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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, March 07, 2008

House statement.

I'm tired of fighting. I'm just so tired of fighting.

I enjoy the people who come by to comment. I find it a wonderful process, but here I am again, for the second time in a month having to say that I'm sick of it all.

Take this blog for what it is. It's a hobby.

I'm under no obligation to protect or carry any viewpoint. I'm under no obligation to neutrality. I am not media. I don't get paid. I write what I want to write.

And, even separate from anything that I do, the comments going both ways have gotten increasingly nasty.

I've been doing this for years, and, this last month has been, by far, the most unpleasant.

This takes alot of time to do, and watching it turn has been a sad experience for me, so, maybe you'll forgive me for being a little less than patient.

(Out tonight. I've already written a post for tomorrow.)


  • I love your blog. Hope you don't burn out!

    As for my part, I'll promise to be less... verbally spastic. Well, less colorful in my more emotional times.

    Take the weekend off. Listen to some music. Watch a dumb comedy (something with Bill Murray)... That always helps me.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:17 PM  

  • I this case I am happy to be a ditto-head...

    listen to some Fats Waller and smile. It works for me.

    ps: bill's wife!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:28 PM  

  • EPM, Yeah. I just get tired of everybody trying to tell me what I should be writing from both sides.

    I love my blog. It's just getting so emotional on both sides of this primary that people are losing rationality.

    The two arguments that seem to be setting everyone off are "Obama is unqualified and you're a fool for supporting him" and, going the other way, "there's no mathematical way that Clinton can win."

    That second one is the one I keep getting blasted for.

    (And, I don't think you've ever crossed my line (at least not in memory.) You at times overenthusiastic, but it's all what you think, not telling me what to do or trying to convince me how to think.

    I think that's what's getting to me. All the commentary from both sides telling me how I should think.)


    Anon, Fats Waller ain't too bad.

    And just as a general response, alot of your comments just come across as rants.

    I tend not to respond to alot of them because I don't even know where to go.

    And that "Bill's wife" thing is pretty unnecessarily demeaning.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:33 PM  

  • Jeez, I write my blog to piss people off and have people agree with me; you write yours as impartial as possible (IMHO) based on facts and you get all this!
    If the truth about Hillary hurts, maybe you should examine your choice of candidate and not get pissed at mike!

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 3:58 PM  

  • "You at times overenthusiastic,"

    It's all the result of a repressed childhood. I blame my parents. LOL. That's what I meant about being "verbally spastic."

    I should point out that many of my comments are not "directed" at you. It's more like I'm commenting on the issue you post, not the fact you posted it. My emotional outbursts are always about the issues and never about you opinions on those issues.

    And I think you know this, but I'd NEVER presume to suggest you should or should not say something in YOUR OWN blog! I try to think of myself as a guest when I comment here... though sometimes I'm the guest how forgets to use a coaster and doesn't always use his "indoor voice" when talking.

    Your blog is where I go to get a more thoughtful -- and broad -- view of current events. It makes me think. That's why I post so many questions -- many of them rhetorical, by the way... though I always appreciate your insights.

    Anyway. Chin up, and all that. And don't be shy about telling me when I've maybe spilled a little wine on the the carpet here at Born at the Crest of the Empire.

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:02 PM  

  • Lew, Well...... I don't know if I can say I'm impartial.

    And it's not just the Hillary people. It's getting nasty every way, myself included.


    EPM, I recognize that alot of comments, not only yours, are cross directed at other commenters.

    And, thanks, but I'm not fishing for compliments, and I'm not shutting down.

    I just needed a howl.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:06 PM  

  • RE: Fats Waller....

    I find Bach and -- don't laugh -- Gregorian chant to be the most therapeutic for my agitated soul.

    Less therapeutic, but more just mellowing out, it's that cool jazz from the '50s and '60s. Vince Guaraldi, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson. Sweet, baby. Sweet.

    For sheer joy, it's the classics... classic rock that is. Nothing like all those guilty pleasures from high school that I'll never admit to liking! Not in public anyway... It was the '70s after all.

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:14 PM  

  • "And, thanks, but I'm not fishing for compliments,"

    Phew. Good. 'Cause I was startin' to feel a little wierd... bein' all nice an' polite, an' suckin' up and all. :)

    I'm outa here. See you Monday...

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:21 PM  

  • Mike, I am sorry if I have gotten out of hand over this election. I have been trying to make amends lately because I do appreciate what you have created here. My favorite music for escape is cranking up Eric Johnson and mixing in a little Jehro (reggae), at least lately. Take Care.

    By Blogger Ptelea, at 4:22 PM  

  • Ohh! Reggae! Ya, mahn.... ptelea and I agree on something! Come on everyone... group hug. :)

    (Too much music. Too little time)

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:26 PM  

  • Music - the universal language ... well, politics sure isn't! :)

    By Blogger Ptelea, at 4:30 PM  

  • Fats is just the best to take me to a happy place. His music was so filled with joy. An absolute one-of-a-kind...

    Music cuts through any fog and can make so many friends of once enemies...

    Mike - I love this blog and have recommended it to many people. I enjoy the opportunity to comment and will pay closer attention to any rant-like behavior. I'm 45 and this is the first political season I have felt inspired - think it's a actual opportunity to see our country move in a postive direction away from the poison of greed.

    Blizzard-like conditions here in Dayton (and most of OH) today - been listening to Fats most of the day...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

  • Ptelea, everyone has, certainly including myself.

    The emotions are just running so high in this thing and both sides have anti arguments they really can't win except by shouting or slashing. (Clinton over the current delegate counts and Obama over perceived experience.)

    So, when someone hits your candidate's weak spot, everybody shouts. (again, me included.)

    And we've likely got at least 7 more weeks of this.


    And I go a totally other musical direction. Velvet Underground. Sink into that nihilistic stupor.

    (Or non-Latin Stan Getz. Different vibe, same stupor.)

    For happy, definitely Motown.


    Anon, that's pretty cool you've gotten engaged. I'm of those weirdos who gets juiced about local races.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:15 PM  

  • Yours is one of the (few) blogs that I return to again and again. I really appreciate the work you are doing.

    Thank you
    - Ruben (Denmark)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:27 PM  

  • Thanks.

    I think I just needed a brief break from the back and forth.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:32 PM  

  • By Blogger 柯云, at 7:17 AM  

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