A “Norwegian” visitor left an interesting comment on last night’s fundraising post. His nom de blog is Ahmed Tiggetaktikk, where the surname apparently means “begging tactics”. For those of you who are interested in such things, the IP address where his comment originated is 126.96.36.199.
Since he wrote entirely in Norwegian, I didn’t approve his comment until just now, when I had the English version ready to post. Here’s the original Norwegian:
Hvordan er det å leve av å tigge? Hva gjør egentlig det med selvtilliten? Kan ikke du nå finne noe mer fornuftig å gjøre en å ødelegge hodene til mindre smarte mennesker. Du har allerede gjort nok skade på verden. Du mistet sikkert mange fans den gangen, når alle så hvor feig du var, men fremdeles klorer du deg fast i denne lille friplassen din. Mens du sikkert lever av familie og internett venner. Tekstene dine blir bare mer og mer preget av at du lever på sultegrensen i et iland, ha ha. For en møkkamann du er. Slutt og spre pisset ditt.
And the English translation, thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen. It seems to be at least partially directed at Fjordman, rather than at Dymphna and me:
How does it feel living from begging? How does that affect your self-confidence? Can’t you find something more sensible to do than destroying the heads of less bright people? You have done sufficient damage to the world already. You probably lost many supporters back then, when everyone saw what a coward you were, but you keep clinging to this little free space of yours. While you are probably living off your family and Internet friends. Your texts are getting ever more influenced by your living on the border of starvation in an industrialized country, ho, ho. For a man of darkness you are. Stop spreading your [urine].
The first question is pertinent. My answer:
It’s not fun to beg for a living. But, after seven years, you get used to it. You can get used to anything.
At the beginning it was daunting and scary, but by now it has become the normal state of affairs. This is simply what we do — we publish this blog the way a pumpkin vine makes pumpkins.
To answer the second question:
The discovery that hundreds of people want to help us out just so that we can continue doing what we do actually increases self-confidence. People decide to pay money to read what we provide, just as they would do with a magazine, except that in our case payment is quite optional — anyone can read our content for free, if they prefer.
The third question makes no rational sense, so I can’t answer it.
My intuition tells me that the rest of the comment was intended for Fjordman, so I won’t address it except to say this: yes, we may well have lost supporters “back then” — presumably meaning after Breivik’s massacre — but those who soiled their breeches and fled the battlefield at that point were summer soldiers, and not really committed to the cause.
The ones who remained are the stalwarts, and they have since redoubled their support for us, leaving us somewhat better off than we were before. Not able to buy that late-model Maserati just yet, mind you; but the wolf no longer hangs out on our doorstep.
Now I have a question for you, Ahmed: Why do you write in Norwegian on the comments of an English-language blog?
If you aren’t comfortable writing in English, feel free to switch to Arabic. I can get that translated, too.