I'm just noodling things out here.
If one is astute enough to figure out that the math of a plane hitting a building doesn't matter as long as you repeat a base understanding of Newton's third law enough times; such that it must have been an unknown energy beam weapon used on 9/11;
If one is so committed to the shallow understanding of Newton's third law of motion that he can clearly detect that the people who design pumpkin cannons fake their videos of a pumpkin blowing the door off a minivan;
If one is so very attuned to reality that he can clearly see that amputees were hired to fake the Boston Marathon bombing, and that Newtown was a black-flag government op; (For the record, Mark backed off those conspiracies very quickly when he noticed that their rediculous nature actually pissed people off)
If one is so definatively sharp as to have solved the mysteries of every high profile death since the 50s. If one is so completely enraptured with the concept that power (the Illuminati) control our perceptions and our very lives and deal swiftly with those who know too much;
How can it possibly make sense that a 'bookstore clerk' (his words) could have taken his honor and impugned him so? In such a fog of reality, wouldn't it make much more sense that the power had manipulated the situation such that he look bad? Such a person could have chosen any number of powers to be his foe. But no, he chose a guy who he professes has no power, no wisdom, no intelligence and no character. Hmmm. That I have such enormous strength in the face of such drawbacks, disabilities and difficulties makes me feel kind of proud. I must be something of a stud!
Now, Mark and his salad-tossers are theorizing that I coerced an intrusive tax audit against another Montana blogger to silence his voice. I'm lovin' it. Hell, if this keeps up, I'll be remembered for having the power to possess people and control time itself to beniifit my own base desires. Bwahahaha!
The two things that bother me the most about many online potificants, mostly on the right, are 1) their insistence that the left is out to get them and at the same time the belief that those of leftward thought are incompetant and stupid. That's called cognitive dissonance, and seems to fit Mark's review of me to a tee. See, that's the problem when you begin and explore from defending your own lie. You end up running into your own contradictions and become humorously averse to being self-aware. Self awareness is being cognizant of your fantasies, aware and questioning about what effect they actually have in the 'real world' and constantly questioning how they color your perceptions of others. Most of us call that living, and the point of Buddhism isn't to alleviate the pain of living but to mitigate the damage of self-delusion. Maybe that's what your family was trying to tell you, Mark.
Number 2) The absolute certitude that only one path can be the correct path. Many think they've discovered 'the truth' and hopelessly, helplessly cling to the idea that they've discovered such a thing. Any threat to that, any at all, is a danger and a horror and those who threaten that certitude are monsters. The climate can't be changing because it was chilly yesterday. War on Christmas because a clerk said "Happy Holidays". The government has lied to us many times so any who don't believe that a space based energy weapon destroyed the WTC are being blind, blind I tell you. Nothing brings out the vehemence of those so commited (or at least should be) as being noticed when they are obviously in the wrong.
In a fantasy world, I gain strength as those who revile me afford me more power. I grow strong in my dark will ...
Or, I'm just a guy with a website who notices things. I will admit, it is fun watching Tokarski flop around like a useless whitefish on a rocky shore. To me, it's all a curiousity.