HotRodZilla wrote: ↑Sat May 08, 2021 9:31 pm
Huh. Weird how I missed this for over a week!
What follows is 100% my opinion. If you think it will hurt your feelings, don't read it. Simple.
If someone does not want anything hurtful hurled their way, they should not start divisive conversations or make divisive posts. Simple. IF a person starts down that road and they get reminded that they are an idiot, well, they had an opinion and so did someone else. Again, simple. Nothing to cry about or report. Move on. Simple.
I am 100% sure I'm am one of the offending meanies. A forum friend and I were talking about this stuff the other day. I have also said it numerous times: If I talk smack about Canada or England, or Australia or any other country and a member lives in one of those countries, its about the same as talking smack about their brother. That is absolutely not a conversation to start over the internet.
A while back, a citizen of a county outside of the US would not stop bashing us, after repeated requests to stop. Funny how his posts were never censored but the rest of us heard about it. I 100% admit, I finally went off. I had had enough. Thread got deleted or locked or whatever. I fully expected a time out and didn't get one. I appreciate that.
The recent Covid thread was delving into the same shenanigans. One member seems to LOVE expressing how he is imposing a negative financial impact on those who do not agree with him. Maybe he forgets that some members here have been negatively impacted financially and that shit just isn't funny or cute. No idea, but again, that trash talking was ok, but when I reminded him that I believe he's a clown, suddenly complaints were filed and the thread was again shut down. Heck, pretty sure I didn't even say any real cuss words in that final post. Does my opinion matter that much? I'm flattered!! Why anyone cares what I think is beyond me.
For anyone who is curious, there is NOTHING I will say over the internet that I won't say while standing in front of you. I'm a big boy and I won't cry about my consequences.
We each have our own rules and two of mine are, 1-Don't talk trash about our president. Neither the current one I don't like, nor the previous one I did like are fair game. 2-Don't talk trash about my country. We have our problems, just like you have yours. If you don't like it here, don't come here. There are plenty of countries I don't visit. Hell, I have turned down two very lucrative contracting jobs in two different countries. Just couldn't bring myself to want to live in those places for a year. Never forget this, I love my country enough to give my life for it, and I may not like you at all. I expect you to have the same feelings about your own country and me.
Basically, I'm a, "Remove the plank from your own eye before you worry about the splinter in your neighbor's eye." Once ALL your problems are handled, then, maybe, you may tell us how to handle ours.
The reality is, I was on the verge of stopping coming here. Totally about the time that stuff was popping off. I have to deal with people's BS at work. I don't expect that to happen at the places I go to have fun. I have found that making a couple members, "Foes" in my profile has been a good thing. I don't see their posts, and I'm happier for it. I really like some threads and kind of avoid others. I have not tattle-told on anyone since the 3rd grade, so I won't report your post. I am an opinionated asshole, so I may respond or maybe I'll just ignore it. That's a toss-up.
I actually like the Backyard area. Usually it's kind of funny and I have thick skin. I am one of those that if I don't like something, I avoid it. Some would benefit from that state of mind. It's pretty easy to change the channel.