Monday, May 29, 2006
"... These a few of my favorite things..."
...Two straight days of good sleep to get your head glued in place again, aahhhh.....
In honor of all those blog-places that I like, don't like, agree and disagree with, etc.., I hereby present MY "quadrenial blog review". They are in no particular order of preference, ideology or joy. Enter at your own risk.
Conservative Soup : I know, its a blatant plug for a Blog I am associated with, but let me say this. It is in effect, the first Blog I ever logged onto, period. And for that most humble of reasons it makes the list. The hosts are always honest, cordial, courteus to a fault, and willing to entertain any diversity in thought regardless of ideology. And believe me, considering the gauntlet of blow-hards in this media that is a virtue in and of itself. Besides, any blog crazy enough to ask me to contribute without ever having any experience in doing so is "diverse" enough in my book.
Life's Journey : A late entry in my daily roamings but a gem of a find, nonetheless. This independant-minded blogger does not mind laying the lumber to conservatives, but is pragmatic enough to see the other end of things if it makes for a logical argument. Her site is full, varied, and mixes her postings with current events and mind-musings with equal aplomb. Judging by the traffic at her site, she has blended that balance just right. Her "Constitution Monday" postings is like brain breakfast to me.
Protect and Defend : Publius has one of the most hard-topic driven blogs around. Although his latest Crusade (yeah... i said "crusade", get over it..) is Border enforcement and matters of Constitutional doctrine, he has written on a myriad of things. Anybody lucky enough to get a comment from Publius better have some cognotive reading skills because he is not cheap on the verbiage. Challenge him and he will reply in kind, always with veracity, well thought-out points and certitude. This blog is all substance, very little fluff (unlike yours truly...).
The Sappho Manifesto : This is not a site for the meek of heart. Left wing, hard-bitten, take-no-prisoner attitude, and with enough verbal bombs to make the Sunni Triangle look like the corn fields of Iowa. A great place to get calibrated real quick. I don't agree with 75% of the postings here, BUT I appreciate the passion and conviction in which the themes are espoused. The ability to come out of this blog un-scathed in your own beliefs should be a badge of honor for anybody, not just conservatives. Like I always say, if you are not willing to drink anyone else's Kool Aid to see if your Kool Aid is still valid, then you are just preaching to your own choir and are doing your critical thinking a dis-service. Go on Sappho!
Power Line : This is a must-read conservative blog at the White house. If its good enough for Tony Snow, then heck I want a taste of the Tang myself. Too volumenous to fully digest in my self-imposed 5 minutes-per-blog timetable but it is a virtual cornicoupia of right-wing news through the Republican prism. Again, another source of calibration for me. To its credit, I have found a ton of information that puts the administration in bad light and bad form.
The 5th Estate : I just found this nugget last week while at Betmo's blog (Life's Journey). After a couple of reads I dug it. Like Publius, a guy who can't find the "edit" button if it hit him in the noggin' (look at me the hypocrite!, like I know where the edit button is...). But who cares?. His pieces are great. A fluid sence of prose, good story-teller and most importantly 90% of the themes are something that interests me. And this list is after all, about me, no?
The Bos'un Locker : How can I NOT love a name like that! (me being an ex sailor and all...). Half an hour in this blog made me want to be a Reagan Republican all over again and yearn for the days of the Soviet Union so I'd have something large to nuke... (ok, so that only lasted 3 seconds). I actually found two blogs for the price of one here. Rosemary's blog is in the same vein and has enough material to keep even my voracious reading appetite in check. Mostly conservative, independant-minded right-of-center postings; each of these 2 offers a great counter balance to my frontal lobe whenever I leave Sappho's or.....
Quaker Agitator : Liberal, Bush-bashing and please-the-wing type blog with just as much mortar rounds as Sappho's albeit delivered with less cayenne pepper. The host's sensitivities are a little on the thin-skin side for my taste so don't go catching him on a bad day, you may have to flog yourself of guilt for lack of political correctness. But unlike Fox News, I AM fair and balanced and would be rude to fail to mention one of the first blogs to give me a taste of progressive mantra. This blog is the USA Today of left-leanings. You won't get a lot of depth like 5th Estate or Protect and Defend, but you will get a quick summary of what is pissing-off the left,.. and THAT is must read material to any self-respecting Libertarian like me.
So there you have it Sport's Fans. If I failed to mention any of the many I have visited and/or commented upon please do forgive me, your 15 seconds of fame in this humble of all bullhorns will come soon enough :)