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Friday, April 29, 2011

Stupid Things People Do On Facebook And Twitter

Stupid people are everywhere on the Internet.
With the massive proliferation of smart phones, laptops and other mobile devices, access to Facebook and Twitter can be 24/7. Some people feel they need to update us on their every move. It can be annoying, but there are some stupid things people do on Facebook and Twitter and it could be bad for them.

First off, pictures of you with a keg hose in your mouth might be seen by a potential employer - these days they check social networks to see who you really are. Leave drunken debauchery on your desktop or in a file, don't post it on the Internet.

NO DRUGS. You and a bong makes for a good picture. Better yet, you next to a six foot pile of weed. Hmmmm... and you wonder why the police keep circling your house.

You with someone other than your spouse is pure insanity. You probably follow Charlie Sheen on Twitter and bow at his every word. Adultery on your profile is not WINNING!

Another thing potential employers don't want to see is a video of you dancing around wearing a coconut bra and grass skirt, especially if you are a guy.

Peeling a banana with your mouth might get you a lot of hits on YouTube, but there might be other people who could make a character judgment based on your video.

Now that we've covered the dumbass pictures and videos. STATUS UPDATES and TWEETS!!!!

With the Internet, anyone can find out everything about you. All they need is your name. You're not safe just because your profile picture is of your dog and not you.

I had a guy that told me damn near everything about me one day in about twenty minutes. He knew where I lived, how much I paid for my house, what party I was affiliated with, whether I voted, what kind of vehicle I drove and more. All from his laptop.

There are people out there that are more devious and adept at phishing information about you than this guy. You need to be aware of that. Why?

When you post on Facebook and Twitter that you are going out of town or you're at some convention, a lot of people can see that. It means... YOU'RE NOT HOME. There have been tons of robberies reported that were linked back to the crooks being tipped to the homeowner's absence by Facebook status updates. Don't make yourself a victim, too.

I saw someone announcing they were out of town and at some airport. So I wrote a parody of an idiotic status update. Coaxed on by my friends, I added more and more comments to the thread.

The funny part was, several people thought I WAS out of town. LOL, LMAO and ;)>

Here is what I posted. I hope you enjoy it, but I also hope you learn from it. That's what this site is all about: Laughing and Learning.

Hi, I just wanted the world to know that I will be out of town for two weeks. We just got a new flat screen TV and left our BMW in the driveway. We left our gate unlocked for our gardener to show up, so don't worry about the plants. We've also taken our guard dog to a kennel. We left the upstairs window open so the house wouldn't get too stuffy.

A friend asked: some beer in the fridge i hope =]
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Fully stocked bar. And we have 600 lbs of steak in the freezer in the garage.

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The Playboy models will be showing up for a bikini shoot on Tuesday while we will still be away. It's by invitation only.
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We keep a key under the mat in the back, just in case you need to pick up the crystal for the party.

We've had a problem with one of the basement windows. It won't close. I'm afraid of water getting in and ruining our collection of over 100 Civil War guns. Have to fix that when I get back.
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We have Jimmy Hoffa in a storage shed in the basement. He's been frozen all these years and I hope the power doesn't go out while we're far, far away.
The trip is going great, but my wife is so upset that she left her 12 carat diamond necklace on the dresser. Next time she better concentrate on packing.
My wife just reminded me that my bank account pin number is 2368. I'm so glad. It's not at all like my social security number which is 255-45-9831
We had to come back early from our trip. Everything was gone. All that was left was the garage door laying in the driveway. Yeah, the WHOLE house was gone. I wonder how they knew we'd be out of town?
My wife is so pissed. She got a new cell phone 702-555-3472
Crap.... now we're getting crank calls. Wonder how that happened.

So, don't do the stupid things people do on Facebook and Twitter. You might wind up on this blog.         
 
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Fat People Plan March But Cancel Due To Lack Of Conditioning

Unidentified marchers.
A giant 200-yard march by twenty-six fat people was planned for this afternoon, but was abruptly canceled due to lack of conditioning. A sit-in is under consideration as an alternative.

Twenty-six fat people wanted their voices to be heard and planned on throwing their weight around over a rise in harassment by thinner people. A female leader of the group told us:

"We're sick of this. People make fun of us. We're being charged double fares on airlines. No movie seat will hold any of us. No one wants us to try and sit next to them on the bus. I'm tired of all the haters."

Another unidentified female member of the group said, "You should see the looks I get when I order six Big Macs at McDonald's. I don't need to be treated that way. I have feelings too."

We went back to the leader of the group and asked her why the march was so suddenly canceled.

"A group of us got together last night and looked down the street. Two hundred yards is a long way. Many of us got winded just thinking about it. But after a heated discussion, we decided that none of us was in good enough shape to complete the march within 24 hours, so we canned it."

"I heard you may be planning an alternate protest."

"That is correct. We decided we were much better suited to a giant sit-in. However, we've been having trouble finding a buffet that can accommodate us for an extended period of time. Plus, they wanted to charge us by the hour to sit and eat. We are still searching for a location that is fat friendly. This is worse than being black."

"You can't possibly compare the prejudice you receive to the civil rights movement."

"I would never want to say anything bad about a black person, and I would never sit on one, at least not intentionally, but we have it rough. I have a back problem and I can't go to the gym like everyone else. And my knees are bad."

"Well, why don't you just cut back on eating?"

"Then, I'd get hungry."

"That's a pretty common reaction to not eating."

"Oh, I can't imagine not eating when I'm hungry. And I'm hungry all the time."

"What if you planned activities away from your refrigerator? That should help."

"But if I get hungry, I get dizzy and then I'd have to go to a drive-thru window to make the headaches go away."

"I understand, but you could order less. That would be a start."

"You're just like the other haters. You don't understand the pain I go through. Six Big Macs is what it takes to make the headaches go away."

"Then, why don't you have your sit-in at McDonald's?"

"We can't. They won't let us inside after last week."

"Why is that?"

"None of us can fit in the booths, plus they accused us of stealing?"

"Stealing? Please explain."

"Well, one of my girlfriends got a chair stuck up her ass and didn't realize it. She walked out of the store and the security alarm went off."

"Oh my God. That must have been hilari... horrible."

"It was awful. It took three of those stupid teenage boys to pry the chair out. And they didn't even give us free fries for all the inconvenience."

"How rude of them."

"Yeah, they were haters too. So we go with $50 or $60 each to Taco Bell. They are much more politically correct than that stupid McDonald's."

"Yes, and Mexican food is so much more American these days."

"So, when will the sit-in happen?"

"As soon as we find a location that is open 24 hours and has food. I can't protest with a headache."

"But don't you think that some people have a right to pick on you because obesity is a choice."

"NO IT'S NOT!!!!!!"

"Well, look at the show Biggest Loser. They take obese people all the time, feed them right and get them to exercise and they all lose weight."

"That's because that bitch Jillian Michaels is a fucking Nazi. I know she worked in a concentration camp in World War 2."

"I don't think she is old enough to have worked in a concentration camp."

"Well, I know she is evil and I hate her. Plus I have a glandular disorder. A bitch like her wouldn't understand that."

"Speaking of concentration camps. Did you ever see any fat Jews hanging on the fence at Auschwitz? I mean, they were all bones and they had the same thing in common, lack of food. And no one seemed to suffer from a glandular disorder and remain fat in those conditions."

"That's because the Nazi's killed all the overweight people, first, before they ever got to the concentration camps."

"Why is that?"

"They said those with a slight weight problem filled up the boxcars too quickly and it took them longer to ship the other people to the camps. So they just shot them right there."

"I never quite saw that reported in any of the history books. But we can't waste our time any more here. Good luck with the sit-in. We'll be back if you ever find a location."

"You do that. Our cause for decency is not going away. It's getting worse. And the thought of all this makes me hungry.

So the giant fat people march was canceled due to lack of conditioning.

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Study Shows Unplanned Pregnancy Rate In Gay Community Is Zero

Drag Queen Loosy Leopard.
A government funded research study on unplanned pregnancy in the gay community has been completed. After three years and $3 Million the study showed that the unplanned pregnancy rate in the gay community was zero.

Unplanned pregnancy in the heterosexual community has dropped slightly, based on a study of women aged 15 to 44. The rate for unplanned pregnancy in 1981 was 54.2 unplanned pregnancies for every 1,000 women. That number dropped to 51 by the conclusion of the study in 2002. Teen unplanned pregnancy rates have dropped substantially during the 1981 to 2002 period, while it has increased for women 20 to 29 years.

Performing the study on the gay community was drag queen Loosy Leopard. We had a chance to speak with her regarding the study.

"How did you perform the study?"

"We held large parties and invited openly gay people to come. First, we had a party for the lesbians. We had lots of expensive wine and just the best damn caterer. By the end of the night the place was just one big sweaty orgy. Yet, no pregnancies came from all that wild juicy sex. We repeated these parties weekly for three years. Subjects for the study seemed to grow exponentially, once word got out."

"And what did you do for the men?"

"Pretty much the same things, but those naughty boys wanted champagne and a really big cake with a Scandinavian theme. Plus, those hussies wanted everyone to have matching designer suits. Oh... my ... God... they looked spectacular. All of those parties wound up just like the lesbian parties, in sweaty orgies. Oh, we had such a good time. We ran those parties on the weekend night that was open after planning the lesbian parties. Cuz you know, in the gay community, ladies cum first.... Hahahahahahaha."

"Didn't this seem like a large sum of money to spend on this study?"

"Honey, you have no idea what these bitches wanted. The dykes were pretty bad, too. But I wanted everyone to be happy."

"Isn't it biologically impossible for gay sex to produce children, planned or unplanned, anyway. And hasn't that been known for, like, a million years?"

"Oh, darlin', we wanted to be sure! We just needed to know. Being gay, you get so much crap. I can't believe this gay marriage thing has created suck a foofy response. I think the people opposing the queers are just not nice. Bad people. Bad people."

"But what did you hope to prove with the study?"

"We wanted to show that gay marriage would be a lower cost alternative to the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. If we don't produce unplanned pregnancies, we will have less people on the government teat. And the government has some nasty tits."

"I'm still not sure I understand."

"Sweetie pie, you are a bit dense aren't you? I wonder if you're as stiff below the belt? Hahahahaha... Anyway. This study gave us scientific proof that there will never be any shotgun weddings in the gay community. And my God, who would want to own a shotgun anyway. Plus, if gay people married and stayed monogamous, there should be a drop in the hiv."

"Hiv?

"H. I. V. you silly pants. Sometimes you straight people are just impossible. Don't you read a newspaper or see the news. HIV has been around for a while, honey. And it kills."

"Sorry, I misunderstood you."

"You have one little twisted up mind don't you. Or are you just playing dumb to get into my pants?"

"No, I'm straight, but my wives keep leaving me."

"Oh, honey, I'm so sorry to hear that. Maybe you're not packing the meat I was hoping."

"No, it had to do with my mental illness."

"Oh, baby cakes, that is just too funny. I mean L. M. A. O. on you."

"What's so funny?"

"Sugar, everyone used to think that being gay was a mental illness. In 1969 it was illegal to be homosexual, as they called it, in every state except Illinois. So in '69, you couldn't do 69 or you'd go to jail."

"I know, a lot has changed since then."

"But we still can't marry, and we'll keep fighting for our rights,  even if we have to have slap fights with all those crazy religious people."

"Yeah, I don't quite understand the opposition. We're supposed to have a separation of church and state. And the only thing keeping gay marriage from happening are some Bible verses."

"I know cookie. And it sucks. Speaking of...."

"Well, lets get back to the high cost of the study."

"Baby cakes, Dom Perignon does not grow on trees. And all those Armani suits for the fags cost a fortune. Plus, we gave all the lipstick lesbians Louis Vutton bags as a lovely parting gift. We gave the bull dykes power saws."

"Ok, so now I think I get it. You feel that gay marriage would be less of a burden to society because it would have zero unplanned pregnancies and no gay person would wind up on welfare due to the pregnancy."

"Oh, Mr. Einstein you are today, smoochie boy."

"And you also feel that the divorce rate amongst gay couples would be much lower and if they remain monogamous, we'd see a drop in the spread of HIV in the gay community."

"My... God... you are acting like a gay man after his first date. I'm so proud that you got it. I could just rub your body with oil and lick it all off."

"Thanks, but I've got to get back and write my blog."

"Bye, bye, honey donuts."

"Same to you Loosy."

This study may prove beneficial for the gay community in arguing their case for gay marriage in the court of public opinion, however, it will have to be decided at the polls or in the courts for gay people to earn the same rights as their straight counterparts. For now, the study shows that the unplanned pregnancy rate in the gay community is zero.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Government Should Require Warning Labels On Mobile Homes

Mobile homes for the rich. We're movin' on up.
Earlier this year, the Consumer Protection Agency banned baby cribs with side rails because there were 30 deaths attributed to the cribs in the last 10 years. That’s what the CPA does, ban stuff or mandate warning labels. With the recent spate of tornados throughout the South, which has caused many deaths and injuries, the government should require warning labels on mobile homes.

If the Consumer Protection Agency was doing its job, warning labels on mobile homes should have been implemented a long time ago. On every mobile home, the following warning label should be right near the door:


WARNING!
In the event of a tornado, evacuate this mobile home immediately. DO NOT seek shelter under the mobile home. If you remain in this structure during a tornado, you will not be transported to OZ and meet the Wizard. You will be transported to the morgue and you will meet your Maker. 


Another warning label should be:

WARNING!
In the event of a flood, you can use this mobile home as a flotation device.


There are other warning labels that should be placed throughout the interior of the mobile home. Like in the living room:

 WARNING! 
If you cover your entire body in tattoos and 
fall on the factory installed paisley carpet, 
no one will be able to find you.



A warning label on the water bed in the bedroom:

WARNING!
Do not attempt to sleep or have sexual intercourse in this water bed wearing a spiked dog collar. It could cause a puncture to the water bed, which would result in drowning your drunken partner.


Another warning on the dresser where the owner keeps their wallet:


WARNING!
Living in a mobile home means that you will probably consider purchasing all of your furniture from Wal-Mart, garage sales or junkyards.


In the living room, where the 97” flat panel TV is:


WARNING!
Do not attempt to share television antennas with your neighbors or steal their cable connection. In the event of a lightning strike, your big ass TV will explode and kill your two-headed dog.


In the kitchen:


WARNING!
Cockroaches are not edible.


On the refrigerator:


WARNING!
If the food inside this refrigerator is more than 2 years past its expiration date, it can be used to induce vomiting or cleanse your colon - stock up on toilet paper.


On the oven door:


WARNING!
Roasting raccoons, squirrels, skunks, beavers or possums in this oven will void its warranty and leave a really horrible odor in your mobile home.


For the garbage disposal:


WARNING!
Do not try to retrieve your gold tooth from this garbage disposal while it is operating. It could result in damage to the tooth and the loss of another finger.


On the factory installed carpeting:


WARNING!
Blood stains are hard to remove.
Do all yer killin’ outside.


On the bathroom mirror:


WARNING!
Objects may appear more intelligent than they really are.


For the bathroom, on the toilet:



WARNING!


If this toilet has overflowed, 
DO NOT FLUSH AGAIN!

On the shower:


WARNING!
This shower cannot be used as a substitute in the event the toilet is plugged. None of the knobs inside this shower have the ability to flush it, no matter how much you drink.


Another label for next to the front door on the inside:


WARNING!
Do not discharge firearms or set off fireworks inside this mobile home. Only do that inside your truck, where you can open all the windows.


And finally, right next to the front door on the outside:


WARNING!
This mobile home could contain dumbasses.


And now you know why the government should require warning labels on mobile homes.




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Pissy People Don’t Find Me Funny And The Fans I Don’t Want

Bitch, bitch, bitch. Shut up and go away.
I performed stand-up comedy from 1989 to 1997, and have been writing humorous material since 1995. Over all those years, I’ve learned that pissy people don’t find me funny. I’ve also uncovered the fans I don’t want.

Pissy people are hard to crack. I’ve been able to snuggle a snort from some of the toughest rednecks and bikers. I’ve made fat guys chortle, women giggle, old ladies shake and fart, college kids howl, Mormons snicker, Catholics blush, Atheists screech OMG, and did it all in the spirit of fun. However, those damn pissy folks keep gritting their teeth and staring.

I think when pissy people come to my blog they bite their mouse or punch their screens.

One thing I’ve learned about pissy people is that the closer to the truth I am, the madder they get. It’s called striking a nerve. Oh yeah, zap that nerve. And once I see where your nerves are, I’m coming back at the same thing until you collapse or leave.

Sorry, union rules for humorists.

After so much time on the stage, writing a blog with humorous posts is like stand-up in time delay. I write the piece, post it and then a few hours or a day or two later I get all kinds of positive feedback, LOL, LMAO, ROFL, Hahahahahaha and other Internet laughing code.

Since I figured out how to use the hashtags (# sign) on Twitter, I’ve been able to get more feedback in real time – or relatively real time.

It may sound funny, but I get a “feeling” or sense a “mood” from the tweets I get in reply. And invariably, there are a couple people that you can tell are just mad, angry, MF’ers. Their replies are, “You call that humour?” (Hint… that one came from England. They can’t spell English over there.)

If you’re a pissy crab, piss off and go stalk someone else. I don’t need you or want you. I’m here to party and throw in some interesting, thoughtful stuff so that our IQ’s don’t drop too much through the course of the day.

Another group of people I don’t want are racists.

I did a comedy gig in the early 1990’s in Orangeburg, South Carolina. It was one of the strangest shows I ever worked. We were performing at a bar, not a comedy club – this was a common venue in the 1990’s – a bar. We performed to a large room full of chairs set up like it was a business conference at a hotel. There was an aisle down the middle of the chairs, leading directly to the microphone.

As the crowd shuffled in, something really strange happened. All the black people sat on the left side and all the white people sat on the right side. Everyone on the left was dressed in their Sunday best. On the right was a collection of stereotypical rednecks. It looked like someone had shoved Larry The Cable Guy into a copy machine and made a hundred guys and gals that looked exactly like Larry. Besides the missing buttons and sleeves on the right, there were a lot of missing teeth.

As the show commenced, the black people on the left were laughing their asses off. The seedy crowd on the right didn’t get a lot of the jokes. I felt like I was winging Frisbees over their heads. I was hoping one would catch a Frisbee in his mouth and I could give him a treat.

After the show, the black people nodded approval and cleared out of the bar rather quickly. I was left with the Larry clones. One walked up to me and said, “How do you like the way we got our niggers trained?” Being 1,500 miles from home, alone and having a pocket full of cash from the gig, I didn’t want to show him my “You’re a dumbass” T-shirt.

I couldn’t believe he said that. And Goober wasn’t finished. He added, “You seen those slave shacks out along the highway. Well, we’s keepin’ ‘em there so those niggers know where they may wind up again.” Fortunately, I never did that gig again.

Sometimes you need someone with a bit of wisdom to get your head straight. My ex-father-in-law said, “You’ll never screw my daughter again.”

Besides that, he used to say, “Every person I meet is a superior to me at something.” So, he taught me to value everyone. Even Goober. Who knows, maybe I’d want to learn how to fish with a used tampon as bait. I’m sure he’d know.

Not everyone will love me. And I won’t love everyone back. I’m just looking for a small niche of one to two million people that think I’m hilarious. If you are in that group, raise your hand, now. OK… you need to check your deodorant before you come back here.

And that’s why pissy people don’t find me funny. And you also know the fans I don’t want.

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Stop Funding Planned Parenthood, Abortions And Birth Control

Give me a shot. I could be somebody special.
One of the items in the ongoing government budget battle is the funding of Planned Parenthood and other government supported abortion clinics. We have so many other needs. It's time to stop funding Planned Parenthood, abortions and birth control - except in the cases of rape and incest.

I can tell from the opening paragraph that there will be a whole bunch of women really ticked off with me. But hear me out.

Pregnancy is a choice. You made a choice to have sex. Becoming pregnant might have been an accident. You got yourself into the problem. Pay for the solution yourself.

However, mental illness and mental retardation are not choices. They are conditions that people have to struggle with their entire lives.

During the Reagan years, most of the state mental hospitals were closed. Thousands and thousands of patients were literally dumped on the street.

Now, most mentally ill people will see a judge before they see a psychiatrist. Untreated, they are locked up for vagrancy and a variety of crimes. Sometimes the crimes are extremely serious, like rape or murder. They are sick and they need help.

Mentally retarded children did not choose to be the way they are. Their parents wonder what will happen to their child after they pass on. It's a lot to worry about.

Over the last several years, funding for the mentally ill and mentally challenged has steadily dropped. With state budget shortfalls causing layoffs of teachers, police and government workers across the country, there is no money left for those who need it most.

I propose that we take the money that goes to support Planned Parenthood and other government funded abortion clinics and use it to help the mentally ill. I just want the money to be spent more productively than reproductively.

Oh, the horror stories of back room abortions and victims of sex crimes and on and on. Well, those people are mentally ill that rape and murder. The pregnant girl made a bad choice, in most cases.

I lost a ton of money in the stock market and it ruined my life. It wouldn't make sense to have the government reload my bank account. I made the mistakes, I pay the price.

If you want to be Pro-Choice, choose to avoid pregnancy.

Take a hard look at who really needs help and I think you'll agree we need to stop funding Planned Parenthood, abortions and birth control and help the mentally ill and retarded.

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How To Start A Blog | Marketing Your Blog To Get Traffic

If you've been following this How To Start A Blog series, you should have a blog, a couple posts, basic gadgets, an understanding of keywords, Search Engine Optimization SEO techniques, a Privacy Policy and some way of monetizing your blog. You've built the car. Now, let's drive it. And you do that by marketing your blog to get traffic.

If you did not understand something in the first paragraph, you need to go back and complete the earlier lessons. Taking this course from the beginning is in your best interest. You can find all of the lessons under the MAKE MONEY tab at the top of the blog or click here.

Marketing is the process of giving potential visitors to your blog the opportunity to click a link and get there. It can be done several dozen ways, and you should try to employ as many of those tactics as possible.

Email Marketing

When you first start your blog and get some decent content on your blog worth sharing, you can email the blog posts to your friends. Keep in mind that if you do this all the time with every post, you will be considered a spammer. Make sure you have at the bottom of your email an "opt-out" procedure, such as "Reply to this email with REMOVE in the subject line." Then make sure you remove that person from your list.

Blogger has an option to allow visitors to sign up for emails of your posts. It is run through Feedburner. Feedburner is a Google product that offers you a number of options to help promote your blog, track views, set up subscriber and syndication of your blog, plus a lot more. I have not fully utilized Feedburner at this point. But is something you should put on your To Do List for the future.

Facebook

Facebook is where I started sharing posts from my blog. At the bottom of your blog post are buttons. Click on the Facebook symbol, add a comment if you want and SHARE. It will show up immediately on your profile and on the News Feed.

Facebook marketing works if you have a lot of friends. If you don't have a lot of friends, work on cultivating them. I click on a few new people from the "People You Might Know" suggestions. I don't know them, but I'm not looking to go out with them - I want readers.

Comment a lot on Facebook. If your comments are funny, that will attract more people to you.
Even if you have a shortage of friends, you can still harness the power of Facebook by signing up for Networked Blogs. This is a free service through Facebook. It exposes your blog to tons of other bloggers around the world.

In the setup for Networked Blogs, you can select an option to have your blog post automatically shared on the News Feed on Facebook and posted to your profile. You want this. You also have the option to have you post automatically sent out on Twitter - YOU DON'T WANT THIS - and I'll explain later.

I completely forgot about Networked Blogs through the process of working on this site. I just signed up a week ago and my Facebook traffic has more than quadrupled in just a week.

Readers of the Networked Blogs can vote on the blogs. Rising in popularity will get you more traffic. Having a blog plastered with ads and weak content won't get you anything. So, make content a priority. Good content will attract followers.

I recycle posts on Facebook, too. After I've done the two to four posts I do each day, I'll shoot out an oldie from a month ago. Or if I'm going to be spending time researching for a post, I'll shoot out a couple more older posts. Different people view FB at different times. Recycle a few older posts before you go to work or class, drop a couple more at lunchtime, one more around dinner time and one before you sign off for the day.

You have to have a cache of content to do this without being a repetitive jerk. It all depends on how much you have in the can. I've done about 80 posts this month and the month has a few more days left. I produced 46 posts in three weeks in March. So, I have a storehouse of posts. Some are topical or outdated already, but there are plenty of other choices to share again.

Once you start to get some decent traffic to your blog and you feel like you are getting a following, set up a Facebook Fan Page. I just set one up in the last couple days. Go to it, click LIKE and see what is there.

Twitter

It used to be relatively easy to get followers on Twitter. But Twitter changes have made it hard to get followers. So, you have to try a different tack.

I've been on Twitter for years, but never understood the hashtags (# sign) and how they work. Since I figured it out a couple weeks ago, my traffic from Twitter has gone up about 50 times.

Here's why you don't want Networked Blogs to automatically fire off a tweet of your post on Twitter. It will send the tweet without any hashtag categories, and you most definitely want those.

How the hashtags work are you pick target audiences that you want to hit. There are hashtag topics for just about everything. I wrote a post about Atheism. So I went to the search box at the top of Twitter and typed in #Atheism. There were a lot of people there. I did the same for several other keywords.

Once I had my list in mind, I manually used the Twitter button at the bottom of the post and then added all the hashtagged topics. In the case of the Atheism piece. I was adding #Atheism #Atheist #God #Christians #Religion #faith #Jesus - as many as I could fit in.

Adding these hashtag topics exposes your post to a whole new diverse group across the net. Right now, I don't have many followers on Twitter. However, since I've been using Twitter and the hashtags, I've picked up about 80 followers in the last couple weeks. Follower growth becomes exponential the more you get. They start retweeting your posts and all hell breaks loose... a good problem to have. Follow me on Twitter.

One of the best things you can do on Twitter is be controversial, outrageous or funny and that will bring people to you. If you're just a plain dickhead, then you won't get far. But controversy has two sides to it. One side will stand behind you, the other will want to kill you. Don't let this golden marketing opportunity pass.

Nothing attracts a crowd better than a fight on Twitter. If you're smart and your written swordsmanship is swift and deadly, you can get a ton of hits to your blog, just by having a tweet slug fest.
Make sure you have your link that you want to promote or the link that caused all the problems in the first place and add as many hashtags as you can into the tweet. Your opponent will probably do the same to try and get supporters.

Twitter will automatically compress your links when you use the buttons at the bottom of your post. However, if you are working from the Twitter window, you will need to compress your link. To do that, you use is.gd. I love this. You copy and paste your link into the main slot, click COMPRESS and you get a nice, neat link that is highlighted and ready for you to copy.

YouTube

Some very successful Internet marketers have integrated YouTube videos into their message. They've offered lessons, rants, speeches and more on YouTube and then linked the videos back to their blog or website. Google Video just went away last week. But YouTube can offer you another way to generate traffic to your site.

Other Social Sites

There are sites like digg, StumbleUpon, and a couple dozen others where you can setup an account and share your posts there or create links in comment fields back to your blog posts. I'm still trying to figure out StumbleUpon and right now I'm not willing to take the time. Get connected on other social sites. It's like opening more stores across town.

Article Sites

This topic was discussed in the lesson on Search Engine Optimization SEO. If you want a comprehensive list of article sites, see the MAKE MONEY tab on this blog.

At these sites, you can write articles and post links back to your site or specific posts. Each site has different rules. This is an ongoing project. Add it to your To Do List and work on it a little at a time.

Keywords and Search Engine Optimization SEO

I can't stress how important this is. You need to go back and read the two lessons on these topics over and over until you fully understand them. Without the ability to get some posts high in the search engines, you're going to plug along and not get very far.

Networking

If you have friends on Facebook or on Twitter that have huge amounts of friends or followers, you need to tap into them. Ask them to share your post with their friends or retweet your tweet - both exposing you to a much larger audience.

I currently have a number of friends that are starting to help me broaden my reach on the net. An old comedy buddy in Pittsburgh has written a book. He has a literary agent. He also knows influential people on the west coast. My buddy turned on another old comedy friend of ours in New York City to my stuff and he loves it. He's talking about making short films out of some of the comedy posts.

You never know where another person can take you. So, share, share, ask, retweet, network, connect - do them all.

Putting It All Together

I started this blog in July of 2010. I only had a couple posts in July. In August of 2010, I had 9 posts and got 233 page views. I only posted 8 times in three weeks in September and had around 228 page views. Then, I quit my blog due to personal health reasons. Page views bounced between 49 and 79 in my absence.

On March 7th, 2011, I started posting like a mad man. I've done a lot of the things I've mentioned above, but not all.

My strategy was to focus on a couple of topics that I knew were popular and try to get high placement in the search engines. I really worked hard on my keywords and how the blog posts were written. I hit three or four hot topics and have stuck with them. They bring in about 1/4 of the traffic. But I have all the other posts that bring in 50 or 100 or 200 page views. And I have posts that are lucky to get 10 page views.

In February, I had 49 page views on my blog. Working my strategy, in three weeks of posting in March, I wound up with 1,589 page views. This month, the machine started to kick in. I'm over 13,000 page views already and there are still several days left in the month. I might hit 15,000.
So, if you wonder if what I'm telling you works, just look at the numbers - 49 page views in February, over 13,000 and still counting in April - seven weeks later.

Now, I need to get 13,000 page views a day and things will be looking real good.

Hard work, good content, having a few big draws and consistently posting and reposting has gotten me to this point. You can do it to. It takes a lot of effort. But it can be done.

No single strategy will do it all for you. If you get a few page views from one place and a few more from another place and you tune up your Facebook and Twitter marketing, you start to accumulate a lot of page views.

I had no idea I'd be where I am after just seven weeks. But I see how the machine works and I'm feeding its burner every day - marketing my blog to get traffic.

BTW - the money is still small, but I make money every day now. It will only get better.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two PBS Programs Are A Must See To Understand Gay Experience In America

Gay rights in America have a long way to go.
This week, if you're looking for something fascinating and enlightening on television or to view online, two PBS programs are a must see to understand the Gay experience in America. 


Stonewall Uprising

The first program is part of the American Experience series, which runs regularly on PBS. It is titled "Stonewall Uprising".

This documentary profiles the event that launched the gay rights movement in America - an uprising at the Stone Wall Inn gay bar in New York City in 1969.

In 1969, homosexuality was a crime in all fifty states except Illinois. Being outed as a gay or lesbian person could wind you up in jail, cost you your job, get you thrown out of your dwelling and would also subject you to severe public abuse or even death.

You'll see how the Mafia took over and ran all of the gay bars in NYC, paid off the police and took advantage of its customers.

Being gay in 1969 was dangerous and could have fatal consequences. I highly recommend seeing this show so that you will get a better understanding of how things began in the gay rights movement in America. 1969 was a tumultuous time in America and the tinder was ripe for a spark. Stonewall Uprising is the result and shouldn't be missed.


Anyone and Everyone

Originally produced in 2007 by Susan Polis Schutz, this PBS program profiles a broad spectrum of parents of gay children and their children. It deals with the experience of accepting a gay child. The following came from the Anyoneandeveryone.com website. 


Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in the documentary Anyone and Everyone. In it, filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses. 

The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations. 
"It was so evil and so bad that we almost couldn’t talk about it... You just had the idea it was so terrible that it was unspeakable," said a Mormon mother in the film.

"Having heard all these awful things and what homosexuality was and then having a member of your family, a person that you have seen, a child that you have seen since the child was born, a person that was absolutely wholesome, good, kind, gentle and that put together with the word lesbian didn’t add up," said a hispanic mother.

This film is especially important since up to 26% of gay teens who come out to their parents or guardians are told they must leave home. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, 20-40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Nearly 40% of LGBT (GLBT) students report being physically harassed. In a 2001 Department of Health study of youth in Massachusetts, about 40 percent of gay and lesbian students attempted suicide, compared to about 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.
I could not locate the video on the PBS website or online. Although the Anyoneandeveryone.com site does have a way to acquire the film. I think it is also available on Amazon and eBay. 


Below is the trailer for the video, taken from YouTube.




What touched me most in this film was the Mormon mother's challenge of accepting her gay son. Being a second or third generation Mormon family, this was a big shock to her and to her husband. However, the way they proceeded with such logic, grace, reasoning and love is worth the time to watch this program.

A line the Mormon mother offered best summed up the gay experience. "It's not about sexuality. It's about how we love. ... What people do in their bedroom is their own business, but everyone needs someone to go to the pharmacy to pick up medication, everyone needs someone to share the popcorn with, everyone needs someone to grow old with, everyone needs and should have the right to love."

We still have a long way to go in America to grant the gay community the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. There is still a lot of hate and misunderstanding. If you're confused or have questions, I recommend these two PBS programs. They are a must see to understand the Gay experience in America.


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PBS American Experience: Stonewall Uprising 
Anyoneandeveryone.com

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Facebook Protection Of Marriage Page Hacked. Hysterics Ensued.

Louis J. Marinelli
On Saturday, April 23, 2011 a Facebook protection of marriage page was hacked and hysterics ensued. What is interesting is what is going on in the aftermath.

Saturday, I spotted on my Facebook News Feed the One Man, One Woman Fan Page, and there were dozens and dozens of comments. What was causing all the ruckus? The photo for the page had been changed to a picture of the owner of the page with the headline: Everyone Should Be Allowed To Marry. Join me. 

At the time, people were speculating that the page was hacked. Comments were fast and furious.

"I didn't sign up for this."
"You are representing something fraudulent"
"I'm dropping my membership to this page."
"How dare you."
"Calm down. The page was hacked"
"I think this is scam."
"I'll never support gay marriage"
There was a lot of anger and confusion in the comments.

Today, while researching this post, it turns out that the owner of the page, Louis J. Marinelli is actually behind the sudden change of the core message on the page. Today, there is a new photo, too. (Shown above)

I'm not quite sure if Marinelli came out of the closet. But it is very clear that he has chosen to support marriage equal rights.

I don't know how many people defected from the page, but it still has over 282,000 fans. And something very odd is happening on that page.

Visitors to the page who have left posts on the wall are very supportive - and they're not all gay, lesbian or bi. Even the very religious are showing compassion.

This incident's initial reaction shows how virulent the prejudice is to gay, lesbian and bi individuals in our society. Homophobia still reigns. It will probably never go away, just like we will always have racism and violence toward women and children.

None of the above are right or just.

If you would like to join the conversation, you can search Facebook for:
Protection of Marriage: One Man, One Woman or try this link.
Initially, it looked like the Facebook Protection of Marriage page was hacked. Hysterics did ensue. But compassion followed. Maybe that is what we can settle for as progress.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cooking With Habanero Peppers Is Economical, Spicy And Dangerous

Habanero Peppers add economical heat to dishes.
With the high cost of everything these days, any place you can save a few bucks is a good place to go. The next time you want a little extra heat in your food, look for the bright orange Habanero peppers. Watch out, cooking with Habanero peppers is economical, spicy and dangerous.

I love food that has a kick to it. I regularly use yellow Hungarian hot peppers or Jalapeno peppers in dishes that I cook. But pound for pound, those peppers are getting expensive.

Where I shop, all of the peppers are $3.99/pound. I make a large kettle of rice or pasta on a weekly basis and want it to have some heat. Using the Hungarian peppers provides heat, if you use enough of them. The same applies to the Jalapeno peppers. Habanero peppers are tiny and just a few will pack more punch than a pound of the other two peppers.

The heat in peppers is rated on the Scoville Scale. Jalapeno peppers and Tabasco have a rating of about 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Hungarian peppers are slightly less piquant.

Habanero peppers have a rating of 100,000 to 580,000 SHU. Police grade pepper spray is around 5,000,000 SHU.

For pennies, you can add a few Habaneros to a dish and get lots of fire. But be careful when you are preparing the peppers.

In all peppers, the seeds and veins of the peppers contain the majority of the heat. You can remove the seeds and veins to tame a pepper down - but we're looking for economical heat here - so leave them in.

If you have very delicate skin, you may consider wearing surgical latex gloves when cutting up Habanero peppers. If you do not wear protection, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands for several minutes with warm water and soap after handling chopped Habanero peppers. A quick splash and rinse will not remove the oils from your skin.

If you are sauteing the peppers with onions or garlic, be very cautious about the steam and vapors rising from the pot. You can burn your eyes, nostrils and lungs. Sounds fun, doesn't it? ;)>

Heat from peppers tends to increase the longer they are cooked. It will permeate the dish with more intensity as time goes on, too.

Even though my concoctions are a bit dangerous to prepare, everyone that loves heat loves these dishes.

I've used Habaneros in a dish I prepare that is brown rice, onions, garlic, Habaneros, lemon zest and juice, white Hominy, peas, yellow corn, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. It's fabulous.

I've also used the Habaneros with my basic red sauce - Large can of tomato sauce, large can of tomato puree, one or two cans of tomato paste, garlic, onions, oregano, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add a can of water for each can of tomato products you put in the pot. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or more. Oh, is this good.

If you're looking for a way to cut back on your food budget, cooking with habanero peppers is economical, spicy and dangerous. Don't go potty until you've washed your hands - over and over and over. FYI - it can be real bad... :(

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Fundamentalist Christians Need To SHUT UP

The Bible is completely factual to Christian Fundamentalists..
Fundamentalist Christians are on the far right of the spectrum classified as Christianity.  They believe The Bible is inspired by God and it is a literal and factual account of the beginning of the universe, mankind and history. I don't care that those are their beliefs. What I care about is the way they disperse their message and that is why Fundamentalist Christians Need To SHUT UP!

A person's belief system, whether it includes a deity or not, is developed over long periods of time, either through a lifetime of inculcation or through a process of thought and reasoning. These beliefs are held deeply by the believer and often carry strong emotional feelings. On Monday, I wrote Angry Atheists Act Like Childish Bullies, which profiled a minority of Atheists who use condescending language and bullying tactics to attack those that believe in a God.

Christianity has their own version of the Angry Atheists. At the far end of the spectrum are the followers of the Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kansas. This small cult-like sect of "Christians" are most well-known for their hatred of homosexuality and vile protests at military funerals. Most of the congregation of the church are members of the Phelps family. In 2007, the church was estimated to have about 71 members. Even with its miniscule size, I've seen the Angry Atheists use these mutants as examples of Christian Fundamentalists. Granted, this group is the worst of the worst, but they differ from traditional Christian Fundamentalists in the level of rage they project and the amount of publicity they receive.

Now that we've marked the outer reaches of Christian Fundamentalism, let's take a few steps toward the center.

Traditional Christian Fundamentalists are completely driven by The Bible. Every word came directly from God and it is true and accurate - from creation through the book of Revelations.

Let me agree with that concept for just a moment. If The Bible is completely factual, then we are the progeny of inbreeding. After Cain killed Abel, he would have had to marry his sister or produce offspring through his mother, Eve - which would make her a pedophile. The Bible only gives us a handful of pieces to construct the puzzle. Got any other suggestions?

If God created the world in seven days, the first question would be, "What is a DAY to God?" Is it the 24-hour period that we know today?

God also created everything during that week - sun, earth (Initially a board game, which later became round), animals, plants, man and woman.

Based on that account, there seem to be a few things missing.

I think to clear up the situation is to include the rarely discussed missing book of The Bible - Fun Games For The Future.

Fun Games For The Future includes a series of games that God created for us to play down the chronological line. Some of these games include:

Paleontology - This is a fun global scavenger hunt that God created for us. He hid the bones and fossilized remains of a pantheon of critters in sea beds, rock formations and prairie lands. To make the game more exciting, God placed marine fossils high above sea level. I know it sounds crazy, but with God anything is possible. God didn't forget the kids, he included dinosaurs, so that the toy aisle at Wal-Mart could have plenty of Chinese made plastic toys for your child's enjoyment.

If you like Paleontology, you'll love its complementary games, Anthropology and Archeology. You can even get all three games as a box set.

Anthropology deals with the people that lived before Adam and Eve. Crazy but true. It shows how they made tools from sticks and rocks, lived in caves, created drawings on the walls and eventually invented cookware. (Copies and modern versions are available at Williams and Sonoma.)

Archeology is a fun game that has you search for people and societies that predated Adam and Eve. It even has a game mode called, The Search For Noah's Arc. No one has ever completed this mode. But you can try and find the great ship.

There are other games with even greater complexity - Astronomy, Fall of The Flat Earth, Microbiology, Physics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Physics and more.

In Astronomy, your job is to save Galileo. He was a heretic, you know. You're equipped with telescopes and you get to try to play Pin The Tail On The Center Of The Universe. I'll blow the ending - It's not YOU or our earth.

You'll just have to take my word on the other games. I'm sure you can find them at universities, libraries, book stores and even at Wal-Mart.

Yes, I've been mocking the Fundamentalist Christian's denial of the facts. However, I do respect The Bible.

An interesting read is Cosmic Codes - Hidden Messages From The Edge Of Eternity by Dr. Chuck Missler. He is a world renowned cryptographer. The U.S. Government has used him in times of war to decode encrypted messages produced by our enemies. Missler's book attempts to demonstrate that there are encrypted messages sprinkled throughout The Bible and there may have been a design or designer to The Bible - giving credence to the idea that The Bible was inspired by God. I can see his point.

However, to me, The Bible is a collection of stories that are designed to teach lessons. They are not CNN factual and should not be interpreted that way. In my view, science and The Bible can coexist.

You have to understand the context of when The Bible was written and who it was written for.

When I was in the advertising business, there was a tenet we adhered to: Know your audience. 

Another phrase I learned as a copywriter was: Don't use inside lingo on the outside world. 

If you're trying to market an idea to a person, you have to know and understand that person and then speak to them in a language that they are capable of comprehending. Considering that the majority of the people of Old Testament times were functionally illiterate, history was passed on orally, writing was in its nascent stages and the printing press was a long way from being invented, The Bible could not be a profound scientific thesis on the origin of the universe and mankind - no one would have had the capacity to understand it.

Imagine that The Bible's Book of Genesis was inspired to read like this: "In the beginning, I Am took hydrogen and carbon atoms several billion years ago and formed matter. Then, the matter was accelerated at the speed of light and energy was produced." The author would have been lost at the "Hy" in hydrogen, and The Bible would have read, "God says Hi. The End."

Like I said, I respect The Bible, but I don't believe in its literacy. However, I am a bit confounded by The Bible in the fact that there is an Old Testament, a New Testament and then nothing. I wrote about it in God, Where Are You? No Sightings Since Jesus Left .

I really don't care if Fundamentalist Christians want to believe that The Bible is literal and the world is only 5,000 or 10,000 years old. I have a friend that decided to become a Viking and worship the Norse gods. Oden is his guy. He can believe that, too.

What irks me and a lot of other people about Fundamentalist Christians are two things:
  1. They try to shove their beliefs down your throat
  2. They feel they have the right to judge everyone who does not believe as they do. 
Everyone's walk in life is different. We all have different influences. Just look at Christianity as a whole. One Jesus produces hundreds of denominations and sects that are all supposedly using the same book as the others. Christians can't even agree on what is The Way. Mix in the Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses (which I wrote about), Seventh Day Adventists - the list goes on and on - each with their own interpretation.

However, the Christian Fundamentalists are the most annoying. Believe what you want, but SHUT UP.

Number two on my list is the one that grates me and everyone else the most - judging.

I believe that God is the only judge - ONLY. You have no right to tell someone that they are going to Hell. In the case of Atheists, you're totally wasting your breath because they don't believe in Hell. So it would be better for those of you that feel compelled to judge to say to an Atheist, "You're going to Wal-Mart." That might strike the fear of God into them and you might get better results with your militant proselytizing.

Christian Fundamentalists do not preach the word of love that Jesus did. They preach the word of righteousness - they are right and if you're not with them, then you're WRONG!

Not a good way to attract believers. You know what they say about attracting more bees with honey than with vinegar? Well, that's wrong, too. Bees are attracted to the scents of flowers and inadvertently pick up pollen and then they MAKE honey. They're not attracted to it. But people say that all the time. [I've just been informed that the saying is "Attracting flies to honey." And I'm wrong. Who wants flies, anyway?]

Angry Atheists are a product of zealous Christians. Constant beatings with the Good Book don't make for friendly exchanges. Denial of scientific facts cause frustration, too. But I'm not about to stop anyone from believing whatever they want. I think I speak for many people, we're tired of people knocking at our door or passing judgment on us in comments on Facebook and Twitter. (Atheists can back down a bit, too.) Leave the judging to God and quietly practice your faith.

Let people find their own paths and worry more about where you are walking than the steps of others, and that is why Fundamentalist Christians need to SHUT UP.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Angry Atheists Act Like Childish Bullies

From an Atheist Blog. That's funny.
Some of our greatest thinkers, scientists, writers, poets, musicians and artists are or were Atheists. They made incredible contributions to mankind and their beliefs were not part of their identity. On the web, however, there are pockets of Atheists that identify themselves as "free thinkers" or "humanists" and they are a very intolerant, acerbic lot. These angry atheists act like childish bullies

On the Saturday before Easter, I had an especially amusing "discourse", if you want to call it that, with a handful of Atheists on Twitter. It went on for hours and brought a lot of traffic to this blog. I'll explain more in a minute. Right now, though, I'll give you a little history of my involvement with Atheists and Atheism on the web.

About three years ago, I was doing some research for a Bible study class I was taking. I stumbled upon a list titled "50 Reasons Why God Doesn't Exist" - it turned out to be eight reasons, just rewritten differently.

This list led me to a site call: "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?" (WWGHA) There, I signed up for the forum.

On my first visit, I learned that you better wear Teflon if you plan on sticking around. Just being identified as a Christian provoked quite a bit of wrath from the more vocal members in the forum.

I also learned that if I was going to come back, I better do my homework. Many of the regulars on this forum were former priests, ministers or deeply religious individuals. They knew their Bible and Bible history very well. You could not be naive about the Bible or its history and last more than five seconds in this forum. So, it forced me to study. I had to get up to speed, just to stand up for a day.

One of the first things I observed in this forum was that any mention of the word "faith" totally discredited you. Faith was a four-letter word there. And you were going to hear, "PROVE IT," over and over and over, again. Harsh mocking was also part of this non-theistic stew.

Ironically, there were a number of very well educated Christians that hung out in this forum on a daily basis. It was interesting to watch two highly educated people on different ends of the spectrum duke it out for an hour. In the end, the Atheists always seemed to turn the argument into personal attacks, degrade their opponent, mock him and then ignore him.

I saw this pattern repeat itself over and over for a period of six months or so.

During the half year I hung around that forum on a daily basis, there were some very fascinating discussions. Physicists and Thermodynamics experts were the most interesting. The number one questions was about the origin of the universe. How do you get something from nothing? And if there is a God, who created him?

When the brilliant scientists were engaged in a serious debate, there was no mocking or taunting by even the most crude of the participants in the forum. This was heady stuff and we all knew it was a privilege to be witness to it.

But once the geniuses left their computers, the hecklers and bullies returned to prominence.

Unfortunately, the geniuses were busy being geniuses and didn't spend as much time in the forum as I would have liked. Narcissistic, single-minded "free thinkers" just waited for new Christians to show up and then beat them to a pulp.

Isn't there something in the "Humanistic Code" about respecting other people? There is, but then the Humanistic Code also nullifies that by later saying don't believe in superstition - in other words, squash the believers.

After six months of participating in this forum, I had had enough. Watching these "free thinkers" pound singular ideas and nit-pick details to death, and then virtual high-fiving each other after they had killed another Christian was really boring. I had to go. It seemed like childish behavior in a schoolyard, not a forum of intellectual debate. And I left a message to that effect and canceled my account in the forum. 

Now... we've finally made it to this past Saturday.

I wrote a post titled: Easter, A Time To Reflect on Jesus - Even For Atheists. It had the following opening paragraph:
This Sunday on Easter, Christians all over the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Whether Jesus is your Savior or you think the Jesus story is like the Cat In The Hat, you should still take time to reflect about the message the story of Jesus tells - even for atheists.
I thought the message had mass appeal.

As usual, I shared my post on Facebook and then sent out a tweet on Twitter with hashtags of #Atheism #God #Christian #Jesus and a few others.

The next thing I know is I'm being attacked by this woman from England on Twitter - @.

Her first questions were about me proving that Jesus existed. I replied by saying that Jesus was mentioned by a historian of his time. I was referring to the writings of Josephus. Another Twitter-based Atheist @ chimes in that Josephus wrote about Jesus over 20 years after Jesus supposed death. "Still no proof of your Jesus" both of these two hurled at me.

First off, I wasn't trying to prove or disprove the existence of Jesus. I wasn't trying to convert anyone. I was trying to promote a blog post about Jesus' message of "love one another" and leave it at that.

No, it wasn't going to end there. @ started grilling me over and over, "Why did you lie that Josephus was from Jesus time?" "Why do you use lies to promote yourself?" "Why are you so dishonest?" "Why do you have to lie?" She would not let up.

I kept repeating, "That was not my point. And I don't care."

Each time I replied to her and to @, however, I included the link to my blog post and used the Twitter hashtags of #Atheism #Atheist #God and others. Hits to my blog soared. There's nothing like a good fight on the Internet to draw a crowd, and I knew that. (Let that be a lesson to you Internet marketers - controversy and conflict cause interest a la Charlie Sheen) So, I kept saying, "I don't care, just read my blog [LINK]" "Believe what you want [LINK]" "Take your meds [LINK]"

This exchange went on for an hour or two. @ would say that she was using me to prove her point. I told her I was using her to get traffic to my blog. Only two other Atheists ever joined the fray to support her, but I got hundreds of hits on my blog that I probably would not have gotten if it weren't for this crazy lady in England. Thank you.

When I told her the hits on my blog were soaring, she said I was scum for driving people to my "e-begging site" - hilarious.

With all the hits to that post, I expected the comments to be full of degrading remarks and insults. But there weren't ANY comments. Lots of visitors, but not one comment. Sunday, a regular visitor to my blog who has commented before left something and wrote of his Atheism. I replied to him with dignity and respect. Not something I was getting from @ or @.

I don't know how long @ has had her Twitter account, but she has about 1,600 followers and she's made over 38,000 tweets. Yes, that's right THIRTY-EIGHT THOUSAND. I guess she's engaged in this kind of activity quite a bit.

She finally said, "I've used you enough today" - as if she was the victor. Ha! @ picked up where she left off.

I started to tire of his repetition when he was hoping that if I ever have children that I raise them to be free thinkers and not believe in lies. I wished him good luck and told him to work on his typing and spelling because his spelling was awful. To which he replied:
@ well just shows your caring and selective sharing side I have dyslexia Good by you intolerant bigot XXX (<<< probably ASS, censured by Twitter)
And my reply to him was:
@ I'm bipolar, have Anxiety disorder and I have ADD... and I'm blind in one eye. Thanks for the bigot comment. nice.
Brits like the word bigot whenever you piss them off.

I learned a long time ago, if you have to resort to calling the other person names in a discussion, you've already lost the argument. I've been called a lot of names by Atheists. Atheists love to label you, too.

One of the favorites of @ was that I was a CREATIONIST - Oooooh... you're hurting me. LOL.

To top it all off, @ put me on five lists of hers. This is hilarious. I'm now on her lists:
@RosaRubicondior/creationist-simpletons
@RosaRubicondior/ignorant-proud-of-it
@RosaRubicondior/liars4money
@RosaRubicondior/condescending-bigot
People who pretend to be superior by talking down, using religion as their excuse.

Hey, there's that BIGOT compliment again.

The only condescending remark I made the entire time was to tell her to take her medications a couple times. And we're talking about and exchange of a couple hundred tweets from each of us. Who was condescending and bigoted? You decide. I'm just the messenger. And Jesus did say, "Love one another" - even if you think it is a fairy tale.

In the end, my Saturday on Twitter wasn't much different than the days of "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?" Angry atheists act like childish bullies - and I'm sticking to it.

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You Just Have To Watch It. Absolutely Incredible !!!!!