So, I've also been meaning to take a minute and summarize/recap our drama of last week for you all.
I will never, ever leave you all hanging with something like that. My loyalty lies with you but I know in being the awesome friends that you are, that if I need to do something that inconveniences you as readers to make life easier, you'll roll with it knowing I'll be back with the 4-1-1.
So I was posting on a drama-filled thread about Sarah Palin in an online community I hang out in. There was some good discussion happening. There was also a few passionate supporters of hers whose main defenses of their candidate ranked up there with classics like:
1.) You ASSume (fill in whatever you don't want to hear here, regardless of proof)...this is a favorite. It's so clever, calling someone an ass along with insulting them for assuming something. It never gets old, trust me.
2.) You (and/or your whole political party) are crazy/a nut job/baby killers/here's your tinfoil hat/etc. This works for just about any question or speculation anyone may have.
3.) I don't have to answer that and/or "Well, what about Clinton?"
Needless to say, it was an entertaining and lively discussion albeit a frustrating one.
Well, one of Palin's more passionate fans remembered that I had mentioned working for a newspaper and decided since I worked for a media company, I should be neutral at all times, and that it was her personal responsibility to email my boss and let her know that I have opinions on my off time and that they are offensive to her.
So of course it became a big drama on that site, here, and on another blog about various mama drama (yes, there's enough online mama drama to fill a whole blog...and then some).
Now, the problem with debating with people who are really passionate is that they also have a lot of time to dedicate to their crusades. Like, a lot a lot. A lot more time than your average un-passionate person has to be involved in crusades. Therefore, in the interest of letting three different divisions get back to their work day, even after everyone decided that I was indeed allowed to have opinions on my own time, I decided to just eliminate all conversation about it, hopefully enabling the crusader (and everyone else) to move on to their next mission.
I hate deleting anything, particularly because it deletes your comments automatically and I don't want to waste your time by deleting your content here. Or leaving you to wonder what the heck was going on. So I do apologize for that but it was the easiest solution at the time.
Everything is fine now though. I've got to say that it was really nice to feel such support from everyone. Even people that couldn't stand me thought it was pretty reprehensible to email my boss regarding my personal political opinions and all websites involved were helpful in ending the conversation.
To prevent any further confusion, I've added the following graphic signature to all of my posts there and will probably put it up here soon too:
I think it will help tremendously. I think my intelligence and ability to properly place commas confuses people and misleads them to think that I'm the Tim Russert or Tom Brokaw of parenting forums, when really, I'm just a mom too.
And I'm allowed to be an annoying pain in the ass just like everyone else.