An Overdue Apology

I learned a few moments ago that I made a mistake, and I need to rectify it immediately.

Late in May, I took my Twitter account private. Several others (whom I will not name; it’s my mistake and no one else’s) had also done so. I was being vigilant about who I approved as a follower.

Joe Johnson (@juicyjoe101) tried to follow me in early June. I gave him a look, and he didn’t pass my bona fide test. As has become my custom, I blocked him.

That was not the mistake. It was A mistake, but it wasn’t THE mistake.

THE mistake was when I posted at Hogewash! a suggestion that if anyone one was being followed by a Joe Johnson, they might want to take a second look.

I made that suggestion based on available evidence. My evidence was sufficient for me, but in retrospect it was not sufficient to suggest to others that he might be someone to be viewed with suspicion.

I further compounded my error by not revisiting the post to see Joe’s response. It stands on its own as a successful argument against both my conclusions and my actions in pressing my opinion beyond my own head.

I do not apologize for being careful of my own space and boundaries. I do apologize for impugning (imputing? Heh.😉) the character of someone I had barely formed an opinion of.

Joe, I am sorry. It was only today that I found your following comment and your tweets asking for some clarification or correction. I hadn’t been paying attention, and I wasn’t seeing your tweets through the block.

Entirely my fault. What I did was wrong. As soon as this post is up, I’ll unblock you. I hope you’ll still want to follow me.

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Credo propterea puto.

Cogito ergo sum.

I think, therefore I am.

But as the old joke goes, Descartes walked into a bar, and the bartender asked if he wanted a drink.

Descartes replied, ” I think not,” and promptly blinked out of existence.

Ever run into someone who, because they think something, then that MUST be the truth? And conversely, if they don’t think something, that thing CANNOT POSSIBLY be the truth?

If a lack of belief in X means that X is not true, does it follow that if you don’t see Y then Y doesn’t exist? If you’ve never heard a song by artist Z, is the song imaginary?

When he sits in a totally darkened room, in complete silence, does he cease to exist? When he sleeps, do I cease to exist?

I’ve never been inside Fort Knox; so that gold must not exist, huh?

“O that way madness lies; let me shun that. No more of that.”

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General Announcement of Major News Regarding Corporal Punishment

It has become the custom of Thinking Man’s Zombie to treat the comments of Bill Schmalfeldt much like incoming produce or animals shipped from overseas. They go into moderation quarantine until we can determine they are free of infectious crap before releasing them on the general readership.

In a recent thread, he challenged the commenters here to identify anyone he has incorrectly doxed. Being an essentially fair-minded zombie, I asked how many examples it would take before he would concede the point that he is, in fact, a failure at his chosen art.

He took some umbrage at this and refused to answer, after being afforded multiple opportunities. He continues to deflect and refuse to participate in a debate that he perpetuated, until, as it always must do, it turned against him.

Therefore, we will be affecting a small change to our commenting policy regarding him: all of his comments will be held in moderation until he answers the question. At that time, existing comments will be reviewed for relevance and released or not at the discretion of the management. New comments will be returned to status quo ante and judged on merit relative to the topic.

In short, Bill is grounded until he answers the question. As he likes to say, the choice to comment here is entirely up to him.

Until he does, all his comments will amount to a whisper in a windstorm.

Not unlike his life.

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