Kind of like the smoking ban....

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Mortgage and Lending with Texana Bank

A certain person was just booted off of AR, and understandably a lot of people are upset about that. I am NO fan of censorship, and even though I thought what this person had said on several occasions was pretty foul, I did not ONCE flag the comments or blogs. I don't believe that we should necessarily be without any side of an issue- even the most crass, simplistic and vulgar viewpoints.

BUT, I am reminded of when Connecticut was pushing forward with the effort to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. Being a smoker at the time, I WAS TICKED. How can they tell us that we can't smoke and drink at the same time!!! That's my favorite thing in the whole wide world!!!!! :)

But you know what happened after the ban took place and all that nasty, worthless smoke was gone? People drank more... haha... Just kidding... we drank less- but the point is- we didn't STINK. That foul odor wasn't nesting in our hair every morning after a long night at the bar... :)

Looking back, getting rid of that putrid smoke was the best thing CT ever did. I hope the people that are upset about that certain person's exit will come to realize that he added nothing useful to the debate- and was often times overboard in his comments. He basically stunk up the place. And now he is gone, and so is the stench. Hopefully, that will turn out to be a good thing. Only time will tell.

 

Thank you AR for paying attention.

 

And to those who feel let down by AR for this, remember it was this person's own actions that caused this. Warnings, I am sure, were issued. So, don't blame the wrong people here. What is done is done, and I hope that the debate gets healthier now- and we don't drag it down anymore with outrageous behavior.

Comments (38)

James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

About the stinky air???? Simon- speak up! What did you want me to remove and apologize for!?!?

May 22, 2008 06:05 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I figured out who it was by searching for his profile.  POOF!  Just like that!

Who wants to be next?

May 22, 2008 06:14 AM
James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

Simon, I think you will actually agree with me after a few days of NOT being told you are going to burn in hell. But hey, if you're a masochist... :)

 

So touchy.

May 22, 2008 06:14 AM
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

Yes Jennifer, that one - a truly disgraceful comment.

May 22, 2008 06:14 AM
James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

Simon- you have lost me. I was ALMOST a Simon Conway fan, but your sickening double standards are just too much for me. It offends you that I refer to Bill's rantings and ravings as 'stinky air'??? Talk about thin skin. You are not who you claim to be.

 

 

 

May 22, 2008 06:20 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

When you click on the "Founder" link of the "Silent Majority" group homepage, you get "no such username".

Who's going to take over running that group?

May 22, 2008 06:23 AM
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

I am exactly who I claim to be - I have never hurled an insult or called a name. There is a truly disgusting double standard going on here.

May 22, 2008 06:25 AM
James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

hahaha... Bill... or Simon.. whoever you are... please, get a grip. All you do is complain... you never say anything anymore... it is getting tiresome... please, either bring the opinions and the facts to back it up, or just stop.

 

Eric- my guess would be Hugh, but I'm not sure how they decide that.

May 22, 2008 06:29 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

This may explain things.  Take a look at the early comments to this post:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/498219/Would-you-vote-a

Labeling an entire race "lemmings", especially on a real estate-related website, is asking for trouble.

May 22, 2008 06:46 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Hi guys - I don't know what to say!  I don't believe in banning smoking, but I do believe in banning bigotry and racism.  So... there you go! 

Also - for the record, I am not a Christian hater and had nothing to do with him getting kicked off.  I'm sure you knew that already.  : )

May 22, 2008 07:07 AM
James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

Good show Chris. :)

May 22, 2008 07:18 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Eric:  I am sure someone will come forth to head that group.  I am sure that their "previous leader" was so over the edge that no matter who takes over the group, the level of hate will surely lessen.  Sometimes things work out for the best... even when people don't think so at first.

Also... I believe that when someone is no longer on Active Rain... that all the posts and comments made by that person are also deleted.

Now... play nice, boys and girls.

May 22, 2008 10:55 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Karen Anne -- If you think the boys and girls are going to "play nice", take a look at this:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/519780/-A-DARK-DAY

and this

http://activerain.com/blogsview/521340/A-Wake-up-Call

There's more, of course.  BTW, it appears Hugh Krone has taken command of the group.

May 22, 2008 04:44 PM
Chris Horton
Horton's Lawn Care L.L.C. - Burton, MI

May 22, 2008 06:28 PM
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

We just moved closer to being able to talk about only real estate. Boring.

 

May 23, 2008 02:34 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

We also have a smoking ban in Austin bars and cafes, while it may have slowed down some drinking patrons those that remain can breathe clean air. Yippie! As for bad apples, you have to pull them our or they ruin the whole barrel. Kudos to AR for being proactive!

Betina

Nov 11, 2008 11:54 PM
Mark and Tana Hunt
Team Price Real Estate/Dan Price Broker - Austin, TX
Born and raised in Austin, WE KNOW THIS PLACE!

There were 2 people indefinately suspended from AR and 1 suspended for 2 weeks, he will be back to head silent majority.  Guess it will get Stinky again. in about a week and a half.. 

Hey Betina!!!!!! I looked for you in your office the other day!!!!!

Nov 10, 2009 03:44 PM
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

Hey Jennifer, I am getting in on the end of things and may not have all the info, but if the 'stinker" was booted because he said something about black voting patterns only.....

The United States Census reported that 58 % of African Americans were voting in the presidential election of 1964. African Americans were voting Democratic 82% of the time. This number would swell to 92 % by 1968. With the exception of the 1972, 1984, and the 1992 elections Blacks would continue to give at least 80% of their collective votes to the Democratic presidential candidate says Minion K.C. Morris in African Americans and Political Participation.

Read more at Suite101: African American Voting Patterns: Black Voting Demographics 2008 Democratic Primary Statistics http://racism-politics.suite101.com/article.cfm/african_american_voting_patterns#ixzz0gw0hYw6N

AR doesn't need people to be politically correct, that is just a bad road to go down.

Mar 01, 2010 12:29 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Banning people from making racist comments is nothing near being politically correct.  The person in question should have been suspended at least a year before this offending comment finally did it.  He was constantly attacking and name calling, and using hate speech.  Unfortunately, AR only reacts to blatant racism and not anti-gay and anti-lesbian bigotry.

Mar 01, 2010 03:04 AM
James Monastero
Texana Bank - Fuquay Varina, NC
The Matchmaker

Home Realty Group- why do you suppose that is? Why do African Americans feel compelled to vote for Democrats? Could there be a reason behind it? Why are you bringing up an old thread? Why don't you use your real name?

 

Chris- you could not be more right. Much like progressive thinking, he was a 'cancer' that should have been eradicated long before he was. ;)

Mar 01, 2010 11:06 AM