Wednesday, March 22, 2006


And you thought the flame wars were bad.

It seems that our friend Vince over at Sean Connaughton's Cult of Personality ... er, "Too Conservative," has decided to take his blog in a different direction, has thrown off all of his other contributors, and may have claimed their prior posts as his own.

Welllllll, it seems that his fellows, or at least Jim Riley, Not O'Reilly, are somewhat miffed. Sooooo, they've reclaimed the original blogger website, on which the changes are coming fast and furious.

This is all very confusing. I finally got around to linking to Vince's new website on the blogroll today. It appears under the Liberal and/or Democrat blogs as Sean Connaughton's Cult of Personality ... er, "Too Conservative." However, the Old Dominion Blog Alliance name links to the original blogger website.

I only have one question: Who gets custody of Chairman Sean and Marty?

UPDATE: This is gonna be fun! [gleeful chuckle]

UPDATE 2: Maybe there should be a rule against blogging after 11 p.m. It seems that most of the flames have been deleted, threats of full disclosure removed, and an accord reached. Here's what's now up at the original TC Blogger site:

Vincent Thoms (Too Conservative)

"Too Conservative"

Jim Riley (Riley, Not O'Reilly)

Jay Hughes (Not Not Jay Hughes)

Scott Hirons (Hirons)

et al.

"Virginia Virtucon"

I note that the post is time-stamped at slightly before 9:00 a.m. Wonder how much sleep these guys got last night? In any case, this frustrates my intent to do a parody starting with "A long time ago, in a blogosphere far, far away... [cue stirring John Williams' theme]... " Probably beyond my technical abilities, anyway.

UPDATE 3: Sophrosyne of NoVA Townhall has a few salient points here. I don't know if he's correct; I didn't want to speculate (take that! Vince; who is it who traffics in gossip?), but his points and probably more elaborate understanding of the cryptic references seem logical.

UPDATE 4: As entertaining as this all is, I want to be fair. It seems that Vince's explanation for the fact that all prior posts were attributed to him was that, in Word Press, when a contributor is cashiered (or leaves; whatever) you must either change all of the bylines to one of those remaining, or delete the posts. Vince chose the former course. So he didn't "claim[] their prior posts as his own," so long as you understand the context.


Willis said...


This will be my last comment on your blog.

I'm retired.

Please don't sue me.

James Young said...

Well just damn, Willis!

Feel free to come back when you grow up.

Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I got plenty of sleep. Well, 6 hours, but that is about normal for me.

Shaun Kenney said...

For some odd reason, I just wanna take a football, run it to the endzone, and spike the ball, then talk trash.

Call it blog karma, I guess. Glad to see that Jim and Jay came out on top!

Anonymous said...

But he COULD add a byline to those posts authored by another. There weren't THAT many posts that such an undertaking would be untenable.

And yet, he does not do so.

too conservative said...

1/3 of the posts were by contributors...

James Young said...

Anon 6:19, I'm perfectly willing to criticize, even savage, Vince when he deserves it. I just don't sense any bad faith in this action (granted, it doesn't involve me), and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, particularly since he seems to have made it right. If those involved disagree, they can feel free to disabuse me of that notion, but I find anonymous criticism from those not involved even less legitimate here than it usually is.