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November 18th, 2004
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Verse (Quote) Thursday
I ran across this particular quote when I was very young and it stuck with me. It did something to me.

"I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."
-Voltaire



Years later, I discovered this equally important, derivative quote:

"I may disagree with your T-shirt, but I shall defend to the death your right to wear it."
-Unknown





For those with an interest:

(9/11 Commission Report


Quoted as being "A surprisingly good read" by the National Book Association (NBA).

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From:fakoriginal
Date:November 18th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)

Good quotes

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it's a shame that people don't say what they want to out of fear or intimidation - which bring me onto this sad story.
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From:saurons_truss
Date:November 18th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Good quotes

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I think there are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue of ABC's decision to air "Saving Private Ryan" on network TV in primetime.

Certainly no one stopped Spielberg from making and showing (in theaters) that fantastic movie... and no one even thought about stopping the distribution of its appropriately marked DVDs and video tapes.

Showing the movie in Prime Time becomes a little more problematic. Multiple use of "Fuck" and even a "Take it up the ass" reference threaten to overwhelm what little community standards (that have every right to be in place) exist. The argument that those bits were in context and that the powerfully-imaged movie needed and deserved to be shown are enough to sway me, but I rail at the hypocricy of an FCC that has a vendetta for such people as Howard Stern (admittedly much more "base" that the movie in question), but can allow the exact same verbage on a medium such as "Saving..." (which showcased some of the most graphic, real-life violence ever) or even Oprah for that matter.

I tend to side with Free Speech on issues of that type, but also fully empathize with, say, parents who are trying to bring their children up decently in what is tantamount to a blizzardy attack of for-shit morality.
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From:saurons_truss
Date:November 18th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Good quotes

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I should have said, "real-life-looking violence".
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From:solodancer
Date:November 19th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Good quotes

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Mind if I jump in here with the perspective of a mother?

No one who knows me would ever call me liberal. I am teaching my kids morals straight out of the good book. However, I am bothered with this movie not being shown. And I am bothered that something like Janet Jackson's "costume malfunction" would cause this much distraction.

First of all there is a HUGE difference between something that happens in the middle of an otherwise inocuous show, (the superbowl) and something that happens during a movie that unless you're an idiot you know is going to be violent and graphic.

I loved Saving Private Ryan. Would I let Tori watch it? I don't know, I'd have to watch it again myself and decide. Would I let my 11 year old watch it? Absolutely not!

When they showed Shindler's list uncut years ago, I taped it. I didn't show it to my two older kids until just a few years ago. My youngest has still not seen it, but he will some day.

I am always more bothered by the things that just pop up without warning than I am by the things that are aired with full knowledge of what they're about.

When we were in Denmark, the kids were pretty young and they were not allowed to chanel surf because the commercials over there are very sexually graphic and you never knew when you were surfing what you'd see. So, we had to moniter the tv very closely. But if a program like Saving Private Ryan is on and I know it's graphic, I can make sure my son isn't in the room.

It's not that hard.

And, I agree that we should speak with out wallets. If more people spend their money on wholesome entertainment then that's what Hollywood will put forth. It just make economic sense if not moral sense.

Oh and I like your quotes. I've heard the first one before, but the second one is nice too.

Good sentiments.

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From:saurons_truss
Date:November 19th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Good quotes

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Yes, parental control is perhaps the most important aspect of child rearing in regards to what the shorties do and don't see on TV. My small point was simply that Saving was shown in Prime Time... a period normally considered more or less sacrosanct by parents and perhaps not as strictly monitored by them.

"Saving..." broadcast numerous warnings prior to, and during, the show. Like I said I had no problem with it, but can see what others are saying.
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From:whymzycal
Date:November 18th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Word.
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From:saurons_truss
Date:November 19th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
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To my muthah?
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