June 10, 2004
Where Did Hesiod Go?

It has been over a week since the blogger who calls himself 'Hesiod Theogeny' has updated Counterspin Central. He left no farewell post, and the automated e-mail message some readers report receiving is rather cryptic:

My friend, I have decided for personal reasons to stop blogging entirely for the foreseeable future. Please understand my choice is a personal one, and I hope you will honor and respect it. In the mean time, keep up the good fight. -- Hesiod Theogeny

This is quoted from the comments to his last post, which are otherwise filled with fond regrets and paranoid musings, including suggestions that he has been silenced by thuggish Swift Boat veterans or the Bush administration. Other hypotheses are far more likely:

  1. The first is quite simple. He is too vain to admit it, but 'Hesiod' can't update his site because he forgot the password. He has previously -- in the comments to his own blog or another, I forget which -- said that he can't delete even the most offensive comments from his site because he forgot his HaloScan password. At the time, I thought that was just a lame excuse for doing what he wanted to do anyway, since the offensive comments were mostly of the 'Bush = Hitler and we're all going to be shipped to Guantanamo for saying so' class.
  2. Of course, another possibility is that the wife he occasionally mentions finally found out what he was doing in all his hours on-line and threatened to divorce him if he didn't immediately go 'cold turkey'. Until last Thursday, she had been blissfully unaware that he was actually posting his words and thoughts on the web (more of the former than the latter, of course) and assumed that he was spending all those hours on-line in some relatively inoffensive and socially-acceptable way such as surfing porn sites.
  3. The third possibility is that the White House has decided to gradually shut down some of their false-flag internet operations, starting with 'Hesiod' and Media Whores Online, which also recently and mysteriously went silent blank. (Or so I'm told: I wouldn't have known otherwise.) Maybe it really was the Bush Administration that silenced him! As I wrote almost two years ago, I had long suspected "that 'Hesiod' is a low-level employee in the basement of the White House or the Pentagon assigned to discredit the anti-war movement by impersonating an unusually rude, stupid, and dishonest opponent of war on Iraq". It looks like he may have been fired for excessively low (or even insufficiently low) product quality, or quit because he was sick and tired of his sordid and degrading (though valuable and patriotic) work. Perhaps he was even corrupted by the assignment and began to believe some of the crap he was spewing, like a cop who turns bad after years of close dealings with criminals and losers. If so, we shall have to see whether 'Hesiod' pops up under another name somewhere else. The (to put it politely) idiosyncratic spelling will help identify him. Then again, I didn't realized that 'LT Smash' was the Indepundit until he said so himself.

It is curious that none of Hesiod's allies (or 'allies') on the left seem to have noticed his silence. At least they have nothing to say about it. Do they know something? Something they would be ashamed to reveal?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at June 10, 2004 01:51 PM

Queen said it best: "Another one bites the dust!"

Posted by: Stephen on June 12, 2004 01:02 PM

Maybe he got a job. Or perhaps he's just back on his meds.

Posted by: Crank on June 15, 2004 09:05 PM

Wow, an excuse to break out the champagne I'd been saving for an occasion.

Posted by: Robin Roberts on June 17, 2004 09:53 PM