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October 3, 2003

Welcome to the Captain's Quarters!

So, naturalists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas which on him prey And these have smaller still to bite 'em, and so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet, in his kind, Is bit by him who comes behind. -- Jonathan Swift I love this quote, and I've had it memorized since I first read it in Tom Burnham's Dictionary of Misinformation. In fact, I think it explains blogs and their popularity, and in some degrees their incestuousness. Glenn Reynolds or Andrew Sullivan read a news story, and they post a commentary, and then other blogs post commentaries to their commentaries, and so proceed ad infinitum. Don't get me wrong - I think that's terrific! We need an open market for political discussion. Hash things out to the nth degree. Argue, bicker, and scold. The trick is to keep your head, check your assumptions, and expose yourselves to differing points of...

Let's piss off Glenn Reynolds

Glenn's right -- we should all be reviewing actual news sources for our blogs. But let's all go to Instapundit first just to piss him off....

October 7, 2003

Project BotWT Still a Failure

Still haven't gotten a link from Best of the Web Today -- I'll keep trying. They did mention my name in the credits, though, and a lot closer to the top than ever before ......

Just takin' it Day by Day

How cool is it to have a comment on your blog from Chris Muir, the artist behind Day By Day? It's this cool! Thanks for dropping by, Chris! I am so jazzed ... now go read Chris' comic strip, and you'd better read the entire archive....

October 10, 2003

Have a drink at the Twilight Cafe

Too often, blog readers tend to focus on those sites where they expect to find no disagreement with their own opinions and prejudices. When I started this blog, I took a quick look around at a few other TypePad blogs, and I stumbled across the TwilightCafé. (Literally stumbled, by the way; I still have a Band-Aid on my elbow.) The next day, Alicia was the first person to post a comment on one of my posts, and I added her to my blogroll, and now she's done the same for me. My first link! We probably don't agree on a lot, as Alicia acknowledges: Since I started this weblog on TypePad, I have found lots of interesting people's sites. I have finally found a conservative (that is safe to say, I believe) whose arguments are well thought out and logical. (I am sure there are more out there, but I...

October 11, 2003

Told you I was mostly right

OK, now it's confirmed ... I'm 62% good: ... which means, of course ... These calculations come to me via the Gematriculator, using arcane mathematics to analyze word and phrase patterns on the website. How does it work? Haven't got a friggin' clue, even (and especially) after reading through the explanation on their website. Thanks to Alicia over at Twilight Café for the link! (I'm 6% more good than Twilight Café ... just for the record.)...

Rating the other blogs

Here's how other blogs rate on the ol' Gematriculator: Instapundit: 74% good Daily Dish (Andrew Sullivan): 73% good Power Line: 71% good Meaningful Media: 70% good (how did Steve get ahead of me??) hmmm ... I was on board with this until I saw Steve's ratings ... lemme see who else scores high: NakedJen: 65% good (ahead of me, too!) Merde in France: 62% -- a tie! But something tells me that this is not terribly accurate. For instance: Michaelmoore.com: 82% CBC.com (Pat Robertson's website): 96% good These two are deal-killers, I'm sorry to say ......

October 14, 2003

The Blogging Iceberg

Here's an interesting article on blogs, and the blogging bloggers who blog them. I saw this yesterday at Amygdala but didn't get a chance to post on the article. Like Amygdala, I am in the 1% demographic, although I just started there. Not to rub it in or anything. Perseus Development Corp. estimates that there are 4.12 million blogs out here in the blogosphere, but 2.72 million have been abandoned, either temporarily or permanently. Over a million of these were one-day wonders. (Guess I've surpassed that threshold; I believe this is my 140th post.) There's lots of interesting data here for bloggers who like a bit of navel-gazing....

October 15, 2003

Captain's Quarters Undergoing Minor Renovations

I'll be making some tweaks tonight -- the three-column format doesn't quite work for me, so I'll be playing around with some other options ... let me know what you think!...

Another take on my post on name-calling

OxBlog has an essay which, unbeknownst to Oxblog, expands on my post yesterday about name-calling and elevating political discourse: Are people really so sure of themselves that they simply cannot acknowledge that anyone who disagrees could be intelligent? Have they no humility whatsoever? Of course we all think we're right -- if we didn't think we were right, we'd change our opinions until we did. Maybe I'm just naive, but it really does amaze me when people claim that everyone who disagrees with them (on topics where general opinion is relatively divided -- I'm not talking about largely uncontroversial opinions like "slavery is wrong") is either malevolent, stupid, or both. This attitude exists in a lot more places than in the blogosphere, although Josh Chafetz understandably focuses on that area of debate. I mentioned talk radio in yesterday's post, of course, but it wouldn't exist in the blogosphere or on...

October 16, 2003

Major blogs off-line tonight

It looks like HostingMatters has crashed for some unknown reason, and some major blogs seem to be down with them. Instapundit is definitely one who is affected -- you can hit the backup site here, but so far the only post is from Glenn confirming that the servers are down. Power Line isn't responding, and neither is Little Green Footballs or Dissident Frogman. I hope the problem gets corrected soon, so I can continue to avoid commercials between innings. (Score so far: Red Sox 4, Overhyped-Babe-Curse Bronxies 2.) If nothing else, take a look at James Lileks today, who's in fine curmudgeonly style. He's ranting about Kill Bill and rooting for Agent Smith. Ortiz just went yard on David Wells' first pitch, so it's Red Sox 5, Crushing Monotony in Pinstripes 2....

October 17, 2003

Thank you, Alicia!!!

It's not often that you run across people who do thoughtful things just because they're truly nice people. I'm lucky to have "met" Alicia through our efforts at blogging on Typepad. Alicia runs the excellent and intriguing Twilight Café, where I encourage you all to visit any chance you get. She's been kind enough to surprise me with a new banner, which is now posted proudly at the top of my blog here. Isn't that great? Thank you, Alicia -- I feel like a real blog now!...

Hugh Hewitt links to the Captain's Quarters

I'd like to give a salute to any visitors being referred from Hugh Hewitt's excellent story on the General Boykin/LA Times scandal. Welcome aboard!...

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ...

Over the weekend, I'll be testing some design changes, some of which you may have already seen -- I've switched fonts from Palatino to Arial in my posts for better readability, and to Geneva on the sidebar items to be able to read them at all. This makes the page longer, but I've cut the numbers of days displayed to three now. I will be switching between two- and three-column layouts and two different, very cool Alicia-designed logos, so be sure to let me know what you think!...

October 18, 2003

A New Neighbor

I've found a new neighbor, or rather she's found me! Brainstorming is a fairly new Typepad blog, with an easygoing nature but some smart commentary. Definitely drop by and check out what DC's brainstorming on now!...

October 19, 2003

200 Posts, Alternate Design

This is the 200th post for The Captain's Quarters, and today I'll be trying a new design. If you've seen the prior design (with the other Alicia-designed logo), let me know which one you prefer. Just drop a comment onto this post and I'll be reviewing them as they come in....

October 20, 2003

Monday Clarkbot?

Okay, I know I'm a novice at the whole blog thing, but what the hell is a Clarkbot? a. It's a cybernetic Clark decoy sent out on the campaign trail as a security decoy. (Would anyone be able to tell the difference?) b. It's a wind-up toy from a merchandising system gone mad. c. It's a blog program, designed to search the Internet, never sleeping, never stopping, for blog references to Wesley Clark ... it cannot be reasoned with, it cannot be reprogrammed ... it is relentless ... Yes, I guess it's Option C. If you follow the link back, you'll see two of my earlier posts about Clark listed on his campaign blog. I hope they enjoy the posts, but something tells me they won't. Hell, the second one wasn't even about them, it was about AP's inability to spell caucuses correctly....

Power Line: Islamofascists Strike Again?

Note to Fareed Zakaria: stifling free speech isn't the American way. That tactic is employed by others. Interesting to note where the DoS attacks originated. Do you suppose this is in retaliation for General Boykin's churchgoing activities?...

October 21, 2003

Blogosphere to Islamofascists: Drop Dead

The Blogosphere's most prominent citizens are back on line after another DoS attack from Islamofascists. The outage affected not just Power Line, but Hosting Matters and all of the web sites hosted by that company, a group that includes Insta Pundit, Little Green Footballs and many others. ... If Americans' news sources were limited to the network news and major daily newspapers, the Islamofascists would have a much better chance of winning the war. No doubt their first choice would be to blow up Fox News and various talk radio stations, but that is much more difficult than launching remote attacks on web sites from locations like Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Hence their attacks on the blogosphere. Power Line makes a good point about the value of the blogosphere, and why the Islamofascists target sites like Hosting Matters. I'd expand on Power Line and say that, based on the reporting...

Joining the Axis of Naughty

I've decided to pledge my Web loyalty (bloyalty?) to Instapundit and join the Axis of Naughty. There's no sense in spending this much time and effort on something if I can't be part of something divisive, after all. As Gaeilge, I'll add: Sin Instapundit an blog is fearr sa domhain, gan dabht! In the meantime, now that I've picked sides, I've also entered the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem, and I've entered into a contest for new bloggers on the site. I had to pick a post to feature during the contest, so I picked my post on Fareed Zakaria's column on Boykin, but I probably should have picked the one on German husband day care. [sigh] Anyway, if you think about it, do me a favor and link to the Zakaria post on your own blog, even if it's to say what a dink I am for having that opinion....

Alicia pitches in -- again

Alicia pitches in again with a post about my shameless begging for trackbacks in the Truth Laid Bear contest. If you haven't visited the Twilight Café yet, go now. She designed my terrific logo (and another one, too, that I'm going to fit in here somewhere). Check out this post, too, at the Twilight Café. Who was your choice?...

October 22, 2003

Evolution at the Captain's Quarters

If you scroll down through my Miscellaneous Links, you'll notice that I've evolved from an Insignificant Microbe to a Slimy Mollusc in the Ecosystem. Always the optimist, I hope to be some variety of vertebrate by the weekend. (It would, of course, be a first for me.)...

October 24, 2003

New Feature: Now Hear This

I've added content to the third column again -- I just couldn't leave it alone, could I? -- in order to list the posts I think best represent Captain's Quarters. The latest post is listed first, and goes all the way back [all the way back being 3 weeks!] to my first post, which explains the slogan that Alicia included in my logo. Now, if I could just figure out how to configure links in Typepad to open a new page ......

Still Evolving ...

Moving on up ... moving on up ... to that upright primate ... on la-and (oh yeah) ... I've progressed from Insignificant Microbe, to Slimy Mollusc, to Flippery Fish, and now I'm a Crawly Amphibian! [sniff] My parents will be so proud of me! Please note that if you want to see me evolve into something remotely mammalian, you'll need to keep linking to my posts and visit the Captain's Quarters regularly! If I wind up being plankton, it'll be on your heads ... eww....

October 26, 2003

Graduating to Land

I've managed to graduate to a land-based animal in the TTLB ecosystem. Thanks to everyone who's linking to my blog or my posts! It appears that Irreconcilable Musings and Demosophia are going to be competing for the win at the New Blog Showcase, where my post on Fareed Zakaria's column trails significantly. Both blogs are terrific and have excellent posts. Make sure you read them, and the rest of the blog entries too....

Meaningful Media Relaunched

If you get a chance, check out Meaningful Media MediaBlog, v 2.0. Steve's doing a nice job in his redesign. UPDATE: It's also in the Comments here, but don't forget to check out Steve's other blog, Indypundit, which "is more or less what Meaningful Media used to be, except with more of a cultural/newsy focus"....

Welcome to Power Line Readers

A cordial welcome to all Power Line readers! I hope you enjoy Captain's Quarters, and I look forward to your comments. If you like what you read, I hope you'll blogroll Captain's Quarters. Big thanks to Big Trunk for the mention!...

October 29, 2003

The Politburo Diktat

Captain's Quarters has been blogrolled by The Politburo Diktat, a very clever and humorous blog with tongue impaled in cheek. Stephen, aka "The Commissar", manages to sound like a [mild?] version of International ANSWER, which in less capable hands would be frightening. Check it out!...

300 Posts, and Some Thoughts

Tonight I'm finishing up with my 300th post in just under 4 weeks, and instead of posting on current events, I'm going to just talk a little bit about why I blog and some of the experience of Captain's Quarters and the people I've "met" as a result. Like most bloggers, I suspect, I love to write and have written for years, in several different formats. I've written short stories and three novels (all unsold), as well as quite a bit of technical documentation when I worked in the defense industry in the 80s. What I hadn't written on a regular basis was commentary, unless I was worked up enough on an issue or about a particular article to fire something off. I've written several letters to local papers, about half of which wound up being published, and even had a couple of longer-form commentaries published in the Star Tribune....

October 30, 2003

Colskee's blog: Phone Jacking in London?

Colskee, a Londoner blog, mentions the latest crime wave in urban Britain: phone jacking? People pedalling up on bikes to relive unsuspecting folk of their mobile phones. This has been an increasing problem in London, especially amoungst younger teenagers (don't even ask me why a schoolkid would need a mobile phone). It's a short post, and Colskee wonders if the cell-phone manufacturers aren't encouraging this by including a lot of teenager-friendly options on the phones. Anyone hear of this in the US?...

Carnival Of The Vanities

I've decided to enter the Carnival Of The Vanities for next week, being hosted by Wizbang of the Axis of Naughty. I'm submitting my post on the Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston peace movement, as it's one of my favorites so far. This week's Carnival is up at Blogger Rabbit, with a special introduction offering readers a unique opportunity -- unique, that is, unless you have an e-mail address, in which case you've probably had this opportunity come your way once a month for a year. Here are a few I liked from this week's Carnival ... Catfish 'n Cod waxes poetic about the Rumsfeld memo ... The Smallest Minority contributes a well-written broadside against the war on drugs ... Kiril at Sneakeasyjoint explains why he's crossing the picket line in Southern California to get his shopping done ... Blogfriend DC at Brainstorming cajoles the Republicans into getting active in supporting Justice...

November 1, 2003

Get SWLiP Blogrolled on LGF

Brant at Strange Women Lying in Ponds, a most excellent blog, would like to get blogrolled at Little Green Footballs: Let's talk turkey. The reader who gets SWLiP blogrolled on LGF will win a special prize: The Al Jarreau CD of his or her choice. So if anyone reading this has any influence with the guys at LGF, let's see if we can't help Brant out. And while we're at it, maybe someone can get me a mention there too, or a link over at Instapundit. I'll cough up a Jim Croce double-CD album for anyone who can get me blogrolled at either place. Between Brant and I, we'll rescue the RIAA singlehandedly. Well, doublehandedly, at least....

November 2, 2003

Once Around the Axis, and Others

A collection of links to interesting posts around the Axis of Naughty and other great blogs this morning ... Michelle at A Small Victory wonders how to determine when ululating Arabs is a good or bad sign ... and also has a sane look at this morning's bad news in Iraq which puts it in perspective ... Wizbang has the Howard Dean Metrosexual Quiz ready for you (be sure to read the comments!) ... Samizdata has an example of left-wing hypocrisy in education policy in Britain, but we've seen it here before, too ... Kate over at Electric Venom (cool site!) is angry about the dilution of her Social Security money ... Roger Simon ponders the war of civilizations ... DC at Brainstorming wonders about the world-changing power of the new Apple computers, but over at Jessica's Well, the concern is over the hard-drive-changing power of their new operating system...

My Political Compass

SurlyPundit has a note on her blog showing her Political Compass which gives a more sophisticated indication of her politics than simple "left-right" designations. Her graph point is 7.25/-3.69, which indicates significant rightist economics and libertarian philosophy. My numbers are more centrist: 4.75/-0.56. Quite frankly, I'm a little surprised; I would have expected more libertarian tendencies than that. SurlyPundit has an intriguing blog; you should check it out....

November 3, 2003

Onward and Upward

I didn't notice this until after I'd been on a while, but I've evolved further, from Slithering Reptile to Flappy Bird in the TTLB Ecosystem. Thanks to everyone who's been linking back here -- and if you haven't yet blogrolled me, let me know if you do so I can make sure I've blogrolled you in return!...

November 4, 2003

QandO Joins Fisking Brigade

The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler honors a deserving QandO for its excellent fisking of Kucinich.

November 5, 2003

Wizbang: Vote Carnival In 2003!

Wizbang has the Carnival of the Vanities up and running. I'll post up some links later on in order to cast my votes. Don't forget that I've entered this post as my first-ever entry!...

Blackfive: French Boycott Continues

Here's my first vote for this week's Carnival entry -- Blackfive's deep commitment to the French boycott: The biggest fight that I have ever had with my wife in over six years of marriage was over my personal French Boycott. She had gone shopping and brought back some wine which happened to be made in France. She opened it before I knew what it was, and I asked her to pour it down the drain. Of course, my wife knows me well, and she knows how much it would kill me to watch good booze destroyed. But, we went back and forth over it and she finally poured it down the drain, looking me in the eye the whole time. He'd get my vote even if he wrote atrocious posts just for going through with that, but fortunately, he's a good writer. Check out his blog while you're there. And...

November 7, 2003

Snark Hunt!

Electric Venom has its weekly snark hunt posted ... and the snark are running! Venomous Kate was kind enough to include one of my entries this week. But there's lots more snark to hunt, so be sure to go there and check it all out. Enjoy!...

New Weblog Showcase: Mr. Cranky

I've decided to cast a vote in the TTLB New Weblog Showcase for Mr. Cranky and his excellent Halloween story: I am always amazed at how nicely the boy is treated as he goes trick or treating. This year he wore a Hulk costume - you know the one, it has the foam muscles. At one place, the lady of the house gave him a candy after the usual holiday exchange, then squeezed his foam arms and said, "Wow, you're strong!". My boy grinned from ear to ear under his mask. Read the whole thing, it's a great piece of writing. (I have a neighbor like A.H., too ... I wonder if they're related?) I've added Mr. Cranky to my blogroll, too....

November 8, 2003

Lá Breithe Sona Dhuit!

You say it's your birthday ... Happy Birthday to ya!...

November 10, 2003

Cori Dauber Returns to Rantingprofs

For those of us who enjoyed Cori Dauber's prolific and excellent posts while guest-blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy, she's back at her home blog now. I've blogrolled Rantingprofs; be sure to add her to yours....

November 11, 2003

Hosting Matters Down: Another DoS Attack?

Instapundit, Power Line, and Little Green Footballs all are off-line this morning -- could this be another deliberate DoS attack on Hosting Matters? It could simply be a technical problem, but this is happening quite a bit lately. Don't forget that Instapundit's backup site is here; if this is a DoS attack, Glenn will probably post a message there soon. I don't know of any backup site for Power Line or LGF. UPDATE: Although I can't access Instapundit or the other Hosting Matters sites, they do seem to be up and running, as I am getting a lot of referrals from Instapundit this morning about the Rock the Vote story. Welcome to all of Glenn's faithful readers (which includes me), and I hope you enjoy your visit....

Meryl Yourish Fisks Michael Moore

Meryl Yourish, another excellent blogger, fisks Michael Moore, albeit reluctantly: I almost never write about Michael Moore, because I find him a tiresome windbag. I saw him on The View a few weeks ago, and even the ladies of the ABC morning were fed up with his lying and dodging of questions. I have never seen a harsher interview on that show. They don't have transcripts available, but CNN's Kara Henderson asked the tough questions. But once she gets started, she gets rather enthusiastic. A sample: Let's think about why so many Europeans would have passports, and why so many Americans do not. Let's go look at a map of Europe. Okay, now let's go look at a map of America. Do you see something similar about the two maps? Right! Many European nations are the size of American states! Why, if you're German and you want to vacation in...

November 12, 2003

Dead Ends: HOYA SAXA CARNIVAL!

Dead Ends has the new Carnival of the Vanities up and running, with a distinct Georgetown flavor: HOYA SAXA CARNIVAL! My entry on the overwhelming police response to raid a swinger's party is posted there, although I put my real name to it, instead of the blog name. I'll update this post later tonight on my faves from this week. UPDATE: As promised, here are my votes for the Carnival winners: Mark Pierce at Earthly Passions fisks it up on Newsweek's article on Dick Cheney. (He's on my blogroll now!) Porphyrogenitus has a lengthy, detailed deconstruction of the Clark plan on Iraq, and how it flies in the face of historical precedent and common sense. Blackfive posts a letter describing the inspiring events surrounding the memorial and burial of American heroes lost in battle. Bring a Kleenex. Outside the Beltway discusses why we all can't get along, refuting Matthew Yglesias,...

November 14, 2003

Goodness Gracious: G!

In honor of Venomous Kate's declaring today G-day, here are a few Gs for you:

November 15, 2003

So Many Links, So Little Time

A few thank-yous to some very nice people in the blogosphere today ... First off, thank you to Venomous Kate at Electric Venom (a daily read for me) for including me on both the Snark Hunt and The Letter Of The Day Is H Big Trunk over at Power Line included me in today's excellent posts by linking back to my comments about Zell Miller and the end of the civil-rights movement. Merde in France has been sending readers over to me all day long. If you want a window on Europe, especially France, MiF is a stylish must-read. Sometimes I try reading the posts in French, but my high-school French hasn't been able to keep up ... Thanks again, folks!...

November 16, 2003

It Could Have Been Worse, Comrade

The Commissar announces the results of a series of investigations of blogosphere denizens. Lucky for me, I've only been demoted (to Corporal? Bleah), and dishonorably discharged. I could have been purged in a more Stalinist manner, like a few others at the Politburo Diktat. Go visit the Commissar and be sure to have your confessions ready....

November 19, 2003

Wandering Aimlessly Through the Blogosphere

Random sightings while taking a stroll through the blogosphere this evening ...

November 20, 2003

Evolution in Weblogs

I noticed that I have moved up the food chain again, going from Flappy Bird to Adorable Little Rodent in the TTLB Ecosystem. Captain's Quarters is currently ranked in the mid-700s, and we're averaging about 300 hits a day. (At that rate, I'll need 28 months to hit Venomous Kate's latest milestone, and she did it in 8 months!! Way to go, Kate!) Thanks to everyone who's blogrolled me, or has been linking to my posts!...

November 23, 2003

Power Line: A Million Hits

Congratulations to Big Trunk, Hindrocket, and Deacon for going over 1,000,000 hits! Power Line is one of the best blogs on line, and is definitely among my daily must-reads. They've been kind enough to mention me on more than one occasion, for which I am very grateful. Gracious, intelligent, and powerfully good writers -- small wonder they've been as successful as they are. Congratulations, guys, and I'll bet your next million comes in half the time....

Good Advice for New Bloggers

For those of you who may be new to blogging, or are considering starting your own blog but aren't sure how to build a readership beyond your own family, here's some good advice from the Commissar at the Politburo Diktat: As great Revolutionary Ringo Starr sang "You gotta pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues, And you know it don't come easy." You must work to build Revolution. Seek out intelligentsia. Exchange Blogrolls. Comment on posts. Trackback to posts. ... Find "comrades." (No, not in hackneyed, satiric sense of Commissar, in real sense.) A network of blogger/readers. Blogrolling? That only first step. Many have 100, 200 blogs on Blogroll; not all of them are comrades. "Comrades" are bloggers, maybe of roughly same size, who read your blog, maybe comment now and then, mention/link to your blog in posts, and maybe exchange emails. This advice is easy if you...

November 24, 2003

On the Bush Blogroll

George Bush freed almost 50 million people in two years and deposed two of the worst totalitarian regimes in recent decades. Ted Rall advocates the political system which resulted in the oppression of hundreds of millions, the slaughter of millions, and Dean wants us to know that he's proud Ted Rall supports him. That's enough for me.

The Cheese Stands Alone

For all of you cheese lovers out there, I'd like to introduce a new addition to the CQ blogroll: The Cheese Stands Alone. It's well-written, funny, incisive (I guess that means it has fangs), and most of all, it links back to me. Although it lists me in the Brie category, which implies some sort of French connection, and I don't think it's the cool one with Gene Hackman and nifty car chases with drug dealers. Perhaps it has something to do with my blog being like fine champagne, and as the Cheese says, there is no sex in the Champgne Room, and not much of it here either. Since there's no sex, and in honor of the newest blogroll addition, here's a list of my Top 10 Cheese of All Time: 10. Fonzie jumps the shark, and Happy Days bites the dust. 9. David Soul sings "Don't Give Up...

November 25, 2003

Redoing the Blogroll

If you think you're noticing some changes in the blogroll, you are correct. I am changing the blogroll to categorize the listings a little better. My blogroll has grown so large that it's difficult sometimes for people to understand what their relationships are to my blog. As soon as I figure out completely what the new system will be, I'll post an explanation....

November 26, 2003

Magyar Blog: When and How Do You Call It a Night?

This may seem a bit cruel once you read Martin's entire post, but he does raise an interesting point of blog etiquette: What is the etiquette for ending a blog? And not just a cessation of posts either, I mean taking it down completely. If this blog disappears, and all links lead to 404 errors (or even a message from me apologizing), is that some sort of Stalinist re-writing of history? It's not like a million people have linked to this site. I got one link from Instapundit, one from Serenity's Journal, a bunch from Frozen In Montreal, two from Sneakeasy’s, and a couple from Debbye in Toronto. Seriously, in seven months of blogging, that’s it. So no one will be crushed. But do I have some obligation to keep the content online? Read the entire post. I admit that the thought has occurred to me in a theoretical sense,...

November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving Greetings Around the Web

Here are a few good posts this Thanksgiving holiday: Power Line has George Washington's original Thanksgiving proclamation. Definitely a good read today. They also link to a story in today's Strib that I read last night, about George H.W. Bush's Thanksgiving letter back home to his parents when he was stationed in Minneapolis in 1942. The Sophorist continues the historical perspective with a proclamation from Abraham Lincoln making Thanksgiving official, in 1863. Jon at QandO gives thanks for capitalism and its ability to produce freedom. Lileks, who is about to pull a disappearing act in December [sob], has a small thought for today. Venomous Kate's baking all day. My blood sugar went out of control just looking at her menu. Guess who Matt Margolis is thankful for! (Me, too.) Lastly, while we're at home with our families giving thanks, there's one family in the Upper Midwest that will be praying...

New Additions to Blogroll

Today, I'm adding a couple of blogs to my blogroll. First, I'm adding Blog Iran, a blog dedicated to freeing Iranians and establishing a true democracy in Iran, free of the control of the mullahs. Today I received an e-mail from Haleh at ActivistChat.com: The news site provides pro-freedom and pro-democracy news - specifically in regards to Iran, and BLOG-IRAN is a Grassroots Campaign that is uniting Bloggers from around the world who support the Iranian struggle for freedom & democracy. The goal of each is to provide much needed awareness of the struggle for democracy in Iran as well as support America's/Bush's vision of aiding people of the region and throughout the world in their battle for freedom. Here's a telling quote regarding Bush's commitment to spreading democracy, and our willingness to support that policy: Food for thought: - Bush has greater support in Iran among the Iranian population...

November 28, 2003

Politburo Diktat Maps the Blogosphere

Comrade Commissar is not just good political enforcer -- he is Glorious Revolutionary Cartographer as well. If you click on just one link today, you must click on this one, Comrades. I notice that KaptainEdsk is located in South-Central Reynoldssia, which suits me just fine. Nice place for good weather and a nice little dacha near the Volga, da? This is your one-stop blogroll; simply click where you want to travel, and faster than Glorious Revolution, you are transported to the blog of your choice. (Da, I know, Comrades, choice is counterrevolutionary plot, but we must peacefully co-exist for the moment ...)...

November 30, 2003

500th Post: The Dark Side of Blogging

Last night, after we got home, I fired up the laptop and took a quick look around some of my favorite blogs before hitting the sack. I was hoping to come up with a blogosphere theme for my 500th post, and the Commissar at the Politburo Diktat did not disappoint -- although certainly other bloggers have been behaving in a most disappointing manner: The Politburo authorizes me to extend its congratulations to the LOL on its highly successful advancement of Party members within the TTLB Ecosystem, maintained by the "Dumber Than the Average Bear" NZ Bear. With your commendable and Revolutionary use of two tactics, you have propelled many LOL members to high ranking in the Ecosystem rankings, even while the Ecosystem is maintained by that reactionary wingnut, NZ Bear. The Commissar discovered that some League of Liberals bloggers have been using two different methods of artificially inflating their stats...

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

No, this is not a reference to Notre Dame's spanking of Stanford yesterday. Power Line posts about the poetry and beauty of Ireland, a subject which always has my interest, as you well know. And in this instance, Hindrocket has plenty of evidence of both!...

December 1, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards at Wizbang

Wizbang has announced the nomination process for the 2003 Weblog Awards, which I found via Power Line this morning. Wizbang has done a nice job in setting up categories and processing nominations. Take a look and add those blogs you think deserve some recognition. In my case, I've nominated Power Line for both Best Overall Blog and Best Group Blog. Not only does Power Line consistently deliver thoughtful and timely commentary (even on rare occasions where I disagree), but they also maintain a unified voice, which is difficult to do when group blogging. Also, for complete disclosure, Power Line has linked to CQ on a number of occasions, even if I have been a bit of an e-mail pest from time to time, and have been very encouraging to me as I've started blogging. I also took the initiative to nominate myself in the Best New Blog category. I don't...

December 2, 2003

10,000 Visitors -- Thank You!

I noticed that I've crossed the 10,000-visit threshold today on the Sitemeter, thanks to a big assist from Power Line and Steven den Beste. A big thank you to everyone who's stopped by Captain's Quarters over the past two months!...

Marching Orders

I had the audacity to ask Hugh Hewitt, the Lord High Commissioner of the Blogosphere, to induct me into the Society of the Minnesota Master of the Horse (seeing as I'm in Minnesota, and I've been compared to at least one end of the horse on many occasions). Hugh kindly wrote me back and explained that there are three tests a blogger must pass in order to be inducted into Society, the first of which is to denounce the folks at FratersLibertas in a particularly shameful way. The first step I could take in that regard would be to blogroll them here. I should have done it earlier, of course, but I've been hitting their site through Power Line, being the lazy Captain that I am. But now I've added them to the Northern Fleet, and you can almost hear the lustre fading away from them. Besides, as Tim Robbins'...

December 3, 2003

The Midnight Blog Court: An Epic Poem

As part of my trial for acceptance into the Society of the Minnesota Master of the Horse, the second task given by Hugh Hewitt was to write an epic poem, mentioning at least ten blogs, including that of the Lord High Commissioner himself, as well as taking swipes at FratersLibertas and the Elder, and one at James Lileks, too. I decided to proceed, despite the inherent dangers of taking on so many veteran bloggers, by writing an epic poem based on the Gaelic poem Cúirt an Mheán-Oíche (The Midnight Court). This poem can be found in both English and Irish here, for those who want to see how poorly I satirize fine literature. The poem is a great example of an aisling, a dream-vision poem, and in fact is one of the classics in Irish literature. For my purposes here, I took out most of the 1000 lines or so,...

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And The Winner Is ... Me?

Hey, I won a contest! The Sophorist announced a little while ago that I won his latest photo-caption contest. Yay!! You can see the photo here, and the winning caption was: "I'm NOT doing a Ross Perot imitation, dammit! You and you -- boost me up!" The Sophorist was even kind enough to link back to my "epic" poem; aficianados of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series may detect a strong resemblance to Vogon poetry here ......

December 6, 2003

Mutual Admiration Societies

I got a nice e-mail from the California Yankee for adding him to the blogroll, an act of politeness that I haven't yet seen, or even actually performed myself (blush blush). He even posted a nice comment on his blog today. Make sure you get a chance to take a good look at the California Yankee. (Maybe I should call myself the Minnesota Dodger ... yeah, I know, that's not the reference, but I sure do miss Dodger Stadium.)...

Patterico's Pontifications

I received a nice e-mail from Patterico's Pontifications, a fellow Marauding Marsupial, letting me know that he enjoys Captain's Quarters and has blogrolled me, so I'm returning the favor. Make sure you take a look at Patterico's Pomtifications!...

Last Chance at Weblog Awards

Kevin at Wizbang has relented to the hue and cry from all of us who have been left off of the lists of finalists in the 2003 Weblog Awards (can you imagine? Four million blogs and I didn't make the cut?)-- he will create a new category, Most Egregious Omission. I would hardly describe overlooking CQ as egregious; there's a lot of really good blogs on Kevin's list. But if you feel like arguing my case, you can leave a comment on Kevin's post and see if it makes a difference. If not, just tell your friends about Captain's Quarters. I tooted my own horn -- sort of -- but I also put in a good word for QandO and Twilight Cafe, who has a subtle holiday change to her logo, if you can spot it. In other awards news, Kevin's dealing with some people who just can't handle an...

December 8, 2003

A Few Thanks to Friends

I just took a quick peek at the comments Wizbang's new awards category, Most Egregious Omission, and I see that Patterrico and DC have put in a good word for me! Thanks to both -- I think the category goes on line tonight, so we'll see if I'm included. If not, I'm sure that we'll get a chance to see a number of good blogs who got left out the last time. (Jon at QandO should be among them!) Thanks again! Hmmm .... maybe I should buy a Karl Marx lunchbox for both of them ......

December 9, 2003

Wizbang Weblog Awards: My Ballot

Wizbang has the 2003 Weblog Awards polls open, and now's the time to get in (while the lines are short!). I'm not amongst the finalists, is mór an trua é, but I've only been blogging for two months now, too. I'm using the awards to take a look at some blogs I haven't yet seen yet, and so far I'm pretty impressed. What was it that Groucho said about not belonging to a club that would have him as a member? I think I'm understanding that now. I'll post my selections for each of the categories below. As not all polls are yet open on the Wizbang site, I'll probably do a few at a time, and then update this one post as I go along. I'll move it to the top of the blog every time I update. Feel free to leave me comments about my selections, especially about...

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Weblog Awards Recognize CQ, Friends

Patterico's Pontifications alerted me overnight that the 2003 Awards at Wizbang have added Captain's Quarters to their newest and last category, Most Egregious Blogs -- er, no, sorry, that's Most Egregious Omission! This category recognizes those blogs that were overlooked in the initial nomination process. Nor does the good news end there. The nominees include a number of CQ friends, including QandO, Twilight Cafe, Molotov Cocktail Frank, Jennifer's History and Stuff, and a bunch of other good blogs as well. A big thanks to those who put in a good word, especially DC at Brainstorming. Vote early, vote often!...

Around the Blogs in 80 Seconds

Another of those linkfests for when I only have a few minutes at lunchtime .... First off, I've blogrolled Fresh Bed Goodness, another fine Minnesota blog. She recently linked over to my post abound abandoned infants, and she also has some thoughts on the same subject. Check her out. Hugh Hewitt sent me an e-mail earlier informing me that my third task is to have my picture taken while giving a Hummel to James Lileks. Hmmm. I'm thinking that James is probably already on red alert, looking for lunatics holding Hummels. This will take some thought and cunning, which is difficult for a jack-booted thug. (I'm sure you understand.) More on this later, but on his blog, Hugh wonders if the Democrats will make Dean apologize for his outrageous accusation that Bush had advance knowledge about 9/11 and failed to act. I somehow doubt that such a request would come...

December 10, 2003

Fresh Buggy, er, Bloggy Goodness

The new Carnival of the Vanities is up at Signal + Noise, and this time I remembered to send something in! The host blogger usually comes up with a new way of organizing the entries, and Chris is no exception. He has creatively used the insect world to assign categories to posts. My post, I Am Angry, is listed under the "pugnacious North American hornet" category ... cooooool! I'll post more about the various entries and link back to them later on ......

The Northern Alliance

I'm honored and somewhat stunned to note that Captain's Quarters has been added to Hugh Hewitt's Northern Alliance blogroll in his latest reorganization. As you probably know, I am a long-time fan of Hugh's columns and his radio show, especially when I get caught in scenic drives on the way home from work, like I did last night. I don't listen to a lot of talk radio because I find that a great deal of it is shrill and annoying, and even when people don't make a habit of screaming into a microphone, they still tend to get childish and demeaning. Hugh keeps his focus on facts, which is no surprise if you read him in the Weekly Standard, and at the same time makes his show very entertaining. Hugh has a great sense of humor, which is more than people can say about so-called comedians on the left these...

Captain's Quarters On the Air Tonight

Hugh Hewitt has invited me to comment on last night's Gaffney-Norquist debate tonight on his show. I'll be joining other noteworthy bloggers giving commentary and perspective on this issue. Make sure you tune in to hear what I sound like (and try not to be too disappointed when I don't sound like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, OK?). If you don't know where to find Hugh's show, here's a roster of stations nationwide that carry it. UPDATE: I had a blast on Hugh's show. If you didn't get a chance to hear me, the show may be replayed later, but I can't find anything on that so far. (If you're in the LA area, KRLA will replay at 8 PM PST.) My impressions of my first time on the air as a featured guest ... My experience started with Scott Johnson, the Big Trunk at Power Line, e-mailed...

December 11, 2003

Lá Breithe Sona Duit a Mitch!

Go wish Mitch Berg at A Shot in the Dark a happy birthday. He's apparently four months older than me, which means he's ancient....

December 13, 2003

Deep Thoughts Around The Blogosphere

Tonight I'm having trouble blogging on anything specific, but a number of good bloggers don't seem to be having my problem. Here are a few blogs you should read tonight if you want something significant to ponder ... For instance, Strange Women Lying in Ponds discusses an article by Leonard Pitts that decries the current generation gap amongst African-Americans. Pitts notes that the current generation of African-American young adults seem to have "no tether to the sacrifices that made their lives possible," and Brant goes Pitts one further, arguing that this applies to this entire generation: The irony is that because America has essentially achieved nearly every goal of human history -- generations free from want, free from disease, but also FREE FROM STRUGGLE -- young people have been alienated from the very things that make up the stuff of life itself. People have an inherent need to struggle, to...

December 17, 2003

Light Blogging Today

I'm taking today off to spend a little bit of time with my granddaughter, the Little Admiral, before I go off to see The Return of the King with a couple of other goldbricking friends of mine. I may not get too much opportunity to blog today, especially during the day. In the meantime, may I suggest the following excellent sites for debate and entertainment? Power Line - Big Trunk writes about a shameful event in recent American history, and Hindrocket writes an addendum to the post with which I absolutely agree. Strange Women Lying in Ponds - Brant writes about the twin religions of environmentalism and internationalism and how both have been removed from rational thought. QandO - You can pick almost anything Jon writes, but take a look at today's post on Howard Dean. Fraters Libertas - I meant to link to this yesterday and write some of...

December 18, 2003

No Joke: Fraters Libertas Sponsoring Worthy Charity

The Northern Alliance likes to have a lot of fun, teasing each other and writing really bad and insulting poetry -- oh, wait, that's just me -- but the Elder has a serious project for us this Christmas: Last year a coworker and I organized a drive at work to collect toys and winter clothes (Chihuahua is in the Sierra Madres) for an orphanage just outside the city. We were able to collect four very large boxes of goods which were eventually shipped to the orphanage. But it was a logistical nightmare. This year we contacted the orphanage and asked what their most pressing needs were. Basic medical supplies were among the items high on the list. In order to make the process easier, more efficient, and most importantly get the supplies to the orphanage in the shortest amount of time, we decided to raise money here at our two...

December 20, 2003

Power Line Editorial in Star Tribune

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune puts its paper "to bed" in the late evening prior to publication, so if one is inclined to be surfing the Internet (read: addicted to it) at that time, getting a sneak peak at the next day's edition is easy. While I was doing that today, I noticed a familiar name in the Op-Ed section -- Scott W. Johnson, the Big Trunk at Power Line. Big Trunk's post on Walter Mondale will be published in tomorrow's edition: Those of us who lived as adults through the four years of the Carter administration in which Walter Mondale last served as an important public official may find Mondale's statements especially strange. We recall how President Jimmy Carter proudly announced that the United States had overcome its "inordinate fear of communism," famously planted a kiss on the cheek of Leonid Brezhnev, and then reacted with shock when the Soviet Union...

December 21, 2003

Another One Bites the -- er, Congratulations!

Fraters Libertas has a stunning announcement: Atomizer has become engaged to his lovely girlfriend (now fiancee) Atomizerette! You'll have to read his announcement to get the low-down on Atmoizer's devastating technique, but you could say that he displayed a certain amount of horse sense in making hay while the sun shines. However, Atomizer obviously never played trumpet in a marching band, or at least never had to follow the local 4-H in a parade, or else he'd have anticipated the inevitable result of his creativity. In honor of Atomizer's big announcement, I'd like to relate a story from a while back, when I threw a bachelor party for a friend of mine. The men started discussing the economics of being a married man -- meaning you never ever had cash in your wallet -- and my friend and I both scoffed (I was a single Captain at that time). We...

December 22, 2003

Northern Alliance Charity Project Reminder

Just a reminder to all of you about the Northern Alliance charity project at Fraters Libertas, which I posted about last week. The Elder will respond to e-mail inquiries from those who do not have a PayPal account for the donation, so don't let that stop you from participating! Let's do our best to make some children happy at Christmas this year....

December 23, 2003

I'm Ready For My Close-Up Now

What Classic Movie Are You? (via The Cheese Stands Alone, whose results I find vaguely frightening)...

December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas to All My Friends

I'll be doing very little blogging today; maybe this evening I will post a couple of thoughts, but I'm going to concentrate on family and friends until then. Speaking of which, I'd like to send out a very Merry Christmas to all of my blogosphere friends. I'm going to mention a few who made my first few blog-months special (if I don't mention you, it's because I'm under the evil influence of Christmas carols): * Alicia at Twilight Café started blogging at the same time as I did, left the first comment and linked to me first, and designed my logo. She's a special blog friend, and I hope you all take the time to check out her blog over the holidays. * Hugh Hewitt gave me a tremendous boost in readership and in confidence in what I've been doing, and I can't express how much I appreciate it. Appearing...

December 29, 2003

Brainstorming is Back!

Just got a ping from DC over at Brainstorming, which means she is back on line and blogging away. In fact, she tells us that she misses us, which means she didn't improve her taste any on her sabbatical. Anyway, check out the new layout at Brainstorming (of which I am a tad bit jealous!) and her new tag line from Einstein. Mostly, read through her posts; DC always is a great read. And for the record, we missed you too. Welcome back!...

Society of the Master of the Horse

It took some time, some detective work, and a lot of patience, but I have defied the predictions of the gang over at Fraters Libertas and fulfilled Hugh Hewitt's final task for my entry into the Society of the Master of the Horse. As you may recall, I had to pass three arduous tasks: 1. Write a post that denounced the guys at Fraters Libertas in a particularly shameful way. 2. Create an epic poem that mentioned at least ten blogs ... and also denounced Fraters Libertas and James Lileks. 3. Lastly, get a picture of me giving James Lileks a Hummel. The third task has taken me almost four weeks to strategize. After all, James Lileks is a world-renowned figure, a man who would not be surprised easily, especially after being tipped off to my plans. However, I finally managed to catch up with James at an event I...

January 1, 2004

Mitch Berg's 2003 Wrapup

No, thank Goodness, Mitch doesn't go the Bill McAuliffe route and wax poetic in his EOY post, but instead Mitch focuses on what didn't happen, contrary to all predictions from the left: The Battle of Baghdad didn't turn into Stalingrad. Lack of UN support didn't render the liberation untenable. Hussein didn't nuke or gas Israel when he was up against the wall (hee hee. Remember when that was the left's big bleat?) Tens of thousands of Iraqis did not die. Mitch also was kind enough to add me to his blogroll and he recommends to the Northen Alliance that we look at Jay Reding. Jay posted a thoughtul piece yesterday as to why he thinks Dean is unstoppable, despite his tendency to be his own worst enemy: My guess that Dean has the nomination is based on my own experiences as a political footsoldier. As a former Republican campaign strategist...

January 2, 2004

Blog Maintenance

A bit of minor blog construction going on ... First, I'm adding a great blog that I've previously just accessed through other blogrolls. (The Captain is a lazy guy.) Evangelical Outpost, one of the new outstanding blogs, regularly writes with authority and conviction on matters of religion, politics, culture, blogging ... in fact, on almost any topic imaginable. Hugh Hewitt recommends EO as daily reading -- and what better recommendation could there be? And thanks, JP, for the kind words about this blog. Thanks to the Northern Alliance bloggers, I've added two neighbors to the Northern Fleet: Jay Reding and Spitbull. I've mentioned them earlier, but I just wanted to mention them once again and recommend you give them a read. Finally, I'd like to thank a couple of Northern Alliance bloggers for adding CQ to their rolls. Mitch Berg added me a few days back and I haven't had...

Big Trunk on the Radio

Scott Johnson, the Big Trunk of Power Line is appearing on the radio locally in Minneapolis tonight on a fascinating topic, that of the requirement of continuing legal education for lawyers in bias sensitivity, and one lawyer, Elliot Rothenberg, who is risking his license to challenge this requirement. Minnesota lawyers, like many other professions, are required to take coursework on a regular basis in order to keep up to date in changes and advancements. However, the "elimination of bias" requirement has nothing to do with the practice of law, as the qualifying classes themselves demonstrate: • A 'rally for credit' for attorney Lynne Stewart, who is under federal indictment on charges of supporting terrorist activities. • At least 20 courses beginning in April 2002 with titles like 'Understanding Islam,' which Rothenberg says promotes one religion. • A course opposing military action against terrorists. • A course condemning capital punishment as...

Electric Venom: Snark Abounds

Venomous Kate dropped me a note letting me know that she's back from her injury-induced hiatus and has a fresh Snark Hunt for the readers of Electric Venom. Not only that, but this week's snark includes an entry from CQ, the "epic" poem, The Midnight Blog-Court. She notes, with a hiss, that I didn't mention her in it. At the time, I thought I was doing her a favor ... Make sure you drop by Electric Venom to check out the snark, and all of the other great stuff that Kate posts!...

January 3, 2004

PoliBlog's Toast-O-Meter

Steven at Poliblog has a funny and informative running series on the presidential election called the Toast-O-Meter, designed to predict which candidate is fresh bread goodness, and which are toast in the primaries. Check out the Toast-O-Meter and the plethora of links PoliBlog provides. Obviously, Dean's listed as the freshest bread in the bakery, while candidates like Dennis Kucinich and Carol Moseley-Braun, uh, crumble under the analysis. Steven's added Veep Toast as well, although I disagree with him on his assessment of John Edwards, both as a candidate in general and on his Veep potential. (However, the Quayle analogy crossed my mind as well.) I've also added PoliBlog to the blogroll, if for no other reason than to keep it one step ahead of Kicking Ass. Check it out!...

Blog Madness: A New Tournament for the Blogosphere

It seems that the blogosphere loves contests and awards only slightly less than Hollywood, and Pete and Manny have come up with a fun new contest for fans of such things called Blog Madness. They're serious about it, too -- they've even got a specific domain name for it! The idea is to select one post from 2003 that you feel best represents your blog and register it for the contest. Pete and Manny intend to use a bracket system, just like the NCAA basketball tournament, with voting to determine the winners at each stage. My entry for the contest is my "epic" poem, The Midnight Blog-Court, which I wrote in November. We'll see how far it goes in the tournament, but I think it was written in the same spirit as the contest itself -- fun, not taking things too seriously, and all about the blogging. If you want...

January 4, 2004

Power Line Hot Reads

The guys at Power Line are working hard on Sunday, posting on a variety of interesting topics. Hindrocket starts out with a look at Howard Dean's newfound evangelism on the stump, so far highlighted by misidentifying the location of the Book of Job and complaining about the ending. Deacon notes an article in National Review by Lawrence Kaplan that proposes that Dean will move to what he thinks is the center, but in reality will wind up with a McGovern-Mondale type of campaign, with similar results. Big Trunk reviews two articles today, the new Mark Steyn column about the lack of consensus on reality between the Deaniacs and just about everyone else, and an excellent overview of Bush's national security strategy and how it hearkens to the Grand Strategies of the previous century. Make sure you read everything they've got today....

January 7, 2004

Sailing Through the Blogosphere

Sailing, sailing, over the bounding Main... Patterico proudly informs his readers that he's cutting back on his blogging by not increasing his time as much as he wanted. If you are as confused about that as his wife, then you don't read the Los Angeles Times. Read about "The Jump" and make sure you check back often with Patterico on media-bias topics especially ... Jon at QandO dissects the latest David Brooks column on the hidden anti-Semitism in the term neo-con, and wonders why other bloggers can't give Brooks credit for seeing some truth in his column ... If you've got the bandwidth, Allah's got the pictures. Again. How does he get this great background stuff on the candidates? Oh, yeah, I forgot -- he's Allah ... DC at Brainstorming has, with the help of NASA, solved one of our most enduring mysteries. If mine are nearby, then perhaps there...

January 10, 2004

Electric Venom's Snark Hunt Goes To Brazil

Venomous Kate, always on the prowl for prime snark, has posted a treasure trove of it just in time for the weekend. She links to my story about Nazi-analogy-spouting Brazilian judges, too, and if you read it make sure you catch the comments as well. While you're at Kate's, check out these posts on the new non-smoking policy in Riverside County, and a practical joke that took a lot of time and effort, as well as depriving the Tinfoil Hat Brigade of its primary mineral resource....

January 11, 2004

Post the Tape!

Comrade Commissar at the Politburo Diktat has a transcript from an underground video that may prove rather popular once it makes its way onto the Internet. In fact, it gives a new meaning to the phrase, "Move On": Iowa Hilton: Ahhh. Ahhh. Some Stud: Ohhh. Vohhh. Your votes. I want your votes. IH: (looking at network news cameras): Hi [giggles]. SS: What do you say? I can save you. Come here. Caucus with me for eight hours. IH: I don't wanna vote this way. I got to work for a living, and I've got kids. SS: How do you wanna vote? It'll only take 15 minutes. IH: This way. SS: You're not gonna be able to hear my opinion good from there. IH: Yeah I can. SS: Here. Read the rest, but be aware that it contains certain bourgeois expletives and decadent references to body parts that Young Communists should...

January 13, 2004

Whither the Dean Angst?

Hugh Hewitt had a fun time on his show tonight discussing the source of all the Dean rage after reading this article in the Los Angeles Times today: Dean bristled at those who questioned his motives. He had long had a habit of popping off in public, but until he became governor, no one paid much attention. Now they did. Wisecracks lightened the mood during Dean's drawn-out news conferences, but on occasion, his flippancy curdled. An avid radio listener, he would phone talk show hosts from his state-issue car, raining instant responses on surprised critics. He traded barbs with a welfare mother who had called in to complain about his policies, Hogan recalled. When a station in the town of Waterbury ran a Republican legislator's rebuke of a visit by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dean called in, angrily comparing him to a barnyard animal, recalled the offended politician, J. Dennis Delaney....

Another Time Round the Blogosphere

Since I'm not feeling too much like doing any original writing so far this evening, I'll point you to some good work being done by others with more to say ... Power Line gets to be the first port in the storm, with a terrific series of posts on Paul O'Neill and Ron Susking, and their new book and interview tour. Hindrocket broke the story about the true nature of the documentation used by the pair in asserting a conspiracy to invade Iraq -- documents which turned out to be normal energy-policy data. Today, the Big Trunk posts the entire transcript of Katie Couric's interview with O'Neill (primarily) in full retreat: O'NEILL: Yeah, and the other thing that's good, today the book is going to be available, and this red meat frenzy that's occurred when people didn't have anything except snippets -- as an example, you know, people are trying...

January 15, 2004

City Pages Attacks Lileks -- He Barely Notices

First, let me apologize for being late. If I am the Navy of the Northern Alliance, as the good folks at SCSU Scholars say, then perhaps I am the French Navy at Yorktown -- arriving just in time to celebrate the victory, but not much else. Yesterday, City Pages published a bizarre attack on James Lileks for daring to express his actual opinions on his own blog: Lileks wasn't as bad as some of the keyboard warriors I'd read, but there was that gloat and strut, as if Lileks had personally captured Saddam. (Lileks has written of dreams and fantasies where he kicks terrorist ass, and I was somewhat let down that he didn't sketch out a scenario where he grabbed Saddam by the beard and gave the Beast an Adam West Batman thrashing: "All right, you Mesopotamian ruffian, where are the WMD!?" SOCK! POW! "C'mon! Out with it, desert...

January 17, 2004

Weekly Snark Attack!

Venomous Kate at Electric Venom has posted her weekly Snark Hunt, and once again I have engaged in shameless self-promotion. Kate was kind enough to include this post about the man who sued his church for spending his donation, a man to whom Kate accurately refers as "asshat." Make sure you check out all of the snark for this week!...

January 20, 2004

Milestones

I noted earlier today that Captain's Quarters has just exceeded 50,000 visitors one week shy of four months after I began. Almost 35,000 visitors have come in the last month! I've had an absolute blast, still can't believe I get all the great visitors I do, and I'm lucky enough to receive some of the brightest commentary in response as anyone else's blog I've read. (The readers are smarter than I am!) I wanted to come up with a way to express how I feel about the wonderful experiences I've had with CQ and interacting with all of you. I think this expresses my outlook and my future plans better than anything. (You may think I need medication after you hear it, though ...) Note: QandO, which has helped me out tremendously, has recently switched to Movable Type and has its own domain now: http://www.qando.net/blog/. If you haven't blogrolled or...

January 22, 2004

Interviewed by Jennifer's History and Stuff

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the readers of Jennifer's History and Stuff, an excellent blog. Jennifer also notes that we both love Bayfield, Wisconsin -- cool coincidence! Make sure you check out the interview and everything else at Jennifer's....

January 25, 2004

BlogMadness: A New Contest!

I'm entered in a new blog contest -- this one called BlogMadness 2003, designed to emulate the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. It consists of rounds of single-elimination, head-to-head contests, where a blogger wins by getting the most votes and moving into the next bracket. BlogMadness explains: A few weeks ago Manny and I stumbled upon a little idea: what would happen if you combined the fun and excitement of March Madness with the writing (brilliant and otherwise) which abounds in the blogosphere? The result of our discussion was the creation of a Blog Tournament. Everyone would go through their 2003 archives (which is fun in and of itself), pull out their very best post, and enter it in the tournament. We'll throw together a bracket, everyone will vote, and in the end the winners will be crowned King or Queen of some small portion of Blogland. Hopefully, along the...

January 26, 2004

Lt. Smash: What Is Terrorism?

Lt. Smash -- now Citizen Smash after courageously serving his country -- asks a good question in today's Open Thread: what is terrorism? I've included my answer in the comments. It just got started, but I will bet that this will become a very interesting debate. Check it out and leave your own thoughts on terrorism....

January 28, 2004

BlogMadness Continues

Thanks to a boost from Hugh Hewitt, the Lord High Commissioner of the blogosphere, I'm ahead in the first round of the BlogMadness contest, 24-11, with 8 hours left to go. If you haven't been by there yet, please visit the bracket and cast your vote. Other CQ brethren need some attention as well: California Yankee is down 9-6. Patterico's Pontifications is behind 17-12 against terrific competition from The American Mind. King of Fools, Evangelical Outpost, and Wizbang are all ahead, but vote for them for insurance -- standings can change fast!...

January 29, 2004

BlogMadness, Round 1: Movin' On Up!

The voting is over for Round 1 in the BlogMadness tourney, and Captain's Quarters is moving onto the next round, thanks to all of you who voted for me. My "epic" poem, The Midnight Blog-Court, topped d-42's entry on pornography. California Yankee also won in my bracket. Next up, round 2, where voting starts tonight at 11PM EST. I'm up against some pretty stiff competition this time: a grandmother writing about her grandchild's birth and difficult first few days (an excellent post, really). Hope you'll all continue to participate!...

Limited Blogging Today

I will not be doing too much blogging today, as the First Mate and I will be attending the Patriot Forum tonight in St. Paul, featuring Hugh Hewitt as guest speaker. Hugh and Duane will be visiting us just in time to see the physical proof of Al Gore's theory of global warming; as I write this, it is 15 degrees below zero. (I'm actually surprised the former Vice President isn't speaking in the Twin Cities this week to continue his "Bitter Cold of Global Warming" series of lectures. We could use the hot air.) We'll be dining with our fellow bloggers of the Northern Alliance, such as the gang at Fraters Libertas, Mitch Berg at Shot In The Dark, Big Trunk at Power Line, and many more. If you are a listener of Hugh's show, James Lileks will be guest-hosting live from our own Patriot station here in town,...

Why I Missed the Patriot Forum Tonight

I am so pissed -- at no one in particular, but I'm still pissed. As I blogged earlier, my wife and I planned on going to the Patriot Forum, a dinner and discussion with Hugh Hewitt, an event I have been looking forward to attending for over a month. I got stuck in a meeting at work and couldn't escape until 4:45, although I made it home in a half-hour, something of a record for this time of year. I had originally planned to leave the house about that time, but I got ready as quickly as I could and started to head out the door. I asked the First Mate to check with the hotel to see if they had valet parking, for which I would gladly pay a small fortune on a -15-degree night. (There are other reasons, which will come into play later.) The hotel confirmed that...

January 31, 2004

My Lunch With Hugh and the Northern Alliance

Fortunately for me, after the debacle of my attempt to attend the Patriot Forum on Thursday, I received an invitation to have lunch with Hugh Hewitt and the bloggers of the Northern Alliance. As guests of The Patriot in the Twin Cities, we all met for lunch at Billy's Lighthouse in Long Lake, a terrific restaurant owned by a fan of Hugh's. It was the first chance I'd had to meet most of the Northern Alliance bloggers, as well as Hugh and the Generalissimo, Duane. I think I can speak for the group (although you can check out their blogs, as I'm sure they'll be posting on this) when I say what a blast we all had. Hugh is every bit as gracious and friendly as you'd imagine from his show and his writing, and funny as well. We all talked about Minnesota, blogging, politics ... I don't remember the...

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February 1, 2004

February Link Love

February, the month of love ... St. Valentine's Day, Cupid, and the like ... and so it's time to spread the link-love around the blogosphere a bit. The Commissar has discovered a new initiative from the Left: a deck of cards with the 52 most dangerous bloggers. Captain's Quarters has been assigned the ten of diamonds (I would have expected the two of clubs, myself). Every card is a clickable link to a dangerous right-wing blogger. I may ask the Commissar to send me over the graphic for my card, and I'll include it on my blogroll. Comrade Commissar continues to outdo himself ... Power Line has a great post on Churchill, one of my favorite historical figures as much for his failures as for his successes. Big Trunk notes the relationship between the BBC and Churchill and shows how the BBC has always taken the side of totalitarians in...

February 3, 2004

'Bare' With Us

I have learned an interesting lesson in cultural blogging today -- if you write about a really hot topic, especially involving sex, then you can expect to get a whole bunch of new readers via search engines. Captain's Quarters has recently been averaging between 50-70 page views an hour during prime time (around 40 unique visitors). Today, however, after writing about the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake Boober Bowl halftime show, I have been receiving over 300 page views an hour from referrals from search engines. Don't get me wrong; I like getting new readers, and I hope that all of them take a longer look around the blog to see if they find any other interests here than a grainy picture of a 37-year-old's right breast (which is not posted on this site, but you can go here and tell them I said hello). I'd just hate to have...

February 8, 2004

Can't Get Enough of Link Love, Babe

Continuing my Sunday tours through the blogosphere in honor of Valentine's Day (it's next Saturday -- start making those arrangements!), let's see what's happening on some of my blogroll friends ... Starting with the Northern Alliance, Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas notes the success of the two local dailies despite their lack of customer service, and draws the only logical conclusion: it's time to get more rude with readers. Hindrocket at Power Line gives some background on Herb Brooks now that the movie Miracle has been released; be sure to read it. King at SCSU Scholars reviews a piece by Mark Steyn and relates it to his own well-documented work in improving educational standards in Minnesota. The Warrior Monk at Spitbull rails against the suburban machine. And Mitch at Shot In The Dark notes his change of heart on capital punishment. Sailing further along the coasts of the blogosphere, Electric...

February 9, 2004

Still Northern Alliance to Me

The Elder at Fraters Libertas has immortalized the Northern Alliance in song ... the Billy Joel song "Piano Man," to be specific. An "homage" like this deserves a response -- and one will be coming soon, I'm sure. Now where did my Jim Croce songbook go? Hmmmm .......

75,000 Visitors

Just a note thanking all of my readers who have pushed me past 75,000 visitors. Big thanks to all of you who've blogrolled me and linked back to me, and special thanks to my friends in the Northern Alliance. In celebration, I'm announcing that I will be moving Captain's Quarters to a new hosting service as soon as a new design is in place. The traffic on the site has increased to the point where upgrading to full hosting services makes economic sense, and the folks at Hosting Matters make it pretty attractive to do so. Hosting Matters already supports some of the most well-known blogs, such as Instapundit, Little Green Footballs, and Power Line, so I feel like CQ will be in good hands. I've already set up a new domain -- www.captainsquartersblog.com -- which you can start using immediately, as it's temporarily redirecting back to this site. I'm...

February 10, 2004

Airheads

The Northern Alliance of Blogs has a very exciting announcement -- we will be starting our own radio talk show in the Twin Cities on March 6th! Thanks to our good friend and Lord High Commissioner, Hugh Hewitt, an opportunity arose for us to create a live show for our local Salem Communications Network affiliate, AM 1280 The Patriot. Up until recently, AM 1280 The Patriot had mostly repeats of their weekly shows airing all day Saturday and Sunday, but while Hugh was out here for The Patriot Forum, he suggested that we could create live programming in order to boost their audience. The station was delighted to meet with us, and today Mitch Berg (from Shot In The Dark) and I met with station management to finalize the arrangements. Starting on March 6th, we will have a three-hour live show aired in the Twin Cities. Eventually, if we don't...

February 13, 2004

Electric Venom's Letter[s] of the Day

I completely missed the opportunity to link back to Venomous Kate yesterday in the rush of work and visiting friends, but Electric Venom included me in yesterday's Word of the Day for my post on Osama'a Navy. Lots of other good stuff in there too, so be sure to check it out, and while you're at it you should go through today's collection as well. Don't forget to congratulate Kate on her link from uberblogger Andrew Sullivan, too!...

February 14, 2004

Under Construction

Here's an update from the construction site at the new Captain's Quarters -- it's coming together really nicely, thanks to Mel at Skinny Dippin' Designs. We're not quite ready for visitors, but we're getting close. I think we may actually launch by Monday, if not earlier. Don't forget that the new URL will be http://www.captainsquartersblog.com. (If you click it and come back here, we're not under way yet.) If you want a creative and responsive designer for your MT blog, make sure you stop by Skinny-Dippin' Designs. Mel's been terrific so far and I think you will love the new layout....

February 15, 2004

Welcome Aboard the New Captain's Quarters!

Welcome to the new Captain's Quarters, with a spiffy new layout from Skinny Dippin' Designs! After a little over four months on Typepad, we outgrew the traffic limitations and so I've set up shop at Hosting Matters. Now I'll be able to customize the site (with Mel's invaluable help) and allow you to do the same. In the next couple of days, Mel will have another "skin" available for you to use. I think you'll like what you'll see. In fact, if you need some web design done, you should give Mel a try ... you won't be disappointed. A few housekeeping notes: * The Now Hear This links still connect back to the old site. I will be updating those as we go, but eventually they will all link back to this site. * I won't be terminating my Typepad service for a while at least, so if...

February 16, 2004

Love to Link-Love Ya, Baby

It's a little late for Valentine's Day, but it's never too late for a little link-love ... The Cheese Stands Alone has a new caption contest. Just think of it as a public service for the election ... Evangelical Outpost would like to know what the Left's problem with the Day of Purity promoting abstinence among teenagers. Since when do we root for teenagers to go out and have sex? Read on for Joe's daed-on interpretation ... PoliBlogger's given his site an update for his one-year anniversary. Let him know what you think -- it's good, but I think I liked the old scheme a bit better ... DC at Brainstorming is a Monopoly -- er, Blogopoly -- game piece ... Fresh Bed Goodness plots her stalking strategies in advance of the new Northern Alliance radio show debut on March 6th. But unbeknownst to her, I know exactly where that...

February 17, 2004

Hoo-yah! EV Letter of the Day: H

Rammer takes Venomous Kate's duties over for a day and puts up the Letter of the Day. After horsing around with this post, I hastily hopped over and had a hoot with Rammer's picks. One of the selections today was my earlier post, Shot in the Ash, but there's plenty of other good stuff at Electric Venom -- go check it out!...

Happy Anniversary, Patterico's Pontifications

Patterico's Pontifications, which has been at the forefront of the effort to hold the Los Angeles Times accountable for its dreadful editorial bias, celebrates its first anniversary today. Patterico always has something interesting to say, although I see that I forgot to include something in yesterday's link-love effort. Make sure you check it out and drop him a congratulations while you're there....

February 18, 2004

I'm Always One Step Behind

Man, I tell you -- here I go to all the trouble to move off of Typepad, get direct hosting for Captain's Quarters, and have Mel at Skinny Dippin' Designs whip up this excellent look, and I find out that the premier blogger, Instapundit, has started his own Typepad blog. Glenn actually agreed to start this blog as a test of Typepad, and in his brief series of posts today comes to the same conclusion I did: it's a great service for personal and lower-traffic blogs and any kind of start-up, but if you exceed traffic limits for any significant period or you want a highly customized look, you're better off moving to direct hosting and a self-contained system like Movable Type. I loved my time there, but I'm glad to have a home of my own....

Watcher's Council Nominates CQ Post

The Watcher's Council at the Watcher of Weasels blog has their weekly nominations posted for their Council vote, and my post on Mel Gibson's interview with Diane Sawyer is on the list of non-Council entries. Make sure you read the rest of the entries while you're there. UPDATE: As the Watcher himself points out in a comment, I've had two posts nominated, the second one being this post about Arafat and PA corruption. Wow! Quite an honor, and thank you. I guess I should have read the list a wee bit more carefully ... UPDATE II: The results are in -- and my review of Gibson's interview finished a very respectable second, thank you very much! The Council winner was Jihad on Frisco by Damnum Absque Injuria, and the non-Council winner who topped me was What to Write, What to Write by Inn of the Last Home....

February 19, 2004

It's Nice to be Noticed

Thanks to a tip from Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong, I found a nice compliment and a new blogroll addition. Amy Ridenour at the National Center for Public Policy Research -- whose newsletters I receive by e-mail, and you should as well -- has her personal blog on the site, and paid CQ a huge compliment: ... that's the most gorgeous blog I have ever seen. The articles are thought-provoking, too. Thanks, Amy! I'd love to take full credit (I will for the articles!), but if you want to know who's responsible for the design, check out Mel at Skinny-Dippin' Designs. In fact, Mel has a surprise for all of you coming very soon -- a new skin for Captain's Quarters will soon be available for your selection. This skin will be "War" and the new one will be "Peace". Let me know which one you like!...

February 20, 2004

1,000 Posts -- And Another New Look

Just in time for my 1,000th post, Mel at Skinny Dippin' Design has the second skin ready for Captain's Quarters. If you look at the left sidebar just below my e-mail, you'll see a new link titled, "Skin the Site". If you click it, you will be given the option of choosing between two 'skins' for the site. The first, which is the one you're likely using right now, is called "War", and that's the one with the azure background and the stunning graphic of a ship sailing into battle. The second skin is called "Peace" and features a softer look, different fonts, and a completely new graphic. As long as your browser is cookie-enabled, you should be able to choose which skin you get whenever you come back to CQ -- which you should do often, of course. I have received a lot of great feedback on the site,...

February 21, 2004

Sean Moves to Typepad, Blogosphere Cheers!

The fine Minnesota blog Everything I Know Is Wrong has moved up to a new Typepad site, and Sean has done a great job making it look good. He also has an excellent post challenging the Democrats to quit attacking Bush and start talking about their plans for prosecuting the war on terror. Make sure you update the blogrolls and take a look!...

February 22, 2004

All You Need Is Link-Love

Another Sunday-night tour through the blogosphere, looking for link-love in all the right places ... The Mudville Gazette, who's sending lots of people over for my caption contest, also has a great post on a young man who styles himself a conscientious objector -- who volunteered for the regular Army, for Pete's sake! Greyhawk calls it desertion, and I agree ... Tim Blair notes that Islamic Jihad is griping about the evil Zionists who hacked into their web site. Of course, the Jihadists prefer an entirely different kind of hacking ... My friend and colleague-to-be, the Big Trunk at Power Line, recounts his experiences bringing Winston Churchill to life in front of an enthusiastic audience at St. Olaf. Since Churchill is perhaps my favorite historical figure, I'll have to buy Trunk a cafe latte when I bring one for Hindrocket and pick his brain during commercial breaks ... Michael Kantor...

February 23, 2004

Bear With Us

There appears to be a problem with Blogrolling.com this morning, which is keeping the blog from loading quickly. I assume that Blogrolling will get the problem solved quickly. Sorry for the inconvenience! UPDATE: The problem seems to be resolved now ......

February 24, 2004

Electric Venom: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Venomous Kate is back at Electric Venom -- and a mere three weeks from her first blogiversary, too -- and she shares with her readers a poignant and pointed Dear John letter she has sent to her significant other: When we first got together, I adored the way you made me feel: giddy, energized. You thrilled me. The mere sight of you sent my pulse racing. When we were apart, I held just one thought: when could we be together again? There were times when I shrugged off sleep, lost interest in food, all because I only wanted more of you. But that was years ago. You've long since lost your ability to make me shiver. You no longer make me feel special or important. I don't remember what I ever saw in you. Go pay Kate a visit and give her your support ... believe me, once you read...

February 25, 2004

Watchers Council Selections

Once again, I have been honored with a nomination in the weekly Watcher of Weasels' Watchers Council contest, this time for my post on the LA Times poll and its meaning for Kerry, Edwards, and Schwarzenegger. They've selected a lot of good posts this week. In fact, as I commented on their site, I look around and get an idea of what it's like to be Dennis Kucinich. [shudder] Oh, let's not do that again ......

This Week's Carnival Is All Up Front

Da Goddess hosts this week's Carnival of the Vanities, and the blogosphere turned out in force! Goddess' Carnival definitely lifts and supports all of us who entered, including my entry on the jealousy of Jacques Chirac. Make sure you visit Joanie's artistic presentation -- and certainly it will keep you abreast of the best in the blogosphere ... Next week's host: American Digest....

Blogopoly: Captain's Quarters, Literally!

Aaron's Rantblog has started a wildfire in the blogosphere with his Blogopoly game, and he's kind enough to cut Captain's Quarters in on the action. Any relation between the Captain and the rapper 50 Cent is strictly coincidental, of course ......

February 27, 2004

Add Captain's Quarters to My Yahoo!

Via Buzz Machine and Hoder, Yahoo now offers an RSS reader for members to display the latest headlines on their My Yahoo page. All that is required is a Yahoo membership (free) and an RSS feed from your favorite blogs. Users can set up the function to display up to 10 posts as far back as a week, and it will display either the headlines or an excerpt of each post, along with the timestamp of the last update. How does this help you? For one thing, rather than loading up each blog individually, you can just check a single site to determine if anything has been updated. You can also check to see if you'd be interested in the new posts. If you're working with access restrictions, My Yahoo at least gives you an idea of what's going on with your favorite blogs. I've already set my Yahoo membership...

February 29, 2004

When Blogs Attack!

No, this isn't a new Fox entertainment special, although the thought of, say, Lt. Smash pre-emptively striking Atrios does have its charms. [Would it look like the "Crimson Permanent Assurance" segment of Monty Python's Meaning of Life? Probably, except that Smash would have a younger crew and an armor-plated building with night scopes -- Ed.] Yesterday, I wrote a post about the Iranian Pashtun-service radio report that claimed Osama bin Laden had been captured by American troops "a long time ago" and that he was being held secretly until the election. To me, this ludicrous piece of propaganda -- even their one named source claimed he'd been misquoted -- was yet another example of a clumsy attempt by Iranian hard-liners to influence an American presidential election. They had tried in 1980 to claim that they would never negotiate with a Reagan administration, to no effect; and a couple of weeks...

March 3, 2004

Watchers Council Nominations

Once again, I have been honored with a nomination in the weekly Watchers Council contest for this week. The Council has nominated my extensive post on my opposition of John Kerry and support for George Bush, which makes me feel pretty good; normally, I write posts quickly, but I struggled for hours over that one. As always, the Council has gathered a serious collection of excellent posts from around the blogosphere. Be sure to check them all out....

Six Digits

For those of you who are inclined to notice such things, Captain's Quarters passed 100,000 visitors this afternoon. Thank you to all of you who visit, who comment, and who blogroll me. I certainly appreciate your presence, and I'll prove it by finishing this post and blogging on something more substantial now ......

March 4, 2004

Watcher's Council Has Spoken

The Watcher's Council has made their selections for the week's best entries. My post on my opposition to Kerry came in an honorable second place in the non-Council entries, behind Kim du Toit's great post, Never Again. Congrats to Spiced Sass and King of Fools, who provided the one-two punch for the Council entries. Big thanks to the Council for the nomination and the votes!...

March 6, 2004

Ships That Pass In The Night

The Commissar at the Politburo Diktat posts today about a new Internet gizmo that you might find interesting. The link below will let you see the nearest bloggers to me, or at least those who have signed into this service. Just click the link below: Sign yourself up for this free, fun service, and find out who's closest to you!...

March 7, 2004

Hosting Matters Maintenance Today

If you had troubles reaching Captain's Quarters this morning, it's because my excellent hosting service, Hosting Matters, performed planned maintenance -- moving their equipment into more secure facilities. This affected both web and e-mail service, so if you sent me something and it bounced back, that's why. Everything seems good now -- the site is back up and my e-mail service is working. Instapundit, Power Line, Little Green Footballs, and others were similarly affected. I posted a notice at my backup site of the maintenance as soon as it began. If you don't have that bookmarked, you may want to add it now. I plan on using the old site for extended down times if they occur....

March 9, 2004

Avast, Ye Maties! CQ Has New Buccaneer Skin!

Mel at Skinny Dippin' Designs has finished the third and final (for now) skin for Captain's Quarters, and we're calling it Buccaneer. It's a new, two-column look for the blog, and uses a more basic color scheme of black-on-white text, for those of you who were having a difficult time using the color schemes of the first two skins. I asked the lovely and talented Mel to come up with a more basic look after getting some feedback along those lines, and she's done that while still maintaining an artistic flair. It's another reason that you should be checking with Mel if you need any website design done! I'll be adding a poll later on so that everyone can vote on their favorite skin. In the meantime, be sure to try them all out. Even the Captain can't make up his own mind about which one he'll be usin'! Arrrr......

March 10, 2004

Hello to My Friends in the US Armed Forces

One last quick note before I head out for the night -- I notice that I get a lot of traffic from military servers, especially from a central access server called NIPR. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your readership and your service in keeping our nation and my family safe. I hope you remain safe and well, and keep coming back to Captain's Quarters. And if anyone else wants to chime in, feel free to leave a message for our men and women in uniform in the comments section of this post....

March 17, 2004

Watcher's Council List Posted! (And Contest Update)

The weekly Watcher's Council list of outstanding blog entries has been posted -- and once again, Captain's Quarters has been selected as one of the entries, this time for The Invisible Poll. Be sure to read some of the other oustanding entries on the list as well. The Watcher of Weasels, the permanent host of the contest, is also an outstanding blog; be sure to read some of Watcher's own fine posts while you're there. The judging in the Caption Contest has been going slow -- too many great entries, and just one guy to go through all of them! We'll have an announcement this morning on the winner....

March 25, 2004

Watcher's Council: New List

I'm late posting this -- at least a day late, in fact -- but the Watcher's Council has posted its list of nominations for the best in the blogosphere over the past week ... and Captain's Quarters has been nominated again, this time for my post on the failure of gun control in Commonwealth countries. As always, the Council has chosen two lists, one for Council members and one for non-members. Make sure you take some time to review all of the excellent entries on this week's list. And next time, the Captain will make sure his ship stays on schedule ......

March 27, 2004

Watcher's Council Winners

The Watcher's Council has spoken ... and Captain's Quarters has come in at #2 for the week, on my post about the failure of gun control in Commonwealth countries. As part of my duties as runner-up, I promise to be available if the winner is unable or unwilling to fulfill her duties ... or poses naked in a men's magazine. That sort of thing reflects poorly on all of us, you know. The winners were Citizen Smash for Down the Rabbit Hole (non-Council) and the SmarterCop for 20 Questions I'd Like To Ask John F*** Kerry (Council). Keep an eye out for the Watcher's next Council vote!...

March 30, 2004

Politburo Diktat: New Map, with Party Lines!

Comrade Commissar at the Politburo Diktat has crafted another of his ingenious maps of Bloggahland. With accuracy guaranteed (all disputes will be settled by the Party, so Trotskyites be warned!), the Commissar shows how the alliance of the Vast Right Warlike Confederation has the Moonbat Colony of Leftieland surrounded. The map itself provides links to many different bloggers, arranged as only the Commissar can do. Definitely a must-see!...

April 1, 2004

I Get E-Mails ...

First off, I love running this blog. Although it takes a lot of effort to maintain, Captain's Quarters has allowed me to interact with some terrific people throughout the political spectrum -- and I find that the regular readers of this blog are almost intimidating in their intelligence. Friends and family ask whether I'm preaching to the converts, but I have been challenged many times on my positions, which just makes me better at defending my positions or, as happens on occasions, rethink those positions entirely. Some of you bypass the comments and e-mail me directly, which is fun to read. Lately, I have been receiving suggestions for posts, which is new for me. I do read each of them, even if I don't respond, so feel free to keep sending them to me. If you don't see a post, it's just because I either have decided to focus on...

April 2, 2004

Yesterday Was What?

As you may have noticed, I played an April Fools joke on you all yesterday ...er, by not playing one. Ha ha! Bet I had you all fooled, right? Okay. However, if I had played one, maybe it would have been like this post at Fraters Libertas. The Elder thought through what a number of bloggers should have done to celebrate yesterday -- and none of us did. Thank goodness for The Elder. But Glenn, if you're reading this ... it's all lies. I swear....

April 5, 2004

The Voice of Reason

Up to now, I have studiously avoided the Kos controversy for a number of reasons. One, I thought that other bloggers already had a good handle on the situation, and I didn't think that a me-tooism would be much of an addition. For another, I wanted to see how the situation developed before writing about it. Lastly, and most importantly, I have a friend working for a security contractor in Iraq and didn't think I could write dispassionately enough about my reaction to Kos' post. For the three of you in the blogosphere who haven't heard, Markos Zuniga -- the blogger who runs the phenomenally successful left-wing blog, The Daily Kos -- posted his reaction to the horrific deaths and disgusting aftermath of four Blackwater Security contractors in Falluja last week. Scorning the men as mercenaries, Kos said: "Screw them." He figured they got what they deserved. The blogosphere blew...

April 16, 2004

Blogspot Difficulties?

Has anyone else noticed that Blogspot blogs seem to be crashing this morning? I went to check out my Northern Alliance colleagues at Spitbull and wound up with a screenful of garbage. But hey, I've miscoded more than a couple of times myself, so I thought nothing much of it. I went to check out Miller's Time, though, and the same problems seem to be occurring there. Fortunately, SCSU Scholars seems unaffected, and that's great news because King just posted an excellent analysis of John Kerry's "misery index". King will be discussing this tomorrow on our Northern Alliance Radio Network show, too....

April 17, 2004

NY Times Notices Wonkette

Feature stories on the blogosphere in the mainstream news media always generate quite a bit of interest. Tomorrow's edition of the Gray Lady herself reports on Wonkette, a blogger who's made a name for herself by covering the more gossipy side of Washington: With her gossipy, raunchy, potty-mouthed blog, Ms. Cox, a 31-year-old self-described failed journalist, has grabbed the attention of staid Washington, where gossip columns usually amount to little more than records of Capitol Hill staff changes and James Carville sightings. As she puts it, her mission for her blog is to write "a blend of gossip and satire and things I make up." It supports no party line, mixing gossip items from newspapers and Web sites with tips e-mailed from readers, which could be anything from guesses about which members of the Bush administration are gay to blind items on Washington luminaries. " `Famous for D.C.' should be...

April 21, 2004

New Blog: JAG Wire

Based on encouragement from Lord High Commissioner Hugh Hewitt, "Whiskey", an active-duty attorney for the Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the Air Force, has begun her own blog, JAG Wire. I heard about it from ol' whats-his-name at Power Line. It's a nicely designed Typepad site, and based on one whole day of blogging, looks to be well-written and insightful as well. (She's got the late-night blogging ritual down pat, so far.) Her first substantive post debunks the current meme on the need for a draft: So let me get this straight . . . we are going to stop offering incentives to volunteer and instead draft spoiled rich kids just to make sure all classes are represented? Its like some kind of twisted affirmative action program. And why does any of this matter when so many so-called upper class gentlemen (Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, I could go on ....

New Blog: Friends of Saddam

If you are interested in following the burgeoning oil-for-food scam that the UN manipulated into multi-billion-dollar payoffs to Saddam Hussein and its own management, then you must add Friends of Saddam to your blogroll. Run by the Commissar but outside of his alter ego, Friends of Saddam will definitely be the central information resource for all UNSCAM developments. His latest post reviews an article from The Scotsman (UK), which details the efforts of Claude Hankes-Drielsma, the British investigator leading the corruption probe at the moment: Mr Hankes-Drielsma, an adviser to the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) who is overseeing an investigation by the forensic accountants KPMG, said: "From the evidence I have so far, the report will produce some of the most disturbing information that you have ever seen. "There is no question that where the evidence is beyond doubt, the US will take action to put people who defrauded the...

April 22, 2004

CQ: Watcher's Council Nomination

It's that time of the week again -- and the Watchers' Council has made their selections for the best posts around the blogosphere. Captain's Quarters received a nomination in the non-council category for my post on Bob Woodward's refutation of the Democrats' allegations of gasoline price-fixing conspiracies by the Bush Administration. Just to remind everyone, John Kerry has been expressing his "disgust" at this supposed secret deal that he claims Woodward described in his new book -- while Woodward denies saying anything like that. Make sure you get a chance to read the other nominated posts. By Friday, the winners will be announced after the Council vote. Hopefully, CQ comes out with a couple of "ayes"! UPDATE: Actually, I got 2 1/3 "ayes" and was selected the non-Council winner of this week's Watchers Council contest ... pretty cool! Patterico won the Council category with his post, Your Political Correctness or...

April 29, 2004

Whiskey

I've received e-mail regarding the sudden disappearance of JAG Wire, a fresh new blog by Whiskey, an active-duty officer serving overseas for her country. I can tell you that Whiskey herself is just fine and that she will soon be back to blogging, although under different circumstances, probably in a week or so. I will post an announcement as soon as she's okayed it. Stay tuned!...

Watchers Council Announces Winners and Open Seat

The Watchers Council has spoken again this week, and the winners are King of Fools in the Council category for his post on creating terrorists, and Kim du Toit in the non-Council category for his weekly rant on Dubya the "dummy". My post on Kerry's prime-time paranoid waffling about WMD got an honorable mention ... and one-third of a vote. Lo, have the mighty fallen! It's an honor just to be nominated, of course. The Watcher also announced that the Council has an open seat due to the resignation of the Hawken Blog, who has an acute case of life and needs to reduce his blog load. I'd volunteer, but with the workload I already have, it's just not possible. Be sure to read the rules and let the Watcher know if you'd like to join up. It looks like tremendous fun!...

May 2, 2004

Another Rubberdove Bites The Dust

I'm not even going to comment on this, as Michele Catalano does far too good a job on it. However, the gist of this is that a leftie anti-war blogger has apparently lied for years about his military experience. He did it to argue his props for his anti-war position. He did it to ridicule those who opposed him. He did it to gain notoriety, coming in the form of mainstream media interviews and the like. And once found out, blamed everyone else for not figuring it out earlier. I've decided that this species of human effluvia needs a name: rubberdove sounds about right. What do you think? (via Instapundit) UPDATE: Greyhawk has a great and (especially under the circumstances) reasoned post about Micah Wright at the always-terrific Mudville Gazette. More also at Jim Treacher's blog. Kurt Vonnegut, who has to be one of the most overrated authors of the...

May 7, 2004

Captain's Quarters Expands: Introducing 'Whiskey'

As I alluded earlier, Captain's Quarters will be making a big change. When I started the blog in October of last year, I envisioned this as a solo effort -- one that probably wouldn't attract a lot of notice. Well, thanks to some terrific readers and big assists from people like the Power Line guys, Hugh Hewitt, and all of the Northern Alliance and many others, Captain's Quarters has had much more success than I ever would have imagined. So much so, in fact, that it's time to bring on a partner to expand boundaries of the blog beyond my own experiences. So I'd like to introduce my new partner, Whiskey, who will start posting tonight. She's an American attorney, a graduate of Cornell Law School, living in East Asia, who has had military experience and so can speak to those issues from a more personal perspective when she desires....

May 12, 2004

Watcher's Council Weekly Picks!

The Watcher's Council has made its weekly selection of the best posts around the blogosphere, and the Council has kindly nominated my post on the latest UNSCAM developments for the non-Council contest. Be sure to read all of the great posts at Watcher of Weasels ......

May 14, 2004

Big Get of Few Words. Heh.

Bill from INDC Journal scored a major blogosphere "get" by having Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, answer a few questions at Bill's blog. This may be the funniest thing you'll read in the blogosphere all week. Indeed. Heh. Read the whole thing....

We Have Our Ups And Downs (Updated)

If you're having trouble loading my site ... well, so am I. Not sure why yet, but I will put in a trouble ticket with my hosting service and see if I can find out why. Hopefully, this is all just a momentary glitch. UPDATE: Well, we found out what the problem was -- someone on the same server as us got extremely popular very quickly. Apparently, another Hosting Matters client serves as an aggregator for news from Iraq, and with the news over the past couple of days, they've been flooded with traffic. HM is moving the client to a separate server. 5/13 UPDATE: Still having problems, so if you've had bad luck connecting to me today, you're not alone. This time, a power failure in one cabinet led to a cascade of failures at HM's servers. Not related to what happened yesterday, so it really was just bum...

May 15, 2004

Captain's Quarters E-Mail and Comment Policy

E-Mail You'll find my e-mail address at the top of the left sidebar. When I receive e-mail, I assume that I can quote any or all of e-mails in the blog unless you specify that you do not want it republished, which I would honor, of course. Due to the overwhelming amount of e-mail I receive, I may not answer every one. However, I do read them all and try to respond when I can. I've had readers ask if they can post messages to this blog. I'm inclined to say no, but if an e-mail is well-written and I'm interested in the subject, I'll occasionally post it myself with appropriate credit. I encourage anyone who thinks they'd like to write posts from time to time to start their own blogs. Blogspot and Blogger have free blog programs (they sell banner advertising for revenue), and Typepad allows a more professional...

May 18, 2004

Link Love, The Quarter-Million Hit Version

I noticed yesterday that the hit counter finally tripped 250,000 visitors sometime in the afternoon -- and I wanted to thank everyone again who makes Captain's Quarters a regular read. When I started the blog less than eight months ago, I couldn't imagine that CQ would be reaching as many people as it does, and I count myself as incredibly fortunate to have as many regular readers and commenters as CQ does. Thinking about all of the friends I've made in the blogosphere reminded me that CQ hasn't passed around link-love in too long a time -- so, here's what's happening at the blogs that gave me a tremendous help along the way. First, starting with my colleagues in the Northern Alliance: Hugh Hewitt wants to know why the Los Angeles Times keeps burying the lede when it comes to WMD, sarin and mustard gas. (Hugh has been tremendously gracious...

May 20, 2004

Ecosystem Update: Upward and Onward

The Truth Laid Bare Ecosystem, in which many blogs voluntarily participate in order to determine their relative ranking, just went through an update after a week of status quo. When the dust settled, Captain's Quarters evolved from Large Mammal to Playful Primate and made it to the top 100 blogs for the first time. We're now ranked at #89. (And on a slow blogging day, no less, although I'll pick up the reins later on today.) NZ Bear uses a complicated methodology to calculate inbound and outbound blogroll links from each registered blog and then ranks the results based on inbound links. CQ has 395 unique inbound links, so to everyone who's been kind enough to blogroll me, I appreciate it! If you haven't yet blogrolled me, I hope you will sometime in the future, but more importantly, I hope you come back here to read and debate the posts...

May 21, 2004

Welcome To America

I want to offer my congratulations to my long-distance Northern Alliance colleague, Deacon from Power Line, and his wife Yvonne on her naturalization as an American citizen today, in Baltimore. Yvonne originially came from France. As Deacon states, Yvonne was joined by what would appear to be a UN coalition for today's ceremony: America became even more diverse today as a new batch of citizens was sworn-in in Baltimore (and presumably elsewhere). One of these new citizens is my wife. Her group of about 50 was, as one would expect, quite a melange. It contained a few Anglos, at least one Frenchwoman (my wife), a handful of Eastern Europeans (mostly Russian), many Latino[a]s, many Africans, and some Asians, a few from the near east and a few from the far. There may even have been a couple of Bush voters in the group. Deacon noted a jarring, discordant note prior...

Watcher's Council: New Opening!

The Watcher of Weasels informs me on a quick break from his patrol that the Watcher's Council has another opening available. Those fortunate few members select the best of the blogosphere every week and vote on the nominated posts. Plus, you get to claim membership in a murky and vaguely menacing-sounding fraternity! What could be better? I wish I could commit to it, but unfortunately I don't have the time. I encourage one of you intrepid bloggers to contact the Watcher ASAP, if for no other reason than to ensure CQ posts continue to get nominated. [Yes, everything's all about me. I admit it - Ed.] It looks like a lot of fun!...

May 22, 2004

New Map at Politburo Diktat: Kablogh, Holy City of the Ri'ight

The Commissar has long been known as the official cartographer of the Blogosphere, and regularly produces vivid active-link maps to navigate through the blog universe. He's created a new, Party-approved map of Kablogh that you must check out (or the KGBlog agents will get you, Comrades!): The monuments of Kablogh, notably the now-empty House of Allah Mosque, have seen fierce fighting in recent weeks. The righteous Ri'ightes pray to the House of Allah mosque five times daily, hoping for the imminent return of its rightful occupant. Other Ri'ight strongholds include the LFG Embassy, the Captain's Quarter, the Canadian Embassy, and the Barking Moonbat Airport. Be sure to report promptly to the Commissar, and check out all of the great spots on the map. Don't forget to visit the eerily quiet House of Allah while you're there....

May 26, 2004

Malkin: DC's Double-Ws Libertines, Not Liberated

I've mostly avoided the entire Washingtoniette fracas that erupted on Wonkette's blog because I don't normally comment on sex blogs (and don't make a habit of reading them, either). Regardless of whether the interpersonal relations are located in the halls of power in Washington DC or in the cornfields of Nebraska, does it really shock us in this age that people get promiscuous, both in their sexual habits and their inability to remain discreet about it? I blog on politics for the most part, but blogs exist to talk about whatever interests the writer. For Jessica Cutler, what interested her was her numerous and concurrent sexual flings with co-workers, including the cash "gifts" received for a few of these encounters. However, Michelle Malkin -- a real journalist, as opposed to Cutler -- wrote a terrific piece for today's Townhall edition, explaining why this episode in the blogosphere damages the credibility...

May 28, 2004

Right Wing News: CQ 'Website Of The Day'

John Hawkins' excellent web site, Right Wing News, is a must-read for conservatives and libertarians on the internet. John has great links, terrific posts, and uses a lot of humor to score points off the left. I discovered this morning that John has made Captain's Quarters the RWN Website of the Day! Thanks, John, and I hope that all your readers enjoy their visit today. If you like what you see, be sure to blogroll or bookmark CQ and come back often!...

May 30, 2004

A Housekeeping Note

I'm making a small change to Captain's Quarters. I've received feedback especially from dial-up readers that the load time for CQ is pretty darned slow. Up to now, I've kept four days active on the page in order to allow readers to scroll through several posts at a time. However, due to the length of the posts we typically write and the sheer number of posts, I've decided to cut the active days to two. Archives are always accessible through the calendar on the left or through the weekly and monthly archives, using the drop-down boxes. Hopefully, these changes will work out for everyone. Please feel free to comment on this post or to drop me an e-mail with your feedback on the modification. Thanks! UPDATE: Still working on it .... and screwing things up, as usual. Bear with us for a little while on this. Right now, I've managed...

June 2, 2004

A Memorial Series You Should See

I think all of us in the blogosphere wanted to do something special for the veterans, both living and those who gave the last, full measure, for this Memorial Day. Quite a few posted touching stories, and of course I put the story of Captain Ben Salomon on my site, who died saving dozens of wounded Americans on Saipan. However, I think one of the best I've seen are at INDC Journal, where Bill went out with his digital camera and got wonderful pictures and stories from the veterans themselves. Bill's post turned out to be so large that he had to break it into two parts. Make sure you read them both. Bill has a personal story to tell in the second part, so make sure you read it all the way through. I dare you to do it without tears....

June 4, 2004

Hosting Matters Has Problems, Woh-Oh

If you had problems accessing the site this morning, you weren't the only ones -- it looks like all of Hosting Matters' sites went down for about a half-hour or so. No word yet on the cause. Unfortunately, I'm out of time for blogging the rest of the morning, so I will catch up at lunchtime if I get the chance....

June 16, 2004

Forget-Me-Nots For The Commissar

The Commissar at the Politburo Diktat just received a bit of bad news from his hosting service -- they apparently dislike the Movable Type system and now want to hike his rates to keep his sites going: The Commissar has become embroiled in Revolutionary Struggle with his hosting company, Lunarpages. Greedy Capitalist Lunarpages host now want to charge $40 per month. In a sudden, emergency action yesterday, they moved me from one server to another and seem to have lost several hours worth of updates and Comments. (In response to Comments, I had done some nifty updates to the 'Forget the Swoosh' piece. Gone for now.) The Commissar is looking into a new hosting service, including CQ's provider Hosting Matters. He's keeping the domain name but may have the site down for short periods of time while deciding and/or moving, so don't get discouraged if you see a 404 once...

June 22, 2004

Blogenheit 551?

My Northern Alliance colleague and all-around great guy, John "Rocket Man" Hinderaker, has agreed to appear in a new documentary on Minnesota bloggers, along with Scott "Big Trunk" Johnson. The documentarian is a blogger himself at the left-wing site Blogumentary, and he has already announced the interview on his site, sounding a bit nervous: I reassured him that I'm no Michael Moore, and I'm not out to make anyone look bad. Conservative blogs represent a huge chunk of the blogosphere, and I would be remiss not to include them and their perspective. I'm fortunate (err, as a blog filmmaker) to live in a state chock full of prominent right-wing blogs: The Northern Alliance of Blogs. Wish me luck. Come on, man, we don't bite! (They're lawyers. They sue. It's worse.) I suspect he may be more nervous about the response from his regular readers, though. I noticed that this was...

June 23, 2004

INDC Journal Goes Undercover

If you haven't yet read INDC Journal's new post, Moonbats In The Mist, you have to check it out now. Bill does an anthropological study of anti-war protesters, bringing along a couple of (virtual) partners, and the results are hilarious: Reminder: This INDC Science Series is best appreciated if my portions of the narration are read aloud with an Australian or Queen's English accent. Thank you. Good day, my fellow moonbat watchers and amateur scientists! The Spring and Summer moonbat season has really got into full swing here in Washington, DC, and I recently had an opportunity to witness a significant gathering of countercultural species in Lafayette Park, a popular moonbat greenspace located directly across from the White House. Like any good anthropologist, Bill took plenty of pictures, so you can understand the narrative that much better. Be sure to check out this excellent, National-Geographic level analysis of tribal life;...

June 27, 2004

Cross Your Fingers And Rub The Rabbit's Foot ...

... because I'll be upgrading the blog to Movable Type 3.0 today. Longtime CQ readers know what a Captain Ed-quartebacked upgrade means ... usually, a blog that resembles Picasso on peyote. UPDATE: Upgrade successful! However, there are a few changes, which I will write in another post....

The New Upgrade: Why I Did It & How It Affects You

As I mentioned in my previous post, I upgraded Captain's Quarters underlying program, Movable Type, from its original version (2.661) to the new 3.0 version. Most of the changes will be transparent to you, thanks to the outstanding programming of CQ's designer, Mel from Moxie Design Studios. Unlike 2.661, 3.0 actually costs money, although I got a discount thanks to a donation I had made earlier to MT. So why do it? The main reason is that the author interface is more elegant, and especially that the folks at MT improved the Java scripts to work within Mozilla. Until now, I've used IE to do most of my authoring, and while I have no particular problem with Microsoft -- I love their Office applications -- the security holes in IE and their mail clients drive me batty. The other reason, and the one that affects you the most, is that...

June 29, 2004

Comment Moderation Enabled

As I wrote this weekend, I have upgraded to Movable Type 3.0 for a number of reasons, but one of the main reasons was to enable comment moderation to combat spam. A significant amount of my blog time has been spent in updating my MT-Blacklist profile and in deleting comment spam attacks as they come in different forms. I'd much rather spend my time writing and responding to real comments and e-mails from CQ's readers. In order to accomplish this, I need your help in maintaining some semblance of order around here. Movable Type 3.0 integrates with Typekey, a validation service that allows blogs to identify commenters and allow them automatic, immediate posting of comments. It's free and only requires a username and a valid e-mail address, and you can even specify that the e-mail address does not get passed to the blog when you comment. I get no other...

July 2, 2004

Hugh Hewitt Hacked

Someone has hacked into the Lord High Commissioner's site and replaced the index file on his server. Fortunately, they didn't do much except insert a new file that your browser hits before his index file. For the time being, use this URL to access his site: http://www.hughhewitt.com/index.htm If you just use the domain name, you will get the hacked page, which is stunning in its lack of imagination. I will make sure to keep you informed as updates occur. UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt fan Richard Shuford went the extra mile to get the problem fixed: I called the iPowerWeb technical-support line 888-511-4678 (which is claimed to be answered 24 hours a day), and after about 8 minutes of being on hold, I got to talk to a human. This support guy was able to restore the home page while I was still on the line. I asked him to have a...

July 3, 2004

Hugh's Back On Line .... Thanks To Listener!

Thanks to the extra efforts of Hugh Hewitt fan Richard Shuford, Hugh's site is back on line. Read my updated post for the explanation!...

July 9, 2004

Nota Beaga n gCeardlann Gaeilgeoir (Small Notes From The Irish-Language Workshop)

As you'll see by the time on this post, I'm getting back to my room at a pretty late hour -- and I discovered I'm buried in e-mail. I can read everything people send me, but for some really strange reason, I cannot send outbound e-mail. If you've sent me e-mail and haven't heard back, that's why. (Kenneth -- LOL!) The Irish language workshop is terrific, the poitn is tremendous (Irish moonshine, and I ain't kidding), and the people are all having a blast. If you're curious about the Irish language, our organization's website is a good place to read a bit about it, and we have links to plenty of other resources. I have missed most of today's news, but I plan on posting a couple of items in the early morning tomorrow. A couple of items to note tonight: * Hugh Hewitt is celebrating 22 years of marriage...

July 20, 2004

Why I'm So Prolific Yesterday And Today

In case you're wondering, the back is still very much out, and it's all I can do to get out of bed. Right now I'm sitting up in a recliner, doing some stretching exercises at regular intervals, and trying to get well enough to go back to work tomorrow. In the meantime, I can use my laptop and wireless connection to keep up with things. Like I said ... in case you're wondering. Thanks for the get-well messages some of you have sent -- I hope I do, and soon!...

July 21, 2004

Moving The Goalposts

This morning, I received an e-mail from a fairly new blogger (archives only going back a few weeks) who claims to be offering $200 for any proof that Joe Wilson lied. I won't link to him, nor will I excerpt anything from his site, but his top post expressed frustration that he had been sent nothing but unsupported assertions from other bloggers about Wilson, and that his $200 appeared safe. Scrolling down, I read his 'rules' for the contest, which insisted that anyone applying for the cash had to supply URLs from testimony under oath showing Wilson committed perjury. Nothing like moving the ol' goalposts, eh? Here's my reply: This is the weakest blog promotion I've seen yet. You want definitive proof of perjury. Great. I expect that you, then, fully supported Bill Clinton's impeachment and removal from office, since you seem to consider perjury the gold standard of disqualification....

July 23, 2004

Watcher's Council Picks CQ Post Weekly Winner

The Watcher's Council has spoken this week ... and they've selected my post, Gray Lady Spins It Hard For Kerry, Berger as the non-Council post of the week! I was up against some tough competition from Allah and Michelle Malkin (in fact, how the heck does anyone top those two?), among other great selections. The Council winner was Smarter Cop for Government Health Hell Care, which edged out entries by Patterico and Four Right-Wing Wackos. Make sure you check out all of the nominated posts at the Watcher of Weasels ......

July 25, 2004

A Blognote For All You Whiskey Fans Out There

I just received a hot news flash from my partner, Whiskey -- she will be outside of the reach of the Internet most of the next month or so. When she returns to normalcy, she will make the Internet access her first priority (so she says) and will start posting again. In the meantime, you're all stuck with the Captain. All right, all right, pipe down ... I said she's coming back. I'm not at liberty to explain her absence in detail, but she will be traveling most of this period, and through some fabulous areas. I, on the other hand, will be ... here....

July 27, 2004

Captain's Quarters Invited To Republican Convention!

I am thrilled to announce that I received an invitation from the Republican National Convention to represent the blogging community when George Bush is nominated for a second term! The Committee on Arrangements sent out the invitations this evening: For the first time, bloggers will hold an on-site presence at the Republican National Convention called "Bloggers Corner." Positioned near Radio Row, credentialed bloggers will have the opportunity to connect with delegates, guests and other surrogates for interviews, and to provide original content, including multimedia, to their audiences. Through this behind-the-scenes look at the convention's proceedings and events, bloggers will play an important role in telling the story of the 2004 Republican Convention. Bloggers Corner will be located in Madison Square Garden's Theater Lobby in the corridor adjacent to Radio Row. Electrical outlets, tabled work stations and necessary hook-ups for laptop and other portable computers will be available for high-speed Internet...

July 28, 2004

Stupid Blog Tricks (Updates & News)

First things first -- I will be rearranging my work schedule for the next two weeks in order to free up my days to get the First Mate back and forth to the hospital for some treatments. I'll be working swing shifts, which may mean a bit less blogging, although I had curtailed some of the nighttime blogging of late anyway. The FM has experienced some temporary reduction in kidney function, and the doctors want to have her in for outpatient treatment for several days. We started it today, and we'll go every other weekday for the next week or so. At any rate, I'll still be blogging, but the number of posts might be a bit lower while I work swing shift. In a more enjoyable development, the Washington Post jumped on the blogging bandwagon by taking nominations for a blog contest. INDC Journal has directed his readers to...

July 29, 2004

I'm Still Here, But ....

I apologize for the significant downtime today. Big issues, hardware changes, and other things (not health related). May do some blogging later, but am definitely watching the convention on C-SPAN. Be sure to keep up with Power Line tonight for great convention coverage. Hope to be back with you later....

August 8, 2004

Scum-Sucking Spammer Of The Day

I was hoping to have posted something significant this morning, but unfortunately I have spent the first hour cleaning up after a scum-sucking spammer who has been leaving spam comments all over Captain's Quarters. The site referral redirects to www.rxsexualhealth.com, which is a Viagra reseller. If you would like to make your displeasure known to the fine folks at RxSexualHealth, please e-mail them at admin@rxsexualhealth.com. In fact, if you have any political views you'd like to share, send them to admin@rxsexualhealth.com. If you have pictures of your vacation that you think would interest the folks at RxSexualHealt, send them off to admin@rxsexualhealth.com. If you have a blog, feel free to link back to this post and encourage others to send lots of mail to the fine people at admin@rxsexualhealth.com. Just don't forget to use the subject line, "Quit Spamming Blog Sites!" on every piece of e-mail you send. Thank you,...

August 9, 2004

Blog Notes

My random collection of thoughts on a Monday afternoon ... * Again this week, I will be working evenings in order to take care of some work issues and take the First Mate to some doctor's appointments. My productivity may be lower than normal, but hopefully the quality will remain high. * I didn't mention it when it happened, but Captain's Quarters passed its 500,000th visit late last month, approximately 10 months after I launched the blog. I have a lot of people to thank for this -- notably Hugh Hewitt, the Lord High Commissioner for the Blogosphere and the father of the Northern Alliance. The guys at Power Line gave me a big lift right near the beginning, too, linking back to me several times and allowing my site to get great early exposure, and the rest of the Northern Alliance guys, too -- King at SCSU Scholars, the...

August 11, 2004

Blogstamps: Buy Them Now At The Politburo Diktat

Time out for a bit of fun! Rusty, who's filling in for the Commissar over at the Politburo Diktat while the Commissar takes a bourgeois vacation, keeps up the spirit of the P.D. with a new series of blogstamps. Captain's Quarters is among those blogs honored with its own issue: Check them all out -- collect the entire set! And don't forget to visit Rusty's fine Munuvian blog, My Pet Jawa, while you're at it....

August 15, 2004

Troll Banned

The troll that has recently begun posting as both Anjin-San and Swifty has been banned and his comments -- all of them -- have been deleted. People who try to post non-sequiturs under multiple pseudonyms will be assumed to be trolls, especially when the brain surgeons in question all come from the same IP address. Really, really, really smart....

August 19, 2004

On The Subject Of Trolls -- Who And What Are They? (Updated)

Okay, now that I have a full-scale battle going on in the varoius comment sections, along with hints of mutiny ("Mr. Christian!"), it's time that we had a discussion about the bounds of propriety on Captain's Quarters. I had wanted to write a post about the fantastic time I had at the George Bush rally first, but I think I need to address this issue immediately, and I'd like to keep the Bush review on top. Here's what I wrote in the CQ Comments Policy on May 15 of this year: When I began my blog, I was advised to disable comments as some blogs have experienced many problems with "trolls", but I think that the comments are in some ways the best part of CQ. In my definition, a troll is a commenter whose comments are off-topic and designed to insult other readers or us or to start silly...

August 20, 2004

Hey, I Won!

I discovered when going through my e-mail ... belatedly ... that I won the Watchers Council contest for non-Council post of the week! The Watcher of Weasels was kind enough to let me know (it's been a busy week!) I was nominated for our continuing work on the Alston/Kerry story that showed their fabrications going back more than two years. Tom "River Rat" Mortensen shares this one with me. Also a winner was Alpha Patriot for his post on Swift Boats vs The Media. Be sure to read all of the nominees. While you're there, take a good tour of the Watcher of Weasels blog. You'll be glad you did....

August 23, 2004

Restore Irony?

A few weeks back, Jim Treacher noted in an e-mail to me (as Joe Wilson and his Restore Truth website was busy imploding) that the domain name restoreirony.com seemed to be out in the open. I snapped it up before anyone else managed to grab it and it points back to CQ now. Unfortunately, what with Swiftvets and other stories occupying my time, I not only forgot to give Jim credit for this, but I've also not come up with a good idea what to do with the domain. I'm thinking that a second blog would be one idea, but I'm so doggone busy with this one that the very thought of adding another makes my head pound with dread. What do you think would be a good use of the domain? Leave your suggestions in the Comments section, and maybe if Jim forgives me for the oversight, he can...

August 24, 2004

Thanks, INCITE!

I received a couple of tips from CQ readers as well as an e-mail from INCITE's blogmaster himself, Beck, who wrote an analysis of the new information market and used Captain's Quarters as an example: One of the single most important works ever in modern management literature is a paper titled "Marketing Myopia," by Theodore Levitt. He had an amazing revelation--revolutionary at the time. Put quite simply, most companies have no idea what business they're in. His classic example is the railroad industry. The railroads revolutionized the world when they began crisscrossing industrialized nations in the 19th century. Without them, the industrial revolution wouldn't have been possible. Today, railroads are an anachronism. They still exist, but it's mostly inertia that keeps them alive. You see, the railroad companies made the fatal mistake of thinking they were in the railroad business. The fools! They should have realized that they're in the...

August 25, 2004

Hewitt: Why The Blogosphere Will Eat The Media's Lunch

Hugh Hewitt has his new column up at WorldNetDaily, and it's a must read for fans of the blogosphere and for members (and customers) of traditional media: I have been both a lawyer and law professor for two decades and a TV-radio-print journalist for 15 years of those 20. It takes a great deal more intelligence and discipline to be the former than to be the latter, which is why the former usually pays a lot more than the latter. It is no surprise to me, then, when lawyers and law professors like those at Powerline and Instapundit prove to be far more adept at exposing the "Christmas in Cambodia" lie and other Kerry absurdities than old-school journalists. The big advantage is in research skills, of course, and in an eye for inconsistencies which make or break cases and arguments. Lawyers turned amateur journalists are going to be much better...

August 26, 2004

The Captain Goes Mainstream ... And Other News

After posting the long article to Captain's Quarters last night regarding John Kerry's endorsement of UMass-Boston's hiring of Communist 'scholars' from Viet Nam to study the mass flight of Vietnamese to the West, I wondered how the article would be received. I'm pleased to let all of you know that the New York Sun called this afternoon and bought the article for tomorrow's edition (August 26th). It's my first outright sale as a writer, and I couldn't be more pleased with the work that got selected or the newspaper that bought it. I'm hoping to continue my collaboration with the Sun in the future, as they've encouraged. When the article posts, I'll be sure to update this message with the link. UPDATE: Here's the link, although I think you have to be a subscriber to get to this. If you're not a subscriber, though, you should be -- they've done...

August 27, 2004

Lo, How The Mighty Have Fallen (UPDATE!)

As many of you know, being fans of Hugh Hewitt as I am, that the Lord High Commissioner has paid us Minnesotans the honor of a visit and two remote shows from the biggest state fair in America. Hugh came into town this morning with Michael Medved (who brought his lovely family along with him), and both accepted a challenge by the gang at Fraters Libertas to joust at Keegan's Pub in their Thursday night trivia challenge. Hugh knew that he faced the buzzsaw that is the Fraters gang at trivia, since they win almost every week at Keegan's (also a new Northern Alliance sponsor). He prepared his team carefully -- he picked Michael Medved and his wife along with James Lileks, while the Elder, Brian "Saint Paul" Ward and the Atomizer picked up a ringer, Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000. When the dust settled, the two teams...

Thanks A Million

If you scroll down far enough, on the right sidebar, our Sitemeter hit counter just went over 1,000,000 visitors tonight. Captain's Quarters is also now in the Top 25 of the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem, at the Mortal Human level. I have too many people to thank, but here's a list to start: Hugh Hewitt Instapundit My Northern Alliance colleagues at Power Line, Fraters Libertas, Mitch, King, James Jon Henke The Commissar Sean ... and many, many other, such as all of the blogs on my blogrolls, especially the Northern Fleet, the locals in the Upper Midwest. It's been a blast, and better days are still ahead. Addendum: I got a nice note from The Anchoress, a new blogger who tells me she was inspired by CQ. Drop by and leave her a comment. Here's an example of the pithy writing I enjoy: Oh, and the anarchists plan to demonstrate...

August 29, 2004

The Vicious Circle Of The 21st Century

Normally on the day before I travel, I do my best to get to bed early, sometimes start to pack the night before, and get plenty of rest for the upcoming day. However, last night I had an opportunity to spend an evening with a group of tremendously intelligent and opinionated gentlemen at James Lileks' Jasperwood estate, with Hugh Hewitt as the honored guest. A dozen bloggers had a smoker and debated politics, blogs, pop culture, and just about every topic imaginable (including the ethics of trivia contests) under the cool skies of south Minneapolis with as much passion and humor as any round-table I've ever experienced. In fact, it's easy to feel outclassed when you're surrounded by this all-star lineup of bloggers and pundits: Hugh, James, Generalissimo Duane, Scott "Big Trunk" Johnson, Mitch Berg, King Banaian, The Elder and Saint Paul from Fraters Libertas, The One Big Swede, The...

Happy First Blogiversary To QandO

Before it was a triumvirate, the essential neolibertarian blog QandO started out as a Blogspot site with just a single blogger, Jon Henke. Today he celebrates his first blogiversary, having started just about five weeks before I did. Jon, and his partners Dale Franks and McQ, have spent that year building QandO into a tremendous voice for political and economic thought. It's on my list of daily must-reads (especially after they made it Mozilla-friendly). If you aren't reading QandO regularly, clear some time to do so. You won't be sorry. Happy blogiversary to three esteemed colleagues, one of whom has been a tremendous blog-friend and a source of support and inspiration for me. The best is yet to come, Jon!...

August 30, 2004

Typekey Registration Now Required

Unfortunately, the spammers have discovered Captain's Quarters along with a bunch of great new readers looking for convention coverage. I have required Typekey registration for comments entry. This will be in effect for the week of the convention, and possibly longer than that. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I have to either do this or shut down comments altogether....

August 31, 2004

Technical Problems Resolved, CQ Back 'On Air'

Talk about being a victim of your own success! If you tried accessing Captain's Quarters last night between midnight and 2 AM ET, you probably got a 509 error saying that I had exceeded my bandwidth allotment. Well, I had -- by an order of about six times. In the past month, CQ has far outgrown the particular plan that I have at Hosting Matters, one of the lower-traffic plans at that. Unfortunately, the system notices these kinds of things, and last night it did its job. Any other time, I'd take this as a sign from God that I've been working too hard and need a day off. However, I'm sure you can understand the raw panic that flowed through my veins when I tried posting from my hotel room last night and got the same error you saw. Frantic e-mails were sent in all directions to Hosting Matters,...

September 1, 2004

Dropping By The New York Sun

After making my sale to the New York Sun a week or so ago -- my first outright sale as a writer -- the editor with whom I worked encouraged me to drop by their offices while I was in New York for the convention. I had a couple of hours this morning (which is why I had no posts earlier) and stopped by their offices on Chambers. I suppose I had an image in my mind of a newsroom; an open area with simple desks piled high with papers, people scurrying around in order to stay on top of the news, phones ringing off the hook, and an editor in the office riding herd on it all. I realize that's a movie cliche, but in this case, it also happened to be the truth. After initially being greeted by Mark Tumin, he introduced me to a few other people...

September 2, 2004

Instapundit On C-SPAN

I'm sitting in a restaurant watching a soundless C-SPAN broadcast across the room and noticing that Glenn Reynolds is being interviewed by telephone about the impact blogs have had on the political process this year. Fortunately, the TV had closed-captioning turned on, although I think the guy sitting right by it is under the impression that we are "having a moment". Glenn addressed media bias and mentioned Newsweek's contention that most of the news media want to see Kerry elected, and that gives him a 15-point boost. That may have been true in past electoral cycles, but I think blogs have erased much of that advantage (which may have been Glenn's point, since I missed a bit of the first part of his call). I'm sure Glenn will have more, so head over to his site for an update....

Blog Notes

Just to let you know what my schedule looks like today, I may be appearing on Dennis Prager's show in the next few minutes. We tentatively arranged something yesterday but have yet to firm it up. We'll also be meeting with J.C. Watts in the next few minutes, which should be very interesting indeed. I want to ask him his opinion on the Alan Keyes debacle, which has set tongues to wagging around here, although mostly off the record. Stay tuned ... UPDATE: Both John Hinderaker and I will be on Dennis Prager's show at 2:15....

September 4, 2004

Bad News From CQ's Technical Dept.

My (brand-new) laptop seems to have taken a flying dumpola tonight. It stopped in its tracks and now won't power up. Unfortunately, it had all the keys to my e-mail, which I'm now going to have to retrieve via the Web interface. It may be a while before it gets fixed. I don't expect it to impact my output -- I have a desktop computer that works just fine -- but the laptop certainly was more convenient. My e-mail response in the next few days will be limited, as you might imagine. Be patient and I'll try to get back to everyone....

September 6, 2004

Where Not To Buy A Laptop

I mentioned earlier that my laptop crumbled under the strain of my Republican convention blogging; it started malfunctioning on Saturday evening, which (fortunately) happened after the convention, but still presents me with an incredible inconvenience. Since I just bought the computer on July 29th, I presumed that CompUSA would try to do their best to make this right. Unfortunately, that presumption was incorrect. I took the Toshiba S126 laptop back to the CompUSA outlet in Bloomington, MN, where I was told that despite the six-week-old status of the laptop, my only option was to send it back to the manufacturer, despite my having purchased a three-year maintenance agreement from CompUSA. I told the CompUSA clerk that I needed my laptop for my business, which requires me to be mobile, and that being without my laptop would create tremendous difficulties for me. I inquired whether CompUSA could just provide me with...

September 7, 2004

CompUSA Makes Good, After Minimal Arm-Twisting

Ah, the power of persuasion ... After talking with a manager at the local CompUSA outlet, I convinced them that swapping out my six-week-old lemon of a laptop for a brand-new one would be considered proper customer service, rather than making me wait three weeks while Toshiba searched for the correct parts on the faulty model I brought back. I just picked up the replacement and am testing it out during my lunch break. So far, so good! Looks like I'm back in business. They even gave me my old hard drive, so my data is still intact. The maintenance agreement even starts fresh. All in all, a satisfactory resolution, and one we could have easily reached yesterday had a manager been on duty....

September 8, 2004

Greyhawk Flies To Serve His Country -- And You Can Help

Readers of this blog are familiar with the terrific milblog Mudville Gazette, run by Greyhawk, an active-duty member of our armed forces. Greyhawk founded the Milblog ring and together with his fellow milbloggers provides the blogosphere with the true perspective of the fighting man and woman. Greyhawk has received new orders and needs a bit of help to keep his excellent blog going. He'll be doing some fundraising to purchase the equipment needed to continue running Mudville Gazette while on his new assignment. He's also running Blogads and some extra traffic will help him with his sales (I second that!). Make sure you drop by and help Greyhawk keep one of the blogosphere's great resources up and running....

September 9, 2004

All Hail Power Line -- Thank God We're On The Same Side!

Just wanted to give a shout out to my good friends at Power Line, who have been all over the TANG forgeries sent out by CBS news. Keep checking back on this post as they continue to update it with breaking news on this story. Edward R. Murrow still lives; he just took up residence at Power Line after leaving the Tiffany Network in disgust. I just took a peek and saw that their post, The Sixty-First Minute, has over 270 Trackback pings. That has to be some kind of a record, doesn't it?...

September 11, 2004

Support Pam Wolf And Laugh At Captain Ed's Golf Game

Self-imposed humiliation seems to be a theme for this weekend at Captain's Quarters -- I made myself the focus of your derision in the Caption Contest; Dan Rather swears that documents from 1972 and 1973 with computerized typesetting and talking about pressure coming from retired generals are authentic; and last I looked, John Kerry is still running for president. Instead of fighting the trend, I'm upping the ante by playing golf on Sunday at a fundraiser for Pam Wolf, the Republican candidate for Minnesota State House in District 51B. For a minimal entry fee -- $30 covers everything, including a small donation for Pam's campaign -- you can play nine holes, get a sleeve of golf balls, have a great lunch, and watch the most hilarious activity you've ever seen: Captain Ed playing golf. We're on the Brightwood Hills Golf Course between 1 - 4 PM Sunday, and you can...

September 12, 2004

Rather's Band Of Bloggers

Allah has a picture up that expresses Dan Rather's isolation after the document-forgery debacle that he brought on himself and CBS. Thank Allah for Photoshop and his delicious sense of humor, and while you're at it, give up a Spasebo to The Commissar, who made the image clickable. UPDATE: Yeah, my Russian is almost non-existent. That's why I originally said "goodbye" rather than "thank you" to the Commissar. I fixed it now....

September 13, 2004

Garbo Speaks! The Generalissimo Blogs!

Hey, our favorite radio producer has finally decided to hang a shingle for himself in the blogosphere. Make way for Duane's new blog, Radioblogger, which is off to an auspicious start. Duane advises to "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain," but in Duane's case, that's poor advice. I've blogrolled him and you'll want to check him out on a regular basis. UPDATE: Don't forget about our other favorite radio guy, too. UPDATE II: Fixed the link to Chumley's site, now that he has gone pro with his hosting ......

September 14, 2004

Whiskey Alert!

For all you Whiskey fans out there, I've just heard from my globetrotting partner in crime here at Captain's Quarters. She's established herself in a new, undisclosed location and getting caught up with her Internet connection. We should hear from her as early as this weekend ... and believe me, no one will be happier than me!...

September 16, 2004

Slow Loading

Sorry for the slow load times. Blogrolling appears to have some problems responding. Please be patient ... UPDATE: Disabled all blogrolls for now. They'll be back soon, I promise, I'm about to appear on Hugh Hewitt -- tune in!...

September 20, 2004

CQ, Power Line In New York Post

Today's New York Post publishes an op-ed piece written by Power Line's John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson as well as myself on the unanswered questions surrounding John Kerry's Viet Nam narrative. In fact, the Post split the article into two sections -- the data we provided turned out to be so detailed, the Post's editors gave us extra room to fit it all in. Let me tell you, this represents a personal-best moment for me. Not only did I have the opportunity to work with two of my colleagues and friends from the Northern Alliance, but the experience of working with the supportive and professional editors at the Post made this one of the most pleasant writing experiences of my career. And after working with the great staff at the New York Sun, I can cheerfully tell you that if these gentlemen are any indication, New Yorkers get a bum...

September 22, 2004

CQ Blog Updates

A random collection of updates that don't rise to the level of separate posts ... First, I'd like to announce that I've been added to the distinguished list of contributors to Jewish World Review. This website features some of the best punditry in the world, all collected in one spot for your easy review. My initial entry can be found here, published under my own name. CQ readers will recognize it as the post which the New York Sun reprinted last month. It's my honor and pleasure to be included among such luminaries as Dennis Prager, George Will, Mona Charen, Deborah Saunders -- check the site out for yourself to see the all-star lineup they have. Speaking of the Sun, I'm working on a special assignment for their opinion section. I'm holding back the finished product until it's published, but it has to do with stem-cell research and the Kerry...

September 24, 2004

Uh, Gee, Thanks Guys

Earlier today, the man who swore George Bush into the Texas Air National Guard spoke out on behalf of his former trainee, and a number of you thought you'd had a case of deja vu: Ed Morrisey Jr. has his opinion about rumors President Bush received preferential treatment when he was allowed into the Texas Air National Guard in the late 1960s. The Blount Countian also has firsthand knowledge. The 75-year-old Jackson Hills resident is a retired colonel with Texas Air National Guard. He swore Lt. George W. Bush into the service in May 1968. ... Morrisey said the commander he worked for at the unit in Texas was sent there to rebuild the image of the unit. There were only two to four pilot training slots given to them per year, he said. Individuals questioned by an evaluation board and then chosen by the commander had to be the...

September 26, 2004

Slow Day

Feeling a bit under the weather today -- sorry for the low output. I have a couple of things to post tonight still. I hope everyone (else) had a great weekend!...

September 28, 2004

Feed A Cold, Starve A Blogger

I seem to be one of the fortunate souls that catch the flu at the beginning of the season. I spent the past two days in bed, only to wake up today feeling even sicker than before. After an abortive attempt to get into the office this morning, I'm back in bed again with daytime television. (Have you watched this stuff lately? It's egregious; I just watched an operatic diaper commercial. I'm not kidding.) You would think that the time would allow for more and better blogging, but the opposite is true. It's hard to concentrate on reading through the news properly in order to form coherent opinions about it. (As much as I'm ever coherent, anyway.) Yesterday I wound up watching pieces of X-Men 2 three different times, thanks to HBO's lack of imagination in its programming and a couple of naps I took. Actually, X2 was better than...

A Grant Of Nobility

Jim Geraghty of the essential Kerry Spot notes tonight that the Washington Times has recognized a number of bloggers in its Saturday edition as "nobles" in their Nobles and Knaves running featurette: A few honorary mentions are in order: Jim Geraghty of Kerry Spot (nationalreview.com); Ed Morrissey of Captainsquartersblog.com; Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com; the writers of Powerlineblog.com and Littlegreenfootballs.com; the writers and editors of Realclearpolitics.com; and the ever-vigilant freerepublic.com. For their dogged pursuit of the truth in line with the honored tradition of American journalism, the bloggers are the Nobles of the week. CQ sends its thanks to the editors of the Washington Times, and congratulations to the other bloggers honored along with us....

September 29, 2004

Typekey Update, Among Other Things

A number of you have written to me to let me know about a problem with the Typekey registration. I sent a message to Six Apart describing the problem - I had it too - and they sent me a reply within a couple of hours: Hi Edward, Several other sites have reported similar problems and our echnicians are taking a look at what's going on. I've forwarded your information to the technicians and asked them to look at your site too. Thanks for getting in contact. Laura Six Apart, Ltd It looks like the problem is on their end, and hopefully they'll get it resolved soon. Keep trying! Both Whiskey and I seem to have the same bug, even though we're thousands of miles apart. Clever timing, eh? She tells me she'll be back to blogging when she feels better. I managed to go into the office for half...

September 30, 2004

Quick Links

Just trying to fit in a few last items that caught my eye today ... Bill at INDC Journal interviews Richard Schlesinger of CBS News about the draft story. It's interesting and timely, and a great example of why Bill is one of the leading bloggers today ... Hugh Hewitt has his new column up at the Weekly Standard. Make sure you read it before the debate, and check to see if the Great Pumpkin makes an appearance. (I'd say not: According to Linus in Peanuts, the Great Pumpkin only appears in the most sincere pumpkin patches, a description that hardly applies to John Flipflopflip Kerry.) ... Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas continues to fact-check Nick Coleman's ass, as the phrase goes, and hits pay dirt ... Patterico tries dry humor, and some people find it a bit too dry to realize he's joking -- but it sounds like a...

October 1, 2004

Typekey Update!

I just heard back from Laura at Six Apart about the Typekey frustrations: You recently reported problems logging in with TypeKey on some weblogs and sites. Our technicians have made some changes on our servers. Their testing suggests that these changes have resolved the login problems. We would appreciate it if you could do some testing as well to see if you continue to experience the problems. If you do, please contact us again with the following information: 1) What exactly happens when you attempt to sign in with TypeKey to post a comment? 2) What browser and operating system are you using? Thank you. Laura Six Apart, Ltd I tried this earlier tonight and it appears to be working properly. Feel free to test on this post to check it out....

October 2, 2004

Quick Hits

It's been a long day, meeting with the Northern Alliance after our radio show. A few links before I fall asleep ... Hugh Hewitt is inviting people to a virtual symposium on John Kerry's proposed ban on bunker-busting nukes, as well as his idea about sending nuclear fuel to Iran to see what they do with it. Follow the links ... CQ reader Retired Military points out an interesting error on an absentee ballot in Michigan. Note which ticket the printing error affects. RM says he's confirmed that this only occurred in one county ... Fox News apologized for a lame gag item that got posted to its website earlier from reporter Carl Cameron with a number of faked Kerry quotes in it. I can't work up a great deal of outrage over this, since Fox acknowledged Cameron's fubar immediately, apologized, and pulled the article. However, the faked quotes in...

October 4, 2004

The Blogiversary

Yesterday was the one-year blogiversary for Captain's Quarters, a milestone which I intended to mark last night after attending a Patriot Forum here in town with Hugh Hewitt, Jason Lewis, and the entire Northern Alliance gang. Instead, I did what I usually do -- blog on a breaking news item, and then fell asleep before I could do anything else. In the one year since I started CQ, I have made more friends and enjoyed more new experiences than I ever imagined this would create. Friends like Hugh, Scott and John from Power Line, the entire gang at Fraters Libertas, King from SCSU Scholars, Mitch Berg, David and Margaret from the Taxpayers League, and many others I don't have time this morning to name have helped push CQ to unplanned success. Some of the highlights from the past year: * Adding my partner, Whiskey * Joining the NARN * 29...

October 6, 2004

Hey, I'm Funny And Dumb, Too!

I get a lot of spam on my blog account, most of which I simply delete because it's not worth the trouble to complain or unsubscribe (of which I'm suspicious, anyway). However, when someone is clueless enough to send out self-promotional material that contains a two-megabyte graphic announcement via my e-mail -- especially when I'm paying for bandwidth -- I find it not only incredibly annoying but awfully self-defeating as well, especially on the second message. When the spammer represents himself as a veteran expert in public relations, communications, and e-zines, the cluelessness almost approaches satire. So in an attempt to keep this consultant from sending me any more huge graphic attachments as well as possibly giving him a clue about Internet etiquette, I send the following message: A veteran PR firm would know better than to send a 2MB file on e-mail, especially a self-promoting one, twice. Please don't...

October 10, 2004

I'm Back ...

... but I just walked in. As predicted, I had no access to the Internet, and thanks to the activities this weekend, not much access to the news, either. It was so bad that I called my mom (Vayapaso) late Friday night and had her read the debate analyses from the other Northern Alliance blogs to see how it went. I just read Whiskey's excellent analysis and her blog entries, and I see CQ readers didn't miss a beat while I took my first vacation from the blog. I have 166 e-mails to scan -- sorry, but replies will be almost impossible -- before even approaching blogability. I'll write something about the wonderful visit to Notre Dame and the interminable drives getting there and back later on. Great to be back in the saddle again!...

October 11, 2004

Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem Undergoes Renovation

NZ Bear announces new features in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem, and references CQ to help explain the additions: Over the past few weeks, I've been doing quite a bit of work behind the scenes to improve the Ecosystem and add new functionality. There's still more to be done, but today I'm unveiling some of the new features. ... - History statistics for the blog's rank and total unique inbound links presented in a line graph. Check out Power Line, Captain's Quarters, INDC Journal, Hugh Hewitt or Allah's detail pages for good examples. - An expandable tree menu showing the blog's ten most-linked-to posts and who linked to them - An expandable tree menu showing the links which the blog has received from other blogs, sorted in descending order of the source-blog's Ecosystem rank (for easy identification of 'big links' from top bloggers). The Bear has done tremendous work in...

October 12, 2004

Server Issues ...

... seem to be popping up tonight. If you're getting slow loads or hiccups, be patient. I'm sure the problems will be fixed shortly....

October 27, 2004

Happy (Belated) Blogiversary To The Commissar!

I missed this when it occurred, but it's never too late to sa yHappy Blogiversary ... or at least I hope not! The Commissar at Politburo Diktat celebrated his first blogiversary, or as he put it, the October Revolution. The Commissar has been a great friend to me in blogging, and has developed the Politburo Diktat into not only one of the best satirical political blogs but also one of the best for flat-out analysis. Both of us started at the same time, and we both have had tremendous success, and he's sent a lot of encouragement (and readers) my way. All of the proletariat salutes you, Commissar!...

The Big Apple Takes Two Bites Out Of CQ

It's great to have friends, and two good friends in the New York media world gave Captain's Quarters prominent mention today. The New York Sun and the New York Post, both of which have published my work in the past, reference posts I wrote yesterday regarding two separate subjects. John Podhoretz writes in today's Post about the late hit that the New York Times and CBS attempted to deliver on George Bush, a transparent and terribly clumsy way of trying to get John Kerry elected. Podhoretz actually expresses sympathy for the instinct to look deeper into the Al Qaqaa story but disdainfully critiques both the research done on it and the decision to publish at this time: It's hard to fault the Times for pursuing the story aggressively. In an official document sent to a U.N. agency two weeks ago, the Iraqi interim government said the explosives had disappeared during...

October 29, 2004

Guardian Reviews Impact Of Blogs

I missed this a couple of days ago when it first appeared, but Simon Jeffery wrote a balanced look at blogs earlier this week at the Guardian (UK). Simon was kind enough to mention me and CQ after we traded e-mail last week -- and after we both took shots at each other on our blogs. Simon turns out to be a rather nice guy and an interesting correspondent, and his article presents a fair introduction to those who may not be very familiar with the blogosphere. Simon has this to say about my analysis of blogging: Edward Morrissey, who runs the pro-Bush Captain's Quarters - by no means the largest - is now logging 840,000 visits a month (up from 30,000 in January) to his daily Democrat-bashing. Recent entries include the latest theft or defacement of a Bush campaign sign and the lyrics of a satirical song about John...

Blog Notes, E-Day Minus 4

I'll be hospiblogging again today as the First Mate has to undergo a minor surgical procedure. I've finally managed to get my first cup of coffee down, a Starbucks blend of Mexican Whoopee or some such. (Since when did coffee come with such pedigrees?) I'll be hijacking wireless connections during the morning as I can. With four days left to the election, I wanted to let everyone know what plans I have for Election Day. I will be at work on the day job, but afterwards I will join the Northern Alliance to provide live updates on AM 1280 The Patriot in the Twin Cities, starting at 8 pm CT. We'll be cutting in on Hugh Hewitt's live, marathon Election Night broadcast at the commercial breaks, updating our listeners on election news in the Upper Midwest. We'll stay live until the presidential race has been determined or 3 am, one...

November 5, 2004

Traveling ...

I'll be leaving shortly to visit family in Southern California. I plan on blogging a bit while I'm there, but the productivity may be down somewhat. It'll give me a chance to recuperate from the bruising campaign and recharge the batteries for the next four years. Tonight the Northern Alliance gang will fill in for Hugh Hewitt, so be sure to tune in!...

November 6, 2004

An Unfair Comparison

A report on CNS News seems to be getting a lot of attention this morning, which states that liberal bloggers think that George Bush's re-election is "more depressing" than 9/11. After reading that incendiary headline, I took a look at the article and found out that the headline is quite misleading: Bloggers on the liberal Democratic Underground website have overwhelmingly labeled Nov. 3, 2004, the day after Election Day, "more depressing" than Sept. 11, 2001 in a poll of online members. Seventy-two percent of poll takers said they believed the day Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) conceded defeat in the presidential election was more tragic than the day more than 3,000 Americans were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on a hijacked plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. So what happened is that the nutcases at DU put...

November 12, 2004

Don't Blame The Medium For The Message

The New York Times reports on the flurry of post-election conspiracy theories and, somewhat conveniently, leaves the blame at the doorstep of the blogosphere. Tom Zeller notes the proliferation of assertions that the 2004 Presidential election was somehow stolen from John Kerry in Florida and Ohio and determines that the paranoia springs from freedom of speech: In the space of seven days, an online market of dark ideas surrounding last week's presidential election took root and multiplied. But while the widely read universe of Web logs was often blamed for the swift propagation of faulty analyses, the blogosphere, as it has come to be known, spread the rumors so fast that experts were soon able to debunk them, rather than allowing them to linger and feed conspiracy theories. Within days of the first rumors of a stolen election, in fact, the most popular theories were being proved wrong - though...

November 19, 2004

Centrisity Promoting Benefit For Ailing Friend

Local blogger Flash from Centrisity is promoting a benefit for a friend, Ron Rice, who is struggling with esophageal cancer. The American Legion in Chanhassen will be hosting a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and bake sale tonight from 4 - 9 pm. If you're in the area, be sure to drop by and give a hand. If you can't be there, perhaps you can reach out in other ways. Flash has the contact information you need to help....

November 26, 2004

2004 Weblog Awards Under Way

My friend and fellow convention blogger Kevin at Wizbang! has started the 2004 Weblog Awards, featuring many categories, including several new ones for this year. I've been fortunate enough to be nominated in just about every applicable category, with the possible exception of Best Essayist. If anyone wants to add more voices to the nominations already entered, feel free -- but the better use of the site would be to discover some excellent blogs that you may have missed before. Voting starts on December 1st, and if memory serves, Kevin allows one vote per day per category. It's one election where "vote early and often" isn't intended as irony. Kevin puts a lot of effort and sweat into running the site, so be sure to check it out. Thank you to everyone who nominated me for awards already -- it shows that I'm already a lucky blogger, indeed....

December 3, 2004

2004 Weblog Awards: Voting Begins! (Update)

Kevin Aylward at Wizbang has the 2004 Weblog Awards polls up and running, and blog enthusiasts can cast one vote per day per category. Captain's Quarters has been included as a finalist in at least one category, Best Conservative Blog, and in the extremely early stages, I have a small lead over some very tough competition. I may qualify for one more, Best of the Top 100, although that may wind up capturing some who didn't make the cut in other specific categories. I'll double-check later. (I am a contributor for a group blog, Blogs for Bush, that received at least two nominations in other categories.) I hope you'll take a look at the embarrassment of riches Kevin supplies for people to explore the blogosphere in more depth. Later on I may publish my votes in different categories, but for now I just want to congratulate those who have been...

Another Spirit Of America Update

I want to thank everyone who's already donated to the Spirit of America Blogger Challenge on behalf of the Northern Alliance. So far, our team has raised over $7,000, most of that before the challenge had even officially begun. Our competition now is Castle Arrgh!, a team that has raised over $3,000. It all goes to an excellent organization that helps American servicepeople to rebuild Iraq, both physically and in friendship with the United States. Please give what you can to this worthy charity....

December 4, 2004

Daily Kos Endorses Massive Cheating At The 2004 Weblog Awards

Well, this is rather pathetic. The Daily Kos can't be satisfied with acquiring one of the largest readerships in the blogosphere; they now have to make sure that no one with whom they disagree can conduct a fun contest without ruining it for everyone. Charles at LGF discovered the Kos post that instructs its readers how to write a program that bypasses the reasonable controls that Wizbang's Kevin Aylward implemented to restrict voters to one vote per day per computer, and Kos readers have reacted enthusiastically. They openly brag about their little fraud, congratulating each other for cheating and blaming Kevin Aylward for not making his site more secure. Let's not just chalk this up to blogosphere immaturity, which undeniably exists on both sides of the blogosphere. Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos' proprietor) is an important fundraiser for the Democratic Party, one of the mid-level movers that got a lot of...

December 6, 2004

Awards Updates!

It's the most wonderful time of the weblog year, apparently, as awards continue to come forth. First off, Kevin has corrected the problem caused by massive cheating at the 2004 Weblog Awards. The cheating appears to have been confined to just the Best Overall Blog category, and the votes have now been reset to their proper numbers. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who continues to vote for Captain's Quarters -- once per day per computer! -- in the Best Conservative Blog category. I'm still leading LaShawn Barber and Right Thinking From The Left Coast, two terrific blogs you should check out when you have the chance. VodkaPundit looms in the background, just waiting to make a last-minute run, I think. John Hawkins at RightWingNews has concluded his Warblogger Awards, which used a panel of distinguished bloggers to select the winners rather than a web poll. Not surprisingly, Instapundit topped the list,...

December 9, 2004

What Are The Ethics Of Disclosure In The Blogosphere?

The CBS report on the payments from the John Thune campaign to the blogs Dasche Vs Thune and South Dakota Politics has the blogosphere debating what disclosure blogs owe their readers. It's a great debate, and one that should have taken place long ago. Pat from Brainster's Blog wrote: Well, I, for one, am disgusted with Lauck (I never read Van Beek's blog). He owed it to his readers to disclose the fact that he was receiving substantial amounts of money from Thune. And, for the record, our blog received nothing; we did it because we believed in John Thune and despised Tom Daschle. Jon at QandO also feels used by the two bloggers: To put this in perspective: recall that Daschle V Thune spent a great deal of time--and got a great of attention--by ridiculing the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, writing: Look, be an advocate if you choose. Thats...

SDP Responds To CBS, Ethics Questions

In the wake of the CBS hit piece on the blogosphere, Jason Van Beek responded last night to the charges that he hid his relationship with the John Thune campaign: I began my blog a year before Thune declared his candidacy. I became a consultant for Thune in July of 2004, a year and six months AFTER I began blogging. From the beginning, I have always been very clear about my political predilections. I consistently told readers of my blog that I was pro-Thune. If my blog was a "proxy" for the Thune campaign then it can fairly be said that the Argus Leader and CBS have been proxies for Democratic campaigns since time immemorial. [Good point -- CE.] The difference is that I tell everyone I am not an objective observer. To this day, the Argus Leader and CBS hold themselves out as objective observers. I think blogs in...

December 10, 2004

Jon Lauck Responds To Ethics Questions

After an exchange of e-mails last night between Jon Lauck and myself, Jon posted a long message about the ethical issues regarding revelations that he and Jason Van Beek received money as political consultants for the John Thune campaign and did not reveal that to their readers. Jon makes several good points, and the central rebuttal is this: I see Captain Ed has noted that CBS has started criticizing bloggers now that they're about to get nailed for "memogate" and noted some in the commentariat didn't like the fact that I was a consultant to Thune, but I did a long post explaining the many problems I saw at the Argus long before I was a consultant. And SDP and Sibby and others (there was criticism going back 20 years, as it turns out, pre-blog, as the blogs discovered and revealed to those who didn't know about it) were criticizing...

December 12, 2004

Blog Notes

Just a few notes to bring everyone up to date at the behind-the-scenes machinations at CQ ... First, the lower output this weekend is due to the Christmas shopping season and an opportunity to babysit the Little Admiral. Instead of watching Papa sit behind his computer, we decorated the Christmas tree (somehow, it's inexplicably become "Gamma's Tree" this year), watched "Finding Nemo", and played with her Little Peoples toys. I love blogging, but that beats writing every time, which I'm sure CQ readers understand. Speaking of the Little Admiral, she performed in her very first show this week, a Christmas recital her day-care center put on. I have video and hope to post a capture later tonight of her singing ... I'd like to welcome a new sponsor aboard CQ. I'm very grateful to all of my sponsors -- please patronize them as much as possible! -- but today Kevin...

December 14, 2004

Weblog Awards Winner!

I wanted to wait a day for all of the polls to officially close before posting about the results of the 2004 Weblog Awards. Kevin has finalized the polling and Captain's Quarters won for Best Conservative Blog, taking an amazing 36% of the overall vote for the category. My colleagues at Power Line won the award for Best Overall Blog in what turned out to be a squeaker. Having worked with all three Power Line gentlemen now, I can only say that the voters knew what they were doing in that competition, although many fine blogs were featured. You can see the entire list at the above link, but I wanted to note a few other results. In my category, I had the misfortune of being squared off against some fine bloggers, including LaShawn Barber, who traded notes with me during the contest. I'm a big fan of VodkaPundit, who...

December 16, 2004

Cerdip Immortalizes CQ In Cartoon

Blog artist Cerdip has taken our ongoing battle against Brave Sir Dayton and immortalized it in cartoon form: Hmmm ... looks a lot like me, too ... [cough cough] Okay, maybe I have slightly less hair ... Be sure to check Cerdipity for the latest in artistic depictions of the news and the blogosphere!...

December 17, 2004

CQ On The Air Today

I will be appearing on Kevin McCullough's show in a few minutes, part of his On-Air Blogroll. I am not sure exactly what Kevin wants to discuss, but I hope to talk about the European fright over free speech and the continuing political difficulties facing Donald Rumsfeld. Kevin is one of the few on-air personalities that really understands the blogosphere (Hugh Hewitt being pre-eminent among this select fraternity) and his support and friendship to CQ and me personally is very much appreciated. You can listen live here. UPDATE: As always, Kevin's show is a blast, and a big thanks to his producer Gary as well. Keep listening!...

All I Can Tell You Is ...

... he who owns the biggest tires wins -- just like I told Hugh. UPDATE: Oh, sure. First Hugh starts this meme, and now Instapundit broadcasts it all over the blogosphere. At least he didn't call me something like Peeps. Er, well, not yet, anyway....

December 27, 2004

Fortune Favors The Blog-Ready

Fortune Magazine published an analysis of blogs and the blogosphere, with a business rather than political viewpoint. The verdict: Corporations had better understand blogs and bloggers, or risk annihilation in the marketplace. Their first case study shows how Microsoft failed to grasp the underlying concept of blogging -- free speech -- and suffered a major blow to their credibility: [Boing Boing blogger Xeni Jardin] titled her critique of MSN Spaces "7 Dirty Blogs" and hilariously sent up the fickle censoring filters Microsoft appeared to have built in. MSN Spaces prohibited her from starting a blog called Pornography and the Law or another entitled Corporate Whore Chronicles; yet World of Poop passed, as did the educational Smoking Crack: A How-To Guide for Teens. Within the first hour of Jardin's post, five blogs had linked to it, including the site of widely read San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor. By the...

December 30, 2004

CQ In The Sun

The New York Sun has published an opinion piece I rewrote about the Vatican's conclusion-jumping regarding the Sri Lankan refusal to admit Israeli aid workers this week. As you may recall, the official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, accused Israelis of being "too often preoccupied with making war" because of their supposed refusal to help the Sri Lankans. Not only was it sloppy journalism -- the truth had been long discovered by bloggers -- but the conclusions reached by L'Osservatore Romano smacked of knee-jerk anti-Semitism. You may need a subscription to read this -- I automatically get logged into mine by my browser -- but if you don't already subscribe, you should consider it. The Sun supports bloggers in a very real and literal way and has excellent reporting and writing. Plus, it has one of the richest interfaces for a newspaper I've seen. UPDATE: You're not going to believe this,...

December 31, 2004

Happy New Year!

To all CQ reader -- Whiskey, the First Mate, and I wish you a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year. 2004 has been such a terrific year for us at Captain's Quarters, thanks to all of you. Stay safe, and see you in 2005! In fact, if you tune in the Northern Alliance Radio Network tomorrow at noon CT, you'll hear us live for our New Year's Day broadcast. UPDATE: I don't know if this is one of the reasons why I'll be thankful for 2004, but at least I only came in second for this award. UPDATE: I'm even happeier coming in second here....

January 2, 2005

The Morrissey Method?

Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has long been one of my favorite blogs on ... well, a whole range of topics, especially matters of faith. Joe and I started blogging within a couple of weeks of each other and we've occasionally corresponded on our progress in our avocation. Tonight Joe provides his readers with a primer on successful blogging that is much too kind to me: Not being a member of this elite circle of bloggers, I cant provide advice from my own personal experience. But just as a biographer can glean insights from a study of great presidents, I think a study of the A-list can provide a few clues into what makes them successful. After giving the subject a considerable amount of thought and attention, Ive noticed three specific ways for breaking into the top tier of bloggers: A. Possess the attributes of the top ten bloggers (e.g.,...

January 3, 2005

Ankle-Biting My Christianity

Mitch at Shot In The Dark drew my attention to a piece by local crank Mark Giselson on his blog that calls into question the Christianity of the Northern Alliance bloggers. (No, I'm not kidding.) He manages to figure out a search engine well enough to find how many times we've all mentioned Jesus on our blogs and from there discerns that we have little faith in our Christianity. Mitch explodes this drivel in great detail. I won't go that far, although anyone who presumes Power Line is some crypto reference to Christianity clearly needs the enema of a really good fisking. (Missing the fact that at least one of the three Power Line bloggers is Jewish also demonstrates Giselson's idiocy.) Here's what Giselson has to say about me: Despite higher hopes for Captains Quarters, I got an immediate negatory noise when I searched for Jesus on their front page....

CQ On Hugh Hewitt Tonight

I'll be on Hugh Hewitt's show at 5:30 PM CT tonight to discuss World Relief Day. Be sure to tune in!...

January 4, 2005

Sick Day

Off to a slow start today, obviously -- fighting a cold and fever. I'll be posting this afternoon as soon as I go through some e-mail. The World Relief Day has skyrocketed, thanks to all of you!...

January 5, 2005

Technical Difficulties Today At Hosting Matters

We have been experiencing a number of technical difficulties today with Hosting Matters, which they have diligently worked to correct. If you have had problems loading the page, just keep trying back. The problem affects everything, including the comments programming and my access to the system. Please be patient and keep checking on our status. In the meantime, don't forget to check our progress on World Relief Day! NOTE: Unfortunately, the system ate my gracious and generous post congratulating USC for winning the national championship last night in the Orange Bowl. I know this will disappoint James from Folsom, but I just can't recall what I wrote. Darn. UPDATE 5:45 PM: Still more problems this afternoon. Sorry for the down time; this second outage appears to have affected all Hosting Matters servers....

January 6, 2005

Hugh Hewitt & Kevin McCullough Support CQ's World Relief Day

I've been fortunate to have received tremendous support from many friends in the blogosphere for World Relief Day, our January 12 fundraiser for World Vision and tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean region. Hugh Hewitt has put the link at the top of his blog every day, and Kevin McCullough has even created a Blogad for his site, which he's donated to promote the cause. I can't thank both men enough for their friendship and support. Kevin says that other bloggers can add this to their sites as well: I created a powerful blog ad - I had even had my in house test marketers run the phraseology through a demo. It came back with high marks. I have linked to your WORLD VISION PAGE. If people want to place this ad they can copy from my web-site or send me passcodes for free blog ads and I will go...

January 8, 2005

DDOS Attack On Hosting Matters

For those of you who have experienced some difficulties in accessing CQ, Power Line, Instapundit, or other blogs over the past eight hours, you were not alone. I intended to post last night on one or two more topics, but I could not access my site either. It turns out that our service provider, Hosting Matters, had to turn back two DDOS attacks overnight. These malicious attacks take some time to identify and counter, and the good folks at Hosting Matters worked as quickly and diligently as they could. It appears the attacks are over and access should be no problem. Thanks for your patience....

January 11, 2005

Funk? What Funk?

One of the questions asked by many of my friends and relatives, and not just a few from the blogging clique, concerned blog traffic after the presidential election. Everyone expected traffic to cool off, but no one knew how much it would drop, and in the age of blogads, that question was not merely academic or ego-driven. At CQ, I told people that I expected unique visits to drop to about half of what they were in October, and given that such a number would be a dramatic improvement over what we had earlier in the year, I would be thrilled. As it turns out, my guess wound up being fairly accurate, but no one I know has done much more to analyze post-election blog traffic. Now N.Z. Bear of the TTLB Ecosystem (where I'm currently ranked 12th for links and 23rd for traffic) has written his own detailed analysis...

January 12, 2005

Rule #1: Don't Blog About Work Unless You Own The Place

Today's Guardian (UK) reports on the first apparent British blogger to lose his job over his online journal. Joe Gordon worked for Waterstone's, a bookstore in Edinburgh, for eleven years and by all accounts was a valued employee -- or at least he was until he nicknamed his manager "Evil Boss" and called the store Bastardstones on his blog: A bookseller has become the first blogger in Britain to be sacked from his job because he kept an online diary in which he occasionally mentioned bad days at work and satirised his "sandal-wearing" boss. ... "This wasn't a sustained attack," Mr Gordon told the Guardian. "I was not deliberately trying to harm the company. I was venting my spleen. This was moaning about not getting your birthday off or not getting on with your boss. I wasn't libelling anyone or giving away trade secrets." ... Named after Monty Python's fictional...

CQ And World Relief Day On The Air Today

I will appear on Kevin McCullough's radio program today at 1:20 CT to promote World Relief Day. Kevin is giving me his prime spot, the one he usually uses for his most prominent guests. Kevin has been tremendously supportive of CQ and World Relief Day. Be sure to tune him in or listen live on the Internet! UPDATE 12:42 - We're up over $30,000 already! UPDATE II, 1:22 CT: On the air now! And this will re-stream several times over the next day from Kevin's site, so if you missed me, you can easily catch me again ......

A Big Thank You From Your Captain

I'm about to pack it up for tonight, and my latest look at the World Relief Day fund shows that we have had a tremendously successful day. CQ readers raised over $6,000 in a single day, and we have raised $33,000 overall for tsunami victims. We are the top individual fund-raising effort at justgiving.com as well, something I didn't realize until I happened to click the wrong link earlier today. Thanks to the multitude of bloggers who pitched in with their links to get the word out. Huge thanks to Hugh Hewitt and Kevin McCullough, both of whom plugged this daily on their blogs and on their radio shows -- this couldn't have been anywhere near the success it was without them. Michelle Malkin also has my deep gratitude, and tonight she's pointing out that some weather-related catastrophe victims closer to home could use our assistance, too. Mostly, I want...

January 13, 2005

Panera Blogging

I have a full work schedule today, mostly on the road (locally) and sitting in meetings, so I haven't had much chance to take a look at my e-mail or the news. I decided to stop by Panera for lunch, as all of their Twin Cities outlets offer free wi-fi service. I know that chain locations like Panera are the epitome of corporate evil and all that, but it's really hard to beat for good food at a low price. They offer a pick-two combo of soup, salads, and sandwiches that allow me to eat healthy food at fast-food prices, or just a few cents more. (Lunch cost me $8.29, and I had a special bottled soft drink instead of the less-expensive fountain drinks, which have free refills.) Combine that with comfortable surroundings and the free wi-fi and Panera has an almost unbeatable combination. Too bad I have to go...

January 15, 2005

Kos, Teachout, Williams, Lauck, Van Beek

Earlier this week, Zephyr Teachout wrote a post for her blog Zonkette, which eventually made it to the Wall Street Journal, disclosing the Howard Dean campaign's payments to the Daily Kos and MyDD bloggers Markos Zuniga and Jerome Armstrong. The accusations of conflicted interest have risen to fever levels in the blogosphere, along with yet another argument about what what ethical standards bloggers owe their readers. I have received e-mails asking why I've remained silent on this issue. Well, I haven't remained silent. Five weeks ago, when the shoe was on the right foot, I wrote that bloggers accepting payments from political campaigns outside the transparency of fully-displayed advertisements -- which don't even have to be exclusive! -- risk their credibility and reputation. I wrote that after the revelation that the John Thune campaign paid two bloggers several thousand dollars to join the campaign, and neither disclosed their relationship despite...

January 17, 2005

Oliver Willis Just Can't Be Honest

I'm turning over this post to Hubris, who writes: This is from Oliver Willis' latest post: I'm sure the right will come up with another b.s. explanation. Can anyone tell me whatever happened to the "smoking gun" memos "unearthed" by Brent Bozell's CNSNews and conspiracy pariah Laurie Mylorie (Captain Ed: "a blockbuster find", Little Green Nazis: "the story is true", Powerline: "a great deal of detail")? Yeah, I thought so. Cash those checks, guys, but at least make sure you're getting more than Armstrong. http://www.oliverwillis.com/node/view/1675 I clicked through to each archived story, and found the following: ----------------------------------------------------- Captain Ed: "In a blockbuster article if their sources pan out... "If the translations and the authentications hold up, this is a blockbuster find." [emphasis mine] LGF: "It needs to be independently confirmed before we can fully trust the story..." [Willis actually quotes a commenter who said "the story is true] Powerline: "The...

January 19, 2005

Vayapaso's Dream Date?

When my mother, who comments here as Vayapaso, went to Hugh Hewitt's book signing for Blog, she got so excited by their enthusiastic welcome that she referred to me as "Eddie." Hugh and Duane didn't miss this and have mulled this tidbit over for a week now. Tonight, they decided that I must have been named after Eddie Haskell, the smarmy and phony-polite troublemaker from Leave It To Beaver. Eddie Haskell? When I called in to talk to Hugh, Duane even played the Leave It To Beaver theme in the background. I foresee a long run of classic-TV jokes in my future with these guys. But why Eddie Haskell? Why not this guy: The American Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful race car driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime advisor, and elder statesman. Few aces achieved so much in so many different lifetime roles. His twenty-six aerial victories...

January 21, 2005

The View From On High

A quick note: I see today that CQ has entered the TTLB Ecosystem's highest ranking today, with a new ranking of #9 now qualifying this blog as a Higher Being. I'm expecting that to change as links expire and other bloggers get hot stories, but I wanted to thank everyone in the CQ community and the bloggers who continually link back to us. What a rush!...

Snow Day

Minneapolis is getting five or more inches of snow as we speak, and I'm stuck at work across the city from home. If I wanted to go home, I'd have about a 3-hour drive ahead of me for an 18-mile trip. Right now the freeways out here are bumper to bumper parking lots. It's an unbelievable mess. My best friend North Star Steve, who also works in my office, is joining me for dinner instead of driving home (we both live in the same neighborhood as well). This is what the commute looks like at the moment: Normally it looks about the same, except all the cars are moving. These are basically parked. More later when I finally get home ... UPDATE: Yes, I finally made it! Of course, it was 9:15 when I finally got here, after spending an hour driving home. Let me tell you, if I knew...

January 26, 2005

New Evangelical Blog Awards!

Reverend Eric at the Evangelical Underground informs me this afternoon that he will be hosting the 1st Annual Evangelical Blog Awards. Fans of evangelical blogs should definitely put in their nominations in the 10 categories. Nominations will remain open until February 14th, and voting on finalists will go from February 16-18. Be sure to check out the site often -- and also those blogs you may not have read before!...

February 1, 2005

Happy Blogiversary, INDC Journal!

Bill Ardolino at INDC Journal celebrates his first blogiversary today by sharing a slideshow of images from his creative and intrepid reporting. Be sure to drive his bandwidth costs out of sight by checking it out -- and drop one of the blogosphere's best a congrats on this special day....

February 11, 2005

Pondering Blogs At The Pioneer Press

Craig Westover reports today on a meeting between Hugh Hewitt and the editors of our other local broadsheet, the Pioneer Press. Hugh continues to press for the expansion of the blogosphere into a true partnership with mainstream media by breaking down the walls between the two: It was an informal discussion with a very specific agenda -- What is the best way to integrate the concept of blogs and blogging into the structure of the Pioneer Press? How might the Pioneer Press move forward to incorporate the new media within its current business model? How can the Opinion Page today, take advantage of the talent and resources available in the existing Minnesota blogging community? ... Clearly, blogs are not viewed by the Pioneer Press as the enemy. There is recognition that both the medium of the blog and the bloggers employing the medium are potential assets for the Pioneer Press....

February 18, 2005

CPAC Bloggers Under Sail

I wish I could have attended the CPAC conference this weekend; I was asked if I wanted to apply for a credential, and after the great time I had at the Republican National Convention, I normally would have jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, we have a major project going on this winter at the office -- I have a *real* job, after all -- and even if that didn't come up, the First Mate's surgery would have scuttled the trip. However, you can read all of the excellent bloggers who gave up their weekends to cover the event at the CPAC aggregate blog, set up by the ever-resourceful Kevin Aylward of Wizbang! Today, Michelle Malkin is scheduled to appear, and I'm sure that will have the bloggers posting like crazy. La Shawn Barber is photoblogging, too!...

February 21, 2005

CQ Says Hello To Inside Politics

I found out from a family member who happened to catch CNN's Inside Politics this afternoon, who watched as Judy Woodruff, Jackie Schechner, and Abbi Tatton discussed the news from the blogosphere -- apparently a new development on the show. My phone rang when she heard Schechner start discussing the Douglas Wead tapes and CNN turned to CQ for a reaction: SCHECHNER: Something that we all seem to agree on at this point. Again, talking about President Bush. He's in Europe on his trip, meeting with world leaders. And that seems to be the top story in the mainstream media. Also talking about the tapes. But the tapes, more interesting on the blogs today, or at least it seems. We went over to captainsquartersblog.com. I'm going to try to pull it up. There we go. We're lucky. A couple of minutes ago it wouldn't come up. [My logs show a...

Five Million Reasons I Love To Blog

Earlier today, my Sitemeter hit counter passed the 5 million mark, another headspinning milestone that has me humbled and grateful for all of your support. The past month or so, CQ has averaged around 23,000 unique visits a day (per Sitemeter), with peaks above 35,000 on occasion. The TTLB Ecosystem currently lists our site as #9 for inbound unique links, and #15 for average daily traffic. Technorati has us ranked at #120 out of more than 7 million sites. For the truly bored, here are a few more stats: Total posts: 3,879 Total comments: 27,609 Days blogging: 508 (October 2, 2003) I want to thank everyone who has read, linked, pushed, assisted, or otherwise just encouraged CQ to get to this level. It's a pleasure writing for and interacting with the terrific CQ community....

March 3, 2005

CQ Reader Survey Bleg

In conjunction with my advertising service, I'd like to ask CQ readers to take 5 minutes to complete this reader survey to gauge how our advertisements match up with our audience. Please make sure you note on question 16 that you've been referred by Captain's Quarters. Thank you for your help!...

March 6, 2005

The Second Front In The War On Bloggers

Michelle Malkin has been covering what looks to be a second front in a semi-coordinated war on bloggers and online speech -- launched by Apple Computers, of all people, the same company who twenty-one years ago advertised itself as a bulwark against Big Brother. In another attempt to strip blogs of any identity as journalism and to suppress the speech within, Apple has sued three bloggers in an effort to reveal their sources regarding the unauthorized release of information about an upcoming product. The court on Friday ruled that Apple must be told who gave the information or the bloggers can be held in contempt of court: In a case with implications for the freedom to blog, a San Jose judge tentatively ruled Thursday that Apple Computer can force three online publishers to surrender the names of confidential sources who disclosed information about the company's upcoming products. Santa Clara County...

March 11, 2005

Blog Notes

I noticed earlier today that Captain's Quarters achieved a significant milestone this week. Technorati now ranks CQ in its Top 100 blogs, a group that is extraordinarily difficult to crack. The rank changes during the day, but at this moment, we're at #89. Thanks to everyone who continues to link to CQ and participate in our community. To celebrate, I've added a new search feature from Technorati on the left sidebar. It allows anyone to search CQ or the Web through Technorati's system using CQ as a launch point. It's a beta feature, which means you may experience some bugs, but give it a try and have some fun with it. (My regular search for my archives will remain on the right sidebar.) One last note: Young America's Foundation/National Journalism Center has named CQ its Blog of the Day. Please drop by their site for a visit to thank them...

March 13, 2005

Blogosphere Created, Women & Minorities Hardest Hit

An old joke about media bias has the New York Times running a headline on the last day of time that reads, "World Ends: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit". Somehow that joke immediately came to mind when I read Steven Levy's truly clueless piece for tomorrow's Newsweek that claims the blogosphere is a club for white men only: At a recent Harvard conference on bloggers and the media, the most pungent statement came from cyberspace. Rebecca MacKinnon, writing about the conference as it happened, got a response on the "comments" space of her blog from someone concerned that if the voices of bloggers overwhelm those of traditional media, "we will throw out some of the best ... journalism of the 21st century." The comment was from Keith Jenkins, an African-American blogger who is also an editor at The Washington Post Magazine [a sister publication of NEWSWEEK]. "It has taken 'mainstream media'...

March 21, 2005

CQ Invited To Brookings Institute Briefing

Captain's Quarters has been invited to participate in the Brookings Institute forum tomorrow morning on "The Impact of the New Media", which will be webcast live from 10:00 am ET while the event simultaneously will display the live commentary from six leading bloggers: At this Brookings briefing, members of the "new" and "old" media will weigh in on the ever-evolving role of the press and the future of journalism. The discussion will focus on new mediums and practices in journalism and what impact these have hadand will continue to haveon the role and credibility of the traditional American media. In keeping with the spirit of this event, the discussion will be webcast and will be "live-blogged" by several prominent bloggers. Panelists will take questions from the audience and via e-mail following their remarks. The panel itself will be moderated by E. J. Dionne of the Washington Post and comprises Ana...

March 22, 2005

Brookings Briefing Live Blog!

8:58 AM CT - I'm setting up for the Brookings Briefing and getting my live-blog post set up. I'm cheating a bit -- I'm using my desktop to watch the event and my laptop to blog it. So far, the stream works perfectly. I believe I see Ana Marie Cox sitting off to the left as they get set up. I'll be checking my comments as we go along, so don't be shy about chiming in. 9:06 - I'm listening to someone talking by the microphone, and a woman says that with Andrew retiring and Ana taking a break, blogging is over. Well, that was a short conference! 9:07 - OK, we're under way. BTW, I really like EJ's tie. 9:11 - EJ refers to there being no true liberal bloggers on the panel. I'd also add that there are no true conservative bloggers on the panel, either. What we...

March 23, 2005

Questioning My Editorial Policy

One of the privileges and responsibilities of maintaining a blog is complete editorial control over its content. That means I write about topics which interest, inspire, and infuriate me, and hopefully the same topics and my essays on them interest a large readership. Once I have attracted a large readership -- which is now the case -- what responsibility do I have to become responsive to their desires in terms of coverage and tone? I'm not asking this question lightly, because I take the views of my readers seriously. Earlier today, a CQ reader sent this thoughtful and critical e-mail to me: You HAVE been one of the more refreshing sources of a viewpoint on the Net and have been my favorite blog to read. Your blog is quickly becoming, however, something that I no longer wish to read on a regular basis. I've been coming back hoping you were...

March 25, 2005

Day By Day Updated Daily At CQ!

Based on the feedback I received earlier from readers, I have finally taken down the Day by Day cartoon which specifically referenced me and the Ted Rall smackdown. Comments and e-mails kindly suggested that I had played that out way past its expiration date -- and while I write what I please, in this case I figured that enough people were telling me that I was drunk and I should sit down, so to speak. After e-mailing DBD creator Chris Muir, I got permission to have his latest cartoon posted at the top of the context column so that it automatically updates each day (other bloggers have already done so). I think Chris does top-flight work and always find his commentary amusing and fresh, and having it appear here will give everyone an opportunity to keep up with it. I hope you enjoy it, and don't forget to check out...

March 27, 2005

Have I Angered The Google Powers That Be?

While Charles at Little Green Footballs and Michelle Malkin point out that Google refuses to acknowledge their sites as "news" despite Google's linking to other, less savory sources as news, it appears that Google has stopped recognizing Captain's Quarters' existence on the Internet altogether. I received this e-mail from CQ reader Ed Davidson this morning: I have been using the search criteria "captains quarters" on Google for a considerable time. Your blog was always the lead link returned and it was a convenient way for me to do a two click connection. She's-a-no-work-no-more. Google no longer will return your link with "captains quarters" or "captains quarters blog" or "www.captainsquartersblog.com" in their search function. Of course, I decided to check this out -- and sure enough, Ed's alert is accurate. Check out this search. While my old Typepad site comes up as the first hit, my main site has disappeared entirely....

March 28, 2005

Google Makes Good

Yesterday I asked whether I had angered the Google powers, as suddenly CQ had disappeared from the results of their searches. Rob from Say Anything told me that he and I had made the same mistake: selling ad space and subdomains to a company that creates "link farms" that leverages Google searches for sales opportunities. Neither Rob nor I did enough investigation to understand the implications of the business plan. Although the folks at Business Barn treated me well and never lied to me, had I known that their business practices would get CQ banned from Google, I would have declined. I received an e-mail from Business Barn ending our current relationship -- perhaps because my Google ranking disappeared overnight -- but offering me a new deal with free hosting and unlimited bandwidth. I have turned it down and deleted the subdomains that caused the problems with the Google search...

April 13, 2005

Letter Of The Week

One of the the pleasures of running a blog with so many readers is all of the e-mail I receive. Sometimes people help me with information on stories I'm following, sometimes they ask questions, and sometimes they offer encouragement. I can't respond to everyone, but I do read it all, and once in a while I like to feature a message that stands out from the rest. Tonight, I received this message from an apparent long-time CQ reader Jamie Seelig, which caught my attention: Subj: DIE!!! go curl up in a corner and die u retarded redneck. just because ur politically undereducated and homophobic and lemme guess RICH doesnt mean that you can't spare the rest of america. its dumbshits like u that marry their sister. how many f***ing guns do u own? you selfish bitch THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA EQUALITY NOW! Well, Jamie, since you took the time...

April 17, 2005

The Diminshing Returns Of Trackback Pings

Michelle Malkin notes the depressing regularity of having to de-spam trackback pings, as more and more online casinos and p0rn sites insist on loading old blogposts with trackback spam in order to raise their Google scores. I am fighting this daily, because I think TBs are an essential tool of the blogosphere in directing readers to other opinions in the debate. A great example of this is the ongoing discussion over judicial nominations and the filibuster -- I use my own TBs to see how others have reacted to my arguments. On the other hand, folks, the clean-up has gotten very tiresome. Power Line suspended theirs for a time, although they're trying them out again for a while. I'm throwing this thread open for your feedback. Do you see value in the trackbacks, or am I cleaning up the crap for little reward?...

April 20, 2005

Be An Angel

Beth at My VRWC reminds me today that Soldiers Angels, a charity devoted to giving assistance to our brave men and women standing guard over America and liberating the oppressed, has started their annual fundraising drive. Here's a description of what this group does to support the troops: The Soldiers' Angels was started by a self-described "ordinary mother" of an ordinary young man turned hero, Corporal Brandon Varn. Brandon was deployed in Iraq and has since honorably completed his mission and has returned back to his proud and loving family. In the summer of 2003, he wrote home expressing his concern that some soldiers did not receive any mail or support from home. Being a caring and loving mother, she decided not to allow a situation like that to continue. She contacted a few friends and extended family to ask if they would write to a soldier or two. Within...

April 21, 2005

Stand Alone Journalists?

Jay Rosen at Pressthink publishes an article from Chris Nolan which attempts to distinguish between bloggers and those who use the blogging mechanism to act as self-publishing journalists. Nolan calls the latter "stand alone journalists" and argues for a distinction between the two: These are not bloggers. They are people who are using blogging technology--software that allows them to quickly publish their work and broadcast it on the Internet--to find and attract users. They understand that the barrier to entry in this new business isn't getting published; anyone can do that. The barrier to entry is finding an audience. That's why their editorial product is consistent, reliable and known. Readers have expectations and stand alone journalists understand this and put that understanding into practice. So what--exactly--is a stand alone journalist? That's a definition that's going to vary with the person, of course, just as no group or reporters can really...

April 22, 2005

Long Weekends

Just a quick note to CQ readers: I am working all weekend on a major project at work, the culmination of four months of planning. I'm actually staying at a nearby hotel rather than traveling home, so blogging may be limited. In the meantime, don't forget that the Northern Alliance Radio Network will air as usual on Saturday between noon and 3 pm CDT, this time unfortunately without me. Please forgive me if I can't get to your e-mails right away, but I promise to read them all eventually. Thank you, and have a great weekend!...

April 24, 2005

Project Success

Thank you for all checking back while I worked on my project for my day job this weekend. I had actually planned on blogging a bit in the early mornings and late evenings, but starting on Thursday night until today, my days have lasted more than fifteen hours of constant trouble-shooting and preparation for the project. Unfortunately, that left me little time for reading news sources and none at all for writing. I haven't even had an opportunity to catch up on all of the excellent comments entered on the site. Without getting terribly specific about my work, which I like to keep as separate as possible from my blogging, I run a 24x7 call center in the Twin Cities area. Thanks to the terrific executive team for which I work, our business has grown tremedously over the years, and we finally outgrew our offices. Last year we decided to...

April 25, 2005

CQ In The News: Denver

While I was hard at work on my project this weekend, Linda Seebach of the Rocky Mountain News wrote a column about bloggers and journalism, one of the more popular topics these days in the blogosphere. I knew that Linda planned on writing the article before it got published, but I missed it when it came out in all of the long hours we put into finishing the move. Linda, who has a long pedigree in the news business, agrees with me that journalism does not depend on newsprint for its existence or identification: Are bloggers journalists? Sure, when they do journalism, and Ed Morrissey, Captain Ed at the Web log called Captain's Quarters, certainly was doing journalism when he blew open a Canadian corruption scandal that was under a judicial publication ban in Canada. There's been hardly any coverage of what the Canadians call "AdScam" in the U.S. press,...

April 27, 2005

CQ On Hugh Hewitt Tonight

I will be an in-studio guest tonight when Mitch Berg fills in for Hugh Hewitt tonight, between 5-8 pm CDT. We'll be discussing the judicial confirmation fight for most of the show, but probably will work in other topics as well. Be sure to tune us in, either on your local Salem Radio affiliate or via our Internet stream. Call in and join us at 800-520-1234!...

CQ Media Notes II

I'll be appearing on RightTalk Radio tomorrow afternoon with Bill Ardolino and Jeff Goldstein on "Citizen Journalist", from 3:10 - 3:10 pm EDT. It'll be great fun to be a guest on someone else's blog-based radio show, so be sure to tune in. I'll be sharing a segment with Kate from small dead animals, so Canada's political tribulations will definitely be one of the topics. Jeff's been asking his readers for some questions to ask us. This could be the toughest interview I've yet had to face, if their responses are any indication at all... UPDATE: Er, that should be 3:10 - 3:30. Boy, will I catch hell for that error today!...

May 2, 2005

DBD Coming Back To CQ

For those who have noticed that the daily Day by Day cartoon has stopped displaying on the site, this hiatus is only temporary. I am rearranging some elements of the site in order to improve load times and add a new sponsorship slot. DBD will likely appear at the top of the left column later tonight. In the meantime, please be sure to visit Chris Muir's site to catch up to Damon, Jan, Sam, and Zed and their latest hilarious and timely commentary on current events....

May 4, 2005

Confessions Of A Frustrated Blogger

I'd love to post more tonight, but my Toshiba Satellite laptop has decided to start shutting itself down every hour or so, making detailed research into the Gomery testimony almost impossible. I have an extended warranty on it, but that would require me to send it in for repairs, and it would likely take three or four weeks to get it back. I haven't been terribly enamored of this machine since I bought it, and I'm liking it less and less as I go along. I'll have to get back to working on it tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll be watching The Last Of The Mohicans, the terrific 1992 Daniel Day-Lewis version with one of the best film scores ever. I may have more access to the redacted Guit testimony by then. If not, I'll continue to work on some of the more interesting, unreported aspects of his testimony instead....

May 6, 2005

The Laptop Follies Continue

Sometimes I have all the luck ... After getting a good amount of feedback on my laptop problems, as well as reading through some similar issues over at Dean Esmay's, I was able to determine a couple of things about my Toshiba Satellite laptop: 1. An earlier model of the Satellite (the 5005) had almost exactly the same problems as my A65 -- overheating, shutdowns, and slow response from the processor which gets increasingly worse over time. In that case, Toshiba settled a class-action suit from Satellite 5005 owners by giving them $500 each, or a $1500 credit from Toshiba Direct if they returned their computers to Toshiba. Unfortunately, that does not apply to the A65. 2. Toshiba didn't learn much from that costly debacle, if their design of the A65 is any indication, considering my current laptop is a replacement of the defective model I first bought. 3. Like...

May 8, 2005

CQ Gets Mention At BlogNashville

The finest of Tennessee's blogs got together for a major blogging conference this weekend, BlogNashville. Instapundit has been covering it extensively throughout, providing video and photo links and even tips for those looking for proper WiFi access. Longtime CQ friend and Rocky Mountain News columnist Linda Seebach was kind enough to mention my work on the Adscam scandal during one of the panels, and Ian from The Political Teen has the video here. They picked a great weekend for the conference, too. The weather looks beautiful in Nashville and this has been a rather slow news period, as Glenn himself mentions tonight....

May 9, 2005

Singapore Shuts Down A Critical Blogger

No one will ever mistake the autocratic rule of Singapore as an open society, but even by Singapore standards, the silencing of this blogger seems rather heavy-handed: A Singapore student said on Monday he has shut down his blog and apologized unreservedly after a government agency threatened to sue for defamation. Chen Jiahao, a 23-year-old graduate student in the United States, told Reuters he closed down his personal Web site after A*STAR, a Singapore government agency focusing on science and research, threatened legal action for what the agency said were untrue and serious accusations. ... On Sunday he posted the new apology on his "Caustic Soda" blog, saying "I unreservedly apologize to A*STAR, its Chairman Mr. Philip Yeo, and its executive officers for the distress and embarrassment caused to them." "They sent me an e-mail with these words," Chen told Reuters on Monday by telephone from the United States, where...

May 15, 2005

The Return Of Day By Day, And Other Blog Notes

As I promised earlier, I've returned the daily display of Day by Day to CQ. Instead of at the top of the content, I've set it to display in the left sidebar. I've been meaning to get that done for over a week, but work issues have impinged on blogging time for the past two or three weeks. However, I wanted to make sure that Day by Day got back to its daily rotation on CQ in time for the launch of Chris Muir's new DBD collection -- which should be coming within days now! If it's been a bit quiet here at CQ this weekend, it's due to a combination of babysitting the Little Admiral and some nasty cold and flu activity at the house, including me. I did manage to get in for an hour at the Northern Alliance Radio Network show yesterday, but most of my time...

May 17, 2005

A Guest Of The Governor

Good news for CQ readers -- I just got at least a three-month lease on blogging from the First Mate, and I'll explain why. About ten days ago, I received an invitation from Governor Tim Pawlenty's office to meet the Governor. After calling to confirm that the invitation was on the level (you never know with some of my friends), I found out that a representative group of Minnesota bloggers had been invited to the Governor's mansion for a reception intended to honor new media in Minnesota. All of my Northern Alliance colleagues had been invited, as well as some of the MOB bloggers that we know so well -- Doug at Bogus Gold, Patriot Blog, First Ring, Kennedy vs The Machine, and others I know I'm forgetting. The Minnesota Governor's mansion is unusual in that it sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood -- a rather ritzy and...

May 20, 2005

CQ On The Air Tonight

I just completed a taped interview with Rob Breakenridge at Corus Radio Network about a wide range of political topics, American and Canadian. The program, The World Tonight, airs on Canadian radio at 9:30 PM EDT. For those who don't live in Alberta, you can catch the interview on the live stream at CHRQ's website at the above link. Rob had some great questions for me about the judicial filibusters, John Bolton, and the collapse of the no-confidence effort in Ottawa. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ADDENDUM: Before you listen to my interview, don't forget to catch Michelle Malkin filling in for Bill O'Reilly on The Factor tonight on Fox News Channel....

May 21, 2005

Taking The Plunge, Again

After much deliberation and consultation on finances, I finally decided that an upgrade for the Official Malfunctioning Laptop Of Captain's QuartersTM was overdue. Thanks to two generous gift certificates from my last birthday, Amazon wound up getting my business even if they didn't handle my last order very well. I took a trip out to Best Buy to see if they could beat the Amazon price on two models on which I had focused: the Sony Vaio FS640 and the HP 1040 US. Going to the store also gave me an opportunity to see both models to get an idea of their physical build, and also to see if anything else looked better for the money. Both models would have worked for me. I want to get back to an old hobby of DVD production for family films, and while my desktop does that reasonably well, I've gotten so used...

May 26, 2005

If I'm Not Back By Tomorrow, Send Help (Updates!)

The new Sony VAIO laptop came in today, and it looks wonderful. I'm in the middle of transitioning my software and data from the Toshiba to the new system ... and of course, Windows XP won't recognize the home network, although I can get to the Internet just fine. I have the correct workgroup name and a unique computer name, but I can't see any of the other computers, including the old laptop. That means I have to use the portable hard drive to transfer files. Ecchh. I'll hopefully get the core files transferred tonight so I can start blogging with the new laptop. In the meantime, check out Mitch at Shot In The Dark, who has been running a bleg for funds to get a much-needed laptop. He may buy the Toshiba from me, now that I've figured out why it wasn't working properly before, or he may do...

May 29, 2005

CQ - The End Of The World As We Know It

It's the end of the world as we know it, And I feel fine ... An alert CQ reader pointed out an op-ed in yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution that used Captain's Quarters as an example of how the media faces destruction in today's new market. Did Conrad Fink, a professor of journalism at the University of Georgia (go, Bulldogs!), talk about how blogs discovered the truth about the Killian Memos? Did Professor Fink review the Eason's Fables episode, where the vice-president of a major American news organization got caught committing slander on multiple occasions overseas? How about Newsweek's false report on Qu'ran flushing at Gitmo, and the role that bloggers played in forcing Newsweek to address its faulty editorial policies and reviews, let alone its inherent bias? Er, no. Instead, he lionized the journalism industry for -- get this -- actually reporting on Kyrgyzstan and criticized me for reporting on Adscam...

An Unusual Bleg

I have a favor to ask of CQ readers in my area, and it may sound unusual at first... I've been approached by a top-notch representative of public speakers to develop my efforts here into a speaking tour. This service represents some of the finest conservative speakers; while I don't want to get into the specifics, you can trust me that it's a good opportunity to expand my audience and the reach of CQ. If successful, it could eventually lead to the possibility of becoming a full-time, self-sustaining blogger -- something akin to Pinocchio becoming a real boy. In order to work on marketing this possibility, I need to find a public speaking opportunity fairly soon that I can videotape and use to demonstrate my skills (or expose my lack thereof, I suppose). I plan on writing a few different speeches, but the focus of my first would be the...

May 30, 2005

Accuracy In Media: CQ Is Journalism

In an unintentional response to Professor Conrad Fink's hyperbolic dismissal of bloggers as journalists in Saturday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sherrie Gossett writes about my coverage of Adscam for Accuracy In Media today and reaches a different conclusion. Gossett writes: In one of the most dramatic stories to date of blogger influence, an American blogger listed the details of inflammatory testimony in a Canadian government corruption case-testimony that was under a publication ban enacted by the judge. Soon the blogger's website was inundated with hundreds of thousands of hits from Canadians hungry for information, but shut out of the story by the ban. It was a unique case of a lone blogger disseminating information the media were unable to publish. Ed Morrissey, the writer of Captain's Quarters blog, started reporting on the testimony on April 2 in an entry titled "Canada's Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open." The political scandal involved allegations of...

June 3, 2005

CQ On The Stump Tonight (Update!)

I will be speaking at a monthly meeting of Twin City conservatives tonight, from 7-9 PM, on the New Media and its effects on politics and news. The meeting will take place at Park Tavern in Saint Louis Park. I want to thank the folks at Townhall for the invitation; I'm looking forward to the speech and an opportunity to discuss blogs and politics afterwards. UPDATE: I'm at the Park Tavern and blogging away with the laptop while waiting for my early-bird sirloin steak dinner -- just $4.95. I don't live or work near here, but if I did, I'd probably drop by for a meal often. In fact, the steak just arrived -- and it's not bad. Hopefully, I will be able to post a video clip of my speech later tonight. I'm taping it for another project. UPDATE II: I think everyone involved had a great time, especially...

June 7, 2005

A CQ-DC Working Vacation

I will be taking a working vacation, so to speak, the first week of July in Washington, DC. Neither the First Mate nor I have ever been to DC before, and thanks to some clever timing and some excellent rates, we have decided to celebrate Independence Day in our first visit to our nation's Capitol. The clever timing comes courtesy of the Heritage Foundation. I have been invited to give a speech at Heritage on my experiences covering the Canadian Adscam scandal as part of a review of blogs and their impact on media and politics. The other participants in the panel have yet to be finalized, but Jim Hill, managing editor of the Washington Post Writers Group, will be among them. Mark Tapscott, of Tapscott's Copy Desk, is the Director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at Heritage and extended the invitation. More information will come directly...

CQ On MS-NBC Today (Updated With Press Conference Notes)

I will be appearing today on MS-NBC's Connected Coast to Coast with hosts Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley at 4 pm CDT. Appearing opposite will be Michael Goeltz (sp?) from Americablog. We'll be discussing aid to Africa, the Middle East, the war on terror, and other issues we expect to be coming out of the Bush/Blair press conference this afternoon. I'll have more for you later. UPDATE: Yes, this was my first time on national TV, and no, my face did not freeze like that naturally. Obviously, I need to work a bit on the screen presence. Apart from that, it was a lot of fun, and the folks at MS-NBC and the local studio here in Minneapolis treated me very kindly. It's an odd experience; it's akin to being locked in a closet and pretending you're talking to millions of people, which in fact is almost exactly what's happening....

June 11, 2005

Upcoming CQ Events

I'm taking a break at the Northern Alliance remote at White Bear Lake Superstore, which we just found out isn't being streamed to the Internet due to technical problems at the studio. Please accept our apologies for the problem; it apparently won't get fixed today. While I'm taking a break, I want to remind everyone that I will be speaking at Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota on June 15th, starting at 7:00 PM. My appearance is being sponsored by CFACT, and I will be discussing the New Media and its impact on politics and the news media. I'll have a Q&A after the speech, which is what I like best. If you're in town, please join us. Speaking of being in or out of town, I'll be traveling to Washington DC for Independence Day with family. While there, I will be on a panel at the Heritage Foundation...

June 13, 2005

Happy Blogiversary To Michelle Malkin!

It's hard to believe that a year has gone by already since Michelle Malkin joined the blogosphere. No one who read Michelle on a regular basis before June of last year should be surprised that in twelve short months, she has transformed her eponymous blog into the class of the genre. Congratulations, Michelle, and thanks for all your hard work....

June 14, 2005

Upcoming CQ Events, Today And Tomorrow

I will make an appearance tonight on The World Tonight, a Canadian radio talk show, discussing the latest developments on Kofi Annan and the Oil-for-Food investigation, the Downing Street memo, and perhaps even Guantanamo Bay. My appearance will be around 9:30 pm EDT. If you live in Calgary and southern Alberta, you should be able to hear me on the air on CHQR 770 AM. Others can pick up the Internet stream at their site. Don't forget that I will also be appearing tomorrow night at Coffman Union at the University of Minneapolis as a guest of CFACT. I'll be speaking about the New Media and its impact on politics and information dissemination, as well as a number of my own experiences as a blogger. I hope to see you there! UPDATE: Bill from CFACT has started his own blog after being inspired by my yet-undelivered talk. I guess we'd...

June 15, 2005

CFACT Speech A Hit, I Think ...

I just returned from the University of Minnesota and my speech to CFACT. We had a great audience for the event; what we lacked in numbers was more than balanced by enthusiasm. CFACT is one of the few conservative student groups on the U of M campus. They're busy building themselves into a strong voice, and it's great to see students speaking out for their beliefs and their politics in an environment that has much more sympathy for the opposite end of the political spectrum. Martin Andrade, a MOB member, also belongs to CFACT and live-blogged the speech (using my laptop!). I'm sure he's much too kind, but it gives me some great feedback for the next time out. Martin also has a pretty danged cool setup for audioblogging, which he did with an after-speech interview with me. He uses his cell phone to call into a voice-mail system, which...

June 20, 2005

Technical Difficulties Today (Updated)

After the deluge of traffic from a Drudge Report link, the comments at CQ appear to be off line. That usually indicates some problem with the Movable Type activity log and a runaway process at Hosting Matters, the excellent service that hosts CQ and many other fine blogs. It does not seem to be a Typekey issue, as a couple of readers asked by e-mail. We will work diligently to restore comment service this afternoon. Keep checking back; I will update as best as I can. Thank you for your patience. UPDATE: Comments have been restarted by Hosting Matters. The script was dragging down the server for CQ, and since I share a server with other HM users, it was only fair for HM to suspend the process until traffic returned to normal. Fair play -- and they've responded very quickly to restart it....

June 21, 2005

New, Improved Heritage Foundation Panel For July 8th!

As many of you already know, I will appear at the Heritage Foundation on July 8th to speak at a symposium on bloggers, journalism, and the convergence of the old and new media. Mark Tapscott, the Director for Heritage's Center for Media and Public Policy, has titled the presentation as "Are Bloggers and Journalists Friends Or Enemies"? Originally, Mark had lined up Jim Hill, the managing editor for the Washington Post Writers Group, as my counterbalance for the presentation. Now Mark has upped the ante (and my flop sweat) by adding Daniel Glover, the managing editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. Here's the description from the Heritage Foundation invitation: American blogger Ed Morrissey has broken story after sordid story on Canada's multi-million dollar Adscam scandal. But are bloggers "real" journalists? Are bloggers and journalists natural enemies or allies in reporting the news? Or are bloggers a completely new kind of...

June 28, 2005

CQ In DC Next Week!

As many of you already know, I will appear at the Heritage Foundation on July 8th to speak at a symposium on bloggers, journalism, and the convergence of the old and new media. Mark Tapscott, the Director for Heritage's Center for Media and Public Policy, has titled the presentation as "Are Bloggers and Journalists Friends Or Enemies"? Originally, Mark had lined up Jim Hill, the managing editor for the Washington Post Writers Group, as my counterbalance for the presentation. Mark has now added Daniel Glover, the managing editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. Daniel also runs the NJ's Beltway Blogroll blog. Here's the description from the Heritage Foundation invitation: American blogger Ed Morrissey has broken story after sordid story on Canada's multi-million dollar Adscam scandal. But are bloggers "real" journalists? Are bloggers and journalists natural enemies or allies in reporting the news? Or are bloggers a completely new kind of...

June 29, 2005

Thank You, Mark Steyn (And John Hawkins)

John Hawkins has posted his second interview with one of the most lucid and erudite columnists currently writing, Mark Steyn. John's been doing a great job getting major media figures for interviews, and his interview with Steyn shows why. It's an excellent read. (The first interview can be found here.) Like my friends at Power Line, however, I have to take a bit of special pride in this passage at the end: John Hawkins: So what blogs are you reading regularly these days? Mark Steyn: I read a wide range. They come and go, but Im still reading many of those I mentioned to you last time round, like Natalie Solent in Britain and Tim Blair down under. Going back to my earlier point about the dullness of many newspaper comment pages, look at, say, Saskatchewan: its got a yawnsville newspaper - The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and one of the...

I'd Like To Teach The World To Live-Blog ...

Trey Jackson has a video clip of today's installment of Inside The Blogs, part of CNN's Inside Politics. The team of Abbi Tatton and Jacki Schechner highlighted CQ today for the live-blog of the President's speech last night, and they gave me a very fair presentation. As always, I'm glad they're reading CQ, and I'm glad that Trey has the video. Check it out for other blogger highlights. NOTE: It's a bit off topic, but I wanted to thank those of you who have donated to CQ using the PayPal link on the left sidebar. It used to title the donation "RNC", which stood for Republican National Convention, when I put it on the blog to help fund my trip there. I've changed it to "Captain's Quarters Donations" for clarity....

July 1, 2005

I'm On Vacation

As CQ readers know, I will be leaving for Washington DC for a week-long vacation in our nation's capital. We've turned this into a family trip, with the First Mate joining me and my mother (Vayapaso) and my sister meeting us for parts of the week. None of us have been to DC before, and we're all looking forward to the trip. My vacation started last night, as I'm taking today off to finalize some arrangements for the dogs and the house ad, of course, start packing. Vacation for a blogger doesn't mean that blogging will stop; I plan to continue posting throughout my trip, hopefully with photos of a few of the sights of DC. However, it does mean that my pace will slow down a bit. For that reason, I have invited commenter extraordinaire and long-time correspondent Dafydd ab Hugh aboard as a guest blogger. His first post,...

July 2, 2005

Living It Up In The Nation's Capital

So this is what the Center of Democracy looks like! The First Mate and I landed in DC this afternoon, arriving at Ronald Reagan Airport around 4:30 pm. After the normal confusion of deplaning, we quickly collected our luggage and got our rental car, a Mazda compact that surprisingly handled all of our baggage. Due to a fundamental misjudgment of local geography, I booked our room in Gaithersburg, about 40 minutes outside of the sites we want to see, but the hotel is comfortable and affordable. The drive took so long that I had almost convinced myself that I had gotten lost, but the correct off-ramp appeared and we found ourselves checked in, exhausted. We ate at a lovely steak place called Sir Walter Raleigh's in Gaithersburg. It featured a generous salad bar and a casual atmosphere, and the 12-ounce sirloin I ordered came cooked to perfection. The only flaw...

July 4, 2005

Happy Fourth From DC!

An Independence Day To Remember, Part I

When I first announced my trip to Washington, DC, I received many kind offers from local readers for assistance and pointers. One of the kindest offers came from a CQ reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, who gave me and my family a chance to tour the Pentagon on July 4th. Needless to say, we gratefully accepted this offer, and early this morning we started out our celebration of Independence Day by meeting him for the tour. He started us off in the west wing, the portion of the building that terrorists attacked on 9/11. We could not take pictures of the outside, but remarkably, we had no trouble taking pictures of the interior. The Pentagon has a beautiful memorial at Ground Zero for the victims of 9/11. (More pictures of the memorial and other experiences will be found in the extended entry.) Our friend also showed us the direction...

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July 6, 2005

Heritage Foundation Event Coming Up!

As many of you already know, I will appear at the Heritage Foundation on July 8th to speak at a symposium on bloggers, journalism, and the convergence of the old and new media. Mark Tapscott, the Director for Heritage's Center for Media and Public Policy, has titled the presentation as "Are Bloggers and Journalists Friends Or Enemies"? Originally, Mark had lined up Jim Hill, the managing editor for the Washington Post Writers Group, as my counterbalance for the presentation. Mark has now added Daniel Glover, the managing editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. Daniel also runs the NJ's Beltway Blogroll blog. Here's the description from the Heritage Foundation invitation: American blogger Ed Morrissey has broken story after sordid story on Canada's multi-million dollar Adscam scandal. But are bloggers "real" journalists? Are bloggers and journalists natural enemies or allies in reporting the news? Or are bloggers a completely new kind of...

DC Blogger Get-Together Tonight!

To celebrate my DC adventures, we have decided to get together tonight (Thursday) at the Phoenix Park Hotel in the heart of Washington DC. Mike from PajamaHadin has graciously volunteered to do the honors as the point person for this celebration. We're going to try to find a place for dinner and/or drinks and meet at the lobby of the Phoenix Park Hotel at 7 PM. I apologize for the lack of notice on this event. I have been busy almost every waking moment during my trip here, and quite simply have not been able to make sense of my schedule until very recently. I just got back from Gettysburg this evening and had a late dinner, after which I've had to catch up on posting and e-mail. Thank goodness Mike has a central point at which we can congregate; I don't think Gaithersburg would have great appeal to most...

July 8, 2005

Heritage Foundation Event Recap

As many of you already know, I went to DC this week for both vacation and work, having scheduled an appearance at the Heritage Foundation to speak on blogging, journalism, and the intersection between the two. While I have regaled you with various adventures of our vacation, including my sudden lack of geographical comprehension, this event has remained my central focus this week. Mark Tapscott set up the panel discussion, with Jim Hill, the managing editor of the Washington Post Writers Group, and Daniel Glover from the National Journal, who now edits their Beltway Blogroll column. We had a lively presentation, I believe, on the issues facing journalists and bloggers in this new market for information dissemination, followed by a thoroughly enjoyable Q&A session afterwards. Post columnist E.J. Dionne joined us in person and tossed out a couple of tough and interesting questions. Mary Katherine Ham from Townhall blogged the...

July 9, 2005

A Big Thank You To Michelle And Jesse

The First Mate and I have had a wonderful vacation here in the nation's capital this past week. We've seen amazing sights, such as the Pentagon tour we took, the Mount Vernon tour, visiting the founding documents of our nation at the National Archive -- really, so many that I can't name them all at the moment. I've taken almost 500 pictures on my digital camera so far. Plus, we've met with bloggers from here and elsewhere, and the speaking engagement at the Heritage Foundation was a tremendous honor. It's really been a great week. One of the highlights for Marcia and I was our evening last night as the guests of Michelle and Jesse Malkin and their two beautiful children. Even though we have corresponded numerous times over the past months, we haven't had a chance to meet until last night. They invited us over for dinner and we...

July 11, 2005

Back From Vacation

I'm back from DC, not exactly well-rested after a whirlwing tour of the nation's capital, but certainly exhilirated from the wonderful events of the week. I doubted that we could have squeezed that much into two weeks, let alone the one week that we had in Washington. I'd like to thank all of the friends that helped make the trip so memorable, especially Mark Tapscott at the Heritage Foundation, who really made the entire expedition possible. I'd also like to thank Dafydd ab Hugh, who filled in admirably in my semi-absence this week to post some provocative and thoughtful essays. One of these days, Dafydd will start his own blog -- and we'll certainly look forward to that. Back to blogging ......

CQ Media Notes

I will appear on MS-NBC's Connected: Coast To Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley at 4 pm CDT today. The topic: sourcing for news stories, and the media's responsibility to protect its confidential sources. UPDATE: Once again, the folks at MS-NBC and Connected treated me very well and provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. My thanks to Ron, Monica, and the producers at the show (especially Elizabeth and Susan) for their kind assistance. Ian has the video on his site -- and I'm about to watch it on my TiVo ... UPDATE II: Okay, at least it looks better than my last appearance -- although absent rigor mortis, I'm not sure it could have been worse. I was more nervous watching this than actually doing it. UPDATE III: The Generalissimo at Radioblogger has the transcript posted, along with a critique of my sartorial selection for the appearance. For the record,...

July 13, 2005

The Mad World Of CQ!

I am pleased to announce that I have joined the Daily Standard as a regular contributor to their pages. My first column, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Left", reviews Hillary Clinton's Aspen speech in which she compared George Bush to Alfred E. Neuman. I posted briefly on this earlier this week, and my new column takes a closer look at the factual misrepresentations that Hillary made, and the lack of accountability given to them by the media: HILLARY CLINTON made headlines earlier this week when she compared President George W. Bush to Mad magazine's Alfred E. Neuman, the gap-toothed, freckle-faced mascot whose signature statement is "What, me worry?" As political put-downs go, this hardly ranks as the most egregious, even in the modern era of politics. Fellow Democratic Senator Harry Reid called Bush both a liar and a loser earlier this year, and later only grudgingly offered to retract...

July 14, 2005

CQ On ... CBS?

After checking my referrer logs this morning, I noticed that a few visitors had begun to arrive from cbsnews.com. I found this rather odd (pun intended), as I hadn't written anything about CBS in ages. I followed the link -- and found out that CBS picked up my Daily Standard article on Hillary Clinton and her Mad Magazine moments in Aspen. Interestingly, the site notes that the piece ran on CBS with permission from Nation Review Online. Of course, it originally ran in the Daily Standard and, as far as I know, never appeared at NRO. So far, I'm scratching my head on this one. However, I'm pleased that CBS saw fit to reprint the article, and I hope that new readers from that site take a look around CQ and decide to stick around....

Prayers Needed For Fellow Blogger

Kevin McCullogh, Salem Radio Network talk-show host and all-around great guy, has often written movingly about the struggle his mother-in-law has waged against cancer. It appears, sadly, that she will shortly pass on. Kevin writes about that in his post from last night titled, "The phone call you're never quite ready for...": The phone call that we knew since Feburary of this year - might come - finally has. Early tomorrow The Lovely Bride boards a plane headed for California to say goodbye. There is little that can be said at this time. This part of life is hard, and not without considerable pain - regardless of the amount of suffering someone has been through. I watched my Mom be bed-ridden for weeks and elude death multiple times in the final months... yet in that moment... nothing quite prepares you for it. ... Mom is a hero by every measure....

July 15, 2005

Dafydd: Who's Your Daddy?

As the Captain reported below, a power-mad three-judge panel of the D.C. circuit has made a dreadful ruling. What the hell you been smoking, ab Hugh? The Hamdan ruling was incredibly good! We need those military tribunals to -- Not THAT ruling, you nitwit! I'm talking about the ruling that upheld Judge Kollar-Kotelly's ruling that the FEC had to start regulating blogs and other internet "communication" under the McCain-Feingold "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act," treating them not like the sainted "exempt media" (the MSM), but rather as if blogs were the equivalent of political ads... forbidding us from blogging about candidates within sixty days of an election, for example, without having our posts being assigned a dollar value and counted as "contributions" to a campaign. This would presumably mean that if I posted about the 2006 race and urged Santorum to be reelected, and if my insights were deemed to be...

July 16, 2005

A Note About E-Mails

I get a lot of e-mail based on the work done here at CQ. Unfortunately, I also get lots of spam, and so I have had to set a spam filter on my e-mail account that takes some of the pressure off. I also have had to get a lot more selective about how to filter it. In order to make sure that your e-mail gets through, I thought I would let readers know how I'm approaching this issue. * Anything that doesn't include my e-mail address in the To: field will likely wind up in the spam bucket. Broadcast e-mails, except from services to which I've specifically subscribed, clog up my inbox and usually have a sales pitch involving former Nigerian princes and people who feel happy to be leaving me money in their will. * Except for known sources, e-mails with nothing but a URL will get ignored....

July 17, 2005

Busy Days

Lots of project work on the plate for the Captain this Sunday, and a visit from friends as well. Given that the news has been relatively quiet this weekend, I'm taking the afternoon off. However, I will return later tonight with a book review and more blogging. Which book? Well, what's the book of the weekend?...

July 18, 2005

Dafydd: Bear Flag League Reception and Hootenanny

As predicted, a fine time was had by all, except for those who got lost, never finding the joint due to the wretchedly error-ridden directions. Some attendees, however, mistrusting the geographical abilities of bloggers, thought to look up the route on the map and arrived undetoured. Relying entirely upon my world-famous memory (and this "agenda" sheet of paper I hijacked back home with me), I shall post here a brief and entirely serious precis of the highlights of the Bear Flag League reception. If serious, sober-minded reporting of such a momentous occasion as this yanks your crank, read on. The management warrant that no outright fabrications will be found in the following dissertation. Everything is true, including the orgiastic fertility rites and the sacrifice of a llama following the event. Special Note: All times are approximated to within 3.825 minutes, due to obscured view of the sun....

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July 24, 2005

Back To The Encounter

I will be spending the day helping to facilitate a Marriage Encounter weekend. As I posted yesterday, we have worked with this marvelous nonprofit support organization to help bolster marriage for over five years now -- and we're really the new kids on the block. Most of the people who volunteer at Twin Cities Marriage Encounter have worked for ME for ten, fifteen, twenty years or more. In fact, I suspect that's how we became the President Couple; the others have already done their share in leadership ... and probably because we're gullible enough to agree to it! I'll be back to blogging later, but be sure to check out Michelle Malkin, QandO, The Anchoress, bRight and Early, Gay Patriot (who just got back to blogging), Anti Media, Mac's Mind, and the great bloggers on my blogroll. And if you'd like to contribute to the effort to help create stronger...

July 25, 2005

Spammers Use Blogger

I have to temporarily block blogspot.com URLs because Blogger sites have begun spamming my trackbacks. Using a number of different sites, Blogger spam has flooded my site this morning. At first, I tried blocking the specific site URLs, but apparently Blogger has allowed a number of commercial sites to spam other bloggers. Until they fix their problem and block access to spammers, I have to keep the block on CQ. If your blog is part of the Blogger community, you may want to write Google (Blogger's owner) and tell them to clean up their act. UPDATE: I've taken the block off for the moment. It did manage to stop over 50 trackback spams during the day today....

Ten Million Strong ... And Growing

I noticed earlier today that Captain's Quarters has passed the ten million visitor mark this morning! Big thanks to all who have made this possible -- the CQ community most of all. No one does this without lots of help. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has sent plenty of his readers in this direction, as has Lucianne Goldberg. I've been blessed with great friends in the blogosphere like my pals at the Northern Alliance: Mitch, King, the Fraters Libertas gang, and Power Line, where John, Scott, and Paul gave me a lot of encouragement in my early days, as well as inspiration. Michelle Malkin has been a wonderful friend and colleague. Jon at QandO and I started out together and he kept me going with lots of encouragement. Alicia at the Twilight Cafe started her blog the same night, and created the first CQ logo as a wonderful favor to me....

July 31, 2005

Conclusion Jumping At CQ

On July 25th, I wrote that leftist vandals piled flags from the yard of a family mourning the loss of a son-in-law who died serving his country in Iraq. An arsonist had piled all twenty flags adorning the yard of the Wessel home under their daughter's car and set them on fire, totaling the vehicle and narrowly avoiding setting their house on fire. I had assumed that only someone who wanted to stage a protest to the war would do something that stupid and dangerous to make a point. Well, I was wrong. It turned out to be pointless after all: Two teenage boys were charged Thursday with burning 20 small American flags set up in honor of a soldier who died from injuries suffered in the Iraq war. Police said the boys apparently did not know the significance of the flags they took from the yard and set afire...

August 3, 2005

A Blogger In Need

One of the first blogs I ever read was Electric Venom, the domain of Venomous Kate and a nice blend of political debate and personal venting. She taught me a bit about the etiquette of blogging and gave me some good advice early on. If one can be said to be an "old-school" blogger, Venomous Kate certainly qualifies. Now she needs our help. She went cycling with her young son and had a bad accident which has knocked out a number of her teeth. In order to pay for the enormous dental bills, she has asked for donations to her PayPal account. As far as I know, this is the only bleg Kate has ever staged at Electric Venom, amazing since a visit to her site shows how much time and money she has spent on the aesthetics. If you can, drop a few dollars in the PayPal account. After...

August 4, 2005

Friends

It's good to have them. And ... once again ... glass house, meet stones. Speaking of friends, Michelle Malkin has a new book coming out soon called Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild. She gives her readers a sneak peek at the Munch-inspired cover. Trust me, this book will knock your socks off when it gets released in October. Start saving the pennies now....

August 6, 2005

Trackback Problems At CQ

For those of you who have e-mailed me about the inability to get trackbacks to work, I'm not blocking you on purpose -- unless you are one of the many spammers trying to hijack my blog for your advertising, in which case you can pound sand. Unfortunately, my MT-Blacklist appears to have a string blocking a large number of legitimate trackback pings. I'm trying to figure that one out, and I'm going to ask the brilliant designer behind the CQ interface, Mel from Bonafide Style, to see what she can do about it. (She's cooking up a surprise for us, too.) In the meantime, feel free to post your link in the comments if the TB ping doesn't work. We will eventually get it worked out....

Two Quick Hits

Just a couple of links to which I want to alert CQ readers before I start babysitting the Little Admiral for the evening: * My friend Jon Henke, proprietor of the indispensable QandO, has the latest edition of The New Libertarian posted and ready for your reading. It has articles on "the China problem, European economic excuse-making, third-world issues, the Space program, Microsoft, the Supreme Court and more." Jon both writes and edits TNL, which has a number of contributors now. If you're not reading QandO on a regular basis, be sure to start now. * Venomous Kate has received about two-thirds of what she needs for her Fang Fund in order to pay for the dental work she requires after her terrible accident. As I wrote earlier, Venomous Kate was one of the first bloggers I ever read, along with Asparagirl and Power Line. She's received a lot of...

August 8, 2005

Why Did Daily Kos Poach Graphics From Joe Sherlock? (Update)

UPDATE: As I predicted, Markos set this right ... I said that Markos would fix the problem if he found out about it, and he did. Good for him.

A Surprise For CQ Readers (Bump To Top)

Mel from Bonafide Style has a surprise for CQ readers today. She has built a new skin for Captain's Quarters, one which I believe will make the blog much easier to read and navigate. Click here to change to the new skin and check it out for yourself. She's still fine-tuning it for some other purposes, but I think you will find it ready to roll right now. The new skin keeps the default theme for the blog, but makes the following changes: * A new two-column format for better text presentation * The placement of the flash ad in the banner * New java-based operation for blog utilities * Faster load time for posts Leave your comments and any problems you have in the comments to this post. Mel and I will review the feedback. Once we have finalized the design, we'll make sure it's accessible through the skins...

August 9, 2005

Trackback Problems At CQ Update

Hopefully, this will be good news. I believe I may have found the strings that caused so many Trackback pings to fail over the last couple of weeks, and I have removed them from my MT-Blacklist system. If you continue to see problems with the Trackbacks and you've confirmed that your ping was sent correctly, send me the excerpt that went with your ping so that I can double-check for more bad strings. Thank you for your patience!...

For Cathy

Chris Muir has a message for all CQ readers tonight: Please click on the strip itself. It will open a new window for your browser. Keep clicking, and while you're at it, say a prayer for Cathy, Chris, and the whole family....

August 10, 2005

Power Line Goes MSM

Well, maybe that's overstating it a bit -- but my friends at Power Line announced today that they have rolled out a news aggregation site called Power Line News. They have links to content sources all over the globe, and RSS feeds from the blogs you read, including CQ. It's a slick presentation and a fun site, and as John says, news junkies can get their fill and more through their Java-enabled interface. Drop by and take a look -- you'll want to bookmark it! Note: Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas congratulates John and I for our nascent speaking careers at Premiere Speakers Bureau. He writes one of his funniest posts ever -- and if you read FL, you'll know that's pretty darned hilarious -- comparing us to some of the more, uh, intriguing options available at Premiere. Check out his calculation of our relative value ......

August 11, 2005

Hate E-Mail Results In Termination

As a result of the commentary that Michelle Malkin has provided on the Cindy Sheehan protests, she has once again received the kind of sexist and racist e-mail that bloggers usually see only from those nutcases who hijack both of those victim classes in order to spew their venom. Sadly and predictably, the lunatics (who do not represent the mainstream Left) focus on Michelle's gender, genitalia, and ethnicity to convince her of the wrongness of her position, which would be laughable if it wasn't so damned predictable and more than a little pathetic. One unpredictable result came from Michelle's decision to publish some examples, complete with headers. Patrick Mitchell, who until today worked at the Los Angeles law firm of Olgletree Deakins, found out that using company e-mail to send hate-filled messages such as "YOU STINK you nasty C*NT! Eat S**t and DIE bitch!!" (asterisks mine) tends to limit one's...

August 16, 2005

Defending Michelle

UPDATE: Patterico gets results, John Cole gets classy; let's hope this sets a trend.

August 17, 2005

Delving Into CQ's Secrets!

Two intrepid bloggers delve deeply into the murky depths of Captain's Quarters today. Trey Jackson has a ten-minute video interview with Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost and myself that he conducted during Justice Sunday II. Trey doesn't appear on camera, but that's only in deference to Joe and I, as his matinee-idol good looks would prove too distracting for female viewers. The volume may sound a bit low, so be sure to turn it up a bit when you play it. Speaking of Joe Carter, he conducted a little investigative blogging and discovered the secret of my prolific output. Fortunately, he only has documentary evidence of my evil lackey, Lance McMurray from Red State Rant, for such shameful labor practices. And I don't drink strawberry dacquiris, either -- that was a straight-up double of Tennessee's finest whiskey, pal. Er, if I had been drinking, which I fully deny ......

CQ On The Air Tonight

I will be a guest on The World Tonight radio show in Calgary at 8:30 pm CT tonight, speaking with Rob Breckenridge about Able Danger and the Sheehan stories. That's on AM 770 in the Calgary area, or you can listen on the webstream at the link above. Hope that you can join in!...

August 18, 2005

Hugh Hewitt: The Reformation Sails To Starboard

Hugh Hewitt provides an analysis of the rapidly-increasing impact of the blogosphere, and determines that while the Leftist site have floundered, the center-right has expanded its reach and credibility. His Weekly Standard column will certainly prompt a furious debate in the blogs today: While the lefty blogs are helping to push the Democrats over the cliff, the center-right blogs continue to grow in influence and to innovate. Two examples deserve widespread attention. First, let us now praise Day by Day's Chris Muir, the funniest and sharpest three panel political cartoonist at work in America today. Muir's timeliness and productivity have created a large audience for him online, which is growing wider and wider as new blog consumers arrive in record numbers. Many bloggers routinely cite or even carry the Muir strip of the day (an innovation I first noticed at Captain's Quarters), and Muir's popularity further strengthens the center-right blogosphere's...

August 23, 2005

CQ On The Air Today

I will be on Right Talk Radio today at around 4:00 PM ET for a segment with Ace of Spades and Karol Sheinin from Alarming News, talking about Able Danger and the 9/11 Commission. Go to Channel 1 and look for Hoist The Black Flag. Aargh, ye mateys ... UPDATE: Corrected the link; thanks to CQ reader Mike Morrissey....

August 24, 2005

Skin 4: Two-Column War

If you haven't yet tried the new two-column format for Captain's Quarters, please click on the last CQ icon in the sidebar under the heading, Skin This Site (or clck here). Mel from Bonafide Style has finished the tweaks necessary to make the skin fully functional -- in fact, I've been using it for two weeks and I think it makes the site much easier to read. It loads much faster than the other skins, and best of all it retains the same look and feel of the default CQ skin while sprucing it up significantly. Let me know what you think, and if you have any web design needs, I can give my highest recommendations for Mel. She does great work, is highly responsive, and won't break the bankbook to get you the look you want for your site....

August 25, 2005

And He Squeezes The Charmin, Too

I must say that, unlike my friend Hugh Hewitt, I must agree with Jihad el Khazen's assessment of John Hinderaker in the Lebanon-based Islamist news outlet Dar al-Hayat. Khazen, or Crazy Ji as we call him around the watercooler, gets to the essence of John's insolence: John H. Hinderaker is even more insolent that the former, for he published an article in the Weekly Standard which is a magazine speaking on behalf of the neo-cons, under the title: Fences and a Just Peace. The subtitle of the article reads: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America makes a stand against Israels security fence and in favor of a just peace. (Never mind Palestinian terrorism.) Sharon is the father and mother of Israeli terrorism. He who cover up for him is his alike. Many American Churches took the decision of putting an end to their investments in Israel. The new Pope reprimanded...

August 29, 2005

Bloggers Spearhead Egyptian Opposition

In a country where opposition historically brought oppression, even a moderate loosening of the autocratic controls on dissent has not kept an underground movement from forming in the blogosphere. Egypt has allowed for multi-party elections for the first time in decades and has even permitted some limited criticisms and demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak. However, in the growing Egyptian blogging community, the gloves come off and the real criticisms flow freely: Baheyya is Egyptian, pillories President Hosni Mubarak and heaps scorn on his regime daily. But this fiery dissident who says aloud what others don't dare to think has no face: Baheyya is a blog. In an Egyptian presidential campaign that has failed to generate much enthusiasm, one of the hottest debates is taking place online in the country's burgeoning political blogosphere. "In every normal election, people have their eyes trained on the result: who wins, who loses, and how things...

August 30, 2005

Up Again, For Now

Having problems hitting the site today? You had good company; it looks like the servers have been down for about half of the day today. Hosting Matters has worked hard to reroute around a couple of breakdowns, but now we appear to be going strong. As far as I know, none of the outages had anything to do with CQ. I received a few e-mails while the servers were up asking if my site had been hacked. Not my site, but apparently HM had to deal with some sort of DoS attack on one of its other servers during the middle of everything else. All I can do is shake my head and wonder what small little lives some people lead. Thankfully, the good folks at HM know how to deal with these attacks and should have the rest of their clients up again soon. I'll start working again soon...

September 13, 2005

Waiting For Hef's Call

Earlier today, Kurt from Writing History dropped me an e-mail informing me that CQ had won recognition from a major national magazine as one of the top five "winning political blogs", certainly an honor considering the quality of writing across the blogosphere. However, when the magazine that honored me turned out to be Playboy, I have to admit that I didn't quite know how to respond. First, I am certainly grateful to the editors at Playboy for selecting CQ for such an honor. While I haven't indulged myself in reading the magazine for many years, the publication has always had a sterling literary reputation, apart from its more controversial, er, photography. My first efforts at creative writing regularly got sent to their fiction editors, as Playboy paid top dollar for short stories in the market. At the time, I recall that they offered $2,000 for any submissions that got published,...

September 16, 2005

A Quiet Day, A Few Notes

Sorry for the quiet day. I have had a long week at work and have had a number of projects keeping me busy -- and to top it off, I had to wrap them up before I took a week off. Today and this evening turned out to be difficult for blogging, but I may still have some energy left this evening. To top it off, someone sent me a huge unsolicited attachment, twice, and filled up my mailbox. If you sent me mail that bounced back today, I have the fixed the problem now. This next week should be more fun. I'm taking a vacation to visit Toronto. Assuming that the RCMP does not arrest me, I will speak at the University of Toronto on Tuesday evening as part of a panel discussion on journalism and blogging. The First Mate and I will spend a few days sightseeing in...

September 17, 2005

Big Lizards In The Blogosphere

Dafydd ab Hugh, novelist and guest-blogger extraordinaire, has finally launched his own blogsite, Big Lizards. Dafydd has written numerous comments both supportive and critical of me at CQ, and his excellent writing led me to invite him to join me as a guest blogger for an open-ended run. Dafydd posted over fifty essays the past two months here at CQ, all of them provocative and intelligent, and I've thoroughly enjoyed his contributions to our site. Now we will all have a single point of reference for Dafydd's insights, and much more than that. Big Lizards intends on offering a multimedia experience based on the blogosphere model, and Dafydd has done a fine job in designing the site to represent his writing and talent. Make sure you visit Big Lizards and blogroll it!...

September 27, 2005

The New, Improved Ruffini Straw Poll!

Patrick Ruffini has a new straw poll for blog readers to cast their votes for their Presidential preferences in the 2008 race. We had a lot of fun tracking the results from Patrick's last poll, which could display results by referring blog. CQ readers surprised me by selecting Rudy Giuliani in August, 40%-25% over George Allen, at the time my undisclosed choice in the poll. Patrick now has a way to use Technorati tags to give even further breakdowns in the results. None of this is scientific, of course, but it's a lot of fun. Give it a whirl, using the above link, and we'll see where CQ readers fall this time....

September 29, 2005

Quick Notes

A couple of quick notes before I go to bed and get a little shut-eye... John Hinderaker sent me an e-mail earlier tonight that Sean Hannity quoted my Daily Standard article on the Chuck Schumer/DSCC scandal on his radio show tonight. Glad to hear it! ... Don't forget to keep voting at Patrick Ruffini's straw poll for the 2008 presidential election. So far, we've had 351 voters come from this site, and 40% have gone for Rudy Giuliani. I've been pretty dismissive of Giuliani's chances, although I admire him greatly. Perhaps this shows that Rudy might really represent the rank-and-file of the GOP. ... The Anchoress has been blogging up a storm recently -- be sure to keep up with her excellent output!...

October 3, 2005

Two Years Of Blogging Bliss

Two years. 5,556 posts. 53,148 comments. 12 million visitors and counting. Thank you for two years of pure blogging bliss. I have so many people to thank that I no longer dare to go into specifics. I have too many friends to count, and that is by far the best blessing I could ever have received. My deepest appreciation goes out to all of them, as well as the entire CQ community. UPDATE: It's the second blogiversary for Sister Toldjah, too!...

October 10, 2005

The Weather's Fine, But I'm Under It

Normally by this time, I'd be done posting for the morning ... but I've got a touch of the flu. I'm sticking around the house for the day, so posting will be slow but steady all day long, I presume. The First Mate will be thrilled, to say the least, to have my voice croaking at her all day long....

CQ Does The Washington Post Webchat

Since I'm down with the flu anyway, I'll be participating in the Washington Post webchat at 1 pm ET today, discussing my piece yesterday on the Harriet Miers nomination and the split it caused in the conservative base. I hope you get a chance to jump in and participate, or at least enjoy the debate. Jumping in now to prepare ......

October 15, 2005

The Marriage Encounter Weekend

I will be away this weekend, working on another Marriage Encounter retreat. We have 20 couples who are looking for a way to build their relationships and become closer to one another, and we appreciate your prayers and thoughts in support of our efforts. I will return to blogging as soon as I return on Sunday evening. In the meantime, please keep checking my blogroll for the latest activity on the finest of the blogosphere -- and keep a prayer line open for the Iraqi people as well. Lastly ... go Irish -- beat SC!! UPDATE: I was initially encouraged to find 22 comments about the Marriage Encounter, and then disappointed that a normally substantive poster decided to use it to issue a series of stupid posts about the supposed racism of Michelle Malkin, instead of using his own blog to do so. Those comments will be deleted, and the...