I have no idea what that means, but keep in mind bloggers write anything at all that pops into their heads.
As Baker said in welcoming me to the blogosphere, “Be careful what you wish for.”
So, make a note of this: https://armchairmayor.wordpress.com. That is my blog. For the past week or so, I’ve been quietly blogging away. It is mostly the fault of Catherine Litt, the Reader’s Reporter.
I was tooling around, out of curiosity more than anything, on the WordPress “how to set up a blog” site and getting bogged down (or maybe blogged down). Since I am not good at following instructions, I called Catherine in and asked her how it’s done. She tapped away on my keyboard for about half a minute and said, “There, you’re on line.”
“I’m what?” I said.
“You can start blogging now,” she said.
So, I’ve been blogging about local issues, about the news business, and, especially, about politics. I took a swipe at council candidate Kevin Skrepnek a couple of days ago for his past indiscretions and profanities, and I took a swipe at Betty Hinton for her past and current Toryism.
Next week, I intend to launch a new category, called something like Inside City Hall: Being Mayor. It will be about what it’s like to be in civic government, based on personal experience. I think it will surprise some people.
It seems to me I have an opportunity here to share with people things they wouldn’t normally get to know about civic politics, things that may be of assistance in making decisions in this November’s civic election.
By the way, while I’ve been somewhat unkind to Skrepnek for his disrespectful blogging in which he has cussed like a sailor about people he doesn’t like (he says he was young and foolish then; he’s 21 now) he is a choirboy compared to another local observer of politics.
Brian Alexander, who by his own admission has been banned from City Hall for security reasons, has been blogging for the past few months.
Alexander’s site is a classic example of why some people shouldn’t blog, or even open their mouths to speak.
In a lengthy, foul-mouthed, marginally literate, error-soaked diatribe on everything from pine beetles to the Tournament Capital Centre to water treatment, Alexander lays out a manifesto for those who are convinced anyone at all connected to Kamloops civic government is involved in a conspiracy to cheat taxpayers out of their money.
As he puts it, “I’m not hear (sic) to make friends.”
I marvel at his lack of familiarity with basic facts, but he has a right to his opinions. Unfortunately, you’d have to be totally into self-flagellation to put yourself through the pain of reading his rants.
But if you stick with it long enough, you will come to the salient point buried deep in his words of questionable wisdom:
“I am making a call to all to create a group of individuals to lead this city out of the dark. If you would like to join the movement and run for council or mayor as a controlling group please contact me. I am looking to start a new political party; ‘Citizen Solidarity,’ first on a local level by having a group of individuals run for council and even mayor, so please step forward, together we can help make Kamloops a great city to live in like it once use to be.”
That paragraph is probably the only one on the whole blog that doesn’t use profanity every second word. Alexander is the unofficial spokesman for people who are angry with government, and are convinced that if they were running the show everything would be set right, and that if you are abusive enough and loud enough, others will listen.
We all make our own judgments about those who speak out. We also judge them on the manner in which they do it. Alexander is living proof that we live in a democracy where anybody can express an opinion, no matter how rude or misinformed.
Ain’t blogging grand?