Dianne Hoffmeyer – My Thoughts

I had referenced this in a previous “Things That Annoy Me” entry, albeit loosly (being I at the time could find nothing online  about it). But it has since gone viral, so much more is out now. In fact the story of her morning being ruined by some mean ladies behind her in line has now been digitally published by all kinds of journalistic sources, big and small, world wide. But of course.

The first time I had come across this was on facebook, though an image shared with a short explanation. The image was of Dianne Hoffmeyer holding a Tim Hortons cup, with her story of allegedly being verbally accosted by 2 older women whom insulted her to the point of crying. Women, that she says she ended up purchasing coffee’s for.

“Because it was the right thing to do”.


I am going to be perfectly honest here and say that I did not read the story upon running into it on facebook. Seeing the image of her photographed with the branded product so clearly shown was one red flag. And the way the story was worded even from the beginning (guaranteed to tug on the heartstrings) was an even bigger red flag (the one that broke the camels back, it would seem). I just scrolled on past, annoyed AGAIN that people were so easily manipulated.

One of the big reasons this annoyed me was because it is basically a free advertisement for Tim Horton’s. A story that is guaranteed click bait to anyone that posts it, and as such a story that has really no downside for any involved. Well, besides the bandwidth and attention taken away from other things that could have been shown instead of the glorified Tims ad. But such is the world today.

What was more concerning, is the seemingly manufactured look of the whole thing.

I did a bit of digging, finding not all that much to work with. I did find a facebook page dedicated to apparently exposing this lady for the fraud she pulled off, but though it contains some interesting and seemingly embarrassing material, I decided not to share any of it here, out of a lack of knowledge of the agenda of the person (or person’s) of whom started the page.
I reached out to the administrators in a private message, asking what their relationship with Dianne Hoffmeyer was, and thus what their agenda was. I stated that though I would not mind helping expose another social media fraudster, I am not going to get involved if they just have an axe to grind with Hoffmeyer. Though someone read the message, there was no response as if publishing.
As such, I will not use any of the material it provided (or even link it) here. But no worries, its easy enough to find on facebook with its internal search feature should you be curious.

Long story short, though I (as of yet) can not guarantee this story is false, half true or true, I am leaning towards the first 2. Even without what little information that facebook group seemingly has, the whole thing is, questionable.
For one thing, such an incident would seem to be memorable for all involved (including the staff serving the person). Though I did not go in depth in terms of reading into many of the stories (or even into the incident itself), this angle seems like one that, would be an obvious one to cover. Interviewing the staff involved (if possible) to get their piece.
I would hope that one of the many hundreds of sources that have run with this story would have thought of this.

Either way, I am airing on the side of skepticism and am closing the book on this.

I will likely do an update if new information is revealed later from someone close to to the situation (staff, other guests in the coffee shop, even possible the bullies themselves). But for the time being, I will leave this as simply, plausible.

And even if this is a true story of a women responding in a very good way to bullying and fat shaming, I question why this was given so much coverage, EVERYWHERE. If anything at all, it illustrates a big part of what is wrong with journalism today.

When you compete with social media, you need to drop your standards.

Your Ideology Is Not Sacred

I came across this interview in my youtube travels, and felt a need to make note of it.

This guy seems to be under the impression that his faith, his prophet and Islam in general should not be mocked or ridiculed for reasons of personal offense. Pretty much, the prophet is a tender subject for him and other Muslims, and it is deeply offensive to mock his faith and the prophet, so people should just opt to stay away from doing such things (in spite of having free speech laws).

He cites that American society has made allowances for other groups (such as Christians, the LGBT community and African Americans), but I fail to see it as the same thing. It is socially frowned upon to be racist towards others of a skin color that is not your own, and there is less and less allowance for homophobia. As for Christianity, people also will frown upon generalizations made on the group as a whole (Muslims to!).

But there is a difference between ideology/religion, and being a follower of the said ideology/religion. There are all varieties of religious followers, not all of them are the same. But that does not not make the overbearing ideology any less of a crock of shit.

So no, people should not have to “make allowances” because the Muslim community is offended and/or outraged by ridicule of the  faith and/or its past leaders. Such actions sometimes spark violence and murder amongst followers of the belief?

Well, how exactly is that our fault?

Charlie Hebdo (unlike Pamela Geller’s group, it should be noted) was not afraid to poke fun at or openly ridicule ANY group. Look up the magazine, they were not a single ideology target. But only one of those groups was responsible for the bloodshed they faced this past January.

All Charlie Hebdo did was publish some pictures. Some pictures that would not have had nearly the reaction if the Prophet Mohamed was swapped out for almost any other religious figure of note.

The action is not a mirror of the feelings of the whole of the Muslim world and the communities within. That should be obvious.
But there is also a clear message here that, some within the group need to grow up. So everyone should stop enabling these children by pandering to their terroristic threats. Especially the liberals and progressives residing in the western world that do this.

Charlie Hebdo Wins “Courage” Award

The PEN American Center has recently decided to award the French satirical magazine Carlie Hebdo a “Courage” award, for continuing not to back down even when faced with intense retaliation. And I agree that this award is well deserved.
Though the magazine is not selective in its targets of satire, its mockery of Islam brought it an ongoing onslaught of threats (continuing to this day), a firebombing back in 2011, and a fatal terrorist attack in January of this year. In spite of all this, not only is the magazine still going strong, but it also put out the issue for the week of the terror attack ON TIME. That takes some balls.

But, there are dissenters, as always (when Islam is a part of the conversation).

But they are not just from the typical progressive sources that you always get this resistance from.  Some writers in the PEN organization itself are also denouncing the move by the organization, 4 (so far) going as far as not attending the Gala where the award is set to take place in protest. Because of the magazines choice to ridicule Islam.

The organization put out its own explanation of the decision, basically saying that you do not have to endorse the contents of the magazine to affirm the principal of freedom of expression for which it stands.

I find myself continually annoyed by people in the free world (typically progressive types that are to busy trying not to offend anyone to notice how bigoted they themselves have become) who think it more important to cave to these terrorist assholes, then to stand up for the freedom for which they take for granted.

Charlie Hebdo is a magazine that did not pick only on Islam, everyone and everything was and is fair game. No one (other then a quiet few anyway) is putting up much resistance to those other targeted ideals or ideologies. Just Islam.

Maybe its because it is the religion with (currently) the most overtly dangerous followers. Though they are small in number, it is them that are responsible for the most terrorist related religious atrocities in recent years. And a lot of the time it is because of, a Koran being flushed down a toilet, a movie that is critical of Islam is released, a couple newspapers print demeaning drawings of the prophet muhammad.

We have no say what goes on in the theocracies of Islam in the world. But in the western world, nothing is sacred and everything is potential fruit for criticism, mockery, ridicule, anything!

When faced by such overt manifestations of freedom of expression, no other target feels a need to kill on account to such things. They may not be happy with it, but it is a part of life. Everyone has a say, and if you don’t like what someone has to say, then you can just ignore it.

All those that feel the need to retaliate after a perceived slight against their  lord and savior should take a page from that book and grow the fuck up. Your religion is no more or less special then any other.
And one is not a “bigot” for tearing down a religious ideology that is dangerous, when they do it equally to all others like it. So take that “islamophobe” term and shove it up your ass.

As for those westerners that enable this shit, get your head out of your ass.

Charlie Hebdo

I first came across this story the morning it happened. However, like all others like it, I waited awhile for all the details to be ironed out before I formed an opinion on it.

First of all, Charlie Hebdo is a weekly newspaper based in Paris. They were/ARE an outlet that did not/ DOES NOT let the ever present threat of violence get in the way of their right to freely portray The Prophet Mohammed in whatever manor they choose.
Below are a small sample of the cartoons the magazine has published.








I had reservations about posting some of the images above, knowing exactly what brought them to my attention. Yet at the same time, as far as I know, Charlie Hebdo are still going. And putting out cartoons mocking the prophet on social media.
So the risk that I an taking, is a drop in the ocean in comparison.

This is based on conversation from the following Vice piece.


As you can see by the covers depicted above, the magazine was not exactly exclusive in its targets. Though they did blaspheme Mohammed, they also did so to the pope and (apparently) to jews. And then there are obviously politically oriented pieces aimed locally and internationally, as well as other stuff that is just, weird (whats with the kinky teacher rabbit LOL).

I am not really sure where else to go from here. People died for drawings of cartoons, which is frankly fucking ridiculous. Humanity has been to space and to the deepest depths the oceans. Yet we still have not dealt with this terminal illness that is organized religion.

Many are inclined to not point fingers when it comes to the worst offenders. Being I don’t have respect enough for ANY belief system to consider it sacred and unquestionable, I am not afraid to say that right now, Islam is the worst. I do not deal in religion, I deal in ideology. As such, EVERYONE is fair game.

There are many misconceptions to Islam (well, the muslim world) that should be cleared up.
The popular narrative of western media is the “a few bad apples” argument. What you see here is the lunatic fringe, not the moral majority.
Then there is the often mentioned “moderate muslim”.

There is no doubt that there is a drastic difference between the attackers of Charlie Hebdo and your average everyday muslim leading a normal everyday life. So do not think that I equate them as being on EXACTLY the same level, because I don’t. Along those same lines, don’t blame or take retribution against local muslims in your area.
Chances are they they did not agree with the activity. But more, its just an incredibly STUPID way to react, so just don’t.

I have said that not all muslims are the extremists such as ISIS, or the CH attackers. But according to many private surveys done on the populace of a number of muslim nations, even the seemingly “moderate” populations hold interesting beliefs.


This is but a small sampling of the data that many in the western media (and westerners in general) either do not WANT to see, or just can not understand.
There are indeed many muslims with many varying degrees of devotion. And not all of them are going to (or will have any desire to) turn extremist or commit acts of extreme violence. But the fact that a large percentage of these populations can find themselves seemingly in agreement with the extremists when it comes to things like apostasy, is telling as well. Its not an entirely damning find, but it shows that the disease of Islam affects more of the tree then a few rotten apples.

That said, Islam is not the only religion causing conflict in the world. It may be the worst (right now) in terms of physical violence, but other religions are rearing their ugly heads in day to day life, everywhere.
Even your typically imagined calm and tranquil buddhists have violent counterparts in some areas of Myanmar. Their victims? Muslims.

Though the attack on Charlie Hebdo was committed by those of the islamic faith, I see this as just another (albeit violent) act driven by religion.

Some see good in religion. But I see it as nothing more then a collective cancer of humanity.

Lets hope this story ends well.