Welcome to the hobby! I missed the tread but it was probably just the same old bashing by someone jealous of people in the hobby with more animals than they have. Personally speaking I don't really care what your motives are for keeping reptiles. As long as they are kept healthy and clean then your motives shouldn't matter. Lets face it, if one cannot atleast have their "hobby" pay for its self then one could not sustain a large collection.
I know I sometimes don't take my own advice but try and not let the low lifes get to you. Just keep on doing what you love.
P.S. Just a word of caution. If you are going to beat the crap out of someone I don't really think it's a good idea to advertise it all over a public forum. Not only is it bad for business it doesn't look good when the guy a) gets the crap kicked out of him and/or b) when the guy calls the cops for making threats. I wouldn't be surprised if this thread got removed because of it.