i’m alive, and hey! thank you!! :)

Sorry it’s been quiet around here … I’ve been fighting the NyQuil hangover with a DayQuil stupor and nobody’s winning. Add a couple of projects at home (ask me about how long it took me to re-install Photoshop!) and I’m a useless heap for the most part.

However, I did want to take a minute to thank The Center for Consumer Freedom for featuring a link to my post on the hippo ad under their breaking news section on their front page. πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking that, Mr. (or Ms.) Web Master. I’m just one kid out here fighting the good fight … the fight for my right to stuff myself full of tasty, tasty McDonald’s french fries and not sue a single damn person for it. Thanks for letting other people see your work in action in Metro DC.

In other breaking news: Dad goes home (for good) in seven to 10 days!!!! I can’t even believe it. I never would have thought it would be this soon, but I’m thankful. He went to New Martinsville for a home visit today and Mom took him around to all of his favorite places and it seemed to be just what he needed.

More later in a live report … I’m hoping to scam myself a visit to Ragtime in Arlington tomorrow to watch the WVU-Marshall game (which I absolutely, positively REFUSE … you hear me? REFUSE … to call the Friends of Coal Bowl). They’re the only people in the area showing it, I think. And I want to be around like-mindeds. I need to watch this game with fans.


17 Responses to “i’m alive, and hey! thank you!! :)”

  1. September 27, 2008 at 11:40 am

    The Center for Consumer Freedom doesn’t care about consumers or about freedom. They only care about the industries that fund them (ie. meat, dairy, alcohol, etc.).

  2. 2 girlofwords
    September 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Are you going to actually provide substance to your argument this time or did you just want to do another hit and run?

  3. September 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    It’s ok, JJ, Tracy is just jealous that she’s not breaking much news anywhere.

  4. 4 girlofwords
    September 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Yes. And after four hours, I see she hasn’t made it back to defend herself.

    All I want is a simple, concise, to the point answer about the question I posed the first time Her Holiness descended upon my page: What’s unethical about an organization that promotes you, the consumer, making your own choices about your life and you, the consumer, accepting the responsibilities for such choices.

    It’s just such a tired, tired tactic. Show up, type something to the effect of “you’re wrong!”, stick your virtual tongue out and run away. I mean, I don’t go to her blog (and by the looks of her comments, nobody else does either) and drop a “PETA is misleading because they allege they care about animals, but they don’t really” and run away. That would be lame.

    People like her aren’t interested in having a discussion. They’re interested in being preachy without rational fact to back it up. I’d delete her comments, but I think it’s better to leave them up there so people can see that she’s really just vapid and empty.

  5. September 28, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Love your comments godub. I have re-read both posts and you’re right. If you’re gonna throw something out there as a contradiction, have the decency to provide supports to your stance. Tacky.
    Oh, and remind me never to enter into a verbal war with you. Your articulation is incredible.

  6. September 28, 2008 at 11:53 am

    GoDub, your blogger profile keeps getting higher and higher. How long before you become a talking head on cable-news channels? πŸ™‚ I suspect the only reason Tracy posts on your blog is to get people to go back and read her blog, so I think you’re right in asserting that she’s not really interested in defending her position. You, on the other hand, passed the Robert-Duvall-cranky-editor-test, in you did your job researched the organization before supporting them. Michael Keaton just may call to offer you a job in New York πŸ™‚


  7. 7 girlofwords
    September 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Erin: Thanks. πŸ™‚ All I want is some backup to “You’re wrong.” If I got that, I’d be pie.

    TW: That talking-head thing may not be as far away as I’d hope. And if I could go to work every day with Robert Duval as my editor, I’d be STOKED. That’s be awesome. We could go on the roof and smoke cigarettes.

  8. September 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm


    Does that mean you’ll be taking over the Fox News gig? Don’t worry, you can handle Bill O’Reilly πŸ™‚

    Pardon this ADD-sufferer for not responding to the excellent news about your dad. I meant to do so earlier, but got distracted as I was writing my comment. Here’s hoping for his continued improvement…

    p.s. I thought Brandon was the smoker in the household πŸ™‚

  9. September 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    No problem! πŸ™‚ Yeah, not this coming weekend, but next weekend, I think he’ll be home!! SO exciting!!

  10. September 28, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    You can read about the Center for Consumer Freedom here:


    The group began when it received money from Philip Morris to spin the danger of cigarette smoking. It then ventured to other industries, like the meat, dairy, alcohol, anti-union, and payday loan industries.

    From The San Francisco Chronicle in July:

    CBS’ “60 Minutes” last year called the center’s director, Richard Berman, a “hired gun.” In an editorial, USA Today suggested that the group should change its Web address from ConsumerFreedom.com to FatforProfit.com.

    I certainly support consumer freedom. But consumers need to know all the facts, so they can make informed decisions. What the CCF does is distort and spin facts. In fact, Berman said in a 1999 interview that his strategy is “to shoot the messenger. … We’ve got to attack their [activists’] credibility as spokespersons.”

    If you search for “CCF” on my hardly read blog, you’ll find several posts with more information.

  11. 11 girlofwords
    September 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    No, I mean, I get all that. I get how they are hired guns just like PETA is nothing more than hired guns. But the bottom line, the overriding theme of everything, is that I can’t fault anybody for telling you to take responsibilities for your own actions. I can’t get on board with someone having the right to sue over making crappy choices and eating horrible food, getting really fat and then seeking the court to remedy the situation, and there’s entirely too much of that.

  12. September 29, 2008 at 10:25 am

    > What the CCF does is distort and spin facts.

    Hey, Tracy, does this fact-spinning make me look fat?

    > If you search for β€œCCF” on my hardly read blog,

    The words “hardly read blog” illustrate the true reason for your posts to this widely-read blog…


  13. 13 girlofwords
    September 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I just laughed out loud at “does this fact-spinning make me look fat?”

  14. September 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I know! That TW can be pretty clever, can’t he.

  15. October 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    GoDub and Erin, I just noticed your responses to my fact-spinning comment; I’m very proud of that little bit of cleverness, so thanks πŸ™‚


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