Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, March 12, 2009

And Now, a Word from the Blog Mother

Rule 2:

A. Play nice. This is my place, you do not get to shit on my floor. You are free to disagree with me and with each other, but please do it nicely. Do not use words that you would not use face-to-face. Please give each other the courtesy and respect due to a person who is armed.[1] If you need to respond snarkily or nastily, then say "my response is here", throw in a link to your blog and post it there (but be a stand-up person and let readers comment).

B. I took off comment moderation because I want people to be able to comment freely. I put moderation back on for older posts, again because of the spammers. It will go on for all posts if I have to do so.

C. Included in "playing nice" is not dropping comments that are off-topic and only serve to promote your pet cause or, worse, a commercial product. This is my soapbox, not yours. You do not make any friends or persuade people when you spam a blog or use another person's blog to promote your hot-button cause. Trust me on this one. If you have a cause to promote or a product to sell, set up your own blog. If you do not know how to do that, send me nine grand (in non-consecutively numbered bills) and I'll set one up for you.

D. Hijacking a comment thread by posting long screeds about anything will be handled without mercy. If you have a very long comment, then write about it in your own blog and then post a link to that post in the relevant comment thread.

E. If you have something good to say about somebody, don't keep it to yourself. (This isn't just a blog rule, it should be a general rule of life.)

F. I have a "delete" key. I am not averse to using it.

G. If it seems to me that a comment thread is becoming circular (the same arguments keep being made), I reserve the right to shut off further comments.

H. Holocaust denial is off-limits. (I see no need to explain this one to you.)

I. So is blatant racism and sexism. If you would normally preface a remark by saying "I'm not a racist, but..." then can it.
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[1] In other words, if you would not say what you are going to say to a person standing before you who has a loaded pistol in their hand, then shut the fuck up.

12 comments:

ThePoliticalCat said...

Whew! I had to read the House Rules before leaving, anaconda I don't want to end up dinner for those foul fowl.

Should I read anything into the fact that the captcha heah is "chompee"?

quivive64 said...

Love your BlogSite! I've agreed w/everything I've read so far, so...no brickbats to toss at you...yet.

I have imagined my brother singing Learning to Fly somewhere in the great beyond, "My grubby halo, a vapor trail in empty air...."

"Sam" flew the Laos & Cambodia "illegal " missions in an A-37B out of Bien Hoa and
waited for the go code at Diego Garcia during the Iranian hostage crisis after they flew their F-111's down from Upper Heyford. He was trying to get out of 111's and into A-10's when he ran out of sky, along w/Yeager's nephew, in July 1980.

Whatever you call it... bad, sloppy maintenance or criminal negligence, the General Dynamics attorneys said, "its cheaper to pay off the families than it is to fix the airplanes. Sam & Paul's untimely end knocked the wind out of a lot of people. As I wrenched on every aircraft or space launch booster since Sam's death, I have never forgotten that crappy maintenance killed them.

Walking through Arlington last January I wondered, "With billions flowing for high tech weapons & trickles for body armor & MRAP's, America has just got to do better".

Anyway....I think they both would have loved your website as I do....let's call it philosophies & "tastes" in common.

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Quivive, thank you for your nice comments. It seems as though GD took the same position as did Ford in the Pino fires.

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SFlorman said...

In the interests of pedanticism,

"Averse," in the last line, not "adverse." "Adverse" is a noun. "Averse" is an adjective.

Comrade Misfit said...

Correction made, thank you.

skip 2 colorado said...

yikes. you're like me, but smarter and with a gun... is it any wonder i love your blog?

Old NFO said...

Common sense, and the spammers have been hell lately!

Comrade Misfit said...

Old NFO, I moderate all posts more than a handful of days old. For some reason, the spammers love hitting older posts. Makes it a lot easier to catch them.

Blue Sun said...

As to Rule 4, the only thing that has EVER offended me is stupidity, so I have never had a problem with this site.

As to Rule 6, Arizona was a state in the Federal Republic of Mexico for 250 years until the United States stole it (along with 6 other U.S. states) in the Mexican-American war in the mid-19th century to "protect" all of the undocumented European-descended immigrants who had illegally taken up residence there. Mexico had three rules for immigration; you had to speak or be willing to learn Spanish, you had to be or be willing to convert to the Catholic Church, and, most importantly, you had to obtain the equivalent of a "green card" from the federal officials in the city of Mexico, DF. When the "papers please" law came out, I wrote a letter to then-governor Jan Brewer and the members of the Arizonal Legislature, suggesting in strong terms that they follow their own logic and self-deport themselves back to England and Europe. Sadly, I got no responses and all of those undocumented English-speaking immigrants stayed put. Don't they ever wonder why almost all of the names of cities and natural features in the Southwest are either Spanish or one of the Native American languages?

Alina said...

Very interesting rules, i will these rules.

A. said...

Well said! It should be sufficient to say "Please give each other the courtesy and respect due to a person." Period.