Gavin from Superior, Wisconsin writes:
Greetings from the shadow of the Bong Bridge!
It took a while before I realized Gavin wasn’t making some obscure counterculture reference, but was talking about the Richard Bong Bridge, named after a Superior native who is also America’s top fighter ace of all time.
I see that some joyless, socially-retarded, shrieking harpy, “Tild”, wrote that your “Twenty Years Ago Today” series is “excruciatingly tedious”, although she copped to never having actually read any of them.
Well, to be clear, “Tild” doesn’t actually shriek. Literally, anyway.
How can she say that about something she’s never read?
For starters, I doubt she’s never read it. Twin Cities lefties think that if you admit you’ve been in the same room as a conservative, people will think you have cooties. Leftybloggers are to reading rightyblogs as regular folks are to reading “People” magazine; everyone does it, but nobody admits it. It reminds one of something from 1984, where everyone made sure to recite exactly the facts the party told them to recite, no matter how patently it reversed what they’d been told the day before.
And the simple fact is, outside of a thin scree of competent writers, most leftybloggers wouldn’t know how to write a coherent sentence on a level deeper than reflexive scatology or “Why does Bush hate the troops” if they didn’t have Minnesota’s center-right bloggers to emulate.
Still, a jaunt through a typical assortment of the misanthropic twaddle that passes for the “Sorosphere” in the Twin Cities will tell you that to most Twin Cities leftybloggers, actually knowing the subject matter, where it diverges from the talking points they get from the Daily Kos or the Huffpo is considered a handicap. To paraphrase P.J. O’Rourke, “I’m not a leftyblogger, so I’m not an expert at stuff I know nothing about”.
Anyway, I write “Twenty Years Ago Today” for me, and maybe, someday, my kids. If you enjoy it – and favorable comments and emails outnumber the others about 50-1 (and the minority tend to be douchebags anyway) – then that’s fine. If not, your web browser has things called “scroll bars” and a “back button” (ask a conservative blogger if you don’t know how to use them) that can help prevent the “excruciating tedium” of reading something that I don’t give a rat’s ass what you think about in the first place!
And that, as they say, is all.