I Should Be Hanged, Blown Up, or Banished: Reader Feedback

Last week’s  articles in USA Today spurred lots of helpful suggestions from thoughtful readers.  Admittedly, not everyone liked the articles.

Oughtsix, a commenter on a gun discussion board, was outraged by the “Ruby Ridge Lessons for Fighting Extremism” article’s subhead (““When the government tries to squash anti-American ideas it doesn’t like, the results are often destructive of American ideals.” )

“In the context of that article and its obvious bias, I have never seen a better example of rhetoric, cognitive disconnect, hypocrisy, journojizmic orgiasty (I made that up… pretty good huh?) and er, LYING than that.

Must pay pretty good to balm the conscience for looking in the mirror in the cold, gray light of dawn… on the day the gallows looms.”


[Name redacted] sent me a Twitter message on Saturday on the “Hurricane Harvey Proves Flood Subsidies Must End” oped:

“Your article about not continuing to rebuild Texas houses is insensitive, crude, poorly timed and confirms my opinion that you are a libtard – if not a complete ass. Do the world a favor: stick a lit cigar up you butt and blow yourself to hell!!”

Actually, I don’t think cigars work that way


Columnist Ann Coulter kindly re-tweeted several tweets on the Ruby Ridge article, which she labeled “another great @Jimbovard article.”  Ann has a 1.7 million Twitter followers, not all of whom are fans:

1 hour ago   Replying to

how’s about your ass gets banned too?


Other respondents scorned any discussion of the cold facts of Ruby Ridge:

3 hours ago    Replying to

That is typical Alt – Ring Wing insanity.


At least one of the commenters on the Ruby Ridge piece wanted to see more dead “extremists” –

16 hours ago   Replying to

Too bad the same didn’t happen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All terrorists deserve harsh treatment.


Alternatively, the real problem was diagnosed as a shortage of servility:

20 hours ago Replying to

Failure to follow orders of a legal authority caused this mistake.


Anyone who the government decides to kill is apparently a terrorist who deserves killing:

Weaver was an American terrorist. What’s your point?


Gun owners dissed the Ruby Ridge piece on gun discussion boards:
TangoFoxtrot: I only made it a few lines. As soon as I saw left wing groups called right wing the writer identified himself as an idiot. This fight is Democrats fighting Democrats.
DoNotBugMe: Why does it have to be “right wing” extremists, oh I forgot, the media has to paint the racists and Nazis as GOP members to continue the brainwashing. I have some ideas about some other article topics that are a lot more interesting…
I would not trust any journalist with anything I said, especially concerning firearms.

Let’s check out the article:  “many people are demanding a crackdown on dangerous right-wing extremists.”
A source for this statement? how many is many? 14? 22,000? I’d like to hear these many people and their exact demand? Who did they demand this of?

Sound like that sentence is an opinion based on a gist that the author has after watching news on TV.

sorry, could not read further. Couldnt get past the first sentence. Sounds like what I’d write for a junior high essay and didnt do any research.

Aesop  The original article is USAToday boilerplate.

Concerned American  It’s the USA Today. Normies of low function

Hybrid Slave:

Although I agree with most of the basic content about the wrong doings of the feds, it seems difficult for me to discern the writers political lines, based on just the article, what with siding and defending Weaver (+1 as far as I’m concerned), and the writer’s seemingly speaking out for the 1st Amendment.

But I become confused:confused: by the use of the divide tactic of name calling; especially because, as I recall (correct me if I’m wrong), the Ruby Ridge murders occurred during the (here with the labels again :rolleyes:) left wing Clinton/Janet Reno administration (I voted for “Papa Bush”, to my everlasting shame). But, I digress.. so I’m just a bit confused as to exactly who the writer believes to be the “bad guys” or what side the writer is on. Maybe he’s not exactly sure of either himself.

Pat701  Looking to print more anti-gun shit fuck him. Write about Soros instead.


Responding on the USAToday.com page to the hurricane subsidy piece:

Mary Guzman Nichols This is NOT the time for your crap! The Texas folks do not need your negativity at this time. Please make better use of your time!!!!!
Bummer!  I thought my crap was timeless.

Tommy Martin · Lexington, Kentucky: Besides being ignorant just how f****ing stupid is James Bovard? Not all of the the homes that were damaged are in what is considered a flood plain.”

I guess Mr. Martin didn’t catch the part of the article that talks about how FEMA & Congress screw up flood maps.


I also heard lots of friendly comments from folks who liked the pieces.  I much appreciated that feedback!

Thanks to Pixabay.com for the royalty-free images.


Here is the earlier version of the jpeg collage.  I welcome suggestions & criticism  –


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13 Responses to I Should Be Hanged, Blown Up, or Banished: Reader Feedback

  1. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit September 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    Sterling examples of how preconceived notions can color perception! And I include my own preconceived notion of “James Bovard as libertarian and writer.”

    The “journalist, therefore anti-liberty” point-of-view is strong in more than a few of those. I especially like the “I didn’t read much, but I’ll judge it anyway” ones.

    • Jim September 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

      Thanks much for your thoughts, Lawhobbit. I suppose it saves time to skip reading but that can affect the accuracy of any thunderbolts subsequently thrown.

  2. Brian Wilson September 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    “I Should Be Hanged, Blown Up….”

    Hmmpf. Folks around these parts say you were hung years ago….
    Just sayin’…

    • Jim September 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

      Damn, next up – people will make jokes about my double wide boots.

      • The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit September 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

        “They said he should be hung – and they was right.”

        “Select all pictures with vehicles.” What if there’s only one vehicle? Or just a part of a vehicle????

        • Jim September 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

          I appreciate you persevering despite the vexations of the blog software.

        • Brandon September 6, 2017 at 9:30 am #

          If you log into your account here, you don’t see the recaptcha.

          • Jim September 6, 2017 at 9:45 am #

            Thanks, Brandon. My impression is that Lawhobbit might be the only regular commentor getting the recaptcha notice.

          • The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit September 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

            I have an account?????

          • Brandon September 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

            Yes. I told you in May that I had created an account for you and emailed you the details.

  3. Sarcastabot September 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    You should re-post and respond to EVERY whacko comment you find on the Internet. Nothing trolls hate more than responses. And nothing smart people enjoy more than reading troll/idiot/lunatic comments.

  4. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit September 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

    Maybe there’s a secret handshake I’m missing?