* Lew’s Fire *

Standing by Your Freinds

Please note the globe.

Please note the globe. This was a public vaguepost. It’s way uncool to screencap anything that’s not publicly posted and make it public. This was laid out in public after I was unfriended, and clearly meant as a means of ‘taking the high ground.’

One of the most common things for people to do when they have a disagreement these days, is to vaugepost about it on Facebook in a show of moral superiority. The problem with this, is the vauge part. You can stand up and say “I took this stance and lost a friend over it,” and possibly have people tell you that your stance was actually pretty crappy, or you can say “Some moral causes are more important than friendships,” and just rack up the likes from friends who already like you and thus fill in for themselves something very worthy.

Now, normally when someone unfreinds me and pulls that shit, it’s something I let slide. I don’t have time for that. But in the case of Ms. Amanda here, I’m going to have to speak up, because in this case the person taking the moral high ground is doing so to defend their continued friendship with a person who has literally destroyed another person’s life, for no good reason, our un-cencored commenter: Ms. Ally Leavenworth.

Momentarily I would like to direct you back to a previos post from 2012 entitled “Mad World” and the rest of the “Lew’s Fire” category, in which I wrote about the fact that a pretty shitty young man named Christopher Felt, along with co-defendants Rustin Atchinson, and the aforementioned Ally Leavenworth, had been indicted on charges that they conspired, to burn my friend’s house to the ground. It was nothing but a basement full of ash by the time they were done with it, two cats turned out dead, and the third despite months of trying was never recaptured. Christopher bragged about it to a mutual acquaintance who I have no reason to disbelieve, and his accomplices have apparently attempted to explain their involvement to rather than deny them, on the grounds that they weren’t going to be able to stop him anyway or some shit like that, but the point is that these three are still tooling around on bail after being arraigned for this crime three years ago, and while the trials are still pending, I have zero personal doubt of their guilt.

As such, yes, there ARE consequences for standing by your friends, but that’s not always the moral high road, because sometimes your friends turn out to be abusers, racists, misogynists,  KKK members, rapists, murderers, anti-semites, gamergaters, or (alleged) ARSONISTS, and when you find out that your friend is engaged in outright reprehensible behavior you really CANNOT take the moral high ground when someone wants nothing to do with you for chilling with flat out harmful people. This kind of behavior is why we live in the kind of world we do, where people just give their friends a pass for being shitty people. You didn’t hear HIS side of the rape. You have to understand why they’re racist, they’re OLD and they don’t know any better. It’s about integrity in game journalism. It’s perpetuating the bad behavior of others by tacitly condoning it, is what it is, and when you pull that shit, the high ground is not yours to claim. Call it what it is, you value that friend more than you value their victims. End of story.


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Cat Trapping – The Conclusion

So, we headed up to Averill Park again tonight to return the trap to Whiskers. Unfortunately it seems that there was some marital discord in the household where the wife was watching the trap for us, and she had moved out. Apparently she was having enough trouble with her situation that she didn’t think to call us with the number she had in case the cat was found, and let us know that she was no longer feeding Ra in the back yard… and he hasn’t been seen by the remaining family members since they stopped feeding him.

Ra has wandered off to we know not where. If you see him anywhere, please let us know so we can resume our attempts to recapture him, but until we hear from someone he’s in the wind and we haven’t got an idea of place one to start. He hasn’t been back to the carraige house either.


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Cat Trapping – Week 5

So, our little escapade has come to a halt for a while… while we work on securing the second trap. The first one is now in use by another set of cat trappers, also working on getting Ra.

Night 29: Stopped by with DB_Ranger after a friend’s wedding, and before their after party. No cat, no food. Don’t know who stoled it tho. Didn’t bring my laptop to the wedding

Night 31: Forgot the keys. Climbed in thru the window because there was a cat in a trap. It was the grey again. Stupid cat. I’m bruised from this… not good. I’m not sure if we should keep letting him out. He’s kind of gnarled. Maybe he needs a new home.

Night 32: Still no cat. It was at this point we realized I never had to break in the night before anyhow, because the key wasn’t on Lew’s keys… it was on mine from when I checked after the wedding.

Night 33: Whelp… that was the end for us, for a while. We turned the trap over to a neighbor of Lew’s who has been seeing Ra in her back yard. She’s going to trap herself for a while… so no more updates for a bit… we’ll resume when we get the second trap.


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Cat Trapping – Week 4

Another week of cat trapping over, but not without some fruits for our labors!!! Partway thru the week we got ourselves some nice pictures!!! 

Night 22: So…. we didn’t expect him in the trap, since it wasn’t loaded, so it was a quick trip. Lost the Corned Beef, so we were back to wet food for a bit.

Night 23: Still no Ra. Need to find the corned beef.

Day 24: No Ra. Got a speeding ticket and then ran out of gas on the way home. Happy April Fools day. *Mutters.*

Day 25: PHOTOS!!! Thanks to a homeowner friend of mine, and his game camera, which he usually uses to photograph deer, we’ve got confirmed shots of Ra visiting the feeding station.

Night 26: No Ra. Camera photos reveal visits from the neighborhood ginger tabby, and the grey who got trapped once already (you’d think he’d know better) but no good shots of Ra tonight. Maybe the other cats deterred him for a night.

Night 27: No one on the camera but a mouse. Little monster stole the corned beef.

Night 28: Forgot the laptop. No cat, no pictures. No surprise. *Sigh.


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Cat Trapping – Week 3

A rather uneventful week of cat trapping, nothing of much substance happened, although we did get an offer for an infrared game camera which will allow us to have some nice pictures of Ra on his visits, and maybe allow us to see how the little bugger is getting away with the bait without tripping the trap and getting caught.

Day 15: The little wisenheimer stole the corn beef thru the side of the trap. We tripped it and went home to rest. Will resume our 4 hour trapping trips for a little while before trying anymore 24 hour runs. Tired and sleepy.

Night 16: Sam and Lew went to the trap without me, and baited it with some more corned beef, since he took it all last time.

Night 17: We arrived to find, he took all the corned beef again. Trap reset with wet food since Lew lost the corned beef when he had it last night, goddamnit.

Night 18: He hasn’t touched the wet food. Apparently it’s he’s not interested in anything but corned beef anymore.

Day 19: Got a phone call from Lew’s Stepdad out at the house, that we caught a cat. Phone pictures, unfortunately, revealed that it wasn’t Ra. We’re using the wrong bait it seems, so we went back to corned beef, which we’ve actually found again.

Night 20: He ate half the corned beef, but he’s not in the cage. Little bugger.

Night 21: All the corned beef is gone now. Well shit. Better luck next week?


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