All of us who blog at GraniteGrok expect comments on the things we write, hoping to engage folks in thinking, in discussion, in exchanging ideas. There is only one rule at GG and that is whatever we write – and whatever commenters post – must be family friendly. That means, if your children – or your mother, for that matter – came across GG, they should be able to read anything posted and not be offended. Perhaps they might not agree with what each of us writes, but they should never be offended by bad language or offensive images.
So, as I’ve begun blogging with a bit more frequency, I seem to have caught the fancy of one of GG’s long-time commenters who goes by the handle ‘IWKAGGP’, or as ‘he’ has come to be revealed, ‘Hunter Dan’ who purports to be a school teacher. I’m taking him at his word that he is male but for whatever reason, he seems to have a real problem with me, and not just with what I write. From “IWKAGGP -
“You can’t burp a zygote. You can’t put diapers on a zygote. You can’t breastfeed a zygote. You can’t potty train a zygote. Your comparison is “apples and oranges.”” To “IWKAGGP - Her hair looks different in every picture”.
Thank the good Lord he didn’t pick up on my last year’s little Prada shoes!
More than anything, he was merely a bit of fluff, trying to make what he wrote sound like he really believed it. But a week or so ago, he took issue with an article Grokster Steve wrote about home schoolers. Then I put up this comment:
I actually am starting to feel sorry for you. You don’t seem to realize that you are the sad little minion of a heartless and hostile, tax-exempt, shareholder-less, private corporation that has been given a stranglehold monopoly over public education. You get to keep your little job because you tithe to them; they get to keep their monopoly because so many other sad little minions like you who need to keep their jobs also tithe to them and fund the political money laundering operation that perpetuates their monopoly . Check their 990 over at Guidestar.org. Poor Dan….I’ll bet they don’t pay you a quarter mil…or even a quarterly dividend. Oh wait, they don’t pay dividends because they don’t have shareholders.
To which he replied:
“Silly Suze . . . you must think that the public sector is supposed to run exactly like the private sector. When we all know that’s not true. Private Sector = supposed to make a profit. Public Sector = not supposed to make a profit.”
I answered – now understand that this man is teaching children -
“Now I officially feel sorry for you…Public sector monopolies are not non-profit, they are simply exempt from paying taxes of any kind. If they didn’t take in more money than they spent (that delta known in the real world as profit), they would cease to exist. You poor pathetic, sad little man.”
“Not poor – rich in what counts. Not pathetic – have lots of friends family, etc, etc. Not sad – check out the survey of what professions make for the happiest people. Not little – 6’2″, 210 lbs, for starters. Try again Suze. Goodbye GraniteGrok.’
And for 8 whole days, silence. Until today. He commented on a article in the Concord Monitor about Warner’s town meeting:
“Hunter_Dan wrote: “Are you kidding me?!?!” That someone (or rather, that NOBODY) who shouted this Joe Wilson-esque taunt at the town meeting was none other than Susan Olsen, aka “Suze” from the GraniteGrok blog. Suze – a rather butch-looking old “lady” – is your typical garden variety ultra-conservative, Ayn Rand worshipping, selfish, anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, anti-conservation, anti-public education nutjob.”
Poor ‘Hunter_Dan’, this alleged school teacher either failed to read or simply failed to comprehend the Concord Monitor’s Discussion Guidelines:
“You may not post content that degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability or other classification. Epithets and other language intended to intimidate or to incite violence will not be tolerated.”
I’m thinking it was ‘butch’ that got his comment removed: