The windows in Carrboro survived

I won’t rehash the Journolist flap here. Too many bytes have already been sacrificed to it, and I’m disinclined to add to the carnage. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, type “journolist” into your search engine and start reading.) Still, there was a local note of interest to be found in the affair.

One of the members of Journolist is a lefty writer named Spencer Ackerman, whose contribution to the ruckus was a now all-too-public message to his fellow Journolistas in which he suggested that a right-winger have his head smashed through a plate-glass window, and that a photo of the “bleeding mess” be sent out in a Christmas card “to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear.” (Ackerman added, “Obviously I mean this rhetorically.”)

It didn’t take long for someone to track down a photo and background information on Ackerman, both of which were found in a 2006 interview he gave with a media website. In it, Ackerman doesn’t look like, nor come across as, the type of guy who’d get the best of any brawl occurring in front of a plate-glass window. He’d be the smashee, if anything. One commenter at the site described him this way: “Woody Allen’s little brother.”

But for my money, the funniest thing in the interview was this earnest question and answer:

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Three weeks ago I helped out with the Really Free Market anarchist swapmeet in Carrboro, North Carolina.

How do you mock someone who’s already turned himself into a parody?

5 Responses to “The windows in Carrboro survived”

  1. Doug Says:

    I’m confident that if he wanted to and even at his age, Fred Barnes would have no trouble smashing Spencer Ackerman’s wee head through a plate-glass window and then distributing a photo of the bleeding mess in a Christmas card “to let the left know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear.”

    However, I don’t think Fred would bother to do so, even rhetorically.

  2. Doug Says:

    Thought about it some more and it seems that there are a lot of guys of small stature on the far left that seem to feel that the tougher and more coarse their language, the more powerful the message. (Markos M from Daily Kos comes to mind.) If your a writer, language is your only real weapon.

    I am of small stature as well but have rarely used coarse language either in print or verbally. Always figured that if I tried to sound or write “tough” it would only make it more ridiculous when people actually met me.

    Of course, Dan Gearino towers over most humans and thus has no need to goose up his text.

  3. Doug Says:

    Thought about it some more and it seems that there are a lot of guys of small stature on the far left that seem to feel that the tougher and more coarse their language, the more powerful the message. (Markos M from Daily Kos comes to mind.) If your a writer, language is your only real weapon.

    I am of small stature as well but have rarely used coarse language either in print or verbally. Always figured that if I tried to sound or write “tough” it would only make it more ridiculous when people actually met me.

    Of course, Dan Gearino towers over most humans and thus has no need to goose up his text.

  4. Doug Says:

    As an alternative, I duplicate my comments on this board in order to make my point clearer.

  5. Locomotive Breath Says:

    Carrboro is Chapel Hill without the expensive real estate and guilt.