Normally I don't take issue with other Bloggers, but something so extraordinarily amusing happened this past week that I thought the irony of it all was exceptionally post-worthy.
Another Blogger, Bane, took issue with my simple suggestion that he might supplement his tip jar and Amazon wish list with some actual work. For those of you unfamiliar with Bane, his life is one long tale of woe, from his adventures with a car that won't run to his sweltering AC-deprived house to his leaking air mattress. Of course, he's not in it alone in his sad little boat. He has a hard-working wife - a very hardworking wife who by all accounts has the patience of Job. He also has two sweet little kids, one with a serious disability.
Bane's disabled, or so he says. He's a decent writer, too, hovering somewhere between Good and Not As Good As He Thinks He Is. So when I recommended he seek out some writing jobs, he got quite angry and declared himself above working - that being something he apparently prefers to leave to the wife.
It seems Bane would rather rely on the charity of his readers, which strikes me a rather liberal approach for a man who considers the very conservative Ann Coulter a "goddess." Call me crazy, but if your family needs basic necessities and you regularly refer readers to a wish list in hopes they'll buy you the latest version of "Doom" your priorities seem pretty left of center. Why work when you can have people give you stuff instead? Sorry, but that sounds remarkably like something they'd teach you in Panhandling 101. And that's fine if you're a hobo living on your own. But when you've got a family? Not.
Another disappointing aspect of this guy is what a wuss he turned out to be. I can only assume he agreed with Ann when she said the 9/11 widows seem to be enjoying their husband's deaths a bit too much. So it surprises me when he takes umbrage at someone suggesting he might be getting equal mileage out of his kid's problems, given that he appears to be playing the sympathy card pretty often. It seems to me that he'd appreciate such an observation, it being Coulteresque and all. When Coulter does it to someone else, he seems to find it funny. When someone does it to him, it's "attacking his family." But I'm not attacking his family. I feel sorry for them. I'm not even attacking him; I'm attacking his adherence to a liberal approach that is keeping his family below the poverty line when he could easily do more to help.
I had thought to engage Bane in a debate on this, once upon a time. True we've sparred in the past and I never took it as seriously as he did. I wasn't afraid to go another round. But that was not to be. Bane not only stifles comment on his blog, he runs about encouraging others to ban those who criticize him. This is regrettable, and has turned my image of him as a crusty ex-soldier into that of a sad, middle-aged man who can dish it out while being completely unable to take it. I wonder if Coulter knows this is the type of person who buys her books. I wonder if she'd be proud if she did.
You may wonder if I harbor any ill will towards Bane, given my criticisms. The honest answer is I don't. I haven't come across anyone yet that was worth the energy it would take to hate them. Bane is no different. So no, I don't feel animosity for the guy, just disappointment. I'd thought him tougher than that. Especially given that he's an Ann Coulter fan.
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