Monday, November 22, 2004

The Red Ensign Standard - in a waffle cone thank you very much

Babble on.

Dust My Broom has done a bang-up job compiling the latest edition of the Red Ensign Standard. Felicitations, good sir.

Recently the Red Ensign Brigade has taken a somewhat backhanded shot from a blogger I read and admire: Theresa at Heart of Canada. Unfortunately - on this one particular issue - Theresa seems to have come a bit unhinged, first posting a variety of screeds on the issue of Flea's content and comments editing, and subsequently surprising the hell out of me by criticizing all those of us who fly the Ensign:

Of course, don't forget those stunning pics on his blog of Avril Lavigne, reportedly intoxicated at the time, in a Hooters outfit. Very professorial -- he just had to post that. Then, again, he makes his opinion clear: "This is not a forum and I am not interested in debating my views." Yes, sounds like much of academia to me, especially with regard to women.

I hope he doesn't teach like that. What does this say about the Red Ensign? Surely they must condone this fleabag stuff.

Really? All of us flying the Red Ensign think with a single brain and hold identical positions on all things bloggish under heaven? I think with the passage of time, and the cooling of emotion on this issue, that Theresa will acknowledge those words were not her finest.

I agree with some of of my fellow Brigade members on some issues, and with others on other points of interest. But I suspect that if we talked among ourselves for long enough, we Red Ensign types would eventually find points of disagreement on just about every topic imaginable within our collection of kindred souls. Just as Theresa wouldn't always agree with Jim Elve, or Shannon Davis, even though she associates herself with them through E-Group and the W League of Blogs respectively.

Oh, and for the record, I like Flea's free ice cream. Not always the chocolate sprinkles or the pistachio nuts, mind you, but the ice cream itself. And just because I don't like every topping doesn't mean I won't return for the ice cream when the craving hits. Like daily.

Babble off.

Update: The Monger weighs in. I could have said all that...if I was a better writer. Damm ejukatd sawbones maykin' mee luk bad!
and Jaeger, and The OC, and Mother of The Last Amazon.
and the Raging Kraut,, what a dissection...Chris Taylor. Yeah, what he said.


At 1:34 p.m., Blogger Andrew said...

Well said. I emailed Theresa earlier today because, like you, I admire her writing and was caught off guard by this recent inident.

As I told her in my email, the Red Ensign is bound together by respect and honour towards Canada's past, and a sincere queasiness in the direction that we have taken lately. Aside from that, we often disagree on many points, which is how it should be.

At 2:12 p.m., Blogger Mike said...

I think Theresa has a point here. The exploitation and objectification of women, as was done when the so-called red ensign was flying, is just wrong and we should not return to those days. And the capricious deletion of non-spammy comments is a practice you have too, Damian. This immature behaviour seems to be confined to blogs on the right, and it's just despicable. Leave the non-spammy comments alone! Respect the opinions of others.

At 3:02 p.m., Blogger Sean McCormick said...

On deleting comments...

If you want to disagree with me on my political blog -- which is currently f*cked up thanks to my hosting provider suffering a meltdown -- have at 'er. We generally only delete comments with really bad grammar, and that's mainly because we're anal retentive pricks (but honest ones!).

When it comes to abusive comments on my photography site, those are deleted immediately. I don't need potential customers seeing my work trashed.

At 4:10 p.m., Blogger Mike said...

The Monger makes an elaborate post that somehow fails to mention that the Flea refers to these women as "ice cream." This term betrays the Flea's true motivation. There's nothing innocent about this activity; it's blatant objectification and it's plain wrong.

At 4:48 p.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

I'm amazed at how many people are missing the whole 'ice cream' metaphor. The content of the blog is the ice cream. All of it: the pictures, the games, the videos, the political commentary, everything. Den Beste's point was that someone will always complain that what you're offering free isn't good enough (hence the demands for metaphorical chocolate sauce and sprinkles).

I repeat, this is not about girls being ice cream. Nobody is ice cream. Are we all on the same page now?

At 5:01 p.m., Blogger Sean McCormick said...

"The content of the blog is the ice cream."

That seemed obvious enough that I didn't bother to comment on it.

At 5:42 p.m., Blogger Mike said...

On Nov.19, there appears the title "Free ice cream" above the photo of a woman with her breasts half exposed. I rest my case.

At 7:22 p.m., Blogger Ghost of a flea said...

Funny how people object to me silencing voices on my blog (for which I pay) and then insist on censoring my content (which is published at my expense). Why, it is almost as the puritans of the left and the puritans of the right had, like, too much time on their hands.

No problem. I am certain the Canada Council will soon have funds available for boring Canadian-content blogs for voices-of-the-silenced that nobody reads. Hey, it has worked so well for Canadian film and television!

At 9:39 p.m., Blogger Sean McCormick said...

"On Nov.19, there appears the title "Free ice cream" above the photo of a woman with her breasts half exposed. I rest my case."

...and if you had bothered to read the post below it you would have found the context that you're missing.

Or were the words too big for you?

At 12:00 p.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Canada Council money? Promise, Flea? Where do I get me some of that? Babbler needs a new car (OK, a minivan - busted again)!

At 1:05 p.m., Blogger Mike said...

Well Sean, the readers seem to know all about the "ice cream" term and write things like:

"Ok. So that's an order of Jessica Alba in a chocolate tipped waffle cone, some butter brickle and Scarlett Johansson a la mode."

Flea affirms this post personally. Note, he doesn't say something like "Hey, you shouldn't talk about women like that."

At 2:58 p.m., Blogger Andrew said...


"This immature behaviour seems to be confined to blogs on the right, and it's just despicable."

Just like your idiotic assumption that posting girlie pics is a function of political preferance is despicable. Holy jeez - get a bloody clue.

At 4:03 p.m., Blogger Mike said...

I'm not aware that I assumed any such thing. Perhaps you'd like to point out where I did that. (But before you do, please learn to spell.)

At 4:14 p.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Actually Mike...or is it keep changing your profile name, so I can't be sure...this thread is done.


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