Thursday, March 11, 2010

Will You Still "Friend Me" ?

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forever more
Will you still Friend me
Will you still Link me
When I'm dissin' yours?

(with much apologies to the Beatles)

Do you Facebook?


Me, too. Though I swore a while back I was chunking my card-carrying privileges. But I didn't. What the heck, Quakers are American as mom's apple pie, aren't they? We're all Friends, right?

As usual, I can't resist adding my two cents which usually turns into two dollars' worth. Ignorance and soap-boxing just beg to get in a dunking booth together, and carny mountebanks thrive in a FB environment.

I recently discovered some shysterism in a Friend's ranting about those horrid, wicked, stupid, small-college educated, communistic Liberals who tell lies and whom surely will be the cause of the eventual downfall of America and Wheaties cereals as we know it. Said Friend was so busy trying to win that coveted gold statue, Snipemeister of the Year, that he sort of accidentally (I am so sure that it was) plagiarized only a teeny bit.

It didn't take me even five Googling minutes to find the smarmy political site the Friend swiped borrowed it from. (I had my suspicions all along, because the rant contained words with more than six letters in them.)

Kman shook his head and told me I was a glutton for punishment and crap usually stinks worse when you stir it.

True enough words, but my own First Amendment Rights came with this addendum in small print at the bottom of the page:

Pssst...To KEEP us, you must USE us, especially when needing to cause a bonafide STINK!

(It has been rumored this passage was added quite clandestinely by Abraham Baldwin - a senator from Georgia and said to be the early patriarch of those pesky but adorable Baldwin faces and you be the judge!)

Always natty dressers, those Baldwins.

And hey, to quote that groovy songster of the 70's, Carole King, who was the founder of the original Friending movement way back in the 20th century:

Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
When people can be so cold
They'll hurt you, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don't you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend


Kay Dennison said...

LOL I finally discovered that one really can dump Facebook. So I did. I'd rather be blogging!!!!

bill / prairie point said...

Oh, I think very little "ranting" is completely original. Most of us get stirred up by reading someone else's rant and then pass it on.

Wanda said...

So...what'd you do? Did you comment on the post? I usually end up keeping my mouth shut. Not always. Sometimes it is just too irresistable to tell the truth.

Cowtown Pattie said...


I believe I replied with one comment or two, but now that particular news feed and comments have been deleted. Maybe she couldn't STAND THE TRUTH....LOL

Darlene said...

I love your post. Good Job !! You are the second Molly Ivins. To able to make a point with humor is a trait I wish I had.

I never look at Facebook unless I get a notice that someone has posted on mine and that doesn't happen often. I haven't really gotten into it due to lack of time, so am a neophyte on FB.

Xtreme English said...

well, i enjoyed your post! facebook, not so much....

K. said...

I coached the better half on a Facebook argument through health care.

I don't get into many debates on FB because I use it mainly to stay in touch with old (small) college friends who are for the most part not as liberal as I am. They're also reasonably sane, and we seem to keep politics off the table by mutual consent.

Elisson said...

There's friends... and then there's ffriends.

FB has its place, but the blog is where I do my writing.

Oh, those Baldwin boys... practically my next-door neighbors back in the 1960's. Alec is now the spit 'n' image of his daddy, having beefed up considerably over the last few years.

Todd said...

I use Facebook more than blog. Either one is a narcissistic pursuit that really isn't worth the paper it's not printed on.

Alas, I live to write. Used to write to make a living, now just looking for work in all the wrong places.

Anonymous said...

Pattie--Darlene has truly tagged you with being Molly Ivin's second. Although I try to maintain an even keel in my postings (unsuccessfully, at times), I enjoy the rantings of others - as long as they have brains in their heads.
Cop Car
P.S. Obviously, I find you "qualified"!

Cowtown Pattie said...

Cop Car - I might enjoy it more if it didn't push my "Idiot Alert" alarm system to the max! Thanks for the Molly comp, too!