I’ll Tell You Why

Neal asks:

Why delete James Shott’s comment?

I’ll tell you why.

This is my blog. I make no claim to objectivity. It exists entirely — without equivocation or apology — for my own
selfish pleasure. When I deem that controversy, arguments, even
personal insults in comments serve my ultimate interest, such comments
remain (99%, so far; at least). If not: delete button.

I always (at least I know of no time when I haven’t) give commenters
one free shot at me. I shoot back, and unless the repartee is a
tone-down, getting down to the argument, I dump it. Unless the
conversatation is intersting, I don’t want a 50+ comment flame war that
wastes a lot of my time.

Shott’s follow-on comment was 80% insult, some of it of a clearly
dishonest and manipulative nature. It was long. To answer it was
simply: not worth my time. So I deleted it. No apology whatsoever. My
blog. My rules.

I’ll tell you what. If you were to look at the record of comments,
there’s lots of insults, even in the 2nd and 3rd round and beyond.
That’s because the person was at least making some argument worthy of
being addressed. Shott is a Republican conservative puppet; a regurgitator. He has no
arguments worth more than a few minutes of time, and I already did that.

If he (or anyone else) doesn’t like it, I invite them to read elsewhere.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Peter Porcupine on May 24, 2006 at 20:50

    Good for you!

  2. Billy Beck on May 25, 2006 at 08:27

    Take a good look, "Judas". He's about as cool as he can be.

  3. Judas on May 25, 2006 at 03:38

    O.K. man, chill

  4. Eric on May 25, 2006 at 21:45

    Right on! Your blog, your rules indeed!

  5. Hank on May 25, 2006 at 17:57

    Good response! Bravo!

  6. Mama Mouse on May 26, 2006 at 09:07

    Your blog, your comment section, your rules. You owe NO ONE an apology or explanation.

    Its yours after all!

  7. Mike Rubin on May 26, 2006 at 10:21

    AMEN. I agree with your logic. I am exactly the same why. My blog is my place to discuss whatever I want and to do as I please. If I choose to write about my grandmother accidently seeing me nude or my experiences in a cardboard box… thats my choice! Those who make nasty comments will be deleted.

    Blogs are PERSONAL spaces… spaces to exude one's own oppinions. (not that I condone racist blogs, I think that is wrong)
    Keep up the good work.


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