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There are weblogs and web sites more popular than James Lileks' blog/web site but it would be difficult to find any as good. In the short lifetime of the web, Lileks has crafted an online presence marked by incisive commentary, warm stories of family and friends and fun sidelines into Americana.

Lileks.comThe heart of James Lileks' web site is his marvelously written daily journal/weblog known as The Bleat, a blog that can cover anything from the adventures of his young daughter Natalie (better known to Bleat readers as Gnat) to the questioning of a politician's motives and actions. Along with the blog, Lileks occasionally pens an extended piece on one subject, such as his recent hammering of Sen. Paul Wellstone, which he refers to as his screeds.

From there his web site radically expands with The Institute, "where we bring pop culture history back to life so we can cruelly beat it to death again", exhibits of horrible comics from the old days, studies of buildings, "ghost ads", matchbooks, classic motel postcards and "flotsam cove" -- a dumping ground for everything else.

Is Lileks a conservative? If you read The Bleat long enough you'll notice the fine pattern of traditional conservative thought but you'll also find a streak of libertarianism. Throughout, however, there is one constant: Lileks loves freedom and he loves his country for being the world's finest example of it. While that is hardly an exclusively conservative belief, it would be hard for anyone to argue that Lileks swings more to the right than the left. Either way, his web site is a must for everyone.

Past Sites of the Month

09.02   No Site of the Month
08.02   The Brothers Judd Good Books and Recommended Readings
06.02   The American Prowler
05.02   Instapundit
04.02   Americans for Victory over Terrorism
03.02   National Review Online
02.02   The Iconoclast
01.02   Margaret Thatcher
12.01   Newt Gingrich Official Homepage
11.01   Defending Your Freedom
10.01   Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library
09.01   The Heritage Foundation
08.01   The Hudson Institute
06.01   RegRadar
05.01   Capital Research Center
04.01   Bureaucrash
03.01   WorldNetDaily
01.01   Taiwan Security Research
12.00   iOptOut of Social Security
11.00   Tech Central Station
10.00   The 50 Million Round March
09.00   Save John Stossel
08.00   George W. Bush for President
07.00   Social Security Central
05.00   Reagan 2000: Federalism and the New Republicans
04.00   Hands Off The Internet
03.00 RightPages
02.00   Cato Institute
01.00   The National Anxiety Center
12.99   The American Partisan
11.99   The Federalist
10.99   The Friedrich Hayek Scholars' Page
09.99   Second Amendment Law Library
08.99   Fight Internet Taxes!
07.99   Center for Trade Policy Studies
06.99   Free Republic (Site of the Year)
05.99   Conservative News Service
04.99   Rightgrrl
03.99   Free Republic
02.99   Real Mensch
01.99   Right! The Online Magazine
12.98   SpinTech
11.98   FrontPage Magazine
10.98   National Republican Congressional Committee
09.98   Site of the Sentient
08.98   Just A Lot of Talk
07.98   Free Congress Foundation
06.98   Quackgrass Press (Site of the Year)
05.98   Yes! On Proposition 226
04.98   Civil Liberties
03.98   The Liberty Activists
02.98   Michelle Malkin's Page
01.98   Mensch Magazine
12.97   The Jolly Roger
11.97   Subversive Liberty
10.97   Free-Market.Net
09.97   The Jefferson School of Philosophy, Economics and Psychology
08.97   Right on the Web
07.97   The Museum of Communism
06.97   Quackgrass Press

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