Of Trolls and Nitwits

Politics, in some people, can bring out their worst behavior. In others, it simply magnifies their idiocy. Two case files on this.

The first is the magnification effect.  I’ve mentioned TrenTaylor in passing for some posts he and dlatham made, which marked them as racist, and good old Trent is back, with more nitwittery up his sleeve, here: http://shocklinesforum.yuku.com/topic/7281. Yes, he’s trotting out that old, non issue of whether Obama is an actual US citizen. Never mind Barack was born in Hawaii to an American mother, Trent feels the need to be a troll, and bring up a story that’s been debunked ad nauseum. It never ceases to amaze how, when they have no facts, people like Trent (who falls to the right of Hank in politics, if that’s possible) feel free to continue posting lies masquerading as news. And who is the only one who takes him seriously? Phoolbin of course. Yup, that stalwart, ever increasingly deranged Brit with a grasp of politics second only to Sarah Palin weighs in with his opinion as well. VeryUnseemly and Jerrod do a great job of laying the smack down on them both, and I salute them for it. Yet my comment, a simple “Do not feed the trolls.” should serve as a reminder. The Philbins, latham’s, trent’s of the world only like to hear the sound of their own voice. They care nothing about what they post, but only seek the attention their idiocy garners. 

Case file number 2: Bringing out the worst in people. For this, I’ll point you over to Odark, http://theotherdarkplace.com/mboard/index.php?topic=15610.60 and the ignorant postings of Alkilyu. Now, I’ve never had problems with Al in the past. In fact, he’s posted on here a few times, with some spot on comments. Yet politics comes up and he becomes the very person he likes to talk about, Hank. Rich started a thread about agreeing with Hank on something Hank posted on SL, and it quickly degenrated from there. Al takes potshots at everyone because they don’t agree with him. And then somehow he manifests the OTHER old sawhorse of William Ayers out of nowhere. You know, the same guy Palin has been squawking about (until one of Mccain’s endoresements from lenore Annennberg, who sat on the same board as Ayers and Obama at the same meeting) all week. Somehow, Al thinks by taking potshots at people, without actually thinking first, or even looking at the other side, is somehow a sign of intelligence. It’s not.  I can’t and don’t take his posts seriously, as he’s just another in a long line of the great unwashed who mouth everything their party sends them in the mail. However, in this day and age, ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s dangerous. And Al, simply because you’re a male version of a fag hag, doesn’t make your ignorance acceptable.

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9 Comments

  1. I think you might be too hard on Al. He brought the Ayers thing over from the SL thread. And he does have a common-sensical mantra that “All extremists are evil” which I think we all basically agree with. We just all have to be careful not to rely on Op ed pieces in deciding who the “extremists” are. (And I try hard to restrain myself from following the party line of the NYTimes op ed page.)

  2. Kim,

    you may be right. I’m basing what I wrote on that thread at Odark, and a couple of others he posted in the last few weeks. I’ll dig back and link to those when I get home from work this evening.

    There’s no doubt we all agree extremists of any stripe do no one any good.My objection is him wanting to pain Obama as a supporter of a “terrorist” in spite of minimial contact, yet ignores a McCain endorser who had the same amount of contact. I’d be just as vocal if the Dems used that to bash Mccain as I am of them bashing Obama.

  3. Again, the source matters: I know it was one of Hank’s favorite tactics to say something like “This attack on Bush is unprecedented in the annals of human history!” And several people would link to Ann coulter and Rush Limbaugh attacks on Bill, and Hank would respond with “Well, of course they don’t count! No one listens to them! They’re entertainers, not newspeople!”

    So you don’t count the extremists on your own side, but you hold the other side accountable for their extremists. It’s pretty slick.

  4. Brad,

    All good points. You can put a pretty hat on a jack ass, but it’s still just a jack ass. These days I lurk over at TODP, more than post, because for all the anti SL sentiment (much of which I share), there are some on TODP, not very different than the ones they criticize.

    So, I just take what I like from both places and leave the rest. I try and stay away from the political threads, and post my thoughts here.

  5. PS – PS – Those political threads on Shocklines are SO tempting to post in . . . but I need to back away from them, before I either end up in another stupid argument with someone or before I have another case of foot-in-mouth disease. heh

    Stating your opinions in political threads there is sometimes like trying to walk on eggshells.

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