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Feb. 25th, 2013

And then there's THIS asshole!

If you were to ask me what my combined experiences of working and attending university had taught me, I would have one answer for you.

I HATE 99% OF EVERYONE. And I REALLY hate stupid people in large groups.

Saturday was my 21st birthday. I should have been spending it having fun, and to be fair, I did have a pretty good birthday. But part of that time, I was stuck in an argument with this douche in the group for my term project in my programming class. Never mind that it is a TERM project, which means that the damn thing isn't due until May, and that the sectional assignments do not need all eight people in the group working on them- seriously, that's a great way to end up with the “too many cooks in the kitchen” problem. But this utter asshole keeps harassing me through email and text message- “why can't you make this meeting? Why can't you do this really easy thing right now even though you don't have a computer with you and you're literally at your job? Why can't you stay three hours after the Saturday class to work on this?”

Believe it or not, dumbfuck, some of us actually do have other things to do. I have two jobs. I work 50-60 hour weeks sometimes. I also have other classes, and other things to do for those classes. Not all of us can just drop every single goddamn thing we have to do just to please some control freak who thinks he's running the show and can tell me what to do. You want to complain to the professor? Come at me bro. I don't think the professor would blame me when I explain the idiocy you've been putting me, and probably the rest of the group members, though.

But even with that stupidity, I could have dealt with it, at least until yesterday. When he started laying into me as to why I couldn't meet with the group Tuesday afternoon (because, dumbass, I have class then! I can't just skip class to calm you down) and I tried to say when I would be able to meet, because I would not be working or attending class, then he decided to drop this condescension bomb on me.

”Your first priority really needs to be school, not your jobs.”

Excuse me? I am a grown-ass adult. I do not need some kid (who is younger than me, I might add) acting like he is my father. You're not my dad. I only have one dad, and he's definitely not younger than me, because that makes no damn sense. Even my own father isn't allowed to talk down to me like that, what makes this little prick think he has the right to do so?

I'm at the point where if I have to work on another motherfucking group project I'm just going to drop out of university. I can't handle the morons anymore.

I mean, it's two days after the fact and I'm still really pissed off. Maybe I need more medication. Or some more drinks.

Feb. 16th, 2013

Parenting for Sadists: Too Old For Me To Open A Can of Whoop-Ass?

Part Eleven of a series. Because this series has gotten so long, I am no longer including links to the other posts at the top of these articles. Instead, please scroll down and select the “Parenting for Sadists” tag for the rest of the articles.

As usual, the article contained below contains graphic descriptions of child abuse, so please read at your own discretion.

T

Feb. 1st, 2013

Real classy, Ms. Pastor

Real classy.

Some pastor refused to tip her Applebees waitress, left a nasty note, and the waitress put it on Reddit. She was then fired.

Apparently, to complicate things even more, this pastor was the one who revealed her identity and complained about it- the waitress never put any identifying information in her post. It was along the lines of “hey look at this bitch who won't even pay the mandatory gratuity for her bill of nine people.” But it was the pastor who revealed herself.

Thankfully, most people are going “WTF” at the pastor's actions, as well as that of Applebees, but in the comments there are always the few fundie Christians who are complaining about anti-Christian bias. Personally? I don't care if you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, or if you worship the flying monkeys in your head, if you stiff your server you're a twat. Hiding behind your tithe to your church is no excuse whatsoever, you're just a cheap-ass bitch. The pastor is now complaining that the incident has brought dishonor and embarassment to herself and her ministry. To that, I say: GOOD. She deserves it, and she was the one who humiliated the server in the first place. I don't really care if her ministry has been discredited. She did it to herself.

As one commentor on the article says, It's really simple. If you don't want to ruin your reputation, DON'T ACT LIKE A MONUMENTAL #$%$. That includes adding injury to insult like you've just done. The waitress didn't ruin your reputation. YOU DID.

As someone else on the article said, Seeing that photo shows that Mrs Bell had only one goal by writing that.... insulting the waitress. She could have just as easily not tipped without the scribbling. Karma is a b tch. Now she is upset because she was exposed. Hilarious.

As it stands I will not be giving Applebees any more of my business since they sided with this customer.

Aug. 12th, 2012

Parenting for Sadists: Not-So-Grand Grandparents

Part Ten of a series. Since it's gotten so long I am no longer putting links to the other articles at the top of these, so if you want to find them click the Parenting for Sadists tag, they're all there. As usual for the series here, most of the post goes under the cut to protect readers who aren't willing to read discussion of child abuse. Although I will say that this particular article is a lot less... horrible than some of the others. I wouldn't say it's NSFW, but I would caution against reading it in a place of business.

May. 17th, 2012

Parenting for Sadists: Ignorance. Ignorance Everywhere.

Part 9 of a series, click the Parenting for Sadists tag to find parts 1 through 8. This is the last part of the same article I've been dissecting since Part 7, thank Longcat. That fucking article is like gamma radiation for me- if it went on for too much longer I think it would turn me into Kaboom-Hulk and then I'd start smashing the shit out of everything.

As per usual, most of the post goes behind the cut, NSFW, warnings for child abuse, and this time, please be aware that this article contains discussion of suicide, death of adults, and sexual assault as well as the usual discussion of child abuse.

Mar. 25th, 2012

Parenting for Sadists: Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Since this series is getting so long, just click the “parenting for sadists” tag in the sidebar now- it will make things a lot easier. Articles are sorted with the most recent first.

As per usual, most of this post goes behind the cut, to avoid exposing anyone to anything they're not in a place to deal with right now. NSFW, warning for child abuse. This is part 8, I think everyone knows how this goes by now...

Jan. 7th, 2012

Not cool, people. Not cool.

I don't like Rick Santorum. I think he's a dangerous, theocratic-minded, crazy asshole. But you know what I like less than Rick Santorum? People who think it's OK to trash-talk him and his wife for how they dealt with losing their child. Even though their son passed away two hours after he was born, they took him home before burying him, and some people have taken that as license to make all kinds of classless jokes about how they grieved, or even to say shit like, “well, it serves him right for being pro-life.” And, to put it bluntly- that's tacky as fuck, and it undermines any credibility that you might have ever had.

Everyone reacts to personal grief differently. I don't presume to speak for the Santorum family, but maybe by bringing their son home it helped them to get closure. And losing a child is a devastating, painful thing- I cannot imagine what it must be like for your wanted child to die only a few hours after being born. I also cannot imagine the despair his wife must have felt, going into labor early after a surgery that was supposed to improve the quality of life for their son.

Rick Santorum has a lot of things that are easy to criticize, especially his lack of respect fo r the First Amendment to the Constitution. I don't want him to become the president, I think he'd make a horrible leader. But I base that on his policies, not on a traumatic experience that he really had no control over. Don't be tacky, people- if you want to criticize, criticize things that are legitimately criticizeable (is that a word? It is now.).

Dec. 18th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Apparently I'm A Socialist Now

Since this is the seventh part of this series, I think everyone knows the drill by now- most of the content goes under the cut, warnings are in place for child abuse and emotional manipulation, and Michael Pearl is a douchecanoe. There, did I cover all my bases? Good.

Dec. 15th, 2011

The 2011 Scrooge Award

I don't often read FandomSecrets, because it tends to make me tired, angry, or just plain old confused. But the other day I decided to check it out to see what was going on, and I came across a secret submitted by a really nasty piece of work, that outraged me more than just about anything else I've ever seen on that site (and that includes the rampant “let's talk shit about the mentally ill while still keeping it all PC and shit”- but that's a rant for another day). Anyway, take a look at this shit:



Allow me to put it as bluntly as possible: YOU FUCKING SUCK AND I HOPE YOU GET USED UNDERPANTS FOR WHATEVER HOLIDAY YOU CELEBRATE. I don't give a flying fuck what your personal beliefs are regarding Twilight, if you purposely refuse to give the kid you adopted for the holidays what they want, you deserve to be waterboarded, but since it's the holidays, we'll settle for giving you used undergarments for Christmas.

According to the FandomSecrets thread, apparently some people didn't understand what it meant to adopt a family for the holidays. This isn't like Secret Santa- you don't draw a coworker's name out of the hat or whatever to do a surprise gift exchange. Generally, these kids are disadvantaged, and their parents can't afford to get them decent presents for the holidays. It is also sometimes done for children who are terminally ill, or who lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. So, no matter what the situation, if you purposely refuse to give one of these kids what they want for the holidays, you're tacky as fuck and I hate you.

I wish I could get the address to send the present to, because I'd get that poor kid a copy of all four Twilight books and send them a gift card as well, so they could buy some other stuff, all because their secret holiday buddy is a fucking asshole.

Nov. 11th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: I Think You Will Find It Is YOU Who Is Emotional Manipulation!

As per usual for this series, NSFW, warning for child abuse, most of the post is behind the cut.

Sep. 5th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Not Even Church Is Safe, Apparently


FULL DISCLAIMER: Copyright law states that I have to do this, and put the address, website, and contact information for the sick fucks who wrote this mess that I will be quoting heavily from. I have placed it at the bottom of this article, but for the love of everything that you hold dear, DO NOT ACTUALLY CLICK THE LINKS. These... “people” (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) do not deserve any more traffic. The citation links in the paragraph do not link to their website, and are there for corroboration, but I would advise against clicking on them, either. I wanted to take a shower after reading that, and I want to take another shower after typing this up. This is some seriously sick, twisted shit. Whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THESE METHODS. I would hope that would be obvious, though.

VERY NSFW. WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE As usual for this series, most of the post goes behind the cut so that I don't accidentally expose anyone to something they don't think they can handle.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Aug. 16th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Anderson Cooper vs. the Pearls

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

I'm working on another article dissecting the Pearl's articles, but it daunts me, it's so graphic. I can't really work on it for more than a few minutes at a time without feeling sick to my stomach. But Anderson Cooper did an exposé on Michael and Debi Pearl, which has very good analysis. Please be aware that these videos are very graphic and show the damage done to a person's body from following the methods outlined in To Train Up A Child.

Video Here

Aug. 6th, 2011

WTF am I reading?


Oh goody, I found another “ministry” to make fun of. Or at least, I would be able to make fun of it if it wasn't so incredibly asinine. Vision Forum is a group run by Douglas Phillips, and it's got a pretty interesting history and tactics. There's the interns- rather attractive young men around my age, and apparently Doug takes them on anaconda hunting trips in South America to help augment their manliness or something. Now maybe I've been on the Internet too long and it's corrupted my brain, but “anaconda hunting” sounds a bit... suggestive.

Anyway, all unintentional sexual innuendo aside, this organization does seem to promote some rather damaging ideas. Take, for example, this article. Because I'm not 100% sure of the copyright laws, I can't quote chunks of it like I do with Michael and Debi Pearl's crap, but I will do my best to insert quotes at the pertinent times. Basically, this article is called Harry Potter and the Lavender Brigade. In the beginning of the article, Phillips starts talking about a companion book to the Harry Potter series, of the same name as the article title. In it, he outlines the plot of this book: Hogwarts starts to teach its students about homosexual sex- monogamy, safe sex practices, emotional welfare- all to make them gay. But outside of Hogwarts there is another wizarding school full of pedophiles who want to exploit the Hogwarts students, and Harry and friends have to stop them. To quote:

It is the mission of Harry and his intrepid gang of sodomite warlocks and lesbian witches (dubbed “The Lavender Brigade”) to once again stop the menace of bad witches.

If you think this sounds like a plot to a really whack fanfiction, you'd be right. It is a really whack fanfiction, one made by Doug Phillips himself. There is no such thing as Harry Potter and the Lavender Brigade. Phillips made it up to make a point: that if something is unacceptable in real life, why would it be acceptable in the real world? He goes on to make comparisons between homosexuality and witchcraft, two things that are supposedly condemned by the bible. Well, the analogy is flawed from the start. For one, there's no such thing as magic, while homosexuality actually does exist. Secondly, there's nothing inherently harmful about either. If you want to dance around in your underpants chanting “oooga booga bugga boo! Abracadbra, alakazam, poof poof frog!” and say it's magic, well, I might think you're a bit bonkers, but hey, whatever floats your boat. If it makes you happy and you think you're doing something, then go ahead. Now, if you actually could turn me into a toad by doing that, then we might have a problem. But you can't. So you're not really hurting anyone but yourself by looking like a dingbat. (And yes, before anyone gets on my case, I know that real pagan rituals are nothing like this, I'm intentionally exaggerating for comedic effect).

Homosexuality, on the other hand, actually exists. And despite what fundamentalists want you to think, there's nothing inherently harmful about it. Yes, bad homosexual relationships do exist. But so do bad heterosexual relationships. An abusive partner is an abusive partner no matter what gender the people involved are. It has nothing to do with that- a bad relationship is a bad relationship, period. It doesn't matter if it's between a man and a woman, two men, two women, or a person and a purple tentacle monster.

The rest of this article is noting but a bunch of wharrgarble that's spattered with citations from the Bible. It's bad to read pornographic literature, according to Phillips, and it's also bad to read stories that include witchcraft in it, unless that witchcraft is shown as something horrible. To quote again:

The same principle that applies to pornographic literature applies to witchcraft-glorifying literature. Men do not have the right to enter fantasy worlds in which they delight in their hearts in acts of adultery. Nor do they have the right to enter fantasy worlds in which they delight in immoral acts of witchcraft.

Bro, I think Snape has something to tell you.

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Jul. 7th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Epically Missing the Point

Part 3 in a series

Ugh. These articles take so much mental effort and I usually end feeling a lot worse than I had when I started, but I've stated before: I might not have a religious morality like people like to screech about. But I do have standards, and these people violate every single one of those principles.

Full Disclaimer: Copyright law states that I have to do this, and put the address, website, and contact information for the sick fucks who wrote this mess that I will be quoting heavily from. I have placed it at the bottom of this article, but for the love of everything that you hold dear, DO NOT ACTUALLY CLICK THE LINKS. These... “people” (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) do not deserve any more traffic. The citation links in the paragraph do not link to their website, and are there for corroboration, but I would advise against clicking on them, either. I wanted to take a shower after reading that, and I want to take another shower after typing this up. This is some seriously sick, twisted shit. Whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THESE METHODS. I would hope that would be obvious, though.

VERY NSFW. WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE. You all probably know the drill by now- most content of this post goes behind the cut, but don't expect this for everything, blah blah blah... eh, you're smart, you'll figure it out.

Jun. 30th, 2011

Someone had better be getting fired for this...

I want to know what moron decided that this was a good idea. In case you don't feel like clicking the link, basically, the FBI decided that inviting the Westboro Baptist Church to their training was a good idea. Supposedly it was so that agents could get up-close and personal with extremists and understand what makes them tick, as part of the counter-terrorism curriculum.

Which is kind of like inviting a cat to a mouse convention, so that the mice can learn what makes their predator tick. Seriously, what kind of a dumbass invites the terrorists to a counter-terrorism training session? OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, since the WBC hasn't actually blown anything up yet, but still. You get a load of people that make no secret about how much they hate our country and that they want to see God's judgment be brought down on everyone, and then you put them where they could actually learn something about how our system works? Are you on crack? That has got to be the dumbest idea I've ever heard, and I go to university, I'm surrounded by dumb ideas all the time.

It's no secret that I, along with 99% of the population, hates the Westboro Baptist Church. And while they technically do not break any laws, it's only a matter of time before they slip up. Everyone knows this, and it's why people tend to be wary of them, even though they claim they're committed to exercising their First Amendment rights nonviolently. Well, even tigers can act cute and cuddly when they want to. It doesn't mean that they're any less likely to decide that you're the evening's noms. You have a group that has the potential to graduate from making assholish nuisances of themselves to becoming full-out terrorists, and you're inviting them to government training? I've already said it, but what the fuck.

Someone had better be getting fired for this. It's terrifying to think that these whackjobs could have picked up some information there.

May. 25th, 2011

Parenting For Sadists: How To Fail at Sex Ed And Psychology (And Being A Decent Human Being)

Part Two in a series.

I was going to do this earlier, but I felt ill every time I started working it. I just can't fathom anyone treating their children this way- I'm not a mother, but I do know that good parents don't need to beat the shit out of their kids to raise them well. And because the extended family will be welcoming a new member any time now, this is heavily weighing on my mind. I'm not worried about the parents-to-be falling into this stuff, they're not religious and probably wouldn't get involved with a bunch of nutjobs that believe you should beat your babies, but just the idea of the mini-one coming into a world where there are people that honestly believe this is OK gives me the shivers.

FULL DISCLAIMER: Copyright law states that I have to do this, and put the address, website, and contact information for the sick fucks who wrote this mess that I will be quoting heavily from. I have placed it at the bottom of this article, but for the love of everything that you hold dear, DO NOT ACTUALLY CLICK THE LINKS. These... “people” (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) do not deserve any more traffic. The citation links in the paragraph do not link to their website, and are there for corroboration, but I would advise against clicking on them, either. I wanted to take a shower after reading that, and I want to take another shower after typing this up. This is some seriously sick, twisted shit. Whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THESE METHODS. I would hope that would be obvious, though.

VERY NSWF. TRIGGER WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE OF MULTIPLE KINDS. Like before, I usually don't do this for blog posts that aren't fiction, but because the content in here is so severe, I'm putting it behind a cut. The reason this whole thing took so long was because I kept feeling ill whenever I tried to work on it. This isn't the kind of thing I like to blog about, but it's necessary. I might not be the most moral person on the planet, but I have standards. Exposing cruelty to children is one standard I will uphold.

May. 20th, 2011

Support Damon Fowler

*Sigh* Today I Was going to do a fun write-up of my day (I spent most of the day trying to get to a shopping district in the middle of the mess of construction that is typical of the area that my parents live in and almost running over a bunch of orange cones randomly strewn across the highway for no reason, and ending up going in circles for an hour), but then this story was brought to my attention by an online friend, and since this has a lot more far-reaching consequences than me driving around in circles for an hour, this gets my attention today.

Damon Fowler was supposed to graduate from high school in Louisiana today. I haven't heard whether or not that happened, although I really hope that it went off without a hitch, and that he was safe today. See, Damon's school usually did a sectarian (Christian) prayer during the graduation, something which in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution (given that he attends a public school), and he decided to contact his superintendent threatening to contact the ACLU if they continued with this tradition. In his words, “My reasoning behind it is that it’s emotionally stressing on anyone who isn’t Christian. No one else wanted to stand up for their constitutional right of having freedom of and FROM religion. I was also hoping to encourage other atheists to come out and be heard. I’m one of maybe three atheists in this town that I currently know of. One of the others is afraid to come out of the (atheist) closet.” And, the school district grudgingly agreed. Mainly because they didn't want to end up paying for Damon's college education. Of course, though, word got out that he was the one who got the district to put a stop to the prayer. And damn, was the entire town butthurt.

Among the ranks of those with hurt butts was Damon's English teacher, Mitzi Quinn. Not only is her grasp of standard English grammar... well, sketchy, especially for an English teacher (and trust me, if I can pick up on your bad grammar, it's pretty bad), she has the temerity to go out and publicly trash a student, saying, ““And what’s even more sad is this is a student who really hasn’t contributed anything to graduation or to their classmates.”

Now, uh, I'm sorry, but that's just incredibly unprofessional. I know that teachers talk smack about their students when they think no one is listening (I used to work for my former school district, and teachers like to gossip, just like everyone else). They talk about how Bobby sucks at math, and how Susie is really annoying, and how Jane and George won't stop making out in the hallway, and how Sam is getting expelled next week for stealing Tom's iPod. Just like anyone else, teachers like to gossip. They also talk about how Lily is a little bitch, and how they'd really like to kick Jesse for always talking back. While that might not be the most professional way of handling it, it's generally accepted that what gets said in the staff lounge stays in the staff lounge. They're not barging all over the metro area yelling to anyone who will listen their complaints about their students. At least, not if they don't want to get fired.

But Mitzi Quinn? She told her complaints to the town newspaper, basically calling this student a lazy heathen bastard, only in not so many words. Since the climate in town is already very hostile to Damon, this is just adding fuel to the fire.

Sadly, even Damon's mother refuses to speak to him for this transgression of wanting his school to follow the Constitution. And just to spite him, one of his classmates delivered a very long, rambling Christian prayer to the cheers of the entire auditorium. How very dare he! It's not like the First Amendment is the law all over the country or anything... oh wait. Oops. It is.

I graduated from high school last year. My school's chosen speech-giver planned to go to Liberty University to become a Baptist minister. You'd think he of all people would be liable to throw a bunch of religious references in his speech, but he didn't. The most he did was thank God in his list of people who'd helped him become what he was today, along with his mom, dad, and favorite history teacher. Of course, I went to school in an urban area, surrounded by students of many different faiths. Trying to include a sectarian prayer would likely result in a mass walkout by Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, non-religious, and pagan students, of which I knew several from each group. It just wouldn't have been stood for.

Unfortunately, though, when you go to school in an apparent hivemind, you don't get Constitutional rights. Screw that! I'm sorry, but I thought this was America, not Saudi Arabia. You can't go around forcing everyone to pray to the same god that you do. I'm an atheistic-leaning agnostic, but I have many friends of many different faiths. They respect my beliefs, and I respect theirs. It works pretty well- I get to go to a lot of holiday parties, and everyone generally gets along really well (well, except for the one time someone dropped their cell phone in the chip dip, that was awkward and the phone owner got irrationally angry). But all of those times? They're at private residences, and having religious ceremonies on private property is perfectly acceptable. But you can't do it on public property, it's tantamount to the government enforcing a religion on its people.

I wonder if everyone who was so hot to trot on this prayer would be cool with it if Muslim students decided to pray an Islamic prayer in front of everyone? Or if Buddhist students decided to pray aloud? What about if Jewish students brought their rabbi in to pray? Somehow I don't think that would go over as well. What if I wanted to pray to the Underpants Gnome? Somehow I don't think they would appreciate that very much either.

Either way, I wish the best to Damon, and hope that he does contact the ACLU. I hope that Mitzi Quinn is fired, for being an unprofessional bitch. And I hope that Damon stays safe for his last few days in his hometown.

Friendly Atheist's coverage
WWJTD's coverage
Bastrop Enterprise (the town newspaper's) article, containing Mitzi Quinn's statements

Apr. 23rd, 2011

Parenting for Sadists

Part One in a two-part series

Full disclaimer: Copyright law states that I have to do this, and put the address, website, and contact information for the sick fucks who wrote this mess that I will be quoting heavily from. I have placed it at the bottom of this article, but for the love of everything that you hold dear, DO NOT ACTUALLY CLICK THE LINKS. These... “people” (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) do not deserve any more traffic. The citation links in the paragraph do not link to their website, and are there for corroboration, but I would advise against clicking on them, either. I wanted to take a shower after reading that, and I want to take another shower after typing this up. This is some seriously sick, twisted shit. Whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THESE METHODS. I would hope that would be obvious, though.

VERY NSFW. TRIGGER WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE. I almost never do this for blog posts that aren't fiction, but I'm warning and putting the rest of this behind a cut so that you can make a choice as to whether or not you want to view the rest of this content. This is a two-part article, broken up for length.