As a relative newcomer to the blogosphere, I’m happy Cynical Synapse received the Honest Scrap Award. In researching this award, it’s actually a “semi-award”, meaning no committees are involved in the nominations and awarding process. But it’s still important because one of my respected blog-mates—theblogprof—picked Cynical Synapse as one of 7 of his nominees. He’s got dozens of blogs he’s following, so Cynical Synapse must be on target, and I’m pleased by that.
Just what is the Honest Scrap award? It’s an independent “semi-award” that fellow bloggers bestow on one another. From Rena Jones:
Scrap means left over, fragments, discarded material. Many times truth and honesty are discarded material, considered fragments and left over. People like us need to tell it like it is, and let the scraps fall where they will.
There are two qualifications to the award:
1. You must list 10 honest things about yourself, and they must be interesting (let’s hope I meet that).
2. Designate 7 other bloggers as recipients of this award.
As for the honest things about me, I:
- Am saddened by the direction our government has taken over the last 20-40 years (less representational, more special interest oriented)
- Believe in the equality of man but realize not all men have the equal access needed to maximize their talents
- Like a common sense approach, which is why I have low tolerance for airport security measures and other “feel good” actitivities
- Have a low tolerance for sheeple who relect inept politicains even though they know they don’t represent them
- Am opposed to the Peter Principle, which is one of the reasons MDOT is on my short list of evil government agencies
- Think greed and corporate largesse brought about the current economic maelstrom
- Admit to some degree of parochialism, since I was opposed to the Wall Street bailout (which I maintain has done nothing for Main Street) while I was incredulous no one supported help for domestic automakers
- Tend to think of myself as a Republican, but don’t hesitate to vote for, or support, the candidate I believe best meets the needs of the country
- Am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, and I’m proud I voted for Ross Perot in 1992
- Thank God I voted for Bush in 2000 even though I was not supportive of his later policies; Gore just couldn’t have handled 9/11
The tougher challenge is nominating 7 bloggers worthy of this award. Here are my choices, in no particular order:
- Common Peoples Source for News
- Disagreement Without Being Disagreeable
- The Gas Game
- American Thinker
- Blogging for Michigan
- Michigan Messenger
- Briefing Room
I’m not the most liberal, nor am I the most conservative. Right is right and it transcends labels and viewpoints. Our government—especially our elected representatives—have lost focus of this fundamental point of view, I think.
So, as a young blogger, I’m honored to be nominated for this award over some that have been out there far longer than me.