Careful, those straw men are flammable

See here. That’s what I was talking about here.

Quote: so I went over there and attempted to reason with them.

And failed. Apparently, not only is there confusion regarding what I said but there is also confusion about what constitutes reason. You see, I did not argue that a gun would have helped in this shooting. In fact, I said the opposite. Quite easy to dismantle an argument that you’ve made up yourself.

And, regarding your target, focus on your front sight and gently squeeze the trigger. From the paper target shown, it looks like you’re snapping the trigger.

10 Responses to “Careful, those straw men are flammable”

  1. DirtCrashr says:

    His blog seems appropriately named anyhow…and judging from his collection of likeminded pals it should remain in demand – so he’ll be 40 still going on 15 when he get’s there, safe with his strawmen.

  2. Peter says:

    I think “he’s” a girl. A real one, this time, FWIW. Some of the other postings refer to a husband, and since she kept her maiden name, some questioning from the involved familes regarding children.

    I know we’ve had a shock to our systems, and all. 😀

  3. Nomen Nescio says:

    i notice there’s only two comments on this one, and both of them distinctly echo-chambery. i think i won’t even bother trying, this time around.

  4. Antigone says:

    Um, there’s lots of “girls” over at Punkass, after all. Quite a few of us like to shoot.

  5. Roberta X says:

    I swear to Loki, I’m gonna start handin’ out pink and blue sweaters so I can keep track.

    Right after Tam’s twenty-foot flying predator, we need a good set of neutral pronouns and honorifics so’s we can argue with people without stepping all over toes we aren’t aiming at. I don’t mind being insulting, abrasive, mean and dimissive but it ticks me off to do so by accident. It ain’t proper.

  6. Nomen Nescio says:

    see, it’s all the English language’s fault. if we only had a gender neutral third person pronoun, we wouldn’t have to constantly take wild stabs in the dark at random strangers’ genitalia.

    (once i’ve had my morning coffee, that probably won’t seem as funny to me anymore. but right now, i’m a’postin’ it.)

  7. Paul Boughton says:

    He, She, It. How many more do you need? He leaves no doubt as does she. It however leaves doubt.

    Looks to me like language has it covered.

  8. memomachine says:


    “He, She, It.”


    Sometimes I wish I were living 100 years ago when men were men, women were women, and it was easier telling the difference.

    Oh and when the term “manscape” never existed. Definitely before “manscape”.

  9. Nomen Nescio says:

    problem with “it” is, people tend to take offense at it.

    “they” works, and has a centuries-long tradition, but confuses goobers who can’t get over that you’re using it even in the singular and their brains lock up. plus you’re technically supposed to use it only when the subject is unclear or indefinite, not about specific people.

  10. Rabbit says:

    Hey, I call my ex-wife ‘thing’. Works for me.