February 11, 2004


Matt Welch is at the Bill OíReilly Memorial E-Blog Laptop Conference in Willie Horton Plaza, San Diego, where the levels of violence are dreadfully low:

I'd like to see some real tension, some cheap insults, mild fisticuffs, things of that nature. Though we all sure hate partisanship & all, the dirtier truth is that political conflict fuels real productive interest, and forces people to answer uncomfortable questions. I want to see Jarvis mudwrestling with Larry Lessig, Richard Bennett snorting at Doc Searls, Atrios biting Andrew Sullivanís neck, Tony Pierce telling Barrett that he's the worst Cam-girl he's seen. Obviously, I have a lot of bad ideas.

If thereís one drawback to blogging compared to print media, itís the lack of violence. I once tried to break up a Christmas party fight at the first newspaper I worked at only to have both combatants turn on me. Good times ...

Posted by Tim Blair at February 11, 2004 01:11 AM

Maybe we could invent the virtual e-fight or something?


Take that, Blair.

Posted by: Emily at February 11, 2004 at 02:43 AM

And Glenn Reynolds' puppy-blending exploits don't count?

Posted by: Vexorg at February 11, 2004 at 05:56 AM

Shame on you, Tim! Check your facts, man. Horton Plaza is not named after the infamous criminal nor the baseball player. It is named for Alonzo Erastus Horton, who was a 19th century land baron, a lifelong Republican and the original evangalist for San Diego real estate.

Gotta show a bit of hometown pride.

Posted by: Seppo at February 11, 2004 at 11:38 AM

I thought it was named after Horton the Elephant, in Horton Hears a Who!. Another tender childhood dream shattered.

BTW, Vexorg, your link doesn't work. If you can't handle the html, just post a raw link.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 11, 2004 at 11:50 AM

I don't want more blood. I want civility and courtesy. Don't know that I have any myself, but still . .

Posted by: Persnickety at February 11, 2004 at 05:43 PM

Obviously Matt needs to go drinking with Fred McCue, head honcho, Labor Party Media apparatchik. Fred may have woken with a bit of a headache in more ways than one this morning as he's been accused in the media of bashing a fellow drinker, a well known Darwin solicitor no less, during a late night drinking session in a Darwin pub.

Posted by: The Gnu Hunter at February 11, 2004 at 08:16 PM