Austin, Jordan, Matt, and the whole damned ’sphere.

I really have no clue what in the world got into everyone over the last two days that I’ve been missing because of work. At this point, I really don’t care. Yes, Austin was wrong not to give credit where do, but he corrected his mistake. Yes, Jordan was wrong for calling the young guy a bastard, and he has apologized. My question for everyone now is very simple.

Why in the hell are we trying to burn our own at the stake?!

Apologies have been issued all around and it is time to move on. We have so many things that are so much more important than this. It is very sad that Austin has been forced from the ’sphere, but I’m sure his return will be sooner than later due to the massive support Austin is getting from both sides. Bloggers, control your tempers, give credit where due, and keep your heads in the game.

7 Responses to “Austin, Jordan, Matt, and the whole damned ’sphere.”

  1. Speed of Thought... Says:


    I saw Austin’s site and that he took the image from Blogs for Bush. I almost did the same thing, but instead just linked it…

  2. Ian Says:

    Exactly. Agreed 100%.

    This is a private matter, and I have no opinion on it and nor should anyone else.

    The kid’s mother is slime for giving out their email.

    And I am personally mad at Austin for stealing my blogs name [originally before jordan email him] and my tagline.

  3. Jeremy Says:

    Gonna keep my eye on the ball, coach! ;-)

    But seriously, it sucks that Austin had to give up his site. I’m glad that Jordan apologized and I’m sure they both learned a nice big lesson over it. At least I hope so.

  4. Marcus Says:


    You are doing exactly what I’m saying needs to stop. Attacking each other over fairly petty things won’t amount to anything in the end. I know you’ve heard that imitation is the best form of flattery.

  5. Daily Inklings Says:


    I will get back to the Iraq the Model post later; I still have more to say about it. And I will have my Inklings round-up of Pres. Bush’s SOTU speech. But first, this bit of blogging news.It seemed a 13-year-old took an image of the toy soldier from …

  6. Beth Says:

    Austin’s mother is NOT “slime,” she’s a mother who rightly defends her son. As a mother myself, I say more power to her.

    Anyway, frankly I’m sick of seeing Jordan’s canned message all over the blogosphere. Is he trolling for traffic because he didn’t get a coveted Instalanche? I think the whole thing says a lot about him, despite the apology (only for calling him a “bastard”, not for everything else, BTW), so for what it’s worth, Jordan won’t see any traffic from me or my site. He’s certainly gotten plenty of attention from this stunt.

    Sometimes, you’ve got to give them a taste of their own medicine, no matter what political side they’re on. Just because he’s a conservative, it doesn’t give him a pass in my book. If anything, he makes “our side” look bad–and he’s the one who started “burning our own,” anyway.

    That being said, I’m finished commenting on the issue.

  7. John Says:

    His mother is not slime. I don’t think that the e-mail addresses of bloggers is ‘private’. It’s not like she gave out their phone numbers. Jordan was wrong for jumping down anyone’s throat and name-calling, the fact that Austin is only 13 just makes it especially distasteful.

    I don’t see any problem with calling conservatives on the carpet when they do something wrong. The objective is to get things settled. I doubt that would have happened so quickly if the parties involved hadn’t been embarrassed by the ‘publicity’.

    I posted my displeasure with the situation on my blog, but Jordan and Matt apologized, which they should have, so I’m dropping the matter.

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