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The Crazy Person list has been a force for good for this newsgroup. It's also enormously entertaining, if you ask me.

It could be, if it was more light-handed and satirical,

Perhaps not everyone wants their emotional state/mental problems/medications satirized. It's fine if you think that's funny in relation to you, but it's not up to you to make those decisions for other people.
Mustang Sally
So, it's okay to only laugh at those racist jokes ... not. It isn't a matter of degree or amusement value.

Racist jokes are offensive by definition. Michael writing that "changing my meds enabled me to pass my colonoscopy with flying ... may be the mind set, "We don't like him, so you can't like him either," that's not your modus operandi.

I'm not sure that you're reading for comprehension. My opinion of Mikey has nothing to do with liking him. I could not possibly care any less whether or not you like Mikey. What I've objected to is you encouraging him, period. I never said you were encouraging him to be nasty, and I don't recall reading that anyone else said that. Mikey likes attention (he's not unlike you in that respect). It doesn't much matter whether you encourage only one specific aspect of his spewage; your constantly telling him how funny he is encourages his bad behavior. You're enabling him. And I really don't believe that you don't understand this.
Mustang Sally
I know what you mean. I stopped reading to clean my house. Which reminds me to ask Melinda how she's surviving with 5 coat-blowing Siberians in her house?

I paid someone to take the dogs and fled town.
Just kidding - sort of. I've been away at meetings for the past 10 days. I vacuumed before I left and returned to Siberian-sized hairballs blowing about the house. It was kind of a shock to open the back of my vehicle at the airport to load the luggage and see the dog hair.
I pick the dogs up tomorrow morning. The house seems awfully, awfully empty without them. Cinder is apparently a big hit at the kennel - she is awfully sweet. They know my other dogs quite well and the woman who runs the place claims that mine are the only huskies she'll board. She once had one chew the frame off a door and decided No More Huskies, except for Emmett, Saber, Duncan, Image, and now Cinder.

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Stephen Hawking is a flip-flopper.
Mikey likes attention (he's not unlike you in that respect).

and that's why trying to get Leah to understand is doomed to failure. they're symbiotic parasites.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott & harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Perhaps not everyone wants their emotional state/mental problems/medications satirized. It's fine if you think that's funny in relation to you, but it's not up to you to make those decisions for other people.

the thing is that bad behavior is bad behavior, regardless of whether or not people like The Leah and The Michael think it's funny. funniness is irrelevant.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott & harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
What I tell you three times is true.
Lewis Carroll
The Crazy Person list has been a force for good for this newsgroup. It's also enormously entertaining, if you ask me.

It could be, if it was more light-handed and satirical, and less a transparent attempt to hurt certain people. And if it didn't involve stalking outside this newsgroup. Hurting people isn't funny.

Hello leah,
Gwen landed a haymaker last week that probably hurt a certain someone. I found it enormously entertaining.

I'm not the only one.
Sometimes hurting people can be funny. And the fun is only quadzilldrified when the person who gets hurt has dished out so much themselves in the past, all the while refusing to admit or accept the reality of
their own behavior.
Paybacks can be enormously entertaining.

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Paybacks can be enormously entertaining.

Yes, they can, but the entertainment doesn't last. They usually carry a heck of a whiplash.
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Mikey likes attention (he's not unlike you in that respect).

and that's why trying to get Leah to understand is doomed to failure. they're symbiotic parasites.

Yes, I believe you're right about that.
Mustang Sally ;-)
Racist jokes are offensive by definition.

As are sexist comments, heckling, mocking others, etc.. Have you ever seen Mikey participate in a discussion without one of the above?
The controversy here - or at least, what I perceive as the controversy - is that I'm being accused of encouraging Michael to be nasty.

You encourage him to heckle & mock. How nasty the content of that behavior is is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if someone who heckles through a show gets off some good lines. Their goal of disruption & disrespect has one result - hijacking the evening of everyone in the audience.
He does act like a total *** sometimes - often, even. But there is another Mikey in there, and I don't think I'm the only one who sees it.

Who cares? You either accept how someone behaves or you don't.
I don't understand why people are having such a hard time with this.

Look, it's not my role to tell anyone else where their taste limits should be. There are plenty of little boys like Mikey whose grand ambition is to tell fart jokes in church. If that amuses you, knock your bad self out. Hoot, clap, stomp the floor. Just don't be so disingenuous as to be suprised when other people turn in their pews to glare at you.
Lynn K.
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