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Oct 11 2012

A guest post by Reap Paden

Because it’s far too good to blush unseen in the comments.

Reap Paden says

Allow me to add “FUCK YEA!” and “Fuck you” just try and do something about me and my freedom to say any damn thing I want. You loons sit here at your circle jerk and think you effect the real world? People like me who take on people face to face will be making change while you sputter amongst yourselves. Look at how much you’ve changed my behavior so far…pfft. Ophelia Benson are you needy for attention or just like to blab blab blab? No matter do not fret you will have your wish I’m happy to speak out about you to as part of the disease called A+. Poor A+ a group of idiots too dumb to know how limited their reach. You do make for great fodder I give you that much. Nothing anything any of you can or will say will harm or hurt me I am the wall you were bound to hit sooner or later. Funny thing is I am not alone we just don’t talk to hear ourselves speak, people actually listen. Now back to the banter……

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  1. 1
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Thank you, Ophelia, for this guest post. It is good to know that I need not waste an other moment paying attention to Reap Paden.

  2. 2
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    What a scrumptious cupcake.

  3. 3
    Anthony K

    Reap, my dear ally, s’pose you might exercise your freedom to use a comma or two? Maybe flesh out a thought before furiously jamming it into a run-on? Punctuation is also your ally.

  4. 4
    Argle Bargle

    I apologize to Rebekkah the Overbearing Jew. I thought she was about as arrogant and self-righteous as one could get. Now I see her hauteur and hubris don’t hold a candle to Reap Paden’s smug chutzpah.

  5. 5
    dexitroboper

    Is it wrong to point and laugh at the afflicted when its a self-inflicted affliction?

  6. 6
    hjhornbeck

    You loons sit here at your circle jerk and think you effect the real world?

    All skeptic/atheist conferences are now aware of what a harassment policy is, and most have one in place. Vacula was ousted from representing all of Pennsylvania.

    There’s no thinking involved here. Nor any “thinking.”

    Look at how much you’ve changed my behavior so far…pfft.

    Oooooh, silly me. When you said “real world,” you meant “Reap Paden.” Well OK then, by that metric we’ve failed pretty miserably.

    No matter do not fret you will have your wish I’m happy to speak out about you to as part of the disease called A+.

    Didn’t you just argue in the written summary of your last episode that you agreed with the ideas behind A+? If those that identify with A+ are a disease, then you too must be part of the illness.

  7. 7
    ck

    Right, because when I look at Reap’s blog, I think to myself, “That’s clearly is a man who spends time on actual change and totally not someone who has developed an unnatural fixation with FTB, PZ, and A+.” Okay, to be fair, it only recently got that bad, but still…

  8. 8
    briane

    Charming fellow.

  9. 9
    AJ Milne

    It’s always inspiring, seeing a real master of the rhetorical arts at the top of his game. Truly, it is. I don’t believe I’ve seen work of this calibre since… Geez… I don’t even know…

    There was this time in this bathroom of a cheesy hookup club near closing once, I guess… Two really drunk frat boy types in button downs going on between wetly slurred profanities about the sexual conquests they claimed to be anticipating. This here golden moment, it reminds me a bit of that true zenith in the history of dazzling repartee, I guess…

    (/Anyway. My point is: impressed. I just can’t tell you.)

  10. 10
    jenniferphillips

    I am the wall you were bound to hit sooner or later.

    Wall of text, you mean?

  11. 11
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    Its nice when the shitstains come right out and say that talking to them would be as effective as talking to a wall. They usually aren’t so self-aware.

  12. 12
    Anthony K

    Wall of text, you mean?

    No, no, no: he’s just being cagey. These über-smart world-changers all have mad skills.

    Be grateful it’s only the wall we’re up against. It could be a lot worse.

  13. 13
    Hank_Says

    What a mess. My 9th grade English teacher would’ve failed you in a heartbeat for Crimes Against Grammar, my 8th grade Social Studies teacher would’ve sent your arse to the principal’s office for intractable douchebaggery and the aformentioned English teacher also would’ve given you a big fat “E” (Aust. “F” equivalent) for your debating skills.

    Lucky someone invented the internet, where semi-coherent bigoted fuckwads can rant and rail and insult and get rewarded for it!

  14. 14
    briane

    Is Reap Paden a nom-de-poo? Or a genuine name?
    Brownian, you’ve reminded me of Paranoid Android with that line.

  15. 15
    Kaoru Negisa

    He forgot to call us bullies and say we have a hivemind.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go quake with fear because Reap won’t stop being a douchebag no matter what I do. The horror!

  16. 16
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Can we make “A Heap Of Reap” a meme?

  17. 17
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    Kaoru Negisa wrote:

    He forgot to call us bullies and say we have a hivemind.

    Echo chamber! Marching in lockstep! Eleventy-one!!11!

  18. 18
    musubk

    The only thing I took out of that is that Reap Paden has a very high self opinion and very low self awareness.

  19. 19
    briane

    The only thing I took out of that is that Reap Paden has a very high self opinion and very low self awareness.

    Aye, but he knows a lot about walls. I might get him to give me a quote on a wall I’m thinking of putting out the front of the house.

  20. 20
    Stephanie Zvan

    It’s like someone took all that “Oh, look at me. I’m all super-persecuted majority” stuff that’s supposed to be a wedge for getting things done and…believed it. Weird.

  21. 21
    Jafafa Hots

    Has his response has been truncated? I see no mention of taking our lunch money or waiting for us outside after school.

    (Someone please explain to me how yet one more dipshit added to the tens of millions of dipshits flinging feces around the internet is “taking on people face to face”?)

  22. 22
    Raging Bee

    Shorter Reap: “I’m still an asshole, therefore you’re not accomplishing anything.”

    He forgot to call us bullies and say we have a hivemind.

    The fact that we remember those two talking-points is proof — at least in his mind perhaps — that we are indeed under the control of a hivemind. How else could a bunch of individuals remember the same thing?

  23. 23
    A Hermit

    And this is where Al Stefanelli has decided to park his wagon…

    Classy move Al…

  24. 24
    Kaoru Negisa

    And this is where Al Stefanelli has decided to park his wagon

    Whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?

  25. 25
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    But Reap, Ophelia has affected your thinking. Your fretful fapping demonstrates you’ve focused your obsession on A+ and its advocates. I’m not sure what you obsessed about before, but I’m sure it misses you.

    It’s kind of odd, really. I’d never heard of Reap Paden before. I guess I can see why. I tend to read intelligent and articulate writers.

  26. 26
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    And this is where Al Stefanelli has decided to park his wagon…

    Classy move Al…

    I DEEPLY RESENT THE IMPLICATION THAT ME HANGING OUT AND COLLABORATING WITH ASSHOLES AT ALL REFLECTS ON MY CHARACTER!11!!onethousandonehundredeleven1111!1
    -Al

  27. 27
    thephilosophicalprimate

    I don’t believe I have witnessed an “own goal” this spectacular since… since…

    Nope. This is it. I can’t recall another nearly as hilarious.

  28. 28
    Bjarte Foshaug

    just try and do something about me and my freedom to say any damn thing I want.

    Oh, I don’t think anybody has much of a problem with your “freedom to say any damn thing [you] want”, It’s wanting to say said “damn things” in the first place that makes you an asshole.

    People like me who take on people face to face will be making change

    Not for the better, I am sure. Even if we pretend, for the sake of the argument, that you have made some real accomplishments, to accomplish something not worth accomplishing is still nothing to brag about.

  29. 29
    williamshart

    SUPPORT CIVIL DISCUSSION OR I’LL KILL YOU

  30. 30
    Emily Isalwaysright

    It’s funny how people don’t realise that when they do what Reap just did, they legitimise A+.

  31. 31
    hoary puccoon

    Language police, here–

    Reap, sweetie, people don’t “effect” the real world. They *affect* (i.e., influence) the real world– or not, as the case may be.

    You need to *effect* (i.e., carry out) an improvement in your language skills if you don’t want to create a negative *affect* (i.e., feeling) in your more literate fans.

    Of course, if you don’t have any literate fans, that’s not a problem is it? Never mind. Carry on.

  32. 32
    dirigible.

    “know how limited their reach”

    is.

    And yes, a few commas wouldn’t go amiss. But I’m guessing Reap uses them to indicate pauses in speech rather than subclauses in statements, so…

  33. 33
    sawells

    He does know that his legal right to be an incoherent asshole is not under threat, right?

  34. 34
    callistacat

    These types hide behind freedom of speech the way people hide behind religion. No one’s questioning or stopping his right to say whatever the hell he wants, it’s just that when you promote ideas they are fair game for debate. You know, like Christian or Islamic and Mormon dogma.

    They try to take the basic right to have an opinion, which no one is disputing, and twist that to mean the opinion itself is righteous and noble just because they have the right to say it.

  35. 35
    Your Name's not Bruce?

    Ophelia, this is so unfair!11! You caught Reap unawares. You really should give someone a chance to pick the broccoli out of their teeth and wipe the drool off their chin before thrusting them into the spotlight like that. I’m sure if he’d only known that this comment was going to be elevated to a Guest Post he would have been extra specially careful to include some of that punctuation and grammar stuff. And logic. And a point.

  36. 36
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    callistacat:

    These types hide behind freedom of speech the way people hide behind religion. No one’s questioning or stopping his right to say whatever the hell he wants, it’s just that when you promote ideas they are fair game for debate.

    This. Very much, this.

    How much simpler can it be?

    A+: “Atheism, coupled with basic decency, leads inexorably to the cause of social equality.”

    Reap, tf**t, MRAs, etc: “Stop trying to take away our rights! You are persecuting us, just like those whiney Christians always claim to be persecuted. Only for reals.”

  37. 37
    Kaoru Negisa

    Oh, I don’t think anybody has much of a problem with your “freedom to say any damn thing [you] want”, It’s wanting to say said “damn things” in the first place that makes you an asshole.

    But Reap does what he wants, Thor!

  38. 38
    UnknownEric the Apostate

    And here I thought that “Just don’t be an asshole” was a pretty simple and uncontroversial philosophy to follow. Yet the mere consideration of it seems to be driving Reap here apoplectic.

  39. 39
    Bjarte Foshaug

    They try to take the basic right to have an opinion, which no one is disputing, and twist that to mean the opinion itself is righteous and noble just because they have the right to say it.

    QFT

  40. 40
    Ant (@antallan)

    Should I know who Reap Paden is?

    /@

  41. 41
    Anthony K

    Should I know who Reap Paden is?

    Yes, you should. Here he is to explain why.

  42. 42
    Ophelia Benson

    No, I don’t think so.

  43. 43
    Ophelia Benson

    Haha – Brownian got there first, so I’ll withdraw that.

  44. 44
    Pro_bonobo

    Holy grammar batman!

  45. 45
    Aratina Cage

    @callistacat

    These types hide behind freedom of speech the way people hide behind religion.

    Oh yes, and this “guest” post does remind me of the right-wingers who scream and cry about their religious liberties being taken away by gay people marrying each other when in fact same-sex marriage does no such thing, and yet we still have to defend ourselves against their bullshit by adding “religious liberty” clauses to pro-gay legislation. I do think the slimepit and associates have always been somewhat motivated by a conservative ideology, too (anti-equality, like freedom of hate-speech, is typical of conservatives), which their disingenuous cries of being censored fits with.

  46. 46
    williamshart

    Has it occurred to anyone that Reap Paden has successfully carried out his agenda? He wants attention in any form from anybody – in this case from us. He is like the sad little boy who pees on the teacher’s lesson plans in front of his classmates to prove he exists by provoking their revulsion. Speaking metaphorically, if he can’t be first in heaven, hell be first in hell.

    Paden has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams chalking up 45+ responses to this tantrum.(I plead personally guilty to contributing at #29 and #45.) If only I could rewind time, I would wish to read at most only one response containing the single word..”whatever.” Such an isolated response would be more devastating to Mr. Paden’s ego than all the “FUCK YOUs” yelped in the sordid history of the blogosphere.

  47. 47
    Aratina Cage

    Has it occurred to anyone that Reap Paden has successfully carried out his agenda?

    Honestly, I don’t think anyone here would care about that all too much. I feel it is worth taking a look at and commenting on despite it feeding into his ego.

  48. 48
    Ophelia Benson

    Duh. Of course it has. This isn’t a new phenomenon around here! But ignoring thugs doesn’t make them go away.

  49. 49
    Kaoru Negisa

    Has it occurred to anyone that Reap Paden has successfully carried out his agenda?

    And? I got to spend some time mocking his whiny little screed. I enjoyed mocking him. Why do I care if he gets off on how this feeds his persecution complex or need for attention? It’s not like we’re going to change him or anything. Reap does what he wants! So we can have fun with this and he can grin and enjoy people making fun of him. If anything, this is sort of a win-win

  50. 50
    HJ Hornbeck

    williamshart @ 46:

    Has it occurred to anyone that Reap Paden has successfully carried out his agenda?

    True. But in return, we got a textbook example of the opposition to A+, and yet another counter-example to the charge that FtB censors comments. Now that some of us know about him, we can decide if we want to steer clear or engage in dialog. And of course, we all had a hearty chuckle.

    Personally, I think we gained more than he did.

  51. 51
    johnthedrunkard

    Ophelia. Thanks for including another sample of Paden banging on his high-chair.

    I don’t want to soil my retina with much more of him, but I have to say that the smug, snide, impenetrably self-righteous tone makes me suspect he is a Rand victim. Has anyone checked for this?

    PS: I wear an ‘A’ pin (no plus yet, but I would) everywhere I go and 99.9% of the people I encounter have no clue what it means.

  52. 52
    Anthony K

    PS: I wear an ‘A’ pin (no plus yet, but I would) everywhere I go and 99.9% of the people I encounter have no clue what it means.

    Yes, but those 0.1%? They’re thanks to Reap, changing hearts and minds.

  53. 53
    Bjarte Foshaug

    Has it occurred to anyone that Reap Paden has successfully carried out his agenda? He wants attention in any form from anybody

    Oh yes, our old friend “Don’t feed the trolls”.
    It’s still wrong:
    http://skepchick.org/dont-feed-the-trolls/

  54. 54
    sc_7fcd816dc7d5c9e72c65516e9f1f590e

    I’m flattered. It’s good to know what I say matters to people one way or another. Now my life has taken on a whole new meaning now. I would like to add one more thing- I love puppies! They are so cute!

    And Ophelia I just can’t bring myself to dislike you totally. I tried but it just didn’t work out, sorry

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