Patrick and Jessica have both finally come to the conclusion that the racial slur that was used in a comment section of the Texas Hold 'Em site was inappropriate and condemned the use of the term. Patrick states though, that he will not sever the link to this website, which is his right, although it does say a lot about him as a person. Jessica states that the blogger in question was "going through a really tough time when he wrote the comment, so I'm going to consider it an aberration from a man with a very fine mind and a very prolific blog who didn't need to go there or say things like that". It should also be noted that the blogger in question never apologized for the comment he made.
But they couldn't stop while they were on the high ground.
He's a good writer who can come up with sharp, on-target commentary without using out-of-bounds insults. It's a shame he used one, giving his foes a lever. May he go on being interesting.
Jessica follows with this:
That being said, who are the liberal blogs to pressure Pat McIlheran to stop linking to people? Where were they when a liberal blogger called me the "C" word? Have they all delinked Illusory Tenant? Have they delinked the stalker blog on me? Who are they to try to get McIlheran fired? They really need to chill out and return their focus to their own blogs. Make the best case they can on the issues. Everyone needs to lay off the namecalling.
That is the kind of stuff that Whallah! was made for.
As for the racial comments being an aberration, and that the blogger in question doesn't use out-of-bound comments, I was able to attain two archived comments from that same blogger, which he posted in comment threads at the now-closed Illusory Tenant's site. Keep in mind that the original racial slur was used in January of 2007.
WARNING: Adult and offensive language to follow.
From June 30th: FUCK YOU YOU COCKSUCKER. I WILL MEET YOU ANY TIME ANYWHERE .... YOU CAN'T MATCH UP WITH ANYONE, YOU SHIT FOR BRAINS PIECE OF SHIT. COME ON ... PLEASE ... FUCK YOU
And from September 11th: FUCK YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON ... YOU GODDAMN LEFTIST PIECE OF SHIT TROLL. FUCK OFF ... I'D HUNT YOU DOWN AND BREAK BOTH YOUR LEGS IF I THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH THE TIME ... MAYBE YOU ARE
Now that seems to be a bit beyond out-of-bounds and covers a nine month period, which would rule out aberration.
And as for Illusory Tenant's comment, Jessica, that was addressed on this site as well as many other liberal sites. And IT did apologize, both on his site and in many comment threads, which is more than their friend did. Jessica even accepted the apology. Since then IT has closed his site. And if they think that giving people an opportunity to disagree with them, to use satire on them, and to point out their fallacies, fabrications and foibles is stalking or abuse, well, that is their problem, not ours.
But when you have McBride, who got Kevin Barrett fired for expressing his opinion, challenging anyone for asking for McIlheran's firing, or defending someone who regularly uses racial, sexist and threatening words, while forcing another person underground for the use of one word-well, that is the height of hypocrisy.
UPDATE: The mighty Brawler does his own grappling with this issue in this must read post.