I just read a great article about you and your books in our local paper (Knoxville News Sentinel). It peaked my interest enough to google you and find your website. ( I have a 12 year old son and a 14 year old daughter). I didn't read any further than the first line.
Please do not tell me, or anyone else for that matter, who to vote for. Everyone needs to make their own decision, for their own reasons. No one should vote for a candidate just because someone tells them to. This is important for everyone, but especially the young adults who are voting for the very first time.
I went on your web site to get informatin about your books, not discover your political opinion.
respectfully, heidy cusick
From: Stotan717 To:firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 10/14/2008 3:31:10 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
Heidy, Last time I looked we lived in a free country where freedom of expression is not only allowed, but encouraged. Vote for Obama! isn't a demand; it's an advertisement. It states who I want a majority of people to vote for. I even have one on my lawn. And guess what. Not one of my neighbors, who are almost all McCain supporters, told me not to tell them who to vote for. I guess they were comfortable knowing they could make up their own minds. Why do I have the feeling that if I'd had the right name up there, you wouldn't have said a word? I'm sorry to hear (or read) that instead of swallowing the fact that I have a political opinion and reading on to discover whatever it was you were interested in from reading the newspaper article, you jumped off the site. But that's part of YOUR first amendment rights and I applaud you for exercising them.
ROUND ONE PS
From: Stotan717 To: email@example.com Sent: 10/14/2008 4:10:44 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
AND I'm assuming you're aware the voting age in the United States is 18, so if a young person, say 12 or 14, were to fall under the mesmerizing effect of my half-inch high Vote For Obama, they couldn't actually do it.
In a message dated 10/15/2008 4:39:16 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
AND you are a complete idiot.... I am on a crusade to spread the word about your rudeness and disrespect. I certainly DO NOT want someone like you around my 12 and 14 year old.
From: Stotan717 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 10/15/2008 7:55:58 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
My rudeness and disrespect is only in response to yours. What an arrogant and self-centered thing to do: visit my web site and tell me what YOU think should or shouldn't be on it. All you had to do was read click off. I happen to believe in the American voting system, and the right of every person to say what they believe in. Any person can go on there and simply say they don't agree. Go back and read your original letter and then come back and tell me how disrespectful I am. CC
I went on your web site to learn about your books. You posting your political opinion is using BAD JUDGEMENT and UNPROFESSIONAL. That's what your yard sign is for. I don't go listen to a singer I enjoy because of their singing and expect to hear their political views. I DON'T CARE. That is not why I would be there and that is not why I visited your site. I was not disrespectful in my original email, however you sound like a deranged old man in all of yours. Getting extremely defensive, why so sensitive Chris? You sound as if you have a screw lose...go medicate.
BOTTOM LINE: whom ever you are behind, it should not be advertised on your web site for your books. I AM RIGHT - YOU ARE WRONG.
please DO NOT contact me again, I have better things to do than "talk" to an idiot as you.
oh, and about Obama, I lied.
From: Stotan717 To:email@example.com Sent: 10/15/2008 11:28:22 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
Believe me, I knew when you said it that you were lying about Obama. And it probably wouldn't be a good idea for you to go to my web site again because I have published our correspondence word for word. I want to make sure that people know what a deranged old man I am and how RIGHT you are and how WRONG I am. It's MY web site, you idiot. And you also lied about why you went there in the first place. Chris Crutcher
In a message dated 10/15/2008 11:46:24 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
YOU just don't get it. My kids love to read and I am always looking for new books/authors for them to experience. THAT IS WHY I went to your web site. I have not said one word your political views. They are yours, I just don't care to know them, I wanted to know about your BOOKS.
and I don't have a sign in my yard. Just grass, tree's flowers and kids playing...
Not certain who I will vote for yet, there is not one good candidate, but I must choose , because it is the American way...and my right and my duty.
From: Stotan717 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 10/15/2008 11:54:03 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
If you wanted to know about my books you would have gone to look at my books. I've read enough of your ranting to know you aren't going to be intimidated by the word Obama if you really wanted to know about my books. But it's a lot of fun watching you try to make a case for something you can't make a case for.
In a message dated 10/15/2008 12:11:05 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
why are you so righteous? Why can't you just believe I am a mom looking for new books for her kids, because that is exactly who I am.
no conspiracies or ulterior motives...sorry to disappoint you
From: Stotan717 To: email@example.com Sent: 10/15/2008 12:28:09 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Re: info
Look Heidy, there's no disappointment. I don't care enough to be disappointed. I don't believe you're simply a mom looking for new books for your kids for the reason I just gave you: because you saw a small vote for Obama! sign and decided it was more important to tell me what you didn't want to see on my web site than it was to go find out about the books. I don't care whether or not you give my books to your kids. There are plenty of great authors out there who aren't "deranged old men" to keep your kids reading good literature well into adulthood. But if you want to criticize me for what I put on my web site, don't expect that I won't respond. I don't accept your basic premises. You say I'm defensive when I don't feel defensive at all. That's your term. You call me righteous when I don't feel righteous at all. That's your term. You become derisive and call me deranged. Many of my friends might agree with you on that, but, again, it's your term. There are all kinds of personal things on my web site; things that I believe in and things that inform my stories. You seem to think you have the right to go there and criticize my choices of what to post. And YOU DO! And I have the right to answer you. I knew you weren't telling the truth about being an Obama supporter when I read it, but I gave you the benefit of the doubt. I don't care whom you support. That's your business. But when the entire agenda for your first email was to tell me I'm not supposed to put personal things - and my political view was the personal thing you chose - I knew there was more of an agenda. Whether I'm deranged or not, it can't be any other way. I'm not interested in whether or not you put political signs in your yard, I'm interested in whether you go up to the houses of those who do, and tell them you don't think they should be telling you or your kids how to vote. I mean, their signs are on personal property, but they're visible from the street, which is public property; just as my sign was on my personal web site, visible to you if you choose to pass by. I make a case and you call me a name: righteous, defensive, deranged.
And I admit, I called you an idiot, for which I apologize. I got carried away by feeling so incredulous. CC