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Pensito Review has been publishing commentary on politics and the news since January 2005. Coverage focuses on progressive politics in Washington as well as nationwide, with a particular interest in Florida and California where the company has offices. The editors, Jon Ponder in California and Trish Ponder and Buck Banks in Florida, are all professional […]

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

I have had the privilege of serving as editor and producer of Gore Vidal’s official website,, for the past year and a half. Getting to know Mr. Vidal, albeit slightly — a brilliant writer, political analyst, social critic and historical figure in his own right — has been a truly memorable experience. There will […]

Pensito Review, Trish Ponder Nominated for 2010 Florida Netroots Awards

First, thanks to the nominators at the 2010 Florida Netroots Awards for including us in the list — we’re nominated for It is an honor to be nominated for Best National Blog, and Trish is nominated for Best Writer. It’s an honor to be nominated, and winning is even better, so please take a moment and vote for via the online ballot here: 2010 Florida Netroots Awards.

Reviews Are In: Barbra Streisand Recommends Us; Another Reader Compares Pensito Review to the BBC

First, I was poking around on the Internets yesterday and happened upon a link back to an article from Pensito Review on the website for Barbra Streisand. I am one of two gay men over 50 in the United States who is not gaga over Streisand’s music (and, perhaps not coincidentally, I have lived with […]

Poll: Some Columnists Say Writing Is Like Sex; Some Don’t

The prurient pen: An article in Editor & Publisher discusses a recent survey of U.S. newspaper columnists and how they viewed their craft. It came up with some interesting findings: The University of San Francisco’s J. Michael Robertson unveiled the results of his survey Saturday at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) conference here. […]

Pensito Review nominated for Koufax Award

The Koufax Awards are open voting and Pensito Review has been nominated for Best New Blog (thanks Bob!). You vote by following the link and leaving a comment (only one per voter, and, yes, they can track it) or by sending an email to an address found here. Pensito Review Best New Blog A couple […]

Bill — What Does It Take to MAKE THE LIST?

All we want for Xmas: Bill O’Reilly has updated his media hate list of “defamers,” adding The New Yorker magazine, and once again, Pensito Review ain’t on it. Frankly, the entire editorial staff is damned frustrated. “I’m puzzled,” said Editor Trish. “I’m bumfuzzled,” said Editor Jon. We just don’t get it — we’ve repeatedly slammed […]

Weblog Awards – Vote for the Yellow Dog Blog

Vote early and often: Bob Geiger, editor of the Yellow Dog Blog, has been nominated for Best New Blog, over at the Weblog Awards. He got my vote. Bob is a bulldog-tough liberal who is not shy about exposing the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the conservative movement. “There isn’t a conservative nominated for Best […]

Historic Home Available for Free in NC Mountains

Okay, “historic” might be pushing it but the house does have sentimental value to members of the Ponder family. Ponder House at Mars Hill College Price: Free (Must be moved) Square Feet: 1500 approximately Lot Size: N/A Location: On Campus of Mars Hill College behind Wall Science Building, Athletic Street, Mars Hill County: Madison State: […]

Does the World Need Another Liberal News & Opinion Site? Answer: ‘Sure, Whatever’

It was supposed to be a soft launch. Those of us who masterminded this site at the end of 2004 had planned to announce Pensito Review to the world around the first of June – meaning, now – after a phased-in deployment, during which we slowly but steadily built our readership. What we hadn’t factored […]

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