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The Raven last won the day on September 29 2015

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  1. The Raven

    What are you listening to?

  2. The Raven

    Let's Celebrate Christmas

    @PMAT Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
  3. The Raven

    Happy Birthday danowood!

    Have a wonderful Birthday!
  4. The Raven

    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    I just. Wow. I'm utterly confused as to how he can hold the position of Professor.
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    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    A friend of mine gets supremely offended by swear words, so when he reads he uses a program that changes all the cuss words in his ebooks, news sites, etc, to words that are what he considers innocuous. For instance, bitch is turned into witch (don't get me started on *that* one), ass into jerk and so forth. I don't agree with the software and have artistic reasons for dispising it, but at least he's not rallying for authors to write 'clean' words only. Kinda makes me wonder, too, if they'll eventually come out with something similar for audio media. Because, you know, we can't expect people to just turn the song off or switch stations if they don't like the music...
  6. The Raven

    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    LOL Guessing the author of the article has been too sheltered to have ever heard any rap songs...
  7. The Raven

    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    I hope so! I'd rather go out guns and swords blazing in a zombie apocalypse than muted and bored to death under tyrannical PC rule.
  8. The Raven

    Happy Birthday Nahash5150

    May the elements of harmony embrace you today and every day of the year so you can enjoy all the magic of friendship and family. Happy Birthday, darlin!
  9. The Raven

    New Reaction - The Heart (yay)

    @Magnaryder We were just discussing a similar topic in What the Hell is the World Coming To (I think that's the right subject line). An interesting read if you feel like taking a gander over there. I feel that I should say this here for the official record because men are under attack nowadays from so many sides - Ray knows this, I'm sure, as do many of you but for some of you I'm fairly new and probably considered an unknown vector - I am not a feminist, I'm an equalist (if that isn't a real thing, it is now hehe) and I don't choose to take offense at, eh well, anything. So please don't feel that anyone needs to watch their language. And if you see me saying stuff like 'I'm offended!' or something about my feminine representation or whatever - it's purely, 100% in jest.
  10. The Raven

    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    Kinda and that too! Only this author's world was entirely fantasy fiction - not even what might be considered historical fiction.
  11. The Raven

    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    In this hyper-reactive culture that bows to the eternally offended, in which a white fantasy author who created a fictional tribe in a fictional world happens to describe the people as reddish skinned with painted faces is accused of appropriating the Native American culture and forced into major revisions...you'll notice it more in the stories we don't tell.
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    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    You know things have gone sideways when a teacher punishes a kid for using a word appropriately all because some teachers are 'offended' by it. Toby (our youngest) got a lunch 'reflection' and threatened with afterschool detention for expressing his dislike of an assignment by saying, "This sucks." When the teacher called, he kept saying that Toby was using inappropriate language in class. It took three tries to drag what Toby said and the context behind it out of the teacher. I laughed. Rude, perhaps, but really? Long convo short, the teacher admitted that the assignment could be considered something that sucked and he himself admitted the 'reflection' might seem petty but 'some teachers are offended by that word.' He couldn't concretely define for me why. Considering one of the accepted definitions of 'suck' is: 3. INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN be very bad, disagreeable, or disgusting. "I love your country, but the weather sucks" And its link to music, he was out of line punishing Toby for using an acceptable word in an appropriate fashion. If the only way these teachers can interpret 'suck' is in a sexual sense - that's disturbing. And what's next? Kids can't say 'I spent the afternoon drilling holes for my project' or 'I like to weed' because drill and weed both can be interpreted in a sexual or drug-related fashion. ARGH!!!! Waiting for the Principle to return my call today 😈
  13. The Raven

    New Reaction - The Heart (yay)

    LOL Love it! Thaaaankyou, Hashy! hehe
  14. The Raven

    What's cookin?

    @Magnaryder The true test of an amazing gumbo (or, well, anything) is - does it come with a side of your famously delicious carrot cake?
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    What the H$LL is the world coming to??

    Huh. I wonder how, exactly, the creators of this study think this is so different from traditional masculine values. To protect your family, you have to have a selfless nature because a selfish man would cut and run, protecting himself instead of family. You have to be a selfless man to work hard for, sacrifice for, and raise a family - a selfish man would abandon them. As I glance back at history, personal and worldly, the greatest of men were almost all of a selfless nature. Going into the military is, for most, a selfless gesture - the willingness to go into battle without ever knowing if you'll make it home alive all to protect your family and your country...wow. I can't think of anything that tops that act of selflessness. Three of our kids and quite a few of their friends are active military members - they're all in the 18-23 age range and none of them went in to be some rampaging 'badass' (okay, the only one whose mouth that came out of was my daughter's and it was secondary to protecting her family and country), neither did any military member that I've ever encountered from old to young. All of the above also play into helping others. Back in the day, people (men and women alike) helped each other with everything from protecting their villages/towns to harvesting to raising barns to cleaning up damage from storms. If we look over human history, helping others has (I'm sure with some exceptions) always been a highly valued male attribute. And you can't get any more 'open-minded' and 'open to new people and experiences' than willingly taking your family on a treacherous boat ride across a vast ocean to an unknown land with foreign people. Or move your family via horse and cart (or entirely on foot) across a country to an unknown and wild, wild west. So color me baffled at how the creators of this study somehow think traditional men weren't open-minded, open to new people, and new experiences - and the far greater risk those posed back then than today. While we've always had and always will have men who believe in 'ripped-abs strong', that was never a 'traditional' male value - strength and health was because you can't run a farm or protect your family without those but you can do it without ripped abs. So I'd be real interested in picking the brains behind this study to figure out where they see the actual discrepancy.
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