There are many things in life that confound me, but none more than the liberal perspective on America today. I have been using online services since the old days, long before the internet went public. Back then you could only access bulletin board sites, or BBS’s. Most of these BBS’s were run by colleges and were heavily regulated as to content and rules of engagement.
There were a few local sites like The Ledge in Pasadena California, where one could engage in reasonably unfettered chats with others in the area about politics and current events. Back then, most of the bulletin boards had only a couple of phone lines. Each of these lines was a separate phone number with a modem attached to the BBS. Some had six or eight lines, but each line cost money so these BBS had to charge you to use them.
Enter Prodigy and Compuserve. Most of you are probably too young or newbies to the world of personal computing, but this was when it became a lot easier to get online and make your thoughts and opinions known to all that would listen. Its important to remember that this was still a Microsoft DOS world where everything was text based. That’s right. There was no graphical user interface, or GUI. It was a glorious time for personal computing.
The reason it was so glorious was because in order to use a computer and get online, a person would actually have to know DOS commands and have a reasonable understanding of how computers work. A bit of programming experience was a must. This almost assured all of the people that were in chat rooms that they were at least dealing with a person that had a bit of intelligence.
With Compuserve, I was exposed to a whole world that I did not know existed. People were exchanging ideas about politics, life and news events in an open forum where everything seemed to make sense. There were people “flaming” each other, name calling and the like, but a person could get on Compuserve and engage in an exchange of ideas and discussions that were civil and compelling. I didn’t like Prodigy, because it used a really primitive GUI running in a DOS environment and it was slow and clunky.
Then came America Online, or AOL. It was streamlined, they had a gazillion phone lines to connect with, multiple access points that did not cost you a long distance line charges and fairly easy to install and use. AOL ran in a Windows 3.0 environment and had the ability to exploit the Microsoft GUI DLL’s and extensions. This really was the beginning of the end of the fun. The online experience was beginning to suck, and AOL was calling all the shots.
Out of necessity people like me were forced to switch to AOL. I held out for as long as I could on Compuserve and by simply using an FTP or File Transfer Protocol client to access the internet, but eventually AOL crushed the competition and Compuserve and Prodigy fell by the wayside. I know I am missing a few other smaller services that were available, but for the sake of attention span, I will leave them out.
AOL sucked. It was all these newbies that didn’t know shit from Crisco when it came to computers, and they were clogging up the forums and chat rooms with mindless drivel and flaming people with their name calling and accusations. The thought process of intelligent conversation and exchanges of ideas was gone forever, and the end result were chat rooms filled with idiots that would attack you if you didn’t go along with their way of thinking, and most of these dullards were liberals.
But AOL did have its advantages. First, there was no such thing as anti-virus software and internet security. A guy like me that understood how servers and the internet worked, could easily exploit AOL. You see, these chat rooms had degenerated into the early 1990’s edition of CB radio. People could talk smack and call names with what they perceived as virtual anonymity. Unfortunately for the flaming liberal, name calling idiots, this was not the case.
During all of the AOL craze, a small start up company called Earthlink, located in Pasadena California, came online and I was already using the internet with a full blown GUI and the like. You could download a browser, I think back then it was Netscape which was in its infancy as well, and peruse the internet at your leisure without the clunky, slow connections of AOL. But I kept AOL because it was just too easy to hack around on and really give the newbies the business.
My reasons for hating AOL and Microsoft are now becoming apparent. These to companies have ruined personal computing. I am of the opinion that a person should have at least a minimal understanding of how computers work. How servers work. How it is that one can click a few buttons and suddenly be “surfing the net.” I always hated the phrase “surfing” because I surf, and trust me, sitting in an easy chair on your laptop is not surfing.
This is where the internet carnage would begin. I would be sitting in an AOL chat room with some of my old liberal online pals, RAF comes to mind, Old man lib, and many others of both political parties, having these great discussions about the current political situations. Invariably, these liberal idiots would come into the room and start flaming. Dropping stupid comments. Making stupid pictures with ASCII text. It became unbearable. So I figured out how to hack AOL and did just that.
I’m not going to go into details here, but AOL was incredibly easy to hack. With just a few simple commands, you had access to everything on their servers. User names, passwords, ( changing people’s passwords was the easy) and even personal information like names, addresses and phone numbers. Did you hear me? I said PHONE NUMBERS! So these knuckleheads, most of them but not all of them liberals, would come into the forum and take a big shit on the discussion. I would warn them several times, and if they did not relent, I would change their password and boot them from AOL.
They would get kicked, try to log back on and get an “Invalid Password” error. This would keep them on the phone for nine hours waiting on hold to get a new password. But like the stupid liberals that they are, they would get back online and come back to the forum and drop their shit again! It was amazing. This went on all day, all night. The same stupid people lining up to be hacked and crapped on.
The persistent ones got the double whammy. If they insisted on coming back time and time again, I would simply hack their user file and find their real name. Then I would go back to the forum and drop the name in the chat room. Usually this made them run from the chat room like the Lollipop Kids from the wicked witch. If that didn’t work, then I would drop their name, address and phone number in the chat room. It was just too easy.
Flash forward to the internet of today. Here we all sit, looking at the same mundane crap, day in and day out. Going from site to site and not ever really getting anywhere at all. Its all commercialized and put nicely into a tin can for easy purchase. The internet has become a shell of what it once was. Research is skewed and biased to the point that no one knows exactly who or what to believe anymore. People get online and suddenly think they know something the rest of us don’t know.
But there is one universal constant that never seems to leave the internet. The apologist liberal. The supply of these people seems to be unlimited. They are out there to throw common sense to the wolves and simply except the liberal cause regardless of the situation. I think this became apparent during the Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Here we had a sitting president, that perjured himself under sworn testimony, and the liberal toadies were all over the internet saying things like “Its a personal matter” and gems like “Its none of our business.” Perjury is perjury. What really made matters worse was that Bill Clinton lied on national television to the American people by saying “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky” only to have to come on TV again a short time later and admit that he lied to all of us.
Still there was the never ending chorus of liberals all over the internet trying to explain this away. When confronted on the absolute hypocrisy of the left, these liberal used the typical liberal response. Name calling and accusations. It used to actually work too, until the people on the right got hip to it and began to ignore it.
I have been ignoring it for years, but there are so many newbies nowadays that come out of the woodwork to sites like mine and flame and trash talk day in, day out, and they actually think that they are the first liberal toady to think of doing it.
With all of this being said, and understanding that there are conservative toadies out there too, I must say that every once in a while I get good comments from incredibly intelligent liberals like Real American, SoCalDem, GWGeorge and many others. These people don’t get bogged down in the name calling, they don’t take cheap shots and they have all their ducks in a row when it comes to facts. I appreciate these people the most on my comments page. So I guess all is not lost.
Keep in mind that I go back to the 8088 days when there was no such thing as a hard drive and a modem consisted of what appeared to be two ear muffs that you put your hand set of your phone into and turned the DIAL to dial the number and get online. Ah the good old days. They are gone forever. Now come hit me with your liberal bull shit. JD