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      Follow Friday Blogs, November 30, 2012

      It's time again for my periodic attempt to provide you with something to read other than my own stuff, on the assumption that there are people out there who have things to say that are both a) more interesting than my posts and b) better written.

      My first recommendation this week is The New Moderate, from Rick Bayan, who created the site "as a community for centrist thinkers who are fed up with extremist dogma… fed up with feeling excluded from the national debates on politics, culture and religion… fed up with being fed up!" Couldn't agree more. "We moderates have traditionally been a reticent bunch," he writes, "too mild-mannered and apathetic to jump into the political fray." He aims to change that, and I fully support his efforts.

      Up next is First Things, an online magazine published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life whose purpose is to "advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society." The site has both original material and curated posts from other sites. Filled with thoughtful articles written from a conservative perspective, the site has a wealth of excellent writers, and is well worth some of your time.

      Finally this week, I offer you Bipartisanshipnow, a blog from Tony Franco, Jr. who asks the question: "How come every time a politician runs for office, part of their stump speech is around breaking the log jam in Washington and partnering with the other side of the aisle to eliminate the partisan bickering that impedes any progress in Congress? They arrive with a spirit of bipartisanship but then very quickly their idea of bipartisanship changes." Good question, and Tony has some strong (and interesting ideas) about it...

      Of course, I want you to read my own stuff, too... Here are two recent posts, one on taxes, and one on compromise...


      Follow Friday Blogs, November 2, 2012


      This week, Follow Friday Blogs notes how just about everyone and everything is wrapped up in this election. We're only a couple of days away, and it seems like certain blogs that rarely (if ever) deal in politics have chosen to dip literary toes into those murky waters.  So this week I encourage you to not only visit these recommended blogs, but to spend a little time there reading some of the other diverse (and generally excellent) essays.

      I start this week with Carter Library, from Teri Carter, an essayist and short story writer raised in Missouri and now living in northern California.  I ran across her most recent posting  comparing the attack on her political leanings with the same kind of bullying she remembers from the 4th grade. What I found interesting is her "what I could have said" inner dialogue, one that I've had with myself more than once... (BTW:  Not sure if Ms. Carter is on Twitter, so thanks to @BonsaiFan1 for guiding me to this blog.)

      My next recommendation is Think About Life from Danise Codekas.  Her paean to Denver ("Denver and Sisyphus") is exquisite, as is her "Stymphalian Birds: A Reminder" (where she blends so many topical and political subjects into one posting that all I could do was relax, sit back and let it happen....).  I also had to go look up Stymphalian Birds... and I thought I was rather well-versed in mythology....

      Last up this week is the site for the Forward Institute, "a non-partisan, non-profit progressive think tank for public policy issues in Wisconsin. The Institute combines original, government, and academic research with original message and communication methods to educate and inform the public on critical progressive policies."  While I agree with only some of what I've read here (c.f. "progressive republican), I've found the entries thoughtful, carefully written, and always ready to challenge preconceived notions.

      That's it.  Everyone take a deep breath, and will visit again after the elections.  And don't forget to check out my most recent post, here.




      Follow Friday Blogs, March 23, 2012


      A person recently asked me how many blogs I had recommended, so I took the time to (roughly) count them up.  I started 36 weeks ago and, at about three per week, that's over 100 recommendations. The interesting thing to me is that I never have any difficulty finding more and more interesting sites.  There are a lot of intelligent (and funny and interesting) people out there....

      I start this week with truthdogg, a blog with intermittent but interesting postings from someone who seems to me just a bit left of center. Most of his recent posts have to do with propaganda (or, as I call it, political marketing) and all are responses to emails from family members.  Because of that (or despite that!) he stays remarkably civil, disecting a number of messages with the precision of a skilled surgeon.  Highly recommended and, if you're reading this, truthdogg, please post more often (or guest post for me!)

      Next up is the blog from Iowahawk, another rather infrequent blogger (unfortunately) and an excellent writer. David Burge (owner of the nom-de-plume) always gives me something I didn't expect; if you want your eyes opened (and your stereotypes shattered), read his brief paean to Andrew Breitbart. (Okay: perhaps "paean" is a bit over the top, but "eye-opening" is absolutely accurate.)

      Finally this week I'd like to introduce you to the LeftNeck Chick who tells us that "you can get the liberal outta the redneck, but you'll never get the redneck outta the liberal."  She does a weekly radio show on UStream (Wednesday evenings, EST), and then blogs about the show. She also provides a fun list of "redneck-isms," along with translations for those of us in the northern states who may need help understanding such verbal trampoline acts as "As sure as a one-legged duck swims in circles."

      And, just to let everyone know, I've started posting articles and thoughts over at scribd, along with an extended excerpt from Chasing Glenn Beck. Head on over and check it out.