Bland wrote: Huckleby believes that a comment cannot be insulting unless it was intended to be. (Or put another way: ignorance is a defense against insensitivity.)
I wouldn't go that far. But for me, intent matters a lot.
Bland wrote:Huck's interpretation of what lies beneath the surface of a comment are "logical," "simple," and "likely" and any different understanding require "deeper probing" and is wrong to boot.
I wouldn't say alternate interpretations are wrong. I would say it is foolish to search past the superficial to find an offensive interpretation.
Bland wrote: Hucklebuck thinks Sammy Davis Jr. is the most dramatic symbol of victimhood imaginable to Nugent.
That's "Huckleby." My name comes from a football forum where I named myself after bow-legged Packer running back Harlan Huckleby. Show a little respect.
I just threw Sammy out there because he is black & Jewish. That was a joke. Gosh, was that offensive? Sorry. the dramatic symbol Ted chose was a black jew at Klan rally.
Bland wrote:4) Hucky thinks that "feeling sorry for himself" and "unitentionally trivilializing" minorities are mutually exclusive propositions.
No. My fault. I should have said "and/or" instead of "or".
Bland wrote: 5) The Huckster sees no point in being insulted by Nuge's comments because only "potentially unhinged" folks listen to him (huh. doesn't that make Nuge MORE dangerous?)
Well, in general, the lower the prestige of the speaker, the less likely I would be offended by their comments.
Wait a sec, are you extending the offense you are taking to include theory that Ted's comments might lead his followers to attack blacks and jews? That is a creative connection, you got your thinking cap on.
Bland wrote:6) Huck-a-duck posits that defending the right of people to kill themselves is a "principled position" but speaking out against offensive language is pointless PC claptrap.
Actually I said that defending life as sacred is a principled position. But defending right to a dignified suicide is also a principled position.
Speaking-out against offensive language can also be a principled position.
The devil is in the details. IMO (I will not claim mantle of humility), taking offense at Nugent's theoretical slight to blacks & jews is PC claptrap.
Bland wrote:7) Huckaroo believes people actively seek comments such as Ted's because they secretly long to be offended. Or because they're brittle. Or both? I'm not even sure.
Again, case by case. But IMO, it would be some combination of brittleness and pleasure of offense at play here. But ya know, perhaps that is harsh, one can never know the motivations of others. I throw my speculations out there as irritating grist for the mill.
Bland wrote:8) Huckabye is of the opinion that Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh are clever but .....actually I got nothing for this one. I'd love to see some examples of this so-called cleverness tho.
Oh, they both have come-up with some excellent zingers over the years, especially Coulter. I don't want to recall any, because I can't, but also I (sincerely) don't want to offend people. Their comments are offensive, but I have a thick skin and enjoy dark humor.