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Friday, March 7, 2008

The State of Candyland

A couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of making a comment on Candy's blog and she was able to use my IP to block my ability to even read her blog. I overcame that problem today with this. It's a little pricey, but I used the free trial first to see if I liked it and then waited until I had some extra money. With Hide-My-IP I can read Candy's blog and I can also leave comments (though I doubt you'll ever see them published.)

If I do leave comments, I will print them here. This evening, in response to her posting about disgruntled Protestant ladies and Candy's stand on head coverings I wrote: "This is why Christ left us the magesterium and a Pope!" Yea, I doubt it will be posted but I wanted her to know I took the time to read her work.

BTW, Candy's blog is no longer publishing an RSS feed. This is actually good news. It means that she cannot be read in Bloglines or the Google Reader. If we can't get Candy to refrain from her errors or allow us to speak on her blog to correct them, then having her blog accessible only to those who are able to click through is a good thing.

I don't know if blogs like Visits to Candyland and Coffee with Candy had anything to do with it. Maybe when she found that we were up for an award she was afraid of all the Catholics who might be coming through her site. My theory is that once she discovered that blocked/banned folks could still read her RSS feed, she took the feed down. Whatever the reason, it's all good!


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30 comments:

Milehimama said...

I wondered what happened to the feed! I still have it on my bloglines, though, so I can click through.

Kelly said...

She did take down the RSS right after you said that you were still able to read through it. I'm sure she came by to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth once we all discovered that our IP addresses were banned. :)

I read through a few blogs who disagreed with Candy's head covering post, but I think outraged might be a bit of hyperbole on her part. The ones that I read simply posted an argument in favor of covering and didn't mention Candy specifically.

Elena said...

Interestingly, I was able to read everything on my feed until the picture of her little girl. Then it quit working.

Interestingly, for a gal who says she gets 2000 hits a day, she only had 14 or so subscribers and now we know one was me, and one was milehimama!

Shoot herself in the foot much?

Kelly said...

My feed quit working much earlier than that, and it was right around your first post. My reader gave me two different choices for the feed, and while one only had 14, the other had 88.

Faithful Catholic said...

Hmm. This is interesting. Tonight, after reading Candy's latest, I posted a comment to her. I explained that I didn't expect she'd publish it but, I asked her to read and consider. A couple hours later, I thought I'd check back there to see what other comments had been left on her latest post. I keep getting switched to a different page (http://toolator.com/) Is it possible that she's somehow blocked me from even reading as she has Elena? I am not computer-savvy so I don't know how all this stuff works. Could one or more of you all enlighten me, please?

If that is the case and she's managed to be able to "redirect" me when I try to access her site, is there anything that can be done about it? I am remembering once when someone who comments here had commented there and Candy switched it so when her readers clicked on the "homepage" in her comments box, instead of your reader's site, people were directed to some anti-Catholic site. Is that kosher?

Faithful Catholic said...

Well, I guess I'm not as computer illiterate as I thought as I managed to find a way to get to Candy's page again and I cannot wait until you all see what she's posted now.

Annie C said...

Yea, you might want to check her now.

What I put on her site, roughly, about the California homeschool case, just for a record somewhere, if you don't mind.

Two points:

1) It's always been illegal to homeschool in California. What you have to do is either fill out something called an R-1 affidavit, I believe, declare your home a private school, and keep attendance records, or have yourself declared part of the faculty of a private school. There are some schools in the state that allow you to do this.

My understanding of the case is that the children had no basic educational skills, such as addition or subtractions. Nor did the parents produce any of the required paperwork.

2) The judge in the case ordered *those children* to attend a regular day school after finding multiple incidents of beatings, molestation by a family friend, lack of medical care, the house filthy and so on. The judge specifically said he wanted more adults keeping an eye on the children in this case.

It did not help when the father stated that he did not want the children to attend school because the schools were "full of snitches"

So if you want to homeschool in California all you have to do is actually teach your children, feed them, don't hit them, keep them healthy, keep them safe from predators, keep your house clean, and fill out the paperwork.

Perplexity said...

It is apparent, I think, that Candy is still reading here no matter what she claims to the contrary.

She is also starting to play some very snide games.

The post I read there this morning made me wonder what she thinks Christian behavior really is because she is acting anything but.

Blondie said...

I found her latest post (early this morning, Mar. 8) to be very odd behavior.

Maggii said...

yes I did too....hmmnnn does she stalk much? I thought it was quite creepy that she's going to those lengths...she obviously reads here often...and this all obviously matters to her a lot more than she lets on...

her latest post was certainly NOT 'Christian" behavior...

Elena said...

Today's post is Candy's effort to scare me. She is trying to tell me that she knows enough about me and where I live that I don't have "security" in my $30 ISP hider to keep her from knowing where I live? Apparently. Well I didn't by the ISP for security, I simply bought it to continue to have access to her blog. If she is threatening me I guess now I have the evidence eh?

So much for Christian outreach...

Elena said...

Ugghh.. that should be I didn't "buy the ISP" instead of "by the ISP"

my bad.

Kelly said...

Faithful Catholic, when you get directed to the toolator site, that means that she's banned your IP address. Some internet providers use variable IP addresses (spread over a range rather than a single address) so it could be that the new connect switched you to an unbanned IP.

Tracy said...

I found her latest post to be very odd behavior indeed.

Elena said...

My latest on Candy's blog:
Luckily, I didn't buy the $30 software for "security." If security were an issue I would blog anonymously and not have as much local information on my blog. My "fingerprint" on the net is readily available. I hope you didn't waste too much time looking for it!

Glad it gave you a topic to blog on, but as far as I'm concerned that's your own straw man argument. I bought it solely to have access to your blog. I'm not sure how that is "stealing" to pay for something that you are giving to others for free.

If it really bothers you so much Candy, why don't you just make your blog invitation only. One of my blogs is set up that way on blogger. That way only the people you invite will be able to read your blog.

In the meantime I am neither scared of you or impressed.

moey said...

Wow, I just got blocked from her blog for questioning her latest post (showing your house etc., which I found alarming, offensive, below-the-belt and entirely unChristian). I was blunt but not mean. Amazing. The woman can't take any sort of correction or even questioning. I don't think I've ever known anyone with such an ego.

Maggii said...

the way I see it...after that last post, she really doesn't have any room to be pointing at others for 'unethical' behavior..

moey said...

BTW, being "banned" from her page doesn't mean one can not still read it. I'm stunned at the childishness, seriously. Elena, if her having posted your house up there bothers you, can you file a complaint with her isp or blog host? I am not really a big fan of the Elena vs Candy thing, and also not Catholic, but Candy has gone Too Far.

Elena said...

Hi Moey,

I'm not a "big fan" of the Candy vs. Elena thing either! I much prefer being able to discuss ideas and doctrines via classical apologetics. I think it is possible to disagree with someone on matters of doctrine and politics and still be able to go out for a mocha latte and piece of pie!

Apparently Candy does not.

And as it is a tradition in my Catholic faith to defend the church from error, this blog exists to continue to correct those errors since we are not allowed to discuss them over in Candyland.

Yea I guess I could report her. Hadn't really thought about it. I guess I should review the blogger terms of service.

Thanks for dropping by.

moey said...

Yep, I understand the dynamics involved. :-)

Perplexity said...

For whatever reason, she took the post and comments down.

Could be Elena's consideration of reporting the situation to her (Candy's) ISP. Or, like other posts that disappear when she is sure certain people have read them, it has all just been part of her game.

I find it all beyond interesting. Yet, quite scary. Not in it being a threat, but in the way people's minds can work. What was the point? What was she hoping to gain? More attention?

I do have to say though that I am glad she took the post down. Even though it didn't have the desired effect and Elena kept her cool, it was on the road to what could become long and twisted.

Kelly said...

I just saw that and wondered if it was moey's suggestion that Elena report it to her blog host that prompted it.

On the other hand, the fact that there were only four comments on the thread is a sure sign that she was getting mostly negative comments about it. If some of her regular supporters criticized her for the post, then she might have reconsidered, as it cast her in a bad light.

Annie C said...

She took the one about the homeschoolers in California down as well. Funny that...

Blondie said...

I knew that post would dissappear before long. Not surprised at all.

moey said...

I've apparently also been unbanned.

Faithful Catholic said...

I've just discovered I've been "unbanned" as well. Whatever. I had already used a free proxy server to read her blog and saw and copied her two posts about the "dangers" of using IP hiding software and also the very amusing little piece about the movie she watched about God's retribution of the Jesuits and the Spaniards. Ha, that made me laugh. Talk about revisionist history.

Faithful Catholic said...

Wow, I just read a question and Candy's response in the comments on the article about her new Bible. Candy stated that the person she posted the IP post about felt uncomfortable so she apologized and took the post down. Any truth to that Elena?

Maggii said...

yeah I just saw that too... did she actually apologize? I'd be curious to know?

Elena said...

I wrote this on her blog. She did allow it to show up in the comment section.

She may have posted an apology on that thread before she took the thread down, but I did not see it.

However, I suspect that my e-mail address is easier to find than my house address.

Faithful Catholic said...

Wow. Red letter date! Your comment was posted.

Elena, that was a most gracious comment you left at Keeping the Home. Thank you for being such a wonderful Christian role model.