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Razing Ruth
July 6, 2013
11:26 pm
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sadiesue
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October 14, 2012

Yeah FreeJinger is discussing the Ofduggar/Ruth connection.

 

Librarian jobs aren't exactly plentiful and of course it depends on where you live. 

July 6, 2013
11:50 pm
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Terebithia
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July 6, 2013

Fattest fat, I hope you can rewrite your post some day. I'm really feeling sad about this. I'm also bummed the thread is in private area of  free jinger. Like others I'm more of a lurker, so I can't see it….If there really is proof of fraudulence, maybe they'll put it back in the main area. I wonder if anyone will post the ofduggar twop post on her blog?

July 7, 2013
10:54 am
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Gimlet
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November 3, 2011

I am not the most skeptical person, and I grew up in a restrictive family so I am cool with many inconsistencies and aspects of Razing Ruth's story, but honestly? As a MLIS holder and veteran of the library job market, the idea that a library in Chicago (a city crawling with librarians, btw) hired someone from CA with BA in library science sight unseen is the biggest bullshit I've heard. Seriously, you need to out yourself as a success story on "I Need A Library Job" and spill if you managed to do that. 

 

And also her protestations that she can't out herself because it would affect her brothers' abilities to find work and standing in the community and rob her nieces and nephews of food is also grasping at straws level utter bullshit. 

July 7, 2013
2:56 pm
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doubtingandtrust
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June 24, 2013

I hope the thread is eventually moved to Snark at Free Jinger.

July 7, 2013
3:39 pm
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Twizzle
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Meows: 510
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May 12, 2013

Y'all have made good points. I did offer to help her with material goods (not money) on FJ, as did others, but none of those offers were taken up, as far as I know. Which is fine, but when you're really poor and trying to make it professionally and establish yourself in a new place, I think you'd probably at least inquire as to what's on offer. Unless you're just looking for cold hard cash, that is.

July 7, 2013
5:02 pm
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Terebithia
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July 6, 2013

Gimlet, is that Masters of Library and Information science?

July 7, 2013
6:04 pm
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Trufflehunter
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July 5, 2013

Terebithia said
 I wonder if anyone will post the ofduggar twop post on her blog?

I left a comment about it on her blog several days ago (on her second most recent post), right after I found it.  No response from anyone so far, including Ruth. 

 

The FreeJinger discussion is mostly people chiming in to say they've had their suspicions too (even some who've donated money). So far no one's come forward to confirm they've met her and it seems all offers for non-cash help (charity resources, apartment furnishings etc.) were ignored. 

The only semi-interesting new info is that some former FJ posters suspected Razing Ruth was another pseudonym/phony identity of Possumomma who was caught up in a scandal or scam of some kind a few years ago. I'm fuzzy on the details. http://possummomma.blogspot.com/

 Their writing styles are really different, but Possumomma's location (central CA) and some of her interests like hiking line up with Ruth's. 

July 7, 2013
6:06 pm
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RachelNotRebecca
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January 20, 2013

doubtingandtrust said

I hope the thread is eventually moved to Snark at Free Jinger.

Me too. I'm a lurker here, Free Jinger, and TWoP (mostly because I never feel I have anything to add to the discussion), but I want to know more dirt.

I was a casual reader of Razing Ruth, but really started to doubt her with the 'I lost my trailer' story, because how dumb do you have to be to wind up in that situation? I get that she grew up really sheltered, but she's be out for enough years that she has to have SOME Real-World experience.

And the whole Chicago story just seems implausible.

July 7, 2013
6:38 pm
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doubtingandtrust
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June 24, 2013

TruffleHunter I just read your comment on Ruth's blog. I hope Ruth replies.

July 7, 2013
6:43 pm
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Mung Beans
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Meows: 82
Snarking Since:
June 3, 2013

Trufflehunter said

 Their writing styles are really different, but Possumomma's location (central CA) and some of her interests like hiking line up with Ruth's. 

When did Ruth move to Chicago?  Possummomma has a post up from the 7th of March asking for anyone reading in the northern Chicago area to contact her.  

July 7, 2013
7:59 pm
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doubtingandtrust
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Meows: 55
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June 24, 2013

I believe she moved towards the end of May. She wrote about driving in a bad storm/tornado that may have cracked her windshield on May 30th. This happened on her way to Chicago.

July 7, 2013
10:03 pm
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Twizzle
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Meows: 510
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May 12, 2013

Here's an interesting tidbit from the archives: http://razingruth.blogspot.com/2010/04/quick-update.html

 

As we know, nothing that appears online ever really gets deleted, sooooo… 

July 7, 2013
11:59 pm
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Allegedly European
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Meows: 111
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February 23, 2013

sadiesue said
I've been reading Razing Ruth for years and generally agree that parts of her story seem legit and other parts seem pretty embellished or made up.

 

 2)  Her sister is made pregnant in a community wherein "courtship" is the norm, as in teens aren't allowed to kiss, and many not even touch or hold hands, before marriage, and their parents choose their mates for them.  They cannot be in the presence of a man without supervision, generally in the form of a father, brother or other male relative. If you recall the story Ruth told over on No Longer Quivering, her father burst into her room and accused her of fornication when he found blood on her bed when she started her first period – this man tracked his daughters in a sickening manner and one of them got loose long enough to have a sexual relationship outside of marriage?  That seems unlikely.

 

The whole part with her sister seemed so weird. I think Ruth said her sister got knocked up at an ATI convention where the rules might have been relaxed a little?

 

What does seem kind of shady that first she was so gung ho about leaving ATI life and immediately gave her kid to a lesbian couple (btw why wouldn't a lesbian couple just do IVF? Cost is about the same for an adoption) and then once she had the kid placed she immediately went back to living the ATI life. I don't know if there was some underlying post-partum depression or something but it seemed weird that she could go back to her family so easily and then she also got married quickly. Wouldn't the husband's family think she was "damaged goods" for having a guy's kid out of wedlock?

 

Ruth's comments about the book/interview on CNN make me wonder if the publisher got scared of another James Frey situation and started asking too many questions for her taste?

 

Also what is with the Wall of Text posts? Is she too poor to afford an enter button? She used to blog with paragraphs.



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