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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
When Colemans Attack!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:55 pm

The Blogosphere is abuzz about Nick Coleman’s column on Power Line. However, no attention has yet been paid to the fact that Coleman’s piece contains a veiled attack on me! That’s right, he apparently didn’t have the cajones to attack me directly, but what else can one make of this:

Time magazine’s “Blog of the Year” is not run by Boy Scouts. It is the spear of a campaign aimed at making Minnesota into a state most of us won’t recognize. Unless you came from Alabama with a keyboard on your knee.

Given that I live in Alabama and primarly use a laptop, which means I occassionally blog with the keyboard on my knee, how else can I interpret this heinous statement? (Further, I was once a Cub Scout).

Actually, to be honest (and in all seriousness), the line makes no sense. I assume he is trying defame Alabama, suggesting that the nefarious Powerline Cabal seeks to turn Minnesota into Bama, because that would be a bad thing. Precisely why, I’m not certain, but clearly, Alabama=bad. Very nice-nothing like blind prejudice. (Coleman appears to have a thing for Alabama. And, for what it’s worth, I supported Amendment 2).

Of course, as numerous folks have pointed out (the best being the fisking by ), Coleman’s column and his argumentation leave a tad to be desired. Largely he seems to be a tad jealous. Quite honestly, it is difficult to be objective and not see the role Powerline played in the RatherGate story as an important conduit of information and, in that case, as an actual source of news.

Update: bLogicus has more Blogospheric reactions.

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bLogicus linked with Powerline's Daisy Chain
Arguing with signposts... » Powerline’s Daisy Chain: bLogicus linked with [...] fact, I think Mr. Coleman understands the blogosphere a lot better than he lets on. The comment about Alabama, however, was out of line. — Bryan S. @ 10:32 pm | Tra [...]


  1. Powerline’s Daisy Chain
    Minneapolis is a great place to live unless you are a liberal columnist for the Star-Tribune. Nick Coleman, one such writer, lambasted the Powerline guys for criticizing him and being, well, extreme. What is amazing is that Coleman takes issue…

    Trackback by bLogicus — Wednesday, December 29, 2004 @ 2:29 pm

  2. On behalf of Minnesota, let me say that I’d be pleased to become Alabama, if the weather comes with.*

    *-’comes with’ is a common Minnesota expression

    Comment by K. Banaian — Wednesday, December 29, 2004 @ 5:24 pm

  3. Mr. Coleman is probably better known now than he ever was in Minnesota. I think he has a better handle on this blog thing than we give him credit for.

    Comment by bryan — Wednesday, December 29, 2004 @ 9:26 pm

  4. Speaking as a Minnesotan, I can say with authority that there is no greater center of anti-white-Southerner bigotry than among Twin Cities leftists.

    Do a Lexis-Nexis search on the Minneapolis StarTribune for the number of times Alabama has been referred to in the negative vs. positive and you will be stunned. OBL gets slightly better press coverage than Alabama does in the StarTribune.

    Comment by Eric Anondson — Wednesday, December 29, 2004 @ 11:30 pm

  5. Precisely why, I’m not certain

    That’s OK. You did come from Alabama schools.

    Comment by tom — Thursday, December 30, 2004 @ 12:43 am

  6. […] fact, I think Mr. Coleman understands the blogosphere a lot better than he lets on. The comment about Alabama, however, was out of line.
    — Bryan S. @ 10:32 pm | Tra […]

    Pingback by Arguing with signposts... » Powerline’s Daisy Chain: bLogicus — Thursday, December 30, 2004 @ 3:44 am

  7. Actually, I am not a native (schooled in Texas and California, if you must know). And I am fully aware of the state’s problems (acutely aware). However, that doesn’t warrant making blanket statements about a place. To stereotype an entire set of people based on one characterstic (in this case geography) is called prejudice. Since Mr. Coleman is clearly accusing us of such, it is ironic that if that is what he is looking for he needs to look in the mirror to find it.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Thursday, December 30, 2004 @ 8:13 am

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