A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Kill The Fatted Calf

Okay, I'm back. It's been a long dark road, but my life is stabilized; I have the cutest little laptop you have ever seen; I am on Social Security Disability, Medicare, and Medicaid; I supplement this with paid appearances at committee meetings to provide "mental health consumer input". So I like to think of myself as a "professional manic depressive"--I get to use the politically incorrect term rather than "bipolar", since I'm on the inside and you are not. I now have a second blog, The Empty Sky, for non-political posts, and the Obama candidacy has given me new hope and much new to write about.

To get my chops back, I've been doing finger exercises by raising merry hell over on the Pajamas Media comment pages. They really need some help. Nominally they may be "fair", but they sure aren't "balanced". Their one milk-and-water house liberal leaves the boat listing so far to the right [starboard for you nautical types] that they are in constant danger of capsizing.

My new blog picture and my personal description still portray me as looking like Santa Claus' younger brother. At the moment this is not quite accurate. Because of the summer heat, I had to drop almost $20 at the barber's, and right now I look more like Wolf Blitzer on a bad day. But I'll get back to midseason form soon enough. The nice thing about a full beard is that if you let it alone, it'll let you alone and go about it's growing business.

I've laid down enough prickly political prose over there to start off by reprinting it here. I'll pick up speed here with fresh red meat in a week or so.

It's good to be back.

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