Five Year Blogging Anniversary: Ramos and Compean to Newt’s Ethics

I missed my five year blogging anniversary by three days, thinking my first post was January 21, 2007, but it was actually January 17, 2007. So I’ve passed five years now with about a total of one year of erratic writing as it was necessary to tend to other things. All of the time away happened with the first two years of blogging. I knew nothing about blogging and had never posted a comment anywhere. On the Intertubes, I was familiar with Michelle Malkin’s blog. I read news sites, but only Malkin’s blog. We had a huge snowstorm in January 2007. We were snowed in – not a normal occurrence for Tulsa, although we have some snow most years. We can usually count on it being gone in three days, but in 2007 it took a few weeks. So I searched around for how to ‘do it,’ followed the links to Blogger and in minutes I was blogging, not expecting anyone EVER to read what I wrote. Today, I’ve spanned the time from Ramos and Compean to Newt’s Ethics.

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My first blog was about Ramos and Compean surrendering to authorities, that day, to begin their incarceration for defending the United States’ Southern border against a drug smuggler. The alien, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, received immunity (after being found with 800 pounds of “drugs,”) and was given a ticket back to the States to testify against our two agents. The alien then sued the U.S. for $5 Million. I can find nothing about how that case was resolved, but Davila was sentenced in July 2008 to 9.5 years in prison for smuggling 220 pounds of marijuana into the U.S in 2005. The incident with Agents Ramos and Compean, who were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison respectively, happened in February 2006. Davila, Ramos and Compean each went before the same judge and received their punishment from the same judge. George W. Bush eventually commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean. They were released from prison in March 2009.

Fortunately for me, I found Linkfest. Don’t remember how, but there I found other bloggers. Whether before or after finding Linkfest, Barb Sowell at FaultlineUSA found me. She was my shining star, and she led the way. I’m sure I drove her crazy with my questions, which she always answered. I knew nothing about html and creating a link. I remember leaving a comment somewhere and receiving an email telling me the link to my blog was broken. I was asked to fix it, and hadn’t a clue how to do so. I remember many late nights and despairing that I would never learn.

Through Linkfest I found Stanford Matthews at Blog@MoreWhat. I left a comment the first time I visited his site. He had just revamped his page and since I was the first commenter, he gave me a special place on his blogroll. I still remember that he wrote about shoveling a great deal of snow out of his driveway that day – rare for  him, as his posts are both serious and comprehensive and talking about his day isn’t something he often does.

Through FaultlineUSA I met Susan Duclos at Wake Up America. So professional. Susan was the first to tell me about Memeorandum.

Somewhere along the way Roger Gardner at RadarSite contacted me. He was a fierce warrior against Islamic jihad, and cross-posted frequently. He died of Leukemia in November 2009. I’ve never known anyone as enthusiastic about blogging as Roger.

Maybe through Roger, I met findalis at Monkey in the Middle. However I met her, she is one of my way-back friends. She posts here and routinely covers Israel. She is popular with my readers. I appreciate that she shares her work here.

My apologies if I have forgotten to mention a ‘way-back’ friend. So many were so kind, and so helpful, especially Barb Sowell, Stanford Matthews and Susan DuClos who posted for me when I had to step away from Maggie’s Notebook the first time to ‘fix’ a problem with my arm.

So I missed my SiteMeter on the 17th, but it would have looked something like 1,692,070 Visits, and 2,287,818 Page Views. My thanks goes to the bloggers who have helped me along the way, like good friends The Lonely Conservative, Reaganite Republican, The Other McCainStop the ACLU, Political Realities,  Doug RossLarwyn’s Linx, Sultan Knish, GulagBoundSENTRY JOURNAL, Conservative Hideout 2.0, The Camp of the Saints,  Clay to Bronze, and GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus.

Here’s to No. 6 celebrating a Republican President’s inauguration (exactly one year from today), and the swearing in of a majority of Republican Senators and Congressmen.

(UPDATE: Just thinking that since Bob Belvedere refers to me as “Dame Maggie,” the bottle of Veuve Clicquot’s LeGrande Dame might seem a bit pretentious. Here’s the thing: there wasn’t a photo of my favorite, Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label, on ice, but there was of LeGrande Dame, so…)

Linked by The Lonely Conservative – thank you!

Bob Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints gifted me his ultra-cool Martini recipe. You can share it too. Find it here.

Many thanks to Pirate’s Cove for linking!

Linked at SENTRY JOURNAL – the Keystone Linkage Edition

The Desk of Lady Liberty named me her Site of the Day to help me celebrate. Thanks so much!

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook



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  • Happy belated anniversary, Maggie! Have enjoyed you and your posts over the years. Hope you have many more successful years!

    • Lobo, thank you, thank you so much!

  • Well better late than never Maggie…so Happy Blog anniversary. You are a great patriot and your blog has play an instrumental role in advancing the conservative vision. I look forward to many more years of great stories that expose the left and advances conservatism. Thanks for the mention.

    • John Carey, very kind words. I appreciate them so much.

  • Lots of work has gone into those 5 years, Maggie. You do a great job. Thanks.

    • Bob Mack, thank you very much. I so appreciate you and all my friends and the fine work done for the honor of conservatism.

  • Happy Anniversary, Maggie. Here’s to many more.

  • Your five years old? You write real good for a 5 year old Maggie..LOL
    congratulations Maggie… I’d lift a glass to you, but being Mormon it has to be a cup of water from the sink in my motel room… lol
    Finding your blog has been a highlight of my life. Becoming a friend has been the bee’s knees.

  • Happy Blogoversary, Maggie! Five years is impressive! May you have many more!

  • Happy B-Day Maggie, its a big effin deal!

    • Thanks Randy, love the sentiment:-)

  • Happy Anniversary, Maggie. You are doing a great job.

  • Happy Anniversary! May you have many, many more!

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  • Congratulations, Miss Maggie, er Dame Maggie. Enjoy your champagne or the martini that B. is pushing. 🙂

  • A belated Happy 5th, Maggie! Keep up the fantastic work!

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  • Congrats Maggie and thanks for the kind words. It has been a pleasure knowing you and here’s to many more years of doing what we do. I truly miss the old Linkfest sessions. And yes, I rarely post about myself. I don’t need to drive traffic away. 🙂

    BTW, my start date was June 13, 2006 but the first blog post appeared on August 6, 2006 (I think).

    • Stanford, it’s funny how it gets in your blood. Having a voice, no matter how small, is gratifying. One of the cleverest linkfests is the Watcher of Weasel Councils, but it takes a lot of time to keep it going. They do a great job of finding great stuff and promoting the Council’s work. Yes, here’s to many more. We only have to survive through the elections to get the energy to continue on.

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  • ‘Stanford, it’s funny how it gets in your blood. Having a voice, no matter how small, is gratifying.’

    One of my biggest pleasures comes from the fact I get massive hits from,, and, etc. The power brokers are not ignoring me. It is the traffic I appreciate the most. They know it matters.