THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Sunday, March 17, 2013

FROM SIXTY TO ZERO IN ONE BLOG BIT (Or, UHP! I’M AN IDIOT, AND A “LOSER” TOO!) Part 1 Of 2

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This is Part 1 Of 2:
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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’.”
~ Jesus
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It has hardly been a habit of mine to use my blog installments to publicly criticize other bloggers. In fact, prior to today, I believe I’ve only done that to one other blogger - Loony Leftist Len Hart, author of the blog ‘The Excremental Cowboy’ ‘The Existentialist Cowboy’ : 'The Cowardly Cowboy Speaks But Only “Owns” The F-Word’ (Or, ‘The Existentialist Cowboy Practices Censorship!’)
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But Loony Len was begging for it –  the pseudo-intellectual, F-bomb-tossin’, censorship-lovin’, ten gallon hat-wearin’ Texas Liberal.
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Now, years later, I find myself posting a critical blog bit about another blogger, Susan Shannon (SS) of the blog ‘Short Little Psycho‘Short Little Rebel’ (SLR). Ironically, I have come to think of Susan Shannon as the Conservative equivalent of Leftist Len – two extremists on opposite ends of the spectrum – but both of them tossing irrational barbs at anyone who dares disagree with them, and both of them not hesitating to resort to censorship in order to give the appearance of having vanquished their critics. The difference? Len argues for the Democrats; Susan argues for Jesus.
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It’s no secret that I don’t take a lot of crap from people: I am my Mother’s son and my Brother’s brother. So when Susan Shannon (SS), the Short Little Rebel, suddenly and shockingly turned on me and publicly slandered me, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that THIS blog bit was going to get written. I confess to being only a mediocre follower of Jesus, and when someone hits me, I hit back – and harder.
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Having admitted that, however, I want it clear from the start that this blog bit is only 6.66% (or maybe 66.6%) about revenge; the rest of it is about regaining my credibility by retracting my past praise for SS and distancing myself from her ‘Short Little Rebel’ (SLR) blog. In my recent 3-part series about Christ and Bible Study - an idea inspired by a post on SLR - I highly and prematurely praised SS and suggested that my readers also become her readers. But a couple of my friends said I was not like her. It took me awhile to realize it, but they were right... thankfully.
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Because it struck me as being so rare and refreshing, when I first discovered SS’s SLR blog, I was pleasantly surprised to see she seemed so bold, so fearless in facing off against the Socialists, Communists and God-haters. I was immediately impressed by her ability to silence her critics. Here’s one of the very first comments I submitted to her blog, on the post titled What Does a Christian Sound Like?:
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Stephen T. McCarthy says:
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>> . . . “Even the rough edges that some of us have.”
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Ha! In all honesty I can say that if it weren’t for your “rough edge” I wouldn’t be following your blog. It’s the “rough edge” and the way you handle your critics that makes me come back here to this site.
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One thing I like about you is that you remind me of . . . me. 
: ) No, seriously. I think I may have become so notorious that the Libs won’t even fight with me anymore. *Sniffle* I miss ‘em sometimes.
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Do you know that Tom Petty song ‘I WON’T BACK DOWN’? That’s you (and me) and some of my other favorite followers of Jesus.
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In one of your other comment sections I said I’d be mentioning you and linking to your blog in an upcoming blog series about ‘The Bible And A Reading Plan’. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve already written the part where I mention and recommend your blog (so THIS particular installment of your blog did NOT influence in any way what I will be posting soon), and I essentially said that I like your writing because you ‘don’t sound like a Christian’ – the milquetoast Ned Flanders variety, anyway.
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Stay spunky or lose me.
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~ D-FensDogg
‘Loyal American Underground’
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She replied in a positive, respectful manner... but then I was praising and agreeing with her, right?
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On March 1st, I submitted a comment to the SLR installment Obama Wants Supreme Court To Overturn California’s Gay Marriage Ban- WHY? Later I questioned why my comment had not yet been posted (like I do on my blog, SS has the ‘Comment Moderation’ safeguard activated on her blog), and she responded:
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Stephen, the reason your comment was awaiting approval was the claim that Obama is gay. I wanted to read your link and to do a little research. It’s a compelling article. ... I will leave your comment, however, and let readers make up their own minds.
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Uhp! I’m an idiot! And that’s why her response to me there was only the very first time I got an inkling that something might not be quite right with SS. I did not care for the way she had twisted my comment and I tried multiple times (on various SLR blog bits) to post a correction but I could never get her WordPress blog to accept my submitted comment. (Incidentally, I believe the rejection was due to a buggy system; I never suspected SS of personally rejecting my submitted correction.) Here’s what I was attempting to post on her blog:
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SHORT LITTLE REBEL ~
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>> . . . “Stephen, the reason your comment was awaiting approval was the claim that Obama is gay.”
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“I did not make the claim that Obama is gay.
(Although having seen him throw a baseball, it's difficult not to have a great deal of suspicion about that. OK, that was a joke... sort of.)
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“But I always choose my words very carefully, Susan, and what I said was: "Obama’s support of homosexuality MAY indicate that he himself has a vested interest in it. There is reason to CONSIDER the POSSIBILITY that Obama himself MAY in fact be a homosexual."
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“My statement was not a clear, straight-forward (pun intended) declaration that Obama is gay - unlike the comment Bob Jones made, in which he wrote: "It’s not a very well kept secret that Obama is gay."
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“I myself would not make a statement like "Obama IS gay" until I KNEW he was and believed I had plenty enough evidence to support my knowledge in a serious debate with one of his worshipers.
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“On the other hand . . . I HAVE seen him throw a baseball.”
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Well, I figured SS’s remark was probably just an oversight; that she had simply not read my comment carefully enough and noted how I was implying a possibility rather than making a direct accusation.
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On March 2nd, I posted my 3-part blog bit and the following day, I left a comment on the SLR blog installment Facebook Censors Conservative Speech! There is Another Great Option! in which I said:
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“...the primary reason for this visit is to inform you that the 3-Part blog bit series I mentioned previously, which was inspired by your ‘May I Suggest A Bible & A Reading Plan?’ post, has now been published on my blog. Therein I acknowledge the inspiration I got from your idea and urge my handful of readers to check out your SHORT LITTLE REBEL blog.
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“In case you’re interested in taking a look, below is the URL for Part 1. There’s a link to the next installment in the series at the conclusion of each blog bit. Hopefully some of my readers will begin following your excellent blog as well.”
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Then, while waiting for the Short Little Rebel to acknowledge my post and at least (even if she disagreed with some of my content) say something like “Thanks for the nice compliments and for publicly supporting my blog”, I began responding to the comments left by my friends and my blog’s few ‘Followers’.
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Exhibiting incredible rudeness for a “Christian”, Susan Shannon never left so much as a peep or any indication that she had bothered to read even the first of my 3-part blog bit series.
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Some of my friends, however, having taken my advice (sorry ‘bout that, pals) visited the SLR blog and returned with some unfavorable impressions:
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HeFriend: 
She has some serious unresolved issues; it’s apparent in her posts and comments. ... I think she represents the biggest reason why so many people run away from the Bible, and reject the idea of getting to know Jesus. Who knows, she may be in for a rude surprise come judgment day. ... I don’t think she would understand honest compassion.
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I was greatly surprised by HeFriend’s comments and I replied: “Other than the ‘obvious’, I’m really not sure what the difference is between Short Little Rebel and me. ... I’m a bit mystified by why you seem to dislike her so. But I value your opinion enough to request and consider [more of] it.”
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HeFriend: 
It's amazing how similar [your blogs] are. Almost seems like fraternal twins on the surface. SLR is obviously very intelligent, well-versed, and she puts together an immaculate post. She seems to keep a short leash on her comment section, though. I would have liked to hear some of the comments that she didn't allow just so I could read what she considered unimportant, frivolous, and a waste of her time.
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I don't think of her as "feisty" so much as angry, and self-righteous. In one post, "Jesus Used FaceBook to Rebuke Me", it seems like she had a moment of self-awareness or clarity where she admitted that anger had gotten the better of her. Seems like a recurring theme. It amazes me how such an intelligent person doesn't have the ability to communicate in a manner that could actually further her cause. (If she actually has a cause). She would rather rant about her atheist attacks, or call Facebook or whoever "evil", instead of using her gift and accepting the challenge of stepping out of her comfort zone and actually trying to change the hearts and minds of people who aren't already in her Christian camp. What a wasted opportunity when someone with her ability continually tries to put out fire with gasoline. (Only you can get away with that!)
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It's not dislike; it's more like disappointment. It's her blog, though. Maybe it's just a way for her to vent, or kick up some dust, and nothing more. Admittedly, she's un-humorously entertaining in a way.
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You don't see where there's a whole lot of difference between you and her? Read between the lines. You'll never be like her; you're smart enough to realize that to catch a fish you sometimes have to put a little slack in the line. There's only two people who ever got me to crack open a Bible, and you're one of them. Smart as SLR is, she would never have accomplished that feat.
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I was truly WOWED! by the exceptional compliment from HeFriend (amongst my favorite compliments ever!) Meanwhile a SheFriend submitted some similar opinions:
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SheFriend: 
I tend to agree with HeFriend that often she [Susan Shannon] uses a sledgehammer to get her point across. ... She has a delivery that comes across more like, "This is it and you better believe it, or else". Certainly she stands up for what she believes, but your posts follow more... like, "Let those who have ears to hear, hear". ... She ... is hard to like. ... [S]he does bring up some interesting points, and follows up with good links, but her basic delivery, is... very different from yours.
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I've run into many people in my life who want to use The Bible and particularly the Gospel of Jesus Christ to beat you into submission, rather than open your heart to truth and understanding. BTW, I hope it wasn't a disappointment to you that I wrote that in an email as opposed to a comment. I'm reluctant to leave a public comment where I say something negative about another persons blog. I figure they have the right to say things in any manner they like and I have the right to read or not. Although, I doubt she would ever read those comments, because I doubt she bothers to read the blogs of others. She seems far too self-important for that. Your buddy described her perfectly with two words: ‘angry’ and ‘self-righteous’.
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She's starting to sound  a little crazy along with angry and self-righteous. ... I had not read the SLR post until you directed me there. Looks to me like she's starting to unravel. ... Anyway, she also openly states that she shuts her Facebook account down from time to time to keep liberals 'from pooping on it' (her words not mine). That's also a way to clean up your account and take down comments or discussions you don't like. I recognize there are lots of nuts in the world, but someone like SLR who SEEMS so confident and has ALL of the answers, sure does a lot to keep certain comments and discussions from the eyes of the public.
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Did I say she was hard to like? Add “hard to trust” to that comment also. I'm starting to think that she is someone who is, quite possibly, doing more harm than good to the cause of spreading the Word of God and Truth about the New World Order.
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Uhp! Being an idiot, I still really didn’t get where HeFriend and SheFriend were coming from – I thought SS and I were two birds of a feather. However, I felt a Voice inside me say, “Wait and watch”. So I kept monitoring the SLR blog, reading the posts and comment responses from SS. Meanwhile, I wrote to HeFriend:
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“I have been thinking about what you and my other friend wrote, and I have been reading some of Short Little Rebel's recent posts, and I have been running all of that through the 'Rinse and Spin Cycles' of my mind. ... I WILL be back here again, so please don't give up on me too soon, Brother.”
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Continued in Part Two. For Part Two, click HERE.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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7 comments:

  1. I have a serious for "HeFriend". Where he says "SLR is obviously very intelligent, well-versed, and she puts together an immaculate post."

    What gave him that idea anyway? I read one of her blog posts and it reflected a severe lack of intelligence. It had no sources backing up any of the statistical claims, and was downright plagued with logical fallacies and pseudoscience. Fallacies included but were not limited to: Non sequitur, presupposition, straw man, false association, and circular reasoning.

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    1. ANON ~
      Of course I don't know which SLR blog bit you read, and they probably vary in quality.

      On one hand, HeFriend is a very bright guy (one could not be unintelligent and do what he does for a living), so whichever SLR posts he read must have been fairly well written.

      On the other hand, I feel like I want to side with you, because I can't help asking the question: Just how intelligent could SLR be if she was a Liberal to begin with?

      What I will say with confidence is that SLR is a deceitful woman with a repulsive personality. I am convinced she does more harm to the cause of Christ than she does to promote it.

      By no stretch of the imagination do I believe that her primary interest is in bringing people to God, Christ, and The Holy Bible. I think mainly what she seeks to do is shoot her mouth off, antagonize people, and exercise her massive ego.

      I highly suspect that when Jesus spoke of those who call Him "Lord! Lord!" but who will not be accepted by Him, it is people like SLR that He had in mind.

      It is my belief that she needs to find some humility and some genuine love for God's children in her heart, and soon.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. Oh, poor little boy. I guess I hurt your widdow feelings, huh? Well, any publicity is good publicity. Stephen, As to Jesus, he is on MY side- not yours. Of that, I feel very assured. As to you, what business do YOU have in disrespecting a fellow Christian? And do YOU now know who will go to heaven? Talk about arrogance. I don't claim to know God's will. But... those who are the true arrogant ones seldom see their own hypocrisy. Here is what I have noticed by those who like to criticize my work: all they know how to do is call names. As to the quality of my work, I DO provide links to all my data. If you can't find them, I really can't help you out. What a little child you are. Why don't you put on a pair of big boy pants and get to the business of God. How many of YOUR posts are dedicated to the mission of Christ? I may not be perfect, little man, but I at least have my nose firmly grinding upon the grindstone of Christ. You, on the other hand, are the pot calling the kettle black. You even admit YOU are a big mouthed arrogant SOB. Ah well, what can you do? When you are a public person, you will get critics. Tell you what: we will meet in front of Jesus some day, ok? He will honor me with that. And then, HE will determine between the two of us. I PROMISE you that he will tell you that you did nothing but attempt to bring HIS messenger down. And you will be ashamed of yourself. I await that meeting between us.

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    3. Anonymous, please tell me to which article you refer. No? Yeah, I thought so. So easy to criticize with neat little buzz words. A heck of a lot harder to criticize to the writer's face. Let's hear which article you feel was so lacking in logic. I can't wait to laugh at you.

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    4. SHORT LITTLE PSYCHO ~
      Ha!-Ha! You are hysterically funny! But I mean that in the "Ed Wood" Way. (You know, inadvertent humor; taking yourself deadly seriously while being unintentionally over-the-top loony.)

      Kind of living in the past, aren't you, Sweetie? Like "a year and a half" in the past. I've since moved on - haven't been to your site in ages and had pretty much forgotten all about you... until you just now raised your Short Little Psycho head again.

      Here's what I find so funny:

      >>... As to you, what business do YOU have in disrespecting a fellow Christian?

      >>... Here is what I have noticed by those who like to criticize my work: all they know how to do is call names.

      Oh my, oh my, oh my!

      You dear, little, sweet thing... you are THE QUEEN of criticizing fellow Christians and tossing invective epithets! You "sit as queen" and are "no widow" and you think you "will not see sorrow" (Revelation 18:7).

      Yeah, OK, I'll see you someday in front of Jesus and we'll see what He has to say to us.

      I'll tell you one thing that He will say to YOU that He will NOT say to me...

      He will say you were a liar, a false witness, and as wrong as you could possibly be when you took a comment I submitted to your blog and then altered it to make me seem ridiculous. You edited my comment, completely distorted what I had said, and then posted it on your blog, leading your readers to believe that I had actually written those words. (You know damned well what I'm referring to. I still have in a Word file, somewhere on my computer, what I had actually written, what YOU had changed it to, and a link to where this can be found. You seem to be so "link-happy" here. Well, you better also damned well know that I can provide a link to exactly what I'm talking about here.)

      Oh, that little editing job was SO-OOO "CHRISTIAN" and SO-OOO "BIG" of you, Susan.

      I have NEVER stooped to such a low act against any other blogger. And that's when I washed my hands of you and never looked back. I figured if you couldn't fight fair, and would pass off YOUR OWN WORDS to your readers as if they had been MY WORDS, well, you were a character of vile deceit and no "Christian" by any stretch of my imagination. (I even briefly thought about suing you for slander and for impersonating me in public, but decided you weren't even worth that trouble. Plus, I know what Jesus says about suing others.)

      I never even bothered to tell my general readership what you had done and proved conclusively to everyone how DISHONEST YOU REALLY ARE because, frankly, I just wanted to forget about you as much as possible. And I had been pretty successful at that until you reared up your ugly head again today.

      >>... Tell you what: we will meet in front of Jesus some day, ok? He will honor me with that. And then, HE will determine between the two of us. I PROMISE you that he will tell you that you did nothing but attempt to bring HIS messenger down.

      Yeah, yeah, yeah. What good is a “promise” from someone like you?

      Regarding your comment to “Anonymous”...

      “Anonymous” did not stay around Ferret-Faced Fascists Friends too long. He turned out to be just another Pseudo-atheist (most atheists are in actuality “God-haters”). He tried debating me but fell silent and disappeared after just a few exchanges. That is to say, it was the “same old story, same old song and dance”: He found out that he'd selected the wrong God-loving believer to argue with, gave me the last word, and he left to find easier prey.

      I'm going to go back to not thinking about you again, and I'd appreciate it if you would return the favor regarding me.

      See ya at the foot of Yeshua's throne.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  2. We had a similar issue with her that actually caused significant damage. Would you be willing to discuss this further?

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    1. Hello, NANCY R., if you mean to discuss it here in this comment section, then sure, fire away.

      ~ D-FensDogG

      POSTSCRIPT: You may be aware of this already, but the last I heard, Susan Shannon was involved in a lawsuit where a soldier was suing her for falsely claiming he had raped her (at West Point, I believe). I'm not sure if that's ongoing or has been adjudicated.

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