January 22, 2005
Compiled by Bucky Rea, The
Brown Bag Blogger
At the end of this column each week I ask you blogfans to let me
know what bloggers are most in need of mention in this space. Generally
the advice yall give me has been helpful. This week, however, I'm
going to let the advice totally run the show. I'm only mentioning
people you say I have to read.
Let me explain why. In New Orleans yesterday, Democrats and associated
patriots held the official Jazz Funeral for Democracy.
I found that a pretty grim thought at first. Democracy ain't dead,
I wanted to complain to somebody. But then Howard Zinn yesterday
on Democracy Now explained the rationale to me over the
Jazz funerals, Howard tells us, don't play joyous party music just
to console us about the losses we suffer. Jazz funerals are really
about reaffirming life and celebrating the things that keep all
of us survivors still dancing along. So maybe a little bit of democracy
dies every time some network reporter softballs a question to George
Dubya. And maybe the Constitution goes a little cold every time
the Department of SoCalledJustice throws the key away on someone
because he's accused of belonging to one of the hate groups that
don't help Wall Street. And of course my representation is
nothing when only 32 Democrats in Congress demand that every vote
But democracy goes on. Every time you speak your mind democracy
lives. Every time you correct your idiot coworker's misstatements
about the war, every time you write your editor, poke a finger in
some hypocrite's face, or encourage a boycott of a company you disagree
with, democracy lives. You don't have to point out that the Emperor
wears no clothing and that his "suit" doesn't even hang very well
on him (altho it's fun to do so). You just have to participate as
citizen. It's now just voting, it's about owning the process and
making yourself heard.
So this week I'm doing my little bit for the vox populi by just
shutting up and letting the readers decide where the column goes.
What I'm giving you this week is a list of who all of yall have
told me I oughta read.
Since I started this column, a week has not gone by in which someone
did not ask me to highlight that foul mouthed champion of progressive
truth-telling, the Rude Punditeven
on the week in which I actually did feature the Rudester as the
quote of the week.
Last week, among the usual gems (such as his coquettish plea, Please, Dr. Rice,
F**k Us Again), The Rude One opened himself up for a rare sensitive
moment and told the story of what
Social Security meant for his family after his father died.
Well, I guess that must've hit a nerve with his readers. Yesterday
Rudey posted a list of personal accounts from
his readers who have also benefited from the security
part of Social Security. When the Bushies and their billionaire
buddies talk about "privatizing" the social safety net into the
legalized gambling of the stock market, someone remind them that
even Bill Bennettnever gambled
the milk money.
Speaking of unutterable obscenities, the Ratfuck
Diary has been talking about yet another 800-pound gorilla,
the president's health. It's not comfortable thinking about why
your commander in chief keeps falling
off of stuff, but RF Diarist Joy Tomme thinks you need to think
You history buffs out there may remember the term ratfucking from
Donald Segretti's Watergate Era dirty tricks squad. Joy's readers
get to learn that it was the second wife of former New York governor
Averell Harriman who coined the term. Once again, literacy pays
off in trivial returns.
The Philly News's blogger Will
Bunch is not your usual big media yes-man. Will's readers
this week only learned about how the guy who broke the Bush DWI
story in 2000 has fallen on suspiciously hard times, has joined
the ranks of a number of real journalists for whom the Bush administration
has spelled career troubles (or worse). Will is not only looking
forward to Mr Bush's karma-delayed day of reckoning, he's even counting down
the days until the impeachment.
Of course that countdown will need to include either a Democratic
Congressional sweep or a sudden outbreak among Republicans of valuing
national interests above partisan interests. Your Buckaroo is sympathetic,
but not holding his breath.
Over at the Blog for Democracy,
the 14-member crew of once-and-future-Deaniacs are of course celebrating
the widespread Counter-Inauguration movement.
Are you ready for some good news? Some not so political bloggers
are getting PO'd about the Stupid One getting celebrated this week,
too. Fans of the Ludic Kid's Ludic Log
are usually treated to bizarre, quirky lists and transcripts of
the kinds of graduation speeches
that Dungeons and Dragons characters must hear before they enter
their chosen career fields. But Ludic audiences were treated this
past week to a full tilt, red blooded, white knuckled rant from the Kid, using the Bush
administration's bogus quotes to feed the fire in his belly.
And reality critic Maggie Osterberg took off one day from asking
The Hell Am I Doing Here? to uncover the one truthful thing
Dr Rice could've said during her confirmation hearings.
of a Veteran is the blog an actual patriot in an age of
straw Americans who wants to know who in Congress will speak up
for the interests of the troops whom the Bush Administration sent
into harm's way. The answer to that question, the Vet is finding
out, is "no one in Congress, apparently." Vet also got the scoop
on the president's last minute concession to reality at a hastily
called news conference by an anonymous White House spokesmodel.
"This will be a short news conference to make another
important announcement. The president has concluded, after considering
all the evidence, that the earth is probably not flat."
If you've got an eye for the numbers, A Violently Executed
Blog may be for you. Despite the occasional invocation to
Cthulhu and Joseph Stalin, Adam is gifted at crunching and explaining
tax dollars at waste.
If you're looking for insider stuff, ten Washington savvy progressives
Strategy give you pure, groundtested poli-news without the
pollyanna. Recent irreplaceable entries include a list of the enemies we face in
the war for Social Security, a liberal case for promoting Condi Rice,
and a wrap up on their bookmarkworthy Tactical Assault Project.
a sort of jiujitsu weblog, allowing idiot conservatives to speak
for themselves and then quietly summing up their mudding thinking
with little to no comment. Author Elton Beard seems to bear a particular
grudge against Bush apologist David Brooks, so there's a good chance
Baseball addicts must always have it a tough in the winter months,
with nothing to write about except contract negotiations and the
occasional drug bust. So the Joy
of (Red) Sox blogger named, of course, Red Sock, keeps his
mittens warm by typing about politics too, every now and then.
Secret Pen Pal
There's a runner up for quote of the week, too, this week. It goes
to CNN. Well, not all of CNN. But quote kudoes go to the
guy or gal who writes the headlines for CNN's website for this gem
Better human intelligence needed"
I think we have a friend somewhere in Atlanta.
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