So I had a friend, another military wife, that I kept contact with over the years. She was a habitual politics forwarder which was funny because we never talked politics when we lived across the street from each other. I guess it took distance for her to send this crap....errr...I mean use her 1st amendment. Why didn't she start a blog like mine, eh? Lots of crap.
So I finally became sick of one that said so many lies and misinformation that I replied.
Ummmm, I replied to ALL.
I exposed each line with websites from official congress sites, reputable news sources, and, yes, even Snopes. The gist was the draft was imminent and it was the Republican led congress that was going to pass it any minute.
It turned out that it was a grandstanding Democrat from New York that proposed the legislation to call attention to the number of his minority constituents who had died. It was never even close to being adopted at "any minute." Everyone knew it was to get media attention. No, no draft.
So, my friend?
She was beyond livid and she was my friend no more. She was furious at being called on for passing on lies. My reply was actually very respectful and matter of fact. I really try not to get emotional when it comes to politics. I think really she was embarrassed for being called on for sending something and saying she "fact" checked it first when it was a load of shite.
Was I wrong? Ummm. Yes.
I just was so sensitive at that point and having been in the military, as has my husband, the thought of fear-mongering people into worrying about their teenage babies and thinking America would move from a volunteer army to a draft inflamed me. I wanted to stop that forwad in it's place.
Today? Only my Dad sends the crappy forwards. He didn't protect my email once and one of his ultra religious crap pot buddies started emailing me forwards too. Never met the guy. He was just grabbing other people "forwards" list. This guy lived in another state.
So I did the same thing. Replied all. This time the forward was to boycott Blockbuster because they carried the movie "Latter Day Saints" about...gasp...gay Mormon missionaries. I mentioned the 1st amendment. I mentioned his grabbing my email address was more heinous than a silly movie. I mentioned his email actually had piqued my interest in a movie I had never heard of, but by golly, I was going to go rent it today.
He shut up real quick. I might have mentioned privacy and spamming laws and harassment if he sent me any more forwards. That was probably unnecessary. His head was probably spinning on it's axis for replying to ALL his other minions.
As for my Dad, I sent him an "error message" -- official looking messages saying I had subscribed to forward blocker and he was listed as a "serial forwarder" and if he didn't "cease and desist", his email would be permanently blocked.
Yes, I did.
Umm, hehe, it looked exactly like this (*except names were changed to protect the erm innocent:
RE: Fw: Poem Found After Death
Scout's Honor*Evil Daughter Who Will Burn in Hell
To: *In the Wrong Dad That Sends Out 20 Forwards in 3 minutes and usually removes "FW" so you can't set up a rule to block emails with "FW" which makes evil daughter's blood boil
Forwards are unkind.
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From: (*Erased to protect Scout's Dad) Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 12:46 PM
I sent it to him 20 times in a row.
Yes, my friends, TWENTY. Just kept hitting send button while hysterically laughing while CG shook his head and mumbled something about "Honor thy 70 year old father."
My Dad? He freaked the hell out. Thought it was some sort of virus.
Truly I had asked him at least 20-30 times to stop sending me this stuff and it never worked.
This time? Heh. No forwards from my Dad.
Hi! I am Scout's Honor and I am the very incarnation of evil. Try to send me forwards. I dare you.