Saturday, August 02, 2008

Wingnut Hysteria Report: Saturday

Every time the kindler, gentler side of me* starts thinking that maybe, just maybe, modern conservatives aren't just bat-shit crazy, I have only to click over to the wingnut site known as Confederate Yankee to remind myself.

Seems that, recently, Blogger was locking people out of their sites without warning and with the "explanation" that said blogs were violating Blogger's Terms of Service.

Well, since no adverse event, not even a glitch in the notoriously glitch-prone Blogger software, can take place without an America-Hating, Terrorist-Loving, Godless Obaminite Libural Conspiracy behind it, CY immediately saddled his swaybacked steed and, like some demented avatar of Paul Revere, rode out to warn the blogosphere that Obama's Netroots Supporters Continue "Blog Burning":

Online activists thought to be loyal to Barack Obama are once against using Google's software tools to target rival political blogs for elimination as spam blogs. This occurred earlier this year when Democratic bloggers with a preference for Hillary Clinton also found themselves locked out of their own blogs, all because of spurious and apparently orchestrated claims that these blogs are spam blogs. Pro-Obama activists were blamed for those attempts at censorship as well."

There's even a picture of Nazis burning books to drive home the point.

Except, wait a minute....

You mentioned in your post that "quite a few other bloggers" are getting locked out of their Blogger accounts. Try hundreds, if not thousands. The Blogger help board is full of frustrated folks like myself.

I am a "genea-blogger"; a genealogy blogger. I had three of my six public blogs (I have eight total on Blogger) get locked out yesterday afternoon. Immediately, I submitted all three for review. My main one ( is an award-winning blog that I've had for a year and a half on Blogger with nearly 700 posts. It is one of the main genealogy blogs read in the blogosphere.

So CY had to back down and apologize. Not to the Obama supporters he's slandered, of course, but to his own readers. And the Nazi pic is still up. Because, as we know, it's not the hysterical, authoritarian, magical-thinking personality cult that passes for conservatism these days that's fascistic, it's the people calling for civil liberties, checks and balances, and accountable government.

What an asshole.

Hat tip to Sadly, No!

*Yes, I do have one. I'm as surprised as you. Keep it to yourself, okay?


Phoebe Fay said...

Huh. Well, I'm big Obama fan, and I got locked out of my blog, too. I was blaming the whole thing on Karl Rove and George Bush.

Of course, I blame everything bad on Karl Rove and George Bush - the weather, the traffic, my cat's furballs, having to reboot the computer. Except for zits. I blame those on Cheney.

David Terrenoire said...

I've had a few interactions with Bob, CY himself. He lives here in Raleigh. He's posted some things that aren't completely batshit, and he's always treated me with respect, but lately his blog has become nothing more than an Obama-bashing echo chamber for people who live on a steady diet of smug derision and, ironically, considering their macho posturing, fear of everything that's not them.

One evening a guy, condescension dripping from his comment, told me all about the 2nd Amendment, a favorite topic with that crowd. (Their love of guns and all the ballistic esoterica that goes with them is positively pornographic.)

I apologized for not engaging my 2nd Amendment pedant, suggesting that if I wanted to discuss the finer points of Constitutional law, it wouldn't be with a guy who tagged himself The Purple Avenger.

Those people truly are fucking crazy.

JD Rhoades said...

if I wanted to discuss the finer points of Constitutional law, it wouldn't be with a guy who tagged himself The Purple Avenger.