How To Radically Reduce Your Lifespan as a Comboxer

Me: Let’s talk about Cosmos‘ lousy history of the relationship of the Church and Science

Jerk: SEX ABUSE SCANDAL!

Me: Stick to the subject

Jerk: I AM BEING SILENCED!

Me: You’re welcome to comment as long as you stick to the subject.

Jerk: HELP!  HELP!  I’M BEING REPRESSED!  NOW WE SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE SYSTEM!

Me: Bye!

If you are a member of the Jerk-American community, get help immediately.  It may be that your friends and loved ones are too repelled by you to want to bother approaching you about your problem.  But blog managers and other members of the Normal American community will be happy to tell you: “Stop acting like a jerk.  There is help and hope.  Begin with with the First Affirmation: ‘I am a jerk.  Nobody is silencing me or covering anything up.  They are trying to have an adult conversation and I suck all the oxygen out of the room with my psychodrama.  Next time, I will try to demonstrate common courtesy.’”

You can do it, Jerk Americans.  You can join adult society!

  • wlinden

    You are biased against Jerks!

    • Jared Clark

      Jerkphobia is a huge problem in society!

      • Alma Peregrina

        Please don’t give jerks ideas… nor self-victimizing “phobia”-finished words, please!

  • Laura Lowder

    You’re rather optimistic, aren’t you?

  • Andy, Bad Person

    It was a fascinating comment thread, to say the least. It was like a crash course in Logical Fallacies 101. Straw man! Appeal to authority! Argument from silence! No True Scotsman!

    • Almario Javier

      That’s the thing that got me more than anything else. It’s not so much that he was virulently anti-Catholic (most of my classmates think I’m an old fuddy-duddy for believing in the Virgin Birth likely anyway). It’s that his historiography seems entirely wedded to 19th-century notions that have largely been discredited as bunk by the scholarship. It’s like saying that the Church believed the world was flat, when all extant evidence shows this to not have been the case.

    • http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com/ Beadgirl

      Wow. I go off into the real world for a few hours and I miss all the fun. That guy was such a bad arguer, I began wondering if he was pulling everyone’s leg.

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        You were gone too? I leave town for one afternoon and people end up banned!

  • Heather

    You left out this part:
    OH YEAH, WELL GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF XYZ!
    (3 people give such examples)
    THESE EXAMPLES DID NOT COME FROM THE SPECIFIC PERSON I WAS CHALLENGING! THEREFORE THEY DO NOT COUNT!

    I think perhaps that Libresco’s Law needs to be enshrined prominently on every combox.

    That being:
    “I don’t want to see our often productive discussions derailed because everyone thinks it’s most urgent to reply to the craziest person in the thread. It’s a lot better to respond to the sanest person you disagree with and work your way up from there as time and blood pressure permits.”

    • Andy, Bad Person

      I so need to listen to Leah’s advice. It would save days of my life in the confession line.

    • Colin Gormley

      In fairness, he was the only person to comment that disagreed. So Leah’s Law was followed in the strictest interpretation. ;-)

    • wlinden

      No, it was…
      TheChurch persecuted Science.
      Any scientists who were not “persecuted” don’t count, because that means they were “church-approved”.

      • Meggan

        Don’t forget the old “Well of course you’d say that because the winners write the history.”

  • SteveP

    Woohoo for the Monty Python reference!

  • Tom

    Hey Mark! The poor deserve to be poor and we should spy on them with drones before blowing them up with drones because of the Dark Enlightenment, and the drone headquarters can only be operated by people who attend only the Latin Mass, unlike that awful Pope Francis! Pbbbbbbbbth!

    • chezami

      Weisenheimer.

  • Thinkling

    The thread also crystallized Thinkling’s Law: There is a fine line between Charity and Troll Feeding.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Having had this discussion elsewhere over the past few days, I’m sadly stunned at the level of education in our country anymore. People have a National Enquirer understanding of history.

  • Sean P. Dailey

    Just read the entire comment thread in that other post. Holy crap. 0_o

  • Mike

    LOL! Awesome!


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