Posting will be light around here for a few days, as I recover from an unexpected illness. In the meantime, check out the terrific blogs on my blogroll, now on the left-hand side of this page. And, as always, thanks for stopping by and doing something to make your country all it can be.
Posting will be light today and tomorrow. In the meantime, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, and hope all of you have family and friends to share it with. We'll be back with two new posts on Friday.
Not to belabor the obvious, but I won't have any new posts up until the New Year -- or until some politician does something so unconscionably stupid and evil that I won't be able to shut my yap about it, whichever comes first. These days, you never know.
There will be stuff to do at the year's outset, of course -- the FDA used the Christmas holiday to announce that it won't issue rules to stop rampant antibiotic abuse at factory farms, and the Republican House majority has already signaled that it will go after the EPA's new mercury/air toxin rules. So enjoy your break, because, as a citizen, you don't get very many of them, especially with the clowns we have in high office.
We'll get back to the action alerts on Monday, January 3; until then, please patronize the excellent websites found on the left- and right-hand sides of this page, and have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
I'll get back to the action alerts tomorrow, by which time I should be done eating this giant barrel of crow about yesterday's election prediction. I clearly imposed my own moral sensibility on events yesterday -- I assumed that, since Republicans didn't deserve to win back all those seats after throwing a two-year-long tantrum, the voters wouldn't reward them. But I suppose voters had a different agenda -- punishing Democrats for not doing enough. I may question their wisdom, but I certainly don't question their impatience.
Regardless of the outcome, our task as citizens is the same -- communicate our will to our Reps and Senators until they do our will, as is their job. And I doubt our will has really changed all that much: we still want good government, and we don't want incompetent or evil government. And I maintain that this is not too much to ask.
Congress is off all this week -- please take a moment to jump for joy! -- and I have an appointment tomorrow morning, so I won't have anything new at least until Wednesday. Please patronize all the excellent links on the left- and right-hand sides of this page until then.
A number of things have kept me away from my computer for the last few days, and will likely continue to do so for a few days more. I plan a New Years' Eve post of some philosophical import (though not of length), but other than that, I'll have little to say until Congress gets rolling again. So, again, please enjoy the excellent sites on the left- and right-hand sides of this page.
I'll be out of town for a few days, so posting should be light at least until Tuesday. Please visit the excellent sites on the left- and right-hand sides of this page in the meantime.
I should mention that H.R. 1147, the Local Community Radio Act, passed the House yesterday. Also, I still think Bernie Sanders should have just let the Senate read out his entire bill yesterday. If the Senate produces the right bill, no one will regard the 16-plus hours spent reading it aloud as any big loss. As it is, the Senate will probably waste at least that much more time producing an ever-crappier bill that's three times as long.
I've had an unusually high number of outside commitments this week, so I apologize for the light posting. I plan to post an action-alert-with-penny-rant-tacked-on-at-the-end tomorrow, but it'll go up later in the afternoon than usual.
In the meantime, please patronize any of the excellent links I have on either side of this page. All of them will enrich you.
So, yeah. Congress is off this month (please take a moment to savor this boon), so I get fewer action alerts, so I post less. I'll put a few alerts up tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out this super-class act. She may well be the biggest winner out of all the idiots who've yelled nazihitleretcetera at health care townhalls. I'm so blessed to share a country with her.
I had a morning appointment, and I only have one action alert in my inbox (and it is a solid test of our devotion to the Constitution, I promise you), so I have little to say today.
Except this: I congratulate Sonya Sotomayor in becoming the first Hispanic-American ever nominated to the Supreme Court. I haven't yet read her opinions in very much detail, so I may still find her insufficiently liberal, but I do know that the "objections"I've heardso farare rubbish. Especially Greg Mankiw's (the second link). By Ford, she only had $30,000 in the bank at some points during the last four years! Yeah, that's going to resonate with a lot of people -- if I had $30,000 in the bank, I'd be halfway to Catholic sainthood. Plus, he thinks he's so much smarter than you -- his summary of his paper "The Savers/Spenders Theory of Fiscal Policy" makes me think a better title would have been "The Articulation of the Obvious Using Big Words as Weapons Against the Reader." I really hate that in a person.
I've one alert in the inbox, no penny rants warm, and work later, so I won't have anything important to say today.
In the meantime, I've been meaning to share this and this, because they're damn funny. I don't know why I only seem to link to Manning Krull in the early winter months, because he's damn funny all year round.
Congress is off this week, I have no action alerts in my inbox, and the "liberal" media haven't offended me so deeply I've felt like spouting off about it, so I probably won't post again at least until Thursday. Of course, if the Executive branch tries some crap before then, I'll address it.
Of course, there's nothing stopping you from calling your Congressfolk and demanding a 90% tax bracket for the top one-fifth of one percent of income earners, or an immediate end to the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, or a Constitutional amendment affirming that corporations are not people and don't deserve more rights than people.
I'll be away for a couple of days, so I won't have a new post up until early next week. All the penny rants I thought to write might be spoiled by then, but then again they might not. In the meantime, thanks for visiting, and please visit the excellent links you see on the left- and right-hand sides of this page.
So, er, yeah, since I ain't said nothin' in a little over a week now, a light posting notice must be in effect. Please continue to patronize the excellent blogs in my blogroll in the meantime. Also, please continue to patronize the excellent blogs that are not in my blogroll. You probably know where they are.
However, I realize that my biennial public accounting of my political donations is long overdue, so here goes: I gave $100 each to Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Independent House candidate Cindy Sheehan (CA-8), and $200 to U.S. Senate candidate Jim Martin (D-GA). (The latter figure should show up on some public database, but I haven't found it yet.) I didn't give to Mr. Martin because I don't like Saxby Chambliss -- I don't like Saxby Chambliss, but I believe that giving money to someone who just happens to oppose someone you don't like is, well, kinda like a hostage situation, and American citizens should never act like hostages. I gave Jim Martin money because I think he's damn terrific, and I'm damn sorry he lost.
As you've likely gathered, posting will be light around here this week. Even given that Congress doesn't reconvene for half a month, I'm receiving fewer action alerts than I normally do.
I also think John McCain will be our next President. I've been predicting Republican victory for months-if-not-years, though my analysis hasn't always been precise (I was sure Mr. Giuliani would face Mr. Edwards, for example). But the Democrats apparently have no clue that people admire candidates who appear to stand for things. That's true even if said people don't agree with said candidates, or aren't aware of all the inconsistencies of said candidates' stands. The appearance of forthrightness matters more. Yes, the "liberal" media helps some people appear more forthright than others, but as Phil Jackson said in 2001, you need to play above the referees. Easy for a guy with Shaq and Kobe on his roster to say that, you say? It should be easy for a party with Barack Obama on their roster, too, especially in a year folks are absolutely fed up with George W. Bush. But the Democrats will proclaim victory when they pick up five more Senate seats when they should have picked up ten or twelve.
Happy New Year everybody! Alas, it's time for another light posting notice. Past light posting notices (as a friend noted to me not long ago) have followed periods of relative inactivity more than they've actually preceded them. But I won't be posting again until Congress gets back. I need to detox from the internet a bit, and our-vacation-from-Congress presents a good opportunity for me to do that.
I'm going away for a few weeks, so I won't be able to post as often. I mean, of course, theoretically, what with the internet being very much like a bunch of tubes and not at all like a truck, I should still be able to post every day from where I'm going, but I'll also be in a vacationing and sightseeing state of mind, so I don't expect to be posting very often.
Congress, be good until I get back, or there'll be hell to pay.
There'll be light posting until Congress gets back next week. As Jim Morrison used to say, summer's almost gone.
I feel a little inadequate that I haven't written an affirmation for the anniversary of the Katrina disaster. I guess, at this moment, I'm having trouble gleaning that "hour of sunshine/for a million years of rain" that Stephin Merritt says is worth living for.
Still moving stuff around, and still don't have a reliable internet connection, so light and/or nonexistent posting will continue for a bit.
I think my longer pieces should be paragraphs and my paragraphs should be sentences. When I was a boy, of course, my paragraphs were longer pieces and my longer pieces were, er, much longer pieces. That's what's great about getting older -- you learn to do more with less effort. Which you kind of have to do anyway.
Er, there'll be light posting here during the immediate future -- at least for another day or two, and possibly until Congress gets back from our well-deserved vacation from them.
In the meantime, read the Bob Casey article immediately underneath this post, or poke around in the archives; many action alerts haven't really expired per se, and there's a good bit of useful information in them in any case.
I'm going to be out of town for the next week. I have no idea if I'm going to have time to post -- I've posted while out of town before, but not with any regularity. So tell Congress they better not try any tricks until I get back.
Or, if you feel that's a little too much to expect from Congress, you can also check out the "struggle" links on the left. You can join email action lists from many of these pages -- and if you do, you'll figure out how I write this blog. You might even try to do it yourself, and that would be terrific, because in my ideal world millions of people would be doing what I'm doing, and they'd be doing it better than I.