Weblog Awards Voting Starts Today (UPDATE: Voting Has Begun)


The voting starts today at a time yet to be determined. If it’s not yet open when you see this, be sure to check back later. And remember, you can vote once every 24 hours.

This here’s the link…

This link will take you to the Weblog Awards site. The one in the corner of my upper left sidebar will take you directly to the Small Blog poll page. You can navigate from there to whatever polls you’d like to vote at.

Don’t ask me why the above link doesn’t go straight to the Small Blog poll page, (like it should)… I’m not in the mood to explain it.

Good luck, and God-speed. .Nice Deb promises “hope and change”, *virtually* kisses all of your babies, and loves you all.

And remember…a vote for Nice Deb is a vote for the “pro puppy” and “anti-Nancy Pelosi in a bathing suit” candidate.

UPDATE (Monday 2:35):

Voting has begun!

Nice Deb’s Picks:

Best Blog;
Hot Air

Best Individual Blogger

The Anchoress
Rachel Lucas
Jules Crittenden

Best Conservative Blog

Ace of Spades



Atlas Shrugs

Red State

The American Thinker

Michelle Malkin

Best Liberal Blog

The Confluence

Best LGBT Blog:

Gay Patriot

(Ooooh, lookie Jesus Genrul! A patriot!)

Best Military Blog

Michael Yon
This Ain’t Hell

The War on Big Tobacco

Best Diarist:


Best Pet Blog:

F*** You, Penguin

Best Very Large Blog (Authority between 501 and 1,000)

Right Wing News
Patterico’s Pontifications
protein wisdom
Ross Douthat

Best Large Blog (Authority between 301 and 500)



Best Midsize Blog (Authority between 201 and 300)
Betsy’s Page

Israel Matzav


Best Small Blog (Authority between 101 and 200)

Nice Deb

Best Hidden Gem (Authority between 0 and 50)

The Median Sib

Irony Alert: Queers For Palestine


QUIT (Queers Undermining Israeli Terror) at a Pro Hamas rally on Jan 2nd in San Francisco.

Zombie covered the group’s cognitive dissonance in a photo essay at his blog, back in 2005:

In Israel, gays live openly and happily in a free and liberal society. There is a thriving gay scene, just as there is in the United States and many other Western democracies.

But in Palestine — as in most Islamic countries — being gay is not only frowned upon, it is a crime often punishable by death. Tales of what life is like for gays in Palestinian society are horrifying in the extreme. In fact, gay youth in Palestine frequently flee to Israel if they can get a chance.

So why in the world would gay activists in the most gay-friendly city on Earth protest against one of the other centers of gay liberation (Israel) and for one of the planet’s most violently oppressive homophobic societies?

This is the essence of cognitive dissonance — the condition of holding two differing beliefs that are so incompatible and contradictory that the only way to internally reconcile them is to, well, go insane (to use the layman’s term). Because, try as I might, I can’t comprehend any other justification for being a member of QUIT other than insanity.

I think he/(she?) nailed it.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

MN Senate Seat Successfully Stolen

Nice going, Minnesota.


You’ve got to hand it to the Dems for having the chutzpa to steal it in plain sight, too, as The Washington Times opines:

Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.

Minnesota Democrats Exposed urges Colman to challenge the recount in court:

I start this post from the premise that U.S. Senator Norm Coleman was re-elected by the voters of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008.  Along with numerous Minnesotans, I absolutely believe the Coleman received more votes than Franken on election day and that Coleman should be getting to work today on the start of his second term as a U.S. Senator.

But due to reasons listed below, Minnesota won’t have two U.S. Senators at the start of the 111th Congress.

I believe the decisions of the State Canvassing Board have been inconsistent and the entire recount process flawed and for the good of Minnesota, Coleman should formally contest the recount process in court. (read on).

I heartily agree. Coleman should not bow out, gracefully, and Republicans in congress need to block the seating of  Franken. I want to see a full blown food fight erupt over this abomination.


Good news:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yielded to Republican threats and agreed on Monday not to immediately seat fellow Democrat Al Franken, whose razor-close victory in Minnesota faces legal challenges.

Senate Republicans had planned to disrupt the opening of the new Congress on Tuesday by blocking Franken’s swearing-in.

And in another ugly fight, Senate Democrats vowed to block, at least for now, the seating of fellow party member Roland Burris whose appointment by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich carries a whiff of political scandal.

Just a…whiff?

Take a good look at that diaper Franken’s wearing in the photo.  Imagine the stench emanating from that, and I think you’ll be closer to the mark.


More good news:

Coleman is suing.