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Thu Apr 27, 2017, 03:55 PM

After getting vulgar comment online, PA's first openly gay state Congressman called troll's grandma.

Meet Brian Sims, Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.



He's also the state's first openly gay lawmaker.

His pride and bravery have won him plenty of fans, but have also opened him up to a slew of hate speech and criticism.
So much so that Sims has gotten, well, pretty dang good at handling the trolls.
One man recently came to Sims' Facebook page to attack him, but got a little more than he bargained for.

After spewing some horrific insults at Sims via his Facebook page, the commenter (known only as David) got a response that had to have taken him off guard:
Sims called David's grandma and told on him.

"David..." Sims wrote in response. "... you shouldn't have posted your grandmother's telephone number on your Facebook page so many times. She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you."

And he was 100% serious.
Sims told Occupy Democrats he was hoping to get David himself on the phone when Grandma picked up. But she promised Sims that David would call him back.

He did, but not before David's grandmother, presumably, gave him an earful.

“She wasn’t kidding," Sims said. "I heard from him within 2 hours and while I can’t say we resolved anything, I can pretty much guarantee that Christmas at my home is going to be better than his this year.”

It just goes to show: Just because you can say anything you want online doesn't mean you should.

Unfortunately though, this kind of hate speech isn't limited to anonymous internet trolls these days.

The world might be a better place if everyone stopped before they judged, harassed, attacked, or smeared another human being and thought:

'What would my grandma think?'

http://www.upworthy.com/after-getting-a-vulgar-comment-online-this-state-congressman-called-the-trolls-grandma-ep2-1b?c=click

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Reply After getting vulgar comment online, PA's first openly gay state Congressman called troll's grandma. (Original post)
Amaryllis Apr 2017 OP
maveric Apr 2017 #1
hibbing Apr 2017 #2
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2017 #5
LakeArenal Apr 2017 #9
LisaM Apr 2017 #13
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2017 #15
LisaM Apr 2017 #18
Oneironaut Apr 2017 #20
Saviolo Apr 2017 #3
Amaryllis Apr 2017 #6
lpbk2713 Apr 2017 #4
Hekate Apr 2017 #7
shenmue Apr 2017 #11
LisaM Apr 2017 #12
monmouth4 Apr 2017 #8
Amaryllis Apr 2017 #14
monmouth4 Apr 2017 #17
MADem Apr 2017 #16
Lucky Luciano Apr 2017 #10
progressoid Apr 2017 #19

Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 03:58 PM

1. Grandamas' can be brutal.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:44 PM

2. I'll never get it

I just don't get these peoples' obsessions over what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes and I never will understand it.


Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:49 PM

5. Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone


"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy." -- H. L. Mencken

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:10 PM

9. This!

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:46 PM

13. This is so true.....

not always a fan of his, but between that and inventing the term "booboisie", he had his moments.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 06:02 PM

15. He's a favorite of mine. Here's one about Donald J. Trump and another about politics:

All of us, if we are of reflective habit, like and admire men whose fundamental beliefs differ radically from our own. But when a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or count himself lost. … All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

-- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Sun (26 July 1920)


Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. -- H.L. Mencken, In Defense of Women (1918)


Mencken had broad flaws (racism, not for women's rights, classism) but was a very insightful thinker and wordsmith.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 06:48 PM

18. Goodness! The Prophet of Baltimore!

Kind of a creepy prediction.

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Response to hibbing (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 28, 2017, 12:55 PM

20. TBH I think trolls are just angry and bored.

They get a kick out of posting vile garbage on the internet and getting angry responses. That's not to say that they don't believe what they're saying, but I think that they want to piss people off first and foremost.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:44 PM

3. That's amusing and a great way to handle that situation, but...

Yeah, there's a "But."

The world might be a better place if everyone stopped before they judged, harassed, attacked, or smeared another human being and thought:

'What would my grandma think?'


This strikes me the wrong way entirely. I think the world would be a better place if everyone stopped before the judged, harassed, attacked, or smeared another human being and thought: "This is another human being."

I don't treat other people in general society with respect because I fear retribution or punishment, I do it because everyone is worthy of respect until they've demonstrated that they are not. Random strangers with whom I have had no interaction aren't worthy of respect because I might get an earful from a parent, but because they're another human being in the world.

Of course, I do not extend this respect to people who openly and gleefully express hateful, violent, or disgusting opinions about others. I'm not talking about treating enemies with kid gloves, etc... I'm talking about basic human decency. I have no place in my mental environment for bigots of any stripe.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:57 PM

6. You are right, but for someone who doesn't have that same internal sense of humanity,

using Grandma as a yardstick could be helpful, provided, of course, that Grandma is not a bigot herself.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 04:48 PM

4. BWAHAHAHA. So much for internet anonymity.




How's that working out for you Slick?

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:00 PM

7. Go Granny, go!!!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:42 PM

11. Yes

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Response to Hekate (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:45 PM

12. I know!!

"She and I just had a very disappointing conversation about you".

This is hilarious.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:09 PM

8. Guy is much too handsome for politics. I'm just sayin'..n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:49 PM

14. Can handsome guys not do politics? :)

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 06:38 PM

17. Sure they can, I'm just thinking with that face he's wasting his time in DC..n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 06:13 PM

16. Have no fear....he'll ugly up with time. We all do! nt

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Apr 27, 2017, 05:28 PM

10. Too funny!

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Fri Apr 28, 2017, 12:33 PM

19. Excellent. But...this could easily have turned out differently.

I know more than a few Grandmas and Grandpas that are yuuuge bigots and would congratulate their grandchildren for their bigotry.

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