OK, I haven't done this for a while, but what the hell. It was never really popular, but screw you popularity, screw you and all your privileges.
"This day in History and its Irrelevancy to Today" was actually the first regular feature I did at Rising Hegemon. Then I learned to do picture captions and the magic of blogwhoring and I ended up becoming a B-level blogboy.
Not that there are many privileges to it.
"Look out, he's going to ramble...." (sorry in advance for any sexism implied below)
Your major league lefty-bloggers: Atrios, Kos, Josh Marshall?
They have your groupies, supermodels looking for the affections of a progressive journalist, politico, or economics professor. I hear that Marshall had to dump Christy Turlington because she was so "needy".
Still, all-in-all, it's a pretty sweet deal.
Then come the other major players, sort of the Milwaukee Brewers, or Kansas City Royals of the lefty-blogging world. Still big leagues, but on a slightly lesser scale. Your Steve Gilliard; Jesse & Ezra; Tbogg; Ezra & Jesse; what have you.
They still have groupies of course, but they're more ecletic, less flashy, but still solid. Your "Desperate Housewives" if you will, looking for something beyond the humdrum of prosperous upper income existences and 3,500 squarefoot houses in suburban gated-communities. These bloggers also still get invited to the swanky parties.
And then come bloggers like Attaturk & DeDurkheim. We occasionally will swing a date with a hand-model. We once were invited to eat shit & die - for which the offer was at least appreciated.
I'm sorry, I seem to have gone off on a tangent.
GERMANY, land of Lincoln.
Sorry, no it isn't. Let me start again,
GERMANY, November 9, an important day in your history.
November 9, 1918 -- Revolution breaks out in Germany, desposing the Kaiser and effectivly ending the First World War and bringing about the Weimar Republic. Surely, things were changing for the better in Germany!!
November 9, 1925 -- Some right-wing nut job and his cronies attempted to seize the Bavarian government by storming out of a beer hall. It got put down rather quickly. That crank was unlikely to ever be heard from again.
November 9, 1938 -- Kristallnacht. Oh shit!
November 9, 1989 -- The Berlin Wall comes down.
Oh, and to all our German friends, I have one more thing to tell you, something I'm sure no one can ever truly accuse you of doing.
DON'T FORGET POLAND.