As a public service, I'm going to holster the invective (sort of) for a bit, and wax philosophical on this whole Canadian Blog Awards fiasco, in part to explain why, as it was designed, it was doomed to failure from the very beginning. Saskboy, pay attention -- I'm not doing this to beat up on you any further, I'm doing it so you can understand why this meltdown was absolutely inevitable.
In the nuttiest of nutshells, SB, the CBAs were bound to collapse for one painfully simple reason -- you were going to allow Canada's conservatives to participate. And as I will explain in horrific detail, that was the fatal flaw since, quite simply, anything those people touch turns to shit. Every time. Without exception. As you have now learned.
There is a reason that Canada's wingnuts shouldn't be allowed near anything of value, and that's because they will wreck it every time, and the CBAs are no exception. Most of us -- the sane ones -- will look at something like the CBAs and think, "Cool. A way to recognize and reward the creme de la creme of the blogosphere." And we would proceed accordingly. So far, so good.
The wingnut contingent, on the other hand, would look at the CBAs and think, "Cool. A way to ram our political and ideological agenda down everyone's throat through carefully-choreographed and relentless freeping." See the difference, SB? Because that's (kind of) what happened here.
If you haven't noticed by now, those on the Right are nakedly and perpetually political. About everything. They can't look at something as simple as an awards contest and see it for just that. Instead, they see it as a way to score points. Don't believe me? It's easy enough to prove.
Remember the Beaver's online poll to determine the "worst Canadian?" One might think it would have been interesting to know what Canadians thought about that, except we never got a chance to find out, did we, given the right-wing freeping driven in part by people like stupid cunt SUZANNE Fortin. In short, a potentially interesting experiment trashed by right-wing assholes.
Another example? How about the CBC's "Great Canadian Wish List," which suffered the same fate. Once again, an online poll whose results might have been interesting and enlightening. And, once again, turned to shit by whiny, right-wing pissants who simply cannot abide the thought of not trashing someone else's time and effort in order to score political points. Are you starting to see the pattern here?
And this tediously political view on everything isn't limited to Canada, oh no. Some of you might recall George W. Bush's former Faith Czar John DiIulio, who had this to say about Commander Chimpy's administration after he finally escaped:
"There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus," says DiIulio. "What you’ve got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."
And now you're starting to understand why the CBAs were screwed from the very beginning. What's amusing is that stupid cunt SUZANNE didn't even have the grace to let the contest start before slithering over and dumping a steaming turd in the middle of it, whining about how she didn't like the categories. To which the proper response, SB, would have been, "Stick a fucking sock in it, you cow!" Sadly, though, you didn't think fast enough, hence the shitstorm you now find yourself in the middle of.
In closing, then, Saskboy, there's really only one way you can run a fair and meaningful awards contest -- you can't let Canada's right-wing nutbars anywhere near it. Seriously, if you allow them to participate, they will fuck it up, because that's what they do. They have no interest in playing nice, and they have no interest in actually learning anything. What they want is to take what's yours, and break it, even if there's no value in it for them. They are irredeemably stupid and vicious people, and if you give them the chance, they will fuck you over and wreck what you've worked so hard on.
I think we're done here.