Sorry about being less than attentive to the blog or business lately. My wife, after having to pull more than her fair share of the load of 43 years, had to go under the knife for her shoulder. I have been attempting to be a loving caring nurse. Well that nurse role might be an over exaggeration. Fay is doing well. This is day three….. you know what they say… the third day is the worst.
So I get this email telling me to go up to the KCET website that I was personally attacked.
It turns out that the new guy in town author and blogger, Chris Clarke, has been tasked or bamboozled to disseminate the latest propaganda of the “Mojave Land Trust.”
Actually except for the mis-identification of the bad guys as Off Road Enthusiasts it was an interesting article. I’m thinking once Chris gets his bearings and from under the thumb of the most extreme of the local environmentalist at the local coffee shop, he may still come around to the fact that there are two sides to every story. I just want to say Welcome to the High Desert, Chris and family.
One of the comments to his article was a well written retort by a blogger using the handle Mad Machinist. It was soon attributed to either Ken Peil or I. The comment was attacked by one JTukeva with an obvious ad hominem attack not against the content of Mad Machinist‘s blog comment but an open attack on Ken Peil and I. Go figure that. Hundreds of Off Road orientated blogs, magazines, 100s of thousands of articulate off roaders and some dork from JT picks me out as the possible author.
JTukeva says :
Are you Dan O’Brien of Mustard’s Last Stand in Joshua Tree, or Ken Piel, of Mission Viejo? Are both of you still part of the same scofflaw ORV organization that has terrorized, harassed and bullied anyone who opposed your self-interests? The same ORV organization that uses the internet to hate monger against opponents, outing purported gays and Jews? The same organization whose 1950′s-era mindset tries to usurp patriotism to itself, accusing any inconvenient opponents of being – gasp! – communists, Joe McCarthy-style? The same organization that allegedly vandalized political opponents’ homes, and legally harassed other low-income opponents by hiring lawyers to spy on them and tattle to county agencies about any residential codes they might violate?
Did you know that the local community banded together against you, to help the people you so viciously attacked? They banded together to raise funds for building supplies, and held work-parties to fix your victims’ properties. I bet you didn’t know that, since they didn’t report it to the media. Your victims are still to frightened to speak out, lest you attack and terrorize them again.
Your ORV organization shelters and promotes hate mongers and terrorists – all to divert attention from the scofflaws among you who you yourselves refuse to stop.
Your actions made the community rally against you, because you proved yourselves to be overaged bullies and cowards – hiding behind anonymity to say or do your worst. Nobody likes a bully – that’s why bullies like you are losers. Your ORV org has become a gang of thugs.
If you’re so proud of yourself, why don’t you post in your own name, Dan, or is it Ken?
What can I say? How do you answer such insanity? I want to thank Chris and KCET for allowing me to give a whimsical response to what has to be a clear example of character assassination.
I always try to keep things like this in perspective. My Grandfather and my Uncle Sam Wall, both Hollywood Public Relations Agents always said, “I doesn’t matter what they say about you, just as long as they are saying it.”
I knew nothing of the article until I was emailed the URL by fans, and now you know about the article. Jump up on the KCET site and read It Takes Minutes to Trash the Desert, but Centuries to Repair.
Lets show Chris respect but lets show him the other side of the story.