My father told me all about the birds and the bees, the liar - I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one ~ Bob Hope (5/29/1903 to 7/27/2003) an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, and author who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. He was noted for appearing in over 70 films and shorts, including a series of "Road" movies co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
A short while ago the blogger Lester Nation (AKA "Rational Nation" or RN abbreviated) started calling me "Canardo". This was a new nickname, coming after the series based on the last name Sanders. "Harlan" or "Colonel" or just "Col". Now they seemed to have moved on to "Dervie" or "Dervy". I'm not sure but I think they've moved on from "Canardo", perhaps because I figured it out.
At first it didn't make any sense to me. I thought it sounded Hispanic, but eventually I realized that removing the "O" from the end resulted in the word "canard", which is "a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor". So, looks like RN and Dennis are both calling me a liar. RN never confirmed that this is what he meant by calling me "Canardo", but this is my best guess (a solid guess I would say, and probably accurate.
This brings me to the purpose of this post. RN invited me back to his blog; I went, but only submitted a short comment at first to see if RN would publish it. He did, so I jumped in and joined the conversation. Of course commenting on the RN blog invites arguments, as there is nobody there I agree with politically; at least I don't agree with any of the three major players who dominate most of the conversation, those people being Rational Nation Will Hart and Dennis Marks.
Fact is, each of these three amigos dislikes me with some intensity. This explains the "Canardo" slur. They all think I'm a liar. As well as the fourth amigo, the lying ID spoofer Rusty Shackelford. Funny thing is, the lying and dishonesty that is actually taking place is all coming from these four. A recent conversation turned to accusations of lies from them but -- I did not lie. The conversation ended when RN refused to publish my response to an accusation of lying (through my teeth, no less) by Will Hart. I do not know why, but this is a subject, when it comes up, I am usually always accused of lying about by Mr. Hart.
The Hartster opposed the Iraq war. He's talked about it many times, usually he's solidly against it, although he often makes a point of defending George W bush. On 8/1/2012 Will Hart said...
Will Hart: A strong case could have been made for deposing [Saddam] on humanitarian grounds alone. That was the rationale for taking out Gadaffi and Hussein was infinitely worse ... [so] maybe we can give some slack to [George bush?] (8/1/2012 at 4:44pm)
OK, so Will thinks the invasion of Iraq was "boneheaded" but he usually makes a point about defending GWb. Even though GWb lied about WMD (Will denies GWb lied despite the fact that it is obvious).
But the point is Will was against the invasion. It's in print on his blog (multiple posts). So saying he supported it would not be truthful. Yet he says this is what I did (the "lying through your teeth" comment). My question is, what's with this guy? Could this "lying through my teeth accusation" have something to do with this comment (one RN actually published)?
Dervish Sanders: As I recall there were many on the Conservative side who cited Saddam's killing of his own citizens as an extremely good justification for taking action (Will Hart, Dennis and others). (Thu Sep 05, 10:39:00 AM)
And, in response Will published this angry comment...
Will Hart: wd is lying through his teeth on this one. As he knows I was fully against the Iraq war FROM DAY ONE and well before John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton turned against it. Les and I are the consistent ones on this issue and wd the partisan stooge who suddenly supports military action simply because a Democrat has backed himself into a corner (much like he did in Afghanistan). Shameless. (Thu Sep 05, 11:48:00 AM)
First of all I don't support military action in Syria. I never said I did. Secondly, Barack Obama has NOT "backed himself into a corner". Will says this only because bashing the president is his new thing (previously Will said he voted for him in 2008). And, in regards to the "lying through my teeth allegation"... I said it was an "extremely good justification" not that it was Will's justification. Will himself said "A strong case could have been made" on his own blog! As you can see, I was referencing comments Will made on his own blog, yet the dummy says I lied!
(BTW, I didn't include a link in my original comment... something that would have been proof that will talked about this justification, but I was only referring to things I remembered him saying. I didn't go back and actually find the Contra O'Reilly post until now).
In response to Will's false accusations of "lying through my teeth" I composed a comment and submitted it for publication, but RN decided to trash-can what I wrote. This is a underhanded tactic he's used before... he will wait until a point in the discussion comes when no response from me makes me look bad. Previously I made a mistake and everyone jumped all over it, calling me stupid and a liar. I submitted a correction (admitting my error) but RN declined to publish it. Here Will says I lied (when I was referring to comments made by Will on his own blog) and RN refuses to publish my rebuttal.
Honestly, however, I only realized the misunderstanding of Will's when I went back and re-read what I originally wrote (now, not when I composed and submitted the comment RN didn't publish). In the comment RN did not publish I said Will was "canardo-ing through his teeth". If RN had published I might retract that accusation. It was a misunderstanding.
However, and this is a big however, Will seems to OFTEN "misunderstand" comments by me and immediately responds with ANGRY accusations of lying. It happened earlier in the same thread (concerning another topic that would take some time to explain. If you are interested you can read the thread yourself here). Will said "you're a liar, wd. I fully know the difference between an Arab and a Muslim", but I never said he didn't know the difference.
I explained myself on this one, and I think Will accepted my explanation, as he didn't repeat the "lie" accusation in his response... but he did make a new one a short while later. Either I'm a bad writer, and that explains why Will frequently misinterprets what I mean (and concludes I'm lying)... or Will is allowing his dislike (possibly hatred) for me to color his interpertation of what I write. It seems he's always looking for "lies" by me that he can immediately pounce on.
Given that Will has "now concluded [that Dervish] is a pathological liar", and (in the comment thread belonging to the post in which he made this accusation) declared me a "virulent liar" and "absolutely insane"... I'm thinking it's Will's prejudices against me that is causing him to imagine lies by me where there were none (and not any bad writing from me).
I'm not a liar or a "Canardo", and this is my proof of that (seeing as RN wouldn't publish my rebuttal I'm not going to try again). In fact I think my time on the blog of RN is nearing it's end (RN is becoming increaseingly hostile). But RN might decide we're friends again and urge me to come back. It was not that long ago that RN declared I was "banned for life", but turns out that was just another of RN's canardos.
Hopefully this sets the record straight regarding who the real canardos are. Currently they hang out at two blog... The first one being Contra O'Reilly (the blog of Will Hart) and the second the ironically titled Rational Nation USA (the blog of Lester Nation).
Update 9/10/2013: RN read my post and commented elsewhere that my comment (the one he refused to publish) was in his spam folder. He went and retrieved it and now it is published. Sure RN, I'm positive that is exactly what happened. Or, could it be that RN refused to publish until he read my commentary above, then saw his chance to call me a liar by publishing what I wrote? Below is the highly suspect response by RN. Suspect because comments before and after were published. Just this one was inexplicably sent to the Spam folder..
Rational Nation: The dude is claiming I don't post his comments. Another canard. I checked my spam after noticing his false claim and low and behold. They are now posted. As expected the usual canards from the Canardo. (9/8/2013 AT 5:13pm)
Right. The canardo doesn't publish until he sees an opportunity to call me a liar after doing so (AFTER reading this post, an action he acknowledges with his comment). RN's fellow canardos will surely believe him, but I do not.