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Monday, January 05, 2009

I'm Really Torn Here

I just don't know what to do.

It dawned on me today that there was a Democrat in the White House for the majority of my Radio career which was certainly helpful in formulating my online personae. It certainly helped that said Democrat was Bill Clinton, which offered a great deal of material with which to build a day's discussion.

I left Radio about a year and a half or so after 9-11 and those last 18 months really didn't involve blue dresses, the definition of the word "is" or anything like that. I was probably doing less opinion and more reporting of the events in the world which seemed uncertain and shaky and oftentimes not very funny.

Now, I no longer have a radio show and it's killing me. The parade of insanity leading up to inauguration day is staggering. I've started and stopped a half dozen blog posts because I myself don't like reading political posts. I had started a lengthy one about today's mind-numbing announcement about Obama's choice for CIA Director. (Please note that this is an issue that Nancy Pelosi and I agree on. That's enough to drop me in a grave already...) I stopped and thought, "Would anyone care to read this?" I'm not sure. The one thing that I noticed years ago, is that no one ever really changes their minds about politics. If you lock 10 people in a room with 5 being Republicans and 5 being Democrats they will emerge in the same numbers no matter how long the door is closed. Hence, why bother?

So, should I post? Or not? If not, I'll continue to (and try to be better at) blogging about important things to me like this note that I saw on NONE of my typical genre sites. Majel Barrett Rodenberry, the "first lady" of Star Trek, passed away in December. I met her in 1993 and she was positively lovely to me. Her last work will be in the upcoming Star Trek film as the voice of the Enterprise computer, a role she played on the original show and several of the movies.


  • Rest in Peace, Majel.

    So I actually strayed away from my normal self-absorbed genre of blog posts and got a bit political during the election. I learned two things:

    1) Blogging about politics made be feel angry and polarized and I don't like feeling angry and polarized. Especially now when it's so darned counter-productive.

    2) Nobody comments on political posts.

    Besides, the economy is in the dumper, we're stuck in this bloody, intractable war, the Israelis are losing their gourds again and it's really hard to be funny about any of that.

    Unless you want to riff on Blago. Because he really *is* just a crapload of material with feet. lol

    By Blogger Beanie, at 6:32 AM  

  • I think 80 to 90% of the people don't change about politics. I also think most people are wrong about politics.

    Not wrong in what they believe but wrong in what is actually the difference. The difference between a competent (read not GW Bush) mainstream republican and a competent (read not Jimmy Carter or Al Gore) mainstream democrat is very little. In most issues that affect most Americans the two parties are very similar, at least on the national level or even statewide level.

    What separates them and creates vile amongst the populace are the social issues that don't matter in most of the 300 million+ American's lives. While there is huge vile between the parties on those issues they really aren't again that different.

    McCain doesn't want to make abortion illegal and Obama doesn't want to make your gun illegal. Obama doesn't want to take all the money from the rich and give it to the poor and McCain doesn't actually want to spend the next 20 years in Iraq.

    Personally since I believe there is very little between their core beliefs I want the best leader between the two.

    The country is not made up of a bunch of Jon Stewart's and Rush Limbaugh's. It is a majority of people that are near the middle that are drive apart by the Fox News and Bill Mahars of the world.

    By Blogger TMac, at 11:51 AM  

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