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du thread ^ | May 4, 2012 | self

Posted on 05/04/2012 10:15:31 AM PDT by lacrew

After 283 Posts at DU, I have been Tombstoned.

I used the same username I have here, and have generally tried to be argumentative, rude,…and educational. Alas, I have been found out. The last straw was abortion…and let’s face it, most of modern liberal philosophy revolves around abortion. So, I flew too close to the sun, and my wings have melted.

I really thought I could gently nudge people on DU in the right direction. But what I found is a group of immature and emotionally damaged children, constantly craving for attention and an idol who will ‘make it all better’. Yet, they are very dangerous. What did I learn:

1. No logic skills. Any attempt at thoughtful discussion, or bringing facts into an argument will immediately be dismissed. DU posters will disengag, with epithets and other dismissive ‘I’m done with you’ statements. They absolutely cannot back up their beliefs in any logical way, and will always resort to name calling.

2. Immaturity. I suspect many of them are college students, too dumb to know how the world works. And some are what I call the ‘gray ponytail crowd’. These are the truly sad ones – people in their mid 60’s with the emotional IQ of an 8 year old. They have lived for over half a century, yet still blame a nebulous group of bogeymen for all their troubles. And, quite frankly, they seem to have lived very unfulfilled lives.

3. Affirmation. There is a groupthink mentality at work. Often threads start with an all caps ‘THIS IS WHY’…and then you fill in the blank with the cause de jour. Comically, however, these poor souls in search of positive reinforcement get none – as nobody replies to their thread. Which leads to the next observation:

4. Dead end threads. People will log on and post random thoughts, almost like a Twitter tweet. Often times the title gives no hint at what the post is even about. The vast majority of these have no responses. This results in a fast moving procession of threads. Also, less than half the threads have a link of any sort…they are merely somebody so pleased with their own opinion, that they just have to post it (I know pot meet kettle, but it’s rare for me).

5. Victimization. If you peruse the threads on this board, we find examples of bad policy, and our disdain for how it erodes our system, our constitution, the future for our children, etc. On DU, the threads are about threats to me, me, me! The GOP is going to take away stuff from ME! This overlaps my immaturity observation.

6. Jealously. They are very concerned with what goes on at Free Republic. They all know who Jim Robinson is…most here do not know who their leader is, nor care. They often link to Free Republic, to point out the terrible things being said. They even copy and paste text from this site fairly regularly. I have been tempted to do the reverse, but I just consider it ‘bad form’. There is one person here who posts the Dummy Funnies already…I’m certainly not going to duplicate his work, and I don’t think anyone wants this to become a ‘look how bad they are’ posting society (again my own hypocrisy is not lost on me). They often bash this site, not for its content, but for being ‘outdated’. Honestly this has puzzled me, because their site may be new (and certainly expensive); but, I don’t like the way the threads are organized, and it seems impossible to search for posts by individual user. In short, their derision of this site’s technology is misplaced. They also seemed stunned that rating services which measure hits and unique visitors give similar scores to the two sites. They just cannot fathom that Free Republic has just as many members as they do….and it bothers them greatly.

7. Idol worship. This also falls in with affirmation. Out of the blue, a poster might post a photo of MO, and declare how wonderful she looks, or just post how glad they are that BO is ‘my president’. And these threads do get lots of responses – a groupthink lovebomb approach that cult leaders have used for decades.

8. Sadness. These people cannot be happy. It is fundamentally impossible for them to exist, without worrying about green Armageddon, how some employer is screwing them, how the bankers have more money than them, etc. Most also live a life completely without God. And, they are so consumed with themselves, they don’t experience the joys of helping other people, sacrificing their aspirations for their children, etc. Just hollow souls – very, very sad.

I plan to post this on DU….it won’t stay up long, but maybe it will help one person there escape from the deranged society. Maybe.


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1 posted on 05/04/2012 10:15:35 AM PDT by lacrew
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To: lacrew

I always know I’ve won an argument with a liberal when he/she drops the f-bomb on me.


2 posted on 05/04/2012 10:20:00 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: lacrew

It’s more like Dummies United over there.


3 posted on 05/04/2012 10:26:44 AM PDT by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: lacrew

ßookmark
F U D U


4 posted on 05/04/2012 10:28:31 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: lacrew

Something I’ve always appreciated about the FR crowd is the general restraint from cheering the death or hardship of a Leftist icon, and the effort to keep the language here clean. It’s known as “class” and it’s something I’ve found utterly lacking on my trips to DU.


5 posted on 05/04/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: lacrew

People who lead off their reply to a post with “That is so true” bug me. I am not sure why, but it does.


6 posted on 05/04/2012 10:34:10 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: lacrew
I occasionally find myself in long discussions with a very liberal "friend" on mine on Facebook. We also happen to be neighbors in real life, and she friended me, so I think it would be in bad form to "unfriend" her.

Although I never noticed it at the time, many of her retorts to my arguments are simply name-calling. She loves to call me a "Tea Partier" (which while I agree with much of their platform, I've never attended a rally or event); she loves to call me a "Bushie," (which, although I greatly respect and miss him more and more, I'm hardly an apologist for him); she always laments "Faux News," and still thinks I listen to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, and has various and insulting names for those two. Lately, she's been calling me a "Romney-ite," whatever that means, and I've never made any reference to being a supporter.

7 posted on 05/04/2012 10:34:36 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: lacrew

I’ve picked up on the phrase “War on Women”. I ask them, “What is the War on Women?” When they start babbling on about not being able to get you to pay for their contraception, I tell them;

“That’s not war. People get killed in war. Do you want to know what’s killing 10’s of millions of women a year?

The natural balance of the sexes in live births is about 105 boys to 100 girls. By the time they get to reproductive age it’s about 100:100. But in China it’s 120:100 and in India it’s about 115:100 - the two most populous countries in the world. Why? Because the combination of ultrasound examinations and abortion are used to destroy female babies. 10’s of millions of girls are killed every year using abortion. Balance that against the few thousand - if that many - women who might have died at the hands of an illegal abortionist and you see that the true War on Women is being fought worldwide, and the #1 weapon is abortion.”


8 posted on 05/04/2012 10:36:34 AM PDT by RonF
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To: lacrew

Reviewing your posting history you are too smart to be a democrat.


9 posted on 05/04/2012 10:39:44 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: lacrew
"2. Immaturity. I suspect many of them are college students, too dumb to know how the world works. And some are what I call the ‘gray ponytail crowd’. These are the truly sad ones – people in their mid 60’s with the emotional IQ of an 8 year old. They have lived for over half a century, yet still blame a nebulous group of bogeymen for all their troubles. And, quite frankly, they seem to have lived very unfulfilled lives."

So much this.

But let me make a suggestion to you, go back under a new name and astroturf. Much, much fun.

10 posted on 05/04/2012 10:41:27 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: GSWarrior
People who lead off their reply to a post with “That is so true” bug me. I am not sure why, but it does.

That is so true.

11 posted on 05/04/2012 10:42:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Lou L
she friended me, so I think it would be in bad form to "unfriend" her.

Next time you see one of her posts, put your mouse over it and in the top right corner there will be a down arrow. Click it and select "Unsubscribe from X," which won't "unfriend" her, but will hide her updates from your news feed so you won't have to look at them. She won't know, and you'll be able to keep your sanity.

And don't forget to put one of these up next to your fall yard signs:


12 posted on 05/04/2012 10:43:37 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: kevkrom

Lol!


13 posted on 05/04/2012 10:50:16 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: lacrew

spent time over there myself when it first started about ten years ago. it hasn’t changed.


14 posted on 05/04/2012 10:50:16 AM PDT by lonster
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Well, c’mon... he was begging for it, wasn’t he?


15 posted on 05/04/2012 10:54:15 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: lacrew

I kept trying to set up and use accounts over there but they were quickly banned. And in every case my primary MO was to ask questions. That’s right. I stated few opinions, and when I did, I would state them very gingerly. Things like, “is it possible that so-and-so is actually right? If so, how would that impact us? Stuff like that. Each one got banned for being contrarian.

That was about 3 years ago. I don’t even think about the site now unless someone posts about it. And one reason is your list. You are spot on. I just don’t take the site seriously.


16 posted on 05/04/2012 10:54:33 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: RonF
"The natural balance of the sexes in live births is about 105 boys to 100 girls. By the time they get to reproductive age it’s about 100:100. But in China it’s 120:100 and in India it’s about 115:100 - the two most populous countries in the world."

A problem they will first try to unsuccessfully import/export (women/men) to Oceania, and when that doesn't work, civil war.

17 posted on 05/04/2012 10:55:44 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: kevkrom

That only took 8 minutes.


18 posted on 05/04/2012 10:58:46 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: lacrew
After 283 Posts at DU

I'm saddened when I see such a waste of 283 good posts.

They all know who Jim Robinson is

But do they know who Jim Thompson is?

19 posted on 05/04/2012 11:03:58 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: lacrew

I think many of DU’s posters are paid Obama operatives.


20 posted on 05/04/2012 11:08:41 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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