If you have chosen to read my blog and to participate in the conversation, you will see this disclaimer at the top of every post:
Any topic that qualifies as a complicated conversation generally contains a lot of heated passion from every side, regardless of the topic being explored. I will of course be talking from my own point of view, so go with the assumption that it’s my opinion. When I give facts, I will also provide the appropriate links so that you know it’s NOT my opinion.
So before I wade into the fray, I remind my gentle readers that regardless of how much of a twist your knickers get into, this is still a POLITE conversation. Anything less than polite (flaming, obscenity directed at the author or the other comments, hate speech, derogatory remarks without real substance for an alternate view, or sheer stupidity) will be deleted and the user will be blocked.
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” (Shakespeare, “Henry V”)
I know that it will get repetitive if you make a habit of coming around here and reading my little pieces of agitating propaganda or recipes for salmon. Whatever is the topic that day. And while I am trying to maintain a light-handed and light-hearted approach to this, I am dead serious about things being kept polite and within the bounds of the limitations you would expect in a conversation that was happening In Real Life, amongst strangers. I don’t have a particular taboo against obscenity (fuck yeah!) but I will not have it directed AT someone. I also hope that my readers are capable of making their point without using the word “fuck” every other word. I will not permit online bullying of anyone who is involved in our conversation. I also will remove any comment that is an emotional, profanity laden, unproven and unsupported pile of shit, without any redeeming feature such as a gem of a thought hidden amongst the cow feces. I am totally okay, and heartily approve of emotional, profanity laden comments that have the truth in them, that have that truth verified by a link, preferably to a non-partisan, unbiased source. Hell, that’s what I write.
Also, anything written on here by me BELONGS TO ME. Do NOT share it, do NOT lift portions of it for your own blog or “share” it as a Facebook status. You may point other people to the blog itself, and let them join in the frivolity. If you ask politely, I may be willing to let you share copy of something that has really moved you–but you have to ask politely and you have to give me full credit–name, date of the piece and title. You may not then use it for any kind of personal fame or for financial gain. If anyone is going to profit by my writing, it will bloody well be ME.