I ask that people who comment on my blog do two things:
1. Stay civil. Actually, almost all of them do, almost 100% of the time, for which I'm grateful.
2. Respond to what the post actually says, not what they think it might be about based on the title and a couple of key words. In other words, actually read the post before commenting.
Let's just say I'm not exactly batting a thousand when it comes to Point #2.
I'm not talking about posts centered around personal stories here. I'm talking primarily about posts about politics, religion, economics. Aside from the personal stuff, I post to make points and to get answers to those points. In what respect am I full of it? That's a fair question. If you prove me wrong, more power to you. If you improve my understanding of the topic or that of my readers, way more power to you.
However, I don't post to give you a platform for your own talking points that don't address my topic but instead address what you guess my topic is based on the title and maybe a couple of phrases. I especially don't post to give you a platform for your own talking points if I've already addressed them in the post and you don't bother to notice that, much less acknowledge it. That happens more often than you might think.
Some topics trigger these phenomena more than others. Israel is the absolute worst. I think I could write about bird migrations through Israel and still hear about Netanyahu, the flotilla, apartheid, racism, women being run over by bulldozers, genocide of Palestinians, how Jews weren't the only people killed in the Holocaust (I'm just sayin'), how if Jews would just ditch their superstitious and outdated religion the world would leave them alone and they could develop real consciences like atheists have, the blockade, how AIPAC is responsible for everything wrong with America including illegal immigration from Mexico, how Israel is about to nuke Iran, how wrong the settlements are (hey, not everything on this list is wrong, just off topic), how Israelis have perpetrated the worst atrocities in the world since the Holocaust (on the other hand...), how 100% of Israeli diplomacy is based on shoving Holocaust Guilt, how the Mossad runs everything in Washington that AIPAC doesn't, how Israel is a puppet of Imperialist Amerika (wait, wait, wait, who's holding whose strings again?), and how if you criticize Israel at all I think you're an antisemite.
That's the short list.
Just to be clear about this, whether any point above is right or wrong, if I ever do inexplicably write a post about bird migrations through Israel, nothing in that paragraph will belong in the comments.
Just because I write the word "Israel" doesn't mean you have to salivate. It's like saying "Blucher" to hear the horses whinny. (Have you seen Young Frankenstein? If you have, that sentence will make sense.)
Now, someone is going to read this post and argue with me about Israel. Watch. Is this post about Israel? No, it is not. I'm using Israel as an example of how people react to things I don't say or write. If you want to talk about Israel, write your own post.
And, by the way, in listing the above points, I haven't expressed my own opinion on several of them. Unless you've read my previous writing, you don't know what I think about those. You may not even know if you have.
- October 01
- Male, Jewish, in my fifties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)
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