Funny how free speech is a big deal to Nicole as long as we’re talking about her right to free speech. Free speech does not apply to anyone else, ever. All speech about her must pass her criteria to be permitted.
Those rules do not apply here.
This blog exists off Facebook for that reason. I knew this going in. I knew that if criticism of the Nauglers remained on Facebook, it would be subject to Joe and Nicole and their leghumpers petitioning Facebook to take down pages and comments and photos endlessly.
She cannot do that here. She can complain if she wants. She can figure out who runs the hosting service and complain to them. I will tell you what they will tell her: “Suck it up, buttercup. First Amendment.”
Oh, my word. Nicole is all upset. Somebody “alerted” her to a comment. No they didn’t. Nicole reads every word written here. She probably checks this blog four times a day.
But no matter, she’s upset. It’s a “credible threat of violence online.”
Here it is.
Note what she says. She will go with “protection in hand.” Then she qualifies that. It will be “legal protection” and it “does not require a permit or purchase of anything to go with it.”
Dunno about you, but that eliminates anything violent. “Protection” doesn’t necessarily mean from violence. I know Nicole jumps on stuff and pretends it does but it doesn’t. Farm Girl might well have meant she would bring her lawyer or her boyfriend or some other witness. I know I would.
And then she explains why she would go. She would go to “prove a point that she thinks she knows all the trolls when she does not really know them much at all.”
Not she would go “to beat Nicole into a bloody pulp.”
That would be a “credible threat of violence online.”
This is not.
That’s why I allowed it.
I want to talk about my criteria here because Nicole, since she has no idea who Farm Girl is, has decided this is all my fault. She makes a big deal out of the fact that I allowed this comment and that I will not remove it.
I try very hard to keep things on an even keel here. The rules of Facebook do not apply. The rules of Sally Davis apply.
Those rules are fairly simple because I am a very big advocate of the First Amendment. You know how people are just rabid about the Second Amendment? Well, I’m like that about the first one.
First Rule: For the most part, the kids are off-limits. We cannot pretend there are no children, and I’m not going to pretend that Nicole doesn’t pimp them out for donations because she does. But I will not identify any of them, won’t show their faces, and will not use their names. I also do not like to speculate about their futures very much. Edited to add: Minor children are off-limits.
Second Rule: For the most part, the business is off-limits. Again, I cannot pretend there is no business, but I don’t want to discuss it here. I don’t want to have anything here that could be construed as somehow thwarting Nicole’s sincere efforts to earn an honest living. I rather applaud that, frankly. Sometimes the line there is fuzzy, but I try.
Third Rule: I expect those of you commenting to behave like adults. There are a few of the critics that in my opinion are as crazy as Nicole and her followers. If those were the only critics, I would be happy to let all of them (Joe, Nicole, Charles, the other leghumpers and the crazy critics) battle it out without me.
I try to force them to tone it down here. I know they let it all go on Facebook, but I really do monitor what is said here. And everyone here knows that from time to time, I put my foot down. I would also ask everyone to think about what they write and consider whether their comment will help or hurt the situation. If you go off all half-cocked with silly nonsense and unsubstantiated assertions, you just give Nicole fodder that she can use to raise the ire of her brain-dead followers so she can get their money. That’s what she’s after, so don’t give her a gift.
I walk a fine line between my own ideas about what is appropriate and what other people think is appropriate. If I wanted to keep it all perfect and untainted with outside influences and ideas, I would simply disallow all comments, period, and only my opinions would be read here.
But again, I love, love, love the First Amendment, so I tend to err on the side of being lenient in moderation. So Farm Girl’s comment was approved and remains approved. I would not have said it. I wouldn’t do it (show up unannounced), but I’m not Farm Girl.
And I would add that the person who is walking close to making a violent threat online is Nicole with her last sentence.
*note: in Kentucky it’s legal to conceal carry without a permit on ones own property. This includes ones business.
She is saying that if you come on her property and she doesn’t like your behavior, she might shoot you. You should be aware that she’s capable of doing it and has the means to do so.
That’s why my invitation to her is for lunch at some public place. And such a lunch date would not be announced on Facebook or on this blog. Unlike Nicole, I don’t even own a gun.