Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blogger Appreciation: Rhymes with Right

Rhymes with Right has been on my blogroll a long time, and I've probably commented on that site more than any other. More than any other right-wing blog I have found, Rhymes with Right is an informative and thoughtful voice, committed to open debate.

Obviously, I'm not always impressed with the positions that Greg takes. He denies man's role in global warming, he thinks that the turning point in the Iraq Disaster is perpetually 3 months away, and he has a weakness for condemning Islam without examining the Christian world. Make no mistake, Greg is a right-wing blogger, with all the weak logic and fact-impaired excesses of his ilk. And he'd say the same thing about me and left-wing bloggers.

But Greg really does care about the truth. He's well-informed, and will criticize the right wing when he sees it going astray. He may be a true-believer, but he's not a knee-jerk partisan. For example, he didn't participate in the despicable swift-boating of Graeme Frost.

He's also one of the hardest-working bloggers I've seen. He posts often, and provides a good mix of topics, ranging from national politics to baseball. He's a sucker for archeology stories. If you want a window into mainstream right-wing thought (yes, it does exist), few blogs can provide it better than Rhymes with Right.

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Anonymous dolphin said...

He must be coming around again. I met him years ago not too long after I started blogging and always like it when he came to visit because he was one of the few people who'd come around and strongly disagree but do so in a civil, well-thought out manner.

Then his comments slowly became more and more "Coulter-esque" (a word he began to use to describe himself that I fully agreed was fitting). Finally I sent him an email and ask him not to come back to my blog and I stopped visiting his. Sounds like he must be calming now again. Good to hear.

10/16/2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

Thanks -- the respect is reciprocated, as I hope you know.

But I would make a couple of comments.

I remain optimistic about Iraq, but I am aware of the dangers of predicting victory on a timetable. After all, I recall the prediction that a certain conflict in the 1860s would be over in 90 days. That belief was smacked down at Bull Run. And as I recall, that was about the time that a certain political party started calling for peace terms and unilateral capitulation by the Union. ;)

Similarly, I don't have a problem with the Graeme Frost thing -- beyond "mere" the fact that so much of the early work was sloppy and wrong. But I don't think there is anything wrong with asking the questions that were asked, because the decision by the Frosts to allow the DNC to use their son for political purposes to justify a program for the needy made it legitimate to question how needy they were. By the way, my reason for writing had to do with a desire to see the information vetted more throughly, because something seemed "wrong" about it. Turned out my gut was right.

And dolphin, I'll say nothing except there was more to our ongoing dispute than you let on -- including one incident in which my words were presented dishonestly. I won't rehash that here -- or anywhere else -- as I consider it water under the bridge. Glad to see you are doing reasonably well.

10/16/2007 6:04 PM  
Blogger Ambitious Fledgling said...

Cheers to you for adding a right winger to your Blogger Appreciation list.

10/16/2007 11:38 PM  
Blogger sophia said...

I'd really appreciate knowing if he gets paid to randomly shill websites and financial services, or if he just woke up one day and decided to promote the glories of payday loans.

http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/247768.php

11/30/2007 3:08 PM  

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