It’s been at least five years since I stumbled upon this here blog and I figured it’s probably as good a time as any for a little retrospective.
It all started innocently enough. One fine day, finding myself pissed off at the bad behavior of blacks (presumably after some breaking-point encounter with a feral Bantu), I went to Google, typed in “why do blacks suck?” and the first hit was [the now defunct] whyblackssuck.blogspot.com, run by one “Indra Maghavan”.
I was, at this point, only recently emerged from my liberal cocoon, my eyes still adjusting to the light of the truth. I was fascinated reading things which I completely agreed with but which I had never heard uttered, and thus had never dared to allow myself to think. Things like: “blacks, not whites, are responsible for blacks’ bad behavior”; “blacks are, on average, less intelligent than all other races”; “blacks are, on average, more criminally inclined than all other races”; etc. Like seeing a naked woman for the first time, reading these heresies felt scandalous…and utterly exhilarating.
The more I read of Indra’s stuff, the more emboldened I felt to further explore this newfound territory. Having discovered his blogroll, I visited the various sites, checking out what each had to offer. None were memorable (at least not at the time)…with one exception.
Hence, thanks to Indra’s blog, I found angrywhitedude.com.
I lurked on this site for quite some time, reading the commentary, getting a feel for the regulars. At some point (I don’t know when—the comment archives don’t appear to be complete), I decided to take my first-ever dive into online commentary. And so I needed a handle. Erik Erickson’s RedState.com was a regular read of mine at the time, so I figured I’d call myself “RedStater”. And, seeing that many of the regulars used their locales in their handles (e.g., “Dave in TX”, “GA Steve”, “David from SC”, “SoCalMike”, etc.), I appended “NYC” to it for good measure. And thus my alter-ego, RedStaterNYC, was born—christened, here, at this very site.
My initial forays into the blogosphere were not pretty. I still had many of my bad libtarded habits to shed—name-calling, shrill responses to things I disagreed with, etc. And, not being the sharpest tool in the shed, my learning curve is quite long. I.e., after years of liberal indoctrination and immersion, it took me a long while to remember how to behave in something resembling a civilized fashion.
Fortunately, the owner of the blog was a patient fellow who led by example, never singling anyone out for their bad online antics but every once in a while making a point to admonish the kind of behavior which I exhibited.
At some point, we became friends on Facebook and started to chat. For some unknown reason (he must’ve been drunk), I was invited to guest blog. I gave it a shot. Horrific. But I kept at it, and AWD, having the patience of Job, allowed me to learn on the job. (If you think my stuff sucks now, you should have seen it then.)
Over time, many of the regulars drifted off, some to return (Swamp! Snake! Mr. Bill? Etc.), some to disappear forever (Hillbilly Jack, KHM, SnowDog99, etc.); guest contributors came and went; trolls came and got banned; but AWD always stayed true to form. His stewardship, wit, and take-no-prisoners/truth-to-power plain speaking has helped forge a sense of family around this motley community, to the point that we even have our own annual festival in Dude-a-Palooza (where, incidentally, AWD and friends gave me my first pistol lesson).
And all the while, he continues to let me post my tripe—even stuff that he fundamentally disagrees with (which is quite a bit of it, I’m sure).
But of all the things that AWD has taught me—how to behave like a gentleman, how to kindly disagree with people, how to load a glock, where to find good escargot at a gas station—I must say that the most important thing has been this: have a sense of humor. In our evil and insane world, laughing in the face of said evil and insanity is perhaps our best means of avoiding succumbing to it.
So tonight, for no particular reason, I raise a toast to our venerable host, Angry White Dude. May he live long and prosper, and may he know how much he is appreciated.