Posted by nytexan on July 15, 2007
Thanks to Suzie-Q, Bluebloggin has been tagged for the Power of Schmooze Award. We are very honored.
Power of Schmooze Award was created by two bloggers Mike of Things by Mike and Danielle of Pink Review. Many who received this award have already received the “Thinking Blogger Award”
Schmoozing is the natural ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well.
Here are our 5 recipients of the Power of Schmooze Award:
Chen Zhen’s Chamber: This is a very thoughtful and well written blog. Chen has a way of viewing topics from angles that most of us don’t bother with. Also Chen is truly all inclusive he came up with a Political Bloggers Alliance with the goal of creating an open conversation with all political ideologies.
Clapso: This blog takes on topics with a critical eye. His style is op-ed usually with visually splashed in, nice touch to round out his points. Oh and did I mention there is plenty of criticism to go around.
From The Left: Those of you who are familiar with Christopher know that he is on top of all the news and on point. Christopher’s post no BS post. They’re right to the point and he is more than happy to share his opinions with you. His blog reflects his belief in justice and freedom. He also has a very strong voice for civil rights issues.
Liberally Mirth: A very well researched blog with topics covering a wide spectrum. Mirth and D-day do a great job everyday of posting national and world information with their opinions mixed in. On Sundays they post Community Speaks when they introduce their readers to a new blog, which I think is a great idea.
Some Notes On Living: ProudProgessive covers interesting with versatile topics that are well researched. ProudProgessive is passionate on politics and social issues. This is a blog that is strong on spirit, progressive values and with a lot to tell you. You will definitely enjoy and learn something in this blog.
Now these Schmoozers have to pass the award along to five more people that have shown their ability to enter into the huge online conversation that is the “blogosphere”.
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Posted by bosskitty on July 15, 2007
Truce Over, Pakistan Militants Kill 70
Guardian Unlimited, UK – From AP By RIAZ KHAN AP Writer PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government and launched two days of suicide attacks and bombings that killed at least 70 people, dramatically escalating the violence in the al-Qaida infiltrated region.
There is concern in Pakistan that the gathering sense of crisis could prompt Musharraf to cancel elections later this year and declare a state of emergency – despite his repeated denials.
However, Musharraf can also use the turbulence to convince Washington, his key backer, that he remains a vital bulwark against extremists in the Islamic world’s only declared nuclear state.
Deadly Violence Surges in the Tribal Regions of Pakistan
New York Times, United States – Abdullah Noor/AP – In the deadliest suicide bombing in Pakistan since January, 24 paramilitary soldiers were killed and 26 other people were wounded Saturday near Miram Shah, the headquarters of the restive North Waziristan’s tribal region.
Rocket attacks on government and security installations surged Saturday in different parts of the North-West Frontier Province. An attempt to detonate a car bomb outside a bank here failed.
The deadly surge in violence occurred barely a day after the Interior Ministry in Islamabad announced the end of Operation Silence after a bloody raid to get at militants holed up in the Red Mosque, known here as the Lal Masjid, and the adjoining seminary.
Fresh attacks in NW Pakistan, 32 killed
Reuters India, India
Militants Kill 38 In Northwest Pakistan
Guardian Unlimited, UK
Suicide Attacks Kill 50 Pakistani Troops
Washington Post, United States
Militants in Pak’s North Waziristan region end peace deal with Govt.
OK sports fans, here we go!
Pakistan houses the factions that Bush’s fantasy keeps using to justify “stay the course”.
Pakistan and the United States are SO into each other’s pockets … because Pakistan has the Nukes and we pay him well to keep them safe … yet, Musharraf is talking about pardoning the ‘evil KAHN’ who exported the stuff to the highest bidder (If only I had invested …).
A Holy War will inevitably draw the factions inside Iraq and Iran into greater confrontation than they are presently in … plus provide the distraction needed for Turkey to invade Kurdistan.
The “paramilitary” in Pakistan are obviously our employees and they are dying faster than normal … so, expect they will start going AWOL to protect their families.
The fact that Musharraf is toying with declaring a “State of Crisis” to postpone elections is a very good mirror to what King George plans to do when his controllers arrange a ‘terror attack’ so he can also postpone elections to pursue his ARMAGEDDON ENVY!
Did I miss anything?
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Posted by nytexan on July 15, 2007
I would like to say thank you to everyone that showed up and supported the Texas border rally. This was the first of several planned rallies against the Texas Mexico wall. Although the turnout may seem small to some, it was a huge first step in the opposition to the wall. This movement will continue to grow. Hopefully with help from other bloggers, Texans can get the word out on the environmental destruction and ill will this “wall of mass destruction” will create. I will continue to post all future rallies.
ROMA — About 100 people came out Saturday to the scenic bluffs overlooking the Rio Grande to demonstrate their opposition to the border fence, arguing it will ultimately be ineffective at addressing immigration and only cause grave harm to animal habitats along the river’s shores.
The event was highlighted by a trip some 40 rowers in kayaks and canoes took along the river from nearby Fronton to Roma.
The rowers’ 5-mile journey was meant to symbolize that people in the Rio Grande Valley don’t want a barrier that could interfere with the river since so many people use it for recreation and it is important to the local environment, said Betty Perez, one of the event’s organizers.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to build 270 miles of fence and 200 miles of vehicle barriers along the border by the end of next year. Of the 125 miles of fencing planned for Texas, most would be in the Valley, according to a map recently leaked to the media.
“The Valley is really united on this,” Perez said of opposition to the fence. “Nobody wants it for different reasons. We understand how stupid putting up a wall is.”
As boaters arrived in Roma, protesters carried signs with slogans such as “Say No to the Wall of Shame” and “WMDs — Walls of Mass Destruction.” They chanted “No wall!” from their perch on the bluffs, which overlook Mexico’s Ciudad Miguel Alemán.
Like many who oppose construction of the fence, John Martin said he instead supports establishing a so-called “virtual fence” that relies on technology and personnel to detect undocumented immigrants.
Martin said he understands that something needs to be done to address the threat of terrorism, but a virtual fence would be more effective than the current plan.
“This (fence) is a stone-age solution to a 21st century problem,” he said.
Nancy Brown of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it’s hard for her to have a definitive opinion on the fence since some details are unknown, but a barrier could harm animal habitats, affect their migration patterns and interfere with their genetics by splitting populations in two.
“If you’re a tortoise and you run into eight miles of fence, you have a problem,” Brown said.
Animals don’t adapt to great environmental change quickly enough to survive the changes a fence would cause, said Martin Hagne of the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco.
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