Blog of the Week

The next featured blog has been a favorite of mine since before the Robot was a stray synapse in my tin-clad head. Like many of you, I admire Pundit & Pundette’s style, straight forward nature and spot-on commentary. To me, it reads less like a blog than a news site with a bit of a smirk. Perusing P & P, I feel like I’m perhaps sitting at an outdoor cafe, discussing the day’s events over coffee with some snarky friends.

An excerpt from “TIME columnist admits we were right about Obama”

Mark Halperin of TIME magazine can just barely make out the real Barack Obama from his house:

With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters… [snip]

Isolated, insular, arrogant, and clueless. Well, that’s a start. Let’s not forget narcissistic, thin-skinned, unscrupulous, polarizing, and socialist.

Whoa. Don’t hold back there, Jill. How do you really feel?

All kidding aside, I agree with her assessment one-thousand percent. I also happen to like the way she gets her point across. Like this morning’s post:

Are we talking about the President of the United States or Justin Bieber? I was going to ask whatever happened to the dignity of the office, but then I remembered Bill Clinton.

And I was going to ask if Bill Clinton was aware of his punching-bag status, but then I remembered he’s married to Hillary.

Wait, did I just steal an analogy method from Jill?

Yes I did.

Imitation is, after all, the highest form of flattery.

We can also be thankful that Pundette keeps people like Virginia Ironside front and center. Is Mzzz. Ironside the type of person who would presume to sit on the Obamacare health care panels and decide whether or not we get medical treatment? If you answered no, you should take a deeper look into Obama’s Cabinet appointments. This is what passes for compassion in those “educated” circles:

[Ironside]: ‘If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.’

[Pundette]: It’s a cold, cold arrogance which, after a look into the future, considers the following issues for others and decides on the death sentence:

Does your life have intrinsic value? No.
Because you may suffer for years, should you desire to continue living? No.
Is your death preferable to X amount of suffering, as perceived by me? Yes.
Can suffering have redeeming value for the sufferer? No.

And let’s not pretend that the advice columnist’s “good mother” doesn’t have a conflict of interest. Her own suffering, that ultimate evil in Ironside’s world, is surely part of the equation as she ponders the destruction of her child.

Jill then adds a “palate cleanser” and some further background on the “loving mother.” The entire article begs for your attention.

She can also spot a great quote when she sees one.

When it comes to school reform, I’m with John Derbyshire:

Here is my prescription for a reform of the nation’s education system. First, destroy all the schools. Cart away the rubble for landfill and sow the ground with salt. Abolish the federal Department of Education and all state equivalents. End all education funding from public sources.

Pundit and Pundette is a site that has proved it’s worth time and time again in the realm of analysis, commentary and aggregation of news from across the political spectrum. It’s written with a style that feels like home cooking and I love the smell of freshly brewed snark in the morning…

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to bookmark Pundit and Pundette.

Add P & P to your blogrolls, and visit P & P at least once a day. You’ll be glad you did.

Be sure to let them know a rusty tin man sent you.

Did you hear? Recently, my dapper New Jersey friend, Chris Wysocki of WyBlog fame, was honored with an inclusion in John Hawkins’ “favorite blogs for the 3rd quarter of 2010.”

No small task, I must say. And well deserved.

The cool thing about those inclusions to me is, they come out of nowhere. You certainly aren’t campaigning for them like say, a Nobel Peace Prize or anything. One day you’re telling the story as you see it, no-holds-barred reporting and analysis, the next, someone is telling you that you’ve been honored on a prestigious list from RWN.

You go my friend.

Shortly after that inclusion, he was offered and accepted an invitation to be a contributing author at Right Wing News. No doubt an award of merit for the insightful commentary and exceptional snarcasm evidenced on the WyBlog website.

Chris is a fearless writer. One who I obviously admire and would love to emulate if only I had his rapier wit. One can tell from the flow of his thought that Chris is as fluent with the keyboard as he is knowledgeable on the issues close to his heart and ours. Little stuff like oh, you know, Free Speech.

A recent brief example from Insurers dropping child coverage is part of Obama’s master plan

Hand-wringing by his sycophants aside and assuming that “everyone” could see it coming, this is exactly what Obama wanted to happen. What better way to presage the need for Universal, Government-run healthcare than by saying, “it’s for the children”?

So here we are. A high-profile showdown over a hot-button, tear-jerker issue; one to which the only compassionate reaction could be a government program to step in where the evil, capitalistic insurance companies fear to tread.

It’s not like we weren’t warned:

Video here.

Obama’s sinister plan to reshape the very fabric of America is working.

We are fortunate to have such a freedom fighter and friend.

Mark your blogrolls.

Add Wyblog to your bookmarks.

Visit often.

I think you will find Chris to be a host deserving of all accolades awarded and more. Outspoken, opinionated and spot-on with the critique and commentary with a style all his own.

Wait.

From Jersey?

Yup. Jersey. Hey, don’t knock it. Your next President may, come from Jersey.

I am curious though, as dialects go, at what point north of I-10 “Jersey” becomes “Joisi?” (which phonetically might be “Joese.” but I can’t find a long “e” in the special characters list.

Damn those Phonecians!

This past week, Robert Stacy McCain did something most of us would not have the cojones to do. He went out on a limb to stay a few days. He bought a one-way ticket to Alaska to do some light political reporting and in the process scored an exclusive interview with the former First Dude of Alaska, Todd Palin. The piece was published by the American Spectator of which R.S. McCain is a regular contributor. Some might question the wisdom of such a move.

Some.

Personally, I think, as bloggers and interested readers, we are lucky to have access to the services of a true seasoned reporter working from the right side of the  political spectrum to help us discern the truly important issues, and candidates from the onslaught of misinformation out there. That, coupled with insightful commentary and analysis, make The Other McCain a must read for anyone who wishes to be enlightened and entertained.

Yesterday morning I clicked over to The Other McCain to find that Stacy’s visit with Todd Palin had transferred, possibly through osmosis, some primal urge to go deer hunting, with his 2004 KIA Optima(!) which, last I checked, isn’t offered with a night vision scope or laser sighting on the standard option package. No wonder the Palins keep the interviews with Todd to a minimum. We wouldn’t want that kind of macho thing catching on in the circles of say, the NYT, The Atlantic or Vanity Fair. Who knows what kind of hell on journalistic earth it would kindle.

I gather through my sources in the interwebz that Mr. McCain came through the Attack of the Whitetail ordeal with only minor injuries. The KIA, he says though, is K. I. A. An unfortunate occurrence since it was just recently repaired of engine trouble at great expense and now leaves our intrepid reporter with no visible means of motor-vation in this, the busiest time of an election cycle. I’m sure some of his readers will be moved to help out in a monetary fashion.

The other half of the most esteemed website called The Other McCain is manhandled by none other than the bagpipe wielding Smitty, a man who can wax prolific on politics, smack down some prose with the best of them and who’s help on the site I’m positive comes at a very high price, so Hit The Freaking Tip Jar!

I could go on prattling about the machismo of the virtuous and talented staff of The Other McCain for days but I find it’s best to let you, Dear Reader, find out for yourself. Head on over to The Other McCain, dictionary in hand, with full expectations of learning a thing or two about how the big boys do it.

Be sure to let ’em know an admiring robot sent you.

This week’s blog of note is No Sheeples Here!

There are few people in the world who possess the innate ability to juxtapose current events,  humor and biting commentary so adeptly in the photo-manipulation and artwork formats as Carol of No Sheeples Here! The Queen of Photoshop, Carol has amused most of us with her mad skillz at one time or another and has had yours truly slack-jawed with amazement on quite a few occasions.

Being the rabid patriot she is, Carol is also a preternatural master of political prose, possessing the ability to boil most any subject down to the root causes and strip away the chaff, showing us that she understands the subjects at hand at the visceral as well as contextual levels.

All that being said, the main reason I’m featuring her blog this week is, I just plain like her. Carol has been and continues to be one of the nicest people I’ve met on the net and one of the best humored. Although, judging from her artwork, which I must guess befits her demeanor, I wouldn’t want to tangle with The Queen.

Keep up the fine work, my friend, and I’ll keep stealing it. Deal?

Visit Carol’s site, No Sheeples Here often.

Also, check out her Photoshop repository, Mako Snark.

She also blogs at a few other great places. I would encourage you to explore her websites and find those as well. The bloggers she partners with are some of the best in the business, as I’m sure you will see.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks and place these sites prominently in your blogrolls. You won’t regret the additions.

There are just a few blogs on my daily reading list. I know there probably should be more but, when battling the cacophony of every day life, I don’t always have time to spend searching through the blogroll for the most worthy items. The question in that case becomes, where to find a source for insight and reasoned wisdom gleaned from a variety of sources, or commentary in their own essays that speak truth to modern times?

The site that has emerged as one of my daily go-to sources is The Camp of the Saints.

One finds a plethora of potent pontification, a vast area of knowledge, and a keen insight into the human psyche in the writings of  TCOTS’ general proprietor, Robert “Bob” Belvedere. A man who continually exhibits exquisite taste in the finer things of life and of western civilization. I often find sharp and unwavering points of view to which I wholeheartedly agree when I visit The Camp of the Saints.

An example:

I think I speak for a lot of people when I state: I do not fear Islam.  I despise it, disdain it, scorn it, because of almost everything it preaches.  It is anti-freedom, anti-liberty.  The name itself means ‘submission’ and it demands the subjugation of all, allowing for no dissent.

What was the question? Need you ask? I think not. No gray area there and dead spot-on, I must say.

Bob has a love of American principles that is unsurpassed, which is represented by his fierce desire for a strict interpretation of the constitution as written, not some living, breathing, floating target of ideals that change with the installation of some new judge or election of a political figure with their own particular axe to grind or social experiment to install.

Bob has also been a gracious, good humored commenter and sometimes mentor to your humble Robot over the short life of this blog and for that I am most grateful.

A more genial host you will not find than General Belvedere, unless of course your name is Pelosi, Reid, Obama or their ilk.

Be sure to add The Camp of the Saints to your bookmarks and blogrolls. Visit often, and be sure to tell Bob a drunken automaton blindfolded you, spun you around, and led you to his super secret lair. You can thank me later.

America needs more patriots like General Robert “Bob” Belvedere.

I used to be one on the sidelines. One could have labeled me liberal in that I didn’t understand the thoughts and feelings that stirred me deeply were Conservative and Libertarian in nature and ignored them in my debauchery. As time passed I worked my day job and played music with a band of Pure Liberals, these were people who actually believed they were not taxed enough and that government was the answer to any and all problems, even and especially the ones it caused. I instinctively understood that my beliefs were wholly different, that self reliance and true liberty was not a part of their ideology. They spoke of something to which I could not ascribe.

Thus began a transformation. I began to realize that, while I may not be college educated as my band-mates were, one of them in fact being a professor and holding a doctorate, that I still could not agree, in fact must disagree, with the viewpoints espoused by my musical brethren. I began to read and educate myself as to the beginnings of our country and why the Founders chose the method of our governance, how the Constitution is not a “living, breathing” document, that some would have us believe can be interpreted as an activist judge or corrupt city council sees fit. Our system of government is not a Democracy but a Constitutional Republic that must be defended each and every day by the very people who desire to live under it’s divinely inspired protection.

Then I began to discover how blind most people really are to their Federal Government and how little it is allowed Constitutionally, to do to them.

Around this time I discovered “the blogs,” some liberal, some conservative or libertarian, and many of whom I still read to this day, one of which is the featured blog of the week.

You see…

Once upon a time there was a man who disparaged his government and ridiculed their mismanagement in seclusion or in beer joints and pubs across the southeastern side of Texas with relatively little fanfare. While his rantings and ravings didn’t slow in tenacity or decrease in venom, he started to find a need for a forum of greater magnitude to vent his frustration because he knew with more and more certainty as time passed that if he and many others did not shout and scream and pitch a hissy fit full of logic and reasoning in combination with the wild-eyed passion for God and Country and Freedom, that the objects of those loves would soon be gone.

One of the reasons this man chose to embark on the journal you now read was a website called Washington Rebel.

The contributors to Washington Rebel know these things with every fiber of their being; and when you visit The Reb, you will find a fearlessness of thought that quickens the heart and bolsters the spirit. As one who is in need of such things every now and again, I truly appreciate their hard work and bodacious attitude.

Now that you know a part of my story. I would encourage you to partake in some Rebel goodness for yourself, but be aware, they of the Reb fear not to speak their minds with some essay of assault on the weak minded or to assail you with the beauty of Gods female creation.

God Bless the Reb.

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