[Vision2020] Dale has a backbone? Where? Is that it wiggling in theRosauer's fish counter?

Art Deco deco at moscow.com
Thu May 26 17:35:25 PDT 2005

Joan, et al,

Since Dale is such a fan of V 2020, perhaps he will really relish this post.  In fact, I dedicate it to him.

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The following completely fictional parody was first published in my (now syndicated) column Parsonic Parodies which appears regularly on the Christ Church is a Cult website.

Art Deco (Wayne A. Fox)
deco at moscow.com

From:  Parsonic Parodies, Volume IX:

Things to Watch For!

Here are some fabricated story lines to be developed in upcoming episodes of the completely fictional hit TV series Leave it to Blogger:

Christ Church Cult Master Douglas Wilson in his natural Eddie Haskell persona attempts to persuade Blogger to withdraw his savings and invest them in relandscaping Wilson's home for the glory of God.

Splotch Blakey is caught unabashedly enjoying himself among the normal population while relishing the treats at the New World Cafe.  He is sentenced by the Cult Master to secretly watch the city parking lot to attempt to discover the identities of the handsome young men from Potlatch that certain NSA coeds apparently find very unboring, desirable, and whom they covertly date and relish.  Will Splotch discover who these Lotharios are?  Will Splotch discover that one of the young swains is already married with child?  Will there be issue from these hot relationships or has Onan been ignored?

Cult Master Wilson suffers a near lethal (for those around him) attack of flatulence after rumors surface that a well-known local veteran newspaper columnist has submitted a short piece to The Reformed Evangelical entitled "Christ Church Cult Attorney Greg Dickinson:  Sanctimonious Sinner and/or Self-Absorbed Cuckold?"

Disenfranchised and disgruntled Christ Church women research and file complaints over alleged asbestos and egregious ADA violations at NSA, Logos, and Anselm House.  Cult Master Wilson becomes very worried that these complaints will eventually lead to other knowledge becoming public, to wit, that breathable remnants of very toxic chemicals from electronic equipment fires from the GTE occupancy era still permeate materials in the NSA building.  Wilson worries that this disclosure will adversely affect enrollment and also could force closure of the building.

Rumors circulate that Cult Mistress Nancy Wilson has penned an article for Mighty Christian Fortitude magazine entitled "Enduring the Pounding, Crushing, Smothering Beleaguerment of Sexual Intercourse:  A Christian Wife's Most Difficult, Most Sacred Duty."  Rumors further circulate that the authoress may not completely believe what she has written in the last phrase.  Could a very discrete adventure be in the offing?  Will the Cult Master suffer the same fate as his attorney?

Cult Master Wilson is at first pleased that the local franchise of a major national fast-food chain has renamed its new burger "The Cult Master."  The burger includes three beef patties, three sausage patties, three slices of Swiss cheese, and six rashers of bacon all grilled, and then deep fried in pork lard.  Wilson is so complimented by this "honor" that he ingests three at a sitting several times per week.  However, his euphoric elation turns to deep chagrin when he learns that the burger name was actually suggested by a well-known public religious figure to call attention to and to lampoon Wilson's widely reputed, very unchristian gluttony.

The cult elders find themselves in a tizzy over rumors that an article by NSA President Roy Atwood will soon be jointly published by Crudinto/Adumpsta, New Age Christianity, and Adventures of the Middle Aged entitled "Coed Lolitas:  God-Granted-Gift to Christian College Presidents."

Cult Master Jr. Nate Wilson, world class scientist, solver of the Shroud of Turin Mystery (soon to be a major movie), publishes an article in Vanguard of Christian Science entitled "Unsuccessful Experiments Attempting to Reduce the Frequency, Volume, Sonic Impact, and Reeking-to-High-Heaven Attacks of Flatulence Coming from Behind the Pulpit at Christ Church Services."

Dale "King of the Combovers" Courtney, official Christ Church Cult spokesperson/security guard suffers an array of embarrassing, but not unamusing injuries while attempting to impregnate his neighbor's cat.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Joan Opyr 
  To: Vision2020 Moscow 
  Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 3:11 PM
  Subject: [Vision2020] Dale has a backbone? Where? Is that it wiggling in theRosauer's fish counter?

  Hello Ted,

  First, I read the article you posted on election fraud, Ted -- the one Dale took as evidence of your paranoia. I, too, had hoped that it would stimulate discussion, but I didn't start the ball rolling because I quite simply found the facts too grim. I'm no political ostrich, as most here will attest, but good grief -- our last two presidential elections have been profoundly depressing for the democrats (note the small "d") among us. This will mark me forever as a geek, but there's a line in the new Star Wars movie that just about sums it up: Padme, watching the galactic republic devolve into a monarchy under the cover of endless war, remarks something along the lines of "Thus dies Liberty, to a thunderous applause."

  Dale is disingenuous. He's manipulative. He's unprofessional, discourteous, he is shallow and a wimp. Yes, a wimp. Despite his claims to have acquired a backbone in the Navy, Dale chooses to "debate" us not on Vision 2020, among the elbowing, jostling hoi-polloi, but from the safe distance of his self-moderated weblog. There, Dale sets the agenda and controls the discourse. He's never in danger of having his ass handed to him on a plate, as are the active participants of Vision 2020, myself included. This danger of being shown up, of being corrected, of having to admit to being wrong, or losing an argument, or making a mistake is the reason why Doug Wilson and Doug Jones, et al., left us in late 2003, the Winter of Their Discontent. They found that they were losing too many arguments making too few converts. Vision 2020 was not good hunting ground for lock-step thinkers.

  If you'll all excuse my language, Dale is a classic chickenshit. He nitpicks from a safe distance, tossing little bits of gravel at the big boys and girls. It's clear that he reads 2020 religiously, and then posts like mad about what he encounters here, but he does this in the guise of the tattle-tale tit. Dale nitpicks and runs away, living to pick another day. Backbone my fanny. Dale snatched a tentacle off a passing jellyfish and stuffed that wiggling length of slime down where his vertebrae ought to be.

  For all his faults (and they are many), Donovan, Dale's designated Roy Cohn, remains on Vision 2020. He fawns all over Dale on right-mind.us (have you considered a good tongue-scraping, Donovan? preferably with bleach?) but he hasn't run away or hidden his ignorant belligerence behind Mama Courtney's skirts.

  Which isn't to say that I read Donovan's posts -- 15 per day and counting -- because I don't. I have other hobbies, like breathing.

  Joan Opyr/Auntie Establishment

  On May 26, 2005, at 1:57 PM, Tbertruss at aol.com wrote:

    Hello Julie:

    Anyone on the web can go to:


    and see the archives of Vision2020 which should have every Vision2020 post for years back accessible.

    Here are the first two hits from a simple Google web search using my name "ted moffett"

    Ted Moffett on Pacifism
    ... Ted Moffett on Pacifism. Ted Moffett writes:. What amazes me, has always amazed
    me, since I was a teeny tiny person, is how this moral directive is so ...
    right-mind.us/archive/2004/11/04/560.aspx - 43k - Cached - Similar pages 

    Ted Moffett's Paranoia
    ... Ted Moffett's Paranoia. Ted Moffet posted an article called “I smell a Rat”.
    Ted, how do you reply to Anne Applebaum's post about having faith in ATMs, ...
    right-mind.us/archive/2004/11/17/678.aspx - 42k - Cached - Similar pages 

    As you can see, both of these hits are from Dale's web site where he used Vision2020 posts I authored to create or attempt to create discussion on his site.

    I can only conclude Dale is desperate to draw others to his site, so he must steal controversy, as it were, from Vision2020.

    Below is a forwarded Vision2020 post I sent recently about Dale Courtney's web site that generated zero comments on the Vision2020 list. 

    Subj: [Vision2020] Dale Courtney's Oversimplifications  
    Date: 5/21/2005 9:48:21 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
    From: Tbertruss at aol.com 
    To: dmcourtn at moscow.com, vision2020 at moscow.com 
    Sent from the Internet (Details) 

    Mr. Dale Courtney et. al.

    Shortly after last fall's presidential election, I posted to V2020 an article about the possibility of voting fraud and/or tampering.  I consider this a nonpartisan issue that anyone who cares in the slightest bit about the integrity of the electoral process would wish to see explored and exposed.  I merely posted the article, without writing any text, just signing my name.

    So how does Dale Courtney respond?  He places on his web site a post in bold font announcing "Ted Moffett's Paranoia," suggesting that I respond to another article about computer systems and paper trails.

    Regardless of the facts and arguments on the issue of computerized voting, what kind of morality is behind placing on a public web site a derogatory statement about the psychology of someone you don't know who was merely making information available about a critical issue?  If Dale did not post the statement in question, perhaps he needs to moderate the content on his website?  But my best guess is that this statement was authored by him.

    When I first discovered this juvenile and rude conduct on his web site, I decided to ignore it.

    But today I found more nonsense on Mr. Courtney's web site.  Apparently, he feels a need to lump together under the words "left" and/or "lefty" a large group of people with widely varying views on government.  Dale wrote in answer to a Joan Opry V2020 post:

    "First, I'm not Faul, or Stigmatta, or Fiat, or... That's not me. No need. I don't play "hide-and-seek" games. I sign everything that's mine. 20 years in the navy teaches one to have a backbone/spine. So don't assign the methods of the Left (Ivan Brewski, Art Deco, JeanC, Captain Kirker, R2 Privacy, Shelly, Tbertruss, DPQ, hayfields, LRR, Nebar, Wocsom, etc) onto someone who behaves right (pun intended). Go look somewhere else for your bogeymen.

    As I said previously, I do find it the height of hypocrisy that the Left doesn't get bent out of shape when Lefties are anonymous. But let someone they don't agree with try and be anonymous? Ah! The intolerance of the Tolerant. I've come to expect nothing less."

    First off, Mr. Courtney, you need to follow the V2020 list more closely if you are going to assume all those on the "left" are one group that marches in lock step.  Tom Hansen, no doubt in your mind one of those nefarious members of the "left," once chided on V2020 yours truly for not signing a V2020 post.  So in fact on V2020 a "lefty" chided a fellow "lefty" (this designation is only in Mr. Courtney's mind, because I do not describe myself as a "lefty" or a member of the "left") for not signing a V2020 post.  I argued once on V2020 that perhaps not signing a V2020 post with a "real" name can in some cases be justified.  Bill London, another individual I suspect you would label "leftist," argued otherwise.   

    I have occasionally not signed a V2020 post when using my AOL e-mail address "tbertruss," but I nearly always do.  I am not trying to hide behind "tbertruss."  Everyone who follows V2020 knows that "Art Deco" is Wayne Fox, and "Nebar" is Jasper Nance.  The V2020 posts by these individuals do not represent a deliberate attempt to hide their identity, as Dale Courtney implied.

    "Faul," "Sigmatta" and "Fiat" were attempting to hide their identities from the V2020 list, as far as I know.

    Who is looking for "bogeymen," as Dale Courtney wrote in response to Joan Opry?  It seems Dale Courtney's stereotyping oversimplifying views of this large and varied group of individuals he regards as being members of the "left" qualify these "Lefty's" as his own "bogeymen."

    Perhaps Mr. Courtney is so enamored of marching in lock step utilizing a form of "group think" that he projects this manner of thinking onto those he imagines oppose him.

    I will let the immortal words of Dale Courtney written to Joan Opry on Mr. Courtney's web site express what I think about his statement "Ted Moffett's Paranoia:"  

    "So instead of trying to project your bias and venom on someone you don't know, why don't you go do something useful." 

    Links to the info on Dale Courtney's web site mentioned above:





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