I am leaving these forums. I made the decision last night after a short encounter with Michaelintp who I believe to be a troll.
I've asked him, first politely and then aggressively, to simply ignore me and not to engage me on any level. He refuses to leave me in peace.
His idea of "discussion" is to quote long tracts of self-serving, one sided misinformation and to subtly impugn the basic humanity of black peoples in general and American blacks in specific. He has been here, doing this, for years and, after finally having enough of this crap, I asked him to stop addressing me either directly or indirectly.
He refuses. He is a bigot. He is consistently offensive about a host of groups though he couches his bigotry in the apparently clinical language of an academic.
Now I could continue the banter war with this ugly, small-minded twerp but I've decided it's not worth the trouble. His arguments are easily refuted by common sense and the results of a cursory google search but the implications of his many assertions (really the same one over and over) are simply too offensive to me to tolerate. He claims to be interested in dialogue but all he really wants to do is stir the pot. He's a troll.
Since I can't count on him to show even the baseline amount of respect for the wishes of a fellow member of this site, me IOW, I have to bow out until such time as his corruptive and ugly influence is purged.
I'm not asking for him to be kicked out. If Reggie feels he's making a legit contribution, that's the end of it and I respect his wishes however much I may disagree on this particular point. This is his house.
But I will not be visiting this house again unless and until Michael is gone.
It's been a great time with most of you, even the ones who I've bumped heads against, but I've just had enough of this asshole. So I'm out. I use the word asshole, specifically, btw. When I use profanity I do so with as much care as I do any other adjective I might choose to apply. Assholes have a particular bodily function and it's no accident I have applied that description to Michael. It's on point in fact.
I'm leaving my account live so, if you PM me, I'll get the message, but this marks my last post until the troll population is cut by one.
Edited for clarity.
Edited for clarity? Hmmm ... the last time Geoff Thorne (Redjack) edited a post it was to edit out the "f*ck you's" after I called him on 'em and told him I didn't care about his language or insults, in light of his less-than-civil behavior on the Forum. The guy just loves to have the last word, over and over and over again, so now this post has emerged. This is getting to the point of being comical.
Look, Reginald Hudlin is a perceptive guy. That's his business, working with people. If he seriously believed that I were a racist, you can be sure I would have been kicked off his forum in like two seconds flat. And rightly so. He knows this is not the case, and thus ... here I am.
What I do, however, is present a more conservative point of view on a variety of issues different than those expressed by most other Forum members. I also question assumptions, look to see if there are alternative explanations, ask questions and express different foundational premises to explain my point of view. That's all. There is nothing more to it than that. Some folk, it appears, just can't stand that.
In contrast, Reginald Hudlin welcomes intense debate (even though he and I disagree more than most any folk on his forum) ... because he is open-minded in recognizing that people with strongly different points of view may still be coming from a decent place.All
of Geoff's post, above, is complete nonsense, both factually (in terms of his description of our interaction) and in every other way
including, of course, his description of my attitudes. The bottom line is that Geoff objects when I present facts from real encyclopedias (not "Wikipedia") or other sources that flatly contradict his assertions on any given issue (even where, with regard to a matter in question that caused him to go nuts, I was merely surprised by his historical allegation and wanted to learn more, so looked into it myself after he refused to provide me with any sources, found some info on the topic and shared it). Most recently, he responded to something I posted on a thread, objected when I responded to the factual inaccuracies he posted, then denied he was responding to me (I imagine because he didn't use the word "you" in his post -- so silly).
I guess some folk just don't like being told they are contradicted by reputable sources ... or can't tolerate an alternative point of view ... or just can't stand being contradicted, period.
Hey, if I were to go into a tizzy every time I was told by someone on the Forum that I am wrong, I would be in a state of constant paroxysms, haha.
It was abundantly clear that Geoff's motive was to "blacklist" me from the HEF, and he has expressed the same sentiment now, above. Ohhhh well.
As I told him on the other thread, if Reginald Hudlin ever asked me to resign from his Forum, I would certainly do so. But I do not expect this of Reginald.
I could say more, but hey, what's the point. The point here is to have fun.
Manni: "Wenn ich jetzt sterben wárde, was wárdest du tun?"
Lola: "Ich wárd dich nicht sterben lassen."
Manni: 'If I was dying right now, what would you do?'
Lola: 'I wouldn't let you die.'
I don't believe in trouble
I don't believe in pain
I don't believe there's nothing left
but running here again
I don't believe in promise
I don't believe in chance
I don't believe you can resist
the things that make no sense
I don't believe in silence
'cause silence seems so slow
I don't believe in energy
if tension is too low
I don't believe in panic
I don't believe in fear
I don't believe in prophecies
so don't waste any tears
I don't believe reality
will be the way it should
but I believe in fantasy
if you just understood
I don't believe in history
I don't believe in truth
I don't believe there's destiny
but someone to accuse
I belieeeeeve!Franka Potente
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