I wasted quite a bit of time today arguing with the owner of Library Grape, Metavirus, who banned me from his blog after I dared post a comment. Since I couldn't comment over there, the debate -- such as it was -- was conducted at even yet another blag, in the comments of a post responding to my earlier piece on Camille Paglia. It illustrates pretty much everything I said earlier about certain types of left-wingers. Metavirus quickly categorized me as an evil "wingnut," because I don't share his assumptions about the use of torture. Therefore he feels justified in blatantly mischaracterizing my arguments, implying that my views are based on racism & bigotry, and generally failing to even grasp any of my points. Since he disagrees with me, he doesn't need to employ basic common courtesy, because I'm unworthy of his respect.
Despite my repeated statements that I'm not making a legal argument about torture, and that I am specifically arguing that sometimes the law should be violated, he responds to just about everything I write by pointing out why torture is illegal and quoting laws. He's unable to understand the simple concept that "illegal" & "wrong" don't mean the same thing. Seriously. Then he actually comes here and puts up a comment saying that he banned me because I'm not capable of rational argument. Oh, and of course because I offended his delicate sensibilities by putting myself in the position of the Iranians and saying they would be justified in torturing a CIA operative to protect their country.