Got born, now I'm getting older every day.
Showstopper is 100% correct. I've been in Liverpool for a year+ now and literally had to learn a different version of English. The Northwest England version. Over here couch=settie, bun=barn, sandwich=buttie, lunch=dinner and dinner=tea(wtf???), hospital=hossi. I could go on and on. The most annoying thing...saying 'like' at the end of every other sentance!
Like a ferrell cat, if you don't want it to keep coming back don't give into the temptation to feed it. Ignore it. It will soon loose interest and go away. But of course do feed it if you find it to be cute in a dumb, vacant kind of way. I personally don't find clowns to be cute at all. This one trolling the comment board here is a particularly disgusting carbon emitter of shit, piss, and half digested driveling thoughts.
I'll raise your two politically incorrects and raise you 1000 squid.
I didn't have a social life in PDX, why should I all of a sudden start having one here in Liverpool? Scousers can be annoying.
OK fair enough. Give me some slack. It's midnight where I'm at and I've been drinking Frosty Jack's cider since 6pm. That however does not change my point that the debate should not be focused solely on where the flag sits on the pole. I'm merely trying to highlight the ridiculousness of focusing on this flag debate when people's lives are being effected in REAL ways.
I made a simple comparison with the respect to our assumptions we make about people WE DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW with respect to character. What other group besides the military begs me to argue your point as we rarely lower it for anyone outside of those in service or in politics? You are making it clear that by some arbitrary standard you and those with authority can judge who is deemed worthy of a meaningless ritual...based upon assumptions. That is black and white thinking. Sam Adams made the fine point of highlighting the struggles youth face as well as those who are truly honorable by trying to help. That should be the focus of discussion. Whether or not using the flag as a symbol of this child's struggles was appropriate is moot in my opinion. He at least reignited a conversation worth having and weeded out the trolls from those who actually have a sense of optimism.
I'm usually a bystander secretly entertained by the locally famous commenters here but I can't stand silent this time.
Here's a question: So do young patriotic all american boys that sign up for the military motivated by the opportunity to take out a towel head or two (as they would likely put it), deserve the honor?
Point being those we honor with the flag, we often make the assumption that these individuals were all selfless patriots. You know as well as everyone else with a notion of how insecurity drives the ego that soldiers can be complete evil dicks just like the police.
It is only fair to believe that that same tired assumptions apply to young "thug" teens as well. We may be drawn to view them through a negative lens with idiots like Lars painting them as completely bad. Being that I'm NOT A TROLL, I have to assume that there are good traits belonging to some of the worst characters out there deserving of recognition in face of overwhelming adversity.
That said, who is to judge who deserves the half staff flag anyway? All that interests me in this debate is how carried away we get with our beliefs and meaningless rituals. Thanks to you and Lars, we've lost a piece of the most important point to address. How do we go about taking appropriate measures to reduce or eliminate gang violence in youths as young as this boy was?
That is all.
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