Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Finding a good, but not too well known, blog is like finding a good local garage band that plays for no cover charge in a bar around the corner.
You have to tell other people about it.
So once a month or so I'll be using this space to do just that.
A blog featured in this space will be one that
(A) is regularly updated, and (B) has a
of 5 or less (the lower the better). If you'd like to recommend a blog
to be featured here, let me know.
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03/01/06: This month's Blog of the Month is
a promising new enterprise my blogmate Tom
launched just this week. Ever since he joined me here on Adeimantus, I've been telling
Tom that he should start
his own blog, where his wit and wisdom will radiate forth untainted by any dubious associations with Yours Truly.
Finally, Tom has heeded my advice.
Athough I first crossed paths with Tom online
about ten years ago, I've never actually met him in person. So I can't say for sure whether this picture
from his blog
has been air-brushed a little, but it certainly does capture something of his vital essence. And I'm not sure exactly what
Tom has planned for his
but I can guarantee you that his writing on
will always be
original and entertaining.
Join me in wishing my dearest online friend Tom
all the best in his new venture. Visit
Crank Case now!
06/30/05 ADEIMANTUS QOTD: Regular readers--all four of them--could hardly avoid
noting the recent addition of a "Quote of the Day" feature at the top of this page. And one or two of you regular readers
might have been wondering, "Geez, what happens to a "Quote of the Day" after it's replaced by a new one?" Worry not, faithful readers! For your
convenience all entries in the growing collection of "Quotes of the Day" (along with some other quotes not posted on this site) are being assigned
titles and meticulously catalogued for posterity at Adeimantus' new sister site, ADEIMANTUS
QOTD, where you can study them at your leisure. I recommend you begin your study with a contemplation of
this watery drivel, which blogmate lostingotham, at grave risk to his own
mental hygiene, sieved from the foul effusions of a liberal sewer. -- Bathus 04/23/05: Did I really go two months without posting anything new on this blog?
Is anyone, besides you, still reading this blog? Yes, my dad called today and
told me he still surfs here every once in a while. (Thanks Dad!) Well, I'm not going to give you another worthless promise
to be better about posting regularly. Instead, I'll promise to post something when I feel like it. I am glad you are here
reading this now, and I hope you'll stop in once in a blue moon to see if there's anything new. Speaking of which, today I
did manage to update the Blog of the Week feature,
which I've renamed Blog of the Month to correspond with the reality of my lazy habits. -- Bathus 12/14/04: Have you noticed that the text of the posts here is in three different colors? That's because there are three of us blogging in this space.
My posts are the ones in the bluish font. Lostingotham's posts are in the darker reddish-purple.
Tom's posts are the color in between those two. -- Bathus 11/29/04: Ever since
Tom and lostingotham
joined me as blogmates, I've felt a little uncomfortable about continuing to
use my pseudonym as the title of this blog because that seemed to suggest that I was grabbing top-billing when Tom is the one who's been
keeping this blog alive for the last several months. But it's really a whole lot simpler to change my pseudonym than to change the blog title. Therefore, the title of this blog
will remain Adeimantus, but effective immediately, the blogger formerly known as Adeimantus will hereafter be known as
If you try to call me Adeimantus, I won't answer. I'll just glare at you silently.
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One of my favorite bloggers, Marc (formerly of marcland), has relocated and is back to blogging on a new site he just got up and running. Visit him now
at Hubs and Spokes.
-- Bathus 11/06/04: I'm Baaaaack! Well, sort of. Life around this place is finally starting
to return to the tolerable level of chaos we call normal in my household. While I was otherwise
occupied with putting things into boxes, moving them around the corner to a new house, and then taking them out of boxes,
I heard a rumor that we were having an election. I also heard a rumor that Kerry was winning big. Then I heard another rumor
that Bush won. Then I heard a rumor that four divisions of Democrat lawyers were parachuting into Ohio. How's a
poor red-state redneck dumb-ass like me to make sense of it all?
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Seriously though, all's well that ends well. Unfortunately, I've been too busy to gloat properly, and now it looks like I've missed my
chance. Maybe there's still time to throw together a non-gloating, only slightly tongue-in-cheek post-mortem, titled something like:
"Democrats' post-election soul-seaching somewhat hindered by disbelief in existence of human soul."
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Thanks again and again to Tom and lostingotham for keeping the blog fresh and hot for the last month.
(I promise to start doing a better job of pulling my weight.) Thanks again also to the ever calm and wise
Jan V. Bear,
the ever resolute and sensible Marc at Hubs and Spokes (formerly marcland),
and others who find reasons to link this blog.
-- Bathus 10/11/04: TOO BUSY TO THINK! I'm feeling terribly guilty about not posting anything new for more than two weeks now. I'm still here,
still kicking. I've just been too busy to think. Not to bore you with personal details, but we're in the process of moving into a new house, my
real job--the one that pays--is depleting my time and energy these days, and for the last month we've had out of town guests
arriving in waves. Anyway, I've got a thing or two in the works for the blog, but it could be another week or two before I can find the time to put
all the pieces together. In the meantime I'm counting on Tom to continue to satisfy your needs until I can get myself dug out, so please do continue to check back in every
once in a while. Keep the faith!
-- Bathus 09/15/04: MANY THANKS to Charles at
Little Green Footballs
for posting the photo I did of Al Gore going bonkers. Several
photography experts, formerly employed by CBS, have confirmed that it's entirely possible that there's a good chance that it could be that
Al's picture might not have been photoshopped. That's good enough for me.
-- Bathus 09/08/04 ANSWER TO THE
All answers are correct except W.
(Return to the Quiz.)
-- Bathus 09/04/04: GREAT NEWS!!!! Moxie's back!
On the first of September, moxie
resumed blogging. In celebration of her triumphant return, JerseyGOP
as the Republican Babe of the Week,
a selection endorsed by all red-blooded conservative males. (Be forewarned,
moxie's prose is a little salty.)
-- Bathus 08/30/04: If you visited this blog earlier today and the layout was out of whack, blame me.
I tried to get a little too cute with the formatting--adding a few more bells and whistles. Yes, I previewed the changes,
and everything was fine, or so I thought. Little did I realize, about three-quarters of the way down the page the formatting
blew apart. I think it's fixed now. For this amateur, this CSS and HTML stuff is all trial and error. If this site doesn't
seem to display correctly in your browser, please drop me a line.
-- Bathus 08/28/04: The BlogRoll
has been updated with a Recent Additions
section. If I still owe you a link, please be sure to
let me know.
-- Bathus 08/26/04: Thank you, James Taranto for republishing my essay
"Let It Alone,"
in The Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal
under the title "Kerry's Lost
Opportunity." The OpinionJournal version is very nicely edited, with one of my more dubious digressions
mercifully excised. If you'd like to read that slightly slimmed down version, it's available
and OpinionJournal readers' responses can be read
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To those of you who have posted responses either here or on OpinionJournal or who have sent me emails,
I want to say thanks again not only for taking the time to slog through my clunky prose, but also for adding
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A special note of gratitude to the vets and current military folks who wrote in, one of whom emailed me:"I am deeply indebted to you for your article appearing in Opinion Journal on August 26, 2004. I came back to
the US in May, 1969 after two years in Viet Nam feeling like an alien in my own country. Your piece answers questions
I have held in my mind all those years. . . . If your travels ever bring you to Reno, Nevada, this old dogface would
be honored to shake your hand and buy you a drink."
I don't know how to respond to that except to say that I feel humbled and honored all at the
-- Bathus 08/25/04: A word to first time visitors.
There usually won't be a fresh post on this blog every day. Sometimes a week or more will go by. And the posts here do run long,
sometimes very long. I realize that the deadly combination of infrequent and long posts makes this site a tough blog to follow,
so I really do appreciate it that you have taken the effort. (Maybe I should have called this the "Long Slog Blog," but I'm guessing
that name has already been taken.) The point is, I won't object if you don't check in every day. I'll be more than content if you
stop by once a week or so--whenever you're in the mood for a longer read.
-- Bathus 08/15/04: Finally got around to reworking the "BlogRoll" which now
lists only blogs with a Google PageRank less than 6. Exceptions to the
1 - Any site with Adeimantus linked on its blogroll will be linked here in return. (That's the "you scratch my back" exception. Please let me know if I owe you a link.)
2 - If a site has a Google PR less than 6 when it first
shows up here on Adeimantus' BlogRoll, but then later rises to higher
it will stay on the BlogRoll as a testament to my prescience.
(That's the "I found it first" exception, which will soon apply to
CBFTW's "My War" and to "Jan Bear's "A World of Speculation".)
3 -Moxie will stay on Adeimantus' BlogRoll
no matter what. (That's the "Moxie" exception.)
I'll continue to list a few (very few) non-blog sites, but in a separate
"Links" section. That's where you'll
always find the link to the indispensable Victor Davis Hanson. )