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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:03 AM
Original message
I am deeply offended by the "Rational Responders" ad on the DU "Greatest" page
Sometimes I think ads like this are intentionally placed on progressive web-sites like DU as a psych-op effort to discredit the web-site. Whoever accepted this ad should have her/his head examined. A scantily-clad model in a cop uniform insulting people who believe in God? Oh yes, that's a web-site I want to be associated with (not).

BTW, I am an animist, not a born-again Christian. My Higher Power is Mother Earth, not a masculine God in a flowing white beard. But I don't go around looking for ways to insult people of faith, regardless of what their faith is. I think that is decidedly bad behavior and decidedly stupid politics.

I would hope DU would believe (and act) the same.
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EarlG ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:05 AM
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1. We have no control over the Google ads that are displayed
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 11:06 AM by EarlG
BEFORE they are displayed. However, we can filter them out after the fact, if we know the address of the site they are linking to.

So next time you see an offensive ad, please find out the address of the site it links to and send it to an admin, along with a description of the ad, so we can block it from appearing again.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:13 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. Thanks for the information
This is the link: http://www.rationalresponders.com /

It goes to a web-site for the Athiests Alliance International.

Again, I don't care what anyone believes (or doesn't believe.) I also don't feel the need to "fix" anyone else's spiritual beliefs and I would hope DU doesn't either.

Thanks for blocking this ad in the future. While you're at it, if I want scantily-clad models advertising anything, I can go many places on the 'net besides DU to find them. 'Nuff said.
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:14 PM
Response to Reply #2
16. Hold on. Who said he was blocking it?
YOU might be offended, but that doesn't mean the rest of us are. I didn't get to see it myself, but a quick scan of the website being advertised doesn't reveal any attempts to go out of it's way to offend anyone. I rather like the site to be honest.

If scantily clad models advertising anything is too much for you you might want to avoid the internet altogether. I don't want to see Atheist websites advertising being blocked, especially here, on such scant objection.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:33 PM
Response to Reply #16
22. hahahah.. I never NOTICED the ad, but NOW I clicked on the link to see what the fuss was
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 03:34 PM by SoCalDem
:rofl:

Now I'm headed for Greatest to SEE the ad :)

sometimes less said works the best :evilgrin:

edit.. I don't even HAVE any ads.. :eyes:
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:29 PM
Response to Reply #2
20. You don't need to fix anyone's beliefs, you just need to censor the ads they can see.
Gotcha.
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:14 AM
Response to Reply #2
43. On the other hand, you may be trying to censor an ad some of us
would like to see. Atheism? Scantily clad babes? Two of my favorite things.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:23 AM
Response to Reply #43
45. I imagine you can find lots of that on the 'net. Go for it.
I expressed my own concerns, the mods must have agreed 'cause the ad disappeared. Glad this forum is so responsive. If you don't like that, deal with it.

If you ever have similar concerns about anything you see here, communicate with the mods. If they think your concerns are frivolous, I doubt they will take action. If they think your concerns have merit, I imagine they will respond accordingly.

Ah, I love the smell of rational (and politically astute) responses from DU in the morning -- Sunday morning or otherwise.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:37 AM
Response to Reply #45
47. Don't look now
but the ad is still there.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:56 AM
Response to Reply #47
55. Where?
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:00 AM
Response to Reply #55
56. What?
On DU. On its forum pages. The site we're talking about.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:13 AM
Response to Reply #56
58. Huh?
I've looked at the "Greatest" page, the bottom of the "General Discussion" forum and the "Election Reform" forum and I haven't seen it. Since these ads rotate, I may just be missing it when it is "on". Or maybe not.

Either way, I said my peace, the mods responded, and all of us have had a discussion about the limits of freedom (should there be any?) and the appropriateness of license (is everything, everywhere, all the time, regardless of the costs, what we mean by "freedom"? If it is, there are other places to celebrate a "free" republic. I'm glad we don't descend to their level often here, even with so many of them in our midst.)

That's good enough for me. It's all good. Until it isn't.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:19 AM
Response to Reply #58
59. "Or maybe not"
Cute. Okay, here's one, and not the only one, from the bottom of this very page, fresh from a few minutes ago:

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CI...

I've got to leave for a few hours. I'll talk to you when I get back.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 09:26 AM
Response to Reply #59
63. Your "link" is not to a DU page.
However, since these Google ads appear to rotate, it may not be possible to "capture" a DU page with the ad on it. Again, I've just come back to the computer, checked about a half dozen forums and pages without finding the ad. Doesn't mean it's not appearing -- just means I can't find it now and your link doesn't take me to a DU page with the ad on it.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 11:37 AM
Response to Reply #63
64. No kidding
It's not possible. The "link" (what's with the scare quotes?) is to the only thing I can link to, an ad from the page with the DU client code appended.
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:23 AM
Response to Reply #45
60. Thank you for keeping DU safe from scantily clad atheist babes.
You're right. Without concerned (and offended!) DUers like you policing the site, no one at DU would be sufficiently concerned about (or offended by!) the things that concern (and offend!) you. And then where would we be?
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:09 AM
Response to Reply #60
71. No, no, you don't understand. We need to be veewwwy caweful, west we aweeeinate the vawyooz votews.
We must bee veewy, veeewy caweful. The vawyooz votews awe evwywhewe! Theywe watching this site, wooking for ewidence that democwats and wibewals hate cwistians and amewica!


...

The OP is just expressing heartfelt concern for our well-being. See?
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:27 PM
Response to Reply #1
18. EarlG, are you telling me only ONE person has to complain and an ad
is removed? I thought you made money with adds, give them an inch and the freepers will be complaining about ALL the adds!!!

Not saying the OP is a freeper, but given the ease of pulling adds they could get ideas??
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:39 AM
Response to Reply #1
73. the Matt Blunt ad is kinda offensive
since he is a Republican running for re-election in Missouri. The ad goes to a donation page and then an issues page without obvious mention that Blunt is a Republican.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 08:57 AM
Response to Reply #73
75. I agree completely. Why are Rethugligans allowed to troll for donations on DU ...
... without ever identifying themselves as one of the Smirking Chimp's flying monkey minions? There are some "boobs" I think we all agree should not be allowed to advertise here.

I would suggest you notify the mods about this Nixonian subterfuge by Matt Blunt and do so any time you see something similar. We're here to defeat the forces of evil (Rethugs), not to help them raise money to be re-elected. (That is, all of us except the abundant trolls in our midst.)

Thanks for pointing out that very offensive ad.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 10:28 AM
Response to Reply #75
76. To be precise, it's the *admin* you should contact for things like that
The moderators aren't involved in anything monetary, like dealing with advertisers.

Admin contact details: http://www.democraticunderground.com/contact.html (link is always at the bottom of each DU page as 'Contact Us')

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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 10:44 AM
Response to Reply #76
77. Thanks. I'll do that.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 03:20 PM
Response to Reply #73
79. I contacted Skinner and DU will start blocking the Matt Blount ad within the day.
Edited on Tue Nov-20-07 03:22 PM by Fly by night
Thanks for the heads-up. And thanks to Skinner for removing offensive ads from DU, regardless of which "godless boobs" they are promoting.
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Beelzebud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:18 AM
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3. typical...
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mr blur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:31 PM
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4. *sigh* not the poor persecuted believers again...
You know, I think that "people of faith" should take their chances with the rest of us.

But I guess you won't...
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:03 PM
Response to Reply #4
5. If you can read, you know I'm not a traditional "person of faith".
I am a tree-hugger (and worshipper). I believe that THIS is heaven -- and my spiritual beliefs require absolutely no faith to hold and trust. I live by karma, not by dogma of either the atheist or the Xtian persuasion.

But I do object to making fun of people of any spiritual orientation here on DU, and doing it with a scantily-clad model wearing a cop's hat. The only thing she wasn't doing was wiping her ass with an American flag. Don't you think such ads, displayed prominently on DU, might reflect badly on us? If not, welcome to the political reality-based world.

If you feel differently, more power to you, mr. blurry. I wouldn't want DU making fun of whatever you and Beelezebub believe either, though I can guess his spiritual orientation easier than I can yours.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:19 PM
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6. I almost never notice the ads
I guess I just don't pay them any attention.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #6
8. I very seldom notice them myself. The visual image w/ this ad was so not-DU that it caught my eye.
A scantily-clad model with her tits hanging out, with a cop hat set jauntily on her head, made me go "WTF?" as soon as I saw it. Then reading the text set off my alarm bells.
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Beelzebud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #8
11. You're right, we should put her in a burka! Hide that evil flesh peddler!
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 06:44 AM
Response to Reply #6
39. I think I must block the ads
Edited on Mon Nov-19-07 06:50 AM by DemReadingDU
I don't see them either

:)

I do block the google ads, in preferences!


on edit: you have to be a donor though.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:24 PM
Response to Original message
7. There are ads on DU? Oh firefox with adbock add-on, how I love thee.
If they offend you, don't click. Ta-da! No more issue.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #7
9. Since I don't have foxfire, I couldn't avoid the ad on the "Greatest" page.
I didn't have to click on the ad to have a "WTF? Why is this on DU?" reaction. It was all right there, flopping out of the model's shirt (so to speak).
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #9
10. If you're that sensitive, switching might not be a bad idea.
It makes more sense than asking the admins to restructure things around your sensitivities.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox /

http://adblockplus.org/en/installation
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:44 PM
Response to Reply #10
12. Fortunately, it appears the mods have already taken action.
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 02:46 PM by Fly by night
If you can read my sig line, you might guess I'm not a prude. Once again, the ad (both the visual and the text) were inappropriate here, IM(NS)HO. I am also glad we don't run ads for Hustler or dildos here, though anyone who favors ugly nudes and auto-erotic penetration might differ. (My guess is that most of those folks are Rethugligans.)

I am glad Larry Flynt is going after sexual hypocrites in the political world and that DU has had a number of interesting threads on his efforts. But I am also very glad and relieved that we don't advertise his fourth-rate skin mag here.

If you have a problem with that, don't click again on this thread. Ta da. Problem solved.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 02:47 PM
Response to Reply #12
13. So were you more offended by boobies (The horror!) or skepticism?
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 02:48 PM by LeftyMom
I happen to share both with the community with some regularity, so I'm wondering if you feel I require surgery or a lobotomy to be fit for this forum?

Fuck it. Some of us are smart, thinking women. With titties. Get your big girl chonies on and get over it.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:01 PM
Response to Reply #13
14. Deleted message
Message removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
 
LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:16 PM
Response to Reply #14
17. Hon, it's a DISCUSSION BOARD. We discuss things.
Right now we're discussing why on earth you're so offended by boobies and a hat. Later we might discuss why you think the class of beliefs you describe as spiritual is exempt from criticism. Meanwhile, in the lounge we're discussing lunch, birthdays and what Britney did today. That's how discussion boards work.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:46 PM
Response to Reply #17
24. Here's a boob and a hat.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:01 PM
Response to Reply #17
25. You appear to be purposely dense. Why is that, "hon"?
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 04:18 PM by Fly by night
I've explained my concerns about this one ad, which was out of character with anything else I have ever seen on DU. I am happy to keep discussing my reasons for concern, though they won't change from anything else I've already said. But you purposely don't seem to get "it". Why is that?

Once again, you've advised me not to click on ads that are offensive to me and I have said it required no action on my part to see (and be offended, on several levels) by the ad. I have advised you that if anything I have said offends you, you can just "move on" to some Britney thread or another. (Fortunately, we don't post many of those in my DU 'hood, the Election Reform forum.) But you just can't seem to be able to take your own advice. Why is that?

At this point, I want to say that ads of any sort would be unnecessary for the existence of this highly valued discussion forum , except there are so many people who seem to live here and yet who don't appear to support this place with their contributions, despite the many clever efforts by the mods to separate us cheerfully from our well-deserved contributions.

As for why the ad is not now showing, all I could do is communicate with the mods and make my concerns known. Their actions are their own to make, and I'm glad they made the decision they apparently made to remove this ad. Once again (once again, once again....), I have never seen any ad remotely like this one on DU, and I've never had to comment on another one before.

Finally, if anyone here needs to go to any web-site to be coached on how to defend your own beliefs (or lack thereof), you sound like freepers to me (not that I'm saying you are, mind you.)

Separation of church and state has always been a good idea, one we seem to be forgetting these days. Likewise, separation of DU from corporate AND spiritual (or anti-spiritual) advertising -- now that's the ticket. So for those of you having fun in this thread, you can still pay for the privilege if you haven't bothered to do so to date. Skinner is still accepting contributions and you don't have to pay here by the hour or until you "get your nut".

"You know, it's hard out here for a pimp...." Even an animist one.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:06 PM
Response to Reply #25
26. .
:crazy:
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:10 PM
Response to Reply #25
27. Word to the wise-
Firefox browser with Adblock and Flashblock add-ons. No muss, no fuss.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 04:15 PM
Response to Reply #27
28. That does sound like a good idea. Thanks for reinforcing it.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 05:53 AM
Response to Reply #25
37. For the record, some of us get it
I very rarely click on the greatest page, but had I done so I'd be a bit put off that DU would run an ad claiming to "fix" wrong spiritual beliefs. I'm glad you took the action you did and I'm sorry you're now labeled an animist fundie for your good efforts :)

Cheers.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:36 AM
Response to Reply #37
46. Thanks. This thread did bring out the "boobs" among us, didn't it?
Nothing worse than an insensitive boob. No fun for anyone.

I'm just glad the mods got it. Making fun of Rethugligans here is always fair game. Making fun of peoples' religious beliefs belongs elsewhere.

Maybe on freerepublic, where muslims are called "ragheads". Or on some skin-head sites where Jews and Blacks are called any number of things.

Give me a political discussion forum without any gratuitous T&A or irrelevant insults on the majority of Americans. It's not necessary, even for the "boobs" among us. It certainly wouldn't be necessary if everyone who felt compelled (or had the opportunity) to comment here actually contributed to DU. My guess is that they did not, and have not. But that doesn't shut them up.

Insensitive boobs. Just what was Mother Nature thinking when She created those?
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:08 PM
Response to Original message
15. How did the ad insult you?
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 05:39 PM
Response to Reply #15
29. It didn't insult me. It was offensive and inappropriate on a number of levels ...
... and seemed so out-of-character with DU. I appreciate the mods explaining that they do not screen the ads ahead of time -- they are just fed directly to the forum by Google. (Though I am now wondering how Google decides which ads to send to which web-sites. I doubt they sent that ad to very many ....)

My biggest concern, besides seeing T&A and anti-deistic sentiments expressed prominently here in an advertisement, was my concern that someone in the opposition could easily point to such tacky tripe as reflective of our beliefs, values and attitudes here. Particularly if they were prepared ahead of time to be on the lookout for the ad (if you know what I mean).

Again, I am glad there's a way to alert the mods to our concerns and for them to take action if they feel it is warranted. It might be nice for them to have some way to get a "heads up" on an ad beforehand, just in case "someone" wants to place an ad for Diebold, ES&S, the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi party or the George Bush Memorial Library fund here.

(Just how many copies of "My Pet Goat" would they need to buy to fill the Smirking Chimp's li-bary anyway?)
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 03:49 AM
Response to Reply #29
30. The old "We're alienating the values voter!!!" Alarm Klaxon. Key word in your post? "Concern"
We better get the (gays/atheists/evolutionists/pro-choicers) to shut up, because they're ALIENATING THE VALUES VOTER!

Bullshit. The "values voter" isn't that powerful.

But thank you for your, um, concern.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:39 AM
Response to Reply #30
48. You're welcome. Glad it allowed DU to avoid being labelled something we're not.
Most of us anyway.

Once again, I don't believe in a God. But I was raised better than to insult you (or anyone else) if you do.

It's that simple.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 01:59 AM
Response to Reply #48
68. Again, thank you for your concern.
Your concern has been noted.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 04:56 AM
Response to Reply #29
32. get over yourself
those "value voters" get their panties all in a wad over a "T&A ad" while cheerleading war around the world. FUCK THEM ALL.
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 05:01 AM
Response to Reply #29
33. Hey!!! I'm Offended!!!

I love boobies, and I think spiritual beliefs are ridiculous!! That ad spoke to me!! Before you brought the no-fun hammer down, I went there and bookmarked it specifically because of that ad!

It was reflective of my beliefs, values and attitudes, as you said. You have a problem with that?
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:43 AM
Response to Reply #33
50. 'Me, me, me, me, me." Is that an accurate paraphrase of your post?
Contribute to DU, won't you? Then we wouldn't have to accept "blind" ads from anyone,

I appreciate the mods' review and decision. If anything here ever concerns you, take action. Otherwise, you can just keep up your "me, me, me, me" song. Make those boobies proud!
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:47 AM
Response to Reply #50
52. I'm sure they appreciate your appreciation
but again, the ads haven't gone away.
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-21-07 02:42 AM
Response to Reply #50
81. No, it is not.

It sounds like an EXACT paraphrase of your posts though... You are the one who is offended, so you will take action. I'm not the one crying to the admins over nothing, you are. I'm just feigning mock outrage and secretly laughing about your prudish ninnyism as I see it. Feel free to whine and cry about every perceived offense, but realize that it is you crying, "Me,me,me,me,me,me,me!!!!!"

I will donate if when I choose to. I have done so on two occasions in the past. Currently, I have let that lapse for a few reasons. Is that relevant in some way?
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:28 PM
Response to Original message
19. "scantily clad" atheists? Man, that almost makes me want to turn the ads back on.
No worries. I'll google 'em. Sounds like a great link! Thanks for the heads up!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:37 PM
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23. hahahahahaha me too.. I actually clicked the site link
counter-advertising ..it's what's for dinner
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 04:15 AM
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31. I suppose this is the ad
I'll hide it in a link, so as not to "deeply" offend:

http://www.rationalresponders.com/siteimages/250by250.J...
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 05:09 AM
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34. HAHAHAHA!!! Hey You Guys!!!


Talking about the ad brings it back!!! It is currently very prominently displayed in a banner at the bottom of the page!!! I am going to recommend this topic now!!!
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:03 AM
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70. I guess it didn't get "blocked", after all. Boy, talk about peeing in the OP's wheaties.
Edited on Tue Nov-20-07 02:03 AM by impeachdubya
I wouldn't know. I turned off the ads AND I have firefox with adblocking, so I miss all the shenanigans!
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:00 AM
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57. Hey now, I was so engrossed in the picture that I didn't even read the words!
Dayyyummm. Would someone please help me to understand what is is to be "deeply offended". Good lord. If someone is so overly sensitive that seeing a picture of something on of all places THE INTERNET has the power to ruin their entire day. I find that person "offensive", and "sniveling". Yes, these are the qualities that will wrest this great nation back from the verge of fascism. "I couldn't attend the protest rally because I was at home suffering from deep offense." "Sorry, I can't come to work today, I've been deeply offended to the point my butt hurts..." I so fucking fed up with the hyper-sensitivity, poor-me isms, feigning compassion behind this invented cloak of "deeply offended". Stuff a sock in it already. Or better yet, hide under your bed lest you risk seeing, hearing, or feeling anything "offensive". You definitely won't smell anything offensive, because hyper-sensitive folks seem to think that their shit don't stink. If you really want to be "offended" let me know. I'll come by you house and fart in your dinner.

p.s. this rant was directed at the op.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:01 AM
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69. The most offensive thing about that ad is the bad photoshop job, frankly.
The text AND the hint of booby? It's distracting. Do one or the other. I expect better from my fellow atheists.
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Amanita Donating Member (73 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 03:33 PM
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21. And I am insulted by almost all candidates dragging God in the campaign
Can anyone do anything about THAT?
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 05:34 AM
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36. No. n/t
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uhhuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 05:26 AM
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35. HEY!!!

Aren't you offended by the god still loves us ad at the top of the page with the biohazard symbol that is just some stupid contest for prizes sponsored by Time/Warner? I would think that all-natural boobage, and rational thought would be less offensive than using god as a buzzword in some sort of corporate scheme to dole out overpriced merchandise to people who are ultimately being used to provide free advertising for some sort of media product, but I'm just an unenlightened atheist progressive, so what do I know?
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 06:26 AM
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38. Like the stupid internet ads that say "Shoot the monkey and win a laptop"
or maybe for the religious.. " Grab Jesus with your mouse & win an iPod"
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 06:48 AM
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40. You can block the ads, go to preferences
Edited on Mon Nov-19-07 06:50 AM by DemReadingDU
Click the 'no' button, and ads do not display

:)

on edit: you have to be a donor though.

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MikeDuffy Donating Member (309 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:07 AM
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42. How much money does DU make off allowing Google Ads?
Has that ever been revealed? Should someone suggest a boycott, i.e. never clicking on any Google Ads? If that were to happen, what would be the likely outcome? DU for subscribers only? Grovelbot 24/7? Collapse of the world as we know it? ??// Looks like I wore out the question mark key...
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SecularMotion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:02 AM
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41. I love the smell of censorship in the morning
:sarcasm:

So the next time an ad appears with a Jesus or Christian reference, I'll ask the mods to delete it.
I am deeply offended that my country is being governed by adults in the name their fantasy friend.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:19 AM
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44. Please do. I have never seen such an ad on DU. Have you?
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SecularMotion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:42 AM
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49. Please note the sarcasm
I would never request an ad to be censored on DU or anywhere. I am secure in my beliefs or lack of beliefs that I am not threatened by an advertisement on a website.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:53 AM
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53. And I am secure enough in my beliefs not to have to insult the beliefs of others.
In an ad or elsewhere.

As I have said repeatedly, I didn't feel threatened by the ad. I did feel it was inappropriate for this place, and not at all in keeping with the inclusiveness that we practice here all the time. (Well, most of the time. We don't show ads for Hustler or Jeff Gannon's "military stud" films on DU. I am sure that leaves a vacuum in some hearts here, or less volume in some pants. That also doen't threaten me.)

But I am noticing that this thread has brought out folks (other than the boobie lovers, who must require T&A 24/7 to exist) who feel the need to wear their beliefs on their "secular" sleeves.

Good on ya'. Glad there's a place here for all of us. Also glad we seldom have to wade through ads insulting the non-political beliefs of any of us (or anyone else) to make it to the threads, where we can insult the hell out of each other all day long, like pigs in slop.

This is a great place, isn't it? Sure hope you contribute to its upkeep. I do.
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:46 AM
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51.  So a Jew, a Christian, and a big tittied cop walk in to a bar and...
oh wait, wrong forum.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 07:54 AM
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54. Right forum, wrong thread. (Or maybe not).
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:44 AM
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61. You can't insulate others form what you take offence too...
Try watching Christian religious broadcasting for a change and find out where the real problems arise from.








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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 09:20 AM
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62. The "form" my "offence" took was to alert the mods and invite comment.
Both actions had a good effect, it appears.

Where are you form?
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:35 AM
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72. Good from throughout, Fly!
Speak you're mined!
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MLFerrell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 12:10 PM
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65. I'm greatly offended by Hillary Clinton, but I don't start threads about her.
:eyes:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 06:02 PM
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67. You're about the only one here who doesn't.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 12:54 PM
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66. Oh that dirty dirty blasphemy!
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Didereaux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 02:52 AM
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74. CENSORSHIP! That is what you re implying...with yourself as Chief Inquisitor
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Basileus Basileon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 10:47 AM
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78. So turn off ads; you're a donor. Or get Firefox, and block them.
Edited on Tue Nov-20-07 10:48 AM by Basileus Basileon
Just don't take my hot atheist chicks away.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-20-07 03:40 PM
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80. Oh noes, teh opressed religionists are being opressed by the Evil Atheist Conspiracy!!!
Edited on Tue Nov-20-07 03:40 PM by Odin2005
:eyes: :rofl:
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