June 19, 2008

"Does this mean the Cap Times will no longer allow crackpot conspiracy theorists to claim 9/11 was an inside job by the government?"

Comment moderation at the Cap Times.

IN THE COMMENTS: Sir Archy appears and thrills Seven Machos.


MadisonMan said...

The Cap Times should allow their own readers to filter out the noise. I mean, I skip over some posters here, just like I'm sure others ignore me, simply 'cause I know exactly what they're going to write.

What a waste of the Cap Times' time to have to do this.

I know, I know, someone's gonna say this is the Liberal way to do things: Have the Govt decide what your poor little psyche can or cannot absorb. Where the Govt in this case is the paper.

blogging cockroach said...

i agree with madison man
more speech is always better than being moderated
or hauled before a 'human rights' commission
i mean what about my rights...
everyone is always dumping on cockroaches
you know the things they say about us
i'd really like to take some of those haters
to an insect rights commission
but nooo
no such thing
which is probably for the best
'cause then i can tell them exactly what i think
of them without worrying
about being moderated or exterminated or whatever
er...maybe not exterminated
anyway, mm, i always read every word you write

The Drill SGT said...

reading the linked post, it appears they certainly will delete non-leftist posts. maybe not truthers.

George said...

My local major metropolitan newspaper just last week--last week!!--started letting readers comment on its articles.....

...but each comment cannot be longer than about four lines long.

Original Mike said...

I thought the Cap Times was kaput.

James Wigderson said...

Only the daily paper version. The online version is still alive. Six shots and it's still alive.

Sorry, slipped into Solozzo mode for a second.

former law student said...

Echoes of "Area man believes inane theory"?

Simon said...

Original Mike: I thought the Cap Times was kaput.
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that the Capital Times is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.
Original Mike: What's that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

(The Princess Bride, 1987)

Original Mike said...

"The Capital Times is only MOSTLY dead" would make a good masthead for their website.:-)

MadisonMan said...

The Cap Times does provide inserts -- twice weekly -- to the State Journal. The one on Wednesday included the requisite letter demanding the impeachment of GWBush -- as if that wouldn't hand Congress to the Republicans in November. But at least the letter writer could sit self-righteously proclaiming that the Congress had done the right thing.

Bissage said...

That Mr. Wigderson's excellent taunt got moderated makes it even better!

Too funny!

AJ Lynch said...


Compliment on the new pic. It makes you look like you could be Scarlet Johanson's sister.

bearbee said...

...everyone is always dumping on cockroaches
you know the things they say about us...

Why let it bug you?!

TitusisgoingtoPtown said...

Love the new picture.

You really look beautiful.

Have you had some work done?

You look 10 years younger.

Something about the eyes.

I am glad to see you took my advice and wore the tankey for the season-very appropriate.

TitusisgoingtoPtown said...

I will be in Ptown this for the next week and then off to Madison.

I will say hi to Andrew Sullivan for everyone.

He always wants to touch the rare clumbers.

Bissage said...

This comment was so good it demands an encore.

Namaste, indeed.


Ann Althouse said...

"Have you had some work done?"

No. Not that I wouldn't. But I remember when Olivia Goldsmith died. Also it hurts. And you have to trust somebody.

Simon said...

Ann Althouse said...
"Also it hurts."

Pain not worth it in your case. You've looked great for as long as you've been posting pictures of yourself. :)

Simon said...

I mean... That came out wrong. :o I assume that you did before that, too but... Well, you know what I'm getting at.

TitusisgoingtoPtown said...

I didn't read Palady's comments but thanks for sharing Bissage.

Palady Malady is angry. I love him getting all judgey with me. It's so hot. And it's not about "hating me" and "everyone hating me" which I find equally interesting.

Of all his comments about me the "fictitious sexual encounters" interests me most. I couldn't make that shit up. I don't think of it as such a big deal but to him it must sound so outlandish that it could not possibly be true. It's true porky-.

Palady's self hate, anger, being a fat gay in a beautiful gay city, being invisible to other gays, depression, and sarcasm drips from every word he writes.

Also, quoting Pauline Kael, he must be the only fag in NYC I know who voted for Bush but he somehow wears that as a badge of honor.

Roy Cohn would be proud.

TitusisgoingtoPtown said...

99% of the posters here are right wing.

Talk about boring.

I agree...
I agree..
No I agree.
Completely, agree...

TitusisgoingtoPtown said...

OK, I am done-my chakras are getting fucked up.

OK, I am going to watch the Roman Polenski documentary. I already appreciate the Rosemary's Baby music, nice touch.

Palladian said...

"Palady's self hate, anger, being a fat gay in a beautiful gay city, being invisible to other gays, depression, and sarcasm drips from every word he writes"

I don't have to justify myself to you, but as I've stated many times here, I'm not single so your psychological analysis of me, like everything else in your tiresome little online fantasy life, is half-assed, laughable and incorrect.

And you have the benefit of knowing that I'm "fat" because, unlike you, I'm not anonymous and never intended to be. You, on the other hand, could be anybody. Or more likely, nobody. So, Mr Fabulous, show us your leathery middle-aged ass. Show us your adorable clumbers. Show us your fabulous apartment.

Oh right. That's not going to happen, because it's all a cheap fantasy.

"Of all his comments about me the "fictitious sexual encounters" interests me most. I couldn't make that shit up."

You couldn't? Your sex fantasies aren't even good enough to be published in the back pages of "Mandate" magazine, circa 1992. Actually, I almost believe you couldn't make that "shit" up, as you've never evinced a single shred of creativity in any of the nonsense you've written here. Your life, if it is indeed your life, sounds as bleak and uninteresting as the "Style" section of the Times on a low budget. You're semi-literate, you need a copy editor and by now almost all of the intelligent readers of the comments here scroll past your droppings. You need to get more outrageous to keep your ratings up, but you were cheap porno from the get-go. To paraphrase Russ Meyer, that's the problem with porn; it's the toilet. Once you're in there, there's nowhere to go but down the drain.

Or, to put all of the above more succinctly, fuck off. "Chakras" and all.

Ann Althouse said...

What amuses me the most here is thinking about Cap Times editors reading these comments and trying to digest the criticism.

Seven Machos said...

I have come full circle on the troll issue and believe that they should be allowed to roam free, except under truly extraordinary circumstances. I thank Althouse for showing me the light on this one, by the way.

Sir Archy said...

To Mr. Machos.


You may recall that I am a Ghost of a Gentleman dead these 250 Years and more; and that I had ascended to the Style of Surveyor of Lunaticks in Ordinary to this Theatre of Topicks (as I call it). As such, it hath been my Honour, for the Benefit of the Publick, to offer Correction to the Lunaticks & Madmen who used to importune & bother the politer Part of the Audience.

You may imagine my Distress, Sir, at the recent Absence of true Lunaticks from amongst the Groundlings at this Theatre. You may call them Trolls, but I am of the Opinion that Use recalls too many Germanick Legends, &c, which some may regard as Romantick Diversions; thus I should not honour those with such a Title who would disrupt us, but prefer they be plain Lunaticks or, Madmen.

But, as I say, there is a great want of 'em these Days, whether by Accident or subtle Design; and I see None who would answer for a Madman amongst the Audience at this Topick, or hardly any Other.

Ah, Sir! There were no Lunaticks like the old Lunaticks! I may offer a few paltry Opinions, but I feel all the Uselessness of my current Employment, with perhaps only the Shade of Mrs. Weiss to urge me back upon my old Ways.

In fond Remembrance of our Conversations of old, I remain,


Your humble & obt. Servant,

Sir Archy


Since this was writt'n in Haste last Evening, it hath seem'd to me that perhaps the Capital Times would require the Services of an Inspector of Lunaticks, or some such, if they would trade Freedom of Speech for Maintenance of Decorum. If I may say so, my Experience both here & with Bedlam in my Day hath prepar'd me nicely for such Employment; and I should be most grateful if any of the Audience were to offer Advice upon the best Way to advance my Case with the Proprietors of this Paper. I would not beg Preferment, but only promise to give Satisfaction were I to be employ'd thus.

Seven Machos said...

What a thrill that just was.