Hey Guys:

Some of you may know that over the past few months, I have become a political junkie, and have found myself in the middle of many heated conversations with friends of differing political views. Heated, not because we are necessarily rude to each other, or intolerant of each other’s views, but because many of these friends live in different parts of the country, and in order to have these discussions, it’s necessary to do so over the phone.

That can get a little dicey, so I felt a weblog would help continue the discourse without yelling over the phone. Plus, it allows for a variety of views instead of simply two opposing ones.

My GOAL is to include people who differ with me as much as those who agree with me, and MY posts I would prefer to be in the MINORITY. That way, I’m learning more than I’m preaching. (That’s right, I’m selfish AND lazy.)

To that end I’m inviting several different authors, a few of which VEHEMENTLY disagree with me regarding everything political, and a few that share very similar views to mine. Regardless, they include people from all over the nation and a variety of occupations, who are (and this is important) all smarter than me. More than that they are chosen because they are individuals who are educated, informed and intellectually honest in their views. And that is all that is required. How many of them agree to participate is up to them, however I hope they all at least occasionally take the time and contribute. Whether their identity is known to the rest of the world is completely up to them, as they will be able to post under a callsign.

Only three rules for the authors:

1) Political opinion is political opinion and doesn’t have to be backed up by anything other than that opinion. However, a position that is based on facts, statistics, or history, should be backed up in some shape form or fashion (e.g. books, links, transcripts, etc.). Rhetoric that is not backed up by some sort of facts will be frowned upon.

2) Name calling should be kept to a minimum, however name-calling to each other is strictly forbidden. It doesn’t add to the discourse. EG: no-one’s going to bitch if you say that Rush Limbaugh is a partisan hack, or Michael Moore is a big fat idiot (whether these things are true or not, they are the opinion of some) However, there should be NO calling another author an idiot or a stupid redneck, or a pinko commie bastard, simply because they disagree with your viewpoint. Please keep swearing to a minimum and vulgarity to an absolute zero. If you don’t know the difference then just think primetime broadcast TV or a PG rated movie.

3) Try to be as equitable as possible in posting. All of us have varying degrees of time to read, research, and comment. I am by no means a “full-time” blogger, and I don’t expect any of the rest of us to be. So if your time is limited, please post a comment at least once or twice a week, because we definitely want your comments to be heard. At the same time, if you find that your posts are crowding out everyone elses, slow down (and get another hobby).

Thanks,

Guess Who…Butch Porter, the “Logipundit” (yeah I know, I just couldn’t think of anything else really catchy)

Posted at 01:12 pm by Logipundit

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