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  •  Yes. (5+ / 0-)

    If the President gathered a group of friends who hunted down a kid to punish him for being gay, THAT WOULD MOST DEFINITELY BE A BIG FUCKING STORY.

    Bullying is not OK.  Here's to hoping some day you get that.

    ....no longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

    by TFinSF on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:15:27 AM PDT

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    •  I completely agree that bullying is not ok. (0+ / 0-)

      I also think that pretty much all of us did things that are "not ok" when we were teenagers, because we were stupid and immature.  That's sort of what being a teenager means.  

      You may think it's "fair game" for the media  to launch a major investigation to see if the President smoked cigarettes behind his parents' back as a teenager, or drank when under age, or got into a fight with another kid when he was a teenager, or cheated on a high school exam, or called another kid names for being overweight, or was disrespectful to the girls he dated, or did any number of bad things that a lot of teenagers (who grow into perfectly respectable adults) do.  Apparently, if the press found out the President cheated on an algebra exam in high school, that - to you -- would say something about his character as an adult?   I would disagree.

      I think that a supposedly reputable paper should stick to stuff that a Presidential candidate did as an adult.

      •  OK, more slowly... (8+ / 0-)

        Smoking cigarettes does not equal ganging up on a gay kid and assaulting him for being gay.

        Underage drinking is not the same as ganging up on a gay kid and assaulting him for being gay.

        Cheating on a high school exam does not equal ganging up on a gay kid and assaulting him for being gay.

        Calling another kid names is not the same as ganging up on a gay kid and assaulting him for being gay.

        Being disrespectful to the girls he dated is not equivalent to ganging up on a gay kid and assaulting him for being gay.

        Do you have anything in a hate crime that would be a more apt comparison?  If so, then yes, the press should look into that.

        ....no longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

        by TFinSF on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:29:51 AM PDT

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        •  We can just disagree, and leave it at that. (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't know very many high school boys who weren't, at some point, sexist and demeaning toward girls.  ESPECIALLY in the dating context.  It happens a lot -- and it is just as devastating to those girls as I'm sure this hair cutting was to this young man.

          In my high school days, people "rolled houses" with toilet paper as a way of public ridicule.  It was a way of showing the whole neighborhood what your classmates thought of you.  Probably as devastating as this hair cutting thing was to this young man.  

          I think cheating on a test is a direct statement about the honesty and character of a person.  

          I think public ridicule of another high school kid is every bit as bad as this.  Today's version of Romney's hair cutting incident is public ridicule on Facebook. I don't think that kids who do that today are "not as bad" as Romney cutting this kid's hair.  

          The difference is that I don't think the WaPo ought to be looking for this kind of thing in the life of every candidate who runs for office.  Short of something that actually resulted in a criminal conviction, I think that the MSM should not go digging into teenage acts and should stick to stuff that happened as an adult. I think candidates should be judged on what they've done as adults.   You don't.  We disagree.  

        •  And none of those things (3+ / 0-)
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          are the same thing as assault with a deadly weapon -- if in the struggles those scissors slipped and hit the jugular, we'd be looking at something far more serious than a bad haircut.

          Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

          by Cali Scribe on Thu May 10, 2012 at 11:18:19 AM PDT

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      •  Bullying is more than "not ok." (2+ / 0-)
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        Bullying causes kids to kill themselves.  It is a severe problem, and it is current.

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