Very well put Buck and you are an inspiration to us all in that regard - and
others I'm sure :-)
From: cpf0000-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cpf0000-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Behalf Of Buck Calabro
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 3:50 PM
To: Open discussion among iSeries Users
Subject: Re: [CPF0000] Democracy - Syrian Style
I know exactly what his point is.
But when I comb my hair just right nobody notices :-) Being tall helps.
And it's my opinion that if someone is going to be offended that I
hold Assad in such low esteem, that person is not likely to be
persuaded by anything else I have to say about him anyway.
I'm not that good with words, which explains the volume. Let me try by
example. When I post a comment regarding the President, I never use any
derogatory phrase or pet name for him. I use his proper title, President
Bush. Senators Kerry and DeLay get the same treatment. I admit that I have
omitted Saddam's title numerous times, but I have never called him names. I
suppose one can consider 'evil'
to be a name, but I believe that I can make a case for that adjective's
appropriateness. The name of the killer at Virginia Tech has never crossed
my lips: anonymity is all he deserves.
In my vanity, I like to think that my argument for calling him evil is so
convincing that I don't need to demean him by mocking his physical
appearance. Yes, he might have a needle dick, and that might have pushed
him over the edge, and it might even make for an interesting discussion on
how to prevent future incidents. I think it's more demeaning to me if I
can't convey my thoughts using language my grandmother would approve of.
Caveat: I am widely considered to be very old fashioned in how I view
language and tradition, and claim inertia for my unwillingness to change and
adapt to the new, rude style.
ps not calling you rude Rick. Only the avant garde (Tish! I spoke
French!) meme of rudeness as the new mechanism of social discourse among all