Feral Skeleton hits back at “sensorious drivel”

A popular writer at leading Australian political blog The Political Sword has hit back at "pedantic" criticism of her work. Responding to a series of posts at Club Troppo (an obscure political blog frequented by boring middle-aged men) Feral Skeleton writes:

Some stuffed shirts don’t even realise that their boring little blog has taken to scandal-mongering about someone who writes on another, more popular, blog just because they don’t play by their ‘rules’. How conservative these pathetic, so-called ‘radical centrist’ individuals seem to me with their tut-tutting and new, even more sensorious drivel.

Not that they are going to stop me blogging. I have been going since long before ‘Club Troppo’ came on the scene. With original, thought-provoking blogs that people enjoy reading. And I will be here long after their tendentious little, boring as bat’s pee blog has dried up and blown away due to lack of interest. Which is the way it was sputtering along until they decided to gin up interest in what I have done recently. Which increased their readership, marginally it seems to me, but just goes to prove how I am the interesting one and not them. As in, if my blogs weren’t so powerful, interesting and enjoyable, no one such as they would be taking the time to create a furore about them.

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Leinad
10 years ago

I remember when blog spats were fun.

2.6/10

Tom of Melbourne
10 years ago

They’re all very, very important at TPS.

Hillbilly Skeleton
Hillbilly Skeleton
10 years ago

‘Come in Spinner!’

conrad
conrad
10 years ago

This kind of reminds me of high school, which is great:
“I had ten boy friends last year and you only had eight, you loser”
“Well three of yours wear tracksuit pants on the weekend”
“Well you’re ugly”
“Well you’re fat”
“Well, better off being fat than being seen with somewhere that wears tracksuit pants”
“Britney Spears wears tracksuit pant, so you’re just so uncool for even thinking this but”

This is so much more fun that being told you’re dickhead by JC at Catallaxy or Alice on John Quiggin’s blog.

Hillbilly Skeleton
Hillbilly Skeleton
10 years ago

Over-analysing much? Fair dinks, guys, I feel like the Kim Duthie of the blog world. ‘Is she telling the truth? What did she just say? Can we believe her?’
‘It’s all about trackpants, actually'(subtext: I’m so droll and overweeningly condescending).
Groan. Get over yourselves.

Leinad
10 years ago

This is so much more fun that being told you’re dickhead by JC at Catallaxy or Alice on John Quiggin’s blog.

Word.

Alan
Alan
10 years ago

It’s always fun to read a post that both condemns condescension and orders those reading it: ‘Get over yourselves.’

Senexx
10 years ago

As long as we all remember the Feral one is the satirist at the Political Sword. I read both blogs, Troppo more so.

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

Can someone tell me what the respective actual readership is?
JC?

Tom of Melbourne
10 years ago

HS – “Get over yourselves.”
1. Plagiaries
2. Accepts the compliments for producing the plagiarism
3. When plagiarism identified, suggests that she’s Tom Stoppard.
4. “It’s the vibe”
5. Declines to accept responsibility for plagiarism.

HS needs to get over herself.

Hillbilly Skeleton
Hillbilly Skeleton
10 years ago

You’d think people would have more important things to discuss.

Fyodor
10 years ago

You don’t.

Probably because you know you’re wrong and getting wronger.

Bit harsh, Leinad. I give this inter-blog stoush a 4.5 on the Birdometre*. Extra points for chutzpah.

*goes up to 11.

reb of Hobart
10 years ago

I have been going since long before ‘Club Troppo’ came on the scene. With original, thought-provoking blogs that people enjoy reading.

Thought-provoking…???

Since when is “Julie Gillard is good, Tony Abbott is bad” though-provoking..?

You and your other self-congratulaory mob of geriatric pensioners are so blinded by your own BS that you’re capable of seeing the farce that you’ve become.

But it is very entertaining for everyone else, so please don’t stop!

reb of Hobart
10 years ago

*incapable*

James Rice
10 years ago

I liked the Club Troppo link mentioned in the post. I know the person on the right in this photo is Paul Frijters, but who is the other fellow? Is this Jacques Chester, keeping things running smoothly in the background?

Alan
Alan
10 years ago

With original, thought-provoking blogs

I am not quite sure that you meant to include ‘original’ here, given what started this pissing contest in the first place.

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

I think you are onto something Feral Skeleton, you might just be the Kim Duthie of the blogosphere…

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

So you are boring as bat-shit misanthrop contrarians, are you?
Well, Patrick is here, but it is still a little circumstantial, altho the evidence mounts.
Of course blog stoushes are fun, why do people think antisocial pathologies gravitate toward them in all their various ideological, religious, class, gender, race, and such like outwards manifestations. And its all down to viewpoint. Leinad nibbled at Alice, but I regard Alice as excellent value for money, there you go. At least, to me, Alice knows the difference between anti zionism and anti semitism.
Seriously, people turn up to blogs because they’re concerned at big, complex issues in the real world. They want to know if impressons they form are right or wrong and chase up information that might clarify an issue. And because there are shades of grey, coloured by the red of spilled guts and blood in war zones and the desert yellow of famine locations and dysentery, many issues that affect life and limb, livelihood and health and well-being, there must be passion and conflict- everyone means well; nobody has the full story and all are blinkered in their views eventually by self interest, self pity and fear.
Feral Skeleton, you are a feminist?
Welcome aboard, some of the most frequent, energetic and enthusiastic stoushers I’ve met online are feminists, yet I’d lie if I said I hadn’t learned at least some thing off them, some where, some time, or conservatives or neo libs, for that matter

John Passant
10 years ago

FS original? Wow, a blog that supports Labor and its lies is ‘original’. FFS.

Hillbilly Skeleton
Hillbilly Skeleton
10 years ago

What a pissant comment Passant.

John Passant
10 years ago

Now that is original…

Hillbilly Skeleton
Hillbilly Skeleton
10 years ago

Um, about as original and predicatble as your comment. Could you answer a simple question for me? What do you get out of making such facile comments about someone you don’t even know, a blog you probably have never heard about or read until today, and what is the point of repeating this canard about Labor ‘lies’? Whilst at one and the same time ignoring the fact that Tony Abbott has admitted publically that he lies for political effect, and his mentor coined the term, ‘core and non-core (election) promises’. Is it that you believe that you have enlightened the world with your revelations? Whilst at one and the same time hoping that our memories have been dulled since 2007 and we won’t remember the Coalition’s legacy wrt political ‘lies’? Or, do you just enjoy joining in with everyone else in a pissing contest?

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

Hillbilly Skel, are you are right about John Passant?
He actually runs a left wing blog, if you had a dollar for every expression of frustration he’s offered re the “New” ALP you’d would have to set up a tax shelter in Switzerland.

Tom of Melbourne
10 years ago

Knowing very little doesn’t prevent Hillbilly Skeleton from posting with confidence about a range of subjects.

She and her cohorts even speculate inaccurately on the sexual orientation of people.

It beats providing informed commentary and original, articulate opinion.

reb of Hobart
10 years ago

They do talk a lot about scones and strawberry jam at the Political Sword.

I guess that’s during the lulls when they can’t think of anything bad to say about Tony Abbott.

But rest assured you’ll never read a harsh word said about Julia Gillard or Labor.

Nabakov
Nabakov
10 years ago

I think M. Fyodor is being overly generous with his stoush rating. On the other hand perhaps we shouldn’t slap down adolescent noobs too hard at first. We all started like that. In life if not blogging.

But really Calcium Parasite, I knew Graeme Bird and you are no Graeme Bird.

*Cue: “‘Cos you’re paying attention to me, I must have got to you” rave.*

Does a cat care about a scratching post when the urge doesn’t take ’em?

Anyway Wild Bones, you’re fucked. Your current net de pixel will be permanently haunted by cached examples of plagiarism, the second worst blogging sin.

Now who’s up for a real quality stoush? With bonus Homer Paxton wandering in, well meaning but always boogled.

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

Is it derivative?
Casey-Becca does it so better, but as they say as to HS, we all had to start some where.
Why is Nabakov pouring cold water on it?
Don’t you WANT a good stoush to eventuate??
Patience.

Nabakov
Nabakov
10 years ago

Paul, good stoushes don’t “eventuate”. They flare up with irresistible momentum like a pimple the afternoon before a hot date that night. They also need at least one protagonist prepared to fight their corner with passion, thought, wit and some google-fu. Sadly the undomesticated skeletal structure does not seemed to have moved beyond “I know what you are but what am I?”.

Nabakov
Nabakov
10 years ago

But credit where’s credit’s due.

“sensorious drivel” really is a killer name for a blog.

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

“…like a pimple the afternoon before a hot date”.
Having just thrown the coffee table at the teev during QA, I did need some thing like that.
And yes, “sensorious drivel” is most magisterial and not a hint of tongue in cheek in it.

conrad
conrad
10 years ago

“Your current net de pixel will be permanently haunted by cached examples of plagiarism, the second worst blogging sin.”

Actually, you could look at the deeper cause — I think many people under a certain age group don’t even realize what plagiarism is. Basically, some of these kids grow up getting most of their “facts” from wikipedia, they’re taught to remember 6 essays someone else wrote to get a good mark in year 12, and then no-one picks them up for plagiarism when they go to university because they can’t be bothered due to time and administrative hassles and because it might affect their teacher rating (I’ll admit to being an offendor). Instead they’re told how smart their plagiarized work is. So it’s no surprise that they don’t understand what plagiarism is, and that they condsider things highlighy original, such as when someone splices two songs on top of each other, when they arn’t. I don’t see why writing blog stuff shoud be any more special to them than everything else they’ve done.

Alan
Alan
10 years ago

Perhaps ‘censorious drivel’ would be even better.