In a recent post -- "Angemon Watch" vs. "Fessitude Watch" -- I noted how a certain long-time regular commenter on Jihad Watch and part of the dominant in-group there, one "Angemon", has been pestering me for at least two years (if not much longer). The "pestering" consists of the following behaviors:
1) I post a comment of some kind of observation or analysis about one of the many features of the problem of Islam.
2) In my comment, the vast majority of times, I don't mention Angemon by name.
3) Angemon zooms in to quibble, carp and harp on my points -- more often than not misunderstanding them and in an annoyingly complex way mischaracterizing parts of what I argued.
4) #3 wouldn't be so bad if it was just a few times here and there. But it has been incessant, regular and voluminous for over two years now.
5) And #4 wouldn't be so bad if Angemon wasn't taking all that obsessive time & trouble to criticize my tougher stance on the problem of Islam. And even that by itself I wouldn't mind if he did it in good faith, intelligently, and without sophistry; qualities which seem to elude Angemon. It took a while, I suppose, but eventually Angemon's true colors came out when almost a year ago he accused me of being like "Goebbels" (typically, his fellow in-group member, "gravenimage", at the time waved her frail wrist in strangely mild reproof, telling Angemon gently that such a comparison is "wrong" -- rather than monstrously unacceptable (unless, of course, I were "like Goebbels") and indicative of something deeply amiss with Angemon's analysis of the entire problem).
More broadly, this doggedly offending nougat of underlying softness in Angemon has seemed seemed to be motivating him to hound me and pester me for over two years (if that's not the reason, then he's a deranged stalker, or he just likes my aftershave that much...). The failure of the Jihad Watch in-group to notice this, and to rally & respond with baseline health to his nonsense, then has morphed into the larger problem beyond Angemon -- who by himself is not that significant.
Since I returned to Jihad Watch in (I think) early March under a new name "Fessitude", I studiously ignored Angemon and kept plugging away with my own comments about other things far more important than him. I could not help notice, of course, every time I would revisit my comments to see if any decent, fair-minded, sane reader had seen fit to respond, I kept noticing, more and more, the words "Angemon says..."Fessitude wrote" hovering beneath my comments like some kind of needling, lunatic wasp, followed I am certain by now (after months of weary experience back in the days when I actually tried to engage him) by his tortured blather of sophistry in the service of the soft approach to the problem of Muslims. A sophistry, as I say, I have learned from years of beleaguered experience to recoil from (or at least to do my best to try to avoid), as one would when suddenly coming upon a giant tarantula in one's pile of laundry.
So, as March and April unfolded and the cherry blossoms began to explode almost as abundantly as Muslims around the world, I couldn't help but notice, more and more, with increasing annoyance and weariness, those multiplying "Angemon says..."Fessitude wrote"s adhering like irritating sticker burrs to my posts.
At that point, I made the following observation in a blog post update here in early May:
Angemon has continued to pester me so much, zooming in to pick at my comments with his sophistry in service of a soft approach to the problem of Islam, that by now the number must have doubled to 40...
Well, after I actually took the time and trouble to go through the March and April archives using Google Advanced Search (at the time, May was not available), I learned that I had underestimated that Energizer Bunny of Jihad Watch comments. As I documented in the previous blog posting here (linked up top), the actual ratio of comments by Angemon zooming in to pester me when I didn't even mention him -- versus those comments where I had mentioned him first -- turned out to be 62 to 5.
That's 62 comments by Angemon zooming in to pester me, compared with a measly 5 by me -- during the months of March/April. Before I had done that research, I noted in a Jihad Watch comment:
...the ratio of comments where I respond to (or even indirectly allude to) Angemon, versus those where he is responding to my comments is like 90 to 1 (90 Angemon pestering me, 1 me mentioning Angemon)...
Turns out my guesstimate was amazingly near the mark.
Since then, I thought I'd check on the May archives and see if Angemon has kept up his ratio. It's only May 18, and already Angemon has exceeded his rate of pestering me. I counted the following ratio as of today:
Angemon -- 41 [Update: the morning of May 19 -- it's now 42]
[Second Update: even more have cropped up in the three days since, May 19-21 -- too tedious to count, and not really relevant to my overall point; Angemon in the month of May may even double his record of the previous months of approximately 30 per month]
Fessitude -- 9 [And yes, my number is still 9] [Update (5/22/16): As Angemon has continued to pester me, I have responded here and there (but nowhere approaching the vicinity of his obscenely high numbers) -- a natural reaction, as when a person responds to a bully (what is not a natural reaction is when the Jihad Watch in-group, including gravenimage, chide me for responding to my bully, rather than chide the bully. That is a curiously perverted reaction, whose most generous explanation is that they have become caught up in the in-group psychology of defending their own at all cost, no matter how irrational and unfair that turns out to be)]
Remember, it took Angemon two months (March and April) to accrue the already obscene number of 62 posts zooming in to pester me (versus my 5). Now, with only 18 days under his belt, he has managed to accrue proportionally significantly more than that. Calculating the March/April record of Angemon as 31 per month, we then calculate the 18 days of May thus far as 2/3 of a month. Had Angemon maintained his obscene level of March/April, he would have accrued as of May 18 only 2/3 of 31 which = approximately 23.
Seeing that he has in reality accrued 41 [42: see Update above] as of May 18, we can see that Angemon has nearly doubled his rate of zooming in to pester me at Jihad Watch comments.
(Note: The increase of my part of the ratio is from 5 over the course of March/April, to 9 in the first 18 days of May. Should this lessen the obscenity of what Angemon is doing? In what universe would that be a fair judgement of the situation?)
Speaking of bizarre alternative universes, let us remind ourselves of those words of reproof which the Jihad Watch regular (and member of Angemon's in-group), one "gravenimage" directed my way a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I was in the fresh aftermath of this flurry of Angemon's obsession with me. Already he had zoomed in to pester me with 62 responses to comments of mine in which I hadn't even mentioned him -- even though at the time, I hadn't bothered to tally it up. At that point, when I happened to dare dared to pipe up and fight back against my bully, what did gravenimage bother to say about it all?
May 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm
When faced with the horror of Muslim savagery on display here, Fessitude appears to believe that this is “Angemon Watch”.
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Readers may want to read my comments to two of my readers below.