Most collectors collect things because that's what they do. A stamp
collector isn't going to collect stamps that commemorate the Civil War
because they commmemorate the Civil War, any more than he would collect
an upside down airplane because he has an interest in inverted flight
(if you don't know "upside down airplane" google it with "stamp" on the
end). He would collect them because they are stamps that he doesn't
have in his collection.
Troll? You are truly an idiot. I am on here all the time making
relevant (and occasionally intelligent) postings and replies. Here is
the first sentence of the definition of "Troll (Internet)" from
wikipedia... sound familiar.
"In Internet slang, a troll is a user who posts inflammatory,
extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an
online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent
of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of
otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
I'd like to upgrade my "idiot" comment to asshole at this time.
I don't think it's fair for you to assess yourself. In this case, you
acted like an idiot (or a troll--I don't discriminate). Either way,
please go brighten up someone else's life! Go collect stamps, maybe.
Based on that definition you are both trolls, as are most of us.
Personally, I think weak interpretation of "trolls" is like calling
everyone you disagree with a racist, bigot or homophobe. Neither of you
are trolls, and in fact, I can't say I've met a real troll in this
group, although my suspicions have been occasionally aroused.
You Can't Fix Stupid, but You Can Vote it Out!
Perhaps you should be embarrassed. You don't celebrate, you commemorate.
You also learn history and, hopefully, gain enough knowledge so you don't
I'll be sure to buy and save some of the stamps to pass on a bit of history
so my grandkids can learn from it too.
Our lives are shaped by the thoughts, speech, and actions of others we come
across, both in life and in history. The people on both side were
passionate about their reasons to fight. If you study the war and the
participants, you can become a better person with better views of how to
live with your fellow man. Read some of the letters from the soldiers to
their families. You don't see such eloquence today.
You are missing so much.
I think the stamps send the wrong message. Certainly putting civil war
generals on the stamps sends the wrong message (IMO). Put some bloody
cotton bales on the stamps instead!
I haven't neglected learned a little about it. That's how I got my
present understanding--certainly not from the popular culture. I'm not a
know-it-all. I'm closer to being the opposite. I just know what I know,
and I'm taking it from there. Most people appear to be apathetic (about
it). Analogous to this, virtually everyone commenting about Lew's price
of gas posts commented with regard to how it would affect him or her
directly. I have read some of the letters you referred to and I am not
ambivalent about how I feel about the civil war. You don't need to
visit a battlefield to find eloquence. One reason you don't find the
same sort of eloquence these days is that the recipient no longer has to
wait on the pony express to receive message. The cost of postage has
gone way down(look at my cost of delivering this message)!
You still think I am "missing so much" (you are, of course, entitled to
Bill, if you are advocating not using The American Civil War on stamps,
then you should also be advocating not using any detail of the Civil War,
nor any mention of any conflicts with the first residents of America in any
Hollywood has survived a lot by using stories of battles between our
How many movies have there been made which depict the American Civil War ?
Frankly Bill, you don't give a damn
That was Scarlett, not me. I don't give a damn about Hollywood. I'll
take a bird and a tree in a green meadow or a fish in pure water over a
movie anyday. Are you a movie director, or something--what is this
Hollywood thing? I care more about nature which evidently is in need of
my support more than the civil war. Lots of folks act like the Earth is
theirs to do with as they please when, at least from my point of view,
they are only guests... Mr. George, what do you stand for?
You seem to be an intelligent and educated person, but you just have some
sort of hang up on the Civil War or commemorative postage stamps. I'm sure
that many will look at this sad history in the wrong way, but it is an
opportunity to teach what NOT to do if handled properly.
"They" are on the side of making money for the postal service.
Commemorative stamps are not about deciding whether the events depicted
are "good" or "bad", they are about whether they will sell or not.
You do understand that the whole point of a commemorative stamp is that
the collector puts it in a stamp album and the postal service never has
to deliver the service that the purchaser paid for do you not?
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