Friday, June 04, 2004
Blitz Battle #1 Verdict and Blitz Battle #2 Topic: Minority Voters
First, congratulations to Mike Pridemore from The Daily Kos
for being picked as the winner of our first ever Blitz Battle, the Topic of which was Outsourcing.
Our next Topic comes from Talking Points Memo
, and is about the impact minority voters - blacks in specific - have on the Democratic Party. Are they the saving factor in politics? Without them, would the Dems fall far behind? Why do so many blacks vote Democrat, and is that changing? Debate the reasons and results of the black Dem vote below in our second Blitz Battle!
This battle will close at midnight PST.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Blitz Battle #1: Outsourcing
To keep the debating spirit alive and kicking here this week as we regroup for more battles (starting in 3 days!), I'm introducing a new feature to Iron Blog: The Blitz Battle.
Blitz Battles are in-the-trenches debates done rapid-fire between you, the readers, not our Iron Bloggers. Blitz Battles (BB's) are done in the comments section of designated posts (like this one) between anyone who wishes to join in. Here's how you participate:
I will post a BB with a theme Topic, like our regular battles, but these Topics will come from other sites - sites I list on my blogroll that I read regularly. Once you read the linked-to post, leave a comment at that site expressing your views on the issue (IMPORTANT: Be courteous and respectful at all times. Anyone from here causing trouble at one of these sites will be dealt with here, as well. You may choose to reference Iron Blog in your comment to help get us more exposure, but be mellow about it - the last thing I want is some blogger I like reading emailing me about 50 posts spamming his comments about the many virtues of Iron Blog. We want exposure, not venom.) and copy
that comment here. You've now joined the battle. As more and more of you join in, feel free to start responding - this is a debate, after all - and rebut each other. I will cap the battle at a deadline time and a winner will be picked by myself with the help of my Iron Bloggers. Winners will be announced shortly after the battle's deadline strikes, and winners will get a link on the Left or Right as a BB winner, after our IB listings but before our blogrolls.
Anyone - former Challengers and even Judges - can compete in Blitz Battles. Everyone but my four Iron Bloggers, that is. So what are you waiting for? Here's your chance to see if your
spleen can vent supreme!
Our first Blitz Battle Topic comes from Dan Drezner
, a member of my Right blogroll. His article on outsourcing is thought provoking to say the least. Is outsourcing always a bad thing, or can it have benefits as well? Let Mr. Drezner know what you think, and join the battle in our comments section! The cut-off deadline for this battle is 10pm PST. Comments posted after 10pm PST will NOT be counted.
UPDATE: I extended the time on this because, well, no one has jumped in. Did I pick a lame topic this time? Or are you all just a bunch of wussies? :)
Welcome, PolState Readers!
Today we have begun advertising at the Political State Report
, and I'd like to welcome our new readers to Iron Blog. Here you will find a site dedicated to non-partisan debate, a place where all voices of the political spectrum can come together and discuss current events as we try to reduce the echo-chamber noise and increase the dialogue.
Each week a different blogger challenges one of our four Iron Bloggers and they have a week-long debate over a Theme Topic of my choosing. At the end of the week, the Judges for the battle give their thoughts on each combatant's posts and the Verdict is revealed. During all of this, lively debate and discussion takes place in the 'Comments' section of each post as you, the readers have your own debate over the topic, the posts and the battle, itself.
By clicking on 'Battle Archives' above, you can see our previous battles and get a first-hand taste of what Iron Blog is all about. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
We are on hiatus this week, as I had computer issues a few days ago, but new battles will begin on Sunday the 6th. Until then, read the archives, read the Guide, visit our various links and spread the word! We look forward to debating with you.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Tuesday Afternoon Blogosphere Roundup - Hiatus Week
Greetings and Salutations.
First, I'd like to remind everyone that we will resume the battles on Sunday - and here's a hint of what's in store: In his first appearance, Iron Blogger Libertarian Vinod Valloppillil will be taking on a Challenger who happens to be married to one of our other Iron Bloggers. I've already decided on the Topic, and after Battle Torture this will make heads spin as we pull a hard 360. Stay tuned!
Next, it's time for repeat shameless groveling. As I mentioned previously, I have a computer again (yay!) but it's a Pentium I 166mhz (boo!). I can upgrade it to a P III with 256mb RAM for $120 (yay!), but I don't have $120 (boo!). If only 12 readers chip in $10 via the Paypal button above, I can upgrade this dinosaur into an actual computer. Any donations beyond that will go to getting blogads on other blogs, helping to increase our readership. Even if you don't have $10, you can help us by recruiting new sponsors and patrons (I still worship at the altar of Big Dan) or by emailing big blogs you read, like Daily Kos, Atrios, Andrew Sullivan or Instapundit and telling them how spiffy we are and how they should help support our non-partisan effort to increase the dialogue in this world. It's for a good cause. I've emailed all of them, but I'm one voice. If enough of you email them, they might actually notice.
And now, here's what I think is interesting in my regular reading list:
On the Left, we have an amusing chart
over at Atrios, courtesy of the Hoeffel for Senate campaign that explains the Medicare Drug Bill recently passed by Congress. Many on both sides of the aisle oppose this bill, yet somehow it passed, and I think Lefties and Righties alike can share in a good laugh at the illustration.
Kos is watching the SD at Large House special election race
, which may end up being rather anti-climactic with the GOP candidate already quietly turning his focus on the November general. It'll be interesting to see what the final numbers are and how each side spins them.
The Hamster has an interesting piece from TIME
about how AG Ashcroft may be falling out of favor with the Bush Administration. In true Hamster snarkiness, he has a career suggestion for Ashcroft if he does end up on the outs.
On the Right, my blogroll is a bit slim in the pickings as several of my regular reads are on vacation from Memorial Day, but our very own Iron Blogger Republican has a fascinating excerpt from an interview
with the last surviving military leader of the heroic Jewish Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Truly great stuff.
Also, Instapundit has a link
to an author who may be proving there was an Al-Qaeda/Saddam connection afterall. Definitely some food for thought.
And lastly, Andrew Sullivan points out how The Onion
is obviously ripping off Iron Blog with a 'Should Rumsfeld Resign?' bit. He also has a few positive thoughts
on Iraq, and more blatant Iron Blog idea-theft as this time he
shamelessly rides our coattails on the Gay Marriage issue. I highly doubt he'd have even mentioned it if not for our ground breaking debate on that very subject.
Or I could just be getting deluded with my newfound power.
Battle Torture - Verdict
The arguments are closed, the scorecards are in, Battle Torture is ovah
On the panel for this battle:
On the Left:
Pineapple Girl of Politics at Pineapple Girl
and Ogre, a regular at Daily Kos
On the Right:
Michael, of The Common Virtue
and, sitting in for the Right, The Chairman.
(Due to computer issues, The Chairman will not be posting Judges' commentary at this time, but will be forwarding the Judges' feedback to the combatants once all have given him permission to do so. Only the scores will be posted.
This battle was a daunting battle, but both combatants performed admirably with a very difficult topic. I am pleased with how both of them argued the issue at hand and maintained a respectful attitude at all times. This battle marks our first split-decision - 2 Judges to each combatant, and so will be decided entirely on points alone, separated by only 13 points overall. Here is the verdict:
The third battle has come to an end, and brings us our first ever split-decision. The Challenger was impressive as he tried to out-maneuver the Iron Blogger with a razor-sharp strategy, but the Iron Blogger also impressed with a very passionate and eloquent case. Only one can be victorious.
Who takes it? Whose spleen vents supreme?
Iron Blogger Green, Robin Pratt!
It's the Iron Blogger! Let's look at the scorecards:
Judge Pineapple Girl scores it 63-60 for The Challenger
Judge Ogre scores it 67-48 for the Iron Blogger
Judge Michael scores it 52-47 for The Challenger
And The Chairman scores it 68-66 for The Iron Blogger
Final Score: 242-229 for the Iron Blogger.
A hard fought battle, and with a split-decision, it's difficult to say either combatant 'lost' this one. Congratulations to both bloggers!
Tuesday Morning Blogosphere Roundup - Hiatus Week
First of all, a shout out to Lucifer's Condiments
, run by Iron Blog regular The Devil You Know, and to Say Anything
, this week's Sponsors of the Left and Right, respectively. Both are good reads and deserve our support as they support us.
Second, it's gratuitous groveling time. I have a computer again (yay!) but it's a Pentium I 166mhz (boo!). I can upgrade it to a P III with 256mb RAM for $120 (yay!), but I don't have $120 (boo!). If only 12 readers chip in $10 via the Paypal button above, I can upgrade this dinosaur into an actual computer. C'mon. Give in to peer pressure. Everybody's doing it. It'll make you feel good. Ahem. Any donations beyond that will go to getting blogads on other blogs, helping to increase our readership. Even if you don't have $10, you can help us by recruiting new sponsors and patrons (I still worship at the altar of Big Dan) or by emailing big blogs you read, like Daily Kos, Atrios, Andrew Sullivan or Instapundit and telling them how spiffy we are and how they should help support our non-partisan effort to increase the dialogue in this world. It's for a good cause. I've emailed all of them, but I'm one voice. If enough of you email them, they might actually notice.
Now, down to the stuff I'm reading lately, now that I have a computer again:
has a post about possible post-employment involvement by VP Cheney with Haliburton, from a pretty high source. What's your take on this? Use the comments below to battle it out.
has a very powerful letter from the mother of a gay man that is very interesting to read in light of our recent Battle
on Gay Marriage
, a passionate battle in which my Iron Blogger Democrat Jay Bullock
defeated feisty Challenger Jimmie Bisse Jr. of The Suburban Sundries Shack
. Feel free to discuss this letter in our comments section.
On the Right, we have LGF with a timely article about The Soldiers You Never Hear About
, a good read on this day-after Memorial Day. It's articles that normally get missed like this that bring me back to LGF again and again. Discuss the article below in our comments.
And finally, at Winds of Change, Joe Katzman has a note
up about a very worthy cause that could use everyone's help, Right and
Left. Highly recommended.
That's all for now - the Verdict from Battle Torture will be up tonight, so keep an eye open!
Monday, May 31, 2004
The Chairman's computer is dead! Long live the Chairman's computer!
My grandpa is giving me his old P-1 (evidently, says Mrs. Chairman, you CAN get a PC for 20 bucks) which, other than the fact that it's an old p-1, is actually a decent computer, and will give me internet access again.
We will resume our regular schedule next Sunday, the 6th of June, with Iron Blogger Libertarian. And as soon as we get the final scores (hint*cough*hint) from our judges, I can post the results of our last battle.
Thank you for your patience during this time. I will be posting things to keep the site moving in the meantime. And advertisers will get a free week next week when our traffic picks back up.