Standing Tall

The tone of the rhetoric from the rightwing lunatic fringe on the Longmont Times-Call article comments is growing nastier and nastier. Police officers recognize this escalation as a prelude to violence. However, the Times-Call has a ‘publish first and moderate by complaint’ system so hate speech and angry screeds against their political opponents appear while moderate responses are removed.

One commenter in particular, ‘BIL’ has a vicious tone that rings of the angry insult-laden screeds from some particularly repellent Longmont hate-bloggers:

Mr Wray, you and former council candidate Kaye Fissinger are the biggest harassers of the mayor (and his wife) on your piece o crapola website.

“Piece o crapola” ? Why, that’s not very civil.

Want to bet that comment isn’t removed from the Times-Call?

BIL seems to be allowed to violate the Times-Call’s Terms of Service regularly and yet continue posting. In my opinion it’s abundantly obvious to the casual observer why: it’s being condoned.

So far I’ve seen at least three ‘handles’ that are direct attacks on me:

NotSoBonita” – a particularly hateful slash at my recently-deceased wife’s middle name (Marilyn Bonita Wray) – for those not familiar with Spanish, ‘Bonita’ means ‘beautiful’ – this user’s handle is calling my lost dearly beloved ugly. You can’t really get any worse. Stunningly puerile and scurrilous.

macnwebguru” – an attempt to confuse my personal website domain – with hateful remarks. This user is most certainly not me – I’ve only ever used my own name M. Douglas Wray.

and recently “Peggotty, Wray” is attempting to link me to the user name Peggotty, whom I am not.

The Times-Call management has been informed (more than once) and received formal requests to disable these accounts but thus far have not. Again, it does appear that this veiled smear attack is being condoned. Could it have something to do with the Times-Call ownership?

I know there are a lot of good people in Longmont horrified at what their city government has become and the cause sits in plain sight at the Council dias. Mr. Santos himself started this war with his “Let the attacks begin” email and with the help of unsavory elements he’s dragged the discourse in Longmont into the gutter, encouraging vicious, unprincipled partisans to lie, libel and smear with the willing assistance of Longmont’s oligarchy.

The truth will not be silenced regardless of how much money or hatred is brought to bear.

Free Range Longmont is here to stay and to keep Longmont’s voters informed of the nature of the ‘supporters’ behind “the controlling four.”

  7 comments for “Standing Tall

  1. September 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    The Times-Call has a pattern. They allow the Ugly Americans on the nation’s and the city’s political right to spew all manner of vitriol and political psycho talk. When the Times-Call gets either bad press or they become afraid that if they continue to allow those comments that the Times-Call will be included in potential lawsuits, THEN they remove all of the comments and close comments. The Internet being what it is, most of the comments are preserved in caches. In the old days they called this “locking the barn after the horses got out.”

    Given the history of the Times-Call and its patterns, it stretches credulity that a court would rule that the newspaper has made a “good faith effort” to prevent defamation, libel and slander. They walk a fine legal line. Perhaps they have Scott Gessler (wannabe Secretary of State) advising them. He’s well-practiced in manipulating the law for political purposes.

  2. September 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Ugly Americans is dead right. You only have to Examine the TC comments to see the ugliest of them all.

  3. 2 Sons
    September 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

    If “NotSo Bonita” thinks about it….she is putting herself down most of all! Nothing Beautiful about her.

  4. September 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I have to thank Ms. Rodriguez (of Longmont Examiner ‘fame’) for helping me truly understand the real meaning of ‘partisan’ with this comment she made at the Boulder Reporter website :

    As for insinuations about people heckling the maiden name of his deceased wife, like Mr Wray, the former Mrs Wray was an online heckler herself and a not so nice one at that. I’m not surprised to see that someone may have taken a jab at her name.

    A partisan is someone that keeps shooting long after their enemy is dead.

    Oh, and it’s not ‘heckling’ – it’s ‘dishonoring’ – but I can understand how the concept of ‘honor’ would be foreign to her.

  5. Kaye Fissinger
    September 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’m so sorry, Doug, that you continually have to deal with both Chris and Brigette Rodriguez, who lack the fundamental decency to refrain from criticizing your wife Marilyn, who died from cancer that metastasized to her brain.

    Both are emblematic of the viciousness that pervades a segment of the population, both in Longmont and nationally, that identifies as Tea Party-Republicans as well as others who have never learned, nor do they care to learn, compassion for their fellow humans.

    I alternately pity them and am disgusted by them.

  6. September 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you Kaye. I don’t mind mind shots on me but attacks on dead loved ones are, if you’ll forgive the phrase, beyond the pale. The comments seen online about Ted Kennedy are another hideous example of the barely-hidden, always-simmering hatred that is barely restrained by law. It’s no surprise these folks want to ‘limit government’ – the Wild West was their heyday.

  7. 2 Sons
    September 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I don’t have a high opinion of Ms. Rodriguez, but she continues to lower my regard for her. To call someone who is deceased a “heckler” and “not so nice one at that” is juvenile.

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