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TEST: WordPress Political Bloggers, Please Respond

October 26, 2007

WordPress Political Blogger

As in2thefray recently suggested, I think it’s time to try to use the WP Political Blogger Alliance more interactively.  One idea would be a situation where I would occasionally post something that’s been in the news, send a pingback to the group, and gather opinions and input here.  I think it would be interesting and informative, since I’ve gathered a pretty diverse list.

The first thing I need to do is to make sure that I can use pingbacks to “alert” all of you to a new post.  Hopefully, it’s as simple as including everyones link:

  • A Man with a Flashlight
  • A Politico
  • A [sometimes] Logical View of the Illogical
  • Absolute Moral Authority
  • Ahmed Ismail
  • Another trip to The Peoples Republic Of Halliburton
  • Axis of Right
  • Bear Republic Action Group
  • because I said so again, why?
  • Blogs 4 Brownback
  • Blogs 4 Conservatives
  • Boats, Beaches, Bars
  • Braden’s Take on the Matter
  • Bryan J. Scrafford
  • Cadillac Tight
  • Christian Conservative
  • Christians for Ron Paul
  • donkey o.d.
  • Doug’s Darkworld
  • DPGI v.2
  • Dr. Slammy in 2008
  • editoriale
  • Fitness for the Occasion
  • Forest Opine
  • Fred Thompson-N-Mo
  • Free Thoughts
  • From the Left
  • Guy’s Blog
  • Hot Rodham Blog
  • House of Chin
  • Ideas from free minds
  • in2thefray
  • Inside Larry’s Head 2.0
  • It’s time to say “When.”
  • Jenn Sierra
  • Michael P.F. van der Galiën
  • Mrs. Silence Dogood
  • Ned Raggett Ponders It All
  • NeoCon BS — We’ve Had Enough
  • NewsComa
  • Nuke’s NEWS
  • Out of Ergyng
  • Over the line, Smokey!
  • OwnLife America
  • paleo lithics
  • Paulitics: Paul’s Socialist Investigations
  • Peace Action Blog
  • Poe-etic Apathy
  • Practical Reasoning
  • Progressive Intelligencia
  • Qur’an – Bible.
  • Scholars
  • Still-a-Neocon
  • Suzie-Q
  • The Heathlander
  • The Incontiguous Brick
  • The Liberal Post
  • The Mouse House
  • the otherwhirled
  • The Southpaw
  • the war unicorn
  • Tomorrow, what?
  • ubikcan
  • Utica Progressive
  • Virginia Virtucon
  • Virtual Bourgeois
  • Vivian J. Paige
  • Voenix Rising
  • Waging Peace
  • Wake Up America
  • Welcome to
  • White Noise Insanity
  • Yikes!
  • Assuming that works, (and I’ll probably look at making that more condensed visually), then all I have to do is get an idea as to  a) who checks their sites regularly, and b) who thinks this is a good idea and who doesn’t, so please respond and give your input on this one way or another.

    Also, there is no rule that says that I’m the one who has to initiate this.  Any one of you are certainly welcome to use the list to call us out if you have something to post as well.  It was kinda the idea all along with this; to form a bit of an informal network.  So, what I might want to do is post a code that contains a condensed version of everyone’s urls so it can be posted at the end of a thread and not take up so much space,  (in fact, urls with a series of periods or something would be almost invisible, save perhaps the button icon or something as an identifier), but first thing’s first.

    What do ya think?


    I just got a response from Psycheout that this might not have worked like I had hoped.  I suppose I should have known better, as WP will alert us to pingbacks to specific posts on the main dashboard page (almost instantly), but not when it’s simply the blog url.  Darn.  That might call for plan B:  ping targets.  In other words, instead of the urls above, I would have to use the url to a specific post (or page) for each member of the alliance for it to show up in your dashboards.  So….

    Best option:  Everyone who wants to be a part of this would have to make a specific post (a page would probably be better) specifically for being pinged, and give me the url.  It wouldn’t even have to contain much (if any) text, just make sure that your “allow pings” box is checked for that page.  It would work pretty slick, actually, as it would contain a neat chronological record of all the threads that have been featured.  The title of the page could be anything, really, but perhaps for consistency we’d title it “WP Political Blogger Alliance” <—like so

    Second-best option:  I just find some old post to use.  This would be less-than desirable, obviously, because I would be a pinging a post/page that is completely off-topic, but it would still work in terms of showing up as a “pingback” in the dashboard.  Initially, this is what I might have to do just alert you to this thread, but from then on we could use the first method once everyone has their pages ready.

    Update: OK, since we already have a handful of pingback pages made, I’m going to go ahead and propose and idea on how the code will look at the bottom of a post:

    WordPress Political Blogger Alliance

    As you can see, one link for every letter would provide for a lot of bloggers to be included in this (33 total, if I counted correctly).  Also, if you want, you could make it really small:

    WordPress Political Blogger Alliance

    Or, I could use something even smaller and more cryptic, like a bunch of periods (…..) and add them as we go, but I’d like to think that it’s better to advertise a little.  I’d welcome input on this.  Either way,  I could use this thread to update the code as we add more participants. In fact, it might be a good idea to bookmark this page, so all you have to do is copy the current code and paste it at the bottom of your post (in “visual” mode; probably easiest). Boom!  Everyone gets alerted by a pingback to their ping page and it will show up in your dashboard (as well as your “recent comments” in your sidebar, I imagine).

    The added bonus here is that curious visitors might be compelled to click on some of those links, which would result in gaining attention to the alliance and possibly more recruits that we might not have found otherwise. But remember, our club is exclusively for users!

    Update: We have 11 ping pages so far. Not too shabby for 24hrs. I think we can get all the letters in the code filled (again, we can always add more).  Another thing I might do tomorrow is post a sample thread using the code we have, just to give everyone a better idea of what I have in mind. 


    The Dreaded Blog Of Blasphemy

    September 6, 2007

    It seems that I’ve done something that has caused me to fall out of favor a bit with my pals on LGF.  I have apparently made the mistake of posting a comment on a long-running anti-LGF site called LGF Watch.  The lizard outrage is best summarized by my buddy Sharmuta:

    Has anyone ever told you that actions speak louder than words?
    Has it occured to you how your actions might look to others here at LGF?
    But most importantly, do you even care?

    Honestly- you’ve made it impossible for me in the future to ask people here to give you an argument instead of snarky comments. The stalker blog? Even I have limits.

    Nevermind the fact that the comment itself wasn’t directed at LGF or any of it’s members, or the fact that it was a comment that I would have made on LGF or anywhere else, or the fact that it was just one post out of thousands of comments I’ve left on probably hundreds of blogs (left, right, and center).  You see, the simple act of posting a brief opinion in the comments section of the “stalker blog” alone has been considered to be “beyond the pale“.

    Dear lizards-  For the record, I make no apologies.  I view the blogosphere as one big forum.  If I have something to say, I really don’t think I need to worry that much about where I’m saying it.  I use the same nic everywhere, so I feel I should be judged not on the color of the blog but on the content of the comments that I’m posting.

    By the way, someone is going to have to explain to me what it is they do over at LGF Watch that qualifies as stalking. To me, a stalker is someone who physically follows you home and peeks through your window.  After all, there’s a website out there called “Olbermann Watch“.  Is that blogger stalking Keith Olbermann?

    Also, if their definition of stalking describes nothing more than an obsessive scrutiny of a specific blog’s posts and comments, and mocking a blogger and his/her commentors on a regular basis and over an extended period…they might want to take a look in the mirror.


    To Catch A Blog Pimp

    July 21, 2007

    Please excuse my lame spin on the title of a popular show on NBC, but I thought the title fits this particular situation. I’m issuing a warning to by fellow bloggers to tell them to be on the lookout for eric aka blacktygrrrr:

    M.O.: Leaves a variation of the following message in the comments section of as many politically-themed blogs as possible:

    I am contacting fellow political bloggers. I hope this email is not an intrusion. Anyway, I would like it very much if you would go to and vote for me for best political blog and best overall blog as well, if you feel my blog is of a high quality. I really think I have a legitimate shot at winning. If you are open to spreading the word, that would be cool as well.

    Thank you.

    eric aka

    P.S. If you are open to a link exchange, I get some decent traffic

    Seems polite enough, but consider the fact that the pimping is widespread and has been going on for some time now, well before any ballots were involved. Back then, blacktygrrrr was just trying to get into your blogroll:

    I would consider it a privilege if you would add my blog “The Tygrrrr Express” if you feel the quality is high.

    Happy June.


    Notice that I have not linked to the blacktygrrrr site. You can copy/paste the url if you really want to check it out, but I didn’t really want to give the pimp the satisfaction of a link from my blog. I will, however, link to many examples of the pimping in question. A note to these bloggers: You got pimped!

    Those were just the ones I could find – FROM THE LAST 7 DAYS!   Over the last few months I’ve stumbled upon blacktygrrrr’s cyber-graffiti countless times in the comments sections of blogs, and I don’t think I’ve come across an instance where he hasn’t pimped his blog.  Even more irritating is the fact that the guy appears to be a Bushbot model 101.  So, those of you out there who have added blacktygrrrr to your blogroll, or have been seduced by the pimp and actually voted for his blog in the Blogger’s Choice Awards, I’m sorry.  But consider this post as an AMBER ALERT to catch a runaway blog pimp.  I will kindly ask readers to report any future sightings, and I will add them to this post. 


    A Shameless Plug

    July 17, 2007

    Well, there’s nothing wrong with cashing in on a great piece of work, and I’ve stated before that Sisyphus should get “Post of the Year” honors for it ( Heliocentrism is an Atheist Doctrine ) , so….why not?

    B4B Store

    Heliocentrism Bumper Sticker Heliocentrism Hat
    Heliocentrism T-Shirt Heliocentrism Clock

    I’m not sure if a blog post has ever been marketed before, but there you have it.


    Tagged as a Schmoozer

    July 16, 2007

    This evening I was humbly honored by the bloggers at BlueBloggin and received the “Power to Schmooze” award. From their site:

    Power of Schmooze Award was created by two bloggers Mike of Things by Mike and Danielle of Pink Review. schmooze_award.gifMany who received this award have already received the “Thinking Blogger Award”

    Schmoozing is the natural ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well.

    Well, I certainly do post on a lot of blogs.

    The idea is similar to the “Thinking Blogger Award”, in that once your tagged you’re supposed to then tag 5 bloggers yourself.  Instead of coming up with 5 bloggers at once, however,  I’ve decided to add to this post as I go.  A ‘work in progress’ if you will.  So here goes…

    • Forest Opine– A very polite blogger who uses the nic mdvp, I’ve seen this Fred Thompson supporter’s nic show up on quite a few sites other than mine.  As an active member of the WordPress Political Blogger Alliance, mdvp isn’t afraid to opine on politics whether the blog is left, right or center.  Kinda like me!
    • Partition Of Iraq – Going by the nic gasdocpol, this blogger has a site dedicated to the 3 state Iraq solution advocated by the likes of presidential candidates Biden and Brownback.  Like me, he is definately NOT a fan of GW Bush and I have seen him engage in debates on a few sites.
    • Psycheout – This blogger is a contributor to one of my favorite sites, Blogs 4 Brownback.  I’ve seen Psycheout’s comments on many political blogs, liberal and conservative.  Insightful and clever.

    The Denver Post Labels Pro-Brownback Blog As A “Spoof”

    July 6, 2007

    One of my favorite blogs*, Blogs 4 Brownback, has caught the attention of the maintream media and labeled as a Colbert-style parody:  The Denver Post – Online spoofs cloud political stances

    I suppose the author makes a valid point about how noise from blogs and the internet in general can undermine the messages that the presidential candidates are trying to get out there in the 2008 campaign, but the focus is all on the Brownback site:

    It appears these so-called supporters – who also run the site Blogs 4 Brownback ( – are really using the sites to parody the senator’s conservative political and religious beliefs, and perhaps make it appear that he is aligned with people who hold some, well, extraordinary notions.

    The sites look official and have blogrolls linking to a number of bona fide conservative websites, including Brownback’s presidential campaign. Postings from bloggers with names such as Mrs. T.D. Gaines-Crockett and Sisyphus provide just enough accuracy, and religious scripture, to appear oddly legitimate – even to other conservatives who comment on the musings.

    Sisyphus responds:

    I’m not a spoof.  That’s the standard leftist talking point- anyone who disagrees with them must be doing so in bad faith.  The liberal religion brooks no heresy.  Either one is with them, or one is only pretending to oppose them. 

    As I stated when I featured B4B here in the Chamber a little while ago, I can understand how some people might dismiss the site as a parody at first glance, but after a week or two reading the site and the comments I think it becomes quite clear that it NOT a spoof.   I believe the saying is “you just can’t make this stuff up”. 

    But, hey, you be the judge.  Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think. 

    BTW- The B4B post mentioned in the DenPo article, “Heliocentrism is an Atheist Doctrine“, gets my vote for “Post of the Year” (if there is such an award).  If you have the time, go ahead and read the 1200+ comments (incidentally, the bloggers over at Scientific American weren’t sure if it was a spoof or not either).

    Also, I guess it should also be noted that B4B already has a ‘watch’ site, Blogs 4 Moonbats. Ain’t blogging fun?

    *As any regular reader of my blog can tell you, I am not a Brownback supporter.  I do, however, consider myself to be open-minded, and although I don’t agree with virtually everything that Sisyphus (and friends) posts on the site,  for whatever reason I find it entertaining. 


    Something That Sam Brownback And Joe Biden Agree On

    July 5, 2007

    You might have already guessed what that was, but I thought I’d put it in here because I saw another story about this come across the AP wires:  Scholars: Divide Iraq into 3 regions

    Under the plan, Iraqis would divide the country into three main regions. Each would assume primary responsibility for its own security and governance, as Iraqi Kurds already have in Kurdistan.

    “Creating such a structure could prove to be difficult and risky,” the report said. “However, when measured against the alternatives — continuing to police an ethnic-sectarian war, or withdrawing and allowing the conflict to escalate — the risks of soft partition appear more acceptable.”

    Brownback has been talking about this for months, and if I remember correctly, he was the only GOP presidential candidate in the field that brought this up in the debates thus far (although I could be wrong about that).   Biden has been pushing for his “third way” for quite a while as well.  What I haven’t seen, I suppose, is a lot of serious talk about it in the media.

    I should note that one of my blogger pals has dedicated his blog toward this solution: Partition of Iraq

    I know all this isn’t exactly news, but I thought I’d bring the debate over to my blog.  My personal feeling on this is that it may be too late for this.  Had this been the initial plan, this would have gone quite a bit smoother that it would to try to do it now.  In fact, at this point, it is almost like starting over.  Maybe that’s why the idea hasn’t picked up a lot of steam.  Hypothetically, if someone were omnipotent and knew that this would be the only way to achieve a positive outcome in the region, it would be interesting to know if the American people would have the will to see this through.  The biggest problem is getting the Iraqi people to go along with it, and it isn’t clear that there is a lot of support for this idea.  Even if they were warm to it, it’s hard to imagine that they would have a lot of confidence in our ability to pull it off in light of all the missteps and incompetence that have plagued the effort up to this point.  In the end, there may be just too many variables and risks in just dropping what we’re doing and try something completely new.

    For the record*:


    *I’m not sure how old this map is, or even its exact origin.  It’s quite possible that the war has changed the landscape quite a bit, so consider it a pretty basic visual representation.


    What’s With All The “Pundit” Bloggers?

    June 20, 2007

    …and why do they all seem to lean right?

    I’ll admit, I noticed this early on when I started this blog.  In fact, I came across so many of them that I decided to give them their own section in my sidebar (see “Pundits Anyone?”).  Here’s the list:

    Now, I know a few of those are more popular than others, and at least a couple of them seem to be defunct and have moved.  I think its pretty clear that there is sort of a “Pundit” phenomenon going on, however.  Can anyone explain why there doesn’t seem to be any leftys among them*?

    Anyway, I guess I mention this because I stumbled upon another one today, (who, for the record, claims to be an independent libertarian).  I’ll add more to the list as I discover them.

    *If you spot a lefty “Pundit” blogger, or if there is one on that list that I missed, please let me know in the comments.  Actually, let me know if you spot any other “Pundit” blogger not on the list, drop a comment (I’ll give you and/or your blog a hat tip in the post).

    Update:  Commentor Triguy76 points out that there is a free hosting service called (which I was completely unaware of).  I think we’re going to exclude those, unless there are particular bloggers that use the service whose handles or blogs are labeled as “______ pundit” or some similar variation.


    Thanks For The Nod Killgore

    May 28, 2007

    One of the cool things about running a blog is the fact that you can see when other people post a link to it.  Basically, if someone posts a link to your site, it shows up on your site stats page (the page will also tell you how many times the link was clicked).*

    Anyway, I mention this because that’s how I happened to notice that my LGF pal Killgore Trout suggested my site to a blogger (Thanos) who was building a blogroll for LGF members specifically.  I certainly appreciate the mention.  On the other hand, I’m not sure if I appreciated the response:

    #402 Thanos 5/27/2007 7:54:12 am PDT

    I purposefully left the infamous ChenZhen out since the Title of the bloglink category is “Scaled Legion”. If Chen has scales, they’re plastic.

    What I find interesting about that comment is the fact that Thanos joined LGF just 1 day after I did (a little over a year ago), and in that time period I’ve managed to pick up a couple of “hat tips”, while Thanos (as far as I can tell) still has none.

    Now, I know I’m not your average LGFer. I accepted that early on. But if there would be some sort of hypothetical scorecard or ranking system for this so-called Legion, I believe it would read:

    ChenZhen: 2
    Thanos: 0

    So there.

    *Incidentally, this also means that Thanos will see this post. 😉

    h1 Political Blogger Alliance

    May 25, 2007

    I had an idea (strange, huh?). Originally I thought it would be neat to add political blogs in a special section of my blogroll, and create my own little community of amateur pundits that use the service. In a way, ALL bloggers are part of a community already, but I thought I’d start a club just for those who like to talk politics.

    Most political bloggers will have blogs from other services in their blogroll.  Not everyone uses WP, after all.  There are advantages to staying within the community, however. One advantage would be ease of commenting. Once you’re logged in, you can hop from blog to blog without having to enter in tedious email info and quickly drop a comment (nice to have avatars too), and all discussions can easily be kept track of through the “my comments” section of our dashboards.  Another advantage: you don’t have to do a lot of work to ping these blogs.  All you have to do is link to a post, and it pings them immediately (leaving a pingback in the comments section).  With other blogs (or blog services), you may have to copy/paste trackback urls, and that can be a bit of a crap shoot.  It can work real slick for some blogs and not work at all for others (or at least I’ve discovered). Yet another advantage is how easy it is to search for tags within the community, but that is less special because services like technorati seem to be dialed into it as well. Anyway, you get the idea….

    So, every so often, I’ll click on the WP ‘politics’ tag and check out what people are posting.  If I stumble upon a blog that I haven’t seen before, I’d just add it to the blogroll.  I’ve been adding a couple a week since I started it.  I’m sure there are more, so as time goes on this list will grow in my sidebar (under “wordpress political blogs”)

    Then I started thinking. What if we formed some semi-formal alliance? A ‘club’ made up exclusively of political bloggers (right, left, and center) who could regularly exchange ideas and comment on others’ posts. So far I haven’t seen anything like that. Maybe it’s worth a shot?

    I whipped up a ‘club’ button that we can put in the sidebar. You’ll have to forgive my photoshopping skills, but here goes:


    If you want to add the button to your blog (it links back to this post), here is the code (with border):

    <a href=""><img src="; alt="WordPress Political Blogger" /></a>

    WordPress Political Blogger

    …and without a border:

    <a href=""><img border="0" src="; alt="WordPress Political Blogger" /></a>

    WordPress Political Blogger

    Update 11/2:  The alliance has become interactive!  The lowdown:

    What I’m attemping to create here is a tool that we can use to make our blogs more lively and entertaining.  I’m not really forcing any obligations on anyone, so I don’t want you to get the impression that going along with this means that there’s going to be a whole list of expectations (beyond etiquette).  You don’t have to respond to every ping.   Just so you know.  

    If you want to participate, there are just a few details…

    1. In order for this to work smoothly, everyone needs to create a page that can be pinged.  It took me about 2 min. to make mine: .  And I need to know the link so that I can consolidate them, so just post it in that thread or respond in email once you’ve whipped it up.  That’s really the only requirement.  A handful of you already have done this, and the pings work beautifully.  The idea here is to compose a code that is easy to paste in your post that allows you to ping everyone in the alliance at the same time.*
    2. I don’t really like the idea of any one blogger “abusing” the tool by using it to try to dominate the discussion.  In other words, if you’re calling out and pinging the alliance 3 times a day it might get a little annoying.  Sure, it’s easy enough to just ignore such a thing, but nevertheless I think it would be akin to blog whoring just for the sake of blog whoring.  It’s kind of a fine line, and we’ll probably tweak the guidelines as we go forward, but for now I’ll stick with a rule of 1 per day max.  No minimums, since some of you might prefer to comment only.  And, it probably goes without saying, but we don’t want to double up on a topic either, so try to make sure that a story or headline hasn’t already had pings sent by someone else first.  If it has, and you’ve got your own unique analysis that you just spent like 2 hrs on, just link to that thread in your post instead.  We’ll see it.  Make sense?
    3. Be somewhat civilized.  This might be the hard part, ’cause a) there’s a very diverse crowd being pinged and b) it’s the internet.  In debate, you win by attacking the argument or idea, and you lose once you resort to attacking the person (there is a difference).  Keep that mindset, and we’ll be fine.  That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a good blog war.  This will be a bit of a free-for-all, so I hope people are relatively thick-skinned when it comes to having  logic, facts, position, etc. challenged.  We’ll just have to see how this goes, cause I’m not sure if anyone has really tried anyting like this before. 
    4. This is about “politics”, so use the “politics” tag/category when you post, and only send the pings when you post about “politics”.  You might have a cool car, for example, but please don’t ping the whole group to show off the latest pics you just posted.  Also, consistent use of the “politics” tag in general means more views from the wider audience.

    Luckily, it’s pretty easy as individuals to block urls and IP’s if #2 or 3 becomes a problem for someone.

    * The up-to-date code can always be found in my sidebar (——>): 

    Founder of the

    WordPress Political Blog Alliance Political Blogger Alliance

    Simply copy the “ Political Blogger Alliance” and paste it at the bottom of your post. Once your post is published, it will send a ping back to everyone in the alliance.  Easy!

    Update 11/4: A tag (category) specifically for the alliance:

    WordPress Political Blogs

    Create the “WordPress Political Blogs” category and add it to your alliance-oriented posts.  In2thefray and I have already added the RSS feed for this tag in our sidebars, so we can see the latest offerings right on our blogs:

    RSS political blog alliance

    Even better, if everyone uses the tag consistently, the above link will provide a great chronological record of the posts within the alliance. In addition, you will have a record of your own contributions to the alliance in your sidebar (assuming you have added the “categories” widget).  Remember to use “WordPress Political Blogs” exactly (alternate spellings and abbreviations will be a different tag, technically)