Sadly, Michael Blowhard has announced that he’s retiring from blogging over at 2Blowhards.
I have no idea why Michael continues to employ this pseudonym. I think that he originally used it to provide cover at his old job at a liberal magazine. The 2Blowhards site was one of the first to punch a hole in the thought police tactics known as “political correctness.”
Michael was a pioneer of the blogging scene. And, he is just a good, easy to like, generous man. He has a remarkable talent for judging what will excite and interest people. The 2Blowhards site became one of the best sites for honest political discussion under his direction. Michael plugged the work of every artist who frequented his site, including me, which I appreciated.
I began blogging to try to find something... anything... to help me through Myrna’s death. This says everything about Michael. He got in touch with me and took me out to lunch, as much to provide some compassionate help to a stranger in distress as for any other reason.
I am very sad to see him depart the scene. I feel like I’m losing a good friend. I hope that life confers only good things on my old friend, Michael Blowhard. Michael, I hope you know how much that act of kindness meant to me. When can I return the favor? Let’s do lunch.
Travers was one of the old hard line commie folk singers, and a member of good standing in Pete Seeger’s commie cell. She was one of the Woodstock crazies. Seeger and his followers were propagandists for the Soviet Union and admirers of Uncle Joe Stalin. Until well into the 70s, when the genocidal reality of Soviet communism just could no longer be explained away, the Woodstock commies would not repent. In fact, they still haven’t.
One of my favorite political commentators, Mark Steyn, had this to say about the folkie/propaganda classic “If I Had Hammer.” Hammers were damned hard to find in the old Soviet Union. Here in the wicked, capitalist U.S., any schmuck can take a trip down to Home Depot and buy as many hammers as he wants, dirt cheap. Aisle 16.
I have a hard time separating Mary Travers from her crazy politics. Sure, Peter, Paul & Mary recorded some nice songs. I’m sure her death is hard on her friends and associates. Only God can judge what she did in this life.