Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sulkosphere’s Top Five Virginia Targets

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon no doubt a good many folks’ thoughts are turning warm and fuzzy. Others will ignore the day, seeing it mostly as a promotion to goose the sales of greeting cards and candy. The best thing I can say about February 14 is that pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to Major League Baseball spring training camps the next day.

Still, others -- namely, the half-vast rightwing sulkosphere -- will gather their resentments, jealousies and prejudices to hunker down to ride out the winter storm that’s moving into Virginia. So, forced to stay indoors during the bad weather and still festering over the 2006 election results, the sulkosphere will have extra time to attack its favorite liberal politicians, RINOs, and other pet targets.

As I’m a list-maker by habit, top fives of this and that occur to me all the time, this presents a new challenge. I wonder who would be on the blogging sulkosphere’s selected list of five Virginia targets to sling mud at on Valentine’s Day. With that said here is my prediction for tomorrow’s carnival of carping:

The Sulkosphere’s Top Five Virginia Targets

1. Jim Webb -- Virginia’s Democratic U.S. senator
2. Tim Kaine -- Virginia’s Democratic governor
3. John Warner -- Virginia’s Republican U.S. senator
4. Waldo Jaquith -- Charlottesville area blogger
5. John Chichester -- Republican state senator from 28th District

Readers are encouraged to make up their own list of five, or to suggest a particular name I should have listed.

Update: In case anyone is wonding how a blogger makes it onto such a list with elected officials, here’s part of a bizarre comment under a post on a blog that exists only to promote itself by bashing Jaquith; it was left there by a card-carrying member of perhaps the most unhinged chapter of the aforementioned sulkosphere:

“...The same type thing happens with Google. They move all the negative links to the top for Republicans; positives are at the top of the links for Dems.”

So, now it appears that in some mind(s) an existing conspiracy between Jaquith and Google is hurting Republicans.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, the Sulkosphere seems to target Shaun Kenney more than Chitchester. To target Chitchester they'd actually have to be paying attention to and mentioning state level politics which they completely ignore. Way to give away the Senate this year...

Mosquito said...

LOL...I think the right wing sulkosphere is full of conspiracy theorists myself....buzz...buzz...

spankthatdonkey said...

Terry have you ever noticed that I have linked in my blog roll yourself and Waldo for over 6 months now?

Why is it you refuse to reciprocate links to Conservatives who have always linked to you, and comment frequently on your blog, with the exception of OMT (inactive now), and Kenney, who obviously just supported Waldo, when we disagreed with him...

http://www.spankthatdonkey.com/liberal-bloggers/

Read here, even you couldn't support your statements that we 'attacked' Waldo...

I do my part to promote, both sides by linking to left of center bloggers...

F.T. Rea said...

spankthatdonkey,

Over the last year I've read several posts at your blog on various topics. To tell you the truth, which blogs are on your blogroll doesn’t matter very much to me. If you want to put SLANTblog on you list that’s your prerogative.

What I do care about -- when it comes to people seeing my work -- is that I wish I was selling more of the current stuff I put on SLANTblog. Sometimes, I notice a new link to SLANTblog on another blog, and of course, I’m pleased. But to tell you the truth it’s not much of a substitute for an email from an editor saying a publisher wants the piece I just submitted.

Of course I’ve noticed some bloggers put a lot of store in blogrolls; they see such a listing as some sort of endorsement. Then others don’t do it that way at all. Some list only fellow Democrats, or fellow Republicans. Others rank blogs like they’re college basketball teams.

While all that’s fine, to me it’s not a part of blogging that matters much. Maybe because I’m so much older than most of the political bloggers, I just don’t think much about the social aspects of blogging. Consequently, I haven’t met many bloggers. Nor do I seek to become a part of a blogging team.

Still, you asked.

So, I have to say that before you so subtly begged to be added, I’ve never thought for a second about putting your blog in SLANTblog’s blogroll.

That’s my prerogative.

Anonymous said...

What are you going to do, STD, cry censorship because he's not linking to you?

blogrolls are the perogative of the blogger and should not exist merely to reward people for linking to said blog. They should reflect that blog and blogger's thoughts and wants in the area of linking.

F.T. Rea said...

anonymous,

It would be consistent with some of the charges from the Castle/SWAC bloggers if spankthatdonkey did toss a censorship charge at SLANTblog for not including him in its blogroll.

A week ago I had to duck a hypocrisy charge thrown at me from a different “conservative” blogger, because when I cited a couple of Republicans for their ill-chosen words, I didn’t also cite a couple of Democrats for what that blogger saw as their similar use of ill-chosen words.

In both cases my sin has been not running my blog according to someone else’s dictates.

It seems some fringe conservative bloggers have become so accustomed to making rote charges of unfairness and hypocrisy at the mainstream media, every time they don’t like something they read/hear, they now automatically do the same thing with blogs.

Meanwhile, in comments to a recent post at another blog spankthatdonkey wrote: “…We are going to keep ramming the facts down your throats until you not only taste them, but digest them, and acknowledge them!”

Which probably says all you need to know about spankthatdonkey’s peculiar notion of what it is to debate the issues.

spankthatdonkey said...

Terry:
The simple point is that you are quite biased as to your blogroll, and far from begging to be put on yours, I am merely pointing out this fact.

I am not scared of anyone reading your opinions on political matters (so I link to you, because I enjoy debating you).

You might even note that the very first Liberal Blogger I linked to was Waldo himself.. again I have no qualms with anyone reading his work. I believe it only helps my arguments...

I see in a follow on post that you are threatening to ban my opinions from Slant Blog...

http://slantblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/goode-on-money-threat.html

It would seem you can totally fulfill your slant by getting rid of those who would offer opposing views to your posts....

i.e. backing up my argument as towards your blogroll.

spankthatdonkey said...

How could I ignore anonymous number one up there. It is dilusional to say that the VA Senate is controlled by the PUbs.

When you have Senatorial Pubs voting in consecutive years on issues that cause House Pubs seats to be in jeapardy....

That argument hardly holds water, especially since the Senate allows dems and pub alike to vote on chairmanships... i.e Potts...

As far as Chichester and all concerned, once you have given up on lower taxation and limited Govt. you are Dem.....