February 12, 2003
Good news and bad news

The good news is that famed Texas populist Jim Hightower has a blog.

The bad news is that the design sucks, the layout is ugly (and when an "aesthetic retard", as Tiffany lovingly calls me, says something is ugly, you can bet your butt it's U-G-L-Y), he's got no blogroll, and it all appears to be links to news articles with no original content. Oh, and everything is excerpted, with the More link bringing up a new window whether you wanted one or not. But other than that...

Via Ginger, who thinks (and I agree) that all authors should have weblogs.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 12, 2003 to Other punditry | TrackBack

You know, I can't stand that guy's politics, but I'd be honored to sit and buy him drinks. He's a pure Texas treasure that deserves to drink with someone of a higher caliber than Molly Ivins (who I hope I never meet, because I don't know what I'd do -- be polite and respect her accomplishments, turn my back and walk away with my head held high, or snap and try to strangle the life out of her.)

But...that weblog looks like it's being done by one of his lefty college interns, not him. It sucks to high holy hell.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on February 13, 2003 7:30 PM

And most bloggers provide "original content"? Just what does that mean? I see an awful lot of backslapping of each other's blogs and pissing matches between bloggers to boot.

I'd much rather see links to real news articles with commentary rather than some clique-type nonsense which is irrelevant at best and destructive at worst.

Posted by: Susan Nunes on February 13, 2003 10:01 PM

Susan, "original content" means words that he himself has actually written, instead of just quoting from other sources. If I'm going to read a Jim Hightower blog, I want to read some of Jim Hightower's writing. I don't think that's asking a lot.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on February 14, 2003 8:40 AM

Precisely. That's why I was excited about a Hightower blog. The cat's sharp and funny.

("destructive"??? Goodness...)

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on February 14, 2003 9:35 AM