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thursday, 10-19-12,,,,i am getting security warnings on this site again,,,,oh dear.

Yes Yes I am sooooooo Glad to be back!!Ok Ok I have something to share guys!!. As you may know I have given up my vagabond lifestyle. I am going to be a student yes indeed a student. I have signed up to attend Oregon State Universtiy in January!! (Go Beavers! Ye Gods who ever picked a Beaver for a mascott, every time a say that I imagine a giant pussy coming after me Yikes! It would be like Godzilla vs the Hairy Clam from hell) Anyway I digress.

I have decided to buy a house here rathe than stay in student housing. For many reasons. But I can get a lower payment and own it rather than rent it. I wont bore you with the extremely boring financial details but I have discussed it with some I know and trust.

Anyway on the the jucy bits. I met Mark, my realtor. 6 foot 175 delicious pounds. Brown hair and the most incredible blue eyes I have ever seen. They kind that make you stutter when you look into them and you lose your train of thought. Anyway... I started looking at houses with him just to see what was out there not really paying attention to him.

After the first day of looking at 3 or 4, he got a idea of what I was looking for (in a house guys I still wasnt interested in him nor did I think he was into me) The next day he told me he had appointments so we couldnt meet, ok fine no problem I thought. Then a couple days later we met in the late afternoon and he was loaded with all kinds of fact and figures of why I should buy a house and not rent.

I notices this time he was dresses much differently, No tie but jeans, and a very nice kinda tight shirt showing the nicest biceps I have seen in a looooong time. Instead of sitting across from me he sat next to me and keps close while we went over the paperwork, he smelled great. I swear I was sweatting. I has been a loooooong time since someone had tried to seduce me other than a whip out your cock in a truck stop etc.

Anyway when he got up to get us a refil on our drinks I couldnt help but notice he had the nicest bubble butt..... Tommy I said this is bussiness! But The ole, tommygun was already leaving a wetspot in my jeans.

Mark said he has several places to show me tomorrow evening IF I was willing and they were vacant. He emphasized the word vacant, like three times. So yesterday we met again he looked great, I made sure I wore something very nice but not too nice as well but easy to get off If I read the signs right. No Boots! Deck Shoes Boots are a bitch when its comes to getting nakes fast!

We lookes at the first place and when we got to the master bedroom he started talking about putting a kingsized bed by the window and a chest to hold your lubes and sex toys and somehow my clothes just flew off! Next thing I knew we were on the floor. He had produced a blanket from I know not where and we were tangled up.

I think we must have tried out that bedroom for 3 or 4 hours. He had the best pecs and just a bit of hair right between them and oh my God such strong muscular legs. He rode up and down on my dick for ever. His calves were like steel.

Needless to say I think I am buying the house

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I missed you all. I missed talking with you each and every one of you.

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I have always had a small penis. I see teens in the vids with much bigger, cuter
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if you have sex more than three times a day,
and that you should seek professional help.
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The Top 16 Signs You Put Your Kid in the Wrong Pre-School

16> Child comes home without glasses claiming to have lost
them in a game of "Lord of the Flies."

15> your son thinks making hand-puppets requires a paper
bag, some water paints, and no pants.

14> "OK, kids! Gather 'round the pentagram for sing-a-long

13> Potty training involves a lighter, a clip and rolling papers.

12> First school fund-raiser is for the Salman Rushdie fatwa reward prize.

11> No student has ever jumped from Mary Margaret's School for the
Gender Ambiguous directly into the NBA.

10> Practice of "trapping and killing your lunch" not mentioned in brochure.

9> Leather-clad teacher announces that today's letters are S and M.

8> Two words: Full Montessori

7> The classroom hamster is really just a wad of cotton from an aspirin bottle.

6> She can't say her ABC's, but she can re-sole your Nikes in 20 seconds flat.

5> Even the baby bottles have pierced nipples.

4> For snack time, it's always anchovies and Clamato.

3> "Do-Bee" always seems to have the munchies.

2> The teacher sends home a note reading, "Your snot-nosed little kid
keeps getting into my tequila."

1> On the first day, the children are divided into "pimps" and "hos."


~~~ Marriage is like taking a hot bath. After you've been in it for a while
... it isn't so hot.

~~~ I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end
and think, 'Well, that's not going to happen.'

~~~ While playing a poker game, if you look around the table and can't
tell who the sucker is -- it's you.

~~~ Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying
of nothing.

~~~ I asked Mom if I was a gifted child ... she said they certainly
wouldn't have paid for me.

~~~ Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no
one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to.

~~~ According to a recent survey, men say the first thing they notice
about a woman is their eyes.
And women say the first thing they notice about men is they're a
bunch of liars.

~~~ Whenever I feel blue, I just start breathing again.

~~~ All of us could take a lesson from the weather.
It pays no attention to criticism.

~~~ Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars
and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?

~~~ In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird.
Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

~~~ Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.
I've come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

~~~ There's a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers
exactly what the Universe is for & why, it will instantly disappear and
be replaced by something even more bizarre & inexplicable.
There's another theory which states this has already happened.

~~~ How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes
a whole box to start a barbecue?

~~~ Doctors can be frustrating. You wait a month-and-a-half for an
appointment, and he says, "I wish you'd come in sooner."

~~~ You read about all these terrorists, most of them came here
legally, but they hang around on these expired visas, some for as long
as 10-15 years.
Now, compare that to Blockbuster: you're two days late with a video and
these people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration!

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last night i had a crazy dream a wish was granted just for me could be for anything... i did'nt ask for money or a mansion in malibu i simply asked for one more day more time... one more sunset i'd be satisfied ...but then again i know what i would do... leaving me wishing still one more day with you......i miss him so much....we met jan 28th 2008.he was the most handsome man i ever have ever seen. i was so alone...he made me feel so loved and wanted. i was 21 he was 52..from that day we never were apart....i lost him june 12th 2012 @3am.

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Songs. Each day we hear them. They are everywhere. In our heads, our cars, our tvs, and radios. They make us cry, they make us laugh, and most importantly they make us feel good inside. Too many times, I hear songs, without really listening to them. Without actually grasping the emotions put in every letter and every single word. If you pay attention you can hear the sadness, the pain and every other emotion. You can hear the defiance, the power of a single voice. A song is never flawless, you can hear every note, every crack in a persons voice. Thats what makes it real.
Songs give you a glimpse into the troubles of the rest of the world. Close your eyes and listen. Listen with your heart, listen with your soul. Let the emotions wash over you. Let the words touch you. Let them into your head. I guess I had to hit rock bottom again to figure this out. But I am fine with it. I would hit rock bottom a million times, to learn a million lessons of life. I've tried so hard to fight with the problems in my life. I don't want to fight them anymore. Right now I can't afford to care about them. I'll push them out of my mind, because I will not let them control me. I'm taking my damn life back. I'm going to be happy,I'm going to hit the ground running and no one can stop me this time. I'm gonna flourish, I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna sing, and I'm gonna scream for the whole world to hear. Yes, I am pouring my heart out into this blog. Yes, every word is full of emotion, and yes, I will do it again. I've done things that I'm not proud of, I have regrets just like any other person out there. I have dreams, I have hopes. Some might even say that I deserve every bad thing that I've been handed. I can't say that I agree or even disagree. I am the only person that can free my mind. Im still finding myself, I don't truly know who I am or who I want to be in life.
I have felt true love once in my life, not the kind of love that you give to family. The kind of love that makes you revolve around that person, the kind of love that brings tears to your eyes if you imagine leaving them. The kind of love that helps you finish each others sentences. A love that seems to good to be true. A love that keeps them on your mind at all hours of the day.
I don't know too much about what life has in store for me, but I do know one thing.
I want that kind of love, and I won't give up until I find it. -Danny

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i let my family use my computer sometime and i pretty sure that most of them ran across this site with me being logged in still and i think i secretly wish that they would see that im bisexual and ask me about it. Is that weird?

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Can anybody please help me... Whats the best free easy join/login site to meet up an chat with lads there are loads out there just want the right busy one manythanks Mikyboy

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On his eighth birthday he was tied to a tree, doused in petrol and set on fire.

The inferno left Robbie Middleton with third-degree burns to 99 per cent of his body. No-one expected him to survive.

But in a story of staggering courage, Robbie lived. He endured 200 operations and endless therapy to repair the burns.

Tragically, he was to die just weeks short of his 21st birthday from a cancer which doctors blamed on the original injuries.
After years of such terrible suffering, Robbie’s premature death was to have one positive outcome

In a harrowing 17-minute video made just before he died, he named the man he believed had torched him in Splendora, Texas, in 1998.

And he also claimed that he had been raped by the same person, a 13-year-old neighbour called Don Collins, two weeks before being set alight.....

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any one having problems to get video's to play I am just get a black screen, and the once that will play but only once then nothing, then it is back to a black screen.???

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Decline Friendship Request
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Is it so wrong to decline a request for friendship? It is unlikely I am ever going to meet anyone on here face to face. The only way a person is able to convey their nature and character is by what they have written on their profile. There is much that be taken from what a person writes, especially in the ABOUT ME section. There is also an indication of their nature and character in the blogs they have created or the blogs in which they have contributed to. There are many guys on GBT I would not have as friends in the real world and I see no reason to have them as friends in this virtual world. I'm sorry if my refusal to accept your request for friendship offends, but please, get over yourselves. If I accept an offer of friendship it's because I have something in common with you and because we have that connection. There are some guys on GBT who have also set conditions to accepting friendship requests, I am doing the same. Please accept my right to do so.

Some pretty sick people in the world
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On his eighth birthday he was tied to a tree, doused in petrol and set on fire.

The inferno left Robbie Middleton with third-degree burns to 99 per cent of his body. No-one expected him to survive.

But in a story of staggering courage, Robbie lived. He endured 200 operations and endless therapy to repair the burns.

Tragically, he was to die just weeks short of his 21st birthday from a cancer which doctors blamed on the original injuries.
After years of such terrible suffering, Robbie’s premature death was to have one positive outcome

In a harrowing 17-minute video made just before he died, he named the man he believed had torched him in Splendora, Texas, in 1998.

And he also claimed that he had been raped by the same person, a 13-year-old neighbour called Don Collins, two weeks before being set alight.....

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I see many of you young guys have photos on here and I just have to ask, dont they feed you? Jesus H. Christ some of you look like I could see your spine next to your navel. Are these actually pictures of you or are you like me and using a photo that represents who you feel like. I feel like I need to sign some of you up for a food pantry delivery. Please eat something!

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Sometimes its difficult to tell...
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You know I am fairly new here and I find that sometimes its difficult to tell when someone is being real with me or just being scarcastic with me. As you know typewritten words are just words, the reader must fill in the emotion behind them. As an older fellow I have been in many conversations with young fellows who seem to be likeable and friendly and downright nice then later I discover that they are laughing behind my back. I have had people that I told about my granddaughter's rape and murder later make jokes about it or my wife. Which is why I am not easily trusting. You might find me asking you "what do you mean by that?'

It seems that once you get to be my age many think you should just lay down and die or go someplace and make way for the youngins to play. Well I'm here to tell you they are going to have to drag me kicking and screaming into that hole in the ground. Till the that day aint no peach fuzzed little flat belly gonna tell me what to do or where I belong. If I go off on you and you dont understand why It may be that I took what you said the wrong way, if so I apologize in advance. If you meant to offend me then kiss my ass in advance.

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Do you feel the same way?

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Since mrpenisman sadly left us, the jokes blog is closed. Let's get it going again. Two WPC dog handlers are on the beat. One says, "I'm cold, I left my panties at the station." The second one says, "Let the dog have a sniff of your pussy and he'll go and fetch them." The Dog returned 20 mins later with her panties, a truncheon, two broom handles and three of the desk sergeants fingers.

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Religious guy 'fakes' being gay for a year
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Was just reading this in the newspaper -

"Timothy Kurek grew up hating homosexuality. As a conservative Christian deep in America's "Bible Belt", he was taught that being gay was an abomination before God.

He went to his right-wing church, saw himself as a soldier for Christ and attended Liberty University, the "evangelical West Point".

But when a Christian friend in a karaoke bar told him how her family had kicked her out when she revealed she was a lesbian, Kurek began to question his beliefs. Amazingly, the 26-year-old decided to "walk in the shoes" of a gay person in the United States by pretending to be homosexual.

For an entire year Kurek lived "undercover" as a gay man in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

He told his family he was gay, as well as his friends and his church. Only two pals and an aunt - used to keep an eye on how his mother coped with the news - knew his secret.

One friend, a gay man called Shawn - whom Kurek describes as a "big, black, burly teddy bear" - pretended to be his boyfriend. Kurek got a job in a gay cafe, hung out in gay bars and joined a gay softball league, all the while maintaining his inner identity as a straight Christian.

The result was a remarkable book, The Cross in the Closet, which follows the tradition of such works as Black Like Me, by a white man in the 1960s Deep South passing as a black American, and 2006's Self-Made Man, by Norah Vincent, who details her time in disguise living as a man.

"In order to walk in their shoes, I had to have the experience of being gay. I had to come out to my friends and family and the world as a gay man," Kurek said.

His account of his year being gay is an emotional, honest and at times hilarious account of a journey that begins with him as a strait-laced yet questioning conservative, and ends with him reaffirming his faith while embracing the cause of gay equality.

Along the way he sheds many friends, especially from Liberty, who emailed him after he came out asking him to repent his sins and warning that he faced damnation. He does not regret their loss. "I now have lots of new gay friends," Kurek said.

But it was not a straightforward journey. Early on Kurek decided to acclimatise by visiting a gay nightclub.

Entering alone, he soon found himself dragged on to the dance floor by a shirtless muscular man covered in baby oil and glitter. As they danced to Beyonce, the man pretended to ride Kurek like a horse to the disco music and called him a "bucking bronco". It was all a bit too much, too soon. "I want to vomit. I need a cigarette. I feel like beating the hell out of him," Kurek writes.

But soon things started going better. To avoid unwanted passes, Kurek recruited Shawn to act as a faithful boyfriend and he rapidly became part of the Nashville gay scene. He explored gay culture and found it to be as diverse and interesting as any other slice of American life.

In one gay bar, Kurek was stunned to discover gay Christians earnestly discussing their belief in creationism. "I found gay Christians more devout than me!" Kurek says. He became active in a gay rights group and wound up joining a protest outside the Vatican's embassy to the United Nations in New York.

However, there was a cost. To gauge his mother's true reaction to the news that her son was gay, Kurek read her private journal. In it he found that she had written: "I'd rather have found out from a doctor that I had terminal cancer than I have a gay son."

But Kurek's journey also became hers. Eventually she was won over and changed her views. "My [mother] went from being a very conservative Christian to being an ally to the gay community. I am very proud of her," he said.

Kurek also experienced firsthand being called abusive names. Though he himself had once called gay protesters at Liberty "fags", he found himself on the other side of the fence. During a softball practice in Nashville, a man walking his dogs called Kurek and his teammates "faggots".

Kurek had to be restrained from confronting the man and then broke down in tears at the shock. "When I was first called that for real, I lost it. I saw red. I felt so violated by that word," he said.

Finally Kurek's journey ended when he revealed his secret life and "came out" again, but this time as a straight Christian. However, he says one of the most surprising elements of his journey was that it renewed his religious faith rather than undermined it. "Being gay for a year saved my faith."

Kurek feels his experience should not only show conservative Christians that gay people need equal rights and can be devout too, but can also reveal another side of evangelicals to the gay community.

"The vast majority of conservative Christians are not hateful bigots at all. It is just a vocal minority that gets noticed and attracts all the attention."

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I am posting this article that I found at from February of this year that provides some interesting possibilities about gay marriage. I am posting this as an informational piece for those who are interested and concerned about this issue. My intent is not to start a debate but to inform.

There is no disputing that the tide of public opinion on same-sex marriage has turned in favor of allowing federal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. On the heels of the landmark decision in California and the legislative initiative in Washington State, both Maryland and New Jersey are also paving the way to allow same-sex marriage.

“This is further evidence that Americans are changing their minds as they think about why marriage matters and who gay families are,” says Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People’s Right to Marry. “We see this in public opinion polls and in stories of political leaders who change their minds, people like Bob Barr and Bill Clinton.”

Experts believe that federal same-sex marriage is an inevitability and that it will result in some interesting legal implications for gays and lesbians. Besides having their marriages recognized across all jurisdictions due to the Full Faith and Credit Clause in the U.S. Constitution, gays and lesbians will see additional rights and protections when it comes to areas such as employment, healthcare and estate planning.

“Federal marriage equality will come about a lot faster than anyone imagined a couple years ago,” says Camilla Taylor, marriage project director at Lamda Legal. “I am absolutely certain it will happen within our lifetime.”

Shifting Attitudes

According to a May 2011 Gallup poll, for the first time in history, more Americans were in favor of providing same-sex marriage rights to gays and lesbians than were against it, with 53 percent of poll participants pro same-sex marriage. This percentage dramatically increases among poll participants who are under the age of 50. In fact, 70 percent of those 18 to 34 were in favor of same-sex marriage, up 16 percentage points from 2010. Even the senior population seems to be shifting, with 39 percent in favor in 2011, up 6 points from 2010.

“There is an overwhelming generational momentum in favor of the freedom to marry,” Wolfson says. “But you can also see that across demographics where part of the public are more resistant, there is declining opposition. Older people are changing their minds.”

Taylor attributes this dramatic shift in public sentiment to the greater visibility of gays, lesbians and their families in society. She credits the Supreme Court Case Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down state sodomy laws, as being a watershed moment for gay and lesbian rights.

“These criminal laws justified people being fired from their jobs or not being able to be foster parents or adopt,” Taylor says. “Once these laws were swept away and the High Court recognized the equal humanity and dignity of gay people, it enabled people to be more visible and more openly proud of who they are.”

In addition, as gays and lesbians have become more visible as people, they also have become more visible as parents. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, an estimated one quarter of same-sex households are raising children.

“People are becoming more aware that when you discriminate against same-sex couples, you are discriminating against their children, which hurts the kids as much as it hurts the parents,” Taylor says

A Patchwork of Laws

Wolfson estimates that, granted no viable challenges prevent same-sex marriage in California and Washington State, well over a quarter of the U.S. population will be living in a state that has ended marriage discrimination. Although considered a huge victory for proponents of same-sex marriage, the scattered laws across the U.S. pose a variety of difficulties, not just to same-sex couples, but to society at large.

“The antigay campaigners who are carving out gay exceptions from the way in which Americans normally treat married couples has made the country a house divided,” Wolfson says. “And this doesn’t work for businesses, banks, mortgage holders, families, children and anyone else that deals with couples.”

Furthermore, the current state of same-sex marriage laws creates some rather absurd scenarios, especially for those couples planning to travel outside their home jurisdiction.

“If you are a same-sex married couple in Iowa and you take a road trip to Illinois, you will now be treated as if you have a civil union,” Taylor says. “Then in Indiana, you will have no legal couplehood in the eyes of the state, but when you hit New York, you’d be married again.”

As a result of this patchwork of laws, same-sex couples must often go through the bureaucratic process to achieve the same rights as opposite-sex spouses. For instance, same-sex couples who have children together often have one partner perform a second-parent adoption to obtain legal recognition as a parent on a federal level. This process, which is unnecessary for heterosexual spouses, can cost a same-sex couple thousands.

There is some speculation that the recent ruling in the 9th Circuit striking down California’s Proposition 8 voter initiative may wind its way to the Supreme Court. If it does land before the High Court, the justices can theoretically do away with the current confusing patchwork of legislation by permitting federal marriage. However, because the 9th Circuit ruling was tailored very narrowly to apply specifically to California’s unique circumstances, experts believe the Supreme Court may refuse to hear the case.

There is some speculation that the recent ruling in the 9th Circuit striking down California’s Proposition 8 voter initiative may wind its way to the Supreme Court. If it does land before the High Court, the justices can theoretically do away with the current confusing patchwork of legislation by permitting federal marriage. However, because the 9th Circuit ruling was tailored very narrowly to apply specifically to California’s unique circumstances, experts believe the Supreme Court may refuse to hear the case.

“The 9th Circuit ruling was very precise and focused on what California did with stripping away the rights to marry of one group,” Wolfson says. “It did not go on to address the fundamental freedom to marry. This may make it less likely for the U.S. Supreme Court take up the case. However, if the court does, it can come at the case from a different angle.”

Some Things Change, Others Don’t

If federal marriage equality is achieved, same-sex couples will see dramatic changes in certain areas of their lives on a national level. For example, employers—many of whom are already implementing policy changes to give equal recognition to same-sex couples—will be obligated to provide identical benefits to both heterosexual and homosexual spouses.

In addition, issues such as designating a health care power of attorney will no longer require the filing of additional paperwork. Instead, the same-sex spouse will automatically be considered the health care proxy by virtue of the legal marriage.

“If there is no healthcare power of attorney, by law the spouse always first in line,” says Jeffrey Marsocci, an attorney who practices estate planning. “If a couple cannot get legally married, then they have to have the legal document designating a health care power of attorney in place.”

Another benefit that federal same-sex marriage would provide is the ability to avoid federal and state gift taxes. The federal gift tax requires the donor of a gift in excess of a certain amount to file forms and pay a tax. However, legally married couples receive an unlimited deduction, which means money and property may be transferred to one another without taxation.

“When you put your partner’s name on the deed to a house, you are giving them half the house, so there are gift taxes associated with that,” Marsocci says. “Federally-recognized married spouses can just put each other’s names on these assets and suffer no gift tax consequences.”

But even though federal same-sex marriage would simplify much for same-sex couples, there are still estate-planning issues that these couples, and their heterosexual counterparts, should consider.

“No matter whether you are married or not, straight or gay, you should have your will done and updated along with your papers designating power of attorney and your living will,” says Joanne Fanizza, an estate planning attorney.


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