In response to my post praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on “Obamacare,” I received an email with the header, all in caps, “HEY COYNE, GET A CLUE”. I reproduce it in its entirety, though the name has been changed to protect the unhinged. I have reproduced the email exactly as sent:
YOU SHOULD STICK TO BIOLOGY AS YOUR COMMENTS ON POLITICS PROVE YOU ARE CLUELESS
AND CHILD, IF YOU WILL READ THE ATTACHED, YOU WILL SEE WHY I AM QUALIFIED TO SAY THE THINGS I DO
First, for some very stupid reason, most people seem to think it is wrong to tell some of the truth about yourself. Well they can kiss my butt as I care less what the illogical, irrational and not too bright think.
I’ve written this because I figure others may want to know what I want to know about what the experience and knowledge those informing me have. So here are a some things about me. (And IF you want a list of negatives, just ask as truth is truth.)
Those who know me well, know I’m a very truthful person. In 1964, I was given the nick name “Jackass John” [JAC: I have replace the real but similar nickname with a pseudonym] by a co-worker who said he did so due to my always telling the truth and most people do not like hearing the truth.
I will be most happy to both supply the contact information of others who will attest to my truthfulness. And I am most willing to take any and all scientific lie detection tests. (I hate liars! They disgust me & this is one of the main reasons I have no respect for Obama.)
As Walt Whitman said: “If you’ve done it, it ain’t bragging!”*
I am much more generally experienced and more generally Knowledge than are most my age of 77.
I say this as I have lived in three countries ten states and in twenty cities. For five years, I lived in Cerro De Pasco, Peru which is over 14,000 feet and in Honduras “cloud forests” for about a year.
I have had many more professions than most even think of having, Some are – Paratrooper, Lifeguard & Deep Sea Diver, a Cafe owner, a manufacturing supervisor (NCR – TRW) and an industrial engineer for XEROX
I’ve also done many more different types of things than most ever come close to doing. I’ve sailed on more different types of ships, driven more different types of vehicles, flown in more types of aircraft, ridden on more different types of trains and fired more different types of weapons. than most have, I’ve done all the things, (plus others) listed in signature block at the end of this.
Tests I’ve taken prove I use my “Gifted Level” IQ nearly twice as effectively as most people use their intelligence, My tested reading skills show I read at nearly double the speed which most with college degrees are able to read at and do so with high comprehension. (Read more than most do as well.)
Listening comprehension tests proved the average college educated supervisor at NCR’s Electronics Division only scored 23 percent in a listening comprehension test. (My score was 46%). (As part of a supervisors job is to listen effectively and as they knew they were being tested on their listening skills, think how poorlyothers listening skills are!) At the end of the course, my listening comprehension test score was 96 percent. And it was the tightest score ever gotten by anyone in any company world wide. (I have no idea why my listening skills are better than others, all I know is what tests showed.)
I live my life as I define Science:
“Science is the Ever-Expanding, Never-Ending, On-Going and Self Correcting Search for Truth!'”
I go where the evidence and the facts take me, And IF they substantiate the positions I which already support, Great!.
Yet, IF the evidence and the facts do NOT substantiate my presently held positions on issues, I change my position so if is supported by the facts
Very Sadly, I find this is not true for most others. I’ve found most people will simply either refuse to learn and/or will deny any facts which do not support what they already believe.
I make a great effort to be as fair as possible and attempt to not make any judgements until I have sufficient facts to know what I am doing.
I have repeatedly risked my personal safety for others. This includes for Black Civil Rights and when stopping crimes in progress. (eight so far.)
So combining my extensive experience & my knowledge with my intelligence and skills with my normally assuring I have more than sufficient facts to back me up, the odds of anyone proving me to be either logically or factually wrong are about zero!
I Thank You For your Time.
Please, Take Care!
A 77 year old Pro Iraq War Agnostic Atheist Activist, a former member of management in some Top American 500 corporations and a 101st Airborne Vet.
A Truth Telling, No BS, Women Chasing, (& Catching them 92 times), Iconoclastic, Fire Walking, Crime Stopping, Deep Sea and Scuba Diving, Philosophizing, Life Saving, Paratrooping, Bungee Jumping, Spelunking, 1 and 3 Meter Spring Board Diving, Partying/Dancing, Rock Climbing, Rapid Running, Expert Shooting, Beach VolleyBall Playing and “Barking” Grumpy Old “Son Of A Beach.”
I see he’s beaten the Islamic martyrs’ reward by a full 20 women—impressive! But I still don’t know what I’m supposed to learn about Obamacare. The dude spends a gazillion words about how awesome he is, and never tells me where I went wrong.
This proves something that we’ve all learned in the last year: atheists can be just as crazy as the looniest believers. Well, I hope he enjoys seeing his words here.
*This reminds me what Walter Brennan used to say as “Grandpappy Amos” on the t.v. show The Real McCoys: “No brag—just fact!”