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April 01, 2008

Six conservativefemale bloggers discuss dating

Interviewing Six Conservative Female Bloggers On Dating - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

This is a fascinating peek into a world that I have zero contact with. The interviews are fluffy, but smart. And the women don't come off as caricatures, for the most part.

Have you dated liberals before? If so, any difference you can tell between liberal and conservative guys?

Yeah, in the past year, I think I've dated one or two of them. There is usually an issue there with religion, which is kind of frustrating, because you're not necessarily going to go out on one or two dates with someone and think that you're going to marry them. But, with long term goals, how you're going to raise your kids, whether you're going to bring them to church or not, you wonder if that person is going to show the same values -- there tends to be a difference there with liberal guys.

Another turn-off with liberal guys, at least for me, tends to be 2nd Amendment stuff. Gun rights? I think it's kind of wimpy when guys don't think people should be able to protect themselves.

March 31, 2008

Toys R Us sells lower back tatoo transfers

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Push your kids hard, they'll thank you for it

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On Second Life and Rezbians

Second Life, First Person: My Rezbian Theory

You see, I’m straight in real life. I’ve never even had one of those college “experimental periods” or anything. I’m a firm believer in the notion that our sexualities are hard-wired into our brains, that who you choose to sleep with is driven by who you are as shaped by genetics and environment, and not some sort of “lifestyle choice.” And the fact of the matter is, I’m just not wired in a homosexual (or even bisexual) way.

But, here I am, romantically involved with a woman in SL. It’s something that I’ve struggled with, not because I am bothered by it, or feel shame because of it. No, I’m proud to know her and feel extraordinarily lucky to be with her, and if we didn’t have RL privacy issues I’d be shouting her name from the virtual rooftops. Rather, I struggle because I’m amazingly so okay with the whole thing, and being the over-thinking rationalist that I am, I can’t explain it.

. . .

I highly doubt that I’m the first one to coin the term “rezbian,” but I use it to apply to people like me who don’t fit into any of these categories: though we are straight in RL, we find ourselves attracted to another woman (or women) in SL, and not by choice. I don’t use the term to make light of anyone’s sexuality, I just think it fits (and, okay, it's a nice little play on words).

I think that, based on that definition a rezbian is different than the group I described two paragraphs above, who are straight women who have been wanting to explore their sexualities and choose to do so in SL. I have never felt the need to explore a lesbian side of myself; honestly I don’t think my RL self has one. In fact, you can ask my friends - I was a virtual nun early on in my Second Life, swearing off SL relationships completely because I didn’t see the appeal. It wasn’t until I became very close friends with a certain woman, that exploring past friendship with her was even interesting to me. And once that attraction happened, there was no choice involved at all - I was just overwhelmingly smitten with her.

I am endlessly fascinated at the ways gender and sexuality get performed online.

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Chase Mortgage leaked memo shows "cheats and tricks" used to give out unqualified mortgages

Chase Mortgage leaked memo shows "cheats and tricks" used to give out unqualified mortgages - Boing Boing

I've been trying to avoid posting Boing Boing articles, but sometimes they are essential to our understanding of the world:

An internal memo, explaining how to beat the Mortgage Loan Computer System (Zippy) at JPM Chase was leaked to the Portland Oregonian.

The memo gives advice for fooling the system to get otherwise unqualified borrowers approved for mortgages:

3 "handy steps" for getting a questionable loan approved by JPM Chase's automatic system:

1. Lump all of an applicant's compensation as the applicant's base income, rather than breaking out commissions, bonuses and tips.

2. Do not disclose use of gifts for down payments.

3. If all else fails, simply inflate the applicant's income. "Inch it up $500 to see if you can get the findings you want. Do the same for assets.