Posts tagged 12 promises

And Now, A Dissenting View

Our newest member of the Stinkin’ Thinkin’ family, none other than serenity stud Guardian Angel, stopped by pay us a visit, but wound up in our naughty filter. He used some colorful and politically incorrect language, but we really want him to able to express his serenity and display to us the promises delivered to him by the AA program. So, I cleaned it up a little. I replaced his dirty language with the words displayed in red.

Thanks, Guardian Angel!

if you argue AA sensibly….you guys just keep sayin door-knob…GSO steals $$ etc
RIDICULOUS

when you get pissed
and say or do anything
not PERFECTLY SPIRITUAL….you say thanks for proving our case

the FACTS REMAIN
I KICKED YOUR FUCKIN ASSES
YOU PEOPL ARE STUPID TO HAVE THIS BE “YOUR CAUSE”

FRIEND THE GIRL IS A WHORIBLY BAD WRITER….HOW MUCH DOES SHE MAKE$$$

SHE IS JEALOUS OF MELODY BEATTIE

I DON’T HAVE TO PROVE MY CASE
AA WORKS….END OF STORY

THIS PIECE OF SHIT WEB-SITE HAS A FEW HUNDRED PEOPLE

THE ONLY TIME
IT SEES SERIOUS ACTION
IS WHEN A TROLL COMES TO KICK YOUR ASSES

JR IS PROBABLY THE SKINNIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD
SUE NEEDS TO EAT POPSICLES AND GET OVER THE BAD HAIR DAY
FRIEND THE WHORIBLY BAD WRITER NEEDS TO GET HONEST
MA SECRETLY LOVES ME AND WISHES THEY SAID WHAT I SAID

Dick B is On Youtube

Some of you may be unaware that AA historian and California Raisin, Dick B., has a new Youtube channel. I highly recommend it for any of you who subscribe to Dick’s brand of AA, and made it to our blog by mistake; or for anyone with sadomasicistic tendencies. HERE is a link.

Speaking of Dick, it looks as though another of his lectures to Jesus wound up in in the comment section of our old blog, donewithaa, by mistake. This often happens when a person channels Jesus through the ‘Big Book’ instead of the ‘Good Book’. It’s like reading a Windows document on a Mac, or using translation software to read a foreign website. Sometimes things get lost in translation.

Knowing Jesus reads our blog, because He is as perplexed at using a doorknob to perform miracles as we are – I figured I would link Dick’s post here, where Dick answers Jesus’ question, “what the fuck you are muttering about, Dick?”:

Dear JC:

I make every effort to reply to any courteous email that comes to me at DickB@DickB.com. However, some people try to send me messages by clicking on the “Reply” button when they receive one of my “Dick B. FYI Message” newsletters. Such “replies” have been going to a different email address (dickb.lists@gmail.com) that is associated with the program we use for sending out the “Dick B. FYI Message” newsletters. Those “replies” have not been going directly to me. In fact, most never reached me until today, when my son Ken discovered this “secret cache” of backlogged responses and forwarded them to me in a large batch. Sadly, I do not have the time to sift through them all for happy birthday cards vs. genuine questions.

One other point about how people identify themselves when they contact me. When someone writes me—through any medium—and just uses initials like “J.C.” or “Jim C.,” I really don’t care to reply until and unless they identify themselves by using a fuller form of their name and by including their regular (“snail mail”) address. You have no idea how many “Jim’s,” “Jim C.’s,” “JC’s,” and even “James’s” and others—not including spammers—cross my path.

“My Name is Kyle, and I’m an Alcoholic…Oh, and I also Burn Down Buildings.”

An AA near Chicago has talked his judge into allowing him to attend his AA meetings while he is out on bond awaiting trial. It just makes sense that since his character flaws include burglary and setting buildings on fire, he should be focusing in on dialing down his drinking:

Libertyville man charged in arsons may attend Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

“Kowal is accused of setting four fires and burglarizing the Picnic Basket Restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue during the morning of March 24.

No one was injured in the fires, which broke out separately in residences in the 200 block of Homewood Drive at about 3 a.m. and then about an hour later in the 200 block of West Cook Street, fire officials have said. Both of those homes sustained significant damage, authorities have said.

The third and fourth fires occurred sometime during the overnight hours in two unsecured garages in the 200 block of Homewood Drive and the 300 block of Laurel Avenue, causing minor damage to those properties, authorities have said.

Drobinski alleged that Kowal has admitted in handwritten confessions to setting the fires. Residents, including children, were asleep in all of the homes at the times the fires occurred, he said.”

I’m guessing his drink of choice was the “Flaming Moe.”

Today's 12-step AAll-Star: Tipsy McStagger

starThis is the first installment in our new Category: 12-step AAll-Stars. Here, we find a quote from a 12-stepper in one of the many AA forums and websites. Steppers say the darndest things, and there are a lot of honorable mentions out there, but it takes someone really special to make the 12-step AAll-Star team

Today’s AAllstar is Tipsy McStagger, who posted the following quote over at this forum, under the title “Anti-AA Rhetoric”:

“I often come across people who have very negative thoughts about AA. They talk about it like it’s either some sort of evil cult that’s after all your worldly possessions and your first born child or like it’s some sort of spiritual Amway that’s brainwashed you into trying to sell your new found “faith” to anyone who will listen….”

We don’t believe AA wants all of our world possession or first born children. That is just absurd to say. No way could they ever get away with this, although we are fairly sure they would take these things if they could. As for the second point, I think Mr McStagger is dead on. At least, this describes my opinion in a fairly accurate way.

“One thing I’ve noticed is that some of the most vehement anti AA people are former AA members. Maybe because the people who leave feel animosity because AA didn’t deliver on what was promised or they don’t want to take responsibility for their own failure to follow the simple program so they lash out and justify their quitting by insisting that AA is a cult and that they were “too strong willed” to be brainwashed, etc….”

Actually, the only anti-AA people he hears criticize AA, is former AA members. Why? Because current members aren’t allowed to question, much less criticize, the program. It isn’t that current AAs don’t hate the program. Most do, as is demonstrated by the fact that nine out of ten newcomers sitting around him at any given meeting are going to leave. Sure, they aren’t saying anything critical while they are there, but if they had cartoon-like thought bubbles pop up out of their heads, he would read such things as “How many times has this insufferable know-it-all spewed this same drunkalog?” or “Three more meetings, and I’m done with the court order!” or “Is that the gal my sponsor is screwing?” or “I wonder what time the bar closes. This is making me want to drink”.

Notice, also, that he makes the assumption that those who question AA are bitter because AA did not work for them. AA works for nobody, although some within AA fall under that percentage of Alkies who quit. What he is really expressing here is the fallacious idea that leaving AA means a person has returned to the sauce. This is the “do the steps or die” mentality.

“My question is this, when you encounter the people in your life who express these thoughts and feelings, whether they’re former AA members or just people with ridiculous misconceptions, how do you respond? I love a good heated debate so I usually get right in their face and give them a verbal bitch slapping that usually leaves them feeling quite humiliated and embarrassed for being foolish enough to condemn something they know so little about. It makes me feel good and I’m sure I do it more for my own ego then to defend AA. Lets just say that I doubt Bill W. would approve….”

This paragraph is just beautiful, and is what makes this AAer today’s AAll-Star. What he is saying here is: “When I encounter someone who thinks it is ridiculous that AA will provide them with humility, peace, serenity; and an end to selfish and self-seeking behavior – like it did with me – I get so fucking angry that I want to verbally abuse them to feed my ego (which I no longer have, thanks to AA). It makes me feel good to degrade others when they don’t feel the inner peace and serenity that I feel.”

I wonder if this guy crosses his fingers during the Serenity Prayer. This post is two years old, so the chances are probable that Tipsy is no longer in AA, but I really hope he is. He will make a great sponsor one day.

Serenity Now!

One of the slogans in AA is “I can go from grateful to hateful in a second”. That seems to be true of this woman in Washington, who got liquored up after her last AA meeting, and she threw a bit of fit. Now she is sitting in jail, and my bet is that she gets some sort of court ordered 12-Step based treatment (seeing as though it is working so well for her already).

"I'm still waiting for those promises!"

"I'm still waiting for those promises!"

Kitsap Sun – Poulsbo, WA
“A 43-year-old Poulsbo woman was arrested Thursday after drinking too much and becoming violent, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports….

The woman had been at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting before drinking at a friend’s house. Her boyfriend and son, who had been overseas, had planned to surprise her by keeping her son’s visit a secret.

The woman came home drunk, according to reports, and was upset because her night had been interrupted. She became suspicious when she saw her boyfriend and son getting along — the pair have disagreed in the past, according to reports.

She threw things at her boyfriend, including a mug, utility light, an ashtray and ceramic flower pot, according to reports. The boyfriend forced her outside, then called police.

The woman was found covered in mud on a trail behind the house. She told deputies when she saw her boyfriend getting along with her son she thought he was going to propose. When he didn’t she became angry, according to reports.”

HERE is a link to the full article.