Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I use Yahoo.com mail and My Yahoo as my portal for news, feeds, etc. The other day, I was perusing the headlines and checked into a story and followed up by reading the comments. I hardly ever check the comments at such sites, except for sports stories; I don't expect much from such comments and I'm rarely surprised. Reading the news story comments was a learning experience. Comments are unmoderated and of unusually low quality. Posters are allowed to rate comments (thumbs up or down.) Comments with low ratings are not displayed unless you opt to see them on a case-by-case basis. You would think people who are interested in the news of the day would have a reasonably good grasp on reality. Apparently, such is not the case.
Go to Yahoo.com sometime and look at the numbers of comments that accompany the news articles at the site. You'll find that there are usually far more comments per article than you will find at sites like Townhall.com or PajamasMedia.com. Then, for a truly disheartening experience, read those comments left by the (mostly) drooling imbeciles who congregate in the forums there. For a real treat, post a well-reasoned comment that doesn't toe the mob's PC line. Prepare to be shouted down, or worse, be subjected to the indignity of those same nattering idiots rating your comment so low as to not be seen. Still, they babble on and on, bereft of reason or civility.
These, friends, are the Americans we need to re-educate if we are going to take back America and restore the Republic? Bah. Who wants it?
Find a defensible chunk of real estate and secede from the death cultists? Now we're talking. I just want to know where to sign up.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Notre Dame and the Big 10-11-12-whatever...
I was discussing this issue with a Purdue alum yesterday. I was of the opinion that ND should stay independent. He was ambivalent; ND is a rivalry game after all. I think the rotting corpse of ND football in South Bend is good for the other BCS schools in Indiana and Illinois. If ND is "forced" to join a conference, I'd prefer it to be the Big lEast. Were I in charge of the other Big Ten schools' athletic departments, ND would be off the schedule and left to stew in its own past glory - hopefully to stay in the past. ND doesn't belong in the Big 10-11-12 academically or culturally. It's a shame that so many of the same old folks who remember what ND used to be (in legend if not in fact) are the same folks who think ND would be a good fit for the Big Ten. The B10 probably isn't done expanding; Notre Dame should be left out of the discussion.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
How I spent the Memorial Day Weekend...
One Tuesday on the bike...
Discovered Wisconsin SR 23 quite by accident while looking for a different route from the Dells back to Neenah. On my way back to Indiana - the LONG way via Galena, IL and a lovely (and way too short) ride down Illinois 84 - found this little one room schoolhouse cum museum and stopped in. If you ever happen to find yourself in Ripon, stop in and have a look. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable and oh-so-quick to point out that the schoolhouse was a non-partisan museum.
I smiled inwardly and enjoyed myself anyway.
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