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by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Don't say "Jehovah", regardless of context
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Clemsy said, Ha. I don't think you're allowed to say things like that unless you're from New York City. Nope. I'm from Philadelphia, which is a hell of a lot worse. Philadelphian joke: "How do you know you're a real Philadelphian?" Answer: "When you visit New York and you admire its cleanliness." Bu...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Don't say "Jehovah", regardless of context
Replies: 9
Views: 585

So, does using language in such a manner ( to stimulate discomfort to prove a point) cross over into the realm of "language whose only purpose is offense?" You may argue not, however the decision will be made by Martin, Bodhi, Mark and myself. I have asked for their opinion. Because I'm not sure. A...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

As for the other issue... Ned, are you that easy to provoke? Vissi's argument is as it is. Stick to that. Your last paragraph is no longer addressing her point, which I understand full well regardless of syntax. Once you start using personal language moderators radar starts pinging. Don't go there....
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Religious Freedom
Replies: 12
Views: 1002

It all boils down to: believe as you will. Make sure what you do doesn't actively infringe on another's civil liberties. It gets difficult when someone considers it a civil liberty to coerce, as it's practicing one's religion. :roll: I totally agree. Also, one's beliefs (religious or otherwise) do ...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Don't say "Jehovah", regardless of context
Replies: 9
Views: 585

A curious question just popped into my head. How should we view the intention of someone who considers poking other's sensibilities a way to prove a point? Very Tricksterish, I daresay. The question is whether his intention is specifically to poke another's very personally defined sensibilities, ve...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

Vissi wrote - addressed to Clemsy: yeah, I do think the usages you cited ( meaning my, Ned Kelly's, use of the word "nigger" as a reminder of how Blacks are perceived by many Americans) are unnecessary for two reasons: 1)Titles are without context and not the same as commentary; Objection: I used th...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Don't say "Jehovah", regardless of context
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Vissi, thanks for that. In that thread, the moderator Bodhi wrote: This is not a frivolous thread or locker room shenanigans run amuck, but a serious examination of specific societal taboos - and it's clearly impossible to have an intellectually honest exploration of such taboos if the taboo control...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

Hey Clemsy, Always a pleasure to debate with you in our mutually fair way. You wrote: This is the only part which seems close: Quote: (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Yes t...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Religious Freedom
Replies: 12
Views: 1002

Good question, Nandu! One good source of suggestions would be the many US Supreme Court opinions which have addressed this issue and acknowledged that there will never be a perfect solution. But generally the Supreme Court has done a fair job of establishing some basic standards for analysis. The ba...
by Ned Kelly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: BLISS!
Replies: 4
Views: 550

That's an inspiring story! And Campbell would say you really did "have prior knowledge" of various stages of the monomyth, because it proceeds from human nature. But I'm not so sure that the "whole world is behind" those who follow their bliss. Many of them end up persecuted and hated and martyred,...
by Ned Kelly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

@ Nandu, I see you are silent on the conservatives' demand to take the choice away from the woman. Is that not persecution? Actually, no it's not religious persecution, unless the woman believes her religion compels her to get an abortion. Is it an interference with her personal liberty? Yes. Is the...
by Ned Kelly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Replies: 30
Views: 3719

Oh yeah, Bombadil makes even more sense! In the satire of LOTR, "Bored of the Rings", Tom Bombadil is "Tim Benzedrine", a drug fiend, a spoof of the worst excesses of the hippies. He sings about his lady Gooseberry's "fingenails like hypodermic needles...who never bathes nor even shaves her legs..."...
by Ned Kelly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:06 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

Campbell wasn't against organised religion as such; in fact he believed it was good for many people. Intolerance and fanaticism, on the other hand, belong as much to professed atheists - such as Lenin and Trotsky and Mao's Red Guards - as they do to Christians and Jews. So here's something to chew o...
by Ned Kelly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:36 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

I can't in good conscience vote for McCain, although I'm not as horrified by Palin as some of you are. In all seriousness I cast my ballot for Obama on the Leninist theory that his administration will be a disaster which will finally discredit the politically correct rubbish (which originated in the...
by Ned Kelly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Why Americans should vote for a Democrat in 2008
Replies: 217
Views: 10833

Yes but Obama doesn't seem to get it.

My Australian wife is offended and disgusted by Obama's repeated refrain, at the end of every speech, that he and America are going to "change the world". Changing the world is none of America's god-damned business.