The following clips are a good example of why politicians hate the intertubes and computers.
Clip 1: Mitt Romney in 1994 on Abortion
One of the great things about our nation . . . is that we’re each entitled to have strong personal beliefs, and we encourage other people to do the same. But as a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign.”
Clip 2: Mitt Romney in 2002 on Abortion
“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.” Putting a point on it, he said, “I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.”
So he essentially took the same position as he did in 1994.
But now he is acting all CONservative.
What do you think? Comments?
An especially controversial film version of Lolita directed by Adrian Lyne was released in 1997. While the subject matter of Nabokov’s book has always been controversial, the movie featured a barely 15-year old Dominique Swain as Lolita (the movie was shot in 1995, but released in 1997). Regardless of what you think about the Nabokov, the story or the propriety of a young girl playing that character- Dominique did an incredibly good job playing Lolita.
Enjoy a few stills and promotional shots from that movie- found via google.
and here is a YouTube Clip of her screen-test for that role.
Recently, Ferdinand Bardamu wrote a post about how sex with his current “girlfriend” felt somewhat empty. It can be summarized as-
He does not mind fucking her, but does not see any future with her.
The comments to his post are full of a wide range of religious nutcases opining that he should not give up hope and try “traditional” roles. Here is my counterpoint..
Throughout human history people have done things only because they were more profitable than the alternative. That is right.. people do stuff consistently only if the chance of success and profit beat the risk of failure or loss. Religious beliefs, traditional customs, social pressures or anything along those lines are, at best, secondary factors affecting human behavior.
Marriage and the traditional family system worked for so long only because the pathetic level of technological development made that route more optimal than others. The world we live in today is however very different from that world. The sheer number of new possibilities make many other life choices viable and more optimal than the previously preferred ones. Life choices such as getting married or having kids simply don’t have the upside they used to have, while their downsides have gotten progressively worse.
However I have another bone to pick with those who want him to find religion and go traditional. It goes something like this-
How would they react if he were to do so and things did not work? Would it be still his fault? Would they take any responsibility or help him out?
and that you see is the real problem with all CONservatives, LIEbertarians, Traditionalists or any other bunch of disingenuous scumbags. They talk a lot about how others should behave or live, but have no real willingness or ability to help those who get screwed by following their advice. They will, if anything, tell me that he deservedly failed because of not trying hard enough or something long those lines.
How many of these pathetic pieces of shit have ever helped even one person who did the “right thing” but got screwed nonetheless? Let me guess- Zero. It is easy to preach from the fake pulpit of morality, religion and tradition but much harder to follow-up and act on what you profess to believe in. But then again, why would any reasonably intelligent person expect them to be any different?