Joe Trippi Joins Edwards Campaign

As I see blog after blog rave about what a great move this is, am I the only one who remembers Trippi’s record and wonders if this isn’t yet another sign that Edwards’ strategy of concentrating on the net roots will cause him to follow in Dean’s path? Trippi might be more valuable in the role of an advisor on use of the internet for Edwards as opposed to being campaign manager.

Rove Tells The Truth About Iraq (Almost)

Karl Rove has come up with a new strategy to deceive the American people–tell them the truth, but leave out just enough so that they don’t really understand. Rove is coming under criticism for some of his comments report by the Akron Beacon Journal and is being accused of lying, but there is far more truth in this statement than is obvious at first glance:

In a question-and-answer period after his speech, Rove was asked whose idea it was to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq.

“I think it was Osama bin Laden’s,” Rove replied.

That’s totally true. One of bin Laden’s goals has been to overthrow secular dictatorships in the middle east so that they could be replaced by Islamic fundamentalist dictatorships. Rove, and Bush, fell into bin Laden’s trap and did exactly what bin Laden wanted. As Karl Rove said, it was bin Laden’s idea to have the United States invade Iraq. The sensible response after 9/11 would have been to concentrate on eliminating al Qaeda instead of doing what bin Laden wanted.

Of course Rove wasn’t entirely dishonest as he warned, “If we lose, they will follow.” Rove’s statement on Iraq also makes it more difficult to figure out exactly what the Bush administration’s view is on the relationship between the Iraq war and 9/11.

McCain Sings “Bomb Iran”


This is in case anyone questions whether John McCain is a dangerous war monger, and possibly a little bit nuts. (As for the singing, we’ll stick with Billie Piper for our Saturday Night Entertainment.)

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Almost a License to Kill

We now “officially” have persmission to take care of the trolls and other problem people. (Anyone see Dondero lately?)

Infiltrating the Mainstream Media–And Out Ranking the A List Blogs

There’s been a lot posts on the B-List and C-List blogs about the frustration of feeling left out as the A-List blogs get the most links and readers. Naturally those of us who take the time to write blog posts hope that people will read them. Many B-List bloggers feel frustrated that, even if they were to write better posts than those at the A-List blogs, the A-List blogs will continue to receive the most traffic. Fortunately not all sources of exposure for bloggers are concerned with looking at just those blogs with the most traffic. Looking at some stats I found a good example of both getting out the message from Liberal Values beyond our usual readers, as well as earning a ranking in the same range as some of the A-List blogs such as The Carpetbagger Report and Think Progress, while many others are not included.

An increasing number of posts from Liberal Values and other blogs are carried at the web sites of newspapers and television stations in the mainstream media thanks to BlogBurst. Typically such sites will include a list of blog posts related to an article they run, including the full text of the blog post and a link back to the blog. These include both political and non-political blogs, with non-political blog posts greatly outnumbering political blogs. For example, there are blogs dealing with travel, automobiles, and television which are linked to newspaper articles on their topics.

I just noticed the leaderboard at BlogBurst for this quarter and found that Liberal Values is ranked number 28, which is also the highest ranking for a political blog. Other political blogs in the top 100 this quarter include Think Progress (#51), The Carpetbagger Report (#52), Cato-at-liberty (67), The Democratic Daily (#70), The War Room | Election 2008 (#76), 2008 Central (#81), Say Anything (#91), and Iowa Voice (#94). This represents an overall improvement for Liberal Values and other liberal blogs compared to the final stats for the first quarter, which ranked political blogs with The Carpetbagger Report at #67, Donklephant at # 69, Liberal Values at #77, The Democratic Daily at #82, CultureKitchen at #91, and CommenTerry at #100.

Some examples of posts from Liberal Values can be seen at USA Today (including here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), The Palm Beach Post, The Austin Statesman, WPXI in Pittsburgh, WMAQ in Chicago, KCCI in Des Moines, KNBC in Los Angeles, KETV in Omaha, The Dayton Daily News, WYFF in Greenville, and NewsNet5 in Cleveland. Many other sites also have carried our posts through Reuters.