Saturday, July 08, 2006
I don't know how many people are aware of the fact that Jeff Goldstein over at Protein Wisdom has been the victim of both threats against his child and a subsequent assault on his site by some anonymous vandal.

There is no difference between this kind of behavior and painting a swastika on a person's garage door with a can of spray paint, or burning a cross in someone's yard, or trashing their car etc. It is vandalism. On this subject I agree with Instapundit, it is thuggish.

It is also cowardice. It is another one of those differences we have been talking about.

Ever see the movie The Bad Seed ? I imagine these kinds of pranksters like that pigtail wearing little sociopath. Bad children, very very bad children.

[Update: Jeff's site appears to be back up.]


reliapundit said...

vandals?! ha. terrorists. and birds of a feather to the jihadist variety.

Skookumchuk said...

Blackfive and LGF have threads on this. While we still don't know the whole story, it may be that this is a University of Arizona psychology professor who has suddenly resigned. Stay tuned.

Skookumchuk said...

Notice they never seem to be, oh, civil engineering profs.

terrye said...


No, the civil engineers are flying planes into buildings.

chuck said...

No, the civil engineers are flying planes into buildings.

And here I thought civil engineers built targets.

Rick Ballard said...


I hope Jeff explains why he did not ban her from his property before she reached this point. I don't quite get the benefit of not deleting comments from people uninterested in anything but puking up their little hate hairballs in comments. She's not the only commenter out there who is more than slightly unhinged.

truepeers said...

It seems that most Muslims with Ph.Ds, or at least the Muslim Brotherhood variety, are engineers. How would the psychologist explain this?... somethign to do with the ancient tradition of sacrifice at the building site?

Morgan said...

Here's her defence of Ward Churchill :

Morgan said...

Or, in American, "defense".

chuck said...


It seems that most Muslims with Ph.Ds, or at least the Muslim Brotherhood variety, are engineers.

My impression is that the word Engineer is used as an honorific; it doesn't mean that the person is a real engineer who can design and build stuff.

Rick Ballard said...

TP - Chuck,

It's an honorific that indicates completion of a course of study - not employment within the profession. Most of these guys may well have been unemployable for one reason or another.

They're not lacking in intelligence, they're lacking in any place to put that intelligence to work in a constructive manner. It's a shame that they don't lack for places to put it to work in a destructive manner.

Skookumchuk said...

I thought about the civil engineer angle the moment I clicked on "publish this comment". I thought about it some more when I was outside, watering the tomatoes and letting the cat in and out twenty seven quintllion times.

I guess it depends on what you want from the West. Maybe you just want to learn certain things, things that only a renegade Venetian artilleryman or a galley shipwright from Barcelona are able to give.

This has been going on for some time now, with a certain monotonous regularity...

CF said...

Capt Ed reports the perp has been fired. If so, good riddance.

vnjagvet said...

Following Blackfive's recitation of this incident and the related thread took me most of the afternoon.

It was a very revealing study in "moonbatism".

The evidence points inexorably to a thirtysomething PHD who was employed as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona.

This young woman is a longtime blogger from who gets her jollies from trolling for attention on right leaning blogs having (mostly) literate commenters.

She tried to get herself bludgeoned or banned on Protein Wisdom, and instead was r alternately trounced, ridiculed, made fun of and, occasionally, addressed with mildly crude expletives (e.g., "fuckwad").

She then escalated her comments until she began veiled threatening comments about Jeff's two year old youngster.

She bit off more than she was able to chew.

A fascinating case study.

terrye said...


The only time I have seen anything on the right even close to this kind of situpidity is over the issue of Harriet Miers or immigration. And then it was not really like this because no one was threatening anyone's kids. it was just vicious.

Rick has a point I think in the anonymous nature of the internet and I also think that some people just can not handle people not doing whatever it is they want them to do.

Like you said, this is a case study. This woman's life may well be ruined and I doubt if she can explain her behavior to anyone, including her own self.

Syl said...

Another one goes 'pop'.

It seems to me that many of these hardcore lefty moonbat types are spinning faster and faster and some just can't hang on.

Protein Wisdom is still down.

Seneca the Younger said...

Syl, try clearing your cache. Jeff had to change to a different proivider, and your browseer may still be trying the old IP address.

Syl said...


I got in a couple hours after I posted that.

It might be the cache, yes. I never ever had a cache problem with IE, but I do with Firefox--have to get used to it.