Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cats and Dogs, and a Merry Christmas

In reply to Le�gal In�sur�rec�tion: Uh Oh, Cats and Dogs Getting Along

In the spirit of cats and dogs, I want to wish everyone who reads this a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Whatever our political differences, that's something we ought to be able to agree on. I'm just sayin...

Submitted for approval December 24, 2009 8:57 AM, (Legal Insurrection blog time)

(Yeah, I kinda used ol' LI to say Merry Christmas to the readers here, while still maintaining the purposes of IM... ...though the sentiment I posted there was sincere.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Death be not proud ... in 140 characters or less"

In reply to: Death be not proud ... in 140 characters -

I don't believe that online legacy posts and tweeted condolences have taken the place of sympathy cards, wakes and graveside services--I expect that many of the people who knew Brittany Murphy / Bryson Ross personally will follow up with handwritten cards, "just a little something, so you don't have to cook," their appearance and compassionate words at the funeral gatherings, and all the other appropriate trappings. Rather, I think that the ability to post about one's memories of the deceased, or send a kind word immediately is just adding to the ways one can reach out to the families in their time of need.

Submitted 12/22/09, 10:20 AM, IM blog time.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Geeze, look at Madison McGraw's tweet stream...

...Was she neglecting her kids while making all those nasty posts about Shellie Ross? (Not here... See KillTruck's link, below.)


Great post. I gave it a kudo-filled mention at my own blogger post on the subject, What'd I Say?: Shellie Ross, Twitter, and The "Right" Way to Grieve (and this is the closest I could come to approximating a trackback).

In retrospect, it wasn't especially kudo-filled, though I did pretty much imply that I wish I'd written it. (I intended to write a post on this aspect of the story, but MM's twitter feed was protected from prying eyes, at the time.) I expect that KT's was better than the one I never wrote, anyway... (Just assume it was.)

Submitted for approval 12/21/09, (06:30:30) KillTruck blog time, (which as I recall from my perch here at 11:04 AM Immoderate Monk blog time, was about 2:00 AM, IM blog time. (Because it was essentially just a trackback, I wasn't going to do a post for it here, but because it still hasn't been approved, and I want to include it in my Roundup & Commentary post for 12/21/09, and need a working link, I changed my mind.)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Please don't kick the grieving mother when she's down

In reply to shellie ross tweets her sons death 30 mins after he drowns - Grateful Always

It’s like if you are going to DO that be prepared for the GOOD and the BAD… b/c the internet is a melting pot of both.

But that doesn’t give holier-than-thou judges the moral right to be the bad. There is nothing to gain by kicking a grieving mother when she’s down, and folks like you & Ms. McGraw ought to consider showing a her little compassion, because just as with Ms. Ross, people are reading your very public and unprotected words and judging your humanity and heart by them.

As others have said, would it really have made a difference if she was baking cupcakes for her 11 year old son’s class, or going to the bathroom, or doing any one of a hundred other common ordinary things that ordinary parents do while “watching” their kids, when her 2 year old s son–who she thought was safely playing with his 11 year old sibling in a part of the yard where he could not get to the pool–did get there and unfortunately did fall in?

Do you know of any parent who has not had a child get injured in any way while they were the adult in charge? Because I sure don’t… …but even so, I don’t think that all parents should be judged as wanting for having failed their children, either.

Yes, in retrospect, I’m sure there are a hundred things that Ms Ross or some other member of her family could’ve done to prevent this tragedy, and I’m sure they would’ve done them all, if they only had the benefit of hindsight that her critics now have.

I understand that you folks think you’re doing some kinda good by lashing out at this poor woman–though for the life of me, I do not know what that good is supposed to be–but I cannot help but think that there are some cold, cold people in the world…
Submitted for moderator approval December 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm (Grateful Always blog time)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Donald Douglas' Wingnut Echo Chamber

In reply to The Alinsky Rules in Action | NewsReal Blog

Maybe I'm not understanding how this place works (or maybe I AM, all too well) but it looks to me like Michael van der Galien wrote nothing but the header on this post (and surprise, surprise, the actual author, Donald Douglas, is now referencing this cut & pasted post as "proof" that his claims about E.D. Kain are factual... Is anyone really shocked that Donald Douglas here on Newsreal thinks the claims of Donald Douglas @ American Power offer readers the Gospel Truth?)

Smoke & mirrors, and an echo chamber the size of the Grand Canyon... ...and as obvious.

Submitted for approval 12/17/09 3:40 AM (IM blog time)

Related links:
American Power: E.D. Kain's Double-Standards: Claims of Libel Continue Amid Bleatings to Christian Ethics - Wallowing in Denial, Little Bully Refuses to Apologize!

American Power: E.D. Kain's Alinsky Rules in Action!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Donald Douglas, E.D. Kain, & Blogger Ethics

In reply to: Le�gal In�sur�rec�tion: Blogging While Employed

E.D. Kain acknowledges he made a mistake in reaching out to someone he thought might have some insight into (& perhaps influence over) Donald's strange behavior toward him. As our host quoted, Kain has already apologized for the mistake.

Unless one's blog content impacts how a writer does his/her job or affects the company or institution for which s/he works, it's bad form to involve one's boss in a blogesphere conflict.

If Donald were admitting to grading his liberal students lower because of their political views, or trashing his fellow professors or college, I might be inclined to suggest that his Department head read what he writes. Were I a prospective student (or at my age, the parent of one), I wouldn't have any issue telling the admissions office that based on the blog posts I read, I was far less inclined to have anything to do with Long Beach City College, or why.

But barring that kinda thing, Donald's blog is between he & those who choose to read his words. I believe that those on the faculty who have oversight over him or deal with him on a regular basis ought to read what he writes--and any prospective or current student of his who doesn't is a fool--but that's up to them.

But as Cynthia says, there's more to Donald than meets the eye at first glance, and our "victim" doesn't play by the same rules he demands that others follow, including as concerns some of the same blogger ethics raised in this conversation. I would urge those interested to read the attacks on E.D. Kain that led up to this incident (as well as the incident that Ms. Yockey references) before deciding that Donald Douglas is nothing more than a poor, innocent doe-eyed deer who's been done wrong here.

Submitted for approval 12-16-09, 2:18 AM (IM blog time)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Re: American Power: E.D. Kain Alleges Defamation: True/Slant Blogger's Workplace Intimidation Attempts to Shut Down American Power!

In reply to American Power: E.D. Kain Alleges Defamation: True/Slant Blogger's Workplace Intimidation Attempts to Shut Down American Power!, and in particular the following:
I've been previously threatened with workplace intimidation by (O)CT(O)PUS and Repsac3 (see "American Nihilist: DEFAMATION - DONALD STYLE"). They posted my college vice-president's information online and encouraged readers to file complaints against American Power with LBCC's administration!

So, E.D. Kain's in good company. None of these freaks can't handle the truth. In fact, they're totalitarian libel bloggers, classic leftists, and I won't stand for it.


Repsac3 never posted any information about Donald that he did not post online himself, and Professor Douglas knows it... (So much for all that truth he professes to offer...)

(Nice how he goes on the attack, and then initiates moderation... That's some kinda courage there, Don...)

Sent for moderator approval 12/15/09, 3:43 AM (IM blog time), but knowing Don, chances are slim...