I was going to pretty much ignore this morning's excitement except I've received a couple of disturbing e-mails and, sad to say, they're from folks that are supposed to be on my side.
The suggestion was that it's time to get even by outing a few folks from their side, and one e-mailer was all fired up to go after one of Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories, one "Neo Conservative," who is currently cackling over this morning's developments and linking to everything CC-related he can link to.
No. Don't do that. I'm freaking serious. That is not the solution to this.
I've mocked Neo for many months now, and I've been able to do that without knowing the first thing about him other than what I read on his blog. And that's all I needed. I don't know who he is, and I have no interest so don't start sending me anything.
Regardless of what kind of despicable racist I think Neo is, he clearly chose to blog anonymously. That's his decision, and it's neither your business nor mine to try to change that. Quite simply, it would be an amazingly childish and stupid thing to do and, really, I figured my regular readers were smarter than that so I'm just going to chalk it up to emotions and move on.
Leave it alone. And that goes not just for Neo, but for anyone else who wants their anonymity. If the information is out there and meant for public consumption, then fine, go wild, have fun. But if someone doesn't feel like posting their name or anything else about themselves, let it go. I appreciate the sudden and fervent support, but if you're going to do something idiotic like trying to get even in the same manner, then you won't be doing it in my name.
Do we understand one another?
APPARENTLY, WE NEED A LITTLE MORE CLARIFICATION: Someone drew my attention to what they thought was moderately amusing -- someone has apparently registered the blogger handle "Neo Conservative" and has been using it to leave tactless and graceless comments in places.
You can knock off that nonsense, too. It's not funny, it's dishonest.
OH, AND WHILE I'M HERE, let's hop into the wayback machine to make sure we all understand my take on one Dick Evans and his kids, just so there's no confusion:
For the record (and let me perfectly unambiguous about this), I am absolutely opposed to anyone doing any harm to Richard's kids by any means for any reason! Period. Full stop. No qualifiers or weaseling. In fact, I'll go one step further and state that, if I learn of anyone who abuses Dick's kids in any way just because their father is a ignorant, festering sack of right-wing stupidity, I will make my blog available to track down said perpetrators and make their lives unspeakably uncomfortable. That's a promise.
Are we good here? Just so we're clear. Thanks for stopping by.
GREETINGS, PHARYNGULOIDS: If you need the entertainment value, start here and work your way back to the earlier posts one by one. You won't be disappointed. Appalled, yes. Disappointed, no.
CRAP CRAP CRAPPITY PAYPAL CRAP: Only last night, a friend was hounding me to throw up a Paypal button for donations, for no reason other than that I've written this blog for over five years (with help from the incomparable "LuLu" and "PSA") for nothing but the perverse pleasure of spanking people who desperately needed it. If only I'd known how the floodgates would be opening this morning.
So here's the deal -- I've got stuff to do this week and this weekend, but come early next week, if you're feeling generous, I'll have a way for you folks to toss something in the CC jar, which will inspire me to keep whapping the whappables and keep the liquor cabinet stocked with Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Whoops, did I just say that last part out loud?
Anyway, wander around, check out the offerings and drop in again in a few days. Bring money. My co-bloggers and liquor cabinet will thank you for it. In return, I'll tell you why Canadian ID authority Denyse O'Leary is a douchebag.
What a deal.
ONE OF MY CLASSICS: You'll like this one, I think. I'm proud of it. No, there's no Part 2. Deal with it.
FREE AT NO EXTRA CHARGE: Given that I seem to be getting all the attention lately, I would be remiss in not introducing one of my co-bloggers, who goes by the appropriately evolutionary handle of "Pretty Shaved Ape" or just "PSA". And if you don't figure it's worth coming back to read my stuff, well, you might want to come back for other reasons.
He's something, isn't he?