I link to most Virginia blogs on my blogroll. I do not censor or remove people for political disagreement. I will link to anyone of either party, even when I totally disagree with them. Usually if someone is not included it is because I either haven't seen their blog, or forgot to add them when I first saw it.He also said:
However, last year I had to begin removing sites that were participating in a coordinated campaign to smear people. I'm not going to link to blogs that present ideas as their own, but that are in fact coordinated talking points on email in order to destroy people's reputations. Those blogs still are not on my blogroll.
I think I saw the dog post when it went up, but I skimmed by it, and did not read it carefully. Those comments are totally unacceptable. While Greg has demaugauged the immigration issue in Prince William County, I was not going to remove him from my blogroll for doing so. That's a political issue, and while I disagree with him on it, I will not remove people for political disagreements.Frankly, it has always surprised me that Ben not only had Greg Letiecq on his blogroll but gave him pride of place as a platinum blog. I think it was because Greg L was undoubtedly influential and controversial. The problem, though, is that Greg opened a genie's bottle of bigotry and once you uncork that bottle, it's impossible to get the genie back in.
Yet the dog post crosses the line from a political statement, to comments that are not a joke, not funny, and are totally unacceptable to make. I'm removing BVBL from the NLS Blogroll until I see a change at BVBL in the way they are conducting themselves.
The hatred and racism has spiraled out of control in Prince Williams County and is endangering the business community, which has been losing money courting bankruptcy since last year's resolution. In addition, the money to enforce the draconian measures threatens to harm the fiscal well being of Manassas.
The antics of Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart, and his ally Greg Letiecq have also brought international embarrassment to Manassas. And their attempt to malign the reputations of Manassas Police Chief Charlie Deane and Republican supervisor Maureen Caddigan has stepped over any line of decency.
Belatedly, Corey Stewart, finally aware of how politically costly his unholy alliance with bigots might be, is desperately trying to back pedal and step away from his support for Greg Letiecq and BVBL as this video shows.
There is more you can do, Chairman Stewart. You can disavow bigotry, stop demagoging a whole group of people and truly step away from Black Velvet Bruce Lee. You can call that blog bigoted and say that while illegal immigration is a legitimate concern for the community, prejudice and hatred have no place in Manassass, Prince Williams County or any place else in America.