Americans, in general, are stuffy, close-minded, stiff-ass Puritans.

  • danisnotstr8

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    Apr 10, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    Just returned from a gorgeous trip overseas.

    Just sayin'.

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  • danisnotstr8

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    Apr 10, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    Of course there are Americans who actually live progressive and open-minded lifestyles. But the strong arm of Christian fundamentalists governs so much of our daily lives here, and that's a disgusting shame. These people would rather hide all the simple, pleasurable accents that life has to offer, as though they don't exist (or only exist for "sinners"), and ultimately this results in binge and fetish.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    Sweeping generalisations. Much?
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidSweeping generalisations. Much?


    Please be more specific if you want to criticize my generalizations.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:12 PM GMT

    I only mind the thiefs and thugs myself.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    Then move overseas.icon_evil.gif
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    twomack said
    I only mind the thiefs and thugs myself.


    Thieves are people who take things without asking. I believe that certain things were taken away from me before I was even born. Those people-- the ones who took my freedoms-- they are the thieves. Staying within a comfort zone and doing what is expected and accepted-- well, that's thievery.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
    Cute incendiary thread. Even though I'm sure you can bring up some good points of observation based on your trip, you're choosing to garner knee-jerk, defensive reactions.

    Unless that's what you actually wanted. To which I say: Thanks for being a part of a larger problem.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidThen move overseas.icon_evil.gif


    That's exactly what Puritans want. They do everything to make life difficult for free thinkers. For them, it would be an uncelebrated victory after a tacit motive and a silent attack.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    Americans do have a peculiar way about them. We think we are the best and brightest in the world which is patently not true. But politicians love to exploit that nationalism and many (or most) Americans eat it up and love to hear it.

    But anyone who travels a lot also recognizes that other cultures have many peculiar uneducated close minded citizens too. Some Americans love to beat up on Americans and they hold idealized untrue notions of how much better other cultures are. That's a sure sign they are simply tourists, not travellers.

    And while many citizens of other countries can point out how weird Americans can be, they also admire us in many many ways.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    Greg0201 saidCute incendiary thread. Even though I'm sure you can bring up some good points of observation based on your trip, you're choosing to garner knee-jerk, defensive reactions.

    Unless that's what you actually wanted. To which I say: Thanks for being a part of a larger problem.


    Speaking of cute, it's cute when newer members don't grasp the sardonic nuances of older members and take everything face value.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Greg0201 saidCute incendiary thread. Even though I'm sure you can bring up some good points of observation based on your trip, you're choosing to garner knee-jerk, defensive reactions.

    Unless that's what you actually wanted. To which I say: Thanks for being a part of a larger problem.


    Don't assume anything. This accusation of yours is fuel on the fire. I'm not part of the problem. I respect everyone's right to do as they wish, as long as their actions do not impose on my freedoms.

    Points of observation:

    I drank a beer on my hike in the Golan Heights without fear of breaking a law.
    I changed into my bathing suit, fully nude, in the middle of a crowded parking lot, without breaking a law.
    I held my boyfriend's hand at the Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and no one even looked at us funny.
    That's just a start.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    If Americans are so closed minded how come they have the most open minded pornography in the world?
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    "Sorry," but I'm not new. I just don't read the forums often because I find 80 percent of what's said here to be unfunny, unoriginal and cyclical. Plus it reminds me a lot of a bunch of hens pecking at each other.

    Carry on with your apparent wit.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    And, yes, you were just hen-pecked.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidIf Americans are so closed minded how come they have the most open minded pornography in the world?


    Have you seen German porn? Israeli porn? I defy you to support your postulate.

    And, by the way, this thread isn't about porn or even its existence. It's about the public reception of porn, or beer, or nudity, or social welfare, or *you name it.*
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    Yes we areā€”and proud of it! USA, USA, USA!!!!
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    There are societies around the world that have good sides and bad sides to them. If you want to point fingers, you might look in the mirror first.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Another aspect of American culture (in general):

    The vociferous and boisterous rejection of everything that causes us to question the borders of our comfort zones.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    MACGUYSEA saidThere are societies around the world that have good sides and bad sides to them. If you want to point fingers, you might look in the mirror first.


    Statements like this carry no real value. Witty quips about fingers and mirrors are perfectly valid, but I'm not sure you have any idea who I am, how open my mind is, or what I value.

    Carry on, soldiers.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    MACGUYSEA saidThere are societies around the world that have good sides and bad sides to them. If you want to point fingers, you might look in the mirror first.


    Statements like this carry no real value. Witty quips about fingers and mirrors are perfectly valid, but I'm not sure you have any idea who I am, how open my mind is, or what I value.

    Carry on, soldiers.

    And what is the color of the sky in your universe?
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    You stole the words out of my mouth.

    Greg0201 saidCute incendiary thread. Even though I'm sure you can bring up some good points of observation based on your trip, you're choosing to garner knee-jerk, defensive reactions.

    Unless that's what you actually wanted. To which I say: Thanks for being a part of a larger problem.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Yeah.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Apr 10, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    You guys must know by now that I LOVE to post topics that actually cause people to show their true colors. I admit I'm looking to bring value judgments into the open. Please, though, let's admit that progress is never made without loud-mouthed, writhing activists like me who bring attention to softly flowing undercurrents.
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    Apr 10, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    Greg0201 said"Sorry," but I'm not new. I just don't read the forums often because I find 80 percent of what's said here to be unfunny, unoriginal and cyclical. Plus it reminds me a lot of a bunch of hens pecking at each other.

    Carry on with your apparent wit.



    If you don't participate in the message board then you are considered a newb in terms of gauging members' rapport.

    Thanks for visiting my profile, though. I don't feel the need to visit yours icon_smile.gif