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4 Blogging Weapons I Stole from Vodkapundit Stephen Green

Winning the internet one drink at a time.

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Dave Swindle

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November 5, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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This is Week 5 of Season 3 in my new 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series. Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines.

Previously in this series on my favorite writers I named Ed Driscoll as the first in my trinity of blogging influences. The sophisticated humor, enlightening political-intellectual juxtapositions, clever visuals, and encyclopedic pop culture knowledge Ed brings to the web are innovations that I’ve sought to commandeer for my own new-media troublemaking.

Complementing Ed as the other editor-columnist on the breaking news beat is the Vodkapundit Stephen Green, PJM’s Denver editor. Stephen is another blogosphere veteran who really knows what he’s doing. Here are four weapons you can borrow from his armory:

1. Less is more.


Stephen excels at the short-form style of blogging, frequently doing posts that are only a few paragraphs or less in length. He does a great job of getting to the point and highlighting the most vital facts. It’s no surprise that he’s also one of PJM’s most effective Tweeters.

2. Cut deeper by stabbing with a smile!

One of the lessons that I’m always reminded of when reading Stephen’s posts is that one can get away with harsher critiques and stronger positions when they’re offset by some jokes and style.

3. Balance the blog — politics, cultural, personal, video, images, longer articles, and shorter blog posts

Of all the PJ columnists Stephen probably has the best all-around balance across subjects. I’m still largely sympathetic — even nostalgic — for the style of personal-political-cultural blogging that arose from 2000-2005. Stephen largely still operates in this mode of a blogger keeping a regular online diary with entries featuring both commentary on current events and discussions of hobbies.

4. Live-Blogging No, Drunk-Blogging Yes!

“Live-blogging” is the process of doing short blog posts about an ongoing event. Stephen takes this to the next level with the injection of well-prepared alcoholic beverages. I concur. Bloody Mary is my drink of choice:

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Proposed New Media Rule: You’re not really a blogger until you’ve blogged drunk. (Obvious exceptions granted for Mormons and other religious teetotalers.)

PJ Media Story Round Up

PJM Stories on Tuesday

Bridget Johnson: Administration Plans to Placate Millions Who Have Lost Health Insurance with Outreach Program

Jen Kuznicki: Obamacare, Baseball, and the Public Trust

Let’s assume the Washington Post is correct in its estimation that the website cost around $174 million, and could reach as high as $300 million. (Excuse me for snickering at the thought that there is some sort of spending cap on this monument to hole-digging.) In that case, the Obama administration paid out, presumably in the last three years, more than the entire career earnings of Mariano Rivera. Don’t like baseball? Shaquille O’Neal’s estimated career earnings are a little over $292 million. Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, and Steve Yzerman would have to pool all their earnings from their entire careers to fund this website that doesn’t work. (Why Brendan Shanahan? Because I like Brendan Shanahan.)

I’m not even talking net worth. I’m talking about all the money they have earned in their careers. If you consider how much money you’ve made in your lifetime, and then look at the stuff you have, you might get a little depressed. But the government doesn’t have such emotions, as unearned money is no object. They’ll just fill in the hole and start digging a new one.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Double-Dealing Middle East Is Double-Dealt

In sum, the American people think the Middle East is, well, the Middle East: support democracy and we are derided as cultural chauvinists, Western interventionists, and clueless about the nuances of Arab culture. Support the existing status quo, and we care only about oil, not the masses, and geopolitics rather than democratic reform. Stay out entirely and we have abdicated moral responsibility. Intervene and we are “nation-building” in the old colonial fashion.

It is hard for Americans to keep us with all this, much less take Middle East intellectuals seriously, given their lockstep and boring anti-Americanism. No wonder the American people seem to have become tired of this wink-and-nod con. Their exhaustion has proved a godsend to Obama, who can be naturally both weak and indecisive, and not necessarily in the short-term unpopular at home for such laxity. Again, for a variety of other reasons, he wanted to vacate the region and forget about violence against sympathetic Christians, Iraqi reformers, Afghan women, and anyone else who hoped for something better. Conniving Arab leaders and whiny intellectuals helped to give him his opening.

Paul Hsieh: Obamacare and the Wages of Spin

Before: “Death Panels” are just right-wing crazy talk.
Now: “Death Panels” are good!

In Slate, Adam Goldenberg declares, “Canada Has Death Panels — And that’s a good thing.”

Basically, when we all have to pay for one another’s health care, then patients should not be allowed to impose unlimited health costs on other taxpayers. Hence, the government has to decide who does — or does not — receive medical services. He explicitly argues that the government should “play God” with citizens’ lives. For the good of society, of course.

Stephen Kruiser: What They’ll Tell You the VA and NJ Elections Mean

Bryan Preston: Is the Obamacare Grinch About to Steal Christmas?

Bryan  Preston: VIDEO — Obama’s Lying About His Lies Now

PJM Stories on Monday

The Freedom Academy’s November Military History Challenge

Rich Baehr: Governors’ Races: One Contest and One No Contest

Stephen Green: The Week the Wheels Came off Obamacare

The pols and pundits can argue and fingerpoint until they’re blue in the — finger? — but Obamacare’s numbers paint a bleak picture of broken promises and outright lies. After a full month, nearly 40,000 people have successfully signed up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov, out of an administration goal of over seven million by the end of March. At that rate, the administration will have met its goal sometime in the autumn — of 2028.

Mind you, the goal of Obamacare was to provide coverage for some 47,000,000 uninsured Americans. So take those 15 years and multiply them by about seven. You’re gonna need a bigger calculator.

Ignored in those dreary statistics is the fact that people are being dumped out of their current coverage and onto the nonfunctional exchanges faster than the exchanges can handle them. An estimated 1,500,000 have lost their coverage, up against those newly insured 40,000. The best guess is that seven or eight million more face the same fate.

Bridget Johnson: Romney: Christie ‘Could Easily Become Our Nominee and Save Our Party’

Jean Kaufman: The Obamacare Prediction of the Week

Bill Straub: Post-Shutdown, GOP Finds New Fight Against Obama’s Nominees

Ed Driscoll: Interview: Virginia Postrel on The Power of Glamour

Rick Moran: New York Times: Your Insurance Policy Was Cancelled for Your Own Good

PJM Stories from Weekend

David P. Goldman: National Security and Economic Growth: A New Plan

Charlie Martin: Obamacare vs. Arithmetic

Claudia Rosett: Putin’s Nuclear Attack Drill a Sign of the New World Order Taking Shape in 2013

Rodrigo Sermeno: Cato Argues for Reducing U.S. Nuclear Capability to Subs Only

Lawrence Kohn: Soviet-Russian Continuity Reminds Us There Are Two Superpowers

Roger Kimball: ‘Racism, Inc.’ Comes to Football

Rick Moran: Can Cuccinelli Pull Off the Upset?

Bill Straub: Holder, Cops Clash on DOJ’s Decision to Ease Pot Enforcement

Ron Radosh: Why Are My Supermarket Workers Threatening to Strike? A Surprising Answer!

Andrew Klavan: Barack Obama’s Narrative Illusions

But in this left-wing country of the blind, even a one-eyed man can see: Obama’s political achievements, like Hillary Clinton’s political achievements, like Ben Kingsley’s role in freeing India from British rule, are all of a piece — a narrative illusion fostered on us by those who do not believe there is any truth to tell.

Klavan is really a extraordinary writer.

PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page from Monday

Robert Spencer: ‘Stone Cold’ Yousef al-Khattab and His Children

Paula Bolyard: At Least We Don’t Have Marauding Hippos in the Streets of America

P. David Hornik: The Ten Worst Purveyors of Antisemitism Worldwide, #6: The Jobbik Party

PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page from the Weekend

Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

Andrew C. McCarthy: ‘The Great Achievements of Liberalism’ AKA ‘The Ponzi Scheme’ – A Response to Ron Radosh

A very compelling response from Andy, loaded with arguments.

Walter Hudson: Were Video Stores Better than Internet Streaming?

At some point I’m going to have to write something about the rise and fall of Blockbuster. I remember with such fondness how first videotape then video game then DVD rental stores used to be such a central part of my childhood and adolescence.

And now I can’t even remember how many years it’s been since I last used my Blockbuster card. (It might not even be in my wallet anymore!) But I do have a bit of schadenfreude — for as much as I adore Blockbuster for providing access to the cinematic world, I also hated it. On two separate occasions when I applied for jobs — once in high school and once after college — I was turned down. That was probably for the better I now realize.

Spyridon Mitsotakis: The UK Should Ignore the Mediocrities and Listen to the Pretty Lady

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Tuesday

Helen Smith: Can Yoga Cure Anxiety?

Stephen Green: Omigosh Nikon What Have You Done?

David P. Goldman: Reports of Russia’s Death Are Exaggerated

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa’s Disinformation has fired up my interest in learning much more about Russia’s past, present, and future.

Becky Graebner: 3 Reasons Why Dating is Especially Hard in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Klavan: Peddling Trashy Books to Teens

Paula Bolyard: Dare You Not to Cry: Autistic Football Player ‘Big Mike’ Runs for a 31-Yard Touchdown

Monday

Chris Queen: Disney Plans To Phase Out Star Wars And Marvel-Themed Slot Machines

Encouraging.

Paula Bolyard: The Most Important Candidates You Probably Won’t Vote For on Tuesday

Robert Spencer: ‘Stone Cold’ Yousef al-Khattab and His Children

Rhonda Robinson: If You Were Lost In The Abyss Of Your Own Soul, Would It Be A Happy Place?

Bonnie Ramthun: Battered Voter Syndrome

Weekend

Chris Queen: Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania,Part 6: Unfailing Love

P. David Hornik: The Ten Worst Purveyors of Antisemitism Worldwide, # 5: The Guardian

Walter Hudson: Of Thugs and Men

Susan L.M. Goldberg: Can’t Touch This: American Feminism’s Racial Ignorance

Me: What To Do When Progressives and Conservatives Can’t Communicate: Part IV of Lumish Vs Swindle

Rhonda Robinson: Don We Now Our Gay Apparel Ugly Sweaters

Sarah Hoyt: Selling Your Writing To The Public

Megan Fox: Anyone Can Do This Stuff. Professionals Need Not Apply

I remain astounded by Megan’s new-media activism raising the alarm on an Illinois library’s sexually charged atmosphere.

Charlie Martin: 13 Weeks: The Hard Boiled Egg Theory

Jon Bishop: We Should All Be The Dude

Paula Bolyard: Could The Federal Government ‘Force-Place’ Health Insurance on the Uninsured?

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New at PJ Tatler

Monday

Raymond Ibrahim: How Historic Revisionism Justifies Islamic Terrorism

Ron Radosh: The Tea Party and Alger Hiss

Raymond Ibrahim: Syria: Islamic Rebels Slaughter and Behead Christians, Steal Ancient Christ Icon

Weekend

Rick Moran: Worrisome Security Breach at Healthcare.gov

Rick Moran: Remembering the Hungarian Uprising of 1956

J. Christian Adams: The Washington Post’s Crusade Against the Washington Redskins

From the PJ Tatler’s Editor Bryan Preston

Tuesday

Two Acts of Fraud May Hand McAuliffe the Keys to Virginia

VIDEOS — Obama Losing His Grip on the One Cable Network He Could Always Count On

Obamacare Just Cost 73,000 in Maryland Their Health Insurance

Monday

Austin TV News Producer Goes Crazypants Trolling GOP Lt Gov Candidate

Guns & Ammo Editor Pens Editorial Supporting Gun Control

Photo of the Day: Sebelius Receives the Perfect Gift

I don’t think there’s going to be any kind of magical fix for the website in the coming months. This is an administration totally lost at sea, without a hope.

WH Spox Carney Mocks Concerns Over Obamacare Phone Enrollees, Then Admits that They’re Lying Again

Victims or Perpetrators? How Democrats are Waging Guerilla War Against Popular Voter ID Laws

Feinstein’s New Spin: We Meant to Say, You Could Keep Your Healthcare — Until We Passed Obamacare

Obamacare Costs Cancer Survivor Her Healthcare Plan

 

From PJM’s Washington D.C. Editor Bridget Johnson

Tuesday

Conservative Advocacy Groups Urging GOP to Advance Immigration Reform Bill

Haley Looking at 70 Percent Premium Increases in South Carolina

Kerry Reviving Administration Push for UN Disabilities Treaty

Monday

Feinstein Shies Away from Armed TSA ‘Because TSA Is Up Close and Personal’

Holder Appears to be Backing Away from Civil Rights Charges Against Zimmerman

Honor Flights: World War II Vets Keep Streaming Through D.C.

Obama Stumps for McAuliffe, Says Cuccinelli Part of ‘Extreme Faction’ of GOP

Weekend

D.C. Dem: TSA Death Shows Sequestration Bad for All ‘Unarmed Front-Line Federal Employees’

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From PJM’s Breaking News Columnists

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From PJM’s Colordado Editor, Vodkapundit Stephen Green,

Tuesday

Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day

News You Can Use

Panic in the McAuliffe Camp?

Required Reading

Aim to Misbehave

Monday

Twitter Playing Partisan Politics?

The New Containment

Lighter Than Air

Fill It to the RIM — With Fail

News You Can Use

Enough!

But It’s for Your Own Good

Required Reading

Your Daily Dose of Schadenfreude

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Getting It Right

Weekend

Omigosh Nikon What Have You Done?

Required Viewing

Meet KitKat

The Empire Strikes Kinkade!

Every Combat Dog Deserves His Day

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From PJM’s San Jose Ed Driscoll

Monday and Tuesday

Quote of the Day

Great Moments in Socialist Psychobabble

Watching the Wheels Come Off Obamacare

Barbara Walters: The View Isn’t a Political Show

Weekend

Interview: Virginia Postrel on The Power of Glamour

Leftist Gets Mugged

All the News That’s Fit to Bury

 

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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