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The story continues. I just received this reply from the writer:

Sounds right to me, Rob.
 
Therefore, in the future, I will continue to rely upon your system of publishing rules, judgments, etc.,
 
It seems to be working just fine.
 
I submit, then you either accept or reject.
 
Sounds like a winner to me.
 
Again, it's a mistake for folks to take this stuff personally - I don't.
 
Keep up the good work - even though I personally don't approve of your policy, it is after all, your policy, not mine.
 
A note to the editor who rejected my piece:
 
I write what I want because it contains the message I want to say. Simple.
 
If I wanted to write a love note to Hillary, I would have whispered sweet nothings to her. I didn't.
 
If I wanted to operate within the bounds of what I perceive to be OpedNews' policy - I would have - but I didn't.
 
I sought to be fairly offensive to the Clinton's and their supporters: Mission accomplished.
 
Probative value? Of course the article possesses informational value.
 
That's the beautiful thing about America, I have the right to submit and you have the right to reject.
 
Lovely.
I copied the editor with the comment, "another reason to like (this writer,) in spite of (this writer's) rough edges."

A nice, satisfying wrap to an email exchange that could have gone in a very different direction.  

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I have no rejection issues around here. At the sam... by John Kusumi on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 2:28:27 PM
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your comebacker to the rejected writer missed the ... by legalpad on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 3:04:45 PM
no state funds, though, if my legislators wanted t... by Rob Kall on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 3:52:58 PM
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so much for me respecting your anonymity. It may w... by Rob Kall on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 3:55:54 PM
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hey Kord, go "Foul Language - 'f*ck'i... by Ron Corvus on Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 6:18:39 PM
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