My post on J.A.I.L.’s Jake Hanes is prompting several comments. Although one commenter has suggested that some “can only be blamed on the full moon,” there may be another explanation for others. Hanes has asked the members of the “Survivalists Against the NWO” group on MySpace to “blog the shit out of this guy, he’s attempting to destroy me in the public eye.”
As virtually everything in my post having to do with him came right out of and via Jake’s MySpace site, this seems more a case of self-immolation than anything else. It also seems to speak volumes about a person who thinks that what he has said and held out to the world would “destroy” him. I do have to give Hanes some credit though. When the views expressed by South Dakota J.A.I.L.er-in-Chief Bill Stegmeier on his personal blog became known, he pulled it down. Hanes has the strength of conviction to keep his web site up (and even add a little note about me).
Many of the comments condemned the post as a personal attack and asked why I don’t talk about the J.A.I.L. amendment itself. Rather than reply to each comment to that effect, let me repeat what I said in reply to one commenter: you might look here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here or here. Those are just a few of my posts addressing the substantive provisions of J.A.I.L., what they mean and how South Dakota’s J.A.I.L.ers have tried to mislead the public about what the amendment says and does. Alternatively, feel free to look at any of my posts at the No on Amendment E blog.
We often give our [opponents] the means for our own destruction.