Conservatives Are Learning About Being Careful Of What You Wish For

Over the past several years, I’ve had to listen to conservatives talk about “job killing environmental regulations” and how we should be doing more exploitation of fossil fuels.  As they put it during the 2008 campaign, “Drill baby, drill!”  Yes, if only we would wave aside all those “greenies,” open up public land and offshore areas to drilling, build the Keystone XL pipeline, and get out of the hair of those who want to frack new areas, we would hit the promised land of cheap gas and energy independence.   Life would be good, right?

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Politics 301: Learn To Say Yes

I’ve often mentioned that there were times in my life when I had a lot of influence and “power” in some fields.   The funny thing is that I never sought that, it just happened to work out that way.   It wasn’t because I was wealthy (I wasn’t), it wasn’t because I had a monthly column in a magazine, and it wasn’t because I was outstandingly successful in the field.  All things that most people would think would be requirements to get influence and power, I either didn’t have or had in a minor way.   But as it turned out, I had far more power and influence than many people who did have all those requirements.  Why?  Because I said “Yes.”

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Politics 300: The Horse Goes Before The Cart

In my post on “What’s Next?” I talked about the “next step” for dealing with the police problems that are currently grabbing the nation’s attention.  In the comments, there were statements made about the Democratic Party’s need to “reach out to activists, and invite them in.”  All well and good, but in many ways, it’s a variant of a theme I’ve heard a lot of over the past few years from many on the left:  That the Party needs to do something before they’ll get involved with it.    It’s more often than not a case of putting the cart before the horse.
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The Seven Year Itch

Five years ago today, I registered this blog with WordPress.  At the time, I was a regular diarist over at Daily Kos, had a number of them make the Recommended List over the two years there, and had all the perks that went along with that.   While I was growing disenchanted with the direction of the site, I had no plans to leave.  So why did I make this blog?  Well, a lot of what I wanted to write about wasn’t really political or suitable to that site.  A little over a month later, things changed rather abruptly, and I decided to move myself entirely here.   So, what’s with the title? Continue reading

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