Sunday, April 08, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award (Tagged by DesertPeace!)

This began when Renegade Eye tagged DesertPeace with The Thinking Blogger Award … which was then graciously conferred to this writer’s site. Thank you very much, DesertPeace, I shall endeavour to continue posting articles in the future that continue to capture your imagination and, of course, make you think.

The FOUR blogs that I have selected as my honourees (see note at end of list), in no particular order … (drum-roll please) … no, wait: I must first mention that there are two sites that have been awarded that I would have included on mine but shall not, for the obvious reason that this would quickly become a silly game of “mutual admiration” if that took place.

Previously Awarded and Worth Honouring Again Category PAWHAC): Benjamin Heine’s Blog: Ben Heine is, in my opinion, one of the most talented political cartoonists and all-around artists emerging in the field today. His blog is a wonderful reflection of this young man’s exceptionally creative mind where each new work of art is a gem to behold.

The second and final PAWHAC goes to the site that tagged me: DesertPeace: also known to some (and me … most of the time) as my father. While we have had our differences in our thirty-eight year relationship (beginning when I threw-up on him when I was a few months old and he was bouncing me above his head … not a smart thing to do after dinner, but he was warned). I can always count on his blog to provide me with something that I need to know, or should know, about the situation in Israel/Palestine. Venceremos!

Now, in no particular order, I have selected five blogs that I visit when I get the chance that have never fail to “make me think”…

Weird Cake: Treats from a Bipolar Mind: It is difficult for me, someone who proudly goes by the screen-name “CrazyComposer”, to not relate to the writings on “Weird Cake”. Quite often there is a feeling of “been there” and “got the T-shirt” whenever I read what AriadneK is going through. One of the most difficult things that we must remember when we are in this struggle for our minds is that we are really not alone; there are far more people going through similar battles at the same time, we just have to look around and we will find the help we need. This is a blog well worth visiting.

PeacePalestine: The name says it all, and rightly so: peace is not an answer to a question, it is an inescapable reality that to which there is only one alternative; the utter annihilation of humanity. As she writes at the end of her profile, “Only through Justice can there be peace.” This blog makes you think about the hard things going on in the world; it is a blog well worth visiting.

Jews sans frontieres: Mark Elf has created an anti-Zionist blog that serves to strike out against the lies being churned out by the propaganda machine run by AIPAC and their stooges in Washington. Elf takes on, without fear, the issue of Jews being against the pernicious virus of Zionism without the fear of being labelled anti-Semites by that ignorant segment of our society that has bought into the fictions perpetrated by “puppet-masters” (if you adhere to the conspiracy theories …) – the desperate attempts by some pro-Israeli Jews (and other misguided souls) seeking to protect their xenophobic views by advocating the “right” to kill innocent civilians in the name of security, civilians who have the audacity of seeking their homeland within the hallowed borders of the “state” of Israel; it is a blog well worth visiting.

My final award is a bit unconventional in the sense that this isn’t a blog in the truest sense of the word … so sue me. One of the few news programs that I watch with any regularity is “Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC. The show has a corresponding blog where you can find many of the interviews, clips and other excerpts from the nightly show. The most interesting feature, the feature the “makes you think” is entitled the “Olbermann Special Comment”. These comments are absolute gems and are well worth examining and spreading through the ether.

So that’s it, my contribution to this little bit of Net-madness … to those of you who weren’t nominated, sorry … you can’t win all the time. To the winners, congratulations and keep making us think!

Now obviously there are only four sites listed here (though I honestly didn’t realize that when I originally posted this) … mea culpa. At the moment I am unable to select a fifth honouree for the simple reason that there are several worthy contenders. As well, I am trying to complete a project that has prevented me from following many blogs of late with the regularity that I normally would have if my time were not so constrained. In other words, this shall not be the last time I visit this topic; the fifth “Inner Voice of the CrazyComposer Thinking Blogger Award” shall be awarded in due time.

Thank you for your patience, and for continuing to open your minds to the possibilities that insanity can, at times, produce ideas that reach beyond the mundane things contained within this thing we call “humanity”.

Below are the “rules” regarding the “tagging” and propagation of this award.

For those of you who have been tagged, should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are honouring (tagging): I am including here, as part of this post, along with the meme.

The participation rules are quite simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (there is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).


Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you accepted the award and have decided to pass it on to other worthy recipients.
Your choices all seem worthy of the honour.

Unknown said...

Thank you, again - as I said on your site. Yes, passing this on was something that I felt was worthwhile, though a bit harder than I expected - there are quite a few blogs that "make me think", so the list could have been quite a bit longer than the five I was supposed to select (thus the two extra at the beginning).

Take care, and thanks again.

Kiley said...

Thank you SO MUCH for the honour, CrazyComposer, I really appreciate the recognition more than you know and plan to pass on the honours in kind. :-)

Best Regards,

Unknown said...

Glad you want to take up the challenge ... as you may have noticed, I only came out with four at first ... it isn't as easy as you might think! ... no pun intended.

I'm looking forward to your selections.


thecutter said...

thanks for this honour! I really do appreciate your consideration, and when I navigate, (I do far too little of it) I am always surprised by what I find here. It's just great! I am also really glad that you understand my blog. A lot of people don't (including JSF!! this is really interesting, two blogs that oppose one another are two of your choices! It's crazy! But it's cool too.)

I have been thinking a bit on the awards and it is going to be hard, I don't think five is a correct number! It is just too few!