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July 28, 2006

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Hugh Green

Losing the moustache was a good move, DV.

Madradin Ruad

I think he looked younger with it Shug.

Christopher Eastwood

I am new to the Blogging World, but I am not new to political and social thought. If this amateur videoblog is typical of "A Tangled Web", I may not return to this site. He seems like a good guy, someone i'd get on with on a personal level. Likewise, he delievers his message with a humble tone, and a certain sarcasm that appeals to me. But depth? lol...

Does someone feel inclined to encourage me to give this site another chance?

David Vance

Christopher,

Five minute VLOGS are not aimed at profound political depth. ATW is a lively political blog, and there are many substantive topics covered. We have a spectrum of excellent contributors who, if they read this, may choose to comment.

Hugh,

My wife agrees!

Mad,

You're ageist!

Hugh Green

I think he looked younger with it Shug.

I have never met anyone who looked younger by virtue of having a moustache. Do you have a moustache yourself or something? ;)

smcgiff

'Do you have a moustache yourself or something? ;)'

Just the complete DVD collection of Magnum PI! :¬)

David Vance

LOL!

Madradin Ruad

Hmmmm - picture David with Designer stubble - could be Alex Maskey's twin Brother !

Now which one is the evil one ? ;)

Emily

That's the first of your "vlogs" I've had a chance to see (dial-up at home takes too long and it's rare I can use my computer at work for such things), but well done. At least I didn't need subtitles for your accent, like I do for so many of your neighbors.

Christopher Eastwood

Point accepted, Mr Vance. Thank you... though, reading through the comments thus far, it would seem that every one of them (except my own, and naturally your reply) are of a humerous tone, not actually debating the important isses raised in the video. This does not give me much confidence, and actually inclines me to suspect this site is some sort of a club for the like-minded. Caveat: this is merely a first impression; i will continue to post.

Now, I have not got the time today that a proper reply would require, but I will say that I think this video is misguided and overly simplistic on a number of accounts. Look out for my future comment, if you are interested... I assume that a 'proper debate' would be welcome?

Colm

This very frustrating. I can't actually launch the video yet and despite all the comments here I still don't know what it's about(although I have a hunch). Is it the Israelis ?

Emily

Club for the like-minded? Oh boy, did you miss ATW by a long shot. One of the reasons this is one of my favorite sites is not only the diversity of opinion, but the ability for those involved to manage to disagree with a great level of humor, tolerance and civility.

Emily

Colm,
David used John and Yoko's claim that women were the n-word of the world as a launching point to suggest Jews, Ulster Protestants and American conservatives have taken their place.

Sorry, despite all the erroneous stereotypes, my American Southern upbringing prohibits the use of that word, even in sarcasm.

Christopher Eastwood

Thank you for clearing that up, Emily. and yet, thus far in this comments section, there is nothing to agree on or disagree on! The issues, emily...

David Vance

The issue is this; Jews, Ulster Protestants, Americans, whatever - anyone who stands up for enduring values such as Libery, freedom, democracy are PAINTED as Niggers - to paraphrase Lennon. I don't like using the word but I wanted to make a point. Call it poetic license - if it was good enough for John Lennon....

Hugh Green

Christopher Eastwood, if you want to debate The Issues, you could try saying something interesting.

Emily

Christopher,
The thing about blogs is that you're not reading Time magazine or The Economist. They're kind of like a dinner conversation, where people make off the cuff, flippant, sarcastic remarks and use humor to entertain each other. There are some that employ in-depth analysis and such, but I find them boring in general, unless the author is a particularly special writer. That's what my subscription to the Atlantic Monthly is for. They're places for people to react to current events and share knowledge and opinions.

Colm

Thanks Emily.

Hugh is correct. Christopher has managed to attack ATW for it's tone and not debating the issues , yet having listened to David's Vlog he has made 3 comments without once actually adressing the issues David mentions.

David Vance

Emily,

"...unless the author is a particularly special writer..." - are you trying to tell me something?

ed

Well, as usual I just love the in-jokes- eg. 'hey jews' and 'beyond the pale' (I think the latter is a bit subtle, maybe not deliberate, but when that phrase was explained to me once I was very struck by it), and the vivid characterisation of Koffi and co.

There's not really any room today for civilised debate, but David does the best he can to keep things civil imvho.

There's nothing wrong with turning the rhetoric of the Left on its head- it's all good post-modern fun, eh? Seriousness by another name.

Enjoyed, again.

Emily

David,
No! I just mean I don't really care for the kind of blogs that take themselves really seriously, with the exception of uniquely talented writers.

And I know you didn't mean anything wicked by using the n-word. It's just in my household growing up, if you used it, you would quickly find yourself airborne. Polite Southerners feel a particular and very deserved shame for it.

Emmett

Your points are made (AGAIN) without offering any evidence (Kofi Annan 'dripping with Anti-Semitism' - what rubbish.)

Your arguments are flimsy at best and a simplified dissection of right wing stereotypical rambling.

Furthermore - the camera angle you use makes you look and sound like a patronising, dogmatic, self-righteous old fart of a grandad.

Hope this helps! :)

David Vance

Emily/Ed,

I always value your feedback. You know, it's a BIG world and there's enough room for us all to express our views. I really try to keep a sense of humour and civility about the site and I think we mostly succeed. I visit other sites and pick up atmospheres which must be intimidatory to certain viewpoints. ATW welcomes all - apart from Jihadists - I don't care for the enemies of civilisation using my bandwidth!!

smcgiff

'Furthermore - the camera angle you use makes you look and sound like a patronising, dogmatic, self-righteous old fart of a grandad.'

It's called the "Heroic" shot/angle/view. :)

Besides, everybody knows, "the Irish are the blacks of Europe"!

Colm

With the help of Allah we will destroy the Zionists and their Anglo-American puppet masters - Rise up in Jihad NOW!

DEATH TO ALL INFIDELS!

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