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My Apology To The World  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

To all fellow A-nutters:

I, Matt D would like to publicly announce my apologies for some of the comments I made in that 'other' thread. We all know which one it is, so there is no need to link to it.

The whole debate got started when someone asked a very simple question: "Where is the aid from other nations in our time of need"?

Some people were quick to point out that we 'don't need it' and 'we are capable of taking care of ourselves'. I countered back 'well a token gesture would be nice'.

And it quickly escalated into a very nasty nationalistic fight from there. Among some of the arrogant remarks I made were "you need us more than we need you." and so on.

Needless to say, what little remaining civility went out the window from there; although that's not to say that some of don't still have some valid points; all of us should be ashamed at ourselves at how we presented ourselves. There are thousands, if not millions of people suffering down there and we are bickering over who should or should not give aid. Very shallow on all of our parts, including mine. It was pretty obvious we were jumping the gun. Even now, we still don't know the full extent of the damage, which could take weeks or months.

In another ongoing thread, I made a comment that I would issue an apology if any other nations offered any aid. Well..click on the link below. They did.

And while you may not agree with what I say, no one can EVER accuse me of hypocrisy or not standing behind my word.

Anyone can come on and state a controversial opinion. And it takes guts to stand behind them. It takes even more guts, plus a lot of integrity to admit you were wrong and issue an apology.

Well, as I said, I'm a man of of my word. To all of you who may have felt insulted by some things I said, I as a "red" American offer the olive branch and my sincerest of apologies.

We thank everyone from everywhere for your thoughts, prayers, and yes. Your aid that we are probably able to provide ourselves.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9161198/

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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
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Never let it be said you aren't stand up when it comes to you honoring your word.

Takes a man to apologize in public. Would be nice to excise that last bit at the very end of your post, but hey.



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

As one of the ones that jumped on you, kudos to your for acknowledging you were wrong.

Duane



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39660 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Matt D:
Thanks for the link. As expected, Israel gets TWO paragraphs regarding the undisclosed amount of money they are sending back to us. Nevermind the fact that 21 other nations that are bigger and more significant is also contributing.
Much thanks to Hugo Chavez and his government for the assistance as well as France, China, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan and all others that helped.

All the help is welcomed and I wish all the best to those who have suffered.
I just had to point out a bias that is so common in our press.

[Edited 2005-09-02 00:57:07]

[Edited 2005-09-02 00:58:05]


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePsa53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 1):
Never let it be said you aren't stand up when it comes to you honoring your word.

Takes a man to apologize in public. Would be nice to excise that last bit at the very end of your post, but hey.

Here!Here! Way to go MattD.

Sometimes in the heat of a discussion,things get
out of control.

  

[Edited 2005-09-02 01:06:03]


Tuesday's Off! Do not disturb.
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5619 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Good for you! I understood where you were coming from but felt you might have been over-reacting. Understandable I suppose, and at least you have the guts and good manners to apologise. If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book. While I didn't agree with you, I'm glad I didn't post any insulting or abusive comments. . . and, hey, if there was a local fundrasing effort for New Orleans, I probably WOULD contribute something after all. . .

User currently offlineAirbuzz From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

God Hates You for your previous posts



 Big grin  Wink


User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Well done.
You are coming out taller than when you went in.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

MattD, I don't agree with you very often, and perhaps never, but I'm glad to see you living up to your word. Agree or disagree, standing up to one's word is a very laudable characteristic. Peace.

John


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Perhaps the world isn't the America-hating terrorist factory you thought it was?

 Wink Big grin

QFF


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Very admirable. Anyone with the guts to stand up and apologize in public is a big man. You have earned a lot of respect in my books.

Len



Citizen of the World
User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

MattD,

Kudos to you.

Supefly,

Why didn't you choose to mention that Israel offered to send HUNDREDS of aid workers? Coming from a country of only six million, this is an impressive offer. Israel is always on the scene of disasters, whether its earthquakes in Turkey or Iran, or the tsunami in SE Asia. I know your position on Israel, but I feel the criticism this time is unwarranted.



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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Why apologize in an internet forum? I guess this is more about the RR then anything else.  Yeah sure

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has done this as of late.

Matt, Welcome to the humble pie club, just don't eat too much or you'll get fat like me  Wink


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
I, Matt D would like to publicly announce my apologies for some of the comments I made in that 'other' thread. We all know which one it is, so there is no need to link to it.



Quoting DL021 (Reply 1):
Takes a man to apologize in public.

let me mention that you are one of 1 % of anetters who has the nuts to apologize. I will have a look at these comments, and if I felt offended, the apology is taken without prejudice, if I was not offended I think it is great what you have did here in this thread. I agree with Ian again, and Tracy Chapma,: "Sorry, is all that you can't say"  Wink


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13478 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1890 times:
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Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 12):
Why apologize in an internet forum? I guess this is more about the RR then anything else.

No, it's about a guy having the sack to man-up in "public" and admit when he was mistaken about something.


Nice job, Matt.  bigthumbsup 



"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

Gotta agree with the rest of the guys in here as well.
Even thoug its an internet site, it really takes a man to appologize like you did Matt. And personally I have always enjoyed reading most of your posts. So When I read the posts you wrote in those mentioned threads, I was like Daaamn. Did Matt D just have a case of Tourrets syndrome or what? Big grin


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21386 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
I as a "red" American offer the olive branch and my sincerest of apologies.

You mean redfaced, surely?
Just kidding.

Good form, Matt!  bigthumbsup 

Up to a point I can understand. The aftermath of the storm is truly horrible and unnerving... I just hope it will start to get better really soon, with our help wherever it makes sense.

Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 12):
Why apologize in an internet forum? I guess this is more about the RR then anything else.

You've just earned your daily slap in the face with a big, wet, rotting fish.  fight 


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
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Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 12):
Why apologize in an internet forum? I guess this is more about the RR then anything else.

You've just earned your daily slap in the face with a big, wet, rotting fish.

Occasionally Klaus and I are in perfect agreement.....as here.



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineGoogleBoy From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
Good for you! I understood where you were coming from but felt you might have been over-reacting. Understandable I suppose, and at least you have the guts and good manners to apologise. If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book. While I didn't agree with you, I'm glad I didn't post any insulting or abusive comments. . . and, hey, if there was a local fundrasing effort for New Orleans, I probably WOULD contribute something after all. . .

BrayBuddy: I feel the same way as you do. i.e. "If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book"



Act now with insight, never be sorry tomorrow!
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Ok, feel yourself kicked swiftly in the balls, but from the front and with a smile!
(and once again just for the people of Mozambique).

Peace!


Oh and another kick in the nuts for being such an attention whore! Can't find that pic right now!  Smile



I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

Quoting GoogleBoy (Reply 19):
BrayBuddy: I feel the same way as you do. i.e. "If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book"

Come off it. Most of the people on here are so far up their own arses they don't deserve an apology even if you are in the wrong. Just bite your tongue and go do a charitable deed instead.

However, since you're in the mood for apologising then apologise for this.

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
My Apolgy To The World

Or is that a an 'American' way of spelling it?  Yeah sure



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineScamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1704 times:

Well, you certainly earned my respect. I found amusing a letter to the editor of USA Today from a guy who said he thought that some of the oil-rich nations should drop the price of oil as a way of helping out. How convenient of him to overlook the fact that oil companies are making billions in profits. But, hey! Let's not let the money-sucking whore fat cats suffer their portfolios.


If it pisses off the right, I'm all for it.
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6774 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

Way to go Matt....


Classy act on your part and my hat is off.

I too may have to backpedal on the things I said about he Hollywood morons, as there seems to be a relief show planned.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8668 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 7):
Well done.
You are coming out taller than when you went in.  thumbsup 

Ditto.  checkmark 



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
25 GoogleBoy : You may be right as well. It's quite a site.
26 Post contains images WellHung : That's just grand. You purposely act like an asshole so you can later toot your own horn if proven wrong. Whatta man, whatta man, whatta man, whatta
27 BristolFlyer : I've never read such a load of BS (and I've been reading this forum for about 5 yrs). Do you really think he did all this just so he can try and look
28 Superfly : Tbar220: Sorry for the harsh language but it really pisses me off that our press and government is undermining the helpf from Venezuela, France, China
29 Post contains images Aa777jr : I can't believe some ignorant posted a blog regarding how shameful the US should feel for accepting foreign aid for once. God knows how many trillions
30 PMN : Matt D, after reading your posts in that thread the first thing I did was delete you from my respected users list. I've just added you again. Some peo
31 JamieD : His what? Oh, you mean "you're".
32 Toulouse : Yes, that is how we spell apologise. And as JamieD pointed out, you forgot the apostrophe in "you're"! By the way MattD... well done on apologising![
33 Post contains images Oldeuropean : Peace and understanding has to be our goal. Matt, well done. Axel
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