C: I think that is at the heart of it. I say this because I often get personal insult responses to things I write here that are purely a critique of Maharishi and his teaching. Now if you are making a point that Barry also includes a bit of critique on the people who hold those beliefs, and that offends them I would go along with that. It wasn't about the babies on either side, that much I am clear about.
R: I disagree. Anyone who has been posting on FFLife for any length has come to expect criticism of Maharishi. We are inured to it; water off a duck's back so to speak. The funny thing is that critics of Maharishi are so frozen in time with hurts and gripes about him they fail to see no one gives a shit. Rather than take responsibility for being down right ornery just for the hell of it, they continue to imagine their impotent barbs offend "true believers." R: Baby abuse in just an escalation of his usual button pushing MO, the image of which would offend the sensibilities of any normal human being irrespective of their affiliation with Maharishi. C: No babies were harmed in the posting. It was not suggested that babies should be harmed. It was a gross line but nothing that someone who watches South Park would be too alarmed at in the way it was being used. No need to clutch pearls. (tip of the hat to you.) R: Your "no babies were harmed" and South Park defense of Barry is a silly distraction from the issue of his behavior and a huge assumption the pearl clutching lurkers you are so concerned cannot discern personal attack from satire would not be offended by or misconstrue Barry's "metaphor" invoking child abuse. You can't have it both ways, Curtis. It's likely lurkers will "get" satire making fun of Barry and have a good laugh. No one in their right mind thinks the use of a child abuse "metaphor" to "push buttons" is funny under any circumstance...except Barry, of course. R:Yes, I do see the difference between a personal accusation and satire, do you? C: I believe I was pointing that out myself, so yes. Even satire on dead public figures and living persons have different rules of engagement, or should IMO. R:Anyone reading my posts would have to be an idiot not to "get" the satire of my posts making fun of Barry. R: So you are making a case that people reading internet posts cannot be idiots? I'm sure you really do get the distinction I was making. As an isolated post it might have not taken on the "Maharishi" effect it achieved on top of more direct accusations. I do think you are a funny person Raunchy and I get your intent I think. R: BTW In response to Barry's faux victim outrage, C: Having been the target of a similar routine I am less inclined to see it as faux outrage. There is something really unsettling about seeing the intent of your words twisted into this accusation. You realize that someone wants to actually hurt your fer real real. R: I'm waiting for the Dutch police to come clattering after me in their wooden shoes. C: I am a fan of your clever humor Rauchy. Always have been.