~ And A Walk Down Memory Lane ~
I'm really a rat!
SCRAT’S A REAL RAT
Believe it or not folks, I’m feeling mellow and reflective today – until I think about the rat, Scrat – so that will come later.
In today’s Sunday News there is a front page story on TMI and nuclear power and deeper in the paper this article, “Silver Mine produces golden memories.” All of this takes me down memory lane.
Several weeks ago, someone noted on Talkback that March 28th was the 27th anniversary of TMI. It brought back tremendous memories. I was at TMI that day. I will never forget it. And in one of the most important journalism lessons I would learn, I had a TMI story go international. Yes, LIP had a story that went international. And we beat the pants off the Lancaster Newspapers on every aspect of TMI. Geez, I feel like Marvelous Marv, but I will tell that story sometime.
Speaking of Marv, the Silver Mines story brings back a ton of memories, one being of the mentioned, Jim “Lucky” Monoghan. Mac Rutherford, long ago sports writer for the Intell and all around crazy person, wrote the book “Luckee’s Elbow Room,” which former Mayor Smithgall tried to have made into a movie. (That’s when I new for sure he was a total nutjob – no offense Mac.)
So what does all of this have to do with anything? Well, I spent some evenings in Luckee's Elbow Room and Mac got me my first job at the Lancaster Newspapers in the Intell sports department under, you guessed it, Marvelous Marv. I answered the phones and took the sports scores. One day they needed someone to cover a wrestling match. Mac, always a man of his word, told Marv I had experience in college as a sports reporter (not!) and off I went to Donegal High School. Now, there may be nothing I hate more in this entire world than wrestling – but I got lucky and the cute, highly quotable, underdog won the big match. When I got back, I began to hand-write my story. Marv gave Mac a nervous look and told me I better put the paper in the typewriter and type my story. I did. A love of writing was born.
HE'S A REAL RAT
So what does all of this have to do with Scrat being a real rat? Memories, I guess. What a difference a year and a half make. When I signed up on the Talkback Board in August of 2004 to question a Janet Kelley story on then “missing” Cortney Fry, you could not say anything bad about the papers or reporters. Honestly. In fact, I was banned because of stating back then that I felt a number of the posters were LNP employees. And I got into a huge “argument” with moderator Dave and Scrat, the rat, for some reason joined in as if he owned the board (which I think he does). It was about freedom of speech and journalism and a number of things and Scrat challenged me to start my own weekly paper. (Good idea, Scrat! I think a website make more sense these days though, don’t you?) Anyway, I don’t have time to pull the whole thing today but I will run it at some point because it makes for good reading. And in less than a month, when I again stated I thought a number of the posters were LNP employees, Dave hit the “ban” button.
Now, Scrat, the rat, seems to be hung up on people being banned. He’s like a six-year-old kid constantly warning people that they might be banned kind of like the “I’m going to tell on you” brat. And he likes to bring up my being banned every chance he gets.
On March 23, 2006, he posted this:
“Check out this thread...
It was deleneann who 1st mentioned it:
Of course, never passing up an opportunity, Becky had to chime in, numerous times:
easy to see why she was banned:
Horns, you did chime in also...
Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
This is regarding the men’s right nutjob who is extremely vicious and foul and fired personal insults at people like owls eat rats. He even threw the thinly disguised “c” word at myself and another poster. But apparently Scrat, the rat, agrees with him that most women are “lying whores” who “think with their box” and he might want to tell his wife that he feels that way. (Yes, the most women are lying whores quote was really posted). Anyway, I’m quite proud of my post where he says you can see why I was banned.
This is the official version of why I was banned from Palmer Brown, Electronic Project Manager (LNP EPMGR) in an email to me dated December 20, 2005:
“You were banned in the past (September 2004) for violating the terms of service. This ban was a permanent ban after several warnings. It recently came to our attention that you had established a new Talkback account. As your previous ban was permanent, we closed this account as well.”
Seeing as I had LIP News all over my profile for months before this, it would seem these men are not too bright! And it’s my guess that it was Scrat, the childish rat, who did it. And how did the rat know about a defamation of character lawsuit?
Yesterday, the rat posted this:
"Just think, if you could have controlled yourself you would not be banned and you could be posting on here right now."
Okay, Scrat, find one post where I crossed the line. I challenge you to find one. I will not have my reputation sullied in this manner(!) The one you posted above about the Raging Whore Home for Crazy People (I enjoy that!) doesn’t cut it, especially with the post I was reacting to and the “men’s rights” nutjob throwing the “c” word around.
Today Scrat, the six-year-old rat, posted this:
“By the way, we had you pegged from day one also…. BANNED!
Whose we and aren’t you clever?
I have run out of time for today and have other things to do. Tomorrow, some juicy posts from Scrat, the conservative, religious, newspaper editor rat, and I will also get to the reader’s question about Janet Kelley. I will also get back to some regular news.