Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year, New Blogroll
I've been meaning to do this for a while, but I've finally gotten through a bunch of blogroll updates.

First and foremost, make sure to visit the new Blogs4Bauer for all of your 24-related blogging needs.

I've deleted Powerline, as I've come to find their blog incredibly overrated, and their views a bit too radical for my tastes. I also deleted Political Wire—while he provides a good synthesis of the news, it's always stuff I've read elsewhere, and his blatant joy over everything that hurts the Republicans and near ignorance of anything that hurts the Dems has just gotten to overpowering. I also removed TheAnchoress—nothing personal, I just don't find her stuff as gripping as I once did. I never read "Oh That Liberal Media," so they're gone. And The Yale Free Press never updates their blog—ever—so they're out too. Command Post stopped being updated a while ago, and I finally got around to reflecting that fact. That's it for the deletions.

There were also a few demotions. While my blogroll does not necessarily reflect the ordering of my tastes, I've typically reserved the bottom of the blogroll for those I rarely if ever read. Andrew Sullivan has gone off the deep end, so he gets bottom billing. Hugh Hewitt has always been too radical for me, so he's second from the bottom. Both are still worth reading, so I've left them on—but they might be gone soon enough.

I also moved IMAO and Mountaineer Musings down the list. I think IMAO went way downhill when it became a group blog—too much cacaphony, not enough funny—and I think Mountaineer Musings has gotten way too whiny of late. Sorry, just my opinions. I'm still reading them both, hoping desperately for a return to their former glory—but I'm not exactly optimistic. Another reason they both got demoted is the fraud that they're perpetrating against the blogosphere, and, more significantly, close friends of theirs. I promised I wouldn't reveal said fraud, so I can say no more—but I think it's despicable.

Now, on to the good stuff (saving the best for last).

I've added Kobayashi Maru. I would have added him a long time ago (and if memory serves, I may even have done so), but he went through the painful loss of his brother and was supposedly taking a blogging break for a while. In his own words, that never really happened:

I slowed down on the blogging for a bit, vowed I would quit it entirely, then dove back in with a vengeance that's distracting me from what I should be doing which is writing a book. The instant feedback is addicting.
I just assumed when he swore it off that he was serious, so I stopped checking for a while. Now that I know he's back, however, He's on the blogroll where he should be. Check him out—smart guy, smart, interesting posts.

Next up we have Jenn, at Say No To P.C. B.S.. Smart, conservative young woman with whom I've been corresponding for a while. I think she could use a few more links in her posts, but she always has interesting things to say. She really infuriates the lefties that read what she has to say, and she can back it up with the logic necessary to really drive them wild. So check her out.

I've also added Slate Magazine. I've been listening to their podcasts for a while now, and reading the site of late, and really like the variety of topics and opinions they cover.

And finally, The Man's little brother gets a slot for his blog, Gop and College. When he graduates, he should rebrand with something a little more original, but in the meantime he's got a good eye and has had a few major break-through posts.

So check them out. You might learn something.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

U.S. Responds: Yeah? What are you going to do about it?
Canada blames U.S. for gun violence