It's funny, I never thought I'd ever write this post. But here we are.
I have all the usual excuses: work is busier than I can ever remember.
My inspiration to blog issues from a libertarian angle has waned. There's only so many times you can reduce things to first principles and argue the case and get the same stupid, meaningless counterarguments.
The Cuntalition is not as astoundingly infuriating as the Labour Party were. They're just as fucking inept, thieving, misguided and bossy, but they're much nicer about it. So that's fine.
I'm tired of trying to explain the concept of anarchism as something natural and workable to people who are happy to mindlessly defend extortion with menaces.
I'm bored with the vacuity of British politics and the stupidity and apathy of the electorate.
To my fellow bloggers, you have inspired me, amused me, provoked me, annoyed me and provided me with ammunition and targets. Thank you.
I'm struggling to keep up with the huge swathes of blogging that pour in, though. It's great writing, but it has become a chore to keep up with people, rather than a pleasure. I can't read hundreds of blog posts every day AND write.
But mostly, I've found something else to direct my creativity into, something that strangely rewards me even more that the challenge of trying to create a compelling argument. It may not pan out and I may come skulking back here. I hope it does work out, though.
I can't even pretend that I will never, ever blog here again. My life may change again. I have no intention of deleting the blog, and I would be flattered to think that someone, somewhere may still find some of my writing interesting or inspiring.
It's been an interesting journey for me, from social democracy to minarchism to anarchism and I'm pleased I made the effort. I'm pleased to have had ideas challenged and I've been hugely amused by the trolls, commentards and window-lickers here.
I always did write for myself, but I can't deny that it's been gratifying to see upwards of 10,000 absolute uniques month after month, and it's still climbing. I hope that you've enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Probably best that I bugger off leaving you cunts wanting more, too!
I must address the inevitable triumphalism of John Demetriou, who will feel that he finally won the great contest, proving that a) he is a better blogger and b) his libertarianism is better than mine.
So all I can say John is: well done. I hope you enjoy your victory.
All that remains is to say goodbye to you all.
Fuck off you cunts!
You're doing a Frank Sinatra. How many times did he retire from blogging, I mean, singing?
You'll be back.
It' like Ziggy Stardust all over again.
I look forward to the Thin White Clown.
Thanks for leaving it all up, I will have a plough through the old stuff when I get time...
Good luck and in the inimitable words of some clown,
(somehow its the only fitting salute)
Its a very sad sad day.
At least this has cheered me up! :-)
You'll be back.
Was it something we said?
Epic run sir, one hell of a blog.
No other blog compares to this one in terms of ...... Whatever the hell 'this' is.
I hope to see you dust off the old girl when it is right, whenever that may be.
In the meanwhile enjoy your retirement.
I hope this is just a break Obo, if not then best of luck, and hopefully we'll meet in person at some point if you're still going to be involved in Libertarian / An-Cap politics?
You are doing the right thing. This is one of the best blogs on the net but its underappreciated and lifes too short to waste on the intermong.
May you make lots of cash and keep sticking it to the man.
Another one bites the dust.
Don't worry about Demetriou, he'll be wanking himself silly for weeks now and, with any luck, be too cross-eyed to write anything....
Fare thee well cuntybaws. Thanks for the rants ;D
Are you still here? Fuck off, there's a good chap!
Grrr. You just want to make and excuse to go down the pub, drinking and smoking with your little anarchist buddies. Far too bloody organized if you ask me.
Clowns always pick themselves up and give us another laugh, I await your return.
Your some sort of cunt!
I'll have to see what shit you come out with on twatter..
I hope you start blogging again soon, cunt.
The blogosphere is a far less enjoyable place without you.
You utter TWAT!!! How dare you give up blogging!! Quite a few of us actually enjoy reading your stuff especially the ultra vulgar outpourings. You will be missed way too much. You utter bastard!
That's a shame, I actually learnt some useful stuff from you. Thanks for the heads up on how to choose a decent password.
Good luck with the new creative outlet, I bet you'll be back though once you've had a break.
The intermong has just become less entertaining, Coming here everyday always made me smile.....and think!!. My whole attitude to politics and the people it attracts has changed. I no longer believe any of their bullshit and look for where the money is going.I am nearly ready to join your party and help the cause. DK wussed it but you carry the torch.
I shall miss you oh masked clown with a potty mouth and ready wit.
Please return soon.
CUNT !!!!....couldn't help it sorry.
I guess you were finding it too hard to run the Cranmer and the Obnoxio blog simultaneously.
See you in about 6 months
Now, you see, this summing up from Obo pretty much nails why we both disagreed so much - he misconstrues and misconceives my position at every turn.
I would never gloat or declare triumph over him stopping blogging.
Obby has been one of the most throught provoking and intelligent people in the libertarian blogosphere - capable, when he wants to put his mind to it, of getting across a very persuasive and well constructed argument in favour of his world view.
Most of the arguments I had with him had a point, somewhere, behind them, but most of it (from my part) was dressed up in theatre. Spiced up for shits giggles and a bit of a show.
There is no doubt that Obo contributes a good deal to political debate. He also contributed a load of silly tut, but hey, that was his style.
Look, Obo, I wish you well with whatever other little projects you have on the go and I really hope you come back at some point.
The coalition will eventually show their colours to you and that alone should be enough to re-spark the fire.
See you round old son.
When one is going to fart, the enlightend amongst us, often think about the consequences of been brazenly bold with a flatulent announcement.
The fart that takes us all by surprise is the one that finds it's way forward and rattles your balls (and/or) CUNT
I shall miss you nearly as much as I miss "Dennis The Hunchback".
I had a feeling you were going to pack it in.
A shame, my friend, a shame.
Live long and prosper.
You're one of the reasons why I decided to start blogging, Obo.
You'll be very sorely missed.
And you had such an inventive way of stringing expletives together.
Thanks for the fun.
A dark day for cunts everywhere. You never failed to make us laugh and want to go kick something - or someone. Best of the best with your new venture mate and I hope it brings what you want.
Won't stop me checking back every now and again to see if you've donned the red nose.
Still hate fucking clowns though.
Obo, I'll never agree with your politics but on occasion you may have inadvertantly encouraged me to re- evaluate some of my own leftwing socialist/social democratic thinking regarding persnal freedom and all the better for that! Thankyou. You were a good laugh if nothing else
Sir, I wish you well in your future endeavours.
You'll be missed.
But, in the interim, returning the compliment, fuck off!
(Incidentally, I see Bingo Bango Bongo Regnant has managed a post without errors - Hallelujah!! A miracle! A cure for whatever his current disability is.)
This is a modern day tragedy. =O(
I for one will take your alleged retirement from the blogosewer with a large pinch of slut.
Well that is a shame, I would like to see you off with a well deserved
'21 Cunt Salute'
La bonne chance mon ami!
All good things come to an end.
Good luck with the train spotting!
Fuck, there's a shit day even shittier now. Be you and fuck everyone else, cunts!
Good fortune in your new arena. May all your efforts be fruitful.
I heard you've been offered a place on the board of Kleenex - is that true?
You are a cunt but as cunts go you are one of the best. Hope you make a return.
Cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt.......
Fuck off, you utter bastard. Thanks for keeping the swearing going when others had caved in...
What happened? Did your teeth go blunt?
Ah, well, good luck out there in Real Life. Careful now, it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Clownio, I'll miss you, you old fuck... :)
Shame to see you leaving you old tosspod.
May the milky secretions of 100 jizzing camels smooth your path into the future...
Ahhhhh! Your blog dies, and my main PC dies this morning in sympathy!
So, from my back-up PC, so long, and thanks for all the fish!
Your posts were fucking rubbish and there weren't nearly enough of them.
You know what you are.
Good luck Obo. Did not comment much but always read you. You will be missed, sorely.
Farewell, and God be with you.
Good luck with the level 85 paladin then...
Have fun mate.
'kin 'ell John, has he got to level 85, no wonder he hasn't got the time or energy anymore,
let us know when you top out at 100 if you really do get 70 houri's and a bottle of virtual viagra!
I always thought I should have done the paladin route, too late now!
So I won't be forced to wade through torrents of profanity every morning? This is GOOD NEWS.
But there's still Twitter, right?
It's a fallow time at the moment. I too struggle to keep the interest up, and have almost quit several times. As others have. So I don't altogether blame you.
Thanks for your wonderfully cathartic output over so long. I hope for your sake (if not for anyone else's) you manage to go cold turkey. But it won't be easy. In a few months, the world will start to get interesting again.
WTF, when I came here yesterday morning your comments were fucking OFF! (Either that or I'm going bloody blind.)
To me you were a bigger Twit than a blogger, until you actually said something other than some linkless twaddle about driving to/from work etc. And like a fuckin' spider drawn to a web I'd always click on your blog to go have a 'look see.'
Never could understand the venomous claptrap between you and Bodie & Doyle (B&D.)
Still, I'll miss your more lucid posts that enlighten a chap from the sink estate who needs to learn from all sides about the political world we live in.
There is no shame in coming back to us, we'll get over it if you do. :0)
Never liked you anyway.........He!he!!he!
Oh yeah! forgot 'CUNT'
So you're hoisting up the fucking surrender flag.
What a cunt!
PS Best not to burn the clown wig just in case...
shout when you are back wouldn't want to miss any rants
You're a fantastic blogger.
Cheerio, for now…
Dropped in to hopefully have a bit of a giggle at Red Ed and the TUC party and got hit with this.
Take a tip from a lurker, have a break, read a few books, drink a few pints........relax. Of all the political bloggers I read, and it's a few, your postings were the most amusing, informative and thought provoking. I hope you'll return one day, if not good luck with whatever you decide to do.
I have just heard the news.
My only worthy Twitter adversary gone :-(
Should you come back, I shall be glad.
Should you not, then I know you have found something better, and I shall be glad.
Look me up in real life sometime, and we will go for a drink.
It would be a pleasure.
And you're not a cunt.
No, seriously, I want you to stick your hand up my cunt until I orgasm your house down. Now. I won it's only fair.
STICK YOUR HAND UP MY CUNT - NOW.
Ok, I'll fuck off then what next?
You'll be back. I hope you'll leave your blog as is, so that you can.
Au revoir, and thanks for your enjoyable rants.
STICK YOUR HAND UP MY ASS.
STICK YOUR HAND UP MY ASS
STICK YOUR HAND UP MY ARSE SIDEWAYS.
I waited a long time for Cramner to return. I'll do you the same courtesy.
Ignore various JDs. You have your misguided (idiotic?) fans.
Jeez what a fuckin' drama queen
Nooooooooooo. Say it's not true. You're just having a male-menopause stylee hissy fit.
All the best muddafucker. We should all get a fucking life.
Please forgive any profanities that follow. I realise it might ruin the good natured atmosphere on this blog but it was not me, you understand, but some mysterious force being channeled through me:
My first is in Utter but not in Otter
My second is in Twat but not in Wank
My third is in Pratt but not in Piss and Crap
My fourth is in Busted but not in Fucking Bastard
My fifth is in Piss Boiler but not in Boiled Piss
My sixth is in Crack but not in Ark
My seventh is in Usual but not in Slag
My eighth is in Nadger but not in Badger
My ninth is in Tit but not in Prick
(Answer buried here somewhere: http://obotheclown.blogspot.com/2010/05/just-fuck-off-you-utter.html
Fuck me - Not even a twitch about Ed cockband. This is serious.
Because, ironically, I have the same problem as you; I find it hard to keep up with all the blogging people do, I hadn't realised you'd made the conversion to anarchism! When I first started reading here and originally emailed you I think you were minarchist but I never saw your posts when you explained your conversion (if you made them)...
You were the first blog that gave me a big shout out and got me a few hundred interested visitors, for that, I thank you! Hope you keep writing here from time to time!
Et Tu, Brute?
Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to blog, and is full of c****ry. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never cuntinueth in one stay.
At the going down of *The Sun*... I shall remember you......
I shall raise a glass of the Bourbon King's finest Rioja...
In nomine Patris et fillii et Spiritus Sancti.....
Please advise where I should send the invoice... lawyers don't even to blog obituaries for free!
I have been scanning The Thames for U-Boats for some time... I shall scan the blogosphere and twitter for what I hope shall be your return!
It was a pleasure to have tweeted with you!
[PS - While I was doing law at University many years ago I worked as a gravedigger... just call if you need me to assist by digging you up to blog again..... NO CHARGE for that!]
You Cunt I've enjoyed reading this blog for a long while now. At least you wont be clogging up Twitter so much ;-)
Have a good un
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE OBOTRIOU MUTUAL MASTURBATION CLUB WITHOUT YOUR STEADY HAND TO GUIDE ME TO ORGASM?!?!!?
John D, are you trying to say you are a wanker? Join the club mate. (No, I can't get anyone to do it for me either, rofl.)
KLOWN, YOU ARE COMMANDED TO REAPPEAR BEFORE US HERE PRIOR TO THE ENDING OF THE SECOND YEAR BEFORE THE END OF TIME TO GIVE US YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS. DO NOT BETRAY US, YOU FOUL-MOUTHED FIEND!
Another one gone?!?!?!?! Fer chrissakes! Don't let that fucker Demetriou win!
What the fuck are you on about, 'Atlas'? I haven't 'won' at all. My mission, and there never was one, would never ever be to push a blogger out of business. For fuck sake, what rubbish have you bought into here?
Obster needs time off for now, but I'm sure he'll reconsider his quitting decision.
WTF Obo. You got me into reading all this crap in the first place. Will expect to see you hanging about outside an outlet of Maccie-D's, at some point, looking for an opening. Good luck with whatever you turn your twisted mind to.
Very well said....
See ya Clown
Forgive me dear clown, for I could not gain access to your fair site since you broke the news.
Hope you come back soon, can't stand the fact that Holby may monopolise the image of the libertarian in the UK.
I'll admit - you were the one that converted me to libertarianism. The subtle arguments clouded by the excellent insults just appealed to me I guess.
Have a good one, all the best.
(For some reason blogger won't let me post under my account...)
Nice story, great that you handled it calmly
Just leave one last entry - the list of your blog entries which you would like read by whomever stumbles across your site in future. Whatever best describes your version of liberty in practise and maybe those will inspire someone to reconsider their world view. And you could always come back and tweak the list as you see fit, or add to it as the mood takes you. you cunt.
Whatever the new project is, I hope I get to see/hear/read it.
(Next time something pisses you off, you don't have to commit to writing about it 3 times a day. Just throw us a morsel now and then.)
We miss you !
Allen in Fort Worth TX
Just go back to the Informix reports and baiting the Gumby. What you're REALLY good at.
Just go back to the Informix reports and baiting the Gumby. What you're REALLY good at.
You've gone up in my estimation.
You are an utter, utter cunt of the highest order.
Bollocks with u and constantly furious gone where the face and I going to swear blog now ffs
I miss your smiling face and constantly happy witterings Obo.....
Wish you would come back.
You really made me smile
Good. Now fuck off :)
I deleted my blog for about 24 hours, and then was back at it. I just decided to write only when the inspiration was overwhelming.
We have dry spells because most of us do this thing called "work." "Work" enables us to maintain two nasty habits we've become addicted to:
Punks like Paul Krugman, Brad DeLong and others actually get paid to blog. They are allowed to blog while they are getting paid to do other stuff. They can say anything they want, any time they want, and neither their employers nor their "customers" will complain about it.
We write blogs for ourselves, not others. If others find enjoyment in reading, it doubles our pleasure. We appreciate commiseration and challenges alike.
It's never in vain. It sharpens our intellectual swords and sometimes changes our minds. We meet people and make friends.
People used to keep diaries and journals which they kept private. Now we share our thoughts.
I always learn something new by writing and reading blogs. I first wrote about rare earth metals two years ago; now it's front page news. I never heard of REs until I wrote about it.
See what you did? Now I have to spend my time reading your old posts, you dumb freaking fanged clown.
See you around.
Here's a joke to cheer you up.
Surely the news of the election of a clown in Brazil should tempt you back online.
We miss you.
I'm fed up with everything in government and I'm new to the blogosphere. Today is the first time I've come to your blog and the first message I read is that you are leaving.
WELL, FUCK YOU!
Come back, you utter bell end.
At least to twitter. It's getting to the stage that I need to do a bit of JD baiting for something to do.
'Joy as Chile miners reach surface'
Have Your Say
Sperm Lewis, an arsehole from Wales writes:
Woah, fucken lovely, miners' solidarity, see? Hands across the fucken ocean, come together in Jesus' name, restores your faith in human nature in the name of lurv, look you bach. And if you bring up a shifty looking twat with a white handlebar moustache, that'll be Thomas Bingham, 7th Earl of Fucken Lucan, it will. God, aye.
Fuck of yourself. Cunt.
Could it be that the libertarian right, finally having got their welfare-state-wrecking dream come true, have no idea where to go from here?
Don't let the door hit you where Friedrick Hayek split you.
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