New Reader? Read First.

Welcome to Norbrook’s Blog!   If you’re reading this, you’re probably a new reader here.    This blog is my personal blog, which means I write here pretty much anything that happens to strike my fancy.  I cover a lot of topics, everything from LOLCats, science, books, comics, and what seems to be the main topic, politics.   I didn’t intend it originally to do a lot of political blogging, but that’s the way it worked out. :-D   So, before we get started, here are some things you should know:

Commenting: I like it when people comment here, but a few things you should be aware of.

  • First, the comment policy has been set to “approval needed,” which means that before your first comment shows, I have to approve it. After that, it shouldn’t need moderation, unless you’ve changed something,  or I’ve decided to moderate you.
  • Second, keep it civil.  I don’t mind disagreement, or even “heat,” but name-calling, threats, and just being plain obnoxious will generally cause your comments to either never appear or to disappear.  Repeated offenses will mean that you won’t be allowed to post here at all. That is not subject to debate, and I may not even warn you about it.   That’s strictly my option, it’s my blog.  You can make your own rules on yours.     I invite you to read the archives – I’ve been doing this blog for a while.  If you notice a “comments closed” on a post, it’s because I’ve set the commenting period on any post to expire after 7 days.

Fair Warning:  If you’re coming in from one of the frustrati sites, or from one of the conservative sites, don’t think I’m bound to “be nice” to you.  I have absolutely no patience with people who claim to be “progressive” who are regurgitating the same easily debunked whines that various members of the Professional Left or frustrati have been pushing for the past few years.   That is also applicable to anyone who comes in here repeating the equally easily debunked lines of “reasoning” or “facts” from Fox News, Free Republic, or other Conservative sites.  I have very limited patience for it, and with anyone who tries.  That means I’ll start using terms like “stupid,” “idiot,” and posting really insulting LOLpictures in response to you, if I don’t ban you outright.  So you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Attribution and linking (aka copyright stuff):  I’m pretty laid-back about copyrights.  Yes, all the blathering I do here is copyrighted, whether I want it to be or not.  That’s what the law says.    I don’t mind if you use selected portions of my posts, as long as you include a link back to it – that is, properly attribute it.  If you’re going to do a whole-hog copy of a post to somewhere else, ask first.  Generally, I’ll say yes.  The only reason I mention this is because there have been a few occasions where it’s happened.  It’s flattering, but at the same time,  I don’t like to find it out by accident.

Terms I use:  I am a pragmatic liberal, a Democrat, and a supporter of the President.    If you read through the archives, you’ll see a term:  “Frustrati.”  There’s a set of other terms used by various other sites that have a similar meaning:  Emoprogs, purity trolls, and so on.   They’re people who continuously complain about what the Democratic Party should do, or how the President has “failed” to meet their expectations.  Along with that, I use the term “Professional Left,” by which I mean the people who get paid – often well-paid – to write opinion pieces which do the same thing as the frustrati.  That’s people like Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, Markos Moulitsas, Keith Olbermann, and Michael Moore among the more prominent examples.   So if you see those terms, then you know who I’m referring to.

Updated 12/24/2012