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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blog Wars

 Bloggers are like little countries.  They form alliances and they build friendships with one another.

That means that the August 1914 scenario exists on these little microcosm levels.

Someone attacks an  allied blogger, and his or her friends join in to support them. That's a right and proper thing, a friend who doesn't support you at times like that is playing Neville Chamberlain to Czechoslovakia in September of 1938,  and we all know how well that worked out.

But like August 1914,  more and more allies get drawn in until the thing gets out of control.  Everyone is doing right, and being "stand up."  There just doesn't seem to be any way to stop it.

I guess all those historians who run down the Europeans for letting WWI get going never did any blogging.

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    1. You just can't change human nature, in matters great or small.

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  2. LOL.

    You are right of course. It also opens up opportunities to settle old scores or re--open old wounds too :)

    However I think something else is in play here as well. Things are getting ugly in real life for people and the gloves are coming off all over.

    As I mentioned not long ago each passing day the lines are becoming clearer and people are going to be held accountable for their past opinions and actions.

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    1. It does seem like a sense of anxiety, futility and rage are spilling over into everyday life. Your theory may be correct and if it is, good luck to everybody because we'll all need it.

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  3. At some point, at least in blog war, an apology if offered early enough will often calm a situation.

    But when there has been a history of insults with a desire to humiliate and deliberately offend, at some point it becomes necessary for others to decide in a public manner just whose side they are on.

    We've both picked our side as have a few others, but a lot of others treat this like its a game of Whack-a-mole and they dont want to get whacked for raising their head.

    Sure that could happen, but then, that's life. Gotta stand for something or you'll fall for anything.

    Thanks for your comments over on Stephen's blog. It means s lot.

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    1. Well, Kymber was egregiously wronged. It seems ironic that of all the people some one would pick to be ugly to, it would be her. I can think of a lot of other people (like you, me, Pioneer Preppy) who would be more likely targets. Does it ever seem to you that the most innocuous people are the first to get hammered? I wonder why.

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    2. you guys are both really good friends and i really appreciate that! but i don't forget when someone has stuck their neck out for me which you both did in spades! you guys need something - yell!

      as for being innocuous, i think that's the problem! people think that i am happy-go-lucky and joyful - and they are very correct! that is a choice that i made and it is a choice that has brought me much happiness, many friends and a community (both here at the manor and on the internet) into mine and jambaloney's lives. some people forget; however, that i am built like a brick sh*thouse, who for the time being, has chosen to ignore all of this. but you can only poke a mild-mannered, socially adjusted ferret so many times before it will jump on your old ass and bite your face off.

      that, military training, and ass-kicking boots. you really don't want to cross my line...it gets ugly!

      thanks to both of you again!

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    3. LOL- I have seen you get feisty Kymber and go on a rant!

      But I have to agree, of all the people to go after, Kymber seems like an odd target.

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  4. Who's fighting now? I thought it was only the Catholic bloggers which can get really mean and snarky. ( I'm Catholic and follow some so don't think I'm bashing them). Maybe the GMA vs Non-GMO? Hmmmm. I don't think quilter bloggers fight that much, they just seem to patch things up. LOL

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    1. I like that about quilters. I think of them as people like my mother in law, old and not very combative. No , it's not the Catholics. Take a look at Standing on the Outside, Looking in. It's blog roled on the right of my blog.

      What could Catholics find to fuss about? I thought the Pope laid down the law and everybody had to toe the line or get excommunicated or something equally unfortunate?

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    2. Ha ha, you would be WRONG, you can't imagine how they fight among themselves and they are on the same side! What type of Mass should it be, how you should dress, what songs should be allowed, and it goes on and on and on. It gets mean at times too.

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    3. That's hard to imagine. Arguing about songs? Well, it means the Catholic church must be in good shape since they have time and energy to dispute things of that nature.

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  5. It'll all come out in the wash. That post last night - unlike me really...but I'm only human.

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    1. It will.

      Last night you just reached your breaking point as did I.

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    2. I'm not complaining. It was right to stand up and be counted.

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  6. Good analogy...thanks for the insight. I read some thing last night that upset me and I used my blog as a platform to complain..
    I don't like seeing the innocent being made a target... I guess I am a very spirited person.

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    1. I admire you for being willing to say "enough." When you see something going on that is wrong, a person with moral courage will intervene. The vast majority will just cross over to the other side of the road and keep on going.

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    2. Harry - JUGM is a very fine woman, mother and friend. she's also a grizzly bear - bahahahahh! nope, she calls it like she sees it and is never afraid...of anything! don't ever get on the wrong side of her buddy!

      but she is also very kind and caring. she has much moral courage! and she should be admired!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Thanks Kymber! But tell that to the person over on that blog I complained about that called me "horrid" I stand up for my country, and defend my friends and I am the horrid one..

      shakes head *facepalm*

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  7. Such a sad situation too.

    A things considered, everyone is feeling "tetchy" - for different reasons. I have no right to comment on American politics, and understand the feeings that are simmering on both sides. Add to that a family member who was recenlty hospitalized, and ALL that that invovled, and yeah, cumulative frustrations abound and need an outlet. Right or wrong. I'd rather it was written about, and I read it, than think that perhaps the Mrs is having to handle any extra stress because the Mr is unable to vent his fears, vulnerability, helplessness and frustrations any other way.

    It's seriousy scary how people will quickly and negatively react to political and religious conflicts of opinion. And how many people have, historically, died because of those vehement opinions...

    As far as I know, every blogger has a right to the content on their blog - whether one agrees with the content or not. When I don't. I don't comment. If the blog content continues to offend me, I quietly leave. The blog owner gets that subtle message too :)

    I have chosen to take Nelson Mandela as my mentor - if he can be released from prison after 27 years, and harbour no grudges, but actively work towards bridging gaps, discord and racial differences, then surely that is possibe and feasible for all of us more fortunate people too?

    The blogger in question writes well, admits he is short tempered, but, nevertheless, he has a heart. That he has shown us all on various occasions. Allow him to vent. He's not threatening anyone with his occasional outbursts - is he? Really?

    Perhaps if we subscribed to: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can (and should) never hurt me...?" this may, one day, be a more harmonius world.

    Would be nice, don't you think :)

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    1. Dani, everyone here agrees with you that Mr. Rat has every right to voice his opinion on his blog. That was never in question. He has a right to say it and as you mentioned we have a right to not read it,


      We just object to being associated with it. Stephen and several others deleted our links (I did this last year when I ran a blog) so that we wouldn't be associated with his foul temper, nor his cyclical venomous rants about certain religious groups or onerous attacks on political groups he disagrees with. But, again to be clear, he has been this way long before his wife was hospitalized recently.

      And to be clear on my reply to Stephen, I wasn't referring to "reaching a breaking point" with him. I was, along with several others here on this post, actually referring to a female blogger in a subtle way. and it wasn't Kymber.

      As for you speaking your mind about American politics, I'm sure Harry wouldn't mind. Kymber (from Canada) does it often. No one will ridicule you or be nasty to you on Harry's blog. He simply won't allow it. We may disagree but we will be polite and we know when to stop. Harry values all his visitors as long as they are polite.

      We are normally a peaceful bunch around these parts. What you may have seen last evening on Stephen's blog were two situations that were a long time coming to a head. It isn't our normal way of doing things.

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    2. Hey, Dani.
      You can comment on American politics all you want to, everybody else does.

      In this case, it was more the fact that one person kind of gets out of hand and gets really ugly, and folks had just had enough of it. When I was younger, I would really get going on that kind of thing and it eventually caused me so much trouble I just decided it wasn't worth it. But there are some younger, more stalwart people I "hang around with" on the net who will take just so much and no more, and that's what happened here. I hope the little guy is healing up well.

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  8. I feel left out. boowhoo. I stopped read that blog. I was tired of the booze and pill rants. Some folks don't get a clue. I am truly sorry that so many good folks got trashed. K&J, PP, Stephen, Duke, JUGM, Senior, Matt & Harry are all good people in my eyes. If I could I would come to their rescue come hell and high water. Oh add MDR too. To attack these folks is like attacking our great country. We maybe having some issues on Capital Hill, but If attacked we will unite as we always have.
    Liberals be damned.

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    1. I stopped reading it a long time ago too, when the author started talking in a way that made me suspect all was not well on his end.

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  9. Awhile back I got caught in a some such silliness a time or two. Some was in one way or another at least partly my fault. Also a time or two somebody trolled and I took the bait.

    Over the last couple years I have quite intentionally stayed away from such things. Some of my friends have blog alliances that quibble or even fight and I stay out of it. Like being friends with Japan and Canada during WWII it can get awkward at times but I avoid the drama like the plague. Sort of a little Switzerland over at my place if you will. Occasionally I get a troll but I try to stay arguing points instead of getting personal. Also I do not get sucked into their drama "We do not negotiate with terrorists."

    Overall it's made for a much better atmosphere that makes me happier.

    Sorry Kymber got picked at, she seems like a nice person.

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    1. She's a really nice person and so is her husband.

      You know me. I have trouble staying out of things like that. Especially if someone I know and respect is being pilloried. You have better self control than I do.

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