Saturday, February 28, 2009


I'm sitting here waiting for Mr. I while he is in the Verizon store. So might as well blog.

I'm new to FB. I find it very entertaining. In the way that a junkie loves his/her next fix...very addictive. But my new form of free entertainment has brought up some interesting thoughts and questions. Thoughts about myself. Thoughts about others. Questions about my place in the world. I understand that it is just a fun and easy way to connect with people, but here I am being a little too deep for my own good.

Since I grew up in Texas, most of the people from my past are in Texas. I wondered where the 28% of Americans were who thought George Bush was a great president. Guess what? They are in Texas...on my "web" of friends.

When I first joined FB, I noticed that I was still the odd man out. I had to go searching for my current Liberal friends because I was out numbered by all the Conservative Christians (a term that is on the verge of becoming an oxymoron). But as I started reading more about their profiles and their current lives, something struck me as odd....they "seemed" like they were having a much better life than I am. Are they really happier? Do they really have the perfect lives that they portray on FB? There are so many of them that are "all up in there" with their form of worship, that they have to regurgitate their love all over their pages. That is OK with me. It is all in a positive light. Nothing negative about that.

But then, you get the "honest" Conservative, Sarah Palin adoring, Right Wing..."Christian" who decides to use FB as a forum for her hate speak and racism against....Muslims, of course. They are the current group to show prejudice against. And there is me...and one other girl who spoke out against her in a very subversive way. I didn't want to get into it with this girl, but I did not want to stand for it.

So one of my status entries last week on February 24, 2009 said simply: "Marla is wondering if Racism became one of the 10 commandments while she slept last night." That was all it took. My old friend from HSchool asked what the matter was. I shared what I knew and before you knew it, the offensive discussion had disappeared from the board. It had disappeared from the offenders wall as well.

But then, she managed to let her hatred get the best of her. She commented on my status with a "I don't know about Racism, but I'm tired of being tolerant of others who are not tolerant of us" or something to that effect. She deleted it quickly after I replied to her "truth" with my truth, "I'm not here to judge you or your beliefs. Your beliefs are yours and I'm glad you have them. They make you, you. However, I don't like checking on my friends and seeing a hate filled conversation on the wall. Save your hatred for your Bible Class." And of course my old friend added, "If we are intolerant, what makes us any better than others who are?"

I was very thankful for the backup. But I really didn't get on FB to be controversial. I save that for this blog. I am trying to keep the blog separate from FB and my other business blog and my business websites. For me, FB is a place to visit with friends and share light observations. This blog is my place to vent.

So, in conclusion, I know I'm out numbered most of the time. Mr. I and I have friends of all different faiths, political beliefs and races. We like the diversity. We try not to offend anyone, even though they have no problem offending us.

I guess there is a reason they said way back polite society NEVER talk about politics or religion.


Does anyone remember the old PSA with the Indian crying because of the stupidity of people throwing their trash out their car windows? Why do people litter ? It is a disgusting act. Hear that you misguided redneck in front of us in the black explorer?

Is it too much to ask for people to find a can?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Getting connected

Giving this mobile blogging a try. Let's see what happens.


I'm not sure why anyone would want to know what I'm doing during the day, but I signed up for Twitter today. Now I have to figure it out.

You can Tweet at baxterblogs

But I just heard a good one...Joe The Plumber, who isn't really a plumber, is speaking out against POTUS' speech Tuesday Night. Oh, wow...that is amazingly rich. And word is that he may run for Congress so he can "Literally go bang some heads together".

Now let me get this straight. A guy, who can't spell CONGRESS or even knows what CONGRESS is or what they do is going to run for a seat?

Is this the only person they could get to speak their language?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Word for the day....nihilism

Whatever could I be thinking about when I use this word? Bobby Jindal's response to Obama's speech last night. I could also add a few other words: oblivious, deaf....

One entry found.

Main Entry:
\ˈnī-(h)ə-ˌli-zəm, ˈnē-\
German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil nothing — more at nil
circa 1817

1 a: a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless b: a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

2 a: a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility bcapitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination

— ni·hil·ist \-list\ noun or adjective
— ni·hil·is·tic \ˌnī-(h)ə-ˈlis-tik, ˌnē-\ adjective

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