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Wow, Nothing to Post

August 23, 2012

I’ve been scouring various sites for a couple days, and there’s really nothing out there that interests me to post.  I did have one interesting encounter, so I’ll relate that.

I was perusing my Facebook the other day, reading past all the “I hate Akin, I hope he chokes on someone else’s vomit,” types of posts (and I know you get that…), while trying to find the semi-meaningful news that friends consider important.  I have no real opinion on Akin, by the way.  He’s obviously showed his ignorance in a candid moment, and now he believes that he’s a patriot for fighting for what he believes.  Okay.  He’s got to realize that his actions have unintended consequences and make decisions based on that.  I’m done.

But as I kept going down the list, a friend of mine who had already picked on Akin then posted something to this effect: Free Julian Assange, he’s a patriot.

I couldn’t help myself.  My comment to him, “…who is accused of raping a lady, and is fighting extradition.”  After a couple more (civil) comments back, I got to the point that on one hand, he’s vilifying a person who has a dumb opinion of rape, but glorifying a potential rapist.  To his credit, he admitted the contradiction, and I believe he’s really going to think about it.

I don’t often win impromptu arguments, especially on Facebook, and I really don’t like challenging friends (and this person is a legitimate friend with many great memories) just because I feel I have superior values or logic or whatever.  I just thought it interesting that an agreement or disagreement with a particular set of values/actions leads people to defend what they would otherwise find indefensible.  I’m sure I’ve done it in the past, so I’ll not claim high ground.  That said, what’s with us humans that we can’t see things like this clearly?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2012 5:49 pm

    apparently you missed the comment by an ex-coworker who posted a “funny” photo from a woman friend that said “if you don’t have a _____ then you can have an opinion about reproductive rights”….lovely. I don’t even know how to respond to it because it was vile and vulgar language and any comment from me would play into the vulgarity…seriously – ew

    • August 27, 2012 7:33 pm

      I probably wouldn’t have the, um, vegetables to comment on it. I’ll stick with my little victories.

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