Too Precious

1 Sep

I’ve been deleted. Well, at least my comments were deleted. It all started when I followed a link on Twitter to John Scalzi’s blog. There I found a post dripping with a smug sense of superiority that was too hard to resist. I proceeded to criticize one of Mr. Scalzi’s responses to a commenter. I, of course, questioned his intelligence, because this is the most sensitive subject for most left leaning individuals.

John did not appreciate my comment and responded in predictable fashion. Because I had bruised his ego, he felt the need to react with a banal retort. The back and forth that commenced finally resulted in John deleting my comments. A man who boasts that his blog receives forty-five thousand visitors a day, felt the need to delete me. In the grand scheme I am nobody (I like it that way), which makes John’s actions all the more entertaining. Mr. Scalzi is not the first person I’ve messed with against my better judgment, but he may be one of the more well known.

Here is a screen shot for posterity.

Update: John explains..

It is true that I was a snide dick, but you can’t read the man’s post/comments and tell me he didn’t deserve a little bit of the mirror treatment. It’s not as if I went about bruising the ego of an otherwise thoughtful and respectful person. I kicked sand in the face of a bully who likes kicking sand around in his sandbox. If men like John don’t deserve a little rhetorical sand in their face, then who does?


12 Responses to “Too Precious”

  1. T September 1, 2009 at 2:17 PM #

    What is it with sci-fi authors? Check out this blog by “bestselling author Matthew Woodring Stover” —

    ” And, in a side note to all those people who actually, in the face of all evidence, still believe that “The public option is just a socialist plot to destroy private health care” and “Obama wants to kill my grandmother,” I’d just like to say,



    There. I feel better.

    The public option, in point of fact, exists for people like me. I cannot get private insurance coverage at any price. Believe me: I’ve tried. My state does have a “high-risk pool,” to which I can apply at roughly double the normal private rate, once my already-overpriced COBRA coverage expires. ”

    • StickeeNotes September 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM #

      I too have been denied insurance. You would know that if John had not deleted my last comment. I was denied for preexisting conditions and, like you, I can only get health insurance through my states high risk pool. My response to this situation?

      I have made drastic changes to my lifestyle. I was denied health insurance for good reason. I was an insane risk and it would make no sense for a company to offer me a policy. It was the equivalent of a car insurance company denying a repeat drunk driver coverage due to the risk. You, like me, are likely going to cost a small fortune to keep healthy in your current condition. You feel you’re entitled to another individuals money/labor in order to pay for this. The public option is like charity only you don’t have to ask for help and you get to tell yourself that you have a right to “free” care. Your argument can be reduced to: My health insurance costs too much. You pay for it.

      Unlike you, I do not believe I have a right to another persons labor. Since I was denied, I have drastically changed my lifestyle and am living much healthier. Hopefully, in several more months, I will be approved for coverage. Until then I am paying for my prescriptions and medical care out of pocket. I have principles and I’d rather die than betray them. I did not come to this conclusion lightly.

      I put myself in this position and I am owed nothing. If I could afford to, I’d likely donate to a charity to help those who are not insurable through no fault of their own. However, I cannot support some people taking from others and giving it away like it is their money. You may support politicians who offer you the results of another person’s labor in exchange for your vote, but I do not. I put myself in this position and it’s my responsibility to deal with the consequences.

      If you’re interested in reforms that do not necessarily require the complete destruction of what is good about our health care system, please see my previous posts on the subject.

      P.S. Being a talented science fiction writer does not mean much when it comes to political philosophy or public policy.

  2. Candice September 1, 2009 at 2:29 PM #

    I do find it odd that he felt the need to to repeat “snide dick” twice in his response. I don’t know why but that unoriginal bastard made me giggle.

    • StickeeNotes September 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM #

      According to wikipedia, that most trusted of sources, he’s actually an accomplished writer. You wouldn’t know it from his comments, but I’m sure he’s very talented. Unfortunately, talent doesn’t make up for being smug.

  3. di butler September 1, 2009 at 3:16 PM #

    Stickee, My health conditions and past problems are a nightmare for Ins companies. My hubby is 20 yrs older than me, (63), and he has several health issues that are ongoing. I understand why our insurance is high. We paid $32,000 last yr for coverage. Exorbitant, true, but we have excellent healthcare, and if you don’t have that first, everything else is meaningless. Like you, I would never expect others be responsible for my costs. If something suddenly went tits up and I had to sell my house, file bankruptcy, etc, then that’s the way it is. Life comes with no guarantees and we were never meant to be a nanny state. That said, Scalzi comes across as a thin-skinned prick.

    • StickeeNotes September 1, 2009 at 3:33 PM #

      Thank you for your comment, Di. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, and the cost you’re having to pay. I hope there will be some kind of reform, because there does need to be more competition in insurance. Everyone could save a lot of money, and access to insurance could be expanded, but it seems some on the left are more interested in control and power. Best of luck and health to you and your husband. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  4. Tom Alday September 1, 2009 at 4:10 PM #

    I enjoy your wit good sir and shall bookmark your site immediately!

  5. ManBearPig September 1, 2009 at 4:39 PM #

    The left is a guerrilla movement… When I say ‘guerrilla’ I mean spineless hovel of slobbering pseudo-intellectual cowards…

    I paid my left wing dues…it’s true and this is just how cowards work…

    • ManBearPig September 1, 2009 at 4:44 PM #

      PS: Yes… I know…he’s “in the center” …heh

      • StickeeNotes September 1, 2009 at 5:23 PM #

        I don’t know much about the guy or his politics, but he displayed the same mentality as those I loathe on the left(which you described). He has the right to delete me for pissing in his cheerios, but I still find it amusing.

  6. Jennifer Waite September 1, 2009 at 10:01 PM #

    I saw this earlier, but quickly lost interest. He gave bad lead. I caught the part where he had been hesitant to write about health care reform all August. Well, August was when it was the most newsworthy.

    He probably didn’t write about it because his arguments don’t hold water. Sometimes I find out I’m in the wrong on an issue when I try to defend it, and I can’t really.

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