There is a blogger named Jill who blogs at Write Likes She Talks who has been complaining for months that I banned her from this site because I disagreed with her point of view. This is a bare-assed lie. I banned her because she was being a tiresome asshole.
She’s making the claim again today, and I am tired of being slandered. I left a comment on her blog that I do not expect to be published. So I am setting the record straight on this blog.
The post on which Jill got herself banned was “Explaining Obama, Defining Abortion Terms from July 4, 2008. In the early part of the comments thread, Jill and I have a polite exchange of views, and if you read the comments you will see I treated her very respectfully.
The thread went south beginning with comment #21, by Debcoop. Debcoop’s comment had several misstatements of fact regarding what Roe v. Wade provides, and also, IMO, twisted my post around to say things it didn’t say. See also Debcoop’s comment #22. I respond to Debcoop in comment #24.
At this point I’m relishing the debate, because Debcoop was proving my point of the post — that regarding abortion, few know what the hell they are talking about. Here was someone defending Roe v. Wade who didn’t know what Roe v. Wade actually said. Great fun. Debcoop responds to my response in comment #28, in which she tries to weasel out of her earlier argument and also twist my argument into something I didn’t say. I set her straight in comment #29.
So far, so good. But then in comment #30, Jill butts in and complains about my responses to Debcoop. Utterly ignoring what Debcoop and I actually had been arguing about, Jill says, “I read that as saying that you donâ€™t see any other way to look at what heâ€™s [Obama] said and you donâ€™t recognize that others see it differently.”
However, once again (at this point suspecting Jill is a few cherries short of a pie) I responded to her politely in comment #31.
This is not good enough for Ms. “the world revolves around me and my neuroses” Jill. She let’s me know in comment #32 that I am wrong to disagree with her in any form, however politely. “Frankly,” she says, “itâ€™s destructive to judge others for how far they can go or not go in criticizing.” In Debcoop’s case, I had drawn the line at telling lies, but it also seemed to me that Ms. “mine is the only legitimate point of view on the planet” Jill was taking my responses to Debcoop as criticism of her.
So in Comment #33 I told her this isn’t about you, and you don’t get to tell other bloggers how to handle comments on their own blogs.
And ever since, Ms. “everything is always about me me me” has complained that I banned her because of her opinion. Dear, your opinion doesn’t concern me. It’s your personality that needs a tuneup.