Peggy Lee sang Fever in 1958, I have lived it for the past 4 days. I am feeling a bit better today, but still sick.
I decided to take this opportunity, half zoned by fever, to talk about your comments that I have been moderating while sick. When we allow anonymous comments it does bring out the crazies. We just don't get the crazies from Miami we get the Republican Trolls who look for key words and pounce upon them. They do this Nationwide. Their comments are easy to identify, they came out in force on my post about a Sarah Palin on Friday. I am determined not to give these folks a voice. They have enough of the internet to fuck with, leave us in Miami alone.
The question is what are we to do about inappropriate comments? Gimleteye doesn't appear to care what you guys dish out so it is left up to me.
Some people think that I should allow all views -- that especially comes from those with differing views -- here. Sometimes if they are intelligent I do leave them. Sometimes if they are funny - like Cato - I leave them. If they are too long and I get tired of reading them, I chuck them, because I know they are just cutting and pasting the same argument to multiple blogs. Also, your comments shouldn't be longer than our blog. Are you trying to make us look bad? Remember, most of all, a blog isn't a democracy it is a personal endeavor with personal views (ours not necessarily yours).
A great number of you hate someone in Miami and you attack that person here, if their name was just mentioned. This isn't a place to air your vendetta. You can describe your problem with a public person but once is enough. A half dozen comments saying the same thing is not going to cut it. Take your gripes elsewhere. For example, read the LBA blog (July 27th) comments. Someone has it in for Marquez, not mentioned at all in my blog btw, and sent in at least 10 derogatory comments about him (I dumped all but 2). I get it, you hate Marquez.
Also, because you know a lobbyist or developer's daughter or son does coke -- you can't accuse them here.
Last, we do talk about politics quite a bit. For example, candidates vying for Carlos Gimenez's job are already lining up. Every time I mention his name supporters of other candidates come out of the woodwork and attack him with pretty meaningless stuff. I get plenty of these: "Gimenez = Alavarez". Pretty stupid. I know what you are doing and I don't like it. Pave the way for your candidate somewhere else. I will not help get Joe Martinez elected.
Let me not forget: I hate: "Please!" "Puleez" or any variation of the word. Please! Stop it is so grating.
I am going back to bed. I love most of our readers (Riley, M, Mensa come to mind) even the inarticulate ones, but some of you are truly annoying to a person with a 102 fever.