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Subject RE: RE: BOOBIES!
Date Sun, 23 Jul 2006 12:53:29 GMT
By resisting the thread (an understandable and perfectly reasonable tack) you have missed some
facts. I (who posted a link to a bird) was very definitely not the original poster nor did
I use any of the other words that some have found so offensive. I simply thought by injecting
a light-hearted jest (the picture of the bird) into the overheated atmosphere that others
might use the opportunity to regain some perspective on the situation.

Another reader (who apparently also wasn't paying close attention) called me a "low-life"
without so much as clicking on the link. This person, who goes by the pseudonym "Dakota Jack",
in so-doing has done me a undeserved public injury by libeling me in this forum.

Unlike "Dakota Jack" my real name appears here, and being recklessly and carelessly called
a "low-life" in a public forum has the potential to do some real harm to my reputation.
Charles Knell - email

-----Original Message-----
From:     Januski, Ken <>
Sent:     Sun, 23 Jul 2006 08:25:52 -0400
To:       "Tomcat Users List" <>;"Tomcat Users List" <>
Subject:  RE: BOOBIES!

Like many I've resisted this thread because I figured it would be STUPID! STUPID, YES I SAID
STUPID. Did that get your attention?

Now let me ask: how many people read threads here whose subject is in caps followed by an
explanation point? And what does that subject usually say? Something like HELP, TOMCAT DONT
WORK, a type of spam or something similar. I almost always skip those messages. Some people
have more patience than I and so do end up helping someone who has gotten desperate. More
experienced users know that they're much more likely to get an answer to their question by
choosing a more informative and less excited subject.

So what does someone think when they see BOOBIES! and what did the author of that message
think that they would think? Well I have little doubt that they expected anyone to think of
birds and I doubt that that was the first reaction of any reader no matter how avid a birder.
So I have a very hard time believing that the author had any intent other than to get a reaction
of some sort from readers who saw the subject and didn't think bird. I don't think this has
anything to do with puritanism or political correctness. I can't think of anything I like
much less than political correctness. But it's very hard to see this as having anything to
do with political correctness. To me it's just someone trying to be clever and then trying
to cover their tracks when they find out that many uses don't actually find it clever. ENOUGH

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Koberg []
Sent: Sun 7/23/2006 7:28 AM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: BOOBIES!
Wow... how do some people make it through the day without exploding from 
some terrible insult.

I can't believe this thread subject has turned into such a big deal. I 
deleted the first 5 or so because I thought it was spam. Then I saw 
names responding which I recognized.

I really don't understand how someone can be offended by a word like 
'boobies' and can still use the Internet, or real life for that matter.

grow up and grow a skin... Dantes Inferno invoked for using the word 
'boobies.' The road to hell is paved with...

Dakota Jack wrote:
> Golly, Charles,
> Maybe you need some training?  Maybe you are the one who does not get the
> point?  If you think I am going to apologize for your taking a serious 
> topic
> that hurts people and covering it with your inane indifference, you 
> might be
> wrong.  The worst people are not the haters, although they are bad enough,
> the worst people are the indifferent.  If you read Dantes Inferno you will
> find the colder the heart, the more the indifference, the lower your level
> in hell.  Understand?
> On 7/22/06, <> wrote:
>> Thank you. I was caught up in a witch hunt and feel undeservedly bashed
>> over my attempt to inject some light-hearted  jest into an overheated
>> atmosphere. Plainly the poster who calls him or herself "Dakota Jack" 
>> didn't
>> view the link. He or she had already made up his or her mind and 
>> couldn't be
>> bothered with facts.
>> For those of you didn't see the link, it was a photo of a bird (not
>> engaged in a sexual or excretory function of patently offensive nature)
>> native to the Galapagos Islands. It has blue feet and is commonly 
>> called a
>> "Blue-footed booby".
>> I await Dakota Jack's apology.
>> -- 
>> Charles Knell
>> - email

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