Michael Silence has a great roundup of Tennessee blogs. I am honored to be among them.
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In Saudi Arabia, blogging can be hazardous to your health:
Saudi Arabia’s most popular blogger was released Saturday after serving four months in prison without charge.
Fouad al-Farhan, 33, was detained Dec. 10 after authorities warned him about his online support of an activist group. At the time of his arrest, the Interior Ministry said only that his violations were not related to state security.
Farhan had used his blog to criticize corruption and call for political reform in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy.
In a telephone interview Saturday, Farhan said he was happy to be free and described his time behind bars as “a unique experience.” He said he had been “fairly treated” but would not comment on the specifics of his case.
“I will be blogging soon,” he said.
It’s so easy for us to blog and criticize the government here in America that we sometimes forget that millions of our fellow human beings do not enjoy this right. I hope that someday Al-Farhan will be viewed as a pioneer who helped bring basic human rights to the Kingdom.
A.C. Kleinheider, formerly of Volunteer Voters, is now blogging at Post Politics, the Nashville Post’s blog. We all knew A.C. would land on his feet, and it’s great to see him blogging again.
One of my favorite Tennessee bloggers, Glen Dean, has started a new blog: Tennessee Free. Lots of interesting stuff there; head on over and take a look.
I am honored to now be a contributer to the wonderful Hillbilly Savants blog, a treasure trove of all things Appalachian. My first post deals with the history of Harriman, TN, my hometown. Much thanks to Eric Drummond Smith for inviting me to contribute to his blog!
And don’t worry; Appalachian Scribe will continue unabated.
There is some talk in the Tennessee blogosphere over some changes that have been made at Volunteer Voters. A.C. Kleinheider used to offer commentary for his postings, some of it quite controversial, but these days he’s mostly just serving as an aggregator, linking to his favorite postings in the Tennessee blogosphere without offering much commentary. Michael Silence has even posted a poll asking which AC is better, the old or the new.
So what do I think? I liked the old AC better. I still enjoy reading Volunteer Voters as it is a wonderful sampling of blogs across the state, but his commentary was outstanding. And I say this as someone who often disagreed with it. AC is an old school paleocon whose views sometimes border on radical. But he is an independent thinker with views which haven’t been sent through the typical Republican or Democratic talking points filter, unlike 95% of our current pundits. So I say free ACK. We can all use a good challenge, and he provides one to everyone on all sides of the political spectrum.