Stir crap, Draw flies

Updated to Add:

I’m seeing a lot around here on Twitter and on other blogs, that conservatives are the only ones who have had their account suspended by Twitter. Let me say emphatically that this is not the case at all.

I happen to know about a user who is a Hillary Clinton supporter who had his account suspended in 2008, during the Clinton/Obama primary, because he dared to say critical things about Barack Obama. His twitter username is @shoq and I sure he can tell you all about Twitter’s repression the freedom of speech towards liberals.
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Original posting:

This is exactly how I feel about this little story here. This is why I have, for the longest time now, avoided blog wars and twitter fights and for very good reasons; and when they started trolling me, that being liberals and yes, some so-called “conservatives” too; I just blocked them. Because I do not wish to get into it with the other side, at all.

Datechguy writes about it:

Before there was Milo Yiannopoulos there was Robert Stacy McCain. A chain smoking, beer drinking, coffee guzzling hard nosed reporter who rather than simply going with the flow and repeating the conventional wisdom dared to go out into the field and actually see and report for himself.

And when he didn’t have a spot in the MSM to do it anymore on a regular basis he began his web site The Other McCain (named to differentiate himself from his distant cousin John in the Senate) and with funding provided by his readers (and sometimes without it going places on a wing and a prayer) he would travel the country from Alaska to New Hampshire from Nevada to New Orleans to cover stories that the MSM would not.

And when Bill Sparkman’s death became a national story and there were cries of “Send the Body to Glenn Beck” it was Stacy McCain who was the boots on the ground who actually went to Kentucky and investigated the story finding no evidence of murder and was vindicated when his death was revealed to be a suicide staged to appear like a murder.

He has managed to do all of this while raising a family of six which now includes two grandchildren who are his joy (although they have considerably slowed down his travels, after all family comes first).

Bottom line though not a rich man Robert Stacy McCain is an American Success story he has built a nationwide, dare I say worldwide following presenting his viewpoint and highlighting the public viewpoints of others who would rather keep their actual words and opinions under the radar because Robert Stacy McCain is loyal to his family, his God, his friends and the Truth.

I know this because I’m proud to say he is my friend. I’ve learned an awful lot from him the most important thing being there is no substitute for actually being there, gathering factual evidence, seeing for yourself and reporting the truth.

Look, I am just going to be blunt, okay? Because that is how I just do it. I do not make my opinions based upon my political stance. Some do in the blogosphere and I think it is cheap, dirty and downright stupid. The truth is that I have observed Robert Stacy McCain engage in behavior on twitter that some, not all, would consider to be harassment. So, there, that is my feelings on it. Anyone that does not like that, can kiss my all-American white behind.

My point is this right here:  If you do not want to attract the wrong kind of attention on twitter or anywhere else for that matter; then do not do stuff that will attract the wrong kind of attention. You would not smoke a joint while driving a car. (Well, most of us anyhow!) You would not walk around in public with your penis hanging out of your pants. So, why do idiotic stuff like what McCain was doing on twitter?

The reason McCain was doing what he was doing is this: McCain is a downright publicity whore, just like Gene Simmons. McCain was doing it, to promote his blog and, by proxy, himself. McCain was also doing it to win favor with the Conservative crowd. He would routinely get on twitter, hassle these women and then print their reactions on twitter and on his blog. Well, I guess twitter got tired of it and suspended his account and they will most likely suspend the other one too, should he start using that other account for the same purposes.

I will admit, I have had issues with Mr. McCain in the past; but that is not why I am saying this at all. I am saying this, because it is just the truth. Now, as for Mr. McCain, he is taking it in stride, as you can see at this link here. I believe mainly because he knows that he is guilty of the charge!

To be clear, I have no side in this issue at all. I also know that twitter does have a right to regulate their usage of their servers and service itself. I also see some conservative saying that the investors, mostly stocks, should divest themselves of twitter stocks. My question is this: Is that not the tactic of the left? Did not liberals do that to Firefox, when the President of Mozilla come out against gay marriage, which resulted in his resigning from that company? Why is it that conservatives always copy the tactics of the left, when they are feeling somehow persecuted?

My point is this, when it comes to the progressive left, I follow the words of advice from the Holy Bible:

“But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” – 1 Corinthians 14:38 King James Version

This advice quoted above has served me well, as a believer in Christ for the last 35 years, which is how long I have been a born-again believer in Christ. I have not always followed that advice, much to my detriment at times! But, I digress. The point is folks, progressives are usually progressive for a reason. Same goes with feminists — and all the poking, harassing and other such activities, will only serve to reinforce that worldview. So, it is best to let them be content in their own ignorance and move on.

I hope this is received in the spirit of which is intended to those who wish to receive it. 🙂

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Why I have ads on my site and why I ask for donations

This is a continuation of my previous posting.

Nobody likes Ads, especially the annoying popup ones. Least of all me!

Well, I put them on here for one simple reason….

*Cut the sob story music*

I have not worked a “normal job” since 2006. There is a huge story behind it that dates back to 2003. It is long, rambling and if not told the right way, makes me sound like I am whining; which I am not at all.

Short and sweet version: I attempted a career change back in 2003, that ended up blowing up in my face. I was able, with the state’s help in getting my class A CDL license. (That’s a license to drive a semi truck, for those who don’t know.) Well, after I got it, I made some mistakes along the way, that effectively rendered me out of the driver’s seat. Drinking was not involved at all. What happened was, instead of being smart and getting a job with a big trucking company. I decided that I wanted to stay near home; mainly, because I am an only child and my parents needed the help. Which is more so now, than it was back then.

Well, I ended up going with a small trucking company and ended up making a rookie mistake and ended up with 2 points on my license in 2004. Basically, me and a city light pole got into a fight and the pole; and by proxy, me — lost. 🙁 Thankfully, nobody was hurt and there was no damage was done to the trailer or truck. The light pole? Not so much. Snapped that puppy off at the ground.

Well, basically it meant this: 2 points on license = being labeled high risk by other trucking companies = not being to find a job in the field I trained for.

At the point, I got pissed and said, “screw it!” and I wanted to find something, but because Michigan’s economy was in the pooper; there was nothing around here, at least nothing I was qualified for. 🙁  Honestly, if it were not for my parents, I would be living under a viaduct somewhere.

Speed ahead to 2006…..

I had just left a Church that I attended for a while, a independent Baptist Church no less. I had been royally stabbed in the back by a so-called “Pastor” there. (and believe me, I use that term about him very, very, very loosely. He was no “Pastor”, he was a hireling hack, who had zero business being in the pulpit.)

I had seen stuff about blogs, but I blew it off as kiddie stuff, like MySpace and that sort of a thing. This was until I discovered political blogs. My eyes lit up and my wheels started turning in my head. Now, keep in mind, at that time; I was still on, what I like to call, “the skeptical left”. I was not a Bush fan at all; I still am not. By 2006, I was convinced that the Iraq war, which I initially supported, was a huge judgement error on the President’s part, at the time. I also was not a fan of the Republicans either, I admired Reagan very much. But, I thought Bush was an idiot.

You have to understand me. I grew up in Southwest Detroit, my Father is a retired General Motors worker. Yes, that means that the UAW is a big part of my family. Having said that, there is another side to me. As it is spelled out elsewhere on my blog here, I am a Christian, I have been for 35 years now. (Which makes me feel so old! 😥 ) Needless to say, Church was a big part of my life, when I was younger. I went to Christian Schools all my life. The “God & Country” movement was something that I was a big part of in the 1980’s.

To put a label on it, I was what you would call a conservative Democrat or a “blue dog” Democrat. I was not too big on the Republicans and because of my working class upbringing, I felt a connection with the Democratic Party. I didn’t agree with them on Abortion or the guy stuff. But, I felt that Democrats were more in tune with the concerns of my family and more notably — Me. My parents or myself, we never donated any that party. We just voted that way.

Now back to 2006, I was becoming more and more angry at Bush, the Iraq War deaths were piling up like cord wood and I decided to do something I had not done since I was like in the 7’th or 8’th grade —- I decided to start writing again. I had not done it in years, I just never felt the need to. But, I felt it was time again.

And so, in 2006, I went to blogspot.com and registered a blog. It was called The Populist. The blog was hacked by either Chinese hackers or by some neoconservatives who didn’t like me and my political stance. I have an idea, who was behind it. But, I cannot prove it. So, the point is moot.

…and that was 10 years ago. Needless to say, my political stance has changed…. quite a bit. In 2007, My blog was hacked, by that time — my opinion of the Democrats had dropped to a all-time low. The democrats never stopped the Iraq War. They talked a mean game, but they did nothing to stop it. They were using it as a wedge issue against Bush. I felt that to be hypocritical. I also felt that Hillary was being ridiculous, when it came to the primaries. I already had a good deal of disdain for her husband; considering what happened in Waco in the mid-90’s. This is why I never was on board with the Democrats. I remember when the Clinton-Monica scandal was happening, I remember thinking, “Why doesn’t he just resign?” Bill Clinton had besmirched the White House and America.

This was when I started Political Byline. I ran it for 9 years. First as a Centrist, and ever so slowly, I began to lean to the right. Somewhere in there, I discovered Pat Buchanan. I had found my political ally. I still read his columns faithfully. He is as close to Reagan as we’ll ever get today. In 2011, after Obama ordered the draw down of troops in Iraq. I decided to put that blog in inactive status and shut down for a while. It lasted about 5 weeks.

I went back to blogspot and created another blog —  and started over. Thoughts and Rantings and the domain I chose, was something I pulled outta my… behind?

Later, I was able to pony some money together and bought a domain and was able to secure some cheap hosting. I later moved to a better host that let me pay yearly.

…and here I am, 10 years later. Still writing about the left, that I was once a part of. Pointing out the obvious and offering a different idea. I’m not rich doing it. But, I am having a good time. 🙂

Your comments are welcomed. 🙂

 

 

HotAir.com takes the first step to closing its comment section

Update: Blogger roundup: Editorial Times, Legal Insurrection

Post links in the comment section and I will add them here.

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Original Post:

This, I think, is going to prove to be a very bad move for this blog:

For almost ten years, Hot Air has utilized a proprietary, members-only comment system. In 2006, this kind of system made much sense, but Internet standards and technology have moved beyond this kind of system. Beginning tomorrow, Hot Air will move from its present proprietary closed-comment system to Facebook comments. At that time, native commenting functions will cease, and all comments will come through the Facebook interface. — Via: Hot Air to move to Facebook comment system « Hot Air

Let’s just be real folks; HotAir.com is huge and I mean really huge. I have been to sites that use a strictly Facebook commenting system and I do not believe that I would be exaggerating one bit, if I said that those places are nothing more than pure troll dens. This is usually the first step; first they will use the Facebook commenting system and then, things will get too bad and then they will close the comments sections for good.

I feel that once a site kills the comments section, it becomes nothing more than just another website. I for one, will never go to an external comment system, ever. I tried Disqus and it frankly sucked major donkey doo doo. They should call it disgust, because that’s how you will feel after trying to set it up — Disgusted!

As for HotAir.com, I think they are simply trying to be more inclusive and not have to work their tails off, in the upcoming election. While that might be a good idea for them, it might prove to be quite destructive for the site. Because the trolls will run the regulars off and the site will get a reputation among its core audience. Another thing that I feel will run people off is that Facebook’s founder is a known flaming liberal and there are many conservatives who will not use Facebook because of this fact. So, they will lose those people.

For the record here, I will never, ever, go to a closed commenting system, nor Disqus or Facebook; or any other commenting platform. The only system I will ever use is WordPress Native system which allows you to comment using your Facebook or other identities you choose to use.

I wish HotAir.com the best, because, Lord knows, they are going to need it.

The biggest line B.S. that I have heard at Hotair.com in a long time

This comes via Jazz Shaw, (who is too big of a coward to write under his real name) who once called me a “racist digbag” on twitter:

We’ve heard more than our share of complaints about the fact that Hot Air generally holds open registration periods which limit the pool of commenters and that there are strict rules on what can’t be said in the comments on penalty of the ban hammer. (Excessively foul language, threats of violence or to the life of public officials, etc.) Open enrollment always winds up bringing in some people who are only here to troll, but it’s actually our commenters who are faster and better than the editors in identifying them and they are generally removed. By the same token we wind up with any number of people who join up and vigorously espouse some views which run directly contrary to the general, more conservative tone of the site. But as long as they follow the above noted rules, they stick around and get into all sorts of verbal firefights with the rest of the commentariat.

Source: The end of the comments section. (No… not this one) « Hot Air

Pardon me a second:

BWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAW!

*wipes eyes*

Oh man, that was just too rich. *snicker* *snort*

The truth is that if you are a warmongering, Neoconservative, establishment Republican, Israel loving, Bush Loving, Wilsonian, Trotskyite — you will do very well there. But, if you happen to disagree with that viewpoint, you will not last long there. Just ask the supporters of Ron Paul how long that they lasted there, just ask the Paleoconservatives, of whom I agree with, how long they lasted there. Better yet, ask Ed Morrissey about the Libertarian, who wrote of the errors of Wilsonian foreign policy there and basically was never asked to write there again, because it pissed off “the powers that be.”

The truth is, if you do not toe the line and you dare speak out against people like the Kristols and the Podhoretz’s and the rest of the neocon Klan (heh…)  you will not last long there at all. Believe you me; I know, I have been there and done that and got booted, because I DARED to challenge the inane, Trotskyite b.s. that flows from that site like water.

The sickening part? They pawn themselves off as libertarians! Sorry, no, they are not a libertarian blog. Lew Rockwell is a libertarian! Hotair.com is a neocon, establishment Republican blog with some window dressing.

Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake calls it a day

This is a surprise.

Via FireDogLake:

As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL.

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The dogs and I have really loved being a part of the FDL community for over a decade, and are so very thankful for all of the great friends we’ve made and the experiences we have had. But we feel it’s time to hand over the helm to new, young energetic voices like Kevin, Brian, Dan and Kit. Moreover, it’s the right time in their careers when they should be stepping into leadership positions. I am so proud of all of the work they’ve done, and look forward to watching their growth as they lead their own organization.

I want to thank everyone over the years who has helped to make FDL a huge success. I urge those who have supported FDL to support Shadowproof, because it’s going to be amazing.

When I first started blogging back in 2006, when I was writing at “The Populist“, Jane’s blog was one of my regular reads. I wish her the best with her hip recovery and in her future endeavors.

Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo remembers as well. Skippy is an old timer blogger like me. 🙂

UPDATE: I just wanted to share a few more thoughts here on this blog posting that I didn’t get to share earlier.

For better or for worse; Jane Hamsher has been a critic of Barack Obama. she was a critic of Obamacare, she was a critic of many of the things that went on during his administration. For that she lost a lot of friends on the liberal left and because of that she lost her status in the blogosphere as one of the great ones.

That in itself, is a demonstration of how just how partisan politics can be corrosive to the political process and also to political writing. I mean Jan Hamsher has been around since 2004 and she started blogging on Blogspot which was a long time ago in blog years and human years too and I think it’s sad that Jane basically became of pariah in the liberal blogosphere, because she dared not to go along with the group think when it came to Barack Obama.

Anyhow, I wish Jane the best and I hope she finds something good to do after blogging.

…and they call me a whackjob?

Man, if I was gonna kill myself over not getting laid not getting a woman; I would have been dead years and years ago! :roll:

I mean, don’t get me wrong, Asian woman are awesome and all. But, but, this? 😮 😯

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