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Contact Me: Please Try Again

Dear Readers,

If you have recently tried contacting me through my Contact Me page, please try again. The last four emails were deleted before I saw them.

I use a Spamgourmet email address for my WordPress account. All messages sent through my Contact Me page go through that address. It’s a disposable address which forwards a limited number of emails to my main email account. After the limit is reached, Spamgourmet starts deleting them.

I have it set to alert me when I run out. In fact, each time I receive an email through Spamgourmet, it tells me exactly how many I have left. I can update it at any time to make sure I never run out, but I dropped the ball after the last one this time.

I just checked my Spamgourmet account and it says that my last four messages were deleted. I have reset it and messages will now be forwarded to me again.

If you have tried contacting me since November 17th, or if you used my contact form and didn’t receive a reply, please try again. I am interested in hearing from you and always do my best to reply in a timely manner.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and will see to it that this doesn’t happen again.

Thank you for reading along and for all your feedback.

Sincerely,
Lottie


Why Homeschool? Faggots and Liberals!

Raani Starnes of Fort Worth, Texas has a website entitled Baptist Homeschooling. Included on the website is a page which lists a few reasons some people might choose to homeschool. The number one reason, at the very top of her list, is this:

The desire to have control over what your child is being taught Today’s public schools are teaching evolution, humanism, liberal political agendas, tolerance for homosexual “lifestyles”, and more. Christian parents should be teaching their children from a biblical perspective. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

OK, so this sounds pretty typical, really. No real shocker here. She doesn’t approve of a lot of what she perceives is being taught and promoted in public schools, and has chosen to keep her children home and teach them her Christian values.

But what does this mean to Raani? What is the biblical perspective of which she speaks? Let’s have a look, shall we?

We won’t be able to see the original post which was entitled Perilous Times: Sodomites in School because Raani deleted it presumably due to an onslaught of traffic and comments after PZ Myers linked to it from Pharyngula. Fortunately, Evolved Rationalist saved a screen shot from her Google reader. I found it at The Teapot Atheist. Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):

Yes, I’ve seen the previews for Will and Grace where they’re lying next to each other in bed platonically. Isn’t that cute? The homosexual agenda wants people to think that homosexual men are safe for women to hang around and even be alone with. Nothing could be further from the truth. The stories about Sodomites in the Bible teach us that they do violate women as well as men. I’ve also known of people personally over the years who were known as gay yet “experimented” with the opposite sex. The term bisexual is an unnecessary distinction, because a faggot wants to defile anyone or anything he can get his hands on.

A friend recently sent me this article about a “gay-friendly” high school. If we were living in a biblical society, homosexuality would be punishable by death so such a school would be unnecessary. Although I’m against the special accommodations, perhaps this new trend of segregation will protect straight kids from these predators. With any luck, some radical will blow up the gay school. No, I’m not condoning vigilantism–I’m merely saying that it would be poetic justice.

And there you have it, folks: the moral highground! Hatred and extremism are the lessons of her Baptist Homeschool, and will be taught to her young children, in the name of a superior moral agency. And supposedly, this is more moral than teaching tolerance, respect and inclusion.

Raani has replaced the deleted post with this little gem. Also, while I was writing this, she changed her display name to Janine and her location to Farmington, NM. I wonder what’s up with that.

I also wonder if Raani’s maiden name is Phelps

Update: Here is the Google cache of the original post including comments and a lovely photo. And here is a mirror of Raani’s original profile which still links back to that cesspool she calls a blog. (H/T Thinking Meat)

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Popularity Contest 2008?

Colin Powell did not betray his friendship with John McCain!

All over the internet, people are saying that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama is a betrayal of his friendship with John McCain. Are these people serious? Or perhaps a better question would be: are these people adults?

Every time I come across someone making this juvenile claim, this is how it translates in my mind: OMG! He’s not voting for his BFF?! That is just, like, so totally not cool! OMG!

Grow the hell up, people! This is not a high school popularity contest, for crying out loud! This is one of the most critical Presidential elections in the recent history of the United States.

We are in extreme financial crisis and in the middle of a war that seems to have no definite end in sight. And that’s just for starters, as if that weren’t enough.

Colin Powell explained thoroughly and eloquently why he is voting for Barack Obama, and it’s certainly not part of a childish hissy fit like some people are having in response to his endorsement.

There are plenty of people I could enjoy having a beer with, both in politics and outside of it. That does not qualify any of them to be President of the United States. If you ask me, the adolescent mentality of voting for someone you might like, OMG!, rilly rilly enjoy hanging out with down at the mall is indicative of someone with a very loose and shaky grip on reality or the emotional maturity of a pre-teen.

Those who criticize Powell for not supporting his BFF OMG shine a spotlight on their own ignorance! They expose how shallow, uninformed and immature they are. They reveal their inability to think critically about the more serious issues, or to even comprehend that there are more serious things at stake. They exhibit a complete lack of understanding regarding the Presidency and the responsibility of voting.

Besides, shouldn’t John McCain and his supporters be praising Colin Powell for reaching across the aisle and stepping across party lines — for being a maverick? Or is that just a bunch of talk that flies out the window the minute it doesn’t work out for them?

If history is an indicator, I’m guessing the latter.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Tax Refund Scam

I received this in my email yesterday:

Here is where the link leads. The only active link on the page is the one that leads to a form where you fill in your personal details:

To get to your personal refund information, be ready to enter your:

▪ Filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er))
▪ Social Security Number (or IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) and your Date of Birth
▪ Full name, Address, Phone and the Debit Card where refunds will be made.

Yeah, right. I’m going to give out all this personal information just because some email from the “Internat Revenue Service” told me to.

Good grief! Do people really fall for this?

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information. An electronic mailbox has been established for you to report suspicious e-mails claiming to have been sent by the IRS.


From the real IRS website

Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam where Internet fraudsters send e-mail messages to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal the victims’ identity. Current scams include phony e-mails which claim to come from the IRS and which lure the victims into the scam by telling them that they are due a tax refund.

[…]

The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov. Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail.

Oh, I’m snitchin’!

But, honestly, do people really fall for this crap? It just seems so obvious.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Watch Me Twitter

That sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it? Although it could sound kinky if you were in the right mood.

I really didn’t think I would ever give in to this whole Twitter thingamajig, but what the hell. The hard part for me is being limited to 140 words. I have trouble just saying hello in 140 words! Maybe I can use it to practice getting to the point, if nothing else.

So anyway, here I am on Twitter (there’s also a link over yonder ::points right:: ) if you want to stalk me hunt me follow me, or whatever it is we’re supposed to do on this fancy schmancy twittering thing.

Any tips on how to make the best use of it are welcome and appreciated.

Cheers! And, uh… happy Twittering.

Edit: Not 140 words, but 140 characters. Had a brain fart there.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Dear So-called Friend

To the person who said this:

I have always kept my posts light. Not consciously, more because this blog is for me, even if others do read it. I want to inspire myself. I know about the hard stuff so I tend to keep it to a level I am willing others to have knowledge of. […]

[… I am] not really good at taking advice. Mostly I listen politely then do whatever the hell I decide anyway. I have only a very few close people I let knee me in the back until I listen, so please don’t get offended with I do not take your well ment advice to heart. I only let my whole self show with a few people and if you know only a portion of it you generally will not know me well enough to give me the advice I need anyway, since it takes someone adept at seeing me to accurately access my behavior and approach this wolf in a way that doesn’t result in a baring of teeth.

A few things:

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Protesting Too Much

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. — Queen Gertrude, Hamlet

To “protest too much” is to insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what you are saying.

Pocket English Idioms

In American English, the phrase “the lady doth protest too much” definitely indicates that you think the subject’s ardent denial of a proposition is meant to cover up its embarrassing truth.

Everything2.com

Another form of “protesting too much” is for two people to have a staged conversation for the benefit of a third party. For instance, if a teenager has skipped school, she might bring a friend home with her that afternoon and make a point of discussing their day “at school” in front of her mother. If the discussion seems unusually elaborate, the mother might begin to suspect something. Why? The daughter is “protesting” too much.

This method can also be used on the internet by one person posting under two or more usernames. Someone and his sock puppet can carry on what appears to be a casual conversation, while deliberately inserting specific comments or questions designed to give a certain impression. The problem with this, and what the “protester” in this case often fails to realize, is that the very person for whom he has staged the performance, is the one most likely to see it for what it is.

The reason is simple: while the conversation may appear perfectly random or innocuous to outsiders, the comments and questions must be somewhat specific to the target audience if there is any chance of creating the desired effect — sending a specific message to a specific individual(s). The irony is that this is also the very thing which undermines the desired effect. It’s something of a Catch-22.

It’s a very obvious and desperate tactic most often used by people whose backs are against the wall. At the risk of sounding arrogant, the people I’ve seen doing this are never close to being as clever as they think they are. That’s why they do it in the first place — they don’t recognize the flaws. Nevertheless, I do admit to getting a certain amount of satisfaction from watching a worm squirm.

Oddly, a verse from the Bible just sprung to mind, and I think it would make a very appropriate closing to this entry:

[…] be sure your sins will find you out. — Numbers 32:23

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Setting The Record Straight

I had planned to let this go. I had gone quietly when asked to leave Rigg’s blog, but several days later he was still running his mouth about me.

I could not possibly care less about childish name-calling or other typical trolling, but when someone continually makes misleading comments insinuating that I am dishonest or otherwise attempting to cast doubt on my character, integrity and motives, it’s time to fight back. This is not so much about defending myself, because I know my record speaks for itself, but about letting Rigg and people like him know that they won’t get away with it, that their slurs and smears will not be allowed to stand.

A little history first:

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Stupider And Stupider

Not only was Obama accused of sexism for using a common turn of phrase, he’s now being accused of attacking the disabled. Here’s why:

Yeah, according to some McCain supporters, Obama is mocking McCain’s disability:

As a matter of public record, John McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Right. And as every 21st century cave-dweller knows, the inability to type on a keyboard renders a person completely incapable of sending email or even accessing the internet. It’s not because McCain just hasn’t bothered, and it’s not because he’s out of touch or behind the times. No, he can’t use a computer because he can’t type.

Listen up, McCainiacs: the notion that someone is incapable of sending an email or using the internet because he has a disability that prevents him from typing on a keyboard is what some people might find offensive. In fact, some of us might consider that to be the slur.

Have none of these people heard of voice recognition software? Some people who can’t type use it to write complete novels! And I’d be willing to bet that McCain has more money to buy the stuff than the people I know who use it. Yeah, he could have top-of-the-line!

And you will not convince me that the “journalists” who are spinning this enormous pile of steaming crap don’t know about voice recognition software. A lot of people who aren’t even disabled use it just because it’s cool or convenient or faster, or just because.

How dare these McCain supporters undermine the accomplishments of disabled people by suggesting that they’re helpless when it comes to modern technology? And just to score a few political points too! This not only shows their desperation, it shows how unscrupulous they are.

It’s shameful and disgusting, or it should be; I wonder if McCain and his lackeys are capable of feeling shame at this point.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Flashback Friday

I’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps this week, partly because I’ve been ill. But honestly, something else is bugging me too.

As the U.S. Presidential election draws near, there seems to be an increasing level of animosity between the two camps. I’ve been paying attention to politics since I was a little kid (my parents were very politically minded and made sure I knew what was going on even when I was very young) but I’ve never detected as much anger and hatred as I’m seeing this year.

Now, that could be down to the fact that I’m more aware of it this time because I’m blogging now and reading other people’s blogs. Nevertheless, it’s becoming quite intense, and in many ways that seem rather unnecessary in my opinion.

So, to get my mind off of it for a while, I was checking out some blogs that I know don’t discuss politics and stumbled across something that summed up the way I was feeling (I’m not going to link because of the problem I wrote about in the post below this one). It also took me back to a time when I was a bit more carefree. I loved this song in the 80’s, but it took on a whole new meaning when I heard it today.

It sounded a lot better vibrating through me on nightclub dance floor after a few Cape Cods than it does on YouTube, but anyway…

People Are PeopleDepeche Mode

People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?
People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

So we’re different colours
And we’re different creeds
And different people
Have different needs
Its obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never even met you
So what could I have done?

I cant understand
What makes a man hate another man
Help me understand

People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?
People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

Help me understand
Help me understand

Now you’re punching
And you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
And I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist (head to your fists)

I can’t understand
What makes a man hate another man
Help me understand

People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?
People are people, so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

I can’t understand
What makes a man hate another man
Help me understand

I can’t understand
What makes a man hate another man
Help me understand

I can’t understand
What makes a man hate another man
I can’t understand (people are people)
What makes a man (why should it be)
Hate another man
Help me understand…

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On