How is it that it's time for another Random 10 so soon? I've been swamped lately so my online explorations have been limited. But I've done my best and I offer you these six sites. I know, it's supposed to be 10. But I'm stuck at six and I don't want to simply offer you links to sites I haven't really looked at. So forgive me for being four sites short- and email me your recommended sites to help me out on the next Random 10, two weeks from now.
1. One Thousand Reasons: Next time Bush has trouble figuring out if he's made any mistakes, we can send him to this site. The site is like a cliff notes version of the missteps, mistakes, and misrepresentations of the Republicans in power. It's not striving for balance or hiding it's anti-Bush bias under the guise of even-handedness but neither is it a conspiracy laden site, embracing vitriol or ranting rages. It's a good place to see what those on the left find worthy of criticism. You can even get a historic overview by clicking on the 1000 failures link which lists 1633 failures (and counting).
2. King of Zembla: I like this site which is a solidly partisan site that points me to information I don't regularly stumble across in the round of WaPo, NYT, and a-list blogs. For example, this post highlights the impact of liberal radio and makes me wonder when we'll expand to a progressive TV network. Many of the posts are long excerpts from other sources, but they're sources I don't see elsewhere, with comments that direct the attention to the critical points made. Worth visiting for sure.
3. Bionic Octopus: I'd be tempted to include this blog simply for the name. But read it and you'll find a distinctly unique voice blogging opinions that are expressly her own. Whether it's the paean in praise of abortion or rants about the new "how to have sex" standards, the rants and raves on women by this American expat in London are compelling. But the same unique writing that infuses these topical rants shows up in her other posts, including the occasional coverage of television shows. The writing here makes the site worth reading.
4. Dissent Channel: This is a quintessential lefty group blog. Topical, good writing, and personal insights mixed with what might be lefty talking points if they weren't so easy to ferret out with the use of some common sense and attention to the world. Coverage includes small stories and big alike. So why add this to your blogroll you ask? The writing. Take this comment on Wolfowitz as head of the world bank as a taste of what to expect: "A right-wing warmonger with a proven track record of utter ineptitude and rampaging destruction, with no development experience and no training as an economist is going to head one of the world's most important development organizations?" Pretty good, eh?
5. Anti-[everything]: This newly resurrected blog is dedicated to questioning everything - no small task. While the posts explaining the focus aren't the clearest I've read, those that actually engage in the questioning are sharp and thought-provoking. I hope the blogger stays the course and prods readers to question not only those things that generate a critical spark, but also those things that fit nicely in our own world views. I'll be reading to see what I'm prodded to question, to see what sparks get thrown.
6. Dr.Tony: For something completely different, check out this ER doc's blog. It's interesting, well-written and in the occasional post provides real insight into our country's health care system and the related insurance industry. It's definitely a worthy read, mixing information, personal stories, and linky love in a regular 'Grand Rounds" column that is the doc's version of the Random 10". Based on the links and some posts I'm sure this doc is conservative. But I won't hold that against his blog. It's too interesting.