If you're wondering whether we've received any hate mail
lately, the answer is - oh boy, have we received some hate
mail lately. But we don't really feel putting it up right
now, because frankly it's disgraceful. So rather than running
a new edition of the Hate Mailbag, we've compiled a Dumb Mailbag,
to share with you some of the more foolish offerings we've
received recently. As usual, we have NOT edited these in ANY
way, except to remove full names and email addresses where
Top Ten Must Be More Popular Than We Thought...
From: "michael franks" <----------@------.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 18:30:36 +0000
Subject: Top 10 list
I see that
I am on your top 10 list as #3. First of all, lighten up a
little. Second, anyone who read the comments of my testimony
knew it was meant in jest to make a point. Even the Dallas
Morning News article put at the end of the exact same quote
person reading it knew that I was not advocating the literal
burning of books as you make it seem, but knew I meant that
the books were junk and should be reworked or not used at
all. What you fail to research is that the books outside any
environmental biased, do contain many factual errors, grammatical
errors and many omissions regardless of any "political agenda"
from either side. One book also at the end each chapter does
not have a test of the chapters curriculum, but rather has
a study test for the Texas based assessment test, known as
the TAAS test. So the book only teaches for the test and not
for the curriculum. THIS IS WHAT YOUR LIBERALS ACTUALLY COMPLAINED
ABOUT BUSH FOR!!! That in Texas he only wanted kids to learn
for the TAAS test. So there is much more to these books than
just an "environmentalist" bent. What many were complaining
about was that the books only give one point of view on several
subjects which doesn't invoke critical thinking for jr. high
the information is not even based on scientific fact, WHICH
AGAIN IS WHAT YOU LIBERALS ARE FOR....scientific proof, it
just gives some of the scientist "opinions". So again, lighten
up a little and take a joke as it was intended, and don't
make my comments to be something they weren't, especially
referring me to HITLER of all things. I am a libertarian minded
republican and as you know we are the furthest thing AWAY
from fascism as you can get so the reference to Hitler is
actually so inverse of my own political beliefs it is almost
comical in itself.
State Republican Executive Committee
Senate District 18
Former Campaign Chairman Congressman Ron Paul
RESPONDS: Sorry Michael. It's just that this
article didn't say you were joking. About burning books. Still,
it must be rough to be misconstrued so horribly on the Internet.
Perhaps I should get in touch with the guy that invented it
and find out what he thinks?
To Try And Make A Point About Censorship
From: ------@----------.net (inthemiddle)
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 07:20:48 -0500
Subject: A Question for Auntie Pinko
this on to the editors of DU & reflect on the words from your
own perspective. In hours after the tradegies in NY and DC,
at a time that the nation should be pulling together in spirit
and prayer, many posters on DU used the event as an opportunity
to spew vile words to somehow place the blame on the current
administration. Views of this nature are at best "radical"
and at worst "sick." No administration of any party could
allow such events to happen. To believe so, and to coninue
to post such thoughts, says something of the mental stability
of such posters.
take the responsible action on limiting such posts. I know
what you must be thinking,"That would be censorship, and we
at DU must allow free and open conversation of ideas among
our membership. Al besides that's not the Democratic way."
All at DU
know that that's baloney! I was a former member of DU who
was banned not for foul language, not for being a jerk, not
for posting radical ideas, but I was censored for encouraging
civil exchange of differing ideas. Please feel free to check
your files for my eight or ten posts and I would welcome an
email explaining your position to your censorship of my posts.
I will assume that the absence of any response from you is
an acceptance of my view that DU censors opposing opinions.
Your comments, or the absence thereof, together with copies
of my original postings might be of interest to your advertisers.
I will await
RESPONDS: You know, every so often we get an email
from some clever dick who really thinks he's got us pinned
down. Congratulations Mark, your cunning plan almost worked,
except for one, tiny flaw... IT SAYS IN BIG LETTERS RIGHT
ON OUR REGISTRATION PAGE AND IN OUR RULES AND REGULATIONS
THAT WE CENSOR OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS. By the way, you can contact
our advertisers if you like but I don't think they'll give
much of two shits what you think, to be honest. Good luck.
Oh and since you challenged us to post a link, here's
one of you doing a good Rush Limbaugh impression. Buh-bye.
Blah Blah Censorship Blah Blah
From: "Jow ----" <-------@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 15:39:51 -0500
Subject: Cesorship...a DEMOCRATIC value.
is overly obvious. You proclaim freedom of speach and anti-censorship,
but in reality it only applies to you and your movement. I
broke no forum rules, and have been removed. Not once, but
twice. It's no surprise why this country elected the conservatives
that they did. With people like you claiming to be "Democratic"
you don't stand a chance. Keep up the good work. The vast
majority of Americans (80% by the latest polls) would LOVE
4 more years.
RESPONDS: Sigh. I don't know where people keep
getting these funny ideas that DU proclaims itself to be a
bastion of free speech on the web. In case anyone hasn't noticed,
this website is run privately, not by the government, so we
can pretty much decide what the hell we want about who we
let into our message boards. Sorry about that. If you don't
like it then perhaps we should come round to your house next
year, plant Democratic campaign signs all over your front
lawn, and then whine about how you're taking away our freedom
of speech when you pull them all out and throw them in the
Don't Make Them Like They Used To...
From: james ------- <--------@bellatlantic.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 15:13:03 -0500
Subject: you can't take it
wrong with your site.Ijust signed up an hour ago,and all ready
i can,t sign on maybe because im replician.
RESPONDS: SSSSSHHHH!!!! Or you'll have Harrison
Ford chasing you across a futuristic cyberpunk cityscape before
you can say "Do you like our owl?"
Wait, We Didn't Mean It...
From: --------@bellatlantic.net (jim)
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 15:56:39 -0500
Subject: your a bunch of foneys
on and my message was torn down.well i will e-mail rush and
let him see how you people operate.don,t bother to e-mail
me i will delite your message your people can,t handle it.
RESPONDS: Sorry about the Blade Runner joke. Please
don't tell Rush on us. He might come round and crush us with
Personal Attacks... Sucker!
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 22:24:45 EDT
Subject: 'Splain to me please...
humorously hypocritical files....I note that rule #1 in your
list for participants says "Do not post personal attacks",
yet on your home page is a picture of the first decent and
moral occupant of the White House in 8 years with the caption
"Top ten conservative idiots". Typical of a Democrat site
to break it's own rules. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to
figure out why the Dem. party is a pitiful collection of riff-raff
that's getting smaller every day. Banning conservative's?!?
How cowardly! As the movie quote goes...."YOU CAN'T HANDLE
THE TRUTH". Now...talk amongst yourselves....just don't expect
Rt is Rt
RESPONDS: Yes, it's true, the rules on our message
board say "Do not post personal attacks." Although
if you take a look around, you'll notice that this isn't the
message board. So bearing that in mind, it is with great pleasure
that I declare you to be a first-class idiot. You're welcome!
Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear
From: Just Did It <--------@--------.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 00:10:31 -0400
Subject: whatsup with my username?
login with username: Clintonsux.
RESPONDS: .......... *sounds of muffled spluttering
and hands slapping foreheads*
A Saga Of Utter Ineptitude
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 19:59:25 -0000
Subject: Logging out......
one log out?
RESPONDS: Sorry dude, there's nobody in the
office to answer your question at this time of night...
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 22:49:00 -0000
Subject: Log on / Log off
does one log off?
RESPONDS: Nope, still nobody here...
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 23:24:14 -0000
Subject: Re: Democratic Underground Password
cannot log into the web site???
would one log off??
"Wrong user name."
with the original password. I somebody keeping me off that
RESPONDS: Think I'll just have a glass of milk
From: "mtnpilotdiver" <--------@--------.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 01:17:03 -0000
Subject: Your web site.....
been told that your web site unofficially bans anyone who
"doesn't preach to the choir." I made one entry, and have
been challenged to back-up what I had to say. I now cannot
log-in. What is the problem?? Is that unofficial ban in progress
with me? If I cannot get back to your site, I will pass on
what has occurred to me to every web site or chat room I visit,
regardless of political persuasion. I other words, I will
make your web site look as bad as I think that it really is.
Either allow me back in, or I will bad mouth the web site
to the extreme.