I'll start with a tangent.
It's a good thing I have Cap'n Ed and King on the air with me on the NARN show. They are both very diligent in reminding me that when I slag on leftyblogs that there are exceptions to the rule; when I refer to leftybloggers who've been comedically outmaneuvered as "shrieking like a cagefull of poo-flinging monkeys", both were very conscientious about reminding me that there are exceptions. Josh Marshall, Matt Yglesias, Jeralynn Meritt, Flash - they tend to be able to separate the fever from the swamp.
Now, "Mr. Sponge" - who writes or has written for a number of regional leftyblogs (side note: I'm starting to think that there are really only about ten regional leftybloggers; each of them seems to write for five or six other blogs) - tries but occasionally fails to meet that standard. Writing in
Mnisinformed Mnimalcomprehension Minvolved, he took a shot at my take on Ed's "101st Fighting Keyboards" bit (side note 3: Damn, I love that bit. Leftybloggers - who predominantly seem to operate under the conceit that only the left is funny - are reacting to the defusing of their scandalous little slur like someone farted at a Wellstone memorial observance).
It's easiest to explain how by kyping one of leftyblogdom's few non-scatological memes, "The Shorter [fill in a blogger whose style you're about to try to caricature]". I present you with: "The Shorter Sponge", in a hypothetical posting war with "Mr. Red", a fictional rightwing blogger.
"Mr Red is an assnozzle who desperately needs a laxative"So, too, with yesterday's response to my "Fighting Keyboard" post.
Posted by Mr. Sponge, 5AM, May 1, 2006
[Extensive posting proving non-assnozzlitude and alaxativity]
Posted By Mr. Red, 6AM, May 1, 2006
"Oh, I meant "assnozzle" in the good way".
Posted by Mr. Sponge, 7AM, May 1, 2006.
First things first: the "chickenhawk" slur is the mark of the intellectually bankrupt, of people who can't frame an argument that's not thoroughly ad-hominem.
Sponge isn't intellectually bankrupt; he just needs to restructure some debts and quit floating checks.
His post today takes my piece from Friday - in which I expressed and reiterated a certain amount of humble regret over a road not taken 20-25 years ago - and, in the way of leftybloggers and, well, jumps around like a poo-flinging monkey.
On my note that on 9/11 I was 38, with two kids and a crap knee, Sponge notes:
Note to Mitch: this is the sacrifice thing everybody always talks about. If it were as easy as sending an email to Captain Ed and patching up a chickenhawk jpeg to a website, anyone could do it.)Gosh, Sponge. Do you think so?
(Apparently he does - throughout his post, Sponge seems to assume that anyone involved in the "101st" thinks the joke is in any way analogous to miltiary service. ("Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a midwest call center manager/blogger is comparing a hastily put-together jpeg and internet list with actual military recruitment.", Sponge? Is that really what Ed was doing? Because either Ed is stupid for saying such a thing, or you're taking target practice at little straw Charlies. I've met Ed, and he's no dummy, so I guess you should be sure to wear ear protection - to go along with the "logic" protection you must have worn while writing your little screed). I urge Mr. Sponge to take that up with Baldilocks, the Jarhead, the Sailor, and the other milbloggers and veterans who are laughing along with Ed; they might set him straight).
Sorry, Sponge; by your leave, dumping the kids and joining the military wasn't an option (at least in part because I had no place to dump them). Ah, but there is no choice, no personal decision no matter how difficult, that can't be jammed into a set of smug preconceptions, in the world of the Sponge.
My first response to Mr. Sponge is...well, anatomically improbable, and in any case not up to the rigid standards of decorum obtaining on this blog.
On further thought, a better one would be "read more carefully, Sponge, and check your prejudices at the door". I mean, thanks for your service, naturally, but you're way off on this one.
But reading carefully would take all the fun out of being a leftyblogger, wouldn't it?Posted by Mitch at May 1, 2006 12:22 PM | TrackBack