Welcome to the Schadenfreude. I am your host, Vel. This is my place, where my opinion reigns and where the bouncers will show you the door if you intend on being a jerk(defined as not participating in discussion, trying to make others do your work for you by only posting links rather than what you think is valid about the link, doing the equivalent of throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks by posting links and having no idea what is on them, lying and making baseless insults when you have nothing else, among other things. I have no problem in banning people and ridiculing them for the idiots they are.)
No time for navel gazing here. The bartender will light your cigarette, give you a bourbon on the house, lend you a gat if you need it and laugh at your problems.
If you want to know your host, feast your eyes. I love cats, especially snow leopards; lovely predators, even my various felis domesticus. I am an atheist, one of the “new” variety who are not pussyfooting around religion and probably have my iconoclasm hardwired in me from watching James T. Kirk karate chop gods. I am smart, likely know something about just about anything and I don’t tolerate willful ignorance. I find sympathy easy to have but essentially worthless. I dislike most humans but have great hope for humanity. I take great pride in being able to do for myself. And I’m married to the perfect man, who is an awful lot like me. I love two-fisted heros and spend most of my time reading about them. If not reading, I’m a fine cook, brewer and a decent seamstress. Dieselpunk is my thing, when it comes to style.
I also get a great amount of pleasure and satisfaction from those who suffer from their own willful ignorance, greed, bigotry, selfishness or arrogance. Hence, Schadenfreude. Unfortunately, they tend to make the rest of us suffer too. I do take great amusement in allowing people to post their hateful screeds here. I also post their email addresses, so they can be proud and take responsibility for them.
If you are curious on how I became an atheist, you can read my “origin story” (alas no superpowers): atheist testimony