Yep, the Big Bad Wolf of Spartanburg County, Rick Beltram, is at it again, according to this media release that came across our desk:
SPARTANBURG- The Spartanburg County GOP would like to challenge all South Carolina Political Bloggers to a Pledge of Honesty. Over the past few months, it appears that the Bloggers are all trying to outdo each other with "over the top" statements.
It is certainly fair game to criticize public people and be humorous in the style of presentation. However, personal attacks and the publication of completely false information is not to be tolerated.
Since, most of these Bloggers are known political personalities and work for firms that engage in daily Political Consulting; there needs to be some restraint imposed by the employer. These Bloggers generally aspire to have credible political voices for the present and in the future. As a result, the intent seems to be to teardown pillars of our political world not to make the World better.
Rick Beltram, chairman, states "As a frequent target of attention by these Bloggers; I certainly have no problem with them editorializing on facts. However, many of the statements made in these reports have no basis of validity. Heck, all they have to do is call and ask a couple of questions. My contact information is well known and I am very accesible."
Finally, several of these Bloggers do not make known to the Public, contact information for the Editor of these web-sites. This is just plain bad form! Guys, let us know who you are and how we can contact you.
My first thought is "what a freakin' Nazi" - believing that "there needs to be some restraint imposed by the employer" over what we write. My second thought was "use spell and grammar check" - as I identified several mispellings and grammatical errors in the media release.
We all know just how anonymous and secretive this blogger is. I talk about my kids, my work, my academic stuff, put my email and phone number on the blog. Heck, we all know how shadowy and secretive the author of a blog named "The Blogland of Earl Capps" can be, right?
By the way, in my effort to hide and avoid Rick's wrath, I was last month's featured speaker at the Palmetto House Republican Women, who meet at ... of all places ... the downtown Spartanburg Mariott. It was well announced, but when it came time for the Republican women to hear from their Republican leader ... they had to settle for me.
As to what I've been saying about Rick ... well, let's take a look at some of these old postings and you can decide for yourselves if "these reports have no basis of validity":
- What do straw polls prove (Rick Beltram is a blow-hard)?
- 2007 Carolinas Joint Utility Coordinating Committees convention
- SC GOP convention report
- SC GOP convention report, part 2
- Simpsonizing Rick Beltram
In closing, here's a video of my favorite version of that classic tale. Only in my version, the three pigs call Rambo, who fixes the Big Bad Wolf's ass once and for all.
Now that's what I call "happily ever after" ...