Near as I can judge, Pharyngula is the third most popular blog in the entire state of Minnesota, as measured by traffic and inbound links. This is a good and distinguished place to be, and I’m both pleased and surprised that this obscure little collection of rants has ranked so highly.
It’s a distant third behind the top two in the state.
The top two are right-wing kool-aid drinkin’ blogs, Powerline and Captain’s Quarters.
Whenever people refer to the Minnesota blogosphere, they get so boggled by the spectacle of lunacy in the top two that they never quite manage to count down to #3. It’s embarrassing. If only they’d judge us by Pharyngula rather than those other two, they’d realize that a) we aren’t Texas, and b) we’re much weirder than they imagine.
Look at this, for instance: Roger Ailes laughs aloud at Captain’s Quarters. You see, Captain Ed believes that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, justifying the war, but that the Bush Administration is trying to hide the fact. That isn’t Minnesota; Minnesotans aren’t that crazy. We voted for the other guy.
Then there’s TBogg. TBogg mocks us cruelly with the Marge Gunderson stereotype (hey, those earflaps are useful) and our Powerline blog. We have a little ongoing scandal in the US Attorney’s office here; we had an unqualified, rather full-of-herself Bush appointee in the top slot, and most of her staff resigned in protest. Powerline squeaks mightily about the unfairness of picking on poor Paulose, and that gets all the attention again; but Paulose was a Gonzales polyp, while it was the four top staffers who resigned who are the good Minnesotans.
Now come on, bloggers! Don’t judge us by the kooks at the top—at least mention that there are lots of smart progressive blogs here, too. If Pharyngula is too bizarre to be representative, at least try to bring up Minnesota Monitor or Norwegianity or The Power Liberal or Blog of the Moderate Left. For balance.
If we have to, we could all get together and do a Marge Gunderson impression*, you betcha. Would that help?
*Except for Norwegianity. Mark try to do Marge…<shudder.> There are things man was not meant to see.