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The Iconoclast

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Launching a new Canadian conservative web site is a rare achievement these days. The hard fact too is that in order for Canadian conservative content to gain some margin of success with unique Internet visitors, the content should be tailored to an American constituency. Although this pretty much describes our very own ESR, we are talking about this month's Conservative Site of the Month award going to The Iconoclast.

The IconoclastDespite the September 11th calamity, anti-Americanism is still a popular sentiment even in Canada these days, but it's a sentiment that logic and reason can break when given half a chance. The Iconoclast serves up content that is a blend of reason and humor. To borrow a phrase from Mary Poppins, a spoonful of entertainment makes the education go down. The Iconoclast aims to make you laugh while you absorb the underlying school of thought - conservatism - that keeps the issues and the headlines under one cyber-roof. But if there's one point of criticism to make about the Iconoclast it's in their humor -- hit and miss at best.

Their jokes don't always hit the mark, or overhit their mark, and Osama bin Laden can only be so much of a comical punching bag. Let's try this analogy: Imagine your hammering a nail in a piece of wood, but three-quarters the way through you bend the nail so that it can no longer go straight in. The smart thing is to take your hammer and straighten the nail out again to finish job. The not-so-smart thing is to keep hammering away until the bent nail is buried in the wood. When it comes to the Iconoclast, it's as if their brand of humor is to keep hammering away at the bent nail no matter what. And so sometimes you have to kind of laugh at the them, not with them.

Still, the Iconoclast deserves to be taken seriously. The "Daily Notebook" and "Cranky Film Reviews," along with most of the commentary, are good food for thought. Only four and a half months after, people are more open and honest about their emotions since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. It's comforting to know that there are those out there who won't pull any punches, even if they fail to come up with a good punchline.

Past Sites of the Month

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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