Saluting with misty eyes
OK, all... as is my Constitutionally guaranteed rights, time for the accused to face his detractors.
I have not been posting here as of late, and that is for my own reasons, rather than for any real lack of desire. For that reason, many of the people on this site don't know me, or do not really remember me. That is fine. I have more important things with which to concern myself. There are many who have posted complaints about my (apparently) tiny little one-liner who should remember me, and should know my history on this site as far as respect and such matters.
As is the case with the very great majority of the Moderators, I have absolute and total respect for other members' thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
There is a particular member of this site whose thought are that the world is, or could be a completely Utopian place, and that every member of the Earth's population can get along and be together in love and peace if only we would be able to talk and understand each other's differences. While I will not name him (for not having the time to get his permission), most of the people who have been here more than an hour know who it is, and might possibly know that I count him among my closest friends on this site, even though he is a liberal Democrat (Oh, shucks.,.. I'm gonna catch it for that little JOKE). He and I agree on NOTHING except that the Earth is round, and America is the finest country on the planet, and yet he and I have had serious discussions outside of the Blue Pages on politics, and other such nonsense.
For ANYONE on here that has known me for more than 30 seconds to accuse me of.. oh, wait, let me look up the quote again...
wiping your feet on the Respect and Tolerance guidelines.
For anyone to accuse me of that is absolute and total nonsense. I understand that Jennifer has not gotten to know me, as I have not gotten to know her; however, without knowing me at all, she has decided that I- with malice aforethought- was being disrespectful is purely... rushing to judgment. Did you take the time to ask, or to research why it is I said that? I didn't think so.
Karen- I did not take this personally. Not from you, nor from anyone. For me to do so is to allow others to have entirely too much power over my life, and my emotions.
As for the removal... if I don't then I am not a gentleman? President-elect Obama, who appears to be a fairly level-headed and polite (shall we say, "gentlemanly"?) politicians around, made some very hurtful comments about the military and their participation in Iraq and Afghanistan (comments from Marine, Navy, and National Guard friends of mine, not my thoughts). Does it make him any less polite that he never apologized? I didn't think so.
BTW... the picture? It was a gift from a female friend. You and I have had a disagreement on other matters before (shortly after your fair city was destroyed) and I immediately requested that the thread be removed from the site, and it was done within minutes. The picture you don't win. It is nothing personal, it is just that picture has been there and means absolutely nothing anywhere close to what you have seen.
It is, as a matter of fact, my publicity photo for my book. The bad boy was added after I completely and (almost irrevocably) irritated my landlord by telling her all about herself, and how screwed up she was for the sin she had committed that particular day. It was added by (as I said) a female friend because she felt it fit. (which it did).
Jennifer- On to you.
Clicking on inappropriate content seems to be a waste of time, especially if itís a moderatorís post or a post by a member of what could be described as the in clique.
This comment is one of the most disrespectful comments that I have seen in quite the while. It is a blatant insult to every person on this site who now has, or has in the past, carried the stars next to his or her name. While it might be popular to trounce those in "authority" (and I use that word solely due to my lack of a better on at the moment), to do so without ANY of the facts is irresponsible, and completely out of line. It shows that you are wiping your feet on the respect and tolerance guidelines. It outs you right down there in the slime hole that you have felt then need to place me in. I hope you enjoy your stay here.
As for me and the other Mod not responding immediately, just because you felt the need to complain about something: This is very simply a case of you needing to get over it. As you have been told before in a thread about politics and the election all those months ago, we do have lives. This is the FIRST time I have been back to the site since I started this thread just over 24 hours ago. I do not sit around waiting for someone to respond to my posts, or to police something that someone else might think is inappropriate. Besides. There is only a very small handful of people on here who have the power to unilaterally delete a thread, a post, or anything of the sort. The way it works, as you will soon find out, is that a post is brought into the Moderator's forum (such as serenity did), and then the Moderators discuss (and sometimes argue) the point. Only after a clear consensus has been reached is anything done, or not done as the case might be.
Also, your comment that ANY of my friends on the Moderator team would sit back and enjoy having power over the powerless is... well, I am not permitted to explain my true thoughts, as they would definitely be against the rules. When you are put in charge of the Teen Forum, and then you have a poster write something about cutting, then you have them replace it after it has been removed, then you have 4 more posters do posts that are likewise against regs, and then have the original post reposted numerous times (and all in the space of about 3 hours), and you are the one charged with keeping the peace, then you will truly understand how hard it is to be a Moderator. None of us are power-hungry morons. Masochists would be the better word.
As to your blanket charge that there are no posts by moderators or the "clique" that are removed... wrong again, there, kiddo. I have, personally, had more posts than I care to count taken into the Moderator's Forum, and have had TWO of them removed... even though I am a member of the Mod team. If anything, we are held to a higher standard because of the job that we have.
One last thing... the redundancy notice that we are to be given....
I did not ask to have all of those stars by my name. There were times that I did not want to be a Moderator due to time constraints, and was asked to hang out very simply because we have not enough people on this site who wish to take on that responsibility. You have already heard serenity and Grinch say that they were once a Mod, and has handed in her stars for the life of a normal poster. It isn't all just beer and skittles in that forum. I continue to do the job when I can out of love and respect for those who put their names and reputations on the line. While it might look like there are a great number of us, look through the forums and see how many people are doing double duty, and see how often you notice a new name in the Moderator spots... plain and simple: you don't. So, I will thank you in advance for your work as a Moderator.
I am gonna end my part on this with a few simple off-post, yet related comments.
1) I did not vote for our new President-to-be, and sincerely do not feel that he is going to be the savior that the liberals (most, but not all) are lifting him on high with. Looking back on the campaigns with hindsight and with all of the "evidence" that has come out, I would STILL not vote for him. I do not feel he is the man for the job. (Oh, heck... now the feminists are gonna get me for saying a "man" has to have the job... I can't win) HOWEVER... I sincerely hope that he does turn out to be the best president that this country has ever had. Lord knows (damn... now the non-Christians are gonna be upset) we could use that person these days. Of the Democrats in the primaries, Joe Biden was the one that I would have voted for, and he is close enough to the office. So, President Obama will have my total support until he gives me a reason to not support him.
2) I went into the Mod forum and asked that this post be removed. NOT because any of you have asked for it, but because it has created a sand storm that I did not expect, nor did I ask for. Had someone made a statement about the WHITE guy in the election that was inappropriate, not a thing would have been said by.. well, the one screaming the loudest... Yet a simple ONE-LINER has caused everyone's knickers to rise up into a bunch. Perhaps that is why I stopped getting into political discussions while the majority of the opposing comments are disrespectful, inappropriate, and given by a very, very, small minority (a minority of one, actually). I have asked that it be deleted, very simply because I am tired of hearing you yell.
BTW... do not bother responding, as this is the last I will be visiting this little thread. I have better things to do than to be vilified by people who don't even know me. (those of you not included know who you are) I am a better person than that, and will be spending my energies elsewhere.
What would you attempt to do...if you knew you could not fail?.