Still in the Running—Hit & Run as Best Group Blog

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We're in third place in the "Best Group Blog" category of The 2005 Weblog Awards, trailing TPMCafe by about 50 votes and Redstate by about 400 votes.

The polls close December 15 and you can vote once every 24 hours. Please vote early and vote often.

To cast a ballot–and send a message that libertarians can game rigged web surveys just as well as liberals and conservatives–go here.

Whoever casts the winning ballot gets a pizza party and heavily iced cupcakes. Or something like that.

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  1. [offtopic]

    As I made my daily cigarette-and-giggle break through the WSJ’s op/ed pages, imagine my surprise as I found myself agreeing with an article about the absurdity of Rob Reiner’s preschool initiative – penned by a Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell from the Reason Foundation.

    Excellent work!

    [back to your regularly scheduled programmin’]

  2. OK now that it’s an official inside joke, can somebody please point me to the first mention of ‘cupcakes’ so I can get in on it.

    I like to delude myself that since I make frequent comments, I deserve a full share of the credit in making this a great blog. I was more stoked about the PLAYBOY mention. Never the less, I’m voting every day. I think we can win.

  3. Cupcakes and owls. I’ve seen them crop up in multiple threads, but I know not why. I’ve missed something somewhere, too.

  4. an evil pizza party?

    olws:
    stevencrane’s O RLY owls abound at grylliade.

    cupcakes: smacky’s cupcakes from yesterday. from the cunning linguist site about semper ubi

    and you can get there on the PIGSKIN BUS TO TUNA TOWN. with your noam chomsky blow up doll.

    and assless chaps. lots of chaps.

    bravo, Rich!

  5. Jason-I’m not sure about cupcakes, but those stupid fucing O RLY owls are the new internet meme. All the cool kids have owl pics.

  6. Yesterday’s post, “Meanwhile, In News The Onion Missed” is where the cupcake reference started.

    And I bet smacky’s extra pissed that it’s now part of the official lingo.

  7. Oh, was it the latin thread? Ooops.

    Anyway, I missed the cupcake part too and had to go searching through the whole site to find it. Still don’t get the owls. The Chomsky doll’s an old standby.

  8. You may be interested to know that when you vote at that site, they determine whether or not you’re eligible to vote based on whether there’s a file on your hard drive saying that you voted in the last 24 hours.

    I would never endorse cheating. I offer this only as a service to those who resent a third party writing to their hard drive without their explicit consent. So, remember, if you want to vote honestly, whatever you do, don’t delete that file.

  9. linguist:

    you’re right. it was the onion.

    teaches me to multitask with noam 😉

    but go to grylliade to see stevencrane’s thing with the owls. 🙂

  10. And don’t vote with multiple browsers or from multiple PCs, either.

    Hey, I just realized that if we win this one, it’ll probably be one of the most important libertarian voting victories ever. Sigh.

  11. windy –

    chicago H&R holiday gathering on the 17th…

  12. Your begging has grown pathetic.

  13. Cupcakes and owls. I’ve seen them crop up in multiple threads, but I know not why. I’ve missed something somewhere, too.

    Heh hehee hee

    [conspiratorily to Steven Crane]: clueless!! tee hee.

    By the way,

    I’ve already voted twice and had my votes not counted both times. I don’t know if you forgot to deactivate the smacky-proof voting, but my votes weren’t counted. Just thought I’d let you know.

  14. By the way, blogs and online voting would be impossible without the modern innovation known as computers.

    And that innovation never would have come about without the help of our good friends in the American Bar Association.

    Remember, every time you see a useful and reliable product, be sure to thank a trial lawyer.

  15. VM,
    I see, thanks. Now I understand, but I still don’t get it (curse you midlife!) Once again popular culture eludes me. No doubt the ascendance of this obscure vernacular is the result of our success.

    Well like I always say, and I SAID IT FIRST
    Nothing ruins a good thing like success.

  16. Warren,

    GWTPYI…owls and cupcakes are at the forefront of pop culture right now. They’re on ET, like, every night. Yesterday I turned on the TV and I saw Britney Spears and Madonna making out with a cupcake and an owl. It was CRAZY!

  17. testing 123

  18. Did someone say Assless Chaps ?

    (Or more specifically, Assless Leather Chaps).

  19. Rich Ard, I saw that piece as well. It is pretty cool when something from Reason ends up on the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed pages. That is pretty much the pinnacle I suppose and it doesn’t happen nearly as often as we’d like.

    Unfortunately if you are not a WSJ online subscriber you can’t see the piece online. If you happen to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal the direct link is posted at Reason.org

  20. We’ve passed TPM Cafe and are now in second place trailing Red State by 270 votes.

    I am amazed.

  21. The editors’ ceaseless lobbying is working! I just cast my vote and it looks as if we’ve overtaken TPM and reached slot #2!

  22. Lisa Snell has the entire piece posted on her blog at Education Weak

  23. Whoever casts the winning ballot gets a pizza party and heavily iced cupcakes.

    Can the winning balloter have a pair of assless leather chaps (slightly used), too?

  24. The reason this info about the WSJ is all strung out is because if you try to post a comment with more than a couple links Reason’s anti-spam software flushes it down the toilet.

    The WSJ/Reiner piece is also at Robber of Zork

  25. someone:

    sorry. wasn’t listening. do you have any cupcakes?

  26. I confess I like Crane’s “O RLY?” owls.

    And if that ever gets old, he can upgrade them to “N SHT?” owls.

    Kudos also to smacky “cupcakes” smacky (her last name is classified) for her contributions to the leading edge of pop culture. (As a show promo on The Discovery Channel once put it, with a certain lack of editorial self-awarenss, “Take your seat on the cutting edge …” Ouch!)

  27. Because I’m one of those strange people who values my privacy, I have macromedia flash configured to disallow local persistant storage on my computer (flash cookies, basically).

    Thus, attempting to vote gives me:

    “Error: Insufficient storage space to run poll.”

    Which leads one not to really trust the votes, as privacy conscious people are locked out of voting, thus obviously skewing the results! (Obviously, who am I kidding! Virtually no one else cares to avoid being tracked online)…

  28. with a certain lack of editorial self-awarenss

    … he typed, with a certain ironic lack of proofreading self-awareness…

  29. O RLY predates the owls by a long shot.

    …One of the owls featured O RLY, the others had other wonderfully insightful things to say.

    Crane had an O RLY owl Diptych, which was very clever. …I can see all sorts of permutations in our future, Les O RLY owls d’Avignon, an O RLY owl as if by Kandinsky… The possibilities are endless.

  30. Kudos also to smacky “cupcakes” smacky (her last name is classified) for her contributions to the leading edge of pop culture.

    …Your contributions include an extra dot in an ellipses, Cupcake.

  31. and ken, you get a set of chaps to take on the pigskin bus. and a go ’round the block with the inflatible noam chomsky doll.

  32. Sorry I missed all that while you were posting, TWC, and I appreciate the heads up on Snell’s blog.

  33. Let’s get creative and aggressive.

    We should all remember to vote once a day on every computer that we have access to, of course. But also, each of us should get a hold of at least three other folks and ask them to to vote for H&R once a day as well. Just send em the link.

  34. smacky,

    Did you notice this message?

    You cannot see vote totals until you vote. Refreshing the page after you vote may appear to subtract your vote from the total, but it does not actually do that. If you close your browser session and return to the poll you will see the updated total which includes your vote.

  35. Hey! Sometime in the wee hours, Hit and Run overtook Redstate and is now in the #1 lead by about 300 votes!

    Maybe we can thank our fans overseas (in other time zones) for that?

  36. well, yes, all 400 (or so)

    although I wouldn’t count (on) them
    they did vote a dead man into office just a few yrs back

  37. Sanermind,

    I could not tell, was that an advice or a complaint? if you don’t mind my asking…

  38. send a message that libertarians can game rigged web surveys just as well as liberals and conservatives

    Indeed. I just looked at this mornings numbers. Somebody’s being a naughty naughty boy.

  39. You cannot see vote totals until you vote. Refreshing the page after you vote may appear to subtract your vote from the total, but it does not actually do that. If you close your browser session and return to the poll you will see the updated total which includes your vote.

    The Real Bill,

    They’re just playing head games with me.

  40. To cast a ballot–and send a message

    And I’m not “sending a message” to anyone!!!

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