Wednesday, November 14, 2018

We test drive a Outlander Sport (2.4 GT)

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport maybe one of Mitsubishi's top selling crossovers, but in a crowd full of heavy hitters. Does the Outlander Sport still have what it takes to really stand out? 

You can choose between two enignes and both seem very odd. The standard 2-liter four-cylinder doesn't offer the flexibility you'd desire on the highway but it feels more than up to the job for driving around town. We'd say it's best to avoid the all-wheel-drive with this engine as it really isn't needed. The optional 2.4 is the pick of the range. You may have to pay a little bit more in the purchase price but the engine feels more than up for the job in both city driving and highway driving. The 2-liter is the only engine that can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the CVT (continously variable transmission) is the better choice for lower running costs. 

The Outlander Sport isn't sporty at all. We do love the comfortable ride that is associated with it. The 18-inch alloys really doesn't make the ride firm but on faster paced roads the ride can offten feel unsettled and the steering is more on the numb side. It doesn't feel as sharp to drive like we'd like it to be but for what it offers it's not disappointing in any sense. Road noise is nothing to complain of but wind noise can be heard at highway speeds. It's far from a deal breaker. 

The interior layout is pretty much straight forward. It's not as flashy as some of its rivals but the fact that the layout is simple and easy to navigate through is a plus in our eyes. The more expenisve higher trims get a full-touch screen infotainment system that feels sort of dated compared to the rest of the conpetition. We wish that Mitsubishi put a little bit more effort in it because it would pretty much be the best in class. It's simple to use and the most logically laid out in terms of menus and interface. The front seats do offer decent comfort but the driving position is just way too awkward. The rear seat offers plenty of space while the boot offers decent space too. It's actually more generous than the size of the vehicle suggests. 

Our tester car 2.4 GT came equipped with roof rails, fog lamps, HID headlights, all-wheel-drive and rear spoiler. Push button ignition switch, power folding mirrors and rain sensing windshield wipers also come kitted as standard. The generous amount of standard featues for such a low price did spark a lot of interest in the vehicle. It fit within our budget and resulted in the purchase of the vehicle. 

The Outlander Sport certianly won't please everyone, but that's okay because it's not meant to. It's the cheapest way into a crossover, with low running costs and high standard features. Some may be worried about residuals and the fact that the Outlander Sport feels a little dated compared to its rivals. You could pick some great crossovers in this segment but the Outlander Sport is one of those crossovers that really is worthy of the shortlist. 

Likes: Low running costs with stylish looks inside out. Standard kit is generous and it's quite comfortbale to drive. 

Dislikes: It feels its age. Residuals are low. 

Our pick: Ditch the 2-liter and go right for the 2.4 GT which with deep discounts makes it the best buy of the compact crossover segment. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


This is a response to Bizzle 'Same Love (A Response)' I don't own the rights to this song, lyrics or its content.

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But understand this, that in the last days
There will come times of difficulty
  • How many times have people tried to predict the end of the world? Yes there have been so many of them and they all have been completely and utterly wrong. Secondly, can we please stop with this ‘last days’ crap? I mean Jesus isn’t going to fly down from the sky and there isn’t going to be a rapture. (I wish the rapture did happen so all you arrogant Christians can be taken away to heaven and everyone else can live happily on earth.) Yes there will be times of difficulty but those times are mostly by those who keep throwing their religion down other people’s throats who don’t want to believe your nonsense!

For people will be lovers of self
Lovers of money, proud, arrogant
Abusive, disobedient to their parents
Ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable
Slanderous, without self-control, brutal
Not loving good, treacherous, reckless
Swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
Having the appearance of godliness
But denying its power
Woe to he who calls evil good and good evil
  • I will basically sum up this verse. People who don’t believe in god or don’t love god are all of these awful things. Slanderous without self-control? The things you’ve said in this verse is pretty slanderous. I mean aren’t you supposed to be a religion of love and tolerance? There is none of that displayed here. It’s all vicious and very insulting not sure I want to worship a god like that.

It's funny how the media portrays things
They really pushing hard for this gay thing
And it's so wicked how they manipulate things
Can't even disagree without them making it a hate thing
I say you wrong, and you holla "hate" instantly
But you say we the ones who don't tolerate differences

·         Okay, there is a difference between being tolerant and being an asshole. You are entitled to your opinion and you can wear that opinion on your sleeve. The moment you try to enforce that opinion onto other people is when it becomes a problem. The sad part about it is that you don’t see this as a problem. You can disagree with someone but that doesn’t give you the right to openly discriminate against them. You are being hateful! The media isn’t pushing a ‘gay agenda’ and you really need to get off your high horse.

There's a whole lot of things I could say really
But, see your hypocrisy is something I could paint vividly
Saying it's the way you was born

·        It’s been proven by science that you are born with your sexual orientation. No one chooses to be ‘gay’ or ‘straight’. Please stop with this notion that you can just at a whim choose who you are attracted to.

And I'm sure, that you lust just like I do, just in a different form
But I'm married, so if I give into mine, I'm a cheater
If you give into yours, you just fight to make it legal
You rather fight God, then fight sin

·         Okay let me get this straight. You are comparing lust to being gay? How in the world did you even come to that conclusion? ‘Lust’ and being attracted to someone are two totally different things. My attraction to other men isn’t lust it’s what I am attracted to physically and sexually. The same can be said about your attraction to women. I don’t understand how or why you have to make it seem like the only way you can feel love or experience love is to believe in god?  If anything your god is the complete opposite of what love is.

The Bible is alright, until it calls what you like sin
And I feel so disrespected that you were so desperate
You would compare your sexual habits to my skin

·         I really don’t understand this one at all. You didn’t choose your skin color and you didn’t choose the ethnicity. Those in the LGBT Community didn’t choose their sexual orientation and yet it’s okay to discriminate against them? That makes so much sense right! 

Calling it the new black
Tell me where they do that?
They hung us like tree ornaments, where were you at?
They burned us for entertainment, you go through that?

·         No one is comparing being gay the ‘new black’, unless you look at the amount of hatred that the LGBT Community endures. There are still countries that punish those of the LGBT with the death penalty. If two men walk down the street holding hands they are immediately ridiculed and every bigoted person wants to shame them and tell them to keep that in the privacy of their home. People have been beaten up and killed, some even driven to suicide. It’s not a pretty picture either way but this endless hatred towards a community that wants to live their lives like everyone else has to stop!

Mom's raped in front of they kids, while they shoot dad
Ever been murdered just for trying to learn how to read bro?
Show of hands?
I ain't think so

·         How about in the bible where people who were gay were stoned to death? How about the countless of people who have been ridiculed and driven to the point of suicide? How about how they treat gay people in Saudi Arabia? They execute them by throwing off a tower. Yes gay people are being murdered for being who they are!

So quit comparing the two, it ain't the same fight
You can play straight, we can never play white
Using black people as pawns for yo' agenda

·         Yes you are right these two fights aren’t exactly the same. But what makes them both common and why it’s possibly being brought up is that both were seeking similar goals, equality! During the Civil Rights Movement many have fought to get service and be treated like human beings. The LGBT Movement is the same thing, to be treated like everyone else. We have to pay taxes like everyone else so we should have the same rights and benefits as everyone else. There’s no agenda, just people wanting to live their lives and not be discriminated against. I don’t understand what you don’t get. 

And these sell out rappers will do whatever you tell 'em
Skirts on stages, campaigning for that black vote
Afraid to be blackballed, so they play that role

·         Clothes don’t have a gender, and it’s utterly pointless to try to validate that. If you want to wear a dress then wear a fucking dress. It’s not hard and it’s really none of your business if someone decides to do so. Blackballing is a rejection in a traditional form of secret ballot, where a white ball or ballot constitutes a vote in support and a black ball signifies opposition. Not sure what this has to do with anything or the fact that these skirt wearing rappers fear rejection from anyone for not wearing a skirt. I want to say this is all made up? Besides gender bending fashion is starting to gain traction and there’s nothing wrong with it.

You were never oppressed, the devil was a liar
The only thing oppressed was yo' sexual desire
Keeping yo' desires oppressed is so lame to you
But when you get married, that's what you expect yo' mate to do

·         Denying marriage equality and basic human rights was the just lie the devil spewed out? We aren’t putting this on the people who actually enforced the discriminatory laws. We’re putting this on the devil? Religion does oppress you sexually by saying that having urges that makes you human are wrong. Having sexual desires between you and your partner is the right thing to do or with anyone who reciprocates those urges back. I mean it’s not hard at all. Secondly yes you would expect the person you are dating or married to would want to have sex with you; otherwise what’s the point of being in a committed relationship or being married if you aren’t satisfied sexually with that person?

It angers you if I compare you to a pedophile
Cause he sick, right?
And you're better how?
(Man, I ain't choose this)
You think he chose that?
(But I was born this)
Well prove he wasn't born that
But you were never a girl
He was once nine, so at one time in his life it was just fine

·         You’re comparing pedophilia to people being gay? I don’t get where you’re going with this at all. Two people (consenting adults at that) in a loving relationship, compared to someone that messes with children. I’m not seeing how the two even correlates with each other.

What makes your laws right?
I'm not buying it
So put 'em in that same trash can you threw that bible in
See how that cycle is?

·         I am so over people using their religion as a weapon to discriminate against other people. Especially if those people did nothing to be discriminated against. You can have your religion and your god but please stop with this nonsense! I don’t agree fine. You don’t agree fine. Can we please just move the fuck on and let people live their lives peacefully.

Nobody wants to repent of they evil
So we all try justifying it
And you say it's about rights, but you lying though

·         It is about having equal rights! It’s also about two people wanting to be in a loving relationship and be left the fuck alone. There’s no reason someone needs to repent or should be called evil if all they are doing is trying to live their life with the person they love and care about.

Domestic partnerships gave you rights a long time ago
God created marriage, when he did, he defined it though
So why is it you want what He created, but deny Him though?

·         First of all god didn’t create marriage we did. We can redefine marriage to include both ‘straight’ and ‘gay’ people. It is unconstitutional to deny basic human rights to anyone on the grounds of religion and it is also against the law to discriminate against anyone who doesn’t deserve it. You cannot use your god as a means to justify your hate and at this point it’s clear that you are set in your own mindset. Sad really.  

It's not wicked enough, switching the definition?
You want it done by a Christian in a church he worships in?

·         There are Gay Christians who want to be married in church also. Why can’t these people get married in a church if that’s what they choose? Government funded institutes cannot deny people a service. Yes, if that pastor feels that he can’t do his job then let someone else perform that job. It is not your place to stick your nose in other people business. It is not wicked and it is not switching definitions, it is simply allowing two people who love each other (who so happen to be of the same-sex) the same rights as everyone else. I feel like a broken record here.

And that rainbow you using as a gay pride symbol
It represents a covenant with God if you didn't know
Check Genesis 9:13 for the info

·         The same rainbow represents something very horrifying? You remember that flood when god killed every living thing on earth? Yeah, god created a rainbow in the aftermath of the horrific flood. Yes because nothing says love better than a rainbow that occurred after a mass genocide killing every living thing on the face of the earth. That’s what people want to remember when they see a rainbow, not two people in a loving relationship but genocide! Got it!

Homie, the war is spiritual, you don't know what you in for
I ain't sayin' yo' sin's worse, but it is sin though

·         Sin isn’t real. It’s just a manmade concept used to control people.

The Lord took the punishment for it all on Him though
We just gotta repent though

·         Your god created this fucked up world and knew it would be fucked up, and instead of fixing it before it became fucked up he let it happen. I don’t care if you worship whatever god you choose but don’t you dare tell me I should worship a god that does the things he’s done. Your god if anything needs to repent for how fucked up humanity is and sending a scapegoat (Jesus) doesn’t count either. It’s completely stupid to be honest.

The problem is if you don't call it sin
Then you walk as if there's nothing to repent for

·         The problem is that it is not sin! Sin does not exist!!! Secondly, you are trying to shame people for being attracted to the same-sex and that is wrong. It’s one thing if it was a child then yes that is wrong and the law protects the child. However, two consenting adults wanting to be in a loving relationship and be treated like everyone else isn’t a sin and shouldn’t even be a question. Basic human rights!

Let's recap:
We all wicked and desire sin
But imagine a world where no one kept there desires in
If something was called right, simply cause we desired it
When yo' right goes against my right, who's right would win

·         SIN DOESN’T EXIST!!! Now that we’ve got that out of the way. Are you referring to gay people just wanting to live their lives normally? Like I’ve said before that really isn’t a sin at all. I can imagine a world where people lived their lives peacefully and differences in opinion wasn’t meat with hatred and disgust. You can wear your opinion but the moment you enforce that onto other people, that’s when it becomes a problem.

As for being born that way
I should never see ya'll
Ever see use a word like retard
To describe someone who was born a little differently than we are
I guess down syndrome really isn't a thing ya'll
What do we call yo' syndrome?

·         Do you know what Down syndrome is? Well let me explain, someone who has Down syndrome was born with an extra chromosome. How the fuck can you compare that to being gay? Being gay is not an illness and shouldn’t be treated as such!

Oh, that term is offensive now when it hits home?
So what gives you the right to call the way he was born a defect?
I call yours a defect, you feel it's disrespect

·         You are being disrespectful! People with Down syndrome didn’t choose to have it. Just like gay people didn’t choose to be gay! What don’t you understand?! This is awful!

You don't believe in God?
Hey, the universe says if we all gay
We either die off or have to do it God's way
And God loves you no matter what you struggle with
At least struggle though, don't just give up and quit
Forget how you were born
We were all born in sin
But Christ died for your sin
You can be born again
We were all born in sin
But Christ died so that we can be born again

·         HOLD THE FUCK UP! You cannot wish the gay away. You cannot pray the gay away. You are born with your sexual orientation and that’s beyond anyone’s control! If god hated gay people so much why the fuck did he created gay people in the first place! GOD CREATED THIS FUCKED UP WORLD THAT IS FULL OF SO CALLED SIN! I’m really trying hard to hold it together here but these lyrics are just awful. You really are trying to push your religious propaganda here. Thanks to Adam and Eve we were born with sin which is the most fucked up logic ever; also Christ didn’t die for our sins because he doesn’t exist.

And I never want to act like
All gay people are the same because that's ignorant

·         Yes it is very ignorant to say that all gay people act the same. It’s like saying all black people act the same and all white people can’t dance. Everyone is not the same and to categorize everyone into that one category and say you are all the same is very ignorant and discriminatory.

But at the same time
What I won't allow you to do
Is paint this beautiful picture

·         Why can’t someone paint the picture of the life that they desire to live? I can understand if this lifestyle is harmful to other people, such as murdering and theft. Society cannot function properly if they have to constantly fear for their lives just walking down the street. Now, however this is just gay people wanting to live their peacefully with the person they love. You cannot force people to marry someone they don’t love and it isn’t fair to want someone to marry someone they don’t love. Would you marry a man? How about if I forced you to? Yes, exactly that’s the same logic you are using. It’s completely dumb!

Like we don't have people from the LGBT community out here
Running up in churches, disrupting services

·         What people of the LGBT Community are out here running into churches and disrupting services? You know there are people in the LGBT Community whom are also Christian right? Secondly, once again a Christian playing the victim card. You don’t play it well because the oppressor cannot be the oppressed.

Kissing on the pulpit
Out here attacking old ladies
Throwing crosses down and stomping em'
Violently assaulting people

·         So not only are people in the LGBT Community breaking into churches and causing havoc, but they are making out on the pulpit as well? Are they having orgies too? I’m pretty some of the sexually oppressed would’ve been very entertained by the notion of this occurring. Throwing crosses to the ground and stomping on them? How dare they insult your religion! I mean come on not the cross! Attacking old ladies and violently assaulting people? Last time I checked people in the LGBT Community were fighting for equality but not attacking people, especially old ladies. Do you have any sources? I mean I can’t take you serious throwing out bullshit like this!

So don't take my most aggressive lines that you know are to that group
And try to apply it to the friendliest
Loving gay person because that's not the case

·         What you are saying is that I should still judge someone based off something that was beyond their control? Because this is their fault how? Please explain to me how! Did you choose to be attracted to women because if you say yes and that’s what god wanted of you then you are a bigger idiot than you already making yourself out to be.

And to that struggling Christian right now
Struggling with homosexuality
Fight the good fight soldier
No matter what anybody says
We all have different desires
We all are drawn toward different sin
And my desire might not be your desire
But I have a desire that's just as strong for another sin
And I have to fight it day in and day out
And sometimes I win and sometimes I lose
Sometimes I stand and sometimes I fall
But fight the good fight
God is worth it
God bless you
No hate about it
I love you

·         No you don’t! You don’t know what love is because if you did you would understand what you are saying is complete and utter horseshit! You should not have to suppress who you are and you shouldn’t have to hide your feelings for another man/woman. It is perfectly natural and normal to have feelings for someone of the same-sex. You can love both! The only fight here is people like you telling other people how to live their lives. Let people be happy and live their lives peacefully with the person they love. Two consenting adults having consenting sex in the privacy of their own home has nothing to do with you! WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? IT’S NOT FUCKING HARD!!!!!!! I really don’t understand what the big fucking deal is about letting gay people be happy and be gay.

Resting comfortably on its laurels

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Mercedes has been known to rest on their laurels when it comes to the E-class. Sure it has the latest tech that all Mercedes comes with, but why would one buy this over the more exciting BMW 5-series and superbly refined Audi A6?

The E300 comes with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder which is shared with the C300. We found the engine to be more than enough for the C-class and the same can be said here with the E-class. It certainly has more torque at low revs than the outgoing 3.5 six-cylinder and the running costs are much improved. What we miss the most though is that despite the high torque at low revs with this turbo four, the six-cylinder felt more refined. You can option for all-wheel-drive with the E300 if you desire the extra traction, we certainly wish that we had the opportunity to test drive both for comparison but there wasn’t any examples available during the test drive. The 4matic all-wheel-drive system certainly does offer the traction needed when the roads became slippery. Steering feedback is much improved over the previous generation while the handling aspect certainly isn’t up to snuff with the BMW 5-series. Our test car came equipped with driver select suspension setting which allowed us to slip it into sport and comfort modes. The sport mode made the suspension way too firm and borderline unforgiving, we’d much prefer the suspension in comfort mode which helped give the E-class the driving characteristics that it’s known for. It truly is comfortable to drive around town and when you’re on the highway it doesn’t feel out of its depths, but we do feel it might be worth waiting for the E400 turbocharged six-cylinder to arrive.

The interior is what you’d expect of a Mercedes, all materials used are top notch and high quality. The front seats offer plenty of support and adjustability, while the rear seat is decent in space but headroom maybe a bit tight for taller passengers. Also, life for the middle man may not be as fabulous as the exterior styling due to the high transmission tunnel and somewhat tight elbow and shoulder space. The boot is decent in space though, but the wagon version offers way more versatility. The biggest letdown for the E300 is the infotainment system which is too fiddly to operate while on the move, and also the single stalk that controls the windshield wipers and the turn signal. It’s not a complicated setup, rather than an annoying one. We found it very easy to select the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal, and it requires some getting used to as in other cars the turn signal is a separate control from the turn signals.

Mercedes tends to be stingy when it comes to standard kit. We were surprised that our tester car came fitted with keyless ignition and premium leather seats. The previous Mercedes we’ve tested didn’t have premium leather seats nor did they have keyless ignition fitted, but Bi-xenon headlamps were fitted optionally. The E300 we had as our tester car didn’t even have LED headlights fitted nor a rear reversing camera either, and at nearly $70k that’s just disappointing.

If you desire a fully kitted E300 you’ll pay an arm and a leg for one. What we like the most though is despite the high price of admission, there really isn’t any other car on the road that feels quite like a Mercedes. You’ll either love it or loathe it. We certainly love it for the refined cabin and comfortable driving experience, what we wish though is that Mercedes fitted some features such as LED headlights standard. Otherwise, the E300 is a great choice but the Volvo S90 has it beat in the styling and better four-cylinder engines.

Likes: The E300 is comfortable to drive and the turbo four offers tons of torque at low revs. This maybe the most refined and sophisticated E-class to date.

Dislikes: It can get expensive with options. Halogen headlights at this price point, really?

Monday, November 12, 2018

[Short-drive] Fiat Panda

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Likes: It’s a well-rounded city car with plenty of charm, both engines are up for the job and running costs are within reason.

Dislikes: The twin-air turbo is noisy at most speeds. The engine stop/start technology sends shutters through the cabin. The Panda feels very cumbersome outside of city limits.

On the road: The Panda is fun to drive around town. Steering feedback is mostly good and its dinky dimensions means that squeezing around tight urban parking spaces is a breeze. The 1.2 is the pick of the range as most Panda owners won’t venture too much outside of city limits. The twin-air turbo is a great option if you need extra flexibility; however it’s not very refined and its quite noisy at most speeds.

Interior: There’s plenty of space for four across the board with the Panda, adding a fifth person maybe pushing it a bit. The boot space is about class average, although the tall and narrow body means that headroom is the least of your worries. The steering wheel on some trim levels doesn’t have reach adjustments and there’s also some trim levels have no split folding rear seats and height adjustments for driver’s seat.

Overall: The Fiat Panda is the perfect car for those who don’t venture on the highway much, but still want a fun to drive car that’s cheap to buy and cheap to run. The Volkswagen Up is more refined and more flexible for both city and highway driving.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The worst arguments for homophobia

“Marriage should be between a man and a woman, because it has always been this way.”

Marriage ‘should’ be between two adults who love each other. It shouldn’t matter if they are two men or two women. Marriage is a manmade concept and not created by god. Secondly, there have been gay marriages prior to the spread of Christianity. It was more of a taboo topic and people were killed because of it, especially around the time Christians began enforcing their beliefs onto other people. Some can say this was one of the many reasons the Roman Empire fell. It may have been the norm then but it surely isn’t the new norm now, the LGBT Community has the right to marry so get over it.

“Homosexuality is a choice.”

It is certainly not a choice! Please stop with this lie about everyone being born heterosexual. You are born with your sexual orientation and it has been proven scientifically, you don’t choose the gender you are attracted to. It’s becoming really sad that homophobic assholes are trying so hard to invalidate someone’s life because it doesn’t fit within the guidelines of their religion. It would make more sense if you were to attack rapist, murderers and pedophiles that are actually harmful to society. Two consenting adults in a loving relationship not harming anyone shouldn’t be on your list of attack, just saying.

“Homosexuality is condemned in the Bible.”

We have this wonderful thing called freedom of and freedom from religion. You can have your religion, practice it day and night. You can wear it on your sleeve and scream it from the rooftops. It becomes a problem when you try to enforce it onto other people. The government realized that it can’t ban gay marriage because it was pandering to an ideology that it should’ve never been supporting in the first place. It’s understandable that your little world is being shaken and the government isn’t putting your religion on a pedestal, but can we please get over these same stupid arguments!

“Homosexuality is wrong because it is unnatural.”

There are at least 450 species in the animal world that have been recorded having same-sex partners. It also has been proven that you don’t choose what gender you are attracted to, with that said it is perfectly natural to be gay. Just because your religious text says it’s not doesn’t validate anything in your argument. It just makes you look even more stupid.

“Gay marriage is wrong because homosexuals do not procreate.”

Again, you are using the bible to justify your argument and even so that isn’t a good one either. There are couples who are heterosexual that can’t produce children. What if an elderly couple were to marry? You are shaming more than just the LGBT Community in this argument. You are shaming anyone who can’t produce children. Everyone may not want children either! What is so wrong about two adults being in a loving relationship? What is so wrong with that?

“All men can marry women, and all women can marry men. Therefore there is no inequality.”

The inequality lies in your straw man. It is perfectly okay for a man to marry a woman and vice versa, but yet someone whom is gay can’t marry the person they are attracted to? Do you not see the inequality here?! Are you stupid! It’s understandable to have a limit on the number of people you can marry and also having a limit on the age in which individuals are allowed to marry. However, it makes no sense to try and ban same-sex marriage because you don’t agree with it. You have no place in telling two adults in a consensual relationship that they can’t get married. Therefore your argument here is invalid.

“If we legalize gay marriage, what’s next? Pedophilia? Man-dog sex?”

We have legalized gay marriage and yet it still makes absolutely no sense to bring up pedophilia and bestiality. Bestiality will never be considered norm because it is illegal! Animals are not humans and cannot give consent. Any person under the age of 18 is considered a minor, and having sex with a minor is considered statutory rape and you will go to jail! Both of these will not be the norm so stop using them to justify taking the rights away from the LBGT Community.

“There are more important things to worry about than gay rights.”

I agree, which is why it should’ve never been an issue from day one! How would you feel if you were told you couldn’t marry the person you loved because it offended people? You would do all that you could to fight the oppression and marry that person; now put yourself in the shoes of someone whom is gay. It literally is the same thing, you are telling two adults that are in a loving relationship that they can’t share their lives together and have the same rights/benefits that every other married couple have. It’s pretty stupid if you think about it. Interracial couples suffered the same fate but we redefined marriage and we did the same with same-sex marriage, please get off your high horse and seriously get over yourself.

“Gay rights should be put up to a public vote.”

No it should not! You cannot walk into someone’s bedroom and tell two adults that they can’t have sex or sleep in the same bed. You cannot dictate someone’s life, especially if they aren’t harming other people. It’s one thing to make laws that say ‘don’t kill anyone’, ‘you can’t rape people’. These laws were placed for a reason! Society cannot function if people have to constantly worry about walking down the street and being attacked or killed by other people. Secondly, I really don’t see why you’d want to dictate someone’s life. You are attracted to the opposite sex that’s fine and others are attracted to the same-sex and that’s also fine. But what isn’t fine is your need to bully and discriminate against those who don’t share your interests!

“Calling me a bigot just makes you a bigot too.”

Bigot: a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

Now that we have that out of the way, it is not bigot to call out someone for being a bigot. You cannot call me a bigot because you are the one being intolerant of someone else’s life. You want to deprive people of their basic human rights and yes you will be called out on it. You can have your opinion and you can wear it for the rest of your life, but don’t you dare try to enforce that opinion onto other people. Two consenting adults in a loving relationship whether they are two men or two women should be able to have the same rights as everyone else. Please remember, gay people don’t want to make other people gay. Homophobes want to make other people homophobic. Who has the real agenda here?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

We find an article that causes dismay

I decided to respond to reasons to not date an atheist.

Before you begin reading, I just want it to be known that this is just satire; if you believe in ‘God’ that’s fine. However, unless you are dating someone whom shares your religious beliefs, it really shouldn’t matter what beliefs your partner shares. If you care about this person and want to be with them, you will accept both their strengths and their flaws. Religion shouldn’t be the only reason you date someone, otherwise you are the most shallow person on Earth.  

God won’t be the center of your relationship.
[God shouldn’t be the center of your relationship! Unless you two are okay with it, I don’t see why this is necessary. In fact, the center of your relationship should be you and your partner.]
God should be the center of everything, including a relationship. Couples and families are supposed to pray together.
[The only time this is mandatory is if both people share similar beliefs. However, if you find yourself in love with someone who doesn’t believe, you have to accept them for who they are if they are accepting your beliefs in return. It’s a two way street here!]
It’s what keeps the union strong. Imagine dating someone who doesn’t care for a hobby or an interest you’re passionate about. Don’t you want to share that hobby with the person you may spend the rest of your life with?
[This is why you have friends to share those hobbies with. The person you are dating may try to participate with you in the hobbies you love, but if they don’t find them enjoyable like you do it’s fine. But it’s pretty shallow to dump someone for something so petty.]
Well, God should be at the top of your list of passions, and if the guy you date doesn’t care about the most important entity in your life, where will that lead?
[Well, it’s going to lead to you being alone unless you date someone with similar beliefs as you. ‘God’ can be at the top of your list and the end of your list, the middle wherever! That shouldn’t be the only reason you are dating a person. Otherwise you are very shallow when it comes to dating.]

There’s no guarantee that a nonbeliever will become a believer.
[The only time this is acceptable is if the person you are dating is interested in sharing your beliefs and wants you to go more in depth. However, if you do so happen to date a non-believer than that’s fine as well. But please don’t make it your mission to convert that person because that will ruin your relationship. You want to accept someone for their strengths and flaws; so what if you don’t share similar religious views. That shouldn’t be the only reason to date someone it’s shallow for fuck sake!]
Oftentimes, we’re so in love with someone that we will set aside our differences, or worse, we’ll vow to change the guy, right? Wrong! Never plan to change any guy to fit you. Sure, maybe your faith will inspire him to find Christ, but what if it doesn’t? Then what?
[You accept that person for whom they are and stop this endless bullshit!
And even if he does find Christ, there’s no guarantee that he will become a devoted believer who desires to know, love and serve Christ as you do. There are more Christians in this world than there are true believers. Your guy may just become a Christian in name.
[So far all I’ve gotten from you is that you want someone to be a devote Christian and even if you convert the person into similar beliefs, they aren’t ‘Christian’ enough only by name. I can’t understand why it’s so important for someone to be a ‘Christian’ or why you can’t date a non-believer. If you care about this person and want to spend your life with them, and they are willing to accept your beliefs you should be able to accept their lack of belief. It’s not hard!]

It will be difficult to do God’s will with a nonbeliever.
[No, not really! You and your partner can share many things you enjoy doing. It doesn’t mean that you have to be a Christian to enjoy them. Secondly, what do you mean by God’s Will? This is just stupid, sorry but even I have my limits.]
If we date nonbelievers, how is God’s will to be done together? You’ll have to do God’s work alone. You’ll feel uncomfortable talking about God and your guy may feel left out when you’re hanging with your Christian friends.
[This is why you have your friends; you talk to them about your religious beliefs. Secondly, you shouldn’t make your partner feel uncomfortable because your partner wouldn’t do the same to you if the situation was in reverse. This is so ridiculous! It’s like oh no my boyfriend is an atheist and all my friends are Christians. He’s going to feel so awkward when we talk about ‘God’. Talk about other things! I mean you do have other hobbies right? Or is God the only thing you are capable of talking about? No wonder you’re fucking single! No one wants to sit and talk about ‘God’ all day no matter how much of a devote you are.]
When a couple is not fully devoted to God together, there may be disagreements or compromises about faith. But worse, a nonbeliever won’t support you in doing God’s will, and may even convince you to turn away from Christ altogether.
[The only time this becomes an issue is when you try to enforce your beliefs onto someone else. I understand that religion maybe important to you, but unless you find someone with the same priorities this is just ridiculous. You won’t see eye to eye on many things as a couple, but that’s normal for a relationship. Nothing is perfect! It’s like you just want a puppet to say ‘yes’ to everything you desire, no difference of opinion and of course we atheists are terrible people. We want to pull you away from your god. There are nonbelievers who do date those who believe and respect their beliefs and vice versa. Why is this such a hard concept for you? Seriously!]

Your marriage won’t be as successful as God intends it to be.
[Your marriage is only a successful if you make it that way. God cannot fix your problems and he isn’t fixing your problems, you are!]
 If you, as a devoted believer, decide to marry a nonbeliever, your marriage won’t be focused on God. And when you’re not focused on God, your marriage will be a struggle.

[This is the most fucking awful thing I have ever heard. Your marriage won’t be good unless ‘God’ is in your marriage dictating every aspect of your relationship. What’s the point of marrying someone else when you can just marry ‘God’? You can be focused on ‘God’ and you can worship him every single day, what I don’t understand is why you can’t have a relationship with someone whom is an atheists? All of your excuses are solely based on being taken away from your ‘God’. We atheists don’t give a flying fuck who you worship, it’s when you come and attack us for not believing; that’s when we defend ourselves and that’s when you get mad because we still don’t want to entertain your bullshit. I personally would date someone who believed in ‘God’ but the moment it is being forced on to me to believe that’s when we will have problems.]

Friday, November 9, 2018

We respond to articles on the internet

In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner.

I decided to respond to an article I found on the internet that list reasons why he won’t buy a luxury car. I understand that some people just don’t want to have a flashy car, but these few people don’t understand that regardless of what car you own, people will have some type of pre-judgement about you regardless, and with that being said let’s jump right in. Six reasons why I don’t want to own a luxury car. 

People will assume things about me that I don’t want them to assume.
[It won’t matter what car you own, people will have some form of assumption about you. Whether you buy a $90k BMW or a $20k Kia, people will assume things about you that aren’t even true. You bought a new car you must have money, etc. If you want that BMW buy it, or if you want that really nice Volkswagen buy it. We only live once and to allow assumptions of other people to dictate what car you drive is pretty stupid. People will assume things about you whether you drive new or not. It’s up to you if you choose to listen to those people or not.]

I become a more obvious target for theft.
[The most stolen new car is a Nissan Altima and the most stolen used car is a 1996 Honda Accord. Both of these vehicles are far from being luxurious. I also looked up the most stolen luxury car and that’s a Mercedes S-class, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. Older cars tend to be a higher target for theft because they are easier to steal due to lack of theft protection. Also, there are some older vehicles with parts that are much easier to sell and make a profit off of, as with most luxury cars the parts are marked which makes them harder to sell because some parts can’t be reused on any other car once removed. I don’t understand your ‘target’ reason for not wanting a luxury car. You can have a Honda and be a target; you could have a Kia and be a target. Thieves go after the easiest cars they can get their hands on.]

Depreciation is even more painful.
[It depends upon the brand you buy from. Audi and BMWs tend to hold their value way better than let’s say Mercedes or Maserati. Most cars depreciate the most within the first three years of ownership. So, unless you’re leasing your cars and give them back so you won’t have to worry about the hit in depreciation, this reason is also a weak one.]

I have to travel much further to get repairs done.
[No matter what car you purchase, some repairs will have to be done at the dealership and yes you will have to travel to the dealership. I’d rather make the drive to the dealership and get my vehicle properly fixed under warranty than to go to my mechanic who may or may not know how to work on newer vehicles with all these high tech features. You can buy a new Kia and still have to take it to the dealer for certain repairs.]

The normal behavior of children is more costly.
[Leather seats are actually a lot easier to clean than you’d think. Cloth seats tend to absorb moisture which makes them harder to clean if your kids spill juice on them. Regardless if I have a Honda Pilot or Mercedes GL, I will be very upset if my kids spilled juice in the car. This is why if you have kids in the car, buy spill proof products for them or have them wait until they are at home or at the destination you are intended to go to.]

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I would be scared to breathe in it.
[So what you’re saying is, you’d feel better in a $20k Kia? Here’s my thing about this statement here, you can have a new car and have that new car anxiety. You can have a used car still have that same exact anxiety. When you switch from one car to another, you have to readapt yourself to that particular vehicle all over again. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Audi, Mercedes or BMW. When you buy a new car you have to readapt to that vehicle because it’s a totally different vehicle. I fear people hitting my car and I drive a $20k Mitsubishi. It doesn’t matter the price of the vehicle, the fear of others being jealous of what you have is an actual fear for anyone.]