August 19, 2002
Teeny Weeny Warbloggerwatchers

Philip Shropshire of WarbloggerWatch tells us more than we really wanted to know:

Just for the record, . . . I'm 6 5, weigh 280, can bench 300 and dead lift 400 pounds. I'm not afraid of any ten warbloggers physically.

An interesting self-portrait: assuming that he's not exaggerating, he's huge, muscular, and aggressive, with a violent temper -- at least when he's at a safe distance from marauding Rottweilers. Interestingly, those are all symptoms of steroid abuse. Others include severe acne, premature balding, abnormal breast development, a lowered sperm count, and shrinkage of the testicles. It's not worth it, Philip.

Note: If this post seems a little rude, please note that the same Philip Shropshire has addressed 'warbloggers' generally with such epithets as "pinheads", "Nazis", "fucking morons" and a couple of others hardly different from these. Since he does so on a site called 'WarbloggerWatch', and that site includes a list of 'The Watched' that includes my name, I tend to take his epithets personally.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at August 19, 2002 11:28 PM

I was first introduced to this idiot-child during a debate at Plastic about a year ago. At one point during the debate (which--surprise, surprise--was quite nasty), Phil became convinced that I was threatening him, and repeated his physical stats to me.

In fact, I have come to believe that Phil has a bunch of stock phrases saved up for people, that he uses at certain moments during a debate. He compared me during the Plastic debate to Dr. Doom at one point, and said that I wrote like he talked in the comics. Well, guess what? He repeated the comment elsewhere as well.

That is the trouble with Phil. He lacks the intellectual firepower of a decapitated cockroach, and his insults are recycled and unoriginal. At the very most, he has entertainment value--not many people in this world are capable of making such imbeciles out of themselves on a daily basis. I wonder when/if it will dawn on him that we are laughing at him, and not with him.

Posted by: Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 20, 2002 01:54 AM

He's that effing big and can only bench 300 pounds? What a wussie! He doesn't use 'roids, Doc. I'm guessing he's a big, soft, and flabby windbag, all talk and no action, and if you threaten to tickle him with a banana peel, he'd wet his pants and run. He's probably a big bully over at his local dance club on "Goth" night, where he can terrorize with impunity all the pasty-faced, depressed, Vicodin-gobbling zombies.

You know, I readily admit I often have fun chiding "Warbloggers," but those dingleberries at WBW are just plain embarassing. Implying the dorks at WBW "lack the intellectual firepower of a decapitated cockroach" is an insult to headless roaches, Pej. Their blog isn't even worth reading for comedic value any more.

Posted by: Doubting Thomas on August 20, 2002 09:00 AM

Don't forget that that tendency to mindlessly fling physical stats about also indicates a tendency towards paranoid personality disorders as well as delusions of grandeur.

Hmm... A shrink would have a field day with Philly...

Posted by: Misha on August 20, 2002 09:55 AM

Geez, Shropshire and his little clique are soooo junior high school.

Posted by: Robin Roberts on August 20, 2002 12:36 PM

I think his self-description reveals someone who is completely ignorant about weight-lifting. I am forty-nine, five feet six inches tall, 165 lbs, and can bench press 250 pounds (and if I wanted to train real hard, which I don't being an old geezer, could easily go to 275).

Consequently, anyone with the Shropshire lad's physical endowment is rather weak (relatively speaking). I'm 115 pounds less and 11 inches shorter than Housman's fair lad and lift only fifty pounds less-ha, ha, ha big man.

No, my bet is that his self-description is wish-fulfillment and that his ability to bench press is of the same magnitude as his IQ--viz, 90. As the guys in the Schwarzenegger send-up on Saturday Night Live used to say, he's just a "little girlie-man."

Posted by: Herr K on August 20, 2002 01:09 PM

Just like the usual idiots over at WBW...bringing a bunch of statistics to a gunfight.

Posted by: Toren on August 20, 2002 10:00 PM

An aside: For all the talk about bulk weight and musculature as a sign of power, I've noticed that nearly every special ops member I've ever bumped into has a medium frame and slight build, though they are able to do some truly amazing physical feats.

Posted by: PBR on August 20, 2002 11:16 PM

Oooooo!!!! I guess them "stats" that Phil was nice enough to toss out is 'sposed to make his arguments all the more valid, eh?

Note to Phil: They DON'T.

Posted by: Bashir Gemayel on August 21, 2002 01:48 AM

Good point, Paul. If you spend any time at Benning or Bragg, it amazes you how the majority of Ranger and SF guys are all smaller and wirier [Doc, help me with this word, it always kills me] than the Hollywood depiction of them--except "Blackhawk Down," which got it about right. Extreme fitness, mobility, and stealth are better served in a smaller package.

My brother is only 5'9" and weighs MAYBE 170, but he's a jujitsu wacko and can easily disarm and pacify most hulking piles of flab like our boy Phil. I'm 6'2", 225 and can bench 385, so maybe I should tutor Phil a little in the art of powerlifting. Heck, we've got midgets in my gym who can bench 300, LOL...

Posted by: Doubting Thomas on August 21, 2002 01:59 AM

Wow. Big guy. I'm not afraid of him, either. I am 5'10", 160 lbs., can bench at least 120 lbs. And I am armed. I bet he's not.

Posted by: Ken Summers on August 21, 2002 08:48 AM

You rock Dr. Weevil! I think NRO quoted the term "Twerpism" to describe the behavior of people like warblog watchers. Don't let the twerps grind you down.

Posted by: Weevil-Head on August 21, 2002 02:02 PM

Gee, Phil just wants to be a "Macho Man," and all you guys can do is snicker. You're supposed to cower in fear when the bellicose boys of WBW flex their flab.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs on August 21, 2002 03:58 PM

I myself am 6'-nothing, 200 pounds, and can press between four and six pounds - which is what it takes for me to send a 150 grain JHP projectile towards a target at anywhere from 500-1200 fps, depending on caliber - so that four to six pounds is more than adequate. The rest is just pointless bluster expelled by an obviously-intimidated idiotarian.

Posted by: Mike on August 22, 2002 05:11 PM

I bet he can squat nearly his own weight, too. What a maroon. Also notable is the WBW crowd appears more eager to do violence (or at least talk about it) than those they oppose. Is there no limit to the variety of hypocrisy displayed by WBW?

Posted by: David Perron on August 23, 2002 12:45 PM

Nope, no limit to either hypocrisy, stupidity or self-parody.

Posted by: Robin Roberts on August 23, 2002 05:25 PM

Posted by Doubting Thomas at August 21, 2002 01:59 AM

Heck, we've got midgets in my gym who can bench 300, LOL...

Well, they don't have to lift as high!

Posted by Ken Summers at August 21, 2002 08:48 AM

Wow. Big guy. I'm not afraid of him, either. I am 5'10", 160 lbs., can bench at least 120 lbs. And I am armed. I bet he's not.

This is not a threat, but an observation. Most Warbloggers are also 2nd Amendment supporters. "God may have made man, but Colt made them equal"

Posted by: Jabba the Tutt on August 23, 2002 08:31 PM


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