The wonderful thing about the blog community is that, even when I’m feeling uninspired (as I am), my favorite long-tail bloggers are not. So, without further ado, and in alphabetical order, a blog roundup.
Everything at American Future is interesting, but the post that most piqued my interest today is the one in which Marc discusses redeploying troops in Iraq to secure the borders and, using the prism of the Pentagon’s report to Congress yesterday, examines the relationship between this concept and the possibility of civil war.
Rich, at Beef always wins, is back from a blogging hiatus that occurred while he attended Ranger school. I can tell you that I wouldn’t have lasted five minutes at the school. The push-ups alone would have killed me.
Are you a Dune fan? If you are, and you’re willing to have a bit of a spoiler thrown in your path, read this Brain Droppings post.
There are, as always, so many good posts at Cheat-Seeking Missiles, but my favorite today is the one about the Islamification of classic stories (or, I bet you never knew that Tom Sawyer was a Muslim).
At Crossing the Rubicon, Gail has had a steady stream of incredibly good links about world events, especially as they affect Jews aren’t the world. What got me, though, was her link to an article about the fact that Westerners, unlike radical Islamists, are not willing to die for their faith (whether it’s a religious faith or a secular one).
Callimachus, writing at Done With Mirrors, catches on to the fact that, in the much bandied about Times story regarding increased anti-Semitic attacks in England, the Times manages (inadvertently perhaps) to blame the Jews. [My bad: It was Reader_Iam, not Callimachus who wrote this interesting post.]
Somehow I missed the fact that Al Qaeda released another tape. Fortunately, Curt, at Flopping Aces, didn’t, and he blogs about how Al Qaeda is specifically targeting the appeasement crowd in America.
Gerry Charlotte Phelps has a beautiful post about making sure that her church is a welcoming environment for all, not just those who study the fashion pages. I especially liked it because it reminded me of spending Yom Kippur one year at a major Southern Synagogue where all the women spent the whole serving checking-out each other’s outfits. It was not a spiritual experience.
At MoveOn.org, Please Move On, I can link to any specific post you might want to read. Each is a terrible example of the type of anti-Semitic, anti-American slime that oozes through MoveOn.org’s forum, and that the “Please Move On” bloggers have had the courage to expose to light.
Mrs. Happy Housewife takes us from the slime to the sublime — domestically speaking that is. It’s a refreshing journey into a world of recipes, reading and household tips. It is, in every way, a reminder of normalcy.
Most of my religiously oriented energy is focused on radical Islam and, to the extent religion otherwise impinges on my mind, it usually has a Jewish cast. Jack, who blogs at Notes From A Retired Preacher, is concerned with the purity of the Christian faith, and he has some questions about Rick Warren’s planned church expansion.
At Out of the Binjo Ditch, law student Steve has taken a break from political commentary and legal analysis, and come up with wonderful other stuff instead: musical memories, haiku, CSI Miami, salary scales at Texas schools, and all sorts of other random and amusing things. Refresh your mind. Visit his blog.
Maybe it’s living in Hawaii, maybe it’s Anne’s personality … I don’t know. All I do know is that PalmTree Pundit is a serene blog. Anne blogs there about faith, home-schooling and, in a particularly depressing post, how old we’ve become!
The incredibly prolific Ymarsakar, who keeps my blog a lively place, also has his own blog, Sake Light. There, he gives voice to the frustration so many of us feel over the media’s year’s long manipulation regarding the Plame affair.
Fortunately, Ol’ Man River, writing at Scott’s Conservative News & Commentary, was in good company when he was wrong to worry that Iran would unleash something nuclear on August 22nd. Other than that date issue, though, he’s entirely right in what he says about the huge threat Iran poses to the civilized world.
Robert Avrech, who blogs at Seraphic Secret, writes movies and is a religious Jew. Apparently a few people have problems with that rare combination, a fact that results in very funny emails — some of which he’s been kind enough to publish.
Soccer Dad offers two interesting posts about fall-out from the Israeli/Hezbollah War: the chimera that is Hezbollah’s claimed victory (I think it’s more of a non-defeat, which is problematic enough); and the mental filter brush the media used in war coverage to remove things that interfered with its preexisting conclusions.
Kathryn, at Suitable For Mixed Company, has catholic tastes — in the adjectival sense of the word. In a few days, she’s posted about intriguing blogs, interesting books, and forest fires. Linking to one post doesn’t do her justice. Just go check her out.
Ymarsakar put me on the The Futurist, which is a wonderful blog. A couple of days ago, the blog addressed the many problems with this statement: “”Nobody Who is an Immigrant or the Descendant of Immigrants has any Business Voting Republican. Nobody.” Incidentally, the man behind this statement is currently (no surprise) a Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, was once a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury (probably under Clinton, right?).
A couple of months ago, Bruce, at The Galactic Patrol, posed an interesting question and got only a few answers: In the modern, information age, where does wealth come from? Maybe you have an opinion.
Patrick, writing wonderful things at The Paragraph Farmer, offers some unconventional thoughts about global warming, a concept that has been reduced to a weird mixture of hysterical banalty in the mainstream media.
Writing at Thought You’d Never Ask, Zabrina has her own blog round-up (and thanks for mentioning me there, Zabrina). It’s a buffet of interesting stuff, as is Zabrina’s own post about why the UN should go.
Under the News falls into the “where do I start?” category: floating houses, missing flags from 9/11, and translations of rap music (and after you read the translation, you wish you hadn’t). It’s all there, and so much more, at this eclectic site.
White Pebble has a link to something I knew: chocolate makes you feel really, really good. And I get an update on another story I missed — nutcase liberal Deborah Frisch, who threatens conservative bloggers, was arraigned on criminal charges. Let’s hope the charges stick, since the evidence is solid.
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