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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Invititation

I just had a crazy idea. All of this debating with people online has inspired me attempt something new. Who wants to be a part of a new monthly magaine? I'm thinking of calling it "Opposing Views". It would be a debate magazine where each story is covered by two people who stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and no topic would be taboo. Over the course of the month people could vote online for who they think made the most persuasive argument, and the results would be published in the following month's publication. The emphasis would be on news analysis and political commentary, much like "Hannity and Colmes" only with more people expressing their views and the interraction of the vote.
So, do you think anyody would actually read such a magazine? Would you like to be among the first pundits and reporters to debate the issues for all to see?
If this generates enough interest interest I will try to make it happen. More than likely the first incarnation would be an online publication, then it would be transformed to print when enough capital is raised to launch it through standard publication.

16 Comments:

  • Just saw an interesting blog from Australia. www.andrewlanderyou.blogspot.com.
    A basher of the socialist left.

    Came across a lefty blog. Maybe she'd like to debate you.

    bluegalinaredstate.blogspot

    By Blogger Rick's Corner, at 6:30 PM  

  • I would volunteer but my arguments are usually non-linear and only make sense to the criminaly insane.

    By Blogger Dr. Phat Tony, at 4:50 AM  

  • Healthy debate is a good and needed thing.

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 5:23 AM  

  • Sounds intruiging.

    Also, Dr. Phat Tony's arguments make sense to me.
    Is this bad?

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 5:42 AM  

  • Saw your link on Dr. Phat Tony's site. Good work. I'd be interested in reading, and/or debating, the good Dr's arguments make sense to me too.

    By Blogger fmragtops, at 6:45 AM  

  • I found out a long time ago that debating (basically a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent) while challenging, interesting, and personally rewarding when we win, is, basically, time wasted. You are preaching to the choir on the one side, (although valuable talking points are produced), but you are also revealing strategy to the other side, who will never change their minds.

    Most debate oriented papers, etc. seem to appeal to fervent supporters or detractors, and it seems to me that who you want to attract is the person undecided or uniformed.

    It's tough to find people who are undecided. They usually lack the inclination to read debate articles.

    I find such folks in crowds that gather when I challenge the Left on the street. I then direct them to sites in our favor.

    The Left does the exact thing -- at demonstrations, they always have phamphlets pumping their position, with attached URL's. The one old fool on my blog has a handful of them he wanted to give out.

    Also, the left's viewpoints are of such limited intellect and fact as to be actually laughable, pitiable, and downright stupid most of the time. I try and waste no time bothering with them. I'll try and find a persuadeable person.

    I applaude your idea of a periodical and wish you much success in your endeavor, and hereby grant you permission to quote or reprint anything I may have said/blogged.

    Good Luck, and, Hooah!

    Phantom Driver
    Proud Father of an American Soldier

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 7:54 AM  

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    By Blogger Sister Golden Hair, at 9:10 AM  

  • Also, the left's viewpoints are of such limited intellect and fact as to be actually laughable, pitiable, and downright stupid most of the time. I try and waste no time bothering with them. I'll try and find a persuadeable person.

    Ooh, that's my personal favorite excuse for being afraid to debate the other side. You're so obviously correct and we on the left are so obviously stupid, uninformed and, really, just plain retarded, that you'll not waste your beautiful mind on us. Pity! I'm sure all of us liberals could benefit greatly from your keen ad hominem's and name-calling. Alas, not to be.

    UAW Guy: I think your idea has merit, though as you can see from phantom_driver, you would have to work to maintain a level of civility towards both sides. I would be interested in being the liberal perspective on a limited basis, if you'd like, and I sincerely believe I could do a better job than the unfortunate Alan Colmes.

    I can be found at A Beginner's Mind or email me at zellers76@mchsi.com.

    Good luck with your idea!

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 9:12 AM  

  • Count me in! I'd be happy to write for you. I can usually be counted on for one or two good stories a month. The rest of the time, I just run my mouth and all manner of incoherent dribble spews forth. I'm linking you, by the way!

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 9:32 AM  

  • Samarai Sam:

    "Never get in a peeing contest with a skunk." I've better things to do that trade hot air with the likes of you.

    Looks like you just engaged in namecalling yourself. Glad I struck a nerve, though. You probably are a Master DeBater, when you're home alone .

    "Winners tell jokes. Losers insult you and say "shut up and deal"

    Notice that I'm grinning.

    Hooah!

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 9:56 AM  

  • Sheesh, I just read Samarai's site.
    He loves (are you ready?) HIGH TAXES
    and worse, LOVES TO PAY THEM. Rives all kinds of distorted rhetoric to justify every kind of tax hike and slam every Republican tax cut.

    Hey,you can have my share pal.

    Can you say "loonie-toon"

    I paid my taxes during my time in combat, bud.

    Have you?

    On a rubber crutch, I remain,

    Phantom Driver
    Proud father of an American Soldier

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 10:01 AM  

  • Okay, I just had to delete a comment where someone decided to post somebody else's personal information. I can't imagine any good reason anyone would want to do such a thing. It is not acceptable in this blog. If yoou want to put your own info that's one thing, but DO NOT put out other people's private info . . . ever.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 10:16 AM  

  • I saw that on there earlier...

    Disappointing. Even if you disagree with someone, you don't need to go posting their info on the web. Wonder how they'd like it if someone posted theirs?

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 9:29 PM  

  • You might be interested in this blog -- http://www.dcdebate.com/ -- which was started recently by a liberal and a conservative expressly for the purpose of political debate. Apparently the owners are college students, and might be interested in your proposal as well.

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 11:04 PM  

  • Oh, right: hyperlink. I should get some sleep.

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 11:23 PM  

  • As you probably already know, I've been doing the "debate" thing for awhile on Let Our Voices Be Heard. Some progress has been made, with middle ground reached on both sides. Sometimes no middle ground can ever be reached. But it's worth it to try to communicate and doesn't widen the gap. It also takes a lot of energy and time, so be certain you understand what you may be getting yourself into. If you decide to do this, good luck with it. You may also post anything I write, but I must tell you that I don't have the time to belong to any more blogs. Three is about all I can handle! Thanks for the invite.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 10:42 AM  

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