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Damian Lataan gets upset

I am by no stretch of the imagination perfect, well anyone who has the slightest bit of modesty would say the same thing about themselves, but there is one thing that I take great pride in and that is my willingness to entertain a wide ranging spectrum of opinion at my blog. I have been more than willing to allow comments from just about anyone as long as they are prepared to behave with some civility to other posters and to me . The recipe that I  go to is simple, opposing views plus good manners equals lively debate.

Yesterday this blog was graced with a visits from the Aussie Bloggosphere’s more lively nut jobs,  Damian Lataan. This is a chap who seems to believe every mad conspiracy theory going, from the “911 truther”stuff, the “protocols of the elders of Zion” no conspiracy  is too mad  for this Damian , especially if it says that the Jews , Israel and the United States are involved in some evil plan to control the world.

Which is why I was rather surprised to see this comment posted to a rather flippant AGW themed piece I wrote the other day:

Hall, are you implying that imperfectly filling a D-cup does qualify one to make comment on the enviroment(sic)? And would filling both cups instead of merely one enhance the chances of you allowing her to comment?

Taking the notion to its logical conclusion, what qualifies you to comment on the environment? Sexist arrogance alone surely isn’t going to be convincing.

Damian Lataan

I have crossed swords with this nut job before but that was on his home turf and he was quite happy to just delete my comments when he had no answers to them. Undeterred I did the right thing and asked him to behave he was immune to any good sense as usual.

Better get ruthless then sunshine. I’m quite happy to prod and poke the right-wing with their lies and distortions to the point where I slow them up with the need to moderate.

Damian Lataan

I tried to explain to him that he was on my turf now and that when it comes to comments here that they appear only if I want them too, sadly the poor fool thought that he was able to do as he pleases here.

As you well know Hall there are many ways around the filter.

Damian Lataan

Hall, I’ll address you here and refer to you elsewhere as I see fit. How you address me is of no interest to me.

Your few regular bloggies no doubt will get a free ride straight into your blog. My intention is purely to make life difficult for the right-wing. I come by, say my piece, let readers judge for themselves whether or not what I say has merit and leave it at that. I have no interest whatsoever in actually arguing with the right-wing pseudo-intellectual nutjobs that roost here. If you want to block it; that’s your business. I’m quite happy to expose your right-wing pedantic and somewhat arrogant stupidity elsewhere. Not a problem.

Damian Lataan

Now at this point I could have just decided to ban the arsewipe but I was feeling a bit mischievous so I decided to mess around with his comments a little because by this time they were all rather nasty insults and I wanted to make the point that he was very wrong indeed about my control of my own blog.

What followed was a flood of comments to most of the pieces on my front page and Lataan being added to the banned list here.

Well this Damian would not accept defeat and look what magically appeared in my inbox:

Hi Iain‏
From: damian lataan (lataan@adam.com.au)
Sent: Fri 9/25/09 6:45 AM
To: iambeingnice@hotmail.com
G’day Birdbrain
Your deceit will become well known. Left or Right-wing, nobody likes people who resort to deceit.
Hurling insults at each other is just the rough and tumble of the blogosphere and I’m quite happy with it, but deceit is something else. It needs to be vigorously exposed to all and sundry, Left and Right.
I’m not interested in your pathetic little threats to make me look stupid; you’ve only managed to make only yourself look stupid.
Lataan

Now I realise that the kind thing to do would be to ignore him but in many ways an arsewipe like Lataan is just so deliciously over the top that he is actually almost  a parody of himself. The trouble with him is that he functions totally on hate, and while he may think that he is fighting the good fight for a good cause he has aligned himself with every vile uber-left cause on the planet from Hamas, al Qeada, Saddam Hussein,   to Chavez and Castro,  if they oppose the USA or hate the Jews Damian has a shrine to them in the posts of his blog and he goes into bat for them, but worse still is the fact that he has no manners when visiting blogs like mine.

Boorish behaviour like his achieves nothing, it convinces no one of the validity of a cause, in fact it is actaully counter-productive because it provides a  good reason to dismiss the opinions of the more reasonable members of “teh left” especially when they seem to defend him ,at the cost of their own credibility.

Cheers Comrades

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27 Comments

  1. PKD says:

    I didn’t see that much wrong with what Damian was writing Iain.

    Certainly compared to what you regularly let some of the right-wingers get away with, its pretty tame.

    I think you need to be a bit more even handed when dealing with the left mate to be honest…

  2. Iain Hall says:

    The thing is I do try to steer the moderation here with as light a hand on the tiller as I possibly can and that means I generally hope that both sides of any argument will play nice. But Lataan has form for hijacking any thread he comments at and using it to rant against The USA or the Jews.
    That said I do try to be even handed and i think that I am better at it than many other conservative, or leftist bloggers.

  3. So much for making me ‘look a right plonker’ Hall. It’s more like you making yourself look the right-wing ‘plonker’ that you are.

  4. Abu Chowdah says:

    PKD, you can hardly compare the rough and tumble of regular argument here with Damian Lataan’s anti-Semitic racism. That’s too much of a stretch even for you. You really must try and resist the urge to defend blindly anyone who you perceive to be on the Left. Try to be a little more discerning.

  5. Chowdah, the ‘anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism’ meme has been exposed for the myth that it is long ago. Time to move on and accept that Zionism is a political ideology and has nothing to do with race or religion except in the minds of Zionists themselves who use it in the misguided belief that it demonises those that are anti-Zionist – it does no such thing.
    All you people have succeeded in doing is diminish the real true meaning of the notion of anti-Semitism.
    The quicker Jews around the Diaspora and ordinary Israelis rid themselves of Zionism the better for all.
    Like Nazism, Zionism only destroys.

  6. Abu Chowdah says:

    Latan, I’m discussing the agenda behind YOUR characterisation of Zionism and the state of Israel. Your use of Nazism as an analogy for Zionism is historically inaccurate and a deceitful ploy. You ought to be ashamed of your little “meme”.

  7. PKD says:

    PKD, you can hardly compare the rough and tumble of regular argument here with Damian Lataan’s anti-Semitic racism.

    I haven’t read his blog Abu, and I haven’t seen any of this anti-Semitism you speak of. So I’ll have to reserve judgement on that.

  8. The following link may prove useful to readers of this blog:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_antisemitism

  9. Chowdah, you’ll find the analogy, despite your assertion to the contrary, is very appropriate.

    And Bertrand, you’ll find that the term ‘new anti-Semitism’ is actually a zionist construct. Even Wikipedia concedes that.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    Damain Lataan

    You meet the definition with out a doubt.

  11. Abu Chowdah says:

    “I haven’t read his blog Abu, and I haven’t seen any of this anti-Semitism you speak of. So I’ll have to reserve judgement on that.”

    Very wise. Once you have educated yourself regarding Lataan’s history, you’ll realise your comparison with the rough and tumble on this site is inaccurate and inappropriate.

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    I clicked on the link. It’s called: “Telling the History of the Twenty-First Century as it Really Is”

    Okay, I’ve read enough.

  13. PKD says:

    Once you have educated yourself regarding Lataan’s history, you’ll realise your comparison with the rough and tumble on this site is inaccurate and inappropriate.

    Given the people on here who have tried to equated Hitler with the left, I’d be surprised if Damian has really done anything worse than that…

  14. Abu Chowdah says:

    If you’re referring to my link to this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Fascism-American-Mussolini-Politics/dp/0767917189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254034252&sr=8-1

    Then the point is not to equate Hitler with the Left but to point out the many ideological parallels between Left wing movements and national socialism in Italy and Germany. As I’ve told you, read the book before you dismiss it.

  15. Sorry for continually introducing links, but this one is also relevant.

  16. PKD says:

    If your point is that their are some similarities between far-left and far-right then I agree. But as ou yourself say, similarities is not same as equating, so lets never forget Nazism was of the far-right.

  17. Ray Dixon says:

    Really, isn’t this just a case of realising there are extremists on both sides of politics and that they should both be dismissed?

    I think Leon has a theory on it. Something about a horse shoe ….?

    Which is hardly a valid method for assessing what’s the better position, left or right.

  18. PKD says:

    I think Leon has a theory on it. Something about a horse shoe ….?

    Which is hardly a valid method for assessing what’s the better position, left or right.

    I did find it rather bizarre Ray to find traditionally socialist France on the right of the horseshoe. On that basis Bolt should be much further out to the end of the horseshoe : no-one alive (or dead) could make the argument that Bolt is more left wing than France!

    The horseshoe idea is like saying the Far East and the FarWest somehow have more in common because they are closer to each other than you think via the date line. Which would be about as misleading too!

    I’m not a fan of the argument beyond what Ray is saying – there are extreme wings on both sides and both should be dismissed for what they are…

  19. Abu Chowdah says:

    “But as ou yourself say, similarities is not same as equating, so lets never forget Nazism was of the far-right.”

    And let’s never forget that no on who posts here is of the far right or would tolerate anyone who was, so it is dishonest to fling around labels in the hope that you can equate conservatism with an entirely different beast and thereby hope to undermine the legitimacy of any person who may vote conservative.

    And let’s never forget that Hitler’s reforms were embraced by many Western leaders including several Left-leaning US presidents prior to the world discovering the horrible depravities of his evil regime.

    And let’s never forget that Mao Tse-tung was responsible for well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other Twentieth century leader. That being the case, I would never leap from that statistic to an attempt to equate Labor with the totalitarian Left, which is what you do everytime you “remind us” that Hitler was of the far Right.

    That being said, I think this move by Rudd is our first big sniff of Socialist stupidity that will kill a competitive economy:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/28/2697899.htm

  20. bingbing says:

    So is LeTan more or less unhinged than say a year ago ie. is it worth turning on my rss reader again?

  21. Iain Hall says:

    Bing Bing
    Damain Lataan is beyond a joke and I have had nothing much to do with him elsewhere but his comments here and the string of emails show that he is worse than his reputation suggests

  22. bingbing says:

    I love this quote from his second post from the top.

    “The world seems to have learnt nothing from the mistakes of the Iraq war…”

    Er, Damian, Iraq is now a free, democratic country with richer citizens (in more ways than one) every minute.

    And what’s so bad about taking out the nutty Iranian regime, and tossing out Hamas and Hezbollah for good measure, also?

    You have to wonder about a bloke who attacks Bush AND Obama all the while effectively defending terrorist states and their facilitators.

  23. Iain Hall says:

    Lataan is so nutty that you would not believe him if you met him in person. I am sure that any sensible person would think that he is some sort of piss take,he is a caricature of himself

  24. bingbing says:

    The Snickers of the blogoshere?

  25. Iain Hall says:

    No Snickers are actaully sweet which is the last thing that Lataan could ever be described as …

  26. bingbing says:

    Quite right. Perhaps this is a better analogy…

  27. bingbing says:

    No? You’re right.

    Perhaps a combination of these…

    Deep-fried scorpions and monkey brains.

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