Anatomy of A Dumb Rightist Blog Post

1 Mar

1. Have your feelings hurt because someone else called you out for blatant partisan hypocrisy.

2. Put finger to keyboard. Take a stated fact – “Ian Murphy is considering a run for Congress” – and extrapolate from that support and complete agreement with every facet of Ian Murphy’s existence.

3. Conduct a comprehensive Google search until you find something that Ian Murphy once wrote that you can hold up as evidence of Murphy’s unacceptability as a human being. (In this instance, an opinion piece from the Buffalo Beast called “Fuck the Troops“.)

4.  Ignore the substance of the text to which you link – whether it be the blog post or the Murphy piece – and instead comment on the profanity and the introductory paragraphs of the Murphy piece.

5. Pretend like the “Fuck the Troops” piece is the thing that Murphy and the Beast are best-known for. Completely ignore the existence of the “Loathsome” lists.

6. Because I wrote something about Ian Murphy without calling him a loathsome failure of a human being, extrapolate from that that I completely support and agree with everything he’s ever done or said. This is an extension of the Law of Hannity, where any given Democrat is called upon to condemn the supposed sins of every other Democrat, ever.

7. Get the vapors over the “f” word.

8. Lie. A lot.

9. Continue to ignore completely the fact that the last guy you fervently supported for NY-26, and whose press releases you dutifully regurgitated, suddenly quit.

9. Thank the troops for something unrelated to the troops’ mission.

10. Pepper the post with elementary-school-level writing, such as, “Bedenko thinks this is good writing and Murphy is congressional material.”

I liked it better when they accidentally let this version slip last week. Its creative, outcome-based spelling method was entertaining:

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The Democrats, WFP, and Green Party have not yet rushed into selecting a nominee for a special election that hasn’t been called, and I haven’t expressed support for any candidate – named or unnamed.  Monroe Rising’s Richard Saunders lies – quite obviously and undoubtedly.

I will donate $100 to an Iraqi war veteran’s nonprofit support organization if someone from Monroe Rising will point out precisely where in this blog post I express support for Ian Murphy for Congress.

37 Responses to “Anatomy of A Dumb Rightist Blog Post”

  1. Bbill March 1, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    These people aren’t worth wasting time or effort over — like all right wing propaganda sites, they have zero respect for the intelligence of their audience (which, given that it’s right wing propaganda, is entirely justifiable) and of course they’re going to lie lie lie. It’s what wingers do.

    This particular site does make Free Republic look like the Algonquin Round Table, tho.

  2. Max March 1, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Sadly, one of the outcomes of the ‘public square’s’ replacement by the non-stop 24X7 electronic ‘vox populi’ pipeline is what I call the ‘revenge of the idiots’ where we have to suffer their misrepresentations en masse. Fortunately, they’re easier to expose but there’s also the ‘big down side’ that due to the volume, nobody’s paying attention to retractions or corrections and those misstatements are burned into memory.

  3. Tim Moran March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Well obviously the words Ian, Murphy, congress and support all appear in this blog post so of course you support Michelle Obama’s call for mandatory vegan diets for school children.

  4. Jon Splett March 1, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Ian Murphy’s ‘Fuck The Troops’ piece pretty much sums up why I’d vote for him.

  5. Hank March 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Ian Murphy’s “fuck the troops” piece pretty much sums up why he’d slide so nicely off the end of a K-Bar Combat Knife. Fucking ungrateful motherless piece of shit wasting America’s Resources.

  6. Christopher Smith March 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Hank, did you read his article or did you just stick with the headline?  It’s a pretty compelling column.

  7. Christopher Smith March 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Also, the next time you use that kind of violent language on this site, you’re banned.  Thanks.

  8. Andy March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Based on the original MR blog posting Alan represented at the bottom of his post, its punctuation and grammatical structure is strikingly similar to a certain one-page blogger here in WNY. Has anyone ever seen these bloggers in the same room at the same time? Does the MR guy frequent tanning salons? Inquiring minds want to know. 

  9. Anthony Fracasso March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    These people aren’t worth wasting time or effort over — like all left wing propaganda sites, they have zero respect for the intelligence of their audience (which, given that it’s left wing propaganda, is entirely justifiable) and of course they’re going to lie lie lie. It’s what wingers do.


  10. Hank March 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Chris–I read his article. Didn’t know you spoke for Alan. It would just be like you to ban someone who has never agreed with you.
    I don’t know this man from Adam’s Housecat. Before I read his article, he was just another citizen. After I read his article, I pray I never meet him. That’s not violent. I just wouldn’t want to know anyone who could write such drivel, or for that matter some doggie POS who agrees with him.

    • Alan Bedenko March 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Hank, Chris doesn’t “speak for me”. This site is a collaborative effort and Chris is as welcome as I would be to ban whomever he deems fit.

  11. Carl March 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Hank: If you think Chris speaks for Alan….you’re an idiot. Plain and simple.

    And for your saying “that’s not violent”, reread post #5(yours, I believe)again.

  12. Brian Castner March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Well, “Fuck the Troops” is the only thing I knew Ian Murphy for before. It deserves a line-by-line dismantling as one of the most wrong-headed, trite, self-indulgent and grand-standing abortions by a spoiled brat I’ve ever read. But as he has no chance of winning (if he runs), it isn’t worth the time I even took to write this comment. I’m going to stop wasting brain on it now.

  13. Ward March 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Steps required to extricate yourself from a blog post association with a radioactive and toxic potential candidate about whom you didn’t know enough before describing him and/or his candidacy as “interesting”: see above.

    Lather, rinse, repeat until decontaminated. (Same process works when you declare Eric Massa “a principled and honorable guy”, and wish him a speedy recovery from his bogus cancer.)

  14. Brian March 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I loved “Fuck the Troops.”  As a former “troop” (1964-1967), I believe I can say that any kid stupid, vicious, ignorant, or poor enough (“It’ll help me with college,” “I couldn’t get a job.” –the definition of mercenary) to join to kill innocents for the lies of two presidents deserves to be fucked well and truly.

    We must remember that soldiers for the Nazi regime of Hitler were fanatically loyal.  Loyalty to filth is, itself, filth.

  15. Allen Miller March 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    This is great the more speech on murphy the better. Let it all out! Let people decide. There sure is a lot of hatred and profanity on this high minded blog.

  16. Buffalo Rude March 2, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Murphy for NY-26! At least he doesn’t pretend to be unoffensive.

  17. Steven March 2, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo fucking hoo. They got what they asked for…………

    U find that compelling huh? Did you giggle when you saw it? Did you think about all those “dead rubes”, Those Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters and really say to yourself, “wow that’s compelling?”

    I think that says a lot about you.

    Here is a funny thought, those “dead Rubes” and the ones before them are the ones that made sure cowards had the freedom to sit in there tighty whiteys late at night spitting venom at them from the saftey of there moms house.

    Ban away tough guys, and go back to your compelling arguments about all the “Dead Rubes”,……… you probably never met a keyboard you would back down from I’m sure.

    • Alan Bedenko March 2, 2011 at 6:07 am #

      “Steven”, the piece, once you get past the provocative title and opening paragraph makes a salient point:

      Why should people “support” troops who volunteered to go to war? Is it suddenly some sort of surprise what war is? Are people suddenly not responsible – even partly – for the consequences of their own actions?

      I’m not saying I agree or disagree – but what I’m saying is that there’s a valid point there.

      I mean, if I get sloshed and wrap my car around a tree, I wouldn’t expect people to weep about how unfair it is. Actions and decisions have consequences. Don’t they? We’re talking about a war of choice (Iraq), not necessity, fought by people who chose to go into the military, and were not forced.

  18. Steven March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I got past the title and quoted the first paragraph, exactly how far thru a pile of crap am I supposed to wade to look for something salient and inteligent?

    The only solace I take from any of this is the comfort in knowing people like this will never be electable for anything but dog catcher.

    Sorry, I am biased, some of those dead rubes where friends and some of those “seriously wounded with the cool robotic limbs” are family.

    Why should we support them? If you don’t know then I cant explain it to you.

    This is really sad and I mean that sincerely, I am very disappointed in WMYmedia and you.

    If you think making fun of 4 thousand dead Americans and another 30,000 Americans with broken and destroyed limbs a compelling argument, then I would suggest something is wrong with you.

    I understand that poor taste and clownishness is how some online pundits get attention. There is however a line of decency that shouldn’t be crossed. That article crosses that line. In my opinion finding that funny or compelling isn’t much better.

    Despite what religious or spiritual beliefs people have, all civilized people should think all life is sacred, that means all life, regardless of political affiliation.

  19. Ward March 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Alan, there is a young man pictured on page 2 of today’s Buffalo News. He’s the one sitting in a wheelchair. The one with no legs. Named Sgt. James Hackemer.

    If you think his voluntary sacrifice is the equivalent of someone getting sloshed and wrapping his car around a tree, well then, God bless you.

    But mostly, God bless him.

    • Alan Bedenko March 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I don’t buy the paper, but no one told him to go into the military and no one made him go into the military. Likewise, no one told us to go to Iraq and invade them to stop them from making WMDs that they weren’t making.

      I feel badly for him, but choosing to go into the military isn’t exactly like selecting which country club to golf at.

      Had there been no Iraq war, that young man wouldn’t likely be in a wheelchair. Had he not chosen to fight in the Iraq war, that young man wouldn’t likely be in a wheelchair. You know about choices & causation & personal responsibility.

  20. Hank March 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    So who stands on the walls with rifles to keep this country safe? Not very many of you!!
    Just like everything you buy came off of a truck, especially these days, everything comes off a ship to get on the truck. Should we leave the sea lanes unprotected? Just sink the entire Navy?

    Wilson “Kept us out of war”—until he got re-elected. Did we have any business in WW1? A British ship with Americans on board got torpedoed and sank, but not before the Imperial German Government printed warnings in US newspapers warning Americans that they were in danger traveling on British ships.
    The focus of this merry band of liberals is awful narrow.
    Did you know that more Mexicans died in Juarez last month than all civilian/enemy casualties in Afghanistan during the same time? Anybody give a crap?
    Leslie Marshall, by no means a conservative, went on O’Reilly last night and said US troops should be sent into Libya… Whose war would THAT be? Why should we risk flesh, blood and sinew over Libya? Sleep tight tonight, wussie liberals, and since you don’t believe in God, thank your lucky stars that this country still brings forth patriotic and idealistic men and women who are willing to sacrifice themselves if need be for this country. And if you disrespect them and get called up on it, don’t fucking whine. K?

  21. Hank March 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    BTW Alan, if this blog is a collective effort, perhaps both your pictures should be on the blog, and then just who is the Buffalo Pundit—You or Chris?

    • Alan Bedenko March 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      Hank, is the blog.

  22. Allen Miller March 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    So far many Obama policies are pretty much Bush’s third term. Sadly many of his promises about getting us out of war were wrong, but they got him elected and thats what really matters right? If we are not careful we will be in new wars in the mideast soon. I myself was really shocked at Leslie Marshall. Leslie is a well spoken intelligent person who I would not want making foreign policy. Alan obviously puts a lot of time and effort into this blog. He has good writing skills no doubt better than mine and many a MonroeRising. That does not make him right. History is full of people who write well and were very wrong about many things. An honest person would say there are things they agree with him on and disagree with him on. Truth is an elusive thing. For those really wanting to make a donation to a military cause there are some good ones at

  23. Carl March 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Leslie Marshall should turn in her “liberal” card immediately. Either that, or become another house liberal at Fox News.

    Apparently, she got influenced too much by the “cowboy diplomacy” practiced so well by the last president.

  24. Ward March 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Yes Alan, I do “know about choices & causation & personal responsibility.”

    So did Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsour, who made a number of choices right up until Sept. 29, 2006 in Ramadi, Iraq. In recognition of the last choice he ever made, his country bestowed the Medal of Honor. If you knew the details of his “choice and personal responsibility” as exemplified that day you would not feel so comfortable defending your association–regardless of how remote–with Mr Ian Murphy, your shared disdain of the Iraq campaign, and your evident ambiguity toward our volunteer armed forces.

    I think the hole is deep enough to stop digging now.

    • Alan Bedenko March 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Ward, the only holes you should be concerned with are the ones 6 feet deep that contain the remains of young men and women who didn’t have to die for a fool’s errand in a tribal Arabic hellhole that wasn’t bothering the US. Please don’t moralize to me about this.

  25. Hank March 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Allen—Alan knows on most issues of Local (City of Buffalo/Erie County) and State government issues, we agree much more often than not. When he ran for county legislature, I would have voted for him, regardless of his D or L party nomination if I still lived in WNY and in his district. That’s because I know he’s a caring person who, if elected would have worked hard to break up the dufus gang and their wild-ass policies. It’s on issues of National policy where we usually disagree.

    I don’t think we should be in Afghanistan anymore. At the end of the day, it’s a lot like Vietnam. We went in with the best of intentions, to help a country not be overrun by communists. Unfortunately, nobody asked the run of the mill RVN citizen if he gave a crap who ran his government. They didn’t care. And when the NVA over-ran the Nam, their lives didn’t change one iota. And the same will be said for Afghanistan. Ask any veteran of the Red Army who served there.

  26. Hank March 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    BTW, Obama’s War in Afghanistan—-which he COULD HAVE ENDED LIKE HE PROMISED HE WOULD, not only has a significant body count, But is another “Tribal Arabic Hell-Hole”.
    What about that war?

  27. Mark March 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I think some people are intentionally misunderstanding Alan’s argument. I admire the abilities and physical courage of those in the military, but it’s clear that some of those personnel and their families have developed a sense of entitlement. You are not entitled to respect or worship just because you volunteered, or fought, or were injured or killed. You are not entitled to respect or worship just because you are married or related to someone who did those things. If someone believes that those who participate in an imperialist project are not worthy of respect for doing so, that is a perfectly legitimate belief with many arguments to be made for it. If one chooses to join the military — or to do anything else — one must accept that some people will agree with that choice and that others will not. If you are comfortable with the decision to join the military or go to war, then WTF do you care if someone thinks you were an idiot to do so? You made a decision, which led to certain other things happening to you, and you should not expect everyone to nod solemnly at everything you say for the rest of your life.

    The fact is that choices and circumstances are complicated, and war and foreign policy and military service are complicated, and there is more than one way to think about all of those things. That is what I take Alan’s point to be. If you want to argue about this subject, you have to do way more than gasp “how dare you!” and name a bunch of maimed soldiers. If you can’t do that then I think you have made Murphy’s point for him.

  28. Bbill March 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    For Mark

  29. Ward March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m changing my advice, Alan. Keep digging.

  30. Allen Miller March 6, 2011 at 2:40 am #


    You could apply that logic to just about any profession, you don’t get respect for just signing up. It’s whatyou do when you get there. Soldiers risk their lives because they truly beleive they are protecting us. Even those idiots like Murphy who write such trash that will most likely inflame the families of injured and dead soldiers. Ian murphy will never be approved of in the mainstream no matter how hard you try to explain him. Even if you are right people will be repulsed by hime. The only place where he will have significant acceptance is blogs like this. (I don’t mean that in a postitive way) Everyone will not nod solemnly, but most will. For the flip side of the coin you should expect most people to have low opinions of you if you do write such garbage. Why should you care? Shouldn’t you expect people to think poorly of you?


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