The Roger Bresnahan Silver Star #4: The Dictatorship.com
The site hasn't been updated in awhile, but it's still well worth checking out. Going waaay beyond just Hilter, Stalin and Mao, they are a concise source of "everything you ever wanted to know about the men who helped make the 20th century the bloodiest on record." It's gets a Silver because it's far more satirical than political, but still it serves two noble purposes: It reminds us of history, so that maybe we won't be doomed to repeat it; and it shows, definitively, just how absurd all these "fascist," "socialist," "dictator," "nazi" accusations are that the Right Wing Talking
The Dan Brouthers Silver Star #5: Seanbaby's Super Friends Page
Another old favorite of mine that been inactive for several years. If you're over the age of 35, chances are you spent at least some of your Saturday Mornings growing up watching the Superfriends. (And if you're like me, you might have been wearing your Batman or Superman Underoos while you did!) Looking back though, my sense of nostalgia is dimmed somewhat by just how utterly, mindnumbly stupid the show really was! (And that's coming from a HUGE fan of the classic / Silver Age DC Comics!) Anyway, Seanbaby does a marvelously hilarious job, writing up profiles on each charecter. Take a look. By the time I was done with the site I'd been laughing so hard, I'd felt as if I'd been dong situps the whole time. (Note: Not entirely safe for the office, if you know what I mean!)
The Fred Clarke Silver Star #6: Item Not as Described
...Where "free" is a four-letter word! LOL. I'm a bit disappointed about this. He decided to quit on it just as he was hitting his stride. Oh well. This blog highlights various Craiglist ads where people try to pawn off their most disgusting and/or useless garbage, the only good point of which is usually that it's "free." I mean, yeah, you'll have to rent a truck and buy some power tools to even MOVE most of this junk, and it's not like any of it is anything anybody would actually want anyway, but hey: It's FREE! So give it a read. It's great stuff. I laughed so hard at some of the items, I was in pain afterwards!
The Jimmy Collins Silver Star #7: I-am-bored.com
Sites for when your bored! What could be better than that? Dozens of new sites added every day. Videos, Games, Articles, Wierd Stuff, Funny Stuff... GREAT STUFF! I particularly enjoy the Games section. The Games themselves are usually pretty lame, but even the worst of them are a fun way to kill some time while you're hold, and about 1 in 10 are pretty addictive. Anyway, if you're ever bored, it's a great place to visit!
The Ed Delahanty Silver Star #8: Baseball-Reference.com
As I might have mentioned, and as you may have gathered by the somewhat unique format of these monthly "Hall-of-Fame" posts, I have a passion for Baseball that borders on mental illness. I can quote archaic statistics and baseball history, answering trivia questions with an almost Rain Man-like uncanniness. And THIS SITE is where I have spent the majority of my wasted time over the past 10-12 years or so. And every year it seems liek they add a new dimension to the depth of information they possess. It's incredible. Useless to non-baseball fans, of course, but even a passive fan will appreciate the level of info available here. (And the real stat-heads, like me, should be thoroughly satisfied.)
The Hugh Duffy Silver Star #9: Menage a 3
MA3 might just be my favorite webcomic right now. It's sort of a cross between Three's Company and a Harem Anime. Although entirely comedic, I should warn you that it's also pretty sexually explicit. But, if you can get past the first issue the rest is more tame. Sexualized, yes, with a big time-focus on, shall we say... heteroflexible humor, but the focus is far more often on humor through insinuation and misunderstandings than any actual sex. It also touches on Comic Books, Cosplay, Doujin, Punk, Harem-Anime and other popular sub-cultures. Overall, it's a riot. Popcorn?
The Hughie Jennings Silver Star #10: YU&ME: Dream
Another Webcomic, and another one with homosecual themes. (I don't think this is the start of a trend, howver! LOL) Beyond having a Lesbian main charecter, YU&ME: Dream shares very little with the previuous entry. YU&ME is a touching, moving, funny and suspensful tale of girl who spends as much time pursuing true love in dreams as she does in "reality." (But then... what really IS reality?) It's a fantastic read and sureal journey with varying artistic styles throughout. (And Rosalarian really is an amazing artist.) Like all webcomics, I recommend starting it from the beginning.
The King Kelly Silver Star #11: Anime News Network
If I have a passion that comes anywhere close to my interest in Baseball, it would Anime. (It was actually a toss-up all those months ago whether this blog would be about Anime, Baseball or Liberal Politics. So, yeah... I'm pretty into it. In any, I've found ANN to be, by far, the most extensive, definitive source of information about Anime anywhere on the 'net. I expecially like the 1-through-10 ratings that registered users (I'm "Niceguy," although I haven't been active in ages) can enter in for the ones they've seen. The site tabulated these rating and inlcudes a series of top-10 and top-50 lists for the bests and worsts. The amount of info on each individula title is a little shallow, but the number of titles tracked in their databse is staggering. And their forum is pretty active, if your looking for more info.
The Jim O'Rourke Tin Star: Conservapedia
Ah... Good 'ol Coservapedia. I've bashed them myself a bit over the past few months, and there's no shortage of sites criticiszing, mocking, and outright parodying them from both the left and the right. It's the encyclopedia specificlly for people who don't want to actually learn aything, but who need a legitimate looking resource to back up their preconcieved notions, magical thinking, prejudices and warped world view. Put simply, it's brain-candy for conservatives, and even the most ardent right-wingers consume in extreme moderation. Seriously? It's not taken seriously by anyone other than Andrew Shitfly and his delusional band of
Thanks again for humoring me. I do hope you check some of these out and let me know what you think. Since onle the last one is overtly political, I'm really curious to know what y'all think.
For reference, previous inductees include:
Ty Cobb's GOLD STAR #1: Media Matters for America
Babe Ruth's GOLD STAR #2: The Skeptic's Dictionary
Honus Wagner's GOLD STAR #3: Snopes
Walter Johnson GOLD STAR #4: Armchair Subversive
Christy Mathewson GOLD STAR #5: Humanism by Joe
Cy Young's GOLD STAR #6: The American Prospect
Nap Lajoie's GOLD STAR #7: The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
Tris Speaker's GOLD STAR #8: Rational Wiki
Pete Alexander's GOLD STAR #9: Republican Offenders
George Sisler's GOLD STAR #10: Newshounds
Willie Keeler's GOLD STAR #11: Newscorpse
Eddie Collins' GOLD STAR #12: Wikipedia
Lou Gehrig's GOLD STAR #13: FactCheck.org
Rogers Hornsly's GOLD STAR #14: Election-Projection
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Hoss Radbourne's SILVER STAR #1: FAILBlog
Cap Anson's SILVER STAR #2: Some Grey Bloke
Buck Ewing's SILVER STAR #3: Sore Thumbs