Since we’re discussing Iraq, GEN Petraeus, propaganda, and such

If you’d like to hear from the front-line troops in Iraq, go browse the listings at and decide for yourself whether General Petraeus is telling the truth.
Also be sure to read the work of independent journalists embedded with the guys out on the bleeding edge: Michael Yon, Bill Roggio, Michael J. Totten, Bill Ardolino, Austin Bay, JD Johannes, and Pat Dollard. These guys are out in the thick of it, and they’re not beholden to the Bush administration or to anybody else but the thousands of donors who fund their work.

UPDATE: Yon on Petraeus

I’ve been defaced

I apologize for the funky appearance of this site. Some weisenheimer managed to deface my blogging software yesterday, and I’m trying to restore things now. I’ll be changing software ASAP.
Again, I’m sorry if things are out of place or looking strange. I’ll have it fixed soon.

Poor moonbats. My heart bleeds.

Michelle Malkin pillories the left’s overwrought whining about her readers’ use of the social networking system. Apparently, all that self-righteous talk about diversity and open-mindedness doesn’t apply when conservatives set foot in the marketplace of ideas.
Tough noogies, liberals. Get used to being challenged.

The latest Ken Blackwell interview

Mary Katherine Ham posts some key quotes from a recent interview with Ken Blackwell, and most were right up the red-meat conservative middle. However, Blackwell’s response to a question about mainstream media distortions and his use of blogs left a lot to be desired.

David All: How are you planning to counter the liberal MSM in Ohio, and are you working with bloggers?
“Here’s what they (Dems) worry about…as they sort of make the case that I gave this election, that I stole this election for Bush…when it gets exposure in the general community…Not one of them (state papers) has concluded, either on their editorial pages or in their news pages, that there was some major hijacking of this campaign,” he said, adding that of 176 Democrats who serve on the Board of Elections, “not one of them has come out and said that there was anything corrupt or untoward about this election.”
“Most people in Ohio understand that my choice was to take…those who believed in the rule of law and those who believe in voters without borders. I chose the rule of law,” he said, adding that Ohio handled its provisional ballots the exact same way as New York, Texas and Massachusetts did.
“They see my brand of conservatism as being strange…Ohio is used to electing governors that are dull and practical.”
“Nobody has ever accused me of not being able…to drive toward results…that enhance the quality of life for the people I serve. I don’t govern by the editorial pages. I have an ideology that I live and die by.”

That’s nice, and it’s true. But it doesn’t answer the question about countering lefty spin. Blackwell outlines what he wants to do to, not how he plans to do it.
Hey, Matt Naugle! Tell your guy that he has support in the Ohio blogosphere, and that Hugh Hewitt is promoting him too.

Bleak surroundings = good blogging?

Chad The Elder at Fraters Libertas wonders if the climate, coupled with the local media’s blatant liberal bias and poor writing skills, might explain the bounty of good center-right bloggers in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. He also wonders if boredom might be involved. Now if Chad’s hypothesis is true, there must be several promising center-right bloggers in the Cleveland area.
Hmmmm …

A solid, well-written Ohio blog

If you haven’t done so already, drop by the Columbus-based blog The Open End, where you’ll find a team of good writers working in undeserved obscurity. They’re not in lockstep with each other, so you’ll sometimes find a sharp yet courteous debate going on. However, liberal nuttiness gets a cheerful skewering every day, especially if it involves political correctness at The Ohio State University (a little inside Buckeye joke, there).