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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Carnival of the Vanities
Written by: Beck

It's that time again--the third Carnival of the Vanities to be hosted at INCITE. This time, by some miracle, the Carnival contains fewer than 50 posts. Rather, it contains a paltry 48. So without further preamble, here are this weeks submissions (and broken into handy-dandy categories!).

Editor's Selections:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFirst up, Laurence Simon bemoans his continued inability to get the Carnival of the Cats linked by Instapundit. I decided to link this post first or the sweet, sweet irony that this carnival will almost certainly get linked by Instapundit, yet Laurence's cat carnival will continue to go unlinked. My advice: perhaps if your carnivals need to include recipes (either how to cook for cats, or how to cook cats--the difference isn't really all that important).

Getting second-from-top billing is Eric Scheie's post Can't Get No F---ing Respect. (hint: F--- stands for the word "fuck"). In it, Eric discusses the current war in Iraq and the people who compulsively liken it to the Vietnam War. Eric gets second-from-the-top billing because, unlike any other blogger featured here today, I know for a fact that Eric has good taste in German Brewhauses. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is an ideal criterion by which to judge a blogger.

Mr. Snitch has a very insightful post in which he compares the bad press that the current presidential administration is getting with the criticism of another war-time president from America's past.

Dr. Tony has a great, great story about an ER doctor and a really, really bad night.

The title of the skwib's post says it all: Thag want be millionaire! Don't miss the aptly captioned picture of a woolly rhino. No really.

The Right Place has a reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution along somewhat more... liberal... lines.

The Raving Atheist has an interesting post in which he defends himself for being A) raving, and B) an atheist.

Business and Economics:

First, from Brian J. Noggle, a post of a libertarian bent: politicians are attempting to impose stricter gas mileage rules because the laws of supply and demand aren't up to the task of producing sufficient regulatory paper work.

Multiple Mentality blogs about the importance and tactics of using references in a job search. This post is especially important, as it contains the following sentence: "Let’s face it, up until 6 months ago I was obese, diagnosed with depression and social anxiety disorder, and to top it all off a repressed homosexual (read: I’m more intimate with my right hand and pornography than I am with other guys)."

From Liberty Cadre, a post about Kenneth Clarke's sudden turn against the Euro.

Steve Pavlina has a post in which he, erm, links to some other post of his, and says something vague about career development. In other news, Steve Pavlina learns why Carnival hosts like submissions to include a brief summary of the post being submitted.

David St Lawrence discusses the importance of retaining some creative time for oneself.

Alan Henderson's post announcing the Fifth Henderson Prize for the Advancement of Liberty doesn't really fit under this category, but then, it didn't really fit under any other categories either. So I put it here. It's short and sweet, so go read it.

FunnyBusiness has an interesting post about a tale of three different auto shops, all looking at repairing the same problem, and all coming up with radically different diagnoses (and price quotes).

Political Calculations has an interesting post (with a chart!) showing the performance of the S&P 500 over the index's lifetime.

War, the War on Terror, and Cindy Sheehan:

Boxing Alcibiades has an interesting post discussing developments in the technology of warfare.

Coyote Blog has a long post discussing the progress of the war in Iraq, along with a lengthy disquisition on the arguments of Cindy Sheehan.

Common Folk Using Common Sense has a post self-explanatorily titled "The Facts on Casey Sheehan."

Mean Ol' Meany has yet another post on Cindy Sheehan. How this woman has managed to garner so much publicity remains beyond me, though it seems at time like she gets far more attention from the right than from the left. Which, you know, is rather bad strategy folks.

The End Zone has an interesting discussion of reporter Michael Yon's interesting adventures as an embedded journalist in Iraq.


Mark Nicodemo has a post dedicated to the politics of the national oil reserve and the Katrina hurricane disaster.

WunderKraut has a question for Gary Hart, namely, Are you some kind of moron?

Solomania has a post discussing Islamist journalists and institutional bias at NPR.

Conservative Outpost has a self-explanatory post titled The Immigration Time-bomb. It's definitely worth looking at.

Rip & Read Blogger Podcast has a post including clips from Rumsfeld on the Vietnam analogy, Ralph Neas on Roberts, some whoppers in the NYT, and an audio clip of Cindy Sheehan celebrating "Freedom Fighters coming from other countries." Also known as terrorists.

Forward Biased has a post on Racial Profiling in traffic stops.

The American Mind has a post on the pro-life arguments of Jennifer Roback Morse.

Below the Beltway links to a post by The Anchoress discussing the fruitless summer of the Republican administration, and elaborates on her thoughts.

Searchlight Crusade has a post on the still-developing Able Danger controversy.

Part-Time Pundit has a post criticizing the ACLU and their oddly inexplicable attack on abstinence education.

On Blogging:

The Glittering Eye has a discussion which could well fit into a number of categories. In it, he discusses an issue of relevance to all bloggers: how do you judge what constitutes a credible source, and how should you handle situations where sources have dubious legitimacy.

Blog Business World has a post wherein he (heresy!) declares that bloggers shouldn't worry about their visitor logs.

Free Money Finance has a highly appropriate submission wherein he discusses the best way to drive traffic to your website via Blog Carnivals.

And Now, for Something Completely Different:

This is the catch-all category for posts which couldn't really be categorized. I you've made it this far, you're in luck, as many of the best and funniest posts fall under this category. Enjoy!

Ideas in Progress presents the first ever Tough Guy Awards.

Mad Kane presents some Bush vacation humor.

BigPictureSmallOffice discusses comfort food in the workplace.

Wicked Thoughts presents... how to describe it. Think of it as Red State Nursery Rhymes. Sample:
Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread.
Dissecting Leftism presents a roundup of posts on a host of different topics.

Blog d'Elisson reminisces about an episode from his past. It involves bugs.

Bad Example shares some fun facts about Illinois. Sample: "Due to the extremely harsh winters in Illinois, natives of the state grow thick coats of fur to protect them from the elements, and are frequently clubbed to death by Alaskan tourists."

Political Satire has a report on 9 little known ethnic stereotypes. My favorite: "7. Frenchmen urinate from the fetal position."

Dean Esmay has a thoughtful post in which he reviews The Autobiography of Malcolm X, discusses how its effected him, and links it to the movie American History X.

BloggingBaby has an amusing post discussing the future of explaining technology to children. This post is worth reading for the picture of an Atari 5200 alone.

Chicken Fried Life discusses a topic with far more relevance to my own life than I could wish: computer frustration.

Jack the Ripper has a post about books. And that's all I have to say because his site is a bit hard on the eyes, and I'm burned out. Sorry Jack!

Finally, from The People's Republic of Seabrook, Northstar has a discussion of what exactly qualifies a baseball player as "Latino."

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