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Another Astroturfing Effort

Thirdpower notices another anti-gun group web site masquerading as an ordinary Joe. I think I noticed this one before too, but as usual, they engage in Reasoned Discourse by not allowing comments.

7 Responses to “Another Astroturfing Effort”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    Seems your troll MikeB might be the ONLY unpaid shill for the Joyce foundation.

    Its one thing to be a whore…its another thing to be a cheap whore….but shameful to be an UNPAID whore!

  2. Sebastian says:

    Aren’t we all unpaid whores then?

  3. LC Scotty says:

    It’s not whoring when you do it out of love.

  4. Mike w. says:

    Aren’t we all unpaid whores then?

    Perhaps, but I blog for me not for anyone else. Can I whore myself out to……myself?

  5. Alpheus says:

    Maybe I should create my own anti-gun blog, to see if I could make some money.

    Of course, if I did that, I’d assuage my conscience by allowing comments on the blog! Brady, et al, tend to keep comments closed; but then, it’s also been my observation that any anti-gun story that allows comments (usually on newspaper websites) has a pro-gun to anti-gun ratio of about 20:1…thus, Brady, et al, have to keep comments closed! Otherwise, they just become yet another pro-gun blog. :-)

  6. Alpheus says:

    I was just looking at the Joyce Foundation’s website, and I think my desire is somewhat untenable, for several reasons:

    1. I’d have to apply by August 18th to be considered in December (ie, there’d be a big time-lag from submitting to getting the funding);

    2. They don’t like to fund outside of the mid-West, and being in Utah, I’d put my focus on Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and surrounding states;

    3. They prefer to fund organizations over individuals (although I could probably make the case that I could be funded as an individual).

    4. They don’t like political activism. I haven’t looked at the “Gun Guys” website enough to see whether they talk about politicians and incoming laws, but if they don’t, this is the likely reason.

    5. While I’d like to think that I’d make a sincere effort to be “anti-gun”, I can’t help but feel a little sleazy just thinking of doing this! Just leaving the comments on would defeat the purpose of the Joyce Foundation grant :-).

    It’s a pity, too, because the very first thing I’d do would be to talk about how people really can’t be trusted with fire extinguishers (see http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3525380.ece), and so they shouldn’t be trusted with guns, either. After all, isn’t a common argument among gun-carry advocates is “I have a fire extinguisher, but I don’t expect my home to catch fire”?

  7. Alpheus says:

    The link is properly this: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3525380.ece (I noticed that the automatic linking captured the right-paren.)

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