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My Facebook page has essentially become a blog intended for adults who choose
to join it and share my interest in public policy. There, we engage in candid, free,
unrestricted speech about cutting edge issues in public policy. Sometimes our
honest discussions can become salty, even blunt but always in a good way.
America needs candid conversation especially given how lousy a job our
newspapers do. It's gotten to where reading one is hardly worth the effort anymore.
Now to be very clearly, I did NOT mock Caitlyn Jenner -- that would be a lie.
Rather, I used SATIRE in response to certain negative comments I've read
on Facebook about Caitlyn's courageous decision. In fact, I specifically said the
comment was satire in bold letters. My goal was to illustrate through satire (lots and
lots of people got this point, by the way) that we all have a right to choose what we
consider best for ourselves so long as those choices don't infringe on the rights of
others. The goal was to generate light, not heat, understanding for Jenner's actions
and certainly never to generate offense.
So, of course I regret if anybody was unintentionally offended. So. If you agree
with that this kind of discourse is important in our society feel free to check it
out yourselves. Send me a Facebook friend request and we will include you in our
But let's not misstate facts. Countless times, I stated that Jenner's courageous
decision should be respected as a question of personal human rights. Let me also
say that for over two decades in Florida, I've made important contributions to the
LGBT community in Broward County.
It's not like I'm some unknown person within the LGBT community so I was
disappointed to see SFGN print this story without so much as a phone call to inquire
what I was up to. But hey, if my minor notoriety here helps folks get any closer to
appreciating the importance of free speech and unrestricted human and civil rights
for everybody, it's worth it. I wish each of you only good fortune as you continue
making the best choices you can for yourselves and those you love. Discuss.
Pembroke Pines City Commissioner
So, last August when I got a $100 iTunes
card for paying full price for a new phone after
my old one was stolen, I used $60 of that to
purchase a yearlong subscription to Grindr
Plus so that I can use search filters and block
as many people as I want. Recently, there
has been a flood of fake profiles obviously
operated by braindead pieces of shit who are
phishing for phone numbers.
I've been diligently reporting each phisher
to Grindr (not that they're paying me to do so),
but apparently one of them made it past my
keen skills of perception and got my number
and has sold it to some company that calls
itself SSI and says that it's from Ogden, Utah,
and says that they do surveys. Surveys, my ass!
I have since blocked their number, which is
(385)-207-7137, and threatened to report them
to the Attorney General of California.
However, I know that won't slow them
down one bit, as a simple Google search for
their number brought up a whole website
devoted to complaining about them. I honestly
don't care about whatever illegal scam they're
trying to pull on unsuspecting victims.
But I do have a serious beef with how
Grindr handles the complaints when they are
raised by paying customers about how lousy
their app is at sorting out the phishing scams
from real profiles.
They basically just told me that it's my
responsibility to report suspicious activity to
them when I see it, which I already do. But
lately I'm reporting dozens of fakes a day to
them and I ask, what am I paying them for if
I have to do this?
Seriously! I frankly don't understand why
on earth anyone would pay to use it and I'm
never doing it again. They should be paying
me for all the work I'm putting in reporting
fakes to them. What a bunch of idiots!"
Reader Blasts Grindr
Over Fake Profiles
opinion letters to the editor
Photo Credit: Flickr
Commissioner Castillo Blasts SFGN
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