Spot On

I've noticed that my blog reading habits have been evolving over the past year. Sites that I used to read daily I haven't read in months. It wasn't even a conscious decision, really. I think it just came to the point that some sites were more self-righteousness than content. I'm an information junky, and the subject doesn't even matter that much. I can be just as happy reading about FAD's desire for a dog butt cable channel, Michele's video game obsessions or Wretchard's, almost epic, geopolitical posts.

What I can't stand are the bloggers that use every post to point out how important their blog is. Your blog is not important. If it disappeared tomorrow, people would somehow move on with their lives. Your blog is a place for you to share your thoughts publicly, (not always a good thing). And, occasionally, your blog might make some small difference in someone's life. Yes, there have been examples where blogs have swarmed together and done something impactful, but I think that some people may be getting ahead of themselves.

Eight ways to know when there are few, if any, serious problems in the universe.

1. Bloggers, reporters and certain politicians think that a single individual who got a day pass to cover the White House is the greatest crisis facing journalism today.

2. Prominent lefty-bloggers begin a crusade against Brit Hume for possibly misquoting FDR.

3. Washington Monthly is incredibly worried about the lack of female bloggers in the top tier.

4. Google News returns 877 articles about the Queen's decision not to attend Chuckie's wedding.

5. Anyone in the world giving a crap about anything Jose Canseco says.

6. It is impossible, at any given time, to channel surf the news networks without hear the dreaded words, "Michael Jackson".

7. Politicians and activists have nothing more important to do than to attack a doll.

Update! I just found one more on Freudian Slippers (new find, great name and if that's the author's picture in the sidebar, zowie!):

8. Church groups spending a lot of time and energy warning people about homosexual undertones in Shrek 2.



Sticks and Stones

Consider this the first and last Imus post.

Yes, Imus said a very bad thing, and yes, he owes an apology to the people at which the remark was directed. Having said that, how overblown has this story become when the highest elected official in a state considers it imperative to be present for said apology?

Corzine was riding in the front passenger's seat of a sport utility vehicle — driven by a state trooper — and was en route from Atlantic City to the governor's mansion in Princeton to moderate a meeting between the Rutgers women's basketball team and radio personality Don Imus.

The main part of that story is that Governor Corzine was badly injured in a wreck on the way to the meeting, and we certainly send our best wishes for a speedy recovery, but come on. Have all of New Jersey's problems been completely solved and nobody bothered to mention it? If the best use of his time and state resources is to get a photo-op at a meeting between a cadaverous, unfunny radio host and a bunch of college kids, the citizens of New Jersey might want to start asking about his priorities.