My Most Read Blogs of 2006

We all have our favourites and these are mine. I haven’t tried to make this a critic’s list – rather what it is a list of the blogs I read most often.

Where the Energy Is

MyDD is the one stop shop for electoral politics from a Democratic point of view. It is probably the most influential blog on the left hand side of the aisle, and it is read by heaping handfuls of party insiders and activists. Matt Stoller isn’t just the hardest working man in blogging, he’s also probably the most influential man in blogging. Chris Bowers is probably the most influential electoral analyst you can read for free and the other writers are all good, competent hacks. If you want to know where the liberal activist blogosphere is heading, you have to read MyDD.

FireDogLake is another place where the activist energy resides – this is where the high activity regular citizens hang out – the volunteers, the true believers, the people who donate, and the people who care passionately. When FDL gets behind a project, the project gets moving, because FDL’s readers give a very personal damn. People tend to either love or hate FDL, and they’ve done and said controversial things – but whatever your opinion, the FDL community gets things done.

AmericaBlog John Aravoisis may have the canniest instincts of any political blogger I know. He was the first blogger I’m aware of to realize that Foley was going to blow and blow big. He has organized multiple succesful media campaigns around issues such as Gannon and Microsoft’s hiring of Christian bigots, and he has gotten results. As with FDL people either hate or love Americablog, John and his friends, but they get results and if you want to know what’s going on, you should be reading Americablog.

It’s about the writing

The News Blog by Steve Gilliard and Jen. I don’t always agree with Steve, and Steve is wrong more often than his prose would make you think, but the writing style brings me back every day, and sometimes more than once a day. Steve is the bare knuckle brawler of bloggers (without descending into the dirty fighting of a blogger like the Rude Pundit) – he tells it like he sees it and he holds nothing back.

James Wolcott. If Gilliard’s the bare knuckle brawler of the blogs, then Wolcott is the old master. People take a swing at him and he’s not there to be hit, then he moves in on them and while you’re not quite sure what happened at the end of it they’re in a heap on the floor. But the real delight of reading Wolcott is his prose, which stretches a metaphor to just before the snapping point.

TBogg We’ve all got our favourite snark blogger, and TBogg is mine. TBogg’s deft put downs have just the right high school tone required to infuriate saps like Goldberg who have never left adolescence.

And hey, I love Basset Hounds.

Listen to the Experts

Sic Temper TyrannisPat Lang’s blog is the place to go for no nonsense military and middle eastern information. Pat fought in Vietnam, has taught strategy and tactics, reads and writes Arabic, and knows what the hell he’s talking about.

The Economonitor. Felix Salomon would probably tell you he’s not an expert. But the Economonitor tracks the economic news of the day – every weekday – so that I don’t have to. He reads the main economics blogs and the main newspapers and magazines, and points to the important or interesting posts and articles. If you don’t have time to read it all yourself, you could do a lot worse than relying on the Economonitor to filter it for you – or to listen to Felix’s first take on most issues.

Just Good

Pogge – I’m listed as one of the authors, though I write almost nothing for them. But they were my favourite Canadian blog long before I joined the crew and I still think they are the best one stop shop for the progressive, and generally sensible, view of Canadian politics.

Magikthise – I’m not quite sure why I like Lindsay’s blog. Perhaps it’s that I’m never quite sure what I’ll find on any given visit – original reporting, hairsplitting philosophy, standard political blogging, activism, or perhaps a photograph. No matter, I check in at least once a day, curious as to what Lindsay’s latest is.

Feministing I spent about half my university time studying feminism and I retain an interest to this day. Feministing is a way of getting my fix in an agreeable form. If you want a window into the feminist blogosphere, Feministing is probably the best one, as they have both wide and eclectic coverage in an accesible (ie. jargon free) form.

What are some of your favourite blogs?


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  • OK, the reason I keep coming back to the Agonist is that you guys have the reality fix, with good info on millitary and economic matters from all over the world, and plenty of links to it all.

    Orcinus is a really excellent resource for learning what the Far Right Wing (in the USA mostly) is up to. Also check out Sara Robinson’s ‘cracks in the wall’ and ‘tunnels and bridges’ series-es at the same site, which describe the Right Wing Authoritarian mindset in detail. The links are on the left. What is also extra-nice about Orcinus is that they will usually respond to you if you ask them a question in comments.

    Glenn Greewald is excellent for constitutional issues, I’m sure you know already.

    Hullaballoo is great for looking at where the culture and politics of the US is now.

    The Poor Man Institute (for Freedom and Democracy and a Pony) is my personal fave snark blog. Check out the ‘Editor’s’ “Wanker/Wingnut Continuum”.

    That’s all I can think of at this moment.

    Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise.

  • Think Progress
    Juan Cole
    Taylor Marsh
    Effect Measure
    Crooks and Liars
    Raw Story
    Guardian Unlimited Blogs and Comments

    not a blog but usually one of my first stops: Asia Times

  • i read my own blog. and this one. and a lot of others.

    i think there’s a lot of good stuff out there. i guess i don’t like playing favorites

  • good stuff out there. I find that my favs often lead me to the lesser known blogs and sites and more interpretations of world events. The more the merrier. 🙂

  • of course. About the only real blog I read on a daily basis. I do routinely check out Eric Blumrich is way left and I don’t always agree with him but he’s absolutely a true believer and can write like hell. Quite passionate. is the best one man show out there if you’re looking for links to obscure authors, articles and sites. does good stuff on occasion.

    I did inhale.

  • Of course I’m always on here, and Kos and Huffington,and Juan Cole and Talking Points (not usually the cafe)though not love objects are part of my list.
    Not really a blog, but does have stories no one picks up, and “comment is free” on the Guardian produces some good pieces(I usually don’t read the replies to the comments )
    I check to see if Whiskeybar has posted anything(seems like the site is in trouble lately).

    Then its time to go international- FistfulofEuros and SluggerO’Toole
    give me enojugh to get started and then I hit the opinions in Ha’aretz, DailyStar, Dar Al-Haya, Asia Times, IPS ,etc – I get so werdo blogs from News Now…. …….

    “at some point I’m hopeful I’ll figure out

    something to put here”

  • The Agonist
    The Daily Howler
    Real Climate
    Juan Cole
    Jeff Masters’ blog on Wunderground

  • Digby and pals at Hullabaloo nail it pretty square every day.
    How do they keep up with all the slime? I don’t know. Raw Story is the best news source; Kos for the political angle; Crooks & Liars for scandals (+ TPM); and of course Agonist for the special blend of worldly insights and barroom humor! 😉

    “Death before being dishonored any more.” – Col. Ted Westhusing

  • …I suppose, and throw in:
    …since I can usually find some gems amidst the piles of drek,
    TPM (and its daughter sites, TPMCafe and MuckRaker)
    CrooksandLiars–gotta have the video of Olbermann
    Eschaton (when Atrios is on a roll….)

    Even Huffington’s can be interesting, if you have an interest in reading some of the celebs that post…some (not necessarily Alec Baldwin) can really write….

    -5.75,-4.05 “I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.”
    William Lloyd Garrison
    US abolitionist & editor (1805 – 1879)

  • I have made a note of all the blogs mentioned. It ‘ll only take me a week or so to get through them all.

    “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” –
    Anais Nin

  • Nothing wrong, and many good things about all of them. My list wasn’t a “best” list, it was a “this is what I read most often” list.

  • I know a few progressives (self-styled) that can’t stand a lot of the discourse on dKos… I just figgered I’d jump in and name it to see if any hair flew. I don’t get to light fires too often, so I wanted to see what happened….guess I only flicked the bic 😉

    -5.75,-4.05 “I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.”
    William Lloyd Garrison
    US abolitionist & editor (1805 – 1879)

  • to get a “sift” of the news. I’d hate to rely on it.

    And I go to FreeRepublic too.

    I go there for two reasons (no, I’ve never trolled, I only read). The first is to find things that I think are consensus points on which both sides can find common interest (if that fails, as a “second best” – where they can be wedged).

    The other is to take America’s temperature rectally. Those folks really aren’t smart enough – nor sufficiently interested in maintaining even the facade of being electably mainstream – to keep their mouths shut. They’re refreshingly candid in their insular batshit trailer-trash insanity.

  • and Ann Coulter for the same reasons. It’s useful to know what tripe is being spewed to the public under the guise of political analysis. I try to deconstruct it in my own mind. Since I have a very demanding work and home life, I don’t have the time to actually share these thoughts in writing. In any event, if it was done here it would be preaching to the choir.

  • Is a vast forum and info. resource on climate change and climate science moderated by real, actual working climate scientists. Their very meticulous and thorough de-bunking of the various industry-sponsored faux climate science “experts” is invaluable.

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