naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
The Sodomite Hal Duncan has a wonderful letter to share with you all this fine Friday afternoon.

My own letter is below.

To Mr. Wright,

Two things, before I begin.

First, if people have attacked you for your religious views, I don't approve of that. I am an atheist, not an anti-theist. As easy as it is to take pot shots, I cannot insult you for your beliefs without also insulting people I love.

Second, I had not heard about the incident with your wife until after discovering your entry. Going into what I think of that issue would not be appropriate here; I merely wished to point out that I'm not part of the mob that descended on her, lest you believe that everyone who took you to task is simply nursing a grudge from that whole affair. That's all I have to say on the matter.

Moving on, I was not the only person to link to that entry, but I concede I was one of the first, and my readership, for reasons I have never quite understood, is wide. I never would have called out your appalling remarks had you not been a published author whose books I have purchased in hardcover, and as gifts for others. You aren't a random dipshit on the internet yodeling into the vacuum of his own ass. You are a published writer in a field I love, and thus you are a person of whom I had stupidly assumed better. As someone who does not apply her money or loyalty to those who believe that I or my loved ones are perverted or defective, I felt betrayed.

If gay and gay-friendly folks choose to support you despite your views, that is their choice, but I believe they deserve to make an informed choice. That's why I pointed them your way. The fact that I pointed 1,500 people your way while saying "fuck" a lot is just how I do things. Because if we don't laugh and make fun of people who use ridiculous arguments to deny the validity of our relationships and the humanity of our brilliant, brief lives, well, that would just be too depressing.

It is unfortunate that the people who came to comment on your journal were angry, and not up to your desired level of discourse. I asked them not to troll, and apparently I misjudged their restraint. That was an error on my part. I didn't rile them, though. You did that on your own. Your words were offensive. Your words were hurtful. When a person says offensive, hurtful things, those who hear will lash out. When compared to pedophiles and necrophiliacs, they will come in mobs and be downright cruel. This is not the most wonderful facet of human nature, but nor is it proof that you were right all along or that everyone who disagrees with you is an illogical maniac with no internal censor. When those people bitchslapped you for being offensive, that was proof that what you said was offensive. Your own words condemned you, and as many of us have taken screenshots of the original entry, they will continue to do so.

The fact that you were mobbed -- "trolled" does not apply to most of the comments, most of which were expressing genuine disgust and displeasure, and were not being made, as they say, for the lulz -- does not free you from the offense you gave. When you say something offensive and are called on it, even if the people you have offended are rude to you, you take responsibility for the harm you caused, you apologize, and then you listen to how you can do better. You turn the other cheek, not so you can show people how smooth and righteous it is, but to show that you are willing to listen, to put the hurt done to you behind you. You swallow your pride and you listen. Which, you know, I would have done, save that there was nothing to learn from your words. It was just more of the same fearmongering fags-as-monsters bullshit.

I'm not under the illusion you were just misunderstood, or your words taken out of context. You clearly hate and fear homosexuality, even if you probably wouldn't say you hate homosexual individuals (we'll leave the stupidity of that alone for now, and the matter of your own hypocrisy re: perversions). Love the sinner, hate the sin, blah blah blah. But you have been complaining about how rude and nasty and profane people have been. You've been using others' entirely justifiable anger to dismiss what they are saying, because you don't like how they say it. The tone argument. They aren't being respectful enough of you while you insult them. Your journal, you don't have to put up with people swearing at you or mobbing you, but it makes you look like an asshole to venomously insult a group of people that includes many of your fans and their loved ones, and then get all butthurt when they let you have both barrels in return. If nothing else, this should serve as a lesson to just how many of us there are, and that we are listening.

After comparing homosexuality to a litany of completely repellent nonconsensual crimes, you have no real grounds on which to complain about what anyone said to you. True, they said it in a great, rage-filled mass, but I will point out that each of those individuals felt personally wounded, personally hurt enough to comment and tell you exactly what they thought of your reprehensible screed. For them, your characterization of homosexuality as akin to bestiality, necrophilia, pedophilia, was not some abstract thing. You were talking about them, about people they know. Many -- self included -- actually held back or didn't comment at all. You're entitled to your opinion, hate-filled and foolish as it may be. Many might have engaged you in debate except for the fact that it was -- and is -- clear that your mind is tightly made up, the justifications you use for not listening so perfectly constructed as to allow no argument to penetrate.

Would you argue if you saw a published author whose works you own making ridiculous and stupid statements about Catholics? Called you lot baby-eaters, claimed that you engaged in incestuous orgies in secret temples, had congress with animals, and offered up the corpses of virgins for the carnal delights of your depraved priesthood? Would you engage such blatant stupidity in rational debate?

Adults do not answer the petty name-calling of a schoolyard bully with elaborate explanations of why we are not stinky dirty poopy-heads. That would be dignifying it with a response, which it does not deserve. You aren't a child, though. You are in a prominent position, and gay people and their friends pay to read your work, so we can't just ignore what you think of us or let it pass.

Protesting that you didn't mean your offensive words to reach so wide an audience is such foolishness I can't respond beyond pointing out your age. Few people actually mean to make enormous fools of themselves. They figure nobody's paying attention. But you are a published author on the internet, accessible to all of fandom. Your words can never be assumed to reach a small audience, and you aren't talking about abstracts solely to people who agree with you. You are insulting real people who are or who love someone who is gay. To those people, being anti-gay makes you look stupid no matter your reasoning. Defending or advancing that stance with blatant nonsense only means they will be more inclined to tell you to drop dead while throat-fucking a rabid weasel than actually try to educate you (which is not our duty, I might add, but yours) or debate with you.

If you want to argue the point, shore up your logic and start dealing with facts, stop regurgitating the same garbage. It's the internet. It's all computers. The rule of 5150, shit in, shit out, applies here. If you spout ignorant, hateful bullshit, you will get hateful bullshit in return.

I am posting this with comments disabled. This is not cowardice. I have no real desire to invite you to converse here, where such views as yours are not welcome, but I also have no real desire to allow the carnival of wank to continue in comments on my journal. That would simply make more work for me without putting people's scorn in front of you. If people want to register their displeasure with you, they can go to your journal to do it. If they wish to register their displeasure with me, there are many other entries where they can do so. I thought I would let this stand alone, a letter to you, in case you cared to read it.

I'm not holding my breath, but I hope that you will find some people to debate with you and perhaps help educate you. I hope that you will change your views. I personally suspect the damage has been done, and I know I won't ever have anything to do with you or your work again. I regret I ever did.

I am a generous woman, or try to be. I would wish you well, but I find the most I can wish you is wisdom, and a clearer vision. Those are not, as anyone who lives in interesting times will tell you, always pleasant things.

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naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Gay Apocalypse!)
He's edited his entry and turned off comments. The edit is probably one of the funnier yet simultaneously sad things I've seen on the internet thus far. You should definitely go read it. I lol-ed. For so many reasons, I lol-ed. ETA: He's deleted the original entry.

He's apparently bent out of shape that we weren't arguing the way he would prefer, or kissing up. We're just a bunch of vulgar morons who would rather swear and make love with our faces than engage in some jolly good intellectual debate, by thunder. For shame, all of you, for upsetting this fine man. For shame.

I was willing to let it go, but he threw out a phrase so delightful that I just cannot resist. You see, apparently we are just a bunch of idolaters, bowing down to, and I quote:

The child-eating Moloch of political correctness!





Please, by all means supply your own child-eating Moloch pics in comments. If you can improve on my two-minute Photoshop mashup, feel free.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Gay Agenda)
John C. Wright, aka [livejournal.com profile] johncwright.

It is completely up to you if you want to buy books written by this guy after reading what he thinks about homosexuality.

ETA: he deleted the original entry.

On another note not related to the above in any way, I've got several hardcover books I don't want anymore. The books are in good shape, so I'm trying to think of a meaningful application for them. Like cutting them apart and using them to compose stories about gay perverts fucking. Or should I make them into hollow book boxes to hold my rosary of anal beads and my baby Jesus butt-plug? What do you all think?

In the meantime, I really have to make an appointment to assrape a dead goat with a crucifix strap-on in front of some schoolchildren. Like, soon. I have to commit obscene and corrupting acts or my pervert card lapses and I won't be able to get in on all the good cocaine-fueled mule-fucking pedophilia and abortion parties. I hear Hillary Clinton goes to those, and that she's a real cougar. Grrrowl.

Also, whoever has my homosex indoctrination DVDs? Please send them back if you're done with them. I've been asked to speak at the nearby grade school's recruitment assembly on National Convert a Nubile Youth to Homosexuality Day, and you just can't expect kids to learn about the joys of non-procreative pervsex from books or handouts anymore.

Lazy little shits.

(No trolling. Not that I care if you go into someone else's house and crap on their floor, but it would reflect poorly on me if I sent you over there to do it, so I'm not. I'm just letting you know what he thinks of most of you so that you can decide whether or not to reward him for it by paying attention to his writing. That is all.)
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (You Fool!)
Via [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob:

Starting on August 31st, eBay is going to institute a new policy where photos you upload to any listing are put into a "catalog" of online images that any eBay user can then use for their own listings. The default setting for this is opt-in, which is a problem if you, like me, consider your photographs your property and want to control how they are used and by whom. A copyright notice is posted with a link to your user profile, but no additional information is given, and the link is quite small.

Since the default setting is opt-in, and eBay has not sent messages out about this, a lot of people are going to be caught flat-footed by this new policy.

Again, the default for this setting is YES, you have opted in. Meaning "Yes, I will allow eBay to make my photos available for anyone to use."

If you do not want eBay to make the photos you upload to all of your future auctions available to other users in a sort of catalog process, you need to go change your settings now, before August 31st. If you opt out after then, any photos you upload between the 31st and when you opt out will still be eligible for inclusion in their "catalog."

In order to opt out of this so-not-okay process, do the following. I've broken it down exhaustively. Hopefully your eBay pages look like mine.

1) Go to your eBay summary page ("My eBay").

2) On the left-hand side, there are three tabs that say "Activity," "Messages," and "Account." Hover over the "Account" tab.

3) A drop-down list will appear. Move your mouse down to "Site Preferences" and click.

4) You will be taken to a page with a list of site options for selling, shipping, and listing. About the sixth from the top is "Share your Photos." Click on the word "show" on the right hand side next to this option.

5) The box will expand, and if you are opted in, "yes" will appear. If you are opted out, "no" will appear. A small "edit" link will appear below the "show" link. If you want to change the settings, click "edit."

6) You will be taken to a new page with the following text: If you'd like to opt-out of this program, please do so by checking this box and clicking the "submit" button below.
(If you opt-out before August 31, 2009, none of your photos will be considered for inclusion in this program unless you opt back in at a later time. If you opt-out after August 31, 2009, any photos we select for inclusion in this program prior to your opt-out may continue to be used in the catalog)

7) If you want to opt out of the program, check the ticky box on the left-hand side next to the text, then go down and click the "submit" button.

8) You will go back to the settings screen you were just on, and there will be a green checkmark and a confirmation message. Go down to the "Share your Photos" option again and click "show." Your setting should now appear as "no."

I am sure that this will be a useful feature for some people, for some items, but the automatic opt-in is not okay with me at all, as I don't want my photographs used to illustrate someone else's auction for a different item, not for any reason whatsoever.

I thought you should all be warned. Please spread the word. This is a slimy, underhanded thing to do, and I hope it bites them in the ass.

ETA: It appears that this might not be affecting everyone, but I urge you to go check your settings anyway. Mine was defaulted to "yes." Maybe it's a browser thing, I don't know, but y'all should probably go make sure.
naamah_darling: Animated icon of Ioan Gruffudd looking very pissed with a succession of horrible profanity added. (Tourette's)
You all know that I love to fucking swear, and think that efforts to stifle others' casual use of the word "fuck" is nothing more than a tactic used by the ethically and intellectually unsophisticated to control the (usually more interesting) people around them.

You may also be aware that I was once thrown out of a doctor's office for swearing -- not at anyone, just near them, and that I still have a lingering desire to dump decomposing possum water into the window wells of that particular doctor's car.

So any instance of someone swearing in understandable circumstances and then catching heat for it draws my attention.

Oh, hey, look! This just in:

A Michigan girl's father collapses in a seizure after brain surgery. She calls 911 and, in a state of panic, drops an f-bomb.

The shit-gargling assblister assigned to the phones is so taken aback by this sort of unladylike language that he hangs up on her. More, this ignorant stump-humping fucker of dead dog's throat-holes hangs up on her three times without even asking what her emergency is because she, like most of us, is saying "What the fuck?" and this, apparently, offends his sense of propriety.

This bile-soaked maggot-brained buffoon does, however, take a moment or two away from his busy schedule of bobbing for his own prostate to call her a "stupid ass," and wastes six valuable minutes while he fondles his self-righteous boner in a masturbatory reach-around technique achievable only by those sanctimonious holier-than-thou types whose desire to police the behavior of others has so inflamed their sense of right and wrong that it's swelled their assholes shut around their own necks. Like anal anaphylaxis triggered by the word FUCK.

To cap things off, the panicked daughter finally leaves her (still seizing) father in the care of her brother and physically runs down to the police station, where this selfsame braindead dick-puke chicken-dicker proceeds to arrest a 17-year-old girl on charges of "abuse of 911."

A charge which, it will no doubt come as a complete surprise to all of you fine people, does not fucking exist.

Now the girl and her father are both fine, and are hiring an attorney, but this prissy, overgrown bully is getting only two weeks' suspension. It is not, unfortunately, barbed-wire suspension by the testicles over an Olympic-sized pool full of well-trained spitting cobras, during which he is used as the target for the prototype OMFG-9000 combo rocket-powered dildo gun and taser.

Alas.

So, here's to you, Adrianne Ledesma. May the law be swift and just, and give this guy the bludgeoning he so completely deserves. Please don't ever stop swearing, and don't let anyone tell you that ladies don't swear. You're a brave woman, Adrianne, and anyone who has a problem with your language can go fuck a carcass. I wish you and your family, especially your father, well. Stay strong. I hope you take that squealing little comefart for everything he has.

For Sgt. Robert McFarland, here's a bag of dicks. Eat 'em, shit 'em, eat shit, die shitting 'em again. Cops aren't all bastards, they are human beings with complicated, difficult jobs, but pompous, bilious douchebags like you really put the public's faith in the system to the test, and that is an unfortunate thing . . . as is the fact that you evidently cannot cope with your job, thus putting innocent -- though foulmouthed -- people and their families at risk.

Tell you what, Bobby. The next enormous shit I take? Like a treacly Top 40 song introduced by Casey Kasem, I am dedicating it to you. Perhaps its spiritual company will increase your I.Q.

Stay classy, you power-tripping pile of assvomit.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (According to Whom?)
It's kind of scary when you Google someone's name from high school because you remember how they could not fucking read and discover that they are a practicing dentist in the next town over.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Horatio Stupid)
Arrrgh.

I have a doctor's appointment to discuss my bloodwork next Tuesday.

I have not given the blood for the bloodwork yet BECAUSE I FORGOT LIKE A MORON and now it will probably not be ready in time. Maybe I can get them to do the CBC w/diff posthaste, so I will at least be able to tell if I am anemic yet from all of this BLEEDING.

I will go anyway to discuss the Seroquel stuff and get new prescriptions and ask his opinion about the uterus of doom, but I sort of would really like to know if I need to change my prescriptions before I leave, because getting information out of the black hole that is the doctor's office is almost impossible.

Adding to the fun, I have to finish the entryway tomorrow because the writers' meeting is Friday, here, and I can't exactly leave painting stuff scattered around and a wall half-finished. I guess I do half of it tonight, instead. Great.

I fought like hell to get that appointment, and what good is it going to do me, exactly? Christ, I am such a tosky floop. I blame stress, and that is completely understandable, but it doesn't make me feel any better for forgetting something so fucking important. I realize I'm being a drama queen, but . . . fuck. What is wrong with me?

Naamah, you dumb shit. PUT A CALENDAR UP ALREADY.

Woe!

May. 6th, 2009 02:06 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Horatio Stupid)
I was not previously aware of this, but when you set a photo's permissions level to "private" on Flickr, it permanently changes the link to that picture, and all embedded photos in things like journal posts will then be broken. Changing permissions back to public will not fix this.

I changed a bunch of photos of my art boxes to private a while back, pending the resolution of a separate non-Flickr-related issue, and discovered that all my old art posts had been gutted. I restored the public settings, but the links were still broken. So I spent several hours going back through and re-embedding the photos because I couldn't just leave them like that.

Ergo, if you've only just joined me, you probably weren't able to see any of this.

I thought I might warn you all about that little Flickr problem. I've been with Flickr for two and a half years, and I have never, ever had anything bad to say about them. Not even once. I am certainly not about to walk away from what has, in all other regards, been the perfect photo hosting site for my needs, but I am also not really keen on what happened.

Now, I fully understand why they change the URL when you change a photo to private. That makes total sense. What upsets me is that when I went to do this to almost 300 photos, it did not warn me that doing so would break all my embedded photos forever. That makes me unhappy.

I sent them very polite feedback and got a reply a few hours later saying, basically, "We're sorry that happened, we will forward this to the development team." It was not overly apologetic, but it was prompt, and it said the one thing I wanted it to say: that they are bringing it to the attention of the people who could change it.

I ask that if you use Flickr a lot, like I do, you consider mentioning this issue to them as well, so that they know it's not just me. This could bite anyone in the ass.

I also ask that if you find yourself surfing through my tags, looking at any posts with pictures, and you see a white box with the message "This photo is not currently available," you let me know in comments to that post. I don't think I missed anything, but you never know.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Warning: Death Ray)
The second letter, because I couldn't let the top 10 results for "homosexuality" thing pass without mention:

To: ecr@amazon.com

Subject: More unacceptability.

To whom it may concern, yet again,

I have already written once expressing my displeasure, but I feel I must do so once more.

Are you aware that A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi and Linda Ames Nicolosi is now the first title to appear if one searches for "homosexuality" on Amazon? Are you seriously telling me that a book about preventing homosexuality -- which is not possible -- is somehow an improvement over whatever book would have been in that spot had your new policy not gone into place?

Do you not see how incredibly, deeply offensive that is?

Are you on drugs? Stupid? Uncaring?

What is your problem?

What?

You want to censor "adult" content? FINE. I demand that you censor, equally, such "adult" content as Biblically-justified hate. I demand that you remove works that justify using one's own religious beliefs to stifle or harm another, or that deny humanity to other human beings based on something that is not a choice, and even if it were, would do no harm.

I demand that out of "consideration," you protect your customers from having to look at that bile-filled hate. I demand that I and others like me not have to look at it. You want to cater to your "entire customer base," you need to start catering to people who don't want to see that hateful religious crap, too. I find it every bit as offensive as others find the idea of two consenting adults of the same gender sharing pleasure. Where are my censored search rankings? When will books by atheists top the list of searches for "Jesus Christ?" When are you going to fix this?

I did notice that not all of the books in the top ten results for "homosexuality" are unsupportive, but the majority of them deal with it from a Biblical perspective. Must that be the central frame of reference for something that has nothing to do with the Bible? Must you encourage the incredibly narrow-minded and lackwitted worldview that implies that the only reason we should talk about gays is to wonder what Jesus would have thought of them, or whether God will let those icky homosexuals into heaven along with the rest of us Godfearing folk?

You don't want teens running across Heather Corinna's incredibly well-researched and sympathetic S.E.X., yet you have no problem with teens running across You Don't Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling With Homosexuality or for Those Who Know of Someone Who Is by Jeff Konrad?

What the ever loving hell is wrong with you?!

At this point, you have lost my business. My husband and I have a Prime account with you. Again, I invite you to check our purchase history, which is well over $2,000 in the last six months alone. You've lost that business, and at this point the only possible way for you to regain it would be for you to issue a formal apology for your heinous, shortsighted, bigoted, and offensive behavior.

If this is what you think of us -- of gays, lesbians, transgendered folk, straight allies, those who are questioning, and those people who simply have functioning consciences and the sense of propriety God gave a roadkill possum -- if this is what you think of us, we will take our filthy homosexual lucre elsewhere, and you can go to hell.

I do not know how to make my displeasure any more clear.

Yours without any goodwill whatsoever,

-- Amanda Gannon

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Amazon customer service email: ecr@amazon.com

Customer service phone: 1-800-201-7575

CEO contacts: Jeffrey Bezos.
1200 12th Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98144-2734
United States
Phone: 206-266-1000
Fax: 206-622-2405


Drop the Google bomb with Amazon Rank.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Gay Sex)
Amazon has decided that books with gay, lesbian, and feminist content are "adult books," and as such, we need to be protected from them.

When an affected writer asked Amazon about this, he received this in reply:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage


Here is a list of affected titles.

Amazon searches for "homosexuality" bring up some interesting titles. The very first book to appear is A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi and Linda Ames Nicolosi. Amazon feels this is less harmful?

Dwell on that.

Moving on, Can Homosexuality Be Healed? by Francis MacNutt and You Don't Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling With Homosexuality or for Those Who Know of Someone Who Is by Jeff Konrad also appear within the top ten.

I am with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: "What, I ask, the fucking fuckhell?"

A link roundup.

Massive thread derail in comments on this Amazon post. Go contribute if you have an account, or simply click "Yes" below the comments to signify that you agree. My comment is at the top of page two, I think.

Amazon customer service email: ecr@amazon.com

Customer service phone: 1-800-201-7575

CEO contact:
Jeffrey Bezos.
1200 12th Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98144-2734
United States
Phone: 206-266-1000
Fax: 206-622-2405


I wrote them a letter, and will probably write another. Want text? Here, have text:

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TO: ecr@amazon.com

SUBJECT: Unacceptable, unacceptable, unacceptable.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to inform you that I will not be ordering from Amazon until such time as you cease excluding GLBT and other "adult" material from appearing in bestseller and search lists, and until their sales rankings have been restored.

I have been very pleased with Amazon until now. This pleasure has been reflected in the amount of money I and my husband spend with Amazon. I'll wait while you go look at the numbers.

Seen them?

You aren't getting any more of it until you start treating us like adults.

Your backwards policies are censoring the appearance GLBT books on bestseller, search, and ranking lists, as well as negative affecting heterosexual adult erotica as well. It is also negatively affecting YA novels that treat with the subject sympathetically -- books that, far from "corrupting," could arguably do a great deal of good to a child suffering a crisis of sexual identity. None of this is acceptable.

You, through someone called "Ashlyn D," claim this is "in consideration for [your] entire customer base."

How utterly revolting, patronizing, and stupid. For shame!

I do not need such consideration. No adult needs such consideration. Are we children? Do squalling infants make up the majority of your customer base? Do you honestly believe that grown men and women need to be protected from the gay and lesbian menace? Are you truly that shortsighted, backwards, and stupid? Disappointing. Disappointing and nauseating.

I am bisexual. I'm happy to say that, because there is no shame in it. Yet I, and people like me, are not being treated like humans, but more like something the cat accidentally did outside the box and which now needs to be covered over or flushed away. Therefore I don't believe I need to be part of your "entire customer base."

I will be announcing on my online journal, which as of this morning has 1,495 subscribers, that they should not be part of your customer base, either.

If the lowest common denominator is all you cater to, the lowest common denominator is all you will be left with. If you truly think your "entire customer base" is composed of morons and bigots and pearl-clutching ninnies, I am just as glad not to be a part of it, and I suspect my good readers, being people of conscience and intelligence, will agree.

And apparently, your message to us would be "good riddance." That's pretty much the only way I can interpret this flagrant display of bigotry and privilege: as a great, flashing sign that says "FAGS NOT WELCOME."

Well, we're gone, along with all our heterosexual allies; gone until such time as you reverse this disgusting and pointless practice. I look forward to hearing that you have done so.

I also hope that you will be thoughtful enough to provide an apology, since gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people are, in fact, moral human beings with functioning emotions, and who really do not care to have our interests marginalized or swept under the rug like some sort of revolting secret.

If you have an explanation for this pathetic foolishness, I should like to hear that, too. Feel free to respond. I would love to know how you plan to defend this nonsense. Please be very specific about what you fear will happen if people run across GLBT titles in searches and lists. Also, since the literature needs to be hidden away, I would like to know just how dangerous and corrupting and horrible you consider me to be.

Emphatically and disgustedly yours,

Amanda A. Gannon

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Amazon Rank

Have your Google bomb, you dumb fucks.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (You Fool!)
Advertising equating food with sex has started to really freak me out and piss me off.

You know, according to our would-be cultural programming we ladies aren’t supposed to indulge in either wanton fucking or wanton eating, because if we do we are in serious danger of nobody ever wanting to fuck us. But we have to indulge in a little bit of both or we aren’t any fun. If we aren't any fun, nobody will want to fuck us, and that's what we are here for. If we want to fuck back, that's a no-no, because even a little bit of cock is enough to make a person fall off the slutwagon completely.

The only safe answer is to channel our urges to fuck into our urge to eat. But not too much! Only enough to keep our appetite under control. Just until someone comes along who wants to fuck us. We just have to be careful not to eat too much, because that's not ladylike and it will make us fat, and nobody wants to fuck fat strumpets. Tiny, measured portions are totally the best substitute for the sex we would rather be having with Hugh Jackman.

Isn’t it nice that we have advertising to tell us how much fucking, food, and fun is enough? I mean, I’m a shallow consumer-zombie whore. I sure as fuck don’t have the brainpower to figure it out on my own. When I get the craving for a nice hot can of cock-and-brains, I just can't trust my appetites!

Excuse me, I have to go watch TV for three hours to see what my “getting done in the ass” forecast is.

Original version in comments at Shapely prose.
A nice takedown.
The offending product. Again.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (According to Whom?)
Original Poster: I'm tolerant of most opinions, but I just can't respect pro-lifers.

Me: Right there with you. But, then, why should I? They have no respect for me as a woman.

Random Person: Speaking as a pro-life woman over here - it's not that we have no respect for women. We just place a life, or potential for life, above comfort. Does that make any sense? I mean, I don't like women in general - I think most of us are annoying bitches - but I would never want to take away the rights of women because of it, or rights I feel women are entitled to. We deserve to vote and to work and all that good stuff, but abortion interferes with what most pro-lifers believe to be another human being and their superior right to live. It's not about respecting women at all, it's just about respecting life in general. But that's coming from somebody who catches flies in a glass to let them back outside.

Me: What with the "annoying bitches" thing, why should I believe anything you have to say about "respecting women?" I don't think you do, and it's obvious from your other beliefs that you don't trust women to make their own complicated moral decisions, which amounts to a fundamental lack of trust and respect. I'm sorry you don't realize how disrespectful all of that is.

You can have your opinion, and I don't have a problem with that, but you'll never get me to agree that anyone but me knows what is best for me, and you'll never get me to agree that you have a legal right to tell me what to do with my body. That's morally repugnant.


Is it just me, or is it especially disturbing to run across pro-life women? "Annoying bitches?" And yet she claims to respect women just fine, thanks.

No, it doesn't "make sense." I fail to see how, if you think things through, advocating the abolition of abortion is not fundamentally disrepectful to women, since it implies that we're just a bunch of stupid bitches who don't know what's good for us, and that our value as thinking human beings is exceeded by our potential use as vessels for the next generation of male children.

And "rights I feel women are entitled to?" Sweetheart, nobody wants to take away rights they feel people deserve. That's what sort of what "I think you are entitled to these rights" means. That you don't want to take them away. In fact, one could argue that there is no such thing as right to which someone is not entitled, because a "right" to which you are not automatically entitled is, in fact, a privilege. See, the thing about my right to do what I want with my body is that it exists whether or not you choose to acknowledge it. Because it's a right, not a privilege.

"Superior right to live?" According to whom, again? Oh, right. Someone who has no right to be making that judgment for anyone else. Period. Who the fuck made you the three-headed moral watchdog of my cunt?

Prithee, I invite thee to make thy repast from this paper receptacle packed chockablock with comestible phallic confections!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Wulfenbach)
I've had to use the tag "LMFAO MORON" in gmail four times today to track of LJ idiots for future reference.

With any luck, the really deficient one will say something even more colossally stupid, and I can post about it tomorrow. With better luck, the other person with the foot in their mouth will start chewing, and I can ban them.

What is it with these people? The fucking full moon?

Days since management has had to deal with an idiot: back to fucking 0.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Vitriolic)
Found via a friend's journal: an amazingly shitty list of "nondestructive ways to express rebellion."

I don't know jack about the behavioral therapy that's being discussed on that page, but I will say that this is as pathetic a list as anything I have ever seen. Its only possible use would be as a tool to help people who rebel by starting fires and kicking people in the nuts find other ways to express their rebellion. Personally, I think if you're the sort of person who is in dire need of scaling down your rebelliousness, a blowing-sunshine-out-your-asshole list like this is probably not going to cut it.

My comments are in italics.

Choose ideas appropriate to the situation. Choose ideas that will not be harmful to someone else in your environment. (Because you should never, ever upset the assholes against whom you are rebelling.)

  • Give an honest response instead of a polite one


  • Speak out rather than staying quiet (But do it politely, and back down if anyone seems to be getting upset or hurt.)

  • Dress in a countercultural style (Because nothing says independence like horning in on a subculture you don't understand.)

  • Challenge statements when you disagree (Okay. I think your list is full of shit. How's that for a start?)

  • Choose mediocrity rather than drama (This is sort of the linchpin of the whole thing. I can see eschewing drama. But choosing mediocrity? What the fuck is that about?)

    Keep reading. It gets better. )

    Yeah, you know what? If I'm going to fucking rebel against something, I'm going to do it in such a way that I'm not, you know, ignored.

    I mean, fuck me with a haddock, that list of suggestions basically reads like ways to act like a spoiled, stupid, unpredictable child. That's not rebellion, that's being a snotty little shit. If an adult were to implement the items on this list, it would be not just annoying, but scary. You might suspect a brain tumor, or invasion by aliens.

    The "rebellion" the list above seems to be reaching toward is a life lived for yourself, instead of dictated by other people.

    So, to that end, let's make up our own list of ways to "rebel." How to live life for yourself without letting other people bugger things up, but without becoming too insufferable a person.

    I'm going to go with Clarissa Pinkola Estés to start with. This is the advice she gave to her own daughters, and gives to other daughters when she speaks:

    1) Be friendly but never tame.
    2) Misbehave with integrity.
    3) Don't let the bastards grind you down!

    I will add to that, my own list of rules that I've haphazardly accumulated in a little blue book.

  • Don't be "nice." Be kind.

  • Remember you have teeth, and don't be afraid to use them.

  • Befriend your anger.

  • Befriend your body.

  • Befriend animals.

  • Seek your inner nature, but don't expect that once you find it, it will never change. You may have to go looking for yourself again and again. This is wonderful, because you get to find yourself again and again.

  • Speak the truth.

  • Learn how to ask questions.

  • Learn how to swear.

  • Learn to say "You are wrong."

  • Learn to say "I am going."

  • Learn to say "No. That is enough."

  • Listen to your instincts. They may not always be right, but they will never improve if you never listen to them.

  • Value your own opinion. Know what it is.

  • Abandon shame:

  • Eat in front of people without shame.

  • Laugh loudly without shame.

  • Cry without shame.

  • Wear your body without shame.

  • Speak your mind without shame.

  • Love without clinging.

  • Know the difference between "I like it" and "this is excellent." Do not be afraid to like things that are bad, or dislike things that are good.


  • What would you like to add?
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Violet)
    Dead raccoon washes up on beach, revolting picture circumnavigates the internet, thousands of humans are stupid enough to believe it's an alien turtlerat.

    Big, grody, high-res detail shot here, with a reconstruction of the animal as it would have looked with fur.

    But no, people thought it was a sheep, a pig, a giant rat, a turtle with no shell, and so on and so forth, ad nauseam. Other people shit their pants and declared that it was some sort of alien hellbeast.

    I thought it might have been a dog -- in fact, that was my first guess based on the lousy photos I first saw, where it looked like it had something tied around its legs, and where I couldn't make out details of the paws. The higher-res photos leave me with no doubt. From the teeth and the forepaws, it's a raccoon.

    Other photos show it from a different angle. It was a boy raccoon. Forgive me for being crude, but the penis looked nothing like a cat's, a rat's, a sheep's, a turtle's, or a pig's. I have no idea what an alien hellbeast's penis looks like, but I'm pretty sure it's not that unimpressive.

    Is it too much to expect people to crack a book and look up basic animal anatomy? Jesus.

    I'm going to be hearing about this for decades, aren't I? People just aren't going to want to believe it's a bloated, half-rotten raccoon with part of its face scraped off. I mean, why believe that when it's so much more fun to believe in shit you just make up off the top of your head? Making shit up makes you look so much smarter!

    So, to annoy me less, I'm going to show you skulls and so forth, and ask you what you would think they were, if you were completely fucking stupid and had been sniffing paint thinner or sucking on a jug or something.

    1) What the hell was this thing?

    2) What about this thing?

    3) Hey! Look at that fucker!

    4) Oh my god! It's a fucking turtlerat! Amirite?

    5) Oh, God, what is that? Don't tell me!

    6) What'll come out no more? Dammit!

    7) Oh god, oh god, we're all going to die!

    8) They mostly come out at night. Mostly.

    9) Are they big? Do they bite you? Should we be running from that shit?!

    10) It was trying to be us!!!

    Give me your best guesses, either serious or flippant. Go on.

    Answers in a couple of days, or as soon as you can get it right.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Naamah Bitch Please)
    This thread over at Wonkette has produced the funniest letter to Sally Kern I've yet read. I've cut and pasted it below the cut, and the original comment is here.

    It is deadpan comedy gold, and I urge you to read it.

    'Should I smite them?' )

    Via Pandagon, we discover that the City Council President of Pittsburgh takes exception to Sally Kerns's remarks. I have written Mr. Shields thanking him for speaking up. You might take a moment to do the same, even if it's only two lines.

    And, last, the Pollyanna in me insists that I link to this petition, aimed at getting her the hell out of office. Don't know that it'll do any good, but it's worth signing.

    Moving on to LJ stupidity, [livejournal.com profile] sabr provides a couple of great links.

    "Banner blindness" means people don't actually pay attention to advertising. Think about this. Really think about it.

    A lot of people have said "I don't even notice advertisements." Think about that. It means the advertisements aren't doing their jobs. It means that they do not need to be there. The assumption that forcing users to look at advertising will result in increased revenue for the advertisers is a faulty one. I, personally, notice them (much to the detriment of my blood pressure), but have never clicked on a banner ad. I think they probably create more negative feelings than they generate money.

    And, from Wired Magazine, this very interesting article about why "free" is the future of business.

    [livejournal.com profile] sabr has also created a community, [livejournal.com profile] whyidontpay. It is very new. So new that it is being promoted even as userinfo and layout are being finalized. But it is there so that people who are enraged by LiveJournal management's string of fuckups can voice their displeasure by explaining why they will no longer pay for services. It is intended to be a visible way to voice one's displeasure. I think it's a pretty good idea. It's a venue for sharing information as well. Join, post, pass the link around.

    Incidentally, in case you're curious, SUP regards it users as "unfriendly forces." Thought you ought to know.

    Additionally, I want to remind all of you who have put your real-life contact information in a backdated private entry for use in the event of an emergency that SUP has been prying into Russian users' private entries for quite some time. You may want to consider whether you want that information out there for them to look at.

    There is word going around of an LJ-wide 24-hour boycott. Info here and here. The plan is that on Friday, the 21st, nobody posts anything. No posts, no comments, etc. The protesters add no new content to LiveJournal on that day.

    I pass this along in case you want to join in. I, personally, will not be. I support the spirit of the thing, but for various reasons I don't believe it is an effective form of protest.

    [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina pointed out why the idea bothered me: the same reason the gas boycotts bothered me. Read that Snopes page and give it some thought.

    If you want to join in anyway, then go for it. It can't hurt.

    I intend to talk with my wallet and with my feet; I'm not paying them another dime, and as soon as I think of a way to take my friends with me, I'm outta here. It pains me to say that, but I really think it's the best course of action. LJ is going to go tits-up at some point; I'd best be prepared for that.

    And, finally, the Onion brings a somewhat-related link: Novelists' strike fails to affect nation whatsoever.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (You Fool!)
    Incoming: a personal update. Right now: LJ is serious business.

    For those of you who have missed the wank, SUP, LiveJournal's new overlords, have gotten rid of the "Basic" account feature, which means all new accounts must be either "Paid" accounts or "Plus" accounts.

    The revised FAQ page which was the first and only place the change was announced.

    Here's the skinny via [livejournal.com profile] no_lj_ads, with a lot of interesting and helpful information, including bitching addresses.

    Here is the [livejournal.com profile] news post in which SUP failed to give LJ users notice of this development.

    An epic thread within that post where a new-to-LJ member of management makes a feeble response to allegations of massive upfuckery, and completely ignores the question of why SUP didn't notify users of this new policy as soon as or even before it was implemented.

    Instead, he explains that management thought that the choice between Basic, Plus, and Paid was too confusing to new users.

    That's right. People are just that stupid.

    Again, he tries to respond, this time claiming that the elimination of Basic accounts does not affect existing LJ users.

    As this post by [livejournal.com profile] brad shows, the Advisory committee argued against this, but were totally ignored.

    I am absolutely enraged.

    First, they didn't tell anyone they had done it, or give warning they were going to do it.

    Second, while I understand they are a business and I want them to make money because I like LiveJournal, I think it was a shitty thing to do from the users' perspective. It's actively hostile to the way most fandom-driven LJ users operate, and the unavoidability of advertising is going to discourage new users from signing up.

    There must be a middle ground, here, perhaps allowing loyalty tokens for those with paid accounts, allowing them to open new Basic accounts.

    Anyway, I'm so pissed about this latest asshaberdashery that I haven't even been able to articulate it in a post until now, and I'm still not sure I can accomplish it.

    I'm furious with SUP. The only reason I have not left LJ completely is because a) all my friends are here and b) I have a permanent account, which was a gift from a friend. I promised myself I would keep the journal for at least five years after he bought that for me (essentially the amount of paid time an equal amount of money would get you), and I intend to stand by that.

    There's also the fact that I don't like any of the other available platforms. I've gotten used to the comment thread style of LJ's interface, and I don't want to give it up in favor of the single-stream style of other blogging platforms. The sites created with LJ's open-source software, DeadJournal, GreatestJournal, InsaneJournal, are either unattractive to look at or have operating problems.

    So I'm staying, but I am not giving LJ any more money until they shape up, which may mean I never give them another dime, period.

    I suggest you consider doing the same. In the meantime, Firefox's AdBlock Plus extension is amazing, as is NoScript. Between them, I don't often have to see anything I don't want to see. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter the stupidity out of the internet. It's like real life that way.

    Another interesting link: LiveJournal censors "Most Popular Interests" page, removing terms like "bisexuality," "sex," "depression," "yaoi," "porn," "pain," "boys," "guys," and others.
    naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Gay Agenda)


    Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern on homosexuals:

    "The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation; it's just a fact.

    "Not everybody’s lifestyle is equal, just like not all religions are equal.

    "The very fact that I'm talking to you like this here today puts me in jeopardy. . . . I'm not gay bashing, but according to God's word that is not the right kind of lifestyle. It has deadly consequences for those people involved in it. They have more suicide, they're more discouraged, there's more illness, their lifespans are shorter.

    "You know, it's not a lifestyle that's good for this nation. You know, studies show, no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a few decades. So it's the death knell for this country.

    "I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even moreso than terrorism or Islam, which I think's a big threat.

    "What's happening now, they are going after -- in schools -- two year olds. That's why they're trying to get early childhood education. They want to get our young children into the government schools so they can indoctrinate them.

    "I taught school for close to twenty years, and we're not teaching facts and knowledge anymore, folks. We're teaching indoctrination.

    "They're going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle."

    "Gays are infiltrating city councils. Eureka Springs -- anyone been there for the Passion Play? Have you heard that the city council of Eureka Springs is now controlled by gays? There are some others. . . . What's happening is they are winning elections.

    "One of the things I deal with in our legislature I tried to introduce a bill last year that would notify parents, schools had to let parents know what clubs their children were involved in. And the reason I did that bill primarily was this: we had the Gay Straight Alliance coming into our schools.

    "Kids are getting involved in these groups, their lives are being ruined, their parents don't know about it. So I introduced a bill that said you have to notify all clubs.

    "One of my colleagues said 'We don't have a gay problem in my community, and that's why I voted against that bill.' Well you know what, that is so dumb. If you have cancer in your little toe, do you just say that I'm going to forget about it since the rest of you is fine? It spreads! This stuff is deadly and it is spreading and it will destroy our young people and it will destroy this nation."


    This woman is behind a bill that wants to put religion ahead of science in our classrooms. She has, in the past, proposed banning books that promote tolerance. She sits on the state education committee.

    This is an example of what homophobic bigots in our legislature say when they think they aren't being recorded. This is what they really think.

    But when called on her revolting bigotry, she attempts to make herself out as some sort of victim.

    "Shame on the person who didn't have the courage to come and say, 'I'm going to tape you and put it out on YouTube.'"

    "What is wrong with me as an American exercising my free speech rights on a topic that is a very big issue today?"

    Why not exercise your own freedom of speech and write or call to tell her exactly what's wrong with her ignorant, hateful, fact-free opinion?

    Capitol Address:
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
    Room 332
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    (405) 557-7348

    District Address:
    2713 Sterling Ave.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73127

    Email: sallykern@okhouse.gov

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