The author of the Pop Economics blog let me have a sneak preview of the Guest Blog Entry that he posted yesterday a few hours before he put it up. Set forth below is the text of the e-mail I sent to him to let him know my take.
I love it! It’s 100 percent perfect. I’ve been waiting for someone to do something like this for eight years now. You are our new leader!
My only question is — Is there any chance that you could give me the JPEG file for that image? I have no particular use for it today but it makes me laugh (it reminds me of the psychedelic poster of Dylan that was included in his first volume of “Greatest Hits” and that came out in the 60s) and my guess is that it would come in handy somewhere down the road. This is of course 100 percent optional. There will be no hard feelings whatsoever if you say “forget it, buddy.”
You showed a great deal of smarts and community spirit in coming up with that introduction. I salute you! I will make it a practice to Capitalize Your Name from this point forward!
Addendum #1: Pop gave me permission to use the image (so long as it is credited to him).
Addendum #2: The Lindauer/Greaney Goons paid a visit to Pop’s site Tuesday evening and the early reaction from Pop was not encouraging. Here are some of the words that I put forward this morning (it may be that by the time you read these words they will no longer appear on your computer screen when you click on the link above):
“If you and the other blog owners follow the norms of civilized behavior, the problem obviously goes away. If you continue to play games and permit such viciousness to pollute the discussion that those of us with good intent are seeking to have with each other, you have no one to blame for how ‘boring’ the discussions turn out than yourself, Pop. The Goons have put the ball in your court. Are you the sheriff we have all been looking for to restore order to the Personal Finance Blogosphere?”
Addendum #3: Pop put up a post Wednesday morning showing that he intends to play it straight. He said:
“Rob, I’m allowing people to disagree with you. I’m just not allowing blanket putdowns, a discussion of your sanity or of activity at that message board or any other board. If those guys want to show up to debate your argument on the merits, they can go for it. So far, it’s meant two comments through (and one was borderline) and four deleted.”
Welcome to the Wild West, Sheriff Pop!
Addendum #4: Pop has now elected to permit the Goons to run wild. We are all detecting a strange and most unpleasant smell coming from that one particular spot of the Pop Economics site. Yucko!
Any other would-be Town Sheriffs looking for a chance to show that they are made of the right stuff?