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I'm sorry to do this, but we must address the delinking issue again. I don't have this grand notion that my linking to or not linking to a certain blog means anything to that blogger. It won't make one single bit of difference in their traffic because my blogroll is not public. The only part of my blogroll that you can see is the five most recently updated of my links. Because the blogroll is private, no one has any idea whose link I remove or when. I just happened to call attention to this one instance, because I felt it was important. I wasn't delinking the blog, but the man, so to speak. I've been associated with him before, was sort of friendly with him, commented on his blog and he commented here. I abhor racists. I felt it necessary, in this situation, to make it loud and clear that not only do I not condone what Rob was doing, but I denounce it. I wasn.'t speaking out against someone's website, I was speaking out against ignorance and intolerance that astounds me. I don't use racial or ethnic slurs here. When I refer to, say, radical Muslims, you will always see that word - radical - in front of the Muslims, so it's clear I am not referrring to everyone of that faith. Yes, there are some people I link to that may use a slur every now and then, but I have never read anything like Rob's post, which was so full of hatred, misguided notions and stereotypes that I had to read it twice to make sure I didn't misunderstand what he was saying. And he's not apologetic about it at all. I really don't have to explain myself to you, but for some reason, I am. This is not about being "PC." Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows damn well that I am not PC. This is about slamming an entire race with just a few paragraphs. I've obviously annoyed some people, and I don't really care. My point is this - I realize no one's world is going to fall apart because I took them off my blogroll. No one should take their blog that seriously. Perhaps using the phrase de-linking was a mistake on my part. Perhaps I should have just said what I thought about Rob's post and left it at that. This was getting a lot of play around the blog world. There was no way I was going to stay silent and look like I was condoning it, which would be a slap in the face to several of my friends who took the most offense to Rob's words. What cracks me up is that some of the people who have emailed me or kicked me around in other's comments are the same people who will get all bent out of shape when other ethnicities and/or religions are treated the same way Rob treated black people. It's nothing but one step forward, two steps back around here. I don't pretend to think that anyone cares who or who isn't on my blogroll. That's not what this is about and if you think it is, then you don't know me at all, so don't pretend you know what's going on in my head. So...how about those Yankees?

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Which Yankees?

Specifically? The radical Yankees.

Freedom of speech means accepting the consequences of that speech, just as much as it means governmental protection of the freedom itself. Rob can say whatever he wants, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with him. Or read his blog anymore. Or vice versa.

I've met Rob, and in person he's a charming guy. I have sympathy for his situation, but none for his actions. For me, the delinking WAS a statement: I have the freedom to disassociate myself from people expressing opinions I abhor. Anyone who doesn't like it can kiss MY Georgia cracker ass.

As for the Yankees, I'm still trying to figure out how to get Soriano back to play 2B, just for giggles.

Hey, it could happen.

Same guys that lost the World Series to the Marlins? Yeah. What about them? :-)

OK. I refrained from commenting on the actual "delinking" post because I didn't really want my first to be on such a controversial issue, but ...

The Yankees can kiss my Brooklyn raised ass.

Russ

Friends don't let friends type drunk.

i've got all manner of nutjobs linked. Aman's just another one, now. If you drop by, be sure and read Dishpan Dribble in the Oregon section. heh.

I'm convinced that Rob has decided to go down in a blaze of glory (at least in his mind)... all by himself. The "n" word post was clearly done to be off-putting to anyone who had been in the least bit supportive of him while he railed at his ex-wife through his blog and wrote stupid things that could very well lose him his child. Let me say it again: he's doing this on purpose. We get the message, Rob. And I, for one, am happy to stay the hell away from you.

Using expressions like "go African" isn't anti-PC...it's old KKK.

I've only ever really taken two people off my blogroll, and I didn't do it publicly. But then, I didn't bandy about their names, link them often or exchange e-mail graces with them. I just thought they were funny or erudite when I added them to the 'roll. So it was no biggie for me to disassociate myself from them.

If, for instance, Michele were to go off the deep end and start raving about Sand N!#%!@#%s or some such racist crap, then I'd want to distance myself from that person publicly. If it became a habit, then I'd just wash my hands of the thing.

I don't see anything wrong with what you did. Just another day in "As the Blogworld Turns."

You don't like that he dyes his hair?

Yankee is half a word. I do so wish my Great-Grandpas had had automatic weapons at Sharpsburg and Chancellorsville. Not that I care for the Slaveocracy who ran politics here and then, it just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to imagine rude people with New England sinus-infection accents and midwestern corkscrew-in-your-ear accents, wearing US (spit!)Govt. uniforms lying there on the ground traumatically eviscerated, moaning and screaming, trying to scrabble away from the hogs snuffling up to chow down on human chitlins while the blue-clad war criminals were still alive.

Oh, New York City? Very famous for its Southern sympathies during the Lincoln War, and its so-called "draft riot." It was a RACE riot, in which Irishmen tried to kill as many African-looking people as they could.

I hope my comments weren't the one to cause this. You have nothing to be defensive about, Michele. I was just musing about the odd psychology of these sorts of things.

How does the Yanks' pitching shape up for 2004?

I hope DJ is doing OK too.

Anyone who is annoyed is a buttcrack. I think you make a very valid point, and I felt compelled to say something as well. I have not only linked to Rob, but I considered myself friendly with him too.

When I read those posts I was just shocked, but he has been so irrational lately I chose to ignore it, but that didn't sit well with me. I wasn't sure what to do, as I thought pointing it out might offend others who would typically not read his blog (I have nice, sweet moms reading my blog) but DAMMIT Michele, you are right.

Hope you don't mind my following suit, but some leaders should be followed.