The reasons for Brooks Simpson's recent bullying, and lying about, Border Ruffian, has suddenly become clear to me. Crystal clear.
What happened was that I was tiptoeing through the floggosphere, and I happened upon a post at Crossroads from November 12 that I had not noticed at the time.
Titled, Research Exercise: Twelve Years a Slave … Edwin Epps’s Slaves, the post explains that Simp hasn't seen the movie yet (same excuse Corey has used) but invites people to offer explanations for why the slave schedule from the 1850 census doesn't match Northrup's narrative.
I notice that Levin hasn't done a review of the movie since he saw it, Al Mackey posted in October that he wanted to see it, but apparently has not, as of this writing, because there have been no more posts about it at his blog. And I couldn't find a syllable about it at Andy's Dead Confederates.
There was quite a bit of speculation at Crossroads in response to Simpson's post, but for some reason, when Border Ruffian posted the reasons why Northrup's narrative is suspect, nobody else posted on the thread. I mean dead, ringing silence, folks. Not even Simpson responded to it....
The next time Simpson does mention Border Ruffian is to rake him over the coals, lie about BR's post, ignore BR's use of the word "camp" and to refuse to post BR's comments, save one. http://cwcrossroads.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/there-he-goes-again-but-hell-be-right-back/#comments
Now we know why, don't we? Aside from the fact that Border Ruffian's research casts doubts on what should be a deliciously potent tool for evilizing white Southerners, it appears that nobody in the floggerette peanut gallery noticed these glaring inconsistencies in Northrup's narrative, preferring to speculate on the nefarious motives of slave owner Epps... In other words, he showed them up.... After that, the attack post by Silent Simpson was inevitable.
Well done, Border Ruffian. Well done.