Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Hereby Suspend All Political Posts on This Blog


throughout the election because I am tired of the rancorous comments.
I state here that I am an Obama supporter and am working in his campaign. So I am not trying to mask my true posture as has been suggested.
I find it strange that people who never comment on anything else on here, find their way onto this blog when a political discussion comes up. Anybody else notice this? Are we being monitored?

21 comments:

Steve Allan said...

Noooo! It's too much fun not to post. I love politics; it's (most of the time) a form of entertainment for me. But if that's the way it has to be, then Obama is awesome, McCain has lost his mind (or his head as George Will wrote this morning) and Palin sucks. There, that pretty much sums up any comments I'd post anyway.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Why do you think, people I've never heard from, come on to give me grief when I post political. How do they even find my little blog?
I may not be able to resist since I get so much info working here but I've had to take a few posts down lately.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Patti,

You are the victim of people that get up every morning and search google blogs for, oh, I don't know, McCain, Obama, election, anything like that and then then jump on you and any one else who posts something they don't like. It's like a game to them but it is not nice and you should not have to put up with it.

There is nothing wrong with disagreement but nasty for it's own sake is just plain nasty.

I also get emails that are largely untrue and mean spirited. One started out by saying: "Please forward to anyone who is undecided or is leaning the wrong way." And who exactly decrees which is the wrong way for me to lean?

I happen to agree with you. I am voting for Obama. I sent money to Obama and I have toiled in the vineyards for Obama. Well, not exactly vineyards, more like worked in the campaign office and did a little street corner stuff. Vineyards would have been nice, tho'. The point is, it is your right as an American to do as you please politically and to say what you want on this blog. Anyone can disagree but they should do so nicely.

End of rant.

Terrie

Steve Allan said...

Don't take stuff down. This is your little corner of cyberspace, put whatever you want up. Some people go frighteningly bonkers when they come across political opinions that they don't agree with. And I've seen it go both ways. I like Craig Ferguson's analogy when he was talking about the Democratic Party: "It's like the Dave Matthews Band. I like the Dave Matthews Band, but there are some people who are way too much into it."

pattinase (abbott) said...

New trend here in Michigan. Signs that say "Deomocrat Voting for McCain" in frontyards of people known to be lifelong Republicans. Oh, this is a nasty little war.

eviljwinter said...

Patti, you're not being monitored. You're being Googled. Never underestimate the stupidity of a stark raving ideologue (and there are plenty on both sides who could use a nice lobotomy) to fling intellectual dung at anything that sets them off.

Besides, I've always said conspiracy theories are best left to people whose day is not complete without being afraid of something.

Wingnuts excel at that. Leave it to them.

pattinase (abbott) said...

There must be so many more political blogs than mine to attack. Why bother with me? Could they have that much time on their hands?
I truly don't mind people in this little community saying their piece because we're not all from one cookie cutter and we talk about lots of stuff, but for the rest googling Palin's name, find you own little backyard to hoe.

Michael P said...

Although she took a lot of hits when she originally said it, Hillary Clinton was right. There really is a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Fraid so. The end justifies the means there.

Travis Erwin said...

And I tend not to comment on political posts at all.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Probably the best strategy.

kitty said...

I'm probably the one you're referring to.

No, I'm not googling you.

I am a daily reader who enjoys your posts on books. I've discovered some good ones here.

While it was obvious that you and several readers support Obama, I didn't know that you're working for him. That's fine. I have no disagreement with anyone who supports any candidate.

But I do have a problem when people support their candidate by running down the other one, especially while citing myths and lies. Some comments not only insult Gov. Palin, they also insult the people of Alaska.

Most of the time I bite my tongue and leave. Today I decided to stand up for my candidate. And I did so without rancor.

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pattinase (abbott) said...

My last response and I'm sorry to single anyone out because they're not the only ones, but I don't think there is anyone on the face of the earth who has ever run a more negative campaign than John McCain. Perhaps you live in a state where you don't get his ads. Perhaps you don't see ads where Obama is accused of wanting to teach sex education to kindergarten kids because he favors education on how to make them aware of possible sexual predators. Or where he is paired with Kwame Kilpatrick despite their mutual loathing.
Or a million other similarly distorted ads. At any rate, I'm staying off of this topic. This was not meant to become a political blog.

Joseph Travis Garnett said...

The problem with political blogs this election year (and Patti your blog does not fall into this category) is that have become a forum to be downright mean to people. It's a snapshot of our society. Hide behind a computer, degrade people and feel good about it. To be a realist, McCain and Patin have been hammered by the blogoshere. Little people, acting tough and mean typing on a keyboard.

Good for you Patti, get out of it. As for me I'm a old style Democrat, when the Democrat party wasn't way left. I believe in the DEMOCRAT values not the Left wing values. This election year I can't support my party because of that. I don't feel they represent me. McCain is more in line with my Democrat beliefs and he will get my vote. My vote is my vote and will be made with respect to the candidates.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Patti, I'm sorry you feel you have to censor yourself on your own blog, but I understand why you feel that way. This has been a very nasty campaign and it's probably going to get worse. It must be particularly hard for folks in the battleground states who are inundated with campaign ads 'round the clock. Here in Calif., we're so blue, we hardly ever see the campaign ads, except on cable news stations and maybe the half hour of evening news. Of course, we never see the candidates either unless they're trolling for big bucks. We have a weird political system.

Linda

pattinase (abbott) said...

I'd love to be blue. These ads are killing me. Obama is responsible for NAFTA, the oil crisis, everything.

JD Rhoades said...

Obama is responsible for NAFTA, the oil crisis, everything.

This is why I say we must all vote for Obama, if only for simple self-preservation, He bestrides the world like a Colossus, if the McCainiacs are to be believed. He has the power to raise oil prices and destroy the economy with the wave of his hand. We can't afford to piss someone this powerful off, lest he cause earthquakes and hurricanes.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Read the Andrew Sullivan piece of The Daily Dish on the nomination of the most unqualified VP in history and what it says about John McCain.

Steve Allan said...

Yeah, Andrew Sullivan really went on a rant on Bill Maher the other night about Palin and McCain's decision making process. But he's not the only conservative to express his doubts. When George Will is against you and you're the Republican candidate, you know you're in trouble.

But I believe what Dusty is saying - Obama is a colossus that we can't afford to deny or he will cause unspeakable harm. His only weakness? Voters who are afraid of his blackness.

Steve Allan said...

Oh wait, raise oil prices, destroy the economy and responsible for powerful hurricane destruction? Isn't that the Republicans?

Andi said...

Patti, For the first year or so that I blogged, I blocked the site from search engines (journalscape offers that option). I didn't plan to do politics on the blog but it's inevitable, i think, for many of us. And yeah, i really did not want to del with trolls who would cruise the net looking for a fight. A while back, I went "public" and no one's found me, so I dunno. There's probably a list out there of "find this blog and attack this horrible person" (boy that's paranoid but alas, I still think it's likely), just as Terri says.

And Kitty? I too support Obama. i do not give up my rights to opinions however and my opinion is that Sarah Palin is supremely unqualified to be president and thus, vice president. Were i supporting another candidate, that would still be my opnion. We do not necessarily support someone by "running down" someone else. They can be - and are - two separate opinions. I was for Obama long before John McCain chose a running mate.
As for "insulting the poeple of Alaska" huh? We get to have opinions. i have many good friends in Minnesota. Does that mean I should have been in favor of the governorship of Jesse Ventura? Huh? My dislike of the man has nothing to do with my feelings toward my friends, or indeed strangers in that state. I used to live in California and have friends I adore who still live there. Sorry, but my love of my friends Louise, Len, Barbara, Janet, Bill, Cornelia, Meredith, Gary, Gayle, Jan, Wendy,Tim, Marcia , Jean, etc. does not mean I have to keep my mouth shut about their governor. I don't know how they voted. I respect the heck out of them. So? I believe that is nonsense. I don't even understand why someone would say that You want to insult Chris Gregoire? Go ahead. That's your right. Why would I be insulted?

I've talked about Sarah Palin on my blog. I have not "posted lies". I have said what i thought. We all have that right.

And that's my opinion.