Friday, December 16, 2005
OK, here's the deal with comments.
Sadly, it's a truism that, if you write a left-leaning/progressive blog and allow universal comments, you will get the occasional ignorant, dumbfuck, neo-con wanker who decides to take exception to every single thing you write and uses the comments section of your blog as a general dumping ground for his imbecility and uninformed propaganda. This blog, unfortunately, is no different.
From its inception, we've seen the appearance (and, in some cases, the subsequent disappearance) of American bloggers Jay Gatsby, Dizzy Gillespie and Jinx McHue. To a lesser extent, we have the moderately annoying Pete Rempel and Anonalogue. For the most part, I try to be as accommodating as possible but, over the last couple of days, one "The Fly" has managed to, in that short a time, piss me right off by being one of the dumbest human beings I've ever run across, as well as one of the most irritating in the sense of posting nothing but complete crap at this blog.
Because of this, I'm going to lay down a few rules for those who wish to comment here. If you don't like the rules, take a hike. My blog, my rules. Deal with it. If you can't play by the rules, I will simply delete everything you submit until you go away. And now, the rules.
First, you don't have the right to leave a comment on every post I make. That's just being an infantile dipshit. If you have that much to say, get your own blog. I didn't start this one to give you a vehicle for publishing every asinine thing that comes to your mind. If you already have your own blog, consider actually using it and stop abusing mine. Are we clear on that?
Next, I have very little patience with people who leave comments that have nothing to do with the post itself. If you have an urge to ramble, wait for an open thread. If you have lots of urges to ramble, see above: get your own blog.
Moving on, if you want to take exception to something I said, then be prepared to back it up with at least moderately objective sources that can be independently verified by interested readers. Looking back through the last several postings, virtually every single comment from the aforementioned "Fly" is just a link to a GOP-related web site (FOX News, gop.com, state.gov or whatever). That tells me nothing, and I have no interest in having my site turning into a collection of links to right-wing, neo-con swill. That's what your blog is for.
And, finally (although I'm sure I could go on for some time), if you're going to leave a comment, make sure it actually addresses the issue as it was written and not as you perceive it from your perch atop the walls of Wanker Castle.
As one example, back here, the thoroughly-annoying Fly takes exception to my claim that there is finally proof that the Bush administration lied about everyone having had "the same intelligence" on Iraq. Mr. Fly snarkily claims that he's been there and done that, but provides a link only to his entire month's archive, making interested readers wonder just what the fuck he's talking about.
If one goes to that page and searches for the word "intelligence" hoping to find what he was talking about, the closest one gets is perhaps this article, which talks only of a public poll on that issue and, as I'm sure you realize if you have a minimally-functioning brain stem, asking the American public is not normally the most reliable way to ascertain actual objective fact. And it certainly doesn't come close to addressing what I wrote.
So here's how it's going to work. I'm going to leave comments off for a while for readers to digest the above. And as for Mr. Fly, here's how it's going to work for you. When I eventually turn comments back on, you will, like everyone else, be able to leave them. What I want from you (and the only thing I want from you) is a specific link to a minimally reliable source that proves that everyone had access to "the same intelligence" on Iraq.
I don't give a rip what the general American public thinks -- it's pretty well established that the American public (and the public of other countries as well) are abysmally short on critical thinking skills, so telling me how many of them agree with George W. Bush is utterly irrelevant. I want to see your alleged proof for your claim and that's the only comment I'm going to allow you to make until we've resolved this issue.
In short, you have two options: prove your claim, or publicly retract it. There is no door number three.