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You are really an ass. I guess the freedom of speach is working or ou wouldnt be. I know you have the right to say whatever you like but it seems to me that if you don’t know what or who, you are talking about you shouldn’t say anything.

I am talking about what you wrote about John Ritter. My Dad always told me that if you haven’t got anything nice to say don’t say anything. Enough Said!


Ed. Reply: Thank you for contacting LittleCubeNews. I appreciate the fact you don’t think I’d be “working” without freedom of speech. That seems to imply I’m getting paid for this. It’s really quite flattering. Unfortunately, thousands of readers a month and the occasional e-mail like yours is the only reward for my “work”.

I’m sorry you’re upset I didn’t mention “Problem Child” or the informational video “The Joys of Natural Birth” in my John Ritter eulogy. It was an oversight. I hope you can forgive the omission and visit LittleCubeNews in the future.

The Editor


Thank you for advertising with Google AdWords. After reviewing your account, I have found that your site does not meet our guidelines. The results are outlined in the report below.

At this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of “Hate” websites that contain “language that advocates against an individual, group, or organization (McDonald’s)”. As noted in our advertising terms and conditions, we reserve the right to exercise editorial discretion when it comes to the advertising we accept on our site.

The Google AdWords Team

Ed. Reply: Thank you for policing the content of my website. After review, it seems that I may have, indeed, accidentally expressed an opinion. And it may have even been critical towards McDonalds. God forbid. Combine those dangerous opinions with a few inflammatory facts (taken from one of those notoriously unreliable NY Times bestsellers no less, Fast Food Nation) and I can see why my ad should have been “suspended”. If just one of the ten people who read my site decided not to buy a McGriddle sandwich, then that is economic injury to an American business I am responsible for! I hope one of the minimum wage workers they shuffle in for 10 hours a week does not get fired because McD’s can’t afford to pay him. Then again, it is likely that worker would have been shot in a robbery. Maybe I saved a life! Oh, who am I kidding- probably not.

Even if McDonald’s is indirectly responsible, oh hell, let’s just say directly responsible for the death, pain, suffering, undermining, and crippling of people, animals, and free-market economies, that is no reason for me to go off on the McGriddle! I have never even had one. I am only reticent to go in and buy one because gallons of blood on the floor make me squeamish, even the metaphorical kind.

I guess Thomas Friedman, who is usually right about nothing, was dead-on when he asked if Google was God in a recent op/ed. I apologize to you and the trouble I have caused for the people who review ad content. But since a person who reviews the ad content for appropriateness actually took the trouble to click through it and read the site, my total number of readers is now 11. Thanks.

While I work on changing the content of my site, I temporarily changed the ad to read “We love the McGriddle. Read why while you still can.” The only problem I have is that my regretful piece about the McGriddle was part of a column urging people to “resist things”. So what do I put there, now? In light of this recent experience, I am thinking about going after Amnesty International. I assume there would be no problem with that? Until then, I will continue to look to Google ads for principled advertisers, especially when searching for “ass fisting” and “used condoms”, which brings up 17 paid advertisers alone.