Friday, February 03, 2006

Blog roll stroll on the left side of the tracks, vol.1

Okay, I finally did it. I don't know that I'm any better for having done so, and I'm not sure how regular this will be, although I will be doing it again. Without further ado, here we go.

The first stop on the stroll is I tried to get into StealthBadger, but I couldn't. He seems to have a thing for Mark Noonan at Blogs for Bush, though. He has two posts on Noonan in the last two days. In one post he rhetorically compares Noonan's opinion on legislation in Ohio to having sex with a dog, and in the other he conflates Noonan's opinion on House Majority Leader Boehner with taints. In my attempt to find a liberal blog that crushes the stereotype of crude, immature, body related humor, I'm 0-1.

From StealthBadger I headed over to Last Left Turn Before Hooterville. This blog caught my eye because I grew up several miles from an area known as Hooterville. Alas, Alicia writes Last Left Turn from somewhere in California. The post that caught my attention was titled Liberal v. Conservative? Sex v. Death. It is a interesting if logically flawed post in which she takes the position that liberals easy attitude towards porn is more defensible than conservatives easy attitude towards violent movies. Her stereotypes are just a little too broad, though. The fact is both porn and movie violence, as well as music lyrics and video game violence, are opportunistic topics that both sides of the aisle attack when they can score easy political points. My favorite line in the post was this, though: "Liberals traditionally are more laissez-faire about sex, while conservatives seem to be more easy-going about death." I hope I'm not the only one that sees the irony in that statement. The author seems well intentioned enough that I actually don't have the heart to fisk a piece that she heavily prefaced with disclaimers.

After the Last Left Turn, I went to Nero Fiddled, mostly because the name amused me. The top post at the time was Figures of Speech. It was pretty standard fair, pretty much on the talking points of the day on the left, complete with a reference to the pronunciation of John Boehner's name. Three blogs, and I've not yet found anything that has gotten my blood boiling.

Next up was the Curmudgeonly Crab. Posting at the Crab has been sporadic and pretty much cut & copy anti-Bush stuff of late because the author's mother has been ill. So I decline to critically look at a blog whose author has bigger issues to worry about, so I am merely linking and using the Crab as a window to our next blog.

That brings us to Library Bitch. Library Bitch's first story is of American soldiers firing on a car full of Canadian diplomats when it failed to slow as it approached a U.S. convoy. He calls what he sees as a fire-at-will mentality "frightening." If he wants to know frightening, I suggest he ride in one of those convoys with a vehicle coming right at it. The Canadian driver seems equally to blame in this situation for driving in such a way as to be perceived as a threat to the convoy. Also, with this blog I noticed a trend. Liberal bloggers seem to love to photoshop Bush into the Brokeback Mountain poster.

It was a short stroll tonight. My mind began numbing after a while as I saw fewer debates of actual ideas than I had hoped for. As I said, I'll be doing this again, but I think I'll need some inspiration to do it again soon.

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