[linux-elitists] The hairball speaks

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Wed Sep 10 14:13:28 PDT 2003

Quoting Adam Kessel (adam@bostoncoop.net):

> Although it's more of a technique for framing the facts rather than a
> legal argument, if they succeed in portraying us a unified entity (like a
> corporation) it might bolster their attempt to hold everyone liable for
> what might have been the wrong act of an individual member of the
> community.  

I prefer the more-succinct label of "transparent sleaze and slander".

It's rather like (as if) Mr. McBride once annoyed someone wearing a
black t-shirt to the point where the other fellow punched him out, and
he's now going around saying all wearers of black t-shirts are a menace
to society and need to demonstrate their ethics by helping him track
down the guy he cheesed off.

It combines extreme presumption with studious dishonesty[1] _and_
unmerited self-righteousness.  The rational response is to call bullshit
on it and move on.

[1] Unless you're prepared to believe that misrepresenting at a
fundamental level _both_ Raymond's and Perens's statements in a
self-serving and basically defamatory manner is accidental.

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