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John,

If a moderator comes on here and gives the go-ahead to a LENGTHY off-topic conversation on a very controversial issue, I'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to continue.

For you to pretend you DON'T see people actively trying to have my posts deleted because they're ‘off-topic’ is a LITTLE disingenuous, no?
July 4, 2016
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Paul & John:

I'm not going to discuss race at length (or any further.) Someone else brought it up. I issued a single-link rebuttal. I wish it had stayed there. Someone else made a post about my link. So I replied. But that's as far as I'm going to go with it.
July 4, 2016
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Of course it's not restricted to Sweden (in case anybody felt like I was picking on Sweden.)

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/convicted-somalian-rapist-attacked-two-084627605.html

Just reading the comments section gives me hope.

Jeannie, if your house is on fire, it might not be the best time to focus on unclogging the toilet or changing a lightbulb. That's all I'm saying.
July 4, 2016
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I assure you that the community members in here were in the part that isn't “for the most part.” Because all Bridge Winners are brilliant, attractive & rational. I thought that went without saying.

http://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Cult-Warning-Signs/
July 4, 2016
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Charles,

Max's attempt to censor truth & stifle rational discussion both beautifully illustrates my point & demonstrates why I chose the Time link in the first place. HTH
July 4, 2016
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July 4, 2016
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Cool beans. Hook 'em!

Last hand or not, I think pocket tens were definitely your hand of the final table.
July 3, 2016
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https://stupidbadmemes.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/whiteknight.jpg

So anyway,

“Have you continued to ride through red lights?”

Much less frequently than I used to. I used to treat red lights as stop signs ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho_stop .) I got pulled over for it in May (visiting Grandma WAY across town & hit every red light on a street with no bike lane) & the officer let me off with a warning. I felt like I'd used up all my luck for the year that day.
June 30, 2016
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Marion,

On things I'm grateful for, there are too many to list. But I'm really really thankful for the many blessings I have.

As to how I made Idå sound … how did Idå make ‘the vast majority of men’ sound?

When I was in my 20's I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper complaining that a K-9 officer in an unmarked minivan had pulled me over for riding my bicycle through a red light. He then proceeded to block rush-hour traffic on a busy thoroughfare for ~20 minutes while he wrote me a ticket.

I was incensed that this officer would waste departmental resources & inconvenience dozens of motorists to try to punish me for a victimless crime.

The day after my letter ran, the entire Letters to the Editor page was completely filled with people denouncing me for my attitude.

So I am not immune from the odd frivolous complaint. But when people make mountains out of molehills they sometimes get some flak for it. I've tried to add perspective & wisdom to this conversation. To the extent that I've failed, I am sorry.
June 30, 2016
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Amazing what obvious & predictable results will surprise people, Jeff.
June 30, 2016
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Michael,

“I believe that the only complaints that are virtually always justified are complaints about the complainers.”

We agree! (Well, not really. But in this one particular case.)

And now we have your complaint about the complaint about the complainer!

Anyway, in case you missed it, I was just following the approved script. I was very skeptical, as it went against my natural way of presenting my ideas, but I can't argue with results!
June 30, 2016
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Holy cow, Steve. It worked! You're a genius!
June 30, 2016
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Speaking of PC, another great H. L. Mencken quote:

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

And my spin:

“Political Correctness: Censorship of rational ideas based on the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be offended.”
June 30, 2016
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“As a moderately successful straight white male who has certainly never been described as politically correct by anyone who has known me for two seconds, …”

To be fair, I think it would take at least ~15 seconds to reach that conclusion.

Whether or not you are ‘politically correct’ in your private life, I hope we can agree you are certainly LARPing? as a typical PC White Knight in here. Just out of curiosity, what have you ever said on this forum that you consider genuinely politically INcorrect?

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/white-knight

“We've reached a point where we (should) demand a filter between our inner sex monologue and our behavior, and we CERTAINLY should demand that these to-be-suppressed urges not be pandered to by the organizing body of a MIND SPORT, for god's sake.”

What a totalitarian world you aspire to live in. We should DEMAND that the ACBL/WBF regulate the social behavior of its players?

“MIND SPORT”

http://www.empowher.com/female-sexual-dysfunction/content/your-most-important-sex-organ-your-brain

Then you compare a light/fun/notsrsbsnss video about handbags to a video advocating the murder of specific individuals? Are you for real?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLHMhQIk2vY
June 30, 2016
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Hi Richard,

This is a political thread so I'm expressing a political point of view. If I get just ONE person to reconsider their ‘programming,’ or give them the courage to speak from the heart, I'll feel like my time hasn't been wasted.

As for running for office, my Montessori carpool had a rule: Only one future Prime Minister per carpool & Justin already grabbed that position.

But seriously, I'm far too honest & rational to ever be elected in this Orwellian environment. Look at the Democrats, they had a CLEAR choice between a corrupt, dishonest, lobbyist-owned corporatist globalist & a principled liberal socialist & they sided with the corrupt candidate.
June 30, 2016
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You checked and rechecked the data?

Then you came to the conclusion that in order to make hirings and promotions fair, based on best ability, you should make hirings and promotions unfair, based primarily on sex organs & melanin levels?

One big problem with using racism & sexism to fight racism & sexism is that once the crazy train gets rolling, it's almost impossible to stop it. You quickly reach a point where you go from saying “Such and such a group is too disadvantaged to end the program.” to “Such and such a group is too powerful to end the program.” 50 years of legalized racism/sexism is enough.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/the-painful-truth-about-affirmative-action/263122/
June 30, 2016
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It's appalling that Tom wasn't selected to the team when his team won the trials. Shame on Richard & whoever else participated in that repulsive decision!
June 30, 2016
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TRIGGER WARNING:

THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE, HUMOR, & A REFERENCE TO A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY. IF ANY OF THESE THINGS (ESPECIALLY HUMOR) OFFEND YOU, PLEASE STOP READING NOW.

As much ‘wrongheaded enthusiasm’ as I've witnessed in this thread, the 13 people who liked this remark get the Blue Ribbon!

Where do I begin on what's (hilariously) wrong with this fairly brief comment? I suppose I shall begin at the beginning (& continue sequentially.)

Dat's some wall. Trump be envying that wall.

Bonus comma.

WRITING UP a director because of who he talked to first when he came to the table.

Expecting the ACBL to ‘follow up’ and ask me about some nutty write-up I made.

Lecturing a director about his ‘job description.’

Except after c.

Hesitation dispute becomes ‘Male conspiracy.’

Missing ly

'Lucky' that Vugraph operator spoke up because asking him directly is definitely out of the question.

Random p makes an apgearance.

Over is mad at heard.

At what point did the opponent go privately converse with the Vugraph Operator? (My Spidey Sense is tingling.)

I am SOOOOOO mad rite now.

Sue all the things!

AND make sure the director gets FIRED, ofc.

Summons another director (Luca Brasi?) to ‘take care of this’.

Free matchpoints/IMPs plox!

Sad Panda.

I think he's going to assault the next woman who calls him. … Maybe worse.

OP doesn't know what sexism is.

I LOVE it when they stare at my breasts.

Especially if it makes his wife jealous.

You married that scallywag, ha ha!

All the top bridge execs are sexist too, they meet to change my scores. … Those bastards.



On the 13th day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me:
13 Virtue Signalers Liking!

(And if you ‘liked’ it because you got as much comedic enjoyment out of it as I did, I apologize.)
June 30, 2016
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