I am most grateful to Steven Taylor, a.k.a Poliblogger, the blogfather to F&V, for getting me started. In addition to Steven, I also am indebted to Royce Carroll for teaching me html and other blogosphere survival skills.

In customizing the blog, I was inspired by many of the other blogs that I read, but I want to identify specifically two that provided me with much inspiration (in addition to PoliBlog): Stephen Karlson's Cold Spring Shops and Tom Grant's Arms and Influence. These are true model blogs.

Of course, none of the above-named individuals or their blogs should be held responsible for flaws in my blog design, or in the logic or substance of any argument I present within its pages.