Here’s an unschooling lesson for today. We’re going to talk about passivity, specifically, using the passive voice in writing.
For anyone who doesn’t already know, this is active voice.
We are selling our horse.
The subject is “we.” The action (verb) is “are selling,” and the thing to be sold is “our horse.”
Here is passive voice.
We have been put in a position in which we have to sell Beauty.
This thing has been done to us. We are victims (we get that from “unfortunately”.) We didn’t want to make this decision but outside forces, unnamed, have forced us to do this unfortunate thing.
Passive voice is mostly shitty. It’s usually (but not always) considered bad writing, for exactly the reason illustrated above. It’s vague. It’s unclear.
Who is doing the forcing here?
The reader gets to guess, or on Nicole’s page, ask.
She then answered.
Aha. It’s the trolls.
First, there is no rumor about the horse being loose. The person who is making things up is Nicole.
What has happened is that Nicole saw the trailer for the interview with Ron Sneed, and flipped out.
Joe and Nicole have been making all sorts of claims about Ron now for a couple of years and he has said nothing. He doesn’t do social media. He isn’t even slightly intimidated by them.
But he’s had enough of it.
The problem is that Nicole and Joe do not know what is in the interview. They have no idea.
So they have grabbed onto the only thing they can think of to slap back at Ron proactively, and that’s animals getting loose.
She put up those “for sale” posts about two hours after the trailer went live. It was just enough time for her to see it, have a temper tantrum, and react.
This is today.
Notice the passive voice again in the first sentence? It’s a hallmark of “vaguebooking.”
. . .we have been provided a few solutions.
She then goes on to make all sorts of vague and false and misleading claims.
She begins with this:
Although livestock get loose all the time, we are a target and the only people in the area who have been to court for it.
Animals do not “get loose all the time.” They get loose sometimes. I live in an area that is just as rural as where Nicole lives (maybe more so). Many of the people around me own livestock of some sort.
We’ve lived here for nine years. During that time, our two donkeys have escaped twice. The first time, Dave was out of town and my neighbors helped me catch them. The second time, they got out because we thought we had fixed the fence and we were wrong. After that, they were confined to prison (the paddock) until we could replace the pasture fencing.
We have one neighbor who has a couple of horses who are barely adequately fenced. They have been out a couple of times.
Another neighbor had a young bull escape who came to our house and scared the shit out of me. It took two weeks to find him.
Yet another neighbor had a couple of beef calves who escaped and I don’t think he ever found them.
That’s seven loose animals in nine years. Nobody got mad. Nobody went to court. Everyone helped everyone else try to find their recalcitrant animals. Our donkeys stomped through my neighbor’s garden (to my horror) and we tried to pay them/replant for them/something and they said it was fine. The corn came up anyway. And we took them some eggs.
This is a typical scenario when you live in the country.
In order for your neighbor to take you to court for a failure to restrain your livestock, there has to be way more involved than just having your horse get out once or twice. This, of course, is what Nicole implies, that the horse only got out a couple of times, and of course, it’s “suspicious,” because she wants us to believe that Ron Sneed came over to their property and let the horse out on purpose.
The next morning, for the third time, I think, in the past two weeks, which is very suspicious, my horse has not gotten out before then, (9) but for the third time in the last couple weeks, uh, we got up, woke up (10A) to the horse being loose.
However, she tells us herself, in one of those videos, that they had a routine they went through to retrieve the horse when it got out.
Um, the second morning is the morning where, I had left for work, and my husband had, um, my son, um, um, my old, my sixteen-year-old son was outside working and um, the horse was gone. And so he went down to the property line with a bucket of grain and tried to retrieve, shake the grain and the horse comes back, she follows you right back up to her pen. So that’s what he was doing.
. . .shake the grain and the horse comes back, she follows you right back up to her pen.
That horse had gotten out multiple times. She had them trained. Quinten knew exactly what to do to lure her back.
But yesterday I was made aware that the local trolls are still trying to agitate the relationship between my neighbor and us and escalate issues with my family.
More of the passive voice. She was “made aware.” By who? Probably by nobody. She regularly visits all the pages and this blog and she saw the trailer.
Here’s the deal. The neighbor is tired of being a punching bag. He’s had enough. He’s going to tell us why.
Nicole and Joe have bragged and asserted and declared emphatically that they have all sorts of recordings of Ron saying all sorts of things. I would suggest that maybe it’s time for them to post all those recordings and we’ll see what was really said.
When they filed the “failure to abate a nuisance” charge they did with no evidence of a nuisance.
And throughout this rant we see the use of the vague “they.”
You know who “they” was in this case? This is Shitgate. The “they” is Jeremy “that idiot” Hinton representing the health department. He does not have to produce “evidence of a nuisance.” He told them to comply with the fucking law by getting a proper, inspected septic system in place. They had their choice of what type, either an actual septic tank, an approved outhouse (with a hole in the ground) or a Porta Potty.
You simply cannot just say, “Gee, I don’t want to do all that.”
. . .they simply told us to get a permit. . .
By then, the Nauglers had gotten the Porta Potty and that met the requirements. Nicole version of this is horseshit, of course.
. . .there is a foundation for my so called paranoia.
There is only the foundation that Joe and Nicole have worked diligently to build.
But the interview is coming. Stay tuned.