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“smoking blunder” trumps “smoke and thunder” at its own game

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: 

SmokingBlunder.info profiles may contain previews and snippets of copyrighted material such as text excerpts and image samples. The fair use of a copyrighted work … for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. However we acknowledge that by our doing so we are acting outside of normal ethical bounds.

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! 

22 comments to “smoking blunder” trumps “smoke and thunder” at its own game

  • So, can/should we all sign up at Blunder just to rub a bit of salt into Thunder’s eye?

  • Mark

    I’ve left this comment at a few other blogs, not I’m leaving it here.

    Not leaving the link to my blog because I don’t wish for this obviously mentally incapacitated individual to know it and try to add me to his so called “social” web page. The absolute gall of him however strikes me that he is in severe need of a mental evaluation. His actions and posts leads me to believe in a professional observation that he is severely unbalanced and possibly dangerous to himself and others. If facts regarding him as posted on other sites are true, he needs a minimum of a 72 hour hold and evaluation, for his own safety and the safety of others. I have no doubt that after such an evaluation he would be involuntarily committed for treatment for a minimum of 90 days. If he is already under a Doctors care for his obvious mental instability, his Doctor needs to be made aware of his actions and blood work as to the efficacy of his current medications needs to be performed. I find his actions and posts to be extremely disturbing, as such since he has an obvious mental deficiency, the fact that he is attempting to run a “Gun” site has alarms bells ringing in my head, and I believe the local authorities of wherever he lives need to be notified as he may be attempting to use his “Site” as an attempt to obtain firearms as a restricted person. We do not need another Virginia Tech or Tuscon.

  • @ Oliver Perry:

    It is possible to join if you want to… 🙂

  • @ Oliver Perry: Like I said, I do not know exactly who all is behind Smoking Blunder, but I can definitively state that I would consider joining that site myself at some point in the future.

    The same cannot be said of Smoke and Thunder.

    @ Mark: I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, nor did I stay in a Best Western (or whatever the commercial is) last night, but can you specify what all indications and pointers would cause you to come to this conclusion? I completely agree that the man is behaving in a remarkably unbalanced, borderline sociopathic fashion, but, damn, that describes a whole host of people these days :).

    I am certainly not disagreeing, just curious about the rationale.

    @ Smoking Blunder: What, you are not going to make accounts for us? What kind of social network are you running? 😉

  • MAJ Mike

    I don’t want to be a member of any social network that would have me as a member.

  • Mark

    I am an Ordained Minister, ex-military medic and an ex-cop and it is a judgement based on counseling persons who suffer from various psychological impairments and other experience. His passive aggressive responses with a few outright threatening/hostile comments, as in if I heard him say that in front of me I’d be calling for a law enforcement officer. Coupled with reports of him possibly having been arrested for possession of child pornography and assault. He leads me to have a professional judgement that he needs a psych eval soonest, for his own well being as well as the well being of others.

    As for specifics, his reaction to a simple comment which would be innocuous to anyone else, he railed against the commenter using unnecessary profanity and insults. That alone shows me a lack of social skills with a borderline aggressive personality.

    Frankly this I am afraid this person may take any negative comments as a personal attack up on himself, and attempt to stalk, harass or even physically assault a commenter if he possibly can to “show” others who speak out against him or his actions. I believe his ego has now gotten involved in his actions and that he may goad himself to actions which can dangerous to others.

    Linoge you should be able to pull my e-mail address out of your logs, if you wish to confirm who I am. Send me an e-mail and I will answer you.

  • SGB

    Good job on Smoking Blunder.

    As to the guy being unhinged I doubt it. If so, then the vast majority of anti-gunners are unhinged based on their internet conduct.

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  • I know the people behind it. They’re REAL gunbloggers that want to rub a pedophile the wrong way. Wow that sounds so dirty…

    Those that have access to that website will NOT abuse information provided there, but it’s purpose is parody and to blatantly make fun of douchenozzle.

    Clicks at Smoking Blunder are NOT clicks for Smoke and Thunder, though. Like I said, Smoking Blunder are real gun bloggers behind it.

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  • Kat3lyn Macintosh

    The site has been hacked? Now its getting really interesting.

  • thanks for the ‘smoking blunder’ link (and to those behind it), i’ve not laughed so hard in such a long time!

  • I’m disappointed that we chewed S&T up and spat him out in less than a week. I suppose that I’m more accustomed to the traditional kind of troll (MikeB, JadeGold, Markedelphia) who keep on coming back for more.

    Oh, well. I guess I can’t put off cleaning out that closet any longer.

  • @ SGB:
    Have you read any of their blogs. They are unhinged… Just sayin’.

  • @ Peter:

    Me too. I was getting in some pretty good cuts over on Miguel’s blog. (c.f. “Pink pony and the mudhole.”)

  • @ MAJ Mike: Well, there is that problem too ;).

    @ Mark: In fairness, we are not 100% convinced that the person behind Smoke and Thunder is the same person who had the charges of child pornography leveled against him. It is looking likely that is the case – especially given the assault charges to boot, and given his behavior on the blogs – but we do not have anything definitive yet.

    Aside from that, though, I am inclined to agree with your assessment of his behavior… It is definitely indicative of someone who has more than a few screws loose, and I wonder what he is building towards currently. The whole “hacked” thing is almost unquestionably a farce to cover his arse, but the “under construction” concerns me.

    Thanks for being willing to explain your logic; it helps our perspective.

    @ SGB: … Well… yes?

    @ Tango: Good to know that the folks behind Smoking Blunder are with us. It would appear as though Smoke & Thunder is reforming and regrouping, so they had best be on their toes :).

    @ Kat3lyn Macintosh: Well, the person who controls the site claims it has been hacked. Whether the person who controls the site is a hacker, or whether the troll simply put that up in a lame attempt to cover his own ass from the beating that was being handed to him… well, that is a separate question indeed.

    @ jigsaw: It just warms the cockles of my all-too-cynical heart at the joy people experience when lampooning pathetic attempts at parody :).


    @ Peter: Fortunately or unfortunately, it does not appear as though the idiocy of Smoke and Thunder is complete – he seems to be reconsidering, but far from surrendering.

    @ Barron Barnett: Just so. Pretty much to a man, the anti-rights cultists webloggers are… mentally unbalanced. This cannot necessarliy be said of all the anti-rights cultists in general, but, damn, their vocal ones are just plain whackadoodle.

    @ Erin Palette: One must admit, you do quite well for yourself ;).

  • Mark

    @ Linoge, I was being cautious as to whether or not he is the person with the child pornography and assault charges. Those were the “Frosting” on the cake so to speak if it is him. I was basing my original judgement upon his current statements and actions. Finding out that he “MAY” have assault charges and charges of possession of child pornography, if it IS him just furthers my concerns. This individual is a ticking time bomb. He is getting further and further away from rational thought processes, and I am seriously concerned that he is becoming a danger. If not to himself, society in general. One has only to turn on the television to see how mentally deranged people are lashing out at society, and I am concerned he may be the next headline on the TV news.

  • Oh, I know you were being cautious… I just wanted to stress that point, since the misrepresentation of those charges could easily tend towards the libel/slander realm.

    But, yeah, given the recent headlines coming out of Ohio now, the last thing we need is someone who maintains an ostensibly pro-firearm weblog/site to go off the deep end and decide to take out his pent up frustratoins / aggrivations on a crowd of innocent folks.

    Wish I could understand why he felt it was necessary to lash out in this fashion, but damned if I can wrap my head around it… which, I guess, lends credence to the whole “mentally unstable” point.

  • Mark

    I too would like to know why he is acting this way. And I seriously feel that he needs an evaluation. With Ohio, Tuscon and Virginia Tech fresh in the minds of people, I am afraid he may look upon that as a sort of fuel for his own actions. I think his local LEA needs to be notified and the logs of his comments shown to them. He is becoming more and more of a loose cannon, and I feel that he needs help before he does something to himself or others.

  • Well, at this point, he has done nothing actionable, and until such time as he does, there is effectively nothing we can do – after all, he can express himself however he likes, and barring specific and deliberate threats, expressing one’s self is rarely something anyone can do anything about.

    On that note, though, you mihgt be amused to know he has indirectly called you out on his site, whinging about people pointing out that he is acting in a decidedly anti-social, borderline-sociopathic fashion. Go figure ;).

  • Mark

    Oh Really? I guess I’ll need to go over and take a look after turning adblock, noscript and ghostery on to full so he doesn’t register my presence.

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