By Jack Jodell, Nov. 8, 20111

This is my third, and for now, final installment in this series highlighting great leftist blogs that should be read often. As stated in earlier segments, these are not listed in any order of preference, as they are equally enlightening and appealing. While an  active member of the blogosphere for only the past 3 + years, I have come to discover 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. They should 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. These, too, are definitely worth a read!

Don’t miss INFIDEL753 ( His November 2nd piece, entitled “European Spring” is a masterful effort which typifies much of his work. It is critical of the European Union and outlines the economic perils Greece is currently facing. It is a well-researched and documented post which will prove very educational for you. This writer clearly knows his stuff!

NANCY HANKS, creator and author of THE HANKSTER ( is a longtime independent political activist. She believes , (correctly, more often than not), that our current system of only two major political parties is far too confining and not really representative. Given the state of today’s rampant political dissatisfaction, with hundreds of thousands declaring their discontent on the streets nationwide, she is undoubtedly on to something. Over the past few years, she has crafted a blog that has become a most respected voice in the now-expanding universe of independent political reporting and analysis. Coincidentally, she has the exact same name as did Abraham Lincoln’s mother! Nancy usually writes from a progressive point of view. Recent posts have been entitled “Democracy Demands Voters – Missouri Needs Primaries, Not Caucuses”, “Voters Should Be Given the Option to Vote on Whether Newark, OH Should Eliminate Political Labels”, “Hayley Ashcroft – Grassroots Independent Campaign for Mayor of Ft. Wayne, IN”, as well as some gorgeous photos from a friend’s trip to the People’s Republic of China. You will always get a great share of independent political insight at The Hankster, so be sure to visit there often.

WHO HIJACKED OUR COUNTRY ( intones talented writer TOM HARPER at his site of that very same name. Here you’ll find indignant anti-corporatism at its very best, expressed in articles like “Public Perception: YES, Republicans ARE Deliberately Sabotaging the Exonomy”, “Bank Transfer Day November 5th: Just a Little Reminder”, and “Wanted: Dead or Alive…”.Tom hates greed and corporate excess as much as I do, and that is why you’ll always find his blog a compelling and provocative read.

TED McLAUGHLIN over at JOBSANGER (  posts angry commentary, revealing graphs,  and/or biting political cartoons several times each day over at his site. It also features a bit of irony from time to time, as the title of his recent post “There Are Two Types of Republicans: Millionaires & Suckers” illustrates. Here is an impassioned fighter for social and economic justice, whose posts you should definitely enjoy.

At THE VIGIL (, longtimr critic of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan VIGILANTE has posted many a pointed and thoughtful condemnation of our involvement there. But warfare hasn’t been his only concern: he has written on matters of economic disparity, as his article on OCCUPY SANTA BARBARA and the populist campaign of Elizabeth Warren on behalf of American consumers have shown. There is always thought-provking reading over at his site; sound liberal analyses; and we wish he would contribute more, and more often as well. Check him out and you’ll see what I mean!

THE SWASH ZONE ( consists of a delightful community of very gifted writers, among whom are OCTOPUS, CAPT. FOGG, SHAW KENAWE, NAMELESS CYNIC, TRUTH 101, and SOUTHERN BEALE, to name only a few of the many fiund here. Recent postings like “Elective Dictatorship or Leadership”a probing analysis of Ron Paul, “What the Hell is This?”, an examination of the various concepts of hell passed on down through the ages, and “Shame On Cain,” an indictment of presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s ridiculous pronouncements, show the diversity found in this fine blog, and I hope you, too, will check it out often.

MICHAEL JOHN SCOTT has likewise fashioned a bevy of thoughtful writers into a very successful blog entitled MAD MIKE’S AMERICA ( Here you will daily see a dizzying array of work from not only Mike himself, but talented and insightful writers like HOLTE ENDER, DOROTHY ANDERSON, JOE HAGSTROM, LESLIE PARSLEY, and a great many others. This blog doesn’t confine itself to politics, but also features posts on pet care, sports, and other topics too. It has grown tremendously in readership over the years due to Mike’s hard work.

WELCOME TO POTTERSVILLE 2 (BLOGGING AGAINST FASCISM), is authored by the very talented SUZAN, who describes herself as long-term unemployed. She is an insatiable reader, and you will find her site a literal cornucopia of knowledge, with well-researched articles and opinions on topics from economics to politics to finance to art to culture to music to everything in-between. This lady knows her stuff through and through, and that’s why you will find a frequent stop at her site to be most rewarding! She can be found at

THIS list ought to keep you preoccupied all through the winter! From time to time I may feature other blogs of note, but for now, this will do. Happy reading, fellow blog surfers. Next post I will return to my preferred task of lambasting Wall Street apologists, conservative Republicans, and Tea Party extremists. See you again in a few days! 🙂  

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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4 Responses to GOOD READING YOU MUST NOT MISS! (Part Three)

  1. Thank you for the kind words, Jack. And keep up the good work you do on this blog.

  2. Tom Harper says:

    Thanks for the mention. I’ll be sure to check out the other sites in your post, the ones I’m not already familiar with. We’ve all got our work cut out for us between now and November 2012.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      You’re very welcome! Please keep up the great work on your site and I’ll do the same here. You’re right about 2012, but, with persistence, we will overcome!

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