Saturday, April 01, 2006

Rockstar's Mailbag #1 - Sylvia Browne

Ever since I posted the Rockstar classic Sylvia Browne is a Big Fat Idiot, I've received at least one e-mail or comment a day about my post. Some people are not really happy with my portrayal of their hero, like this anonymous commenter, whom I believe looks like this:


For those who don't want to make the click, here is their excellent rebuttal to my demolishing of Sylvia:

i am a beleiver in sylvia and i think that u r a big fat idiot,she makes perfect sense, but u believe wat u want


While the evidence would point to the fact that your 5'10" 180 lb. Rockstar is neither big nor fat, I could be an idiot. Anonymous commenter reveals her evidence:

Obviously your a negative person who doesn't care to believe in anything positive as Sylvia Browne.

Ah, I'm an idiot because I'm negative and "don't care to believe in anything positive". Well Anonymous, I do believe in sexual intercourse, and that's pretty damn positive. You should try some sometime. Finally, Anonymous asks this question:

If you don't believe in what she does, get the #@%$^& off her website and do something worthwhile with your lousy life instead of spending time putting her down.WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE TO YOU!!!
So I am writing an open letter to Anonymous and the rest of the 40 year old divorced women's club who e-mail me to tell me I'm a loser. Put down the power crystals and read on.

April 1, 2006

Dear Sylvia Browne Fan Club,

It is with great sadness that I read you all don't like my blog. Really, there's lots of nice stuff in there. But I digress. The question I'd like to answer is: WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE TO YOU!!

She's done nothing to me directly. The reason I don't like Sylvia Browne is that she convinces people like you, even with evidence to the contrary that I provided, that she has magic powers. That leads to irrational thinking.

You see, SBFC, If you believe that Sylvia has powers similar to Professor X even though there is no good reason to think so, what's to stop you from believing everything? You know, like astrology, homeopathy, bigfoot, leprechauns and invisible gremlins?

I don't know who you all are, but you could be my child's school teacher. You could be a police officer or a doctor or a judge. If you buy Syl's load of shit for no reason, what's to stop you from grading my child's test based on her "predictions" or because a magical elf that lives in your ass told you to flunk her? What's to stop Syl's magic from interferring with jurisprudence? It's even possible that you might consult a psychic when my fucking health is on the line. Take these herbs and your cancer will clear right up! Hell, why not?

That is why I point out this nonsense to you all. Maybe one of you will listen and tragedy in your life can be avoided. Now quit fucking e-mailing me and go back to the couch; Oprah's on in 5.

Your friend in Randi,



The Big Sylvia Browne Thread


Bronze Dog said...

Damn straight!

EoR said...

Ah, well reasoned literate responses from commenters. Always such a joy. But I don't see why "anonymous" is concerned that you (a member of the public) visited a publically available website.

"You see, SBFC, If you believe that Sylvia has powers similar to Professor X even though there is no good reason to think so, what's to stop you from believing everything? You know, like astrology, homeopathy, bigfoot, leprechauns and invisible gremlins?" Oh no, you've opened the floodgates. "anonymous" will be posting theses proving the existence of all these marvellous beings now... All with bad spelling, full of terrible grammar and breaking all the laws of logic. And specialising in ad hominen abuse.

MichaelBains said...

That's some nicely Diplomatic letter writin' there, that is Ryan.

Very well said, man! lol

Somelabeledfan said...

Right on Ryan. Read 'em the riot act. Your letter says it like it is! They are gonna wish they had never met you if they don't already.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, though if my doctor could explain why the herbs would help with the cancer without useing the word "leperchaun", I'd take them.

Anonymous said...

oh, you have done some really great things here to debunk this fraud lady, I have been stoned by a cult group online called Gnostically Speaking for trying to help people as I agree with the Dali Lama about prayer, it does not do shit, action does...these people are so high on fairy tale dust that they cannot make their own lives better much less is a dis-ease to say the least! I applaud you for standing out and telling the sleeping lemurs that they are twits, in a kind way.

It is not the prophet that heals the world but the skeptic who makes the hoarding mass stop and ponder the nature of what they have perceived of the "truth"..may be the fabric of a lie formed from a belief about something no one knows shit about.

John Moseley
"longwalk" on the xanga blog site.

Clark Bartram said...

Don't get me wrong, I love Sylvia Brown with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I would take a tsetse fly in the ass for her. I mean she correctly predicted that at some point in my future a person, male or female, would in some way effect my life, either positively or negatively, by use of some form of communication and that this would occur at some point during the day or night either at home, at work, or somewher else maybe the gym or grocery store and that the person's name would begin with a letter in the alphabet and that he or she would like music. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

There is much more to Sylvia than what you see on TV. Anyone who truly knows why she does what she does knows that there is a place in this world for people like you. You are necessary on this place we call earth. So keep on doing what you're doing.......we will continue to learn from your ignorance. God Bless You.

Bronze Dog said...

Of course we know there's more. That's why people like Robert Lancaster study her so intently, including personal experiences by people who met her.

Of course, the fact that she can't pass the JREF challenge or an equivalent already puts her at a big disadvantage.

Anonymous said...

So keep on doing what you're doing.......we will continue to learn from your ignorance.

Unlike your ignorance, from which we learn nothing.

Dark Jaguar said...

What an amazing bit of passive aggressive insulting that is. The translation for those who've never been in religion's grasp is "evil people like you are put here to test us", which basically seems to imply that they think their god goes around intentionally making evil people.

It's a round about way of insulting people while trying to hide behind the veil of being helpful, which basically means their idea of a god is that he's an idiot that can fall for that.

I'll note that this totally ignores the entire point, which is can she do what she claims she can do. It's an evasion, a thinly veiled insult that reveals a lot about their own beliefs, and fails to provide any evidence that this lady does anything other than appear on Montel's show and steal people's money with false claims.