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I just received an e-mail from my landlady informing me that Barack Obama is the anti-Christ spoken of in Revelation, and that I should (a) not vote for him and (b) warn everyone else.

I got this from my landlady.

Honestly, if it was anyone else – if it was my boss, even – I would probably go apeshit. Now I don't know what to do. Back when she was just leaving copies of A Purpose-Driven Life on my doorstep, I was a lot more inclined to ignore this sort of thing, but I don't want crap like this in my inbox every morning.

For five more months, I have to write checks to a woman who thinks that the Bible predicted the anti-Christ would be a Muslim. COME ON.


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Oct. 20th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
there is no #2
Mistake #1: giving your landlady your e-mail.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: there is no #2
Yeah, I did it to save on paper -- the theory being that instead of sending me a letter with my share of the utilities on it, she could just send an e-mail -- which is funny because she thinks that global warming is a myth and that environmentalism in general is some kind of hippie plot to weaken America.
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Oct. 20th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
to be fair, during the writing of the Bible, they didn't know to categorize the anti-Christ as a Muslim.

I would think the anti-Christ, however, would be something more secular.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think I'm closer to being the anti-Christ than Barack Obama is.
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Oct. 20th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
So why does your landlady have your email address?

My boss thinks Obama is the anti-Christ. He also thinks John McCain clearly won the last two debates.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
I can only be grateful my family doesn't have my e-mail address. I'd probably get a hundred of these letters a day.
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Oct. 20th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I am amused by the people who don't understand why you and the person whose real estate you rent might have a need to communicate with each other!

Dunno if you read slacktivist, but if you don't, he's recently done a series of posts on this exact topic (why people continue to spread lies so stupid that believing them has to be a deliberate decision): here, here, & here. Very good reading: talks about what doesn't work (going apeshit, merely presenting the facts & expecting them to speak for themselves.)
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Those are very good links! Although they offer no particular solution, if I recall correctly. Your landlady is probably also ardently opposed to kitten burning.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
You could always include some pro-Obama talking points with your rent check. If she can dish it out, she ought to be able to take it.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Nah, because then she'll accuse him of trying to stifle her First Amendment right to have an ill-informed batshit opinion. Remember, kids: to the right-wing animal intelligence is arrogance.
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Oct. 20th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I've trained my spam filter to dump right-wing talking points in the same bucket as Nigerian financial opportunities and the latest developments in male sexual enhancement.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Every time I'm forced to realize that people like that exist, I hate this country a little bit more.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
This is what the memo line on the rent check was invented for. You are probably leaving it blank, or filling in "rent". It could say that that Martin Luther is the anti-christ, (or Pat Robertson, or whoever she likes.) The possibilities are endless!
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Not that I suggest you engage with this woman more than you have to, but I'd be curious as to her religious affiliation. I don't just mean "Christian," since that term covers quite a range. E.g., if you wish you can go here to listen to "The Papacy is the Antichrist 1 of 3 (1888) Classic Reformation and Protestant Eschatology,"* though if you don't have time the summary reads as follows:

Contains the teaching of Scripture & the Protestant Reformation exposing the Papacy as the Antichrist or "that Man of Sin." The original WCF even applied 666 to the Papacy. This doctrine was an integral part of the Reformation as all the Reformed creeds, covenants, and confessions attest.

Not sure if this is the original audio, given the apparent date of recording. Anyhow, perhaps your landlady has mistaken "Muslim" for "Catholic."

(*This could explain why Catholic-raised Johnny Rotten correctly identified himself as an Antichrist.)
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
What's worked pretty well for me to get my dad to stop sending me anti-Obama stuff, is to tell him that for every one he sends me, I will donate $25 to the Obama campaign dedicated in his name. Worked pretty well, I must say.
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Genius strategy!
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hey, is that the one that says that the Antichrist would reign on Earth for 42 months...which is almost the length of a full presidential term?? That was my favorite part of the e-mail because the calendar won't even support that level of insanity.

My husband's grandmother got that e-mail from a friend last week and has been livid ever since and totally disappointed in her friend.

You should just e-mail your landlady back and tell her you were going to vote for McCain but now she's totally changed your mind.
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's that very one! Full o' crap it is.
Oct. 20th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
So, are you actually planning on moving when your lease is up? Or was that more of a "for at least five months" kinda thing?
Oct. 20th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
The best defense is crazier spam
Since you have her email address. you should sign her up for Ron Paul mailing lists. Outlaw fiat money! Gold standard! Legalize howitzers!
Oct. 20th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
You know that delete button? Use it often on her emails. Iknow, I know, it's hard not to scream and rant, but you also don't want to have to look for a new place to live for those 5 months, correct? There ae stupid, bigoted people everywhere, it seems. Scream and rant here, ignore it in your inbox, and count days!
Oct. 20th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)

Is there any way to spam-kill crap like that by flagging specific phrases? Although then you might miss out on sarcastic comments from real friends, I suppose. Does your landlady ever have occasion to send you emails that you actually need to get?

My aunt Kathy went on an email-forwarding spree this weekend and now my inbox is full of things attributed to Ben Stein about persecution of Christians and the like, so I'm feeling you on this, except that it's about ten times worse when it's your landlady. WTF.
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