The buzz this week swirled around Andrew Klavan’s “Why We Fight,” a column published at Big Hollywood about why so many Republicans are caving to the leftist majority. Rush Limbaugh read it on his program Thursday, and Ann Coulter called the piece “brilliant.”

Klavan wrote:

“What the right is experiencing at the moment is a phenomenon called ‘cultural para-stimuli.’ You can read all about it in Tom Wolfe’s wonderful novel ‘I Am Charlotte Simmons.’ It’s sort of like peer pressure on steroids. It was discovered by Nobel Laureate Victor Ransome Starling, who found that when he surrounded normal cats with cats whose behavior had been bizarrely altered by brain surgery, the normal cats began acting like the crazy cats all around them.”

Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling crime novels as “True Crime,” filmed by Clint Eastwood, and “Don’t Say A Word,” starring Michael Douglas. He wrote the screenplay for 1990′s “Shock to the System,” starring Michael Caine, and the 2008 horror film “One Missed Call.” He is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award five times and won twice. His latest novel is “Empire of Lies.”

Citizen journalism

Calling it “Citizen Journalism,” Twitterers were among the first with the news, the facts, and photos of the downed USAirways aircraft that ditched into the Hudson River after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport Thursday.

Moments after the Airbus hit the water, Janis Krums of Sarasota, Fla., posted the first photo of USAirways Flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted the photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness. The photo made the Drudge Report page above the caption: “Miracle on the Hudson River,” and Krums a sought-after interview worldwide.

Inaugural speeches

As our 44th president is sworn into office and delivers his inauguration speech, we recognize the words of the most famous speech of a generation: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Most of us know who said it: John F. Kennedy. But would we know who said, “To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit”? Or, “Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then, be trusted with the government of others?”

Debra Hughes of Narrative Magazine has put together a collection from some of the best and worst inaugural speeches.

“Communism with its method of madness is making a powerful and insidious attack upon our dismayed and shattered nation.” – Hitler.

Margaret Thatcher: “People have been led to believe that they had to choose between a capitalist wealth-creating society on the one hand and a caring and compassionate society on the other. But that is not the choice”

A fascinating read of some of the greatest – and most forgettable words ever spoken.

Not in the headlines

While attention is focused on Pastor Rick Warren’s invocation at the Obama inauguration, Blogger Random Thoughts writes about a Seattle pastor who is capturing the hearts and minds of young adults.

“It’s a small universe. Eldest Son, Eldest Daughter and Younger Daughter all … ended up attending Mars Hill in part because of Pastor Mark, as well as Pastor Tim and Pastor Bubba. Yes, that really is his name, go figure.

“I texted Eldest Son and asked him to describe in one sentence what makes Mark Driscoll such a good pastor, and he sent back two words: ‘Not possible.’ Eldest son is headed for a career in the USAF; but he’s no blind follower of orders. He has a deeply probing mind and values straight from the hip speaking. He’d never be content with a pastor who didn’t challenge him to explore what he believes.”

Pastor Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church are a magnet for a demographic slice least likely to seek The Word: young men between the ages of 20 and 25. Using text messaging and You Tube to reach young males, Driscoll’s unusual approach is so successful it was featured in a recent New York Time Magazine.

A real nail-biter

It was a nail biting day for bloggers across the internet. The popular 2008 Weblogs Awards competition concluded on Jan. 13th, and I’ve included a list of some of the winners. Organizer Kevin Aylward noted the contest attracted 3.2 million page views, 2 million visitors and 933,022 votes cast in 48 categories. Congratulations to all.

Home of tomorrow

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit writes in Popular Mechanics magazine about the home of the future. The innovative energy efficient, environmentally friendly and stylish pre-fab I-House can be powered for a dollar a day! The home of tomorrow?

Pass the Alka-Seltzer

Here’s your daily stomach ache. Check the National Debt at Twitter. Update published every afternoon around 3:30 p.m. ET

Farmer’s almanac on steroids

Want to know what happened the year you were born? Infoplease has world and national events, economics, sports, entertainment, science, and notable deaths. The site also gives you access to the 2008 Year in Review, reference tools, and much more. A great resource site for students, homeschoolers, researchers, or the intellectually curious. It’s a farmer’s almanac on steroids!

Help you didn’t know you needed

In an effort to help those devoted Blogger users, Sean Aune at Mashable and his team have gathered up the best of their lists about tools, themes and shortcuts for your preferred platform. Take a look through and you are sure to find something that will help you, even if you didn’t know you were looking for it!

Links to everything

All My Faves contains links to virtually everything! The home page depicts live-linked logos of dozens of websites clustered in categories such as: entertainment, games, kids, shopping, travel, weekly faves, happy holidays. Why go anywhere else? Links to video sites, maps, news, weather, e-mail programs, health, recipes, tech stuff, and much more. You’ll definitely want to add All My Faves to your favorites.

A calendar for you

The year is young. Make your own personalized calendar! A great gift idea to help mark time.


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