[For the record, since a number of readers might get the wrong impression, the correspondent who sent me the e-mail below made it clear (admittedly after the fact) that he had no problem with my publishing his e-mail once any trace of its origin had been removed. So, by all means, find something else to whine about, OK?]
[LATEST UPDATE: Just bite me.]
What follows is, verbatim, a note I received earlier on the private CC HQ red phone from a member of the Blogging Tories and, while he asked me to keep it private, I don't think I'm violating any confidences by reprinting it, stripped of any identifying information (mostly because it's not like it should come as a major surprise to anyone).
I'm writing this in confidence so I hope you will keep it on the DL.
I'm sure you're already aware of the attempts, but I thought you should know a bunch of folks have contacted me trying to develop some united effort to expose your identity.
I am not warning you of this because I like you. I'm doing it because you have a right to remain anonymous, even if I personally happen to think you're trying to have your cake and eat it too.
Anyways, tread carefully. And rest assured I'm not assisting these people.
So, to Blogging Tories co-founder Stephen Taylor, I can only say -- this is your creation. These are the people who are representing what you'd like to think of as the cream of the crop of the conservative Canadian blogosphere; a bunch of petty, vindictive dingbats who, because they can't possibly address the issues and criticisms I raise on a daily basis, think the next best thing is to try to ruin my blogging hobby.
I realize it's getting a bit repetitive but, really, you must be so proud of your co-bloggers: if it's not the screeching pro-life dingbats or the depressing scientific illiterates or the worthless right-wing talking point stenographers or the disgusting racists or the shrieking homophobes, it's the infantile playground bullies.
What a community you've constructed and unleashed on the world, Steve. I hope you and your legacy will be happy together.
BY THE WAY, STEVE, I can't wait to see what happens if the junior detectives in question eventually think they've determined my identity and post it for the world to see, only to have gotten it wrong and ending up making some innocent schmuck's life miserable.
Oh, yes, the hilarity will ensue then, won't it? Especially since I've e-mailed you offline and pointed you at this very post, so it's not like you won't have known about it. I have no idea whether that would make you the subject of any potential legal action but the word "negligence" just leaps to mind, doesn't it?
Have a nice day.