Tuesday, November 23, 2004
PBA Picks of The Week
At this moment, The Progressive Blog Alliance contains over 130 blogs, not bad for a two-month-old alliance. Even better, the vast majority of the blogs are among the best the Internets has to offer. Here's what some of the PBAers are blogging about this week (I'm proud to say that I hit more than half of them today):
Last week's basketball game (that almost ended all basketball games) is on the minds of more than a couple PBAers: Goose3five of Comments From Left Field and David Anderson of ISOU have video links, while Mike Lane at At Ease has his own unique take on the mayhem (check Mike's comments for my never-humble opinion).
Thivai Abhor of Dialogic is on a mission to spread the word about the 3-part BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares: "Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?" (Transcripts of Power of Nightmares & Video Links).
Brian Heater of The Wake is worried about how Bill Clinton will be able to fill three minutes in praise of Dubya when his future Presidential Library (likely to be the largest collection of books-on-tape ever!) opens for bidness: "We like Bill, so let's help him out, and think of a few nice things to say about George W. Here, I'll start: George W. Bush--at least as far as I know--has never killed a baby with his bare hands and eaten its innards in order to maintain a youthful glow. See, that was easy, wasn't it? Now it's your turn. Think of one nice thing to say about President Bush, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org." Makin' The List).
The Cat's Dream of The Cat's Blog posted this timely quote by that famous dead dude, you know, the one with the juiced up kite: "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." - Benjamin Franklin (Liberty & Security).
AE of Dissent Channel lets his friend Jeff explode some myths about Southerners that have circulated because of "this awful so-called election." "Just because I am from the South does not make me stupid. I did not vote for Bush, nor did any of the people I know and associate with on a daily basis. SO GIVE OVER WITH THE “ALL SOUTHERNERS ARE STUPID AND NEED TO BE LOCKED AWAY” BULLSHIT." (F*ck the South? No, F*ck You (Says My Pal Jeff)).
Pinko Feminist Hellcat has a post about feminist bloggers arrested in Iran. This is NOT an endorsement for another Bush unilateral invasion. "I wonder why they are suddenly our enemy when our government has so much in common with them." (Action alert: Women's rights bloggers arrested in Iran).
Gbreez of Gentle Breezes blogs about That Horrible Spending Bill: "Where does one start? It is a despicably bloated piece of porkpoop, it had at least two horrendously nasty provisions added in the dead of night attacking our civil rights by removing some of them, it was a gazillion pages long, put on the Congresspersons' desks on Saturday, giving no time to be read or for the unscrupulous provisions to be noticed, except for one, now heroic, aide who did notice, then an untimely vote forced, passing those provisions. Allegedly, these were, um, mistakes? To be rectified? I doubt it. Time will tell. We just keep losing our civil liberties and most folks are blissfully unaware."
Finally, Christine of Halfgeek beat me to the biggest news of the day regarding election reform: "Reps. John Conyers, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Robert Wexler, Robert Scott, and Rush Holt announced today that, in response to their November 5 and 8 letters to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the GAO has decided to move forward with an investigation of election irregularities in the 2004 election." Christine wants to know: "Does that mean my tinfoil hat is no longer necessary?" (GAO To The Rescue).