Al Weisel, known as the blogger Jon Swift has died.
He once linked to a post of mine and in his faux conservative opinion, made fun of an argument or two I made. Being that I never heard of his blog, after a quick read I didn't immediately catch on to his satire, but did catch the criticism. After I foolishly commented on that post, I quickly realized the satire. It was good. His whole blog was good. And in my case at least, his criticism of me was the most pleasant and entertaining criticism a blogger could ask for. We bantered back and forth for a while after that, and I must say, for a liberal who picks fights in the blogosphere, he was very, very polite.
I think his claim to internet fame was a bunch of hilarious Amazon reviews (which unfortunately have been removed). After that initial and interesting interaction, I remember he baited me a few times later by linking to me in a few critical posts, and I sincerely regret being too busy to respond. You will be missed Jon Swift.