But I’m not calling you a Nazi

A couple of weeks ago I noted a post on Volokh Conspiracy by Jim Lindgrin about (in part) Joseph Wilson’s public statements concerning classified information. I wondered how much of this was gamesmanship on Wilson’s part, since he probably knew that some of things he was claiming couldn’t be disputed since to do so would require the release of info that cannot be released, and compared it to the questioning of Condeleeza Rice by Richard Ben-Veniste during the 9/11 Commission hearings. The point was that Ben-Veniste seemed to be playing games with the title of the famous (or infamous) 8/6/01 Presidential Daily Briefing which was classified at the time.

Just yesterday a reader calling himself Peon (you can’t make this stuff up!) started raising points about the PDB and (to paraphrase) how it was juicy stuff that the Bush administration just ignored and helped 9/11 come to pass.

He made some “Nazi” and “simple-minded” references, and, when I noted them he said (in effect) that he hadn’t been calling me a “Nazi” or “simple-minded”, but since I reacted the way I did I might be, after all. And he was amazed by his “precognition”. After a bit more back-and-forth in the comments section, I decided that an off-topic debate about something that was debated to death over a year ago wasn’t really a game that I felt like playing and I said so. That earned this response:

Spoken like a true republican. Their apathy is contagious throughout the entire party. The only information worthy of note is what the President says, and it is mantra. Sieg Heil!

Now, I should recognize that this Peon apparently hasn’t read much of my site, so I’m willing to overlook his generalizations. But is this what passes as debate? Never mind that it’s off-topic. He implies that I’m one of the teeming mass of (apparently jackbooted) Republican zombies or some such, when in fact his reasoning and manner seem to fall into the stereotypical “Bush-hating Liberal” category.

I’m simply pointing this out on the main page so that no one thought I was hoping no one would notice how I got my head handed to me by a less-simple-minded reader. Go read if you dare.

Comments

  1. But aren’t you a jackbooted Republican zombie? So why are you upset? Anyone who posts obsessively about guns and strykers *must* be a jackbooted Republican zombie, right? Btw, I miss the picture on the top of your main page. It gave a certain devil-may-care, insane jackbooted zombie feel to your site.

  2. I feel an urge to repost a link to the ‘Worst Case Scenario’ movie (which is about Zombie Nazis) ;) Murdoc seems OK to me…and I’m from Khalifornistan. :D

  3. >>’But aren’t you a jackbooted Republican zombie? So why are you upset?’ That’s not the point. >>’Anyone who posts obsessively about guns and strykers *must* be a jackbooted Republican zombie, right?’ Some Democrats support the Stryker, you know. It all matters on which Congressional districts the factories are in. And I don’t ‘obsess’. (BTW, I’ve got a new post up about the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team…) >>’Btw, I miss the picture on the top of your main page.’ Which picture? This one has been running for quite a while. >>’It gave a certain devil-may-care, insane jackbooted zombie feel to your site.’ Finally. Someone who *gets it*.

  4. Message from real liberals to losers like Peon: Please stop making those of us who are level-headed look stupid. You’re giving us a bad name. I don’t subscribe to the point of view that to be liberal you have to immediately disagree with everything conservatives say. Being liberal is about having an open mind, not about being contrary.