Late Friday night, an electronic version of the "immigration reform" bill was finally published, and quickly found its way into the hands of KLo at the Corner. From there, it has spread all over the net, of course.  
 
But the published version is a big, clunky PDF file (which, if you like, you can download here.) Good if you plan on printing out all 326 pages of it, not so good if you are a blogger who wants to comment on a particular section and show your readers exactly what you're talking about.  
 
So I've taken the copy published by NRO and parsed it into a format that allows for easy browsing online.  
 
If those who forged this "compromise" have their way, this bill will be voted on as early as Tuesday. That's a crazily short amount of time for Senators --- let alone the American public --- to review, understand, and have a voice on the substance of such a complex bill.  
 
My hope, however, is that by presenting the bill in this form, I will help make the bill more accessible to all, and provide a central spot where commentary, criticism, and suggested improvements can be assembled. Who knows --- maybe our erstwhile leaders on Capitol Hill will take notice, and take some of our comments to heart.  
 
There's only one way to find out, so let's get to it...
War Bloggers Map
Posted by Bud Tugly in current events 11 years ago
Neat interactive map of English language war bloggers covering the Israeli - Hezbollah Conflict.  
 
Links go to the very lastest postings only. Visit the homepages of these blogs for recent past coverage.  
 
TruthLaidBear on LF.
Truth Laid Bear
Posted by lagbnaft in blogs & zines 12 years ago
The Truth Laid Bear began as a humble BlogSpot blog over three years ago, and has since evolved into a fully developed portal to the blogosphere. The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem is widely regarded as the definitive weblog ranking system.
How are we going to mobilize the blogosphere in support of cuts in wasteful spending to support Katrina relief? Here's the plan.  
 
Identify some wasteful spending in your state or (even better) Congressional District. Put up a blog post on it. Go to N.Z. Bear's new PorkBusters page and list the pork, and add a link to your post.  
 
Then call your Senators and Representative and ask them if they're willing to support having that program cut or -- failing that -- what else they're willing to cut in order to fund Katrina relief. (Be polite, identify yourself as a local blogger and let them know you're going to post the response on your blog). Post the results. Then go back to NZ Bear's page and post a link to your followup blog post  
 
The result should be a pretty good resource of dubious spending, and Congressional comments thereon, for review by blogs, members of the media, etc. And maybe even members of Congress looking for wasteful spending . . . .  
 
 
$12,836,393,256 in pork identified so far
The publisher of the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem, Mr. N. Z. Bear, is quoted in this piece from the Wall Street Journal about counting blogs. Very informative and thought provoking article -- read it and the related post and comments at TTLB.  
 
An eye-opener for me: Instapundit is not an important blog! At least not to ComScore Media Metrix and Neilsen//NetRatings. One of the giants of the blogosphere just doesn't cut the mustard. For these guys to notice you, you have to be pulling down 150,000 unique visitors a month. Unique visitors. The New York Times website takes in 28.9 million unique visitors in April!