April 03, 2004

Referral Logs Say the Most Disturbing Things

One of the hazards of having a public web site is that you have no control over who hotlinks your url. Absolutely anyone can do it, including the most disturbing, demi-human creeps. It's entirely up to them. and there's nothing you can do about it.

So a while back, in the comments to this post about sundry radio appearances, Dave Bug noted some bizarre neo-Nazi spam that had been posted on the college radio station's website's guestbook. (It advertised an upcoming Holocaust Denial Conference in Sacramento.) My reaction was to reply with an off-hand reference to a Seinfeld episode, and to tell the kids at the radio station that they really ought to delete it and review their guestbook more frequently.

It is apparently on the basis of this comments reference, and on this basis alone as there's no other possible one that I can fathom (thanks, Dave) that the bastards have gone and listed the url to my blog on their website links! Even worse, the page is entitled "links to conference participants." I sincerely hope there's no need to add that I am not, would never, and could never be a participant in such a sordid, appalling, disgusting, ludicrous affair.

It's called the "International Revisionist Conference," and I'm not going to link back to it. The madness has to stop somewhere. Among the "keynote orators" is the despicable Horst Mahler of Baader-Meinhof infamy, and the whole sorry circus is dedicated to Canadian Holocaust-denying poster boy (or, they would have it, "prisoner of conscience") Ernst Zundel.
Lending a further vague flavor of Seinfeldishness, among the speakers is "Lady Michelle Renouf, a former Miss New Zealand." (She's best known as a David Irving apologist and TV commericial actress: "...usually cast as a Lady of the feudal Manor eg Capital One credit cards USA; Nescafe Japan; Carlos Primera brandy Italy; British Airways; France Telecom; Cable and Wireless UK; Tchibo Coffee Germany; Supradyn Vitamins Switzerland, Austria; Barclay's Bank UK;  BMW Germany; Nissan Japan; Tokalon Beautycare Portugal; Three Castles Cigarettes Pakistan; Heinz Sauce Holland; After Eight chocolates UK; Residensea Kvaerner Cruiseship Norway; Savilles Edwardian Properties, Hong Kong..." according to the CV which the revisionists have helpfully provided.)

I suppose they googled themselves, found the comments reference, and included the link just for the hell of it. Welcome to the internet. Aw, hell.

UPDATE: Uh oh. Just received the following email. Presented without comment:

I'm attending the Historical Conference in California too.

I think its wonderful that its being held in honor of Ernst Zundel, the
artist and writer, imprisoned for his beliefs.

Imagine if a sorry, trendy idiot like you was imprisoned for your inherent
stupidity? I wonder how long you would last.

You are not worthy to shine Zundel's shoes.

The multiracial society is on its way out. I hope you're ready for the coming worldwide White backlash you thilthy turd.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 3, 2004 06:35 PM | TrackBack

Well, I hotlink your URL, which sounds vaguely naughty, but I'm fairly harmless, so you don't need to worry. Maybe I'll add a little blurb next to the link that reads "he thinks neo-Nazis are DUMB!"

The most disturbing search string that brings people to my blog is "Tom Likkus." Who makes me ill. Guess I shouldn't have said that out loud on my journal, huh?

Posted by: Jodi at April 3, 2004 06:55 PM

To quote John Belushi(Blues Brothers) : "I hate the Illinois (or your state here) Nazi's!"

Posted by: myke at April 3, 2004 07:09 PM

Uh...whoops, I guess? Sorry to have gotten you involved with that scum. One method of payback that's fun, if completely useless, is Google Bombing.

Basically, Google ranks a site highly both for words appearing on its page and (the useful part) for words used when linking to the site. If, for example, the International Revisionist Conference site was linked using the words "jackass motherfuckers", their ranking in the results of searches for "jackass motherfuckers" would rise.

If, then, other blogs caught the trend, all linking using the same phrase, the offending site could end up first (or close to it) for jackass motherfucker searches. No, there's no point, except to hopefully annoy the jackass motherfuckers in a way that they are helpless to prevent.

In any case, we'll have to be more careful what sort of things we talk about in these message boards, I suppose, if we're to keep your reputation from being further soiled.

Posted by: Dave Bug at April 4, 2004 01:15 AM

wow... "thilthy." i had to look that word up. i thought maybe he just had a lisp or something.

Posted by: jodi at April 4, 2004 03:33 AM

Dave, you kind of remind me of Dennis the Menace, walking pie-eyed into mischief and trouble at every turn, dragging poor Mr. Wilson down with you. Or should i say Dr. Wilson (frank).

Posted by: Myke at April 4, 2004 05:32 AM

I guess it's true that you can't stop someone from linking qua linking, but you can certainly stop someone from falsely suggesting in a public forum that you support Nazis. I'm pretty sure that what they are doing constitutes some sort of defamation-related tort. In this case, discretion may be the better part of valor -- picking a fight with these nuts may not be wise, and presumably the link will be removed once the conference is over -- but it's not true that you have no recourse.

Posted by: Aaron at April 4, 2004 05:30 PM

Call Dr. Frank a sorry, trendy idiot all you want. You can even make the claim that he's imprisoned in his own inherent stupidity.

But to call him a thilthy turd? Well, those, sir, are fighting words.

Well, I mean, I think they are. I tried looking the word 'thilthy' up, and even though I own several dictionaries (I became a bit obsessed with vintage dictionaries a few years ago that spelled licorice as liquorice. Don't ask, but you can assume it was about a girl, naturally) I still came up empty.

Regardless, since I do live here in Sacramento, and since said nameless defender of the coming worldwide White backlash has paid to enrich his word-power and I, apparently, did not (I was always a Life In These United States kinda guy, being the joker that I am), perhaps I could simply offer a quick punch to the mouth. That, sir, I can do.

Posted by: Bobby J at April 4, 2004 06:23 PM

thilthy turd, is that anything like a "rirty rat"?

Posted by: A Fan at April 4, 2004 07:12 PM

just type "thilthy" in google and it would appear that it means extra extra ESPECIALLY filthy. and directs you to lots of porn sites, and script sites for an episode of family guy.

Posted by: jodi at April 4, 2004 07:34 PM

I don't know why this increases the bizarro factor here, but it seems to, slightly: the emailer's first name is Martha.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 4, 2004 08:24 PM

Oh no. The only reason I came to this site was because I thought you were a Nazi. Damn...

Posted by: Dave at April 5, 2004 02:44 AM

Welcome to Amerikkka. It's the price we pay, sucks though it may. We have freedom of speech and so does everybody else.

Posted by: Zaphod Beeblebrox at April 5, 2004 06:05 PM

Oops, I did it again. Now doktorfrank.com will likely come up high in results for the searches I mentioned previously. That could result in some interesting visitors, I suppose.

Posted by: Dave Bug at April 5, 2004 06:46 PM

Is there any chance that Ann Coulter's middle name is Martha?

Posted by: Kid_Presentable at April 8, 2004 09:03 PM