November 6th, 2004


Wow ...

I ended up crashing early last night ... I'd spent most of the day painting (we're "sprucing up the place") and was pretty beat. So, I get back on my computer this morning and am surprised to find a hundred plus e-mails in my main box (my Outlook Express inbox, which sweeps four e-mail accounts, and so gets four times the spam). It's not unusual that over a 24-hour period I might have 100 messages in there (running about 10-90 mail to spam) but over-night this was unusual. Frankly, most of the "real mail" I get in there is the updates from L.J., and so I discover that the flood of messages orginated from a dust-up that happened last night in the comments to one of my "angry rant" posts from election night.

Now, my Dad died when I was 2 years old and my Mom raised us by herself, with the help of a housekeeper when we were small. As such, I never was exposed to the "parents fighting" thing, which I take can be quite traumatic. I think, after reading through all that from overnight, I have an emotional window to what a kid feels when their folks are screaming at each other, as the principals of this dust-up were two of my dearest and longest-known on-line friends, and they were staging WW3 over things which ended up being only peripherally about me (and the post where it happened). YIKES!

Needless to say, the emotional tone of those "angry rants" appears to have acted as a trigger for a lot of reaction. I've addressed this previously, but I guess I'm going to re-frame this all again.

Note, none of the following has anyting directly to do with the dust-up in the comments last night, it's only my re-visiting my "emotional space" in making the various "angry rants" posted on election night and before, somewhat in "taking ownership" of their various waves of effect.

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An interesting post ...

This is something of a post-mortem on the election from a "centrist" Democrat on how he sees his party is needing to change. This segment I found of particular interest ...
Mainstream media bragged of being able to boost the Dems by 15 percent (do you remember Newsweek saying that?). The "blogosphere" has been crowing that MSM failed to do so (for which the blogs also claim responsibility), but I don't agree. I think the MSM actually succeeded in bringing the Dems a 10 to 15 point boost in the election (and maybe more). Before the media spin machine started systematically slamming Bush 18 months ago, he was favored at around 66% in the polls. 66% minus 15% is...well...the 51% margin Bush was re-elected by.
... somehow I'd missed the MSM bragging that it was going to bring down Bush, but that was clearly its intent. I still think there should be some retribution coming their way ... but how? It's a nasty bit of business when the Press becomes blatantly seditious, yet hides behind the first amendment.

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