Friday, April 27, 2007

For Your Cannons

Perhaps this may come across as stinging.

Why is it that every time I post a devotional excerpt, gratitude activity, multimedic class, appreciation sound bite, or something along those lines--ziiiip, nothing! Everyone is as quiet as mice, except maybe my mom or someone who will open half an eye to say something like, "Alright, very amusing, now let's get back to what we were doing."

But then if I happen to post the slightest little thing that might strike you as more audaciously worded than you are used to, or eccentric in your golden opinion--suddenly I am the Demon of Woe himself, and you are up in arms against this conniving threat to friends and Family. "We can't let this happen! We must stand together! How dare he! Get a life! Curl up and die!"

I'm sorry, what?

Admit it. You come here with your sleeves rolled up, looking for a fight. It's not that I'm a combative person. I have my share of photos and testimonies and perfectly normal things. But you're not here for that. You're looking for someone to slug (possibly me). Aren't you? --Europe? --Africa? --And you in the back there, from California? I see you.

You could find plenty of positive here if you wanted. You could relax and really enjoy yourself--and talk about THAT. And if occasionally something goes down sideways, you could be like, "Yo--molasses? I don't know about that...." And I could take it back to the Lord and we could all be balanced and well-rounded and best of all happy.

But you don't really want that.

Alright, fine. You come here for controversy, that's what you want, who am I to deprive you of it? Have some controversy on a little buttered dish. Sit back and amuse yourself, and if it strikes you wrong, well click that little button and spew your heart out to me (who will only handle it carefully, or delete it if it is a bad sample or spirit).

Go ahead, watch this. You may as well, you came all this way.

Oh, and do come back tomorrow for a picture!

Love, Joe.

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At 5:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I confess I come here for controversy. I spend a few minutes a day peeking at the arguments on here. I don't comment, I just read... I can't help it! I'd rather not say my name cause I'm so ashamed of myself. But I know and love Joe, odd as he is, and though in the past he's dissed some things (and people) that were dear to me, I just shook my head and say "Dear Joe". Anyway, there's my two cents.

At 5:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have a point, but what did you really think was going to happen when you make a post about the Ethereal when you don’t even like their music? Come on man, you so knew what was going to happen. I think you have been rather unwise about some things that you’ve posted on this blog, so much so that I stopped reading your blog and only popped back in when some one mentioned your Ethereal post.

I trust that you read the Shooting Straight about Blogs and that you do pray and hear from the Lord on a daily basis and on that ground I’m happy to leave you to post about whatever you want – it’s between you and the Lord, but you have to expect flax from people when you post the kind of stuff that you do. That's just life.

I admit to making some rather mean-spirited comments in the past, but I won’t be making any more in the future. I’d like to think that I’m more mature than that and I know the Lord is not best pleased with that kind of behaviour.

We can disagree and remain civil at the same time or we can just not read you blog, right?!

At 6:21 pm, Blogger CurlyCel said...

I noticed that about the "Word" posts...I don't comment too often as its not that I actually come here that often to start with, only when I 'hear' about things, or want to see a pretty "Fetching Friday". :P
I did comment on some of your Word (at least one), but in my defense I do post my name, and I try to be nice. - I promise!
Seriously though, I hope you didn't get offended at my comments, Joe. - If I did, sorry!

At 8:07 pm, Blogger thisisme said...

Just get used to it man and stop whining... some ppl were meant to get picked on! Haha.

No, no I'm not trying to be mean, what I say is all in the good spirit of fun in hopes that someone will laugh at it...(or me)...

At 10:04 pm, Anonymous Steve said...

I know what you mean Joe.
It seems you have some dedicated Haters. someone might try to crack a move on you at wordstock, Id be careful If I were you. I Havent found anything offensive (from you) recently on this blog. I think your doing a great Job. People just see things the way they want to see them.

I hope you had fun with the bananna. Next time try downing a raw egg.

At 11:29 pm, Blogger Gabe said...

LOL Drea, you got me to laugh!

At 1:21 am, Blogger Klaire said...

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At 3:12 am, Anonymous Nina said...

Niiice! Recreating my favorite scene from K-Pax. oh,and Joe, you know you just wanted to share that. you didn't need an angry chastising post first.

At 3:23 am, Anonymous Florence said...

I saw and loved those godly posts, and I felt bad that there was nothing to say about them. I think people only comment when they feel like they're contributing something, in the way of some sort of correction or filling in the holes in whatever you've posted. Nobody likes to comment with a little "amen" or "Wow. I liked that post." Well. Some people. I guess those are the few that comment.
I try to look for good things to say to you when I read something I really like but I can't think of much. Mostly because I don't know you and don't have a wealth of inside jokes to spring on you.

That's a real good point though. Your blog is quite well-rounded and godly. When people try to correct your mistakes they're too quick that they don't mention all the abundance of good stuff you actually post. I always thought it was hilarious when people could call you an evil retarded detractor on a post just above another tenderly-worded soliloquy of godliness.

At 3:26 am, Anonymous a gurl said...

;-P hahahahahahahah

At 9:06 am, Blogger Rosita said...

Ha... well, that's the inherent human in all of us, isn't it? We love controversies, taking sides, and think we're so right.

But honestly, I think it's great that you sprinkle those little Word bits in there. Makes for a good balance in a blog and helps to give all those would be blogcommentators a little food for thought when they come a'visiting for just a little spot for venting their rage and emitting their every thought.

I am one of those individuals that tends to like your blog. It's cool, different, has a good balance in the message you put out, is personal, and adds a little variety to so many of the blogs that are out there.

Granted we all have to get checked once in awhile in what we put out and show to the world and our brothers and sisters, but I don't usually go to look at blogs for my Word Time, (let's put it that way), I come here for fun, fellowship, and to get a touch of the great many lives and varied people this Family is made up of.

At 12:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man, WLY....thanks for keeping your site humorous, interesting, fun, fruitfully fetching, balanced and also for including those word-based post.Your efforts have not gone unnoticed by some of us out here in blogsphere. It also helps people know where you stand and whats important to you and should be too all of us disciples as well. I think that alone speaks louder in your favor than all those who try to tear you down.

And while I'm in the process of saying nice things, I'd like to add...I kinda like your song "Kiss your life goodbye" in general I'm not so fond of the style of music you play, but I was very moved by the words to that song--sincere, heartfelt and moving.(of course I wished the tempo of the song had remain the slow, haunting, melodic pace it starts with, all the way through to the end but PTL!) Keep up the good work, there are many of your brothas and sisters in the Lord who are right there with you.

One more thing, don't you get like constipation from eating the banana peel? I don't think it's an easy thing to digest. :P


At 2:20 pm, Blogger Joan said...

hahahahhaaah, ewwwwwwww that banana video was soooo grosssssssss!!! joooooooooooe, you sickoooooo!!!!

ahaha, yea and I've noticed that you do have alot of haters. It's kinda weird. But whatever joe, you're doing fine. I think its cuz so many people with lots of different personalities read your blog and don't know beans about you, so they take everything personally and all mind-like to start up a silly-little debate. Siiigh, little do they know that this is just joe, plain and simple. Take it or leave it.

Halleluah! That is one nice house, did you guys move again?

At 2:58 pm, Blogger kathy said...

ew...that banana video was icky. :D love you joe...

sory i dont comment much. i just...never comment.

At 4:19 pm, Anonymous wraf said...

yeah banana peels must be hard to digest... they take months to decompose wich isn't a good sign.. tho how did it taste..?? it definitly sounds like it adds a crunch to it... ha

At 8:40 pm, Anonymous Teresa said...

poor joe, the things you put yourslef willingly though..!
tsk tsk,
ok guys lets give him a hand for not make a 'sicked out face'..
big applause, for a very daring and courgaous act.

At 1:32 pm, Blogger Santi said...

i know how you feel man, the thing happens with my blog, i just recently posted 2 posts with bis of word, that was some weeks ago, and no comments since then :P though i must admit that i don't get much comments on my blog, but it's true that when a word post comes, not many people comment on it... and hey, i guess that eating the peel of tha banana is good for the ... intestines? lot's of fiber :P though i really hope that you vleaned it first... god knows where has it been before.. or from where has it fallen down to the floor... if you got it provisioned from the market i'd be tiwce as cautious... anyway, GBY!

At 2:17 pm, Anonymous Joanna said...

Joe you sound EMO!
um you reap what you so sow right? lol no but really you do kind of ask for it Joe, this blog would be dreadful boring without all your haters...debates are hideously amusing, u should be glad, they bring life to your blog. and about the word what do you want us to say?

oh and your banana video is like so raunchy! you want controversy, why not try shoving it up the other end next ime ;) I ate an apple with the peel the other day.

oh and just for the record...I don't hate you Joe...I just think your slightly queer. :)

At 2:31 pm, Anonymous Tammy said...

Now that was just down right sexy! ;)

At 5:55 pm, Blogger Rosita said...


At 10:08 pm, Anonymous Mitch said...

eww..some ppl are just weird
Florence if that it your idea of godly...hahahaha

At 2:38 am, Blogger Lisa said...

I like to think that if people don't comment it just shows their resounding agreement.

At 8:08 am, Blogger Pon said...

so sad that all they come for is that sort of stuff, Joe you are doing just fine keep it up your blog is inspiring man.

At 6:07 pm, Blogger Michelle said...

Hey Joe, I must ask you a favor...what's your e-mail address, please?? Thanks!

At 1:41 am, Anonymous wraf said...

hey Joe is "amaranthine band" gonna play at wordstock..??

At 3:45 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey joe you suck

At 1:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moron. You just ask for it. Admit it, you post weirdness so that people come and comment and then you play the victim when they diss you. I agree with Florence that when you post word people don't comment cuz what are they gonna say "Amen"?

Get a life and stop whining. People hate you cuz you act so superior to everyone else and are in no way "user-friendly". Honestly, I don't read your blog cuz your attitude disgusts me, and I can hardly stop the urge to diss you and your attitude, and let's not even get started on your music. Believe me, I just shake my head and say "not even worth using the spelling skills I learnt in first grade on this guy", but this time I couldn't help it.

I also agree with Joanna which says to shove it up the other end.

Peace and love. Right?

At 8:55 pm, Anonymous Administrator said...

Michelle, you can write me at:
Can't wait to hear from you. no but really.

wraf: nope, since ben moved away, we don't have a band anymore!! But I am working on Charlotte's stuff... only, not for Wordstock.

the rest of you: I'm on the road so I'd better answer later.

Love, Joe.

At 3:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh, not again,,,,

Dear anonymous from the above post,

"Peace and love, right?" No, wrong. your comment was not in peace and certainly not loving.

I think calling Joe a "Moron" and attempting to cut him down wasn't good or necessary. Also things like "get a life" are so overused these days it actually makes you look a bit fuddy-duddy, though maybe you're not.

Ya know if you "honestly don't read this blog" what are you doing here obviously reading the blog and commenting as well???
And you say you "can hardly stop the urge to dis you etc" how do you even get that urge by not visiting this blog?

"People hate you cuz you act so superior to everyone else and are in no way "user-friendly".
I also agree with Joanna which says to shove it up the other end."
Peace and love. Right?"

Slightly nasty eh? I don't want to minimize any real or perceived personal hurts you maybe nursing of things that have offended you in the past from this site, but it seems to me, realistically, the amount of people like you that "hate you Joe etc" (from what I've read) are not the majority but a minority, though a somewhat vocal minority. Also for Joe's benefit, why don't you instead constructively give him some specifics on how to be less offensive and more as you call it "user-friendly" It easy to bash, and tear down but it's far more creative, intelligent, and better to build up.

JAM.3:9 With it (our tongue) we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
JAM.3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Love ya!

At 11:45 am, Anonymous for-Joe's-benefit said...

"Also for Joe's benefit, why don't you instead constructively give him some specifics on how to be less offensive and more as you call it "user-friendly""

...why not just stick to posting fetchings and praise might make for abit more peace and love on this site

At 1:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like you finally got it down!!
I remember you used to practice for hours.
Thats Joe for you gentlemen, one more thing in his eternal quest for originality and the copying of original garbage.

At 2:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sign ... that bad eh? I feel sorry for anyone who's coming on here and getting a good dose of the good old sample of how not to act. and I'm not referring to Joe's blog here. He's not perfect, but come on! just gets pathetic when I hear people blabbing for no reason, their excuse is "I don't like him or his stuff" fine then.

Joe, I suggest you focus on more quality and inspiration. if people put you down in immature ways, then pray about how you can learn from it, but delete them if they're just being morons. I would.

At 9:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah to be totally honest i more then I come here more out of a desire to read the arguments. I admit it's not healthy but what can I say

At 4:12 pm, Anonymous f|35h said...

Heh, that's great.

At 8:09 am, Anonymous Administrator said...

i know, awesome right? try it!

At 4:17 pm, Blogger Chris said...

Well i think every one has a right to voice their opinion.... so if you don't like it then don't read it..... So if you just ignore the things some one says that are just different then the way you feel it will all be good..... i mean if some one says some thing that goes against the Word(etc..) then you can say all you want. But if it is a personal liking or disliking then leave them to it.... and i mean 'just leave'..... if you don't like it then forget about it. Or voice your opinion in a way that is not telling the person to shove it.

Yeah Joe's got some opinions that are different then yours or even mine... but that doesn't make him a bad person, just different. If every one had the same opinion then the world would not be the wonderful diverse place that it is. Not liking what others like is a great cause for inventing new ways of doing things. Remember the story of the dance professor, if you have what it takes you would not pay any attention to what Joe said. If you think it is good or bad then stick to your opinion and live a happy life.


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