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My Mom Needs Snopes

Argh. My mom tried to tell me tonight that “UCLA” was trying to “remove all headstones with crosses from national cemeteries.”

“You mean the ACLU?” I asked, suspicious off the bat that my mom couldn’t even get the name of the “enemy” right.

“Yeah, them.” So she goes on to tell me how wrong it is to meddle in the expression of personal religious belief, especially that of veterans who defended our freedoms. (A position I completely agree with, which is why I oppose government discrimination against Wiccans, such as this case involving a deceased Wiccan military veteran, recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, not that I got into that with my mom at this juncture.)

“Uh, ok,” I said, “that sounds pretty crazy and really unlike the kind of thing the ACLU normally does.”

“Write your congressman! Write the President!” says my mom.

“Uh, well, I’m going to have to investigate it. And seriously, Mom, it’s not like the President cares what I have to say…”

“I’ve investigated it, I know it’s true. The guys at the VFW and the American Legion are all fighting this!”

“Tell you what, Mom. I’ll look into this. Lemme get back to you. Just promise that you’ll hold off judging the ACLU as an organization based on this one story?”

Sure enough, Snopes has a page dedicated to this claim. And, just as my bullshit detector told me, it’s not true. If only my mom had Snopes! Seriously, I feel like I have to protect her from this stuff. I worry that she’s going to be one of those little old ladies who believes she “won” a “Mexican lottery” or who wastes her time and energy getting all upset because “those Mexicans have more rights than we do” because public buildings post instructions in Spanish. I love my mom and I really don’t want to see her get suckered. I don’t care if she decides that she hates the ACLU, I’d just feel much better knowing that she made her decision based on things they’ve actually done! Is that so much to ask?

32 comments to My Mom Needs Snopes

  • not that I got into that with my mom at this juncture

    Damn. Just what I was going to ask. :D

    I have admit, I wish someone would send me that little chain letter; I’d ask them just that question.

    “So, does this apply to all religious expressions? Because if so, I have an excellent focus for your outrage…”

    :D

    Joe

  • not that I got into that with my mom at this juncture

    Damn. Just what I was going to ask. :D

    I have admit, I wish someone would send me that little chain letter; I’d ask them just that question.

    “So, does this apply to all religious expressions? Because if so, I have an excellent focus for your outrage…”

    :D

    Joe

  • not that I got into that with my mom at this juncture

    Damn. Just what I was going to ask. :D

    I have admit, I wish someone would send me that little chain letter; I’d ask them just that question.

    “So, does this apply to all religious expressions? Because if so, I have an excellent focus for your outrage…”

    :D

    Joe

  • not that I got into that with my mom at this juncture

    Damn. Just what I was going to ask. :D

    I have admit, I wish someone would send me that little chain letter; I’d ask them just that question.

    “So, does this apply to all religious expressions? Because if so, I have an excellent focus for your outrage…”

    :D

    Joe

  • Boy, do I know the feeling. In my case it’s my grandmother — she believes in everything she gets in email, because obviously her friends wouldn’t lie to her — but on occasion my mother gets snookered, too (and she’s got a ton more sense). *sigh* Occasionally I wonder if it’s me that’s the problem, because I’m so skeptical of anything I get sent. I’m such a cynic and wet blanket, don’t you know…

  • Boy, do I know the feeling. In my case it’s my grandmother — she believes in everything she gets in email, because obviously her friends wouldn’t lie to her — but on occasion my mother gets snookered, too (and she’s got a ton more sense). *sigh* Occasionally I wonder if it’s me that’s the problem, because I’m so skeptical of anything I get sent. I’m such a cynic and wet blanket, don’t you know…

  • Boy, do I know the feeling. In my case it’s my grandmother — she believes in everything she gets in email, because obviously her friends wouldn’t lie to her — but on occasion my mother gets snookered, too (and she’s got a ton more sense). *sigh* Occasionally I wonder if it’s me that’s the problem, because I’m so skeptical of anything I get sent. I’m such a cynic and wet blanket, don’t you know…

  • Boy, do I know the feeling. In my case it’s my grandmother — she believes in everything she gets in email, because obviously her friends wouldn’t lie to her — but on occasion my mother gets snookered, too (and she’s got a ton more sense). *sigh* Occasionally I wonder if it’s me that’s the problem, because I’m so skeptical of anything I get sent. I’m such a cynic and wet blanket, don’t you know…

  • Ah, but see the Snopes article only talks about the ACLU.

    UCLA, my alma mater, probably is trying to remove crosses from graveyards. And once UCLA exploded from eating pop-rocks and drinking coke at the same time.

  • Ah, but see the Snopes article only talks about the ACLU.

    UCLA, my alma mater, probably is trying to remove crosses from graveyards. And once UCLA exploded from eating pop-rocks and drinking coke at the same time.

  • Ah, but see the Snopes article only talks about the ACLU.

    UCLA, my alma mater, probably is trying to remove crosses from graveyards. And once UCLA exploded from eating pop-rocks and drinking coke at the same time.

  • Ah, but see the Snopes article only talks about the ACLU.

    UCLA, my alma mater, probably is trying to remove crosses from graveyards. And once UCLA exploded from eating pop-rocks and drinking coke at the same time.

  • Wouldn’t it have been better to keep her off track and let her warn everybody about UCLA? I try to refrain from correcting my mom on things like these: it isn’t polite and it is counter-productive.

    Also, I’m not sure that the Snopes article would reassure her much.

  • Wouldn’t it have been better to keep her off track and let her warn everybody about UCLA? I try to refrain from correcting my mom on things like these: it isn’t polite and it is counter-productive.

    Also, I’m not sure that the Snopes article would reassure her much.

  • Wouldn’t it have been better to keep her off track and let her warn everybody about UCLA? I try to refrain from correcting my mom on things like these: it isn’t polite and it is counter-productive.

    Also, I’m not sure that the Snopes article would reassure her much.

  • Wouldn’t it have been better to keep her off track and let her warn everybody about UCLA? I try to refrain from correcting my mom on things like these: it isn’t polite and it is counter-productive.

    Also, I’m not sure that the Snopes article would reassure her much.

  • I am so with you on this. I’ve been pointing my mom and stepdad at Snopes for years – YEARS – and I still get these things. I think they’re just looking for an excuse to make me feel smart.

    At least they’re not getting the right-wing versions of the hoaxes. That’s something to be happy about.

    I don’t know if it works for your mom, but mine calmed down a bit when I told her to stop falling for manufactured outrage.

  • I am so with you on this. I’ve been pointing my mom and stepdad at Snopes for years – YEARS – and I still get these things. I think they’re just looking for an excuse to make me feel smart.

    At least they’re not getting the right-wing versions of the hoaxes. That’s something to be happy about.

    I don’t know if it works for your mom, but mine calmed down a bit when I told her to stop falling for manufactured outrage.

  • I am so with you on this. I’ve been pointing my mom and stepdad at Snopes for years – YEARS – and I still get these things. I think they’re just looking for an excuse to make me feel smart.

    At least they’re not getting the right-wing versions of the hoaxes. That’s something to be happy about.

    I don’t know if it works for your mom, but mine calmed down a bit when I told her to stop falling for manufactured outrage.

  • I am so with you on this. I’ve been pointing my mom and stepdad at Snopes for years – YEARS – and I still get these things. I think they’re just looking for an excuse to make me feel smart.

    At least they’re not getting the right-wing versions of the hoaxes. That’s something to be happy about.

    I don’t know if it works for your mom, but mine calmed down a bit when I told her to stop falling for manufactured outrage.

  • Is that so much to ask?

    Yes.

    I’ve had to explain to my mother than forwarding “jokes” and other crap like that _WITH_ all the previous email addresses that the message has been sent to, including all the new ones she’s sending it to, is only helping spammers who are just waiting to see one of those messages and pull the addresses from it.

    And, when she “refers” ten friends/family to a “special offer” where one can get a “free” Playstation, all she’s done is given away our email addresses to spammers.

    And, whenever it sounds too good to be true, it is.

    And, whenever the story sounds just outrageous, it is.

    I’ve debunked stories that family have sent around (including my mother). It’s a lost cause.

    So, yes, it is too much to ask. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ;)

  • Is that so much to ask?

    Yes.

    I’ve had to explain to my mother than forwarding “jokes” and other crap like that _WITH_ all the previous email addresses that the message has been sent to, including all the new ones she’s sending it to, is only helping spammers who are just waiting to see one of those messages and pull the addresses from it.

    And, when she “refers” ten friends/family to a “special offer” where one can get a “free” Playstation, all she’s done is given away our email addresses to spammers.

    And, whenever it sounds too good to be true, it is.

    And, whenever the story sounds just outrageous, it is.

    I’ve debunked stories that family have sent around (including my mother). It’s a lost cause.

    So, yes, it is too much to ask. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ;)

  • Is that so much to ask?

    Yes.

    I’ve had to explain to my mother than forwarding “jokes” and other crap like that _WITH_ all the previous email addresses that the message has been sent to, including all the new ones she’s sending it to, is only helping spammers who are just waiting to see one of those messages and pull the addresses from it.

    And, when she “refers” ten friends/family to a “special offer” where one can get a “free” Playstation, all she’s done is given away our email addresses to spammers.

    And, whenever it sounds too good to be true, it is.

    And, whenever the story sounds just outrageous, it is.

    I’ve debunked stories that family have sent around (including my mother). It’s a lost cause.

    So, yes, it is too much to ask. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ;)

  • Is that so much to ask?

    Yes.

    I’ve had to explain to my mother than forwarding “jokes” and other crap like that _WITH_ all the previous email addresses that the message has been sent to, including all the new ones she’s sending it to, is only helping spammers who are just waiting to see one of those messages and pull the addresses from it.

    And, when she “refers” ten friends/family to a “special offer” where one can get a “free” Playstation, all she’s done is given away our email addresses to spammers.

    And, whenever it sounds too good to be true, it is.

    And, whenever the story sounds just outrageous, it is.

    I’ve debunked stories that family have sent around (including my mother). It’s a lost cause.

    So, yes, it is too much to ask. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ;)

  • Going through the same thing with my mother though more in the “well I don’t remember, you tell me” way. Which is even more scary now that Dad is gone with nobody to protect her but my aunt. My aunt’s a selfish cow.

  • Going through the same thing with my mother though more in the “well I don’t remember, you tell me” way. Which is even more scary now that Dad is gone with nobody to protect her but my aunt. My aunt’s a selfish cow.

  • Going through the same thing with my mother though more in the “well I don’t remember, you tell me” way. Which is even more scary now that Dad is gone with nobody to protect her but my aunt. My aunt’s a selfish cow.

  • Going through the same thing with my mother though more in the “well I don’t remember, you tell me” way. Which is even more scary now that Dad is gone with nobody to protect her but my aunt. My aunt’s a selfish cow.

  • Makes me nostalgic

    Ah, that one. I got so many emails about it, I made up a form letter.

  • Makes me nostalgic

    Ah, that one. I got so many emails about it, I made up a form letter.

  • Makes me nostalgic

    Ah, that one. I got so many emails about it, I made up a form letter.

  • Makes me nostalgic

    Ah, that one. I got so many emails about it, I made up a form letter.