7.19.2006

earplugs

Well, wasn't that fun. Perhaps we should thank GaryStJ for giving wmtc readers a chance to strut their stuff. (Or not.) Once again I am grateful for the intelligent, engaged, caring community that has formed here.

Here are some particularly irritating scenes from the dustup. (Some of the best words for heated clashes are antiques, preserved by baseball: dustup, brouhaha, and my favourite, donnybrook. Great etymology for that one.)

Gary: Question, question, question, question, question.

Laura: Answer, answer, answer, answer, answer.

Gary: Why won't you answer my questions?

Laura: Please see above.

Gary: Why won't you answer my questions?

Laura: See above.

Gary: Why won't you answer my questions?

Laura: See above, $%*&@!

Gary: There she goes, flying off the handle. But she still won't answer my questions.

My other fave is this.

Gary: Canada and the US are the same.

Commenters: Here are some specific ways in which they are different.

Gary: Stop speaking in generalities and cliches.

Commenters: Here are some specifics.

Gary: All you can offer are cliches and generalities.

Many more commenters: Here are many more specifics. Why don't you respond to them?

Gary: You can't expect me to respond to all of you, can you?

Allan called it early on: a troll. A troll with a larger vocabulary is still a troll.

29 comments:

Lone Primate said...

Allan called it early on: a troll. A troll with a larger vocabulary is still a troll.

If Gary's a troll, he'd do well to look for a bridge that actually makes it to the far side of some river. The Washington Roebling of rhetoric he ain't.

Nicole said...

LOL-

I hadn't read the original string, I just now glanced through and read the cliff notes.

What a wanker.

Wrye said...

HE'S MINE.

L-girl said...

Sorry, Wrye. He's gone. Let me know if you want me to email the rant to you so you can quote from it.

L-girl said...

As wmtc readers know, I don't allow personal attacks on this blog. I deleted Gary's most recent post, and will delete any and all future posts by him.

Anyone wishing to see Gary's latest screed may email me, and I'll forward it to them.

Other than that, case closed. Thanks.

Wrye said...

As I was going to say...

Serious people wanting to be taken seriously do not lead with insults, follow with insults, and end with insults. Street lunatics do that. Get some help, you sad little caricature. No one here should waste an additional single carefully chosen word on the likes of you.

redsock said...

It's bizarre that one person quietly discussing her life and thoughts with some friends in a place that occupies about 0.00000000000000000000000001% of the internets can provoke such venom from a complete stranger.

L-girl said...

Predictably, Gary is now accusing me of "silencing the opposition". Everyone here knows he was given more opportunity to speak than he deserved, yet he dodged and refused.

When he finally did reveal the crux of his arguments, they came in the form of a vile, insult- and hate-filled screed.

As I have no intentions of being insulted in my own home, I made him leave.

Then, of course, I'm "silencing the opposition". Yawn.

And he says things like "I'm apparently not welcome here" - !! Gary, read what you wrote to me. Would you welcome someone who said those things to you? If so, get some therapy, man!

The thing that gets me about people like GaryStJ - and about all the hate mail I've received since blogging - is how, under cover of internet anonymity, people take it upon themselves to comment on and criticize my life choices.

There must be a million bloggers whose lifestyles and choices I don't respect. So I ignore them. It's easily done.

L-girl said...

It's bizarre that one person quietly discussing her life and thoughts with some friends in a place that occupies about 0.00000000000000000000000001% of the internets can provoke such venom from a complete stranger.

I know! Crazy, ain't it? The guy went off on me like I'm the friggin antichrist.

Wrye said...

Well, I for one don't think you're responsible for the failure of the Comintern, the Beothuk massacre, and the letter "C", Laura. Gary was completely out of line, there.

L-girl said...

Redsock, Gary did not understand your "internets" reference. Maybe LonePrimate is right - maybe Gary is a kid for term paper material.

redsock said...

Shorter Gary:

I've yet again been drenched in a tidal-wave of masturbatory, nationalistic, verbal diarrhea - and in only its most stench-filled, nauseating form. ...

You are an ignorant, all-talk, narcissistic blowhard. You have moved from the cutting edge of leftist activism to the centrepiece of a nationalistic circle-jerk. ...

Every single advancement of the average Canadian has been won by fighting tooth and nail against complacent shitbags such as yourself.


He did, however, end the post with "Thanks". So in his mind, I assume he thinks he was polite.

M@ said...

I think we deserve to hear that your move to Canada was prompted [by] a selfish desire for attention - as evidenced by this blog, as evidenced by your G&M article and most fittingly by your reactions to me.

Yeah, Laura. Stop changing your life just to get attention. We all know that's what this whole "Canada" thing was about.

(Paging Dr Jung... Dr Carl Jung...)

MSEH said...

Ya know it's funny when I laugh out loud, sitting in my office all alone. What a trip he is/was!

In other news, I was just reading about the 10 year Naval veteran who is being discharged for coming out in a media interview (http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0717-11.htm). Hmmm. there's yet another trivial distinction...

Did he ever say where and in what discipline he is an academic?

You guys rock!

L-girl said...

Did he ever say where and in what discipline he is an academic?

No. No information about himself at all. There's nothing to say that he is actually an academic. It wouldn't speak well of that particular academy, would it?

Thanks for being part of the crew, MSEH. :)

M@ said...

I certainly had no intention of sounding polite in my last post.

Cheers to everyone for not addressing any of the substance of my post.


I'm not sure whether Gary's last post will stay -- but really, Gary, were you seriously trying to be polite in any of your posts? Where's this "substance" you speak of? We've been looking for a couple of days, and so far, nil.

Could it be -- and I'm jus' spitballing here -- that you're just a pompous jerk? Could it be that you achieved your aims by making yourself feel really good, since you've "called out" Laura so devastatingly effectively?

I'm glad you're so concerned for Laura's self-respect. I recommend trying to earn some of your own some time.

M@ said...

So, you've been analyzing the comment I posted this afternoon for a couple of days now? Thats amazing!

Gary -- such wit! Such unbridled snark! You really showed us all, didn't you! You clever boy!

But we've been waiting for anything of substance from you from your first comment onwards. But I'm sure that your version of "substance" is a lot different from, well, everyone else's. In the educated, normal world.

And as regards the substance, well, you're just going to have to prove me wrong the old fashioned way. Or not, your choice.

So your argument boils down, again, to:

1. [Bizarre, vague statement and accusation]

2. Prove me wrong!

3. Your attempts to prove me wrong are invalid for unspecified reasons!

4. Hah!

I guess that, to you, is the old-fashioned way. You know, from before logic was invented.

Now, there's an important lesson in here. Parents, you must carefully monitor your childrens' internet use. Eventually they'll post on blogs and make complete asses of themselves.

I wish you had an e-mail address in your profile, Gar. Your views are so fascinating, and when Laura deletes them, they're gone forever.

Except in our hearts.

teflonjedi said...

Cheers to everyone for not addressing any of the substance of my post. I see light hearted platitude is the name of the game here.

There was substance to this post?

I see I missed all the fun, again. Any chance I can convince y'all to switch to the Pacific Time Zone?

Aside: one of those things I love about being in the US is y'all. A plural you which is different than the singular you...I wish it would catch on more. But, I also wish that about the metric system...

L-girl said...

Go off to enjoy dinner with your friends, and look what happens.

Sorry to ruin the flow of dialogue, but GaryStJ's not welcome here anymore. And it ain't because he doesn't like the Globe & Mail. (What's he doing reading a crap newspaper like that, anyway?)

L-girl said...

I love y'all, too. Now that I'm not in the grand ole Yoo Ess of Ay, I use it whenever appropriate.

M@, please stop being so sensible, logical and funny all at the same time.

Must go have more wine. "More wine for Lulu!" :-)

M@ said...

Oh, you all...

Actually a friend of mine (a linguist as it happens) was telling me that because "y'all" is now used for singular and plural, a distinct plural form, "all y'all", has developed. Which is just awesome in my book.

Anyhow, Gary will be missed. In the sense that, if you lose a tooth, your tongue is constantly feeling for the sore, aching hole to ensure it's still there.

Or something. It's a little late in the evening for me to come up with apt metaphors. T-J, have at.

teflonjedi said...

Or something. It's a little late in the evening for me to come up with apt metaphors. T-J, have at.

OK, lemme try...

"Y'all that and a bag of chips?"

Nope, that's just wonky.

I'm still trying to figure out the "grills" thing from a couple of days ago. Makes me think of braces...?

So, is this Gary guy really gone this time? Did he finally offer his throat to the wolf with the red roses, and decide to move on? (Dang, where is my copy of Bat Out of Hell?) It seems that I missed out on some juicy posts...

M@ said...

Yeah, you have only my carefully-selected excerpts to enjoy. And you know already how selective I am when it comes to... um... anyhow.

Gary is gone, but his spirit lives on. I thought I smelled something. At first it seemed to be my ham-handed attempts at sounding "cool" and "with it", but now I think it may be something even more offensive.

L-girl said...

Wolf with the red roses! Aw, all y'all, you're too too.

Love that "all y'all". Mkk and I were just talking about that the other day.

Grill and braces are related. Grill are braces, but cooler.

Bedtime. Bye.

L-girl said...

Does Gary realize my Globe & Mail piece ran in March? As in, four months ago? He acts like it was in yesterday's paper. Yes Gar, I am surprised that an innocuous little feel-good piece in the national daily newspaper inspired such an insane reaction. Yes indeed.

teflonjedi said...

Wolf with the red roses! Aw, all y'all, you're too too.

I would do anything for love, but I won't wear a tutu.

Thank you, thank you...I'll be making bad Meatloaf jokes at the Pacific Coliseum all week...

L-girl said...

We must stop feeding this wild animal so it can return to foraging in the woods.

Lone Primate said...

Cheers to everyone for not addressing any of the substance of my post.

There was substance to this post?


Amphetamines... possibly cocaine?

G said...

Damn. Missed this one.

I haven't read such fantastic idiocy in some time. If these are the academics of today ... yikes. Makes me miss the wingnuts that used to stop by LB, and the subsequent danger of brain implosion with each visit.

Ahh, the good old days ...