LsFarm wrote:Dick, I agree that tempers are going to flare, more than they do now.. but I have to say, that 90+% of the political topics and threads are started by you, so I'd suggest that if you want to tone down the tempers on the forum, that YOU can have a very big influence on accomplishing this..
You'll get no argument from me on that Greg. It is a standard family joke that I can tend to be argumentative & abrasive sometimes. I tend to shoot from the hip, get emotionally involved in any debate, have no ability to be PC (politically Correct) &...........God help me.....Actually enjoy confrontation!.....In other words.......I'm no "Day at the beach" to be around many times........& I know it!
Part of this is my basic personality......I've always had too big a mouth & never learned when to keep it shut!
The other part (in my defense) is the Head Injury I suffered back in 1989. A Head Injury is something you never actually recover from, but you just learn how to live with. I don't want to get real medical here but I feel I should explain a little about Head Injury to explain things better:
In my case, I was run down by a car & ended up going straight through the windshield, ending up...upside down with my head on the passenger floor. What happens medically is this: Your skull smashes into something (in my case a windshield) & stops instantly
.....your brain, floating in fluid within the skull, keeps going until it slams into the inside of your skull. This is where the real damage is done...this 2nd impact of the brain itself. The instant the brain is injured like that (Closed Head Injury is the medical term for what I had) many brain cells are killed outright..Brain cells do not regenerate themselves & you can't grow new ones. What you have now ,is all you'll ever have.
In adapting to life after the injury, whatever functions the now dead braincells used to control are either impossible to perform any more or you brain learns to re-wire itself & find new paths for the neurons to accomplish what you are trying to do. It is like being reborn in that you must re-learn all the things you learned to do as a baby.....eat, talk, speak, walk, goto the bathroom....everything.
Sorry about that but I just figured a little background would be useful.
Among the many common effects of Head Injury is lessened ability to exercise self control & a propensity to be impulsive....Just do what you normally would have only thought about doing!
Anyway, I guess what I am making excuses for is my lack of self control to stop myself from often getting obnoxious in these verbal debates & for that I do apologize to anyone I have offended in my many posts. I can only say I will try to tone myself down, but I do enjoy the verbal gymnastics, & feel it is almost therapeutic for me.
I know I test Richard's patience too but he seems to have no problem in letting me know when I've gone too far!
Edit: In reference to my comment about Sen. McCain's loss of 5 Naval aircraft, I don't think that his military service his somehow off-limits for discussion of a man running for President of the U.S.....Was John Kerry's treatment by the "Swiftboaters" or Rush Limbaugh off limits when his multiple Purple Heart awards were publicly ridiculed in the 2004 election? John McCain is not the only man severely injured in the service of his country......He is not owed the Presidency do to his injuries.