Kevin McCullough (link from La Shawn) reports from CPAC:
John Fund highly respected Wall Street Journal columnist did the strangest thing today. He walked right into blogger's corner (he is not a credentialed blogger). He sat right down at a machine that wasn't his...it in fact belonged instead to Adam Doverspike of RedState.What he did wasn't strange, it was revealing. He revealed that he is a jerk. John Fund is either an idiot and an jerk or a bully and a jerk. Either way he's a jerk.
He began typing away and when Adam returned - and in fact needed to return to his blogging duties was told by Fund:
"I'll only be a minute..."
20 minutes later, Adam gave up and left to go get something to drink
If he didn't know the computer was private property then he still knew someone was using it and he barged in and refused to give it back so he's a jerk. In this scenario, he finds a bunch of people working on a bunch of different laptops, with no sign posted to say that they were set up for general use and he assumed it anyway. In that case he's an idiot. And he's a jerk for not giving the computer back to the person that he obviously knew was using it.
Since he's probably not an idiot, the most likely explanation is that he is a bully. Bullies don't stop being bullies after they leave high school, you know. They just change from bullies that lock freshmen in lockers to bullies that cut in front of lines, flirt with other men's wives right in front of them, and use people's property without permission. If they're lawyers, they threaten law suites. He wanted to demonstrate that he is the big dog. He does whatever he wants and all the little bloggers just have to tuck their tails and get out of his way.
Bullies should not be tolerated in a civil society. They rely on the courtesy of others to get away with having no courtesy. That's why, once I have decided that someone is a bully, I no longer consider any courtesy due them. It has been my universal experience that once you let a bully know that he is not protected by his victim's social conscience, he changes his behavior. Sometimes you have to fight. More often you just have to show that you are willing to be as aggressive as necessary. If that means yelling back, cursing, and refusing to back down, that's what you do.
Confronting a bully is a good deed, just like beating the crap out of a mugger is a good deed. It is sometimes dangerous and always unpleasant. Wisdom is always called for. If you can't possibly win, you are under no obligation to try. But if the odds are in your favor (and with adult bullies they usually are because all you have to do is refuse to back down) then you have an obligation to make their antisocial behavior cost them. It's good for society and in the long run it may be good for them.
John Fund is obviously a jerk. I don't care how much respect you have for his writing, he's a jerk and he needs to be slapped down.
UPDATE: John Fund has written a letter claiming that he was the victim of a practical joke. So it seems likely, were all of us. I've written to the blogger who reported it to see if he lied to his readers. More if he responds. Actually, more if he doesn't respond too...