January 17, 2007

Just When I Thought I Was Out...

...they pull me back in.

Last week, I announced the impending conclusion to the Ex-Donkey Blog. That hasn't changed, but at that time my future in the blogosphere was in limbo.

However, I'm pleased to announce that after intense negotiations (they generously asked, I gratefully accepted) that future is now clearer. Upon the formal moth-balling of this site in two weeks time, I will be signing on as an associate (if erratic) contributor to The Llama Butchers.

Steve and Robert have cleaned out one of the guest rooms at Orgle Manor for me with the only stipulation being that I have to clean my own bathroom. Actually, it's similar to an arrangement I made with my parents right after I graduated from college. I hope I'll be better about the bathroom thing this time around.


This is a welcome opportunity for me to continue to post when the urge strikes me without having the duties of maintaining my own site. It should be a blast. If you haven't already, update those bookmarks and links today.

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September 24, 2006

Ladies And Gentlemen...

I'm pleased to announce that guest blogger, Skye, has officially rolled out her newly redesigned site...

I give you: MidnightBlue - reloaded!

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August 11, 2006

Skye...an Ex-Donkey?

More like a DINO (Democrat In Name Only), than an Ex-Donkey.

When Gary kindly extended an invitation to me to guest blog during his hiatus, I was thankful for his invitation, and honored be included among this exceptional group of bloggers. All of you inspire me as I work to find my voice in the blogosphere.

Greetings from sunny Philadelphia!

Let me take a moment to introduce myself: I'm Skye, blogmistress of MidnightBlue, probably the only conservative leaning Democrat blogging in The City of Brotherly Love. I am frequently asked if I am 'really' a Democrat? The answer is: Yes. I carry my DNC membership card right behind my Vast Right Wing Conspiracy membership card. more...

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Ex-Donkey is Wordsmith!

Well...no, not really.

I thought I should introduce myself, before I start posting my droppings here. I run a very low-key blog called Sparks from the Anvil, started in June of 2005.

I am quite honored to have been invited to guest-blog here. You see, Gary is my "blogfather". A term he coined when I let it be known that stumbling upon his blog sometime in early 2005 is what helped inspire me into the notion of blogging.

Blogs were fairly new to me, and I only began hearing about them in 2004. I considered myself an idiot with opinions that no one would care to read about. Then, when I read Gary's "FAQ about me" on his old blogsnot, and read his posts, I thought, "Hey! That's just like me....I can do this!" Of course, I may consider myself an idiot, but I certainly don't think of Gary as one.

One of the things I love about Gary's posts is that he is rarely longwinded. So I can pop on by, read his new posts in less than a minute, and feel like he just crammed an undigestable full course meal into a concise, luncheable.

The other thing that has always stood out is his humor.

I never quite knew what Gary thought of me. He rarely seems to respond to comments in his comment sections, and I don't believe he's ever commented over at my place; for all I knew, he probably thought I was some silly fanboy, stalking him.

So him contacting me to guest-blog is like George Bush asking me to sit-in at the Oval Office....and take care of his dog, Barney.

Gary, have fun relaxing! And thanks for letting us blog-sit for you. I promise not to break anything or steal any oval office pens.

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June 29, 2006

A Special "Thank You"

I wanted to take a moment to express a little appreciation to my friend Sadie who recently gave me some assistance on this site.

For those of you who aren't aware, she and her partner Phin are the creative force behind Apothegm Designs, and they did the facelift on the ol' Ex-Donkey Blog almost a year ago.

If you have a website (or know someone who does) and you're kicking around the idea of taking the next step beyond the standard, garden-variety (i.e. BORING) template then Sadie and Phin are the folks to call. Working with Apothegm Designs is a true collaborative effort that'll give you a site as unique as you. You can check out their portfolio here. Tell 'em Gary sent ya!

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March 20, 2006

A New Weapon In Their Arsenal

The Llamas have discovered Flash.

The Blogosphere will never be the same again. Dammit, I can't stop listening to this!!

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March 17, 2006

The Incredible Suckitude Of Blogger

Seven months ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the Mu Nu universe by Steve the Llamabutcher. Up until that point, I had my problems with Blogger but I figured, "hey, you get what you pay for (or don't pay for)".

However, something happened recently with the Google-owned Blogsnot that is every blogger's nightmare. At least two high profile (and Conservative) bloggers have had their sites completely wiped out due to "server problems". Eric Lindholm (Viking Pundit) and Betsy Newmark (Betsy's Page) now face the possiblity of losing years worth of work. Worse still for Betsy, some sumbitch went and hijacked her URL - just to be a wanker. It's most likely some Liberal pussy but we'll never know because he doesn't have the balls to allow his profile to be viewed.

Eric's URL is currently being held for him by Scott Elliott - The Blogging Caesar. And while the future of Eric's data is uncertain, Betsy's has been retrieved through a Google cache thanks to Duane at The Forest For The Trees. But neither have received any satisfactory response from Blogsnot.

Also this whole business seems a bit fishy. Polipundit notes:

"Blogger is owned by Google, whose employees give 98 percent of their political donations to Democrats. Coincidence?"
And D.J. Drummond has posted an open letter to Blogger/Google.
"Blogger has the potential to represent one of the most significant informational advancements in the past two centuries – but it appears to not care about whether the system is working correctly. Not one person to my knowledge who reported a problem to Blogger about the disappearing blogs, has yet received any response but a useless form e-email. Not one person received any sort of explanation about what caused the shutdown, or when they could expect their blog to come back."
It's no wonder Google's stock price is tanking.

I had every archive from February to August 2005 migrated to the new site on Mu Nu, but I've still got seven months worth of photos uploaded to Blogger's server. Not to mention that the Tolkien Geek site is on Blogsnot. As a user of Blogger, I'd like an explanation as well!

Say it with me folks: BLOGGER SUCKS!

UPDATE: 3/18/06 8:30am


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February 15, 2006

Carnival Time!

It's the very first Carnival of the GOP Bloggers! Go check out the link to see what we're writing about this week!

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February 08, 2006

Ooo Looky Here!

Sadie Lou went and set herself up a new blog: AgentBedHead.com!

And here I believed her when she said she was taking a break. Looks like she's put her design talents to good use. I can't decide which skin to choose - "dressed to kill" or "shoot to kill". Hmmmmm.

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December 11, 2005

Nicely Done

Pam at Blogmeister U.S.A. got a swell make-over by Apothegm Designs. Looks great!

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November 19, 2005

Melissa And Me

I'd like to call a truce here with the Llamas. I will defer to Steve and Robert's current obsession with the lovely French News Anchor, knowing full well that I was there first: Okay, maybe France isn't 100% bad...

Unfortunately for me, Melissa was nothing more than a one-post stand and my failure to follow up is a mistake I will always have to live with. To be fair, I never told her I wouldn't post about other women.

Memo to the Llamas: Treat her well and post pictures often. And if you ever ever find an image of "Melissa Theuriau Naked", I would appreciate a heads up. For trackback purposes you understand. :wink:

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October 26, 2005

Horror Movies You Don't Want To See

Chronicled by Mr. Right. Really "scary" stuff.

Happy Halloween!

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October 24, 2005

Hurricane "Jar-Jar"?

SPC Phil Van Treuren over at Camp Katrina is floating an interesting idea - start picking hurricane names from from Star Wars.

Hey, this is a real campaign here:

And what movie themes for subsequent Hurricane seasons? I'll leave that up to you, Katrina Campers. Maybe Lord of the Rings? Or The Godfather? With your help, we may yet see Hurricane Fredo Corleone churning on a Fox News weather graphic.

So what do you need to do to help make this dream a reality? ItÂ’s simple. Just send a quick email to the World Meteorological Organization at wmo@wmo.int telling them about your support for this campaign. You can write your own, or copy and paste the sample below.

The text for an email is located in the post. So why not email the useless bureaucrats at Turtle Bay today? The worst you could do is annoy them. And that, in and of itself, would make it worthwhile.

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October 13, 2005

An Updated Fable

The Ant and the Grasshopper - a cautionary tale brought to you by the creative mind of Pam Meister. This qualifies as a "must-read".

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October 11, 2005

I Wasn't Trying For This I Swear

sam jpeg
You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.

Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is
The National Anthem of America

"An American In....America"

"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,
Eagles are from America"

"Please stop that now! It's un-American!"

What Muppet are you?
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H/T: Zaphriel's Blog

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October 05, 2005

In Defense Of Pragmatism

My fellow Chillin' Coalition member, Mark from Decison '08, looks at making the best of a rough situation with regard to the Miers nomination.

Ironically, the choices that would have fired up the base would have probably turned off vast parts of the public. We cannot force the mainstream to embrace our cause anymore than the Left can; we must work constantly to sell it. Ramming through a hardcore, known conservative because we have the votes and alienating the electorate is just not smart politics for the future.

Rather, we must painstakingly move the center to the right, until conservative judicial principles ARE the mainstream.

I would like to add as a reminder that, yes, many Republicans have been let down by President Bush in the areas of Federal spending and Immigration. But, when you look at the top three priorities of this Administration: the GWOT, tax cuts and judicial nominations, it's important to note that Bush hasn't screwed over his base once...not a single time. I think it's premature to assume that he has done so here.

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October 04, 2005

Coalition Of The Chillin' : SCOTUS Division


I'm in! Scroll two posts down for my position.

As Lorie Byrd says:

How can those of us on the right ask the Democrats to give President BushÂ’s nominees a chance before passing judgment, when some of our own are not willing to do so?

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September 29, 2005

Star Wars Party Supplies Available

My buddy, Groovy Vic, - excellent mom that she is - overplanned a birthday party for one of her kids.

As it stands, she has some un-opened Episode III party stuff - Plates, Napkins, Stickers, etc. still in the shrink-wrap. Anyone with kids who are Star Wars freaks and looking for a birthday theme should give her a buzz.

And while you're there, check out her blog. It's one of my personal favorites!

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September 06, 2005

A Fatwa has been issued!

The Jawa Report: Festival of the Fatwas: Celebrate mu.nu edition

Thanks, Rusty!

Along with three other Mu.Nu folks - It's the Festival fo the Fatwas - Celebrate Mu.Nu edition.

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