I'd much rather be writing about some micromanaging by Northampton County Council last week, but it's time to address this charge publicly. It has been made on almost every blog I publish here, and has also appeared on several local blogs over the past few weeks. It's the handiwork of Pawlowski puffers Bill and Angie Villa. They know their accusations are completely false, but make them anyway. They subscribe to the Goebbels mantra that "when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it."
I allow anonymous comments, and as the blog has grown, several people have adopted names that set them apart. That's fine with me. The best feature of this blog are the people who contribute and add insights I could never have on my own. While I'm at it, I might as well tell you I never comment here anonymously or under any pseudonyms. I have too much respect for the people who do read and comment here to lie to them.
As you might have imagined, the Villas' false claims have bothered the very real people who write using the names I mention above. Every one of them has denied here and at other blogs that they have any connection to me, other than reading and commenting here.
Retired ASD Teacher is, as you might expect, a retired teacher from the Allentown School District. He has remained anonymous on this blog, but I actually met him last year. He's a very nice man who treated me to a steak dinner at Shula's in my one and only trip to the Promenade. During our dinner, he mentioned that he and Angie Villa were actually teachers at the same school. He had nothing but nice things to say about her. I also respect his anonymity.
Like the other falsely accused posters, Retired ASD Teacher is upset at Villas' false claims. He first tried providing room numbers and staff member names at the school where he and Angie Villa once taught, but that was unacceptable to the Villas because my nephew teaches at a middle school somewhere and supposedly leaked the information to me. The Villas continued to claim he's a figment of my imagination until finally, he called and confronted them with the truth over the weekend.
The Villas make no apologies for misleading readers here or at any of the blogs where they had made their false claims. Instead, they have quickly moved on and now claim to have irrefutable proof that I am KathyD, an Upper Macungie mom whose kids sell girl scout cookies. Angie Villa calls it a "smoking gun." Bill Villa adds, "[B]atten down the hatches and don't say we didn't warn you :)."
My "tell tale troll fingerprint" was revealed on Sunday. According to the Villas, KathyD, The Banker and I must all be the same person because we all use the "w/" in our comments.
Alrighty then. Cuckoo!
Villas, let me help you out here. We also ALL use the words "the" and and "a." I'll bet if you spend enough time looking, you might even discover we've ALL used the symbol "&" from time to time.
Pretty damning evidence, huh?
As The Banker notes, "w/" is a common abbreviation for the word "with," used often here in the Internets. KathyD, another of the maligned commenters, has this observation.
"Just read the "smoking gun" evidence over at Villa's "blog."
"Now I'm laughing. The smoking gun, that "proves" we're all the same person, is the shorthand for with. Yes, only Bernie O'Hare uses "w/" to shorthand "with." This is the only piece of evidence they use? And this is what they teased their reader(s) with for days? What a joke. I'm sure it did get them some more traffic, but it has ruined any chance they had for credibility.
"It's odd they would choose to drag someone thru the mud on their blog, RIGHT AFTER posting a very negative post about the joys of optimism and remaining positive.
"Personally, I know nothing I can say will change their mind or their tactics, and I'd like to see their comments number at ZERO permanently for their latest entry on O'Hare.
"In the mean time, I will be giggling all day long at this smoking gun. Geez, if EVERYONE using the w/ shorthand is Bernie, then is ONE BUSY guy. He must have been the one that sent me a random card the other day, not my cousin! Geez, and I thought that last e-mail was from my mom, but she said something with w/, so I guess that was Bernie, too. Wow. Shock and awe, folks.
"They ought to apply to the Allentown PD for a detective position or something. Seriously - it took them all weekend to come up with this???"
Once again, the Villas succeed in humiliating themselves instead of the objects of their scorn. Funny thing. They accuse me of doing what they themselves do with impunity and have admitted doing. I have emails from Villa bragging about his anonymous snarks at other bloggers. What's worse, most of the questions in his Pawlowski interview were from Villa sock puppets.
I do admit I am one ugly mo fo.