Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The welcome mat has been taken in...

To the unpleasant people who have parked on my blog's doorstep.

One of my favorite exchanges in a movie addresses the issue of saying what people want to hear.

"Do you see purple people?" the guy asks.

"No," answered the woman.

"I had a friend," the man began, "who said he saw purple people. They locked him up, but he got out."

"Yeah?" asked the woman. "Did they cure him?"

"Nope. He just stopped telling anyone about the purple people."

Yeah, I see the "purple people" but I rarely write about them.

They are bruised and scared by the changing times.

They just want someone, anyone, to listen to them.

They threaten because they feel that they have no real power.

They truly believe that they can offer nothing positive to helping their neighbors aside from "It's not my fault"-- a child's response.

Like all of you, I have been through my own set of unique challenges. One of the greatest has been to persevere in writing this blog. I had to start moderating comments a few months ago when a rather unstable mob of people descended on this webspace.

Then, I get abused and harassed here to my "face" and all over other websites by people who have spent exactly thirty seconds "reading" this blog.

All because I refuse to be bullied and I will not post comments in which people have written:

"You are a fucking retard. You commie shitheads don't know anything and if my guns get taken away, I am coming for you first"

"You think you know so much. You are a total fake. A liar. And you are the coward for not posting comments" (This one is from someone who had left me over 20 abusive comments over the course of 24 hours.)

~ Of course, here's my all time favorite~

"You are a fucking cunt and I hope someone figures out who you are and finds you and wipes you off the face of the earth"

I've been writing this blog for almost six months now.

This post marks 164 published in that time.

I've definitely covered a lot of ground and material. Most of it written believing that people are basically decent and at least have a whiff of social skills.

As a young professor, I have to believe that.

I have 15-20 people who read this little blog. Loyal and supportive blog friends that have stuck by me.

They prove to me that most people aren't like these purple ones.

So if you are here to tell me how stupid or fucked up or snobby or elitist I am you can take it somewhere else.

You were not invited here-- and you have long worn out your welcome.

One thing to take away from this commie-liberal-progressive blog: if you have safe drinking water, safe food, safe medication, clean air to breathe, medicare for elderly relatives, social security for those same folks, if you learned to read and write in a public school, enjoy having a local police station, a fire department, a federally run postal service to deliver your Mother's Day cards-- thank a liberal.

Despite your best attempts to shit all over them, you have a lot to be thankful for because of them.


AztecRed April 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

"Despite your best attempts to shit all over them, you have a lot to be thankful for because of them."

Try telling that to the citizens/subjects of Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, England, and various other liberal Meccas.

Left unchecked, liberalism renders the people defenseless and completely dependent on a government that's incapable meeting their needs.

See, the problem with liberals is not the clean air, safe food, social security, public schools, etc. The problem is they don't know where to stop. The solution to every problem (real or imagined) isn't "more government".

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

LOL! Love that Skye. What a bunch of bullies and jerks. You'd think that they don't have anything else to do. LOL.

You are a strong woman with a lot of accomplishments. That must be intimidating as hell for the whackos. I am thrilled that you won't be silenced. You have some really important things to say and we need you out here in the blogosphere.

BY the way, what's wrong with elitism? It means you have actually done something with your life.

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

Great and funny post Skye.

Hmmm. More government? Who knows the extent to which our government increased given the secrecy of the CIA memos? Lots of shady stuff there.

I don't think it is a party issue so much as it is an ideological one. Regulation works in some areas and in others it should be limited. The divide appears when talking about liberties and rights.

Skye experienced it here herself. She voiced an opinion and many tried to shout her down and shut her up.

Why read this blog if all you want to do is be hateful? You have been very patient Skye, more than I have witnessed on other liberal-authored blogs. I say let them take a leap. I'm glad you are still here.

Just get back to the good stuff. It seems it has been a while since you have had a good rant. :)

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

Nicely put skyewriter.

You are a thorough joy to read. Love it.

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 8:41 PM  

Aztec, the government increased under Nixon, Reagan, and Bush. More over 41 raised taxes and so si Reagan. Conservative myths.

My family was very liberal and I have had relatives going back to before the revolutionary war who have fought and died for freedom. Look up Bacon's rebellion as it was the first rebellion against the British government in this country ever. One of my grandfathers was hung in chains by Governor Berkeley because of his participation.

So, I absolutely disagree with your contention about liberals.

As for Skye, you have everything upside down. It was you and you ilk who crapped all over Skye. She was way too much of a lady and put up with you all for way too long. You have a HUGE amount of audacity to say that to her and you are apparently way too ignorant to know any better.

Detroit is a liberal mecca? You really are off your rocker and you are speaking out of your backsides. Stop listening to Faux News psycho-tainment and try READING something CREDIBLe and you may wake up actually enlightened with the ability to have an intelligent discussion with Skye. Until then, you and your buddies are just a waste of her time.

Caleb April 15, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

Skye, maybe I should explain something to you about these here internets. I'm on the other side of the idealogical welcome mat - and I've been blogging and writing professionally for 3 years. In that time, I've literally lost track of the hate mail that I've gotten from liberals. I've been told by people that they hope I commit suicide with one of my guns, I've been told by people that they hope someone murders me with one of my guns, and I've been told by a fat person that they hoped I became crippled and morbidly obese.

The point is that blaming conservatism or liberalism because some people are assholes doesn't make a lot of sense. Any ideology can be used as an excuse to act like an assclown. As a young professor, it will help you in your budding career to remember that an individual who is predisposed to being an asshole will be that way regardless of whether they're a liberal or conservative.

skyewriter April 15, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

Hi, Ahab,
As a writer your reading skills should be a bit more honed.

Please re-read my post and inform me about my own writing.

*I intentionally did not use the term conservative to describe the purple people*.

Why is it that some people can't see the world other than black and white and assume that any liberal writing about ass holes is automatically targeting conservatives?

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

Bravo! I totally agree with your approach. I made the decision on my blog a few months ago to not post comments that advocated violence or that were abusive.

When the teachers who advocate spanking in the classroom tried to use my blog as a bully pulpit, I blocked that right away. Their comment did not appear and I explained why. Funny thing...they had on their blog that they just could not post people's comments...I'm sure they got a lot of hate comments for advocating beating the crap out of children at school.

Anyway...since I've taken that stand, I have not had even one single abusive comment submitted. There's something about not tolerating abusiveness that makes the people who just want attention by being abusive go away.

AztecRed April 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM  

"Aztec, the government increased under Nixon, Reagan, and Bush. More over 41 raised taxes and so si Reagan. Conservative myths."

Not really a myth. You never saw Bill Clinton roll back any government. And Barack Obama doesn't seem to be in any hurry do it himself.

"Detroit is a liberal mecca?"

Of course Detroit is a liberal Mecca. It's been under Democrat rule since the 60s. And not the southern Dixiecrat democrats, but the type of democrats that are now popular today. The same goes for Chicago and D.C. I want to add Philadelphia to that list as well.

Now is it simply a coincidence these places are centers of criminality, defenselessness, and government dependence or is there really something wrong with long-term, unchecked liberal rule?

Anonymous,  April 15, 2009 at 10:46 PM  


You were nonresponsive to what i said.

I am finished with you because I am not dealing with persons suffering from Liberal Derangement Syndrome anymore.

Shady Lady April 15, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Beautifully put, Skyewriter! I have to say that I find it so hard to believe that people can be that horrific. Seriously, the last time I checked freedom of speech was still legal.

Why would someone threaten you for speaking your mind on your own flippin' blog. And excuse me, but name calling, really? Isn't that something we stop doing once we're all grown up? But then, I guess getting older doesn't necessarily mean that we're all grown up, now does it?

ZIRGAR April 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

AMEN!! Keep up the great commie liberal leftist work! Don't let the purple people get to you. I mean, it looks like they won't since you've taken to moderating your blog now, but I don't blame you. I really like your overall ideology and I hope you perservere. Keep the faith!

Unknown April 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM  

I second and third and fourth all of the support flowing here for Skyewriter.

I am glad to have found your blog and enjoy it immensly. I know you are very busy but I hope that when things settle down you will be able to post again frequently. I look forward to seeing your updates on my feed.

Take care and God bless.

skyewriter April 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

Thank you all for your kind words of support.

Still here; still tickin'.

Cheers all!

Stacy Hackenberg April 16, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

Keep up the good work, Skye.

And to Ahab, I know there are liberal ass hats out there. Just take a gander at some the truly hateful comments about Texas because of Governor Rick Perry (and others) on just about any left-leaning blog you find. Condemning an entire state because their governor is an idiot is immature and childish behavior.

I've lived in Texas all my life. And I happen to think Perry is planning a run for the Presidency. I hope those ambitions die in the cradle, but I am concerned at the general level of hatred I'm seeing around the net in regards to Texas and Texans in general after Perry's comments.

Saying that you're willing to write off a state of 24 million people because their governor is an idiot and they voted Republican in the last election is like saying your want the other 21 states that also voted Republican to leave the union. After all, the thinking goes (not mine BTW, all Republicans are ass hats therefore EVERYONE in all those states must be, too. Wouldn't we all be better off without them?

The short answer is no, we would not. 3,528,633 Texans voted for Obama. 4,479,328 voted for McCain. I look at those numbers and see the very real possibility that Texas will be blue come the next Presidential election maybe even by 2010. I sincerely hope those crying "Good Riddance" and "Don't let the door hit in the ass on the way out" aren't really willing to write off 34 Electoral College votes because of one power hungry politician trying to rile up his base.

AztecRed April 16, 2009 at 8:49 PM  


You were nonresponsive to what i said.

I am finished with you because I am not dealing with persons suffering from Liberal Derangement Syndrome anymore."

In other words...

AztecRed April 16, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

But i'd still like someone to explain why all the cities run by the compassionate liberals are just as broke and busted (if not more so) as the places run by the evil greedy conservatives.

I thought liberalism was supposed to fix societies ills, not create a whole new set.

Unknown April 20, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

I realize I'm a bit late coming on to this thread, but I just discovered your wonderful blog today. Your writing is delightful, as others have said.

If you'd care to, please take a look at the ironic musical message I sent out today to all my gun-toting antagonists. For them I probably have to spell it out. Happiness is NOT a warm gun, and freedom is NOT the right to own one.

skyewriter April 20, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Hi, Mike and welcome.

I found this post by a UK blogger who is getting mobbed by the same group of head-cases that mob my blog does at the mere mention of the word "gun".

Here's part of it:
"But of course, the reason why people in Britain don't want to carry guns even though there are hypothetical situations in which they might 'need' them is exactly the same as why people get physically close to others even though they might pick up deadly germs. It's not that they're fools or that they haven't spotted the risks – it's just that they choose not to allow their way of life to be defined by those particular risks. I was mercilessly mocked the other day for suggesting the cornerstone of true personal liberty is the freedom from fear. This was a childish fantasy I urgently needed to grow out of, I was told – freedom from fear is a literal impossibility, because it is a simple law of nature that we are all at constant risk. But this is to completely misconstrue the point I was making. Women who walk the streets without the gun in their handbag that they might 'need' to defend themselves against a potential assailant, or just anyone who shakes hands even though there's a small chance it might make them ill...all these people in a small way have achieved that freedom from fear I was talking about. Not because the risk, the source of the fear isn’t there any more, but because they’ve recognised as rational people that it's an acceptably small risk and that their lives therefore don’t need to be defined by that fear."


The rest of the post is equally level in tone... of course the comments are from typical gun folks.

Thanks for stopping by. I mean it.

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