Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Cream

Sturgeon's Law says that "90% of everything is crap." It can be said that "crap is in the eye of the beholder," but I'd agree that Sturgeon's law is pretty much undeniable, especially when it comes to the Blogosphere. Technorati, for example, tracks well over 50 million blogs, and says that only about 4% of those are "professional" - the rest being run by people as a hobby rather than a business. Still, ten percent of a million is 100,000, so there's a lot of good content out there.

But, as with everything, there are some far-edge-of-the-bell-curve extraordinary flawless gems.

Gerard Van der Leun's American Digest is one of those. His blog has been at the top of my "True Excellence" blogroll since I first stumbled upon it several years ago. AD just turned seven, which is (as I've said) like 49 in blog years. Here's an example of the reason Gerard's site is one of the best in the 'sphere: PUDDY: The Gift. Go read. Have some Kleenex handy. And read the comments, especially. All the way to the bottom.

Then go here and wish American Digest a happy birthday.

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