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I'm used to receiving ugly anonymous responses to some of my work here at Legal Schnauzer. Cockroaches don't like it when someone turns on the light in a dark room.
But even I was taken aback by the nastiness of certain comments to a recent post about the rocky marriage of GOP power couple Bill and Leura Canary.
I've debated about whether to bring attention to the ravings of individuals who appear to be pretty disturbed. But I think this provides insight into the mindset of certain folks in conservative Alabama circles. And the more people know about such thugs, the better.
The first comment came on the post itself. Here is how it read, including some curse words I've never heard before:
fuck ass don't open your shit filled mouth before researching your fucking facts dick cheese.
October 12, 2011 11:20 AM
Dick cheese? Is that something you find in Wisconsin? I never heard that term in the Ozark woods where I grew up.
A little research on my blog analytics revealed that the comment almost certainly came from the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) in Montgomery. It even revealed an IP address: 126.96.36.199.
That was the second of two anonymous comments, and I wasn't sure if "Mr. Dick Cheese" was responding to me or anonymous commenter No. 1. Here is how that one read:
Oh the secrets that will come out! I wonder if Freddie is worried - or if Billy even knows about Freddie?
October 10, 2011 9:10 PM
This person seemed to be taking special delight in the subject matter of my post, and I suspect that's what really set off Anonymous No. 2. "Billy" pretty clearly was a reference to Bill Canary; I'm told that's what Leura Canary calls her hubby. But what about "Freddie"? I expressed my confusion with this comment:
Anon No. 2:
I detect some hostility. Is it directed toward me or toward Anon No. 1, who referenced "Freddy"?
Who is "Freddy"? I asked a trusted source about that, and the best guess seems to be that it's Frederick Menner, a U.S. Justice Department official who worked for a while as Leura Canary's chief assistant before being reassigned not long before Canary stepped down in spring 2011. Why would someone at BCA become incensed over an apparent reference to Frederick Menner? I have no idea.
Another nasty comment came in the form of a message to my regular e-mail account. The sender called himself "Ron Burgundy" and took steps to disguise his digital footprint. Other than the fact that he must be a Will Ferrell fan, I don't have a clue who it might be. Here is "Ron Burgundy's" message:
Your slanderous comments regarding the Canary's marriage are completely uncalled for. I know that you liberals tend to pull random information out of your asses, but I highly recommend you know your facts before you post them on you amateur blog. Of course you are entitled to freedom of speech, but you are not entitled to slander. I would like to know, sir, where you got your information regarding the possibility of their divorce? I know for a fact that your post is nothing but moronic, scammed lies. Either you have been incredibly misinformed or you are intentionally misinforming others. I am reporting your blog to google. I hope that the Canary's file a lawsuit against you and that you are sued for everything that you are worth. Next time you think about posting anything that is complete BS, remember that you are being watched.
These people seem to be obsessed with dicks and asses, don't they? And I'm being watched? Imagine that.
I replied to "Ron Burgundy" thusly:
I received my information from multiple sources in the Montgomery area, people who are well informed on legal and justice matters in Central Alabama, and the post is not slanderous. If you would like to discuss these issues, I would be glad to do that. I also would be glad to interview Bill and Leura Canary, on this and other topics, if they are willing.
Assuming that your real name isn't "Ron Burgundy," I'm going to need your true identity before any meaningful discussion can take place.
As you can see, I offered to sit down for interviews with Bill and Leura Canary. I've received no reply from them--or from "Ron Burgundy."
Update at 11:45 a.m. on 9/20/2011--A helpful reader has educated me about the term "dick cheese," through the Urban Dictionary. You can check out the link here:
Gross, isn't it? Kind of made me want to lose my lunch--and I haven't even had it yet. I've got to keep up better with slang. I just recently discovered what OMG means. Anyway, I figured "dick cheese" was not a compliment, and I was right about that.