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December 31, 2004

an offensive post

I received a phone call from a fellow blogger last night who was very upset about this post. (For a change, it's not one I wrote.) We both know the blogger and we both like him a lot. The basic question I got was, "How could he write something so heartless?"

Read the post. I don't see a damn thing wrong with it. I don't agree with what he said, but I will defend his right to say it to my last breath. If the writer gave a shit about who links him (which he doesn't) he would be heartbroken by the massive, self-righteous de-linking headed his way. But I think the title of his post says it all.

For all the great things I say about the Blog Collective and as much as I like and admire a lot of people I've met through blogging, I have to admit a painful fact: the PC police operate there, too. I have seen it first-hand, up-close and personal. It's as ugly in Blogdom as it is when the government brownshirts do it. I really ought to take the time to list the people who de-linked ME for a controversial post I wrote two years ago, and those people called me worse names than anybody but my ex-wife ever did.

I was politically incorrect. Oh, it's okay to excoriate the Democrats, make fun of Michael Moore and start a "I Hate Ted Rall" page on your blog, but you need to understand that these bloggers still have boundaries that you're supposed to never cross. Otherwise, they'll turn on you like... the same people they excoriate.

It's just like the war on (some) drugs. Even on a blog, you have the right to (some) Free Speech.

I look at the post I linked, and I think about what happened to me. I agree with the writer.

Fuck 'em.

Comments

Great job of ignoring you're doing there, "Good Golly."

Posted by: McGehee on December 31, 2004 09:18 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how much time and energy people put into trolling blogs that they obviously don't like. Don't these people have a fuckin life?

Posted by: Chablis on December 31, 2004 09:48 PM

"Good Golly" is a 12 year old zit faced kid who if didn't enjoy this blog wouldn't visit so regularly. Come leave your filth on my blog, kid and I'll find out exactly WHO you are. Remember, there are crazy fucks out there (like me) and NO ONE is anonymous online.

As for the Dax post, thought I wouldn't post something like that, you have to admit that deep down in most people's mind they're thinking pretty much the same thing. I'm sorry it happened, I wish it hadn't happened, but since it did, I'm glad it was them and not me. Selfish or not, it's the truth. Admit it.

Posted by: Sam on December 31, 2004 10:02 PM

Actually you only said what Bill Cosby said,but you used a little courser language.....Not that that shocked anyone who ever read your blog,but if they hadn't read or absorbed what they read in earlier postings,they would just think you a racist bastard.......And it's your blog anyways ,so if they don't like it.they don't have to read it.

Posted by: big al on December 31, 2004 10:17 PM

Well I was pretty much ignoring the story, even as the numbers climbed higher. But I did finally look into it, and the sheer scope (and suddenness) of the tragedy does get to me.

But I'm not one to try to make any one else give a damn.

Posted by: Desert Cat on December 31, 2004 10:33 PM

Uh.. I'm sorry. Good Golly is not allowed to leave comments on my blog anymore. I delete them all.

I have enough assholes to deal with as it is.

Posted by: Acidman on January 1, 2005 02:30 AM

I'm thinking of two things here.

First of all, yes, I have a hard time feeling sorry for those people, especially when I see still shots of people wearing Tshirts with Osama bin Laden on them.

Kinda hard to care about people who would be dancing in the streets if a nuclear bomb exploded in Los Angeles..

I know there are innocent people who are suffering and I wish I could do more, but here is the thing that just pisses me off more than anything.

When I first heard about this tsunami, I knew to an absolute certainty that my wallet was about to be robbed. I don't have a flying fornication of a choice. I know that my hard earned money is going to be ripped from my hand before I ever see it. '

I don't get t decide if I want to contribute anything to help suffering people on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. I will get mugged by my own government and be expected to like it.

Is it any wonder that I am so damned stingy and suspecting of solicitors who call me.

Posted by: CDR Will on January 1, 2005 03:13 AM

Yeah, all this aid for some crapshoot.

Where was our aid when the towers got jacked?

Posted by: Cythen on January 1, 2005 03:50 AM

Fuck em.

None of my money voluntarily goes to any Muslim. Harsh? Maybe. But these are the same people that would cheer any hit on the evil USA.

Nope.

However, I will send another donation to our boys and girls in the sandbox. Just because.

Posted by: rightisright on January 1, 2005 10:34 AM

Like Dax said, "FUCK EM" !! Why aint they dancin in the street like they did on 9/11/01 ?? The worthless bastards are standing around lookin at the destruction, waiting on somebody else to come clean up the shit.. Where was their fuckin money last year in Florida?? Supporting insurgents in Irag, and goin to Osama, I would bet .. Like Dax said, "FUCK EM" Wild Bill sed dat !!

Posted by: Wild Bill on January 1, 2005 07:02 PM

I don't agree with Dax's post, but hey...I don't agree with a lot of stuff out there. He's still one of the good guys in my book.

As for my unsolicited opinion on the whole thing? The areas affected by the tsunami are predominantly hindus and buddhists...not the usual muslim suspects. I would have thought twice if they were, but probably would have donated anyways. The people of India especially have no issues with the US...given that we send all of our jobs to them LOL. Anyways, yeah I donated and I don't regret one penny of it.

Posted by: Chablis on January 1, 2005 07:46 PM

Chablis,

Latest estimates put the dead at 130,000 - 140,000

Estimates of the dead in Indonesia (the world's largest population of mulsims) are 80,000 - 100,000. Seeing as 90% of the people who live in Indonesia are Muslim...

Maybe I am cold hearted, but I cringe at the thought of our tax dollars helping muslim scum who would rather see us dead.

Now, if you can point me to a charity that delivers aid to the Sri Lankans or Indians ONLY, I would be happy to get off my wallet and drop some coin in their pot.

Posted by: rightisright on January 1, 2005 08:23 PM

My bad. Perhaps I should have checked that before I put my foot in my mouth.

Still, the sensible part of my brain knows that muslim does not equal terrorist. I do have this tiny, reactionary, part of me that holds a grudge against the whole lot of them. But when it comes right down to it, this tsunami has turned out to be the great equalizer. Men, women and children of all faiths have been affected and devastated. I personally hold no views on religion...I think it's all a bunch of malarky for the most part. If I only gave money to those causes that support people who feel only as I do about religion, I'd never donate anywhere.

I don't see the religious faith of those people on my screen...I see just people.

Posted by: Chablis on January 2, 2005 11:44 AM

"...I see just people."

Quite.

And Muslims aren't necessarily Islamists.

If that volcano in the Canary Islands ever blows like it's expected to someday, the same thing could happen all up and down the Atlantic coast. It doesn't matter to me whether the rest of the world would come to our aid. We do it because giving a damn about people who need our help is just something we do.

Posted by: Desert Cat on January 2, 2005 11:35 PM
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