Dear Friends, Saurischians, and Cephalopods-in-arms. Please excuse my absence last week. I have an invalid excuse due to extenuating circumstances: My crisscrossed cat, Mr. Underfoot, mistook my keyboard for kitty litter.
I had an interesting experience in the blogosphere last night. I was reading a Story About Nothing at Lawyers, Guns & Money when, presto, a troll showed up with this comment:
Get a clue: Barack Obama delivered "hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of many years to fund Bill Ayers’ radical education projects, not to mention many millions more to benefit Ayers’ radical education allies. We are talking about a substantial and lengthy working relationship here, one that does not depend on the quality of personal friendship or number of hours spent in the same room together ..." Americaneocon | Homepage | 10.04.08 - 6:28 pm |
Captain Fogg, Repsac3, and I know this troll. An acquaintance of sorts, his initials are DD, his blog is called American Power, and his moniker is Americaneocon. DD is known as a drive-by troll. He stalks liberal blogs and drops nasty bits into comment boxes just to get liberal goats. When DD arrives, fire ants swarm.
More than a drive-by troll, DD is also a bait troll whose aim is to get you to click on his homepage and follow him to Mordor where he will subject you to extreme rendition. It is doubtful whether or not his bait-trolling has subverted any elves into orcs. Perhaps his motive is to boost his views in the TTL Ecosystem and raise his popularity rating from pathogen to parasite.
Whenever I encounter DD, I feed him to my cat. Captain Fogg enjoys a quick game of whack-a-troll. Repsac3 prefers the adrenaline rush of direct combat and engages trolls in long disputes over faulty logic and red herring fallacies. For Repsac3, troll-bowling means endless hours of entertainment.
I have not discussed with Repsac3 his morbid fascination with trolls, but I think he would at least agree with this: The likelihood of turning an orc back into an elf is nil. Perhaps we can all gang up on Repsac3 and persuade him to share his adventures with us.
But I digress too much. In a rare moment of weakness and against my better nature, I responded to DD’s trollishness and returned a favor last night (slightly annotated):
About an hour ago, I spooled the comments of Mike (10.04.08 - 6:46 pm), imag (10.04.08 - 6:57 pm), Graham Shevlin (10.04.08 - 7:10 pm), and (10.04.08 - 8:07 pm) from above and pasted them at the American Power blog site of DD. I added a few comments of my own such as: Here is what others think of your drive-by trolling and Why bother making a fool of yourself - over and over and over again.
Within minutes, DD deleted my comment. So here is a point: DD is too craven to leave my comment up for his own readers to see, yet he returns here for one more drive-by assault (see timestamp 10.04.08 - 10:11 pm) on LG&M readers. The least one can say is that DD is a double coward who employs a double standard … (O)CT(O)PUS - 10.04.08 - 11:14 pm.
What tempted me to weaken my resolve and engage this troll? Seven years of botched wars with thousands dead and tens of thousands injured or maimed, our foreign policy in shambles, millions of jobs outsourced, ruinous trade deficits, defective imports flooding our markets, another energy shock due to years of neglect, a mismanaged economy, and a sovereign debt of staggering proportions ... everything the Bush/Cheney administration touched that has turned into catastrophe. It was a moment of misplaced anger.
And what task has our ubiquitous troll, DD, assigned for himself? He is a self-appointed foot soldier for talking points in the ragtag infantry of a failed campaign speaking for a Republican Party bereft of ideas and morally bankrupt. In other words, DD is a Freeper Troll trying to pass the latest smear through the eye of a needle, the logical fallacy called Guilt by Association. Consorting with trolls is also a form of keeping bad company.
In these closing weeks of Election 2008, there will more trolls like DD and more talking heads on mainstream media screaming phosphorescent in our living rooms. The disconnect from reality will echo the background noise of the Big Bang, and the static will be deafening and surreal. But we will always have Captain Fogg to sail us into a sunset, and Repsac3 to tell us his troll adventures, and Blogging Dino to recall the giants who once roamed the earth, and Squid to preserve our memories.