Friday, April 29, 2005


Local Right-Wing Effluvium

Stefan Sharkansky, wrote in Sound Politics (an insanely partisan group blog) an article entitled The Endless Effluvium. Predictably, he writes about the gubernatorial election (the same one that took place almost five months ago), the continued ballot scrutinizing, and the high drama playing out in Judge Bridges' courtroom. I haven't been following this very closely - there are things more important that occupy my time.

But I regularly visit Stefan's new blog home at SP (having moved from Shark Blog). Stefan is a very prolific writer with a far right-wing bias. His writing has been nationally recognized in many forums and on television. He has a knack for coming up with stupendous titles for his articles, though the content seldom lives up to his breathless breaking-news header. And he writes lots of articles. He listens closely to KVI's Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson and sometimes participates in the on-air discussions. And he writes more articles. Stefan attends many of the press conferences and public meetings - especially if it's somehow connected to the election controversy. And he writes even more articles. His rants are sometimes directed at those that disagree with him and the bomb-throwing stereotype comes to mind. 27 of the 32 articles currently displayed at SP are Stefan's. Endless effluvium.

There's no doubt about it - the hard efforts of KVI and KTTH radio stations and blogs like SP (specifically, Stefan) and Croker Sack keep the election controversy alive.

Stefan has another life. He is a Green Lake software consultant business owner, having moved up here two years ago from San Francisco, California. He's the former president of Prospero Systems Research, Inc., a university instructor and programmer dating way back when. He's teamed up with Andrew Tobias and a host of other big names to create investment programs. And he's written articles for several magazines.

He and I don't agree on much. I think he's way too far on the fringes of the right wing. His propensity of ad hominem attacks detracts from his other efforts. He selectively fact-picks and slants conclusions which reduces his credibility. In short, he's a right-wing whacko!

But I nevertheless congratulate him on his successes in many pursuits.

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