The Joel Award
I noticed Sticks of Fire's back-to-back spiels on informing the public that Tampa City Council candidate Joe Redner runs a strip club. It's rather amusing for a blog that ceaselessly attempts to draw traffic by writing about strippers to chastise Redner for a business that gives them so much blogging cheesy material.
The Joel post is particularly hysterical.
What supporters of Redner’s ideas need to consider is that Redner could potentially hurt his and their cause rather than move it forward.
I love the fact that someone who brags about not supporting progressive causes feels entitled to give us advise.
I think you're just bitter that your party has to spend so much money trying to attract chafed fence-sitters like myself. I'd hate to tell you this, but you're going to need me and my fence to make sure 2006 is more than just a hiccup.
Joel does a strange thing in the post. He list a series of reasons why Redner should not serve on the City Council. Then he provides the disclosure that he can't give an opinion on whether Redner is the better candidate because... he spent a whole post providing his opinion on Redner? WTF.
Why does he even after to provide a disclosure? Since when is living in Temple Terrace a conflict of interest.
Joel has a history of making mind-bogglingly bizarre statements. He denies that he defended Rachel Moran for her beat on the homeless post.
And I'm hoping you can remind me at what point I defended Rachel for that post.
I am more than happy to remind people.
I do hope that anyone offended cuts both Rachel* and Sticks some slack. Make your displeasure known please, but please don’t let this drive you away.
Pushing Rope officially announces the start of the Joel Award. This award is given to a blogger who makes glaringly obvious contradictory statements. (It's a nice way of saying less than honest.) I will have Zen make a banner that does Joel's geeky visage justice.
Update: We will add journalists and public figures that make dishonest flip-flopping statements.