November 16, 2005
Sanity and Insanity on 2 Wheels
I Sent a response to Chris Carlsson's 1st missive, and his response to that one exposes the difficulty a person like me, a bicyclist with political leanings decidely to the Right of the political spectrum, may sometimes have being taken seriously by Radical Leftists who mix their hatreds with their love of bicycling.
Since I don't agree with him politically, I am not worth engaging with in a reasonable discussion, and therefore anything else I may be doing, of a cycling nature, to increase knowledge of, and interest in, bicycling, is not worth commenting on at all.
MY LETTER ( minus links ):
Wow! That's tellin' me, Chris!
Just ignore him, and the little Right-wing Parasite will just go away. ;-D
Sorry, it ain't that easy. ;-DIf I had your attitiude I'd never have put links to CM on my Blog, allowing readers to judge the movement for themselves, and decide if they want to participate, or found something nice to say about Time'e Up in NY.I would have let readers know of Matt Smiths old piece taking San Fran. CM to task, but NOT shared your groups well reasoned, though misguided, response to it. I fully expected this reply, by you, so was not suprised.
Just very disappointed....
I have long had an open invitation to my readers to contribute essays to this blog ( LINK ):
But not only have Critical Mass supporters not taken me up on it, but neither has the National Green Party, even after a lengthy, back and forth, correspondence over their support of Critical Mass ( all detailed in my CM Archives ).
Left pedal of bicycle argues with itself ( LINK ).
Left pedal of Political Bicycle ignores Right ( LINK ).
If you have suggestions for articles I should read to bolster your arguments in behalf of CM I'd love to know of them.
If you have CM, or other cycling advocacy, related websites you'd recommend I look at and consider adding to my collection of links, please feel free to send them to me.
I may disagree with Critical Mass, and even the politics of many of its supporters, but we all share in common an interest in bringing more people to cycling, and improving conditions for cycling, and gaining more cycling facilities.
Republican or Democrat...
Leftist Pinko Radical or Radical Right Winger...
We both like to ride our bikes. ;-DSincerely yours,
A fellow recreational, and commuter, bicyclist.KIRIL KUNDURAZIEFFThe Mad Macedonian!
Ok, call me an optimist, but I had hopes of a reasonable response.
Instead I get the following:
I am sorry that you feel snubbed or whatever it is you feel, but I truly see no point in engaging with your arguments.They are transparently unconvincing and to engage in a process with you or those ideas is to get pulled into a classic flame-war scenario in which much energy and bluster is spent for no purpose since neither party thinks the other has anything to offer.I'm glad you like to ride your bike, but am horrified by your blithe acceptance of the barbarism being carried out by the United States... and to characterize the Iraqi insurgency as "terrorist" is just mind-boggling.Would you just get down on your knees and thank a huge mechanized army for invading and destroying YOUR country?You parrot the brain-dead and blatantly false propaganda of the Cheney regime.Why would I think there's a rational mind at the other end of this?
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