If Tim Blair is the answer, the question isn't worth asking. I had a certain amount of time for him until not that long ago, but no longer.
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And although I've indulged momentarily in that sort of nonsense myself (blog bile awards before I got bored by the concept), what I really think is that awards are contrary to the whole spirit of blogging.
This is from a post on Tim Blair's blog a couple of days ago and is a quote from another Australian blogger named Ken Parish, who sounds like a preemptively-sore loser, if you ask me. (When someone says, "It's not about the awards," it's about the awards.) I've taken the liberty of eliding Mr. Parish's remarks, as he tends to use bad words. You can read the original here.
What caught my attention, though, was an update that Tim made to the post:
Why is Hedy Fry posting at Ken's site as Dude?
This will take a bit of explanation for non-Canadian readers. Hedy Fry (webpage here) was a cabinet minister in the Chrétien government (Secretary of State for Status of Women and Multiculturalism -- a politically-correct hack, in other words) who racked up six bumbling years in that position before being demoted to the backbench for one particularly egregious piece of race-baiting in March of 2001. I'll leave it to Herman Goodden of the London Free Press to summarize:
Fry's latest remarks were deliberately planned as an answer to a staged question in Parliament which was lobbed her way by an obedient Liberal backbencher. The point of that exchange was to elicit a sort of summation from our minister of multiculturalism on the state of the nation, bigotry-wise, as the world marked that special and joyous holiday (which, I must admit, I'd never heard of before and haven't bothered flagging for celebration next year) called International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDFERD).
Instead of blandly extending "Season's Greetings" or "Happy IDFERD" to Canadians everywhere," Fry donned her very haughtiest demeanour and said:
"Mr. Speaker, we only have to look around the world today at Kosovo, at Macedonia, at Northern Ireland to know that people are still discriminated against in the world because of their race, their religion and their culture. We do not have to go too far. We can just go to British Columbia in Prince George where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak."
Peppered with questions after that session of Parliament, Fry insisted the mayor of Prince George had sent her a letter requesting her personal help with these demonstrations of racial hatred. Yet Mayor Colin Kinsley of Prince George and that town's RCMP unit denied any such incidents, or that they'd made any overtures to Fry for help.
Interestingly, Fry had made an equally groundless claim four years earlier about cross burnings in Kamloops, has repeatedly claimed that the western provinces are being flooded with Ku Klux Klan-style groups with "a very well organized strategic plan" to establish a "white homeland," and has characterized Canadian history overall as one long litany of "colonial racism and intolerance."
After a couple of weeks of steadily-growing outrage, Chrétien reluctantly dumped her and I hadn't given her another thought until I saw Tim's mention. Following the link he gave, we come to this:
Tim Blair No 1
rant,rant, pause, rant,rant,rant,
And sure enough, rolling the cursor over "Dude" turns up Fry.H@parl.gc.ca, Fry's Parliamentary email address.
Now of course it could be the case that someone's trying to embarrass Fry; but I doubt she's easily embarrassed. It's funny, too, to think that left to her own devices, all she's capable of is posting incoherent drivel on someone's blog.
My memory failed me (but that's what Google's for). I thought Fry was gone from cabinet shortly after that speech, but she lingered on like a bad smell for awhile. Sure enough, she was around to disgrace the country after 9/11:
Tuesday, October 02, 2001
OTTAWA -- A B.C. feminist told a cheering audience here that the United
States government is more threatening to the world than international terrorism.
Sunera Thobani received several standing ovations from about 500 delegates attending the Women's Resistance Conference on Monday.
Her comments caused a political uproar, with opposition MPs condemning
Secretary of State Hedy Fry for sitting silently as Thobani spoke. MPs called on
the government to fire Fry, charging that she should have immediately condemned Thobani's statements.
"Today in the world the United States is the most dangerous and the most
powerful global force unleashing horrific levels of violence," said Thobani, a
women's studies professor at the University of British Columbia and former
head of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
Even with this, Fry wasn't canned by the dithering Chrétien until January of 2002.