Do you really want to go down this road?
Since we're all happily taking cheap potshots at people who have the guts to attach their names to their opinions . . .
Patterico | Homepage | 08.03.06 - 2:24 am | #
You seem to think there's a big step to take.
I'm not taking it.
But I think you're a gutless coward for hiding behind your little pseudonym.
Whatever floats your boat, dude . . .
Patterico | Homepage | 08.03.06 - 3:40 am | #
Do you really? Shall we all live in a world free of cowardly pseudonyms? All of us, without exception?
Some knives cut both ways,
Question for the commenters: How much internet suckiness of late can be laid at the feet of right-wing lawyers? It's really proving my hypothesis that (1) lawyers become lawyers because they aren't smart enough to do anything else and (2) cannot adapt to new environments without first trying frantically to sue and regulate them into habitats that suit them better. Unfortunately for the rest of us, "habitats that suit them better" most resemble sterile padded cells filled with needledicked inmates arguing about minutiae.
Get off the internets, lawyers. No one likes you offline and no one likes you online. Symmetry achieved.
Follow up question for commenters: Is the aim of hinting at the ability to out, even if one does not actually follow through with the act, to intimidate? Eh, never mind. I can answer that one myself.
(Via zuzu at Feministe.)
UPDATE: Perhaps some definitions are in order:
Main Entry: in·teg·ri·ty
Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French and Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY
Main Entry: prin·ci·ple
Pronunciation: 'prin(t)-s(&-)p&l, -s&-b&l
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French principe, principle, from Old French, from Latin principium beginning, from princip-, princeps initiator -- more at PRINCE
1 a : a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption b (1) : a rule or code of conduct (2) : habitual devotion to right principles [a man of principle] c : the laws or facts of nature underlying the working of an artificial device
And one more:
Main Entry: situation ethics
: a system of ethics by which acts are judged within their contexts instead of by categorical principles -- called also situational ethics
So: The next time a right-wing blogger wants to rail about how The Left has no principles, no integrity, and acts only by shifty, morally relativistic situation ethics, please remember which side demolished every principle behind this and it didn't even take them six months. Which reminds me of another definition, actually:
Main Entry: cred·i·bil·i·ty
1 : the quality or power of inspiring belief [an account lacking in credibility]
2 : capacity for belief [strains her reader's credibility -- Times Literary Supplement]
As in the sentence, "I grant far greater credibility to pseudonymous bloggers who abide by consistent principles than I do to those who blog under their real names but practice only the most convenient situation ethics."
UPDATE THE SECOND: When I grow up, I want to be Sifu Tweety.
UPDATE THE THIRD: Ah, that's who the esteemed Patterico reminds me of:
Pestering? Check. Officious? Check. Perpetually outraged? Check. Anatomically suspect? Oh, let's not go there. I'm unwilling to perform the necessary verification. Besides, what a wholly uncivil thing to suggest!