Finding one’s own ground

When what you believe in seems to be crashing before your very eyes.

Linguistic bonus: use of the word “there” three times in succession.


  1. Dr. Weevil »

    7 August 2010 · 9:24 am

    Dumb question: who the Heck is ‘in the fade’? If she’s been on the BBC, I’ve probably heard of her, and I may even have met her. (Somewhere around here I’ve got pictures from a couple of 2002-03 NYC blogfests.) Odd that her twitters give no clue as to her name, or even her pseudonym. Or have I missed something obvious?

  2. CGHill »

    7 August 2010 · 9:30 am

    Not so dumb.

    Perhaps you remember her Web site back then, A Small Victory.

  3. ak4mc »

    7 August 2010 · 10:25 am

    “…fighting together for some great Cause.”


    Why does everything have to be “some great Cause” for some people?

    It’s been a long time since I read Michele, so I don’t know what “hating the wars” means unless she thinks the people who support them don’t also simultaneously hate them.

    It’s not about wanting to fight. It’s about not wanting what happens if we don’t.

  4. Andrea Harris »

    7 August 2010 · 3:15 pm

    Well I feel just a tad taken in. For what it’s worth, I never thought that Michele wasn’t liberal, or that she was a huge worshipper of “our Dear Leader” (I guess that means Bush), or that she was all thrilled with war. I thought that she was justifiably angry at the terrorists and their supporters who had killed so many people that she knew. Now I see it was all just some sort of mental aberration, and that those of us who haven’t “woken up” and gone around apologizing for being mean, nasty warmongers who are filled with hate and who listen to Glen Beck 24/7, are still insane. Okay.

    (Full disclosure: I have never listened to Glen Beck. I’m not even sure what he’s on — radio? Cable? both? I don’t have cable and don’t listen to talk radio. I don’t even know what his voice sounds like. Anyway, gotta go kill me some foreigners now, for the lulz — excuse me, the HAYT.)

  5. David Fleck »

    7 August 2010 · 4:14 pm

    Maybe this phenomenon should have a name, like “Johnson syndrome”, for its most prominent sufferer, Mr. Chas. Johnson.

  6. CGHill »

    7 August 2010 · 5:10 pm

    I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about LGF while I was writing that, and I thought about throwing in a reference, but ultimately it seemed to work against my purpose, whatever the hell that was, and I decided to leave it out.

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  8. Jeff Brokaw »

    7 August 2010 · 11:25 pm

    I too read that piece, and my reaction was similar to Andrea’s. I guess I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of time reading her site when she believed some Big Things, for a while. And then … didn’t. Okaaaaaaayyyyyy ……….

    I tried reading her site over the years, but never really latched on. She often writes very close to the bone, emotionally — which is fine for some people, I guess — but the above drama sort of illustrates why I tend not to read those type of sites. I seek to minimize drama in my life, and I sure won’t seek more of it on the Internet. And political opinions, especially, just don’t fit in that context.

    Just my $.02, obviously. YMMV.

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