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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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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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

And the whole world dragged us down
Not a sonnet not a sound
And the whole world turned aside
The cruelest hand just turned an eye”

(Turn all eyes towards tha one Melissa McEwan, y0. But save the cruelty for someone less awesome.)

The Gimp Parade: Mail with Mom and The next Ashley X

Kill Bigotry!: 18th Erase Racism Carnival (h/t belledame)

Blue Gal: Something is wrong…

Birth Pangs: Religion, Science, and the Law

Red Jenny: Interesting maps of income and voting patterns in the USA and Tories say “nanner nanner” to Scary Veiled Women

AngryBlackBitch: Just jokes? – A dream-based exploration… (Money quote: “[C]alling a woman the N-Word six times in a rant about how she may expose your frequent use of the N-Word is the verbal equivalent of taking out a I’M A FUCKING RACIST ad on the A&E television web site.”)

Oh No a WoC PhD: What is Violence against WOC?

Jack and Jill Politics: The Right Discovers The Jena Six

Tiny Cat Pants: The Bitchass Tyrant Addresses Her Critics

The Galloping Beaver: Harper’s Conservatives and the Death Penalty (Pierre Trudeau’s corpse must be glowing by now from the rotational friction)

A Creative Revolution: Myths. A Rant.

The Newshoggers: Bush’s Derangement Syndrome

Sly Civilian: Concern

William K. Wolfrum: WSJ: Murder of two female sailors proves media’s anti-war bias

PoliTits: Cherish Is the Word (I shore do loves me sum DCup)

The Heathlander: Losing the fight on Iran

Who Is IOZ?: It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating (Wow. Must read IOZ more often.)

M.LeBlanc @ Bitch Ph.D.: Baby, You Sexy: Equal Opportunity Edition (boom, you really need to read this one)

The Republic of T.: The Evolution & Diffusion of Gay Culture (Coulda sworn Terrance was on the ‘roll already. An unfortunate but easily remedied oversight.)

Cosellout: It’s Not Steve Nash’s Fault!: A Study in White Privilege and It’s STILL Not Steve Nash’s Fault: A Response to Jack McCallum

Lock The Bedroom Door: Come On, Boys. I Think We’ll Go to the Little Donkey’s Room. (h/t Bitch Ph.D.)

Orcinus: The spiral tightens and The Two Evangelical Futures

The Vanity Press: The 2007 Right-Wing Awards

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Sunday Blogwhoring: Slowly Catching Up Edition

by matttbastard

Close out the weekend properly with this fresh batch of primo posts (as always, props to the Bard’s female sibling):

Too Sense: White Cops Refer To Mostly Black Unit As “The Slave Ship” (h/t Racialicious)

All About Race: Judge Mauffray’s odious revenge: jailing Mychal Bell and Jailing Mychal Bell: Governor Kathleen Blanco assures business as usual

Blackamazon: By hook by crook (h/t Tom @ Automatic Preference)

Impolitical: Harper exploiting Canadians’ privacy rights to his electoral advantage?

The Galloping Beaver: Why listen to experts when you can get politicians to promote the big lie

Le Revue Gauche: Mr. Dithers Accidental War

Pharyngula: FFRF recap: heroes of the revolution, Hitchens screws the pooch, and the unbearable stodginess of atheists (h/t Andrew Sullivan)

Slant Truth: Hip Hop Blogging (many thanks for the props, Kevin!)

Pam’s House Blend: WND fundies fleecing faithful with ‘personal Christmas-defense kit’

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mayor Doesn’t “Condone” Gays

TransAdvocate: ENDA The Status Quo and Hero Worship

William K. Wolfrum: How about we stop drugging deportees and drug citizens instead?

Thinking Girl: individual responsibility in a culture of domination

Dawg’s Blawg: Al Gore’s crimes

A Creative Revolution: Well well…look who’s behind the UK Gore attack.

Birth Pangs: Save Lives! Support Ron Paul for Prez! (geez, Fern almost has me reconsidering my decided lack of enthusiasm for Paul — almost) and Fetus Coalition Party: Disinterest in the Ranks

Shakesville: Explainer: What’s an MRA? (h/t Thinking Girl – as advised, be sure to check out the 400+ comments — but take caution whilst sipping a beverage, else you inhale up the shnoz/do a Danny Kaye spit-take/choke with laughter)

Kai Chang: The White Liberal Conundrum (h/t Donna & Kevin)

Intrapolitics: An open letter to white progressives about Jena (h/t Donna)

Canuck Attitude: The Queen Of Denial Doesn’t Live In Egypt

Idealistic Pragmatist: Yankees = Liberals

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