"PG, umike started attacking me from the first week I posted in the guest book. I am not going to grab my ankles and let him have his way with me."
- Ladybird, this prompted me to research the archived Guestbook postings as far back as 24th December 2004. I failed to find any instance of your being attacked by Umike. In fact, you attracted him to the Guestbook when you criticised (I won't say "attacked", because I recognise the difference) him for "attacking" some of your favourite critics. Since that time, the mini-flamewar between the two of you has spread all over this forum, has been joined by others, and has resulted in the posting of some remarks which are painful for reasonable people to read - all in clear violation of the rules and standards of OCMB as established by its host. This is unfortunate and unnecessary.
As Tigger noticed, much "dust" was missed, but to have swept it all to the Dustbin would have gutted half the moderated forum and many topics in "Opinions & Debate", and would have attenuated some worthwhile discussion in the process. I consider that disruption,
and it matters little whether it's perpetrated by critics or the "osa bots" which some seem to see behind every bush. "Umike can try to shut me up, or expose me, or trash me."
- What I have seen looks more like you
trying to do those things to Umike. "I am here to expose the crimes of scientology, which seems to infuriate umike. Part of helping expose the truth is unfortunately exposing the lies umike tells."
- I suspect what "infuriates" Umike is what would infuriate anyone else: being accused of "crimes" without any accompanying proof that said crimes were ever committed, let alone that one did himself indeed commit them. Time and again you and others accuse Umike of "telling lies". Has anyone been able to specify what lie he has told? Are you quite certain that he or anyone else posting on OCMB is here to "hurt others and help scientology"? Before one makes such a charge one should take care to be standing on solid ground. "You can believe whatever or whoever you want, but I will not back down..."
- People will have their personal likes and dislikes, but when interpersonal animosities threaten the integrity of OCMB, it is my responsibility to intervene, and I find that this is now the case. Vigilantism is not needed in this forum, and will no longer be tolerated in the portion of it that I moderate.
Ladybird, I think you post some very important things. Your deep analysis of L Ron Hubbard's psyche and how "scientology" is a holographic projection of it is brilliant.
I hope that you won't allow your occasional "grumpyness" or your personal dislike of any other poster to detract from the value of the insightful critical commentary you have to offer.
Also, I have put this communication in an "open-letter" format, for it is really intended for everyone
who has participated in the recent unpleasantness which is the topic of this thread. I hope you don't mind, as I have by no means singled you out for "attack". (I don't attack, but I do criticise. You know the difference, eh?
) Hail Xenu, mon!