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July 6, 2006

So Much for Civic (and Civil) Dialogue

Two-and-a-half years ago, back before Dust in the Light's current design, I responded to specific writings of Dallas Morning News columnist/blogger John Chamless on the issues of excommunicating politicians and abortion. As far as I can tell, I've never mentioned him elsewhere, and I don't believe I was unduly personal or vicious in arguing against his points. Well, here's an email I received this week:

You were in Diapers kid when John Chamless was a writer....you think you know anything?...Chamless was the brightest, toughest and most heroic soldier that I ever met...He was a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division.... He fought in Vietnam and was badly wounded....very badly wounded...I know, I was in I Corps Viet-nam with him.......Courageous!.... He has a wealth of knowledge and understanding that you lightweights will never know........You are a child compared to Chamless....and you dare to write about his ability... You are a conceited pox on this fine country.........You should run and hide! sincerely disgusted with your pompous arrogance..

Somehow, I'm skeptical that Mr. Chamless appreciates the activities of such fans as this one — whose mentality seems to me to provide indication of why we still have wars in this day and age.

Posted by Justin Katz at July 6, 2006 10:29 PM
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Well, I explored the link to the Dallas Morning News blog site and didn't see anything that hinted at there having been a John Chamless involved. Was Mr. Chamless a writer for DMN back then? I'm wondering how the email author even knows that the John Chamless he knew and the John Chamless that used to blog at DMN were one and the same. Has the email been stuck in the ether for 2.5 years? How odd, and how truly disturbing that the email author chose to believe that your analysis of Mr. Chamless postings were ad hominem attacks as was just delivered to yourself.

Posted by: smmtheory at July 7, 2006 9:42 AM

Captain Kirk, there seems to be a temporal warp ahead... and it contains...contains... oh my gosh, it contains a troll.

Posted by: GM Roper at July 10, 2006 7:06 PM

Did that person email you again?

Posted by: jr at July 15, 2006 3:50 PM

Luckily, no.

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