I've been blogging for 6 years. I started in January of 2006. This will be my 1,564th post.
One of the things that I've enjoyed most about the give and take with my readers in the comment section is the fact that we have always managed to disagree without being disagreeable.
The discussions have always been intelligent, respectful, passionate, sarcastic, witty, biting and profane.
Virtually all of the commenter's have been fellow bloggers or tweeters. We all know each other and we all read and comment on each other's content.
Things have changed and it's my fault. Let me explain why.
There is a Right Wing Nut Job Blog that I visit frequently. It's called Jo-Joe Politico.
This is Joe Scoggins and his wife.
Here is his bio:
"I was born in Miami, Florida, the son of an Air Force officer, traveled the world, was saved at age 17, and have served the Lord since. That's me on the left and my lovely wife, Bonnie...the pretty one...on the right."
Now, although I disagree with virtually every thing he posts, most of which has absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever, I do respect the fact that he invites comments and discourse as long as said commenter's follow his House Rules:
"1. Absolutely no foul language. If you are not man or woman enough to control your language, you are not welcome here...go somewhere else.
2. I am not looking for strings of commenter's arguing with each other, so confine your comments to the topic at hand and address your comments to me, unless you can be exceptionally gracious and polite.
3. Since this is my blog, I am the sole arbiter of what can be placed on this blog. My decisions are final and without recourse. All anonymous comments, unsigned, will be deleted, as will ad hominem attacks against me or others.
4. Within the scope of those rules, you may feel free to have fun here (I sure will). Sarcasm, wit, half-wit, nit-wit, parody, satire, puns (especially puns), etc. are encouraged."
I don't have any problem with his stupid fucking rules. Visiting someone's blog and leaving a comment is like visiting someone's home. If they don't smoke, you don't light up in their living room. If you see a picture of Jesus on the wall, you don't cut loose with "JESUS FUCKING CHRIST YOU STUPID GODDAMN CUNT!" when your girlfriend forgets to bring you a napkin when she obediently fetches your spam-on-a-cracker appetizer.
Unlike other Right Wing Nut Jobs, Jo-Joe lets you comment without deleting your comments or blocking you from even accessing his blog like most Right Wingers do.
So me and a couple of other Liberals have been frequenting Jo-Joe's blog and leaving comments within his rules.
What we do, basically, is counter his ridiculously bullshit-filled, Right Wing, Christian, rabidly (and closeted racist) anti-Obama tirades with ACTUAL FACTS. We provide links to ACTUAL FACTS that prove that pretty much everything on his blog is a fucking lie!
It's fun. Good sport.
However, if you go walking through a feed lot, no matter how carefully you scrape your shoes on the porch, you are bound to track some really smelly shit into the house.
That's what has happened on my blog.
Some of the ignorant, sister-fucking, slope-headed, inbred, drooling motherfuckers who make up Jo-Joe's "readership" have followed me home to leave flaming bags of shit on my doorstep.
Most of you who have been around a while are used to seeing intelligent people respectfully exchange opposing points of view and then maybe get together for lunch or drinks to discuss further.
Here is a small sample of the comments left by the Right Wing, Conservative, "Christian" followers of Jo-Joe Politico on my end of the year blog post that was a simple meme with no political content:
"Anonymous said... ASS-HOLE!"
"Timothy Reids Thoughts said... Xavier Onassis's mother should have used contraceptives and avoid giving birth to that imbecile."
"Darth Bacon said... Hey, Aquarians Love To Fuck, why would you want to comment on sue hanes's blog? She a wacko , but then again so are you!"
"Nick's Long lost Mother said... I find this Hip Suburban White Guy to be a real liberal asshole, and one who never bothered to use toilet paper."
" Top Cat said...
If you bother to read between the lines carefully to what these America-hating, social-engineering liberals, who left their behavior, conduct, morals and beliefs make America stronger outside the door are saying. You will find that their toxic, brain-dead logic leaves ordinary Americans shaking and scratching their heads in confusion and disgust.
Maybe that pack of racist’s like Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jesse Jackson, Harry Belefote, Louis Farrakhan, Mr. Eric Holder, or this Brain-dead punk who authors this blog believes in reverse discrimination, but ordinary Americans do not.
"IntolerantCynicami said... Hey Miss.Antiquarian Fucked-up.
Who the hell died and made you the judgmental ass-hole of the blogisphere?
Why the fuck do you even care what people write or say about others that don't even concern you, you stupid obnoxious bitch.
It's dumb annoying bitches like you that piss the hell out of Gentlemen like me."
"Anonymous said... Hey Aquarians Love To Fuck, eat shit!"
So, here is my point.
All of the people I just quoted vote for Republicans. Or Conservatives. Or Christians.
This is why the VERY BEST that the Republican Party can offer up for the Presidency is a greedy Mormon corporate raider like Mitt Romney who "loves to fire people"; a batshit crazy libertarian bastard like Ron Paul who wants us all to retreat into caves and sharpen our own sticks and fetch our own water; serial adulterer's like Newt Gingrich whose moral windsock points in the direction of whatever is new, young and strange (while fighting to Impeach Clinton for getting some sloppy head); moral tight-asses like Rick Santorum who want to create an all-powerful Christian Theocracy that will control who you can and can't love or fuck; Rick Perry who is like a really stupid, dumbed down version of George W. Bush; and then there was Cain and Bachmann.
So look at the level of intelligence that these new commenter's exhibit and look at the people that they would vote for to replace Barack Obama.
This is why I let them leave all the comments they want. It rallies the Liberal voters to get their asses out to the polls and vote for Democrats.
Because we cannot, under any circumstances, let these knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers have any significant sway in the election of our political leaders.