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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Shotgun: Number eight political blog in the country

January09img Those were heady days, back in December. The Shotgun blog was the #1 political blog in Canada.

Robert Jago, who blogs here at the Western Standard, has crunched the numbers for the month of December, and our January ranking is eighth. The Shotgun is the number eight political blog in the country (doesn't have the same ring as last month's description, I must admit).

New additions on this month's list include The Tyee's blog "The Hook" at number three, which I read often, though not daily, and with pleasure. Desmogblog at number four, which is an anti-climate change skeptics (that's "anti climate-change-skeptics", to be clear) blog. I've never seen it before, and my first impressions are pretty bad. Here's the description:

"DeSmogBlog exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change." [Of course, the only "PR pollution" they manage to "clear" is the PR pollution from the contrarian side. They don't really nail Al Gore for much of anything, and they don't seem to mind the enviro-hysterics out there either. But, like I said, I'm going on first impressions, and I'll be delighted to be wrong about this.]

"An overwhelming majority of the world's climate scientists agree that the globe is warming - the world's climate is changing - and that the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels is to blame"... [I don't know of anyone who doubts that the climate is changing. I think literally everybody agrees. The climate is *always* changing. But that's probably not what was meant. The meaning is probably that the earth is getting warmer, the ice caps are going to melt, polar bears will eat the heads of our children just before they all go extinct, and all the cute animals will die, leaving the earth with only the ugly animals that PETA has never used in any of its advertising. Like the cockroach. Or the rat. Also, "indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels"? What? Why would anyone burn fossil fuels "indiscriminately"? I have somewhere to go, I get in my car and drive. It's not like I get in my car and drive for no reason. Gas prices may have gone down, but I'm not about to burn gas like it's free or something. And neither does anyone else.]

"...We know that the risks are incalculable and, increasingly, we understand that the solutions are affordable." [Yes. Very affordable. For example, the Kyoto Protocol is super cheap. For the price of, like, seven Big Macs we could all stave off global warming by using rollerskates and not burning our fossil fuels indiscriminately like we do now. Like yesterday, when I lit up a pile of fossil fuels for literally no reason at all. Just lit it up. Not even for fun. I just walked away...].

[You know what?... I'll just say etc. and you can read the rest of the description. It's a bit of a mess, if read literally, and not much better if read charitably. The next paragraph is just a big old ad hominem and guilt by association thing.]

There are a couple of other new blogs on the list, so go visit the Top 25 political blogs for January, and take a look around.

As always, thanks go to Robert for putting together this fine list every month. It's a lot of work, and we appreciate the job he does.

UPDATE: Here's Werner Patel's Top 25 list. He uses a simple Google search to determine his list. The Shotgun does not appear on it (alas).

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on January 3, 2009 in Western Standard | Permalink


The ranking done by Robert is bogus and completely "unscientific".

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 10:40:37 AM

...one suggestion is to just have headlines and maybe a few sentences of the topic and then a link off to it.

This scrolling down 1/2 mile past topics while may have been relevant at first is annoying now.

I mean like the "Western Standard’s 'Liberty 100' Top 25 for 2008" scrolls on and on and on...

Posted by: tomax7 | 2009-01-03 10:48:41 AM

Thanks for the advice, tomax7. I'll do it just as soon as I figure out how to show the "extended post" section on the new Typepad system. I can't seem to find it...

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-01-03 10:53:20 AM

I can't seem to find it...

C'mon, Typepad is the easiest application to use, everything is 100% self-explanatory.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 11:40:21 AM

Help me, then, Werner. Where is the "extended post" thing? I see additional options, but that's not an available option.

Where is it?

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-01-03 11:49:46 AM

What version of Typepad are you on? Do you have the new composer installed already?

If it' the new one, you'll see an icon in the toolbar of your composer that shows two paragraphs (shapes) being split in the middle. Simply place your cursor at the start of the paragraph where you want to cut and then click on the icon.

If you still have the old composer, locate customization (or whatever they called it in the early days) and then located (I quote from memory): display extended post.

You will have to save those setting by publishing a post first, then return to the composer so that the new settings (i.e., the ones showing the extended post option) can take effect.

Typepad knowledgebase



Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 12:46:54 PM

Here's the real 25 Top Political Blogs in Canada list, by the way.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 12:47:38 PM

Thanks, Werner, I'll try to find it on the new Typepad (I was looking for "extended post" because that's how we did it earlier. But it's not there. The "excerpt" function also doesn't do it. I'll take a poke around, and see if I can figure it out).

As for your list, does the Shotgun even appear as a Canadian political blog? I have a hard time believing that a Google PR 6 site wouldn't appear on a simple Google search...

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-01-03 12:50:34 PM

Sorry, but it didn't come up -- I provide a link to the Google Search, you can see for yourself.

Those PR ranks are bogus, because, again, they, like Alexa, depend on widgets that users must have installed in their browser in order to be measured.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 12:57:30 PM

Just checked, and The Shotgun doesn't show on any of the first 25 results pages or so (I stopped looking after that). Sorry, but as I said, my method is completely objective, no manual pre-selection based on personal preferences as Jago does, etc.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 1:00:59 PM

No, Werner, Page Rank does not require the installation of any widget. Google has some secret algorithm that they use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank

I guess you can trust it if you trust Google.

I'm fine with your list (keep it up), but I'm suspicious that the Shotgun would not show up on any search like that. At all. No matter what. Even if everybody in Canada, the U.S. and the world read our blog every day, we still wouldn't show up on that list...

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-01-03 1:02:21 PM

Sorry, but as I said, my method is completely objective,
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 1:00:59 PM

15. Werner Patels




Posted by: The Stig | 2009-01-03 1:04:36 PM

Well, the Google search results are what they are (take a hike, Stig, and suck on a lemon).

P.M., I have made a screenshot to show you the icon on the toolbar in the new composer that allows you to do an extended post (I put a red circle around it).

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 1:17:24 PM

Oh, and Stig, unless you start writing your own blog and produce web columns of at least 600 words, you don't have any position to argue from one way or the other.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 1:18:18 PM

I really appreciate you doing that, Werner. Thank you very much.

I'm on my way out the door just now to play some basketball, so I won't be able to change my posts until later on tonight. But I will.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-01-03 1:19:12 PM

Remember first to place the cursor in front of the first word of the paragraph that you want to make the first paragraph of your extension, and then click that icon (incidentally, it works the same way as in Wordpress, in case you're familiar with that).

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 1:21:21 PM

Here's a ranking based on Technorati -- also objective unlike Jago's joke list.

You'll notice that this ranking does include The Shotgun (and me too! -- take that, Stig, confirmed by two objective rankings).

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 3:01:05 PM

You'll notice that this ranking does include The Shotgun (and me too! -- take that, Stig, confirmed by two objective rankings).
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 3:01:05 PM

In one the Shotgun is number 4 and in another doesn't make the top 25. Yeah right.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-01-03 3:55:26 PM

If you don't like the algorithms, complain to Technorati and Google, Stig, not me. I didn't make up the lists; the search engines did.

Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-01-03 4:05:56 PM

Al Gore has really stepped in it this time. He could have spent the rest of his global warming career collecting money by spreading fear over events that were a centure or at least half century in the future. Oh, but that wasn't good enough for Big Al. He's now told the biggest global warming whopper of his alarmist career:


When I heard this I assumed it was a rumor started by skeptics to make Gore look bad. It wasn't until I viewed the video that I realized what Gore had done. Gore has started a five year credibility countdown timer ticking and it's up to all of us to make sure that he is held accountable and proven to be a fraud when his dire prediction aimed at drumming up support doesn't come close to comming true.

The mainstream media isn't going to let this video see the light of day because they, unlike Al, understand the precarious position in which he has placed himself.

It is therefore up to us to spread the word about Big Al's prediction. He must be exposed for the fearmongering opportunist that he has become.

To view the video, please visit the following site and click on the picture of Big Al holding up five fingers.


While visiting this site, you might want to watch a preview of the film "Not Evil, Just wrong" or watch "The Great Global Warming Swindle" which is found in the video section. Happy Viewing!!!

Posted by: Dash RipRock III | 2009-01-03 9:06:55 PM

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