Blissful Blogs

































Okay, what links am I missing? Probably some blindingly obvious ones 😳

What blogs do you read every/most days? I don’t mean the likes of the mighty Steve Benen, just ‘personal’ blogs, want to update the blogroll with the smartest, finest, most excellent ones out there – needless to say, of the pragmatic progressive kind.

(I didn’t include Mother Jones because of Kevin Drum, apart from him it’s excellent).

All suggestions appreciated, thank you!

123 Responses to “Blissful Blogs”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    December 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    GE Chips

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    December 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Gae me some new choices. I read most of them. Thanks for some more suggestions. I can hardly keep up with the few I read now. 🙂

  3. 5 Roberta in MN
    December 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Oooops (Gave)

  4. 6 Roberta in MN
    December 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Where is everyone? Are we alone tonight Ships?

  5. 10 Roberta in MN
    December 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Stupid fingers. CHIPS!!!!!

  6. 11 99ts
    December 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I read Tbogg in his new home – is that considered a personal blog?


    • December 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      A most excellent suggestion 99ts, added! Thank you.

      • 13 99ts
        December 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        You are most welcome – I’m glad he moved from where he used to be. They must have lost 99% of their traffic when he left.

    • 14 Roberta in MN
      December 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      No, that is not a personal blog. Raw Story is not always so nice to the Dems & our President. More of an emoprog site. At least that is my feelings on the site.

      • 15 99ts
        December 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        I don’t much read rawstory Roberta – you can go direct to Tbogg & ignore the rest. In his previous place – which I won’t mention – the attacks on PBO started early in 2009 & have carried on unabated – but Tbogg did quite the opposite.

  7. December 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for posting these – I’d forgotten about some of them and It’ll be nice to take a peek. Some fabulous writing in that list! Of course, TOD is my port.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Agree. I was going to go say hello to my old buddy CR at ProPresObama blog, but looks as though she’s taking a respite over the holidays.

  8. December 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Great list, Chips. Thank you!

  9. 22 carolyn
    December 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for putting Crooks and Liars on this list. I’ve read some great articles brought here, but had never gone there myself. Now I will.

  10. 23 a4alice
    December 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    wow look at all of these!

  11. 27 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I checked through the list but didn’t see ‘The Obama Diary’ – you have a problem with them?

    • December 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      😆 That place is a whole heap of junk VC, full of rowdy commenters, doesn’t deserve a place on the list.

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        December 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        We-ell, you do have a point about the rowdy commenters, though every once in a while I spot a sane comment by someone named Vick, and a bit of poetry by JOB, and a few good pictures by poster Danny. But, I hear you – they’re too infrequent! We definitely cannot sully the list above.

  12. 32 99ts
    December 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    It will soon be midday in my world & I can go for my afternoon nap. I got up way too early today and shall remedy the lack of shuteye. I always wonder at the strength of my ancestors who worked their 12 hour days until they died. I enjoy retirement.

  13. 33 Eveingeorgia
    December 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hey Chips, thank you for these! I don’t have any to add, but I do want to say that we should keep an eye out for when Frank a Schaeffer gets rolling. This most recent post at Pantheos on he lynching of a president OBAMA will clear up your sinuses!

  14. December 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I really need to work on my blog more often. I’m thinking about starting a blog detailing my life in libraries. The stuff I and colleagues go through is quite hilarious.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      That would be wonderful! I love libraries!

      Why not make that your New Year’s Resolution? Not that I’m making any.

    • 37 mtmarilyn
      December 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      You should LL. I love your writings. Have you added anymore to your book? I haven’t been back to check.

    • 38 Judith Fardig
      December 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      LL, I would definitely make time for your blog. Books and libraries were such a haven for this geek growing up in a mill town.

  15. 39 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    For those interested in foreign parts and MEDIA THAT’S MORE INFORMATIVE I heard an interesting piece about a blog site originating in the UK that’s apparently quite good. I haven’t checked it out myself as my head has been behaving weirdly today, but I wonder if anyone else has stumbled on to it. The piece I heard was from a radio programme called ‘The Current’. I believe this summarizes it somewhat.

    Tracking Syria’s Weapons: Eliot Higgins
    The blog Brown Moses is a website that has become a rich source of information about military and rebel activity in Syria, some days receiving as many as 25,000 hits. The man behind the blog has never been to Syria, does not speak Arabic, and has no background in the military.

    In fact, Eliot Higgins’ last job was checking orders at a women’s lingerie manufacturer. Mr Higgins describes himself as “obsessive” and has made a full time investigation of the weapons used in Syria’s civil war. Every day, he pores over hours of video footage from the conflict and his painstaking attention to detail has helped him break stories ahead of major news organizations… all from his home in Britain.

    Eliot Higgins joined us from Leicester, England


    • 40 vcprezofan2
      December 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Here’s the name of the blog in question for anyone who is curious – but I have to reiterate that I haven’t checked it out myself. Maybe in a couple of days when I feel back to normal.


      Saturday, 14 December 2013
      Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria – Part 3
      In part three of my review of the final UN report into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Dan Kaszeta of Strongpoint Security takes a look at the chemical evidence in the report, and details what could be some key evidence.

      Fluoride reactivation / regeneration techniques

      Many observers, myself included, were worried about whether too much time had elapsed between exposure of alleged victims and the collection of biomedical samples. I was also discouraged by the fact that the UN’s earlier report did not go into any great detail on the technical methods used for analysis of the samples. Much of the technical discussion at the time involved techniques that were used in the aftermath of the 1994 and 1995 Japanese incidents, which have shortcomings. Acetylcholinesterase counting is non-specific and can’t tie the sample to an exact causative agent. Measurement of direct Sarin, IMPA and MPA levels is rather time limited, due to hydrolysis of Sarin and the body’s gradual elimination of IMPA and MPA. With regard to the incidents in Syria, the time elapsed between alleged exposure and the collection of biomedical samples meant that, at best, these older techniques would have been at the outside edge of their usefulness, if not useless entirely.

      The final UN report provides some additional details about the technical methodology that I find reassuring. ….

  16. 41 dotster3
    December 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    OT because I have nothing to add to that comprehensive list and I mostly just check on TOD and twitter and some news sites, but this camel must be thinking, “What the heck? This sand is COLD! Brrrrrrr!”

  17. 42 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I always go to ThinkProgress.org They have the BEST liveblogging for the debates and do a very through job (with citations) of the rest. I go to so many….some I fall into by accident, but I’ll post them here as I remember them. My brain is fried from kiddos at work today, too excited to work…and the fact that I just took a mind numbing survey from work. Oyi!

    • 43 desertflower
      December 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Oh! A PERSONAL blog???? Ummmm…..let me ponder!

      • December 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        🙂 I didn’t phrase that too well DF, my first ports of call every day are ThinkProgress, Steve Benen, Greg Sargent, Charles Pierce, etc, just looking for suggestions for ‘smaller’ blogs!

        • 45 desertflower
          December 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

          My bad:) I added some below that fit the bill…lest we forget…juanitajean.com LMAO there!

          • 46 vcprezofan2
            December 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

            Although her info is strictly about Texas, I like JuanitJean, especially when I need a laugh. Texas is definitely a place that produces a whole lot of wingnuts. I still haven’t figured out what attracted my father and his wife there, and what has kept them there for well over the last 30 years!

  18. 48 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    margaretandhelen.wordpress.com LOVE these ladies!

  19. 51 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm


  20. December 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  21. December 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Two important insights on #euromaidan

  22. 59 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    BWD had some good ones…now I can’t remember them. Will keep looking!

  23. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    is the foreign policy-oriented blog of the middle east expert Prof J Cole considered “not-small” ?

  24. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Chips, you “forgot” your pal at ObamaFoodrama (spelling)

  25. 63 forus50
    December 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I read this earlier today; just a great little story by a Boston Globe reporter.

  26. 67 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I’d say this was IMPORTANT. Can’t get the thing off here. Help Chips!!!


  27. 69 dotster3
    December 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Who in the world is bidding $99,966.00 for George Zimmerman’s dumb painting on ebay??? A Koch bro?

  28. 72 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Might I just add, that I’m REALLY enjoying Jim Stuart’s blog and his take on the issues 🙂 Just sayin’……so if you’re here, Thanks, Jim!!

  29. 77 amk for obama
    December 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    what is faypax’s blog?

  30. December 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Lead piece on BBC World: NSA ruling. I am now on Sky Sports News.

    Good night all. My head is too stuffed to do anything useful.

    • 85 desertflower
      December 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Neti pot…or head over a pot of boiling water with some peppermint or eucalyptus oil in it would be good:)

  31. 86 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Good night too, folks. As my head is still feeling like it’s on loan I’m treating it with respect tonight, and hoping some extra time resting might make a difference tomorrow. Toodle-di-doo, everyone.

  32. December 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Impressive list of recommended reading.

    I pretty much rely on twitter and TOD commenters and front page for keeping up-to-date with current events.

    Didn’t get a chance to read much of TOD this weekend, so am not sure how TOD reacted to McCain and Murphy’s visit to Ukraine.

    Here’s some tweets re: Ukraine — first two are from the weekend, the last is from today:

  33. 91 desertflower
    December 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Calling it a night, too. Dog is staring a hole in my head. She’s so smart…she can tell time! Night all. Bunch of ” feel betters” going out to everyone not clicking on all cylinders tonight….tomorrow will be better.

    • December 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Rest well, df. Got that important graphic you found into a tweet. Hopefully, Chips or UT will see it and feature the graphic in an FP tomorrow.


    • December 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      I took a peek at the graphic from demunderground, but it just seems like common sense to me.

      Can’t figure out how this would persuade anyone who doesn’t already believe in contraception (which is probably about 100% of women, including RWNJ females).

      I hate the MSM for just parroting what RWNJs say, instead of looking around them and seeing that yes, virtually all opposite sex couples of child bearing age use contraception at some point in their marriage.

  34. December 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    • December 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      About bleeding time! Why did it take an outcry for SNL to have a Black female comedian anyways? Also, they need to diversify and have other racial groups, i.e., Asians, Native Americans, etc. Seems like everyone is White except for the two Black males.

  35. 96 isonprize
    December 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Awesomely Luvvie (real name: Luvvie Ajayi) http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/ is a

    red shoe wearin’ (supports AIDS awareness in women and girls by co-founding The Red Pump Project and invited to the White House Youth Summit)

    funny tweet postin’ (you will cry with laughter at the “Dumbest Tweets” posts)

    pop culture scandal summary writin’ (her Scandal posts are legendary)

    social media goddess (she teaches Social media strategy with style)

    Luvvie is passionate about social justice and addicted to shoes!! What a fascinating, righteous and funny lady.

    … and yes, she looks just like her cartoon icon!!

  36. 98 isonprize
    December 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I just think it’s hilarious that Luvvie really does look like her cartoon! http://instagram.com/p/hgyD2fHriv/

  37. December 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Dec 17, ’13 9:00 AM

    The Senate stands in adjourned until 9:00am on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. At 10:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59, the budget resolution.

    Under the rule, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to the motion to concur in the House message with respect to H.J.Res.59 is 9:00am on Tuesday.

    As a reminder to all Senators, on Sunday, December 15th, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the budget resolution and the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the Defense Authorization bill.

    During Monday’s session, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations, in the following order. The number of hours of post-cloture debate is in parenthesis next to each nomination.

    – Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida (2 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of Callifornia, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (30 hours)

    – Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

    – Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (8 hours equally divided)

    – Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (8 hours equally divided).


    Senator Reid is on a roll …..

    • 100 carolyn
      December 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Bob, could you explain “invoke cloture” to me? I see it in your agenda, and hear it a lot, but do not understand it.

      • December 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        It’s the action taken to close debate and move to consideration of whatever action is appropriate, e.g., vote on a nomination, a piece of legislation, etc. Prior to Senator Reid’s actions, it took 60 votes to halt debate on nominations to Executive and Judicial Positions (other than the Supreme Court), now it only requires a majority, i.e, 51 votes, to close debate and proceed. Hope that helps, Carolyn.

        You can read more here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloture

        • 102 carolyn
          December 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          Very much, thanks. That’s the clearest explanation I’ve read or heard. I have this feeling that a lot of the news people use this term without understanding it…….

          • December 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

            Your ‘feeling’ is likely valid, Carolyn. Most of these #NEWSTAINERS are unlikely to be able to identify the States on a map of the US, let alone understand anything substantive regarding our Democracy …. and so much more.

    • 104 HZ
      December 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you, Bobfr. I copied down a few, but this list is very useful. Tomorrow is my rest and relax day, so I will watching out. HZ

  38. 106 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    got it – smaller blogs

  39. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I guess I am really slow – just noticing now that Twitter is no longer saving most music videos in my TL (the videos that I include in tweets originating from me;

    It seems to have “cleaned out” all the copyrighted music videos from my TL and has left only those which are in the public domain (such as the “In Performance At The White House”);

    I am one of those lazy people who would search for the video version of the must that I like and then include it in a tweet; that way, I would just replay the music I want from my Twitter TL;

  40. 108 HZ
    December 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Good night my Chips and TOD family. Chips, I saw a lovely gift today for Danny. I hope he has a few gifts under the tree.
    ((((((( Handsome Danny)))))))HZ

    I hope LL, Vc, and MightyPamela will have a restful night. LL, ask Mrs. LL what about trying some Eucalyptus Spearmint pillow mist to help with out cold. I love it and each night I spray a little on my pillows and it works wonders. I used this many years, and I found it again at Bath and Body Works. The candles, the lotion, soap, bath form wash, and body massage oil, all are so relaxing and wonderful. Just a thought.HZ

  41. December 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you for the list Ms. Chips. On Friday nights at 10:00 EST we have a live chat over at PlanetPOV. Hope to see some of you there.

  42. 110 marachne
    December 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Long time lurker here. Besides this lovely, special place, one visit is Joe.My.God http://joemygod.blogspot.com Very mixed place. His politics are clearly seen through a gay lens, and a New York City lens, but he does one of the best jobs keeping tabs on the RWNGs. Fun and silly stuff too. You have to be Ok worn his advertisers NSFW.

  43. December 17, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Much of this will be old news, but I’m going to say it anyway, because I haven’t been able to before now. First, I hate the budget deal. In fact, it’s no deal at all. I don’t get the Democrats even a little bit…always willing to cut someone’s pension. Seems to me Dems had the upper hand…force the Republicans to their will…after all, Repubs didn’t want another shutdown, get something to keep them for taking blame for another one. So what they agreed to lift a small percentage of the sequestration…they wanted it lifted as badly as the Democrats. Anyway, dumb deal.

    Regarding the NSA, it’s just about smearing the President. Do people really believe the court or anyone else can stop spying…the idea is so dumb to me, I can’t stand it. Got a social security number? ‘Nuff said about that foolishness.

    Finally, don’t even start feeling good about the confirmations. The Republicans are masters of bait and switch. They are, of course giving the impression that they are being cooperative and are sick of the Tea Party. I ain’t buying it. They’re just setting us up for something ridiculous and in the end people will spread the blame because they’ll say, “See the Republicans have been working with the Democrats.” Get ready!

    Damn…gotta run. Have a great day. Toodle!

    • December 17, 2013 at 2:46 am

      FayPax, I’m with you on all this^. grrrr. But, I also wanted to thank you for sharing your Zurich airport story earlier. I can’t stop thinking about it, actually. I would have loved to have been there, if for no other reason than to be where I could repeatedly say, “I, know!! I know!!”. But then I’d also be compelled to repeatedly say, “I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!” God, the nasty underbelly of this country. It’s like having a sociopathic Uncle who won’t stay in his underground bunker. I despair.

      • December 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

        Oh Kathleen, it makes me so ill. And to be honest, I’m not letting my great President off the hook either. I want him to stop calling every stupid piece of crap they devise “a good first step”. I want him to call on them…all of them… to support the Middle Class. Don’t approve cutting the military’s retirement…call on them to cut subsidies to oil companies, or to fix the farm bill. They won’t do it, but so what.

        On a positive note, I wish everyone could have been at the airport. It was one of the highlights of my life. Just thinking about it sends chills down my spine. I’ve never felt more inspired or proud.

  44. 118 susanne
    December 17, 2013 at 5:08 am

    aloha todville
    love the blog list–not much time lately for reading, but when i do, i like to check sites like these. didn’t see it listed, and maybe it’s not small, but i love to look in at http://mrs-o.com/ for some loving views of our first lady.

  45. December 17, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Another late to the party comment, with an addition for you: The Blogistan Polytechnic Institute (BPI): http://bpicampus.com/

    Many of the names posting there will be familiar to a lot of people. 😉

  46. 121 globalcitizenlinda
    December 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

    morning everyone

  47. December 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    thanks for the shout out, Chips 🙂

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