Recently I have been surfing through the blogrolls of the ‘big boys’ out there…the ones that a conservative blogger would give her right arm to be acknowledged by: Anti-Idolitarian Rotweiler, IMAO, Scrappleface, Powerline, Little Green Footballs and Instapundit…the blogs that DRUDGE reads!) and have been pretty unimpressed by some of the blogs that are linked on their blogrolls. Most of the sites just cut and paste from other sources –but let's be honest, Drudge has already cornered that market (and quite successfully).
The links that I have decided to post on my page are sites that I truly read each day –and they are all there for a reason.
My personal favorite is Protein Wisdom, who is an absolute lunatic and one of the funniest people I have ever read. His writing is the embodiment of my bizarre sense of humor. On-going topics include various conversations with his Macintosh Apple, his deadbeat neighbor and his jeans. If you have not read Jeff –you have been missing one of the best the blogosphere has to offer.
Another funny blog is Straight White Guy who once wrote about a boil he had and hooked me from that day on. Eric is a great writer and a hilarious read.
Of course we have the vital right-wingers, who all add their own flair to the politically happenings each day. Jen at Fair haired, yet Strangely Unbalanced always manages to add an innocent comedic spin on even the harshest of news…you can almost hear her smile and slight Texas drawl in her words. There is Kat over at The Middle Ground who is the mad scientist of bloggers…her research and attention to detail is astounding and her perspective is unique (a pre-9/11 Democrat who has seen the light). I am constantly in awe of her. Over at Adeimantus you can find the musings of both Adeimantus and Tom for a balance of serious thoughts and biting satire. The crew over at The Glog Blog never disappoints readers with their bizarre stories and political musings. Frater Bovious heads the crew, but all contributors are worth the read! The proprietor of Passionate America, Wild Bill, is Glen Beck on crack. He is wildly steadfast in his beliefs …and lefties, have no fear-he won’t try to convert you. My newest discovery is RightWingSparkle‘cause if you’re a right-wing blonde ya gotta be cool! RWSparkle is another stay-at-home mom pundit…the best kind! Once considered an Independent blog –now upgraded to right-wing is Cigarette Smoking Man at Cancer World. Cig is an ex-punk, a veteran and an intellectual. His arguments are always sound and his experiences vast…and amazingly he doesn’t smoke. LOL…
I await the day that Jensdad aka BigandMean jumps into the fray!
Two other independents that are leaning Bush this year (smart men) are Phil at Another Man’s Meat (who recently wrote a 5 part piece on his experiences in the Air Force and his journey to faith that was amazing); and Riceburner147 who is new to the blogosphere –but off to a great start.
During these stressful pre-election days it is imperative to have an escape from the vitriol and find a bit of over-due levity and a place to ‘just be’. I use the following non-political blogs for that purpose…Of course my first stop is always to the Rowhouse to visit my best friend (since we were four)…JustRose. Rose has the ability to turn everyday monotony into a glorious journey…always bring tissues before a trip to the rowhouse –just in case. In this category my newest find is JP who runs Public Navel Gazing --I actually found this through the blogroll. JP has a wicked sense of humor and also turns daily occurrences into hilarious diatribes (Rated R). Last but not least, we have the twins…Punk Rock Mommy who is wading through the tasks of marriage and motherhood as an ex-rocker; and Desultory Butterfly who is writing her experiences as she searches for a place to land. Thanks girls…you all help me through my day!
*****Please do not think that I forgot one of my very favorite bloggers...Ms. Tammi at Road Warrior Survival. I am never quite sure where to put her (don't ya just love a girl you can't label!)as far as a concrete description. She has survived all the hurricanes and has a site from FL that boasts a plethora of topics...sometimes political musings, recipes, personal thoughts and great links.*****
In a category all of his own, we have Tescosuicide at the up and coming Blank Forever. He is an ex-punk struggling with getting older and balancing his new life with the memories from his past…I also have to read him because he’s my husband…LOL.
What started this entire journey into the blogosphere for me was the Milblogs…actually one in particular –CBFTW at My War. Through CB I was lucky enough to find 91 Ghost who is blogging through his past breathtakingly –Gulf War I style (I still believe he is really Michael Savage in disguise). A new soldier blog that I started reading when CB was AWOL from blogland is War, Beer & Boots. He has that gritty realness that attracted me to CB, but doesn’t blog as often. There is Free (who I wish had a blog but doesn’t) and Redleg writing from a US Military Base on A Redleg’s Perspective. I love and appreciate all the soldiers, but being from PA have to give special props to our boys who I keep track of over at Keystone Soldiers. There is great info on what the boys need and letters from many of them. My political nemesis and vet-turned-lawyer is This We’ll Defend –you can catch his well-worded and mis-guided political repartee at BuggieBoy. Our views on the election may differ greatly, but I get the feeling that TWD is the kind of guy that would always have your back. Thank you all for your service and your input at this site. I love hearing from all of you…the ones that have made it possible!
Yes, I am fair and balanced –so I host the lefties too. LeftyJones and Cheeky Monkey have recently dropped off the face of the sphere, but when they're around –they are always good for a heated debate. JFM and Jericho Brown at Hello! Cruel World are pretty damn far left –but both seem like good guys (or will after November 2nd). I hate to admit it, but I even enjoy reading the frothing rants of the writer Rab and Paul (also a vet)…and they are as left as they come, but always add a completely different perspective.
Anyway, these are the people that have become a part of my daily life. I have no generic blogroll that sits idly in my sidebar, but a list of people I have come to view as friends and whose opinions I respect. Thank you all for making the life of this wanna-be pundit stay-at-home mom a bit more exciting!