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Mar 02, 2011

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Grayson

More fallout? Is it true that Pat McCrory cancelled his fundraiser with the c4gc crowd scheduled for the end of this month?

bubba

"Mightn't local Republicans want to check out this story before choosing their new leadership?"

Do you have any information that warrants such a bottom-feeder insinuation, Cone?

Ed Cone

I'm saying the Hyde camp's allegation should be checked out. Do you not agree, Bob?

witz

The story does seem self-serving . . . and unlikely. It's hardly like there were secret tapes and clandestine meetings with sources. A simple google search turns up the criminal record and it would was widely known in the community. Not exactly the stuff of which extortion is made.

motherblubber

Hey bubba, do you support Hyde in his effort to head the local gop?

If so, then why do you not speak out against the republicans who have attampted to publicly embarass him and his friends?

If not, then your lame attempt to turn this on bloggers and journalists speaks for itself.

Ed Cone

One need not support Hyde's candidacy to wonder if there's anything to his allegations. If yes, it reflects poorly on the perps; if no, then Hyde and Co. are severely compromised.

Justaxin

I think what Bubba is referring to is the collective hard-ons that otherwise nonevents like this provide for career bloggers to arise from their gluteal decubiti and insert themselves into the lives of people who actually try to do something with theirs besides merely opportunely pissing on other people when they falter. It is at these times that they must all scramble to best position themselves to get credit for the "scoop", which is generally the kind that most of us would bury in a litter box. As revolting as the concept of such parasitism as a source of self-importance and esteem is for most folks, it is very real for the professional pissants, who, having no other means to exert meaningful influence on anything, must pounce on these opportunities whenever they drift before their trapdoored burrows. As far as Bubba goes, maybe not everyone feels the need to choose sides in a cockfight.

bubba

"If so, then why do you not speak out against the republicans who have attampted to publicly embarass him and his friends?

If not, then your lame attempt to turn this on bloggers and journalists speaks for itself."

You're a graduate of our government schools, aren't you? Or was your fourth time through sixth grade enough to convince you to leave?

bubba

"One need not support Hyde's candidacy to wonder if there's anything to his allegations. If yes, it reflects poorly on the perps; if no, then Hyde and Co. are severely compromised."

You don't need much of any rationalization anything to take a double-edged cheap shot, do you? On the other hand, that IS your inimitable style, and no one is really surprised to read it.

bubba

"As revolting as the concept of such parasitism as a source of self-importance and esteem is for most folks, it is very real for the professional pissants, who, having no other means to exert meaningful influence on anything, must pounce on these opportunities whenever they drift before their trapdoored burrows."

It makes certain bloggers feel oh so important, and temporarily sates their narcissistic fulfillment.

witz

With the invective and slurs being hurled, it bears repeating that the fact of Mr. Riddleberger’s sex crime conviction was first openly discussed not by Mr. Cone, bloggers or reporters, but by his own family members. However prior to that time the matter was hardly a secret. Reporters and bloggers acknowledge they were aware of the conviction for many months or longer. I’ve been aware of it for a year or so. And yet none of these persons chose to raise the matter in print (electronic or ink). They say they refrained because the crime was a long time ago and because Mr. Riddleberger did not run for or hold pubic office.

Far from being the actions of self-important parasites, their collective restraint is arguably a mark of ethical behavior and a professional regard for Mr. Riddleberger and his family. (“Arguably,” because some might articulate a convincing argument that Mr. Riddleberger’s frequent comments at public hearings, many of which asserted a moral/religious imperative, made his sex crime conviction fair game.)

The question of whether the alleged extortion attempt is fact or fabrication is a valid one. Invocation of terms such as “bottom feeder” and “cheap shot” do not alter that reality. It was claimed that some in the party attempted to use the fact of Mr. Riddleberger’s conviction to pressure Mr. Hyde to withdraw his candidacy for the county leadership position.

These allegations accuse party members of unethical and perhaps criminal conduct. Such serious claims demand evidentiary support from the accuser(s). Yet that support is absent. Indeed, there are several reasons to doubt the story. The account of the alleged extortion attempt was murky and there was a refusal to name the individuals making the threat. More importantly, however, the alleged threat lacks punch. The sex crime conviction was not much of a secret and it is a stretch to believe that Mr. Riddleberger’s criminal record would reflect on Mr. Hyde’s character.

One thing at least is clear. GOP party members are entitled to know whether a candidate for party leadership is attempting to influence the selection -- whether with unethical threats or through untrue allegations of such behavior. That question is not trivial.

Justaxin

"their collective restraint is arguably a mark of ethical behavior and a professional regard for Mr. Riddleberger and his family."

Wow,..... I mean, just abso-freakin-lutely WOW.

Andrew Brod

So you think it wasn't a show of restraint when they refrained from publishing anything about Riddleberger? What would have been good enough for you? Memory erasure?

motherblubber

I think Jerry Bledsoe should humiliate the man by, publishing weekly for the next year, every detail he can dig up on the man's life and his criminal past.

sean coon

i cosign motherblubber.

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