MCT Nominated as a ‘Most Influential’ Blogger

So cool!

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MCT has been nominated as a ‘Most Influential’ blogger. Making the award even better, is the fact that MCT was nominated by the excellent (and good friend of MCT) Chris Wy at “He’s Pretty Fly For a Jersey Guy.”

Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the award, I’m required to answer seven questions posed by the nominating blogger, in this case questions from Chris Wy:

1. Why did you start a political blog, and when?

I started MotorCityTimes November 5th, 2008 and published my very first article November 6th, 2008. With absolutely no idea what I was doing, I plowed directly into the fray motivated by the desire to add my voice to the conservative movement (no matter how small my voice is) opposing Obama and his liberal henchmen.

2. If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Benjamin Franklin.

3. Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?

The optimist in me says yes, although I have no idea why the optimist in me says that.

4. If you could choose one state for Conservatives to “take over” and reshape into a vision of America congruent with Constitutional / Conservative principles, what state would you choose and why?

For selfish reasons, I would say Michigan. However, my second choice would be Tennessee since nearly all my family lives there and it is a beautiful state.

5. If you could retire anywhere, on or off the planet Earth, where would it be?

I would spend the summers in Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan and winters somewhere warm, preferably by a beach. I’m not picky.

6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?

As a kid, I read a lot of science fiction fueling my interest in science and engineering. From a political standpoint, as a young adult, I borrowed Rush Limbaugh’s See, I Told You So and The Way Things Ought To Be from my dad. Both books resonated with my conservative sensibilities early on.

7. iPhone, Droid, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone?

My wife and kids have those newfangled iPhone’s and the look like fun. However, since work tethered me with a BlackBerry, I can’t seem to justify paying for an Android or iPhone.

Now that I’ve completed the questioning, I get to nominate other influential bloggers according to the rules of the award which are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. Answer 7 questions decided up by your nominator
4. Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

Let’s see 1, 2 & 3 are finished. Now for the MCT nominees:

Bunkerville
Citizen Tom
Frugal Café Blog Zone
Political Realities
The TS Report
What Would The Founders Think

And the seven questions:

1. Why did you start a political blog, and when?
2. Who is your favorite political pundit?
3. Do you think there is any hope of restoring the United States to a constitutional republic in your lifetime?
4. What book on politics would you most likely recommend to someone just waking up?
5. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
6. What book has influenced your life (other than the Bible or Torah) and describe how?
7. Popcorn or kettle corn?

Again, thanks for the kind consideration Chris!

******************    Update    *****************************
Just received nominations from Matt @ CH2.0 and Gator at The Daley Gator. Thanks guys!
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#TwitterGulag Part 4: Can you remember remember my name…

Can you remember remember my name
As I flow through your life
A thousand oceans I have flown
And cold spirits of ice
All my life
I am the echo of your past

I am returning the echo of a point in time
Distant faces shine
A thousand warriors I have known
And laughing as the spirits appear
All your life
Shadows of another day

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers

That didn’t take too long…

Enough of my complaining; even though I’ve been released from #TwitterGulag it seems my Twitter account is still a bit squirrely. I tried to follow a few people but it looks like my account still can’t follow anyone and I’m sitting at zero following / zero followers.

I guess it will take a while before everything is up and running properly. Anyhow, thanks for all the support with my Twitter skirmish.

Thanks all! Let’s not remain Perfect Strangers.

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Such a cool 80′s rock tune….

#TwitterGulag Part 3: Still waiting

“We can secure other people’s approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that”

Mark Twain

Still no word from the Twitter overlords regarding why I’ve been suspended or how to make amends.

On a side note, I’ve traded e-mails with Robot. He informed me that Twitter never contacted him regarding his suspension, just that they reinstated his account. The ‘Bot has truly carried the banner for my cause.

Another good friend on the internet, The King, has put out a good word for me as well.

Very nice. Thanks guys!

To be continued….

#TwitterGulag Part 2: Still no reply

“Ah,” said the jailer, “do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight.”
― Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo

Here I am, 24 hours later, still banned from Twitter and not even a response from my support ticket. At least my conservative blogger’s in arms are still carrying on the fight for me.

Zilla:

Phill:

Red Seewun:

ChrisWy:

and ‘Bot:

On the bright side, I discovered another conservative blogger @ Civil Candor who is going through the same ordeal.

To be continued…

#TwitterGulag: So I logged on to Twitter last night…

And was unceremoniously greeted with this:

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Next, I checked my email and saw that a couple of the good guys in the conservative blog-o-sphere (and good friends of MCT) were raising the flag that lefties have declared war on the #vrwc Twitter team. Via Robot:

During the evening it also came to light that Twitter has suspended other members of our conservative band of bloggers/twitterati. My #vrwc friend @Stevemct(MotorCityTimes.com) has also been suspended and @GoldwaterGal is suspended as well. What gives, Twitter?

Another good friend in the #vrwc, Chris Wysocki of Wyblog posted a plea at his new place Pretty Fly for a Jersey Guy #FreeMindNumbedRobot, please help get @mnrobot out of #TwitterGulag. Thanks bro!

And ChrisWy is highlighting the issue @ his new website Pretty Fly for a Jersey Guy:

So please, help get the word out. RT. Repost. Bug Twitter support. Don’t let the libtards win!

UPDATE: I just heard from another #vrwc member, @stevemct. He’s suspended too! The libtards have declared war!

Thanks for helping get the word our Chris and ‘Bot.

To be continued….

Christmas Music: Brian Setzer & Brad Paisley – Sleigh Ride

A quick programming note:

As in years past, I’ve been busily scouring YouTube searching out great (in my mind) Christmas music. Therefore, motorcitytimes.com is switching over to an ‘all Christmas music, all the time format.’

Kicking off the Christmas music extravaganza is a rocking version of Sleigh Ride performed by the guitar greats Brad Paisley and MCT favorite Brian Setzer….

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I’ve had a lot of fun finding these videos and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.