Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday Morning Rambling... The Whole Picture

I don't post a Blog Roll on my website. But perhaps I should. I particularly admire the Blog Roll listed over on vigilante's website The Vigil. He labels it "Places I Read and Write" and I like that type of personalization. Plus I greatly admire the fact that vigilante engages in dialog with bloggers of different political perspectives.

Vigilante's list is obviously not an endorsement of ideas. Instead he endorses the reasonable exchange of ideas.

I have a list of blogs in my bookmarks (favorites) in my web browser. I read each blog in the order I've placed them on the list. And I move blogs up or down the list based upon the value I find in the ideas and concepts the blogger explores. I also place bloggers in the list based my limited view of their intellectual honesty and candor.

Bloggers do drop off the list and new ones are added. And let's be honest, you cannot read more than 5 or 6 blogs on any given day unless you're retired or a professional blogger.

Still my current list contains 16 blogs. And Sunday is the only day I can read them all.

I'm still not going to list my Blog Roll. Regular readers can probably duplicate it because I so often link to, or give a "tip o' the Wizard's Pointy Cap" to bloggers who influence or contribute to my ideas.

But I do start every day with
The Huffington Post. Because over a hundred writers contribute there, I often make it no further. Today's extensive writing about the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland had captured my attention.

Once I made it to
Michelle Malkin's blog (5th on my list, if you must know) I got a different picture of Davos. I discovered there was a massive conservative backlash over John Kerry's remarks.

"So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East — in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today."

And, by following link's Michelle had provided, I learned of Kerry's cozy forum relationship with former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

VIOLA! I had the genesis for my own blog entry today. It would be a great "tongue in cheek" satire about how Kerry, who has given up on seeking the U.S. Presidency, was now seeking the Iranian Presidency.

I'm sure it would have been very funny.

But I plowed on down my list of blogs. And near the bottom (15th out of 16 I am ashamed to admit) I came upon an article so unexpected and so important, I had to recommend it to you instead of writing my own rather insignificant piece of nonsense.

So I'd like to send you off to
The Sudanese Thinker and an article written by blogger Drima, not about Darfur and The Sudan, which so correctly demands 99% of all the blog entries there, but instead to a very original discussion about the little covered test of a new Space Weapon by the Chinese.

I'm going to reprint a very small portion below, but I ask you all to link over there immediately and read the full discussion in the blog entry
China the Rising Super Power: “Star Wars” Has Begun

"China has shown it can destroy a satellite in orbit. What could the U.S. do to stop Beijing, if it decided to attack an American orbiter next? Short answer: nothing."

"Many Sudanese are happy about the fact that China has such close relations with Sudan. They love the idea of a broken America and a new Chinese super power filling the vacuum."

"Sure. America is no angel. America is not perfect, America has made mistakes (Iraq anyone?), America has done bad things and it still continues to (Guantanamo anyone?). However America is by far better than China when it comes to freedom, respect for human rights and democracy. I do understand that China isn’t waging any wars… for now though (see, I told you I mistrust and fear what I don’t understand) but China is profiting from its activities in Sudan without caring much about what’s happening in Darfur. It’s doing the same in other places too."

Be sure to read the entire article.

If you're not following your own very diverse reading path, you're likely to miss some of the really important things happening in our world today.

Thanks Drima. I'm moving
The Sudanese Thinker up several places on my reading list.




1 comment:

Vigilante said...

Just discovered this. Thanks for your sensitive observation and kind words, Wizard.