Friday Blogroll Call: Better Times

Good morning! I’ve a nagging feeling that today is going to go much like yesterday did for me as far as being able to get a lot of content up right now, so I’m going to use this time to not only do as I always do, which is try to grow our blogroll while focusing the spotlight on other bloggers, but also to sit and talk with you folks for a little bit.

Don’t worry, we’re still going to show some blog love, but there are some things that have been going on in my mind and some announcements I want to make and ideas I want to express and this is as good of a place as any.

First, I’ve already done this once this week but I really wanted to express my deepest gratitude to the small community that we’ve been cultivating here. When I first started blogging, I would go a month or more sometimes without a single comment, and I had gone most of my career not exactly expecting to see more than a 1 in the “comments” count every now and then. Now we regularly get some very intriguing discussions going on, and the contributions that you guys make have truly enriched this experience.

So I want to deliver some very special thanks to Terry, Bostondreams, Dustin, Dynamic, DrGail, Rainbow Demon, Cernig, and everyone who posts a little less frequently all of whom have come together and are helping us build CFLF into the kind of community-based blog we really hope it to be. You guys are absolutely awesome.

I’ve also got some great news for those who are part of what is becoming a close knit kind of family. One of our great friends in the blogosphere, Mark who writes for the excellent libertarian blog, Publius Endures, fell off the radar for a bit there. For those who don’t know Mark, Mark was a Ron Paul supporter who had first commented here in response to a post we did about the former presidential candidate. Since then, he’s started his own blog, converted to Obamaism, and has come by to be a part of our little community even joining us for our group live-blogging sessions which I think is one of the best things that we do here. I know I wasn’t the only one worried about him when he seemingly disappeared from the internets but I just got an email from him yesterday. He had some issues going on, I won’t go into details, but things seem to be clearing up and he should be back up and blogging in a few days.

So let’s be sure to give him a warm welcome when he gets back to it.

I also have another announcement to make. I don’t know how long some of you have been following blogs, but for those who have been reading for a long time you may remember Loaded Mouth and its great authro, Tas. He eventually had to close the doors on that blog, if I remember correctly so that he could focus on school, but I’m pleased to announce that he’s back with a fresh new blog that we’ll be featuring a little further down. He’s one of the bloggers I used to look up to when I was cutting my blogger teeth, and I’m doubly pleased to announce that he will soon be also providing guest posts here at CFLF! Most excellent.

Speaking of bloggers for whom I have the deepest respect for, I hinted at yesterday that I was in on a group email discussion with a wide host of liberal bloggers, many of whom I’m sure you would recognize. It was initiated by our close friend Cernig at the Newshoggers (whom I will also link to later on below), and the topic centered around the destructive rivalry on the left side of the blogosphere regarding the Democratic primary.

Personally, I have to admit, I go back and forth from one day to the next on whether I’m going to launch a full on assault against Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and her supporters, or not, and this meeting of some very great minds truly put the dilemma in perspective. It was a heated debate, and one I’m sorry I only was a part of at the beginning and the tail end, but it has affected the way in which I intend to frame my message as I continue to blog through this primary.

As difficult as it will be, I’m going to work very hard not to focus on disparaging the Clinton campaign. I’m not likely to shower it with praise, but through how emotional this process has gotten, it can be sometimes difficult to remember that if we let the infighting continue on as it has, we could be experiencing an even greater gap between the rich and a further shrinking middle class, our brave men and women will still be mired in Iraq, and we’ll be at war in Iran all by the end of next year and all because our animosity towards one another would allow McCain to ascend to the presidency.

There’s an important debate right now on who would best support the Democratic party in the General Election, and we need to have it and not be afraid of it. But we should not allow it to become so warped and demented so as to cripple us when the main event does come. Clearly I believe that Barack Obama is still the best choice for this, and I’m going to continue making that case as we go along, but even if other bloggers on both sides of the Obama/Clinton divide don’t get it, I do; the best way to make that case is not to destroy another Democrat and thusly demean the millions of voters who support them. I still believe there are lefty bloggers out there hurting our cause, and to them I offer No Quarter nor sympathy, but for the rest of us, now is the time to appeal to all of our better angels lest our lesser demons destroy us.

Okay, I’ve made you lot wait too long, so now it’s time for the good stuff. As you should know by now, the Friday Blogroll Call is our weekly blogger outreach event. Anyone wanting to find their blog on our blogroll only has to put us on theirs and drop us a comment saying as much, and it will be done. Further, we take this time to highlight the excellent work done by other bloggers out there and I’ve got some good stuff to share with you today.

Now, so far we’ve been highlighting the work of new additions to the blogroll, but to encourage participation in our daily discussions and such, starting next week I’m going to shift the focus a little. Blogs that link in frequently or participate in our discussions will find that they get more love in the Friday Blogroll Call than those that don’t. I try to UPDATE a post that was linked to with a thanks for those linking in, but I don’t always get around to it, so I want to use this weekly opportunity to show folks that their kindness does not go unrewarded.

So, what do we have?

The first post I wanted to share comes from Kathy at Obsidian Wings. Now you’ll notice they aren’t on our roll, and we’re not on theirs, but I’m hoping to rectify that soon. In any case, I felt this post was too important to be ignored, one that points out the disparity between a black preacher that has gone too far, and the white preachers that seem to get a free ride despite the hate they spew on a regular basis. It’s an incredibly intringuing piece that deserves your attention.

Oliver Willis was in the position ObWi was and I wanted to show him some love for actually putting us on his blogroll. Thanks man! Plus, he takes Amy Sullivan to the woodshed on her idea that black churches are ruining the Democratic party.

From Tas, whom I mentioned earlier, you should really check out the blog Sugar Land is Dreaming, great stuff. Here he further takes McCain to task for being, well, clueless on foreign policy.

Okay, great! That’s about it this week, and I’m going to try and get at least one more post up before heading off to pick up my youngest’s birthday cake (she turns two tomorrow and is having a party later today at school). I’m not expecting to be able to provide much content at work today, but pleasant surprises do happen. Thank you guys for everything!

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