It’s already been a week since my last post, ugh. I’ve been, as I’m sure many of you have been, caught up in the healthcare drama and simply haven’t had the heart to write anything new. Everything is happening so fast, and I just can’t wrap my mind around all of it. Geez, BO has agreed to let Russia drill in the Gulf of Mexico (we can’t, however, to “save” the environment; I guess it’s okay if Russia does, though?) and refunded ACORN (all the better to steal elections with, my dear) and practically declared war on Israel (the other U. S. ally he loathes is the UK, so watch that relationship carefully, too). And all this while he, Pelosi, and Reid plot to overthrow our Constitution and with it our country by using “demon pass” to sign into law things that haven’t been voted on by both Houses of Congress. It’s mind-blowing.
Mind-numbing, actually. I’m in shock and feeling that long, silent scream feeling.
So I thought I’d finally finish (mostly) that FMJRA post I’ve been working on for months (and months).
The conservative blogosphere is a bustling, busy place bursting with patriots fighting for our country, our freedom, and yes, simply to be heard amidst the massive and truly fabulous roar of outrage, newsy items, and insightful commentary. We’ve developed a strong online presence, much to the dissatisfaction of the left (heh), and in the spirit of online camaraderie (and in keeping with FMJRA), I wanted to take the time to recognize a few conservative bloggers who have been kind enough to send some linky love and traffic my way.
Up first is Opus_6, her MAinfo is a daily must-read. She also does a good job of explaining why she doesn’t do that many of these posts . . . they are time-consuming, and in addition to that, you don’t want to miss anyone accidentally, causing hurt feelings or giving the impression of a snub. This is my first (and may be my only, so enjoy!).
Soloman over at The Wisdom of Soloman is always good reading: he is indeed wise, but also funny and very insightful. Another must-read.
Actually, these are ALL must-reads, that’s the real reason that I’m mentioning them–the part of the FMJRA that I don’t particularly like is that you’re supposed to link to everyone who links to you, even if they suck. Hmph! No suckage here. I’m not really good about keeping up with my site monitor thingy, so if I do miss you, it’s not because you suck (probably) but down to my own incompetence in keeping track of these things.
I’ve been rather surprised (and secretly pleased as can be) to have been noticed by two of the best, most-read, most-respected bloggers out here in conservative blogland: William Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection featured me as one of his Blogs of the Day back in January and again last month (you’ll have to take my word for it, but he did. Really. I promise.), and Jill at Pundit & Pundette featured me as her new BFF. Heee! P&P also featured my blog on her featured feature. How thrilling is that? I have to say that if you don’t read these two blogs daily, you’re missing out on two of the best voices out here. And not just because they featured me, either. They both have keen minds, excellent senses of humor, and an apparently tireless ability to find the best stories, post the best links, and write the most insightful, thought-provoking posts. Another blog great has also sent some yummy traffic my way: the BlogProf. His posts tend to be thorough and well-written, with lots of links, vids, and commentary. Good stuff.
One of my first conservative blogo-connections is One Ticked Chick over at Coffee Milk Conservative. She’s also among my favorites. She’s smart, funny, and sassy . . . qualities that I value a great deal (as you can tell because these are common traits amongst the bloggers I mention here and read voraciously). She, like Opus and Sol, engages with her readers in the comments section, and this is something that I find draws me to pages (translation: prompts me to click out of Reader and post a comment on the actual page itself, not that I don’t post comments on pages by writers who don’t interact with their readers, just that I’m more likely to do so, you know?).
One of my newest favorites is the mostly conservative Yukio over at Critical Narrative. I admire very much his methodical mind and analytic approach to a range of topics (he reminds me why I was so drawn to academia in the first place). He’s impatient with surface-speak (that thing I do more often than not), so he keeps me on my toes. I like that.
Potluck is chugging along nicely, and the women over there each have amazing, must-read blogs. Do check them out:
- Adrienne’s Corner
- And So it Goes in Shreveport
- Backyard Conservative
- Bread upon the Waters
- Carol’s Closet
- Coffee Milk Conservative
- Nice Deb
- No Sheeples Here
- Obi’s Sister
- Politicaljunkie Mom
- Pundit & Pundette
- Ruby Slippers
- Shout First, Ask Questions Later
Well, if I keep this up, I’ll never get to everyone I want to mention (and yes, I’m going to be mentioning folks who’ve never linked to me, including some who never will, alas, but if I’m going to do this, I want to be as comprehensive as possible), so I’ll do a bit of generalizing and categorizing.
Patriots Who Do Us All Proud
The Born Again Americans rock my world with their amazing love for our country, as do Teresa, Ron, Kid, Rotti, Fredd, SuperGranny, Hack Wilson, Deekaman, Bungalow Bill, What Makes Us Right, Diogenes, and last but never ever least the good folks at Nickie Goomba’s It Don’t Make Sense.
Round ups, Reporters, and Commentary
There are all types of conservative blogs, from the “round up” blogs that provide quick notes about and links to articles or other blogs of interest, to the “reporter” sites that post the latest news as it breaks (and often before it breaks, thereby actually breaking stories–bloggers! Who’d have thunk it only a year ago?), to the video-based that post political and patriotic clips, to the “commentary” sites that, like mine, offer commentary on issues of interest, to the sites that scour the web and offer up the “must reads” of the day. Most blogs, including my own, occasionally blur the lines between these admittedly artificial categories, but most people tend to do what they are comfortable with and do it well.
The must-read “reporter” type site: Gateway Pundit.
The Right Scoop posts every Glenn Beck show in its entirety and because of this is a great place to find those hard-to-find clips that (somehow) don’t make it to YouTube–and is also good for those of you who don’t have cable (I’m still thinking about getting rid of it).
Fun Places to Visit (When You Need a Break from Politics)
We can’t be all politics all the time (or our brains would explode, or we’d sink into a horrible pessimism), so it’s important to read some fun blogs (that do occasionally do the serious political piece). My favorites in this category are: Amusing Bunni (she finds the most amusing and seriously cute vids on the ‘net, and she’s funny as hell no matter the topic, but when she goes for BO, it’s truly rolling on the floor funny), Tammy at Time Flies and Peddling (they make everyday life a delight and post an array of personal(ish) stories, great pics, and random thoughts–all worth reading), and Cambridge Lady (she’s a liberal, but we can overlook this distressing fact because she is lovely. She posts some gorgeous photos of England, another land that I love, and some thoughtful posts about her take on everything from climate change and education to the scandalous sale of Cadbury to Kraft).
Okay, I know I’m forgetting someone (or someones), but I think that’s because I’ve been working on this for so damn long. If I missed you, I am sorry. Send me an email and I’ll fix it. Just for you.