Guest Post Muddy: I remember you.*

I am a nerd. Not the type of nerd who is apparently now hip and cool and living in the inner city far from the rest of the filth, and dating three lingerie models all named Tatiana, but a history nerd. As such, I am fascinated by who and what came before me, if they have been remembered, by whom, and for what reason.
The other evening as I was hacking away at a sweet potato, I thought “Whatever happened to Deadman?” Similarly, a few weeks previously as I was warming up the angle grinder for a shot at my toenails, the name “Hammy” popped into my head. As a newish lurker and occasional poster here, these two incidents prompted me to wonder ‘Who came before me?’ at Catallaxy, and what they contributed.
Am I right in thinking that unlike our ideological enemies who view history solely as an anvil, we on the conservative ‘side’ have a healthy respect for those who worked to build what we now enjoy?
For the old-timers here, for the benefit of we new and newish Cats, who do you remember, and why?
* Subtitled ‘Homage to Skid Row.’ No, not the potential location for my twilight years, but the band. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but it’s my guest post, so Bach off (pun intended).
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36 Responses to Guest Post Muddy: I remember you.*

  1. Stimpson J. Cat

    Through the sleepless nights through every endless day
    I’d want to hear you say, I remember you!!!!

  2. Dr Fred Lenin

    They were probably bolshevik trollers ,the bolshies have a history of changing names . Ulyanov/lenin ,Bronstein/trotsky , Dzugashvilli/stalin/koba etc,etc.

  3. nilk

    I miss Deadman. And Hammy even.

  4. Tal

    I miss Bird’s movie reviews they were a work of art

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hammy was good value.

    I was thinking the same thing myself last night: we regard M0nty’s comments seriously and respond to them with thought and care, in most cases. Usually he loses the argument, but only after a debate with links and other backup.

    By contrast if a righty attempts to make an argument on a lefty blog they will either be censored by the moderators or ad hommed furiously. Rarely will the content of their argument be addressed or debated.

    We’re in a strange time when one side is willing to discuss and debate but the other refuses to do so.

  6. Myrddin Seren

    ‘Who came before me?’ at Catallaxy, and what they contributed.

    With no disrespect to so many contributers still here that I enjoy, for me one of the most formative was the now-departed sdog

    At the time a lot of us here thought Twitter was a Gen-Whatever timewaster and Leftie swamp, sdog commendably pointed out that, wielded deftly and incisively like a katana -Twitter was in fact a great weapon to use against the Left.

    Ample evidence is now seen at Twitchy.com daily.

    sdog still Tweets here

    I can’t remember how we pissed him off but sdog gets my vote as an important Cat alumni.

  7. Rebel with cause

    I miss Homer Paxton. Great posts in the days before auto corrects and in-browser spell check. Used to cop a daily towelling from JC.

  8. Ubique

    This occurred to me equally the other day. A Facebook post was circulating about how impossibly mean and disgusting the Tories are in Britain for resisting a pay increase for the nation’s heroic firefighters. The comments were full of disgusting vitriol about Tories. I made a perfectly reasonable comment about the level of public debt in Britain now exceeding one trillion pounds; and how the interest bill alone of more than 40 billion pounds a year exceeds the UK’s entire higher education budget; and therefore how government needs to rein in spending and plan to reduce debt levels. My comment just disappeared without trace. The left is completely intolerant.

  9. Fergus

    The old man had many frenemies. They spent decades arguing and cursing each other. But if someone hit trouble, they’d be there, with a quid or a load of hay. You Cats would understand that.

  10. Rebel with cause

    We’re in a strange time when one side is willing to discuss and debate but the other refuses to do so.

    The modern left is allergic to reasoned argument.

  11. Jobsy

    Deadman has been lurking randomly on Twitter I believe.

  12. The Pugilist

    HC was alright. Loved it how he used to get toweled up and have a tanty.
    Jason Soon was also good value, but then went all hopeychangey about the Goreball warming

  13. Token

    I can’t remember how we pissed him off but sdog gets my vote as an important Cat alumni.

    Disappeared without a trace. Even his Twitter account is gone.

    Pity to hear about Readman.

  14. a happy little debunker

    By contrast if a righty attempts to make an argument on a lefty blog they will either be censored by the moderators or ad hommed furiously. Rarely will the content of their argument be addressed or debated.

    Stirring up the lefties is why commentating at The Guardian (and formerly @ The Drum) is so much fun.
    Reducing their ‘safe spaces’ is sport!

  15. Token

    Jason Soon was also good value, but then went all hopeychangey about the Goreball warming

    I think he left soon after we rejected his idea that Bob Carr be the PM after Rudd. Considering Carr’s steel cut oats career path after as the PLO’s #1 booster it is a shame.

  16. Muddy

    What the bleep happened to the formatting? I wish I was more tech savvy. How embarrassment.

  17. woolfe

    Myrddin Seren,
    He got really pissed with the Magic Negro tweets from memory. He is still on Twitter.

  18. Muddy

    Thanks for getting my reference Stimpy!

  19. Tal

    There was some guy, claimed he work for the msm, we used to call him righteous mike he was good value .Fisky will know who I’m talking about
    Homer “Skanky Ho ” Paxton was great although his puns were terrible

  20. Myrddin Seren

    Thanks woolfe !

  21. whyisitso

    Hammy was nothing but a poor, cheap attempted imitation of Alene Composta, who was a true legend in the blogosphere. Not worth remembering.

  22. Myrddin Seren

    Hammy was nothing but a poor, cheap attempted imitation of Alene Composta

    Which reminds me – Fran Barlow.

    Who can forget Fran ?! ( Been trying, but no – she still exists )

  23. By contrast if a righty attempts to make an argument on a lefty blog they will either be censored by the moderators or ad hommed furiously. Rarely will the content of their argument be addressed or debated.
    We’re in a strange time when one side is willing to discuss and debate but the other refuses to do so.

    My comment just disappeared without trace. The left is completely intolerant.

    The modern left is allergic to reasoned argument.

    know what pops into my head when i read comments like these? The responses you get when trying to have a sensible discussion with the religious whose livelihood depends on it. Just like the lefties, their whole gig is getting as much of other people’s hard earned dosh for as little work as possible: Fill up my collection plate or drop a weekly stipend into my bank account. You won’t find 1 in a 100 of the left not on the public service payroll or the dole. Everyone knows you don’t get something for nothing, or in the case of religion something out of nothing, so if there is no sensible argument you just shut the discussion down.

  24. Rebel with cause

    Which reminds me – Fran Barlow.

    I forgot that John Quiggin’s blog used to be a thing, before he started deleting all comments he disagreed with. Haven’t been there in years.

  25. Tal

    Back in the old days 😀Cat folks used to fight against LP folks.LP folks thought that The Warming was the worse thing ever,The Cat people thought that Islam was the worse thing ever, unfortunately we were right sad really

  26. Spatacrobat

    I didn’t like numbers. He was as embarrassing as a schoolboy erection on the 290 bus to Wynyard.

  27. Chris

    I became a regular here late, but recognise many fine people from other places, especially Tim Blair’s old blogs. Perhaps some as far back as 2000 on Matilda, or far afield laughing at CrookedTimer, PoisonPin or that nong Tim Iambert.
    And I remember trying Quiggin’s before they became a monoculture, .
    Here I remember Numbers and a couple of other lefties doing the ‘I am nice and rational so I can impress the non-participants’ shtick.
    Most particularly I loved Habib’s biting accuracy, a Bill Leak of well-chosen invective. He keeps it on a leash these days, but I remember.

  28. Herodotus

    I particularly like the ladies, some of whom are fortunately still active, others go back to earlier Tim Blair days. Such as, to name a few, Kae, Lizzie, Nilk, Calli and Tinta – but no Pogria any more!
    It’s quite understandable that people come and go. Particularly when things get tedious due to excessive petty squabbles and uncontrolled trolls of no real value.

  29. Eddystone

    Who was the guy who claimed diggers in New Guinea were so mentally traumatised they would prop a .303 with bayonet up on a tentpeg and commit suicide by running, screaming, onto the bayonet?

    Tomix?

    He copped heaps over that.

    And Alfonso, I think it was, who was opposed to concealed carry of firearms, and coined the annoyingly catchy phrase “handguns for halfwits”.

    Damn, I wish I could think of something as effective for the pro gun side!

  30. Eddystone

    Peter Patton, who appeared to have a full on psychotic episode/drug fueled rant one day, then disappeared forever.

  31. Clam Chowdah

    He got really pissed with the Magic Negro tweets from memory. He is still on Twitter.

    Yes that was the reason he left. And a damn shame as he was excellent value.

    I enjoyed, was it… John H? Might be misremembering. He was a medical scientist and his posts were pretty damn sharp.

  32. Empire

    And Alfonso, I think it was, who was opposed to concealed carry of firearms, and coined the annoyingly catchy phrase “handguns for halfwits”.

    Alfonso was good value. He was convinced that if CCW was ever legalised, his neighbour (Reg?) would murder him in his sleep.

    I haven’t seen him around these parts for some time.

    Deadman is sorely missed. He posted on his blog on 6/6/17. I can’t see the Give-A-Fuck-O-Meter gif anymore. Always made me laugh.

  33. squawkbox

    Yes, against all expectations I do miss some of the trolls. I have an annoying habit of quotation, but can’t resist quoting Cedric in Nancy Mitford’s “Love in a Cold Climate” with respect to Homer, Numbers and of course the avian

    Oh, the luck of being One and not someone like that

  34. Sinclair Davidson

    Hammy passed away a couple of years ago.

    Homer still blogs – he can be found on the blog roll.

    HC doesn’t blog much anymore – he can be found on the blogroll. He does longish facebook posts but he did defriend me two weeks ago.

    I notice nobody misses Graeme Bird (who tweets) or Steve from Brisbane who blogs (on the blogroll).

    I should add Aliice to the list of people ho have come and gone – she left under tragic conditions and she and her husband are often in my thoughts.

    There are several other individuals who seldom comment here but I do tend to be Facebook friends with them.

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