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Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 February 2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
However much we may disagree on other points...

However much we may disagree on other points brought up in this thread, I do agree with you here. Everything we've been discussing is really about being careful not to be misinterpreted, and being...
Forum: NFBSK Gone Wild! 15 February 2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By ChasFink
Icon09 If her claim that she was not naked and didn't...

If her claim that she was not naked and didn't perform sex acts in the films is true, then I can't see how they could have expected her to claim she was a "porn star", even if that IS a legitimate...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 February 2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Reading Your link is to dictionary.com (which compiles...

Your link is to dictionary.com (which compiles information from numerous sources) and the quote is from the Online Etymology Dictionary, (https://www.etymonline.com/) not Merriam-Webster. The Online...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 February 2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Reading Or, we accept that language is fluid, that...

Or, we accept that language is fluid, that meanings change as usage changes and any word's meaning, vulgarity, appropriateness, etc. is determined by those who use it. Let us not forget that the word...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 February 2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Icon84 Sue, my recollection (I was born in 1958) was...

Sue, my recollection (I was born in 1958) was that through the mid-1960s it was considered offensive and derogatory, but not much more so than a lot of other words aimed at various ethnicities that...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 February 2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Reading I acknowledged this - that's why I said he still...

I acknowledged this - that's why I said he still seemed to be teaching the class wrong. Either he should have said "you will be exposed to pornography, blasphemy, and hate speech" or found a way to...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 February 2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Reading BTW, I just took the time to read the article...

BTW, I just took the time to read the article (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/13/585386694/professor-cancels-course-on-hate-speech-amid-contention-over-his-use-of-slur) that stated...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 February 2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Whalephant As I said, I was not attempting to equate "idiot"...

As I said, I was not attempting to equate "idiot" with the N-word. (And I am getting tired of having to use the word "idiot", which at one time was an acceptable neutral word for the intellectually...
Forum: SLC 14 February 2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 13,073
Posted By ChasFink
Driver Today I saw a school bus that had a string of...

Today I saw a school bus that had a string of multicolored lights running all around the edge of the ceiling and down to the driver's area.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 February 2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
Just to be clear, my example using the word...

Just to be clear, my example using the word "idiot" was an analogy, not a direct comparison. I do understand the level of offense is different with these words. My hypothetical instructor was not...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 February 2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,781
Posted By ChasFink
At the risk of invoking some wrath, I'm going to...

At the risk of invoking some wrath, I'm going to take a slightly different perspective here. No offense is intended toward any persons or opinions.

Below I'm assuming the course in question is not...
Forum: Amusement Bark 13 February 2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 970
Views: 243,798
Posted By ChasFink
Disney (From an earlier manifestation of this thread,...

(From an earlier manifestation of this thread, where I mistakenly posted my comments earlier today.)

I just got around to seeing this one (trailer here...
Forum: Amusement Bark 13 February 2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 269,756
Posted By ChasFink
Icon86 Dang. I went looking for a previous message about...

Dang. I went looking for a previous message about the film and didn't realize it was an old thread.

I'll post my comments in the new thread. In the meantime, everybody, DON'T POST HERE, POST THERE!
Forum: Amusement Bark 13 February 2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 596
Views: 269,756
Posted By ChasFink
Disney I just got around to seeing this one (trailer...

I just got around to seeing this one (trailer here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke69bHVkHvE)) and liked it a lot. I do know a lot of people have complained the scenes don't quite hold together as...
Forum: SLC 12 February 2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 13,073
Posted By ChasFink
Icon05 On Friday (February 9th!) I saw a Christmas tree...

On Friday (February 9th!) I saw a Christmas tree tied to the roof of a car. It wasn't artificial, and didn't have a root ball. It was cut off at the base like a Christmas tree is. It was a bit sparse...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 12 February 2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,993
Posted By ChasFink
Read This! Official antisemitism (under the not-much-nicer...

Official antisemitism (under the not-much-nicer guise of "anti-Zionism") also came up throughout the Soviet-influenced Communist era, even if Jews were permitted full rights of citizenship. When I...
Forum: Police Blotter 12 February 2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By ChasFink
No To paraphrase W.C. Fields: they have no more case...

To paraphrase W.C. Fields: they have no more case against him than the lamb has against the butcher!
Forum: Amusement Bark 12 February 2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,274
Posted By ChasFink
No Oh, good holy NFBSK! Heaven forbid a kid reads at...

Oh, good holy NFBSK! Heaven forbid a kid reads at a level higher than his class number. I read at an early age and was bored to tears at what they thought was age-appropriate for a second grader. I...
Forum: Social Studies 09 February 2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 28,825
Posted By ChasFink
Icon05 There may be some reason, legal or financial,...

There may be some reason, legal or financial, that they insisted on this. Rules vary.

Take the example of an item that you can buy for $15 with free delivery or for $10 with a $5 shipping fee....
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 February 2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 620
Posted By ChasFink
Ponder Ia! The folks at the HPLHS...

Ia!

The folks at the HPLHS (http://www.hplhs.org/) used to do LARP Cthulhu games - props, costumes, etc. I understand they once did desert drawings like the Nazca lines and flew the players over...
Forum: Social Studies 09 February 2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,381
Posted By ChasFink
Chef I'm a puffy-not-crunchy fan myself, and sometimes...

I'm a puffy-not-crunchy fan myself, and sometimes go for the bargain-priced Chester's Puffcorn...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 09 February 2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,501
Posted By ChasFink
Icon22 I also have my doubts, but if the young woman did...

I also have my doubts, but if the young woman did have real emotional issues, it may have been a case of being blinded to other options and seeing this - horrible as it is - as being the best case...
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 February 2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 620
Posted By ChasFink
Psychic I'm sure if it's successful, there will be a...

I'm sure if it's successful, there will be a module with vampires - and zombies.
Forum: SLC 08 February 2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 549
Views: 25,706
Posted By ChasFink
Driver I can share this: After two weeks in Ireland,...

I can share this: After two weeks in Ireland, where my friend did all the driving, I had trouble adapting to the American way - I would look right-left-right instead of left-right-left when crossing...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 08 February 2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,590
Posted By ChasFink
United States When I read this I thought you meant catapults as...

When I read this I thought you meant catapults as offensive weapons, not as plane launchers. And for some reason I didn't think it so strange that Trump would want them.
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