November 3, 2003

For Example

Why do people feel the need to ruin a perfectly valid comment with totally unnecessary snippiness? If I disagree with someone and post a comment on their blog, I try to be polite, make my case, and call it a day. Is it too much to ask for the same here on my own blog?

In the comments of this post, Drew says the following:

Two questions:

Q1. Who's paying for the war and reconstruction of Iraq?

Q2. Do you really believe the 7.3% growth figure will be standing by next month?

I'll answer both:

A1. You are. And after your government has run up its credit cards to the max and can no longer function, you'll be bailing it out. This is inevitable, and lefty-righty name-calling won't stop it.

A2. I don't. At the first revision next month it's back down to a 3.5% gain. The second revision, two months from now, will bring it down to 2%. That news will be buried on page 67 and no one will pay attention. That's how the spin game works--every piece of news is carefully crafted.

That's kewl. I don't agree with him, but he's representing an alternative POV. I have no problem with that. But then he goes and ruins any impact his statement might have had with my by not leaving well enough alone. He just has to finish with the following little snit:

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. And PAY ATTENTION. When the train comes, maybe you won't get run over.

He's just lost me. Not only is he being snippy, but he's SHOUTING AT ME to boot. Now I don't know about you guys, but I dislike being shouted at, most especially when it's in my own place!

I suppose I could go return the favour over at his blog, or email him on the matter, but -- big surprise!! -- he doesn't leave an email address or a URL.

So for future reference, don't shout at me on my own blog, and use that snippy little attitude on yours on your own family and friends. Don't inflict it on mine.

Normally, I ignore commenters like Drew, but this time it was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back! And I'm not as ticked off as I was when I read his comment this morning. 9 hours helps the cooling down process :)

Posted by Ithildin at November 3, 2003 5:30 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

The last quote demonstrates that he's uninterested in any actual susbstantive arguments: I hate to be so graphic, but his essentially calling you a rightwing moron is basically just a form of masturbation.

Posted by: Dave J at November 3, 2003 5:49 PM

Bingo, I'm with Dave.

Posted by: Paul Jané at November 3, 2003 7:55 PM

wow. with logic like that (not to mention the psychic abilities) how can you even argue with him?

Posted by: Cam at November 3, 2003 9:20 PM