Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A Jerk Visits The Blog


THE BIG THING:  A mild rant: 

We are all used to the occasional ads or spammers who leave posts at our blogs.  But last week, we received one that didn't quite fit into that category, yet was annoying enough so that I immediately deleted the comment.  But I've been thinking about it, and fortunately, I have comments sent to me email.  So while I deleted his comment at once, it was still in my email.

The comment was "mean" but not "nasty", so I've been thinking about it.  I suspect few of you saw it, but I want to discuss it.  I hope the cats will not mind my posting about it.

[LC, Ayla, Iza:  Go ahead, we are busy today]

Thanks girls...  We had posted about the cats licking the gravy bowl when I was done with it.  That does not seem odd to me.  I trust the dishwasher and alcohol to truly clean all bowls and plates and such.

But the person (who calls himself "The Crap Blog Detective") posted "You let your pets eat from the gravy bowl? And I always thought it was the ignorant uneducated Asians who live with their chickens and pigs who spread filthy diseases such as the swine flu. If there is to appear a cat-flu anytime soon, I know where it originated from".

I read it first to be simply stupid.  I'll lived with cat saliva all over me, licks in the food bowls that I was using and use again, cleaned cat litter boxes for 40 years, etc.  I don't much worry about it.  I know that cat-transmitted diseases are rare, and quite frankly, I seem to be pretty much immune to almost anything.  So I just deleted the comment as "ignorant".

But re-reading it in my email later, I noticed some more disturbing aspects.  "ignorant uneducated Asians" for example.  and even "appear a cat-flu anytime soon, I know where it originated from".

The first is reprehensible.  On a general level, "ignorant uneducated Asians", is automatically itself an ignorant individual statement.  All humans are equal in the ability to learn when given the opportunity.  

I probably shouldn't have, but I posted the following comment on this guy's blog:

"Thank you for visiting my blog and displaying your ignorance. You recently responded to a simple post of mine where I mentioned that I allowed my cats to lick the turkey gravy bowl, suggesting that I was exposing the world to a cat flu pandemic.

Apparently, you know nothing about either how I clean the bowl afterwards, about cat-to-human disease transmission, or about animal-to-human disease transmission in general.

I do, and you are fool on all counts. First, you might want to read 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond. It discusses typical disease transmission vectors. You won't see cats mentioned there.

Second, you might want to know that I clean all bowls that I share with the cats with both boiling water and an alcohol soak. That's over-kill, but I do it anyway. The cats get this enjoyment once a year on Thanksgiving Day, so it isn't that big an effort.

Regarding cat-transmitted diseases directly to humans: Rabies, stool contact, scratches and bites (more from skin puncture introducing existing human skin problems. Mine are vaccinated against rabies, and are otherwise healthy as hogs.

I know my cats; you don't.

Now, about your "ignorant uneducated Asians" comment: I could discuss your obvious bigotry toward Asians. I'm not Asian, so it is not a personal issue, but such a statement is beyond contempt. You should be ashamed of saying something like that, because Asians are as intelligent as any other grouping of humans, no more and no less.

So, congratulations. You thoroughly disgust me. Not so much by your apparent personal and unworthy biases (which are obvious) but mostly from your general ignorance of basic science. You think you have the qualifications to judge other blogs (the qualifications, not the legal right)?

I don't think so.

I dare you do leave this post up. I bet you won't!"

Sorry for the rant, the cats take over again tomorrow.



Cory said...

Wow, I didn't see that comment. Glad I didn't. All us kitties like a little lick of goodies now and then, it's shame someone had to spam you over something that you did that was a generous sharing of your Thanksgiving feast with your family.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Some comments are better left unexpressed. Did the guy leave your comment up?

We came by to say, you're right, no cat could eat 9 rolls. But Buddy is a hound, so 9 rolls are just an appetizer. Assuming, of course, that he actually stole the 9 rolls and ate them by himself. :-)

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

It seems he left my comment up. Apparently, he enjoys being insulted by most commentors. Maybe he is collecting them for a book. LOL!

The Big Thing

Milo and Alfie's Mom said...

The mom speaks:
What an ignorant man he was ~ and just downright rude too. He's best ignored (on wordpress we can ban a specific commentator from oyur blog ~ by going into the right part of admin ~ can you do the same as it's very satisfying).

BTW: Milo and Alfie lick us all the time, and eat scraps from our plates etc ~ and we just use a standard dish washer! AND we are fit and well (apart from my leg!!)

Best wishes. Jan

The Creek Cats said...

We can't understand why some humans have to be so cruel.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

We were thinking that this is probably his "thing", making comments that offend then waiting for the "fun" to start. He must get off on the upset. He needs a real life. What goes around, comes around and his won't be pretty.

Parker said...

What an awful thing to say, that person is not very smart.

Millie said...

Your Big Thing rocks!

HotMBC aka The Hotties said...

You tell 'em Big Thing!

Cat with a Garden said...

We are very sorry that you received such a nasty comment and that it took some of your valuable time. The person behind that silly blog doesn't even deserve your answer to his comment. The title of his blog tells it all...

Sylvester, Camille and Ava said...

omg, I dont blame you for deleting, then replying to such a post. my human would be upset over that as well. kudos to you..... nothing to the other guy.

The Meezers said...

good for you Big Thing! what a jerk he is!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I so dislike people like that. When we first started blogging we had some like that. Now and again we get something on Chey's but rarely. Usually people like that are best ignored...I think they actually do like the negative comments--they like the attention.

Daisy said...

The comment that person left was indeed ignorant, as well as offensive. What a doo-doo head.

Lone Star Purrs said...

Good for you for your comment back to him!! Some people have no class OR manners!! (Done with me rant now ;-)
~LSP Momma Becca

I'm suprised he left it up!

Angus Mhor said...

You know, I don't think that BOPPING him on the head like a lil' fiel' mouse would do that guy any good. 'Course, it wouldn't do him any harm.

Angus' Mom: Mark, I was so tempted to pop over to that guys blog to see if he had the temerity to leave your comment up...but, I don't want to drive up his stats in any way, shape, or form. I hope he hasn't reproduced...

Jan's Funny Farm said...

After the computer was shut down for the night, it occurred to us that we didn't type what we meant -- THAT GUY's comment would have been better left unsaid.

julier said...

Good for you! I always let my cats and my dog lick my plate, then rinse off in hot water and put in the dishwasher. I think the dishers get even cleaner!

Tyler said...

Our Mom likes our saliva. I think it perks her up a bit when she's feelin' down. It's her germs that we worry about. She's around 6 year olds all day long. Who knows what they've passed on to her.

Tyler's Mom, Lynn: Mark, there are so many obtuse people in this world. That was generous of you to take time from your busy day of loving your girls to try to enlighten him. If it doesn't work and he comes back to spread more toxic thoughts, my vote is that you totally ignore him. He's not even worth the moment's thought it takes to delete his comment. There are so many more worthwhile ways to spend your time.