Your An Idiot

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Comment of the day, in response to this post:

I want to commend the vast majority of the denizens of this blog for your relentless hostility and poor taste. I had seen the linked article elsewhere and noted it as nothing more than a typical liberal cheapshot. Your disdain for tradition is inspiring! Inspiring those in the middle to move to the right and inspiring those on the right to fight harder for the soul of our country. Keep up the good work! I know you will because you can’t help it.

Also, in the same thread, regular commenter CyniCAL makes a heartfelt plea to cease use of the phrase “assless chaps.”


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25 Responses to “Your An Idiot”

  1. #1 |  RomanCandle | 

    Someone should tell this guy that, on the gay marriage issue, the country is moving rapidly to the left.

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    Pointing out hypocrisy is a cheap shot? Only if you’re a hack.

    I am very proud to say that I have a huge amount of disdain for traditions that treat certain groups of people like second class citizens. If you’re inspired to keep treating gays like shit then you are a fucking asshole.

  3. #3 |  omar | 

    Mattocracy, it wasn’t just a cheap shot; it was a typical liberal cheap shot. The most insidious of all cheap shots.

  4. #4 |  Professor Coldheart | 

    My hostility and poor taste have gone without commendation for too long. Thanks, buddy!

  5. #5 |  Alex H | 

    I’d like to put in a request that we keep using the expression “assless chaps”!

  6. #6 |  Cynical in New York | 

    Yep because conservatives [i]never[i] used cheap shots at Libertarians or Liberals. Got to love the conservatrolls who pop up here now and then

  7. #7 |  Kid Handsome | 

    #5 – I think you misread omar’s intent. The “typical liberal cheap shot” comment was taken from the original e-mail.

  8. #8 |  Kid Handsome | 

    #5 Upon reflection, I could also have misinterpreted your comment, which could easily be read to be a reference to the original e-mail. Mea culpa.

  9. #9 |  Name Nomad | 

    In an effort to see my name (pseudonym) in lights, I shall now develop a truly idiotic post for a later date. I plan on repeatedly referring to Mr. Balko as “Balki” — the naive immigrant in one of the worst sitcoms of the early 90s — among other things. I should imagine that it would take me a fortnight, as utter idiocy takes time to ferment.

  10. #10 |  CyniCAl | 

    Radley, while I am heartened at the barely non-zero attention you have lavished on me recently — not that you owe me anything — would you please clarify your intent on highlighting my comment about so-called “assless chaps?” It appears that I won a sort-of “honorable mention” Comment of the Day award, one that I don’t feel justified in accepting.

    While my comment was satirical (making a big deal about a meaningless phrase), it nonetheless stands on its own and (hopefully) raises the level of discussion here.


  11. #11 |  David | 

    I personally find your comment dismissive of buttock-challenged British gentlemen.

  12. #12 |  Grammar Police | 

    Wrong! You’re an idiot.

  13. #13 |  Dante | 

    Spit-laden Commenter posted:
    “Keep up the good work! I know you will because you can’t help it.”

    Does that sound “elitist” to you? It does to me.

    I guess there are obsequious snobs on both sides of the aisle.

  14. #14 |  Radley Balko | 


    My intent was to single you out for praise. You’re right!

    I was also just amused by the target of your (accurate) pedantry.

  15. #15 |  Raoul Duke | 

    I seem to have struck a nerve.

  16. #16 |  omar | 

    Your disdain for tradition is inspiring!

    I don’t want to keep singling conservatives out for poor thinking, but this quote is actually a pretty powerful insight into the modern conservative mind. That we should guide the most powerful human force in the entire world simply by our imagination of what life was before today.

    This year, I found this cartoon be a solid reminder of how shallow our view of tradition is.

  17. #17 |  Ted S. | 

    I would like to apologize to the quoted commenter for not having been suitably relentless in my hostility or in sufficiently poor taste.

  18. #18 |  Felix | 

    The first time I saw assful chaps was when I had a girlfriend in San Francisco; we lived on opposite sides of Polk Street. Coming back home one night after midnight, I saw such a sight ambling down Polk street away from me.

    Pols Street was always so cheerful. Even the drunkest drunks were happy in one way or the other. I’ve always figured homophobes could be straightened out (!) if they had to compare an hour on Polk Street to an hour in some straight bar district.

  19. #19 |  Homeboy | 

    Ohhhhhh, that comment was from Raoul Duke! Well, no wonder, this fellow has distinguished himself in previous posts as the most abject of morons. The last time I saw him polluting this blog, he was advocating for state judicial systems not to require all available evidence be examined before executing convicts, because such measures might diminish public interest in criminal justice issues (somewhat similar to the non-argument he advances here). Assuming this fellow ever had a brain, it has obviously long since been removed and relegated to suspension in formaldehyde within a specimen jar.

    As for the commendation for Radley’s relentless hostility and poor taste, I wish I could take credit for it, but, unfortunately, they are entirely the result of Radley’s own initiative.

  20. #20 |  the innominate one | 

    And yet, this taste-conscious critic of Radley’s uses as his handle “Raoul Duke … the fictional character and antihero based on Hunter S. Thompson in his autobiographical novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The book was originally written under the name Raoul Duke.

    Duke is the main character and narrator of many of Thompson’s stories, novels, and articles, often taking part of events in Thompson’s life in Thompson’s place. He is portrayed as a cynical, eccentric hedonist. He is in a near-perpetual state of intoxication on whatever drugs happen to be available, ranging from marijuana to amyl nitrite to adrenochrome.”

    (Reference – Wikipedia article on Raoul Duke)

    Stay tasteful!

  21. #21 |  c andrew | 

    Did anyone else find David’s (#11) comment as funny as I did?

  22. #22 |  CyniCAl | 

    Thank you Radley, that was kind of you.

  23. #23 |  CyniCAl | 

    @ #21 — I did, but it took me a couple of reads to get it.

    My first experience with assful chaps was watching Van Halen’s David Lee Roth perform at the US Festival in 1983.

  24. #24 |  Goober | 

    Yet another conservative who probably walks around bitching constantly about how big the government has gotten and how they have obtained too much power, who in the same breath advocates for the government to gain infinitely more power over us in the name of social conservatism.

    Back in my conservative days, I struggled with this. For instance, I was anti-abortion in the sense that I thought there oughtta be a law. But when I actually thought about that, i realized that such a law is unenforceable. Did I really want an entirely new law enforcement arm that was tasked with determining if women were pregnant, and then monitoring those pregnancies to make sure that none terminated? Did I want a mother who just had a miscarriage to be put through an inqusition by a government stooge to make sure that her miscarriage was natural and not a veiled abortion? Did I really think that it would be a good thing for all OB doctors and nurses to live in a state of fear that one day the federal officer hanging over their shoulder would determine that the miscarriage that they just treated was really an illegal abortion and be arrested and have their life ruined?

    Of course not.

    It was really mulling over these issues that converted me to an individual rights and individual responsibility guy. Morality is the key, not legality, and morality can only spring from the individual. Do I still think abortion is the wrong answer? yes, I do. However, in the discussion about whether there should be a law or not, i am staunchly against the passage of such a law.

    The problem arises when other people see something as immoral when still others do not. Homosexuality is a perfect example. The thing i can’t figure out is why anyone cares. Even if you think it is immoral, how is it really effecting you? How is it hurting you? Why do you care? Why do you think you have the right to do or say anything to stop someone else from doing something that harms no one else? Little tyrants is really the only thing that I can use to describe socons. They want to dictate to everyone how they should live their life.

  25. #25 |  Xenocles | 

    I believe the proper opposite of “assless chaps” would be “assed chaps,” known in most sartorial circles as “pants.”