Wizbang has been a part of my daily routine since around 2002. I felt my first sense of it’s sobering boldness after the “religion of peace” carried out it’s beheadings following the beginning of the Iraq War. Kevin was one of a few people on the Internet with enough fortitude to show the actual videos in their entirety. Some might call this sadistic voyeurism. I call it reality. I’ve always kept this controversial courage in the back of my mind, and am thankful that someone had the, uh, stones, to show the true barbaric nature of our enemy. Although I haven’t done it in a while, I would occasionally go back and force myself to re-watch those videos, just so my level of anger and disgust would be put in it’s proper place.
Not only did it remind me of why we fight, but it also made me think. I believe that is the ultimate purpose of a blog: To make the reader think, open their minds to other ways of thought and possibilities, other realities and opinions, and to enable people to cultivate their intellectual curiosity.
Kevin and Wizbang have had that effect on me.
Jay Tea was around since the beginning, or at least my beginning of reading Wizbang. He was my favorite contributor, way before any of the current group of excellent writers were on board.
He made me think. He made me expand my thought process with well written, profound offerings, of which I already miss.
It will not be possible to fill his shoes. They can merely be replaced.
This post is not about “sucking up” or “brown-nosing”. To me, this blog is a current event: Dynamic, thought provoking, and always entertaining. Jay Tea was a big part of that, and his departure was certainly one of the site’s biggest moments.
Once again, Kevin has shown a willingness to take a bold step. Letting regular readers try out their own shoes in his house. It’s been interesting, even in this short time, to read the comments from others regarding my meager posts. Some comments are encouraging, others are not, but most are thoughtful and profound themselves. I know now that this is what makes blogging a worthwhile endeavour, and I am thankful and humbled to even be a “Guest Poster” on this site.
By Shawn Mallow