An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: "argument to the person", "argument against the man") consists of replying to an argument by attacking or appealing to the person making the argument, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument. It is most commonly used to refer specifically to the
ad hominem abusive, or argumentum ad personam, which consists of criticizing or personally attacking an argument's proponent in an attempt to discredit that argument.
Naturally, the attacks are dishonest but I know who's sending them so it's not in the least out of character for them.
On the other hand, I AM under attack and this has never happened to me on my blog before. I am scared. Terrified.
I'm shitting bricks.
I'm going to barricade my doors and windows, cancel all my contracts, rent daleks to exterminate anyone coming within 300 miles of me, my family, my dead dog or the remote control to my tv.
These attacks are vulgar, crass and obviously intended to cause me harm and severe psychological trauma. I shall probably ben in therapy and taking strong tranquilisers for the rest my life. Naturally I've called the police, the armed forces, Interpol and Dr Who .
My legion of supporters ranging from mindless sychophants and infantile drug-addled homosexuals to the absurdly ostentatiously self-aggrandising ego freaks will email every man and his dog about this outrage before thrusting themselves bodily in front of locomotives as a show of support for me in this hitherto unparalleled travesty of justice.
If anyone with any shred of human decency is reading this and feels a pang of compassion or some other irrationality inspired feeling to earn my personal gratitude and thereby demonstrate in a practical and very real way the point I have been making for 6 years which is "You love me - even if you don't mean it" and by supporting this position you can validate your irrationality in page after page of Hallmark moments - if there are any among you who fit this description and I know there are because the voices tell me so - then let my voice tell you that my only means of getting through this crisis with my LIFE is going to be through the support my devoted prat army showing in their typical generous and selflessly devoted way that they know how to use Paypal and will be determined to do so to the point of negating these TERRIFYING PERSONAL ATTACKS against me.