The lads had fun yesterday with their little weir and diversion from the main stream of Mr Behrer's entry. Several comments received (but not submitted for publication) expressed the notion that somehow this blog has become an outlet for a disturbing form of prejudice and bigotry, which should not be tolerated in 2016 given the tremendous social progress the world has witnessed thanks to Social Justice Warriors on the internet.
One of the more common phrases used by this blog's roster of past and present athletes is "as always," or "as usual." The phrase gets a lot of play because one of the blog's aims is to look at various Social Justice Warrior outlets or persons and see how they are consistently (1) deluded rather than holistic or comprehensive, (2) mistaken on facts, or (3) confused regarding where the facts actually lead.
The blog also likes to point out commonalities of "style," as some might call it, used in communicating the Social Justice Warrior's argument.
Perhaps the most reliable theme you could tease out of this blog's history is this: the athletes here love to play against opponents who talk a big game, but when on the field in actual competition display something akin to rookie status. And not a gifted rookie, either.
This blog's athletes enjoy teaching the rookies. Whatever method is required, the teaching happens. Sometimes it's helpful and positive, when the rookie finally lets his ego wall crumble and admits he or she needs some guidance.
But most times, it's a little more like R. Lee Ermey playing a Marine Corps drill sergeant. And this is because the rookie persists in Ego Ballooning even when rookie's on-field play shows that everyone watching and playing knows rookie's an un-coordinated nobody who knows nothing and can't play worth two feces.
As usual, the commenters who submitted their observations are deluded and wrong on the facts.
This blog holds no brief for any ideology, religious tenet/worldview, political party, social clique, or other team analog.
Nobody on the roster goes to religious services or reads a religion's manual or affiliated writings. None of the athletes prays, or otherwise speaks to an occupant of the God Box.
There isn't a single person on the roster who belongs to a political party. Not by voting record, not by self-directing affinity otherwise, and not by official membership either. If you tallied the votes of all the roster's members, over their respective voting lives, you'd find an indeterminate party affinity. No cognizable patterns exist.
Sometimes we see rookies in our sport who achieved relative notoriety in another. For example: former bike racers who think that this history of trying to go fast on a bike makes them great writers.
Or bicycle mechanics, "designers," "product managers," or other "industry" people who think that being "in the industry" means they know politics or governmental operations. Or, when even more absurdly ridiculous, they think "industry" experience means they know what is "social justice" and who in American society should be silenced, punished, removed or killed.
Or engineers, who think that being an engineer means they know everything about everything. This one's such a broad swath of the naive pitiful rookie class that I could type until my hands lock up when listing examples of this enginerdery on the internet and in real, earth-bound life.
Just because it's Hipsterama, Bro! to spew invective about Christians and "religion" in 2016 doesn't mean it's funny when you do it, rookie. It sure doesn't show your intellect's grandiosity is replicated when we compare how you represent your intellect on the internet against what your little noggin actually can do in a test of logic and reasoning.
Enginerdery is somewhat logical, being ultimately an exercise in mathematics. What's more logical than this ancient science of mathematics?
I can grant enginerds their regular use of logic when practicing the actual thing of engineering -- if they're not doing it all on a computer. Otherwise said: if they're actually using math themselves, and not using a computer to do the math.
Using logic to test various stresses on a structural design is one thing.
Using logic + reasoning to understand human society and tease out what are the fulcrums on which today's sociopolitical antipathies ride -- that's well beyond enginerdery, and being an enginerd has no bearing on this exercise.
Being a bike mechanic or shop owner or "industry" functionary doesn't teach you anything on the subject either.
Being a sponsored freeskier who has done a few comps doesn't inform you on it either.
Having raced World Cup DH doesn't make you wiser on political and social friction matters.
None of these things makes you a good writer.
And none of them makes you anything other than a rookie in the field where this blog and its roster of athletes play.
If you step onto this playing field, you need to understand how to play.
If you stand on the sidelines and see bigotry at play, you aren't understanding the game enough even to be a rookie in it.
Go back home, junior.
Go practice your logic, reasoning, reading comprehension, imaginative power.
Come back when you're not tied to some viewpoint so firmly and steadfastly that everything which runs counter to your viewpoint is WRONG or worse, indicative of insanity, obsession, lust, perversion, sociopathy, misanthropy, or some other category of mental infirmity or behavioral problem.
It's understandable given the above narrative that you, as a rookie, would copy the way this blog's athletes play.
Maybe you should be a bit more humble about where you learned how to play the game, if all you have done is read this blog's posts, get angry about them, but then turn around and copy this blog's communication style almost to a T, while saying that this blog is an insanity-laden outlet for dangerous bigoted reactionary views, or saying that this blog's athletes are obsessed with this SJW or that SJW.
Admit that the obsession is yours, and that you hope to be mistaken for holding the same capacities as any of this blog's athletes when you imitate their displays of skill.