Welcome to everyone who has clicked over from TheGreaterFool.ca. Garth Turner, the man of the glib tongue and bawdy humour, has a posting today, implying that I hate him. I’ll take this unexpected opportunity to give you some insight into Garth Turner’s character, and explain why I think he’s a likable fellow.
You are unethical. -Garth
Garth Turner sounds very indignant and full of righteous anger. He said the above to a commenter on his GreaterFool.ca blog(comment #46 Market Bull on 06.17.12 at 7:54 pm).
Let me relate a true story of my dealings with Garth Turner, and you can decide for yourself if he has a right to call anyone unethical.
One of Garth’s favourite sayings is “grow some skin”
Three times I have politely asked Garth to remove defamatory comments from his blog that referred to me. Being a busy man with lots on his plate, I assumed that in a moment of absent-mindedness he let a comment slip by, and would be willing to delete it. The third time it happened, Garth sent me this email:
Will you sue me if I don’t remove it? I think you need to grow a little more skin, Bob.
That’s pretty rich from a guy who sent me this email when he wanted a comment removed from my blog(the one and only time):
Garth Turner said: The following comment was published on your blog. It is false, fabricated and deliberately intended to discredit me. By publishing this comment about my personal actions you are endorsing and validating it. This will serve as notice of my intent to pursue action against you if it is not removed by midnight EDT, April 11. Furthermore you will apologize on your blog for having posted any and all comments which defame me. Failure to do so will result in remedial action being taken. Sincerely, Garth Turner (416)XXXXXXXX
I also asked Garth to give me some reassurance that he would be more diligent in moderating the defamatory comments, seeing as how there seems to be a consistent number of comments slipping by his delete button. He ignored my request.
One of my recent posts, Mid-year update elicited a warning from Garth, coming only a few days after suggesting I needed to grow some skin. It was very cryptic, something about “governing myself accordingly,” and I asked for clarification but received no reply. I can only assume that he was gnashing his teeth over a photo which I re-posted from his blog and my suggestion that his predictions could have been made by a monkey.
Photo from the GreaterFool.ca
Rather than argue against my ideas or predictions, Garth Turner has attacked me personally. Many times in the past, he has taken my statements out of context in order to whip his followers into a frenzy, even going so far as to allow(and presumably endorsing and validating) comments that encourage his blog dawgs to report me to CREB. For what, I don’t know. Transparency? Reporting factual information? Holding him accountable? One of his fawning sycophants actually left a comment saying that he had reported me to CREB. I wish CREB had notified me what the complaint was about.
It’s open season on me and other realtors on his blog with nasty insults and defamatory comments, yet if I dare hold him accountable, he gets his shorts in a knot. If Garth wants me to govern myself according to his standards, I’ll take a pass, as I really don’t want to lower my standards to a level where insults and personal attacks are the order of the day.
Garth says today on his post: “And some area realtors hate me .”
Garth seems to find it difficult to accept that we’re all subject to scrutiny. Resorting to personal attacks is the last refuge of someone who has no valid argument, and saying to the nutbars and doomers* in his sandbox that I hate him is childish and an example of the thin skin he so deplores in others. Addressing the issues would be the method which is usually employed by grown-ups.
My advice: get over yourself. Learn some humility. It will bring more peace, and less angst, my friend. As for the photos you post, I’ll let this comment from your own blog be the best advice: “You end up losing credibility and looking like a creepy old undersexed man.” What was that you were saying about moral decay?
For the record, Garth, I like you. You make realtors look like geniuses A pattern of making incorrect predictions.
*Among other names, Garth has called his loyal followers nutbars, doomers, zealots, nihilists, misogynists, wackos and pissed-off renters. These are the people who are attracted by his superior intelligence and exceptional genes.