Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Sponsoring Gribbit Live

My buddy Dan emailed me with a link to this post by Gribbit, where he notes that his online radio show is looking for advertisers and sponsors. He suggested that I pass the hat among my readers and we sponsor the show for Dispatches. It does have an appealing irony to it:

“Gribbit Live is sponsored by people who think I’m a blithering idiot, For the antidote to my stupidity, go to Dispatches from the Culture Wars.”

He’s in for $20. Anyone else?


  1. #1 Rich
    January 26, 2007

    Oh, do on then. I’ll do $50 if you throw in a signed copy of your book.

    Get your PapPal going, ED.

  2. #2 J-Dog
    January 26, 2007

    Maybe Gribbet can get a radio contest going to boost ratings and sponsorships? Maybe see how much water he can drink before he has to go? I can so totally see him doing this!

    ps: For all you knuckleheads out there, let me nip your protests in the bud… I AM KIDDING! Even Gribbet is not thatr dumb… Right?

  3. #3 meatbrain
    January 26, 2007

    No one should ever take any bets on how dumb Gribbit can be.


    Ed, post here or email to me details on how you want the money, and I am in for $20 as well.

  4. #4 Leni
    January 26, 2007

    I’m in if we can weasel in a reference to it being from the ACLU too. Hell, I’ll go 75.

  5. #5 Dan
    January 26, 2007

    Leni wrote:

    I’m in if we can weasel in a reference to it being from the ACLU too.

    Now that’s funny.

    Ed, Leni’s right. I’ll up my contribution to $50 if our sponsorship includes a line praising the ACLU.

  6. #6 Russell miller
    January 26, 2007

    And he can’t delete THAT comment.

  7. #7 kemibe
    January 26, 2007

    How about we take up a separate collection to pay some savvy eight-year-old to redo Gribbit’s wreck of a site so that it doesn’t lock up every few seconds in both IE and Firefox. Even if there were anything there worth reading, I can’t be bothered to wait 30 seconds for the scroll bar and links to start working.

    This kind of problem is pathognomonic of many right-wing blogs, because their owners insist on littering their sidebars and headers with Ray-Ban-wearing bulldogs, musket-brandishing hilljacks, gyrating bible-whapping Elmer Fudd clones, and all manner of other ostantatious and resource-gobbling applets and animations and bullshit — whatever they can they can find that looks like it would intimidate a liberal. It’s almost to the point where, thanks to all the extraneous noise, the posts themselves on these blogs seem to be written by angry, clueless illiterates or something. I’m sure it’s just the shoddy presentation, though.

    P.S. What the hell is “Wide Awakes” with an “s”? Is this a pun I’m missing or am I being too generous?

  8. #8 Ed Brayton
    January 26, 2007

    “This show is sponsored by the ACLU, who even defend the rights of clueless pinheads like me to spew my idiotic views”

    I like it.

  9. #9 J-Dog
    January 26, 2007

    “This show is sponsored by the ACLU, who even defend the rights of clueless pinheads like me to spew my idiotic views”

    Ed – Put me down for $20, if you can get him to say that!

  10. #10 Dave S.
    January 26, 2007

    kemibe writes:

    P.S. What the hell is “Wide Awakes” with an “s”? Is this a pun I’m missing or am I being too generous?

    The Wide Awakes were a (non-violent) political support group that liked to dress up in quasi-military fashion and hold torchlight marches supporting the Lincoln candidacy and other Republicans in 1860. That this has anything to do with a radio program that makes Spongebob Squarepants look like Noam Chomsky I can’t say.

    And don’t actually care.

  11. #11 Enigma
    January 26, 2007

    I’ll chip in $10. It’d be more, but i’m a poor starving college student. You know how it goes.

  12. #12 doctorgoo
    January 26, 2007

    Gribbit, Ed’s rubber, you’re glue…..

  13. #13 doctorgoo
    January 26, 2007

    No, I take that back Gribbit.

    Ed’s rubber, you’re a fucking idiot.

    (that better?)

  14. #14 Wobert
    January 26, 2007

    I didn’t realise you were Gay deckhand, I mean Grommet.

  15. #15 Felix
    January 26, 2007

    Yesterday I was going to post to say that ‘Laughing at Benny Hinn’ was the funniest thing you’d ever published.

    Well, it’s not any more! This is.

    But it’s the comment from Mr Gribbit that really makes it for me.

  16. #16 Gretchen
    January 26, 2007

    Just the mental image of Gribbit chasing after Ed trying to shove a penny up his ass…..I can’t take it. Sign me up for $10 (also a poor student).

  17. #17 Ed Brayton
    January 26, 2007

    That wasn’t from Gribbit, it was from someone on a cable modem in Kansas. I’ve deleted it.

  18. #18 Felix
    January 26, 2007

    “That wasn’t from Gribbit, it was from someone on a cable modem in Kansas. I’ve deleted it”

    The comment is gone, but I still have memories 🙂
    Sign me up for $50

  19. #19 Pieter B
    January 26, 2007

    $25 here.

  20. #20 Coin
    January 26, 2007

    What’s the target quantity here?

  21. #21 Ed Brayton
    January 26, 2007

    We don’t really have one. He likely won’t take it anyway. But hey, it’s not like anyone’s going to sponsor his show thinking it’s a good investment. Who are they gonna reach, a handful of ignorant rubes like him?

  22. #22 Wobert
    January 26, 2007

    Whoops,but he’s still a deckhand, or as Doctorgoo said so succinctly…..

  23. #23 kehrsam
    January 26, 2007

    I’ll sign up for pocket lint and three magic beans. That’s about what Gribbett is worth, andyway.

    Hell, if he’ll do the ACLU thing, put me in for a twenty.

  24. #24 Rich
    January 26, 2007

    Gribbit says the comment (which) I missed, WAS him.

    He seems upset, also.


  25. #25 Gretchen
    January 26, 2007

    Wow, that guy is truly mentally unhinged. Either that, or 12 years old.

  26. #26 doctorgoo
    January 26, 2007

    ahhh… poor lil gribbie is upset we won’t talk to him on his blog… boohoo….

    Oh, and according to his sitemeter stats, Ed is responsible for 80%+ of his traffic right now. Gribbie, you should be more grateful to you best benefactor. lol

  27. #27 Rich
    January 26, 2007

    I had IM_sexychat with him..

    Me: hola gribbit
    gribbitr2000: hello
    Me: just checking out your blog here
    Me: “My first question is why that sub is not at the bottom of the Pacific? As soon as that sub surfaced it should have gotten a missile through its conning tower.

    Me: you jest surely, in the coulter mold?
    gribbitr2000: no seriously, it was in weapons range of the carrier it should have found it’s way to the bottom of the Pacific
    Me: Wouldn’t that have started a war?
    Me: spooking is nothing new
    gribbitr2000: no, being that close to the carrier to begin with is an act of war
    Me: are you sure? I don’t think it is, but I’m not an expert
    gribbitr2000: It is, the carrier taskforce has a legitimate right to protect itself in international waters
    Me: prrotect itself from being looked at?
    gribbitr2000: it was within weapons range on the sub, that is a threat to the carrier, yes… protect itself
    gribbitr2000: it was an action taken by the Chinese to see if our Carrier group would do anything
    gribbitr2000: and it didn’t
    Me: so, because we’re in weapons range of Russia (nuclear) we should have attacked them in the cold war?
    gribbitr2000: do you have a point?
    Me: I think I just made it
    gribbitr2000: because you are playing with me now and it is pissing me off
    Me: no, this here that we’re doing is rational discourse
    Me: it’s what civilized people do
    Me: the ones who don’t want to use their fists to think with
    Me: I’m enjoying it
    Me: who knows what enlightenment you might give me
    gribbitr2000: well I don’t have time for your games.. disagree with me… fine.. blog on your own forum
    gribbitr2000: I don’t believe in anonymous debate…it is impossible
    Me: It saddens me you don’t want to talk.. to expound on your views… ideas just exist outside of the debaters: idiots can have moments of genius, evil men can suggest good things, etc?
    gribbitr2000: well you in my opinion are a moron… leave me a lone
    Me: “I don’t believe in anonymous debate” – that why you blog chief?
    Me: Moron: Psychology. a person of borderline intelligence in a former classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.
    Me: mines a *little* higher than that
    Me: well, be well Gribit
    Me: its a shame we couldn’t have become friends
    Me: keep up the good work blogging.

  28. #28 Ed Brayton
    January 26, 2007

    Weird, I guess that was Gribbit. The IP address traced to Kansas, not Ohio. I would have left it up if I’d known it was him.

  29. #29 Rich
    January 27, 2007

    Put it back…Put it back!

  30. #30 JC
    January 27, 2007

    I missed it. Can anyone give me the gist?

  31. #31 Dan
    January 27, 2007

    JC: The gist of it is that Gribbit showed up here yesterday afternoon threatening to stuff up Ed’s ass any money Ed sends his way. Ed traced the comment IP to a cable modem in Kansas. Gribbit lives in Ohio. Apparently even Gribbit’s Internet provider is anxious to disclaim any relationship with him. Odd, but certainly understandable.

  32. #32 Leni
    January 28, 2007

    Oh no (“Gasp”). He threatened to put money in someone else’s bum? I’m shocked. Just shocked.

    Does thqat mean he won’t be taking all the money we’ve raised? Because I’m pretty he will. Eventually. I’ll just say it’s from the Association of Chritstian Cheer Leaders Untied. I mean, um, United.

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