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August 02, 2012
Overnight Open Thread (8-2-2012)
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
Ace thought he should be thoroughly mocked but that some people were going a bit over the top given his actual behavior wanting him beaten up or fired. Legal insurrection says we shouldn't cheer his firing and Bob Owens says his termination isn't a cause for joy at all.
Now I'm not exactly cheering his firing but I also have about zero sympathy for him either. I separate his actions into two parts:
1. What he actually did - which is mainly be a douchy jerk to someone who wasn't in position to defend themselves. Note that he didn't assault her, curse at her, or make any threats. So yeah, utter douchnozzle but not a criminal or beat-down worthy offense.
2. What this reveals about him as person - which is that he's a smug bully convinced of his goodness but with absolutely no self-awareness, and the utter bad judgment to post video of the whole thing on YouTube. This is really what got him fired.For me #2 is more damning since I figure that if he's willing to video himself doing this, that means he's pretty comfortable with it and has probably done it quite a few times before. And I don't doubt that if had any power at all over the girl he would have used it to abuse and/or fire her.
So if I were CEO of Vante I would have fired him too - even if I agreed with his views 100% - for having the terminal bad judgment to do something like this. Where there's dumbass smoke, there's usually dumbass fire you just don't know about yet.
Now one douche being douchey in public isn't a big deal by itself, but when you put a few KingDouches together with any power, you do start to get real intimidation and harassment.
So I think the strong reaction against him is not so much based on the particular details of his behavior, but rather how it demonstrated his willingness to be cruel to others over politics without a twinge of conscience. What we saw in the video was really just a microscopic view of the kinds of behavior that turns into real leftist thuggery when done in the aggregate.
Nature will kill you given half a chance - and in Death Valley it's gets many chances. Even much more so if you're stupid:
"Oh hey, do you guys know how far the nearest gas station is?" The guy was sunburned, clearly dehydrated and living in a fantasy world as he staggered into our hidden campsite, 25 miles or more from the nearest road. With a flat tire and no ability to read a map, gas was the least of his worries. His...companion, sassily sipping on a PBR in the background, seemed to agree.
I've driven the same route in Saline Valley, Death Valley NP on the way to the Saline hot springs there and thought I was prepared with a 4WD vehicle, full tank of gas, plenty of food and water, a ham radio and misc other equipment. But in retrospect I'd say I was only minimally prepared and a bit lucky - next time I would take two spare tires, at least 5 gallons of gas in a jerrycan, and possibly a satellite phone or an EPIRB beacon. Sure it's a rough, remote area but IMO the springs make it worth it.
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