OK so now you and Fraqrat are talking on behalf of ALL American Mariners. You are not bashful, are you??
I have no problem with being ribbed, or even the odd vicious personal attack from obviously ill informed or STOOOPID people. Unless you feel inferior, that is like splashing water on a goose.
But being compared to Donald Trump is an insult I cannot stomach. I have nothing in common with him, or his opinions. I take that to be beyond good forum etiquette and should be banned.
(NO, I'm not asking anybody to be banned, just be warned to show more restrain when it comes to what is posted)
As to my jokes about "Sunnmoring", it is just that. There are numerous jokes about "sunnmoring" being stingy, money grabbing and arrogant in Norwegian, but not too many in English.
(I believe we have at least some forum members who are familiar with "Sunnmoring" and their reputation)
That "you cannot intimidate, insult or discriminate against a Sunnmoring, because he knows he is superior" is just one such joke, as is the one about him being able to "buy from a Jew and sell to a Scott, with a profit".
I thought I had made abundantly clear that I do not believe that anybody is superior because of race, nationality or any other common denominator. (incl. being "Sunnmoring")
I have also stated several times that I have worked with arrogant people of different nationalities, but I have never felt inferior to anybody, being that Americans, French, or any other nationalities.
That includes in the days when Americans ruled supreme in the Offshore industry and was paid more then others doing the same job, or even in superior jobs, just because of their citizenship.
Likewise, if I had an inflated ego, I would not have put on my present avatar, or a picture that gave opening for some funny comments (Post # 57) I would have stuck to my previous avatar of MV Slide, an "Island tramper" I served on as Chief Mate in 1968-70.
BTW; Some oldtimers here may remember seeing MV Slidre sitting high and dry on GabGab Beach, Guam for several years.She blew ashore in a typhoon in May, 1976: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=37523&highlight=Slidre