Jon Swift and the Best Posts of 2008

by matttbastard

It wouldn’t be year end review time without Jon Swift’s annual survey of 2008’s best blog posts, culled from his huge-ass blogroll and chosen by the bloggers themselves (including yours truly). I can’t think of a better way to spend the first day of 2009 than working your way through the many truly excellent selections highlighted by Swift.  Many thanks to Jon for once again taking the time to do this, especially considering the inevitable crunch posed by the always-busy holiday season.

On an entirely separate note, my sincere condolences to Bill Wolfrum of Shakesville and Shakesquill following the recent passing of his mother. Bill has extensively and eloquently chronicled her journey with cancer, posts that provide a moving testament  to her indomitable spirit and the love they shared.  So, in hindsight, perhaps there are two essential reading assignments to kick off the new year.

Finally, a picture of my cat snoozing, just because:

back off get your own phonebook...

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Saturday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

47 Days into 2008 and I’ve yet to spread the <3. Mea culpa–shall post a more extensive link farm later this week.

Love always,

mb.

(Shakesville = WINville).

Natalia Antonova: Shorter danaseilhan: “Sexual assault and harrassment are bad things. Unless they happen to a mouthy stripper.”

A Secret Chord: Brazen Sex-Positivity (aka “Not Being an Asshole”)

Jon Swift: RAMs and SHEEP

A Creative Revolution: Honour.

Birth Pangs: “Unborn Victims” + political manipulation = Same Old Sexist Morality

Too Sense: McCain’s “Jew Counter”

A Woman’s Ecdysis: The State of Brownhood

Black Looks: Closing the gates on Black women in Britain

Automatic Preference: I Am Rude

AngryBlackBitch: Supercalafragilistic Fubardemocractus

ThePoliticalCat: Berkeley Protests at Marine Recruiting Center: REFOCUS

La Chola: Links and more

The Gimp Parade: Cop dumps quadriplegic man out of his wheechair

Muslimah Media Watch: Adventures in Muslim Dating

skdadl @ pogge: How to think and talk clearly about the Taliban

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Friday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Happy holidays to our Southerly neighbours, two of whom kindly presented holiday themed posts yesterday. Hope you’re having a halfway-decent BND/Black Friday, y’all. Love and runaway consumerism forever.

(All Hail The Queen.)

Eric Stoller: The 19th Erase Racism Carnival

Designated Protest Zone: The Micro, Meso, And Meta of Robert Dziekanski’s State Execution

OurKingdom: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and coherent disagreement

Afghanistanica: Theorizing Conflict In Afghanistan

unrepentant old hippie: It’s about protecting choice. Really. (h/t fern hill)

Birth Pangs: Another Tedious Poll

Questioning Transphobia: The Goddess

Slap Upside The Head: Alberta Premier Reviews Anti-Gay Candidate

A Creative Revolution: The New Tobacco?

The Gimp Parade: My fat (but actually very normal-sized) legs (Kay Olsen is one of the best writers on teh webz – period.)

Dawg’s Blawg: Slate Magazine’s true colours

Intrapolitics: On William Saletan’s sense of humor

Too Sense: NYPD Says Frisk Policy Is ‘Not Biased’ (h/t Racialicious)

Black Looks: Invading Black women’s spaces: Further attack on Megan Williams (h/t Kevin)

Reclusive Leftist: Thanksgiving, Life and Death, and Anti-feminism

The Angry Black Woman: Irrational Men

Mandolin @ Alas, a Blog: Atheists In Ur Blogosphere, Dominatin’ Ur Discourse

Justice is a Woman with a Sword: Being the Catholic Church is never having to say you’re sorry…

(en)Gender: Remembering We’re Living

Taking Steps: vigilance (h/t Lisa)

William K. Wolfrum: By making America suck, Republican rule ushering in new immigration problem

Suburban Guerrilla: Kennedy Assassination

nexy’s cocoon: thanksgiving

Jon Swift: This Year Let’s Celebrate Thankstaking Instead of Thanksgiving (FTW!)

First Draft: Embarrassment Squick

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Sunday Blogwhoring: Armistice Anxiety

by matttbastard

Desperately need a personal assistant to keep up with my rapidly expanding agenda. Rest assured I’d never be so intemperate an employer as the late Linda Stein, former manager of the Ramones, who was recently bludgeoned to death by her PA (Natavia don’t play that Naomi Campbell diva bullshit, y0!) Obviously, this is all wishful speculation on my part; before hiring anyone to manage my affairs I’d first need to secure an income stable enough to support myself financially, let alone an employee.

Love don’t pay the bills, y0–unless you own the publishing rights to Arthur Lee’s back catalogue.

(Seven and seven is Melissa McEwan.)

April Reign: An Open Letter to Dalton McGuinty

Birth Pangs: Conscience

The Silence of Our Friends: Drowning Maestro and Virgins, Whores, and the Sliding Scale of Our Humanity

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: How “protecting our women” hurts women

Women of Color Blog: Some Questions

mnemosyne: just fuckin’ stop it, ok

Rachel’s Tavern: I’ve Read More Sexist Comments From Black Men This Week Than I Have Read In the Past Year

Slant Truth: Michael Baisden Attacks Color of Change

Tristan’s Corner of the Web: Let’s get down to business

Andrew Padula @ All About Race: The Topsoil: Dog the Bounty Hunter

Jon Swift: Quit Doggin’ Dog the Bounty Hunter (FTW!)

skdadl @ POGGE: Welcome to our inexpensive and easily accessible soapbox

Too Sense: Norman Mailer Dies

Liberal Catnip: Sunday Food for Thought: Remembrance Day

willy be frantic @ A Creative Revolution: The 11th hour of the 11th day ….

Shakesville: The next time…

Questioning Transphobia: ENDA Discussion

nexy’s cocoon: more equal

TransAdvocate: What Next?

Obsidian Wings: ENDA Redux (With Free Gift!) and Oh, And One More Thing…

unrepentant old hippie: “It’s sickening.”

Far and Wide: Have Your Say (h/t 900ft Jesus)

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Gender Equality : Canada slips from 14th to 18th place

Creekside: British Columbia : Nigeria North?

fetch me my axe: something tells me i shoulda stood in bed

Impolitical: For the independent party’s Schreiber review

Racialicious: Jezebel: Asian women are hot, smart, thin and tell you your skin is bad

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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

(Inspired by Melissa McEwen)

bastard-approved blogreading for a quiet Thursday evening:

Plucky Punk: Meanwhile…

Angry Black Bitch: By Request – A new book…another cure?

Impolitical: Stephen Harper is not a cowboy

The Heretik: This Is Not Torture

A Tiny Revolution: Jeffrey Goldberg, Five Years Ago Today and How Lucky We Are To Live In A World With So Many Moral Men

Rox Populi: Let Rush Be Rush on AFN

All About Race: Faith in Color: Study to Answer

Peace, order and good government, eh?: What do the superrich want with all that?

Hope and Onions: Stand not amaz’d: the prince will doom thee death (Also see Foul deeds will rise)

Birth Pangs: Damn Thanksgiving!

Creekside: The reign of Steyn falls mainly on the plain

TransAdvocate: Associated Press: Please Follow Your Own Stylebook

Slap Upside The Head!: The Gay-less Countries

They Call Me “Mister Sinister”: Lorrie Goldstein And The Way Ahead

Shiraz Socialist: So many good causes (so support at least one of them)

Zen Pundit: Trying To Reopen A Question Settled In 1865

Jon Swift: Clarence Thomas: An Angry Black Man

First Draft: Mocking the killing of a mockingbird

Automatic Preference: Knotting and Unknotting

Shakesville: The New Misogyny: “I’ll Be Over Here Behind the Big Butts and Black Girls”

The Newshoggers: 2,400 Miners Rescued In South Africa

I Never Leave The House Without Incident: What activism looks like when it’s done right

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Blog Herstory

Slant Truth: On Civil Rights Leaders That Are Loved and Conveniently Dead

Obsidian Wings: Beyond Parody

Waging Peace: On Second Thought,

Fetch Me My Axe: The 80’s, and other early harbingers of the Apocalypse

Taking It Outside: Vietnam re-revisited

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