I find that comment really interesting, llamas, considering that you're usually the one who initiates most of the arguments between you and me. I don't often follow you around just to argue with you.
And not sure what godxilla and baldwin are getting at. You could say that this argument was petty, if you like, but I fail to see how it's "imaginary."
And that's their decision to make. The people I respect (and who respect me) don't leave drive-by comments and then take offense at me for addressing them. It's also unrealistic to expect that I address a comment in the same (or fewer) word limit as the comment I'm addressing. It takes five words to spout some falsehood or BS; it could take a single sentence or a whole paragraph (depending on whether you provide source links and quotes) to explain why it's BS.
If you don't have the time or motivation to read my responses, then you're free not to read them. But it seems arrogant to me to feel that it's acceptable for you to offer your thoughts on something, but I'm somehow being facetious for responding with mine just because you don't like reading them -- especially given that you're in no way obligated to read them.
Believe it or not, many of my friends enjoy having extended debates about our disagreements. It's like chess by mail; you can put it off until you have time and work out an intelligent response. If you don't like having nuanced discussions about the details of particular issues, then that's fine, but you don't have to invest so much energy into trying to convince me that I'm being so uncouth because that's my preferred method of discourse. You have yours and I have mine.