In this particular case, it managed to be all three.
Yesterday we received a request for a blogroll link reciprocation. I usually don’t have a problem with that and will oblige the blogger. But this time things went a bit sideways.
Here’s the email:
Dear Sir or Ma’am,
I had been hesitant to add you to my list of blogs on my front page. Because of the allegations of racism. But seeing how Charles Johnson has been after anyone that disagrees with him. I will be adding your Blog.
If you would do the same for me, I would be quite pleased.
This request seemed a bit odd, as you’ll see in my response:
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Dear Sir or Ma’am,
Patrick, if you had looked at our blog at all, you would know that we have names. Right at the top of the blog there are links to us, complete with names.
In other words, his salutation — “dear sir or ma’am” — made me wonder if he’d ever even opened our page to learn our names.
Then he says:
I had been hesitant to add you to my list of blogs on my front page. Because of the allegations of racism..
How diplomatic, hmm? So I responded in kind:
Allegations of racism are the most spurious and easiest kinds of calumny in which to indulge in our current cultural climate. If you are going to live with any degree of integrity in the blogosphere you will ignore them. Otherwise you’ll have to cut out too many worthwhile people from your circle of acquaintances in the vain hope that you will avoid being charged with similar accusations. If you run in fear from anyone charged of racism it’s merely an indication that the leftist-marxist claptrap has ensnared your mind.
Nothing to be ashamed of, lots of people fall into this black hole. It gives them the illusion of safety, the illusion that they will not be shunned as long as they are *very* careful not to say certain words or think certain thoughts. Good luck with that endeavor. Eventually your self-censorship will render you mute.
Walter Williams has already forgiven you.
Some of our guest bloggers say things I consider racist, but they are not mean and they have a specific point of view: they see their own heritage being trampled and obliterated and it scares them.
We were banished from Pajamas Media for an essay by a guest blogger. PJM is a Hollywood phenomenon. It is only conservative on the surface. In reality, it is lock-step Hollywood leftist and totally p.c.
Then he puts his whole foot into this tar baby:
But seeing how Charles Johnson has been after anyone that disagrees with him. I will be adding your Blog. If you would do the same for me, I would be quite pleased.
In other words, he finally noticed that Charles might have a problem (I looked at his blog and he says that Stacy McCain is his new best friend. Thus I presume he couldn’t avoid knowing something that heretofore had escaped his attention). I couldn’t resist pointing this out:
So as long as Charles was only after us then he was correct, hmmm? Now that his [redacted] guano craziness has become too obvious to ignore it is safe to align with us now? Long before you bothered to pay attention, he threw many fine people under the bus, including Oriana Fallaci. Where were you then?
Courage based on principle isn’t done by the numbers but by examining the fundamentals. We still stand by Vlaams Belang, even though most European parties won’t touch them. Parties that are far more anti-Semitic and anti-Democratic than VB won’t have anything to do with them. VB pays a huge price, literally, for their integrity.
Then I diverted myself into discussing the content of his blog:
By the way, I looked at your blog and noticed your complaint about the high price of medication. I pay 4 or 5 times what you do. I’d love to get by with such a small bill.
However, my point is that national health care will not solve that problem for you. The Big Pharma folks have already gotten the Dems and Obama to agree that they won’t be touched. Drug prices aren’t going down. If they do, you will simply pay higher taxes in order to give the money to Big Pharma. Either way, you pay.
Did you know that part of the reason your bill is so high is that these same companies give European markets a huge break? If you could still buy your drugs in Canada, you’d save a bundle. But Americans bear the burden of European nationalization of health care and the business practices of Big Pharma when they deal with European markets.
Since you don’t permit comments on your blog, you don’t give your readers the chance to educate you. Sure, there’s a lot chaff with the few grains of wheat sometimes, but I find our commenters have a lot of knowledge and permitting people to have their say increases your own level of understanding and your base of knowledge.
In closing, I suggested that our blog might not be a good idea for him because of the comments of others, mostly leftists, about our racism:
In sum, I would say that you shouldn’t have us on your blogroll. Other people think we’re racist now. They mostly tend to be on the leftist side of the blogosphere, but still… once one is tarred with that brush one either learns to shrug off such accusations or one quits blogging.
Good luck with your website. You look like you’re doing well.
Gates of Vienna
Shortly afterwards I received an incensed response from our former querent:
From: Patrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:48:58 -0500
Subject: Re: Blogroll
1. I do not know where you get the idea, that I do not allow comments on my site. I do, I just moderate them [oops, missed that -D. I saw several posts and none seemed to have comments].
2. Your attitude sucks. You talk down to me, like I am some sort of idiotic twit.
3. I do not take instruction from a woman. Bible forbids that. Read it sometime, you might learn something
4. I will leave you there, but don’t expect me to go out of my way to cite you, seeing you have such a smart [redacted. body orifice at the terminus of the alimentary canal] condescending attitude.
Good Day, you smart [1st redaction. The idiom for the area of the body called “gluteus maximus” in Gray’s Anatomy.] [2nd redaction. Both the idiomatic phrase and the correct word for a female dog].
Heavens to Betsy! This email certainly brings into question Dr. Brooks’ contention that religious people are happier than secularists. From all appearances, this is one unhappy camper. And imagine being instructed by a gasp! woman! Due to his religious restrictions, did he demand only male teachers during his school years?
As for what the Bible forbids, I was reading that Book while this guy was no more than a concupiscent gleam in his daddy’s eye.
Don’t mess with a woman who minored in Christian Scripture and the Prophets, my son. You run the risk of having your head ripped off and an annotated copy of the King James version stuffed into an otherwise empty cavity.
I just happened to be emailing back and forth with Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury when this dude erupted. I’d been telling her we hardly ever get ugly emails. She offered to share one of hers, which she’d just posted for her reader’s contemplation. You can see it here.
There are definitely some strange folks out there. And if it's not obvious, I am thoroughly tired of people who think maybe we're acceptable after all now that enough major bloggers have called attention to Chazzer's ummm... deficits. If you weren't with us then, I will somehow survive without your links now, thankyouverymuch.
But I'm not saying y'all shouldn't be nice to him. He’s obviously suffering.