Friday, February 18, 2005

Friday Blogaround 

Here's what's up in The Liberal Coalition this week.

  • All Facts and Opinions on the Buy Blue movement.
  • archy on the history of the environmental movement.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof on the elusiveness of blogger hipness for some people.
  • blogAmy on Rapture in Florida.
  • bloggg on Special Education and the frustrations thereof.
  • Chris on torture.
  • Collective Sigh on staying healthy.
  • Leah at Corrente goes to great lengths to cover the Eason Jordan story.
  • NTodd arises from his sickbed and looks to recognize some native Americans.
  • Echidne on the difficulties of women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • edwardpig on decent TV.
  • First Draft on who was really behind the oil-for-food scandal.
  • The Fulcrum on Condi abroad and nukes in Korea.
  • Gamer's Nook mourns the NHL season.
  • Happy Furry plays Hollywood reporter.
  • iddybud on another White House press secretary's reaction to Gannon/Guckert.
  • Invisible Library on literary standards in Kansas.
  • Kick the Leftist on gay marriage in Canada.
  • Left is Right offers a number-cruncher for your Social Security benefits.
  • MMAC covers the Bush press conference yesterday.
  • Michael on great legal minds in Tennessee.
  • Pen-Elayne won an award!
  • Ugarte at Rick's debates labor and Wal-Mart.
  • Rook's Rant thinks about the power of linkage.
  • rubber hose on taking off the cap.
  • Scrutiny Hooligans on dissent.
  • SoonerThought on Negroponte.
  • Speedkill on teaching sex ed.
  • Steve Gilliard on going north.
  • T. Rex on old news.
  • Trish Wilson has some chuckles.
  • Wanda on rising threats.
  • WTF Is It Now?? summarizes Gannon/Guckert.
  • Steve finds humor in David Horowitz. Who knew?

    Have a good weekend and a nice holiday if you've got it.

    Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2005

    Greetings From The Middle-Ground 

    Today my first column appears in Blue and Red magazine. It's an introductory piece, so probably not much of a surprise to faithful readers, but I felt it was important to lay a foundation for the Common Ground feature that I will be writing on a weekly basis.

    Future topics include abortion, Social Security and Iraq. I am also working on getting interviews set up with Vermont politicians at the state and national level.

    Anyway, take a gander at the whole magazine as our content and interactive features grow!

    Tuesday, February 15, 2005

    Bloggers Chess Resumes 

    Faithful readers of Open Source Politics, Rook's Rant and/or Dohiyi Mir have probably forgotten that there used to be a very exciting game of Bloggers Chess going on between Liberal Coalition members NTodd Pritsky and Guy Andrew Hall. The game petered out (my bad), but we're reviving this time-honored tradition despite nobody asking us to.

    But first, here's my play in one act called Mishima Tries Chess:
    Yukio Mishima: I come out on the stage determined to make people weep. Instead, they burst out laughing.

    [Tips over the black king]
    And now please check out the very first move in what promises to be a fast-paced, highly-entertaining and educational game of Bloggers Chess!

    Monday, February 14, 2005

    Open For Business 

    Blue and Red magazine has officially launched:
    As we begin our grand experiment that is Blue and Red, we want to take a moment to let you know just what it is you've stumbled upon from whatever place led you here. Blue and Red is an online weekly magazine dedicated to creating real dialogue between the different factions of our divided America. The magazine itself is what you're reading right now, and it will provide eight weekly columns to start (growing to as many as 20 in the future) that look at various aspects of politics and the online political world. These columns will be published once a week on a set day, providing fresh content Monday through Friday. Along with the featured, weekly columns, there will be guest columns, interviews and more.
    Check it out!

    Sunday, February 13, 2005

    Koufax finalists 

    Finalists for the Koufax Awards are out now and some LC members have made it to the final round:

    Best Blog (non professional):
    Steve Gilliard

    Best Group Blog:

    Most Humorous Blog:
    Happy Furry Puppy Story Time With Norbizness

    Best Single Issue Blog:
    Trish Wilson

    Best Writing:
    The Farmer - Corrente

    Most Deserving of Wider Recognition:
    Dohiyi Mir

    Best Series:
    Steve Gilliard

    Best Commenter:

    So, go vote again.

    Blood for Oil 

    Despite being a liberal and a determined opponent of the Bush administration, I never wanted to believe that the war in Iraq was all about oil.  Not even Bushco would put American troops in harm's way merely to prop up the bottom line for American big oil.  But a report I heard on NPR Wednesday has changed my mind.  The war very clearly was all about oil, and it won't be the last.  However, the administration's motives aren't as craven as it first appears.

    (Read the rest at edwardpig.)