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The Best/Worst of 2009: Get Ready to Vote!

To visit the main page for The Best of 2009 and view a full list of categories and voting links, click here.

As 2009 comes to a close, it’s time for the first annual “Best Of” series at The Conservative Journal!  2009 has been quite a year, so what better a way to close it out than to reflect on the best (and worst) of what we’ve seen over the past 365 days.  Here are the details:

With the exception of a few categories (Most Popular Posts, Top Referrers, etc.), all of the Best of/Worst of are chosen by you.  Votes will be cast by entering your choice in the “Other” blank in the appropriate poll.  This is the easiest way to gather votes easily and accurately.  For the slower readers, there will be an example provided before each poll to ensure you vote in the proper manner.  You may vote for each category once a day, and you don’t have to vote in every category.  Details on what’s eligible for each category will be listed before each poll.  Here are the categories you will be deciding:

  • Top 10 Best/Worst Songs of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Albums of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Books of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Singers of 2009 (Including Male, Female, and Overall)
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Movies of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst TV Shows of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Websites or Blogs of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Actors or Actresses of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Music Videos of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Live Musical Performances of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst TV Personalities of 2009
  • Top 10 Best YouTube Videos of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst People of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Politicians of 2009
  • Top 10 Best/Worst Events of 2009

Voting starts as soon as the categories are posted and ends December 31st at 11:59 PM.  Results will be posted by Midnight on January 2nd.  If you have any suggestions for additional categories, be sure to let me know!

After the poll for each category is posted, they will obviously be burried beneath pages of polls.  To view a complete list of categories including links to each category’s poll, visit the “Best of 2009” page by clicking the on the Hall of Fame page, or by clicking here.

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Rick

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The Conservative Journal Family Just Got a Little Bigger

A few weeks ago, I sent out an “SOS” asking anyone who was interested in helping me handle this blog to please come forth, take the virtual blogging pen, and write to their heart’s content.  But with no real incentive, who’s gonna do that?  I still blog here because it’s like a child to me; I grew it from a lowly WordPress blog with one post into a lowly WordPress blog with a lot of posts.  So after I posted that plea, I realized it was probably in vain.  However, to my surprise a couple of interesting responsive.  One went a little too far and wanted me to give them blog, which I wasn’t ready for.  But a few others actually wanted to write and help out, and I can’t thank them enough.  So without further ado, here’s a quick overview of the 3 who will be joining me on this blogging adventure:

Michael: College student by day, Conservative Journal writer by night.

Suzannah: You can call her “Mama Suze.” (Pronounced Sooooze)

Angelica: Don’t mess with her.

More on all 3 of the wonderful people when they give me their bios, but here are some more details on how this will work:

  • We’re not really sure how much or what each will be posting, and it probably won’t be all ironed until 2010.  Until then, they will be giving their opinions when we do reviews and stuff.  That’ll be a good way for everyone to get to know them before they start doing independent posts.
  • As I said above, everything won’t be 100% until early 2010.  Until then, posts will continue to say “posted by: Rick” regardless of who wrote it.  If the author is different there will be a note of that.  When everything is together, Michael, Suzannah, and Angelica will all have their own accounts that they can use to post whatever.

I’m looking forward to what’s ahead, and I hope you’re patient with us as we work all of the details out.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an e-mail.

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Netbook Giveaway: Congratulations Megan!

After over a month of taking entries, the first monthly contest for Conservative Journal Deluxe members has come to a close and lucky deluxer Megan R. is the recipient of the Asus netbook!  With that contest coming to a close, it’s time to gear up for the next Conservative Journal Deluxe contest.  More details on that will be available during the week, but I’ll start taking entries now.

Remember, all you have to do to enter the monthly giveaway is become a Conservative Journal Deluxe member.  To find out how to do that, click here.  As with the last contest, Following @TCJournalUpdate and becoming a fan of The Conservative Journal on Facebook will count as 1 additional entry each.

Check back for more details!

Gook luck and thank you to all who participate!

If you have any questions, please ask!  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Hi Rick, Welcome Back

Hey everyone, sorry for the long absence.  I wish I had a great story to share, but unfortunately I got nothing.  What they say about blogging is true: Once you get in a routine of posting, if you even miss ONE DAY then it’s all over.  I’m the perfect case study for that one.

Just to get this out of the way:  The giveaway is still on.  I didn’t go into hiding to avoid shipping off a brand new netbook on the 31st.  The netbook is sitting in my closet ready to go, actually.  Even though I haven’t been here since the beginning of the month, you can be sure the winner will be notified on the 31st and the announcement will be made the following day.

Now, on to the state of this blog.  I love blogging, and I really want to be able to post as often as I did throughout August and September. That was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of great people.  Having said that, I have about zero time to do so.  I need a long break from everything (Christmas couldn’t come sooner) so I can have some time to refuel because when I get home in the afternoon, no matter what I did during the day, I’m just fried.  So here’s the game plan:  I’m going to try to post when I can.  That, however, fluctuates so much that I can’t be consistent and that’s not fair to the (few) people who try and follow this blog.  So, in order to fix that problem I’m looking for someone(s) who would be interesting in posting on the blog as well.  I’d be willing to give you the freedom to write stories about whatever you want; news, entertainment, sports, politics, it’s really just whatever.  So if you or anyone you know would be interested in that please e-mail me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com and I’ll give you more details from there.  Until then, hopefully I’ll be able to post some because I’m starting to have withdrawals.

Thanks for your patience while I work through all of this!

Rick

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Sorry For My Absence Today, Duty Called!

Hello friends,

Sorry for the unexpected lack of posts, I had to work much later than I’d ever like to.  I had to finish up a project in the office and I just got home about 4 minutes ago.  So feel special in knowing that you, the readers of this blog, were the first thoughts that entered my mind when I got from 16 hours of work.

I’m try and throw together a “Bits and Pieces” post with the few shards I have left in me.  Also, a “Mail Bag” post is in order, but that may have to wait until tomorrow night.  I’m beat!

Note: Tomorrow, I will also be gone for the large part of the day, so no posting is likely.  I’m finishing up something at work and I’m going in tomorrow morning at around 7 to try and get everything finished so I can relax on Sunday, after church of course.

Also, Deluxe Membership is now available, click here to join for free and you could win a brand new netbook!

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Fireside Chats: Catch ’em Now at The Conservative Journal

I love to use what little creativity I have and create new mini-series.  That lastest addition to the growing family of mini-series that’s giving the Duggars a run for the money is Fireside Chats; basically Q&A’s with people that have done something important or have something important to say.  Anyone’s really eligible as the subject of one of these chats; whether they be an up-and-coming blogger, a business owner, a political activist, a bean farmer, the list goes on and on.

I’ll be kicking off this series this afternoon with a Q&A with Mike S., an Alabama resident who participated in The 9/12 Project Rally in DC on Saturday.  Be sure you come back at 8 CST to check that out!

If you or anyone you know has something they’d like to say in a fireside chat, e-mail me the details at theconservativejournal@gmail.com or leave the info in a comment.

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The Conservative Journal Deluxe: Sign Up Now!

I’m excited to announce to everyone something I’ve been working on for a few weeks now:  The Conservative Journal Deluxe!

The Conservative Journal Deluxe gives the faithful readers of The Conservative Journal something in return for their continued support of the site.  Here are the details of the program:

Here are the benefits of Deluxe Membership:

  • Eligible for exclusive monthly giveaways (see below for this months).
  • Daily VIP Newsletter of what’s going on at The Conservative Journal.
  • Priority over standard members when e-mailing questions, article submissions, etc.
  • Much, much more to come!

There are several ways to sign-up, including:

  • Leaving a comment on this page saying you want to join.  Be sure and give your real e-mail address so you can confirm your membership with the confirmation e-mail.
  • Clicking this link and typing your e-mail address directly in.  Remember, make sure it’s the right one so you can confirm it.
  • E-mail me directly at theconservativejournal@gmail.com with your name and e-mail address.  Again, be sure it’s your actual address so you can receive the confirmation e-mail.
  • If you are already subscribed to my feedburner e-mail update, you are grandfathered in as Deluxe Member.

Why should I do this?

  • Deluxe Membership is win-win situation.  You receive ONE daily e-mail containing the stories of the day, and you get the oppurtunity to win great prizes.  These aren’t cracker jack box gifts, either; it’s good stuff!  I’m sure your thinking, what’s the catch?  There’s not one.  As long as you are subscribed to and are receiving the daily newsletter, you are considered a Deluxe Member and are eligible for the monthly giveaway.  And it’s all absolutely free.

To visit the Deluxe Member page, click here.

Don’t forget to become a Deluxe member for free today!  Check back in a few for the announcement of the first Deluxe Membership prize.  It’s gonna be a good one!

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Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere: Reactions to President Obama’s Healthcare Address

To read my full opinion on the speech, click here.

Hear’s what the blogosphere had to say about President Obama’s healthcare address:

The Conservative Republican Standard

This speech made by Obama was still riddled with holes, even though he did make some good points. Healthcare is broken, but this is not the way to fix it.

28th Amendment

Obama did a good job tonight of combating lies and explaining the truth behind this bill.  Let’s hope that some good will was generated on both sides of the aisle toward action on this issue.

The TV Swami

President Obama gets FIVE magic carpets out of FIVE.

Sourav Bhowmick 2.0

I believe, however, that his speech was not effective. Sadly, I think the American people are so jaded by Obama’s masterful rhetoric that his speeches don’t really mean anything anymore. I, perhaps because I’m a staunch supporter of his agenda, can laud the speech because its content was perfect, but it didn’t tell us anything new.

Deo Vindice

Watching the masterpiece political theater of a Presidential address to the joint Session of Congress, I was struck when I suddenly realized that the President and his two closest successors were sharing the TV frame.  President B. Hussein Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi shared one stage tonight for the whole healthcare show.   It was 3 Stooges on one stage.

Left on Lainer

If you have been reading this blog, I have been the most critical of the current healthcare reforms introduced in the House of Representatives; however, the President has made his case to this Bluedog Democrat

Thirteen O’Clock

So many things not to like, but the individual mandate is the most noxious of all. If the government can tax us simply for existing, there is nothing it cannot do.

Greg Scandlen, Heartland Institute

The President’s speech to a joint session of Congress failed to move the health reform ball closer to the goalposts.

Freedom Watch News

It was a pretty speech, but then, so are all of Obama’s speeches.  Pretty words can distract and subdue and that’s what we can’t afford right now.

Boudica BPI Weblog

His speech IMO was a huge waste of time shrouded in BS. Let them show us that they are capable of doing something right before they lead us into an even deeper chasm.

Spitfire Murphy

“Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

Nothing requires you to change what you have.  But nothing is stopping your employer from dumping your plan and forcing you onto the public option.  Nothing but nuance, kids.

Everyone’s got an Opinion…

This is good, it’s about time that President Obama took the initiative to own the “choice” argument, when it comes to the public option.

Betsy’s Page

We’ll have to see. I’m not the audience for his speech. The audience was the Democrats in Congress. If he has convinced them, that’s game, set, and match.

jamilacrockett’s clarity for conversation (on Rep. Joe Wilson’s “That’s a lie!” outburst)

It’s disgraceful when any member of Congress shows dissension towards the President of the United States. That outburst was the most disrespectful and uneducated action ever.

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Pros and Cons of Obama’s Healthcare Address to Congress: Yeah I’m Still Not For It.

Now that the healthcare bill has been passed, what does that mean for you?  Click HERE to read an updated post containing an overview of what did and did not make the bill.

Tonight was Barack’s big night to sell healthcare; some even called it his night to sell his next term as president.  With a speech that important, of course you’d expect it to be earthshattering.  Below is my take on the big healthcare pitch to America:

Pros:

  • Whether he was being truthful or not, he put in a good word about our nation’s economy.  Those positive little tidbits are a great change from last Spring when he couldn’t tell us enough that our economy was failing.
  • He did a good job at the beginning by saying single payer was too far left, everyone paying for their own is too far right and we should meet in the middle and act bipartisanly.  If they’ll actually carry out that statement it would be wonderful.
  • He used the common sense solutions to his advantage.  Clearly, no one is going to argue AGAINST laws restricting health insurance companies from denying or restricting coverage once the patient gets sick.
  • He used it as a time to dispell the rumors swirling around healthcare, like coverage for illegals.  Though the claim that illegals aren’t covered drew boos and a “THAT’S A LIE” from South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, I’ll take his word on that one until it’s 100% fact that they are actually covered.
  • He surprised me and expressed support for Tort Reform, which is absolutely necessary with or without this bill.  We HAVE to have Tort Reform.
  • Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi didn’t disappoint (as always) in the background entertainment department.  Joe kept the same perplexed, thinking face the entire 45 minutes and Nancy’s perpetual grimace was in full force tonight.

Cons

  • Barack should be over making jabs at President Bush by this point.  The line about healthcare spending being “less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans” under the previous administration did nothing but entertain a few liberals and further alienate conservatives.
  • The Ted Kennedy nostalgia was not needed.  That just fires up the opposition because Democrats are clearly using his death to further the cause.
  • There were a few outright lies; the bit about the majority of Americans supporting the healthcare reform bill comes to mind.  A simple trip to RealClear Politics dispells that.
  • The whole chapter about the deficit not increasing a penny should probably be let go until he can show us what and where he’s going to squeeze money from.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve got $900 billion we can just slide around to suit this new healthcare system.
  • The idle threats towards those that misinterperate the bill at the end of the speech could definitely have been cut.  It reminded me of when your in high school and that guy gets to be hall monitor and tries to write you citations for things off campus.
  • Some of the sketchier provisions are still in the bill: Public option and mandatory health insurance, to name a few.

Overall, I give the speech 7 out of 10 Elephants; 6 for substance and 8 for delivery.  He got the main points across and that was good for him, but as he said during the speech, there are still many details to iron out.  And until those details (i.e. where he’s pulling $900 billion from) are cleared up, I don’t expect to see any big change in the American people’s perspective on the reform bill.

Now that the healthcare bill has been passed, what does that mean for you?  Click HERE to read an updated post containing an overview of what did and did not make the bill.

Vote in today’s Poll of the Day regarding the Healthcare Address by clicking here.

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Song of the Day: “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

“I Gotta Feeling” may be one of the mose fun songs of all time.  I love it so much.  Enjoy the music video for today’s Song of the Day below:

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Video of the Day: Barack’s Message to America’s Students

For those that haven’t seen Barack’s speech to the children of America, here’s the video:

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Week In Review: August 30th- September 5th

The Week In Review is back at The Conservative Journal!  Wooo!

I think I’m going to do this a little differently.  In the past I’ve just listed the posts in the order they were posted.  Now, I think I’ll organize them by “category” so it’s easier to read the content your looking for.  If you have any suggestions to make this work better, let me know!

Check This Out! Blogs

Video of the Day Posts

Poll of the Day Posts

Books

Healthcare

Music

Sports

Other Posts

Top 10 Posts of the Week

  1. Music Review: Carrie Underwood’s Latest Single “Cowboy Casanova”
  2. Top Sites
  3. Increase Blog Traffic with BlogSurfer.us: Check This Out!
  4. Pointless Post of the Day: Top 10 Largest Public and Private Universities in the U.S.
  5. Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere: Reaction to Van Jones Resignation and Controversy
  6. Video of the Day: Paramore Singing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
  7. TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!
  8. Van Jones Resigns: A Display of the Power of Fox News
  9. Video of the Day: Lucie Jones “I Will Always Love You” on the X Factor
  10. Hey, Maybe if Students Hear it From Barack They’ll Listen?- A Conservative in Favor Barack’s Speech

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Blogging Tip: How NOT To Increase Your Readership

You see post after post of “How To Get More Blog Readers” and “Increase Your Ad Revenue by 500% In a Week!”, but you never see a post about how NOT to increase your readership.  This post is going to be short, because in the 11 months I’ve been blogging, about 10 minutes ago is the first time I’ve learned a lesson in how not to blog:

Do. Not. Over. Tag. Your. Posts.

WordPress blogs are greater than all other hosted blogs.  Reason?  Well, once you get past WordPress’s generally awesomeness, it’s the fact that WordPress.com gives you a great tool to publicize your blog through tags and categories.  For those not familiar with tags, here’s an easy-to-understand definition:  words or short phrases that describe your post.  You simply type them into the “Post Tags” line next to an under-construction WordPress post and SHAZAM!  Your post is now at the top of the listing for each tag you typed in.

This feature is no doubt a huge assets to starting bloggers, and veteran bloggers alike.  When I started my blog, I saw this feature and took notice of its great power.  In my excitement, I decided I should harness the full power of WordPress tags by taggingeach post with nearly every word included in the post, plus some general tags like “Politics”, “News”, “Entertainment”, etc.  This went on for about 11 months (meaning from blog startup until a few minutes ago).  I was surfing the “Education” tag category to catch up on the latest opinions about Barack’s big speech today and I noticed that my grade-A post wasn’t listed anywhere on the listing.  Of course I had tagged “Education” to the post.  So I looked around and it finaly dawned on me that there COULD be a tag limit.  I thought about it and I realized that no one else ever used a trillion tags but me; I guess I just thought I was the only one that caught onto that trick.  I decided to post my question in the forums and was promptly given a response by a great forum member (Raincoaster):  Wordpress blocks your posts out after around 10 or 12 tags/categories, and after several posts of over 12 tags/categories, you are considered a tag spammer.

Well imagine my excitement when I learned that I’m pretty much number 1 on “WordPress’s Most Wanted” since I regularly use upwards of 100 tags on each post.  That would explain why I never get hits from wordpress tags.  I figure it’s better to not be getting hits because I’m in the “WordPress Tag Slammer” than because my content is boring.

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Video of the Day: Paramore Singing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon

Here’s a great video of Haley Williams of Paramore singing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.  I love the song in its original form, but Haley Williams is a great vocalist so I like this as well.  It’s a different, softer take on the original.  Watch below:

What do you think of this version of the song compared with the original?

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Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Happy Labor Day Everybody!

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great labor day weekend.  I didn’t have to work today, but I did spend the majority of my day laboring. I had to catch up on some work stuff so I didn’t get much relaxation time today.  I did, however, get to have a great supper with all of my family and it was a lot of fun.  That’s about all for today, but I’ll be back on my regular blogging shedule tomorrow.

Again, I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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