Good Starts & Bad Starts to Mornings #197

Early this morning while I was waiting up for my brother to roll in from the airport I found out that Rumproast is a finalist for Best Small Blog in this year’s Weblog Awards. That was the “good start.”

After finally getting to bed at 2:30 AM and then dragging myself out to go to the gym four short hours later, I felt wetness down the back of my left leg as my wife and I were a block away and realized that the entire contents of my water bottle had emptied into my gym shorts, both of which were in the bag slung over my shoulder. I bid farewell to Chris, turned around and plodded home, knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to fall back asleep again (once I’m up, I’m up). That was the “bad start.”

I think I prefer one start mornings.  Consider this an open thread.

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/30/08 at 08:01 AM • Permalink

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Congrats - on the nomination, not soaking your pants.

I second what HTP just wrote. Bravo!

I will vote for you when the polls open.

I was concerned as I read your story because I didn’t know where you were going with the “wetness down the back of your left leg” part. Glad it was just water.

I was concerned as I read your story because I didn’t know where you were going with the “wetness down the back of your left leg” part. Glad it was just water.

Yeah, that could have gone to some pretty horrible places.

I was half-watching this yesterday and didn’t realize that she said, “Tamron Hall the Magic Negro Anchor Lady.”  That rocks.

I can’t believe how politically tone deaf (and blatantly racist) the Repubs continue to be. I know they’re banking on turning the tide in 2010, but if Barack is doing a good job and they keep doing stupid shit like this, I think we can chuck past political history out the window.

Congrats on the nomination. (But The Confluence and Taylor Marsh for best political blog? Really?)

(But The Confluence and Taylor Marsh for best political blog? Really?)

Yeah, I’m not entirely clear how finalists are picked (though I guess I can’t argue w/ the process). I was hoping we’d get Best Community, but those picks were weird.  The Weblogs site seems to be down, but from what I remember they had MetaFilter, which made sense, and then some Michael Jackson fan board. Sadly, no PUMA Pac.

BTW, I think we should have a RUMProwl on the Weblog Award site. Maybe thank them for cow downing to our whims or something. Or we can just make fun of myiq1/2u for being a fucking tool.

How can the confluence be considered a liberal blog, when its principal author voted for McCain/Palin?

Are you sure it wasn’t nominated for best hate site?

How can the confluence be considered a liberal blog, when its principal author voted for McCain/Palin?

Because she cried after she did it.  Conservatives don’t cry.  Plus she has repeatedly referred to Obama as the affirmative action candidate, which means she cares. Conservatives don’t care.  Plus she’s friends with Lambert Strether 2.0 and everyone knows he’s, like, the best progressive ever.

Uh, the confluence and taylor marsh for best liberal blog?  At least Taylor Marsh wasn’t actively supporting the Republican candidate, but jesus christ!  I guess being a completely dimwitted fucktard doesn’t exclude you from winning the “prestigous” weblog awards.

And “No Quarter” for best political blog right up there with fivethirtyeight, dkos, and politico?  What the fuck is wrong with the weblog awards!?  Was it because “No Quarter” got the exclusive scoop on the whitey tape that impressed them so much.

Weblog awards credibility -10.

KK: “Or we can just make fun of myiq1/2u for being a fucking tool.”

It would be great fun IMO to either pre-empt or follow up any success by the Effluence in these awards by highlighting their star contributor myiq1/2u’s past revolting and possibly drunken ramblings on Balloon Juice, as YTD has in some comment threads over the past month or two. Like, for instance:

myiq2xu March 14th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

What is Hillary’s core constituency? Women.
Older, yet “liberated” women.
At 47 years old, I am a “boy toy.”
Since they are post-menopausal, that means they don’t swell, they don’t tell, and they’re grateful as hell.

http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=9901

Calling him a fucking tool is an insult to fucking tools. I’d put him in at least your top 5.

Comment by yetanotherfreakingbrit on 12/30/08 at 12:30 PM

Congratulations to the Rumproast team!

Perusing the nominations, it’s clear to me that Rumproast needs to give its own Weblog Award, for WORST nomination by the Weblog Awards.  My nominations, from the categories where I feel somewhat knowledgeable:

Best Liberal Blogs: Taylor Marsh and The Effluence.  Seriously.  Liberal?  If by Liberal you mean peddled lies, smears and insane conspiracy theories against the liberal candidate, well OK then.

Best Political Coverage: No Quarter.  See above.

Best Celebrity Blogger: Britney Spears.  Really?

Best LGBT Blog: Tammy Bruce.  If by Best LGBT Blog, you mean the blog most likely to instruct the LGBT community to report to the concentration camps so that the author can personally slit your throat while laughing maniacally, then I can see this nomination.

And there could also be another Rumproast Weblog Award category, for most glaring omission by the Weblog Awards.  My nomination:  For Best Political Blog, Al Giordano’s The Field.  Not only did Al correctly predict that Obama would win the Democratic nomination and the election back in 2007, this spring he was forced to relocate his blog from its previous home at RuralVotes due to censorship of his Saul Alinsky post explaining why Obama had created a movement that will transform US politics.

Which nominations do you think are the worst, and why?

Plus she’s friends with Lambert Strether 2.0 and everyone knows he’s, like, the best progressive ever.

Unless I’m missing something CorrenteWire isn’t listed anywhere.  And I am also pretty surprised by the choice of Confluence for Liberal blog. 

But NOT by Rumproast for Best Small Blog!  Kevin you rock, along with Betty, pop and Noah and I’m honored to be blogging along with you guys!  Hope everyone will turn out and vote next week.

Which nominations do you think are the worst, and why?

Before your comment I was wondering what you had to smoke to nominate Gay Patriot for the best ... anything, but M. Bruce sounds just plain scary.

Under Comics - Day by Day, the lame ass attempt to create a conservative Doonesbury. Best Individual - A toss (in more ways than one) between Jules Crettinden and The Anchoress.

A very merry Mazel-Tov Kevin, Pop, Noah, Mar, Betty!

Of course, after the appalling display of duelling divadom, hair-pulling and borderline personality tango trotting that was the StrangeApp/HungerTallest feud, perhaps it’s no mystery that the community award has been denied us.

Perhaps we should take ourselves off to be laved in the gentle supportive amniotic-like bonhomme(?)ie of the Michael Jackson forum.

To HTP: Your point about Gay Patriot is well taken.  I try to avoid visiting there, but I will say that the posts themselves are written with some coherency.  I lack the stomach to open the comments, however.

I formerly frequented Citizen Crain, but as if the aroma of self-hatred emanating from its host and his colleague Kevin required one to breathe through one’s mouth while reading to minimize the gag reflex, their community of commenters was so gleefully fascistic, racist, and sex-negatively homophobic that I could no longer bear it.  So I deleted them from my Favorites bookmarks and found that my blood pressure dropped significantly within days of this palliative measure.

I suspect that if I subjected myself to Gay Patriot I would need to resume self-medicating.  So, alas, I’ll never know how truly craptastic an ongoing self-inflicted hate-crime resides there.

Folks, btw, thanks for all of the congrats, thanks to my wonderful, talented co-bloggers, and thanks a bunch for the commenters for always delivering the best intellisnark around.

Okay, now that my brother’s cutting out for the evening, I’m going to attempt the impossible: take a nap.

I was also a little surprised to see Pammy Geller’s Atlas Shrugs in there for Conservative Blog as opposed to Blogs Run by People who are Certifiably Batshit Crazy.  Very happy to see Jon Swift nominated for humor blog although that may come as a surprise to some of his commenters who appear to think he’s dead serious.

Mrs. P., I am terrified of the idea of even putting the Michael Jackson blog address in my little typy slot where you enter the website (is there a name for that any of you techie types?).

Sorry I’m late to the party. Congratulations to the Founding ‘Roasters and the whole RR community!

Just to be mentioned on the same page as “Manolo’s Shoe Blog” is heady stuff. ;->

(On a deadline—but I’ll be back later.)

Major congrats on the weblog nomination!!!  Way cool and you’ve got my vote, once it opens up on Jan 5th!

Mar, the typy slot I think is just the address bar of your browser, but will techie types confirm? I am not the go-to authority on the identity of thingys, MJ-wise or otherwise.

Bbbbbrrrrrrwww—-now I’ve just given myself the heebie-jeebies.

Or maybe the Jumbies. A Trinidadian friend of ours made us black-eyed pea soup for New Year’s because, she says, it keeps the Jumbies away. It also involved lots of garlic, and fried keilbasa, which I’d never associated with the islands, but there it was. Not sure of its anti-Jumbie value, though.

Or where kielbasa ranks in the PUMA/Jumbie continuum. I know that doesn’t make much sense, I just wanted to type it.

Oh heck, just ignore me. Happy New Year!

I’m not entirely clear how finalists are picked—Kevin K.

The best explanation I’ve been able to find comes from this FAQ. Basically, unnamed volunteers select finalists from a list of nominees and also make selections of their own. Kevin Aylward rejects their selections as he sees fit and also makes selections of his own.

In other words, it’s the Kevin Aylwards. That’s why “The Confluence” is up for “Best Liberal Blog”, and “No Quarter” is nominated for “Best Political Coverage” etc.

I guess I can’t argue w/ the process—Kevin K.

You can argue, but it won’t do you any good. Aylward makes it very clear in the FAQ that bloggers can’t pull their sites from contention.

Comment by M. Onan Batterload on 12/31/08 at 01:46 AM

Aylward also makes it very clear that readers are not allowed to use the “comments” thread to make any actual comments about the nominations.

I nominate Aylward for the Rumproast’s First Annual Blog Nazi Award, unless of course, that would damage Rumproast’s chances of winning the prestigious Aylward Award, in which case Aylward is the coolest blogmaster on the planet and I hear he has a really really big dick!

...readers are not allowed to use the “comments” thread to make any actual comments about the nominations.”

Yea. Yesterday I made the following comment:

The Confluence is NOT a liberal blog.

Aylward deleted it because, he said, “no disparaging remarks” allowed.

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