(*For those unfamiliar with work, it is a conglomeration of value-creating activities that people have to undertake when the government doesn't give them money, or when they have ambition. Since blogging only creates monetary value at the highest levels, occasionally blogs like this one have to take a back seat, so blog writers like me can earn enough money to pay the internet bill.)
Anyway, I am mainly writing this post to advise Paul that there are other people in the city with opinions that are well-thought-out, and just because you are the only person who currently has time to blog about city politics and get 30,000 yokels to view the site, does not mean that you are now being considered for the Pulitzer Prize.
(Post Intermission: This is quickly becoming a blogwar type post! Normally I would not bother with such endeavours, as I typically prefer to provide analysis of bills, something that (incredibly) you will not find on the 30,000-hit blog. However, I suffered a cheeky grease burn at work today, and I am feeling feisty. Plus, since I'm not going to post anything for another month, I might as well say whatever I want!)
(If anyone still thinks blogs aren't silly.....congratulations--I'll meet you at the Mayor's next inaugural ball.)
Paul loves to label all conservative bloggers as nasty, mean-spirited, etc., and I'm sure what I am about to say will convince him that he is correct, but I am about to state fact, not theory. I know many of the people who are politically active here in this city, and 90% of those people are so annoyed by Paul that they won't even speak with him. Why would this be the case? Because Paul does things like THIS, and THIS, and THIS.
And don't think for a minute that Paul is not nasty himself. For proof, read this post, where he shows no class when responding to someone who voiced opposition to a post, even going so far as to mock the commenter in the title of the post and make fun of a misspelling of a word.
Now, let's address some things that Paul says about me in the post linked at the top of this post. He says this:
The other came on strong and seemed both valuable and relevant until its
publisher started allowing all kinds of nasty and obnoxious comments and letters
to appear--and I might add anonymously.
And one of the above blogs posted that it was helping form yet another
blog, this one with an unabashedly and eponymously negative take on our city. It
made a few tiny and brief posts which basically asked for negative comments. A
few negative comments trickled in and then....it seems to have died. Curiously,
that blog had a most remarkable similarity to CP in terms of its template,
colors and fonts. How interesting. Well, I guess that imitation is the best form
Paul, NOBODY IS TRYING TO IMITATE YOU...YOU ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT. For those of you who have to work and therefore cannot write a blog, allow me to inform you that Blogger.com offers about 11 different templates--8 of which are prohibitively obnoxious, so the chances that 2 blogs would have the same template, colors, and fonts is 100%.
Paul doesn't like that I allow negative comments, nor does he like anonymous comments. Frankly, why would you censor blog comments? IT'S A BLOG--NOT ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT--PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO SAY WHAT COMES TO THEIR MIND REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. And the anonymous thing is a joke. I invite all of you to leave a comment on this post. There is an option to write any name you want to identify your comment. ANY NAME! You could simply put a fake name and your anonymity would not be compromised. So, you can get into a guessing game trying to verify if people are really who they say they are, or you can just let people say whatever they want.
For any of you who happen to still be reading this post, here is what I don't like about Capital Punishment:
1. Self-Promotion. When the blog comes up, you are pitched for something called "Fast Foerwords", something called "Adventures Afloat", and even for a business called "Annapolis Assistance", which is apparently run by Paul's son. Blogs like ours are to supplement the local media, not to make money. You need to sell your business on its merits, not on your ability to publish inflammatory posts.
2. Lack of analysis of legislation details.
3. Desire for notoriety above content.
4. Combative attitude towards opponents despite professions of loathing towards that behavior when it comes from conservatives.
5. Failure to properly format certain posts, resulting in a painful read.
So, as I was saying, I am going to start posting soon.
Paul, feel free to respond in any way you deem necessary. I promise not to censor your comments as you have demanded I do of others.