I don’t know what it is–maybe the moon is aligned with the planets, the wolves are howling at the moon, and the wingnuts have come out to frolic. But I’ve attracted some new trolls and all of sudden have been visited by one who I’d hoped had abandoned me for more promising pastures.
Joshua S.C. Parkhurst is one of the early members of my Troll Academy. He’s been banned so many times I can’t begin to count. Given the wide number of IP addresses he’s used to access this blog, I surmise he’s even used his own law firm’s computers to gain access to my blog & leave derogatory comments. Josh, you ought to make sure you’re not doing so now or Cary Kane might not approve of such use. In fact just for the hell of it I’m going to contact the firm to let them know about the unprovoked campaign he’s waged against me for four years and counting. UPDATE: Parkhurst uses a wireless router (not his law firm’s computers) which provides him changing IP addresses. This, in turn, has allowed him to circumvent the IP blacklist of my comment filter.
Here are a few of Josh’s ‘greatest hits’ published here and wherever else he can find an outlet to trash me:
“Tikkun Olam” [sic] is a lightly trafficked blog with virtually no significant discussion. It is replete with factual errors and largely consists of personal and vindictive attacks…The site owner…can be routinely counted on to insult, demean, and attack not only Israeli policy, but anyone who dares speak out in favor of Israel in the current conflict…
…The narcicissm [sic] that you see from sites like this [Muzzlewatch] and “Tikkun [sic] Olam.”
You shot your mouth off…
…You attack[ed] someone who doesn’t hate Israel as much as you do…The only legitimate opinions for Richard are those that hate Israel as much as he does.
…his ranting about Israel…
You…dive into a tirade of “everything I hate about Israel…”
…The objective evidence show that the Israeli “brand” is doing quite well.
…Unlike you, I’m not a liar.
AIPAC itself does not get involved in electoral politics.
…The effect of “the lobby” is most likely greatly exaggerated.
Richard…has become more and more unhinged as of late.
The IDF was remarkably restrained in its response. They could have simply mowed down the frontline of women…
Richard is one of those people who gets hysterical…
Richard’s views are…morally and intellectually bankrupt…
…There will also be useful idiots like yourself…
Lebanon has no basis whatsoever not to recognize Israel and guarantee it full peace.
…Will you…admit that you are a fool?
He once accused Leila Abu Saba, one of the kindest gentlest bloggers I know of peddling “hate.”
A word about my accusation above that he is a “liar.” One thing I never allow anyone commenting here to say is that I hate Israel. In fact, I love Israel and wouldn’t criticize it at all if I didn’t. Josh makes the common error made by all intolerant uber-Israel folk: he mistakes criticism for Israeli policy for hatred of Israel. At any rate, my comment rules make clear that this is a definite no-no if you want to remain as member of my blog community. And Josh says I hate Israel not just once, but every chance he gets. For that, he is a liar, in fact a serial liar. And he violates one of Judaism’s important prohibitions against motzi shem ra (“spouting lies and spreading disinformation”). And that is one of the reasons he is banned. If he wishes to violate my comment rules he simply won’t be welcome.
Josh berates me for banning him. He seems to think I have an obligation to allow every schnook like him who wants to diss me to have their say here. I’ve often suggested he start his own blog and say whatever the hell he wants about me there. You see, I don’t care what Josh says on his dime. It’s saying it here that bugs me. So Josh, take a hint. Instead of getting all in a huff about being banned. Just get lost. Find someone else to bug.
Josh has even contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign. At MyBarackObama.com, he even lists these as his interests:
Issues: equality / civil rights; civil liberties / privacy; peace & social justice; foreign policy / security; economic fairness /
Even once claimed he was a member of Peace Now to establish his supposed liberal street cred. Even goes to other progressive blogs like Muzzlewatch to smear me. A swell example of a Jewish mensch.
He’s president of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. I hope he’s better at preserving housing than he is at preserving Jewish values like derech eretz. You know, I’ve never even heard him talk a single time about any Jewish value come to think of it. I don’t even know if he has any or knows what the concept is.
Josh practices employment law and fights for the little guy according to his firm’s website:
“Fair treatment in the workplace is crucial for realizing the American Dream. People regardless of their age, race, gender or background are entitled to be free from unlawful discrimination and harassment…I believe in fighting for the rights of people who work hard for a living.”
You see, Josh is opposed to “harassment” when it comes to his own clients. But as for harassing those HE doesn’t like–that’s another story. Talk about living one’s values and practicing what one preaches…
I wonder whether Josh’s law firm approves of conduct like his in their staff attorneys. Sure, lawyers are entitled to free speech like all the rest of us. But I’d think they would also care about their reputations as well.
I didn’t ask for a fight with Josh. I didn’t know who he was until he began venting his spleen here. I only responded in kind. I have repeatedly asked him to stop harassing me and banned him repeatedly and he acted with obsessive disregard for my wishes. I still retain the hope that he will see reason and find someone else in the blogosphere to annoy.
It is possible that there are legal clients who want someone like Josh to represent them. Someone who’s a nasty SOB. Someone who can’t take “No’ for an answer. Someone who resorts to stalking and harrassing those whom he dislikes. Or maybe Josh is a different person in his law practice than the ugly person he becomes here. At any rate, he might want to consider the way in which he comes across here and whether that is the type of human being he wishes to be, and whether that is the type of person his clients or his colleagues would wish him to be.