My Apologies to Phoenix

Phoenix wrote this recently –

Dear Adel and Opposite of Apathy staff,

I am very surprised that you have chosen to delete my comment yesterday. I was such a fan of Adel and the site, and read your blog daily. Just because I wrote that the appointment was a political thank you? That’s too much already? Is that so bad? I expected much more from you.

Allow me to apologize for the deletion of your comment. I did not get a chance to read your post and I don’t want to second guess the reasons for removing the comment. I just hope that you will accept my apology and believe me when I say that my view is that as long as the comments posted on this site are not simple name-calling, abusive, or outright fabrications, then we should not remove the posts. I’d rather get some negative comments and keep up the discourse with our readers, then to sanitize the comments and kill the very nature of this public blog. However, if the comments, for example, use foul language, racial epithets, or are written as a plain attack and not as a means for dialogue, then we should have the right to decide not to allow the posting of such comments.

Ultimately though, as one of the bloggers here, I take responsibility for what happens on this site. Sorry again, Phoenix.

– Adel Tamano



  1. phoenix said,

    October 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Dear writer,

    Thank you for your apology. I don’t know who you are or what role you have in the deletion of bloggers’ comments, but if you are a professor (Danton or Adel), I believe that you would have placed value on my comment, had you read it. In my post, I wrote to Adel that just as one does not have to be an imam or priest to serve God, he must not feel compelled to run for the Senate if he has reservations. As for the use of foul language, I absolutely abhor it. The only ones who would stoop so low are those who are wanting in both education and vocabulary. While offensive posts should certainly be deleted, I humbly ask staffers not to be so heavy-handed. Again, I thank you for taking the time to reply.


    A friend and I have been looking for a good creative writing class. Not a course for credit, filled with teenagers and their limited perspective, but a class for adults of all persuasions – activists, conservatives, liberals – who are passionate about both current events and the written word. Does such a class exist? If not, if I were to arrange for this stimulating environment to take shape (in terms of venue and students/writers), would you be our teacher?

  2. wehavenoname said,

    October 29, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Hi Phoenix. I forgot to put my picture and name, in my haste to apologize.

    – adel

  3. phoenix said,

    October 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I’m amazed that you’d actually take the time to reply. Thanks. So, are you running?


    Young Turks, I realize that the way this site works is that you guys post and we bloggers react to it. Could we turn the tables just this once and get your 5 reactions – Danton, JV, Adel, TG and Gilbert – to the following questions? (We bloggers are taking careful note of who will be the first and last to reply.) Fun!!! Here goes.

    1. The genie tells you, “Master, you have 3 wishes.” What are they?

    2. You’re Young Turk by day, secret superhero by night. Which one are you and why?

    3. It’s the rapid fire segment of the show. Boy Abunda looks you straight in the eye and asks, “If you were a song, which one would you be and why?”

    4. There’s been quite a lot written about you guys. What do very few intimates, if at all, know about you that would shock/surprise people?

    5. What for you is heavenly or sublime? No answers involving wives, children or public service.

    6. Favorite restaurant, movie, play.

    7. You’ve been chosen as a contestant in the new season of Amazing Race Asia. You’ll need a teammate you can work well with, and bathing happens only once every few days ’till you get to the pit stop. Who’s your partner?

    8. Whose body would you want to have?

    9. Your greatest vice.

    10. Your campaign is in full swing. It’s 100 degrees in the shade, and you’ve smiled, sang and danced ’till your weary body can take it no more. You’re standing onstage making your very last speech before you call it a day. What is your message to the Filipino people?

  4. am said,

    October 30, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Ahem. Answers, gentlemen?

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