This is not a happy-making post to write because, having for some time sincerely believed that Blogging Tory Raphael Alexander was at least a cut above the ignorant, mouth-breathing, illiterate, dishonest cesspool that is the BTs, it is my sad duty to inform you that he is, in fact, just another worthless hack. How depressing.
To make a long story short, it started here, whereupon I slapped Raphael upside the head here, then Dave piled onto what was left of the corpse here, whereupon Raph tried to extricate himself here, at which point I wasn't having any of that crap here, which brings us to Raphael's latest attempt to tap dance, evade and obfuscate without taking any responsibility for his utter hackularity here:
I think it's simply a matter of perspective. It absolutely has not been talked about that much inside the circles in which I read and browse, and to assume I'm going to wade into the leftosphere to distinguish every nugget of truth from the shrieking hysteria of every time Stephen Harper so much as sneezes, is what is dishonest here.
Your patronizing tone [and guttural language] lends itself to no attempt at harmonizing bipartizan issues, but shows a transparent to the total disregard of your ideological adversaries regardless of the issue at hand. And then you rather dishonestly ignore my comment on your own reproachable website in which I said I certainly had heard of some bloggers [like stageleft] writing about it. But is it inaccurate to say that "not too many" bloggers have written about it? Not really. After all, "not too many" is an indefinable number which could mean two or two million [which in proportion to the blogger community could be as small potatoes as your point here].
It's enough, in my opinion, that I tried to share this sentiment with the BT community. To flog me for it screams of partisan dishonesty.
OK, then, let's get started, shall we? "A matter of perspective," is it, Raph? Fact versus hideous fiction is your idea of just a difference in perspective? How enlightening. I'll remember that the next time I read your blog. If that ever happens again. But get a load of this howler:
It absolutely has not been talked about that much inside the circles in which I read and browse, ...
I'm sorry ... the fact that you choose to exist in an insular, hermetically-sealed, troop-hating, Blogging Tory-flavoured universe is our fault? Not only is that an amazingly feeble defense, but it doesn't even address the original issue. You didn't just claim that this was news to you -- you explicitly suggested that it should be news to everyone, remember?
Not too many bloggers have picked up on this story, ...
Which is, as numerous educated people have pointed out to you, Raph, pure bullshit. So let's not use this "Hey, I didn't know about it" weaselness, all right? You weren't just (two years too late) passing on the news; you were also, quite clearly, claiming that those of us who have been all over this story like Patsy Ross on Weiner Pratfall's Underoos have been missing in action. Which is pretty fucking galling, if I say so myself.
No one suggested you had to "wade into the leftosphere" to figure all this out (although I can certainly understand your reluctance to wander in where logic and reason rule, and you either bring your "A" game or you piss right off). A simple "Google" would have done nicely -- you know, sort of like this. Gosh, that was easy -- you should give it a shot someday.
But then Raphael gets truly sleazy with:
Your patronizing tone [and guttural language] lends itself to no attempt at harmonizing bipartizan issues, ...
With all due respect, Raphael -- fuck off, you whiny-ass titty baby. I am so fed up with wankers who seem to think that someone giving them a caustic, verbal (and thoroughly deserved) upbraiding somehow absolves them from having to address the fact that they've been caught with their nutsack hanging out in public, publishing absolute crap.
Is that your excuse for not accepting responsibility for the rubbish you published, Raph? That I'm being mean to poor little you? Lord, but you conservatives are whiners, aren't you? Yes, you're all studly, square-jawed he-men who will protect the rest of us from the evils of Islamojihaditeddybearianism, except for that, "He's being all mean to me, make him stop using those bad words. *Sniff*." Either suck it up and address the issues, Raph, or collect your panties and hit the road. Your choice.
I'm not even going to disembowel the rest of Raphael's nonsense, but I am going to make one final point. Remember that this is what started it all. Examine it carefully. Notice how, after three straight days of getting paddled for his hackery, there's still something missing, isn't there? Why, yes, there is -- any acknowledgement of the utter bogosity of that post.
No clarification, no correction, no update, no "Whoops, it seems I didn't do my homework," not so much as a "Apparently, there's more to this than I originally thought." And that's because, in Raphael's Blogging Tory bubble, being a right-wing hack means never having to say you're sorry. For anything. Publish crap, and move on.
But that's OK, Raphael. Because this gives you the opportunity to become a much more efficient blogger. Rather than try to write posts yourself, why don't you just link over here when the going gets tough? I'll do the heavy lifting, you'll have more spare time, and your readers will get actual, you know, facts. A win-win for everyone, I'd say. No, no, don't thank me -- it's what I live for.
Well, that and scotch. But that's not really relevant here, so forget I mentioned it.
POOR RAPHAEL ... apparently, he's not going to make anybody happy:
You caved? To CanCy and his crew of irony-challenged pet flying monkeys? This is a man(?) who is incapable of reasoned debate, whose method of argument is to use words as blunt instruments, whose response when clearly bested in a battle of logic is to either delete the opponents words or to feign boredom with the issue from that point on. You caved to him? You caved to a guy who thinks what he does on his blog is "breaking the real news"? You caved to a hypocrite who practises all the behaviours he castigates in conservatives?
Spoken like a true armchair warrior there, Finn. Feel free to drop by next time you think you have something to contribute. But leave the 'tude at home. You don't get bonus points for it around here, know what I'm sayin'?