The Rodent copies and pastes the bits he is commenting on so he reads BfB so you don't have to:
Again you don't need to see the whole of Gidley's response though I should point out it's actually more slippery than Flying Rodent seems to notice:
Now Rodent deserves some bonus points for the Hannah Arendt stuff. Gidley is very fond of describing her as one of his intellectual heroes and I never know why. Certainly she has been accused of intellectual dishonesty and pretentiousness which certainly gives her Venn diagram an overlap with Bob's but she has also exposed zionist collaboration with the nazis and been accused of self-hatred for her trouble. But she did self-describe as a zionist though I'm not sure she ever defined it and she did hold that it was only right and proper to try Eichmann in Jerusalem in spite of his crimes being against humanity not just Jews and certainly not just zionists with whom he collaborated.
But I digress.
At this point Sarah Annes Brown of Harry's Place pops up with a largely irrelevant comment. Is Tom Hickey Jewish? But the Rodent addresses the first part of her comment all the same:
Actually when I started this, that last comment wasn't there and I'm not sure I agree with or follow all of it but that Blackadderesque last bit was worth a copy.
Anyway, Flying Rodent tweets here and blogs here.
UPDATE (14:55) : The thread continues with a false allegation of antisemitism against Flying Rodent by one nutty Contentious Centrist who claims the rat allusion is a metaphor for Jew. And now FR has responded by calling her (for it is she) a conman not woman. Now let's look forward to accusations of sexism instead of the usual antisemitism....