Tears of a clown

Earlier this week, Kevin K at Rumproast definitively exposed Confluence front-pager Myiq2xu (aka Meatprod4u) as a fraud and a hypocrite. Meatprod has now published a long, whiny screed that fails to rebut the charge of hypocrisy but will likely succeed in misdirecting the more credulous members of his audience.

But let’s be clear about what’s at issue here: Contrary to the implications of the whiny screed, no one is trying to drive Meatprod out of the blogosphere, reveal his true identity or hold him to impossible standards of decorum. No, the point is to illustrate that Meatprod is a hypocrite and a fraud, and nothing in the whiny screed refutes that fact: Meatprod constantly trumpets his own feminist credentials and denounces others as hopeless misogynists and dastardly sexists for transgressions that are mild in comparison to his own.

Of course, Meatprod fails to review the comments that he apparently finds shameful in the whiny screed — the whole point is to distract the audience he’s spent months convincing that he’s an uber-feminist who bravely calls out others for sexism and misogyny, after all. So let’s summarize what Meatprod, feminist avenger, said in a Balloon Juice comment thread centered on Miss Teen South Carolina’s disastrous flailing during a question portion of a beauty contest:

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Just stare at her boobs and don’t pay any attention to what she says. If she talks too much put something in her mouth.

She needs to marry a rocket scientist so her kids will be half-wits.

Andrew August 27th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Her reoccurring use of “such as” is a result of a dialog coach training her out of rampant use of the word “like”. They instruct kids to substitute “such as” for “like”. She must not have had this coaching trick for very long. Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?

They hit her in the back of the throat with the meat prod.

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

That training coach better have earned himself the pink slip for this one. If his job was to rid her of the “like”s, AND make her sound intelligent…well…uh…not so much.

The deficiency with the meat prod method is that the teacher has an obvious conflict of interest.

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 5:14 pm

I discovered that if you turn the volume all the way down before playing the clip her performance improves dramatically.

I hope she won.

Meatprod explains this away by owning that he’s a “semi-civilized guy with a raunchy, politically incorrect sense of humor” and citing the audience he was addressing, imagining somehow that the Balloon Juice crew is less refined and genteel than The Confluence readers.

And you know, I’m sure none of us are 100% proud of everything we’ve ever said online; I know I’m not. But the thing is, we don’t all set ourselves up as the final arbiters of acceptable feminist speech and behavior, whereas Meatprod — and so many of his PUMA fellow travelers — do.

The “boys will be boys” defense might actually work for someone who didn’t make a specialty of consigning opponents like Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau to misogynist hell forever for the sin of groping a cardboard cut-out. It might work for someone who didn’t condemn Obama as an incorrigible sexist pig for using words like “periodically” and “claws.”

But when you set yourself up as the Torquemada of the Sexism Inquisition and routinely cast others onto the pyre for much smaller transgressions than you yourself have perpetrated, well, you deserve to get singed by your own words. And make no mistake about it, Meatprod was feeling the heat, or he wouldn’t have bothered to post that lame attempt at bamboozlement.

Having already been outed conclusively as a shameless hypocrite, Meatprod goes all in by accusing others of “stalking” him, all the while giving irrefutable evidence of his own “stalking” activities by minutely recounting obscure conversations he’s read on the very blogs he accuses of stalking him. It’s funny in a “self-awareness, lack thereof” kind of way.

Meatprod and his commenters go on to hilariously assert that the people Meatprod and others have obviously monitored so closely must have no lives since they monitor him so closely, etc.  I can’t possibly put it any better than stellar commenter Yetanotherfreakingbrit did here:

That Effluence thread was a contender for the ripest, richest, stinkiest vein of mendacious projection that’s been gathered together in one place in the history of PUMAdom. Substitute “PUMA/s” for “Obots” or (the new buzz hateword) “blog/stalkers” and it’s hilarious how well it applies.

Yep, that about covers it. Meatprod and crew feign mystification as to why anyone would pay attention to PUMA now that the election is over, and that would be a damn good question if they really wondered rather than asking it rhetorically to aggrandize their pathetic selves.

I’ll answer it as if it were an honest question anyway. Firstly, PUMAs are funny in the same way Freepers and RedState posters are amusing. Before PUMAs came along, I used to make fun of wingnuts. And after the PUMA sites are reduced to a few tumbling hairballs blowing through the streets of the ghost town that the PUMAsphere is becoming, I’ll likely go back to laughing at wingnuts full time.

Secondly, I’d like to make sure the several dozen or so PUMAs that exist remain alienated from the Democratic Party. We’re better off without them, and we don’t need them to win. Due to their relatively small numbers, we got rid of them with less pain and cost than we encountered when we shed the Dixiecrats, and with similar improvement to the character of the party itself, albeit on a smaller scale.

A party free of self-righteous hypocrites like Meatprod and incompetents like Murphy is an improved party. A party without people who natter non-stop about the importance of eradicating sexist language but then suck-up to Meatprods is a better party. A party without people who long for bloodshed and violence is a party with stronger character.

So if the PUMA leaders stay out and persuade the lunatic fringe and supremely gullable to stick with them to the bitter end, it’s all good in my book: a stronger Democratic Party and an endless source of amusement. In otherwords, their fail-fail equals my win-win. And the one thing they excel at is fail production.

18 Responses

  1. Bravo betty! You perfectly encapsulated what I was planning to write later. I’ll still probably post something about this later, but I’ll have to try hard to not be too redundant.

    You really get the crux of the matter here:

    I’ll answer it as if it were an honest question anyway. Firstly, PUMAs are funny in the same way Freepers and RedState posters are amusing. Before PUMAs came along, I used to make fun of wingnuts. And after the PUMA sites are reduced to a few tumbling hairballs blowing through the streets of the ghost town that the PUMAsphere is becoming, I’ll likely go back to laughing at wingnuts full time.

    meatprod4u asks why we aren’t “fighting” the right wingers online instead of the PUMAs. The answer is that we aren’t warbloggers in the 101st keyboard kommandos. We’re just amused by stupid people with access to the internet and an interest in politics.

  2. After getting kicked off Balloon Juice, Corrente, TalkLeft AND MyDD (quite an accomplishment for an alleged Clinton supporter), MyIQ finally found his home in the PUMASphere.

    It comes as no surprise that they tolerate his bullshit – their “feminism” is about a nanometer deep and a mile wide, and serves only as a veneer for their underlying racism and sexism. As long as he continues the anti-Obama rant, he’s their pet male.

  3. A++++, Ms. Bettty!

    Why do I suspect MyIQIsAMeatByProduct is one of those annoying douchenozzles who yammers on and on about how women don’t want to date “nice guys” like him?

  4. Kerry, I can totally buy that. Nobody appreciates how clever and special he is!

    The real reason most PUMAs over at the effluence support him is that they don’t have any principles, it’s just an us vs. them thing. They don’t want to lose by giving in and admitting that one of their frontpagers is a hypocritical misogynistic twit.

  5. Fantastically well said, Betty.

    Now, would you please stop posting in so many different places? It’s getting harder and harder to blogstalk you.

  6. quick, spot the contradiction!

    I just woke up and check the spam filter to see if any non-troll comments needed to be set free and I found a link to the stalker blog run by usedrubbernectar.

    I didn’t go there to check (not on an empty stomach) but apparently he’s claiming that I “failed to rebut charges of hypocrisy”

    Oh Clownie, of course you checked. You can’t help yourself.

  7. Well said.[quote]Secondly, I’d like to make sure the several dozen or so PUMAs that exist remain alienated from the Democratic Party.[/quote]
    Exactly. Pointing and laughing is great fun, but never again having to tolerate Alegre and Larry Johnson in polite society is a real gain for the Democratic party.

  8. Laurie, on April 8th, 2009 at 11:03 am Said:

    Finally got over to the Ballon Juice blog where their quotes originated, and, in context is totally different from out of context-Wow.

    Talk about twisting the truth-and being self congratulatory, and hyperbolic with it.

    Does this woman even understand the meaning of the word context? Even meatprod4u didn’t push the context angle with his comments about that girl. Even an unrepentant bullshitter like him knew no one would buy it.

    Except for Laurie.

  9. Bull’s eye!

    A devastating summation! And the added beauty of it is that meatprod’s offensive words will now come up on myiq2xu Google searches. Am I correct?

  10. Dead Girl, on April 8th, 2009 at 10:17 am Said:

    MY – try not to read the putrid bile emanating from their vacuum orifices…

    Does this woman even understand the meaning of the word vacuum? They aren’t vacuums if things are emanating from them.

  11. Pistachios, if dead girl understood the meaning of words she wouldn’t really be a PUMA now would she. If you want to fit in, just coddle meatprod4u and tell him not to worry about those meanie blogstalkers, and do it without regard for the meaning of words.

  12. You nailed it yet again, Betty!

    Lovely. The roll call of apologists and fantasists over on last night’s Effluence thread have now shown just how “principled” they are. They’re willing to excuse such choice expressions as “They hit her in the back of the throat with the meat prod” and the other effusions catalogued above.

    No amount of distraction techniques such as bleating about “stalkers” (this from people who have habitually stalked others for months, to the extent of driving one commenter here into, hopefully temporary, semi-retirement) and ad hominems (nope, the term doesn’t mean what myiq wants it to – it’s not a shield against being an asswipe) can disguise the ugliness of such expressions and what lies behind them.

    I am willing to make a substantial PayPal payment to the charity of choice of anyone who can explain to me why I should find such “jokes” at all amusing. I have a pretty well-developed sense of humor. There’s nothing funny there unless you’re an out-and out misogynist or a spineless dipshit who’ll say anything just to keep in with the ever-dwindling gang.

    So chalk this up as yet another landmark for the Effluence – yet another shark jumped, to go along with all the Michelle Obama “scoopmouth” jibes, the slavering over the “whitey tape,” any number of other right-wing sourced lies and smears, the Favreau/Ponteverde debacle, Riverdaughter raising eyebrows over at Corrente last week with her extended diatribes about Michelle Obama’s body shape and dress sense – and now everyone there thinks behavior like myiq2xu’s is just fine, if not admirable. Hoorah!

    So do we have a concensus – keep the cess in the pit and use it pour encourager les autres? – “If you don’t quit being a hypocritical douchebag opportunist hack, then you’ll end up like these people.”

    Go myiq2xu! Go Nijima! Go Riverdaughter! Go PUMA!

  13. Oh, and if any of the blogs I comment on had a signature feature, then this would be mine (I’m too goddam lazy/got some sort of life to paste it in each time, so please take it as read in future):

    PUMAS — THINK BEFORE YOU POST — WE TOLD YOU SO!

  14. Pssst, Rhonda, you’re not helping. Stop clouding up the waters.

  15. …Riverdaughter raising eyebrows over at Corrente last week with her extended diatribes about Michelle Obama’s body shape and dress sense…”

    That example of hypocrisy and staggering lack of self awareness probably deserves a post of its own.

  16. They’re going to need a shipment of neck braces to cope with the whiplash they’re experiencing by having to justify each and every sexist outpouring of clownyboy.

    I particularly enjoyed this one (a minor h/t to this commenter because they asked the question no one else there apparently dared to):

    Laurie, on April 8th, 2009 at 5:51 am Said:

    I am very curious about what they’ve been posting about you Myiq-but I don’t know where to go to look. :evil:

    They obviously must have their panties in a twist over the concept of a fox in a hen house.

    Company of equals never crosses their minds. :roll:

    Redux:

    You’re OK with me, genius comedic artist Clownyboy. Now where’s this blog post of yours I’m supposed to heartily approve of?

    *crickets* *crickets* *crickets* *crickets* *crickets* *crickets*

    PUMAS — THINK BEFORE YOU POST — WE TOLD YOU SO!

  17. Christ on a cracker — the comments sound exactly like what a sleazy, leering, sexist goon would say if called out for telling an obscene joke or pinching a cocktail waitress on the ass! They boil down to this: “Whatsa matter honey, haven’t you got a sense of humor?”

    Gosh, we’re so lucky the very fate of feminism rests in these folks’ hands! Not.

  18. Firstly, PUMAs are funny in the same way Freepers and RedState posters are amusing. Before PUMAs came along, I used to make fun of wingnuts. And after the PUMA sites are reduced to a few tumbling hairballs blowing through the streets of the ghost town that the PUMAsphere is becoming, I’ll likely go back to laughing at wingnuts full time.

    Secondly, I’d like to make sure the several dozen or so PUMAs that exist remain alienated from the Democratic Party. We’re better off without them, and we don’t need them to win. Due to their relatively small numbers, we got rid of them with less pain and cost than we encountered when we shed the Dixiecrats, and with similar improvement to the character of the party itself, albeit on a smaller scale.

    A party free of self-righteous hypocrites like Meatprod and incompetents like Murphy is an improved party. A party without people who natter non-stop about the importance of eradicating sexist language but then suck-up to Meatprods is a better party. A party without people who long for bloodshed and violence is a party with stronger character.

    BINGO! Brilliantly put!

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