Monday, June 13, 2005

CPJL: Because it's rude to take up other blog's comment boxes with too much text

We slack.

We also really do hate using other people's soap comment boxes when we have our own shiny black template from which to spout profusely into the void.


"Nice of her to call me sir, cause’ I was busy thinking about all of the horrible things I would do to her and her family."

(Sidenote, from the CPMC comments box: ..okay..for all the fat people out there reading-- get a life, drink your slim fast. Be glad that the government has called your eating indulgence a disease-- but -- cool off the CPMC. It's not their fault that they're good looking, get babes, and have the balls enough to stick up for their ladies when some idiot is trying to frisk her. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read today, and I read DCBachelor every day now, religiously! Sweet.)

Carry on.

Can't we have a discussion on this versus your visceral reactions to the man's words?

No, some people can’t. And therefore, your point will be lost with those people. So, you have to determine which is more important – the language you utilize, or the point of the whole piece? You can’t always have both and expect everyone to do a golf clap at the end of your internet essays. I honestly don’t think the CPMC DOES expect that reaction at the conclusion of anything Capo writes; they expect discussion. Which is stimulating, sure- but it’s interesting in all of this how freaky defensive these guys get with Capo. Doth protest too much, etc.

Who is being ungentlemanly more? TSA employees who take liberty with our liberties OR Capo speaking his mind b/c some TSA guy is patting down his gf because of an expired passport?

Well, then that just leaves the fact that they were ungentlemanly first, wah, and Capo’s own account of his reaction implies he sunk to their level.

TSA and the Patriot Act and citizen rights and this whole seemingly unfortunate situation aside, (because most commenters on this story who are reacting negatively aren’t necessarily disagreeing with Capo’s opinion on TSA/rights/whatevs), some are trying to point out it's the way Capo writes about situations like this that make people question him. He’s aggressive, and that will always turn a percentage of the population off. Words are dependent on tone. Calling someone "overweight" can be descriptive, or it can be mean and juvenile. I’m hedging bets that he wasn’t trying to be simply "descriptive" with that and the "greasy Colombian" comment, it was based primarily in animosity. Same with the "bullshit" comment. Same with imagining how you're going to harm the TSA agent and her family, after what- a few seconds of interaction? Whoa.

However, I wasn’t there, and neither were any of the CPMC commenters, so that’s just a best guess. Maybe they were throwing Capo and his beloved around like rag dolls; treating them like absolute worthless puppyshit - in that case, I'd sue, rather than bitch on a blog about it. However, if I had a boyfriend/girlfriend/life partner/best friend/human with me at an airport and he/she jumped to using profanity without attempting to first resolve the situation by ANY OTHER MEANS POSSIBLE, I'd be humiliated, too. By that person's hotheaded-ness, but not by the TSA.

Capo has a style all to his own. DO NOT BOX US IN YOUR ideas for what the CPMC is. You can't define us. Don't try. He is a voice in the group...and adds value.

I've seen this before, guys: "DO NOT BOX US IN." Got it. Check. Capo has a style all his own. But see above: style or substance? Sometimes, sadly, you can’t have both and please everyone. I haven’t seen any editing on this entry, but in the past it has outwardly appeared his "style" is under constant review, even by his friends. Unless he’s edited some of his past pieces later himself, in which case he regrets typing certain things, and maybe this little rant will change, too.

It seems that the CPMC's example of the "lost art of classic masculinity" is certainly lost in all this, if they're still gunning for that overall, "gentlman" thing. Then again, I might be "trying to define you", and that'll earn me a handslap in double-time, no doubt.


Blogger Natty G said...

Re: "So, you have to determine which is more important – the language you utilize, or the point of the whole piece?"

Interesting read. In regards to the above quote, I'd argue that they are one and the same. If you chose language that draws attention to itself, the overall point of the piece will be lost. Written communication is an art form, made up of individual word choices.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Cleveland Park Men's Club said...

Great post.

You are freakishly dead on.

You can't show people the diamond you have in a pile of shit. Right?

Then, again, it did stir the pot. Which is good from time to time.

So, to each his or her own.

We all learned a lesson way or the other.

1:04 AM  
Blogger The Governess said...

Re: "So, you have to determine which is more important – the language you utilize, or the point of the whole piece?"

Interesting read. In regards to the above quote, I'd argue that they are one and the same.

Maybe, but I don't think so. I thought about it last night. Basically, all my blathering could be condensed into what the CPMC said above.

Otherwise put: "it's not what you say, it's how you say it." or even "catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

The IDEAL is that your point is one and the same with your language, but that doesn't always happen that way.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Rock Creek Rambler said...

IMHO, cavalier and angry diatribe just don't mix.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ethan Wiggum said...

"a pile of shit": perhaps the most apt metaphor yet for Capo's collected musings...

good call, Senator.

7:01 PM  
Blogger The Senator said...

Time to update?

Do we have to do all the work for you?

12:52 AM  
Blogger The Governess said...

yes, you do.

frankly, boys, i have no idea where to even start with your whole pants post. I'm at a loss.

8:59 AM  
Blogger The Senator said...


can't wait.

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Senator said...

Cant wait for george to come over tonight. The flower girl is out of town and tonight george and I are going to play this cool game. It involves body toppings.

8:54 PM  
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