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 …

ABC hunts for war dead on Inauguration Day

Courtesy of Captain’s Quarters, a bold attempt by ABC News to throw mud on President Bush’s Inauguration … discovered on their website by bloggers:

For a possible Inauguration Day story on ABC News, we are trying to find out if there any military funerals for Iraq war casualties scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20.
If you know of a funeral and whether the family might be willing to talk to ABC News, please fill out the form below[.]

Disgusting. Any spin trying to downplay this is demolished by the fact that ABC deleted the web page once they’d been exposed. Captain’s Quarters cached a copy before ABC could destroy the evidence.

“In Good Company” trailer

Based on a blurb I heard on the Hugh Hewitt show, I decided to try out the whole blogging-as-more-than-a-hobby thing. Specifically, bloggers who mention a certain movie get goodies, and I checked it out. I sent an e-mail to the publicist and got this reply:

There�s been overwhelming response from bloggers responding to the offer for free tickets to an advance screening of IN GOOD COMPANY.
So Universal Pictures and Grace Hill Media wants to respond to that enthusiasm by upping the ante: any blogger who signs up for the free tickets and then posts this offer and a link to the IN GOOD COMPANY trailer on their site will be automatically entered in a contest to win their very own private screening of IN GOOD COMPANY in their town. The winner can either fill the screening with their friends and family, or see the film alone with that special someone � it�s entirely up to them. One lucky blogger here in the US will win. Sign up at info@gracehillmedia.com and send us your link. And of course, all the non-winners will still be eligible to attend an advance screening in their area.

Want to know what my biggest surprise was? Based on the trailer, this looks like an interesting movie that I might actually go see, even if I were paying for the ticket. I’ll let you know if it lives up to its billing.

Ex-VP: Iran tortures bloggers

A former Vice President of Iran who runs his own blog just publicized a new round of allegations that Iranian government officials have been torturing dissident bloggers again. I say “allegations” because I can’t read Farsi, and I haven’t seen any news stories confirming the charges.
But it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
I wonder if this isn’t being reported because CNN and friends have struck another sweetheart deal with a nasty regime, exchanging silence for permission to stay in-country? Time will tell.

Welcome, Hugh Hewitt readers

I just tracked down the reason for the sudden and steady flow of visitors from HughHewitt.com: I’m his Blog of the Month for December. That’s quite an honor, so I’ll do my best to fill the shoes of my very impressive predecessors. Thanks, Hugh!
Be sure to take a look at the rest of the Buckeye Bloggers, a bunch of Ohio conservatives striving to make a purple state redder.
While you’re here, why not pre-order this book …

Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World

… as a Christmas gift to yourself? I figure a little bit of cross-promotion’s the least I can do as a “thank you.” Heck, I ordered one yesterday.

UPDATE: If you’re wondering what I write about here, scan the categories on the rightmost column of the home page. Here are a few posts I was proud of when I wrote them:

The Buckeye Bloggers

In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, Brain Shavings has joined a new blog alliance with Wizblog and The Open End. We’re now calling ourselves The Buckeye Bloggers.

The Buckeye Bloggers

The gaggle of opportunists known as The Northern Alliance has piggybacked on the success of Hugh Hewitt, a native Ohioan with a nationally syndicated radio talk show, a syndicated column in The Weekly Standard, several best-selling books, and a top-notch conservative blog. Thanks to Hugh’s efforts (and their own stellar writing and research too … but I’ll gloss over that inconvenient fact), these erstwhile unknowns have gotten enough exposure that they’ve managed to torpedo Dan Rather and become a thorn in the sides of The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Associated Press. Not bad for a bunch of pajama-clad scribblers from the midwestern tundra.
If they can do it, why can’t we?
I have high hopes, because not only have we successfully begged the mighty Hugh Hewitt to shill for us … we have an ace in the hole: Eric Hogue, host of his own morning talk show on KTKZ in Sacramento, a blogger, and a former Ohioan himself. Lately, he’s been guest hosting for Hugh, Bill Bennett, and Laura Ingraham. Can Hannity or Limbaugh be far behind? Assuming he can keep on functioning without sleep like he’s been doing lately, we ought to get more promotion for our buck out of him than anybody else. Ah, who am I kidding? We’re not paying him anything. But flattery will get us everywhere, we hope. Seriously, he’s an up-and-coming radio talker, and we’re happy he’s thrown in with us.
This ought to be fun. Watch out, Lileks and Power Line and Captain’s Quarters. That speck in your rearview mirror just got a horsepower boost.

Buckeye Bloggers

Buckeye BloggersHey, fellow conservative bloggers from Ohio! How about forming a blog alliance from the state that pushed President Bush across the finish line this year? Heaven knows we can’t just sit here and let The Northern Alliance keep hogging all the glory.
We could start by putting together a web site that aggregates our most recent posts, kind of like what RNCBloggers did. These blogs strike me as promising charter members:
Buckeye Bloggers
Brain Shavings
The Open End
The Conservative Revolution
Wizblog
Ohio for Bush
Buckeye Ex-pats
Hugh Hewitt
Belly of the Beast
Whaddaya think?