By Jack Jodell, Nov. 1, 2011


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  (  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 ( 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 (, “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

LESLIE PARSLEY over at PARSLEY’S PICS ( 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 ( 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 ( 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!


About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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21 Responses to GOOD READING YOU MUST NOT MISS! (Part Two)

  1. Joe Hagstrom says:

    You know how it is Jack. You get wore out with everything. Think you’re not making a difference. then your friends tell you to keep going cause the cause needs you. Or a righty will do something so ignorant and harmful to the working men and women of America you gotta do something.

    I just thank God that we have people of sane and agile mind like you Jack to counter the tsunami of right wing bullshit.

    And all the bloggers you listed as well. I probably don’t deserve to be in their company as far as influence and ability. But it’s always nice to have the ego stroked. Thanks.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Well, thank you, Joe, both for your comment AND your blog. How we ever got to this sorry state of affairs I’ll never know, but with people like you and the rising-up 99% out there, I’m confident these crazy far-right wingnuts will soon be history.

  2. mudrake says:

    I just thank God that we have people of sane and agile mind like you Jack to counter the tsunami of right wing bullshit.

    Amen, brother! It is hard to counter idiocy day after day. Sometimes you wonder how people got so screwed up, but with the professional propagandists ranting 24/7, perhaps they can’t help thinking that lies are truth.

  3. What an honor to be included among such auspicious and awesome bloggers. Thanks, Jack. Everyone you mention here outshines me by ten thousand miles and I look up to all of them with such admiration. The only blog I see missing that should be numero uno on your list is The Saturday Afternoon Post.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you, Leslie, for always fighting the good fight. You are far too humble, and I encourage you to keep on fighting!

    • John Myste says:

      Everyone you mention here outshines me by ten thousand miles and I look up to all of them with such admiration.

      I disagree, Leslie. Of those listed here today, there is only one I visit more, which is Dave Dubya’s Freedom Rants, and I visit his site to see the bloodbath in the comments that inevitably follows each of his posts.

      • jackjodell53 says:

        Strange obsessive compulsion—to get pleasure from the verbal conflict between other parties. 😦

  4. You’ve chosen all folks that I’ve been reading / or have read …. save Engineer of Knowledge…thank you for the directions! You are a beacon Jack!

  5. S.W Anderson says:

    Like Mudrake said, Jack. Another great list, which means I’ll have to do some more time stretching if I’m to get any posts of my own written.

  6. Mycue23 says:

    I’m humbled to be included in any list you put together, but to be on a list with such accomplished and amazing writers is truly an honor. You were one of the first people to come by our little blog and for that I’ll be forever grateful. You introduced me to a lot of the great writers that I still follow today. My output has dropped to almost zero these days, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get the old fire back again soon. You are a constant inspiration, my friend. Thanks for the support and for your friendship. It means the world to me.

  7. jackjodell53 says:

    I feel exactly the same about both you AND SJ! You have both provided me with not only inspiration, but insight as well. As far as your output goes, I’m sure the fire will return soon. We’re rapidly approaching a new election year; the conservative Republicans think they smell blood; so we’ll just have to rhetorically kick them in the ass yet again. And no one writes with more indignant passion than you two, so keep it coming, whenever you can! I hope someday to actually meet both of you. We will party hearty for sure!

  8. John Myste says:

    Normally I would not recommend anything new because in the case of most blogs you frequent, even the ones I like, I consider them too fanatically left for my taste. However, in this case I will make an exception:

    One of the best sites that I have run across is this:

    Swash Zone.

    It is a small radical left community blog, much like RoundTree7. The writers are highly educated, mostly professionals with PhD’s, I believe. They argue the same positions that other liberal pundits do, but often with an argument you don’t see coming, which places them a cut above some of the others.

    One more thing: I read Truth 101 at his site and at Mad Mike’s America. No hyperlink was included for his site. Here it is: Truth 101

  9. jackjodell53 says:

    Thank you, John. I was planning on doing SWASH ZONE in an upcoming segment. (If you’ve noticed, they are on my blogroll). I would hardly characterize ANY of the progressive blogs I have listed so far as being “fanatically left”, though.There is a big difference between fanaticism and logical, fact-based passion, after all.

  10. Hello Jack,
    Thank you for you kind words and I wanted to stop by and say I just did a posting on MAN WITH THE MUCKRAKE site that I think you will enjoy…..just a litte history lesson and how it is repeating itself yet once again. Enjoy 🙂

  11. jackjodell53 says:

    Hello, Engineer of Knowledge,
    Thank you, sir, and I’ll be sure to check it out.

  12. Joe Hagstrom says:

    You’re never wrong to read Truth 101 John. A body like Kim Kardashian’s can’t be wrong.

  13. JollyRoger says:

    I don’t know what to say, other than…. I am humbled. I would like to suggest, to those who haven’t done it yet, a stop over at Politicalgates . They are Mama Grifter-centric, but they can, and do, put out some excellent material on a lot of our other favorite punching bags. I learn something new there all the time. As I do most places I read.

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