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About Jman

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  1. I appreciate that post. Thanks.

  2. Oi, crusty old barnacle here, just to lend my support to Chad, for what very little it's worth (and have no fear, I am perfectly aware that most people on here probably have no idea who I am, and so that worth is likely almost zero. That's okay). He's a good man, trying to accomplish a good thing. I know this forum can get a bit heated and/or reactionary sometimes, but this message is worth taking a deep breath and a ten-minute walk before reading if necessary. Good on you, sir. I hope you succeed where I and many others failed. Oh, and for everyone else? A message of caution... Currently, religion-wise, I'm pretty much a Dudeist. It's a silly name for a faith, but an accurate one for the life I lead. Thing is, though, I'm not Christian, and I used to be. While I'm fully aware that the final responsibility for making that decision lies with me and me alone, and I'm comfortable with my decision, I count my one major failure in life as the years when I allowed the members of this very forum to take my hand, pull me away from the road of faith, peace, trust, and contentment, and guide me onto the road of divisiveness, bickering, accusations, and general unpleasantness. Eventually, this led me to throw up my hands in disgust, declare "I quit this job, and this religion too!", and quietly fade into the background. I've always made my own decisions - my life story is one carved around a central theme of stubborn, immovable defiance and independence. Staffing this forum, however, was the only time I allowed someone else to make a lifestyle choice for me, and that was to quit Christianity for good. There were bitter arguments, heated debates, and flung accusations, most of which I can't even remember today, but the end result was that I tell my friends these days, "I used to be Christian, but then they told me I couldn't, so I said have it your way and left." I'll be honest here, folks. You can reply to this, but I probably won't see it. I've got a full-time job during the week, a part time job on the weekends, a sweetheart and a cat to take care of, and frankly I just don't have time for this place anymore. If you take one thing from this, though - as much as I can appreciate the sentiment behind a reactionary response to this, a counter, an argument, however you'd like to phrase it, and I'm sure Chad can too - just remember that he's doing what he's doing for a very good reason. Part of that reason, of course, is to ensure that this stays a healthy, happy, and safe place for all of you, and moreover, to ensure that things like my story don't happen to anyone else here. For what it's worth, may your God bless you all, and I hope you all have rich, rewarding roads ahead of you from here. Thanks Chad! I'll bow out and let you do your job now. I just felt so proud seeing you come from your trolling days when I was feeling none too comfortable myself being part of the chorus that was calling for your permanent ban all the way to this that I wanted to pitch my $0.02 into the ring. Aloha! --Jman
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    Exposing Obama's Radical Past:

    @ Jarrax Volk: You use many broad, sweeping terms in your arguments. Whom do you claim to represent when you use words such as "we" and "unwanted"? For the purposes of writing with the wisdom of a serpent and the innocence of a dove, so to speak, I would suggest striving to the utmost to represent naught but the most humble and sincere honesty in your words.
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    Jenifer Knapp Comes OUt.

    Wisdom, talent, and beauty all in one tidy package. What a woman! Insert applause here. For the ranters on both sides of this argument (I shan't dignify it with the title of "debate", for reasoned discourse it certainly is not) - and yes, I did say both - take it from a tired old warrior: I'd advise you to save your breath (or your fingers) and cut the ranting, because the only ears open to it are your own. Rather, heed the following words, from a dude much wiser than I: Just sayin', folks...not to belabor my point, but that very same dude had a way with words, and I think it only fitting that I finish with them as well: <!--QuoteBegin-that very same dude Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Smart dude, that one was. Pity he had to go, but, well, y'know...
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    ...sorry, just don't have the time or energy for it these days. Just popping in to say hi. If you're one of the oldies and want to catch up, PM Huw - he knows where to find me these days. Hello everyone! Lovely seeing you, I won't say goodbye, but I'm sure I'll talk to you later.
  6. I find it entertaining that social conservatives are cheering the fact that California is now a state in which gay marriage is legal. The irony here is delicious.
  7. I saw this in another thread... Indeed, though the quote our esteemed resident scholar & gentlewoman so appreciates ought to be expanded: "When somebody don't look, think, feel, or believe <strike>as pretty</strike> the same as you do, don't judge them...You don't know what might happen to you. Don't judge the people who don't <strike>look</strike> live the same way as you do. You never know when it may be taken away from you." This story makes me wonder - how many people will see past the medical miracle and realize that no matter what one may look like, feel, think, or believe, we're all human in the end and all in the same boat, with no right to judge one another for our differences? For those who don't know, I've been moderating this forum for I don't know how many years now. I've seen members come and go, I've seen, stopped, prevented, and started lord knows how many forum fires, I've seen the staff go from good to great to bad to worse and back, and I've seen the member base expand like some freakish sort of virus. I used to be pretty hardcore, took this place pretty seriously. I don't really, anymore - don't get me wrong, I like you guys plenty, and I like this place, too, but really, I'm just out of place here. The internet ain't a serious place, and CTF is. Recently, I stumbled into a discussion between some people I used to respect a great deal. These people were talking about a close friend of theirs who had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...or perhaps 'talking' is the wrong word. To be perfectly honest, gossip would be the right word for it. It was vicious, underhanded, and petty - all without even meaning to be. These people were so convinced that they were in the right that they didn't even stop to consider the feelings of their friend - and why should they? It's not as if their friend would ever be privy to that discussion. It was disheartening, I'll be honest. I used to respect these people, to look up to them as Christians - that is, people who followed in the footsteps of Christ, admiring and emulating his traits of humility, generosity, kindness, and goodwill towards all. I'll admit it - I don't anymore. I've also noticed that this occurence wasn't a singular one...as a matter of fact, it fits pretty comfortably within a trend that I notice all too often within the Christian community. It made me wonder, I have to admit. I publicly <strike>admit</strike> celebrate the following fact: I am an Agnostic Unitarian Universalist Christian, and I follow Wiccan, Buddhist, Taoist, and Humanist traditions. (If I get kicked off staff anytime soon, now you all know why ) Anybody else remember Tim? I do. He was an awesome mod. He flat-out rocked. I'm not sure he'd be allowed on the forum these days, or if he'd be comfortable here even if he was. Mind you, this is okay - CTF, like any other community, goes through cycles, and evolves with time. At the moment, it's in a very religious cycle, and I'm sure that with time, it will swing back to secular, from there to religious, back again, and so on for as long as it sticks around. This really isn't a bad thing - change encourages growth. The point is, though, at the moment, I think some questioning would be a healthy thing for this community. Not in a subversive sense, just in a 'stop and smell the roses' sense. Every single one of you that reads this, STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Do I have your attention? Good. Now look at someone you disagree with, someone who really gets you ready to blow your top. What is it that gets you so passionate about your differences with them? Are they really that different from you? Ask yourself: How are you different from them? How much does it really matter? How are you like them? How difficult would it be to set aside your differences and learn to appreciate them? Among my closest friends here on CTF, those people that I count as my nearest and dearest in this community that I've been a part of for so long, I count the following (among others): -Deeper -Spider-Man -JAG -Yoshi -Overdrive -DCYPL Does anyone notice anything about that list? Anyone? Yeah, you in the back. What is it? What are you seeing here? ...Oh yeah. The fact that their beliefs are all so radically different from mine as to be nearly opposite, they've all butted heads with me in contests of will that escalated to the point where other people were afraid to even get involved, and yet I still count them as my closest friends/allies/people I can depend on when the going gets tough 'round here. Funny how personality and character have nothing to do with beliefs, isn't it? P.S. Hey guys. Yeah, you guys. The ones in the list right up there? You rock. Don't get me wrong: I think disagreement is healthy. There ain't nothing wrong with a good spirited debate between two people willing to listen to one another's viewpoints...but the listening is the key. In conclusion: Hi. I'm Jman. I'm different. It's good to meet you.
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    Men and Women equal?

    This post: ...is pretty awesome. IMO. Just sayin'.
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    Men and Women equal?

    While I appreciate this part: Sources for this, please? Sidenote: Or was all that supposed to be in the context of "I am a firm believer in..."? If it was, then please do ignore the request for sources, as beliefs don't actually need sources, last time I checked. Edit: Note that I'm not actually arguing or disagreeing with anyone who has posted in this thread so far, or even engaged in the debate in any meaningful way whatsoever. Just asking one person to expand on their views, that's all.
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    Does .999..=1?

    A math thread! I only have one thing to contribute to this discussion, and it's hardly productive at all. *ahem* 2+2=5...for extremely large values of 2. That is all.
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    Is Barack Obama the Antichrist?

    While I'm glad that people have been making some very thoughtful posts in this thread... President Obama is both a "person off-site" and a Christian. I do hope that the implications here are clear enough for everyone to understand. If not, PM a staff member, and I'm sure they'll happily explain. ***BREAKING NEWS*** This just in! The horse is dead and would like to politely request that everybody stop beating it. It would like to rest in peace. This announcement has been brought to you by your friendly neighborhood moderator.
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    Obama's First 100 Days in Office

    Quick reminder, folks: President Obama is both a "person off-site", and a Christian. His position in the public eye is not an excuse to break the CTF Rules of Conduct.
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    Is Obama a Socialist?

    So....just to clarify something: @ Jarkawhatsit: Please prove to me that this is actually a debate - that is, a discussion between two or more people with differing viewpoints attempting to convince one another that they hold the correct view using original arguments, critical thought, and spontaneous arguments based on thorough (and perhaps even painstaking) research. For the nonce, though, there's really no reason for this thread to stay open, as it's simply running in circles at the moment. I expect the PM in my inbox within the week. That is all. *admin edited for content* - Jess