Friday, October 28, 2011

More Back and Forth With "Ron Burgundy"

Ron Burgundy

When we last reported on "Ron Burgundy," our favorite contrarian reader, "Ron" said he found it "far fetched" that certain vulgar comments have arrived here from someone at the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

I responded by giving Ron the IP address that was attached to the comment. That prompted the following reply from Ron. It turns out he's not a fan of the vulgar dude, either:

According to my searches I received "invalid address." I don't know if it worked for you or not, but it sure didn't for me. I would first like to distinguish myself from the moron who commented as "Legal Rottweiler." While my comments may be offensive to you (rightfully so) I will never stoop to calling you "autistic." Pretty childish if you ask me. More so than being named Ron Burgundy at least.

Also, you have yet to name your sources. If it is such a big deal to you that I remain anonymous then why are you insistent on leaving your sources anonymous. If they are legitimate and have this scandalous information than let them be made public! Let us all glorify them for their good work.

Lastly, while I resent your work and your personal opinions I do respect the fact that you are pursuing a difficult task that is digging up dirt on our corrupt government. I think you have an uncanny ability to get under people's skin and I wish you would set your aim on some more noteworthy recipients. (maybe the Obama administration or GOP candidates)

Hopefully that was more coherent. Stay classy, San Diego.

Since Ron was having trouble running the IP address, I thought I would help him out--and respond to a couple of his points:


I didn't say your anonymous status is a big deal to me. But I think you stated that parts of my reporting were inaccurate, and I replied that I would be glad to interview your and/or the Canarys to help correct any inaccuracies. (I apologize if I have mixed up you and Mr. Rottweiler; I'm going from memory here.) I can't do that, of course, if I don't know who you are. You have every right to remain anonymous, just as I have the right to engage in the common journalism practice of using anonymous sources.

There has been some jocularity in our communications, but you probably can appreciate the seriousness of this issue. One of my sources has specifically stated that he/she would fear for his/her safety if his/her identity were to become known. Given a number of curious deaths in Montgomery over the past 12 months or so (Ralph Stacy, Bob Caviness)--and the fact I've received death threats myself--I can understand those feelings.

Anyway, on the subject of the IP address, here is what I found when I keyed the address into one of many lookup sites on the Web:

General IP Information

Decimal: 3628939783
Organization: Business Councile Of AL - MGM
Services: None detected
Type: Corporate
Assignment: Static IP

Geolocation Information

Country: United States
State/Region: Alabama
City: Montgomery
Latitude: 32.3934
Longitude: -86.3222
Area Code: 334
Postal Code: 36104

As you can see, there is no doubt about the origination point of certain ugly comments.


So we have established the geolocation of the IP address As for other issues, Ron and I probably will agree to disagree. But I appreciate his reference to San Diego, which is a signature Ron Burgundy line. I've been to SD a couple of times, and it's one of my favorite places. It's also interesting that Ron seems to share my disdain for GOP candidates (some in his case, pretty much all in my case), and neither of us is particularly high on the Obama administration. Give peace a chance.


Robby Scott Hill said...

Good job Roger. Alabama's conservative community just doesn't know what to do with us. No amount of education & experience is ever enough to meet their standards.

A local businessman told me that I "spend too much time on the computer." He remarked that I was "wasting my time in Alabama" & needed to "join the military to find some direction in life." I responded that I already did that. Served nine years, received numerous awards & was promoted to NCO before a career ending knee injury. Then, he suggested that I "move away & attend a good college." Once again, been there, done that - associates degree, bachelor's degree & Juris Doctor.

You have a better resume than any of the guys working for the Birmingham News & I have a better resume than most of the folks working at any of these Mickey Mouse law firms which are threatening to sue us all of the time. My question is how many degrees & years of experience do you really need to meet their standards?

legalschnauzer said...

Good points, Rob. The key standards with the elites in this state is a willingness to bend and/or break rules. It really doesn't have much to do with intelligence or resume building. In my 19 years at UAB, I repeatedly saw that the folks who rose to management levels were the ones who were willing to play the game--either bend rules or turn a blind eye for those who did. I wasn't willing to do that, so I was never part of the "in crowd," and when I started writing this blog and telling the truth about larger problems with the AL legal community, I got canned for reasons that UAB's own employee relations director admitted were bogus.

Alabama is filled with underhanded people--and I suspect our state is not alone. We have a huge ethics void in the country, from one coast to another, and the Obama Admin has done nothing to fill it.

I wanted to puke when I saw that Eric Holder was in town to speak at Fred Shuttlesworth's memorial. Holder is a weanie and had no business being anywhere near a service to honor a genuine hero like Fred Shuttlesworth.

Also was nauseating to see a worm like Doug Jones, from Haskell Slaughter, speak at the Shuttlesworth service--and corporate elites at Alabama Power and Regions Bank took out big ads in the paper to "honor" Shuttlesworth.

Those corporate types are doing everything in their power to undo what Fred Shuttlesworth stood for.

Shuttlesworth truly put his life on the line to stand up for justice. People like Holder and Jones and the APCO/Regions crowd are cowards who stand up for nothing except what will ine their own pockets.

Redeye said...

The cast of characters speaking at Fred Shuttlesworth's funeral were shameful. Robert Bentley and Terri Sewell had speaking rolls.

Redeye said...

PS RSH it's not how many degrees you have or how qualified you are, it's who you know in Alabama.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how Roger or Robby can stomach living in Alabama but the state is better for their courage in exposing truths. You guys are the true heroes. Fight on!