Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Weak in Review

First, apologies for the very sparse posting. I have been absurdly busy with a new venture, and simply have not been able to devote sufficient time to blogging to keep up. With a little luck, you will see what I am up to in a few months' time, but it is all hush-hush at present. And for the next couple of weeks, I am likely to be well below normal in bandwidth for this Meme.

Of course, the Republican obscenity machine has been in slow mode for the last week or so anyway, so it isn't like there have been a lot of major stories going unprocessed. Washington is quiet, and the whole blogosphere seems bloated and logy with eggnog right now.

But looking through the retrospectoscope finally offers a bit of satisfaction. Collectively we accomplished something this year. I am convinced (as is, apparently, Time Magazine) that what we do with the Intertubes made a material difference. Bluememe is but one in the army of ants. But the collective helped change Congress. And that change will mean a change for us, too.

As Atrios has pointed out (can't find the link), Democratic control of Congress will change the scope of meaningful discussion for us. Policy debate was meaningless; now influencing the votes of Dems might actually matter. Throwing rocks at the stupidity of the Republicans will now be a (sadly) necessary but insufficient role for the blogosphere. Adjusting to the new circumstances may take time.

But that is all for another day. Happy Holidays/Christmas/War on Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/Kwaanzaa/Solstice/Yule and anything else I may have omitted. Thanks for reading, commenting and caring.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to you too Blue, may the coming year bring the best of everything to you and yours!!!

I have been reading your site for quite a while and consider you one of the internet's greats and I mean that very sincerely.

Best wishes!!!!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have any direct experience with this instrument, but I have heard that when you use a retrospectoscope all you see is brown, a lot of brown.

Somehow you seem to have missed the point about the absolute impossibility of distinguishing democrats from republicans. You will understand soon tho.

If you think that blogging does more than put people in power who TALK like you, then you better hone the edges of the ole blog-o-matic because there is going to be a lot of brown to slice. Those 'crats aren't going to make you any safer, healthier or richer, and certainly not any wiser, than the republicans did. You'll just feel better as they slit your throat, introduce a draft (wanna bet?) spend more on war, less on the needy domestically and abroad, absolve corporations from paying any fines whatsoever in perpetuity, increase jail sentences for the competition (otherwise known as the war on drugs), and otherwise give stupid sunday school sermons about the need to protect our energy sources, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FEW REMAINING LIBERTIES YOU HAVE! But it will all be OK, 'cause 80% of Americans believe in @#!@#%@#$ angels!

You'll feel better about the language but you'll still bleed out from your jugular just as quickly.

Bah! Humbug!!

I think I know why you have never responded to my earnest questions about real (effective) alternatives (just in case your view of things turns to ashes): It's because you don't believe that you could actually be definitively losing, so you don't see yourself backed into the corner of needing to think about it, not now, certainly not yet and probably not forever (until it's too late of course).


1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubya's worried. He's lawyering up for the predictible democratic attack. Go get 'im, dems.

5:01 AM  

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