Jack, you have no right to doubt my intentions. Do you think I would have tried so hard to explain myself if my only purpose were to provoke?
Learn to write a sentence without using an ad hominem fallacy. Then come back and say whatever you want.
I have every right to doubt you whenever I see fit. I have no idea why you think "trying to explain yourself" is evidence that you didn't intend to provoke people. If you hadn't intended to provoke a response with your anti-Veteran comment on a Veteran's Day post, you wouldn't have been so exasperated that Brett denied you the opportunity.
You should take it as a compliment that I doubted that you were stupid enough to think that your comment wouldn't've provoked a response. You should also learn the definition of "ad hominem fallacy". You weren't attacked.
Jack, a sign of maturity is to attack ideas, not the people who hold them true. If you think calling me petty and stupid isn't a direct attack, then it is you who have to check your definitions.
That is a lesson you can learn from D.J. The man has a soldier on his avatar picture and still has shown twice the civility you'll ever have.
OK, Jack. Let's call it a day. Thank you for your time posting in this thread.
I'm south of the border "amigou". Wrong continent.
I'm sorry, but I didn't intend to "denigrate the sacrifice of men and women...". All I'm saying is I rather celebrate peace and those who seek for it than war and those who make it. Perhaps I underestimated the controversial effect of my comment (I can see that now, judging by your reactions). But I must emphasize that it wasn't my intention to irritate anybody.
Edit: I asked Brett about the comment hours ago. I don't think I'll get an answer from him (and that's ok).
You're free to hold whatever opinion you want. But I think the point the guys on here are trying to make was that there is a time and place for everything. Expressing your opinion on that particular article was neither the time nor the place to do so. The forums here, and The Great Debate in particular, are much more suitable.
Maybe you firmly believe 1 and 2. Okay, your business. But was it necessary to say it in a forum of honoring vets? Then complain if it's not posted by they guy that owns the blog? With free speech comes responsibility, and a right to free speech does not guarantee an adoring, simpering audience.
Can you really say you like intellectual honesty if your post on a veteran's day blog is intended to cause trouble? You were not being honest with yourself if you didn't think it through. Sometimes, a man must self-censor so as not to do harm.
Glad I typed all that coz my first reaction was nasty, but I self-censored as an example. Capisce?