Regardless of the motivations, desires, or warped perversions of the twisted and abusive mind behind “Smoke & Thunder”, one thing is for certain – he seems to be attempting to discredit pro-rights webloggers by acting the arse and then associating himself with us, and by lampooning us at every available opportunity. Given how much the anti-rights cultists of American believe in and peddle the fallacy of “guilt by association”, it would not be a difficult stretch for them to start spreading the lie if some pro-rights advocates are rude, abusive, sexist, misogynistic, crude, obnoxious, trollish, or otherwise misanthropic like the person behind “Smoke and Thunder” is, then all pro-rights advocates are like him.
And, really, he provides a perfect example for that fallacy.
Thus far, we have distanced ourselves from the perverted “administrator” of “Smoke and Thunder”, but it is time to stop being reactive and start being proactive…
As such, I am proud to announce the launching of Smoking Blunder. As you can probably see, it is pretty much a stem-to-stern parody of the all-encompassing “fail” of “Smoke & Thunder”, complete with such wonderful re-writes as this:
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In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include- (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
For the most part, we only will legally steal content when it’s morally wrong and will benefit us while screwing you to do so.
Yup, sounds pretty much exactly like what “Smoke and Thunder” was doing.
Sadly, I am not responsible for the creation of “Smoking Blunder” (this weekend was a little busy for me), nor am I entirely sure who all is behind it, but they appear to have made it their cause to go through “Smoke and Thunder” and create an all-too-amusing caricature of most of their posts.
More power to them.
Attacking gunblogers is rarely a good idea, considering how many highly intelligent, motivated, and snarky individuals there are amongst us. Once we have a common enemy to target… well, things like this happen. Enjoy!