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July 29, 2006
Blog Wars, Minnesota Style

Fraters Libertas tells readers how we do blog wars here in the upper Midwest: we shoot each other and get the whole conflict behind us.

Actually, Kevin at Eckernet has issued a challenge across the political spectrum of Gopherblogs:

Ok, I hope to be putting together a Battle Royale of the Blogosphere on a field of combat. Yes, I'm trying to put together an Minnesota Blogosphere Paintball game.

The particulars are yet to be decided (or even thought about) but for now I am trying to guage interest. Preferably I would like to have the teams be the Right side of the Blogosphere vs the Left side of the Blogosphere. So hopefully we can get enough interest from both sides.

Gonna try to work in a charity in there as well. Not sure if I should just pick one or if the proceeds go to the charity of the victor's choice.

Sounds like a great idea! What could be more fun that bloggers shooting their ideological rivals? Er, with paintballs, of course -- and then topping the evening off with a Leinekugel or a Grain Belt afterwards. Sounds like a great idea to me. However, since I'm still recovering from back surgery, I doubt I could participate as a combatant. Perhaps I could assume the role of the UN here -- and blame the team that shoots back for starting all the trouble.

Kevin, you can call me at 1-800-TURTLEBAY to sign me up. Or, perhaps, I'll just bring a camera and live-blog it!

Ironically, shooting each other with paintballs seems a hell of a lot more responsible than obsessing over sock-puppetry to the point where bloggers deliberately antagonize one another, or than sending sicko suggestions about a blogger's two-year-old child, or engaging in DDOS attacks against ideological rivals. It certainly beats calling each other childish names instead of relying on rational argument, and that includes in the comments section here.

But, hey, shooting each other is just our blogosphere equivalent of Minnesota Nice. Go figure.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 29, 2006 11:35 AM

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