Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's Always Sunny in Delaware County

The Gang gets Concealed Carry licenses. My print column is up.

UPDATE: In the comments, poster "Christined" asserts that in response to an e-mail from her supporting abortion rights, I sent her back an e-mail calling her a "baby-killer." I have no recollection of ever calling anyone a "baby killer" because of their position on abortion. I don't think of it as my "style." An actual abortionist, maybe. But not simple pro-choicers. If she still has the e-mail, in question, I would very much like to see it. If she can produce it and it says what she claims I will be happy to apologize to her personally.

If she can't, she should apologize to me for making a claim against me that I don't believe is true and that she can't substantiate.

UPDATE II: "Christined" whose real name is Chris Dalton has responded to challenge. She sent me an email that contained our original correspondence. It involved a column I wrote debunking the so-called "war on women" that Democrats were accusing Republicans of waging.

Chris took the position that the "war" was real and an accurate description of what the GOP was up to and offered a 13-point complaint, citing mostly examples of them trying to impose restrictions on abortion rights.

Here was my reply to her long note dated 8/22/12:
Sounds like the (sic) your War Against the Unborn remains in full swing. But reducing "Women" to their so-called "Reproductive Rights" is a little dehumanizing, don't you think? I've always been amused at how pro-choicers like yourself think that it is men who are so protective of the unborn. Men, as a group, love abortion. Much more than women. Why, is not hard to figure.
As you can see, I did not call her what she said I did. But apparently she didn't want to admit it, given her remarks:
Forwarding all that I had sent in 8/2012. I had originally resolved NOT to be concerned by your editorials after this one in August. Being accused of waging a War against the Unborn and claiming that men, as a group, love abortion-- so concerned me in your response, that I had promised myself I was done trying to present any facts to you. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior....
I get it, Gil.
Take care,
Chris Dalton
My reply:
Just as I thought I did not call you a "baby killer." But your email sure doesn't sound like a correction or an apology. You misrepresented what I wrote to you and you misrepresented it to our readers. If you are the honest and classy person that I believe you are, you will admit it and apologize. If not, well, I'll understand.
And, of course, I won't hold my breath.

UPDATE III: Just received this:
Gil: You are right, the words "baby killer" were not used by you. You accused me of "Waging a War on the Unborn"- waging a war means killing, right?
I am sorry that I wrote that you called me a "baby killer." The implication of what you wrote still tells me that you believe me to be that. Which is why my parents told me, "It isn't so much what you say, but how you say it."
Please know that I will cease and desist mentioning you, unless I quote your exact words. I am aware of your ability to intimidate. It is effective, cutting, and generally off-putting.
Good luck in your endeavors.
Chris Dalton
Of course, "waging a war" doesn't always mean killing. When Democrats asserted the GOP was waging a "war against women" they didn't mean they were literally killing them, now did they? But I appreciate the apology. And I promise I will try to be less intimidating in the future. But I too find it "off-putting" to be corrected. I find it even more off-putting to be misquoted - and all for the sake of justifying an insult. Not cool.


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