Most Influential Blog Awards – Rules And Nominations


Maggie of Maggie’s Notebook included me in her nominations for Most Influential Blog Awards. Thanks, Maggie!

There is no voting, it’s just a fun way to bring recognition to other blogs and bloggers that are out there.


Here are the rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you

3. Answer 7 questions decided up by your nominator

4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

Here are Maggie’s questions and my answers:

1. Why did you start a political blog and when?

I started in January of 2008. It started out as an outlet to vent about politics because I have a lot of liberal friends and we couldn’t talk politics without arguing. It’s evolved from there. I guess I just keep going out of concern for my children and future generations. I can’t just sit and do nothing as the fundamental transformation of our republic takes place. I’m certainly not in it for the money.

2. Who is the one person still living that you would most like to meet and chat with?

Well, I’ve already met him, but the person I would most like to see in person and chat with would be my dad. We live over 1,000 miles apart so we don’t see each other nearly as often as I would like.

3. Would you replace Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts if given the opportunity, and if so why and replace with whom?

After that Obamacare decision I would definitely like to see Roberts replaced as Chief Justice. Either Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas would suit me just fine.

4. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?


5. What is something you would collectively change about humanity?

This is kind of a dangerous question. Far be it from me, one simple human, to try to change all of humanity. But I guess if there was one thing I would change, it would be the cult of personality that’s so pervasive. Politicians are now looked at as if they’re rock stars with magical powers. They, too, are simple humans – simple humans who are entrusted with enormous power. Most don’t wield that power wisely and end up making things worse, sometimes disastrously so.

6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?

I’ve read so many books it’s hard to keep track of them all. The one that stands out the most is a book I read when I was about 14 – Go Ask Alice. If I recall correctly, it’s the diary of an anonymous teenage girl who became hooked on drugs and didn’t survive. At the time a lot of the kids in my suburban public school were experimenting with different drugs. I was already hooked on cigarettes, and recognized that maybe I had an addictive personality. So that book really scared the hell out of me. I decided then and there that I didn’t want any part of the drug culture.

7. If you were free to live in any city/town you choose in the U.S., which would you choose and why?

At this time in my life I wouldn’t move my children away from their friends. But if I could pick up my town and move it I’d probably pick somewhere in Texas.


Okay, now here are my nominees, in no particular order. Plenty of ladies have been nominated, so I’ll include men, too, and I’ll try not to duplicate Maggie’s picks. I’m notifying my nominees by linking to their latest posts. Be sure to follow the links, there’s some interesting reading at each one.

Expose the Media

Doug Ross

Da TechGuy (Peter Ingemi)

Lady Liberty

First Street Journal (Dana)

American Power (Donald Douglas)

The Other McCain (R.S. McCain)

The Pirate’s Cove (William Teach)

Right Wing News (John Hawkins)

Temple of MUT (Leslie Eastman)

iOwnTheWorld (Big Fur Hat, Cardigan and the rest of the gang)

Legal Insurrection (William Jacobson)

Captain Capitalism (Aaron Clarey)

Hogewash (John Hoge)

Necropolitan Sentinel (Dan Collins)

Yid with Lid (Sammy)


Sentry Journal

Conservative Hideout

He’s Pretty Fly For A Jersey Guy (Chris Wysocki)

The Daley Gator

Daily Pundit

One Piece At A Time (Tracy)

Tavern Keepers (Renee and John)

Big Pulpit

I could go on, but I’m running out of steam. If I missed anyone, my apologies.

For those nominees that would like to keep this going, please answer the following questions:

1. Why did you start a political blog and when?

2. If President Obama invited you to a beer summit, would you attend?

3. Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?

4. If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?

5. Do you have a job that isn’t connected to blogging? If so, what is your occupation?

6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?

7. How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t blogging or working?


I will now return to my regularly scheduled blogging. Well, after I scoop the kitty litter and put the kids to bed. If I’m still awake, then I will return to my regularly scheduled blogging.

Update: Da TechGuy, Lady Liberty and Pretty Fly For A Jersey Guy all have their posts up. Be sure to follow the links and check them out. It’s always fun to read the different answers to the questions.

Update 2: The Daley Gator and The Pirate’s Cove got in on the fun.

Update 3: I’m 41 is now in on the action – and my apologies for not including him here. Hey, it was late and I was tired, but I’m happy to see he was included. As for you, Jerry, sorry but bloggers who never link to me are hard to remember. As for my besties in the blogosphere, one nominated me, and the other had already been nominated. Not to mention that if had nominated every blog I’ve ever read, or that’s on my blogroll, there would have been nobody left for the rest to nominate.