Nick in Arizona recently re-subscribed after an absence. He wrote: “I’m looking forward to getting TRUE in my mailbox again. It’s been a long, long time, and what reminded me was the Get Out of Hell Free cards. I came across a few in one of my storage boxes (I remember mailing in my request for several orders, including the nice plastic cards in addition to the card stock version, which I had been handing out like breezy many years ago). I’m a consultant now, and I live the travel life style. I’m always working with people who need the GOOHF, especially since it covers stupidity! Lol. I’m going to need several, soon. I’m looking forward to the true stories and witty commentary, and occasional RIDICULOUS reactions from the reader base! Thank you for still being there, doing what you do!”
Yep, still here, doing what I do. And yes, the GOOHF cards are “Valid for All 7+1 Deadly Sins” the back side notes — the Classic Seven plus the absolutely biggest sin of all: Stupidity! Why? Because we all do stupid things sometimes, and the card is a reminder that you can let yourself off the hook for it. Click the link in Nick’s letter to order some — for yourself, your friends, and your co-workers. “Sin all you want: we’ll print more. And don’t leave this earthly plane without one!”
And oh, you want RIDICULOUS reaction from the reader base? Well, I have a story for you!
Bruce in Pennsylvania unsubscribed last week because, he said, “I guess I am overwhelmed and bored and still see you as one of the MSM I decry.” (That would be the “MainStream Media”.) Here’s the thing: Bruce has been subscribed to True since April 2010. So I replied, “True is about thinking — and you actually thought about it for nearly six years and decided that a one-man columnist working from home is part of the MSM? Now THAT is a great example of obliviocy!”
OK, I was baiting him a little to see what he would do, but he kept his cool (a point in his favor!) He replied, “If you parrot the MSM, you are part of it.” Ah! So folks who quote the MSM in (say) Facebook memes are mainstream journalists! I wonder how Mainstream International knows where to send their paychecks? Seriously, I don’t think using the MSM for my own purposes makes me a part of them. But even if I was, part of being an informed citizen means looking at the issues from various points of view before coming to your own conclusions. Getting everything from one self-confirming source is not the way to do that. I’ve said many times during Bruce’s tenure that I don’t suggest everyone come to the same conclusions that I do, but rather that they think for themselves and consider thinking outside your own little box to see differing points of view.
Besides all that, really? He had to ponder this for six years before deciding that someone who comments on the news, sometimes very disparagingly, is part of some vast media-elite conspiracy? Well smack my head. Who knew? And where are my paychecks from the cabal for doing that for so many years?!
But wait, there’s more: I looked up Bruce’s original subscription to see whether he put anything in the “Whereheard” box — noting where he had heard of True in the first place. In fact, he did. He noted he saw my ad: I had bought some space …in a mainstream news publication.
So Bruce is someone I decry: someone who can’t grasp the importance of thinking, even after nearly six years of reading story after story after story with endless examples of what happens to people when they don’t. Oh well: I tried.
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