Freedom of speech?

Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarrelling with one another about the steering -- everyone is of opinion that he has a right to steer, though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and will further assert that it cannot be taught, and they are ready to cut in pieces anyone who says the contrary. They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard, and having first chained up the noble captain's senses with drink or some narcotic drug, they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such manner as might be expected of them. Him who is their partisan and cleverly aids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain's hands into their own whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman, and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the command of a ship, and that he must and will be the steerer, whether other people like or not -- the possibility of this union of authority with the steerer's art has never seriously entered into their thoughts or been made part of their calling. Now in vessels which are in a state of mutiny and by sailors who are mutineers, how will the true pilot be regarded? Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?

~Plato

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Is not freedom of speech.

I can be impulsive. I don't always think clearly before I write or speak. Let's make no bones about it, we are speaking of and about bad behavior. There are no excuses, rationals and if we do enable one another than where do we go from here?
IMO, it is simple. Say your sorry, don't do it again ( at least not for 6 mons....lol) and move on with your life.
If we can't do this, than really.....who has the problem?
Just trying to be what I am, an adult.
RC

Now where have I see that before? Have to think about that one. Deja vu and all that...lol

God damn it, get me a whiskey

Bill W, Deathbed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?source=patrick.net&v=Sdn3O6aaMNc

Sha- #$#king-zamm- laughing so hard that snot that shot out of my nose- oh my - Ben did you really say that out loud -

for the love of God MAN

-god please say it aint so -

"I almost cut my hair"- its been many many weeks now DEEJAVUU

Deja $#$king Vu

ehhhh tuuu - Huunhh

or is it Y-tu- es-span- nol

think Ima gonna barf - laughing so freaking hard.

apologies to Ceasar and the hispanic population

Corn pone?
mushy substance cooked in little lumps on any flat object at hand, such as a hoe blade or a flat rock.

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See you later Gunther- you been banned, again. LOL!