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Old 10-31-2010, 10:26 PM   #21
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It sounds like everyone had a fun time.

We've now had a series of these rallies on the mall. Jim Treacher announced that the next one was to be the badly needed "Rally to Restore Smugness" (sponsor and beneficiary left unmentioned here).
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:53 AM   #22
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Yeah, someone active in American politics, representing voters in a party caucus, who thought executing half the voting population was a good idea, and perfectly legal and constitutional.
To say nothing of candidates for senior elected office advocating "Second Amendment Solutions"...
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I guess that on Yusuf Islam's Peace Train we kill passengers with whom we disagree.

From the BBC Show "Hypotheticals", 1989


Ya can't get more peaceful than that!
To whatever extent he espouses, promotes, or supports this particular viewpoint, he should be called to task by those of us who vehemently disagree. But NOT because his name is Yusuf Islam...
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I'm pretty sure the Whack-a-Doodle Train line isn't limited to odd English folksingers. There seems to be a healthy supply of Crazy to pass around.

I ran into a delegate back in the 2004 campaign season who was convinced that anyone who wasn't in the current President's political party was providing aid and comfort to the enemy, which she defined as any other political party, and therefor was guilty of treason and should be put to death. Seriously.
Yep, there are some weirdos out there. And I bet if someone started a thread about this person singing a peace song at a rally, the hypocrisy would be noted,

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... he should be called to task by those of us who vehemently disagree. But NOT because his name is Yusuf Islam...
regardless of what name they use.

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This was a thread about a singer and a song, both of which I remember fondly from my youth. Nothing more.
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This was a thread about a singer and a song, both of which I remember fondly from my youth. Nothing more.
Whether intentional or not, when it is posted in the context of "at the Jon Stewart rally", it isn't just a singer and a song anymore. The context does make a difference. I understand that might have just been a time & place coincidence for you, but you get what you get with a public post.

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Whether intentional or not, when it is posted in the context of "at the Jon Stewart rally", it isn't just a singer and a song anymore. The context does make a difference. I understand that might have just been a time & place coincidence for you, but you get what you get with a public post.

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And what, pray tell, IS the context?
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But NOT because his name is Yusuf Islam...
Absolutely. Surely not every person named Yusuf Islam is a Muslim, and not every Muslim wants to obey the fatwas issued against Salman Rushdie.
But, many do, including the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens who now chooses to go by Yusuf Islam, a name he adopted as being more congruent with his faith. And this faith is also what he cites as being the reason for his desire to have Rushdie killed. So, in this case, the name change and the objectionable idea apparently stem from the same root cause.
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And what, pray tell, IS the context?
I'm not sure what ERD thinks, but for me, I think irony is always worth pointing out, if only to give us a chuckle. And the idea of featuring a person who has espoused these views at a "Rally to Restore Sanity," and in which the organizers claimn to want to tone down the rhetoric, is more than mildly ironic. And, then he'll sing a signature song, "Peace Train." It's all a little funny.

Maybe the "peace of the dead". . .
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As I said, it was a post about a singer and a song. Pleasant memories - which remain intact. I mentioned the location. jeez.

I'm out of this thread.
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