Friday, September 15, 2006

A Great Lesson

The unfortunate resurgence of the Towner/Ridgway silliness holds an important lesson for all of us. When you publish to the Internet, you'd better be sure of what you are doing. Because it can't be undone. RSS feed readers trap and hold posts independent of their original site. Services like GOOGLE take pictures of every web page. And finally, email comment notification puts blog comments into an email inbox where they sit even after their author tries to delete them. Here's a great example. Perhaps Mark Towner recognizes this post.


Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

Mark Towner solves the riddle of who he's referreing to with these oblique psychopath references.

In an email to a friend of mine, Mark says:
You assume far too many things that are incorrrect about my feelings in regards to what is going on in the party. I have no ill feelings towards Drew or Patrick. There is only one individual that I simply cannot deal with and that is Mr. Ridgway. It is my opinion that Mr. Ridgway is an un-diagnosed Psychopath. You might like to read the following information.

Boy, was I ever surprised to have that email forwarded to me and to find out that the person Mark was referring to on his vanishing blog postings was me. After all, as we all know, there is a court order in place that prevents me from making comments directed at him that are intended to harass or annoy -- and I always thought that Mark was a reciprocal and fair-minded kind of guy who would never just take a cheap shot against someone who is legally barred from punching back.

I guess not all Mustangs are created equal.

Full letter visible here:

9/17/2006 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Crazy Ronald said...

Crazy? Passionate? The problem is whenever someone doesn't follow the ant trail in the Republican Party they are automatically labeled a nut. I see it on many blogs, and hear it in many conservations.

Name calling is a dominate force in Utah's GOP.

Too bad.

9/17/2006 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Miller, currently the vice chairman of the Utah State Democratic Party, the Democratic Candidate for Davis County Commission Seat A and the vice president of the board for the Mental Health Association in Utah has some explaining to do.

What was removed from Rob Miller's blogsite

See the original here

What do you think the Mental Health Association will have to say?

9/18/2006 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/18/2006 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That is very cool of you to acknowledge that Mark may need some "help". Mental help, I'm sure.

Since you obviously have experience in the mental health community, don't you have to agree that Mike's behavior more than just odd?

More than once I've thought of him as guy who is going to go postal someday.

Oh, and this isn't Mark. And I have to post anonymously or Mike might go after me too. He does that, you know.

9/18/2006 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

I take full responsibility for the removal of Rob Miller's posting that was deleted from our other blog site. (The posting contained an unflattering picture of me and a caption).

It was a shot over the bow to let Rob know that if he thinks he can use my blog to post ugly pictures of me, he's wrong.

Freedom of speech? Yes, I'm for it.

The right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater? Not if there's a picture of me in my Psycho Killer personna on the screen, no.

Mike Ridgway

P.S. How Rob's former comment above and that entire web site got deleted, we still don't know. More as more information becomes available.

9/19/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I didn't think it was an ugly photo Mike, but we see what we want to see.

I still think you look more like David Byrne than Norman Bates.

9/19/2006 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

For the record, the comment above that was removed says "removed by the author," but it appears more likely that it was removed by another blogger who somehow had access to the author's password.

Rob, if you still have that comment in your inbox, you might consider reposting it with its true time stamp.


9/19/2006 03:21:00 PM  

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