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The Great Blogroll Spring Cleaning, pt. 2

nosey online
Description: liberal poliblog, mostly a linker
Category: poliblog

Not Geniuses
Description: liberal to moderate poliblog, has been moving left for awhile
Category: poliblog

Notes on the Atrocities
Description: liberalish poliblog, lots of content
Category: poliblog

Nurse Ratched's Notebook
Description: Lefty poliblog with a dark sense of humor; lean postings lately
Category: poliblog

Obsidian Wings
Description: Despite the name, it's a good blog-serious comment on current events. moderate liberal/libertarian republican mix multiblog.
Category: poliblog

One Hand Clapping
Description: Conservative poliblog, sometimes manages to say something sensible.
Category: poliblog, A-lis

Open Source Politics
Description: Geek-centric group liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog

Description: Freelance journalist's somewhat snarky liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog, A-list

Description: Liberal poliblog,
Category: A-list

PEA Soup
Description: group academic philosoblog focused on ethics
Category: philosoblog

Peter Levine
Description: Sort of philosophy, sort of public policy, occasionally current events
Category: philosoblog

Philosophy from the (617)
Description: Apparently defunct philosoblog
Category: philosoblog

Description: Not really a philosoblog. Looks at current events using the methodology of analytic philosophy. Yea!
Category: poliblog

Political Animal
Description: Kevin Drum sells out and moves up. (If you don't change at all, is that really selling out?)
Category: A-list, poliblog

Political Wire
Description: Political news for political junkies
Category: poliblog

The Poor Man
Description: Liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog, almost A-list

Power Line
Description: Conservative group blog, pithy, reasonably sane, not too snarky
Category: poliblog

Pro-War dot com
Description: snarkish liberal blog
Category: poliblog

Description: Like L'Alpe de Huez, psuedopodium is beyond category
Category: Literablog

Description: group radical poliblog
Category: poliblog

Description: labor linker extraordinaire
Category: labor

Real Live Preacher
Description: Essays from a real live preacher
Category: Literablog

The Red Pages
Description: Joshua Norton II, Emporer of the United States and Protector of Mexico, blogfights with A Small Victory.
Category: poliblog

Strip Mining for Whimsy
Description: Emporer Joshua Norton gets autobiographical on your ass.
Category: literablog

Rick's Café Americain
Description: sometime comedian has a bloggy blog with some politics
Category: bloggy blog

The Road to Surfdom
Description: Ex-pat Australian living in the U.S. has a liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog, A-list

Roger Ailes
Description: snarky liberal commentary
Category: poliblog

Rook's Rant
Description: Snarky liberal links/rants/chess moves
Category: poliblog

Rubber Hose
Description: liberalish poliblog
Category: poliblog

Running from the Thought Police
Description: C/U based liberal blog (from a catholic)
Category: poliblog

Safety Neal's Fireside Chat
Description: Neal
Category: peeps

Description: Armed libertarian group blog with a clever but inappropriate name
Category: poliblog

Sapphos Breathing
Description: bloggy blog philosofemiblog
Category: philosoblog

Sarah's Chess Journal
Description: A chess history blog, with an eye towards women in chess. Recently underwent an unfortunate facelift, but current interface problems may be temporary.
Category: Chessblog

Scott Rosenberg
Description: Salon writer dips his ink in the blogwell. Does technology and politics
Category: poliblog, techblog

Description: Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall's blog
Category: poliblog

Seeing the Forest
Description: Earnest and contenful group blog by some liberals on a mission
Category: poliblog

Description: liberal poliblog with an eye for issues relevant to women of color
Category: poliblog
Blogroll Spring Cleaning, Episode I

I'm going through my blogroll as part of a barely conceived effort to make this page more usefull to me. What follows is, well, it's probably pretty obvious.

On the off chance that any of the bloggers I've linked to stop by and think my description is wrong, feel free to comment in the Submit a Link field above.

Here goes.

A Book Inside Me
Description: "Publish the book that I have not writen yet"
Category: Literablogging

A Daily Dose of Architecture
Description: daily postings on happenings in the world of architecture
Category: Peeps, art&culture

Abject Funk
Description: lefty political blog, moderate posting tending towards original thought
Category: poliblog

Africa Pundit
Description: Started out as an instapundit style news blog from Africa, but posting is extremely light.
Category: poliblog

The Agitator
Description: Libertarian leaning balko blog with occasional guest postings. A bit of a know it all hothead
Category: poliblog

Alas! A blog
Description: Another cartoonist with a blog. Lefty politics with special attention to women's issues.
Category: poliblog

Always Low Prices
Description: group blog about everything wal-mart. Tends to be pro-wallly, but they're open to posters who have alternate opinions.
Category: poliblog

Ambivalent Imbroglio
Description: Todd Chatman's law school blog
Category: peeps, social commentary, bloggy blog

American Samizdat
Description: Lefty poliblog
Category: poliblog

Andrew Sullivan
Description: Gay Republican comes to grips with his inner social liberal
Category: poliblog, A-list

Angry Bear
Description: liberalish economist has a blog
Category: poliblog, economoblog

Art Machine
Description: Everything from star trek to netflix to culture to leftyish social commentary
Category: bloggy blog, random

Description: art-centric lefty poliblog
Category: poliblog, art&culture

Billmon's Whiskey Bar
Description: In depth analysis of current events from a smart liberal
Category: poliblog, A-list

Boing! Boing!
Description: a directory of wonderful things
Category: Coolio, A-list

Busy Busy Busy
Description: left leaning shorter than short summaries of current events.
Category: satire, A-list

Certain doubts
Description: blog devoted to epistemology; lots of high dollar academic contributors
Category: philosoblog

China Herald
Description: English language blog from Shanghai; focuses on issues at the interface of technology and politics
Category: poliblog?

Turning the Tide
Description: Billed as a blog by Noam Chomsky, but it's mostly just an editor recycling things that he wrote elsewhere. Comments are back.
Category: poliblog

Cold Fury
Description: Yet another political cartoonist's blog. Think Mallard Filmore meets Tank McNamara.
Category: Toonblog

The Command Post
Description: wingnut news and comment
Category: poliblog, A-list

Shameless Agitator
Description: Lefty links plus the weekly "Shameless Agitator Award"
Category: poliblog

Confined Space
Description: Blog dedicated to workplace safety issues
Category: Labor

Description: snarky liberal group blog focused on current events
Category: poliblog

Description: Lefty news and views, formatted to look like an online magazine
Category: poliblog

Cowgirl Funk (Superhero)
Description: leftish poliblog
Category: poliblog

Creative Class Warfare
Description: liberal poliblog from a person with a degree in Canadian Studies
Category: poliblog

Critical Viewer
Description: Champaign/Urbana based liberal poliblog - slim postings lately
Category: poliblog

Crooked Timber
Description: Academic group blog with some politics, social commentary, and philosophy
Category: poliblog, philosoblog, A-list

The Daily Dilley
Description: lefty links
Category: poliblog, peeps

Daily Kos
Description: THE liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog, A-list

Description: Eric Bohn's J-E translator blog
Category: peeps, bloggy blog

Daniel Drezner
Description: socially moderate conservative (libertarianish) poli-sci professor's current events blog
Category: poliblog, A-list

Deliberative Democracy
Description: seldom updated academic blog dedicated to issues in the study of deliberative democracy
Category: philosoblog

Description: moderate liberal economist's poliblog
Category: econoblog, poliblog, A-list

Description: liberal poliblog, postings are all over the map, somewhat infrequent
Category: poliblog

Description: Law Prof Michael Froomkin's liberal current events blog
Category: poliblog, A-list

Dohiyi Mir
Description: " A non-violent, counter-dominant, left-liberal, possibly charismatic, quasi anarcho-libertarian Quaker's take on politics, bicycling, and other esoterica." But what ever happened to the first ever bloggers chess match?
Category: poliblog

Donkey Rising
Description: Ruy Teixeira's "Emerging Democratic Majority" blog. Very much a mainstream Democratic blog -- like KOS but more so.
Category: poliblog

Dreyfuss Report
Description: progressive investigative reporter Bob Dreyfuss' national security blog, hosted by
Category: poliblog

Dru Blood
Description: A radical poliblog from the randomwalks family. I think the blogger is a punk rocker from Austin.
Category: poliblog

Description: Sci-fi editor's left leaning poliblog. Light posting lately.
Category: poliblog

Empire Notes
Description: Rahul Mahajan kicks some foreign policy ass.
Category: poliblog

Description: Atrios' mainstream Democratic poliblog. Yes, the name is from Infinite Jest
Category: poliblog, A-list

ex-lion tamer
Description: quick hitting lefty poliblog
Category: poliblog

Examined Live
Description: Original blog of some of the Crooked Timber crew, ex-pat philosophers living in Singapore. Equal parts cultural criticism, philosophy, politcs, and cooking
Category: poliblog, philosoblog, A-list

Fake Barn Country
Description: Get it? It's a gettier joke. Ok, it's a post-gettier joke. Anyway, this is a group blog by the grad philosophy students at Brown.
Category: philosoblog

Feminisms, Technologies and Rhetorics
Description: bloggy blog with a significant dollop of cultural criticism
Category: peeps, art&culture

First Draft
Description: Liberal writer's writing blog
Category: Literablog

For the Record
Description: U. Michigan philosopher's left leaning poliblog
Category: poliblog

Description: Lefty poliblog focusing on cultural and media criticism and Irish politics
Category: poliblog, peeps

Goldberg and Guthrie
Description: Illinois based two man liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog

Goodbye Maggie
Description: "A multi-author commentary on economic vision beyond capitalism, especially participatory economics."
Category: poliblog, econoblog

Description: Liberalish political commentary
Category: poliblog

Intel Dump
Description: Ex-army officer, future lawyer blogs about military affairs. Seems liberalish, but maybe that's just because Bush sucks so hard.
Category: poliblog, milblog, A-list

Description: TNR's Spencer Ackerman on all things Iraq
Category: poliblog, A-list

Island of Balta
Description: liberal current events poliblog
Category: poliblog

It's No Accident
Description: poliblog from a lefty activist
Category: poliblog

John Quiggen
Description: Bearded Australian economist from the Crooked Timber crew has a liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog, econoblog, A-list

Journal in the Flesh
Description: startup liberal blog focused on education issues
Category: poliblog, bloggy blog

Informed Comment
Description: UM History Prof Juan Cole knows a thing or two about the Middle East
Category: poliblog, A-list

K Marx The Spot
Description: Puts the "left" in Lefty poliblog
Category: poliblog

Kathryn Cramer
Description: Sci-fi editor turned lefty blogger/investigative reporter
Category: poliblog

Kilroy was here
Description: poliblog focused on democratic politics and vote markets
Category: poliblog

The Joe Hill Dispatch
Description: Labor news blog
Category: Labor

Artichoke Heart
Description: Feminist poet's blog
Category: Art&Culture, Literablog, bloggy blog

Lean Left
Description: Left leaning group blog
Category: poliblog

Left Wing Liberal Commie Agitator
Description: The name says it all.
Category: poliblog

Liberal Media Conspiracy
Description: Liberal current events criticism
Category: poliblog

Long Story, Short Pier
Description: Thoughtful, leftish blog with a mix of political and cultural comment -- and a sense of humor
Category: poliblog

Matthew Yglesias
Description: One time philosophy student, current liberal journalist
Category: poliblog, A-list

Legal Fiction
Description: Legal commentarity from a law clerk in the South
Category: poliblog, lawblog

Max Speak!
Description: liberalish economist blogs about current events
Category: econoblog, poliblog, A-list

Description: media watch blog with a health dollop of concern for economic issues.
Category: poliblog

Description: conservative leaning blog focused on current events
Category: poliblog, bloggy blog

Description: snarky liberalish poliblog, infrequent posting lately
Category: poliblog

Mun Mun
Description: mostly poetry
Category: Literablog

Nathan Newman
Description: Left leaning poliblog from a union/community activist lawyer with academic interests in ecomics and technology
Category: poliblog

Description: liberal poliblog, intermittent posting
Category: poliblog

News Dissector
Description: Left leaning media watch blog
Category: Mediablog

No More Mister Nice Blog
Description: Liberal poliblog
Category: poliblog
The Seattle Times | Contract accepted at Boeing's Wichita plant:
'We made some gains — that is the important thing,' SPEEA Midwest director Bob Brewer said after announcing the vote count, but added, 'We still have a lot of work to do. We are not done yet.'

Boeing spokesman Dick Ziegler said, 'We were sure we had a good contract on the table that met both the employees' needs and the company's requirements. We are exceptionally satisfied that they agreed.'

Among those voting yes was Cheri Urban, who has worked at Boeing for 25 years. Two years ago, her husband was laid off from his Boeing job. He now works as a painter, making half of his aerospace salary.

'I feel the fear of striking. I am not happy with the offer — it stinks,' Urban said. 'But we have been in a situation the last two years where we are trying to survive.'

The union had told its membership it did not believe further negotiation gains were possible without a strike.

Pentagon Deputy's Probes in Iraq Weren't Authorized, Officials Say
A senior Defense Department official conducted unauthorized investigations of Iraq reconstruction efforts and used their results to push for lucrative contracts for friends and their business clients, according to current and former Pentagon officials and documents.

memeorandum: Archive Edition for Tuesday, July 6, 2004
The New York Post: "John Kerry has chosen Rep. Richard Gephardt, the veteran congressman from Missouri, to be his running mate, The Post has learned. Gephardt, 63, a 28-year veteran of the House of Representatives, could be named by the presumptive Democratic nominee as the party's vice-presidential candidate as soon as today."

The New York Times | Intelligence: C.I.A. Held Back Iraqi Arms Data, U.S. Officials Say
The existence of a secret prewar C.I.A. operation to debrief relatives of Iraqi scientists — and the agency's failure to give their statements to the president and other policymakers — has been uncovered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The panel has been investigating the government's handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq's unconventional weapons and plans to release a wide-ranging report this week on the first phase of its inquiry. The report is expected to contain a scathing indictment of the C.I.A. and its leaders for failing to recognize that the evidence they had collected did not justify their assessment that Mr. Hussein had illicit weapons.
While the Senate panel has concluded that C.I.A. analysts and other intelligence officials overstated the case that Iraq had illicit weapons, the committee has not found any evidence that the analysts changed their reports as a result of political pressure from the White House, according to officials familiar with the report.

Reuters | U.S. Special Forces to Train Philippine Troops
U.S. and Philippine officials have said the exercises aim to train Filipino troops to use small, well-equipped teams against militants belonging to the Jemaah Islamiah network believed to use Mindanao as a training base.

The New York Times | House of Lords Limits
Parents' Right to Hit Children
Some of the discussions today revolved around what exactly is meant by 'smacking,' the term used in the measure, with opponents of a total ban saying the law should draw a distinction between beating and a 'mild smacking' behind closed doors.

The State | 07/04/2004 | Karpinski says Israeli was interrogator in Iraq
Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, suspended in May over allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, said she met a man who told her he was Israeli during a visit to a Baghdad intelligence center with a senior coalition general.

"I saw an individual there that I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before, and I asked him what did he do there, was he an interpreter — he was clearly from the Middle East," Karpinski told British Broadcasting Corp. radio in an interview broadcast Saturday. "He said, ‘Well I do some of the interrogation here. I speak Arabic, but I’m not an Arab; I’m from Israel.’

"I was really kind of surprised by that ... He didn’t elaborate any more than to say he was working with them and there were people from lots of different places that were involved in the operation."

The New York Times | A Union Label, Inside Out
Tom LaSorda is the No. 2 executive at Chrysler, now a division of the German automaker DaimlerChrysler. He is the first child of a union leader - and on both sides of the family at that - to become a top executive at any of the Big Three.

In many ways, his ascension is a powerful sign of a new era of cooperation, born of necessity, between the car companies and the labor unions. 'It's very symbolic,' said Gary N. Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. 'Having someone grow up in a union household makes them aware of the pressures the union faces on their side of the bargaining table.'

San Jose Mercury News | 07/03/2004 | Sources: Track coach Graham turned in syringe of THG that ignited Balco scandal
Graham is the mystery coach who turned in a syringe filled with the designer steroid THG, five sources have told the Mercury News. Graham has received limited immunity to cooperate with an investigation into Balco, the Burlingame nutrition company at the center of the scandal.

How the anti-doping agency came to receive the syringe offers a peek into track and field's underbelly, where backbiting over who takes what designer drugs is part of the rivalries and jealousies. The rift between Graham and Conte started with nasty exchanges on a popular track Internet message board a year ago. Now it threatens to derail some of the top U.S. track athletes -- including two of Graham's prize former pupils, sprinters Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery -- as this summer's Olympics approach.

Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue | L.A. Times
As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images — who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking.

Chemicals Not Found in Iraq Warheads | Washington Post
Sixteen rocket warheads found last week in south-central Iraq by Polish troops did not contain deadly chemicals, a coalition spokesman said yesterday, but U.S. and Polish officials agreed that insurgents loyal to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and foreign terrorist fighters are trying to buy such old weapons or purchase the services of Iraqi scientists who know how to make them.

Yahoo! News - Day-Of-Rest Law Worries Va. Employers
Because of a legislative oversight, a new Virginia law requires businesses to give workers Saturdays or Sundays off if they want it, alarming some businesses with weekend and round-the-clock shifts to cover.

Some retailers are even trying to get a game plan in place for their holiday shopping season, still several months away.

It was a mistake made last legislative session that came out of good intention.

All state Sen. Frederick M. Quayle wanted to do was repeal the archaic laws banning Sunday work. His measure did that, but it also got rid of a long list of business exemptions attached to the old statute. That list was the same one attached to another obsolete statute, the 'day-of-rest' law, which is still on the books.

Reuters | U.S. Job Growth Stunted
The Labor Department said only 112,000 jobs were created last month, far fewer than the 250,000 that Wall Street analysts had anticipated. April and May new-job totals were revised down, to 324,000 and 235,000 respectively, from 346,000 and 248.000. News | Polish troops find sarin warheads in Iraq
Polish troops have found two warheads in Iraq believed to contain a deadly nerve agent, but it is not clear what period the weapons came from, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The two warheads were found in early June in a bunker in the area controlled by Polish forces, and they tested positive for cyclosarin, a substance many times stronger than sarin, the ministry said in a statement.

Kerry cited in Catholic heresy case | The Washington Times | July 01, 2004
A Catholic lawyer has filed heresy charges against Sen. John Kerry with the Archdiocese of Boston, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of bringing 'most serious scandal to the American public' by receiving Holy Communion as a pro-choice Catholic. The 18-page document was sent to the archdiocese June 14, but released to the public only yesterday by Marc Balestrieri, a Los Angeles-based canon lawyer and an assistant judge with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' tribunal, an ecclesiastical court.

(via Andrew Sullivan)