Ever read the Credits section here at Wizbang? It can be enlightening.
For example, no one here is identified as a “writer”, did you notice that? Instead, we’re either “Emeritus” (for writers who have gone on and left the building) or “Editors” (of whom some readers doubtless wish we would soon leave the building and go on to our final reward). But there’s no way anyone here would make me an editor for real.
Think about it. If you know me, you will be aware of my idiosyncrasies and predilections, which include a fondness for words that regular people can’t easily use in conversation. I’m talking about militant advocacy of enforced grammar – given the time and the opportunity, I’d be correcting verbiage, assigning punctuation, and razing the threads of dangling participles in a manner reminiscent of Conan the Librarian. I’d be revising articles and comments to suit a standard of loquacity not unlike those fiendish old ladies who insist on shaving half a poodle’s fur off and coloring it pink, then affixing a rhinestone collar and perfume before sending their canine out to see the other male dogs. I would vindictively demand historical context be applied (with footnotes) for all references to prior elected officials or events, and append commentary to any post with less than 1,500 words just to bring it up to size. And I, of course, am only one of the ‘editors’ here in this menagerie of wit, opinion, and inflammatory humor. There are ten other miscreants (OK, nine other malefactors and Lorie, who stays above the fray) who write in what is sometimes a blog-style search-and-destroy mission, a bit of a romp at other times, but with always a fair amount of chaos and Savoir Faire, which I think is French for ‘let’s see how much we can get away with’, which is often condensed into the popular curse word “Obama” these days.
This, of course, is why Kevin has assigned a Section Editor, Maggie Whitton. Maggie is the Sheriff round these parts, as well as the Judge, Lord High Executioness, and Anchor Person if we ever try to take over CNBC. In the event that we do take over a television network, look for me as a mix of Ben Stein and Spuds Mackensie, hawking documentaries about the rise of modern Frisbyterianism as a ‘must-have’, and decrying the pernicious growth of the Aluminati during the last decade.
Whatever we are, dowdy we are not.