Mom's secret weapon: the God Box
November 12th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Mom's secret weapon: the God Box

In May 2006, I lost my mother, Mary Finlayson.

I miss so much about her - those moments when we laughed or cried at the same things; our pet names for each other ("I love you, Anna Banana," we'd say); and how we would end our nightly calls by pressing our palms to our phones and whispering, "Hands on," our mantra for always staying close.

What I long for most is the way Mom could make me believe that everything would be OK.

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  1. koufax8

    My post didn't get "flagged" for profanity. You are full of BS up to your eyeballs! Have fun getting another moderating gig!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  2. koufax8

    Wrong answer David, but nice try!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  3. koufax8

    Dude. I said "people such as yourself" meaning someone who gave mixed signals–on the one hand encouraging me to give you my "best argument," and then when I take the time to formulate an expansive reply, you don't bother to post it. You misled me into believing we were going to have an exchange of ideas. Instead, you revealed your immaturity by publishing juvenile comments about my engaging in "fasting and praying" in order to get my response posted.

    Just because you don't feel you can benefit from my insights, it doesn't mean that others might not. This is what a public blog forum is for.

    But then, anyone who characterizes all Christians as "fundies" clearly doesn't get it anyway. As I am neither a church-goer nor a religionist, I do not consider myself a "fundamentalist," who I often regard as the opposite of free-thinking individuals. My characterization may be a bit unfair, but most "fundies" believe a more "literal" interpretation of the Bible than I do.

    At any rate, yes, you are obviously defective, a person who masquerades as wanting answers but then is not mature enough to enter into a mutual constructive dialogue. By hiding my half of the debate, it shows me that you are clearly scared of the truth. Those who aren't scared by truth are far more apathetic in nature, and wouldn't need to use terms like "sky daddy" to deride the concept of a personal savior.

    I'm guessing you're maybe, what 12? 14? do your parents know you are on here?

    No worries though, I already wrote CNN about needing to "fast and pray" to get a moderator to post my comments.

    November 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You said: "I take the time to formulate an expansive reply, you don't bother to post it. You misled me into believing we were going to have an exchange of ideas. Instead, you revealed your immaturity by publishing juvenile comments about my engaging in "fasting and praying" in order to get my response posted."

      If you have enough faith, you can move a mountain. How much easier is getting a blog posted.
      With god, all things are possible. Since your comment didn't post, maybe it's a sign there is no god? What do you think?

      Dude! It is not my responsibility to see that your comments get posted. I told you to look at the list Reality posts.

      You accuse me of being juvenile, when you are whining at my pant leg, like a child for a sweet? Pfui!

      For the last 2 days, I have been having a conversation with Vertebrate Catholic (exorcism blog). After him, you would be light work. Neither of us had any problem getting our comments posted. About a week before this, I had a lengthy exchange with a fellow named D-Bo. We had no problems with our comments posting either.

      Are you simple? I did not do anything to keep your comments from posting. I wanted you to post your comments. I was disappointed that your promised response did not appear.

      One More Time: I did nothing to keep your comment(s) from posting.

      Dry your eyes. Blow your nose. Find Realities list of banned words. He posts this list in most blogs. Go over your comments. If the comment is large, it probably does have embedded words – Cons (t_it)ution – that will AUTOMATICALLY cause your comment to be moderated.

      I am done with you. Cheers!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:01 am |
    • David Johnson


      Here is a list of most of the words that trigger the filter and place your comments in "waiting to be moderated" mode.
      It was compiled by Raison and Reality. I thank them both for it.

      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words.

      For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution.

      Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument.

      Ditto for s-ex, s-exual, ped-ophilia, You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not.
      More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.
      c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
      sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
      ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
      t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
      va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
      ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
      jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
      p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
      There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.
      okay words that you might not expect to be filtered....!!!

      Also, you can only include 1 path to a website.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:15 am |
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