They Make Up, We Throw Up


Donald Luskin has withdrawn his threat of a lawsuit against blogging star Atrios. Their joint statement:

We both regret a series of misunderstandings that have resulted in something that neither of us intended. We have discussed our differences, and both of us are confident that such misunderstandings will not occur again in the future. As a result, Mr. Luskin is retracting his demand letter of October 29, 2003. We congratulate each other on having quickly achieved an amicable resolution. We are both glad to have put this behind us.

Is it just me, or is that "we congratulate each other" business a little hard to digest?

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  1. “Just because we’re holding hands doesn’t mean we’ll be taking warm showers together until the wee hours of the morning.”

  2. Maybe the two parties could find some woman who likes NPR and have a little three-some…

  3. Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

  4. They are merely exchanging long protein strings. If you can think of a simpler way, I’d like to hear it.

  5. These are not tears. We are vomiting from our eyes.

  6. I did not have sexual relations with that blogger

  7. If it weren’t for misunderstandings, people would never agree on anything.

  8. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Contrary to what you’ve just seen, war is neither glamorous nor fun. There are no winners, only losers. There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: The American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy. If you’d like to learn more about war, there’s lots of books in your local library, many of them with cool, gory pictures.

  9. Just dying to know what were the confidential terms of that agreement.

  10. Isn’t Guy Fawkes Day on the 5th?

  11. I think the mutual agreement was they both agreed Atrios would do whatever the hell he wanted and Luskin would shut up and take it.

  12. I already forgot. What were we talking about?

  13. It’s about time. A simple spat turned into a Battle Royale once the blogosphere piled on.

    You remember those schoolyard fights: they were less about the two pugilists than about the circle of jeering bloodthirsty adolescents that formed around them.

  14. nm156

    Judging by the time of JB’s post it was the 5th where he is, in fact it looked like he was sitting there with a watch and a finger on the enter key.

  15. Marty McKeever,

    No, the blogosphere pile-on was pretty much a unanimous reaction to asinine behavior, reflecting a consensus of left, right and centrist bloggers. Luskin miscalculated, and realized he had done so when the big pile-on took place. Jeez, even NRO was distancing itself from his nuttiness. Without the pile-on, Luskin would no doubt have pressed on until he got the O’Reilly horse-laff in court; and in the meantime, he would have run up a lot of legal bills and ugliness. The unanticipated revulsion by Luskin’s peers stopped everything short of that outcome.
    Atrios’ links to poorandstupid are still up, with the original comments, and Luskin withdrew his threatening letter. Sounds like a pretty one-sided “mutual agreement” to me.

  16. Atrios also calls Luskin a stalker in one of today’s post.

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