A Note on Commenting Policies

Long-time readers of this blog will recall that a year ago I booted a commentator after information reached me that the commentator in question had been convicted of a sexual offense.

Apparently this has upset Carl W. Roden, who recently protested:

Roden ComplaintIn other words, Mr. Roden wants to criticize me for booting someone.  As for “members,” I have no idea what he’s talking about. Perhaps it’s Ray O’Hara, who was booted from this blog long before it was reported that he was arrested as part of a child pornography investigation (I have heard nothing about Mr. O’Hara’s fate). As Connie Chastain also “booted” Mr. O’Hara, we’d have to say that she would come under the same criticism Mr. Roden directs at me.

Blogs don’t have “members,” so Mr. Roden is confused as well as inaccurate. It is up to Mr. Roden to prove that Mr. O’Hara was convicted of anything. I found Mr. O’Hara a despicable person for many reasons (in his online behavior he resembled several Flaggers/Flagger supporters, including Mr. Roden and Ms. Chastain), so I have no vested interest in clearing his name, but as Mr. Roden has made the claim, it’s left to him to document it. Otherwise he’d stand revealed of practicing in his own comments what he claims to deplore in others … that of offering inaccurate information.

Given Mr. Roden’s own interest in writing about stories of sexual relations between minor children as cartoon characters, perhaps he was worried about losing a potential reader.  That Ms. Chastain defends this practice as “fandom fiction” is to be expected, given that one of her books explores minors and barely-legal teens accused of sex crimes … such is her preference for the lurid in her fiction.

Mr. Roden has asked Ms. Chastain for permission to post what passes for literature in his world on her blog. I’m sure Ms. Chastain will consider the “interests” of her small band of devoted commenters in responding to this request, given her vigorous defense of his work as “sweet.”

That’s one way to describe it.

What makes the childish behavior of Mr. Roden and Ms. Chastain particularly repugnant is that Ms. Chastain quickly moved over the observation that the Virginia Flaggers once welcomed a registered sex offender as a gift from God to their cause (she seems rather uninterested in investigating that, for obvious reasons) and that Mr. Roden’s comment appeared in a Facebook group dedicated to the rescue of Lilly Baumann. We’ve already noted how the Flaggers and their supporters simply don’t give a damn about this missing child, a child they once used as a prop in their photographs. This sets their “concern” about the welfare of children into context.

We once more express our hope that Lilly Baumann is found safe and sound and returned to her father.

8 thoughts on “A Note on Commenting Policies

  1. Al Mackey December 8, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Mr. Rodent wouldn’t know accuracy if it hit him on his pointy little head. He probably should stick to something he knows.

  2. Buck Buchanan December 9, 2014 / 8:58 am

    DR Simpson,

    I am sure you are more concerned of the comments of Gary Gallagher, John Koskie, Bud Robertson, The Kricks father & son, Will Greene, Craig Symonds, John Hennessy, and Steve Sears on the accuracy of your works as compared to the asshats of the Flaggers and their fellow travellers.

    • Brooks D. Simpson December 9, 2014 / 9:57 am

      Well, the people you cite are qualified by training and experience to offer intelligent commentary … except when it comes to Hennessy on hockey. That’s iffy. Those other folks have never dealt with my work, so I am unaware of anything they’ve said about it.

  3. Leo December 12, 2014 / 7:50 am

    I’ve encountered Connie before on other blogs and internet discussion groups. She is a strange woman and engages in the most ridiculous circular arguments about the old south. She conveniently ignores original documents like the various ordinances of secession and the Corner Stone Speech as evidence of the role of slavery in secession. She also has never condemned any neoconfederate or “southern heritage” group (League of the south) for blatant racism.

    • Brooks D. Simpson December 12, 2014 / 10:48 am

      Over time Ms. Chastain has succeeded in marginalizing herself despite her best efforts to play a role in Confederate heritage debates. Most people, including myself, no longer take her seriously, in part because she’s unintentionally very funny. Were it not for the tendency of social media to allow people like Chastain, Charles Goodson, Jerry Dunford, and co. to seize a platform with which to share their insanity, bitterness, and bigotry, they would not receive any attention. This issue seemed worth a simple single explanation; I note that Mr. Roden has failed to produce any evidence on Mr. O’Hara’s status.

      I understand the desperation behind Ms. Chastain’s behavior. One would be tempted to dismiss her as a lunatic were it not for the fact that a visible Confederate heritage group embraces her behavior as a good thing. That’s all you need to know about the Virginia Flaggers, who preach a heritage of hate as they seek attention … although, that, too, is becoming a thing of the past. When your big news is buying a drone, that speaks to the group’s increasing irrelevance.

  4. Leo December 12, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    I am not a professional historian by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I was a victim of lost cause mythology during my childhood. What passed for history in Mississippi during the 70’s and 80’s makes me cringe to think about it now. My 9th grade Mississippi history class never mentioned slavery as a reason for secession, and I never saw the Mississippi Ordnance of Secession until after I graduated from college and began studying the Civil War on my own. Slavery was mentioned in my 12th grade American History class, but it was mostly glossed over. I’m fascinated by the history and politics of the Civil War era and continue to learn more about it every day. My search for more information on the war is how I found this blog.

    My personal research into the war was also my introduction to neoconfederates and the “heritage movement”. They are some strange people who seem to be more interested in folktales than documented facts. We have a flagger group active in the North Mississippi/Memphis area called the MidSouth Flaggers. I’ve actually seen them parading down the streets in Oxford protesting the university’s diversity plan which involves changing the name of Confederate Ave. to Chapel Lane. The leader of this group is Debbie Sidle. Local media interviewed her, and what I saw reminds me a lot of Connie. Her internet postings aren’t anymore impressive either claiming such things as the confederate army was intergraded with minorities in command of white troops.

    Anyway, I enjoy your blog.

    I’m currently researching southern unionists, so any information on that topic will be most helpful and I look forward to reading future posts.

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