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November 29, 2009


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Thank you for the follow through on this subject. I've never thought that your blog is mean spirited in any way. This person was disturbed on a level we can never understand.


What a sad loss. I wonder if there was a time when he was happy. If only the world could be more understanding and less judgmental, maybe it would have helped. Then again, maybe not.

Whup-Ass Master

@ leeuna & rambo: it's weird that we feel so sad for the sap. But we do. Dammit.



Me too.

Whup-Ass Master

Thanks JWB's good to hear from you.



This whole issue haunts me and I keep reviewing this post.

I think that had I been born 100 years ago, I may have had this same result. It's never good to feel out of place, but being gay is much more acceptable than ever before. Sadly, even within the gay community, there is a discomfort level with associating with the transgendered community.

We're all human and should treat our fellow man with respect.


While it's easy for most people to dismiss Mr. Penner as a "freak" (and yea he had some serious issues). I think there are some things we can learn from the confused Mr. Penner.

This man was living proof that human sexuality doesn't confine itself very well to boxes. Human sexual behavior is real kalediscope of tastes and behaviors. Nevertheless, our current culture tends to put people in boxes and label those boxes "gay" or "straight". Both of those terms are labels language has created and our society puts out a lot of conditioning to make sure people fit into the right box. For most folks, these boxes seem to work out reasonably well.

But Mr. Penner just didn't want to live in a box... I suspect he probably got therapy at some point. And the therapist probably went through a lot of discovery with Mr. Penner to see what box he fit into but to no avail.

Whup-Ass Master

@winksi: wow, what a thoughtful, intelligent comment. Have you taken to watching Oprah?



A considerate piece, about personal peace and happiness. I will take a moment (non-season specific) to wish it for all of us.


Paul Smith

Merci beaucoup.

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