Someone is Saddam's Girlfriend (Was Re: The Art of Unix Programming)

Jochen Schroeder jschrod at
Tue Feb 11 02:19:51 PST 2003

Am Die, 2003-02-11 um 03.00 schrieb Ian Molton:
> On Tue, 11 Feb 2003 00:55:39 +0000 (UTC)
> etmilleretmiller at (Eric Miller) wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > Great analogy.  Problem is that we /can/ hear Bjorns
> > radio.  His volume is not low, it is just as visible
> > as the rest of us, no more no less.  He cant say "I'm
> > sorry but my sig is invisible so you can't possibly
> > see it, so I will not stop posting it"
> Hmm. "font color=#ffffff" ;-)
> You are picking at nits. however I will humour you and attempt to
> provide an (even more) watertight analogy.
> Suppose I wear a T-shirt saying 'God Exists' on it, in public.
> Does ANYONE have the right to FORCE me to remove it (ok, ok, change into
> something innocuous).
> If it said 'If you dont believe in god I will burn your house down',
> people STILL would have no right to force me to remove it, although I
> would then have to face the fact that I am giving the police reason to
> question me on every religion-based crime comitted in the area...
> Likewise, if I wear a T-shirt saying 'US foreign policy blows chunks'
> you STILL have no to make me remove it.
> And further, if I wear a T shirt saying 'Americans are responsible for
> killing xxx citizens of country yyy' You STILL have no right to make me
> remove it.
> It might offend you, but it IS true. Americans HAVE been responsible for
> a lot of deaths in various places. (note: so have other conuntries, too)
> but just because it offends a few people (like you) who for some reason
> take it PERSONALLY where it is CLEARLY a generalisation, doesnt give you
> the right to make me stop wearing it.
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Thanks Ian, 
I thought of joining the discussion, but you really brought it down to
the point. There's nothing more to say about it.

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