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Calling All Liberals

The week between Christmas and New Year's is a notoriously dead week in the blogosphere.

Given that, I would like to try an experiment. I'd like to invite our prominent lefty commenters - you know the ones who are so critical of the Wizbang writers all the time - to to submit blog posts for publication.

The plan is to publish pieces by these folks next week (in a addition to regular content) to see how those folks would do when they're the authors and the rest of the Wizbang readership are the critics. Certainly there's no shortage of topics to cover, what with Nancy and Harry's coronation upcoming, the ISG report, etc.

I've got no idea how the experiment will pan out, but it I'm fairly certain it will be interesting.

Initially I'd planned to contact folks such as Mantis, Barney, Brian, and others, privately via e-mail. My plan was thwarted when I found out that many of them had non-functional e-mail address listed. That made it impossible to pre-plan this little experiment, and sort of forced me to first announce it publicly in hopes of reaching them via the blog.

So if you're one of our regular commenters or readers (or even lurkers) who just so happens to be liberal, progressive, etc., and you have something to say, send your post to me, or contact me in advance via e-mail. My e-mail address is pretty easy to figure out, so I'm not going to spell it out for more spammers to find; it's my first name at the domain name.

Update: Keep those submissions coming. We'll kickoff with the first of the posts on Tuesday.


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Comments (23)

"when I found out that ... (Below threshold)
marc:

"when I found out that many of them had non-functional e-mail address listed."

And you're surprised?!

Mine is non-functional only... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Mine is non-functional only because I got tired of typing the real one after the first week.

Anyways, my entry is on Jay's first post today. (About the "naughty")

If nothing else, your new n... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

If nothing else, your new non-functional volunteers will discover that it's a hell of a lot harder to write an article than it is to criticize it. Unless they're just cutting and pasting from DailyKos, which I imagine is a suspicion held by many here.

Yes, will there be a requir... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Yes, will there be a requirement of no "cut and paste," and will there be someone to monitor potential plagiarizing? We'll have to google every phrase, I suppose.

Better yet, could we just set up a lib. blog for them and get them to stay on it, and leave us the hell alone?

Anyone think these guys ca... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Anyone think these guys can put together a coherent non-hateful paragraph?

Funny how one is tired of typing real e-address. Guess he is too STOOPID to realize email address box has an auto complete feature.

Yes, encourage people to po... (Below threshold)
meat:

Yes, encourage people to post by calling them "STOOPID" and palgiarizers before anyone has ever posted anything. I can see how you all are much fairer and less judgmental than your critics.

Hope you kept a copy of tha... (Below threshold)

Hope you kept a copy of that, jp2, because I'm deleting it. I deliberately set it up as a nice, positive piece and you crapped all over it.

Shmuck.

J.

meat, our posts were not wi... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

meat, our posts were not without basis. Had you noticed the overly long postings, cut and pasted from some lefty, or other, sight?

You haven't been around long, I guess. Just keep watching.

Well, it looks like it's go... (Below threshold)
John:

Well, it looks like it's going to be hard to get passed the "editorial board" from what I'm seeing...

OK, Kevin. I'll bite. I'm sending one that's relevant to the season, and is 100 percent origional material. Let's see if you'll publish.

Jay Tea, I've got a copy of... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea, I've got a copy of it, which in this case is all that matters.

Kevin:I accept the... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Kevin:

I accept the invitation and hope that you post what I send you.

H

NEW YEARS RESOLTION for all... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

NEW YEARS RESOLTION for all liberal demacrats NO MORE TAXES FOR ANYTHING NO MORE PORK

This is going to be like Ch... (Below threshold)

This is going to be like Christmas -- during Christmas.

Brilliant. Can't wait.

If Lee or Mantis deign to participate, I'll make a donation to the charity of their choice. And repost their posts on my blog without comment.

Linked and with permission, of course.

Getting past the "editorial... (Below threshold)

Getting past the "editorial board" means getting past Kevin -- or, if he'd like some help, me. And I am VERY tolerant on that regard. All I intend to do is make sure they meet certain basic criteria -- nothing libelous, plagiarized, or grotesquely offensive; no profanities in the title; and generally coherent. Hell, I'll even do a quick editing for grammar and spelling.

The sole reason I deleted Lee's piece was because it was in violation of the whole point of my piece: to find people who go on the "nice" list, not the "naughty." When I write something apolitical and positive, I get very cranky when others try to turn it into political and negative.

J.

But, gee, Jay, that's rathe... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

But, gee, Jay, that's rather harsh for his first offense, isn't it? Lee's posts are usually so coherent on point and all.

Jay...you make me cranky ev... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Jay...you make me cranky every time I see your fucking name.

"The sole reason I delet... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"The sole reason I deleted Lee's piece was because it was in violation of the whole point of my piece: to find people who go on the "nice" list, not the "naughty." When I write something apolitical and positive, I get very cranky when others try to turn it into political and negative."

No, Jay, you didn't delete anything of mine. You deleted Jp2's comment. You can't even get that much right.

And YOU are offering to edit and get the contributions right, Jay? No thanks, -- you want to correct (or in JP2's instance delete) other's work at the same time you make an admittedly inconsequential but nonetheless gross mistake of your own? Getting it wrong in this manner could lead to a slander claim. Sheesh.

Other's "work"? Sheesh.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Other's "work"? Sheesh.

Lee,No big surpris... (Below threshold)

Lee,

No big surprise that you'd wimp out.

No, Jay, you didn'... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
No, Jay, you didn't delete anything of mine. You deleted Jp2's comment. You can't even get that much right.

I was wondering if Jay made a mistake or was hinting at something only someone with access to posters' IP addresses would know. Then again, it's easy to mistake one leftist for another leftist. They all sound alike.

Regrettably, I will have to... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Regrettably, I will have to decline. But truth to be told, I feel the blogging bug biting again ....

--|PW|--

Crud. I meant to say that I... (Below threshold)

Crud. I meant to say that I deleted jp2's piece. After a while, the trolls all start to look alike...

J.

I guess "Jeff at December 2... (Below threshold)

I guess "Jeff at December 23, 2006 11:56 AM" won't be participating. He doesn't have the vocabulary.




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