March 29, 2007
— Ace Allah doesn't buy it, and I guess I don't either. When you're down to such low numbers the MoE is pretty big compared to the number itself.
6% of the country isn't reading independent political blogs, bit they are reading gossip blogs, pseudoblogs like Television Without Pity, TechBlogs, blogs connected to major publications, etc.
Political blog readers? Eh, probably 2 million or so. Which is kind of low, but not when one excludes anyone in college or younger (very young people don't care about politics, and most collegians already know everything they need to know), and those who are simply too old to have really jumped on to this internets dealio, and those who simply are too poor to have a computer and a hook-up -- well, it's a small but nontrivial swath of those who could conceivably be expected to be reading blogs. It's, um, kind of huge when you think where it was four years ago.
I think people may be claiming to be reading political blogs because it sounds a little bit better than saying "I'm spending upwards of six hours a day arguing about Lost on Television Without Pity."
Dean Barnett guestimatess 300,000 as to the total number of conservative political blog-readers out there. I'd guess it's higher -- 500,000 or 600,000 or so.
But there doesn't seem like much room for the entire blogosphere to grow. Instapundit is the biggest right-leaning blogger, but his traffic really hasn't grown much over the past couple of years. Well, from about 100,000 uniques a day to 170,000. Not really the sort of explosive growth one might have expected. LGF has grown (based on memory) from about 80,000 per day to about 120,000.
Actually, putting those two together gives you around 300,000, which is Barnett's estimate, but I'd guess there's an equal number of conservative blog readers who don't read either. Andrew Sullivan is a fairly big blogger, but when I mention him, a lot of people are like "Who?" And some mean that seriously.
Even those who get the biggest traffic aren't attracting a majority of the potential market.
According to my stats, .6% of the population of Cut and Shoot Texas are totally ignoring my blog.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 05:29 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: BlameCandida at March 29, 2007 05:33 PM (dOstK)
Posted by: Drew at March 29, 2007 05:39 PM (gNyUT)
that once that was over I'd go back to doing my fantasy lineups or
whatever I was doing before then. Nut I got hooked. and now, I visit
this blog and about 5 other ones at least once a day. I really have no
other outlet for political conversations, being that I live in amongst
the moonbats in Philly (and the fact that just about all of my friends
HATE politics). I don't know how much room there is for growth, it will
probably be slow, but steady as the MSM drives away more and more
people. 2008 could be a watershed year. IMO.
Posted by: Dr. Remulak at March 29, 2007 05:39 PM (b1MSs)
I DO NOT RECOMMEND BENJAMIN PRITCHARD'S DOUBLE BARRELED BOURBON WHISKEY.
Sorry. Stick with Woodford Reserve.
This stuff is funky.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 05:49 PM (W5xJB)
Then why does it feel like every friggin' retard in the world is here?
Maybe because you're a retard, too?
Apologies. I couldn't resist.
Actually, I think the 6% number is right (and they're ALL retards). Ace et al is getting filthy rich from the ad clicks alone. And don't get me started on the Billions in Paypal revenue he jerks in.
They just don't want us to know.
Posted by: Sentence fragment On Rye at March 29, 2007 05:52 PM (41Dd+)
How did people manage to look busy before the internet?
Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 05:56 PM (6WBr3)
Somehow i ended up here.
Like you did a few months ago, I'm wondering why I'm hanging out with these losers. I need to find a better group of losers.
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:01 PM (cgThA)
Dean Barnett guestimatess 300,000 as to the total number of conservative political blog-readers out there. I'd guess it's higher -- 500,000 or 600,000 or so.
I think you are both lowballing, though not by much, I would say just under a million. because of anectdotal personal experience with blogs, for about 2 years even while pinkerton was apeshit about blogger brilliance, in fact partly because of pinkerton, anyways.
I used to treat blogs as I treated everyother internet page, I didn't think most of you guys updated often, and it was insty's constant linkfest with simple commentary that got me reading regularly.
I think deans numbers are fair for regular blog readers, or rather devoted to sites. But I would say the number is right in the neighborhood of 1 mil who read blogs regularly, but not daily, and the 1 hour blog reader per week number I would say is probably double.
I have no expertise, but I would say that sometimes people don't realize that they are blog readers, because "blog" is really a pretty fucking retarded name.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:02 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: PattyAnn at March 29, 2007 06:05 PM (3YtMS)
As amish said,
What makes a blog a blog? anyone with a regularly updated blog, isn't a blogger, and in fact I wouldn't even call most of the "blogs" that I read blogs, I just hate the fucking title, really!
I would say that you and most of the others are more like extemporaneous commentators.
But screw it, cuz "extemporaneous moron comments site" donsn't have the feel.
How about "technomancers?"
You are a moron technomancer.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:08 PM (QTv8u)
I was in the sub shop the other night and they had CNN on the tv.
Besides me, the only customers were a fireman, a fedex guy, and another guy.
CNN was discussing the British hostages. One guy asked, "What do you think the Brits are going to do?"
I said, "THEY'RE PUSSIES. They're not going to do anything."
Everyone was a little taken aback by my bluntness. I realized I was speaking in my blog voice, and should be speaking in my real-world voice.
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:14 PM (cgThA)
you have a "blog voice" bart?
okay, NOW! I get it.
It's so clear now.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:17 PM (QTv8u)
Eh? Short-term, maybe not. But as the population gets more and more raised on intertube activity?
Posted by: someone at March 29, 2007 06:18 PM (LS1TS)
I'm a guitard, one of my friends who tried to teach me told me so.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:22 PM (QTv8u)
I'm an ornary prick in the outside world, too.
Because I can be.
People are into wireless phones and ringtones. We're into blogs and politics.
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:24 PM (/mJhr)
Amish, whenever I'm forced to take part in a political discussion, ESPECIALLY at work, my response is usually something like "there are a lot of people who feel just as strongly as you and I do, only they know what they are talking about."
Only person I can talk politics with in the real world is well. . . noone.
And don't get me started on the guys who have their fathers assembly line jobs lecturing me about what it's like for the military. Thats near enough for me to go on a rampage, but I ignore it.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:24 PM (QTv8u)
Would it be possible to look up how many blogs exist? Because I'm thinking there must be at least one-and-a-half readers, average, per blog.
Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at March 29, 2007 06:25 PM (4rhjR)
Maybe I'll send her here next time she acts up in my comments. ;-)
Which is very cool about you.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 06:26 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 06:28 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 06:31 PM (6WBr3)
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:32 PM (QTv8u)
And those guys get TV time.
Posted by: Stephen at March 29, 2007 06:33 PM (wdk1s)
And I'll be sending her to scold you in your comments, too. ;-)
Oh dear God, it'll be like my mom smackin me in the head all over again.
I will be polite to your mother. You know I'm nice.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 06:33 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Ray Midge at March 29, 2007 06:42 PM (rH3Ei)
The people who don't like me usually have a common trait. They are wilting lillies, insecure, or overly-sensitive.
Wilting lillies. Do I have my metaphors right?
Sadly, I've mellowed in my old age and have become more compassionate. I miss the old me.
I always wanted to know what it was that people saw when they looked at me.
We used to make a bzzzzzzzzz sound when we noticed a chick checking out one of us. We knew who they'd be fantasizing about the next time they used their vibrator.
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:43 PM (WMeS9)
Beth, my momma was a Mobile lady. Southern class. Drippy sweet honey voice. And an arm that could smack like a ninja, all one hundred and fifteen pounds of her, soaking wet.
I would take your mom's smart-alecky stuff as kindness.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 06:44 PM (W5xJB)
What happened to Spurwing Plover?
Posted by: mike at March 29, 2007 06:44 PM (/InkS)
Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2007 06:47 PM (WOPFA)
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:48 PM (WMeS9)
Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 06:50 PM (6WBr3)
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:52 PM (QTv8u)
Blogs are an excuse for men to have diaries and scrapbooks.
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:54 PM (WMeS9)
And for other men to make snarky remarks, I see.
Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 06:55 PM (6WBr3)
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 06:56 PM (WMeS9)
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:57 PM (QTv8u)
I would say that blogs are a forum where maybe one day all the shit you ever wanted to say might be read and understood. Because too much of society is built around social norms of participation.
"shut up tech, fix it!"
"silence lineworker, screw that one bolt for the next 30 years like we pay you for."
"I didn't come here to talk, I'm a miserable person, just hit on me so you can be rejected, or maybe get laid, otherwise go away."
"conversation? is that like "will and grace?""
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 06:59 PM (QTv8u)
Rather, blogs are merely electronic and digital versions of diaries and
scrapbooks -- which doesn't make it any less gay than a diary or a
Timmy is a bad influence on you, Bart.
Embrace who you really are.
Posted by: Slublog at March 29, 2007 07:01 PM (6WBr3)
Either that, WP, or no one really gives a shit about what others have to say.
lol @ Dear Diary
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 07:03 PM (WMeS9)
Posted by: someone at March 29, 2007 07:06 PM (LS1TS)
Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2007 07:12 PM (WOPFA)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:12 PM (F6h+6)
You blog readers know what I'm talking about. And who I'm talking about.
On and on and on ... geez, I hate "Gnat."
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:20 PM (F6h+6)
I like to read and comment on blogs. I've been banned by many blogs, but on the right ones, you can be yourself. If you are truthful and outspoken, it's damn difficult to find someone, or a group, with opposing viewpoints that will play in person. Someone always gets pissed, calls you a bullying overbearing jerk, picks up their ball and leaves.
If it happens at work, God help you if you are pub, pro military, or conservative. I've been fired at least 4 times for not having my mind right. Been expelled from 2 universities. People are deathly afraid to call spades...spades. Solutions are too scary. The Country is lawsuit crazy, filled with eager "victims" who would slap their grandmother for a quarter, or a chance to get on camera...and PC rules with an iron fist.
There is the Truth, and there is the party line, and never shall they meet. Speak your mind honestly on the issues of homos, islam, or illegals, and you are toast.
Posted by: drolmorg at March 29, 2007 07:22 PM (KniNx)
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 07:23 PM (WMeS9)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 29, 2007 07:24 PM (wmgz8)
Posted by: Stats Professor at March 29, 2007 07:25 PM (vTteE)
Been pretty disappointed lately, haven't you?
Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2007 07:27 PM (WOPFA)
Posted by: BlameCandida at March 29, 2007 07:28 PM (dOstK)
That's just the way I roll.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:35 PM (F6h+6)
Posted by: Sinistar at March 29, 2007 07:35 PM (bSYRF)
Posted by: Sinistar at March 29, 2007 07:36 PM (bSYRF)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 07:37 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:38 PM (F6h+6)
Posted by: drolmorg at March 29, 2007 07:39 PM (KniNx)
I only just responded to your "31 really?" thing in the old thread.
I was much more verbose, but my answer is, "yes, 31 really."
I think that there is a misunderstanding of "participating" "reading" viewing and shit.
I still say about 2 mill con blog readers in the US, and I think that the Dem blog readers is exaggerated.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 07:39 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:40 PM (F6h+6)
Aw, c'mon Ed, you can't hate Gnat, its not Gnats fault he goes on and on and on.
Gnat sounds like my kinda person.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 07:41 PM (QTv8u)
WickedPinto: Gnat is your kind of person? God help her.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:44 PM (F6h+6)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:45 PM (F6h+6)
It's like you've all gone out and gotten kittens or something.
Those are damn near fighting words!
You are lucky I'm a chubby pussy, otherwise I still wouldn't have done a damn thing about it, but I would have called you out as a hate speaker.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 07:47 PM (QTv8u)
Fast forward to today; I start with Capt Ed, check Reynolds, hit Blair for the overnites (and comments--Aussies are funny), scan Dkos to appreciate how smart I am, check Althouse to see how the neurotics are doing, check JOM for a reality check. Q&O if the coffee's kicked in and I feel like thinking, LGF for the latest outrages, Blackfive for inspiration, and THEN the WaPo/NYT (and I don't read their Op-Eds any more, 'cept for Krauthammer, who's a GOD). AoS & Hewitt in the pm 'cause they can't get their dead asses out of the rack.
Posted by: Craig Landon at March 29, 2007 07:48 PM (NXXti)
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 07:48 PM (WMeS9)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 07:55 PM (F6h+6)
Olliver it was based on an answer, to a question, that was unusual I guess.
Not a big thing, though I would have traded THAT 31, for a life long supply of the one you suggest.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 08:03 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: Geoffb at March 29, 2007 08:05 PM (9U2+/)
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 29, 2007 08:09 PM (CX6/b)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 29, 2007 08:12 PM (F6h+6)
I actually time my connection to Aces throughout the day based on MY understanding of "unique."
I think that a "unique" link isn't exactly unique, it is basicaly any IP that has not repeated itself in more than 30 minutes (though I guess there are different standards etc etc.) so I make sure that, unless I'm driven to comment, I hold off for about an hour at a time, and then I come back, to drive up Ace's "unique" count, which SHOULD increase the revenue from the ad's I click, especially the google ad's cuz I like commie's paying for aces lifestyle.
However, how many of you online gamers have gone to Starkingdoms dot com? They have more than 40K participants, even though only maybe 1K play the game.
I go there. Solid numbers within a single site are not a valid measure, truth is, ISP's and Hosts can correlate this information so that it is more valid but why bother?
This isn't an online political blog census, it's a fucking blog, and presumptions based on other peoples opinions.
(continued in next)
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 08:14 PM (QTv8u)
Anyways, would any conservative want any republican or other conservative candidate kowtow to US?
Really, the quickest way to lose my vote is for god to say "Wickedpinto, I agree, and I will work towards that." I will vote for him to no longer be god faster than Kos will proclaim god dead, cuz he's "smart."
Meanwhile, the lefty retard anti-america hateful fuckes, have finagled the dem's into making the candidates think, like john edwards and his wife, and john kerry, and howard dean, and harry reid, that they are more important than the american people.
You know why the blogs haven't exploded? Because the left has accepted INSANE bloggers as the norm. so the right is thinking "if thats what the left is like I don't want anything to do with the righty's"
Frankly, I think fred and jeri would laugh their asses off at our theory that no man can deny those tits.
Cuz well, no man can deny those tits.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 29, 2007 08:19 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: Sinistar at March 29, 2007 08:35 PM (bSYRF)
just as the Korean War was ending. He's what we'd call old school...a
Reagan Democrat, who couldn't snad how pussified the Dems were in the
1960's. Always trying to make me read Pat Buchannan, thought Coulter
was a goddess. During the 2004 campaign, he has heard about the blogs,
and being that I'm the resident computer geek, he asked me to show him
how they work. Well, I sent him here, and to Malkin, NRO, RWN, etc, and
also to Kos as an example of the other side. He digs Malkin and RWN, he
was "eh" about the cowbell and Kim Richards stuff here. (Hey, he gave
up the AOS lifestyle awhile ago). When I got around to showing him Kos
and DU, he just about had a heart attack. He thought I was playing a
joke on him...to this day he's convinced that Kos is a fake page made
by people to discredit the other side. He renounced blogs and sticks to
National Review for his news.
I don't know what the point of that story was, except that oldtimers hate Kos as much as the rest of us....
Posted by: Dr. Remulak at March 29, 2007 08:42 PM (b1MSs)
Eh. It's just a poll, so I don't put too much sock in it, myself. I would think that the numbers are higher myself, but what do I know?
Did anyone click through to Allah's post & then to the poll itself? 61% of the peolpe polled have never even heard of MoveOn.org, 52% Sandy Berger, 30 % Karl Rove. KARK FREAKIN' ROVE!
No wonder the numbers are showing so low. I don't think I care what the pollsters say when they're asking these boobs questions. I do wish more people were reading blogs, especially very smart miltary blogs such as this one, then maybe they'd have a clue as to what's happening in this country.
Oh - Dave in Texas, 2 words... Bulleit Bourbon.
Posted by: Frankly at March 29, 2007 08:48 PM (Q8tsb)
Posted by: Frankly at March 29, 2007 08:52 PM (Q8tsb)
Or immediately after a little sumpthin' sumpthin'?
Posted by: Bart at March 29, 2007 08:53 PM (ecjC3)
My new favorite word.
Posted by: forged rite at March 29, 2007 09:28 PM (KKpO9)
Posted by: alan at March 29, 2007 09:42 PM (JSr+o)
I rarely comment or read the comments at Hot Air. I know what you mean--there are a whole lot of idiots in there. Not sure why, but they definitely found a home
I am an old idiot, thank you very hello.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 09:53 PM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Craig Landon at March 29, 2007 10:16 PM (NXXti)
Althouse is a woman! (I think)
Posted by: Craig Landon at March 29, 2007 10:18 PM (NXXti)
Some dude named Geof was mortally offended by some joke i made at some point in the past and frankly i have no idea what he's even talking about when him and Dave start their bitching. i dont care.
The "some joke" was calling a decent guy's wife a porn fluffer. Ha ha, laugh riot. When asked if he thought that might be a bit unfunny, he equivocates, as in just now. "Don' bug him, he don care".
To recall any details.
Har har, too funny jokester Amish. I'm dyin here. It's like Lewis without Martin.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 29, 2007 10:20 PM (W5xJB)
>Do the people here that have blogs think that blogging is difficult to do day in and day out?
Are your traffic stats important to you?
Do you compare your traffic numbers with other blogs?
A) Yes. It's sometimes hard to say something new about what everyone else has already said. Little fish, big pond.
B)The only posts I got any traffic on were pictures of Maria Sharapova and Sara Evans.
C) Yes. That's why I killed my blog.
Posted by: barry in co at March 29, 2007 11:41 PM (KOkrW)
Posted by: eman at March 30, 2007 02:21 AM (FWrFx)
Posted by: drolmorg at March 30, 2007 02:50 AM (KniNx)
Amish: Guess I didn't answer fully. I wasn't offended by your joke, it was actually a good one. I dig Miller type humor. My skin isn't white, but it's pretty thick.
The only things that piss me off badly are scumbags dissing the military and my Country, then I am compelled to bring some venomous invective that shocks myself when I reread it. Your comment didn't register on the offense meter. It was a funny joke. I was just a sour audience at the time.
This blog is humor therapy for the serious and the haunted. I like it here.
Posted by: drolmorg at March 30, 2007 03:11 AM (KniNx)
Woodford Reserve? Bulleit?
The bourbons of fancy lads and fake cowboys. Shame on you both.
Posted by: A Kentuckian Snickering Behind Your Backs at March 30, 2007 03:29 AM (GFaLW)
Just to clarify...
Posted by: The Kentuckian is Kidding. Drink What You Want. at March 30, 2007 03:50 AM (GFaLW)
Bart, you've made a nice effort but if you keep stalking, Ms. Coulter is going to lay the smackdown.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 04:20 AM (R8+nJ)
L @ Kentuckian.
You can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 04:22 AM (W5xJB)
"I guess we could always try talking to people in the real world...shudder"
You are well advised to shudder, my friend. Out there, they think Rosie is an outspoken truth-teller, the NYT gets the facts right, and Valerie Plame is suffering from the tragic loss of her career and privacy. And you don't have to go very far out there either - I could walk out my door and find lots of them instantly. They are all crazy out there, and I wish I was kidding.
ps. Where the hell is all that free Iraqi oil we went to war for? Couldn't Rumsfeld do anything right?!
Posted by: sherlock at March 30, 2007 05:03 AM (gparP)
Posted by: roc ingersol at March 30, 2007 05:10 AM (m2CN7)
Posted by: exdem13 at March 30, 2007 05:12 AM (zr8rE)
It's 9:18 am CDT.
And I have bourbon in my coffee.
Funny, the B Pritch is decent in coffee.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 05:12 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 05:13 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: richard mcenroe at March 30, 2007 05:17 AM (dJTxQ)
Then I checked back a couple of days later and you all were doing the Steven Seagal shit...too funny. Needless to say I'm an addict now.
Posted by: SOC at March 30, 2007 05:21 AM (1/F/d)
Posted by: Red at March 30, 2007 05:59 AM (c02MZ)
Read today's Lileks. Then tell me the whole entry isn't just a bit too precious, not to mention tedious and insubstantial.
When you have nothing much to say it's better not to say anything at all. But that never stopped Lileks.
Nobody's life is interesting enough to comment on it every day.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:05 AM (F6h+6)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:07 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:08 AM (F6h+6)
BTW- Has anyone seen any reference to Iran's violations of the Geneva Conventions from the usual suspects (St. Andrew, Kos and his assorted Kids and the rest of that rouges gallery)?
I am starting to get the idea that they may only care about those sacred agreements when they can use them to bash the US.
Maybe I am just a cynic. Nah, they are just pro-terrorist scum.
Posted by: Drew at March 30, 2007 06:09 AM (gNyUT)
Argh. To me, it was like water dripping slowly from a faucet.
Different strokes for different folks, I suppose ...
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:09 AM (F6h+6)
Ed, I'm a dad with daughters. I'm rarely bored with James' stories about his kid, granted I'm sentimental that way.
So is Slubs. He's a goddam mess with that little girl.
Here's where I think Lileks is different from, say, me emoting about my life.
He's a very good writer. I learn stuff when reading him.
Anyway, different strokes. Like you said. I think even JL would agree it's not for everyone. Ultimately we write because we want to.
Oh, be sure to visit my moronblog. I'd be happy to have you.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 06:17 AM (W5xJB)
I'm with Slu on this one but I'm easily amused.
Am I the only moron that did not know the origin of 'stick a feather in his cap and call it macaroni' ? That was worth the read for me.
I also just learned on the military channel that the origin for the name 'tank' was a result of the project of building this armored vehicle being so top secret that the builders were told they were working on a mobile water tank.
Posted by: roc ingersol at March 30, 2007 06:17 AM (m2CN7)
Hey, I only cry once a week or so.
When she manages to kick me in the nads.
But yeah, that's why I like Lileks - sure, its cloying sentimentalism but it's well-written cloying sentimentalism.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:20 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Sinistar at March 30, 2007 06:21 AM (bSYRF)
Ed, I sat down one day and back-read Lileks from the beginning. I developed a sort of allergy. He's a great writer, but not to be taken in huge doses. He fell off my "daily" list at that point.
I hung around Usenet before I hung around blogs. I have been sans life for years.
Which, of course, you'd know if you read my excruciatingly solipsistic blog.
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 06:27 AM (rasT+)
All that said -- I like Lileks when he gets political. I like him a lot. His political commentary is usually very insightful, often wickedly so.
Dave in Texas - I do go to your site, often, and enjoy it. I'm a lurking moron. This is the only place where I actually post comments. Can't afford to spread myself too thin, dontcha know ... I'm already thin enough.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:30 AM (F6h+6)
This is why I read Lileks:
We did a find-the-item picture, which we always do on the last day of school. Some are easy. Some are quite challenging. They all have the same items, though: sailboat, bell, toothbrush, needle, pie. It always comes down to that one last item you can’t find, and you always wonder if it’s really there. It could be the artist’s little joke. Oh, you can’t find the paper airplane? Well, I can’t find my youthful dreams of success in the world of fine arts, so I guess we’re even now, aren’t we?
Anyone else listen to the Diner? Good ipod stuff for long car trips.
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at March 30, 2007 06:31 AM (JefgB)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:31 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 06:32 AM (m1bmI)
Then I read his post making fun of Jessica Cutler and that was it - been here ever since.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:33 AM (R8+nJ)
I also check out your blog from time to time. I like it. But then, like you, I have no life. : )
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:33 AM (F6h+6)
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 06:34 AM (rasT+)
want to grab Podhorets in one hand and Derbyshire in the other and
smash 'em together like cymbals.
Yup. And I pretty much avoid anything written by Kathryn Jean Lopez, whose Romney-pimping was pathetic.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:35 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 06:35 AM (rasT+)
We think you're a heartless bastard because you start each day with a puppy milkshake and the heart of a fluffy kitten.
Or so I've heard.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:36 AM (R8+nJ)
If I could find a smart filter that brings only the funny, smart-ass comments from Jonah and JPod, I would read the corner. The rest are them have good things to say, I suppose. But they are crashing bores.
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 06:36 AM (m1bmI)
IMO, that threshold is reached -- and crossed -- when WickedPinto chimes in.
After that, it's like a wildfire in prairie grass.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:36 AM (F6h+6)
Kitten heart ... double mmmmmm!
And, after eating, I stand on my porch and yell at the kids to keep off my lawn.
Then I shoot them.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:38 AM (F6h+6)
Ed: "TELL ME WHAT YOU DID WITH MY LAWN GNOME!"
Kid: "I...I don't know..."
Ed shoots kid in knee - "DAMMIT, TELL ME NOW! I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR YOUR GAMES!"
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 06:40 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Red at March 30, 2007 06:42 AM (c02MZ)
And Derb? Like most English journalist-writers, he's tries bit too hard to be clever, and he sounds like--oh, I don't know--he may be an alcoholic. (See Hitchens, Christopher).
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:43 AM (F6h+6)
Were you walking by my house this morning?
I love my lawn gnomes. The one of the little colored stable boy is kinda cute too.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 06:45 AM (F6h+6)
Posted by: roc ingersol at March 30, 2007 06:53 AM (m2CN7)
I'm with Tushar re: the Corner.
There's the annoying-math-spaz-Brit-gadfly (Derb), the annoying all-immigrant-all-the-time guy (Krikorian), the perpetual-outrage-Malkin-lite-chick (Lopez), the Iranians-are-the-nexus-of-all-evil guy (Ledeen), the dorky-Indian (Ponuru)(sorry Tush), the former-prosecutor-legal-pedant guy (McCarthy), the other-longer-winded-all-immigrant-all-the-time guy (Kurtz), a couple of other interchangeable Brits (names?), and the completely-unfunny-but-keeps-telling-you-he's-funny-'cause-he-writes-"According to Jim" guy (name?).
Jonah and Podheretz are the only reason to visit, and they are very hit & miss.
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at March 30, 2007 06:55 AM (JefgB)
Posted by: Bosk at March 30, 2007 06:59 AM (+aNmG)
>>the dorky-Indian (Ponuru)
Hey! watch it!
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:00 AM (m1bmI)
>>the completely-unfunny-but-keeps-telling-you-he's-funny-'cause-he-writes-"According to Jim" guy (name?).
That would be Warren Bell. Haven't seen him lately.
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:01 AM (m1bmI)
Yikes. Change the names, and you've got our little group here at AoS.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 07:03 AM (F6h+6)
I started reading Malkin a couple years ago. Looked at the blogroll to the left and just picked sites that had "cool" names. Of course Ace of Spades was right there.
I've got about a dozen I read. Mostly a lurker but for some reason I feel comfortable commenting on this blog.
Posted by: Bosk at March 30, 2007 07:04 AM (+aNmG)
I'm always impressed with the quality of the "Diners". I download em regularly.
It's also one of the reasons I hate that Mac-lovin creative fucking genius. Why can't I do that?
Because I'm a moron, that's why.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:05 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:06 AM (W5xJB)
>>Mostly a lurker but for some reason I feel comfortable commenting on this blog.
Bosk, this blog has been quite welcoming to weird but harmless people. Take Spurwing for example. He is completely harmless, but has been banned from many websites. Maybe the dorks over there tried to understand his comments and came up short. But he is totally welsome. He flies in, pecks at a couple of threads and flies away.
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:07 AM (m1bmI)
The gunshots woke me up. Had to investigate.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:07 AM (R8+nJ)
Tushar, you do java? JSP and all that jazz?
Any DB2 stored procedures?
Want to leave that hell hole and come to Texas?
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:08 AM (W5xJB)
>>But he is totally welsome.
I meant to say: But he is totally welcome here.
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:08 AM (m1bmI)
Better still, I like to set the dogs on them. The look on their precious little faces when one of my hounds rips their throats out ... priceless.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 07:09 AM (F6h+6)
Is WickedPinto harmless? I don't think that's been established yet.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 07:12 AM (F6h+6)
Yep. I can do all that and more! I can code Java in my sleep. Atleast that is what the boss thinks I do! I desperately want to get out of North East (Horrible taxes, Terrible weather, and uncomfortable proximity to Slublog). But I will be able to do it only after I get a Green Card. I am standing in line behind 12 million illegals, and as more illegals join, and get thrown back further.
Thanks for the offer. Hopefully I will take it up soon. I want to meet the guy who coded Gatling Gun targetting software, and kiss his feet. Hope you have also done pedicures!
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:12 AM (m1bmI)
But you didn't "see" anything, right. RIGHT?
*lock-and-loads .45 auto, whistles up dogs*
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 07:15 AM (F6h+6)
Bastard. You're actually closer to Ace and Allah, both of whom you should fear more.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:16 AM (R8+nJ)
I ain't a snitch.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:16 AM (R8+nJ)
the guy who coded Gatling Gun targetting software, and kiss his feet.
Hope you have also done pedicures!
Did Tushar just offer Dave a pedicure?
You know, Dave...you can't make him do that to get the job. EEOC regs and all...
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:19 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:19 AM (m1bmI)
banned from many websites. Maybe the dorks over there tried to
understand his comments and came up short.
He's definitely a WYSIWYG type of guy.
He flies in, pecks at a couple of threads and flies away.
I enjoyed it when he posted more. Especially, when he "strafed" the comments.
Posted by: Red at March 30, 2007 07:20 AM (aye0J)
Well ... okay then. Sorry to insinutate otherwise. Caint be too careful nowadays.
Say, next time you're in the neighborhood -- bring you hogleg, join in the fun!
Wild Turkey and meth afterward!
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 07:20 AM (F6h+6)
No kidding. Last thanksgiving, the sidebar was all spurwing plover at one point.
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:22 AM (R8+nJ)
Easy there big fella. I don't want to raise the hackles of the lawyers on the feet treats.
We need more programmers. If you're interested in living in a place with no state income tax, shoot me an email. You got an H1B?
I think your twins should be Texans.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:24 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:26 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:26 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:28 AM (W5xJB)
Personally, I think he is spreading himself a little too thin these days. He shows up in the oddest places.
Posted by: Red at March 30, 2007 07:30 AM (aye0J)
(don't quote me) you have to have a commitment from an employer to
issue. We've issued many.
Ooohhh! Can I have one?
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:32 AM (R8+nJ)
I usually start off reading the headlines at Drudge, then go to Michelle Malkin. At some point she must have linked to Ace, and then I started coming on my own, (as he's the first on her Blogroll). I was impressed by the intelligence of the commenters, and the rollicking humor. Sometimes people go over the line, but it's the humor that keeps me coming, I think. Sometimes I need a laugh. Sometimes the news is so depressing, that's all you can do.
I've never read, Lileks, Ed Snate. This may surprise you, but Nice Deb doesn't go for really syruppy, saccharine stories about home life, either. Every smalltime local paper has some wannabe writer, usually some woman, who knows someone at the paper, and gets the cutesy "Erma Bombeck" type column that tries to find the humor in every day life. Blechhh. But since everyone says he's a good writer, (like Bombeck was), I may have to give him a try. I liked the little bit that Cuffy shared.
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 07:32 AM (CX6/b)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:33 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Tushar D at March 30, 2007 07:34 AM (m1bmI)
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 07:35 AM (CX6/b)
Heh. So my "Native Texan" birth certificate won't get me back over the blessed border?
(Yes, I actually have one of these. It's on the wall of my living room.)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:36 AM (R8+nJ)
This is why I read blogs.
Comment from Protien Wisdom attributed to B Moe. Coffee squirting out the nose does not FEEL good.
You must have been screaming like a poodle passing a peach pit trying to get all that out in one post.
That is a classic in my book.
Posted by: Bosk at March 30, 2007 07:36 AM (+aNmG)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 07:36 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 07:42 AM (CX6/b)
Understood Tushar. Keep it in mind though, we have lawyers to deal with that shit and they're very adept. We could probably keep you solid on this deal.
Just something to think about. We fixed something similar for another fellow from your country a while back. I'd guess we're employing around 40 foreign nationals right now, all from your neck of the woods, as we say here.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:42 AM (W5xJB)
I shut off my TV and banned MSM coverage from my life after the Iraq invasion. Just could not physically tolerate the pessimists and scolds who seemed so blatantly to be hoping for a failed mission as petty, partisan payback for the Clinton impeachment and 2000 election. I had predicted to myself that the shell-shocked American solidarity of 9/11 would collapse under the weight of partisan anger, and sure enough it had. Liberals had learned nothing and were back to their juvenile tantrums.
I had my own haircut blog then, but had no awareness of a political blogosphere. One of my readers turned out to be Karol from Alarming News, and through her site I came to find the big universe of like-minded conservatives out there--several from my own backyard here in Blue America. Instapundit and a few others became my primary filters for news. Protein Wisdom and Lileks became daily entertainment.
I read Lileks like my Dad listens to News from Lake Woebegon. Often it's poignant and insightful. And while it's not always terribly interesting or laced with significance, it's well-told and involves people and places I've come to care about.
I prized Protein Wisdom heavily for Jeff's brilliant breakdowns of liberalism and identity politics, and his smart and refreshingly non-political or only vaguely-political humor. I thought the content got pretty uniformly heavy and depressing for awhile over there--not long before his hiatus due in part, I'm sure, to emotional exhaustion. At that point I migrated over here for the same reasons I read Protein Wisdom--nice blend of non-polemical wit and humor with good biting political commentary and insight. Now with Jeff back, I'll find time for both.
Posted by: samajaman (ss) at March 30, 2007 07:46 AM (m2RwJ)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 07:51 AM (W5xJB)
He gives out prizes and everything.
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 07:55 AM (CX6/b)
He's on my daily list. In fact, there are several of you morons I read but I haven't put on my blogroll, because I can't access those files from work. Something in the work filter blocks my hosting site (I don't do my blogroll from within Wordpress).
And then when I get home, of course, I'm too drunk to do it.
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 07:59 AM (rasT+)
A 900 person sample might be fine for simple questions with broad appeal, but not nearly large enough as it relates to blogs. This poll was meaningless.
If there's any doubt to the inaccuracy of the poll with regards to blogs, check out the numbers comparing DKos and Powerline- the numbers are nearly identical. Given that DKos has a much, much more traffic than Powerline, I suspect there's simple a segement of the population that doesn't like admitting that they're too unhip to admit they haven't heard of or read them.
Daily Kos 6% 92 3
Democrats 4% 94 2
Republicans 7% 90 4
Independents 6% 92 2
Powerline 6% 92 2
Democrats 4% 95 1
Republicans 8% 89 3
Independents 6% 94 1
Posted by: Hollowpoint at March 30, 2007 08:00 AM (plsiE)
Even when they deserve it?
Ah, heck, I only shoot-to-wound anyway.
With regard to Lileks: clearly, I'm in the minority around here.
Posted by: Ed Snate at March 30, 2007 08:01 AM (F6h+6)
I like Powerline. Its article length and posting frequency is just right to read once a day, and they post good stuff.
I sort of build a mental schedule based on how often sites are updated. Like, Iowahawk posts great stuff, but not very often, and usually everybody's linking to him when he does, so I check his site very seldom.
Ace updates often and the comment section is usually jumping, so I refresh him constantly. In fact, sometimes it goes too fast here and I can't keep up. That makes me sad and I contemplate the futility of life.
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 08:05 AM (rasT+)
He gives out prizes and everything.
Just because I'm desperate doesn't mean I want to appear desperate!
I want a pic of you in that hat missy.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 08:06 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: S. Weasel at March 30, 2007 08:07 AM (rasT+)
Well, I'm still concerned about your dogs.
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 08:07 AM (CX6/b)
Even Ed will get choked up at this one. :-)
Posted by: Slublog at March 30, 2007 08:08 AM (R8+nJ)
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 08:14 AM (CX6/b)
HAHAHAHAAAA!!!! Good one Tushar!
Posted by: Sinistar at March 30, 2007 08:17 AM (bSYRF)
I used to read powerline, but it dropped off my regular list along with about 5 other sites when I found this place.
This is the only site I read the comments or comment on.
Those other sites just get too damn depressing. It's not their fault..The world just sucks ass.
Posted by: Entropy at March 30, 2007 08:20 AM (m6c4H)
Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at March 30, 2007 08:24 AM (JefgB)
I was a NRO regular, and one day Jonah made the mistake of linking to AoS "Cool facts about Dick Cheney" thread. I wandered over here, and got stuck like an Israeli tank. Say, is NRO still online?
Posted by (. :<))
After Lewinsky broke I heard about Drudge and went to check it out. I was desperate for editorials bashing Slick as their was only about one a day in my local paper. Linked to Goldberg through Drudge and thought he was hilarious. I had no idea that there were writers that could take an irreverant approach to a national crisis.Course he got married and so he's not funny much anymore. At some point, through Goldberg, I found the Corner, which at one time was good for browsing an hour a day or so. Someone in the Corner linked something that Frank J had written and I went over there and found my new source for irrreverence when writing about serious affairs. Course he got married and so he's not funny much anymore. But from Frank J had some links in his sidebar and I discovered a shitload of people who were writing about current events and doing a damned good job of it, and who were taking the MSM to task for their ommisions. I don't remember how I found AoS, but I got here just prior to the Dick Cheney cock post and I've been hooked since. Am I the only one who has the entire Dick Cheney cock thread saved on their hard drive for posterity? I hate to admit it, but I even save flamewar threads from AoS on my hard drive so that I can study them later on. And some day be a ninja level flamer.
Posted by: Sticky B at March 30, 2007 08:26 AM (Vv0Ty)
two broken legs, a broken pelvis and other internal injuries. The child
underwent a three-hour surgery to repair his legs. He suffered no
internal or neurological injuries.
Well, were there internal injuries, or not?
Posted by: Nice Deb at March 30, 2007 08:27 AM (CX6/b)
Oh goddamit Slubs.
Said it over there, one of the best things, and one of the worst (hardest) things about flying in and out of Killeen Texas (4th ID, 1st Cav, 13th COSCOM) for the past four years, is watching those reunions,
and watching the goodbyes.
God bless them all.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 08:28 AM (W5xJB)
Posted by: Sticky B at March 30, 2007 08:29 AM (Vv0Ty)
Now you've gone too far, Amish. Is this your idea of a joke?
Real funny, you funny fuck.
Posted by: Bart at March 30, 2007 08:50 AM (DM0Vp)
Oh Bart you ninny.
I probably deserved that.
In retribution, please read this humble post about a good man that a family lost. Be sure to click and read Jessica's letter to her daddy.
apologies for the shameless self-promotion. Honestly I just wanted those of you who didn't know this story to read about it. Feel free to ignore me after that.
Sometimes this shit is hard. You know?
Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2007 09:09 AM (W5xJB)
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