This evening UNC- Wilmington professor Chris Halkides posted "Taking a break":
I am suspending blogging for an indefinite period.Why this “break?” Why so soon?
During that time I do not plan to clear comments.
Thanks to all for their interest.
Just three weeks ago today professor Halkides announced his return from what he called “hiatus” in a post he titled: "John in Carolina's post, 'KC Johnson Now.'"
Excerpts from professor Halkides' post in italics and parenthesis follow, with my comments in plain:
( In his post “KC Johnson Now” John has given a clinic in how not to blog. …
He questioned KC Johnson’s truthfulness twice but disclosed no evidence to support his innuendo. )
Folks, as you can all can see by reading KC Johnson Now and its thread, I did not question KC's truthfulness.
What I questioned was KC's judgment which led him to conclude an obvious hoax by Jill Hopman “could have been correct.”
I continue to question KC’s judgment which led him to give credence to Hopman’s hoax, just as I question the judgment of all those who give credence to Crystal Mangum’s and Tara Levicy’s hoaxes.
( Moreover, by accusing KC Johnson of making up sources, John has cast a shadow over on any work that Professor Johnson has done that involves confidentiality, this despite the fact that both John and Joan Foster claim to admire Johnson’s contributions to the DL case. )
Nowhere have I said KC made up sources. Halkides' statement is nothing more than a false charge KC Johnson made up and whick Johnson and Halkides have repeated.
You can all see that by reading my posts and what the two professors have said.
I wish both professors and their supporters would stop making that false charge.
( When called on some of these matters, [JinC] either ignored them or brushed them aside.
In doing these things he has made it a little bit harder for those of us who want blogging to be held to as high a standard as traditional journalism. ... )
Is that what Halkides calls what the N&O did when trashing the lacrosse team, helping frame three of its members, and now still participating in a cover-up of what it did?
By "traditional journalism" is Halkides thinking of Dan Rather and CBS's Texas Air NG story based on forged documents from CBS's "unimpeachable" anonymous source who turned out to be a Democratic party activist and hater of President Bush?
( I wrote this post because [JinC] failed to live up to the standards of civility and adherence to the truth that he evidently expects of himself and others. )
Folks, the Irish have the right term for what professor Halkides is doing here: “pub blathering.”
I'll say more tomorrow about Halkides' "break."
Right now it's your turn.
What do you think caused this sudden "break" so soon after "hiatus?"
And please read KC Johnson Now if you haven't already done so.
Update 7/28/09 @ 6:59 PM:
In response to my question last evening about why he was taking a break from blogging, professsor Halkides this morning explained at his blog and on the thread of this post this afternoon:
"I need to concentrate on some professional responsibilities right now, including working on a grant proposal and trying to identify an unknown compound."
We can all wish Halkides well with his grant proposal and scientific research.