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Feb 28, 2010

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Spag

Another major problem is when somebody who says "yesterday your position was X, and today your position is Y" is accused of the kind of personal attacks and ad hominem bickering that your letter writer refers to as if the legitimacy and integrity of arguments and the people who make them aren't relevant to a discussion.

It's one thing to call someone a jerk; quite another to say that the arguments of a person can't be trusted because they are inconsistent with previously stated commissions/omissions. The former is a personal attack, the latter is a legitimate point.

Beelzebubba

i'm a kinda loyal reader but i read other blogs. you won't be chased away if you realize when it's the hagfish in someone's head doing the thinking and can separate it from the chordates. there's some alien baby stuff here and there just like the tabloids. I love the activity at my bird feeders but i get the occasional enterprising squirrel and guano on the pavers.

cheripickr

Beelze, my Luciferian ruralite, not meaning to Roch you here, but as a man steeped in the sciences, I must correct you that a hagfish IS a chordate, however slimy and repulsive. And who you callin a hagfish anyway?

Blogger

I think Ed should organize a wrestling event that could take care of some of these online rivalries. A cage match between bloggers would bring a lot of attention to Greensboro and would also be a hoot.

Ed, I would pay big money to see a throw down between Spag, Roch, Beelze, Dr. Mary, Jeff, Cheripicker, and whoever else would like to join in.

Throw in Jerry Bledsoe, Lenslinger, John Robinson, and John Hood and you'd have a "can't miss" event that would be talked about for decades! LOL!

If you do it, please include a barbecue from Stamey's or something like that afterwards, as even the worst of enemies can get together over good food for a couple of hours.

James

The disputes are like car accidents. Hard to watch, yet somehow irresistible.

It doesn't take much carnage, however, to tilt a person away from active engagement into lurking, or eventually disappearing altogether.

Blogs are mostly labors of love. It sucks when they spin off the deep end or somehow bite you back when you least expect it.


cheripickr

"...or eventually disappearing altogether." You mean like sleep with the fishes?

Beelzebubba

comrade CP, my steeped-in science friend:

Roch me hard as you please. I adore the guy and I've only seen a picture of him.

I should have said -chordates with a developed spine-a hagfish is where i draw the line-on chordates, that is.

I was attempting to say that sometimes our mind gets a parasitic idea and it feeds on us from the inside. Something we would never eat ourselves, except maybe TonyW. He would eat it raw.

Account Deleted

I shudder to think what mine and Beelze's tag-team weight would be.

Ross Myers

To truncate and paraphrase Kipling's "If" :

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all people count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minutes
With words’ to stir the pot and create a fuss,
Yours is the blogoshere and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you can be a commenter, named "Anonymous"

Beelzebubba

mr.protzman: i was trying to the put together the rubbernecking analogy that you did so well. we have no business peeking 8 lanes over to pile of lesser drivers while you're going 60 in a vehicle designed to desintegrate at 45.

jeff: my posture doctor has me over 6-3 again and bigpharma has me down to 280 lbs of twitchy muscles and well spurred bones. but instead of mercy holds i try to sue for peace, then surrender.

Jim Caserta

Rubbernecking, while acknowledging why people do it, has negative effects of its own. At the best, it slows down everyone else, at the worst, it causes new accidents, more rubbernecking, etc. The incidents of accidents on the highway, and the ensuing rubbernecking are not reasons to avoid highways...but the effects of rubbernecking should keep your eyes forward.

lenslinger

Granted I'm only an ancillary player in all this, but the breath left my body momentarily when I glanced my name (sorry, pseudonym!) in a loyal reader letter to Ed Cone. Thought I was being lambasted...

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