Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Discount Reduced Christian T-shirts

I've been spammed on my own blogsite. Hey, if they're talking about selling advertising on fruit, why not spam blogs? In response to my last post, there were anonymous notes from sites for cartoon animals, Sam Freedom the coolest guy on the planet, and a "discount reduced Christian t-shirt" place. Fearing spyware or whatnot, I was afraid to even click on the links to explore further just how cool Sam (from what looks like may be Singapore)is, if the cartoon animals resembled Arthur or more in the genre of Fritz the Cat, and just how tiny and cheap those Christians and their t-shirts can be.

Really, do you think you'd find me wearing a Christian t-shirt, no matter how discounted it is? And my bust just can't handle reduced shirts - the more fundamentalist of you would publically not approve, although privately would be keeping secret stashes of photos. Were the shirts cheap and depicting Christians reduced to some lower stature (although I can't think of anything lower than some Christians I know of), that would just be bad form. No way are you going to get me to wear a shirt with Pat Robertson on it. Or maybe it's a shirt discounting Pat Robertson? Or, maybe by reduced Christian they meant a diagram of devolution from Christian to ape to prokaryote? But something tells me that's not what they're selling.

Besides, I'd never fit into it.

P.S. Sam, if I'm wrong about you, my apologies. I guess I'm just not cool enough.


At 9:02 PM, August 17, 2005, Blogger eric said...

for fear of crassly quoting myself ... but perhaps you might find it interesting what a christian like myself thinks about others share the same distinction for good or ill.


spammers are like used car salesmen. they deserved to be flogged.


At 9:03 PM, August 17, 2005, Blogger eric said...

sorry, i don't think that translates. it's feb. 26, 2005, on my weblog archive.


At 3:05 AM, August 19, 2005, Blogger Sam Freedom said...

Well, Eric, so much for that Christian perspective - to turn the other cheek. Or whatever interpretation of Christ's teachings suits you this week. A Christian isn't someone who calls themselves a Christian, nor is it someone who quotes the bible or talks about Jesus.

It's one who lives the precepts of Christ - to be Christlike. And here you are recommending a flogging and I supposed you'll say it's just a joke, but that's a moment where you could have said something nice and Christ like, right?

As for you, blog author, whether you're cool enough or not isn't my business. You only have to be cool enough to be able to stand living with yourself.

Thanks for the honor of a blogpost mentioning my name. You think I spammed, but I really do read these things. And I usually do leave a link, just like ERIC did.

Have a good one...
The coolest guy on the planet STILL

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At 12:23 AM, August 20, 2005, Blogger eric said...

hey, we all disagree, right? doesn't make anybody less of an anything. we are what we are no matter what we try to make ourselves out to be. so, feel good, man, don't be defensive, it's all taken care of anyway.

as i think about the prospect of finding a spammer and bending him over and smacking him with a belt ... yeah, i don't believe that's a good idea.

so, if you're a spammer, i give you my personal guarantee i won't try to smack you with a belt. :)

and just to say ... if the standard of judging who is a christian and who is not is who is most "christ-like," then we're all in trouble.

luckily, we're not, which brings me back to my original point.


At 8:27 AM, August 20, 2005, Blogger KZ the Turtlegirl said...


Why did they book a Christian concert after a hockey game? That's like, oh, opening a Pat Boone concert with the Sex Pistols. Marketers - often, I think they should be flogged. Thanks for the link - I appreciate reading more of your stuff.

And Sam, I nearly deleted your response here because I don't couch attacks on me or my readers on my blog. But before I could, Eric responded in his usual witty way, so I'm keeping it for his post's sake.

As for mistaking you, Sam, for a spammer, you had the unfortunate timing of posting within mere minutes between the t-shirt and cartoon animal spam. You also didn't mention anything about the post itself, a usual spam tactic of, well, the response from tramadol prescriptions that I'm keeping in here for illustration, and the irony of being spammed in a spam-miff post.

At 10:08 AM, August 20, 2005, Blogger eric said...

it was quite odd, kz. the hockey thing, i mean. personally, i used to watch the fights and kind of think it's not cool.

then, i realized -- after one of our sports writers told me -- that they have a whole system by which they do this. there are certain guys who do it and others who keep the peace. and they're professional about it. so it's not unlike boxing.

i thank you for the indulgence. i hope it doesn't come across as self serving just thought it might interest you.

i don't know. i don't really cheer over the sport, but i do usually laugh at the absurdity of it all. the christian frat crowd was pretty cool. nice enough and all. it was just weird.

sam, you're always welcome to visit me and i'll discuss faith with you. it's important for christians to do that, with an open mind. there's no mistaking that we have a bit of a p.r. problem.

lastly, what's up with all these spammers? i'm getting slammed. and i've noticed others are, too.


At 1:00 PM, August 20, 2005, Blogger KZ the Turtlegirl said...

Despite my penchant for flogging limited-edition cereal marketers. I'm not big into violent anythings - sports, movies, games, books. They simply bother me. Like scorpions. No reason to dislike them they just make me squeemish. Never heard there were "good" hockey players and "mean" hockey players. That does put a whole new spin on the game.

As for spammers, I dared to check out Sam's site. Right there in living color he's promoting a blog spamming software. So, I stand by my original impression.

BTW, in honor of you, I bought the chocolate limited edition Lucky Charms. They smell most foul. Hubby overheard my oldest girls discussing them. A said the shooting stars weren't really marshmallows since they were melting, and N said the milk didn't taste like chocoate milk. I think they needed a larger focus group for that idea.

At 8:05 PM, August 20, 2005, Anonymous Sam said...

Well, that was nice of you to keep my comment for Eric's sake. Forget that even though blogs are "authored" aren't required to accept anything they don't want, but just go ahead and delete others peoples thougths and ideas and opinions even if they're not truly injurious...

Unless you have a good comeback...or a friend responds to it.



At 9:18 PM, August 20, 2005, Blogger eric said...

hard marshmallows. almost an oxymoron. just remember, i never told you it would be good. just, maybe, the marshmallows.

and the hockey players who do the fighting are called "goons." professional actually draft and sign goons specifically for them being goons.

guys like that always protected wayne gretzsky and kept him out of fights.



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