JABbering Stooge

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Man I'm such a slacker...

I almost missed out on posting for this entire month. So to make up for it, here's about a month's worth of posts in one.

My first year of blogging: A look back

So last Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of my descent into the role of a blogger. I would like to take this time to look back at the highlights of the past year.

Feb. 22, 2005: First day of blogging; I laid down the general theme of my blog and what I hoped to accomplish. I also revealed my inner geek by pointing to a music video of the song "Every OS Sucks."

March 4, 2005: The first time one of my print editorials is republished on my blog. The subject: JeffyLube's noxious presence in the White House Press Secretary's daily briefings and the inadequacy of the "librul" media in covering it versus their incessant, rabid coverage of "Rathergate."

March 15, 2005: I cover the Austin American-Statesman's horrendous coverage of the launch of Austin's Air America Radio affiliate, suggesting that they would not do the same to conservatives.

March 21, 2005: Part two of my editorial series on the folly of the "librul" media (part one was coverage of Gannongate) appears on my blog. In this editorial, I accuse the GOP of succumbing to groupthink as standard operating procedure, with abusing the always-fawning media as one of the tools that they deploy in that effort (in particular, the payola and propaganda scandals).

March 21, 2005: My First Photoshop - Target: Tom DeLay. 'Nuff said.

March 24, 2005: Politics and sports collided on my blog as I talked about the representatives of the "Theocracy NOW!" crowd in the NCAA basketball tournament. It was not to be the last time, either.

April Fool's Day, 2005: A two-fer. I posted about Sean Hannity's growing unhingedness regarding the Terri Schiavo case, and I caught the wave going around about the O-Zone song "Dragostea Din Tei," also known as the "Numa Numa Song."

April 12, 2005: I suggested that the junior senator from Texas doesn't know jack about statistics, and asked readers (all two of them) to send him a copy of "Statistics for Dummies" (and send Ann Coulter a copy of "Islam for Dummies").

April 18, 2005: A day before the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, I posted my second Photoshop, this time in response to Time magazine's glowing profile of Ann Coulter.

April 20, 2005: My editorial on the elevation of perennial U.S. election-meddler Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger appears on the blog. The Catholic church would quickly learn to regret its decision several times in the following months.

April 22, 2005: I start a series of posts on the hostile takeover of the Air Force Academy by the religious right's Jihad Squad.

April 28, 2005: Congressman James "Bill Lumbergh" Sensenbrenner (R - WI) comes to my attention by childishly denigrating Democrats in a report on scuttled amendments to anti-abortion legislation. His justification? An even more childish temper tantrum about Democrats' legitimate complaints about the bill. It would not be the last time he would abuse his power as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

May 13, 2005: My first post to elicit a negative response from another blogger. The blogger who runs PBSWatch had some nasty things to say about the part of the post dealing with the ruling in Nebraska declaring the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. I responded in kind, and the comment war was on. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of my upgrade(?) to Haloscan for comments later in the year was the removal of all prior comments, though I think I may be able to recover them if I jigger with Blogger a bit.

June 2, 2005 brought a plethora of posts. First I covered a couple of instances of serious concern to those fighting the "Theocracy NOW!" crowd. Then I made a couple of posts involving anime - first one where I used the character of Ruri Hoshino from Martian Successor Nadesico to call Rep. Spencer Bachus a baka for wanting to censor Bill Maher, and then to announce my plans to attend A-kon 16 that weekend. In between, I talked about a lighting-sparked fire at a local landmark - The Oasis Restaurant.

On June 10, the day James Sensenbrenner abused his authority yet again, I cataloged a whole slew of examples of Republican hypocrisy.

June 21, 2005: Another twofer - a report on my outing at DemocracyFest 2005 and some commentary on the sheer, unadulterated hatred that the Jihad Squad has for anyone who isn't a straight male conservative Christian.

I ended my momentous month of posting on June 23, 2005 with a response to Karl "Democrats love terrorists" Rove and Republican Congresscritters accusing Democrats of hating on Christians (even as they hate on non-Christians).

July started off with yet more lamentations on the sorry state of the "librul" media in light of the London transit bombings.

The highlight of my July 14, 2005 series of posts was my commentary on Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement and the coming fight to replace her (and eventually, former Chief Justice William Rhenquist).

I also covered the death of James "Ye cannot change the laws of physics, cap'n!" Doohan on July 20, 2005.

August 2, 2005: Yet another twofer. I used my (pre-templating) strikeout span tag to put the truth in President Bush's mouth in the transcript of his speech giving John "Short Temper Theater" Bolton a recess appointment as U.N. ambassador. Then I live-blogged the special election in Ohio in which Jean "Murtha is a Traitor...No I wasn't calling him a traitor, I just made up a quote from another guy who called Murtha a traitor" Schmidt narrowly beat out Iraq War vet Paul Hackett (under potentially suspicious circumstances).

I would have to say that the next highlight was my August 12, 2005 smackdown of Bill O'Reilly and Michelle Malkin's tag-team smear job on Cindy Sheehan.

August 23, 2005 consisted of two highlight-worthy posts. First was a rather long post decrying how greed (one of the seven deadly sins) has become the ultimate virtue in American society, heavily encouraged by the thugs who have hijacked the Republican party. Next was my first editorial of the 2005-2006 school year - a preview of upcoming political events in the fall.

Then on August 31, 2005, I commented on the American Legion's terrorist threats against anti-war protesters and how it seemingly violated Section 802 of the PATRIOT Act.

September started with a report on the inaugural protest of the "Bring Them Home Now" tour. It was shortly followed by another editorial, this time about Hurricane Katrina.

That was followed by a couple of posts "fisking" really stupid scribblings by right-wingers - first letter writers in the Austin American-Statesman regarding Hurricane Katrina, then a right-wing columnist in the student newspaper at Texas State.

September ended with a post about the Wal-Marting of Japan.

October was a relatively highlight-free month. The only two posts worth mentioning were a post about two recent incidents of anti-First Amendment activities on the part of corporations and a post celebrating my alma mater's strong showing in the DARPA Grand Challenge.

In November, I performed yet another fisking of a right-winger column in the student newspaper, wrote an editorial that was rejected because it appeared on my blog prior to publishing, posted yet again about the onward march of religious McCarthyism, and finished with an editorial about the so-called "War on Christmas."

December and January were light posting months. In December I fisked the inevitable response to my column on the "War on Christmas" and celebrated my birthday. The only highlight from January was my post-New Year's post, which marked the first time written Japanese appeared on my blog (And I promise you, it won't be the last! :-P).

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