Mr. Blunt and Cranky is fully aware of his personality flaws: indeed, his blog is named after two of them. Mind, these are only two of the many he possesses. And he is fortunate to have friends and family who are right there to make sure he is aware of said flaws whenever they manifest themselves.

One positive characteristic is his ability to say “I don’t know”. Because the yakittyyakyakyak of fake “experts” drives him straight over the edge and into the pit of barking madness, he usually restricts his own speech to topics about which he has actual knowledge. Not the most redemptive of qualities, but still, it is redeeming. Kinda. Sorta.

This writer has worked on elections (software, hardware, and humanware) over the years, and has learned one whole helluva lot about how American elections work. From when you register, to how they make sure you are you, and how they collect and count your votes, he knows a fair bit about it. So when he whupped a load o’ snark at Florida Guv Rick Scott’s illegal and /or incompetent voter disenfranchisement activities, said snark came from an expert source.

Not so most responses. Ad hominem attacks, quotations from Rush Limbaugh (without crediting the man, at that), falsehoods and just plain made-up crap, all these came flowing in. And this writer, ashamed though he is to admit it, lost his temper. Part of the fault is his, for not having better control of his emotions.

Fault also must be laid at the feet of the willfully ignorant; those who proudly speak from a complete and utter lack of facts, expertise, or knowledge.  These people speak from ignorance that they not only acknowledge, but embrace and proclaim (kind of like a kid who is so happy he got laid, he boasts of the case of clap he picked up).

From churches who teach that the fact-based knowledge of our world is not only wrong, but a one-way ticket to the fires of Hell; to the media that has been dumbed down to the point that even sheep would say “Sweet Jesus, that’s stupid”, our nation has become a haven for know-nothingism.  Meanwhile, those of us who insist on talking about facts are all too frequently subjected to verbal tarring and feathering.

And it is even sadder when many of the jackanapes who are slinging worthless lies are very bright people who made a deliberate choice to live in an echo chamber, because there is no excuse for their ignorance.  They could use their intelligence for their own and others’ benefit, but choose instead to wallow in a false, faux-mindless mediocrity that suits them (and their neighbors and nation) ill.

Your correspondent will continue to speak from facts, and admit his ignorance and error when appropriate (such an admission is forthcoming, in fact). Tough rocks for anybody who doesn’t like it.

Mr. B & C