Classical family values

First, an announcement. My blogfather has helped put together a wonderful new co-op gun blog! The first thing I did was link to it with their logo over on the left. And it is great! Where else can you learn how to build an AR-15 from parts? Or something too many gun owners forget: the essentials of gun maintenance. Go there now!

On a less serious note, my blogfather keeps calling himself a "link whore." I guess that means it's OK to be a link whore. Which is cool, because I have so many links that never link back to me that I am probably more on the level of a "link slut."

What would the "blogmadam" say? Am I being too loose with my links? I don't know, but considering my live-and-let-live philosophy, I think I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. If I see a blog I like, I place a link to it. Sometimes I'll even link to a blog I really disagree with. Others might analogize to rape; I consider it a sort of tithe to the God of Free Speech.

What is the opposite of being a link whore or link slut? A link virgin? Is there virtue in having no links? A link-free blog?

I love my links, especially those who are kind enough to link back to me, and now that I have gone and described myself as a common slut I think it's time for me to defend my "honor." Not one of the following links was a one night stand (because I always come back for more) and not one has paid me anything. (I don't ask; I don't tell....)

And all joking aside, as I have said before, when I see a link which grabs and holds my attention, and makes me want to return for more, I try to link to it immediately. Once I link to a blog, I'll visit it as often as I can. The blogs below have all linked to me, which means a great deal to me, and makes them the best of the best. (After all, not only did I decide I like their blogs, but apparently they see something they like in mine!) By all means check each one of these blogs -- and please link to them. My number one complaint about the blogosphere is the growing stinginess about linking. If this new media is to grow, it must grow dynamically -- and in my view, this means that there should be more and more bloggers, more and more hits, and more and more links, all the time. We are supposed to be offering a new alternative to traditional media, folks. And you don't do that by holding back, and acting stingy towards newcomers. Jeff can call it whoring, and I'll call it that too, but if you leave the moral satire aside, I honestly think generosity in linking should be every blogger's civic duty.

As to ranking links, I see no way to do it fairly, and thus there is no particular order in my link list. If the list's lack of any hierarchy or structure bothers anyone, feel free to offer me your ideas, because I am still relatively new to this. (And if any of you have a link button you want me to use, please email it to me, and I will definitely use it!) The list here is taken in any order I could find them by combing through technorati and TTLB. I simply refuse to list links according to how much I might like them or agree with them or how they rank "officially." (Not only would that be next to impossible, but it would change constantly.) Please understand that I love you all for linking to me, and I will visit you as often as I can.

  • Chris Short writes very well, on a variety of issues, and was kind enough to offer me help with Movable Type. His attention-grabbing blog is right now in the process of being moved. I could not get the new page to load, so I don't want to list it yet. But whatever you do, Chris, keep blogging! Where else can I learn about Stalin's attempted hit on John Wayne?

    UPDATE: Chris is back! Everything is up and running -- and I just took his latest test:

    The Second Doctor
    You are the Second Doctor: Affable, impish, and
    fond of simple pleasures as well as simple
    pranks. Your mischievous exterior camouflages a
    powerful mind and a great deal of courage.
    Although you care nothing for appearances, you
    place a high value on the bonds of true and
    lasting friendship.


    Which Incarnation of the Doctor Are You?
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    This test better be accurate, because I take my incarnations seriously! Welcome back Chris!

  • Speaking of updated links, the one and only Susie at Practical Penumbra seems to have moved. If you don't link to her already, you are missing out on some of the most unique insights and best war coverage to be had. No, I don't mean the War in Iraq; I mean the real war, the Great Blog War.
  • Zen Pundit: For starters, I really like his quote from the Buddha:
    Believe nothing even if I have said it unless it agrees with your reason and common sense.
    Zen Pundit always provides well written, very thoughtful, foreign policy analysis (from a libertarian perspective) and managed to snag one of best names I have seen for a blog. Link to him now!
  • The Imperialist Dog may be gone, but its author, the formidable John Jenkins, has a new blog. He has also started law school, a gruesome form of medieval torture that I would not wish on my worst enemy. John is quite a classical scholar, who specializes in correcting my many mistakes, and quite frankly, once he is armed with a law school degree, I'll be terrified to say another word! (Please be kind, John; I promise to do a better job with my research!)
  • I feel especially honored to have merited a link from The Spoons Experience. There isn't much I can say about the legendary Spoons, because he is a leading libertarian (but free-thinking) lawyer/blogger, known to just about everyone. However, in light of my discussion of virtuous linking, I just have to share this tidbit from his site:
    This website is not intended as a solicitation of prostitution legal clients. If it were, there would be fewer typos.
    I am glad to see that solicitors do not solicit -- and I feel more virtuous than ever!
  • Quite frankly, being linked by The Alliance is not only an intimidating experience, but one that heightens my sense of duty to promote Peace in Our Time, in the Blogosphere. The Alliance has kindly linked me as a declared neutral, and I hereby pledge that while I am pledged to fight for peace, I shall do nothing to hinder them or their goals of achieving a Better World. So help me Blog.
  • Graham Lester is hard to characterize -- as are most intellectuals, which he certainly is. Whether it's analysis of terrorism, child-raising, or recipes for barbequed Civet Cat (Mongolian style), you'll find it here. And he's not afraid to stick his neck out and risk a fisking from other bloggers. A real individualist; don't miss his blog!
  • Well! Here's my chance to not only praise a fine blogger, but use one of his links at the same time. Surely that's a new first. "Tiger: Raggin' & Rantin'" (also known as "Just your every day SNARKY INANIAC™") combines creative writing and fine analytical skills in a search for truth which is eccentric, whimsical, and possibly even contradictory (because after all, the guy's a lawyer who claims to be in favor of truth). I have to forgive him, though, because I too am a lawyer who occasionally slouches towards the truth, much to my misfortune. And the last time I looked, BOTH of us are listed by The Alliance as declared neutrals in the Blog War. Hey at this rate we can join forces and start a New Blog Order when the enemies have all destroyed each other. I was amazed in checking his blog today to discover that we are both the same age!

    My inner child is sixteen years old today

    My inner child is sixteen years old!


    Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
    adults might just accept that, I know
    something's gotta change. And it's gonna
    change, just as soon as I become an adult and
    get some power of my own.


    How Old is Your Inner Child?
    brought to you by Quizilla

    Sixteen again! I knew there was something sweet about this blogger, and I am very grateful for the link!

  • Ex-Gay: I am by no means an "ex-gay" (and I would never call myself such a thing no matter how many twisted new perversions I might discover in the future) but any regular reader to this blog will know that I have spent a lot of time analyzing such phenomena -- to the point where my blogspot blog used to draw advertisements from the screwballs who attempt to cure homosexuals by means of fundamentalism-based shame.
  • Analog Mouse: I don't know what I found more intriguing; her very professional graphics, sparklingly clear writing, or her fearlessly independent personality, but this is a great blogger who does not disappoint! Here's a real gem I have emailed to angry carnivores. (Just don't ask her what her name is; she refuses to say....)
  • Wince and Nod: "Uncomfortable truths, gently expressed." This has to be one of the coolest names ever created for a blog. Whimsical and truthful, like the blog itself. Wince is great -- and while I am glad he had fun with the Harleys in Milwaukee, I'm relieved he's returned to blogging in time to share his thoughts on September 11.
  • Wizbang!: A leading Axis of Naughty blogger, Wizbang is, simply, a genius: a first-rate instigator -- of war, technology, and humor. His Wizbang Tech page is great too! Honored to have the link.
  • Hell in a Handbasket: Here is James R. Rummel -- a new blogger I learned about from my blogfather Jeff. Very witty, he sees the dark side of things, complemented perfectly by his politically incorrect, sardonic sense of humor. Where else can you read about Pueblo Indian cannibalism? Of course, there's much more, including a fascinating discussion of Paleo-Archaeology and Indian population demographics. Go read it!
  • Hi. I'm Black!: Glenn, a very powerful blogger, has recently been nice enough to link to me, and his cite is loaded with valuable analysis and helpful, practical tips. Like this one -- how you can pretend you're in prison and make your own custom license plate. An incurable optimist, Glenn advises that if you can't find any good news, the best thing to do is go out and make some up! (Like the way I put words in the mouths of the gods themselves, perhaps? I love it!)
  • Aimless: It is not often that I find myself praised and criticized for things I can do nothing about, but Aimless praises me for being handsome (hmmmmm.....), then faults me for confirming a commonly held stereotype. (Another hmmmm.....) I hate stereotypes (and I'd never want to live up to them), so this got my attention, and so did Aimless's blog. A fine writer, an honest observer of human nature, and a mom who enjoys sharing valuable information on raising kids and innumerable other things, there is no way to read this blog without being challenged and amused. Highly recommended!
  • Ian Michael Hamet: Banana Oil is the name for his blog, and this guy writes so well that he makes me feel like a rank amateur. He is a screenwriter, a fine political analyst, and right now he is offering one of the finest collection of posts on 9-11 to be found anywhere. (Very timely; thank you, Ian!)
  • And in case you readers haven't done so already, now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country by making sure to read all the above blogs, link to them, and help grow the blogosphere.

    The blogosphere is America's most articulate answer to September 11.

    Mainstream media may be silent, but not we -- so go make some noise.

    Thank you one and all!

    posted by Eric on 09.10.03 at 12:26 PM







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    Comments

    "Here is James R. Rummel -- a new blogger..."

    Thank you kindly for the link, but I'm not really a new blogger. I've been doing it for about two years now. I just moved from Blogspot to a commercial hoting service in May, is all.

    Of course, since I've been doing this for awhile you'd think that my spelling would get better and my typing would get faster. Oh, well.

    James

    James R. Rummel   ·  September 10, 2003 5:39 PM

    Why thank you, that is very kind! I am enjoying your blog as well -- you live up to your name. Two points:

    1. You've pointed out an egregious error on my part, that I forgot to credit Tack-O-Rama for my fonts and graphics when I redesigned my site, and

    2. The reason I don't give my name is that I work in one of those types of (screaming liberal moonbat) places that, if any of the muckety-mucks found out I had a blog and read it, there is a very real chance I could be fired, even though I've only written about work once.

    And can someone please explain the whole blogfather/blogsibling thing to me? I don't get it.

    Analog Mouse   ·  September 10, 2003 6:30 PM

    Corrections noted, and thank you both again!

    The blogfather thing is really just a way of sponsoring a new blogger. Jeff at Alphecca.com was nice enough to sponsor me, just as Instapundit did with him.

    Blogsiblings? I guess we're all that!

    And many congratulations on your Instalanche tonight, Analog Mouse! You more than deserve it!

    Eric Scheie   ·  September 10, 2003 9:22 PM

    Thank you for your kind words Eric! I enjoy reading you also.

    aimless   ·  September 14, 2003 10:38 PM

    beautiful!

    junel capistrano   ·  November 10, 2003 9:39 PM

    Good idea !

    Pregnancy Tests   ·  February 7, 2004 7:54 PM

    Tastes differ. I can't agree with you, sorry... Anyway I like your writing. I find it sad that people have sunk into such intellectual decay as to find fault with a difference of opinion.

    Nat   ·  June 25, 2004 2:39 PM

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