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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:44 PM
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don't make "martial law" into "marshall law"
no, I'm not being a spelling nanny. Its an important misconceptiont to clear up because calling it anything other than "martial" semantically removes the military from the term, and makes it sound like some nondescript law written by a guy named Marshall.

why do I care? because I think the term should persist in its most chilling and disturbing form, it should not be disney-fied or made more palatable.

we should be scared zitless when we hear the term "martial law'.

ok, /rant
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:45 PM
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1. Can I make Marshall Law into Marshall MacLuhan?
Because I'll have the message medium well.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:53 PM
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7. or George Preston Marshall?
Go Skins!
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:45 PM
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2. I think I got a brochure from Marshall Law last year.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:46 PM
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3. Agree. Especially since Marshall Plan was a positive use of our country's
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 03:48 PM by blm
might, and MARTIAL LAW is just about the most restrictive action that can be executed against our own citizenry.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:47 PM
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4. I thought it was Marshall Dillon & Kitty who were going to take over.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:49 PM
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5. You're fast on the draw.
Beat me to it!
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:50 PM
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6. the humorous responses in this thread reinforce my point.
and they ARE humorous, and I do appreciate their humor, but this is serious as soldiers marching down the street and demanding your papers and shooting you in the head, execution style if you don't produce them.

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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:00 PM
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9. Webster's
New Collegiate Dictionary lists them as being pronounced exactly the same. You are right, of course, that people should spell words correctly. At the same time, if there are "soldiers marching down the street .... and shooting you in the head, execution style," it seems likely that spelling will not count for much.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:02 PM
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10. missing my point?
perhaps. I'm trying to say that the mispelling deflects the horror, intentionally or not, of the reality of martial law, and lulls people into a false sense of nonalarm when discussing it, indeed, making jokes about it.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:20 PM
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12. Oh, so, I'm lulled into a false sense of non-alarm by a misspelling!?!
Welll! What do you think the lulled one is picturing as a result
of the misspelling? Do you think he or she is picturing the
Marshall Plan being instituted in the U.S.? Or Marshall Dillon
on patrol? ... See, that's the point of the jokes, that you are
seriously arguing that a misspelling gives the lulled dupes (like me)
a vision of something OTHER than troops in the street.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:53 PM
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15. point taken, never mind. going now to recharge my humor batteries
:)
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:20 PM
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16. OTOH, I understand your irkedness & wouldnt want to underestimate
the potential for evil of the RW crazies. It CAN happen here. Peace.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:30 PM
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19. You misspelled Marshal Dillon and I still see Gunsmoke
You appear to have a double consonant fetish. You will not lull me, by golly!
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:46 PM
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20. I am luuling you now.
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 08:52 PM by A-Schwarzenegger
But let's not make too much fun of marital law.
Besides: http://www.marshalldillon.com /
They spelled it differnt in da 1840s.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:41 PM
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21. It's unseemly to ululate just because you are proven right
I'm just saying mortal law sounds too harsh.
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keta11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:58 PM
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8. What is it about Marshmallow Law
don't you like????
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:15 PM
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11. "Martial law" would be handled by this charming fellow:
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:25 PM
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14. No, no you silly person...
I would be enforced by Martial Dillon

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:22 PM
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13. I think some also confuse it with the Marshall Plan, which
was used to reconstruct Germany and Japan after WWII.
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:24 PM
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17. How about MARTIAN law?
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:25 PM
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18. Words matter.
I agree with you.

Steve
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