Rectum = Not acceptable if it shows privates. Would a picture of a gunshot wound be acceptable? So long as it's not promoting violence or recruitment for an amoral organization, I believe so. Would a picture of a knife wound be acceptable? Following the same criteria, I say yes.
I would show that picture to my family, and I guess it depends on the workplace, but that type of graphic is commonplace where I work.
I would encourage an accurate perception of reality. In other news, The leader of Turkey got mad at Merkel for using the term "Islamic terrorism". This is what he said: ""This expression 'Islamist terror' seriously saddens us Muslims," Erdogan replied, glancing sternly at the German chancellor.
Court, I admit that I wouldn't want to see pictures of a shotgun wound to the face, unless there was a substantiating reason (in this case I see none). And to be quite frank, I'm sorry to hear that about your sister, and I'm glad that you are still here. Since you survived and are a member of this community (even more so than I am), I would't object to seeing pictures from your incident. Having witnessed these types of carnage in person, I understand both sides of the argument. I'll leave it at that.
I don't know. I thought Badweb was about Buell motorcycles and not trying to provide a total picture of world politics and events.
I'm with Court. And I would not show that picture to my young son, nor would it be appropriate in my workplace. Plenty of time to deal with hard, cold reality of the world later in life and somewhere besides where I go for sharing motorcycle experiences and advice.
I value Badweb for being better than most other online forums and content and sticking closer to the point of the forum.
But maybe that's just Court and me. I can accept that if needed.
I believe Blake has made allowances in certain threads, to a certain point to allow content that may be a bit inappropriate for younger readers. I recall the idea was that some of the threads are unlikely to appeal to the younger readers in the first place, so allowed for more mature content.
I must admit. I'm not sure this is one of those threads.
I do appreciate the ability for a simple meme to point out certain realities so vividly though. I probably wouldn't want my kids seeing it if I had kids though. If you are in that situation, perhaps you should PM your concerns to Blake directly. For me, it's purely academic.
Thanks for the thoughtful critiques. The point is well taken. It was my reaction to Frogy's meme with the Disney characters on the flying carpet. I'll try to find one less bloody.
Pictures of folks diving from the twin towers are okay though.
I have a high tolerance for showing actual real violence in the context of actual hard news reporting. I think that one of the reasons that we've been so far behind the curve in eliminating the Islamist terrorist threat is that way too many don't face up to the reality.
If this is the meme that gets you up in arms, and you are worried kids may see it; I respectively think it's far too late in the thread to complain now.
This has pretty much always been an adult themed thread. I wouldn't want a young child reading this thread, but then, I don't think young children should be left alone on the Internet anyway.
As far as teenagers, I have no problem with them seeing the meme what so ever. Most teenagers have already been exposed to extreme violence through films, video games, etc. Seeing a real life picture and the reality of real life events, and then talking about them, might do them some good.
Interesting and thoughtful discussion . . . . Blake's point is well made.
My own sensitivity is, doubtless, the result of my own personal experience which has required years of therapy. Getting shot 3 times, being under protective custody in a hospital bed, having the Blank Panthers at your front door at 2am and having a Chief's Special shoved in your mouth and the hammer cocked leaves some memories.
I'm certain my reaction is overblown and hyper-sensitive.
But, to Blake's point, as a New Yorker, I am quite aware that the civilian populous never really saw what happened at The World Trade Center. The media, and perhaps it's just what I saw, would make you believed that only a few folks, 15 or 20, leapt from the towers. . . .when in fact it was "raining" people.
I suspect some folks eager to dismiss "intense vetting" as necessary would see their thinking evolve it they'd see some of the footage of friends, co-wprkers, secretaries, electricians and the bagel saleswoman splattering on Vesey Street.
I hate to admit it but one of my best friends is a veteran of "The Farm" (yep, the official position is that it doesn't exist) and he entered Afghanistan about 20 days after 9/11/01 as one of the "Horse Soldiers". With his beard, fluent Arabic and intense training . . his job was to remove enemy threats leaving as little footprint as possible. He was literally among those with 7 passports and identities who was in the "get caught, we've never heard of you" category. Most his "work" was done by hand, quickly and effectively. He saved a scrapbook and I sometimes wonder if sharing some of it would bring some folks around to what we face.
It's a tough world out there. We have a target painted on us, as Americans. Barack Obama did, what may be irreparable, damage to the ability to maintain safety and security.
I still can't get over fast and furious. Who, in the good name of Christ, let 2 totally inexperienced dope smoking street kids do that kinda shit?
It's not popular . . but I think if we'd enforce the same sort of security at the Texas and Arizona border that we do around sensitive military installations. . . . "kill on site", it would go along way to solving the porous border problem. Currently, we pick folks up, escort them to a warm meal, a welcoming legal team and provide them with driver's license's and amnesty.
Short form, we need to build a wall because Obama stopped enforcing the law, then told people he wasn't going to obey it, and they shouldn't either, and invited them to break the law and he'd give them stuff for free.
He's taking away the trophies and the snowflakes can't handle it.
Someone should post that one in the Trump thread, so it can be discussed
I'm with Court on the "exposure" theory. Granted, I don't have anything like his experience...at least, not with the "terror" side of death. But I did spend a good deal of time in a hospital, near death, and fighting. Being the only person in a 26 bed TBI ward who can talk back? Eye-opening, to say the least. And I think us Americans are overly-sheltered. It's a blessing of sorts - we haven't HAD to deal with these horrors as part of our daily lives, and that's a good thing. But the flip side of the coin is, we're not smart enough to avoid it; not smart enough to see it knocking on our door; not smart enough to see it strolling across the threshold and into where we live. Where our families live. Where our children live.
And I'm afraid it will be a rude, deadly awakening. I hope I'm wrong; I hope we get our borders (and the MSM/DNC idiots) under control before too many die. But I honestly don't believe we're smart enough to avoid lots of bloodshed.
I come here because I like Buells, though I don't own one. I happen to be a liberal (WAAAAYYYY to the left). I like the MEME thread. I can appreciate the humor, even when directed at me. I think the talk about a liberal coup attempt is a little disingenuous, since the recent election of Donald Trump is the culmination of a many years in the making coup started by the Coors boys and the election of Ronald Reagan (who has the distinction of running the most corrupt administration since Nixon. The Koch brothers have added their talents to the effort. After Republican governors ( I must congratulate Conservatives on their strategy to get control of state legislatures)gerrymandered their state's voting districts to give Republicans a structural election advantage (you do realize that Trump lost the popular vote by about three million voted, right?). Well, Conservatives are in complete control of all three branches of government. Trump has nominated a cadre of foxes to run the cabinet hen houses. I like to be optimistic. That said, I'm looking forward to unbridled prosperity in the near future. I'm hoping to see my Social Security to continue til I die, since my 401k isn't great (remember when Reagan allowed corporations to raid their fixed benefit pension funds to free up all that cash to invest?). I expect the Trump administration to replace Obamacare with a better healthcare system that is affordable by all income levels. I expect all the bad corporations who shipped their jobs overseas to bring those jobs back to the US. Are Trump's ties still being manufactured in China? I'm expecting nothing but good to come from the Trump administration. If things don't quite work out as planned, you won't be able to blame the liberals. I continue to hope, but I am bracing for disappointment.