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Everything posted by cixelsyd

  1. That is not my intent. As far as I understand, "illegal" means that is not your right. Well, we were discussing speech. I have no experience with telepathy.
  2. Hopefully, my clarification demonstrates that I was not advocating anything like that.
  3. This is getting off-topic (mods, do what you need to, and my apologies). But to answer your question... Murder is already illegal. Same with a host of other related crimes (attempted murder, manslaughter, etc.). Many of those crimes are proven (or stopped in advance) because they were spoken about by the criminals, and that speech was witnessed in person or online. I would prefer that Congress make no law regarding speech crimes that deprives the FBI/police/etc. of the evidence they need to thwart greater crimes.
  4. You must have missed my previous post. Here, I will repeat it:
  5. Himself, obviously. Anyone making demands for silencing particular speech has already taken it upon themselves to define which speech would be banned.
  6. That is a viewpoint that needs to be defeated at many levels of society. Just silencing it, and allowing it to fester in the shadows, is not good enough. Plus, I would rather those creatures be free to speak, and out themselves, so that I know who to keep the children way-the-hell away from.
  7. I think we will all learn more through discussion than by silencing people.
  8. I think the opposite is true. Actually, your animal metaphors help explain why. A "watchdog" is exactly what a third-party legal, investigative, or activist organization should be... well worth all that annoying barking for the faithful protection and accurate identification of bad actors. An entity that proves themselves effective at those tasks can and should earn the recommendations of pageantry arts ensembles and/or their governing organizations. The fox, on the other hand, wants to eat the hens for lunch. That is not the purpose of a third-party law firm or investigator. I h
  9. It is not that hard. Drum corps reflect the constituencies from which they recruit. Once upon a time, drum corps recruited locally, and they reflected the composition of their local communities. But not anymore. Not even the pandemic will cause a return to more local membership. Today, DCI drum corps recruit almost entirely from the membership/alumni of highly competitive USA marching bands. That focus only narrows among top corps, who increasingly utilize the subset of such young adults who have further experience with other corps. Since those are the people with the opport
  10. A likely answer to your question lurks in this quote from the MAASIN website: "We checked in with all reporters the Troopers could have reasonably contacted because they were named and found not all had been contacted for an investigation. While we understand that there was no way to contact the anonymous reporters directly, neither the law firm nor Troopers board made any effort to obtain their contact information from us or contact the reporters in any way such as having MAASIN mediate to maintain anonymity." The purpose of having a third party investigate is to maintain anonymity.
  11. So why delete the 47 pages of thread that had nothing to do with him? Meanwhile, 3,658 posts by that same poster remain here. Quite a few are C-19 related, and they all have his real name attached. Why are they not deleted?
  12. Yes, but I still do not understand why the entire 50-page thread was deleted because of someone who only joined in at page 48.
  13. And you will have to settle for memories, because we just had a second such thread completely disappear from this forum. What is up with that?
  14. Because some of the most powerful member corps will not be there. Staging a DCI championship in 2021 would change the balance of revenue sharing based on competitive ranking. Follow the money.
  15. The 1979 American Legion national convention was held in Houston, TX, from August 17th through the 22nd. The drum corps contest was held August 19th, infamously ending in a tie for first place between Long Island Kingsmen and Sky Ryders. No senior corps entered this contest. Edit: 1973 was the year the Legion held their national convention in Hawaii, effectively cancelling the drum corps contests since only one corps made plans to attend.
  16. Pennsylvania was one of the exceptions to the rule in 1942. Undaunted by rain, VFW held their field contest a day later than scheduled at the state convention in Uniontown. You would be interested to know that the senior title went to Hanover post 2506. The 1942 Legion state convention only offered parade competition.
  17. State and national conventions were still held annually during the war years, but they were streamlined to focus on the essential business of the organizations. Non-essential travel was discouraged. Parades relied on local participants. Field competitions were not held at the national conventions in any of those four years; most states did the same.
  18. That first tour lasted one more week, including contests in Oklahoma and Kansas on July 8-9-10. Next contest appearance was August 1st in McHenry, IL, three weeks later.
  19. Well, if there are 30 pages of guidelines/procedures, that might explain how not everyone is on the same page.
  20. SoundSport could have a covid division, where the max size is 10 performers and they must maintain 6-foot spacing throughout the performance.