By Jack Jodell, Nov. 1, 2011
REMEMBER TO SWITCH YOUR SAVINGS AND CHECKING ACCOUNTS TO SMALL, LOCAL BANKS OR CREDIT UNIONS FRIDAY AND TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT
This is the second post in a series designed to spotlight the tremendous number of excellent leftist blogs. As an active member of the blogosphere for only the past 3 + years, I have come to know of a great many superb blogs, all with a disdain for the unfair nature of the status quo and all dedicated to various forms of change to our very flawed political and economic system. Some of the blogs I visit regularly are humorous; some are angry; many are passionate. But nearly all share a deeply-held belief that beneficial change MUST come as soon as possible. Intermittently, then, I will feature information on various sites I have found to be of great interest for the progressive reader. I continue today with a listing of several sites which I would strongly recommend you also stop at from time to time. I list these randomly and without preference, as ALL of them featured in this series are definitely worth a read!
To start, JERRY CRITTER over at CRITTER’S CRAP (http://critterscrap.blogspot.com/) is a man of relatively few words. He is quick and to the point, and has little tolerance for political or economic malfeasance. He has a genius for cutting right to the chase on topics, and the graphs, cartoons, and videos he features on his site are priceless. You are making a BIG mistake if you don’t stop by his site often!
Both MICHAEL HEW (aka Mycue23) and SANDY JIMINEZ (aka SJ), the creator and constant contributor, respectively, of the blog RANDOM THOUGHTS (http://hamsandwich66.blogspot.com/) are passionate liberals fighting nonstop for truth, justice, and the great American ideal – – – for everybody! Hew, a talented screenwriter and musician , and Jiminez, an accomplished independent film producer, have crafted a most intelligent and thought=provoking blog. Their output is sporadic at times, but what they consistently provide us with is pure gold. Commenting on racial prejudice in his current post, SJ writes, “…Hispanics and Latinos are not recognized as a ‘race’ by the Census…This of course flies in the face of centuries of institutional racism and conflict in the Americas, because anyone familiar with the word ‘spic’ would tell you it’s not a synonym for Yankee. There’s a wall being proposed to keep out Mexicans, – not Canadians.” Writing in mud-July, as our government had still not recognized the Libyan rebels as the rightful government of Libya, (and when it did, it was for all the wrong reasons), Mycue23 sarcastically put it, “…I’d just like to say that this move by the US to recognize the Libyan rebels is a wonderful example of how we seek to promote and strengthen democracy around the world. I couldn’t be prouder (oh, and by proud I mean absolutely disgusted).” The frustation and outrage these guys express is shared by all of us with a progressive outlook, and that is why we should all add this blog to our blogroll, and check it often!
Known formerly as Reconstitution, JOLLY ROGER says it best on the home page of his new iteration, PLUTOCRAP (http://reconstitution.us/rcnew/), “This is a Plutocracy, and it’s crap. The time has come to start shoveling.” I couldn’t agree more. Jolly Roger provides us with several scalding indictments of the economic and political status quo each day, and he is definitely worth a good read. He has commented recently on the unfolding Eurocrisis, scalded Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin for their blatant hypocrisy over at Fox “News”, and a piece very critical of Herman Cain, He writes, “Given the nature of Herman’s entire campaign, something, somewhere, is bound to take this guy down…” A prophet in our midst? Could be, but trust me – this is one prophet whose excellently hard-hitting blog you cannot miss!
ENGINEER OF KNOWLEDGE is the name of both a person and his interesting blog. A lifelong MODERATE/LIBERAL Republican, he, like us, is thoroughly disgusted with the shenanigans of the current batch of far-right ultra-conservative Republicans and the extreme Tea Party crew while stole control of the House of Representatives in 2010. His pedigree in the West Virginia GOP stretches all the way back to the Civil War, so he is naturally dismayed by the recent turn of events for that miserable party. The Engineer’s latest post is entitled “Koch Brother Anticlimate Funding Backfired” and is a good representation of his work. He, like us, cannot stomach the manipulation of our electoral process by the greedy Koch brothers or multi-national corporations. To find this and other great pieces critical of the current regime of conservative Republicans, be sure to check him out at http://engineerofknowledge.wordpress.com/.
LESLIE PARSLEY over at PARSLEY’S PICS (http://parsleyspics.blogspot.com/) has railed for years against racial bigotry and economic injustice. Hers is a thoughtful blog well-supported by reliable graphs and charts. She writes with fairness, logic, and a clear conscience, and despises the same governmental and economic corruption and inaction we all do, so I would encourage you to stop by her site, if you have not already done so.
MAN WITH THE MUCKRAKE (http://manwiththemuckrake.wordpress.com/) is a superb blog featuring a number of writers, among which are MUDRAKE, MICRODOT, LACITHEDOG, and the aforementioned ENGINEER OF KNOWLEDGE. I can never tell which writer contributed which piece, because they aren’t credited individually, but no matter – they’re all good! Pieces like the recent “Astro Turf Wars”, “Flat Tax and Kansas”, and “A Glimpse into the World on the Right Side of the Universe” constantly provide us with informative and intriguing reading. This is a blog you won’t want to overlook!
DAVE DUBYA’S FREEDOM RANTS (http://www.davedubya.com/) is also definitely worth reading. In his latest post, entitled “Zero Tolerance”, he lambasts conservative politicians like Pat Robertson and the entire George W. Bush administration for using fear to achieve their sordid political ends. In the prior “Big Lies and the Truth”, Dave castigates all of those responsible for our current economic woes, from the Reagan administration onward. He writes, quite correctly, that “The Right’s war on democracy begins with propaganda, falsehoods, demonization of liberals and moderates, and advances with their campaign to suppress the right of qualified Americans to vote.” This is powerful stuff, and an excellent example of what you’ll find at his site. A definite must-read blog for all progressives!
Last this installment, but definitely not least, is JOE HAGERSTROM’S (aka Truth101) clever TRUTH SHALL RULE. From the humorous “endorsements” by famous people to read his blog at its upper right, to his often tongue-in-cheek comments about world events and politicians he makes, this is an entertaining and very original blog. Joe has tried several times to give up blogging, but we regular readers just won’t let him do so. Stop by his site for an enjoyable read and I’m sure you’ll agree with us!
That’s it for this installment, readers. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OUTSTANDING LEFTIST BLOGS THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED HERE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN YOUR COMMENTS! Next in this series, I’ll cover THE HANKSTER, WELCOME TO POTTERSVILLE 2, INFIDEL 753, WHO HIJACKED OUR COUNTRY?, JOBSANGER, and others. Look for it soon!