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  •  Is this what happens on Saturdays? (0+ / 0-)
    And quoting the subject forces them to show that somebody influential holds it — if the best example of the opposing view is a random blog comment, then you're exposing the fact that you're arguing against an idea nobody of any stature shares. This ought to be an easy and universal guideline, but in reality, it's mostly flouted.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:07:12 PM PDT

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    •  Are you referring to kos' "nutpick" / "hatemail" (3+ / 0-)

      post or something?




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:11:57 PM PDT

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      •  Yo. nt (1+ / 0-)
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        The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

        by franklyn on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:13:23 PM PDT

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        •  I figured (6+ / 0-)

          After all, that post is intended to be a very serious refutation of the opinions held by top names in the conservative blogosphere.




          Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
          ~ Jerry Garcia

          by DeadHead on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:20:03 PM PDT

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          •  Oh? (0+ / 0-)

            "..if the best example of the opposing view is a random blog comment,.."
            That should be self-explanatory. No top names here.

            Then, there is this:

            "And quoting the subject forces them to show that somebody influential holds it —.."

            Plus,

            "..you're arguing against an idea nobody of any stature shares."

            Are the uninfluential to be denied? Every Saturday, Kos gives them a hearing.
            Besides, everyone that is influential was once uninfluential.

            The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

            by franklyn on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:57:53 PM PDT

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            •  So is denying the uninfluential (0+ / 0-)

              A good thing, or a bad thing, then?

              It's difficult to determine which view you hold.

              It's not good to dismiss the views of the uninfluential merely because no one of stature supports them, unless those voices come from the other side of the aisle, in which case, Kos taking one post a week to mock these voices serves only to lend them undeserved credibility on a widely read blog.




              Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
              ~ Jerry Garcia

              by DeadHead on Wed May 01, 2013 at 10:23:33 PM PDT

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