During the CIS reception on Thursday there were several bloggers in attendance who sat for interviews.

The first was John Hawkins from Right Wing News

You will note that old friend Jeff Dunetz of the Lid blog walking in not knowing I was mid interview, he sat with me as well

It’s worth noting that he also did a 2nd longer audio interview that will be available in this week’s DaTechGuy off DaRadio Podcast

I must admit despite my delight at seeing old friends I was particularly pleased to meet one of the pioneers of blogging Mickey Kaus who gave me 10 minutes at the end of a very long evening.

His blog is of course Kausfiles and he’s been doing it before most people knew what a blog was.

I will be posting more interviews later in the day and tomorrow if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions


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While we talked about the controversy concerning the People’s Choice awards there were other award won by worthy bloggers that were no less worth attention nor any less deserved.

The highlight for the crowd was Michelle Bachmann’s speech to the bloggers.

She then presented the award for blogger of the year (this is separate from ACU’s award)

Julie’s blog is here.

No person deserved the lifetime achievement award more than Glenn Reynolds most of us wouldn’t exist without him.

But the highlight for me was the best kept secret award. Yid with lid was the runner-up but when they announced the winner as my friend Karen the Lonely Conservative I was so busy clapping with joy I forgot to film.

I made up for it with an interview directly after.

That was simply wonderful Karen deserves more credit than she gets

John is one of those A-list bloggers that Iowahawk was talking about.

The day I get to the level of Right Wing news I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about an empty tip jar again.