My regular readers know that I have for some time skewered the floggers and their followers, especially Simpson, for their contemptible attacks on the intelligence of people they hate, especially Southern heritage folks.
Since my early days on the Internet, I've tried to avoid doing the same thing. It's easy to pop out with, "You idiot!" and I've fallen to the temptation before, though my attempts cannot possibly equate to the ugliness and nastiness of the same thing perpetrated by leftists. But I've grown less and less tempted to do it with time, because it doesn't prove, or disprove, one's argument. Moreover, after watching the floggers and floggerettes do it for several years now, I find it both ugly and repulsive, and I don't want to contribute to that.
Besides, I assumed that Simpson and his peanut gallery were of average intellect or above, and their odious comments could be chalked up to the lack of integrity, not the lack of intelligence. So I've stuck with attacking and ridiculing their paucity of honor.
But I've had to re-think that. The way they grow studiedly oblivious to common sense in order to namecall (with "racism" being slightly more popular than "stupid" or some variant thereof), makes them look like the stupid ones. And how smart is it to make yourself look stupid?
Lemme show you what I mean.
Who would argue that Brooks D. Simpson, Professor of History and Arizona State University, is not a brilliant man? Of course he is. He's shrewd, clever and incisive.
Or is he?
What person of average or higher intelligence would get on his own blog and make himself look idiotic, or at least ignorant, just for the pleasure of slandering people he doesn't like?
Unless he's already put up a newer one, his current post at Crossroads is a photo essay -- actually, I should say a screenshot essay -- that proves, with unimpeachable evidence (people's Facebook contacts -- >smirk< ...No, I'm not making this up!) that certain people he hates are ... wait for it; are you ready? -- RACIST!
Whoaaaa!!! I'm dumbstruck by the brillance!
He starts with the current lyin' media's frenzied claim that Clive Bundy is a racist for his remarks about minorities. I address that in a Backsass page HERE.
So then Simpson moves on to Michael Hill, president of the League of the South, and some comments he posted on Facebook recently. Both Simpson and the Texas scalawag, Andy Hall, feature screenshots of it on their flogs. I'll deal with the Crossroads copy-cat post here, and decide later whether Andy Hall's hate is worth blogging about.
Here is Hill's post.
Simpson follows it with, "You would think that high-minded advocates of Confederate heritage, people who argue that they aren’t racists, would drop Mr. Hill like a hot potato. So let’s see who he counts among his Facebook friends this morning:"
Why? Why would anyone think that? Why would anyone do that? People with common sense and even the most basic knowledge of Facebook understand that being FB friends with someone doesn't mean you think exactly like whoever you friend, or whoever friends you.
I mean, people who can evaluate Facebook with even rudimentary intelligence understand that there are myriad reasons for friending someone; and they also know that Facebook friendship isn't necessarily the same thing as offline friendship, as explained by Dictionary.com:
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
verb (used with object)
8. to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social-networking website
So a friend list on Facebook is a LIST OF CONTACTS.
I am FB friends with many writers, some of whom write erotic romance, which I do not write and do not agree with or approve of. I do not accept author services jobs at Word Slinger Boutique for erotica, erotic romance and related subjects. My website clearly states, "...we will not knowingly promote pornography, erotica, same-sex or multiple partner romance, or portrayals of pre-marital or extra-marital sex as acceptable and positive, or stories that encourage rape, incest, or bestiality, or portray reward, profit or benefit from illegal, immoral behavior."
Yet I'm Facebook friends with some authors who write such as this.
Why? Because online writers' communities pass along information about publishing, self-publishing, writing advice, tips about helpful software, promo and marketing, etc... To be FB friends with an erotic romance writer, to share writing, publishing or promo information he or she has posted, does not mean I embrace erotica. And I don't "drop them like a hot potato" when they post information about their latest erotic romance release -- but for sure I don't promote it, either.
Most people with sense understand this.
Simpson follows his initial idiotic observation with screenshots of various images of Hill's friend list, showing people who are Facebook friends with him, some of whom are Southern heritage supporters, and continues his increasingly idiotic commentary
You can pretty much guess who shows up on the list. Simpson identifies one of 'em as … the person who says she really doesn’t like the League of the South really likes Mr. Hill … twice, in fact ...Sweet, sweet Connie …
He follows that with a couple of lame attempts to smear Susan Hathaway and Michael Givens that may appear clever, to those who have amputated their common sense, but he ruins it all with a lie at the end, "So y’all continue to stand by your man, folks. Just like you did with Matthew Heimbach."
Hilarious! Nobody stood by Heimbach, and everyone knows this except deluded leftist critics.
I, of course, don't attempt to answer for anyone but myself -- the people Simpson is attempting to slander with the ludicrous notion that Facebook friendship equals mental clonehood, are more than capable of answering for themselves, if they think Simpson's childlike accusations are worth it, which they probably don't.
But I do like showing him to be the liar he is so I'll answer for myself.
I've already made clear on this very blog how I feel about the turn the League has taken (Phone Booth Conventions), and while I may reject some views of Hill, Cushman and the new Southern nationalist movement, I agree with others. But even if I disagreed with all of them, I wouldn't suddenly start hating these folks. They are Southerners. They are my people, and I hold them in impersonal but genuine regard for that reason alone. They would have to do something truly, deeply egregious to destroy my regard.
To understand why I will not remove myself from Michael Hill's FB friend list because of Simpson's disgusting attempts to smear, recall this scene from Star Trek, The Search for Spock. As the Genesis planet self-destructs, Klingon Kruge has everyone beamed up to his ship except himself, Kirk, and the unconscious Spock.
Kirk: You should take the Vulcan, too.It can also be explained by the pure cussedness I inherited from my Southern Appalachian forebears. I ain't doing it because you think I should, Simpson. And your integrity is going to have to take a sky-rocketing rise, due up, before anything you say shames or motivates me.
Kirk: But why?
Kruge: Because you wish it!
And now on to some idiotic floggerette peanut gallery comments:
From Rob "Tu Quoque" Bakur -- What’s interesting in this respect, is that Hill is fairly well known in this Heritage/Southern States’ Rights crowd, that people would seek him out to send that friend request. I’d be interested to know who he sought out, believing that they think like him.
How do you know he sought out everyone on his friend list? There are various methods for friending on Facebook -- I've received numerous bot announcements telling me to try "Friend Finder." I don't know how these apps choose people for you to friend, or whether Dr. Hill used one. But ya know what? I'd venture to guess Bakur doesn't know that, either.
Roger E.Watson -- Where’s Billy ? He’s one of those “White Devils” !! ;-)
Ridiculous. Billy's an angel -- part honeycomb, part mighty Georgia oak. A sweet Southern man. He is put in flogger crosshairs a lot because he's handsome and effective, and Southern heritage folks esteem him. He's a wonderful example of why minorities who've been goaded by their leaders to hate whitey -- even to "kill whitey", as Liberty Lamprey's graphic meme puts it -- are wrong.
(Next buncha Bundy comments >snipped<.)
Al Mackey sez, "Mr. Rodent has claimed, “My own views on Southern Nationalism and my lack of patience with it are well documented.” [http://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-shpg-strikes-again/comment-page-1/#comment-5728] ... Apparently, Mr. Rodent thinks he can talk the talk, but he certainly doesn’t walk the walk. As I responded to him, “we are known by those with whom we choose to associate. There’s an old saying, “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.” Talk is cheap … . Actions speak louder than words.”
What walk? What actions? Is Carl a member of the League? Has Dr. Hill ever posted on Carl's wall? Has Carl ever posted on Dr. Hill's wall? Or the League's FB wall? If so, WHAT DID THEY SAY, AL?
Do you, a man of supposedly average intelligence, truly, honestly define clicking the "accept" button on a Facebook friend request to be ASSOCIATING WITH?
I would challenge Al to post on his blog all the "associating with" between Dr. Hill and Carl, but it would be a waste of time. He won't do it, even if he could find something to construe as an "association." And if he COULD find something, I would challenge him show us that it constitutes agreement with "racism" (however it is Mackey conceptualizes that) and not just agreement with Dr. Hill's deep affection and high regard for his region, or his taste in music, or any number of other factors.
See? Mackey's not gonna do that.
Next, several of them have a floggasm -- over my recent post about the war-as-murder meme and an error I made about a book with that theme, and for which I apologized -- that was fun to watch.
This is followed by Andy Hall showing his ongoing fascination with and contempt for Gary Adams and the SHPG. Nothing stirs the righteous anger of a self-appointed civil war thought cop like like Gary and the SHPG ... unless it's Susan and the VaFlaggers (or Hill and the LOTS, or Cushman and the SNN, or Givens and the SCV....)
As of this writing, the last person to post a comment is none other than Wonder Woman herself, Kristen Schroeder Konate, who sez:
Oh my. The Confederate Carnival is a comic strip that just keeps on giving. I’ve never seen such a circus of characters go at it. It’s a mass pileup of hysteria – someone’s white hood flew out of their backpack and they’re scurrying like roaches.
Is that not hilarious?
I love to read this broad's comments. Her dim understanding of metaphor, other figures of speech, and especially sarcastic namecalling, is truly mystifying. Her "flaggerettes" is obviously a ripoff of my "floggerettes" but has no logical connection to Flaggers as mine does to floggers.
Perhaps she needs a little education on "ette".
From Dictionary.com:Thus, "floggerette" is a hypocoristic form taken from "flogger," and indicates Simpson mouthpieces, comment bots and others who hang around the Crossroads comment thread echo chamber.
a noun suffix occurring originally in loanwords from French, where it has been used in a variety of diminutive and hypocoristic formations ( brunette; cigarette; coquette; etiquette; rosette ); as an English suffix, -ette, forms diminutives ( kitchenette; novelette; sermonette ), distinctively feminine nouns ( majorette; usherette ), and names of imitation products ( leatherette ).
There are no Flaggerettes, only Flaggers, and no logical basis for employing the hypocoristic form.
And don't you just love her mixed metaphors?
A comic strip that just keeps on giving...
What a scream!
I've hesitated to point out Konate's verbal idiocy before, trying to be nice, which is more than you can say for her -- but it's time for me to step up to the plate and lay my cards on the table. After all, she makes it as easy as shooting monkeys in a barrel.
What I don't understand, though, is how she conceptualizes what she claims. I mean, who is scurrying like roaches? I'm still here. The VaFlaggers are still in Virginia, flagging. (Boy, howdy, are they flagging! They're, like, flagging ... like, on steroids!) The SHPG is still on Facebook.
Where has everyone scurried to? They all seem to be present and accounted for.
I suspect Konate is just trying to impress her learned flogger and floggerette friends. (Snicker, snicker...)
After all, it's not hard to impress people who have amputated their common sense. In fact, it's as easy as falling off a piece of cake.