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Old 03-10-2016, 09:47 AM
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Found on AK in joke thread. Makes a point.

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A female journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.
So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.
She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.
"Pardon me, sir, what's your name?"
"Morris Feinberg," he replied.
"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."
"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."
"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."
"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man."
"I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fucking wall"
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:49 AM
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:57 PM
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So the joke section of AK is the crack in the wall where one can express their religious and or political thoughts without being shunned?
Or is it just the place where you can try to get away with it, and if the moderators don't like your position you may still get chopped down, like this example where it's ok to blame organized religion as long as you blame them all?
Just wondering...
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Old 03-10-2016, 05:31 PM
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Jokes always push the boundaries of the permissible.

WG, your post raises a fine point. Public discussion of of moderator practice on AK is banned on AK. Public discussion of moderator practice here is banned here. But public discussion here of moderator practice on AK may be permissible. I'm not sure.
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Found on AK in joke thread. Makes a point.
The futility of prayer?
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:17 PM
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Jokes always push the boundaries of the permissible.
True. And when it becomes obvious that the comedy format is being used to push an ideology or trash a segment of society, the jokes and the comedian suddenly aren't funny.
Don Rickles would ridicule every segment of society, one at a time, including himself. Very funny stuff.
But a comedian with an agenda isn't funny at all. They hate inside, and no amount of funny coming out of their mouth can cover it up.
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So the joke section of AK is the crack in the wall where one can express their religious and or political thoughts without being shunned?
Or is it just the place where you can try to get away with it, and if the moderators don't like your position you may still get chopped down, like this example where it's ok to blame organized religion as long as you blame them all?
Just wondering...
Why don't you send a PM to Grumpy for clarification?

I suspect the short answer is no. If you see a post that violates the TOU, you should report it.
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:20 PM
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True. And when it becomes obvious that the comedy format is being used to push an ideology or trash a segment of society, the jokes and the comedian suddenly aren't funny.
Don Rickles would ridicule every segment of society, one at a time, including himself. Very funny stuff.
But a comedian with an agenda isn't funny at all. They hate inside, and no amount of funny coming out of their mouth can cover it up.
You got a bit too melodramatic there. When is a point an 'agenda?' Do points always imply 'hate,' as you claim 'agendas' do? If one 'hates' the 'agenda' of another, might that account for the inability to be amused?

Will a weekend in the stocks suffice, or have I earned 100 lashes?
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:55 PM
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You got a bit too melodramatic there. When is a point an 'agenda?' Do points always imply 'hate,' as you claim 'agendas' do? If one 'hates' the 'agenda' of another, might that account for the inability to be amused?

Will a weekend in the stocks suffice, or have I earned 100 lashes?
I'd vote for both, but think you'd enjoy it too much.
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:21 PM
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I didn't see it as an attack against organized religion or Judaism. I saw it as a sort of cynical expression of a world weary man who has tried his best by praying. It could be any religion but of course the confluence of the the term wall with the holy site in Jerusalem makes the joke work.
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