I was directed by a friend to two websites which I was told, intriguingly, might be of interest – one because of some important information regarding internet security, and the other which apparently had an interesting picture quiz.
It was rather a surprise to see that the links to which I was being directed were from the Rangers Media site and the Vanguard Bears fansite. (The latter is a website supporting Rangers which bears, no pun intended, the slogan “defending our traditions”).
Now, you might ask, why mention what I am going to refer to? The simple reason is that it astonishes me what misconceptions people have about others. This is signified by the absence of any response (apart from one which was factually unsound) to my request for someone to direct me to proof of my “Rangers hating”.
Some people are clearly “obsessed” with those perceived as their enemies, even where there is neither a jot, nor even a tittle, and certainly not even a scintilla, of evidence. But why let facts get in the way of some good old fashioned prejudice!
I followed the links and here is what I found.
First we turn to the Internet security warning.
A pleasant fellow called Baxterboy popped up on this blog last year and managed to post twenty separate comments totalling over 1,600 words in a seven hour period. I answered some of his points in a blog post all of its own, which seems to have made Mr Baxterboy proud.
What he was on about on Monday was the danger of having your email accounts hacked if your “blog password” was the same as your e-mail password (although, to be frank, I did not pay too much attention to that, as I find Norton Anti-Virus to be slightly more reliable).
However he explained, at some length, that he enjoyed playing “away games” by going on to websites which did not support Rangers and drawing peoples’ attentions to the links he averred between Mr Torbet, Celtic and the Catholic Church. (I have summarised his thesis in a rather more understated way than Mr Baxterboy did in full.)
After some badinage about passwords etc, he chipped back in with the following, which has been edited only to remove the swear words:-
paedo bloggers like toxic thomson and mcconville are, to a large extent, responsible for the hell Rangers have gone thru this year.
they are our most dangerous enemy and inflict serious damage because they are read and perceived by many neutrals as objective observers and thus – credible.
destroying them on here is, for the most part, really preaching to the choir – most of us know the f@&%ers have an agenda against Rangers.
but not that many neutrals come on RM or sites like FF to read alternatives to their bile.
therefore, the only way to counteract their sh@te and expose the f@%$kers to neutrals is to do it in the public domain – to confront them on their own patch.
as i said, an away game.
I apologise for the lack of capital letters and dodgy punctuation – I blame the schools (only kidding Baxterboy!)
First of all calling an award winning journalist and respected news reporter on one hand, and a blogger on the other, “paedo bloggers” is grossly offensive to us. It is also a fine example of what I say here every so often to those who bring up Mr Torbet and the alleged Celtic “cover up” in response to negative comments about Rangers. Child abuse is a serious matter. Using it as a “whataboutery” device demeans the victims and the nature of the offence. I have suggested to people who have made such comments, or who make some parallel between Penn State University and Celtic, that they might care to write a reasoned and evidenced piece for the blog. Surprisingly no one has taken me up on that invitation, and the tide of comments referencing that continue.
It is also astonishing to me how anyone intelligent can think that the problems Rangers have suffered have been anything other than self-inflicted. It might suit Mr Baxterboy to believe that the custodians of his football club until administration hit were all there purely for the greater good of Rangers. But any sensible factual analysis would place the blame for the decline into insolvency last year on Sir David Murray’s stewardship and that of Craig Whyte. Differing analyses might lead to disagreement about the precise balance of that blame, but suggesting that Alex Thomson is responsible for the “hell” Rangers have gone through is bizarre, and as for suggesting that I am to blame…
That credits me with infinitely more influence than I have, and I do not profess to have any influence at all.
I do appreciate the compliment, which I suspect is not intended, namely the suggestion that we “are read and perceived by many neutrals as objective observers and thus – credible.”
Mr Baxterboy, in his own way, bolsters the theory I have been writing about recently (which I appreciate is not some Eureka moment) that people have a perception of who one is and what one writes without actually having to take the time and trouble of reading it.
A fine example too of the “double think” approach. Whilst what I write, posits Baxterboy, might SEEM to be “neutral, objective and credible” he knows that in my heart I am a Rangers hater, and therefore what I read, whilst seemingly credible etc is actually bile intended to damage Rangers.
There are so many logical holes in the argument that it would make a Swiss cheese look solid!
And so we come to his suggestion of “destroying” these evil bloggers on their own turf by “exposing” them to neutrals. However the neutrals are the very ones who read the blogs by myself and Alex Thomson and who believe them, according to Mr Baxterboy.
However, his advice of keeping passwords secure is to be commended.
NB – When previously I reproduced a selection of choice quotes from Rangers Media, which were expressing what might even have been criminal sentiments towards another “enemy” the response was not to seek to justify or explain the comments (though they seemed unjustifiable and inexplicable). Instead it was to suggest that I was guilty of “breach of copyright”. To avoid people having to repeat such allegations, might I suggest they read the “fair dealing” provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Turning to the picture quiz, we find the following:-
At first you might wonder who these 45 people are, and why one is marked with an “X”.
On the Vanguard Bears site the tag for the picture is “enemies”.
The “X” marks the late Paul McBride QC. The rest of the people are, I assume, “enemies” of Rangers.
I identified myself, but sadly could not get all of the rest. Maybe I should host a quiz here, with the first person to get all 45 correct receiving a copy of “Downfall” by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain!
It struck me that it must have taken some time and effort to create that picture – perhaps a sign of “obsession”?
Of course the picture itself accompanied a piece about “forgiving and forgetting”. Perhaps the reader will not be surprised to know that the writer was NOT in favour of that. Let’s say there was a rather Old Testament viewpoint, rather than one from the New.
I might be wrong but there seems to be an increase in the “frenzy” towards the “Rangers haters” – no matter how often people try to point out that there is not the tiniest shred of evidence for the allegation.
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