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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

New To "The Usual Suspect" List

It's about time I change some, rearrange some, eliminate some and update my blogroll of The Usual Suspects.

I suppose I have a different take on blogrolls.

I've noticed that most blogs have a seemingly-endless list of linked blogs in their rolls -- sometimes the lists go right to the bottom of the viewable page and, boys and girls, that's a lot of blogs. I just can't read or make note of that many blogs. I'm sure they're all good -- at least I'd hope so.

But I don't have the time to click on each and every link in another blogroll. I don't think you do either. So, as you've likely determined by now, my blogroll is, shall we say, brief.

Those who make my blogroll of The Usual Suspects have earned their place. And you don't arrive on my blogroll overnight. You have to work to get there. I have to find myself reading your blog frequently. I have to like not only your perspective, your writings but your layout as well. And I don't simply place someone there; I announce them.

As it is now: my Suspect list is updated. First up to bat:

1. My Republican Blog

Gayle writes this most excellent blog and portrays herself in this fashion:

I am not a born Redneck. My husband and I adopted the state of Texas whether Texas likes it or not. We have chosen to be Rednecks because we admire Rednecks. They use guns and you don't mess with Rednecks. Not if you haven't got pickles for brains! (But I don't like grits.) My husband is retired Army and a Vietnam Vet. I am a retired Army dependent and wife of a Vietnam Vet. We have three large watchdogs outside and one large watchdog inside. Old-fashioned actual bars go up across the doors at night, and several weapons that seem to work very well with bullets are handy. Our farm is 80 acres but without livestock. I'd make pets out of pigs and cows. I don't make pets out of chickens however; chickens are the dumbest birds on the planet! We grow every type of vegetable immaginable. Our place is a farm and nursery as we also have a large greenhouse and grow flowers.

Gayle features some great writing with a vision that encompasses generations and various perspectives -- but is conservative in nature. Gayle also operates a graphic blog entitled Let Our Voices Be Heard - Laughing but this piece of the Blogosphere is soon to be shut down.

Welcome aboard, Gayle!

2. Caucasionally Challenged Christian

This site is operated by a fellow calling himself Neo, Soc, who says:
I am a Christian before I am an American, a father, and black man! My title is politically correct ('pc') because I think 'pc' jargon is gettting way out of control! So, please don't expect me to be flowery, unless I'm in one of my craziness journalistic modes!

Neo, Soc has been commenting on my blog for some time now, and it's time I reciprocate and return the favor. He's a well-grounded American who writes well and has some excellent points to make! Do yourself a good turn and visit his blog for some salient insights into today's world.

Welcome aboard, Neo, Soc!

3. Quid Novi?

A site written by Echotig, wife of the Big White Hat, she posts about life, her five children (one of whom is autistic) and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Don't believe that one post with a picture. It's not her. She's cuter. I know because she told me so. Go check her site out. Right now. Because if you don't, you'll be very, very sorry indeed!

Welcome aboard, Echotig!

One deletion: SactoDan's blog. Once in hopes of getting into the Western Alliance, I've not felt any love whatsoever, though I was once promised a link at Fetching Jen's blog. G'bye, Dan.


Please, go visit these and my other links as frequently as possible.

Everyone is there for one very salient reason: they're simply good.


Blogger Gayle said...

I am very flattered, BZ, to be first up and included on your blogroll! What a compliment and thank you so much.

I was very surprised to find out that I am married to Texas Fred however. My husband Walter, was also surprised. We mustn't let this get out: bigamy is against the law in the state of Texas!

ROTFALMAO! BZ, My husband is retired Army, and neither I or Walter have ever met Texas Fred in person!

Sun Jan 29, 12:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...



I'll go fix that RIGHT NOW!

Sun Jan 29, 01:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Okay, all fixed. Man oh man, that'll teach me! I feel about THIS tall right now!

Sun Jan 29, 01:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

That's okay, BZ, no harm done! I thought it was a hoot. I even wrote Texas Fred to ask him when we got married because I don't remember anything about it! :)

Seriously, there must be some reason you got that impression in the first place, but for the life of me I can't figure out what. I'd like to get your take on it, because it can't be just that we are both from Texas, Texas being as big as it is!

Sun Jan 29, 01:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

By the way, you may want to go back into your post and fix the comment regarding Echotig's Blog where you explained that she's the wife of Big White Hat and you said "see, it's not that unusual." Without the comment about Fred and I being a married blogging team, no one will know what you are referring to.

Just trying to be helpful. :)

Sun Jan 29, 01:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 29 06

Blo Zep: You have good taste. Gayle's blog is quite nice and she is spirited! I see her on Patrick's blog from time to time. Echotig has the most depraved since of humor this side of the Sierras. Everytime I see her comments I just roll on the floor laughing exceedingly hard!!!

Neo Soc is also a nice guy with a lot to say. I came across him via Robosquirrel. They were debating some AynRandians. So it is cool you added them to your roll cuz they are cool bloggers:)

Yeah about the Western Alliance, they seem to have their own little clique. But screw it; you have your own following!!! COOOOOOL! And thanks for telling me about the DEM baby crying. I thought you did it, but its okay it is funny as hell!

Sun Jan 29, 01:59:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Everyone, thanks for your comments; I haven't screwed up this badly in a long time.

I think I'm gonna get off the net and try not to screw the rest of the day up.

Sun Jan 29, 04:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

ROTFALMAO BZ! It's no big deal, honest! You only made me and Texas Fred bigamists for about 30 minutes! This has been a lot of fun. Besides that, this comment section is going to make for interesting reading! :)

Sun Jan 29, 05:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I know. I'll be a couple inches tall for the next few days at least. . .

Sun Jan 29, 05:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

I'm still interested in knowing why you thought that!??? :)

Sun Jan 29, 06:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

LOL! BZ on the things with Gayle. I concur; I am flattered and honored to make the USL. Way too funny. Thanks for those other links too. To make the list with gayle makes me real honored. So thank you very much. And you cracked me up on your comments on my most recent post. Let our rantings reign!!!! LOL!

Sun Jan 29, 09:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger echotig said...

I am way cuter, but, my husband won't let me post those pics up on the net!

I guess I need to find a good one soon so that everone can see thats not aactually me smellin my hands.

Sun Jan 29, 10:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 29 06

Hey Blo Zep: You shouldn't feel so bad about the mishap. You did something that I have never seen another blogger do in a respectful way. You delinked someone, gave a reason and were respectful about it. I think that sets a good precedent for blogetiquette. Often people will link to you and may notify you of it, yet when they choose to delink you it is silent. Hmmmm;) There is one site I comment on, but the guy never once responded and that hurt. So I guess I just won't visit his site. Too bad cuz he is a physics student. But not all physics students are created equal...ha ha ha Have a good week:)

Sun Jan 29, 10:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mahndisa: good points. I never thought much about it, just that I was a little chagrined about my support and no quid pro quo -- but hey, no one's under any obligation. So it was time to move on.

Mon Jan 30, 08:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

What!??? Neo Soc said "to make the list with Gayle makes me real honored!" I felt the same way about him! :)

Mon Jan 30, 09:35:00 AM PST  

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