I've taken the 10-minute timeout suggested by polycarp, and I don't feel any differently.
I believe I'm gone. I can't buy in to being civil to the uncivil and I've said multiple times that the main problem with the Dems and often with Thom Hartmann is insisting on figuratively taking rhetorical knives to rhetorical gunfights. I believe Thom Hartmann and Rachel Maddow are the two smartest progressive talkers, but Thom has the fatal weakness of wasting reasoned discourse on willful philistines in the vain hope that they or the audience will understand that and respond accordingly. I do not share his optimism.
Nobody has banned me or even said anything negative to me. I just can't live with not giving them back everything they send over, tit for tat. That's the only thing they'll ever respond to and power and strength and calling them out is all they'll ever understand. If they haven't demonstrated that yet by the way they've run Congress, people who can't see it are ineducable.
Anyhow, I don't make the rules, it's not my board, and I'm willing to abide by those rules by disappearing, without making a stink about it. I will not play in any game wherein I'm required to carry what I believe is a handicap, and I believe that practicing required civility when dealing with those who are uncivil by their very natures constitutes just such a handicap.
Rigel was no big loss. Drc's farewell analysis of his situation in another thread was a bullseye.
"With reasonable men I will reason. With honorable men I will plead. But to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will surely be lost." William Lloyd Garrison
Don't you dare go away, Ulysses. That would break my heart. Don't you know that your so-called ad-hominems, if they are such, elicit laughter and cheers more than anything else, and only the most stuffy and rigid poop-heads on this forum could possibly have a problem with your refreshing style. I didn't even mind back when you told me to "go play in traffic," on the MEAT thread; I thought it was funny and certainly would have been shocked if you had been banned for it (I'm sure I was just a "rude."). I mean, you and I don't always agree, but I would always expect you to be direct and directly insulting, because that's honest. Honesty, not mealy-mouthed, phony BS, is your thing, and this forum is made better, and far more interesting, by your presence.
I do agree with you on everything you said there. I call what you do, "civil-speak," as in, it's your civil right to be uncivil to the uncivil and the nonsensical. I don't know if you ever read my blog post on the subject, entitled, Civility or Civil-Speak and the Downside of Kumbaya, but I still stand by it. http://zenzoenow.blogspot.com/2011/02/civility-or-civil-speak-and-downsi... If they haven't read it, I hope the moderators here will, and try to relax in the future. Actually, they have been better lately, or so I thought. At least I haven't been banned, since the last time. And I do think Polycarp's post put a damper on our spirits here. Ah well. He's a good guy.
Again, I hope you'll change your mind, if not today, at some time in the near future. If not, farewell—you will be missed, especially when the Kerachen comes calling again...