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[quote] On 2012-01-04 07:58, Vlad_77 wrote: Colorful writing is one thing, but the writer could have picked better verbiage than "punching Stephen Hawking in the face." While I have not yet read the article I do find such a sentence tasteless. The writer COULD have used a magical metaphor instead of a metaphor for violence - something of which our planet has had and still does have far too much of. The fact that Professor Hawking DOES suffer from Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) DOES play into this. It is simply crass, VERY crass to even metaphorically speak or write of punching a disabled person. This hits close to home for me as my elder brother had cerebral palsy. Had anybody even remotely implied any punches to him, believe me, as much as I abhor violence, THAT person would have gotten a nice bit of Tang Soo Do to the gut. Yes,I would have compromised my principles, but it's my brother. Tom I respect your thinking as a magician and I write the following respectfully: your analogies while sound in other circumstances simply are not germane to this specific scenario. BTW, Stephen Hawking not only appeared in Star Trek TNG, but, he is ALSO a HUGE fan of magic. A H I M S A, Vlad PS: JordanB, I am curious what you found so humorous in this thread which led to your untimely demise. [/quote]
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