Hiatus

January 11, 2009

My blogging in this space has been very spotty, for which I apologize. I’m suffering a stronger than usual case of post-election political exhaustion, made worse by the feeling that the Democrats, instead of moving into the next decade with renewed purpose and effectiveness, are getting ready to march back 10 years and resume cowering in terror whenever some Republican knuckledragger grunts at them.

Joe Lieberman, who called the party’s candidate a Marxist and campaigned on behalf of the GOP during the election, gets a free pass from the Democrats. Meanwhile, Howard Dean, whose 50-state strategy laid the groundwork for the Democratic sweep, is being treated like a idiot cousin by the people who kept the party wallowing in failure. Tom Daschle, who is supposed to lead the legislative campaign for healthcare reform, is already raising the white flag with Republicans, and Obama’s financial stimulus package is being prepped for failure by notions of “bipartisanship” and appealing to the Republican tax cuts uber alles mentality.

Maybe I’m just depressed. After all, Obama hasn’t even been sworn in yet. But circumstances are forcing me to double-down on the job and the search for paying freelance work, which means I’ll be on hiatus through the rest of January. Until Feb. 1, my thanks to all who keep visiting. Any blogging activity from me before then will be at my other site, which reflects the things that I want to concentrate on for the time being.

Ave Verum Corpus

December 25, 2008

Mozart on a Christmas morning. Leonard Bernstein conducting.

The Destroyer of Worlds

July 22, 2008

Some utterly frightening and yet bizarrely beautiful images from atomic tests, gathered by Picdit. The above image was taken by the French military during a July 3, 1970 test (codenamed “Canopus” ) at the Fangataufa atoll. Go to the site and look at the “Trinity” photo. Can anyone explain why it looks like an immense soap bubble?

Curious

July 21, 2008

I’ve been noticing an increasing amount of pingback spam, which I gather is the next generation of comment spam. Instead of leaving comments with the usual links to porn sites or merchandising come-ons, the spammer links to a blog post and expects readers to follow the pingback. Anybody else noticed this? Or is it already well know, as I suspect is the case? I’ve never tried to pass myself off as the most up-to-date blogger on the Web.

Uncle Tom’s Pablum

June 4, 2008

Tom Brokaw, author of a current, vapid book about the Baby Boom generation, offers a vapid defense of the press’ dereliction of duty during the run-up to the Iraq war.

Memorial Day

May 24, 2008

A fitting Memorial Day video tribute, courtesy of Rep. Tom Allen of Maine.

Team Dolchstoss

May 22, 2008

If this incident actually happened, it sounds like some mental patient off his meds cussed out a soldier in uniform. Nasty stuff, and an undeserved blot on somebody’s day, but it’s happened to many of us on the subway.

But read down the comments and you’ll see the report blown into a full-scale victimization fantasy about dirty left-wingers and hippies stabbing soldiers in the back. The level of hatred being spewed borders on nauseating. Apparently, paying tribute to the military on Memorial Day weekend isn’t enough for some people — they’d rather spend the weekend pumping up rage at imaginary lefties spitting on soldiers.

Hey guys? We lefties are the ones who don’t want to see soldiers getting killed for a pack of lies. We also don’t want to see your pay and benefits get cut so Bush’s cronies can buy starter yachts for their kids. And that expanded G.I. Bill that just passed the Senate? Thank Democratic leadership for that. And it’s the President who said he’s going to veto it. Is all that clear now?

We lefties spend a lot of time talking about how we aren’t criticizing the military when we criticize the war. Does any of this ever get through to you guys? Or are you just waiting for our lips to stop moving so you can get back to your dolchstoss fantasies?