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maradnu 12-26-2008 07:21 PM

Offensive quotes?
 
"Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty. "
Hubert H. Humphrey

This was offensive?

I know the right wing has tried to make liberal into a dirty word, but seriously, folks....

maradnu 12-27-2008 09:01 PM

Also offensive?
 
"A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat. "
Unattributed

I'm amazed at what offends some folks.

Laura 12-27-2008 09:27 PM

Is that really on the offensive list??

maradnu 12-27-2008 10:15 PM

offensive
 
Both had offensive ratings of five or more stars.

I don't know if I am helping or hurting, but when I see quotes flagged as offensive, but which I think are pretty benign at best, I rate them at only one star on the offensive scale, which at least brings down the average rating somewhat.

I don't know if the 'offensiveness' is based on average offensive rating, or on whether 'anyone' has rated them offensive. If the latter, I guess my actions are counter-productive.

Nearly anything that mentions G-d is flagged as offensive. Even a Mother Teresa quote that did not mention G-d was flagged as offensive. My mind is still boggled by that one.

bansaisequoia 12-27-2008 11:16 PM

Clueless in Palm Beach
 
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"A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat. " 

Any conjectures as to why someone found this offensive, maradnu? Or did someone just accidentally click on the offensive stars?

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This was offensive?

I know the right wing has tried to make liberal into a dirty wordbut seriouslyfolks.... 

So far I haven't seen you flagging Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan or Adam Smith quotes in retaliation.:D

maradnu 12-27-2008 11:35 PM

Ronnie can be funny -
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement. - Ronald Reagan

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting. - Ronald Reagan

It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? - Ronald Reagan
But he can also be a major jerk -
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. - Ronald Reagan
I have not found Ayn to be the slightest bit funny, just hateful in her attitude towards average working people. But that doesn't mean I'll flag her as offensive.

What's to hate about Adam Smith?

I have found some violently sexist comments by the Marquis de Sade to be offensive, as well as some quotes denigrating religions, women, and the like.

maradnu 12-28-2008 02:13 AM

More
 
Two more quotes flagged as offensive by solvers. The first 5 stars, the second ten.
"Two friendships in two breasts requires the same aversions and desires." Jonathan Swift

"Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy." Simone Weil
I guess someone thought the latter to be blasphemous. I am not sure why the first was offensive.

bansaisequoia 12-28-2008 11:14 AM

Who knows
 
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Two more quotes flagged as offensive by solversThe first 5 starsthe second ten.

    
"Two friendships in two breasts requires the same aversions and desires." — Jonathan Swift 

Go figure. A google image search of "two breasts" and "desires" might yield some interesting results, but I won't post that here on a family-oriented website.[IMG]

maradnu 12-29-2008 05:18 AM

still more
 
"Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
This one was rated six stars on the offensive scale.:confused:

"Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us." — John Selden
Two people rated this one ten stars for offensive. I don't know if they were offended by prayer, or by being told to keep it short.:confused:

Laura 12-29-2008 06:34 AM

That's really funny! :)


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