Archive for the ‘Blogs’ Category

Intro to Tennessee Blogs

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Michael Silence has a great roundup of Tennessee blogs. I am honored to be among them.

Saudi Blogger Freed

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

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.

ACK is Back

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

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.

Who’s the Boss?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I was critical of Bill Hobbs’ decision to make an issue of Barack Obama’s middle name, but this brouhaha is silly. Anyone fair minded person would understand that Hobbs was referring to the people being Obama’s boss, which is (at least in theory) true of all elected officials.

Krumm to Iraq

Friday, April 4th, 2008

One of the best bloggers in Tennessee, Bob Krumm, is being deployed to Iraq as an analyst with the Multi National Corp-Iraq. Bill Hobbs provides the details. Krumm is one of the best political minds around and an all around nice guy. We should all remember him in our prayers.

Bon Voyage, Volunteer Voters

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Volunteer Voters is no more. AC Kleinheider, it seems, has fallen victim to budget cuts at WKRN. VV was one of my favorite blogs, so I’m sad to see it go. On the bright side, as Sean Braisted points out, AC is now free to let his opinions fly over at

Tennessee Free

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

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.

Hillbilly Savants

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

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.

ACK Over Time

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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.

Evaluating the Blogosphere

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Roger Abramson has some thoughts on the blogosphere. Very much worth a read.

Via Music City Oracle