The April 20 Pixel Scroll quoted several paragraphs from Declan Finn’s blog post “The John Ringo and ConCarolinas issue” (see item 13) ending with this one —
On THEIR OWN TERMS, I should be concerned to even walk the halls as a regular attendee carrying a John Ringo book. While I have no problem defending myself, I to go conventions to have a good time. I don’t want to spend the majority of the con in cuffs because some dickheads decide “You’re a Ringo fan, therefore you’re [insert cliche lefty insults here]” and therefore I have to beat them senseless.
Today Robert D. Ries smugly chastised me in comments:
I am curious: Is your misquote of Declan Finn intentional, or simply incompetence?
Because the omitted “in self defense” gives the statement an entirely different tone and meaning.
Don’t worry, I don’t expect a retraction, correction OR apology. Your history of such incidents is obvious.
Why? Because that paragraph in Finn’s post now reads like this —
Finn has rewritten the line since I quoted him.
However, the Google cache file at this hour still has the original text:
Will Robert D. Ries be more surprised or disappointed to learn it is possible to document the original quote? Surprised enough to apologize?