flissyboots asked: can you give a summary of the Dave thing? Even though I've read most of your posts about him, I feel like there are so many holes that I can't figure out... mainly why you are so involved with him? How did the David Theissen thing come about.
I shall attempt to give you a potted history of the Burndog vs David Thiessen (real or fake) battle.
Back in October 2011, David Thiessen (the real one) wrote an article in The Korea Times where he had a conversation with himself and pretended that he was in fact talking to a second person. The article is an accidental work of comic genius whereby we are supposed to believe that there are two people who are stupid enough to talk such utter nonsense. Give it a read….I promise you will be glad that you did.
So. I wrote a blog about the fact that it was pretty clear that this article was written by one person, and that it was a ridiculous ruse. I also emailed David and told him that I’d written a blog piece about his article.
I found your latest article in the Korea Times extremely interesting. I have written a blog piece to outline my own opinion on the subjects that you discussed with Cal. I know that you must receive an inordinate amount of correspondence, so I make no demands! If you find yourself with a spare ten minutes, feel free to peruse my blog and let me know what you think of my opinions on the matter. I have been here for a much shorter time than you, so I differ a little to your vast experience.
As you can see….i was incredibly polite. The blog piece (since deleted during one of my regular purges) was normal for me…a lot of swearing and some ill disguised disdain for David and his ‘journalistic’ sensibilities.
He replied to my email saying that he wouldn’t dignify me with a response but he did respond…so…there you go!
I responded that I felt he had gone too far in demonising NETs…and he replied -
“It depends. Judging from the responses I received, I do not think I went far enough. On these websites, blogs, etc., a person reads the attacks upon the Korean people, the bashing, the mokery, and so on. Koreans do not get to respond and too often the posters abd bloggers demonize the whole country of Korea because of 1 or 2 bad employers or bad experience.
Now that they get to see their own ways turned against them, they are not happy about it. The NETs can dish it out but they can’t take it. I made it very clear that there were good NETs in this country and that the Korean people do not get exposed to them and the reason is that the public websites only do the aformentioned personal attacks etc.
Think about it and maybe you will rewrite your ‘response’.”
For the record…the above…in its original form was written entirely in Comic Sans. Just something to think about. Anyways…that was the end of that. i didn’t reply. i was happy to let David have the last word. However, I noticed that he would comment on my blog from time to time…nothing crazy…just little bits here and there.
Then…exactly three weeks after our initial email exchange, I got the following message on my Formspring -
"would you contact me. I think you still have my e-mail address. I was sent something you woul dbe interested in reading as it concerns you. i am trying to do you a favor here as the material is very sensitive. Dr. David T."
So…I emailed him asking if he sent the Formspring or if it was someone aping him. At this stage, things had taken on the feeling and form of a Murakami novel. All I needed now was for my cat to mysteriously vanish (I don’t own a cat…unless I did and it mysteriously vanished!), some spaghetti and a deep and unfailing love for jazz albums. It was all rather odd. I was uncomfortable waiting for his email. Who was this Dr David really?
Anyways, he did reply. Like a precocious teenaged girl wearing black and sharing too much information, he waded back into my Murakami with reckless zest and abandon -
I didn’t keep your e-mail address from our previous exchange and when I searched your blog site, I found no contact information other than the ‘ask a question’. The e-mail I received is annonymous and probably looking to cause you trouble but here it is and I will let you decide if it is serious enough.
”GEPIK TEACHER” <email@example.com>
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 6:48 AM (9 hours 27 minutes ago)
I am writing to you because I think you will be interested. There is a perverted teacher working through GEPIK. Burndog, an Australian through GEPIK, is writing an anti-Korean blog athttp://burndogsburnblog.blogspot.com/.
In this blog, he refers to the principal and his co-teachers as “cunts” (derogatory slang for vagina) and he references sexual perversions related to Koreans.
It has also come to my attention that Burndog of Australia passed the background check through GEPIK because he changed his name. I have sources that submit Burndog has been convicted of child molestation in Australia.
I demand a full investiagion of Burndog.”
I told him that I was not an authority and could not conduct any investigation and that if he had any evidence he should contact the Korean Immigration dept. I am not going to do anything about this as it seems to me to be unfounded and just a reaction to your style of writing. If it is true then I leave it up to you to do the right thing.
Dr. David T.”
How about that? Pretty stunning thing to receive in your inbox isn’t it? I should point out that the “Burndog’s” in the story were actually not “Burndogs” but were my real name…almost. There was an error in the spelling…but that’s not the real issue with the email…the real issue was that the emailer was accusing me of being a child molester!
Is there any worse accusation that can be against a man? Any worse accusation that could be leveled against a man who teaches elementary school? No. Not as far as I’m concerned.
Anyways…I had been in a blog war with a lass named Eve, and assumed that she had sent the email to David. I can’t go into detail here…but let’s just say that I had the origins of the email investigated and I know exactly who created it and why.
So….I imagine that David expected me to shit my pants and stop blogging through fear of these dark forces unleashing their madness upon me!!!! If that was his suspicion when he forwarded me that nefarious message, he need not have worried! indeed, Burndog quickly arose anew…and started cutting down those who had opposed him…including David. Once i started blogging again, David started commenting on EVERYTHING that I wrote. He couldn’t stop. He was addicted. He lost his fucking mind over me. We argued daily. He loved it.
Then I went home…and he calmed the fuck down.
Now I’m back…and I’ve decided to turn shit back on him. Why? Because I know now what I didn’t know then…and i have the time and the information to make the fake David feel very uncomfortable. Is it possible that fake David and real David are one person? Anything is possible.
“So what’s wrong if there happens to be one guy in the world who enjoys trying to understand you?”