Bruce Wayne: Targeting me won’t get their money back. I knew the mob wouldn’t go down without a fight, but this is different. They crossed the line.
Alfred Pennyworth: You crossed the line first, sir. You squeezed them, you hammered them to the point of desperation. And in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand.
Bruce Wayne: Criminals aren’t complicated, Alfred. Just have to figure out what he’s after.
Alfred Pennyworth: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that *you* don’t fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.
Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?
Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
I love that exchange between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. It is gratifying to me to see that Alfred isn’t an ordinary butler. He has been around and seen things and that experience has taught him that people like The Joker don’t always act logically or rationally.
It is something that I agree with and believe in. People like to think that they make smart decisions based upon logic but they don’t. That group includes me too. Some decisions are based upon arbitrary things that we aren’t even conscious of.
It May Be Our Community But It Is My Blog
I have multiple goals for the blog and spend time each day working on them. If you are among the long time readers you know that I want to spend my days writing. You know that I have been published professionally but I haven’t Â yet published my novels.
That is not a pipe dream. It is going to happen. The blog is going to be a part of it.
You also know that I write about our community because that is what I am building here,Â our community. However that doesn’t change the reality that it is my blog. I am the host. I make the rules and even though it may be our community it is my job to make it work. That requires some doing.
Comments About Comments
What Is The Value of A Comment?Â isÂ ne of the most popular posts to run here. It has created a great conversation both within and without the blog and I have very much enjoyed it. It has also been the spot where several people have expressed their displeasure with me. Today I deleted several comments that used the very creative user name of “fuckoffjack.”
Apparently they were quite angry because they think I have been deleting comments. I tend not to do that. I am usually happy to let you hoist yourself on your own petard. Write something stupid and I often will let it stand and let you deal with it. But today they rubbed me the wrong way and I deleted them, but I want to point something out.
Look at the picture below:
The person who so lovingly used “fuckoffjack” as their handle used this IP address several times. This clip suggests that they might potentially be a spammer. Now look at the shot below:
That picture provides a list of “names” and “messages” used by the person(s) that used this IP address. They include the usual spam topics of sex, pills and jewelry among other things.
It is possible that there is no relationship between the commenter(s) from today and the information I have but that doesn’t really matter because I am not obligated to publish any comments, nor is anyone obligated to read my blog.
The Dark Knight & Blog Etiquette
Maybe Old Jack is nothing more than a glorified daddy blogger who dreams of being a cross between Wolverine and The Dark Knight. Or maybe he is something more. We’ll have to wait and see. In the interim I have to go delete a few more of these messages and ban a few more IPs.
It is always good to have fans.
What do you think?