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2022-01-27 10:06:53 PM  
I bet this is a familiar story across the country.
 
2022-01-28 6:33:42 AM  
The story is simple


Stupid is as stupid does
 
2022-01-28 6:40:14 AM  
repeat much
 
2022-01-28 6:40:54 AM  
FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?
 
2022-01-28 6:41:27 AM  
An enlightening repeat.
 
2022-01-28 6:41:28 AM  
I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.
 
2022-01-28 6:44:04 AM  

capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.


Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.
 
2022-01-28 6:44:20 AM  

danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?


Oh no. It's exactly right. The guy is full of thoughts. Many contradict each other. Most are half formed and wouldn't stand up to the slightest whiff of scrutiny. In fact, he's so very full of thoughts that the thoughts are just one big confused jumble
 
2022-01-28 6:44:58 AM  
We will see this story on Fark once for each small town in America, and we will like it.
 
2022-01-28 6:46:20 AM  
I'm a little jealous.   It would be a luxury to be so insulated from real problems that I could spread crazy rumors and vote to harm people I view as outside my community.
 
2022-01-28 6:48:08 AM  
If you have been convinced that the media and experts are out to deceive you, then there is little hope that you can recover.

One thing that seems difficult to understand is that these people believe that the vaccine is somehow a means for the elite to control people, but in fact, the "elite" are the ones who gladly get vaccinated. If it's a plot to subjugate you or inject you with some kind of poison, why is the vaccination hesitancy is so low among the college-educated crowd who you would assume would be more likely to trust science more? https://news.usc.edu/182848/education-covid-19-vaccine-safety-risks-usc-study/

It's sad that these people are a lost cause. My hope is that we make sure funding for education is sufficient so that the next generation of kids don't have such a distrust of science.
 
2022-01-28 6:51:45 AM  

danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?


I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?
 
2022-01-28 6:56:17 AM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?


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2022-01-28 6:58:13 AM  
"Thoughtful" as in "free-thinker" would be my guess.

Anybody who refers to themselves as a free thinker is a f*cking idiot.
 
2022-01-28 6:59:41 AM  

capacc: capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.

Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.


I actually am surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor. They were always the less dogmatic ones when I was growing up.

My Mother was a Catholic, my Father is Lutheran, and they decided to have a wedding at the Catholic church. Her family really wanted a Catholic wedding, because they were Irish Catholic, and you know, they're kind of insistent upon those things.

They talked to the Priest, and he told them my Dad would have to convert to Catholicism, and they would have to go to meetings for two months before he would be able to believe that he was a true Catholic, and then he would be able to perform the ceremony.

So they went to the Lutheran church that my Dad attended, talked to the Pastor, and he agreed to wed them without hesitation. So it always seemed to me that Lutherans were less bigoted than Catholics, but I suppose that's only within the Christian faith.

I was very disappointed when I found out I was baptized as a Lutheran, I didn't ask about it until my early 20's. I always thought I was Catholic, since we always attended Catholic services. One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.
 
2022-01-28 7:01:03 AM  
The hell is this both sides in equal light nonsense? Really, AP?
 
2022-01-28 7:01:34 AM  
Confirmation bias is a real thing.  People always have and always will believe what they want to believe, and will seek out anything that supports it.  The alternative is to have their worldview shattered, and most people don't want that.

Think the average enlightened Farker is above that?  Look in the recent Neil Young threads, where people were defending his anti-science views on GMOs, doing elaborate song-and-dance explanations on why he's not the same as Joe Rogan and his anti-science views on vaccinations.
 
2022-01-28 7:08:49 AM  
Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ.
 
2022-01-28 7:11:09 AM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?


Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.


Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.
 
2022-01-28 7:12:49 AM  
He hasn't seen the death certificates and hasn't contacted health authorities, but he's sure the vaccine deaths occurred: "I just know that I'm doing their funerals."

No.  No,you are not.  At best, grieving families are telling you that as a coping mechanism to deny or deal with that their dead person died of covid.  More likely, you're simply lying.
 
2022-01-28 7:13:13 AM  
Thoughtful and broad shouldered

That's weird....right???
 
2022-01-28 7:13:32 AM  

danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?


He's extremely thoughtful. Full of thoughts! The best thoughts! You've never seen anyone with more magnificent, full thoughts. I hear people telling me all the time how full of thoughts he is. Terrific.

=Smidge=
/They're all stupid thoughts, though
 
2022-01-28 7:15:28 AM  

hawcian: Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?

Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.

Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.


Yes, this was the part where I began shaking my head in disbelief. The man is smart enough to recognize that media outlets like Breitbart serve up nothing but blatantly false propaganda. But then he decides that anonymous strangers on right-wing social media, who spew even more outlandish trash, are much more trustworthy than the small-town journalist who has lived next door to him for decades and signs his name to everything he writes?
 
2022-01-28 7:17:50 AM  
*reads article*

Ah, "economic anxiety" *wink* as far as the eye can see.
 
2022-01-28 7:17:53 AM  
Lots of talk about it being a dark time for our country. I wonder what has them worried enough to keep repeating this.

Meanwhile, a county that was 98% white in 1990 has seen a stream of new minority residents, particularly Latinos. The county is now 87% white -

Oh. I see. Code words and stuff.
 
2022-01-28 7:19:20 AM  
Expecting the local representative for the invisible sky daddy wizard to know more scientific truth than the average person seems sort of dumb.
 
2022-01-28 7:19:39 AM  

Vern: capacc: capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.

Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.

I actually am surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor. They were always the less dogmatic ones when I was growing up.

My Mother was a Catholic, my Father is Lutheran, and they decided to have a wedding at the Catholic church. Her family really wanted a Catholic wedding, because they were Irish Catholic, and you know, they're kind of insistent upon those things.

They talked to the Priest, and he told them my Dad would have to convert to Catholicism, and they would have to go to meetings for two months before he would be able to believe that he was a true Catholic, and then he would be able to perform the ceremony.

So they went to the Lutheran church that my Dad attended, talked to the Pastor, and he agreed to wed them without hesitation. So it always seemed to me that Lutherans were less bigoted than Catholics, but I suppose that's only within the Christian faith.

I was very disappointed when I found out I was baptized as a Lutheran, I didn't ask about it until my early 20's. I always thought I was Catholic, since we always attended Catholic services. One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.


Other than the "english" religions (methodist, presbyt...whatever, and anglican) American catholics tend to be fairly liberal minded. Baptists (by far the most ignorant) Lutherans, evangelicals of any type, these tend to be your cult types, kid diddlers, etc.
 
2022-01-28 7:20:11 AM  

The Weekend Baker: Confirmation bias is a real thing.  People always have and always will believe what they want to believe, and will seek out anything that supports it.  The alternative is to have their worldview shattered, and most people don't want that.

Think the average enlightened Farker is above that?  Look in the recent Neil Young threads, where people were defending his anti-science views on GMOs, doing elaborate song-and-dance explanations on why he's not the same as Joe Rogan and his anti-science views on vaccinations.


And America defends your right to be wrong, even when it's ruining the world.
 
2022-01-28 7:21:07 AM  

Vern: One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.


Damn, I wish I had thought of that. I was raised Catholic and eventually, when I developed the ability to think, I just sort of drifted away.

I never thought of forcing them to excommunicate me!
 
2022-01-28 7:21:07 AM  

hawcian: Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?

Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.

Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.


I once heard the quote: "What's the point of owning a library full of books you have already read?"

Which is basically just a bibliophile justifying purchasing way too many books.  In this context, however, just because he has a lot of "smart" books on the shelf doesn't mean he has read or understands them.
 
2022-01-28 7:21:42 AM  

SBinRR: Lots of talk about it being a dark time for our country. I wonder what has them worried enough to keep repeating this.

Meanwhile, a county that was 98% white in 1990 has seen a stream of new minority residents, particularly Latinos. The county is now 87% white -

Oh. I see. Code words and stuff.


It isn't about the color of skin. They want a conformist society and they will gladly take "good" brown people. The point isn't about race, it's about control.
 
2022-01-28 7:22:36 AM  

New Rising Sun: He hasn't seen the death certificates and hasn't contacted health authorities, but he's sure the vaccine deaths occurred: "I just know that I'm doing their funerals."

No.  No,you are not.  At best, grieving families are telling you that as a coping mechanism to deny or deal with that their dead person died of covid.  More likely, you're simply lying.


To be fair he may not be "lying". He may just be a gullible fool who has been told this and believes it.
 
2022-01-28 7:22:55 AM  

hawcian: Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?

Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.

Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.


The little I've seen of what gets posted on social media makes the old CB channel 19 look like a bastion of deep thinking.
 
2022-01-28 7:23:17 AM  
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2022-01-28 7:25:14 AM  
This was a decent depiction of the small town I came from too. Except the paper from published in "evil liberal Madison" and the pastor probably though Sophacles was something you clean your sink with.
 
2022-01-28 7:26:00 AM  
That was a lot of words to say what is summed up best with:

Blazing Saddles... You know, morons.
Youtube KHJbSvidohg
 
2022-01-28 7:36:39 AM  

lifeslammer: The story is simple
Stupid is as stupid does


So I guess everyone in urban areas is uniformly smart, compassionate, and liberal?
Man.  And you call me stupid.   But Fark likes simple-minded designations like that.  Its like being four again.

Here's my county's   Presidential vote count in 2020, deep in the heart of ignorant red state:
And we're not a blip.  Most towns vote this way.

PRESIDENT
DONALD J. TRUMP AND MICHAEL R. PENCE
Republican
42%7,745
JOSEPH R. BIDEN AND KAMALA D. HARRIS
Democrat
56%10,392

And its a hell of a lot prettier too.  No, no--don't check.  Just stay there in your little lib bubble, with the rest of the snobs.
 
2022-01-28 7:37:55 AM  

Vern: capacc: capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.

Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.

I actually am surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor. They were always the less dogmatic ones when I was growing up.

My Mother was a Catholic, my Father is Lutheran, and they decided to have a wedding at the Catholic church. Her family really wanted a Catholic wedding, because they were Irish Catholic, and you know, they're kind of insistent upon those things.

They talked to the Priest, and he told them my Dad would have to convert to Catholicism, and they would have to go to meetings for two months before he would be able to believe that he was a true Catholic, and then he would be able to perform the ceremony.

So they went to the Lutheran church that my Dad attended, talked to the Pastor, and he agreed to wed them without hesitation. So it always seemed to me that Lutherans were less bigoted than Catholics, but I suppose that's only within the Christian faith.

I was very disappointed when I found out I was baptized as a Lutheran, I didn't ask about it until my early 20's. I always thought I was Catholic, since we always attended Catholic services. One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.


Show us on the doll where Hillary touched you.
 
2022-01-28 7:38:57 AM  

Bathtub Cynic: Vern: capacc: capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.

Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.

I actually am surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor. They were always the less dogmatic ones when I was growing up.

My Mother was a Catholic, my Father is Lutheran, and they decided to have a wedding at the Catholic church. Her family really wanted a Catholic wedding, because they were Irish Catholic, and you know, they're kind of insistent upon those things.

They talked to the Priest, and he told them my Dad would have to convert to Catholicism, and they would have to go to meetings for two months before he would be able to believe that he was a true Catholic, and then he would be able to perform the ceremony.

So they went to the Lutheran church that my Dad attended, talked to the Pastor, and he agreed to wed them without hesitation. So it always seemed to me that Lutherans were less bigoted than Catholics, but I suppose that's only within the Christian faith.

I was very disappointed when I found out I was baptized as a Lutheran, I didn't ask about it until my early 20's. I always thought I was Catholic, since we always attended Catholic services. One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.

Other than the "english" religions (methodist, presbyt...whatever, and anglican) American catholics tend to be fairly liberal minded. Baptists (by far the most ignorant) Lutherans, evangelicals of any type, these tend to be your cult types, kid diddlers, etc.


"Fairly liberal minded" doesn't describe any of the Catholics that I knew growing up, have met, or have to be around during the holidays. Judgemental and obstinate would be my words.
 
2022-01-28 7:40:48 AM  
small-town newspapers rely on clickbait same as the city-slickers.

better get a monthly vax since covid can ride the wind or come by mail
 
2022-01-28 7:40:49 AM  

hawcian: Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?

Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.

Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.


Because social media is ordinary folk. The common clay of the rural areas


You know, morons.
 
2022-01-28 7:42:52 AM  

cryinoutloud: lifeslammer: The story is simple
Stupid is as stupid does

So I guess everyone in urban areas is uniformly smart, compassionate, and liberal?
Man.  And you call me stupid.   But Fark likes simple-minded designations like that.  Its like being four again.

Here's my county's   Presidential vote count in 2020, deep in the heart of ignorant red state:
And we're not a blip.  Most towns vote this way.

PRESIDENT
DONALD J. TRUMP AND MICHAEL R. PENCE
Republican
42%7,745
JOSEPH R. BIDEN AND KAMALA D. HARRIS
Democrat
56%10,392

And its a hell of a lot prettier too.  No, no--don't check.  Just stay there in your little lib bubble, with the rest of the snobs.


That's the internet for you (and also fark). The same Fark that derided Wisconsin because Orange Juluis won by 2% in 2016 hailed Wisconsin as the hero of Democracy coontill all the fake election vote stories came up) because he lost by 2% in 2020.

The internet doesn't comprehend U.S. politics in a statistical sense, probably because it's winner take all. If one person wins, EVERYONE is worshipping that person, I guess.
 
2022-01-28 7:43:28 AM  

Circusdog320: Thoughtful and broad shouldered

That's weird....right???


... straight (white) American male.

Not like those limp-wristed liberals or god-forbid, the two brown families that moved to town.

That was the part that got me. They went from 98% white to 87% white. Blinding to something almost eggshell. Literally 200 brown people replacing 200 lily whites in a town of 2000. Pass me my fainting couch.
 
2022-01-28 7:44:37 AM  

cryinoutloud: lifeslammer: The story is simple
Stupid is as stupid does

So I guess everyone in urban areas is uniformly smart, compassionate, and liberal?
Man.  And you call me stupid.   But Fark likes simple-minded designations like that.  Its like being four again.

Here's my county's   Presidential vote count in 2020, deep in the heart of ignorant red state:
And we're not a blip.  Most towns vote this way.

PRESIDENT
DONALD J. TRUMP AND MICHAEL R. PENCE
Republican
42%7,745
JOSEPH R. BIDEN AND KAMALA D. HARRIS
Democrat
56%10,392

And its a hell of a lot prettier too.  No, no--don't check.  Just stay there in your little lib bubble, with the rest of the snobs.


I have a PhD and live in a smallish town. It's really bad.


Like, really bad.
 
2022-01-28 7:45:39 AM  
"There are a lot of people coming through that I don't recognize," said Terri Collins, Benson's cheerful mayor, whose family has been in Benson for five generations. "I used to know all of my neighbors and now that's different. And I don't know what to blame for that."

I'll give you one guess.

/small town resident
//I know my neighbors because I go meet them and talk to them
 
2022-01-28 7:45:43 AM  

wataga123: Vern: capacc: capacc: I was told yesterday that Family Guy has shown the truth about the vaccine and how it kills. We are truly in the new dark ages.

Also not surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor, a Lutheran Pastor looked like he was going to have a coronary when I told him Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God.

I actually am surprised it was a Lutheran Pastor. They were always the less dogmatic ones when I was growing up.

My Mother was a Catholic, my Father is Lutheran, and they decided to have a wedding at the Catholic church. Her family really wanted a Catholic wedding, because they were Irish Catholic, and you know, they're kind of insistent upon those things.

They talked to the Priest, and he told them my Dad would have to convert to Catholicism, and they would have to go to meetings for two months before he would be able to believe that he was a true Catholic, and then he would be able to perform the ceremony.

So they went to the Lutheran church that my Dad attended, talked to the Pastor, and he agreed to wed them without hesitation. So it always seemed to me that Lutherans were less bigoted than Catholics, but I suppose that's only within the Christian faith.

I was very disappointed when I found out I was baptized as a Lutheran, I didn't ask about it until my early 20's. I always thought I was Catholic, since we always attended Catholic services. One of my greatest dreams was to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and receive a notice of excommunication that I could frame and hang on my wall.

Show us on the doll where Hillary touched you.


What the fark does this even mean? My post had nothing to do with politics. It was a true, and honest story from my life about religion. Hillary doesn't enter into it.

Boo this man.
 
2022-01-28 7:46:01 AM  

clams_casino: Yes, this was the part where I began shaking my head in disbelief. The man is smart enough to recognize that media outlets like Breitbart serve up nothing but blatantly false propaganda. But then he decides that anonymous strangers on right-wing social media, who spew even more outlandish trash, are much more trustworthy than the small-town journalist who has lived next door to him for decades and signs his name to everything he writes?


That is what the internet trained us to believe.  News lies, (they never really explain why they would) but social media is our FRIEND. Right?  How do you think we got here?  We don't know the difference between a connection, and propaganda.   Facebook is our friend!  Google will open the world for us!

Exactly as planned.  But hey-- we are hella great consumers now.  Stuff, cars, food, labels, stereotypes, easy generalizations, nutty conclusions-- its all the same.  We want it ALL.
 
2022-01-28 7:48:33 AM  
That segment of the population is slowly strangling themselves to death with their own bootstraps.
 
2022-01-28 7:50:06 AM  
White trash is not just in the south

With added VFW hall boozing
 
2022-01-28 7:50:13 AM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: hawcian: Dr. Nick Riviera: danvon: FTFA: "His neighbor, Jason Wolter, is a thoughtful, broad-shouldered Lutheran pastor who reads widely and measures his words carefully. He also suspects Democrats are using the coronavirus pandemic as a political tool, doubts President Joe Biden was legitimately elected and is certain that COVID-19 vaccines kill people."

You sure you used the right adjective Mr. Article Writer?

I did a spit-take at that part too.  Is "reads widely" the new "I did my own research"?

Towards the end of the article:

Wolter, whose home library includes everything from Sophocles to "The Grapes of Wrath," is a careful reader, in his own way. He's wary of conservative news sites like Breitbart, believing it shapes its reporting to please conservative readers. Instead, he finds his news farther off the beaten path, like on Gab, a Twitter-like social media platform that has become home to many on America's far right.

"For better or for worse I don't really trust anything I read," he says. The answer, he said, is research, probing the farthest corners of the internet.

Yup. Somehow he distrusts Breitbart, which would ordinarily be somewhat heartening, but he's replaced it with...Gab. I don't understand people's trust of social media; it's basically built to be rumor-mongering central.

I once heard the quote: "What's the point of owning a library full of books you have already read?"

Which is basically just a bibliophile justifying purchasing way too many books.  In this context, however, just because he has a lot of "smart" books on the shelf doesn't mean he has read or understands them.


In fact he's rather proudly proclaimed that he doesn't.
 
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