabzie knows this -- but because I think people in general need to be reminded that few people change long standing affiliations over night. Change is always slower than many think it should be, but it does happen.