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Some of The Best Posts on Blogcritics

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The spectacular and enriching experience that is blogcritics.org just celebrated a momentuous anniversary of sorts – 10,000,000 visitors – that’s enough to start off a planet:)


I’ve personally benefited immensely from my association, and learnt from every visitor/blogcritic. It is an addictive experience to constantly refersh the site to track recent comments/posts. Contributions range across the sea of human knowledge.

On the occasion, perhaps it might be fun to compile a list of some of the best posts on Blogcritics from the beginning – I’m giving you a short list to get started, but please add posts you like (URLs/Titles or authors) below. Please try to make the links clickable, so you save the sterling editors some effort.

  • Eric’s live interview with RIAA pres Cary Sherman
  • Picking just one post from the bc-pope is tough, check out his Complete Writings too.

    …why is there truly a need for the RIAA any more, given the existance of technology that permits and encourages the bypassing of the “middleman” organizations in the first place? …..As for the need for RIAA (and presumably record companies), there will always be a need for record companies – because they are the venture capital companies of the music business.

  • gypsyman’s “A Culture of Idols”
  • ….this is not a reflection of talent but rather power given to these people by us through their being a point of attraction. We have invested certain positions in society with power. Actors, rock stars, television personalities, business leaders and politicians are designated as important through our acquiescence. If we did not respond they would have no actual impact.

  • The Duke De Mondo’s “Movie Face-Off’s I Wanna See!”
  • The late Jim Carruthers made some funny contributions in the comments.

    We all know how fantastic Freddy Vs Jason was, and we all know how unspeakably cack Aliens Vs Predator was, but let’s be honest here. If it boils down to it, which it inevitably will sooner or later, what we really wanna be seeing is this sorta shit right here

  • Dave Nalle’s “Not Every War is Vietnam”
  • If our opposition to the expansion of communism and Soviet influence was mistaken, are our opposition to Islamic extremism and our War on Terror equally misguided?…

  • Steve S’ “If You Listen To Fools, The Mob Rules”
  • There is a consequence to us all, as long as moderate mainstream Christians allow this mentality and abuse of their principles to go unchecked, and it is compounded by allowing a President to so closely align his office with a particular religion.

  • Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti’s “growing up in london during the race riots”
  • It’s hard to believe such things happen, but as I said, this was London in the seventies and they did happen, and not just to me. But this particular thing, did happen to me. I always said if I wrote about it, nobody would believe me, which was fine with me. I didn’t matter what anyone believed because Christ knows, my mother and grandmother knew, as they came screaming around the corner with a belt and a broom in their hand because Stevie had seen the whole thing go down and ran home to get them and tell them that I was being beaten up.

  • Eric Berlin and the Duke have an IM conversation about “GoodFellas”
  • Still waiting for the unedited version,

    Duke: What’s really goin’ on, though, beyond the coolness and the slickness and the violence? I mean there could be an argument for “it’s just an exercise in style and stylized mayhem”
    Eric Berlin: Get this… you’re rooting for a criminal… and you’re crushed by his demolition
    Duke: That’s it, I think, too. Its got a tragedy, and its about corruption. talks about the corruption of the American dream and the like much better than Scarface
    Eric Berlin: It’s like an analogy for the American Dream really — massive consumerism, how empty the Dream is… or something
    Duke: Ha! Great minds think alike…
    Eric Berlin: Yeah — I agree, Scarface shoots for the moon but doesn’t make it
    Eric Berlin: Goodfellas gets it all — hits its mark exactly

  • The most commented post – “The Top 100 Guitarists According to Rolling Stone”
  • I still think the list sucks

    The only thing that made my heart sing was seeing Robert Randolph on the list. But where is Phil Keaggy? John Petrucci? Oh well, who gives a crap what Rolling Stone thinks, anyway.

  • My own “Terrorism and Its Enemies – An Alliance of Civilizations”
  • The global war, it has already been found, is not a single-focus war, with pure military objectives. It requires covert action, psy-war approaches and social engineering, similar to the multi-lateral, international “alliance of civilizations” that arose post-World War II, and which was fostered by the global terror of the War itself

  • HW Saxton’s “I Was A Punk Before You Were A Punk Pt. 1”
  • A long time ago, back before The Ramones could count to 4, before the Black Flag so proudly waved, before The Clash had enough rope, before X marked the spot and before the Sex Pistols backfired punk was knocking at the door. Now in 2005 “Punk” is just another genre in your local music emporium. A product to be bought and sold at the local mall.

  • uao’s “Artist Overview: Jefferson Airplane”
  • Great series, book-worthy

    This is one of the funny tricks of the passage of time; the further removed from history, the more it changes. Back in 1967 only the squares called anything “Haight-Ashbury”. There were lots of scenes happening, thousands of scenes; some overlapped, some were isolated, some blossomed, some mutated, some broke down

  • swingingpuss’ “For The Love of Books”
  • What goes on in a teenage girl’s mind when confronted with romantic books?

    Books are like genies that can make frogs from a well become the owners of the oceans within the confines of the heart, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphors.

    Books egged on my thirst for knowledge that was deliberately held back, they gave me the courage to stand by my beliefs, and helped me evolve into a person who believes that libraries and books are treasure troves that can counter the spread of religious or political intolerance.

  • Bennett Dawson’s “The Moon, Mars, and Law Enforcement”
  • It has been said that “Politics makes for strange bedfellows”. This is true, but now it’s personal.

    My new bedfellows are making me feel like a whore.

  • Al Barger’s “Shallow, selfish schmuck: Afterthoughts on Hunter S Thompson”
  • To pick something from the acerbic Mr Barger is tricky – but worthy of reading

    In the end, what was his profound insight as a writer? What new insight did he provide into human nature, or the nature of government and human relations? Other than (very good) cheap entertainment, what was his intellectual accomplishment?

    (Another non-controversial post from Al: “Vinegar Is Good Food — No, Really!”)

  • Shark’s “You’re Right. I’m Wrong.”
  • Another firebrand of sorts.

    I’m really running outta gas on this liberal thing. When I write a post nowadays, I feel like a guy opening a Yarmulke Shop in downtown Berlin in 1933. When I satirize a conservative on Blogcritics, I feel like I’m performing a Bris ceremony in the Nuremberg town square.

    I’m tired of being a “liberal progressive.”

Special Mention: Chris Muir’s strip – one example as well as our blogcritics’ podcasts and interviews

Readers, writers, visitors – You’re entitled to our opinion – and respect.

If you have a blog and would like to join blogcritics, you’re most welcome.

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About aacool

  • I am floored and honored Aaman. Thanks.

  • Also very stroked to be included, even if you drew the exact opposite conclusion in your summary of my article from what I actually conclude in the article.


  • Conclusion? He quoted your setup. I thought it was clever, and likely to draw more people to your article to find the answer than anything else. 🙂

  • Indeed – that was the intention – the hook is all important – to skewer or be skewered

  • Can’t argue with that. It’s bang-up marketing.


  • uao

    Thank you so much for the mention, Aaman, it is indeed an honor to be included among such good company.

    The Jefferson Airplane piece was a personal favorite; I’m pleased to report that Jefferson Airplane’s webmaster added it to their official website.

  • Awesome Aaman, and I’m honored beyond mere words to be included, especially on a collab with The Duke himself.

    The unedited version, you seek, eh? It’s not for the meek — lots more cursing, lots more off-topic banter, lots more tom foolery. I tried to reign it in just enough to prevent widespread Mayhem…

    In any event, it’s brilliant to look back and see all the fine and varied writing that takes place here. And there’s more and more and more of it every single day!

  • Your nominations are welcome – and appreciated

  • Thanks for remembering me Aaman, unfortunately my mother barely remembers the incident that had a life long effect on me 🙂

  • Bennett

    Aaman, thanks. For the nod, but mostly for the link to “Face Offs”. What a fucking riot that was. Many good laughs!

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Aaman, great job on an utterly daunting task!

  • Eric Olsen

    this would be a great place to mention any of your favorite Blogcritics posts – there are a few to choose from!

  • Bennett

    “Happy Kirstenmass”

    and the sub-cranium is still dredging…

  • Bennett

    Heh. Failed the primary BC Test right there…

    The Duke Wishes You A Happy Kirstenmass”

  • Yep — Anything Kirsten/Duke related falls into my fave list.

  • As controversial as she was, MD certainly had at least one post that belongs in the Best Posts category.

  • While not necessarily denying the merits of the articles cited, it looks like thirteen males writers and two females, as near as I can tell. Some of the authors cited sexually harass or promulgate hate speech against females in their comments. This is the genesis of the marked gender inbalance at Blogcritics. Flame away. The truth hurts.

  • goodness Cerulean, I hope you don’t mean me! I’ve been over on the move-away moms thread defending females!

  • Natalie Davis, MacDiva and Ms. Tek (tekwh0re) are/were some of my favorite posters here, they’re all female. But two of them are no longer here.

  • The ratio shouldn’t be an issue here as it’s Aaman’s personal selections.

    If you have other choices, Cerulean, why don’t you list them here or publish your post?

  • Didn’t TekWhore change her name to something else, Steve S? Difficult keeping up with her nom de plumes.

  • Thank you Aaman! both for including a fella in this glorious assemblage, and for providing links to any number of wonderful writings!

  • This is Aaman’s personal list and arbiter of what he likes best at BC, not any kind of definitive or authorative list.

  • The best writers are always the ones who have a distinctive voice. Our own Shark is one such writer, whether posting or commenting, and this is one of his golden moments, and one of my all-time favorite posts.

  • Cerulean, thanks for your opinion. I assure you the subjectivity of the post was unintentional – I, too, feel that more women bloggers are very lucid and reasoned than men – and stopped short of adding a 100-post list.

    Do tell us your favorite posts/posters

  • Here are a couple of my favorites:Temple Stark on his, and perhaps, all fathers and Dawn Olsen on the rewards of parenting – two perspectives.

    So much good stuff:)

  • gonzo marx

    gotta say it…well done to everyone of yas


    may there be hundreds of billions more viewers for the Fun stuff around here

    i guess i should stop being such a commenter, and actually write some posts…


    objects in the mirror are closer than they appear…


  • Bennett

    Wow Lisa, thanks for the Shark link!!!

  • Oh, good god, Cerulean. Give it a rest already.

  • >>Some of the authors cited sexually harass or promulgate hate speech against females in their comments.<< I've looked over the list and I'm pretty familiar with the writings of the people on it. Who among them is guilty of promulgating this 'hate speech against females'? Dave

  • Awww,

    cut Cerulean some slack. She arguably had the most memorable post in BC’s history.

    I’ll head back into obscurity.

  • Memorable for all the wrong reasons, ElBicho.


  • Maybe, but it certainly shouldn’t be forgotten. Lessons were learned, so some good came out of it.

  • Lisa Hoover picked this for an Editor’s Pick of the Week. Go find out why here

  • Thank you, Steve. Much appreciated.