The Illinois RLC Gets Fightin’ Mad

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Yesterday, I poked fun at a silly post on the website of the Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus.

Here is their almost intelligible response.

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51 Responses to “The Illinois RLC Gets Fightin’ Mad”

  1. #1 |  colson | 

    Nice tie Radley. Too bad your pic is posted with such sad drivel to accompany it.

  2. #2 |  Shygetz | 

    So the argument is that, since it’s a law, it must be a good law? That’s what they call “libertarian”?

    Nice to know.

  3. #3 |  V | 

    Seriously, Radley, one who Agitates can do so Reasonably, while arguing that there should not be a Free Market for kiddie porn; Free Minds can agree on that.

  4. #4 |  Bronwyn | 

    I think they altered the lighting in the photo to make him look more sinister, too.

    It’s people like these who keep me from posting my adorable bath time photos of my kids. One of these perverts would think it was pornographic.

  5. #5 |  MassHole | 

    What a bunch of idiots. Radley in no way argued for the legality of child porn and I seriously doubt that Ogden did either. Just because you oppose a law doesn’t mean you support the behavior it’s regulating. The culling of all reasonable people from the GOP continues.

  6. #6 |  solarjetman | 

    Can we all promise never to tell this guy about Mary Ruwart?

  7. #7 |  Ken Kennedy | 

    > I think they altered the lighting in the photo to make him look
    > more sinister, too.

    No, that image is in fact hotlinked from IOW, it’s here at Radley’s site, under his control. They obviously have a great deal of faith in his kindness of heart…

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Wow… It’s pretty clear these guys belong to that category of people whose own worst enemy is their own words. They’re so far out in the weeds they’re not even worth the time or dignity of a response.

  9. #9 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    Radley, I’ve been called alot of things, among them (for my political leanings specifically) naive, cynical, stupid, dangerous, foolish, thoughtless, ridiculous, etc. But I’ve always been shooting for “subversive.” Congratulations, Radley, you’re living the dream.

  10. #10 |  Doug | 

    I’m lost here, was someone actually arguing for legalizing child pornography?

  11. #11 |  roy | 

    The last line made me giggle. Does anyone know a definition of “cultural Marxism” other than merely “bad thing”?

  12. #12 |  Fritz | 

    Radley, this is a great opportunity to have some fun (see #7).

  13. #13 |  Brock | 

    Wow, it is hotlinked! What kind of humorous lesson could you teach bandwidth-stealing authoritarians posing as libertarians?

  14. #14 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    By the way, I think it’s hilarious that they have your picture, but don’t mention your name. Of course, they don’t use their own names on this disreputable rag either, so maybe that’s fitting. And really, the title of the previous post, “Cloddish Obama wacks his head on the Side of Marine One – So Debonair!” tells you everything you need to know about the RLC: They’re trolls who have started their own blog. By the way, the pic makes you look tired, maybe you should take a break, have a toke. I’m sure the RLC would love that. I’d guess those “real libertarians” would have some way to support drug prohibition too.

  15. #15 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    BTW, and this is my last BTW for this post, I swear: Their comment registration system is really slow. Are we overusing it? I hope so.

  16. #16 |  Harvey | 


  17. #17 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    Are you sure the RLC is responding to you? They don’t name you or link to your post. Odd.

  18. #18 |  Kristen | 

    Hotlinked! Yeah! C’mon Radley….you know what to do.

  19. #19 |  Bronwyn | 

    Oh, yeah, baby. Hotlink fun!

    I didn’t even notice that. Radley, love, you gotta do something about the dark shadows under your eyes. Then again, that’s a little bit of a pot and kettle suggestion, coming from me.

  20. #20 |  Omar | 

    please please please, give those ‘libertarian’ bandwidth thieves a lesson on virtual-property rights.

    every time i hear ‘conservatives’ calling libertarians ‘lefties’, i like to call them ‘socialists’. just look at our records and see who’s name calling is closer to the truth.

    it’s painfully obvious that mr. balco does not in any way advocate child porno. if i hold my standards as high as the author of that article, it would be equally valid to say “puma advocates child pornography, what a jerk.”

  21. #21 |  Ben | 

    Being that they hotlinked that pic, Radley, I think you should change it to some hardcore gay porn. Or a screen cap from 2G1C or something equally as horrible. Maybe a Goatse.

  22. #22 |  Omar | 

    I also wonder about this term the conservatives like to use “cultural marxism.” The next time someone says it to you, ask them to define it.

    It will remind you of that hardball video with Kevin James trying to use the word “appeaser”.

    They don’t know because ‘cultural marxism’ in this context is lower than a talking point – it’s a buzzword.

  23. #23 |  Brian Martinez | 

    Does the RLC realize it has an utter nutjob running its Illinois chapter?

  24. #24 |  Cynical In CA | 

    All you need to know about the Illinois GOP: the following was the previous post on their site:

    “Cloddish Obama Wacks His Head on the Side of Marine One — So Debonair!”

    Ummm, ok. Somewhere in between the National Enquirer and the Weekly World News. I’m fine with that.

    #17 | Eric Hanneken
    “Are you sure the RLC is responding to you? They don’t name you or link to your post. Odd.”

    Read again. The writer names The Agitator and Reason at the bottom of his piece.

  25. #25 |  bob42 | 

    RE: having fun with the pic….

    My suggestion…

  26. #26 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Why didn’t you warn me, Radley, of the content of that article. I now have to clean up a big mess from spewed Diet Pepsi and brain matter because my head exploded. It is impossible to debate crazy people evidently…

  27. #27 |  BamBam | 

    (in best Kanye West voice)
    Radley Balko doesn’t care about RLC.

  28. #28 |  Cynical In CA | 

    Ooops, sorry Brandon. I thought I had scoured all the previous comments for a reference. Hat tip you.

  29. #29 |  Bronwyn | 

    I’m too scared to click bob42’s link…

    I thought a picture of a monkey butler would suffice. It doesn’t stoop low, but provides a nice in-joke for the Agitator fans.

  30. #30 |  Dan Brown | 

    Apparently not just a lawyer who defends someone accused of child pornography in court, but someone who defends said lawyer on a blog, must be a pro-pedophile “liberal” (which of course they all are). Thank God no one pays any attention to the RLC.

  31. #31 |  Omar | 

    I like this one for the hotlink. it’s cultural fascism.

    not very safe for work.

  32. #32 |  David | 

    What exactly were they responding to, anyway? It couldn’t have been to the post I read from you yesterday.

    It’s standard authoritarian bootlick stuff. Find an overwrought, overly broad law that a person opposed passage of, then say they “support” whatever the most emotionally loaded issue of said law was “intended” to prevent. Lather, rinse, and repeat.

  33. #33 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Personally, I don’t have many good things to say about child porn laws or the crusaders responsible for them. Most of them aren’t even directed at child pornographers and have nothing to do with protecting children at all. In fact, if the government got out of the child porn distribution-for-entrapment business, there would be a lot less of it around. It’s one thing to pass laws protecting children. It’s another when you use protecting children as a justification for completely obliterating rights that comprise the very core of what (supposedly) makes the U.S. different from other countries.

    I don’t believe computer games cause violent crime or that sex on TV causes pregnancy or that flag burning makes you a traitor or that porn causes rape or that child porn causes child rape. Because if you took away all of the so-called causes, you would still have bad people who do bad things.

    Nothing makes me more suspicious of a public crusade than when people are too terrified to openly question it for fear of being branded as a menace by an hysterical crowd whose thinking is all in perfect tune.

    So there. If you want to hate someone, hate me. I just defended child porn (or did I?), therefore I must be a child pornographer (right?).

  34. #34 |  Robin | 

    Cultural Marxism would refer to Marxist theory specifically directed toward the effects of art and media on politics and ideologies. Applied cultural Marxism, just like applied Marxism (which is sort of self-contradictory), results in the state taking an active role in the production and distribution of these “products”. Radley Balko is not a cultural Marxist. What the RLC must have meant was cultural pinko queer pedophile.

  35. #35 |  Lee | 

    No No…don’t even be a little nice to those bandwidth stealing authoritarians.

    Swap it out with Goatse

    How much to swap it out for goatse? 2 items on your Amazon List?


  36. #36 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    Great minds, Cynical. No worries.

  37. #37 |  perlhaqr | 

    Agitator: I recommend replacing that hotlinked image with this:


    Just make sure you check your site for references to the original, so it doesn’t show up on your page where you don’t want it to.

  38. #38 |  Cynical In CA | 

    #31 | Omar

    Godwin’s Law in visual medium. Extra points for style.

  39. #39 |  nobahdi | 

    Radley, this is the time to prove that you indeed do have the sense of humor a twelve year-old.

  40. #40 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    He tried to discredit you, Radley.

    It’s too funny. He writes that you claim in your bio that “I’m also a biweekly columnist with” He then says you lied, because a search of only returns two results.

    I’m not making this up. He really wrote that.

  41. #41 |  Omar | 

    A DILDO!!!!!

    Well done, sir!

  42. #42 |  Regarding Liberty | 

    This is why you are a professional – the blue dildo matches their blue header perfectly.

  43. #43 |  Danno49 | 

    So he uses to search for Radley’s articles on . . . and he’s a bandwidth thief. Anyone else get the impression that this moron has ZERO clue as to what he’s doing on the interwebs? And after reading his attempt to make Radley look like a fraud, I am reminded of the old Mark Twain saying . . . something about it is better to be silent and appear the fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  44. #44 |  bob42 | 

    Excellent choice of pics!

    It “fits” them perfectly.

  45. #45 |  Bob | 

    Let me get this straight.

    Those cerebrally limited dolts QQed about you, then had the unmitigated gall to hot link a picture from your own site?

    Then you replaced the image with the dildo?

    Is that right?

    Well played, sir! Damn well played!

  46. #46 |  Omar | 

    From the article posted by #40 | Rick Caldwell

    But an investigation by the RLCIL demonstrates that Mr. Balko has taken extreme liberties

    An investigation by the RLCIL?!? They looked at his bio and did a (piss-poor) search? “Investigation”?!? “By the…”?!? It should read…

    I, crazy person in basement with Reagan poster on the wall claiming to be an actual organization, smashed my palms on my keyboard many times. When Sean Hannity failed to appear in my sandwich, like he does each day at 4:00pm to issue my instructions, I insanely and randomly concluded that Mr. Balko has taken extreme liberties. The aliens will beam another post directly into my head in approximately 12 minutes.

  47. #47 |  Leah | 

    …And then people wonder how the people of IL continually reelect Democrats like Blagojevich, Daley, and Stroger. It’s because there is no legitimate alternative, only complete and utter whackjobs. I vote for whoever is not the incumbent in pretty much every election which has me voting a very Republican ticket. But that said, if there were an actual chance of some of these nutcases winning, I’d have to take a hard look at whether they’d be better or worse than the whackjobs we already have in office.

  48. #48 |  The Agitator » Blog Archive » Radley Balko Exposed! | 

    […] new friends in the Illinois chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus have caught me embellishing my resume! […]

  49. #49 |  Ken Kennedy | 

    Omar, that last one made me laugh so hard I literally almost fell out of my chair. Srsly. Keep ’em coming…I want to see Sean Hannity in MY sandwich!

  50. #50 |  TGGP | 

    Now the post doesn’t link to you at all, making odd reference to an Agitator and Reason, not even mentioning any specific libertarians.

  51. #51 |  KBCraig | 

    The entire Republican Party of Illinois is, what… two dozen disgruntled people? The very idea that they have an RLC is hilarious. How far out on the fringe does this guy have to be?