Thursday, May 27, 2004

The New York Times has an article about compulsive blogging. Clearly, this is not a problem that afflicts me. Or Satan. Or MD.

Apparently, also, some bloggers have very few readers:

Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. A few blogs have thousands of readers, but never have so many people written so much to be read by so few. By Jupiter Research's estimate, only 4 percent of online users read blogs.
Indeed, if a blog is likened to a conversation between a writer and readers, bloggers like Mr. Wiggins are having conversations largely with themselves.

Again, not a problem of mine. By my own informal conservative estimate, my readership is global. To coin a phrase.

One of the article's compulsive bloggers was so addicted to blogging he evidently blew opportunities to get PAID to write:

Some compulsive bloggers take their obligation to extremes, blogging at the expense of more financially rewarding tasks.

Mr. Wiggins has missed deadline after deadline at Searcher, an online periodical for which he is a paid contributor.

Barbara Quint, the editor of the magazine, said she did all she could to get him to deliver his columns on time. Then she discovered that Mr. Wiggins was busily posting articles to his blog instead of sending her the ones he had promised, she said. "Here he is working all night on something read by five second cousins and a dog, and I'm willing to pay him," she said.

Listen, if some magazine wanted to pay ME to write something, I'd ditch my global readership in a heartbeat. All three of you . . .

Man of action

Via Atrios, this excerpt from a GOP press release:

Al Gore served as Vice President of this country for eight years. During that time, Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States five times and terrorists killed US citizens on at least four different occasions including the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the attacks on Khobar Towers, our embassies in East Africa, and the USS Cole.

Man, that record of escalating terrorist attacks on American interests IS most alarming.

Thank goodness when Mr. Bush took office he took immediate action to thwart al Qaeda.

Missing in action

Satan. I hope he's OK, just out going to and fro in the world, and not in any trouble . . .


Wednesday, May 26, 2004

What will we call the new prison

Mr. Bush has generously offered to build to replace Abu Ghraib? Let me be the first to suggest "Freedom Prison."


Monday, May 24, 2004

Operation Spray and Slay doesn't sound quite as noble as "Operation Iraqi Freedom," does it?


Friday, May 21, 2004

The America they know
This may not be the America Bush knows. But it is now now, sadly, the America many Iraqis know.


Thursday, May 20, 2004

Looking into the abyss

"I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure. We are looking into the abyss," General Joseph Hoar, a former commander in chief of US central command, told the Senate foreign relations committee.

The apocalyptic language is becoming increasingly common here among normally moderate and cautious politicians and observers.

Larry Diamond, an analyst at the conservative Hoover Institution, said: "I think it's clear that the United States now faces a perilous situation in Iraq.

"We have failed to come anywhere near meeting the post-war expectations of Iraqis for security and post-war reconstruction.

"There is only one word for a situation in which you cannot win and you cannot withdraw - quagmire."

Geez, who ARE these America-hating liberal defeatists?

Abyss, shmabyss. Despite what these pacifist liberal alarmists say, we're on top of it. The GOP leadership has the solution: Cut taxes.

* Link via Atrios

Blogger ate my homework

My apologies to my global readership for not updating my blog in such a long time. Actually, I tried to update it Sunday . . . um, not last Sunday, but the one before that, only to find that Blogger was down for maintenance. I had spent hours, HOURS I tell you, collecting all these links and composing an incredibly shattering post about Abu Ghraib, but I couldn't post it 'cause it Blogger was down. Honest. So, you'll just have to imagine what I would have said. In the meantime, Josh Marshall and others have said everything I would have said, perhaps even a TAD bit more eloquently than I would have.

Besides, I'm doing this as a volunteer, out of the goodness of my heart. You don't see a paypal button at the top of MY blog, do you? I blog for the good of humanity, with no thought of financial gain. However. I do understand that the top bloggers collecting money for John Kerry will be issued press credentials for the DNC convention. Atrios has apparently raised $75,000.00 for Kerry as of late April. I believe that if I can raise $100,000.00 from my global readership, that will put me in the running. I've done the math, and that comes out to $33,333.33 from each of you. So kindly email me at RoguePlanet@go.com, and I will furnish with an account number into which you can wire the funds. I will then send them to the Kerry campaign (I make no representations as to whether this complies with federal election laws).

Thanx in advance for your support!


Saturday, May 01, 2004

What he said . . .


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