Lauren G

United States

#68 Jul 7, 2013
Ellen Kennon wrote:
These posts are beyond rude! Why do you folks posting such hatred insist he wrote this book to make fun of you and the people in this town? I would imagine telling such an honest, raw story would have been very difficult for him. The book is getting rave reviews and help put this town in a good light with a true spirit of community. The person who writes that horrible blog about Rod is an out and out bully and is obviously eaten up with hatred and jealousy. What in the world ever happened to compassion? Surely, we can all agree to live by the golden rule? Good grief.
Ellen: you obviously do not know Rod Dreher well. He is articulate but far and away, not honorable. Could this be because he was "relieved" from his recent "blog boss"? Watch and see, he will not be "amongst" us much longer. Honorable, straightforward, compassionate are words not in his lexicon. Phony is as phony does and his ego will not allow him to do otherwise.
Ellen Kennon

Baton Rouge, LA

#69 Jul 7, 2013
I write with a sense of the friendship I have to date with Rod and feel I am a very good judge of character. I am not interested in predictions of Rod's downfall, but as a resident of SF for 23 years, it's fair to say I claim a certain level of observation. Putting these posts on the Internet for the world to see only makes us look like the "little people" you claim he makes us out to be.
kinda funny

United States

#70 Jul 7, 2013
Ellen Kennon wrote:
I write with a sense of the friendship I have to date with Rod and feel I am a very good judge of character. I am not interested in predictions of Rod's downfall, but as a resident of SF for 23 years, it's fair to say I claim a certain level of observation. Putting these posts on the Internet for the world to see only makes us look like the "little people" you claim he makes us out to be.
It appears that you and Wad Dreher make a fine couple. And I can assure you that these posts are not available for "the world to see". My God, woman, get real. Wad Dreher would prefer it that way.

“Will Blog For Food”

Since: Jun 08

Cleveland

#71 Jul 7, 2013
Ellen Kennon wrote:
I write with a sense of the friendship I have to date with Rod and feel I am a very good judge of character. I am not interested in predictions of Rod's downfall, but as a resident of SF for 23 years, it's fair to say I claim a certain level of observation.
Ms. Kennon has not experienced the full spectrum of Ray Dreher, Jr. yet. Only thus is she able to paint him in such a favorable light. Other people have had encounters with him which left them with different impressions.

Since: Apr 13

Red Oak, TX

#72 Jul 7, 2013
kinda funny wrote:
<quoted text> It appears that you and Wad Dreher make a fine couple. And I can assure you that these posts are not available for "the world to see". My God, woman, get real. Wad Dreher would prefer it that way.
Ellen, you realize that people will take your observation and judgement with respect to Rod Dreher as their basis from which to evaluate your observation and judgement of things like HRC. If it looks like you're an easily misled fool on one, you can hardly blame them for concluding that you're probably an easily misled fool on the other.

After running a few search terms on that guy Pauli's blog I found this, where Rod gives multiple and conflicting accounts of what he did in NY on 9/11.

http://concrunchy.blogspot.com/2006/09/911-da...

I'm sure there are probably some good reasons why a trained journalist like Rod Dreher would provide so many different accounts of something so intense and memory searing as 9/11. I can't think of any, but maybe some one else can.

A lot of those original blog posts have been conveniently deleted, but fortunately many of them have been archived in the Wayback Machine.

http://archive.org/web/web.php

It's only natural for people to want to believe what they want to believe, Ellen. It's just that sometimes that leads people into being easily misled useful tools which then can be used to mislead other people on things a lot more important than Rod Dreher.

Since: Apr 13

Red Oak, TX

#73 Jul 7, 2013
Ellen Kennon wrote:
I write with a sense of the friendship I have to date with Rod and feel I am a very good judge of character. I am not interested in predictions of Rod's downfall, but as a resident of SF for 23 years, it's fair to say I claim a certain level of observation. Putting these posts on the Internet for the world to see only makes us look like the "little people" you claim he makes us out to be.
Sorry, I quoted the wrong text there.

Ellen, you realize that people will take your observation and judgement with respect to Rod Dreher as their basis from which to evaluate your observation and judgement of things like HRC. If it looks like you're an easily misled fool on one, you can hardly blame them for concluding that you're probably an easily misled fool on the other.

After running a few search terms on that guy Pauli's blog I found this, where Rod gives multiple and conflicting accounts of what he did in NY on 9/11.

http://concrunchy.blogspot.com/2006/09/911-da...

I'm sure there are probably some good reasons why a trained journalist like Rod Dreher would provide so many different accounts of something so intense and memory searing as 9/11. I can't think of any, but maybe some one else can.

A lot of those original blog posts have been conveniently deleted, but fortunately many of them have been archived in the Wayback Machine.

http://archive.org/web/web.php

It's only natural for people to want to believe what they want to believe, Ellen. It's just that sometimes that leads people into being easily misled useful tools which then can be used to mislead other people on things a lot more important than Rod Dreher.
kinda funny

United States

#74 Jul 8, 2013
Interesting that his landing strip is the little town in which he was born, left because we were so "not Rod" then decided to come back home when he saw he could make a few bucks out of his sister's death. Despite his backhanded compliments of us country bumpkins here he is. I have heard so very many say those who know him cannot believe he came back home to capitalize on a funeral...yet here he is in all his splendor. And capitalize he has done successfully. Welcomed home? No. Plans on remaining here? You'll have to ask him. Perhaps that is why he rented a house. As a previous poster stated "he won't be here long". He'll find another place to go shortly, just as soon as he convinces another editor that he has something meaningful to write about. But he didn't before nor can he now convince we dumb-ass rednecks that he's worth his weight in salt. Thanks to the person who came up with the name Wad Dreher. You're right on the money, Honey.

Since: Apr 13

Red Oak, TX

#75 Jul 9, 2013
Everyone outside of St. Francisville understands that Rod Dreher moved back home because that was the largest pond he could still be any sized fish at all in, let alone a big fish, so if residents there want to embrace him as their hometown mascot, I say more power to them. Cheers had Cliff Clavin, Mitchell, SD has the Corn Palace, and now St. Francisville has Rod Dreher.

Outside of SF, though, Rod Dreher is generally known as little more than an oily suck-up in whatever circles he dabbles in, interested only in promoting himself. Jonah Goldberg long ago demolished any mainstream conservative cred he might have had, which is why the only place which will still have him now is the obscure, Orwellian named progressive site The American Conservative. Given the way he changes religions like underwear, most people of faith, particularly Catholics, now revile him as an opportunistic shape-shifter. He wants to be the social conservative champion against gay marriage, sort of, but he desperately needs the commercial approval of gay power-blogger Andrew Sullivan, so he takes every chance he can get to kiss up to him. A few national names have air-kissed his second book to keep up appearances, but only from a safe distance.

Rod's complaining now on his TAC blog that his book isn't selling well, and he's mystified why. The answer's simple. All the rave reviews the book's received have only been from that tiny inner circle of fans he's carefully pruned and cultivated over the years, while the real marketplace outside has immediately recognized the book as the typical Dreher fraud it is, nothing more than a way to get the last word in on his deceased sister who can't respond, cynically slathered with too much Steen's cane syrup and packaged with a gratuitous free box of Kleenex for the easily manipulated weepers. Even Walmart won't touch it.

But he sure does write purty, which is really only another way of describing his essential superficiality.

So until Hallmark Cards locks him up in an exclusive contract, he's all yours, SF, born and bred, and as your mascot here's how he makes you look to the rest of the world:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/wp-con...

By the way, the correct answer to Catfish's new poll on his new Rod Dreher promotion thread is "all of the above".
Catfish

Saint Francisville, LA

#76 Jul 9, 2013
whoa brah...I didn't state that poll my friend. I was just simply the first to post in it.

Since: Apr 13

Red Oak, TX

#77 Jul 9, 2013
Sorry, Catfish, you're right. The poll was started by a GHB who might be the GHbizzle of the GHB thread

http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/oxycontin/T2R...

or for all I know it might be Rod Dreher himself polling his local popularity.
Catfish

United States

#78 Jul 9, 2013
billfr wrote:
Sorry, Catfish, you're right. The poll was started by a GHB who might be the GHbizzle of the GHB thread
http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/oxycontin/T2R...
or for all I know it might be Rod Dreher himself polling his local popularity.
No worries, the screen name GHB had been used in various threads on the subject of HRC...I actually know a dude that has those initials , always wondered if it was him

“Will Blog For Food”

Since: Jun 08

Cleveland

#79 Jul 19, 2013
Here is my latest post questioning whether the crime of libel has really been committed against Rod Dreher or Ellen Kennon as Mr. Dreher has claimed:

http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2013/07/defam...

Here is a page you may go to in order to contribute to a First Amendment Defense Fund:

http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/p/first-amend...

And that's all for now.
Goodbadugly

Zachary, LA

#80 Jul 19, 2013
I have read through all post involving RD and can't find anything that would be considered libel. There are several unfavorable reviews of his book and people questioning if his sisters children will share in the proceeds from the book about their mother. I don't see how anyone can be sued for posting their opinion..
There are several post on Topix accusing past police jurors, parish manager, and other parish employees of theft, misuse of parish credit cards, etc. I would like these individuals to sue Topix, only because they would have to answer the accusations.
There are also plenty of personal attacks on Topix, every thing from "who's the baby daddy", to accusations of being involved in a murder, to adultery, to videotaping women with out their knowledge, drug use, etc. etc. while these post are in very poor taste some of them are based in facts, and if brought to court it would all become public record and these people's indiscretions would be front page news in our little town, and beyond if RD blogs about it.
I think it is important to preserve free speech, however I do wish Topix would require posters to register. I believe many people would think twice before starting rumors posting under an alias.
Freespeech

Zachary, LA

#81 Jul 19, 2013
Great idea starting a defense fund. Perhaps if donations are not needed to preserve first amendment rights you could donate funds to Mary Bird Perkins, or another lung cancer research center. I would like to see something positive come from  the publicity generated by the post on this forum about TLWORL.
concerned

Greenwell Springs, LA

#82 Jul 20, 2013
To goodbadugly,
please realize that the postings regarding past criminal misdeeds of parish employees have been well documented and have gone through the court system as well as state audits and ethics reviews with guilty verdicts. What's proven true is hardly libel.

“Fresh Air”

Since: Jan 11

Saint Francisville

#83 Jul 22, 2013
Ellen Kennon wrote:
These posts are beyond rude! Why do you folks posting such hatred insist he wrote this book to make fun of you and the people in this town? I would imagine telling such an honest, raw story would have been very difficult for him. The book is getting rave reviews and help put this town in a good light with a true spirit of community. The person who writes that horrible blog about Rod is an out and out bully and is obviously eaten up with hatred and jealousy. What in the world ever happened to compassion? Surely, we can all agree to live by the golden rule? Good grief.
Ellen, your posts are eloquent expressions of the views many of us share. However, the haters to which you refer do not accept opposing views even when they represent mainstream thought. Good posts, though.

“Will Blog For Food”

Since: Jun 08

Cleveland

#84 Jul 22, 2013
countrylad wrote:
<quoted text>
Ellen, your posts are eloquent expressions of the views many of us share. However, the haters to which you refer do not accept opposing views even when they represent mainstream thought. Good posts, though.
And yet one might sensibly ask the question: who is countrylad, and why does he hide behind a pseudonym? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Haters is an interesting choice of words. I see no hate here, only disagreement and criticism of ideas and actions. Even harsh criticism doesn't necessarily amount to hatred. "Hater" is normally a term thrown out when the thrower doesn't want to address substance. Sort of like "racist" but more general purpose.

Furthermore--I find it funny that countrylad brings up "mainstream thought". Why should anyone's voice be silenced because their opinion represents opposition to the majority? Certainly Rod Dreher would agree with me on this. If he did not, he would write for Townhall ( http://townhall.com ) and not the intellectually challenging American Conservative ( http://amconmag.com/ ).

Again: all opinions are welcome here: http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2013/07/defam... And no one's comments will be deleted.

“Fresh Air”

Since: Jan 11

Saint Francisville

#85 Jul 22, 2013
Pauli wrote:
<quoted text>
And yet one might sensibly ask the question: who is countrylad, and why does he hide behind a pseudonym? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Haters is an interesting choice of words. I see no hate here, only disagreement and criticism of ideas and actions. Even harsh criticism doesn't necessarily amount to hatred. "Hater" is normally a term thrown out when the thrower doesn't want to address substance. Sort of like "racist" but more general purpose.
Furthermore--I find it funny that countrylad brings up "mainstream thought". Why should anyone's voice be silenced because their opinion represents opposition to the majority? Certainly Rod Dreher would agree with me on this. If he did not, he would write for Townhall ( http://townhall.com ) and not the intellectually challenging American Conservative ( http://amconmag.com/ ).
Again: all opinions are welcome here: http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2013/07/defam... And no one's comments will be deleted.
Please spare me the attempt at a smokescreen response, non-responsive to my post, but a continuing attempt to do exactly what I am talking about. I'm not trying to silence anybody. It is my impression most people in our community do not share your negative opinions of Rod Dreher, despite the preponderance of negative comments on this thread, hence my reference to mainstream thought. You may win the intellectual argument on this point and the one about haters strictly from the standpoint of semantics, but I think most people know what I meant and are able to place things in the right context. As far as the use of an alias goes, I find the mystery element fun, as do others.
Lauren G

United States

#86 Jul 22, 2013
How can you claim to speak for "most people"? "It is my impression most people in our community...."
Oh, I know, it is "your impression" so its OK to assume that you have the facts before you to speak for "most people in our community". I believe you are possibly wrong regarding "most people" and their feelings towards Rod Dreher. Most people don't know him. And to "know him" is why you have read a preponderance of negative comments on this thread. But then, that's just my impression.

“Will Blog For Food”

Since: Jun 08

Cleveland

#87 Jul 25, 2013
A post on a new Amazon review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming which people here may find humorous.

http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2013/07/anoth...

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