Welcome to the new home of blevkog! We are still moving into the place, but once we’re done with the wallpaper and painting the furniture will arrive. I’m hoping that in a day or two we’ll be back up and running.
Just a quick note to see how well this works – I’m sure I’ll be sufficiently annoyed to contribute something substantive soon.
I don’t know if others have been having problems with submitting comments on the “new” blogger, but I think the fine people at Google are using a different definition of that word than I’m accustomed to. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to retype in that goddamn security word only to find that I have to retype my password, or vice versa. “New” now apparently means “(1) aggravating and frequently vexing; (2) an absolute pain in the ass; (3) no longer worth my time.”
Over the next few days I’m planning on moving this blog somewhere else and kissing blogger goodbye. Anyone have any good ideas? WordPress? Typepad?
If anyone can provide a compelling reason to not move the ‘kog, I’m willing to entertain those arguments, too.
It seems that one of our favorite Necropublicans finally got a little tiny taste of what the troops have to deal with everyday. I wonder if the Taliban representative was driving a grassy knoll? In my view, too bad they missed.
News this morning from the Chronically Horrid that unrepentant pseudo-scientific racist Jared Taylor is returning to Halifax, this time to debate Peter March, the Saint Mary’s University professor who stirred up controversy by posting the Mohammad cartoons on his office door. While I don’t support March’s decision on that score, I certainly give him props for facing the issues raised by Taylor head-on.
I was somewhat dismayed by the speed at which SMU disavowed any connection with this event. Just as human beings have to stand by their convictions, so too should our institutions of higher learning. As an alumnus of the university (as well as of Dal, who cancelled the original debate, leading to the ensuing fiasco), I am feeling a little abandoned. Surely backing the person opposing the vile racist cannot carry any political liability. If anything, it might add to the prestige of the university to take Taylor on while its cross-town rival chickened out. I am forced to reflect on the establishment of their school for business ethics and wonder how much they really are willing to live what they teach.
On the dark side, Taylor seems positively consumed with glee to be coming back. Why? He’s obviously hoping for a repeat performance of the mob scene to further bolster his credibility with the neo-nazi dogmatists. They showed a clip from the last event this morning, and I couldn’t help but notice (although I didn’t at the time) that the bastard is smiling as he’s being driven from the room. The mob mentality serves his purpose, and I would encourage anyone who’s thinking about causing a scene this time to let him speak – it’s obvious he actually has nothing of value to say, and it’s better for free thinking, progressive individuals everywhere if we let him demonstrate that very fact, let him indict his whole cowardly movement from his own lips. He says he has things to say, let’s let him try to prove it.
While Dr. Peter March isn’t necessarily a role model either, in retrospect, his comments about this upcoming debate has made me rethink my opinion of him. While perhaps rather clumsy, he did raise some valid questions about the portrayal of Islam in the media and it’s perception by the public, whether he actually intended to or not. I’ve seen the Mohammad cartoons, and, quite frankly, they’re not funny, and are racist on the face of them without the added meaning of the depiction of the Prophet. Was March trying to be ironic? Was he posting the cartoons to preserve freedom of speech? Was it a heavy-handed thump on the head to Muslims? We may never know, although I now suspect his motives may have been more positive than they were portrayed.
In any case, if he’s willing to argue the point rationally, to remind Taylor (and us) that we are all human beings, to point out that ‘race’ is a social construct with no real validity, I say, let’s back him up. Clear the stage, and let the two go at it with all their philosophical might, and I’m quite confident that regardless of who rationality’s champion is, the side of truth, of tolerance, and of humanity will win the day.
*Hamlet, II, ii.
It appears that at long last, the Grand Parade may become something more than a HRM city council’s parking lot. If the council agrees with the recommendation, on April 1, parking rights will be removed and councillor’s will be forced (some at gunpoint) to walk half a block. “Heaven’s to Betsy, what will happen to my shoes?” Ken Streatch was not quoted as saying, instead he
When I took this job back in 1999, parking was part of the job, it came with the territory. And, quite frankly, this is a working city hall. This is not a museum, it is not a shrine…
I suspect that if, instead of pissing away upwards of half a billion that the council seems prepared to throw into the Commonwealth(y?) Games, we spent it on public transportation, perhaps we could make it convenient enough so that even Ken Streatch could take the bus or ferry in from Eastern Passage like the little people do.
Not light, nor lightning, but lightening…
(h/t to Dan for pointing me to Jim’s Big Ego, which landed me here, at home. It’s a funny world.)