One of the advantages of age is to be able to look at this and recall those days when you were young and stupid . . . and, with any luck, you had someone plant a size 12 up yer arse which caused you both to grow up and wise up.
Keven McGill has a lot to learn in life. I suggest you include him in your prayers. It is disappointing, really, because I have met some very fine Mormon missionaries, whose names and reputations are besmirched by idiots like this. This is our exchange on Facebook:
I feel I can use that salutation because your profile picture suggests you are an up-and-coming young missionary with some serious street creds, what with holding an air gun "gangsta" style and all. And the white shirt with black suit and tie is positively “Reservoir Dogs,” although the name tag – “geek badge” as it is more commonly known – detracts from your persona. I’d consider losing that and replacing it with some bling.
I got a chance to see your mission pictures from NYC. But see, this is where your profile picture belies your artistic soul, given the artwork you also displayed. I suppose there's no room to pursue that line of work in your future, though - after all, I am going to guess that you are destined to fulfill your mission, hit the books at BYU, graduate, and then enter insurance sales middle management, putting on that white shirt and conservative tie every day to trudge off to the office job secured by your family's connections. Oh, and don't forget settling down with that lucky future Mrs. McGill and making babies!
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I appreciated your photos so much, I shared them with my friends, both here and at my blog, The Digital Hairshirt. I have been getting quite a bit of feedback . . . a lot of my friends would LOVE to meet you to discuss theology. And responsible gun ownership.
I’m sure you are very busy over there *im Deutschland* (know it well, did my time there), so here’s a convenient link to my blog, so you don’t have to Google it.
Pax vobiscum!(That's Latin - you know, that crazy lingo of those Papist mackeral snappers)
From my new friend, Keven:
Hey thanks for posting my pics on your page!*sarcasm* I apologize for any pictures that may have upset you. Next time, ask permission before you just take what is someone elses. If you have any questions, or anything about mormons, go to http://www.mormon.org
Listen, missionary work is difficult, and I would love to send you any other links or anything if you have questions.
But seriously, ask permission next time.
Time for a legal lesson from me:
Ah, changed your profile picture, I see - why?
I suggest, son, that you go and acquaint yourself with the legal doctrine of fair use, which means I did not "take what is someone else's" since I am allowed to use your picture to editorialize as to its content. Especially a picture that you voluntarily placed in a public forum. It is ironic - you complain about me using your picture but you have no issue with using one of Josef Ratzinger, a.k.a. Pope Benedict XVI, for your own prurient amusement.
A better solution, really, is for you to stop publishing such displays of religious bigotry. Is this what the Mormon church condones? Is such bigotry an accepted, but hidden, part of your faith? Well, without getting too much into a religious discussion, would you be proud to show those pictures to your parents?
While I can appreciate that missionary work is difficult - and what is unfortunate is that any waste of your time doing it is a financial cost to your parents, right? - it is no justification for what amounts to hate speech. And before you start posturing about your right to free speech, realize that right - which does, in fact, allow you to impugn the character of a man you have never met - does not preclude consequences for your conduct. You will learn that with age and experience, hopefully.
And if you think you have been wronged by my publication of your juvenile attempts at humor, feel free to take me to court. Let me know when the process server is coming, I'll do him or her the courtesy of meeting at a convenient spot to accept the court papers.
Keven's erudition in reply:
damn, don't be so butt hurt, did that take you 10 minutes to write that reply, it was so long i didn't read the whole thing. Shut up and quit crying. the internet is full of crap about religion, go find it elsewhere
My last attempt to impart some wisdom:
No, actually, it took me less than five minutes - but that's because I can put together a coherent argument in the time it takes you to take a piss. But that's what I've been trained to do.
Keven, you truly are a young and pompous ass who is looking ahead to some experience in the hurt locker in life. And what's more, a disgrace to your religion and, very likely, your family.
Feel free to drop him a line.