Self-Sufficiency Series

Showing posts with label snarks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snarks. Show all posts

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Full of pride

In response to my tongue-in-cheek WND column If I Were King, I received an email from someone named David as follows:

I normally think you are one of the most honest and keen observers on WND.

It is now clear to me that you are in love with yourself, and full of the greatest sin: pride.



David, do you honestly think I long to be king? Have I ever exhibited kingly aspirations before?

Sheesh, man, lighten up.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Too ignorant to feed ourselves vs. elitist snob survivalist

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Too Ignorant to Feed Ourselves.


A reader named Marty took exception to the column and wrote me the following email:

Hello,
In your article TOO IGNORANT TO FEED OURSELVES I have to take issue with you. Not that anything you said was incorrect it's not. It just that you really give a false sense of hope to the lifestyle you prescribe. I know that which I speak as I live in a very suburban housing development and have raised chickens in my back yard and have had gardens all my life. My lot is a quarter archer (not very big) and I grow as many vegetables as I possibly can.

The problem with this is we've eaten all them before the beginning of fall. This is not because we didn't conserve but that I just cannot grow enough in quantity to sustain for any great period of time. While I agree people do not know how to grow food and sustain themselves, I think the survivalist nuts give short shrift to the quantity of food needed to sustain for long periods of time. Not to mention, if a farmer doesn't have fuel to get his food to market, that would indicate a much broader problem beyond ones ability to sustain a stock pile of food and water.

And another thing: Lots of people do (quietly) know how to grow their own food. If it ever really came down to it, they would teach those that do not know how. It is not so complicated that it could not be quickly learned. That's the short sightedness that exemplifies the "survival" community and the same short sightedness they accuse the folks on the other side of the coin of being. That being if all things remain the same what would be the outcome?

The fact of the matter is Mrs, Lewis all things will not stay the same; people will adapt. Things will move more to a local level and as distribution changes we will survive. This survivalist crap has been going on since the 70's and it will keep going on till the end of this age. If I had started saving up food and supplies when these nuts first started gaining prominence, I would have a warehouse full of rotten food for an event that has never taken place. Is it possible all the things you say could happen/will happen? Of course it is but given the observable destruction of stars we have seen, it is also entirely possible the sun will not rise tomorrow as well. I am not holding my breath for either events.

When it all gets boiled down to it you are an elitist snob survivalist because you call the rest of us stupid for not knowing how to raise a chicken or grow a potato. I don't know how to cure cancer but others do and I rely on them and their passion. Does that make me ignorant to the point I should attend medical school just in case I should contract the deadly illness?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A rebuttal

With regards to the unpleasant snark our neighbor Enola Gay received about her son Master Hand Grenade's decision to become a butcher, my husband had a few additional choice words for the snarker. His commentary follows. (My dear husband doesn't like to mince words.)
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With regard to the anonymous correspondent of Enola Gay’s son Master Hand Grenade and Hand Grenade’s decision to become a butcher:

Patrice, of course, wrote a careful, well-thought-out comparative piece completely in line with the loving and thoughtful bride that has blessed me by sharing her life.

Now it's my turn. And I'm not nearly that nice.

I've spent a lot of my life dealing with a whole host of folks from all walks of life and I'm pretty good at reading people. So I'm going to give Mr. Anonymous a reading.

Sir (I'm assuming male from the manner and cadence of his brief post):

They say that brevity is the soul of wit. In your case "they" are wrong. Or perhaps they are right, but the definition of "soul" or "wit" needs amplification.

You seem to have Sir Hand Grenade all figured out. You've commented on, or inferred, his level of intelligence, educational achievements, social status, mental stability, people skills, and future earnings potential… and you've done all of that without ever once having seen or talked to him.

Well this seems like a fun game. So let me take a shot at it with you.

You are crude. I don't come to that decision based solely on the quality of your writing or the content of your message, although either of these would suffice. But the use of personal invective, flung at someone you do not know and who has never done you harm, is definitive. From this I must assume that either your family shares this trait, or more hopefully, they are in despair of your possession of it. In either case, and since you can tell someone's character by the company they keep, we can certainly posit that your friends and close associates must be equally mean and uncouth (assuming, of course, that you possess either friends or associates).

You place a high value on a college education. In point of fact, given that it's the be-all and end-all of your comment, you appear to hold it in higher regard than other human accomplishments and regard those without a college degree as somehow inferior. From this fact, as well as your disdain for the working class and your dislike of firearms, we can safely infer that you are both an elitist and a liberal (but I repeat myself). Further, we can assume you are both a toady and a sycophant since you appear to consider monetary worth and tangible assets as the most important factor in a man's value. From that it seems a fairly safe bet that you are also an atheist.

Finally, combining the inferences above with the general tone of your missive, I must inevitably conclude that you are an unhappy, lonely, bitter, and miserable excuse for a man; a witless, crude and insulting, uncouth elitist liberal whose greatest pleasure in life is toadying to wealthy snobs (who probably despise you for your all-too apparent weaknesses).

How'd I do?

Fortunately for you (and probably everyone who knows you) there is a cure. Drop to your knees and apologize. Oh, not necessarily to Sir Hand Grenade. He's a fine young man whose real worth is well known in our neck of the woods. There's not much you can do that would hurt him. No, you might want to make your apologies to God.

And, like this fine young man’s mother, I'll pray for you too.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dead weight or worth its weight in gold?

I have an older blog post on the subject of Bug-Out Bags. In this post, we list and show the various items we felt would be useful in a three-day crisis situation. The list includes such lightweight (and I stress lightweight) but useful items as bandanas, paracord, and mosquito netting.


Once in awhile it appears this post gets mentioned on somebody else's website or blog, because all of a sudden I get a flurry of comments. This is what has happened in the last couple of days.

Most of the comments are highly useful -- additional information, or product suggestions, or otherwise helpful ideas. But once in awhile a startling comment comes through, such as this one:

Hey, The New Testament I would never bring. That won't help you either. It's extra dead weight. You should be able to comfort yourself from your own spirit, jeez. A book!? Get real.

So I got curious. How much did our pocket New Testaments weigh?


Two ounces.


A two-ounce "dead weight" isn't going to make or break our bug-out bags. As Younger Daughter put it, "I'm not fussed."


Thanks, I'll keep the New Testament. Should we ever need to bug out, it could well be worth its weight in gold.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The UNkindness of strangers

In contrast to the beautiful acts of kindness from both Ken and the other family who sent us a gift over Christmas, I came home from a tiring day in the city yesterday to find I had acquired a troll in my absence. It seems someone named Heidi has been reading older posts and snarking her way through my blog history.

I thought you might enjoy reading her remarks. The blog posts on which she's commenting are hyperlinked after her comments.

What a lecherous and disrespectful thing to say to someone. -- Attachment parenting

I've encountered many decent Christians, but judging by the content of your blog I wouldn't say you were one of them. I used to be a devoted Christian and would never condemn anyone based on their religion, but religion and good morality are independent of each other. I'm much better off with morals formed from experience and thought than blindly following the instructions of scripture. -- Hollywood vs. Real America

Miraculously, my parents have managed to raise me to be "decent" (whatever that's supposed to mean) without drastically limiting my life experience. I retained my virginity through high school not out of fear of damnation but because I felt I wasn't ready, if I was it's important that I was fully informed on contraception so I could make the decision safely. There is absolutely nothing wrong with extra-marital sex and it's a dangerous lie to try and tell children. -- The Death of Pretty

While I have no problem with common courtesy and will myself hold doors open for people, it's absurd when people decry feminism for getting rid of chivalry- feminism has done infinitely more for the world than chivalry ever could. -- The Death of Pretty

Just out of interest, how do you exercise wearing skirts? seems impractical in some instances. -- The Death of Pretty

You don't need to inform us at you are feeling smug, it's quite obvious that this is usually the case. -- Feeling smug

Just because a woman is not a virgin does not mean she sleeps with strangers, it is in fact very rare for this do happen. Why don't you try berating men for sexually harassing strangers, which is much more common. I'd much rather have sexual freedom (and I'm a virgin anyway) than "deserve" to wear white on my wedding day. -- Love and Marriage

I take it lynchings weren't counted as murder? -- Let's revisit "the good old days"

You taught your kids that women who wear make-up and "revealing" clothes are evil? Great parenting. -- A message to little girls

So I'm abnormal for not wanting to have children? I love babies that are related to me, others are generally a bit dull, but I have no interest in raising a child and should not feel pressured to do so for the sake of normality. Especially in a world with an all too quickly expanding population. -- Sex education, home-style

You learned to judge an entire generation on the actions on one individual? -- Men in training

While I'm always amazed when someone comes to a conservative blog and expresses surprise that the readers are conservative, I'd like to welcome Heidi and hope she enjoys her visits.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

And don't call me Sweetness

Got another snark today. This one was on an older post (January 2011) called Country Fashions for Men in which I poked fun at some manly rural-themed fashions then being shown on the runway.


This person wrote: I have lived in L.A, NYC, PARIS and I have never seen a man dress like that in my life, so please keep the sanctimonious "country people are better" BS attitude to yourself sweetness. No one in the city would wear this either, so I guess that makes us more equal than you could ever stomach.

I read this comment out loud to the family, and we all chuckled. But then my husband got curious. Just what IS currently fashionable out there these days? Not on the runway, but on the street? Don found a website called Street Peeper which features real-life fashions in various cities in the U.S. and around the world. Some samples:












Don called these the Sponge Bob Square Pants look:



I dunno, I just think all this looks weird.

It's funny... I post on all sorts of different subjects, but the one area where I routinely get frothing-at-the-mouth furious comments is when I poke fun at fashion. Go figure.

So -- to those who take fashion seriously, please understand that I don't. And while you're always welcome on my blog, you'll have to accept the fact that I'm going to find humor in the subject.

However, consider what I wrote in an earlier blog post: I suppose I can't get down too hard on fashion and makeup sites. There's nothing illegal or immoral about them. They feed huge international industries that employ millions. And women have taken an interest in fashion and makeup since the dawn of civilization, so my sour grapes doesn't change that historical fact. I guess my concern is when women become so obsessed with the shallow to the exclusion of the serious, it makes me concerned that they won't be able to handle anything BUT the shallow. On the other hand, I suppose I shouldn't worry. Scarlet O'Hara started shallow and look how she pulled off handling a war.

So for those whom I’ve offended because of my views on fashion, I tender my apologies. But I’m not gonna stop poking fun. If that will continue to offend, then you may prefer to read one of the many different blogs on the internet that focuses on fashion.

And please don't call me sweetness.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fascinating women

I must thank you all for your heart-warming defense and support after the snark I received a couple of days ago. I loved getting your comments!

A post came through this morning which was so funny I laughed out loud, read it to the rest of the family, and decided I had to put it up separately:


"Boring women have spotless homes. And, honey, I come from a long line of FASCINATING women!"


Another good quote from this same reader: "Do-ers do. Critics criticize."


Let's hear it for fascinating men and women who DO.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Snark du jour

Looks like I have a self-appointed critic. This just came through as a comment:

Someone should send the health department to your kitchen and condemn it. Your floor is filthy, your blender is filthy and disgusting. You stove is dirty and filthy. I can't believe you have a dog so close to your food. Get dog hairs in the food much????

And all you people ate that crap?

DISGUSTING! You should be ashamed of yourself.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A defense

In response to my WND column Go To Trade School, Young Man, someone posted a dissenting opinion on both my blog and in the comments section on WND as follows:

We need two things to be absolutely free in this country....free HEALTH CARE......and free EDUCATION. There are 33 countries in the world that provide free HEALTH CARE and 133 that provide FREE EDUCATION.

We are the richest nation in the world so why can't we get it right? There is only one difference between us and the people in those countries........and that is that they pay their fair share of taxes across the board.....including the very rich.

I know for a fact that I paid 30% in income taxes last year and Romney, by his own admission (for what thats worth since he won't prove it).......paid only 13.6%.......a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE!! I ask you, what is wrong with this picture? By the way......it is speculated that Huntsman Senior who used to work at Bain Capitol spilled the beans to Harry Reid about Romney paying zero taxes in the last 10 years.....I'd say that is a good reason to back off from coughing them up.......!!

The millionaires and billionaires in this country are paying less than they have ever paid in history. You bet.....the best we can do is a good trade school until we can unprivitize the universities and put it back to the way it was when FDR was president. He had the richest paying their fair share and the country did well. Just look at history. It says it all........


Reader Rob over at PACNW Righty wrote an intelligent and thoughtful rebuttal to this opinion. You can read his post here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A little less arrogance, please

I received a snark a few days ago, and have been debating about whether to post it or not. I’ve decided to compromise and post parts of it.

First, a little background. Way back when I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a field biologist, a second Jane Goodall. I burned with the desire to study animals in their natural habitats, to live a rugged outdoor life. To that effect, I knew I couldn’t be a high-maintenance kind of woman.

This attitude continued through college, through summers working in the field, and even into my post-college years working in office buildings. In fact, that early training has never really left me, which perhaps accounts for my satisfaction to live an unglamorous life shoveling manure and milking cows on a farm.

But clearly not everyone feels the same way. We all know someone (usually a woman) who is high-maintenance, whose raven locks can only be touched with organic grape-leaf and wild-hemp shampoo costing $15 a bottle.

Well, that’s the kind per woman who just sent the snark, who was “absolutely disgusted” with my attitude on fashion. “For some one with no interest in fashion you seem to spend a lot of time mocking those who enjoy doing their hair and makeup and dressing in nice clothes,” she wrote. “I am the type of girl who spends thousands of dollars on handbags and shoes, I have no interest in living in the country or farming.” [Which begs the question, why are you hanging around a blog that focuses on living in the country and farming? Just asking.]

The gist of the woman’s argument was how she would never dream of mocking us for our “People of Walmart”-style fashions, how she wouldn’t lower herself to say anything negative about our clothes, and she “would never dream of making fun and demeaning those who find enjoyment from country living.”

“I find your clothes in the pictures you have on your blog to be embarrassing and ridiculous,” she adds, “but I would never make a post on my blog showing shoes you like that I find ugly and proceeding to mock them. If you don't like how someone dressed that’s your problem, not theirs.” She concludes by saying, “Please consider that before you try to shame another person into conforming to your world view. Now I'm going to take my own advice and find a new blog to read that contains a little less arrogance.”


My first thought upon reading her email was, Good riddance to bad rubbish. But then I had a second thought: maybe she’s a little bit right.

You see, I regard high-maintenance women with genuine puzzlement. Unless you’re wealthy, anyone who spends “thousands of dollars on handbags and shoes” instead of sensible things like paying off debt or paying down the principle on your mortgage or even buying some storable food just makes me shake my head in wonderment. I truly don’t get it.

And what will happen to people like this if the bleep hits the fan? What good are their “thousands of dollars” worth of handbags and shoes then?

Yet the fashion industry is unquestionably massive. As I wrote in an earlier post, "I suppose I can't get down too hard on fashion and makeup sites. There's nothing illegal or immoral about them. They feed huge international industries that employ millions. And women have taken an interest in fashion and makeup since the dawn of civilization, so my sour grapes doesn't change that historical fact. I guess my concern is when women become so obsessed with the shallow to the exclusion of the serious, it makes me concerned that they won't be able to handle anything BUT the shallow. On the other hand, I suppose I shouldn't worry. Scarlet O'Hara started shallow and look how she pulled off handling a war."

So for those whom I’ve offended because of arrogance for my views on fashion, I tender my apologies. But I’m not gonna stop poking fun. If that will continue to offend, then you may prefer to read one of the many different blogs on the internet that focuses on fashion.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Charming words from a fan

In response to my last WND column Treason From Within, I just received some charming words from a fan named David:

I know that it won't make the slightest difference to tell you this, but I'm going to anyway.

First, you know nothing. Nothing. You're as ignorant as most Americans, so ignorant that you don't even understand your own economic interests. But what you have done is assimilate a lot of propaganda.

And to this misinformation and propaganda you've added quite a lot of paranoia from inside your own head. If you were capable of realizing this, you would be embarrassed.

Perhaps you should stick to simplicity. It's possible that that might be something that you have the brain power to understand.


As with most snarks, this gentleman is long on criticism but short on specifics. What, precisely, don't I know? In what way am I ignorant? In what way do I not even understand my own economic interests? What propaganda am I assimilating? And in what way am I paranoid? (I'm reminded of the old expression, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're wrong.")

Since my "brain power" is apparently insufficient to comprehend David's clear and cognizant criticism (which at least prevents me from being "embarrassed"), I thought I'd pass this on to you, my readers, to examine. Perhaps you'll have a better understanding of the things of which I'm ignorant... unless you're American, in which case you're likely to be ignorant too.

Sigh. I guess I'm no match for David's obvious brilliance and brain power.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shhh -- don't tell anyone....

Sometimes I get the most extraordinary emails. Here's one I received from someone named Nelson on Christmas Eve in response to my WND column The Gift that Keeps on Giving. The concluding line of that column reads, "I wish you all, believers and unbelievers alike, a blessed and gift-filled Christmas. Come and join the celebration."

Nelson writes:

Of course you want a “blessed gift-filled Christmas.” It’s a slap-in-the-face for Jesus because the presents don’t go to him even though it’s his birthday. It’s like going to a friends birthday party with gifts and saying happy birthday and then giving the gifts to each other in the presence of the birthday person.

Shhh..... the reason is because you really hate God inside. You are secretly practicing unknowingly a deep secret resentment of the Lord and you don’t even know it, BUT SHOW IT. But don’t worry that all will change soon, when God takes your heart of stone and gives you a heart of flesh, as it is written, and it won’t be soon enough.

Regards,
Nelson


Um, what? How on earth did Nelson draw these conclusions from the column? I'm guessing Nelson must not have read the column very closely or he would understand the gifts I'm talking about are the Gifts of forgiveness, grace, salvation, and eternal life... NOT the stuff you buy at the mall.

And I really hate God inside, do I? And I practice a deep secret resentment of the Lord? My my, I never would have guessed. I always find it fascinating when people like Nelson know what's inside me more than I do myself.

Good to know he's omniscient.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Troll privileges revoked

I should have known better than to feed a troll. Our anonymous poster who took it upon him or herself to snark religion just got a little too combative for my taste.

Goodness only knows why atheists have such an urge to lurk on Christian blogs and try to convince people that Christianity is bunk. To what purpose? More company in hell, perhaps? What will it accomplish to take a group of people who are perfectly satisfied with their religious beliefs and try to make them doubt?

I have a number of readers whose religious and/or political suasions are different than mine, who are perfectly respectful about those differences. Their comments are kind, insightful, and interesting. But trolls give a bad name to anyone whose perspective, viewpoints, or beliefs are different. Their intentions are to create chasms, not bridge them.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: This is a private blog. It is not a public forum to debate your viewpoints. The purpose of my blog is to illustrate our rural lifestyle and air our particular opinions, all hung on the framework of a religious belief we hold dear.


If you don't like it, go start your own blog.

It was my mistake. I should never have fed a troll.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Welcome to my new troll!

I always enjoy picking up a troll or two, unless of course the troll's language is inexcusably vulgar (remember Becky?)

My newest troll is evidently going through a lot of older posts. Recently he/she read my post Raising Boys to be Husbands and found something within to be objectionable:

"A man should be strong enough to know he is weak and flawed, and where to turn to remedy that. A man with faith guides his family toward God."

What strength can come from guiding family members toward non-thought, myth, slavery, and lies? I am curious to know if Christians realize that their religion was created by the Egyptians to enslave the minds of the commoners? Take a look at the mithra as well.

Religion and god does not speak to fully mature and accountable people.


I would like to let this poster know that I certainly welcome dissenting opinions as long as they're politely expressed, and so far you're doing fine. Welcome!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What a bunch of BLATHER and a waste of paper

I just got the snarkiest review on Amazon for The Simplicity Primer:

What a bunch of BLATHER. I bought this book based on the ten 5 star reviews; what kind of whacky weed are you all smoking? Here's some chapter headings: Be Humble, Don't Gossip, Be Polite, Love Your Spouse and the book goes on and on... As you get to the three hundred series it doesn't improve: Enjoy The Holidays, Keep Learning, Live Cheap, Be Creative and then it gets into "Radical Simplicity" !!! People writing reviews should not be allowed to practice their writing skills just to sound sophisticated. This book is a waste of paper.

It was Younger Daughter who found this review and read it out loud to me. Frankly I found it hilarious. I wasn't offended in the slightest, in part because it's pretty apparent that this reviewer Just Didn't Get It. That's fine. Can't please all of the people all of the time.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sheesh, take it easy!

Boy, you just never know what will set some people off.

I just received an email concerning this weekend's WND Fuddy Duddy column as follows:
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You wrote a column about the insolent teenagers blocking you. In the ENTIRE column I did not see you mention “God” or “Christian” or something to do with our religious heritage that is now lacking and why America is turning into what you see today. You had an importune moment to define this, but you did not.

And THAT is the problem! God is left out of the picture and you have proven it with what you wrote today and you did not even recognize it. I did not know you were so into or being FOOLED by secularism that you even missed what is so obvious about what is going on.

I thought you were pretty religious and into the Bible, but I really see you are not. Otherwise you will have seen what is pretty obvious about the two boys, America, it’s Christian heritage and its true identity in the world.

I enjoyed reading your columns because I thought it was fueled by Bible wisdom. I did not see this in your column today. I may pare my reading down of any future columns. Inadvertently, to me, and the world wise enough to recognize this, you explained why America is going down hill.

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While I do not disagree that the secularization of this nation is one of the main contributors to its downfall, it seems to me this guy is seeing bogeymen around every corner. So I’m being “fooled” by secularism? And I’m not “into” the Bible or I’m not religious because ONE of my columns didn’t mention religion?

As a reminder, I have a 1000 word limit. This column was originally around 1500 words and I had to trim and trim and trim. That's the first point to consider.

The second point is, the focus of my column at WND is socio-political commentary, not religion – although about 75% of my columns DO mention religion. However if you want religion every single week, please read Greg Laurie's excellent pieces. The focus of Mr. Laurie's columns IS religion.

The third point that comes to mind is Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ In other words, a lot of yapping doesn't necessarily translate into a genuine Christian spirit.

Obviously it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time. Case in point.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book review from a Seattle progressive

Recently I received an email from a woman named Audrey, who lives in Seattle. She sent her thoughts and impressions of The Simplicity Primer. I was very, very glad to get her review because I've always wondered how the book would impact the Simplicity community in the Pacific northwest.

The simplicity movement is big -- huge -- in the Pacific northwest. Many simplicity authors reside in Seattle or Portland or vicinity. But I have not reached out toward these communities because, almost to a person, they reside on the extreme far left end of the spectrum and I felt they wouldn't care for my perspective.

So this is my first review from the far left.
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Having been in the "simplicity movement" since 1986, in Seattle, with some of the early people (Cecile Andrews, Duane Elgin and Robin & Dominguez) every time a new book catches my eye I give it a read. Having read yours I felt drawn to give some feedback.

My life isn't perfect, but whose is? But I do live in a 100+ year old house of 600 square feet, eat game, buy meat and eggs from my country friends, have a huge garden, cook from scratch, eschew TV, cable, dish, internet, books, getting my needs met at my local library. My clothes, excluding socks and underwear come from thrift stores. I drive a 30 year old car, they were simpler then, it gives me no trouble. I have been living the life for a long time.

But you really got off track with #354. "Move to where there are like-minded people."
[NOTE: The text of this tip is copied below.] Whoa, sister! That sort of attitude fosters an "us versus them", red state/blue state, bunker mentality that engenders things like the Aryan Nations. I made a choice to move here 16 years ago and I'm not leaving. I suppose people see me as an eccentric, radical, commie-pinko but I was raised by parents who had a mantra, "what other people think of you is none of your business." What we have to try to do is find the common ground, sometimes it may be only that we are of the same species. My buddy thinks Glen Beck is god and I think he's a wing-nut but we have endless discussions on techniques for organic gardening. I trade him homemade bread for rototilling. We get along, somehow.

Regarding religion... My parents raised the six of us on "the golden rule", do unto others, etc. We were encouraged to explore, read and be free-thinkers; some of us have religion and others don't. Personally, I do not deny the existence of god, I just haven't seen it proven scientifically. Maybe god is quantum mechanics or string theory. I guess I am a militant agnostic; I don't know and YOU don't either. If you don't have the resilience and strength of character to handle life's challenges and religion gives you that, go for it. Some of us, however, prefer freedom FROM religion.

The Green Movement is a sinister plot to move us to Socialism?!? Whoa! What sort of Tea Party Kool Aid you drinking?!?
[NOTE: The text of this tip is also copied below.] If we don't get this climate change thing back to 350ppm nothing will matter. You are a breeder, just what sort of world are your grandchildren going to have to cope with? I personally don't think there is time to get things fixed but we all need to do what we can. The underlying problem is that the corporate concerns who run politics in this country have a vested interest in keeping the status quo and deriving short-term profits at the expense of our children's future. Maybe green politics is one response, but personally I think armed insurrection is a better idea.

I found alot of things in your book to like and agree with. I probably sound retro but I think if people have kids under 18 there should be no divorce unless there is a documented history of abuse. Work it out. Too many kids in poverty, on welfare, not getting a fair start in life and being a burden to the taxpayer besides. This business of sexualizing young girls, WTF!! Don't tell ME this is feminism! My mother, Susan Sontag and Bella Abzug are rolling in their graves. I laughed hard at the "country living" sequence. When I moved here most people thought I was a few bricks short of a load and the others were saying "such a beautiful place, why aren't you living in the country?" My response was, "are you [expletive deleted] nuts?!? I GREW UP IN THE COUNTRY! I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE! In town; I turn on the faucet and water comes out, I flush the toilet it goes to the sewer, Donny Mueller picks up the trash every Thursday, the city plows the street when it snows. Living in the country is over-rated." Yes, it is nice...IF you are prepared to deal with it. Plus it costs money. I live alot more frugally and with alot less hassle in town. Not to mention, now that I am officially in "old bag" status, it is more prudent.

Best wishes with your publishing career and other business interests.

Audrey

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Here are the specific points from the book which Audrey referenced:

354. Move to a Place with Like-Minded People
If moving to a different town or even state is in your plans for a simpler life, take warning: make sure you investigate your destination area to see if you’re among like-minded people.

Beyond the usual red-state-blue-state demographics, it is wise to be aware that there are certain places where the political or social climate may not be to your liking. If you have strong political beliefs, for instance, and you move to an area where the majority of people are at the opposite end of the spectrum, you’re going to be miserable.

Be sure to research your target location thoroughly. Subscribe to the local newspapers. Visit. Rent for awhile, if you can.

There is joy in finding yourself among others who share your values. When we moved to Idaho, for instance, we found to our delight that we were among neighbors who cherish independence, family values, and thrift just as we do.

We know of a couple who purchased property recently in our area. They had wildly different viewpoints from those of their immediate neighbors. Wildly different. I met them once or twice and they seemed like nice folks, but I sensed trouble ahead because of their different attitudes and viewpoints. In our brief conversations, they immediately launched into their personal philosophies in a rather belligerent, defensive manner…almost as if they sensed they were different. I don’t know all the details, but their property was up for sale again within a year.

Relocation is much simpler if you know you’ll be welcomed in your new neighborhood.

244. Support Green Living, Not the Green Movement
We are urged to consider the sustainability and impact of our choices in order to think “green.” I find this to be a high calling, one worthy of everyone’s attention.

I support green living. I try to live by the principles of green living. It’s all so sensible—and simplifying. However, I do not support the green political movement because these activists are using “green” to advance Socialism. And Socialism, as any student of history will tell you, does not make anyone’s life simple. Socialism takes away independence. Sustainability increases independence. Which makes more sense to you?

Columnist Rebecca Hagelin writes, “If you let people control their own destinies, there's no limit to what they can achieve. But if you bind them with the straitjacket of central planning, smother their creativity with over-regulation, fence them in with high tariffs and take their hard-earned money with high taxes, you kill their dreams even as you wreck an economy.” [Emphasis added.]

But the march toward Socialism is subtle, and prettily wrapped up in 100% recycled green wrapping paper. After all, as commentator Walter Williams points out, there’s less resistance if liberty is taken away a little at a time. This year, light bulbs. Next year, temperature controls in your house. After that…who knows?

History has demonstrated the destructive results of Socialism. Become green and independent, not part of a collectivist society. Think for yourself. Only then will your life simplify, unless, of course, you prefer the simplicity of no longer having any choices at all.

Here is the reply I sent to Audrey:

Good morning, Audrey:

Thank you for taking the time to write regarding my book The Simplicity Primer. Like you, I’ve spent many years both living and reading about the simple life, including the authors you mention (Andrews, Elgin, Robin & Dominguez, etc.). I admire the way you’re conducting your life in conformity with your beliefs. Not many people have managed to do that, so you’re to be commended.

With regard to the tip to which you took exception (#354, Move to a Place With Like-Minded People), please remember that the ideas in the book are suggestions, not requirements. While I’m pleased you’re able to find common ground with your buddy who listens to Glenn Beck, you also mention how you moved to Seattle from a rural location, presumably because the social and political climate were more to your liking. In other words, you moved to a place with like-minded people. I find nothing wrong with living among people who share one’s beliefs, and believe me it has nothing to do with a “us versus them” bunker mentality, much less anything whatever to do with the Aryan Nations (yuck, pitooey).

Regarding religion: I think you’ll agree that the Simplicity Primer is a rarity among simplicity literature in that it’s written from the perspective of a conservative Christian. The premise of the entire book is that simplicity is achieved through making the right choices. I’ve chosen to embrace religion; you’ve chosen to do otherwise. If you’re satisfied with your choice, then you’ve achieved simplicity in that category.

I do maintain that the Green political movement advances socialism. We live a lifestyle that is “greener” than 95% of America, but it’s our choice to do so. My quarrel with the green movement is it is dedicated to passing legislation forcing others to conform to their agenda, i.e. phasing out incandescent light bulbs or regulating home temperatures. Such legislation reduces choices and increases unconstitutional authority. We keep our home cool and we use (mostly) CFL’s, but that’s our choice and I don’t believe there is any constitutional justification forcing anyone else to live the way we think they should live.

I thoroughly, absolutely, one-hundred-percent agree with your assessment of country living. LOL – sometimes I think I spend half my time convincing people NOT to move rural since (as you well know) country living is only for those willing to put up with a lot of hassle, grief, inconvenience, and even danger. We love it here, but then we don’t have to commute through snow drifts to a job (we work at home) or school (we homeschool), so we’re willing to put up with a lot of inconvenience. Life is indeed much simpler in many regards in the city, but we don’t like the crowded conditions or noise factor. It’s quite literally a case of “to each his own” when in comes to choosing a place to live.

I find myself in complete agreement with many of the things you wrote in your email. I wish we lived closer as I suspect we could have some lively and fascinating conversations over a nice pot of chai tea.

Thank you for your kind wishes and once again, I appreciate you taking the time to express your thoughts and opinions.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Snark rebuttal

In response to the snark I received this week from Alex, my husband decided to rebut Alex's points one by one. Don's comments are in italics.
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Hello Patrice,

My name is Alex and I've have been an Economics and Sociology professor at [location of university removed so as not to identify the writer] for 6 years. [I’m not so sure. I’ve done extensive searches on the university’s website and can find no mention of Alex’s name. But perhaps he wrote under a pseudonym.] I just finished reading your article, "A Nation Bursting With Spoiled Brats." To start, I just want you to know that I'm not a Republican or Democrat. Nothing I say here is influenced by any political philosophies or motives. [Okay, this is just too stupid to be real. As you will see as you read on, EVERY thing that Alex has to say beyond this point is politically motivated as a part of the socialist/progressive/coercive mind set.]

I enjoyed the first half of your article and agree completely that Americans today are wayyy too spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative. There's no denying that.

However, I am concerned with your ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant vilifying less fortunate Americans [You mean the spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative ones, right Alex?] (meaning less fortunate than you) that desire things such as free health care, affordable housing and food, and employment that pays a livable wage.

[First off, any “professor of economics” who can use the term “free health care” is a prime example of the failure of our education system. It ain't free, Doc. Someone has to pay for it. Likewise “affordable housing,” and food, and a “living wage.” Secondly, I desire a lot of things too. But desire without a willingness to work for these things is called envy or covetousness. And these are listed by just about every religion in the world as great sins, because they are the prime movers in nearly every form of bad behavior.]

I want to make clear that I do not support government pampering of criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day, and that I do not believe in punishing people for their success [except by sticking a government gun to their head and demanding a sizable portion of their “success” to support not only those down on their luck but also “criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day”], but your views expressed in your article is exactly what anyone would expect from a person as financially well off as you who has never known what it's like to really struggle in poverty and who is extremely out of touch with reality, especially with regard to urban life.

[Financially well off!!!??? Buddy, we work twelve hour days to remain comfortably at the upper edge of the poverty level. But we do so by choice so that we are home with our kids and so that we can be beholden to none but God. I'm absolutely certain that you, by yourself, make more money than Patrice and I do combined while working far fewer hours.]

A white American woman from the rural Mid-West who owns a business, a shop, a home on 20 acres of land, with home-schooled children, has a lot of nerve thinking she has the right to say ANYTHING against people who didn't come from where she did and who don't have what she has.

[I don't have what you have either, Alex. Does that mean you have no right to say anything against me? Apparently not. What was that you said earlier about Patrice's “ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant”?]

You think everyone in America has 20 acres of land, their own business, and the same opportunities that a white American woman has, who has an American sounding name, and who's ancestors probably have been here since the days of the colonial settlers?

[Actually, her grandparents were Polish immigrants who worked in poverty, learned English, and sent their kids to school to do better than themselves. A proud family of immigrants who left their despotic socialist country behind and came to the land of freedom to become proud Americans. And what IS your fascination with WHITE women??]

Do you think for example, that a person in the inner-city or suburb, who has a parent or family member who's a drug addict or who barely speaks English or who has no idea how the American economic and financial system works [So far I've seen no sign that YOU understand how our economic or financial system works. But you've got an excuse. You're a progressive professor.], whose family lives off of 11,000 per year from their slave-wage job, who went to poor schools with bad teachers [Remember: highest per student expenditures: Washington D.C.] and, as a result, got a poor education, and who live in a drug and crime infested community – do you think such a person is going to be inclined to be positive-thinking winner who goes out and seizes the world by the tail and be a success?

[And all we need is more regulation and more money to fix this problem, right? A trillion dollars spent so far on the war on poverty. Most going to fat cat community organizers and race pimps, and bureaucrats.  Oh, and liberal professors. If this poor family hates living where they do, they should work hard, save money, find a way to become better educated, AND MOVE! It's time they accept their role as free adults and not the children of government.]

Do you think a parent who has to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet and who can barely put anything away at the end of the month, and who has no time to pursue further education or even to take care of their own kids, is going to easily escape the economic prison they're in with their heads held up high?

[Hmmm. Let’s see. We work three jobs just to make ends meet. We rarely have anything left at the end of the month. We pursue our further education by reading (usually late at night) after long work days because we MAKE THE TIME FOR IT. And we still find the time to take care of our kids. All things are possible with God and with a willingness to do what is right. However, since I assume you aren't talking about us specifically, here's the answer to your question: Yes. If they stay married, get a high school education, wait to have kids until they can afford them and stay off drugs and booze. Works every time it's tried.]

Sure, it happens, occasionally. [All the time, man. It used to be the norm in America. That is, until the government started paying poor parents money to not  get married (or to separate) and produce more kids.] We always hear inspirational stories of people who succeeded in the face of enormous hardship or who started a business idea or invented something that soon made them a successful millionaire, but people need to stop rubbing such success stories in the faces of the masses because it is a huge misrepresentation of reality. [No it isn't, Doc. These things are common place. It's what has made us the greatest nation on earth. And it only become less likely if we continue our slide into the ‘command and control’ system of socialism. Remove the incentive to strive for greatness, and greatness ends.] The number of people who come from nothing and succeed in escaping their life of struggle and poverty are in the extreme minority! [Over 80 percent of today's American millionaires came from middle or lower-class families. And until the "War on Poverty programs destroyed the black family structure, black Americans were rapidly entering the middle class. Don't believe this? Read "Losing Ground" by Charles Murray. You might actually begin to get the education to go with your title.] Mathematical probability always allows for an occasional winner to slip through the cracks, the same as with the lottery. [Your chance of winning the lottery is one in millions. Your chance of escaping poverty by being married, getting a high school education, not having kids until you can afford them, working hard and staying off drugs is nearly 100 percent. I see you're every bit as good a statistician as you are an economist.] However, the average person who pursues the lottery just because of the "You never know" slogan, is a fool who will spend the rest of their lives trying and hoping, but will never win. Why? Because the system wasn't designed for everyone to make it and be financially well off. After all, if everyone had money and was doing well, the value of money would be worthless. [Oh God, give me strength! (That's a prayer, not taking the Lord's name in vain.) There is no way you can POSSIBLY be an economist. Money is an abstract, a handy way of moving the value of labor and time around. It's not a thing in and of itself unless you are an idiot socialist. Money only becomes worthless when the issuer creates more of it then the total value of work accounts for. Today this is referred to as quantitative easement.] The game is fixed and most people don't know the rules.

[The rules are simple when a coercive state isn't involved. So let me make it easy for you and anyone else that doesn't know the rules.

1. Work hard six days a week and then take a day off.
2. Remember and honor your parents and ancestors for all that they did for you. Teach you children to do the same.
3. Do not murder.
4. Do not break your word, especially for those whom you love and who love you. If you can't keep your vows, don't make them.
5. Theft is wrong no matter how you justify it. "It's for the children" or "They have more than they need" are the same justifications for theft when used by a back alley mugger or a progressive professor. Slavery is theft as well. And it doesn't matter if the slave is owned by a single master or a collective.
6. Don't lie or gossip. Be a person that others can depend upon.
7. Kill your envy of others. Work to improve your lot however you define it, but remember that no matter how great your material wealth, it ends with your last breath.

There. Those are the rules (mostly). I purposely left God out of the equation because I suspect that had I placed Him in His correct position at the head of the list, you would have hyperventilated. But even without inviting God into your heart, just following the rules above will give you a good life more often than not.]

In conclusion, my point is, do you think the people in the above two examples I mentioned can, whenever they need it or feel like it, go out and afford a nice health care plan, buy good food with nutritional value, or find a job that will allow them to live like human beings and not like slaves? [If they follow the rules above, more than likely.]

Should anyone be forced to live in a cramped, dirty, overpriced apartment or tiny cookie cutter house & lot where the neighbors on both sides are so close they can hear everything you do in
your own house and vice-versa? [Hee Hee!! When Patrice and I married, we lived in tiny cookie cutter house in a crime-ridden neighborhood with section 8 cramped, dirty, apartments next door (and we heard a lot!). We worked our tails off to get out of there. Eventually we left that city and moved to a four-acre property in Oregon. I say four-acre property because even though there was a "house" that came with the land, it was assumed we would tear it down. The roof leaked everywhere. The walls were literally one inch thick. There was no foundation. I had just started my woodworking business. Patrice worked nights as a waitress and went to school. The night work was important because it meant that one or the other of us was always home with our children. I took the babies to bed with me, a bottle of mothers' milk in my armpit to keep it warm for them. The wolf never came to our door because it knew the pickings were too slim. And we worked and worked. We didn't complain. We knew that that work was leading us to something better.]

In a greedy and corrupt economic and legislative system where the business owners and the wealthiest of the wealthy get all the breaks, loopholes, and advantages, and the masses carry all the nation's economic burdens, it is not socialism to even the bar a bit and give people a fair, human standard of living.

[If you took all the money from everyone and divided it up equally, inside of one year the same people who originally had the most would have it again. Sorry, but bell curves exist for a reason. When ever you take something from one person by the threat of force to give to another (while some of it sticks to your own hands "for expenses"), it's socialism. "Evening the bar" is another tool of the despot.]

You, like many Americans who use the word "Socialism," have no idea what it means. What you label "Socialism," I and many others call common decency and love for your fellow mankind.

[And you'll enforce that decency and love with a gun as needed. I do know what socialism is. It's the Gulag in the old Soviet Union. It's the concentration camp in Nazi (National Socialism) Germany. It's the "re-education" camps in China and Cambodia and North Vietnam. It's State sponsored slavery. And it's coming to America unless we expose it for what it is, and destroy it root and branch.]

And you call yourself a woman of God? [You are talking about the finest, most caring, most loving woman I have ever met, Alex. I don't deserve her. But God has blessed me with her despite my failings. Watch your mouth.] Do you think Jesus Christ would have spoken about the masses as arrogantly and insensitively as you have in your article? Do you think Jesus, when he was on earth, would have denied someone food, water, shelter, or would have refused to cure their ailment just because they didn't have money, were unemployed, had no skills, didn't go to college, or were lazy? [Your ignorance of the teachings of Jesus and his disciples is appalling. Get to a church that teaches the Word alone, then write back and apologize. We'll forgive you. Promise. But just a hint to start you out, read 2 Thessalonians 3:10.] The Bible teaches us to be hard, self sufficient workers but it does not teach us to be insensitive and arrogant towards the less fortunate and does not teach us to deprive others of help because they're poor and have nothing to contribute. Jesus Christ would have found your article appalling and disgusting. [Did you actually READ Patrice’s column?? Like the part where she said, "This isn't to imply we should sit like fat cats, cocky and smug and surrounded by affluence while we let others suffer. Of course not. It behooves us to be generous with our gifts from God." No. Of course you didn't read her column. After all, the whole point of your rant is an apology (in the old fashioned sense of the word) for elitist statism built on envy, covertness, fear, and violence.]

I would very much be interested in hearing what you have to say in reply, just as long as you have an open mind, can think for yourself, and do not spew a bunch of conservative rhetoric.

Sincerely,
Alex

[So there you go, Alex. Let me make my opinion of you as perfectly clear as I can. You are a fool and a tool. You have no concept of logic or critical thinking. You are incapable of historical analysis. You have absolutely no business teaching puppies, let alone young people. You are therefore a credit to your progressive statist masters. You are the worst kind of elitist because you actually think that in the brave new world you envision, you will be one of the leaders. You are all for egalitarianism as long as someone else will be cleaning the toilets.

We've seen your type before: Human bedbugs who scream about your right to share in the warmth of someone else's body heat while you suck their blood. And before you start yammering about my lack of "Christian kindness," try this one on for size: I believe the pernicious evil that you and those like you represent deserves the same level of mercy as the temple money changers or the demon-filled pigs (Look them up. It will be a good start on your religious education.)

Alex, your philosophy and mine can never reach accord. Any compromise that would cause me to take even a step towards your way of thinking would take me away from the Good and a step closer to the horror that awaits if your world vision ever comes to fruition.

I will, however, pray for you. See, I have one thing going for me that I suspect you don't. I know what sin is. And I know I'm a sinner. And believe it or not, that knowledge is a strength, not a weakness, because I also know what I must do to be forgiven my imperfections. Alex, start your journey towards the Good by finding out what I mean. But stop teaching others your filthy lies until you've learned the truth yourself.

Now I know there are some of the Patrice's readers who are appalled by my harsh words to Alex. You no doubt feel that I have gone beyond the bounds of propriety and civil discourse.

And you know what? You're right.

But it is time to end this dangerous losing game of trying to make nice with people like Alex. The Alex's of the world happily plan for the day my children will be in chains. They are from the same mold as the monsters who supported Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union. Their concepts of "decency and love" are, in the end, the interior of the crematorium and the horror of the mass grave. You can no longer compromise with evil.]

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Snark of the week

Boy oh boy, you're gonna love this.

Late on Monday night, just before shutting down my computer and going to bed, I received an email. Someone had evidently been reading some of my older WorldNetDaily columns and came upon a December 2008 column called A Nation Bursting with Spoiled Brats.

When I wrote that column, my intent was to jerk people out of their complacency and make them realize and appreciate all the luxuries we take for granted in our country. Man, was I wrong! Instead I got a veritable firestorm of people who disagreed. The responses I got inspired a follow-up column called How to Tell If You're a Spoiled Brat.

Right now I'm going to pause and ask you to read both those columns in order to better understand the email I received this week.

[...sound of ticking clock...]

Now that you've read them, consider this email:
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Hello Patrice,

My name is Alex and I've have been an Economics and Sociology professor at [location of university removed so as not to identify the writer] for 6 years. I just finished reading your article, "A Nation Bursting With Spoiled Brats." To start, I just want you to know that I'm not a Republican or Democrat. Nothing I say here is influenced by any political philosophies or motives.

I enjoyed the first half of your article and agree completely that Americans today are wayyy too spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative. There's no denying that.

However, I am concerned with your ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant vilifying less fortunate Americans (meaning less fortunate than you) that desire things such as free health care, affordable housing and food, and employment that pays a livable wage. I want to make clear that I do not support government pampering of criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day, and that I do not believe in punishing people for their success, but your views expressed in your article is exactly what anyone would expect from a person as financially well off as you who has never known what it's like to really struggle in poverty and who is extremely out of touch with reality, especially with regard to urban life.

A white American woman from the rural Mid-West who owns a business, a shop, a home on 20 acres of land, with home-schooled children, has a lot of nerve thinking she has the right to say ANYTHING against people who didn't come from where she did and who don't have what she has.

You think everyone in America has 20 acres of land, their own business, and the same opportunities that a white American woman has, who has an American sounding name, and who's ancestors probably have been here since the days of the colonial settlers? Do you think for example, that a person in the inner-city or suburb, who has a parent or family member who's a drug addict or who barely speaks English or who has no idea how the American economic and financial system works, whose family lives off of 11,000 per year from their slave-wage job, who went to poor schools with bad teachers and, as a result, got a poor education, and who live in a drug and crime infested community--do you think such a person is going to be inclined to be positive-thinking winner who goes out and seizes the world by the tail and be a success?

Do you think a parent who has to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet and who can barely put anything away at the end of the month, and who has no time to pursue further education or even to take care of their own kids, is going to easily escape the economic prison they're in with their heads held up high?

Sure, it happens, occasionally. We always hear inspirational stories of people who succeeded in the face of enormous hardship or who started a business idea or invented something that soon made them a successful millionaire, but people need to stop rubbing such success stories in the faces of the masses because it is a huge misrepresentation of reality. The number of people who come from nothing and succeed in escaping their life of struggle and poverty are in the extreme minority! Mathematical probability always allows for an occasional winner to slip through the cracks, the same as with the lottery. However, the average person who pursues the lottery just because of the "You never know" slogan, is a fool who will spend the rest of their lives trying and hoping, but will never win. Why? Because the system wasn't designed for everyone to make it and be financially well off. After all, if everyone had money and was doing well, the value of money would be worthless. The game is fixed and most people don't know the rules.

In conclusion, my point is, do you think the people in the above two examples I mentioned can, whenever they need it or feel like it, go out and afford a nice health care plan, buy good food with nutritional value, or find a job that will allow them to live like human beings and not like slaves? Should anyone be forced to live in a cramped, dirty, overpriced apartment or tiny cookie cutter house & lot where the neighbors on both sides are so close they can hear everything you do in your own house and vice-versa? In a greedy and corrupt economic and legislative system where the business owners and the wealthiest of the wealthy get all the breaks, loopholes, and advantages, and the masses carry all the nation's economic burdens, it is not socialism to even the bar a bit and give people a fair, human standard of living.

You, like many Americans who use the word "Socialism," have no idea what it means. What you label "Socialism," I and many others call common decency and love for your fellow mankind. And you call yourself a woman of God? Do you think Jesus Christ would have spoken about the masses as arrogantly and insensitively as you have in your article? Do you think Jesus, when he was on earth, would have denied someone food, water, shelter, or would have refused to cure their ailment just because they didn't have money, were unemployed, had no skills, didn't go to college, or were lazy? The Bible teaches us to be hard, self sufficient workers but it does not teach us to be insensitive and arrogant towards the less fortunate and does not teach us to deprive others of help because they're poor and have nothing to contribute. Jesus Christ would have found your article apalling and disgusting.

I would very much be interested in hearing what you have to say in reply, just as long as you have an open mind, can think for yourself, and do not spew a bunch of conservative rhetoric.

Sincerely,
Alex
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I immediately sent this email to my husband, and he and I laughed heartily. Don also started writing a rebuttal. He's not quite finished yet, but I will happily post his thoughts as soon as I have a chance.

Meanwhile, I knew you all would enjoy reading Alex's email as much as we did.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Attitude adjustment

Especially since I write for WND, I am often on the receiving end of some nasty snarks. Most of the time I brush these off because, after all, I'm usually being criticized for my opinion, something to which everyone is entitled.

But this snark hurt. Someone wrote in:

You are getting pretty proud of yourself over the last few months publicly. I suggest you read the commandments and recall a bit more of the humble life you once led. The one that led you on your path.

I'm not a bible thumper by any means but I am getting sick of your tireless self promotion since you published your book.

This website used to be about lessons, learning and others but now, it's all about you. Keep it up and I'll be bidding you goodbye forever.


The reason this snark hurt is because it has some merit. It's hard not to share the excitement that comes with having one's first book published. But at what point do I cross the line between excitement and pride? Hard to say, except from a reader's point of view -- and this reader has obviously had enough.

So while it's tough to look in the mirror, I understand and accept this reader's criticism and humbly beg his or her pardon.