I’m not even talking about the ones from Jimmy, the armless, legless, eyeless boy who will get $.05 from Bill Gates every time you forward the email and say “I love Jesus.”
Those, I just delete.
But I got a particularly lame one today from some relatives (who I haven’t seen in years) about how Hillary “Rotten” Clinton hates the troops and rips off the Secret Service. I replied to all with a polite note explaining that the original is full of shit, with a link to the Snopes page so that they can find out exactly how full.
I didn’t really do it for any reason other than that I’m sitting around waiting for some test backups to run, and I don’t really have anything to do but listen to the tapes spin, but still - I’m wondering if I’m not the one who looks like an idiot here. Most of my relatives from that particular branch of the bush are older, retired, beer-swilling, deer-hunting, salt of the earth-types who usually frown on political discussions when the more interesting topics of hockey, beer-swilling, and deer-hunting are at hand.
They’re nice people, but some of them are a little dim.
Anyway, I kind of a feel like a jackass for being politics in to it, but then again, the original sender is the one who started it, by gracing my inbox with that bullshit. I’m willing to bet that they never, ever expected anybody to contradict them.
So - do any you still respond to the political glurge? Is it worth it? Got any good stories about giant family conflagrations that erupted because of it?