Excused Absences

Just a quick update on a couple of people who used to frequently comment around these here parts.

Remember “mantis?” He was a long-time gadfly here. A leftist, but a sane one and a reliable “honest critic” of the articles posted here. He and I swapped e-mails a few times, and he had a standing offer from me to sponsor him for joining the crew. We once had a reliable liberal on staff here, “Pennywit,” and while they got a lot of crap, it was still very refreshing to have a decent in-house contrary voice, and I miss it.

Anyway, mantis declined, time and time again, over several years. I finally stopped pushing, but never withdrew the offer.

Well, mantis finally wigged out and utterly lost his shit over one of my proudest articles, one where I took President Obama’s statement to the banking industry “I’m the only one standing between you and the pitchforks” and inverted it, stating that we moderates and mainstream conservatives are the only ones standing between the left and the crazy, dangerous right-wingers.

Well, that was too, too much for mantis. He couldn’t see the parallel, and insisted that I was actually inciting violence, and — even when I pointed out that I’d explicitly spelled out the parallel in the last paragraph, and repeatedly stressed it in private e-mails — and he finally stormed off, not to be seen around these parts again.

Well, he’s apparently found a new home, more in line with his sensibilities: he’s now one of Charles Johnson’s favorite new pet minions. He’s even scored a few hat tips in the last few days from the Big Lizard.

This development caught me by surprise, but in retrospect it really shouldn’t. mantis’ wig-out is a pretty good parallel for Charles’ own descent into the loony left.

Well, I’m glad he’s found a new place to settle. I won’t even open a betting pool on how long it takes for mantis to somehow cross Charles and end up banned — but it’s tempting as hell.

On the other hand, there’s Lee Ward. I basically was his “sponsor” when pretty much every other writer here was ready to ban him. Then, when he insisted on trying to rope me into a fight while I’m on vacation, so I finally got rid of him.

But he didn’t take that well. He started using new IPs to continue his personal attacks. So every time he does, I ban yet another IP. Last night, I finally dumped an entire IP block.

That’s the new policy: Lee Ward comments, I delete his comment without bothering to read it and ban that IP.

So if he does post any more comments, folks, don’t bother to answer him. His comments won’t last more than a few minutes after I (or one of the others here) see it.

But Lee, I know you obsessively read everything written here, so I repeat my standing offer: get your own damned blog, where you can indulge your psychosis to your heart’s content, and I’ll give you a nice link (well, a link) to get you off on the right foot and all your fans and those who appreciate “the truth” can follow you. (Hey, maybe you could start a team blog with BryanD and talk about how awful I am.)

Anyway, folks, sorry for the “inside baseball” crap here. But mantis and Lee Ward were quite prominent here, and I figured some of you would like to hear the latest.

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