Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Is This Brian Williams Thing a Smokescreen by CBS?

Power Line has a story right now about how Brian Williams dismissed bloggers as "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Whether Williams actually said that or not, the source of the story is CBS Marketwatch. Am I the only blogger who smells a rat here? PL's Hindrocket mentioned that Williams went out of his way to talk to him on election night, so unless he wanted to thank Power Line personally for helping expose Rathergate, something isn't adding up. Think about it, everyone: Bloggers have become a new and very powerful weapon. Why shouldn't Big Media want to use us? Drudge ran a story saying that NBC fell to third place during sweeps, so if CBS smells blood, why not get the bloggers after Tom Brokaw's replacement? I urge caution before we pass any judgment on Williams yet, as blogging has become a weapon of great power. Watch this space.

UPDATE: I jumped the gun. Apparently, Marketwatch isn't actually part of CBS and is splitting from Viacom. I'm still suspicious, regardless.

From the "Buy Two" Department

Target Website has a "Blowjob" for sale!

Seriously, someone has GOT to be hacking Target right now. That doesn't stop me from laughing. 'Tis the season to be jolly...

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Florida Non-Conspiracy

Paper's Partial Recount Suggests Bush Fla. Win Was Legit

Finally. Yes Virginia, conservative Democrats do exist. Enough with the conspiracy theories. I know it's hard for a lot of Kerry supporters to acknowledge his loss, but it happened, and not all votes came from "right-wing fundamentalist nuts."

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Update: Arnett Postponed

I know this is a letdown, but Peter Arnett is still in Baghdad and had to reschedule. I will see him whenever he can make it, and I apologize to my readers for the buildup.

On a brighter note, I discovered that Ralph Hanson has his own blog. Hanson is a journalism professor; in fact, I'm pretty sure he's the head of the news-editorial program. He's also the author of Mass Communication: Living in a Media World. That book is important because it's the required text for all first-year journalism students. If his blog is provocative enough, it'll get added to my BlogRoll, and I'll definitely refer to it often.

Think of it this way: At least my other major updates will come sooner now.

UPDATE: Hanson's blog address is faulty, so I'll have to do some searching for it. If anything else goes wrong today, I'll have to go see if the Memory Hole found any evidence of a conspiracy against me. (Granted, the Memory Hole is a little off-the-wall sometimes, but who knows?)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Calm Before the Storm

Ladies and gentlemen, it's official: My BlogRoll is active! It's right under the usual sidebar. BlogRoll me, and if you do, let me know so I can reciprocate (I can't RecipRoll automatically without paying them money). I've recently discovered that this site looks amazing on a PDA because it's mostly text and I use a black background; however, if you use one to browse here, you may have to do a little scrolling because my sidebar will always come up first. Likewise, the site is best viewed in 1024x768 if you're using a normal browser.

The next major post is coming within the next 24 hours. Check back tomorrow evening between 7:00 and 11:00, because I'm going to have one heck of a story if Peter Arnett is anything like I expect him to be. I've also been wanting to do a synopsis of what Democrats and Republicans stand for, which should be up by next week at the latest. It should answer any questions you have...and if you're like me, you've ALWAYS got questions.

A quick note: Notice that my BlogRoll is bipartisan. There's obviously a few more conservative links than there are liberal ones, but the leftist links are among the best sites on the Web. Wonkette is one of my best recommendations on the left; she's got a dirty sense of humor and reminds us all that politics can be hilarious. On the right, check out Hugh Hewitt, who's practically the Karl Rove of blogging. Seriously.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

What Michael Moore Doesn't Want to Show You

CNN.com - Troops find hostage 'slaughterhouses' in Falluja - Nov 10, 2004

There. Maybe this will show the pacifists out there that Iraq wasn't and isn't a land of gumdrop trees and bouncing puppies.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

State of the Blog

No, it's not quite annual, but it's still a report. Obviously, I've only been blogging for about a month. I started blogging in response to the extreme displays of liberal bias at CBS during the weeks before the election, namely Rathergate and the bogus draft story. At first, my blog only covered bias in the media, which was my way of trying to gather a nonpartisan case against networks and newspapers. When I discovered how enjoyable opinion-based commentary can be, I relaunched as The Unknown Blogger. This way, I could write about politics and anything else I wanted while still covering bias. Although I am a registered Republican, I considered being an independent, but I wanted a hand in Republican primaries. (This should come in handy around 2008.) For that reason, I am proud to say that I never line up my opinion with anyone's talking points, and I almost always blog about things you won't hear about anywhere else. It has been said that the blogosphere reports on what was already reported, but I found the horribly partisan National Student Voter Guide by myself, and I peeled back the layers on the underreported "draft without a draft" story. But enough bragging; I still need to talk about the blog itself and where it's going.

First of all, progress. To my knowledge, I've only been linked once, and it was by Lancelot Finn, who became famous for his scathing critique of Republican blogger and Kerry supporter Andrew Sullivan. (In case you don't know who he is, he's written for such magazines as The New Republic and recently TIME.) When I first started my blog, I was lucky to get four hits a day; on November 1 alone, I had over 50, partially due to posting a link to my draft story on Free Republic. I've had visitors from almost every state, as well as Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

So what about the future? Let me be clear on this. The election is over. This blog is not. I've heard many people joke about how many bloggers will probably stop after the election (media elitists, no doubt). I'm not going away. There are only four things that could make this blog disappear:

1. The end of bias and politics as we know it.

2. I find a better outlet for my writings. (You know, like the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page.)

3. The destruction of EVERY computer ever made, and therefore the Internet.

4. A really big lightning strike. Seriously.

As for updates on my blog, I obviously can't blog as often as most bloggers (college does that to a man), so to make up for it, I always try to say as much as I can without being wordy. I'm probably failing miserably at the whole "not wordy" thing, but I can dream.

I'm still overhauling the blog as we speak. I'm working on setting up a BlogRoll, which should be up by the end of the week (or whenever I figure out where to put it in the site code, seeing as I'm inept with HTML). Once I do, you'll be able to have one-click access to anywhere you can find a good blog. I will NEVER knowingly link to anything pornographic, so if you find a site in my BlogRoll that crosses the line, send me an e-mail. Keep in mind that I'm still small-time, so I can read all my e-mail and respond to it. I don't expect to need an upgrade on my Yahoo account or anything, if you catch my drift.

I've got a lot to say in the days leading up to Christmas. Bookmark the page and tell all your friends, liberal or conservative. (Tell your liberal friends I was strongly against Sinclair Broadcasting airing "Stolen Honor" before the election; it's the truth, I just never blogged it until now.) I'm not going away, and hopefully, neither are you.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Bush Poised to Take West Virginia

As of this writing, RealClearPolitics (www.realclearpolitics.com) shows President Bush leading in my home state of West Virginia by 8.5%. USA Today has turned WV red on their electoral map, so I have a feeling that Gallup showed a very strong pull to Bush. What makes this particularly sweet for me is that everyone's favorite campus newspaper, WVU's The Daily Athenaeum, endorsed John Kerry in Friday's edition. The editorials were unintentionally hilarious today, particularly Sara Bott's demand to know why anyone would vote for Bush. (You can see that online at www.da.wvu.edu.) Now that she mentions it, I can give five very good reasons off the top of my head:

1. To quote Kerry's mother: "Integrity, integrity, integrity."

2. Stability, stability, stability.

3. The prospect of a "draft without a draft." (See --100 Days to Wreck America-- for that one.)

4. Kerry is a career politician who always seems willing to compromise his own views because they aren't popular with voters. To quote a line from SNL, "That's not flip-flopping, that's pandering!"

5. Whenever Bush and Kerry differ on the issues, I agree with Bush's stance. (In any other election, this would be the only reason to choose a candidate - because you agree with them.)

Although I've already voted for Bush (count that as my endorsement), I ask all of you to do your duty as citizens and vote tomorrow. Regardless of your choice, I pray that whoever is elected or re-elected is the right choice for this country. I expect Bush to win, but if he doesn't, I hope Kerry can prove himself and prove me wrong.

Note: I'm going to be making some updates to the site over the course of the week. I apologize in advance if you have trouble with the blog or it looks a little out of sorts. If either candidate clearly wins, expect a deluge of posts, as I won't be able to contain (or restrain, in Kerry's case) myself. If the election drags on, as it did in 2000, I may take a break to get away from the whole thing for about a week or so. Bookmark the blog and check back often!