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Re: Unasserted triples, Contexts and things that go bump in the night.

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 17:01:23 -0500
Message-ID: <3C9906B3.5070909@mitre.org>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
Well *I* certainly viewed it as jokey, especially given the context (if 
you'll pardon the expression).  But I certainly second Brian's comment 
about the respect in which we hold each other.  At the same time, I also 
have to say that some of our "parliaments" have a somewhat rowdier 
history than the one you're referring to.  For example:

"On May 22, 1856, the "world's greatest deliberative body" became a 
combat zone. In one of the Senate's most dramatic and deeply ominous 
moments, a House member entered the chamber and beat a senator into 
unconsciousness."  [This was after the senator had characterized another 
as "noise some, squat, and nameless animal ..."]

"On February 22, 1902, John McLaurin, South Carolina's junior senator 
raced into the Senate chamber and pronounced that state's senior 
senator, Ben Tillman , guilty of "a willful, malicious, and deliberate 
lie." Standing nearby, Tillman spun around and punched McLaurin squarely 
in the jaw."

Then there's the April, 1850 incident:
"Two weeks later, [Vice-President Millard] Fillmore's worst fears were 
realized. When he ruled Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton out of 
order, Kentucky's Henry Clay , no friend of Benton, angrily charged that 
the vice president's action was an attack on the power and dignity of 
the Senate. The ensuing debate sparked a bitter exchange between Benton 
and Mississippi Senator Henry Foote . As the burly Benton pushed aside 
his chair and moved menacingly up the center aisle toward the diminutive 
Foote, Foote pulled a pistol."


Brian McBride wrote:

> At 10:38 20/03/2002 +0000, Jeremy Carroll wrote:
> [...]
>> Liar, (or should that be "balls" :) )
> A little unparliamentary that.  I hear calls of "withdraw".
> It may be a little old maidish of me, but one of the virtues this WG 
> has, in my view, been the respect in which members hold each other and 
> each others views.
> I'm sure this was meant in a jokey way, but I'd like to take the 
> opportunity to remind folks that's not the sort of language we have 
> typically used around here.
> Brian

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