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Bananafish308
Location: East Meadow
Gender: Male
Born: March 8, 1962
Interests: Reading, Sports, Movies and Music
Member: Premier Author
Joined: July 2006
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Bananafish308 is the proud father of three children, an accountant by trade, who has been inspired by his wife and children to break free of these shackles and pursue his life-long desire to write. His passion for writing is equaled by his passion for reading, sports and music. He considers himself a true pragmatist, which comes into constant conflict with his romantic impulses buried deep within his heart.


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The heart is only half a prophet.
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Bananafish308: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28, 2020 at 11:36AM
    mrsmajor: Sadly, Bill, ignorance is still truth to some.
    August 28, 2020 at 1:36PM
    Bananafish308: So true, Victoria. Hope all is well with you.
    August 28, 2020 at 2:58PM
    Colin John: I wrote a poem on the great man, going to heaven as a black angel, and living happily with all the white angels. That's only right as he was a deeply religious man. Good quote.
    August 28, 2020 at 4:33PM
    mrsmajor: Thanks Bill. I'm doing pretty good, (for an old lady) lol...
    Stay safe my friend, and all the best for your wife, and children...Hugs
    August 28, 2020 at 8:12PM

Bananafish308: "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-Isaac Asimov
August 16, 2020 at 9:02PM
    CD Richards: Not exclusively in the US, Bill; although it does seem to do it better than most.
    August 16, 2020 at 9:46PM
    Colin John: "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."
    August 17, 2020 at 10:49AM
    CD Richards: Thanks for your opinion.
    August 17, 2020 at 6:53PM

Bananafish308: When did Tom institute a ban on political comments on the profile thoughts page??? I never saw it.
August 16, 2020 at 3:26PM
    nor84: It's recent, maybe in the last six weeks or so. Apparently, things were getting ugly in those forums. I never participated in either.

    I believe Dale Carnegie, who wrote in his book something to the effect of: Never discuss your politics or religion with others. Their position is set, and you aren't going to change it.
    August 16, 2020 at 7:38PM
    nor84: This is what is supposed to be on Profile Thoughts forum: "Displaying recent comments written in profiles."

    However, if this becomes another 'political forum' I think we can expect Tom to do something about it. The Political Forum and the Religious Forum no longer exit.
    August 17, 2020 at 2:45PM
    Sarkems: I thought the other forums were created in the first place to stop political stuff appearing on these pages. I'm fairly sure the 'Religion' forum was started after people kept witnessing on profile thoughts. So I'm guessing it's spilled on to here again and Tom's put a stop to it.
    August 18, 2020 at 2:36AM
    CD Richards: I don't recall seeing such a ban, either. Sure we aren't just imagining it? I wouldn't be sad to see such a decree, the problem is, it's just never going to hold up, because some people can't resist. It doesn't occur to them their opinions are political, they are just "truth".
    August 18, 2020 at 3:11AM
    nor84: The Political forum existed when I came here in 2006. The Religious forum was, as Sarkems said, set up to keep the other forums free from religious rants. Now neither of those forums exist. This forum, as I said earlier was supposed to be what people put in their 'Profile Thoughts' and now I suppose we're going to get both politics and religion here and in the other forums. If people acted so badly to one another in the religious and political forums that Tom had to do away with those forums, we can look for bad behavior to occur in all the other forums, I suppose.
    August 20, 2020 at 4:23PM

Bananafish308: "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."

-George Orwell

August 14, 2020 at 1:32PM
    webfoot: yes!
    August 16, 2020 at 11:41AM

Bananafish308: Saw this on Facebook. So perfectly said:

"'Agree to disagree' is reserved for things like 'I don't like coffee.' Not racism, homophobia, and sexism. Not human rights. Not basic common decency. If I unfriend you during this, it IS personal. We do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in morality."

-corina@cdvaughn16
June 27, 2020 at 4:48PM
    jlsavell: Exceptional comment. It should be a banner across the world.
    June 27, 2020 at 10:53PM
    emmaysavage: Idon't think "let go of self" is the way to grow.
    June 28, 2020 at 12:08PM
    Bananafish308: I think taking a stand against racism, homophobia, and sexism, and speaking up for human rights and basic common decency is EXACTLY the way to grow.
    June 28, 2020 at 2:09PM

Bananafish308: Reprise:

"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."

-Proverbs 18:2
June 22, 2020 at 10:04AM

Bananafish308: "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."

-Proverbs 18:2
June 15, 2020 at 9:32AM
    jlsavell: Great quote!
    June 15, 2020 at 12:33PM

Bananafish308: Jon Cooper:

"I just asked my neighbor why he removed the Trump sign from his lawn, where it had been since 2016. He replied, "I couldn't ignore his racism any longer. My son [10 years old] asked why I still support him, and I had no answer. If you lose your kid's respect, you've got nothing."
June 13, 2020 at 11:14PM
    jlsavell: I?m impressed
    June 14, 2020 at 11:54AM
    jlsavell: I?m impressed
    June 14, 2020 at 11:54AM
    mrsmajor: That man loves his son!
    June 14, 2020 at 1:52PM

Bananafish308: "I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true."

-Neil deGrasse Tyson
June 1, 2020 at 12:58AM
    jlsavell: So very true.

    If only the two Trump supporters on the forum would realize this.
    June 14, 2020 at 11:55AM

Bananafish308: "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."

-Albert Einstein
February 29, 2020 at 1:08PM

Bananafish308: "MORAL COURAGE IS A RARER COMMODITY THAN BRAVERY IN BATTLE."

-Robert Kennedy

No bleeping shit!!
February 9, 2020 at 10:42AM
    jlsavell: No bleeping shit!
    June 14, 2020 at 11:56AM

FanStory wrote to Bananafish308: A Call to Arms finished second in the contest "Political 5-7-5"
February 5, 2020 at 1:10AM

Bananafish308: "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."

-Confucius
July 16, 2019 at 9:51AM
    Gloria ....: So where do alternative facts fit into this then?
    July 16, 2019 at 6:14PM

Bananafish308: "Facts don't do what I want them to."

-David Byrne
Talking Heads
July 12, 2019 at 7:00PM
    Six-Star Writer: You have the right to free speech. As long as your not dumb enough to actually try it.

    The Clash
    July 12, 2019 at 7:13PM

Bananafish308: While we're invoking Roger Waters:

"And you didn't like school
And you know you're nobody's fool

So welcome to the machine

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine

What did you dream?
It's alright, we told you what to dream"

-Pink Floyd / Welcome to the Machine
June 28, 2019 at 11:11AM
    Six-Star Writer: And. I didn't listen to them-'the people who told me what to dream, that is--not Pink Floyd. Love PF.

    Saw the Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking concert in Oakland, CA. One of Water's solo efforts. Used to listen to PF in England in the 80s when the US when the U.S. military stationed Mr there. And in CA, as a teen.
    June 28, 2019 at 11:19AM
    Six-Star Writer: Sorry for all the typos. Hard to write on a shaky tractor trailer at 55 MPH.
    June 28, 2019 at 11:21AM
    Bananafish308: Haha, that would do it.

    I love PF, also. Saw Waters solo in NY a couple of years ago. Tried so hard to see the original "Wall" tour in 80-81, but, with only 12 shows in the entire U.S. (7 in LA, 5 in NY), it was impossible.
    June 28, 2019 at 11:30AM

 
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