Saturday, December 8, 2012

When Is It Right To Bully?


The United States often sticks its nose where it's not wanted. It's fair to say that a foreign nation might better handle its business if left to its own devices, without outside interference.



Use superior strength or influence to intimidate, typically to force another to do what the bully wants.

According to Wikipedia . . .

Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behavior can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power. It can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "target".

Additionally . . .

Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal, and physical. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation. Bullying behavior may include name calling, verbal or written abuse, exclusion from activities, exclusion from social situations, physical abuse, or coercion.

And . . .

As the verb to bully is defined as simply "forcing one's way aggressively or by intimidation", the term may generally apply to any life experience where one is motivated primarily by intimidation instead of by more positive goals such as mutually shared interests and benefits. As such, any figure of authority or power which may use intimidation as a primary means of motivating others, such as a neighborhood "protection racket don", a national dictator, a childhood ring-leader, a terrorist, a terrorist organization, or even a ruthless business CEO, could rightfully be referred to as a bully. According to psychologist Pauline Rennie-Peyton, we each face the possibility of being bullied in any phase of our lives.

Another name for bullying is mobbing, a common phenomenon in the form of group bullying at school. This type of bullying involves 'ganging up' on someone using tactics of rumor, innuendo, discrediting, isolating, intimidating, and above all, making it look as if the targeted person is responsible (victim blaming).

Sound familiar?

Iran must stop building nuclear devices because they are being mobbed or bullied by a group of other nations who fear the possibility that Iran is preparing to build nuclear weapons.

Which they undoubtedly are doing, in my opinion.


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Died May 16, 1990

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Davis started as a child vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and Las Vegas. He went on to become a world famous recording artist, television and film star. Davis was also a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".

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Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger is an American actress, singer, and former fashion model.

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In January 1972, Time magazine featured Wilson's image on their cover and named him "TV's first black superstar"

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Died: April 10, 1992

Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect genre humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to enthusiastic preachers, punctuated by his trademark scream. He died in a car accident on April 10, 1992.


If you let a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

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