Wednesday, October 29

Defining Moment

A new low in the American political arena prompted me to research the definition of Hate crimes in the U.S. Wikipedia seemed to satisfy an answer to that.

Then, deciding to read various articles on the topic (and being a little challenged in all things computer), I didn't notice the source listing on a title I wanted to read, "Gov. Palin 'Effigy' in a Noose: Halloween...". Now I had accidentally landed on Greta Van Susteren's blog.

My next move was to notice a button for VOTE: Do you think the Palin effigy went too far? I clicked on that. I was asked for my name and my e-mail (with privacy assurances, of course), and a message window followed. I thought, "Oh, I guess it's like an e-mail message vote." I gave my whole name and my whole thought process on the topic at hand.

When I had finished, I clicked the SUBMIT button. The little hour glass icon pulsated for a while, and then ~ kapow. There I was, on page 75 of 7, 461 responses to the issue with my full name as the title to my comment. Swell. Based on my exceedingly limited experience glancing at exhaustively long lists of comments to blogs of different types, I knew I would be in questionable company.

At least I hadn't written anything in CAPITALS!!!!

4 comments:

Yaj said...

I read some of the other Palin posts and you are surrounded by company!

Who ever tied the noose in your photo did not know proper noose protocol - they only tied nine loops. Sheesh, if you are going to have a good mock hanging at least tie the knot right!

The political rhetoric now may not be as bad as you think. Read William Safire's book "Scandalmonger." It spells out what the liberal press was saying about conservatives in the first few decades of our country. Jefferson even complained that it seemed like the press was populated entirely by mean-spirited liberals.

Some things never change...

Yaj said...

I re-read some of those posts. Fortunately, I was wearing my X-ray glasses and was able to see right through them...

CaliZona said...

hahaha - silly yaj; you don't need super powers to see through those blog comments. A clothspin on your nose maybe, and the ability to offer dictionarees or at least some Og Mandino material in a complimentary mass-mailing.

Cynthia said...

Funny comment about the capitals. Don't you hate it when someone YELLS AT YOU WHEN THEY TYPE?