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   The work on the infrastructure for the Blog Workers Industrial Union & Benevolent Society is proceeding nicely. I understand there’s a bit of an organizational announcement due tomorrow, but in the meantime I thought we might have a go at some collective action ... on Craigslist!

  The rant & rave section of Craigslist is something I play with periodically; most recently I’ve been slapping wingnuts around and it’s a rich hunting ground.

  Tonight I started with something simple, yet provocative, the Craigslist post equivalent of the little black dress with scooped neckline:

Van Jones beats Glenn Beck's ass

ColorofChange, founded by Van Jones, has pretty much whipped Glenn Beck's ass these last few weeks - 46 advertisers gone and we're going to stay on it until Beck is selling nothing but adult diapers and Chuck Norris video compilations.

Desperate to strike back, the right wing loons, who view Beck as their psycho-spiritual leader have dug up something from five years ago and are trying to make a stir with it. Dickwad Sean Hannity has to lead since Beck can't touch it directly, so here he goes.

As an already pissed off former Republican voter this does NOT impress me. The party slid for a long time, completely took leave of its senses by when I got out in 2004, and I'm finding it much easier to correct minor deficits in the Democrats than work around the batshit crazy remaining Republicans. A racist, religiously fanatic rump of a party is of no use to me personally nor to the nation in general - we need a loyal opposition for our democracy to function and nutjobs fanned into a fury by sleazebags on Faux News does NOT fit the bill.

Some whacko will now call me a libtard or make some other brilliant comment. This will also not impress me in the least ...

 That was at 7:58 and by 8:05 I had this gem in response:

Re: Van Jones beats Glenn Beck's ass

Van Jones has kicked his own ass. He'll be gone before long. As for Glenn Beck, he's still in business and going strong. The advertisers are all still with Fox News and of course so is Beck. BTW, that's old news. Too bad someone can't voice their opinion without the libturds attacking. Of course it's ok for them to spew lies and attack people though. Keep dreaming dipshit.

  Now the appropriate response to something like this is "Cousins shouldn’t fuck", but that’s a bit short, both on length and on class. Here is my comeback.

And I kick your ass

Well, I guess libturd isn't the same thing as libtard, but I don't think you get an originality point for a one letter change :-)

Seriously, what's wrong with you? Listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Glenn Beck are white trash type pursuits - goes along with having a Confederate flag decal in the back window of your truck and running into former spouses at family reunions even after getting a divorce. The inbreeding can't be helped but you could take a shower and go read a book or something instead of what you're doing now.

 If you catch a real juicy one on a slow afternoon you can really wind them up, then pretty soon the other R&R regulars join in the dog pile. Doing this for the sake of just doing it has only a tiny bit of merit – I’d like to suggest that with a little care we could actually start using CL to counter some of the foolishness that comes out of cable ‘news’ and AM radio. I don’t quite understand how that might be done, yet, but I’m hoping we can form a regular contingent of Kossacks (who also join the union) and see if we can figure out how to put this underutilized media to work for us.

 So, if you’re up to the challenge, take your Craigslist account, go do up a couple lines of provocation for wingnuts, and post it in Rant & Rave in your favorite CL market, then post a comment here with a link to what you wrote. Let’s see who the best one paragraph smackdown author is and who can draw the most comments by the night’s end.

Also being tested tonight is the diary/conference call simulcast:

Call 517-417-5000, use access code 8675309, and you should find Stranded Wind & Spedwaybabs already present. There are room for eight callers beyond the hosts and it'll run until 11:55 Central time.

Originally posted to Stranded Wind on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 09:02 PM PDT.

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