New Year, Same Trolls


I have missed writing and posting here the past few months.  You all know the drill…….  real life has a completely inconsiderate habit of intruding and demanding attention at the most inopportune times.  I threw my RL issues some raw meat and slammed the door before they could follow me, so I think we might have a few minutes before they slither under the door……

I have 2 confessions.

Firstly, I am afflicted with trolls.  Many, many trolls.  What’s new, right?  Anyone with an opinion is going to attract them, as sure as loud noises attract walkers every Sunday night on AMC.

Secondly, and this is the big one….. I bait them.  I parry, I thrust, and occasionally I bludgeon them when they begin to bore me.

My main defense of this is that I seldom need to go elsewhere to find them, because they are waiting for me on my page when I open my Facebook.

I guess we all have vices.  It could be worse.

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Been A While Since I Had A Good Rant……..


Taken from my Facebook newsfeed……

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Ok, so, it has taken 12 years before i have had to deal with this subject in the school system. My children go to a public school. My 12 yr old 7th grader is taking an Eastern Global class, and currently their unit is on paleolithic and neolithic time period, with evolution of man. That being said, my son came home from school with some pretty serious questions, ones that i am not sure how to answer. In this family we are firm believers in God, and His creation of man. His questions:
Do I have to sit through this unit in class?

What If i do not believe what they are teaching?
Am i allowed to tell the teacher he is wrong?
Am i allowed to debate his teaching? (PS…anyone who knows my son, knows that debate is his FAVORITE thing to do)
Seeking out responses from parents who have gone through this, as well as friends who are teachers who have been placed in this same situation.
Thank you in advance.
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My first reaction was to wonder at what point did your religion give you a right to randomly sit out of any class you disagree with?  This is a public school, after all.  If you are so hell bent on preserving your faith based beliefs at the cost of sheltering your children from any alternate ideas, you  (1) are doing them a disservice (2) are obviously not so very comfortable that they will not change their opinion based on new information (3) very clearly need to send them to a private school to continue sheltering them in the bubble you store them in when they are away from your side.
Out of 26 responses so far, every single one actually agrees with the poster that the school MUST make an accomodation for religious beliefs.  Sorry, disagree.  If your religion demands that you plunge your head into the sand (along with your children) and ignore, deny, and avoid all exposure to science based disciplines, it is your right to follow said religion.  I do not think that should give you the right to demand special treatment from a public school though.  Keep your kids home and teach them whatever you want.  Send them to a private school whose curriculum you agree with.
Personally, I tend to think that things like this are far more important and far more worth making a stand about.  Our children are our future.  They need, and deserve, access to all the wealth of knowledge we can give them.  To hamper their education because it doesn’t agree with what they are taught in Sunday school simply puts a burden on the rest of society.  When they reach maturity, they will be at a disadvantage because of the gaps in their learning history.  They will be at best, a generation of sheep, easy prey to whatever political party panders to their uninformed or slanted beliefs.  At worst, they will be carried by that part of society who were able to realize their full potential.
That doesn’t seem much of a gift to your children, and I don’t find that to be super parenting, either.

Less Friends = More Happier Facebook. Who’da Thunk It?


Absolutely wonderful post. I have been slowly weeding out the intolerant and hateful among my Facebook ‘friends’. I have also had several remove me, due to my increasing political and ideological postings and commentary. I thought I might miss at least some of them, but as it turns out, it has simplified and improved my Facebook experience. Less hate on my news-feed, less ugly commentary on my wall. As those intolerant, fearful, sad folks depart my social media life, I wish them well. In fact, I wish them all the happiness and joy they could ever wish for. Just someplace far away from me. I don’t need their negative energy.

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Straight Man Perspective

My younger brother is gay. Gay as laughter. Gay as the day is long. One of the finest moments in my life, and one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me, was the day he felt safe to come out to me. He’s in his mid-30s now, but he’ll always be my little brother. And man, I love that kid. He’s brilliant, he’s funny, and he’s kind. And he just married a phenomenal man.

I was always predisposed to like his husband because, y’know, he’s my brother’s partner and therefore has automatic status in my heart. The wonderful bonus is that I really like him. He’s brilliant, he’s funny, and he’s kind. He’s a cool dude to hang out with. He also stood by my brother like a rock when my brother had a life-threatening cancer that cost him his left eye.

They married in May. It was…

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You Can’t Fact-Check What Ain’t A Fact. Well, You Can, But Try & Get Anyone To Listen……..


Arguing with the entire world today on my Facebook feed.  Well, probably not the entire world, but sometimes it feels like it.  A Facebook friend just posted some copy/paste Obama bashing conspiracy crapola for the umpteenth time.  I tire of trying to reason with them directly, so I took this approach (by way of a generic status update) :

facebook post source your stuff

That pretty much sums it up for me. Feel free to disagree with me. Feel free to think I’m an idealistic idiot. At least have the decency to pretend to check the veracity of the stuff you post, though.

To be fair, all of us do it once in a while.  We see something come across our screen and it hits a chord in us.  Too busy to check it just then, we post it thinking we’ll check later, and just never get around to it.    Unfortunately, that just adds to the clutter online.  We either look foolish when others check out our sources, or we  simply spread more manure around and it gets on everybody.  The harder we try to be fair and accurate, the likelier we are to be listened to.  Folks figure out fairly quickly which online acquaintances blindly re-post spam and partially or totally untrue stories.  Then they ignore them.

A Sudden Moment Of Clarity


I just scrolled through my Facebook feed and found this appalling little post waiting for me.  Sadly, it was posted by someone I actually know, and used to work with.  I have been acquainted with this woman for over 25 years, but I suddenly feel as though I just met her for the first time.  I can’t say I was impressed with the introduction, either.  As the election year drags on we will see more of this ignorance, intolerance, hate, and rabble rousing and I do not look forward to it at all.  I abhor the ugliness that lurks behind this behavior and these awful attitudes, regardless of where it originates.  Shame on the person who originated this pic, shame on the one who added the nasty message to it, shame on the one who posted it on Facebook, shame on anyone who shared it because they supported it………..and shame on me as well.  I put it here in protest of the racism and hate behind it, but honestly I am not much better, because I just spread it around a little, too.  A picture IS worth a thousand words, and I hope none of the words from this picture ever worm their way into my vocabulary.  How disgusting.

Awful.  Just awful.

I am just plain horrified & embarrassed to see garbage like this on my newsfeed on a daily basis. This was by no means a unique post but it was the one that finally pushed me off the ledge. How can anyone I call friend feel this way?

And The Prize Goes To………


I would like to present today’s award for most annoyingly manipulative item encountered.  On my Facebook feed this morning this little gem was waiting for me (click the pic to enlarge it for easier reading):

Keep Scrolling....I Dare You!

Keep scrolling....I dare you!

So I get up in the morning, make my coffee, stumble over to the computer and begin scrolling through my feed while waiting for my brain to catch up with the rest of me, and BAM!, before I know it, I have been consigned to H, E, double hockey sticks for having the nerve to scroll down my own page.

I have a fairly decent sized collection of religious texts on my book shelves.  For years now, whenever I have seen a volume of philosophy, religion, or any other ethnically or culturally interesting subject I have snapped it up and then when time permitted, read it.  The odd but interesting thing is that nowhere in any of those texts do I see a commandment from any creator, spirit, prophet, or messiah to nag the crap out of people via social media.  Nor do I see an adjurement to use guilt as a blunt instrument to club unbelievers like baby seals and drag them into the cloister or nave while they are still addled.

Geez, folks.  I am truly happy that you are full of what you believe to be the holy spirit, and that you are on fire to spread the word (see what I did there?)……..but I promise you that never, ever, ever–not one single time–ever, ever–will you bring in a new convert by bludgeoning them on their media wall.  Rethink your strategy, guys.  You are making the intelligent religionists look very silly and are probably driving away at least as many as they can convert.  As for me and my house (oops, I did it again!), we can always right click the ‘x‘ in the top right corner and get on with our day.

So Much Hate, & All In The Wrong Direction


http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-defriending-led-double-murder-police-014442236.html

Sigh.

Manson orchestrated mass murder under influence of the White Album. BAN MUSIC! Columbine linked to Stephen King novel. BAN BOOKS! David Berkowitz claims dog told him to commit murders. BAN DOGS! Over stressed individuals ‘go postal’ around the country. BAN THE MAIL SERVICE! Social networking sites connected with murders. BAN SOCIAL MEDIA SITES! Geez. How about we use common sense, here. If there were no Facebook, these things would go right on happening. You can shout about the evils of whatever lame excuses these sad people use. The fact is, some folk are just sick. Some folks are just evil. Some folks just suck. Facebook didn’t cause that. Neither did any of the other things listed here. Place blame where it belongs. On the people who instigate and commit crimes.