A couple of years ago, Karl Bremer – free-lance shrieking-point-bot and Bachmann Derangement poster child – humiliated himself and his client, Steve “Don’t Ask Me To Sing Oh Sherry” Perry by making up, from whole cloth, a story; that the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers was not only a conservative group, but one where the content was centrally driven by the MOB’s leadership.
In a perfect would, Bremer would look at the membership of Penigma in the MOB and commit purely-figurative rhetorical seppuku.
I consider Penigma a blogchild of mine, albeit of the red-headed stepson variety; after years of leaving, er, let’s say “acerbic” comments in this blog’s comment section, the eponymous “Penigma” (who commented on this blog under a variety of names, and whom I’ve known for twenty solid years, and to whom I owe at least one personal debt of gratitude going back long before either of us thought “blog” was anything but something that happened after cheap beer and gas-station burritos) took everyone’s advice and started his own blog, about this time two years ago. “Pen” met his co-author, “Dog Gone” – another old friend from more or less the same long-moribund social circle, from the late eighties – via this comment section.
So Penigma’s a leftyblog, and thus wrong about pretty much everything – but it’s well worth a read. And a read. And a read some more. Because I’ll give the staff of Penigma this much: if you’re tired of the traditional three-paragraph blog post, Penigma will be, let’s just say, a change of pace. Somewhere in the ether, Leo Tolstoy is smiling.
But “Dog Gone”‘s piece about the impending end of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is fairly good and, as it happens, comports with what a large chunk of mainstream conservatism also believes…well, about Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, anyway. And the overall tone of the blog is a lot better than the petulant romper rooms full of spoiled rhetorical toddlers that make too many leftyblogs such a waste of energy.
At any rate – when doing your daily prowl of Twin Cities leftyblogs, drop by Penigma and say hi!