(armscye @ 15 Aug. 2004, 05:48) Ah yes, the standard diatribe from offshore: "There are no certainties. Dark and powerful forces of incredible subtlety manipulate us, and only my sophistication can guide the ignorant unwashed. Do not question me, obey me..." Haven't you "sophisticated" Europeans bought into that nonsense a few too many times in the last century?
While English never was my strong point, I do know that "diatribe" means an abusive, bitter denunciation. Â I invite - no, I challenge you to show me these so-called "standard diatribes" from me. Â I don't post here often and I'm by no means a shrinking violet, but what I don't do is post abusive remarks or insults as a matter of course. Â Go on, show them to me. Â Back up your allegations of my "standard diatribes". I'm merely a watch enthusiast and hobbyist who commented on a post to do with spotting fake watches. Â I've re-read my two posts on this subject and I cannot see how they are derogatory or rude to you, or where I suggest that "only my sophistication can guide the ignorant unwashed. Do not question me, obey me..." Â I'm not the one guilty of this. Â It seems to me that you're upset someone had the audacity to point out that your rules, gleaned from "fifteen years of experience" were not infallible. Â I'm sorry you feel this way, but that's your problem, not mine. Â If you don't like my posts, then tough. Â I haven't violated any posting guidelines or general rules of decorum. Finally, what do Europeans have to do with this? Â For all you know, I could be American , African or Asian. Â Care to take a swipe at any other nationalities out there while you're at it? For Duveen: I'm not sure why you've singled out William Massena's posts, which were only replies to what had been posted earlier by armscye. Â William's posts have not provoked any hostile responses; only mine have. Â As for my posts, well I assure you there's no attempted "sneer" tacked onto them and they weren't aimed to provoke a hostile reaction. Â This should be self evident from the replies themselves (trust me, you'd know if it were my intention to be insulting). Â Also, no one's suggesting that the list of rules originally posted was done in bad faith.
Unerringly, I am irresolute as to why armscye adopted such a stupid and immature approach toward you; I conjecture it is a deeper quandary at hand, as there was absolutely no raison d'Ãªtre to bring "Europeans" into the issue. Personal views will differ, and as a European, I am sure to say, without a doubt that we are one of the most distinguished, illustrious, eminent, venerated and level-headed
group of people / race (per se; the various races in our community, which are as, if not more distinguished, as the Aryan race (and following such, Saxon, Roman, and Norman races) itself). But of course such superiority of a race, is simply shown, not only with actions, and purveyed mental stronghold. But also with refinement in ones words, of indeed such, not blowing ones trumpet and proclaim to all, so to say. If you are a xenophobic, bigoted, and racist against Europeans Armscye, please do not show your imbalances to a more established multitude.