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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Policy and housekeeping

Welcome to a new blogger.

If you read the comments section of 'Racism, some questions' you've seen the comment by Plateau. I urge you to check out his blog Iranian Plateau here http://plateauofiran.blogspot.com/

His latest post has a translation of the proclamation of Cyrus the Great on the humane treatment of conquered nations and the rights of all men to choose their own religion and be secure in their property. He also writes about the desire of the Iranian people for regime change. Check it out.

Welcome to Blogolandia Plateau. But depending on where you live, you might keep identifying personal details out of your posts.

And speaking of identifying personal details and other matters...

My policy on comments:

Some blogger have a pretty strict policy on who gets to publish what, excluding abuse, insult, obscenity etc. or even disagreement. One I know sometimes displays the more grotesque attacks, but deletes the mildest reproofs and disagreements. Many edit for content and style.

I don't do that.

Insult me all you like. I figure that if I keep a fairly reasonable tone, rude or hysterical insult makes you look bad - and me look good by comparison. Plus, I have chosen to blog under my real name. Insult me anonymously and what kind of cowardly chickenshit do you think it makes you look like? Of course, if you use a pseudonym, nobody else will know. But you will.

Disagree with me all you like. Last I looked, disagree is what free men do. I am not God (gasp!) and I know for a fact that some of what I believe, must be wrong. (But what? That's what I lose sleep over.) "We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who disagree." (Can anybody attribute that?)

Besides, differing opinions is where I get a lot of ideas for new posts.

Disturbing comments: Sometimes I get comments from people who enthusiasticlly agree with something I've said - and then state something deeply disturbing to me. These stand too. I am NOT responsible for what anybody else says in the comments.

Obscenity. If you send me a potty-mouth rant, I may edit the $%&*ing thing thusly.

Advertisements will be deleted mercilessly and an open contract taken out on the poster. (Just kidding - or maybe not...)

Threats will be saved for evidentiary purposes and the appropriate authorities notified.

I ask, that you stay on topic and keep comments reasonably short. How short? If you're writing comments that approach the length of a typical post - you should have your own blog. Send a short note with a link.


  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger plateau said…

    Thanks Steve. I will publish any comment on my blog if it is well explained and constructive - (constructive criticism included).

    Btw, I am not always in front of the computer, so bear with me.

  • At 9:55 AM, Blogger Edward said…

    We find comfort among those who agree with us,
    growth among those who don't.
    - Frank A. Clark

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger dissidenten said…

    Could someone please explain who Frank A. Clark is or was?

  • At 6:21 AM, Blogger Grumpy old man said…

    Frank A. Clark is quoted thousands of places on the Internet, but it's almost impossible to find out who he was. Here's the answer.

    Clark was a newspaper man - and "an active layman in his church" - who lived in Des Moines, Iowa. Beginning in 1955, and continuing until his death in 1991, he wrote the text for a daily syndicated one-panel cartoon called "The Country Parson." (The drawing of the cartoon was done by another man.) For a sample from 1979, see

    Some of Clark's more widely quoted remarks are:

    - A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.

    - A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.

    - A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.

    - A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why
    most of us have so many of them.

    - A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once.

    - If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

    - We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    This is very cool Grumpy, how do you come to know this?


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