Tuesday, August 09, 2005

It Was Bound To Happen

Howdy, Folks. The time I knew would arrive has finally come. If you read the comments from my last post I finally offended someone. Not that this was my goal, but I am surprised at which one did it. All of my Bush bashing and NASA criticizing, and Godzilla quoting didn't warrant a real objection (other than my over-religious nemesis who is an inveterate chain-yanker), but getting upset at the ghouls and rubberneckers on the highways did. I have already responded to the injured person, and I sincerely hope that they understand where I was coming from, but this gives me a great opportunity to state clearly that I welcome any and all commentary, especially if you disagree with me. I am frequently, and usually staggeringly, wrong about things, and if you have a reasoned, salient beef I'd love to hear it. I enjoy a good debate, and will gladly change my position should I be proven wrong. On the other hand, if you just want to say I'm full of shit, bring it on...but beware: if you come out swinging, so will I. One of my favorite comments on the First Amendment I ever heard, and I wish I knew who said it, goes something like 'I may not agree with what you are saying, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.'

Anonymous, I regret that you were hurt by my rant, but I thank you for taking a stand and letting me know about it.



Michael Friedman said...

Dear Marius...

Enjoyed finding your blog tonight via Technorati. I like your style of writing, although not the NASA bashing so much (but we can work on that).

Congrats on offending folks. Ironically they had no idea they were offending us to begin with.

Come visit my space shuttle blog and let's have some blogging fun.

Michael Friedman

Turtle said...

I agree with your irascible rant, Marius. Actually, being that I was was in the vehicle behind you when the event that inspired such posting, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Those who disagree have valid points, but missed the point. Stopping to gawk at an accident scene is inane, not to mention extremely dangerous, and can (and often does) cause even more accidents and mayhem. I know that you are not advocating flying past as fast as your lead foot will allow, but coming to a complete stop is not required, either.

The quote, incidentally, is Voltaire...