by baldilocks

And now for something completely different.

Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. She sells houses—she’s a real estate agent at Re/Max—helping others realize their own American dream.

But in September 2015, she was suddenly plunged into an American nightmare. She got a call at 6 a.m. one morning from a colleague at Re/Max telling her something terrible had been posted about her on the Re/Max Facebook page. Glennon thought at first she meant that a client had left her a bad review, but it turned out to be much worse than that.

It was a link to a story about Glennon on She’s A Homewrecker, a site that exists for the sole purpose of shaming the alleged “other woman.” The author of the Homewrecker post claimed that she and her husband had used Glennon as their realtor and that everything was going great until one evening when she walked in on Glennon having sex with her husband on the floor of a home the couple had been scheduled to see. The unnamed woman went into graphic detail about the sex act and claimed she’d taken photos that she used to get everything from her husband in a divorce. The only photo she posted though was Glennon’s professional headshot, taken from her bio page on Re/Max’s site.

Glennon’s clients and, most importantly, her husband were contacted about this through Facebook’s messaging system.

The allegations were totally false. The perpetrators did it because they didn’t like something that Glennon wrote in a random comment section. The comment was innocuous, but the perpetrator decided that Glennon was anti-Semitic. That line of justification is important.

I’ve been thinking about this story all morning — not with fear that something like this might happen to me, but pondering the notion that anyone with fairly decent story-telling skills could plot a similar type vengeance on anyone.

What, other than a conscience, is there to stop an individual — or an organization — from doing this?

About justification: once someone “reasons” it out in what passes for his mind that the target is “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” or any of the other categories of Untouchable, conscience is no longer a factor.

The perp decides that you deserve to have stories made up about you and to have your reputation/livelihood/marriage ruined.

That’s what was so riveting to me about this story.

95,000 persons shared the story before Gannon was able to uncover the person who tried to ruin her.

And the perp did this over a misunderstood comment and the hurt feelings engendered from that misunderstanding.

How evil.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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The Pentagon, also (lovingly) referred to as the five-sided puzzle palace.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed this week. You can be forgiven if you missed the announcement, because it certainly didn’t make headlines. I didn’t find out until I checked my email and received my automated Defense News. I’ll go out on a limb and say that because it passed in a normal fashion, it was completely overcome by the 24/7 Russia-Trump news feed.

Looking at details, there is a lot to pay attention to. Here are some highlights, explained in non-defense speak:

Continue reading “What matters in NDAA 2019: pay, career, cyber and China”

A group photo taken with a Priestly author at CMG 2018

It’s Saturday morning and I’m just finishing packing as I get ready for a 8 hour drive back to Massachusetts (with perhaps a slight detour on the way) at the end of the Catholic Marketing Network 2018 event.

I’ve recorded 35 episodes of a new weekly radio show with catholic authors that will be going into production at WQPH (the premiere date has not been set) and another 50-60 video interviews (I lost count) since Tuesday.  All of them will be blogged here over the next two months so that each subject will get a post as they deserve. We are starting this list with Catholic Sci-fi author Karina Fabian.

Normally authors go up in the order I interview them, but I decided to bump Karina’s interview to the top of the upload and blog list not only because Karina has a cool fedora but because she is a founder of the Catholic Writers Guild which she talks about in the interview. Most of the writers I interviewed and will post about are members. So since she elected to promote the guild and the good work it does for current and potential catholic authors rather than her own body of work (which every writer reading understand the necessarily of) I’m giving her the first spot not only in her honor, but as a proper introduction for all the guild members who will follow in subsequent posts.

That Karina is a beautiful woman is self evidence from the video, that she is an excellent writer is self evident from her books. That she is cool is self evident from her fedora, but that she embodies the servants heart of the catholic faith is showed by her desire to do what she can to advance others work over the chance to do her own.

A postscript. At mass that evening (there is daily mass every day at CMN and I confess while I made all the evening masses I slept through all the morning ones) I ended up sitting next to Karina. While I of course had my fedora off women are allowed to wear hats at mass but her black fedora was replaced by a red mass veil, which was once traditional among Catholic women pre-vatican 2 but has made a bit of a comeback. It was the first time I’d ever seen her without her hat for more that a brief moment and I asked her about it. This was her answer:

“When I wear my hat, it’s about me, when I wear the veil it’s about God”

THAT is what I call a Catholic woman!

PS Longtime readers might have noticed that unlike other trips I’ve only managed to upload 2 of said interviews so far.  For “The hardest working man in the blogosphere” this is practically dereliction of duty, however on this trip my wife joined me and she and the duties involved of being a good husband on such a trip has reintroduced me to the joys of dinner and sleep when the work day is done concepts previously unknown on such trips so I beg your indulgence as I wait till I get home to begin uploads en mass to Youtube.

Update: My wife remembered Karina’s quote correctly, fixed

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