September 27, 2002
Just Another Troll With A Website

David Yaseen of Level Gaze is not satisfied with my answers to his 'open letter' to me on the Shropshire Challenge. When I get back from Toledo, I will answer his arguments, such as they are. In the mean time, I will content myself with one observation:

Yaseen complains that I use words like "pretentious", "fifth-rate", "absurd", and "bilge" to refer to his fifth-rate blog and its pretentious, absurd, and bilgey arguments. This is the same David Yaseen who just this week called Michael Kelly a "WHORE" (his caps, not mine: 9/24, 2:42 PM) and penned a thoroughly nasty little piece (9/23, 12:55 PM) suggesting that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Perle would intentionally allow American schoolchildren to be slaughtered in the Ivory Coast just to "[s]how the pansies on the coasts that shit happens". Looks like just another intellectual bully who dishes out the insults and then whines when anyone aims any criticism at him.

(Perhaps I should clarify the phrase "intellectual bully". I mean someone who is a bully in the field of the intellect, not someone who is both a bully and an intellectual. Not all intellectual bullies qualify as members of the intelligentsia.)

Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 27, 2002 10:47 PM

Wow, Doc. More insults. Very "intellectual." Not at all bullying. How about responding to my argument? Leave out the name-calling and extraneous references. Tell me why I should feel obligated to go to Iraq and stand in the way of my own army as the price of talking about "chickenhawks." Convince me, and I'll tell the world you're right.

And for what it's worth, I never insulted you. I called you a hypocrite. Until you reconcile what you require of others with what you are willing to do yourself, it's a description, not an insult.

Posted by: David Yaseen on September 27, 2002 11:48 PM

Replying to insults with insults is not bullying unless, like David Yaseen, you demand that your opponents treat you with politeness while you shower them with scurrility. Calling someone a hypocrite is a very serious insult when the statement is untrue.

One more time, I didn't start this argument. I am only trying to convince those who go around calling other people 'chickenhawks' to either reconcile their actions with their arguments by displaying their own courage in trying to stop the war, or else stop using the word. David Yaseen has willfully misrepresented my argument on his site, pretending that I have not responded to his points when in fact I have.

A full analysis of his latest lies and misrepresentations will have to wait for tomorrow. There is nothing sinister about the delay. I have until the end of the month to get my possessions out of a storeroom in Toledo. I work during the week, so that means it has to be done this weekend. I'm in Rochester. It's a 7-hour drive each way. Do the arithmetic. I will be out of touch all day, since 14 hours on the road, starting in about 10 minutes, plus a few hours loading the truck, means that I won't be back until around midnight, and will probably be too tired to write much when I get back.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on September 28, 2002 06:24 AM

Weevil, old son, I wonder why you bother with Yaseen at all. He openly describes himself as an elitist so he lacks even Leftist cunning. Leftists are mostly big-time elitists but are also careful enough to deny it. So why bother with someone who openly admits to the hatred of ordinary people that Leftists usually have. We can give some Leftits the benefit of the doubt but not Yaseen. He is just one big ego -- with nothing apparent to justify that big ego in any way. Pathetic!
John Ray

Posted by: Dr John Ray on September 28, 2002 09:56 AM

Davie, you got your URL're on blogspot. It might help those of us wishing to research your position further.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on September 28, 2002 02:22 PM

Leave the little boy alone. Neither he nor the Shropshire Lassie have the intellectual capacity to comprehend the subject(s) they so blythely critique. And yes, I did visit "Level Gaze", which address was carefully not published. Having read a few of the post and their comments, I reiterate: "moving targets on a machine gun range".

Posted by: J.M. Heinrichs on September 28, 2002 09:37 PM

Are people still doing the "open letter" thing? I'm getting so sick of people using these tired literary ploys. It's not an open letter when it has one intended recipient buddy! It's just a letter. Or in this case, and email.

Posted by: Sean Kirby on September 29, 2002 12:39 AM

Well...It is an open letter, but those things are pretentious as all hell.

Posted by: Ernos on September 29, 2002 02:38 PM

My bad. Here's the url. Safe home, Doc.

Posted by: David Yaseen on September 29, 2002 03:34 PM

In my opinion, the only really useful open letters are ones like "c" and "u". The other kind are so much pretentious bullshit. Given that Weevil is fairly easily accessible, an open letter is simply passive-aggressive posturing. But don't let that stop you, Yaseen. Try it again. It's fun to watch Weevil take you apart.

Posted by: David Perron on September 30, 2002 09:10 PM

Fun for you, maybe, but a lot of work for me. Don't count on me answering his (I hope hypothetical) answer to my answer to his answer to my answer to his answer to my challenge.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on September 30, 2002 09:34 PM