But right now, I'm drained, tired, and dang I'm ready to hit the hay. And hell, the last post was so off, I think even Mike Glyer felt sorry for me. Now I know I'm in trouble....
Then I read the comments over the last 24 hours. One in particular had snide insinuations that I was a Rabid Puppy. And, well, hey, "There's no real evidence that there's a difference between the two groups."
Uh huh. Well, I think I can stay away for a little while longer.
So, let me get this straight.
Sad Puppies 4: Run by Sarah Hoyt, Katie Paulk, and Amanda Green
Rabid Puppies: Run by Vox Day / Theodore Beale.
Sad Puppies 4: Voted on by whoever shows up to the website.
Rabid Puppies: Nominated by Vox Day / Theodore Beale.
Sad Puppies 4: Has 10 recommendations per category (when available)
Rabid Puppies: Has 5 nominations per category.
Sad Puppies 4: Best novel includes Honor at Stake
Rabid Puppies: Best short story includes Space Raptor Butt Invasion. No, I'm not kidding. It exists.
Sad Puppies 4: Sarah Hoyt, Katie Paulk, and Amanda Green are relatively non-personal about this
Rabid Puppies: Vox Day posts a blog about how Sarah Hoyt isn't really an American, and is a transnational, etc, etc.
Sad Puppies 4: Wants to have a wide audience for the Hugos
Rabid Puppies: Wants to destroy the Hugos
So, I have to figure one of two things.
1) There is a lot of brain damage going on around here. The type that leaves people unable to tie their shoelaces and comprehend simple math. 2+2=4. Vox Insulting Sarah = Bad Blood. Because if these two groups are the same people, then there's not a lot of coordinating, is there?
2) These people are just plain mendacious, pretending confusion so as to blur the line between the two groups of Puppies.
Obviously, I'm leaning towards number 2.
Now, to answer the obligatory "YOU MUST BURN VOX IN EFFIGY!!!!" crowd, a bit of a disclaimer.
Look, on the one hand, I'm not going to defend anything said by Vox Day. Nor, however, will I condemn him. Why? Because I haven't looked into his main points of view, and I have never actually read every last little thing about him. I've barely read his blog, and I've only read a single book of his.
The way I understand it, Andrew "Clamps" Marston is only free and at large because Mister Theodore Beale decided that he was screwed up in the head, and shouldn't be punished for being mentally ill. This doesn't really gel for me with a guy who's supposed to be a white supremacist. "Merciful" is usually not mentioned in the same breath. Also, as I mentioned last time, I read his book The Irrational Atheist, and what's on his blog seems, at times, different from that person -- and I've had comments in previous blogs suggesting that I'm not the only one who has seen this.
So, pardon me if I'm not going to declare a fatwa on someone I never met.
But at the end of the day, the two groups have vastly different stated goals. The leaders of both groups don't seem overly fond of each other. There are different methodologies, different nominations, and different political favorites for President of the United States.
Seriously, these Puppy Kicking schmucks really need to up their A-game. I feel like I'm only getting the bottom of the gene pool whenever an SJW variant comes to the blog.
Maybe if I get a Hugo nomination, they'll get more interesting.
But until then, the Puppy Kickers should note something.
This is Sarah Hoyt.
She's one of the leaders of SP4
This is Vox Day. He runs Rabid Puppies.