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3/27/2007

Ehrenstein Unbanned

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 6:48 pm



David Ehrenstein and I had an exchange of e-mails in which he promised not to engage in the sort of behavior here that got him banned before. I have accordingly agreed to reinstate his commenting privileges.

We’ll see how it works out.

That offer remains open to any banned commenter who makes a sincere pledge to change their ways, by the way. Ehrenstein is just the only one who inquired about it.

It’s all part of my never-ending campaign to Crush Dissent.

34 Responses to “Ehrenstein Unbanned”

  1. So, it’s sorta like when the Abominable Snowman returns to Christmastown with Yukon Cornelius?

    Dan Collins (1e2e08)

  2. I’m neither Abominable nor Snowbound.

    Greetings all.

    I’d like to get things underway by asking Patterico what he thinks of that Gonzales associate taking the 5th.

    David Ehrenstein (2289f8)

  3. So, it’s sorta like when the Abominable Snowman returns to Christmastown with Yukon Cornelius?

    Racist!

    Jim Treacher (867a4f)

  4. Better the trolls you know than the ones you don’t.

    Jake Gittes (dab029)

  5. Jim–
    I hope that it’s not proscribed to point out that Abominable Snowmen are abominable by definition. I don’t at all mean to implicate Moderate Snowmen, like that Frosty fellow.

    Dan Collins (1e2e08)

  6. “His name is Mister Snow
    And an upstandin’ man is he
    He comes home ev’ry night in his round-bottomed boat
    With a net full of herring from the sea
    An almost perfect beau
    As refined as a girl could wish
    But he spends so much time in his round-bottomed boat
    That he can’t seem to lose the smell of fish
    The fust time he kissed me, the whiff from his clo’es
    Knocked me flat on the floor of the room
    But now that I love him, my heart’s in my nose
    And fish is my fav’rite perfume
    Last night he spoke quite low
    And a fair-spoken man is he
    And he said, “Miss Pipperidge, I’d like it fine
    If I could be wed with a wife
    And, indeed, Miss Pipperidge, if you’ll be mine
    I’ll be yours fer the rest of my life”
    Next moment we were promised
    And now my mind’s in a maze
    Fer all I ken do is look forward to
    That wonderful day of days…
    When I marry Mister Snow
    The flowers’ll be buzzin’ with the hum of bees
    The birds’ll make racket in the churchyard trees
    When I marry Mister Snow
    Then it’s off to home we’ll go
    And both of us’ll look a little dreamy-eyed
    A drivin’ to a cottage by the oceanside
    Where the salty breezes blow
    He’ll carry me ‘cross the threshold
    And I’ll be as meek as a lamb
    Then he’ll set me on my feet
    And I’ll say kinda sweet, “Well, Mister Snow, here I am!”
    Then I’ll kiss him so he’ll know
    That evry’thin’ll be as right as right ken be
    A-livin’ in a cottage by the sea with me
    For I love that Mister Snow
    That young seafarin’,
    Bold and darin’,
    Big bewhiskered, overbearin’
    Darling, Mister Snow! “

    David Ehrenstein (2289f8)

  7. I have accordingly agreed to reinstate [David E.’s] commenting privileges.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    Just kidding. Welcome back David.

    BTW, just wanted to say I thought you were very classy and eloquent last week back at Cathy’s World about Ms. Seipp’s (far too early) passing.

    qdpsteve (cd214a)

  8. Welcome back, David E.

    DRJ (c4368f)

  9. David E.

    Welcome back! I’m extremely delighted at the detente.

    Bradley J. Fikes (1c6fc4)

  10. Could we see the emails, or at least get a gist of them, to see what Patterico demanded and David E. agreed to?

    Not that it matters, but if it is so important that you have a whole post about how one single banned commenter is now back in based on a series of emails, we may as well get into the terms of the truce.

    aplomb (4c3235)

  11. David E.

    I was going to say, “If only Cathy had lived to see this historic event”. But the shock might have made her keel over, so perhaps it’s for the best . . . What a cheering event, especially considering some of the negative stuff in the wake of her demise. We needed this good news! Thank you, David E.

    And thank you, Patterico, for your graciousness.

    Bradley J. Fikes (1c6fc4)

  12. Could we see the emails, or at least get a gist of them, to see what Patterico demanded and David E. agreed to?

    Not that it matters, but if it is so important that you have a whole post about how one single banned commenter is now back in based on a series of emails, we may as well get into the terms of the truce.

    It’s the same kind of stuff that you — an anonymous commenter with nothing to lose — suggested I was being a “censorious thin skinned wuss” for not wanting to see on my blog. Suggestions that I should lose my job, accusations of racism/homophobia/lying. That sort of thing.

    It’s extremely rare for people whose name and job are public to condemn my desire not to have people malign me, or call for my firing, on my blog. But anonymous keyboard-tapping warriors like yourself are often quite bold in telling others how they should be brave.

    I’ll bet you call people “chickenhawk” too. Dontcha?

    Patterico (04465c)

  13. Cool. The return of David E!

    Does the agreement include a ban on the word Pattcakes?

    David N. Scott (71e316)

  14. Why am I so filled with rage and hate?

    Maybe it’s the drugs.

    The Liberal Avenger (b8c7e2)

  15. Recognizing a problem is the first step to solving it, LA. Embrace the light!

    Pablo (08e1e8)

  16. Yea, verily, brothers–it’s good to be hearing from David again. DE you were wonderful on Cathy’s passing. I was so struck by your Stevie Smith quote that I used part of it on the ACF web site and want to thank you here. Thanks to you for the unbanning, Patrick.

    Psst, David–did you know that for some reason it’s all but impossible for mere mortals to get past the imperious electronic gatekeeper of your comment log? I feel like the doorman at One Fifth Avenue keeps blocking my entrance. In any case it’s a pleasure to lurk.

    Gary McVey (af935e)

  17. But anonymous keyboard-tapping warriors like yourself are often quite bold in telling others how they should be brave.

    You mean like the cowardly authors of the federalist papers?

    Petit Bourgeois (375601)

  18. Does the agreement include a ban on the word Patt[y]cakes?

    It wasn’t an explicit condition.

    Patterico (04465c)

  19. You mean like the cowardly authors of the federalist papers?

    What? Man, I knew some people took blog stuff too seriously, but…

    David N. Scott (71e316)

  20. It’s a legimitate question, so answer it.

    Petit Bourgeois (375601)

  21. I hope that it’s not proscribed to point out that Abominable Snowmen are abominable by definition.

    [song lyrics go here]

    Jim Treacher (867a4f)

  22. It’s a legimitate question, so answer it.

    It’s a stupid question. Unless the authors of the Federalist Papers went around calling people wusses for being sensitive about their reputations, while they — writing under names like petit bourgeois and aplomb — pretended to be the real tough guys.

    Patterico (04465c)

  23. LA asked:

    Why am I so filled with rage and hate?

    Because Mr Ehrenstein managed to be offensive enough to get banned in the first place, and you never could reach his level? 🙂

    Maybe it’s the drugs.

    I thought that the drugs were s’posed to mellow you out. Must be my inexperience showing . . . .

    Dana (3e4784)

  24. I’ve had to put a gatekeeper on my blog since the avalanche of anti-semitic posts began pouring in, Gary. (And Patterico thinks he’s got problems!)

    David Ehrenstein (2289f8)

  25. Tough guy? Moi? I think not. I’m merely a conservative who doesn’t like the “moderates” affiliated with the Bear Fag League.

    If you want a good reputation, you should disassociate yourself from the liberal Ah-nold Kool-Aid guzzlers, some of whom are lawyers, not coincidentally.

    Petit Bourgeois (375601)

  26. Petit bourgeois, do you want all gays to be liberal Democrats? I don’t.

    Gary McVey (af935e)

  27. I followed Patterico here from four separate sources (not Rush), Dittos! And for those (Ehrenstein) in Rio Linda, “would you suggest a Carteresque initiative in reacting to the kidnapping of 15 British soldiers in uniform? Enquiring(Winston Churchhill) minds want to know?Would you (A Negotiate? (B)Attack? or (C) All of the above? By the way, if you pick B or C, you lack a 🙂

    Dick (8790aa)

  28. You lack(or those who speak defensively) the follow-thru in the war in terror. We, the US, went to Iraq to introduce ourselves to people in the region and to assist the civilized world in it’s fight for Peace and Justice and Human Rights. This would not have happened under Kerry or Gore. Sure, people get killed, but none of the innocents in Iraq died by an american hand with malice and forethought (intent).Ehrenstein, how do we underline important words like innocents? I don’t know how. Can yoiu help Me, Please?

    Dick (8790aa)

  29. Nevermind the spelling. Nevermind the absence of a “To whom my comment is addressed” note. But don’t overlook the message. Please?

    Dick (8790aa)

  30. We went to Iraq for the oil.

    David Ehrenstein (2289f8)

  31. Were any of you at Cal from 89 – 91 ?

    The Liberal Avenger (b8c7e2)

  32. “We, the US, went to Iraq to introduce ourselves to people in the region”

    -Dick

    I think they would’ve preferred a handshake…

    “This would not have happened under Kerry or Gore”

    -Dick

    If by “this” you mean the war, then I agree with you… except that Kerry ran for president in 2004, when the war had already begun.

    “Sure, people get killed, but none of the innocents in Iraq died by an american hand with malice and forethought”

    -Dick

    Oh, really? I was under the impression that an innocent Iraqi girl was raped and murdered in Haditha. Must be that liberal media talking out their collective ass again…

    *sigh*

    Leviticus (3c2c59)


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