I made the mistake of going on a Tbogg thread about Snowden/Greenwald/etc.
Started when Tbogg pointed to some nasty comments on Twitter by Greenwald about and with Daniel Sewer who said nasty things about Snowden.
The comments are nearing 600 at this point and I should probably have stayed away, but every time I try to get away they pull me back in. No it is just my own belief that I must be right and just one more comment or post will convince them. Bawahahaha.
So I (well OK, it isn't only about me, there are many others in the thread that take more or less my position) am accused of being a purity troll and of defending a guy who is only a thief after all and violated his oath to prevent Americans from knowing what their government does I guess. (Although to be honest, I really should have looked up the legal definition of embezzlement before that one comment. But then I really can't spell it either, so there.)
The comments section and Tbogg was definitely part of this at first; then he just quit, although his point was, I think, that these people (Snowden/Greenwald) are dicks and everyone already knew everything anyway. Although last I looked in the thread had deteriorated to discussing the oath one took. ( If I may Godwin, was the oath taken by the German army to Hitler worth upholding or was there a problem with it? By the way I think Godwin is generally bullshit.) There were others accusing Snowden of stealing stuff, which I guess is one definition of what he did and embezzling the stuff, which it turns out may be another. (That's where I got into my problem, by saying that embezzlement only involved money, which a moment's thought would have corrected. But then when does [this] one put a moment's thought into an argument?)
Another point was that those who are supporting Snowden are just "purity trolls." I'm not sure how this actually got going, it may be that we want Obama to do something that he has clearly shown he won't do and we are just demanding a perfection that isn't reasonable. As I said I will match my willingness for most of my adult life to vote for what I knew was the lesser of two evils, with anybody's. Hell I voted for Humphrey in '68 and for Carter twice.