Some bloggers in the Mainstream, today

Patrick Frey of Petterico's Pontifications has a very good column in today's LA TIMES, wherein he takes the TIMES to taks for doing some damage to reputations and then not doing as much to clearup the smear. Which is a really good pointMichelle Malkin gets some space in the NY Post, today, in which she commences attack on the "bloggers are a lynchmob" meme and gives some props to other bloggers. It must be me...I feel like I just can't keep up, today!UPDATE: Dirty Harry is wondering why some … [Read more...]

Prayers for The Captain’s First Mate

On Valentine's day, most women feel pretty lucky if they get some roses, or a box of chocolates. For this Valentine's, Captain Ed's wife, Marcia is getting a new pancreas!Well, okay...if that is what she really, really wants...Joking aside, please don't forget to whisper up a prayer or two for Marcia (and her family) as she undergoes this major transplant. Ed says things look very good! I'll be bringing their intentions to Adoration, today! … [Read more...]

Some good writing you might be missing…

Was exceedingly busy all weekend and unable to direct your attention to some especially thoughtful and good writing that shouldn't be missed.Greg at What Attitude Problem has written the second part of his thoughts on the importance of fatherhood, and the impact a loving and healthy father has upon a male child. Much of what he writes is deeply personal and very courageously open and honest. He links to the first part of his writing, and that is also worth reading. As the mother of two sons, I … [Read more...]

Sr. Lucia, last visionary of Fatima, Dies at 97

Funnily enough, a friend and I were just talking about her, and remarking at how odd it was for a Marian visionary to live to such a ripe old age.My friend wondered if there was some specific event that was meant to happen before she (and JPII) could finally take their rest.The Iraqi elections? (Shrug)Sr. Lucia, dead at age 97. Perhaps the world is about to get much more "interesting?"Hmmm. A picture of her lying out. And Yahoo has more pictures here...but I'm wondering why nowhere are we seeing … [Read more...]

Hey, look! Kurtz goes for “balanced.” He shoots, he scores!

It's no secret that I was all of a doo-dah the other night because Howard Kurtz published commentary from David Gergen which was very uncomplimentary to reputable bloggers like Michelle Malkin, and never bothered to ask a blogger about his or her perspective on the story.He has seemingly corrected that oversight reporting on the influence of blogs in moving news very quickly and its effects, and this time he actually talked to Instapundit and Hugh Hewitt.I have no illusions that my comments had … [Read more...]

If the Democrats are Berlin in 1931, who is Dean?

Michael Barone writes an astute column on the blogosphere and its effect on politics:The Democratic Internet constituency was and is motivated by one thing more than anything else: hatred of George W. Bush. To see that you only have to take a look at, run by Democratic consultant Markos Moulitsas, which gets 400,000 page views a day--far more than any other political weblog--and which received funding from the Dean campaign (which Moulitsas disclosed). It seethes with hatred of … [Read more...]

I’m proud of the blogs, especially the big guys

I have been offline all day. Monday it will be one month since my brother passed, and today our family gathered at the hospice for a memorial service for S, and a reunion of sorts - a very emotional one - with the wonderful nurses and staff who helped us through his last months.I didn't think I would weep so much. I thought...well, I had convinced myself that I had made great progress in moving forward from the keenest part of grief...but when they played Amazing Grace, and I recalled singing … [Read more...]

An even better than “good” story to end the night

Wanna feel good before you turn in? Here, read this story about a woman who is coming out of a 20 year coma. Welcome back, Sarah.What a world. God is good. More here.Kinda makes you think those folks fighting for Terry Schiavo's life are not so crazy after all, doesn't it?Hattip: … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t Kurtz have asked opinions of BOTH sides?

I'm no journalist, and I have no pretenses that I am one, but it seems to me that it's got to be a rule taught in Basic Journalism 101 that when you're reporting on a story, and you get ONE side's opinion, then it's only fair (and, ummm...balanced) to get the other side's opinion, too.Example: Howard Kurtz goes to David Gergan for a quote:Gergen said last night that Jordan's resignation was "really sad" since he had quickly backed off his original comments. "This is too high a price to pay for … [Read more...]

Jordan was “tire-necklaced’? Excuse me?

William Boykin on Jay Rosen's blog"Eason Jordan has just been tire-necklaced by a bloodthirsty group of utopian, bible-thumping knuckledraggers that believe themselves to be bloggers but are really just a streetgang. Time Warner/CNN is spineless if not completely corrupted by its shareholders' thirst for petro-dollars. It is now clear that all pretenses to journalistic 'objectivity' benefit the torturing, gulag-building blood-cult known Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld's Republican Party."TIRE NECKLACED? … [Read more...]

More thoughts on Eason Jordan and the Blogs

I’m glad he resigned - clearly Jordan couldn’t afford to have the tape released, and his lame back-pedalling played and replayed before mass audiences. The timing is kind of lousy, thought. This resignation is the equivalent of a “Friday Night Document Dump…” by Monday, the news will be on to something else, most of the people in the country will not even know what happened, and those bloggers who continue to nag for the tape will be ignored as having become “obsessed.”Very shrewd move by a man w … [Read more...]

NY Senators demonstrate how the game is played

I love this.President Bush yesterday notched the first big victory of his second term, winning strong new limits on class-action lawsuits and dealing a setback to state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) voted with Republicans and against Spitzer.His aides said Schumer has long supported class-action reforms and felt that Spitzer's arguments would weaken the bill. [That's called, "I'm going to run for Governor, and Spitzer will be my competition. This hands him a … [Read more...]

Has Eason Jordan resigned from CNN?

EASON JORDAN JUST RESIGNED[Ramesh Ponnuru]That's what I'm hearing.Hmmmm...breaking. More to come.Update: AP confirmsCNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amidst a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq. Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy. During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were … [Read more...]

Buckley: Let the pope die!

William F. Buckley speaks for many, I think, in this essay wondering why, if the Pope was so near death recently, he was not simply allowed to die.That sounds colder than Buckley is meaning, of course. He relates a nice anecdote about John Paul II and then wonders about it, that's all. I remember him as he was leaving Havana to return to Rome. Fidel Castro was there to recite the diplomatic amenities. The pope was standing on the gangway of his airplane and suddenly rain fell. As John Paul spoke … [Read more...]