Thursday, June 11, 2009

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not Me.

Sorry to disappoint the usual crowd of gun-lurkers who keep coming to this blog even though, according to them, I suck, as does this blog.

There are some wolves drooling on my blog's doorstep waiting to pounce.

I love my statcounter because I get to see the shenanigans of people who would seek to abuse me on my blog if should even mention the word "gun."

I've learned a lot in the last 8 months about blogging.

One important lesson: bullies don't deserve the time of day; particularly delusional bullies who think my life is spent obsessing about them and guns.

*You* gun-lurkers are the ones obsessed with guns. That's all you can comment about.

Given the details provided by my statcounter, I am not among the obsessed.

If I am obsessed with anything, it is trying to find some sense of normality in these crazy times, when doctors are killed for providing legal health care services or soldiers are killed at recruiting offices (or anywhere in the lose-lose wars we have sent them into) or unarmed museum goers are attacked and murdered because they are trying to expose themselves to history.

Those people are the good guys. Compassionate doctors. The brave women and men in our military. The intellectually curious. The ones who go about their daily lives trying to improve themselves or help keep us safe or save the lives of others.

The closest thing you'll ever read about armed whackos on this blog is just this general commentary (whether they are armed with knives, bombs, lies, firearms, or hate).

I care that people are losing their lives for senseless reasons, spurred on by unscrupulous media opportunists and terrified isolationists.

Sorry to you frothing wolves. Huff and puff and put on nana's sleeping cap all you want.

You'll get no satisfaction here.


Seeing Eye Chick June 11, 2009 at 10:11 PM  


In my world, going with your boots on, isn't in an act of cowardice wherein one murders a person for being of a different race, religion or for disagreement. If I were bent that way, believe me, I have had ample opportunity.

Going with my boots on is being eternally intellectually curious. Extending the hand of friendship and civility, even if it means a knife in the back later. Not fearing the different, not even those differences I loathe--for whatever reason.

You can imply threats with guns, but in the end you display your own weakness by having to resort to that, in order to feel powerful.

One that has to resort to that cannot generate or recognize their own personal power, it has to be taken from others at the end of a weapon, soaked in fear.

If your life is run on that kind of fuel, then what a sad affair that must be that you miss out on friendship, learning, the mysterious, on humor, and the simple exchanges of hospitality.

I might not like what other people do with their freedoms. But that alone will not cause me to call for limitations. Its when those who abuse others in under the guise of exercising freedoms that we are all entitled to as citizens, that I draw that line in the sand.

Harassing, and Killing people for differences in race, religion, ideology, sexual orientation, creed, ethnicity, or gender is that line for me.

It's a line for Skye too. And what a glorious line it is.

I am proud to be an American, I am proud that I am patriotic, and that I know someone like her who shares those same values of freedom and curiosity and intellectualism that I do. What a rare and wonderful thing. Nothing could be truer under the Constitution.

People who use guns to threaten that, well, I hear the Taliban has an opening for you over there. People who commit honor killings, abuse people for being gay, or for making up their own minds about who to marry and when, when or if they have children or even what kind of music or books one reads.

They are looking for a few rotten apples to fill the ranks. BYOG

PENolan June 11, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

Good Lord - not you too?
It's a drag when someone disturbs the peace in your own living room - especially when they aren't related to you.

Love and Light

James June 11, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

Couldn't have said it better myself.

I agree with you too seeing eye chick.

The kinds of people who kills others for sport or because they think they are somehow justified are doing it for no reason other than powerlessness.

I owns hunting rifles and use them to hunt and that alone. Well sometimes to target shoot. I also keep a handgun locked safely away for emergencies, but not out of a sense of fear or a sense of security.

I have guns because I follow the law, bought them legally and use them within the limit of the laws.

It's too bad that more gun owners can't take that kind of thinking away from recent events. It brings attention to those who need to be barred from access to guns.

A threat of violence is a threat of violence.

If we want to keep our guns, and I sure as hell do, we need to stop these nutjobs from trying to flush our rights down the toilet with the rest of the BS that they buy into.

I cannot tell you how great I think your blog is skyewriter. You have a good heart and your head is in the right place. Don't let those wolves get to you :).

If they come knocking, I'm ready for them.

Chris June 12, 2009 at 2:18 AM  

OMG...I forgot what I was going to say!

mikeb302000 June 12, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

The gun guys I know, with very few exceptions seem quite aggressive and antagonistic. They too quickly resort to name-calling and personal attacks, and I've honestly made an effort to be fair with them. In the end, I resorted to comment moderation which enables me to reject the most vile of their nonsense.

Grandpa Eddie June 12, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

I have many friends, like James, who own one or more guns which they purchased for hunting, and that's what they are used for, hunting....or like James said, target practice.

I also know a few people who have so many guns that their homes look like small arsenals, and they do not hunt. I know one person who wants to buy a .50 caliber sniper rifle. He's says it's his right to own one.

Now what does someone need with a rifle that can shoot a bullet over 1 mile and still penetrate an engine block?!? This isn't a hunting weapon! This is a weapon that was designed to kill people at a very long distance.

I do believe, from knowing the gun "nuts" that I do, that those who feel that it is their right, or have the "need", to own so many powerful weapons have a self esteem problem. Or maybe they were the runts in school who always got picked on. Or maybe it's just penile envy.

skyewriter June 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

Seeing Eye: no one can put it the way you do... perfect.

I was wondering, T, if you had gotten any guff on your blog about that dysfunctional gun.

James you are very kind and too generous with your praise.

Chris: I just appreciate your support and comments!

MikeB: I do not know how you put up with those people. I read your blog regularly and I have witnessed there also their complete inability to comment without saying something shitty to you. They are ass holes in the real world so why should it be any different online? Actually, they are likely loners who can't keep a friend. Sad.

GE: I thought about the penile envy angle, but there is some validity in a very real sense. These folks feel powerless; that's why they cannot let anyone have a different opinion, they resort to insults and name calling (which they then claim is *sarcasm*), and they feel they have nothing to offer their society other than a blinders-on view of guns as self-defense only rationale. What the fuck are they so afraid of? I am amazed any of them actually leave their homes, keep jobs or ever see the light of day. They seem so anti-social.

Okay, there I am done.

Thanks all for your thoughts. I mean it. Really.

Lots o' hugs...

Riot Kitty June 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

I hated having to do comment moderation because of right-wing one nut job (sorry, that's redundant, isn't it?) who followed me from another blog and followed my blogger friends. The funniest part, though, was this teabagger (and I mean that in every sense of the word) had been arrested for forging checks!! You talk about fiscally conservative ;)

Anonymous,  June 12, 2009 at 10:36 PM  

Well, I know I love your blog and look forward to reading about your take on what's going on in the world.

Glad to see I'm not the only one who has received a few haters. Yet, I'm sorry to hear about it at the same time. That's why I'm glad I have comment filtering. :-)

Anonymous,  June 12, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

You know I had the teachers and parents who love to spank who came after me when I wrote about beatings in school. I made a choice not to allow their filth to be published on my blog because they were advocating violence. I will not allow my blog to be used in that way and stated so.

I used to have a personal trainer who it turns out is a gun nut. He blasted out emails to everyone he knew (including me) about his stances on guns, how Obama was going to take their guns away so stock up, sent photos of his arsenal of guns and graphic photos of his hunting conquests, etc. etc. I told him I could not take it anymore and blocked his emails.

These people want to the Fox News and other right wing extremist spew hatred, violence, etc. It takes people like you and I and so many others standing up and saying NO. These people think they are entitled to take away the rights and lives of others and thump their Bibles while they pump their guns.

Enough. I'm sick of these people. They have been yelling and expecting us to be cowed. We must stand up strong and tall and say ENOUGH.

Nancy June 13, 2009 at 1:20 AM  

Grandpa Eddie said it so well...penile envy. Gun guys do seem to have some sort problem in that area...not that I've ever had the temerity to ask to look. Just a long-time theory of mine. To have an overwhelming need to own tons of guns seems to me to be cowardly. They don't have the balls to solve problems or work through difficult situations so they hide behind their firearms and the evermore aggressively right-wing NRA. Ever at the ready to shoot first, talk later.

Shady Lady June 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

Well said, Skyewriter. I will never understand why people who are supposed to be all grown up can't play nice.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

Awesome post, skyewriter. You have an uncanny ability to stay positive while writing about lousy people. There is lots of support from me and others here. Screw the wolves!

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