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You spelled her name wrong. I'm going to kill myself.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 12, 2007 12:39 PM

Politics has that effect on people. It's the dirtiest business there is.

Posted by Mahtli69 | December 12, 2007 12:40 PM

Would you rather have the Weakly's comment threads, where the only comments come from folks who work there? That's disheartening.

Posted by Cuba | December 12, 2007 12:41 PM

I don't know about anyone else, but I usually come here to vent. The drinks will have a calming effect, I'm sure.

Posted by Hernandez | December 12, 2007 12:43 PM

Fuck you. And Fuck Kerri Harrop.

Just kidding. I haven't really notice the comments being any snarkier than usual...

Posted by Mike in MO | December 12, 2007 12:45 PM

Has Josh mouthed his decision about attendance at the Slag happy hour? What's the word, turd? If he's queasy about vacillating until he receives a go-ahead text message from one of his braver cronies, tell him to keep in mind the Weekly's Sage horoscope. the last few lines might help him confronting his rivals.

Posted by keenan | December 12, 2007 12:47 PM

Maybe if you shared what was so disheartening about the comments we'd know what you found so much more disheartening than the usual level of dishearteningnessitivity?

Posted by Packratt | December 12, 2007 12:51 PM

slog has always been mean spirited and cruel. nothing has changed in that department. maybe me harrop has been oblivious to this.

and no, drinks won't make it better. if anything, it will be like a sick cross between a high school cafeteria and thanksgiving with extended family.

there will be the cool kids that get to sit at the stranger table, "the trolls" (i.e. the people who don't stroke stranger egos), the bicyclists, the mac fanboi's with their iphones, etc. at their own tables.

then someone will mention some hot button issue, the group will shout them down, etc. etc., get another drink, and then say things like "LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT YOU DON'T KNOW..."

if anything, that sounds like the LEAST fun thing you could ever do.

Posted by sexy rexy | December 12, 2007 12:52 PM

It seems to me like Slog, and by extrapolation, the world in general has been pretty disheartening lately. Maybe it's something in the air.

Posted by Jerod | December 12, 2007 12:54 PM

Uh huh.

I highly doubt tomorrow night will be anything but a blast. 90% of each day I'm smiling. I'm always in a fun mood. The things I say are horrible and disgusting, and that's what makes me, well, me. At least I'm positive about my negativity. Sheesh.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 12, 2007 12:56 PM


I think you got that just about right... but you forgot about the blacksheep who would be sitting by themselves at the bar, (if the place has one).

Nothing wrong with that, really, especially since that's what I would do if I went.

Posted by Packratt | December 12, 2007 12:57 PM

We've all got to stop reading the news.

I recently took a fabulous vacation to Mexico and had a fantastic time. I didn't read the news, turn on the TV or the internet for a week. "So this is how people resist the urge to repeatedly punch their elected officials," I thought.

BTW, I just sent in a SLOG tip guaranteed to make us all want to put our collective heads in an oven. Sorry.

Posted by Original Andrew | December 12, 2007 12:57 PM

Misery is infectious. So is hate. Sexy rexy's got the bug for sure. I think Ecce is the carrier. Fortunately I'm immune; all is sunshine and grace where I'm sitting. Maybe it's the smell that's keeping people away.

The important thing is: Are You Scared To Get Happy?

Posted by Fnarf | December 12, 2007 1:00 PM

so says the guy at the cool kid table :p

Posted by sexy rexy | December 12, 2007 1:03 PM

I am so depressed at the above comments.

You guys really get me down.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 12, 2007 1:04 PM

Internet make people ANGRY!

Posted by laterite | December 12, 2007 1:04 PM

I seriously doubt the consistently negative commenters are so dour in person, and they actually are the (vocal) minority in print. I know our flock is chock full of smart, plugged-in, creative, progressive thinkers. It's just a dozen or less lazy whiners who fill the comments with disparaging remarks. I look forward to meeting the rest of you Thursday or somewhere soon.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | December 12, 2007 1:14 PM

I'm as much of a lazy mean-spirited whiner as the next guy, but I don't think it's been too bad around here lately...

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | December 12, 2007 1:17 PM


Oh, it's not just Slog, and it's not a recent phenomenon, all this snarkage. It's pretty much been in continuous existence since the first day the first anonymous online discussion group went up on UseNet all those many years ago - in fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the snarkage began in earnest with about the second posting to said group.

This is what invariably happens when people think they have the "freedom" from being held personally accountable for what they say.

And I'm sure we'll all be on our best behavior tomorrow - because of course, we WILL be F2F, as teh txtmsgkds say nowadays.

Still, I'm definitely not showing up "regimental", just in case...

Posted by COMTE | December 12, 2007 1:18 PM

Oh, hey now... We all say happy fun-time smiley laughy things... once in a blue moon or so... maybe.

I know I do... sometimes... possibly?

Posted by Packratt | December 12, 2007 1:22 PM

I've been enjoying Slog lately -- what's the problem? No reason to take things so seriously...

Posted by Irena | December 12, 2007 1:24 PM

Well, Mudede's liveblogging that keeps clacking away annoyingly as I read Slog isn't improving my attitude any...

Posted by J. Whorfin | December 12, 2007 1:31 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder.

its almost the solstice & its dark all the goddamn time. you get up in the dark, you leave work in the dark, and its cloudy all day. there's no vitamin D being absorbed.

are YOU chipper?

Posted by max solomon | December 12, 2007 1:33 PM

My apologies, I found the mute button. Ahhh, much better!

Posted by J. Whorfin | December 12, 2007 1:33 PM

Thank you, @17. When the Internet gets you down, just remember the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.

Oh, and additionally, you can all eat the corn out of my shit, you filthy bitchwads. Have a nice day.

Posted by tsm | December 12, 2007 1:37 PM

Yeah, I'd say it's a combination of SAD and a slow news period, where there's little to discuss so we rip each other new assholes to bide the time.

In other news, puppies are cuddly.

Posted by NaFun | December 12, 2007 1:39 PM

All we need is more Adrian Ryan posts and then we'lll be happy.

Posted by M | December 12, 2007 1:43 PM

I've been reading the Slog two years and I feel the commenters have taken a decidedly nasty turn since last April. I still read the Slog and prefer it to all other blogs.

Posted by Catman | December 12, 2007 1:49 PM

The snark is so goddamned FUNNY though.

Posted by Katelyn | December 12, 2007 1:50 PM

If we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

Posted by Edith Wharton | December 12, 2007 1:51 PM

@25 That made me happy.

Posted by mao | December 12, 2007 1:53 PM

I blame ecce homo.

Posted by kid icarus | December 12, 2007 1:54 PM

@ 8: You're my hero.

Besides, isn't life just a continual repetition of the high school "social system"?

Posted by Richard | December 12, 2007 2:01 PM

If it keeps frustrated people from kicking puppies and kittens, isn't it all worthwhile?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 12, 2007 2:05 PM

It's December, the shittiest month of the year. I just visited a friend who attempted suicide, I'm going to the funeral of a colleague, and everyone expects a fucking present from me. My fuse is as short as it's ever been. All of my friends are under just as much stress as me, so yeah, I think we as a society are kind of pissy right now.

Posted by Gitai | December 12, 2007 2:06 PM

whatever happened to Cato the younger younger?

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 2:08 PM

I blame the Writer's Strike...we're all pining for the fresh comedy flavas of Jon Stewart and Steve Carrell and the Office folk and 30 Rock and...that crappy Caveman show/commercial abortion on ABC.

oh, and Iggygate took its toll on us, too...and the never ending saga of the Osmonds.

and maybe a little is due to the never ending war, the never ending administration of hate, the deteriorating economy AND its soul sister, the deteriorating ecology and the fact that a lot of cool people and businesses are getting priced off Capitol Hill only to be replaced by modern banality.

and it's cold.

and maybe we're a little sexually frustrated, ok?!?!?

It's been awhile...

well...Saturday, but for a gay guy that's a long time!

Posted by michael strangeways | December 12, 2007 2:10 PM

@36 - He moved. To New York, I think?

Posted by kid icarus | December 12, 2007 2:10 PM

I thought Chicago, for Cato. Maybe I'm making that up.

Posted by Katelyn | December 12, 2007 2:15 PM

I have my fair share of pet peeves, but think I've gotten over a lot of the bullshit of things. I'm good with it, generally.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | December 12, 2007 2:17 PM

Cato moved to Chicago.

I'm wondering where Bitch on Heels went.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 12, 2007 2:21 PM

They don't have Internet in Chicago?

Posted by michael strangeways | December 12, 2007 2:38 PM

"Smart, plugged-in, creative, progressive thinker" -- oh, Amy Kate, how little you know me. How about "raving psychotic reactionary shithead"? The only thing I'm plugged into is the wall socket, for my "treatments".

Mmm, corn.

Posted by Fnarf | December 12, 2007 2:38 PM

even Mike in MO has access to the series of tubes

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 12, 2007 2:40 PM

@33 - the high school social system is more oppressive than any -ism i've ever heard of :)

Posted by sexy | December 12, 2007 3:42 PM

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