Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Newscoma is a goddess

and not just because she bestowed this lovely award on your humble Cracker, but you knew that.  Her blog is a daily source of humor, inspiration, good talk and information that makes you feel better for having gone there.

When you get one of these, you are requested to name ten blogs/bloggers that make you think and that you enjoy, and why.  I will have to name ten in addition to our beloved Newscoma.

1.  TennViews/KnoxViews -These are the creations of our blogfather, one Randy Neal, who started out as SouthKnoxBubba, and whose writing convinced me that I could do this.  He is the STATE'S blogfather, as far as I'm concerned, and I owe him more than he knows.

2. The Pesky Fly - Memphis' best blog, for several reasons.  First, they have the most impressive group of writers this side of DailyKos in Pesky, Jeff, CPL, Auto, and one of my mentors, the Kibitzer.  They never fail to make you think, and the commenters inevitably make me laugh.

3. Paul Ryburn's Journal - The single best argument for living in downtown Memphis comes from reading his chronicle - it's FUN to be there.  He keeps us posted on restaurant openings and closings, the ongoing struggle with panhandlers (NOT to be confused with homeless) and why downtown is a great place to be.  The Center City Commission should pay him for this!

4. Polar Donkey - No he doesn't write as much as we would all like, but when he does, he hits harder then anyone.  His series of maps on how the departure of financial institutions from low-income areas has hurt them should have won an award.

5. Memphis Music Confidential - new to the blogosphere, but Andria Lisle sure isn't; there's not a better music writer in this town than Andria, and the CA was unusually sharp in getting her to leave the Flyer and write this blog.  Musically, if she doesn't know about it, it ain't happenin', know what I mean?

6. Smart City Memphis - No, I don't always agree with Tom, but his posts are always thought-provoking and the commenters at his blog are as well.  We do agree on more than even I thought, and we are both supporters of downtown.  It is a MUST-READ.

7. at home she feels like a tourist - It had to have been a HUGE culture shock to move here from BERKELEY, of all places, but fearlessvk has a good eye for Memphis and its strangeness and beauty.  She is a welcome addition to the blogosphere.

8. 55-40 Memphis - Wow.  Bob has been on fire ever since he (she? it? we really don't know) arrived in the blogosphere over a year ago.  Another must-read for his observations of Memphis and the Mid-South; he and Pesky have had a great discussion over the shield law and whether it should apply to bloggers.

9. Volunteer Voters - I would be lost without AC Kleinheider's compendium of blog posts and news events related to politics in Tennessee, hosted by WKRN-2 in Nashville.  He always has short, thought-provoking intros to each piece or video, and he is more in the center than he thinks.  If you live in the Volunteer State and you are a political junkie, you HAVE to go there.

10.  Vibinc - He brings experience from his days in Arkansas to his writing about national and local politics, and he's already infuriating some of the local old hacks, so that's a POSITIVE in my book.  Well worth the read.

Dammit, I can't stop at 10, so, for today, this blog goes to ELEVEN.

11. Silence Isn't Golden - Two years ago, in the middle of the Junior Senate campaign, GoldnI and I were tearing each other new sphincters on a daily basis at DailyKos, she took the pro-Junior position, and, well, I didn't.  I thought at the time I was reading the work of a thirty-something writer from the Nashville area; imagine my surprise to learn that she was barely twenty and a student at Cornell.  Her pro-Obama writings this year have been on point, and I have applauded every time she went over to TGW and smacked them down for being over-the-top on their criticism of the junior Senator from Illinois.  I just couldn't leave her out.


Newscoma said...

You are beloved as well. :)

GoldnI said...


Tom Guleff said...


I am extremely disappointed that I didn't see Mick Wright's blog on your list. I am going on a hunger strike!! Right after I finish off this blueberry muffin.

Congrats on your award and your TOP 11.

You the man....

Sharon Cobb said...



Echo said...

I must disagree with your comments about The Pesky Fly: … “Memphis' best blog… the most impressive group of writers… established professional journalists”…

Do you really KNOW what credentials these writers have?

Cracker, you are such a kiss-ass!

alex9852 said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( ) asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw an article describing each candidate’s stance on global warming and climate change on . So obviously they care about it. Is it the Medias fault for not asking the right questions or is it the candidates’ fault for not highlighting the right platforms? Does anyone know of other websites or articles that touch on this subject and candidates’ views? This is the biggest problem of the century and for generations to come…you would think the next president of the United States would be more vocal about it.

leftwingcarolinablue said...

Even if you ain't all that humble, you have well earned your award. Congratulations and, well, God bless--

John Marek said...

I thought Polar Donkey was a chick. I'm pretty sure I knew her at school, and I met her at sidestreet awhile back. Regardless I agree on your comment about Polar Donkey though.

PeskyFly said...

Thanks cracker!
Means a heap. Feel bad for just discovering the post. Been under the weather and not making my regular blog rounds.

Sorry you no like echo. We love you.

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