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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.


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, 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.

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