Your An Idiot

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Going forward, I think “Your An Idiot” will be the running title for hate mail posts. It nicely captures the correlation between level of vitriol and concentration of spelling/grammatical errors you tend to find in hate mail/comments.

So to kick things off, my Huffington Post piece yesterday brought some fun hate mail from the right. Which is a refreshing change of pace from the Koch brothers-themed hate mail and nasty comments from the left over the last few months. Of course, nothing in the piece expressed any support for the ideology or the goals of the Occupy movement. It was just an article about how they’re using technology. But who cares! People like to be angry!

A sampling ([sics] all around):



I am appalled by your lack of integrity. You quoted someone from the Cato Institute but didn’t reveal that you also worked for them. You also didn’t reveal that while they pretend to be conservatives, they are really George Soros peacenicks, homos, and potheads (your probably all three) who wear ties to disguise themselves.

Morale degenerate.


I read your article with interest but I was waiting for the REASON the police had to act. You in the media have been trying your best to equate this rabble with the Tea Party so can you please name the times , dates and places were Tea Party “protesters” clashed with the police?
I no longer watch network TV nor read any newspapers and least of all this so-called “news” outlet. I read this one  to reassure myself that nothing has changed, you are all ideologues and left-leaning swine.


If you think cell phone snippets of “police brutality” accurately depict what is happening, you probably think Jurassic Park is a documentary of living dinosaurs on a real island, after all we actually saw dinosaurs killing people.


You’re kidding, right?

Will these rich kids, unionists, criminals and just-plain-nuts types show the footage of THEM-
– urinating on police cars
   Throwing glass and metal at police-
 defacating in people’s yards-
bullying, harrassing property[read taxpayers] owners?
These idiots scream against the rich-all the while shoving each other out of the way to stand next to fatass Michael Moore-
They rant against Wall St/business owners as being “too rich”.-Who do these idiots think supply jobs?
They whine about oil /petroleum companies-while they hold their plastic Starbucks cup-and text on their I phones/pads/blackberry’s.
This is the TYPICAL entitlement mentality of the Left.
And this is EXACTLY why you all will have a RUDE awakening Nov.12. Let me guess what YOU’RE doing right now………reading your article on your PETROLEUM- based unit-hoping you get noticed by the RICH Huff-HO herself.
You’re pathetic.


Then there is the phonys documented who stand there and yell and scream at the police like they are witnessing abuse that is not taking place so they can splice it into old tapes to make it LOOK like the police are mistreating them. All staged.


“Hey Mr. Soros, can you send more money and Twinkies? I love it down here man. By the way George, why aren’t we protesting on your front lawn. Oh, I get it! You’re one of the 99% like us.”
I particularly like the responses that address me as “Sir,” just before calling me swine or a “morale degenerate.” Also, I would just like to say that if Cato were to change its motto to Peaceniks, Homos, and Potheads Who Wear Ties, this alone would make it the greatest non-profit organization in the history of non-profit organizations.

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71 Responses to “Your An Idiot”

  1. #1 |  Maria | 

    “Peaceniks, Homos, and Potheads Who Wear Ties” is the best name for a band.

  2. #2 |  Janet | 

    I really enjoy the guy (or gal?) who admits to sheltering himself from all opposing points of view and then calls you an ideologue.

  3. #3 |  andrewo | 

    Filed in this thread because I’m too lazy to look back and see if you’ve already noted it:

  4. #4 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Radley, I pride myself on being the hardest of hard-line Libertarians I know, and you’re alright in my book.

  5. #5 |  Troy | 

    peacenicks, homos, and potheads

    Those are bad things?

  6. #6 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #38: You realize that human civilization largely did without standing police forces until about 400 years ago, don’t you? And until about 150 years ago they were limited to the largest, most densely populated cities.

    I’m not saying we can do entirely without them any longer; there are too many people on Earth now for that. But if their numbers were reduced considerably and their powers reduced dramatically, society would become more decent, not less. Police don’t make any society more “decent”; they just enforce the will of the potentates codified as “laws”, most of which have little if anything to do with “decency”.

  7. #7 |  kevin | 


    I agree almost entirely with your second point, but the first is a bit more dubious. Human civilization did without a lot until about 400 years ago that we might now call essential – women’s suffrage and ipods come to mind. But that’s hardly an argument against them.

  8. #8 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I’ve watched a lot of OWS clips and in all honesty the police are using an incredible amount of restraint.

    They’ll generally do that when they know the press is all around them.

  9. #9 |  Difster | 

    Awesome hate mail. I hope to see more.

  10. #10 |  Highway | 

    Kevin, no, it’s not an argument against them. Maggie’s point is an argument against the argument that we *must* have them. It’s not like iPods and women’s suffrage cause people life and liberty to be reduced. But police forces do.

    I also have a problem with Tim P.’s assertion that the police should be praised since they are ‘showing a lot of restraint’. Hey, awesome. They’re showing restraint by not doing the things they’re not supposed to do at all. You don’t get praised for doing what you’re supposed to do anyway. Just because they do less of that when they’re ‘provoked’ now means that they’re still doing things they shouldn’t do.

  11. #11 |  GaryM | 

    Tonight I think I’ll wear a necktie for my Halloween disguise.

  12. #12 |  Surly Chef | 

    We were recently discussing, over at Reason, how you seemed to lack a sense of humor, likely due to the material you cover. I take that back, you just have a deadpan delivery, even via prose. While I can’t speak for my fellow commentators, I apologize for that assumption. We do miss the routine ball punches.

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  14. #14 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #60: Thank you, Highway, that’s precisely what I meant. :-)

  15. #15 |  kevin | 


    I was only pointing out that simply because we went without something until 400 years ago says nothing about its necessity here and now. Standing police forces may well be unnecessary in the present day, but the fact that we didn’t have them until Henry Fielding thought them up has nothing to do with it. Anyway, it’s not an important point. I just thought to point out that the comment, to my mind, didn’t really help her argument at all.

  16. #16 |  Tim P | 

    Do you think we need fewer police now as opposed to 1950? Are the police more corrupt now or in 1950? Are people more upstanding and honest now or were they in 1950? Ever hear stories about people leaving their doors unlocked 60 years ago? I have. Richard Pryor visited the state pen to make a movie and later said, “thank god for penitentiaries”. I’ve read that full coverage car insurance is much more expensive now because people are more dishonest than they use to be. Don’t know if that’s true or not. Any 75 year-olds out there willing to comment?

  17. #17 |  R.Dhar | 

    I like “Yours, An Idiot” best.

  18. #18 |  alkali | 

    @Radley: I would just like to say that if Cato were to change its motto to Peaceniks, Homos, and Potheads Who Wear Ties, this alone would make it the greatest non-profit organization in the history of non-profit organizations. Concur.

    @Maria: “Peaceniks, Homos, and Potheads Who Wear Ties” is the best name for a band. Yes, but Talking Heads is easier to fit on an album cover.

  19. #19 |  Robert Britt | 

    I thought it was amusing, although I know it’s totally random, that the adsense ad at the top of this page was for a school to earn a degree to have a career in the FBI.

    There are idiots in every group, so you have masturbaters, defecaters and all around haters to the left and right and all points in between. Once you have a public assembly there seem to be hangers-on who drift in to enhance the affair with shenanigans of all sorts (not to mention those who would sabotage any movement by posing as lefties or righties and sh*tting around.)

    Special thanks go out to all the trolls and people who don’t get “you’re” take.

  20. #20 |  RJ | 

    You really should have replied to the original “your an idiot” poster with: “Dear Morale, I’m sorry you feel this way…” Prolly his head woulda ‘sploded!

  21. #21 |  AnonymousCoward | 

    So do the peaceniks and homos wear ties too, or is it just the potheads?