I've tried to stay clear of this slanging match because Ross is unworthy of the attention. He's also a stalker and a dissembler. Of late he has been throwing hissy fits and chumping about the web declaring himself the heavyweight champion of all blogging and brilliance. He's thrown his shit around here, he's gone after JJ after trying to grease his way into her good graces and he has cast his vituperative glare upon Red Tory. In the funniest of his buffoonery, he has insisted that Red is just not in the same rarified league as he, fat cat Pat.
This, um, gem is from the comments over at Raphael's place, witness if you will some Grade-A fibbing and delusion:
It still doesn't change the fact that you couldn't write up to my level even if I tried to write down to yours. Let me ask you this: where's your Michael Ignatieff exclusive, big guy? Where's your Romeo Dallaire exclusive?
In the same thread, Ross crows:
And even if we did want to talk about readership, Marty, you feel free to let me know the next time your writing reaches an audience of 30,000+.
Now, Ross has taken great delight in throwing names around. He is part of the blogger outing stalkerazi, so I am not shocked to see my real name waved about when he gets up on his pudgy hind legs to bleat. My name isn't a secret, I'm not anonymous, I just prefer to use a nom de blog. He has also made much of having discovered Red's name. Also not a tightly held secret. The implication in his usage is that he thinks he's shamed us, as though we have anything to be ashamed of in our writings. Whatever. That extends to the implication that there might be others that would seek us out for some form of retribution, on account of we are so vile, the word of the week in smug right wing hysteriaville. Whatever, I sleep fine.
But let's examine where this boasting and bluster originates. Ross' audience of "30,000+" is claimed because Patrick writes for his school paper. Holy meritocracy chilluns. How much does that gig pay, I wonder. Let's face it, school papers exist to give wannabes a place to learn, but they aren't exactly renowned for their stellar journalistic quality. If you can breathe, type and show up for meetings you can get a gig writing for your school paper. Now as far as anyone can tell, this is the sum total of Patrick's credentials. But hey, give the kid an A for effort, at least he's trying to write.
He might be a dishonest pinhead but he's an ambitious, dishonest pinhead. After all, where else can you source out journalistic masterpieces like this?
The battle continues: King Kong vs Godzilla
Geoff Clarke and Patrick Ross
Kong is King, you rubber-suited stump-armed chump
Patrick, your boy Godzilla is going down. King Kong owns his ass, and always will...
Who you calling a rubber-suited chump, chimp?
First of all, Geoff, don’t even start with low blows like that Matthew Broderick version of Godzilla. That one doesn’t count; I’m talking classic Godzilla. And when it comes to pitting Kong against classic Godzilla, Geoff, you’re the wrongest man in Wrongtown...
Oh yes! Bravo! The Gateway has discovered a geeeenius.
But let's return to an earlier claim, "Let me ask you this: where's your Michael Ignatieff exclusive, big guy? Where's your Romeo Dallaire exclusive?"
Very good. Where indeed are Red Tory's or my or CC's exclusive interviews with these luminaries of the Canadian political stage? Hmm? Gosh, seems none of us have sat down for one on one exclusive interviews with either Monsieur Dallaire of Mr. Ignatieff. But I can't seem to Google up Patrick's "exclusives" either.
Here's what a search of the Gateway turns up for Romeo Dallaire.
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Poli Sci prof heads to New York NGO :: The Gateway Online
28 Feb 2008 ... The Global Centre has been endorsed by the UN General Assembly, and also counts Kofi Annan, Lloyd Axworthy, Romeo Dallaire, and Desmond Tutu ...
Gulu Walk reaches out to Ugandan youth :: The Gateway Online
24 Oct 2007 ... “To use a Romeo Dallaire quote, ‘A lot of times, governments won’t act when it’s just people,’ and I think in Uganda, it’s just people.” ...
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Following in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu, Romeo Dallaire,. and Irene Khan, Mary Robinson will be on hand to deliver the. U of A’s Visiting Lectureship in ...
Canada must choose its humanitarian crises wisely :: The Gateway ...
Yet leaders such as Romeo Dallaire, commander of the ill-fated 1994 peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, would likely be among the first to remind these people ...
Well Ross wrote the fourth article but it is hardly an exclusive, an opinion piece and one of middling quality. But perhaps the vagaries of the University's web archiving have eluded me. Perhaps Ross has been awarded these cherished exclusives for his highly regarded web log the Nexus of Assholery! So I performed a little search and land sakes alive lookie what came up!
Dallaire to Canadian Youth wherein Patrick EXCLUSIVELY, reproduces the text of Dallaire's speech to the student body. Yes, he adds a few extra comments to bookend the piece but hardly what one of integrity would call an exclusive.
Well maybe I'll have better luck with the fabulous, one on one exclusive interview with Michael Ignatieff. Hey there's two of them, My Meeting With Michael, So To Speak which, again, provides the text of a speech delivered by the gentleman in question. Then there's Part 2 which is the EXCLUSIVE transcript of a question and answer session that followed the speech.
Seems that in all of his huffing and bloated claims of his own magnificence, Patrick left out an important detail, the truth. He doesn't have an exclusive interview with Dallaire or Ignatieff either. Patrick is a boasting blow hard, a fibber and a twat. He has won no contest in any objective sense and he doesn't care. He can pretend to have proven something and that's close enough in his shallow world. So now he will pester folks to buy his Evans worthy shirt of innuendo because he's too fucking cheap and ignorant to actually reach into his own pocket and give to the kids, who he is now using as pawns in his little sympathy game.
Fuck you Patrick. You're a liar and a cheap one at that.