So, a while back I started responding to comments on “Musings of a Mad Conservative.” The mentioned “Mad Conservative” also cross posts everything he writes on the Tea Party Nation page, under his real name, John Wiseman. The blog itself is the usual Tea Party fare. John largely exists in an echo chamber, and because of this his arguments are really rather bad. He makes a lot of mistakes, does not really understand a lot of what he writes about, and adopts the policy that if it is negative about people he does not like, this equals good argumentation.
All of this aside, a few days ago he wrote this….
“Just on a side note, once per year, on my birthday, I fire a client. It is the client who has caused me the most grief during the previous year.”
This is kind of a stupid thing to say. It very well may be a lie to look macho, but if not, it is a terrible PR move. As I said before, John Wiseman is a real person, who claims to be a financial advisor in Ohio. He admits his name is John Wiseman, that he is a financial advisor, and that he lives in Amherst, Ohio. This is all publicly available information he posts on his websites. If you Google “John Wiseman financial advisor Ohio” there is a guy who pops up at the top of the list named John Wiseman who is a financial advisor in Ohio. He posts all of this publicly.
Now a decade back the repercussions of internet activity started to catch up with people. During the Iraq War, a number of cases emerged where soldiers would post classified information on social media by accident. It was fairly significant and the DoD really cracked down on it.
I remember a specific case where a teacher from New York (I believe?) was photographed covered in chocolate dancing with a young man in Mexico. The teacher was in her mid-30’s, the young man was early 20’s? It was completely legal, but considered inappropriate, and she was let go. And so on…
So John Wiseman admitting that he liked to fire one of his clients a year on his birthday, seems like a really bad thing to say particularly to say on the Internet. It would be one thing to simply part ways, but saving it for a birthday? It sounds like a Roman Emperor saying, “Cancel the Johnson file, he has displeased me”. I think this is the act of either someone who is lying for machismo or who has significant problems feeling inadequate and needs this sort of act to bolster their ego.
In either case, this is an idiotic thing to publicly say if you want to keep your job. Particularly when he is so public about himself, his employment, and almost everything in between. He pointed out that he can drop a client at any time, which is correct, but he did not say this, he said he did it on his birthday, presumably because it was a present to himself…?
So I mentioned this, that this is a bad thing to publicly state, and that it could cause problems with his company. I assumed he would delete it and move on. He didn’t.
What is interesting is the response. He now claims I am threatening his ability to make a living. This is interesting because all I did was point out the obvious fact that saying what he did was and still is a bad idea.
I did not make the comment. He did.
I did not post his professional name. He did.
I did not post information about his professional activities. He did.
I did not fire people on my birthday. He claims he did.
All I did was point out how bad an idea it was to say this, but he is denying responsibility and blaming me. If his employers found out about this, it would likely result in a lot of negative action. If the SEC or FINRA found out, it may have repercussions. I do not know the nuances of the ethics rules. I have to think that parting ways would be ok, but saving it for a birthday for some sick power trip, this may be a bit too far?
He is now threatening legal and law enforcement action for threatening him. He has solicited help from the Tea Party Nation here…
The original post asked to find out who I was, he edited it down. Now, once again, I suppose in his head the comment was a veiled threat? Did he really think I was threatening him? This is a group who believes in a number of crazy conspiracy theories, so maybe his world is as threatening as this? I do not know.
But coming back to the original issue, I feel like I am telling Rob Ford that videoing himself smoking crack is a bad idea, and then have him get belligerent that I am threatening him. The fact that he himself is publicizing the negative activity does not seem to occur to him. It just does not make sense.