That's why I like it here...I feel like it's less annoying when I vent here because people can choose to skip over it
One of my cousins mentioned to me in an e-mail that she watches the Sarah Palin show so I replied that I didn't think anyone would watch it. I think it bothered her b/c she came back with a statement like "she may not be ready to run the country just yet but any retard could do it if Obama can." So, I said, "yeah, GWB proved that." She came back with "Um, OK."
Political stuff gets ugly really fast, doesn't it? The same cousin posted about how guns don't kill people and all but I just don't really think me posting anything back to that would do anything but make people angry.
I did post that I'm glad I live in a country where most people don't have guns...and I am!
Don't even get me started!!!
I have my brother to talk to and I tell him everything. He is my best friend and I know I could call him 50 times a week if I needed to. I'm lucky for that.
I was just thinking the other day that one thing I hate about facebook is how I have to see what some of my friend's political views are and I wish I didn't know in a lot of cases because I can't help it. It bugs me when I see people ripping on stuff that I care about and I know we'd never have that conversation with them in real life so would likely never know if there wasn't this public broadcasting of it on facebook. I actually unfriended a few people that weren't technically "friends" anyway when all that bs came out about universal health care and the woman who came into the er with nice clothes and gold teeth on medicaid.
I have this little boy in my daycare that keeps telling Savana and Kai that when you die you go to the devil. Then he elaborates on if you lie you go to the devil, if you don't listen to your mom you go to the devil. I HATE it. So much. It makes my heart hurt for the little boy and makes me angry that my kids have to hear that crap when they just lost their grandma that they were very close to. Savana asked me what the devil was and I told her he's a fake monster, just like monsters in the books we read. Then she said, Oh, so when you die you don't go there right? Like grandma just went in the ground, back to the earth.
Stash, way to go mama! Are you doing weight watchers? I am really nervous about getting my body back after this pregnancy. More than I'm willing to admit.
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I agree with you, Bridget, about the politics on FB; I'd rather not see people's opinions.
And that's really sad about that little boy and the whole devil thing. I bet your kids wonder why he would think such a thing!
I don't really know too many conservatives IRL.....even most of the Christians I know are more towards the left than the right. I just have a couple of friends on the right. One of which I'm just feeling awful for today. We have known each other since like age 12/13 and while not a close friend, someone that I would FB with regularly. Her house burned down yesterday and her one daughter and her husband had to get out via a second story window. Both her girls are younger, like 3 and 5 or 4 and 6...something like that. I guess that husband and her and the girls are ok but I haven't heard about their pets. She's a nice person and I feel awful for what they are going through....
I post political stuff on FB all the time. I think a maybe half my posts are political rants. Sorry.
Unfortunately I have virtual 'friends' who are ideologically in opposition to me, and they like to to try to debate with my posts. And I know I'm going to sound like a complete a$$hole, but I honestly wish they'd just de-friend me instead because their comments are embarrassing to me. I've had IRL life friends email me and say "What's up with XXX on your friends list defending prop 8?" and I have to explain that I know them from APA. One IRL friend said "Ohhhh... that conservative baby site you belong to, right?"
ETA: if any of you want to be my FB friend and post political rants: have at it: http://www.facebook.com/people/Molly...00001443346531
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Cool, I sent you a request.
I posted on facebook about how I heard my husband playing the guitar and singing a song to Travis to get him to sleep the other night. I wondered what it was because it sounded really pretty...it was just a song he was making up about Travis and Cash...it was so sweet! You should hear how Travis says guitar...it's like "gi ah." So English this kid.
I don't know why, but it makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who has not been open with therapists. For some reason I've been carrying that around with me for a long time. Thanks, guys.
And I definitely share more here than I do IRL with anyone other than DH or sometimes my sister. The good thing is, I can rant about DH and my sister here when I need to, too! And I never need to rant about you guys (at least the girls in this thread!)
I admit I stay FAR.AWAY from politics on Facebook. I lean fairly conservative on some issues and liberal on others so I have friends on both extremes of the political spectrum and I just don't like to debate with IRL friends. I'm afraid they'll think differently of me. But what I really hate is that my mother has shifted her political views radically, and she insists on making stupid, sound-bite comments to me that I can easily refute, but I don't want to do so because I try SO HARD to keep politics out of my family. Except for DH and I - we love to discuss politics with each other and even when we disagree we have a great discussion. It's strange about my mom, though - when I was a child she wouldn't have agreed with the things I hear her saying now. It's just very strange.
Silverstar, I hope you do get to go home soon. You deserve it.
Me (38) DH (45) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12
silverstar, if I find you on Molly's friends list, I'll send you an invite too. Apologies if you already explained this, but how did you come to live in the UK? I lived in Brighton very briefly - about 10 months - but still have some of the bestest friends in the world in London now that I know from that time. It's nice to have pub buddies on that side of the pond (and not having to pay for a hotel is nice I must admit). Do you notice people doing your American accent back at you, and does it sound kind of Southern when they do it?
I do post political stuff. Mostly, it's preaching to the choir, but even with some of my most liberal friends, I do get into it sometimes just because we can't agree on everything. But the debate is fun, and sometimes one of us actually learns something. I did say something to a mom who posted that stupid joke praying for Obama's death. She took it way harder than she had to and took down her post and then sent me tons of PMs to make sure we were still friends. I just want people to be capable of defending what they say if they're gonna post it, not remove it altogether and act like it was some great gesture to keep the peace. I wasn't gonna bite anyone's head off. When my BIL got into it with me about the GZ "mosque", he couldn't say anything factual or logical - just that he had some "special knowledge" from his "unbiased" news sources which he didn't cite, and that it's all about gut anyway. I told him he'd better check his gut with reality if he was gonna use it to mistreat a group, reduce their freedoms or otherwise hang them in the court of public opinion. He never responded directly, but linked me to some unconvincing editorials to make his case for him. When I sent him my response to the editorials, he stopped posting back to me altogether. Imagine my dismay when I pulled his name for the Secret Santa exchange this year. LOL.
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If it's political I'll check out factcheck.org to determine how accurate a story is, as well as the politician's own web site if applicable. If something is going on, like the Balloon Boy incident, I'll watch it on CNN.
I was so exhausted I actually took a considerable nap. I haven't slept well all week and I think it all just caught up with me. I was in a ball on 1 couch cushion with my head on the arm, so my neck is pretty stiff. If my brother didn't wake me up, I think I would have stayed there all night. I wouldn't have been able to walk tomorrow, but I wouldn't have woke up on my own!
How is the ipod for navigating here? I find this site too slow and cumbersome to deal with on my BB so I never post from there. Sydney wants an ipod touch for her birthday present but I'm not sure it's worth the money...especially considering we have 7 computers in this house that can connect to the internet and her phone is an mp3 player.
I heart Bill Maher. Sad that we canceled our HBO a couple months ago, but it was tough to justify $20/mo for the few shows we watch on it. Is there a way to watch him online?
Google news is a good tool for getting late breaking stories and seeing how the diff outlets are talking about them. I am a news junkie, so I read sites from HuffPo to the Fox News website, knowing they represent 2 ends of the political spectrum. NYTimes and Washington Post I think have good reporters and editorial boards. The HuffPo sends you to all sorts of other good news sources (though I think their headlines are sensationalizing and that annoys me). For analysis, NPR radio is great, and since I just used my air miles for a subscription to the The Economist, I get good in depth stuff from it too. I don't think I'd ever pay for a subscription, though.
Chrissy, is this a long weekend for you? I hope you get to catch up on sleep.
Where's Bridget? I'm feeling like we could get a birth announcement any second now. You're gonna have a beautiful birth, mama!
Stacy, congrats on the weight loss. You are awesome!
I get pretty much all my news in little snippets from AM radio while I'm commuting. That is, not much and not in depth. Just enough to talk about to my patients and not be a total lump. Then I get more in various pieces and interesting articles from non-news sites like Reddit. I have pretty much not been up on the news since the twins were born. And I'm okay with that. Sometimes I find an interesting story and follow it, but most of the time not.
I alternately hope Bridget has this wonderful peaceful home birth surrounded by candles and soft voices and comes back on to tell us about it a day or two later, but I also kind of picture her changing positions, going from the bed to the bathtub to leaning over a counter and taking a laptop with her and updating us the whole time--which may not be so incredibly peaceful and in tune with the whole natural cycle of birth but MAN I would be so happy with that.
When I use APA on my phone (Droid), I can read posts in certain sections that I really want to keep up on, but it's really hard to reply. It's annoying. I pretty much just check up on things and don't say anything.