That's right, I've never used it! In fact, I never bothered to figure out what it was for. Instead, I just happened to read what it was about when reading wikipedia articles about various journal/weblog/networking services.
So, now that I know what it's for, I may begin blogging items I find interesting instantly, rather than waiting nearly a whole week for posting well-thoughtout posts.
By the way, the first time I used the "blog this" feature was an Larry Dunbar's site. He has a
post worth reading. Ha! Justin Brenis should consider taking it to heart!
Just as I was going to fully explain my little fictionpress war, arch victim Justin Brenis dug up one of his old throw-away accounts to warn the world of my activities. Check out his essay, An Attempt at 9,000,000thGen Warfare. "Has anyone on this website noticed that users like Mbwun, M.Flames (and his/her many, many sub-pseudonyms), SilentBlueRose, Typewriterking, Max Krugman, Darthen and a few other stragglers only seem to come out of the wood work when they can work in a team in an attempt to destroy any number of authors they have set their eyes on? It seems as though a secret society, a League of Extraordinarily Annoying Gentlemen, if you will, has formed on Fiction Press, and I honestly think it’s time somebody at least pointed it out." "It seems the soft-spot in their armor, the thing that really bands them together, the straw that breaks their camels backs (and I speak of the camels they ride through the desert while waging their fourth generation warfare) is when we other users decide to have an opinion about ANYTHING, so long as that opinion doesn’t match their own." As Mr. T said, "I pity the fool." Be sure to read the whole thing. He still isn't following the basic maxim of warfare, to know one's enemy. It doesn't take much research on us to discover my posse isn't a bunch of ideological clones, for starters, and we certainly aren't "fighting" for any unified doctrine. We'll see what becomes of this.
"Has anyone on this website noticed that users like Mbwun, M.Flames (and his/her many, many sub-pseudonyms), SilentBlueRose, Typewriterking, Max Krugman, Darthen and a few other stragglers only seem to come out of the wood work when they can work in a team in an attempt to destroy any number of authors they have set their eyes on?
It seems as though a secret society, a League of Extraordinarily Annoying Gentlemen, if you will, has formed on Fiction Press, and I honestly think it’s time somebody at least pointed it out."
"It seems the soft-spot in their armor, the thing that really bands them together, the straw that breaks their camels backs (and I speak of the camels they ride through the desert while waging their fourth generation warfare) is when we other users decide to have an opinion about ANYTHING, so long as that opinion doesn’t match their own."
As Mr. T said, "I pity the fool." Be sure to read the whole thing. He still isn't following the basic maxim of warfare, to know one's enemy. It doesn't take much research on us to discover my posse isn't a bunch of ideological clones, for starters, and we certainly aren't "fighting" for any unified doctrine.
We'll see what becomes of this.
My essay/column blog (this one) is falling behind, thanks to my cutback in activity. I realize a few people only know me from this account, and may be under the impression that I’ve faded from writing or using the internet. That’s not entirely so. I've actually held tough and punctual over here, at my slightly more personal journal. It has been a project of mine to "naturally" work my way up in popularity at that service, while still holding a disdain for the obvious ways of prostituting for attention. So far, I'm known by a few people, but a large pouring in of eyeballs haven't arrived yet.
So that's been my experiment/preoccupation of late, and it just isn't working so far. Ah hem, beginning that project means ending all phases of the covert flame war with raptor7435 at Fictionpress. He's beyond broken at this point, anyway, and I think the pool is becoming immune to him there. Perhaps swinging it over to Fanfiction.net will cause a more complete breakdown. I will more completely explain my war with his faction in an upcoming series right here, but for now, methinks it's time to let you know what's happening here.
I've long been ill, so I've been taking shortcuts in my writing my customary long posts here.
My condition has rendered me fatigued, so I've cut down on most things in order to grab valuable rest. Among the labor-saving quick fixes I've used were the exploitatioin of Capitalist Magazine's lending policy, the use of the Tom Friedman template, and the reposting of some of my own "classic" columns. Eventually, all of these will wear thin, and interest will completely wane. I've noticed a slight depression in my blogshare value and total number of visits, so I know I've had a small readership growing tired of waiting.
So I'll level with you. I'm going to regurgitate one more series, the “A Very Disappointing Author” series that gained notoriety at Fictionpress, with notes and quotations explaining what was really going on. I’ll explain the war, and why it was necessary. And then you’ll have to wait for a very special treat. I’m once again going to renovate the template, hopefully ushering in a crisper look, while providing more media options. When I’m finished, the layout should superior to that of Reality Hammer, Anti-idiotarian Rottweiler, Barking Moonbat Early Warning System,
Captain's Quarters, and Little Green Footballs combined. It will be difficult to implement, but I don't forsee any problems, as I've made webpages with all the features I have in mind, so if I fall short, it will be do to the limitations of Blogger, and so far, I've seen it do everything I want without faltering.
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Here's a classic column I'm taking down from my Fictionpress account that I wrote right after the election on November 3ed, 2004.
I've witnessed the birth of children before, and constantly kept in mind just how low the infant mortality rate is in the developed world, which averages less than five percent, so births weren't all that dramatic to me, despite all the hours waiting.
A modern presidential race in America is something else. You spend the same amount of time waiting for results to come in, watching realities shift, erroneous reports, reversals, moments of intense anticipation, bathroom break, walk around, gorge on transfats, drink.
I can remember when the doctors told me the heartbeat of my unborn niece was fading, and when they told me my sister would need a caesarian section. That was real danger, when my niece, my sister, or both could have died in the hospital. My sister has a heart defect, anyway, and she'd had trouble breathing the whole twelve-hour ordeal.
But you know what? It was a yawn, a mild distraction, in comparison to Election Day, 2004. The popular count varied by only 600,000 in 2000, and all hinged on one state, as we all know.
I woke up knowing Bill Clinton would be president until January, but that was all I knew. Remember? We all saw angry crowds, goofballs peering up the butts of ballot cards queerly, a recount in three counties, a charge of cherry-picking the precincts being recounted, charges of voter suppression, Bush's lead shrink to a wafer edge in the later recounts, and finally, lawyers, and a divided court decided the counting had gone on long enough. That was the backdrop of Election Day, 2004.
Coverage started early. On November first, I went to bed immediately after seeing some returns from early voting in New Hampshire. I knew that state was considered 'bible belt,' so I wasn't surprised to hear that Bush held tight with Kerry in the exit poles. Democrat pundits, including the candidate himself, had dismissed "moral issues," because they desired the focus to be poor economic figures, even though these were only mixed, in my opinion. I found myself agreeing with "the most obnoxious man on television," Bill O'Reilly, that the "Culture War" would be a critical sleeper issue, because I've listened to plenty of "real" people firmly behind populist economic policy, the sort Kerry seemed to support, but really wanted a leader to appoint certain types of judges. These types of voters watched mainstream news every evening, and I'm sure the DNC researchers knew this, but I knew something they didn't.
The "red state" people I know also watch religious news programming, Christian journalism reported by figures like Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey, and Paul Crouch. Like them or loathe them, these guys are the real rulers of alternative media, entering homes via cable and satellite, normally in the standard service packages, and at no extra charge to the consumer.
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) relies on donations, and chances are, is one of the networks you flip through or simply program out, but it's there, it's watched, and it's Christ-centered, meaning it doesn't differentiate between religion and politics. This is Crouch's network. and of course, Christ's, too.
Here's where it gets interesting: all three, Robertson, Lindsey, and Crouch, take long analytical looks at foreign policy and all the geopolitical hotspots. They explore the meaning of trade and defense, and offer interpretations of all the raw data. They are three "faith-based intelligence analysts," if you will, and on some levels, I'm impressed by what they cover and how. They site major think tanks like the Cato Institute, and quote publications from the Counsel of Foreign Relations, and all the major international organizations, like the World Trade Organization, and G8. Most cable and broadcast news stations seem to ignore these groups, almost as if they HAVE AN ISOLATIONIST BIAS!
I suspect the secularist outlets just neglect to do the legwork of proper journalism, but the popular belief is their coverage is ratings-generated, and the Christian journalists, well, they don't mind advancing the theory that their rivals are in league with the devil:-)
I'll answer questions! If the senate asks me about the Exclusionary Rule, for example, I'll answer as follows:
"The Exclusionary Rule is the court's doctrine of throwing out unconstitutional evidence, obtained through illegal searches.
The rule grows from James Madison’s own words, penned in the fourth amendment. Notice that Madison’s writing greatly resembles the modern bureaucratic form, and not some hillbilly patois, even though he wasn’t from the most cultured State in the Union.
The rule is important because it actually sets a penalty to police for conducting illegal searches, by tossing a crippling wrench in a government case.
Without the court ruling in favor of Weeks, the Exclusionary Rule may not even exist. But Weeks was just a federal case; the rule didn’t apply against the State until Mapp.
I didn’t use the word “against” by mistake. The ruling really did handicap law enforcement to an extent from that point on.
The framers of the constitution were in a pickle in 1789. Influential men, most notably, Patrick Henry, refused to sign the document, without guarantees to protect citizens from a central government.
So, based on a promise to do so, a young man from Virginia wrote out the Bill of Rights.
Besides giving States the right to build their own militias, Madison limited the powers of the State, so the authorities would never grow into a tyranny.
Tyrannies run over people on a whim, so Madison tied police powers to the court. He very carefully wrote out his checks and balances, so the police weren’t autonomous enough to become some demagogue’s enforcers.
He wasn’t careful enough, obviously, because the Supreme Court had to “interpret” a penalty for an offense.
Probable cause is a term that means the police and the courts must have a fully legitimate reason for harassing someone with intrusive searches.
That’s my take on it, because a provision exists for reasonable searches and seizures.
The provision for labeling the objective of the search exists, because, otherwise, the police could possibly “fish” a public enemies home, as a form of harassment.
Exemptions exist, for the most part, to protect officers and the public from a “clear and present danger” from concealed weapons.
Officers have the right to frisk an individual for a lethal weapon, or sweep the surrounding vicinity.
Other exemptions exist for suspicious vehicles and volunteers for searches.
Today, luggage searches and electronic “frisks” are allowed at public transportation sites, because these places are public domain."
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