“Dr.” George Rebane is the biggest blowhard in the local blogosphere, bar none. And his merry band of limited but vocal “followers” (Don Bessee, Russ Steele, “Walt,” Gregory Goodnight, Todd Juvinall, “fish”, or AKA, David Larsen of Carmichael) are just as bad — and some are worse. A few are downright nasty, resorting to personal attacks when the intellectual “going gets tough.” I laugh when “jon” (who is not me) challenges them.
For years, the group has taunted Dr. Anna Haynes (also a Ph.D.), a smart longtime local who created the NCVoices aggregated site. As we’ve written here before, Anna is a pioneer of innovation when it comes to local internet communications, just like YubaNet and others.
Haynes also happens to articulate the mainstream view on global warming, and this band of aging, “flat earth society” males (among “those who reject mainstream climate science”) has hammered on her. One nasty, untrue and mean-spirited post from Rebane titled “The sad tale of Anna Haynes” comes to mind. It makes you wonder whether at least some of them are also misogynists. I do.
Now Rebane has figured out that Haynes is a real achiever, writing on his blog: “Dr. Anna Haynes’ website NC Voices has been a useful compendium of links to local online information and media sources.”
Then he whines: “I notice that she has recently rearranged the categorization and display of links to these sources. NC Scooper and RL Crabb formerly enjoyed a ‘humor’ section of their own, but have now been buried in a potpourri of websites/blogs the nature of which eludes. I wonder how/where they stepped out of line. And a new ‘Climate/H2O’ category has been added that properly reflects this very leftwing website and the sentiments of its owner/publisher. However, only True Believers are allowed their links in this section; skeptics (now called ‘Climate contrarians’) are still relegated off-page to the last righthand column. That is where RR finds itself included with websites and blogs which have long been abandoned or unused. On the other hand, the most prominent top lefthand and first category of blogs continues to be labeled ‘JeffP’, and belongs to none other than Mr Jeff Pelline. Most readers will agree that it is most appropriate and appreciated that RR finds itself bookended from that progressive propagandist and his purple pillar of social justice, morality, and correct thought.”
Then Don Bessee — one of the biggest loudmouths of the bunch — weighs in:
“Couldn’t find crabman or your link, think it was meant to be that way. Not sure what sin RL Crab committed but in your case I think they are feeling the conversation is being driven in directions they do not want. We had a full house at the Republican debate watching party at Alta Sierra Pizza. Thanks AS Pizza and their great crew! The debate looser was CNBC.
Posted by: don bessee | 28 October 2015 at 08:09 PM
And the comment thread continues:
donb 809pm – You are right Mr Bessee, the Scooper and Crabb links were there under ‘General’, and now they have been reassigned. Crabb is under ‘TU Opinion …’??? and Scooper has been promoted to a slot under the FUE. Perhaps more moves are planned in the future.
“Great debate tonight. Yes, CNBC wound up with much egg on its face – the moderators were crass amateurs properly brought to heel by Sen Cruz and reinforced by all others. In sum, if offered a choice of blindly throwing a dart at any of the Repubs vs Mrs Clinton, just hand me the dart. Can’t believe that the Dems even called their event a ‘debate’. However, there are still the gruberized out there … Posted by: George Rebane | 28 October 2015 at 08:30 PM
Ouch, under he whos name we will not utter is not a comfortable position for the crabman! LOL Posted by: don bessee | 28 October 2015 at 08:57 PM”
You can’t make this stuff up! Another chapter for “The State of Jefferson” book writes itself.