Lies, Damned Lies, & Autistics

Lies, Damned Lies, & Autistics

So, I’ve been in the “news” recently and I felt it would be appropriate to come here and bang out a few hundred words, even in the midst of vacation time with my wife. Sometimes, it’s best to hear things directly from the horse’s mouth. Most of the people who talk trash about me could never actually face the amount of fire I take on an hourly basis, much less day in and day out. Still, I signed up for the slings and arrows. I do not expect sympathy for my situation, as I brought it onto myself in more ways than one.

I was always due to leave the day-to-day running of this site on June 26th. That’s when I am scheduled to be sentenced for the incident I got myself into last year. As part of my bond, I have been placed on a device called Soberlink. Basically, it’s a breathalyzer that I have to blow into 5 times a day (7 am, 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm, and 11 pm). Not only does it record my blood alcohol level, it also sends in a picture of my face along with the precise coordinates of my location. I have continued to use this device daily and have not missed a test on it all month, or indeed since February. The idea that I am in hiding is not only a lie, it’s a damned lie.

I understand certain autistics are going to spread around whatever they want, but I speak only about the actual facts of the matter.

Late last month, I failed a test on the Soberlink device. That means that yes, I drank alcohol. This was a pretty big error on my part. I had a good stretch of sobriety, but the hardship of impending incarceration, along with my mother’s extremely ill health at the time (which I talked about a little bit) pushed my mind into excusing the act of imbibing. This is something any alcoholic and/or drug addict can well understand. There is always a voice in your head ready to make an excuse for you to get drunk or high. It never goes away, you simply, hopefully, learn to beat it back. But even after learning, you have to constantly be on guard against a slip-up. This is a battle you have to fight again and again until you are no longer breathing.

None of this is to make any excuses for my failure. I am the only one to blame, even with the circumstances I listed above. In fact, those circumstances should have caused me to be even more resolute when it comes to not drinking. Sadly, that’s not what happened.

Anyway, I talked to my Loudoun pretrial officer (she’s responsible for the Soberlink) about the slip the day it occurred, and again on June 1st around 11:00 am. I was told on the call (which I recorded) that I would be informed if there was any change in bail status because of this issue. As it turns out, later that afternoon there was an adjustment made, but I was not notified about it. The first time I heard any news was last night when someone linked me a Cucktaku in Action thread written by a hater, which itself ended up becoming an Ian Miles Cheong hit piece on Heat Street. I have taken and passed a drug test in Richmond since the change, talked to my pretrial officer here multiple times, tweeted my location publicly, etc. At no time was I notified of an issue with my bond and I am definitely not in hiding. I’m sitting in my bedroom with my wife right now.

Anything you read other than this statement is hyperbole, stretched truths, and in some cases, outright lies. I put myself in this entire situation, starting with the incident last summer. I repeatedly owned up to the mistakes I’ve made and I continue to do so with this post. I look forward to beginning the process of finally putting this whole episode behind me starting on Monday morning, when I will be in Loudoun, Virginia to start my sentence a bit earlier than expected.

Once again, I want to thank all the readers of this site, all the people who continue to stand by me, along with everyone who has sent me a message of encouragement over the last couple days, and over the last year. Your support means more than you will ever know.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Danlantic

    Stay strong.

  • cuddlypuffin

    I thought it seemed weird, considering y’all just got hitched ect. The soberlink thing sounds weird, but I guess it’s the states way of trying to ensure someone doesn’t just fall off the wagon.

    I guess with these things you gotta go whole cold turkey regardless otherwise a slip becomes a landslide. In any case wishing you the best on last of the holiday and hope you get out quickish for good behavior.

    • I hope so as well, we’ll see what happens. The Soberlink thing is annoying, but it was my fault and I knew the deal when I was bonded. You definitely just have to go cold turkey, no tolerance approach, at least speaking for myself.

  • youareivan

    just like the greatest laker who ever played- the greatest basketball player in the history of the world- i know you will never give in to the critics. stay strong and no matter what happens do not get a prison tat. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ade581ca69ecacb8c030dd2d491103fe28451631cbd6ec950ecb70bf72075ed.png

  • RevDr. Robert Foster, AbC, EfG

    Good luck, mate, and may the time pass swiftly for you. When you’re released, I’ll hoist a root beer in celebration.

  • Mr0303

    I thought the idiots at Kotaku In Action were all about ethics. It’s not very ethical to lie about people. Also if Little Hitler wanted to play journalist he could’ve easily reached out to you for a comment. I guess he applies the good old SJW slander tactic.

    All that bullshit aside – best of luck, Ralph! Looking forward to your return.

    • I can’t complain too much, since I’ve written about people and not asked for comment before. Then again, you don’t see me harping about ethics and talking about being a paragon of journalistic virtue, either. It’s just funny that he’s such a poser.

      Also, thank you so much for the well wishes. I will certainly hit the ground running upon my return.

    • JasonC5

      KIA has been co-opted by sjw lites and is actually full of leftists that haven’t gone full far left.

  • Emil Åslund

    Good luck. I hope you get out earlier for good behaviour.

  • Toastrider

    I am embarrassed and furious right now.

    When Cheong turned his back on the ‘anti-GG’s’, there was a lot of grousing here about ‘let him reap what he sowed’. I argued that the opportunity for genuine reconciliation was a better weapon than hanging Cheong out to dry, and that if he was willing to make amends he should be forgiven.

    Thanks so much, Cheong, you worthless piece of dog shit. I can’t believe I ever spoke up for you. I hope you hit by a fuckin’ bus.

    • I argued for the exact same thing on this very site and on YouTube. I was a fool for ever considering any type of reconciliation with a snake like Cheong. Oh well, you live and you learn. I won’t make that mistake ever again.

      • That should apply to the rest of Heat Street too. Everyone seems to have forgotten that the site was exposed to be, and still is, controlled opposition.

        • Agree 100%. I don’t go to Heat Street and if for some reason I do have to go there, it’s archive every time. I actually moved away from the archiving of sites when I link to them here as well, but Heat Street gets that treatment.

    • youareivan

      never trusted cheong and as soon as he nearly broke his neck back peddling away from the article he wrote about pepe i knew i was right.

      cheong clearly has no moral compass and can only latch on to whatever position is the most profitable for him at any given moment. he’s like zelig from that woody allen movie- a nobody with no personality that can mimic well enough to fool people briefly.

    • He still has yet to properly apologize for Frederick Brennan.

    • JasonC5

      This is what happens when you let “moderates” and moral high ground faggots take over GamerGate. They now use the same tactics as the left to smear people they don’t like and claim to take the moral high ground in not using their tactics against them which in the end didn’t amount to much as these people still have quite a bit of power with legislators and the MSM listening to them.

  • Celerity

    I’m impressed you can deal with this shit and only drink once. Keep Killary’s cell warm for her!

  • Vale, fratrem meum. I’ll keep you in my prayers. My heartiest admiration for holding it together on all the times you have been tempted, but haven’t slipped up.

    • Thank you for that, Davis…both for the sentiments expressed and for the Latin quote, which I am a mark for (being a semi Roman history buff).

  • DV

    Ughh….Sorry to hear you had a slip up Ralph. Truthfully it’s kinda why I was busting ur chops there for a bit to game stream. If you ever need an ear to bend just drop me a line on twitter.

    • The game streams were kind of keeping me balanced. You are correct, I should have kept up with that more. Thanks for the words man, I’m gonna push through this shit.

  • Gigaknight

    Hold your head. You probably couldn’t (or simply wouldn’t want to) count the number of people without existential substance that want to see you lose it–whether figuratively or literally.

    Keep your mind off what you miss and keep your mind on what’s waiting for you when your time is done. In addition, remember to keep your mind on those who care about you–especially your beloved wife who loves you. Finally, any strength you need to see this through is already within yourself.

  • Grust

    I wouldn’t have read those sites that were badmouthing you anyways, Ralph. You’re a stand-up guy. Any “news” site that badmouths you is not worth looking into. As for your little slip-up, no human being is perfect. We all make mistakes. The best thing to do is learn from them to do better in the future. Though with the kind of stress you’re under, it’s no wonder why you would, I’d probably do the same thing.