Lt. Col. Bob Bateman “Apologizes for the Future”?

Posted on March 14, 2009 by


A U.S. military officer assigned to the Pentagon, who had ample room for play on this blog with 27 comments posted (updated: now 32), and who objected to finally being banned after posting ad hominem attacks against myself, has now apparently decided that veiled threats will win him space. He is right — see this comment approved today:

Well, at least I now know that you, at least, see what I type. That evidence, at least, now exists for your readers. As does the fact that you ban free speech on your site. Since your readers now see that you openly posted, “This is from the man who is now claiming that I “silenced” him and tried to avoid him challenging my ideas. Of course, he is saying that in private, because he has been banned from this blog and has sent four more messages nonetheless (not included in the list above).”

Well Max, I really could not contrive a confession of oppression of free speech or discourse any more clearly than the way you just laid it out for your readers. Well played son. Well played indeed. “He claimed I ’silenced’ him” and “he has been banned” are wonderfully juxtaposed.

“OPEN” Anthropology.

Regards Max. And I apologize for the future. Not really my fault. But I am sorry nonetheless.

Bob

My response:

You apologize for the future. It was worth approving your message just so that others can see the veiled threat.

It is OPEN Anthropology…just no longer open to you, and your kind. You had your say, and became repetitive, and rather obnoxious, especially as you turned some of your comments on this blog into ad hominem attacks toward someone (me) who had been very analytical, even handed, calm, and reasonable with you. But then the military wolf in sheep’s clothing is all ready to pounce, eh Bob?

Remember, you have a right to free speech. But not on this blog: it is a privilege, and you abused it.

This is the degree to which Bateman was silenced on this blog — an index of all the comments he posted that appeared:

BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/18 at 10:34am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/18 at 10:26am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/18 at 7:44am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/14 at 11:05pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/14 at 10:30pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 7:16pm

BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 7:08pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 6:05pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 1:41pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 12:46pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 9:07am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/11 at 8:53am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/10 at 9:27am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/10 at 9:24am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/10 at 9:07am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/09 at 7:32am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/09 at 7:28am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 9:58pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 9:35pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 1:20pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 12:54pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 12:44pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 12:23pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 12:11pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 10:37am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 10:35am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 9:16am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 8:44am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/04 at 8:04am
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/03 at 2:18pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/02 at 2:13pm
BOB BATEMAN: Submitted on 2009/03/02 at 1:33pm

Bateman will of course deny that any threat was implied, that it is the working of a paranoid imagination. When someone in the most powerful military institution on the planet apologizes to you personally, for what will happen in the future, what kind of statement is that and what is intended? We shall see shortly, I hope.

Bateman will also repeat his lie of not engaging in ad hominem attacks. This one was the last straw, originally posted here (my responses followed it there):

…your apparent lack of eductation on military affairs and international relations. But then, of course, you are a minor teacher without a single published monograph, so I suppose you have to try and make your academic mark somewhere, eh? Anything for tenure.

Not only is it ad hominem, it is a basic lie. Mission accomplished, Bob, you live up to the values of your institution. An academic, you are not, not even a good poser and pretender.

Well, Bob, you wanted attention, now you got it. You have all of our attention now, with your very own post on this blog, all about you. Is this what you wanted?

Friends and interested parties can also reach Bob at any of the following IP addresses from which he likes to post:

140.185.55.77
69.255.219.16
76.111.31.58

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