Comments: Pin-point brevity

Read the whole post.

Why? That one paragraph was more than sufficient to determine the writer was a kook who had nothing to add to the public discussion.

Posted by Robert at July 2, 2004 07:39 PM

This wouldn't bother me if the observers were really neutral and interested in an accurate count. I live in Chicago (where the dead vote Democratic) and honest poll-watchers would be a blessing.

Posted by Anne at July 2, 2004 07:48 PM

Sorry! My comment above belongs to the post below th is, re US elections in November.

Posted by Anne at July 2, 2004 07:50 PM

Right Robert, you're a headlines kinda guy I'm sure, able to glean everything you need to make a judgment on an article from an opening statement.

It's funny that you used the word *kook* though, since the most compelling argument in the comments section was that another person decided that the author's use of the word *overweight* in identifying a well known documentary maker was enough to invalidate the entire argument. You can see the real problem here now, can't you? People who disagree with the direction of the US foreign policy can rant and rave and foam at the mouth while drawing every parallel and comparison between GWB and Hitler with absolute outrage, yet when anyone right of their island makes a factual statement that they disagree with, they invoke even more moral outrage and use that to shield themselves within their delusion even more tightly.

Debate is good. Difference of opinions is normal and healthy. Having an open mind is what allows people who support GWB's war on terror to have concerns with other aspects of his policy, or to wish he'd been better able to build better bridges that would have drawn America's natural allies to this important and necessary campaign against terror. The fact remains though, that partisan politics is creating the most fertile ground for continued threats to American AND other western democracies.

It all starts when someone's ideas get discounted by a label though, instead of being discussed.

Kook, eh? That's really rather sad if that's the best comment you have to make.

Posted by John H at July 3, 2004 07:43 AM

Debate is good.

You can't debate irrational people. The person in question is irrational and makes no more sense than Chicken Little did.

Posted by Robert at July 3, 2004 12:12 PM

Robert, it seems a bit of a stretch to compare a terrorist attack in which over 3,000 died on our homesoil to a shingle that blew onto a chicken's head.

Posted by Debbye at July 5, 2004 06:43 AM