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Fluke a Snooker

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Expat progressive trying to make it in the smaller snooker clubs.

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Need some help with arguing a point

I follow snooker religiously (DUH!), particularly the World Championships happening in Sheffield, UK. One of the players, Rory McLeod, is a devout Muslim, who are not allowed to shake the hands of women. The judge in the match in which he beat Judd Trump was female. During the match, it is customary for competitors to shake hands with each other at various points of the match, predominantly the beginning and the end.

A repuke I know said that if someone would have refused to shake McLeod's hand because he was a Muslim, the other person would have been criticized, but McLeod was justified in not shaking her hand. I told him that Muslims were the most oppressed religion in the Western World, and had every right to follow his conscience, and in fact had every right to not shake the female judge's hand. But he asked what if someone refused to shake Rory's hand? I told him it would be outright bias at the very least, and in fact should be reprimanded at the strongest possible level, to include banning him from professional and organized snooker altogether.

He told me I was a hypocrite! Would you believe him?? In any case, I wanted to ask the great people here what I should do to respond to such arguments in the future. Thanks.
Posted by Fluke a Snooker | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 03:52 PM (6 replies)

How do you deal with non-progressives in society?

This is a serious question. It is getting to a point where if I have to interact in any capacity with anyone who is not a progressive, my adrenaline runs faster, and if I have to talk with or even be in the vicinity of a non-progressive Republican (redundancy, I know), I actually start to feel triggered and I get very wary, even in normally non-confrontational situations. For instance, at the place where I play snooker, I tend to treat non-progressives with colder resolve and less civility during our frames, even if other outwardly appearances don't reflect this unease.

This is something I've only noticed since I've seen the insidious racial hatred toward Obama, and has accelerated beyond the point where it is easily negated through exercise or meditation. Since I, a rational person, feel the effects, I know it affects others here as well.
Posted by Fluke a Snooker | Sun Apr 9, 2017, 12:06 PM (24 replies)

New here...let's break this Fluke Snooker Trump!!

Hey, everyone, new here. I'm an American who loves snooker, and if anyone knows what my user name means, I'll save you the trouble of googling it. Snooker is essentially pool played on a large table with half-sized pockets that combines elements of eight-ball with nine-ball. In short, snooker is to pool what chess is to checkers, where defense (preventing opponents from easy shots) is just as important as offense (pocketing, or "potting" balls to score points). At the elite professional level, it is especially important to prevent someone from getting an "easy starter," or easy shot that sets them up for a big "break," or run, that usually ends with the winning of the "frame," or game. The namesake of the game, snooker, is actually named after the shot that results in making a shot in which your opponent's turn, he is blocked from hitting the object ball without going cushion first, or "snookered."

"Fluke a snooker" is a common phrase in which a player tries to make a shot, misses, but luckily the ball ends up in a place where the opponent doesn't have a shot at his object ball. Usually snookers are done purposefully, but in this case it was a happy accident. This is also a metaphor into how Trump became president...he essentially "Fluked" his way in and now we are all "snookered." It is up to us now to break the snooker.

Ironically, my once-favorite player is Judd Trump. He is not now, through no fault of his own but for his own descendency from the Drumpf clan.
Posted by Fluke a Snooker | Mon Jan 30, 2017, 03:47 PM (3 replies)
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