Friday, April 21, 2006


I've never understood why civility is something which is valued for its own sake, especially when it's defined in such stupid terms as "not using naughty words" instead of "not calling your political opponents traitors on a regular basis" or "not sending your minions to harass college students by posting their personal phone numbers." A long-running theme from conservative bloggers is that they're, by this standard, oh-so-civil. Except when they're Jeff Goldstein.

Jeff Goldstein, artist's conception

But more amusing is Wall Street Journal deputy editor Henninger's fainting spell at all the bad words he finds on the internets. I really just don't get that foul language offends people so. Perhaps my experience differs, but I have never been in an environment, professional or otherwise, where people didn't swear like sailors, including the Capitol building.