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October 13, 2006

Rambix hangs it up

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One of my favorite Minneapolis blogs, Rambix and the Red Star, is hanging it up and retiring.

Rambix focuses on issues of crime and justice in Minneapolis.

Rambix was profiled at the Blog Herald back in April 2006:

This blog attacks the criminal justice coverage of the Star-Tribune head on with insight from police, prosecutors, eyewitnesses, and others in the Minneapolis area. This site has grown quite a reputation for challenging the crime prevention policies of the current mayor of Minneapolis.

In addition, we featured Rambix in our How I Blog series and as an interview earlier this year.

He will be missed.

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May 19, 2006

Friday Blogs: MilBlogs

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This Friday we’re featuring the world of MilBlogs, along with a few of my favorites.

MilBlogs, short for Military Blogs, became known a few years ago after Greyhawk, an active duty military member, launched The Mudville Gazette. Over time, more bloggers joined in and began talking more openly about the world inside the military.

Lt. Smash

The first military blogger that actually caught my eye was LT Smash, now known as the Indepundit. Lt. Smash (now Lt. Commander Smash) is a Navy Reservist in San Diego who wrote openly about his experiences while deployed to Kuwait to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. He’s continued to blog about political and military affairs since his return from his overseas stint.

Neptunus Lex

Smash introduced me to Neptunus Lex, at the time a Commander on the USS Constellation, also homeported in San Diego. Since promoted to Captain, Lex is considered to be the highest ranking active milblogger currently. Lex writes frequently of politics, terrorism, and life as an officer and an aviator in the United States Navy. And make sure you don’t mention F-14s when you comment there… he’s an F-18 pilot :)

Chapomatic

Reading Lex also led me to Chapomatic, at the time a Submarine Officer in the United States Navy assigned to an Expeditionary Strike Group in the Atlantic Fleet. Chap is now a staff officer for the United States Strategic Command in Omaha. A scholar of the first degree, his posts and links are always worth reading.

Sgt. Hook

An United States Army company 1st Sergeant when I first began reading him, Sgt. Hook has since been promoted twice – to Sergeant Major and now to Command Sergeant Major. I began reading his blog prior to his company’s deployment to Afghanistan after 9/11. Hook is currently transitioning to his next post. Let’s take a look at one of his posts about the early days in the Army:

“Hello ladies, welcome to Alpha Company, First of the Thirty-Ninth Infantry Regiment, Fort Dix, New Jersey,� he calmly said with a warm smile and caring eyes.

We were thirty-three young men from all walks of life and all parts of the country, all with shaven heads, packed into the light blue school bus each with a duffel bag full of stuff that had been issued to us just hours before. It was hot inside the steel bus as we nervously sat, all eyes on the tall black man with the pencil thin mustache and wearing a very large brimmed brown Sam Bowie hat standing in the front of the bus, forward of the yellow line. He had stepped inside through the folding doors as the bus came to a stop in the mostly empty parking lot. He leaned on the bar closest to the front most seats as he spoke.

Blackfive

Last, but not least, is former Army Captain Blackfive, one of the most popular milbloggers. Blackfive is based in Chicago now working in private industry – and has a few guest bloggers who write regularly at his blog. Blackfive is one of the men and women that have done the most to promote milblogging as a way for active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines to tell their story…

There are many others…

Many of the best milblogs have gone silent. Some because they chose to, others because of command pressure, many others because they came home from the war and moved on with their lives. You can find many others by visiting Mudville Gazette’s Home of the MIlBlogs.

Interested in seeing your blog or blog community highlighted here? Drop us a note at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz.

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May 4, 2006

The ultimate compliment: a Masthead Quote!

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Last week, as a part of our new Friday Blogs series, we profiled Rambix and the Red Star, a Minneapolis based blog focused on covering crime in the city of Minneapolis.

Apparently, they liked our quote as it’s now part of their masthead, which I believe to be the ultimate compliment:

This blog attacks the criminal justice coverage of the Star-Tribune head on with insight from police, prosecutors, eyewitnesses, and others in the Minneapolis area. This site has grown quite a reputation for challenging the crime prevention policies of the current mayor of Minneapolis.

Keep on being the rebel in Minnesota, gentlemen!

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April 28, 2006

Friday Blogs: Minneapolis, MN

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This is the first of our new Friday Blogs series that will highlight relatively unknown or interesting blogs from around the blogosphere.

This Friday’s Blogs feature focused on Minneapolis, MN – the hometown of BlogMedia, Inc. and our own network of blogs.

Minneapolis is well-known as a liberal bastion in the upper Midwest. The newspaper, the Star-Tribune is often parodied by the Republications as a tool of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party (DFL, or Democrats for short) in Minnesota.

Two blogs in the Minneapolis area take a daily aim at the Star Tribune.

The first is The Anti-Strib. This blog generally looks at the daily news coverage in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and attempts to poke holes in it. Today alone there were seven posts on the blog challenging stories in today’s newspaper.

The second is Rambix and the Red Star. This blog attacks the criminal justice coverage of the Star-Tribune head on with insight from police, prosecutors, eyewitnesses, and others in the Minneapolis area. This site has grown quite a reputation for challenging the crime prevention policies of the current mayor of Minneapolis.

Group blog MNSpeak covers news, arts, politics, and culture in the Twin Cities.

Metroblogging is represented with their Minneapolis site.

And no recap of Minneapolis blogs would be complete without mentioning James Lileks’s Bleats, published Monday through Friday without fail for more years than I can count. Funny too.

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