Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, December 09, 2005

ambush blogging...

What is Ambush Blogging? It's War On Bullshit...

I'm a Leftie Pinko Scumbag. And proud of it!

We Lefties howl in protest at the bullshit coming at us from The Right. But we do Sweet Fanny Adams about the bullshit pumped out by our Leftie comrades. There seems to be a tacit agreement among Lefties not to challenge each others' bullshit.

Well, that's all changed now...

Ambush Blogging (c) (TM) has arrived. It has been reified into existence by my good self. I hereby charge every Leftie to help me clean up The Left by challenging Lefties everywhere who appear to be peddling crap.

I want rigorous debate! I want no prisoners taken! I want the truth, and I want everything which is not the truth to be laid waste! There is no room for bullshit in Leftie rhetoric!

Capiche paisano?

Update #1: For the more voyeuristic among you, I'm currently engaged in two ambushes: [Here] and [Here] Enjoy. It is unknown yet how these battles will go, but I see windmills...

Update #1.5: The windmills proved to be a hard day's tilting. One of them, emulating the dismembered knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, just plain refused to admit defeat. It was tragic to observe. The other cunningly managed to negtiate a truce, sensing, no doubt, that he too was about to be annihilated by my superior logic.

Update #2: Although it cannot be said that either of the windmills being tilted at are actually defeating me, it might be argued that Ambush Blogging should only be a bi-annual affair... The Aussie blogosphere is a fragile little flower... And the spotlight of truth tends to have a withering effect on some of the delicate little blossoms... So here's the policy: Every six months, two likely suspects will be selected for some character building exercises... That's pretty fair, isn't it?

25 Comments:

Blogger Kenshin said...

nice articles! i m linking you on my blog right away

December 09, 2005 6:23 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Sandeep, I'm a link whore. I'll link straight back at ya... :-)

December 09, 2005 8:27 PM  
Blogger Splutters said...

War on bullshit. Wait a minute...Isn't that what America is doing right now?
Enlighten me.

December 10, 2005 2:16 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hobbes, the way I see it, America's "War On Terror" is bullshit, a hell of a lot of us are waging war on that bullshit too.

This particular war on bullshit here is designed to make the Left think a bit more deeply before going nuts on their keyboards.

Ironic that this should be coming from me? Yes. Life is very ironic.

But it makes sense when you think about the huge embarrassment they experience when a ratbag like my purulent self shows up the errors in their thinking. I see them quaking in their Doc Martens as we type... ;-)

December 10, 2005 5:54 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Brilliant!

December 10, 2005 3:53 PM  
Blogger Link said...

Hi Gerry, well I've been to both places and put in my two cents worth.

I think you're on a road to ruin with this ambush blogging. When I first started blogging I bowled on in to an extremely right wing American blog run by a woman called Moxie, and I brazenly but in a friendly like way, and not without a sense of irony stated the bleeding fucking obvious to them all. Well!! Did I cop the personal attack from hell. I actually called in for supporters from a guy who had a blog here I've now forgotten his blog's name. He valliantly came to my rescue and did his best, with a whole lot of facts at his fingerstips. These commentors however on this blog were vicious extremely personal and violent. I logged off in fright, very, very glad to be living a hemisphere away. A guy called 'Mike' also came to my rescue and I fantasised that it was Mike Moore, because he wrote very well and also had a whole heap of facts at his fingertips, he too was gallant and gentlemanly. And the lesson in that was clear. Ambush blogging which I didn't understand but thats' what I was doing, will only ever get you very hot under the collar, very hurt and or quite shaken, and while I know that you are indeed a left wing fucking pinkie at heart, if you really want a fight go and get stuck into these facist, racsit, sexist violent arseholes, if you want to fight a good fight. PS needless to say I couldn't agree with you over the air marshall shooting thing.

December 10, 2005 8:25 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Link. You and I are very different beings. I have learned that "sticks and stones (and bullets, and rockets, and grenades, and mines) can hurt my bones but words can never hurt me."

The only way words can hurt me is directly proportionate to the degree to which I am trying to disallow them the right to say what they're saying. In other words, only control-freaks get hurt. Sorry, but Buddhism 101 backs me up on this... (don't you just love this outbreak of "101's" ? :-)

About the left/right bunfight, the right are beyond hope and I leave them to those who are intellectually masochistic. Being a lefty, I take offence at some of the crap which masquerades as "fact" within the lefties' hallowed halls of Absolute Truth.

About the Air Marshall thing, watch and learn. Or not...

"Offence freely given to those who wish to take it..."

I think of you as my friend, Link, but our minds are very different. Hopefully this difference will not come between us.

December 10, 2005 9:32 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling..." :-)

December 10, 2005 9:35 PM  
Blogger Link said...

No of course this won't come between us not at all, I am only giving an example of my own naive experience of what was basically ambush blogging - a left of centre type, blundering in on an incredibly right wing blog. I know that you already know what you're doing.

Sticks and stones Gerry? Whatever happened to the pen is mightier than the sword and in your case the keyboard mightier than the machine gun? Just watch your blood pressure!

I don't really understand what's to learn about the air marshall thing, I'm prepared to wait and see and if you'd like to point it out to me down the track than I'm open to that too. I just don't understand the need to kill someone when you could just inflict grivous bodily harm and stop them in their tracks. I think that the US are way too gun crazy and any excuse to 'take somebody out' is the easy option, any time it presents.

I too consider you as a friend.

December 10, 2005 10:10 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Link, the term Ambush Blogging is a tongue-in-cheek thing. It's hyperbole. It's a wank. At the end of the day it's a rev-up. It's a spin on the Dem's mantra "Keeping the Bastards Honest" (Just before they slept with them and even married them!) Politics is brutal. But if it's done with some decorum it does not degenerate into actual war. But I digress...

"Sticks and stones"? You've taken a completely perverse stance on what I was getting at. I was not invalidating the idea that reason can triumph over belligerence (keyboard/machine gun)

I was saying that one person's words can only damage another person in direct proportion to the degree to which "the victim" seeks to disallow "the perpetrator's" words. It's an age-old game.

At the psychological level, it's often the case that the control-freak plays the victim in order to control. It's a fear-driven response. There are mountains of books on the subject...

My blood pressure is fine... :-)

The Air Marshall thing? Just follow the ball over at the other blog. Watch and learn. :-)

Thanks, friend. [hug]

December 10, 2005 10:49 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

I watched Jim Lehrer's News Hour on this and found out that baggage in the hold isn't checked but passengers are.

Then I saw the photo of the passengers marched out of the plane with their hands on their heads with guns aimed at them. What would have happened if one had slipped on the steps?

Then I saw the officials blowing up the passengers' luggage.

Talk about stable door.

I'm not commenting because I've learned not to on the 'topic du jour'. I just think the aftermath was farcial.

December 11, 2005 1:41 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

Careful there Dodgy. yer certainly right that neither side has cornered the market on slight evidence and sloppy thinking...just consider some of my posts. Your premise, correct me if I am wrong, is that there is a left and a right. Your quest amounts to getting all Bu..SH.. out of the blogosphere...quixotic to say the least but admirably in character for you.
The risk? the myth that there is just left and right will unravel right before your eyes in the midst of your onslaught. "who's side are you on" is a great question for oversimplifying the world. [i.e. another of the devil's tools is hiding inside your quest...IMO]

darn! you made me think again!

December 12, 2005 4:39 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ahhh...GreenSmile, you make me smile... :-) All I need is a good horse and a good manservant, and I'll be ready for some questing.... I'll get those pesky windmills! ;-)

December 12, 2005 5:20 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

GreenSmile, you said "yer certainly right that neither side has cornered the market..."

So there are two sides, are there? Hmmm, GreenSmile? [snicker]

December 12, 2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Look what you've done - you've got me so wrapped up in the Ambush Blogging, I'm not writing my own crap. Thanks!

December 12, 2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

We'll be banned in the blogosphere... :-)

December 12, 2005 3:19 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

Well, Gerry, you can either turn down the sensitivity on you BS detector or you can let me wiggle out of this.

There is a heirarchy of sides. we political animals are lazy and only deal with the top node of the heirarchy. At that level maybe there is only two sides. If you go into one of the branches, there you find hierarchy too. its not exactly fractal but it does support your descending through a few layers of factions. e.g. your "liberals" catch-all decomposes into say Greens and Labor or some such partitioning...and so it goes. Biggest problem is there are numerous ways of sorting out the constituencies so identification of faction and sub-faction is not always agreed upon.


If I was as keenly aware of inconsistencies as you are, I might be depressed more often. [what is the alternative? Bush never seems down but who would settle for that dismal IQ in order to be content with the world?]...nah, good on ya for calling ANYBODY on their B.S. ...we can bear you just as you are.

December 12, 2005 11:29 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I really am a simple soul, GreenSmile. To me the left-right spectrum is from completely shared, communal, earth-friendly lifestyles across to utterly selfish, individualistic, wealth-accumulating lifestyle. In my heart I'm far left.

December 13, 2005 12:18 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

GS, about calling people on their BS, have a look at update #2 to this post.

December 13, 2005 12:23 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

"character building exercises"!

Thats a good thing, right?

December 13, 2005 11:44 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I would have thought that any exercises which build character are, ipso facto, good.

Is it not so?

December 13, 2005 11:49 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Character building 2x a year sounds healthy.

Did I miss something, or did Tim Dunlop never catch on to the fact that he was the victim of Ambush Blogging? Poor kid, fit to be tied.

December 14, 2005 4:03 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker, I don't think Tim or any of the Intellectual Elite would ever bother to read blogs like this. And if they did, God forbid they should let on...

But Tim also once wrote this...

December 14, 2005 8:53 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

Fascinating - did you know before or after you picked him to be your 'victim' that he meticulously defines the terms he uses in his claims? I can't believe he pretended not to understand the questions you were asking him. He must have the DC Disease... I think it's spreading.

December 14, 2005 1:33 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker, it was nowhere near as evil as that. Read his post and made a comment, then realised it would probably blow out into a major bunfight between the intellectual "elite" and the unwashed and that there was no way they would be able to confess their sins with the whole world spectating, so I realise it was a quixotic folly. It was out of this thoughtstream that the idea for Ambush Blogging came. By that time I was also embroiled with Guy so I thought "in for a penny, in for a pound", and went for it... and the rest, as they say, is history.

DC disease? Hahahaha... Tim has recently come back from a stint in Washington DC. Are you psychic? Oh that's right, there can't be any psychic phenomena because there can't! And that's that!!!

December 14, 2005 4:16 PM  

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