Here Are the (non-Taylor) Swifties: Jon Swift Roundup 2022

I’m grateful to have been invited to participate in the Jon Swift Roundup 2022, a lovely blogging tradition begun by a satiric blogger named Al Weisel, whose nom de blog was Jon Swift. It was Weisel’s way to encourage other bloggers with audiences less robust than his own.

After Weisel’s untimely death, several of his colleagues kept the Roundup going. It is our good fortune that Batocchio, a talented blogger at Vagabond Scholar (who doesn’t blog often enough, in my opinion!), has been graciously ensuring that the yearly Roundup continues.

For additional background on the tradition and samples of Jon Swift/Al Weisel’s work from the “Wayback Machine,” please visit Batocchio’s update at:

Jon Swift Roundup 2022

Below are the Roundup’s links to this year’s works, with the blogging authors’ brief introductions. Batocchio encourages other interested bloggers to attach their own favorite post from this year to the comments section on his blog, or use the hashtag #JonSwift2022.

Bark Bark Woof Woof
“Nancy Levis Williams – 1929-2022”
Mustang Bobby (aka Philip Middleton Williams): “My farewell to my mom.”

Crazy Eddie’s Motie News
“The story of Loving vs. Virginia on Loving Day”
Pinku-Sensei: “This post tells the story, real and dramatized, of the Lovings, on the 55th anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia, which struck down state laws against interracial marriage. This has been one of the most consistently popular posts I wrote this year, earning at least 250 page views every month since I posted it on June 12th, so my readers chose it as much as I did.”

Show Me Progress
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) and Trudy Busch Valentine (D) – Gladstone, Missouri – GOTV Rally – October 29, 2022″
Michael Bersin: “Immediately after the August 2022 primary and up through to the general election we covered Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Trudy Busch Valentine (D) at fourteen out of her many retail campaign events across the state. Conventional wisdom and old media mostly ignored this campaign, missing the human contact, empathy, and joy in the battle of the candidate and her campaign staff. Trudy Busch Valentine (D) received 42% of the vote, losing to Eric Schmitt (R) by 13 points..”

First Draft
The Puppetmaster?
Peter Adrastos Athas: “Donald Trump blames his legal problems on everyone but himself. There’s one man he blames most of all, Andrew Weissmann: the Puppetmaster. Bow down before the Puppetmaster and his dog Innis.”

his vorpal sword
“GOPaganda and the Civil War”
Hart Williams: “Why the Right has taken up the cry of ‘Civil War!’ and how off-kilter that actually is. I had reviewed this author on this subject once before: mendacity galore!”

Constant Commoner
“Joni Mitchell Left and Then She Came Back”
Ramona Grigg: “Joni Mitchell’s triumphant return to the Newport Folk Festival after 53 years away got me thinking about our national treasures and what it is that makes them endure. They’re not treasures by accident.”

Mock Paper Scissors
“News That Will Drive You to Drink, Ken Starr Edition”
Tengrain: “The one in which we eulogize Ken Starr, because someone has to set the record straight.”

“The End of Roe”
bluzdude: “Initial reaction to the leak about overturning Roe.”

Strangely Blogged
“Jesus, Guns, Babies, and American Exceptionalism”
Vixen Strangely: “A simple political slogan gives insight into an entire Christian-right worldview.”

The Rectification of Names
“Opinions We Never Finished Reading. I”
Yastreblyansky: “Cheating a little, this is part I of a six-part reaction to Justice Alito’s leaked opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in particular his view that a right to abortion is not “deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions”, which turns out to be based on the questionable assumption that there have never been any women in our nation’s history and traditions. The whole series takes you from an abortion performed in the 5th or 6th century by St. Bridget of Kildare to an effective recipe for a herbal abortion published by founding father Benjamin Franklin, and is more entertaining that most of this dismal year’s stories.”

You Might Notice a Trend
“Dreading The Oncoming Storm”
Paul Wartenberg: “One of my co-workers honestly asked me, ‘Are we going to have another civil war?…’ Given the nature of the partisan division there really is no safe place in America when (not if) the extremism of the Far Right – either in denial of a Democratic midterm victory or in vindication of a Republican one – triggers a series of violent acts…”

The Debate Link
” ‘Economically Liberal, Socially Conservative’ Will Always Decay into Fascism”
David Schraub: “One of the enduring mysteries of American politics is why no party occupies the supposedly popular “economically liberal, socially conservative” quadrant. The answer is simple: shorn of socially liberal commitments to egalitarianism, “economic liberalism” simply means that the coercive power of the state is deployed to redirect wealth, power, and resources towards preferred ingroups – i.e., fascism.”

“The destruction of sex”
Infidel753: “Sexuality in America is being twisted into something ugly, disgusting, and painful. Pornography is the proximate cause, but we should also look at who stands to gain from this.”

“I No Longer Recognize My Country”
Annie: “In these precarious times for our fragile democracy, I explore the expression so many of us feel—”I no longer recognize my country” and find a way to respond. I close with a remarkable July 4th video: a gift to US from the Ukrainian people.”

The Rude Pundit
“Tucker Carlson Has an Orgasm: A Fantasia”
Lee Papa (the Rude Pundit): “Ever wonder what gets Tucker Carlson off? No? Well, I did. And it’s not fun.”

Lotus – Surviving a Dark Time
“Transgender youth know who they are”
Larry E (Whoviating): “Amid increasing attacks on the very right of trans youth to exist, research says trans youth know who they are.”

Just an Earthbound Misfit, I
“Legitimacy and Why It Matters, or ‘Nice Little Representative Democracy You Have Here. Pity If Something Were To Happen to It.’ “
Comrade Misfit: “How Clarence and the Supremes are ruining a leg of the Federal government and why it matters.”

Bluestem Prairie
“Scott Jensen to speak—again—at “vaccine awareness” Global Health Freedom Summit”
Sally Jo Sorensen: “Bluestem Prairie broke this story about MNGOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen ten days before the rest of Minnesota media sort of caught up. Unlike most other accounts, Bluestem reported that this scheduled speaking event was a repeat appearance and Jensen’s anti-vaccine positions weren’t confined to COVID-19 jabs, but all vaccines.”

The Professional Left Podcast
“Ep 634: Maybe Joe Biden Is Simply A #@%^ing Democrat!”
Blue Gal (and Driftglass): “People in the media insisting Biden move to the center – wherever that is, punch a hippie or do a “Sista Soldja” moment – are just in the habit of hating plain ordinary progressive Democrats. We think their advice is wrong. [NOTE: F-words are used in this show.]”

“Charles Foster Kane and the Four-Quadrant Podcast”
driftglass: “Take if from your Unca driftglass kids, the key to political podcasting fame and fortune is to make damn sure check all four audience boxes!”

Mad Kane’s Humor Blog
“Limerick Ode To Elon Musk”
Madeleine Begun Kane: “My two-verse limerick mocking Elon Musk’s impressively fast-paced destruction of Twitter.”

Self-Styled Siren
“John Wayne and the Six Security Men”
Farran Smith Nehme: “Did John Wayne attempt to assault Sacheen Littlefeather in 1973, only to be held back by six security men? An attempt to trace an old story.”

“Aid & Comfort Conservatives”
Roy Edroso: “In the old-fashioned blog style I took down some evidence of how conservatives were trying to distort history at it happened – in this case, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which many of them applauded. If nothing else it’s good to remember what they were trying when they thought they might get away with it.”

Roy Edroso Breaks It Down
“Alex gets with it”
Roy Edroso: “Scenes from Family Ties if it had been transported from the Reagan era to today.”

“Mitt Romney Is In Denial”
Jon Perr: “Mitt Romney never misses an opportunity to be an opportunist. So it is with his latest paean to both-siderism.”

Jill Dennison
Jill Dennison: “Choices. We make decisions every day about how to spend our time, our energy, our money. We expect our elected government to do the same, to prioritize what is in the best interest of the people … ALL the people. But do their priorities match ours?”

God’s Spies
“Our Rolling Civil War”
Thomas Neuburger: “The civil war that’s brewing in this country is a rolling affair, a badly led, mixed amalgam of many elements. It’s a revolt against the way Big Money screws almost everyone else. The professional left has abandoned its leadership to serve the status quo. Fun times ahead.”

Left Jabs
“The Dumbing Down of Russia Looks Painfully Familiar”
LeftJabber: “Written almost a month after Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, this article points out the striking parallels between Putin’s brainwashing of the Russian people and Republicans’ similar efforts in the United States. Both rely heavily on the gullibility and ignorance of their constituents.”

This Is So Gay
“Exchanging the Truth for a Lie”
Duncan Mitchel: “Conservative Christians are still trying to present themselves as reasonable and loving in their crusade against gay people and gender nonconformists; here’s my discussion of a recent example. (Full disclosure: I have neglected my blog this year, and this post is a runner-up for my best of 2021; I hope to do better next year.)”

Vagabond Scholar
“The Worse Demons of Our Nature”
Batocchio: “The most popular political figures for the conservative base are those who give them permission to deny reality and to behave awfully toward their fellow Americans.”

Thank you, Batocchio! I hope my readers will join me in perusing this diverse gathering of provocative works from fellow bloggers.


11 thoughts on “Here Are the (non-Taylor) Swifties: Jon Swift Roundup 2022

  1. I was so honoured to be included this year … thanks to you, dear Annie! And thanks for spreading the word even further afield for all of us who take blogging seriously … sometimes perhaps too seriously. Again, thank you, my friend.

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