06 February, 2006

Anonymous flames

Well, I must have touched some nerves. I anticipated this eventuality. That is why I operate a moderated blog. There are quite a few uneducated fanatics out there. Several attempted to post unsubstantiated, irrational posts including bad language.
I have no problem with a debate based on facts, or even a few opinions and beliefs, but what some in the general public do is:
1. use humor to discredit facts and The Truth
2. use "known" (actually unknown and unproven) facts to rebuff an assertion
3. threaten or bluster
4. discredit all facts with conspiracy theories
5. when confronted with irrefutable facts, duck with statements like, "a complete fabrication".

I welcome debate, but try to support your objection(s) with a few facts please.


Blogger Michael Reese said...

What subjects did you teach in school? I haven't read all your blogs so you might have touched on this but are you for PPIC? Nice blog by the way, thanks for copying my design :-) j/k

Anonymous Doll said...

Well, I was not aware you had a blog Chief RZ. I want to thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

Your linkie will most definately go up on my site for sure.

Yes, we must ban together because it has been proven throughout history that "truth does prevail"!

Kudos!!!! Now you go kick some butt!!!!!!

Blogger Chief RZ said...

Health and Physical Education, Mathematics; occasionally creative writing and science one semester.
I looked over PPIC. It sounds like a moderate and factual site. I probably would support them. Are you the author and server supporter?

Blogger Michael Reese said...

Yes, this is my site, some days i'm able to devote time into it and actually put real thought, but most of the time I dont have a lot of time and I just try to do or write humorous stuff. Sounds like you taught a little bit of everything. I don't support PPIC, I understand the logic, and "put parents in charge" just the words alone sound good, but thats just not the case I do not think. My dad and mom were both school teachers, my brother and sister in law are current school teachers. I decided to stay out of education. My dad is a current state senator from spartanburg, where abouts do you live?

Blogger Michael Reese said...

sorry, just saw on ur profile where you are from columbia

Anonymous paul said...

Can't say that I agree with your first (humor to discredit facts..etc).....mainly because humor generally only works against lies or idiocy......good example is dr adams column at townhall.....

Best example is how he answers his hate mail....http://www.dradams.org....

otherwise, totally agree with you


Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

tru tru Chief...some pple jus use smoke and mirrors to compensate for lack of knowledge and wisdom..sigh.

Blogger Chief RZ said...

Michael-- Sorry, I thought it was the California PPIC site!
Yes, I totally agree that parents should be 100% in charge of their children's education. The public schools in SC have failed to provide a safe environment. I had to fight every day for the average student. The disruptive students -- about 5-10% of the student population caused 90% of the problems and continually disturbed and threatened others.

See my NEA blog on education on The Truth.

Blogger Chief RZ said...

Thanks going there now, and to your blog.

Anonymous Doug said...


I don't have this problem since it appears that only you, my wife, my father and me read my blog. I try to post well reasoned arguments based either on known facts or personal experience on your site. Too bad others can't or won't do the same.

Blogger rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

personally, I do not moderate comments. I feel if some idiot makes a boneheaded comment on my site, his own comment, is the worst argument against himself, and there's no way that I can top it. I'm not sure that it's a free speech thing, but then again I'm not sure that is not, guess is something we all have to face and decide for ourselves.

glad you came by today made a comment. glad I left it up.

Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

I enjoy your site. Saw your comment over at Conservative Central. Thanks for your service to this country. My family and I owe you a debt.

Blogger Lady Jane said...

Great post. These things are exactly what some commenters do. Thanks for laying it out so we don't have to! :)

Blogger T.L. Stanley said...

Anonymous flames are usually posted by rude people with very little to contribute to a conversation.

Furthermore, it seems that being rude is more commonplace now. This is especially true in discussing the issues of the day. I read one of those outrageous blogs recently. In the blogosphere, there are all types of blogs. There are conservatives blogs, liberal blogs, polite blogs with cats, evil blogs with demons, and even hate filled blogs with all sorts of profanity and insults. You can find just about anything in the blogosphere. In blogs, anything and everything is posted. Unfortunately, blogs can be downright uncivil.

Even though in America we have the right to free speech, I prefer a more civil discourse. Reasonable people can agree to disagree. Also, one can disagree without being disagreeable. One of the most important educational, political, and social issues of the day is how best to have a civil conversation in a democratic society. Our past, present, and future depend on this essential process: citizens gather, listen to each other, debate, make up their minds, and determine a course of action.

Good post. Take care.

Anonymous Wiarton Willly said...

It has been said that "democracy is only a shift from physical conflict to verbal conflict"....

I can't dispute it.


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