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Checking in -- Alive and Well

With all the great new bloggers at Wizbang (and all the great old bloggers at Wizbang) you might not have even noticed, but I've been AWOL the past month or so. I thought I should check in to say "hello" and catch up a bit.

My mother-in-law and her sister came to visit for a week at Thanksgiving so I pretty much went off the grid and spent my time cooking and cleaning and enjoying their time here and doing all that other stuff I don't have enough time to do when I get sucked into the blogosphere. A week after they left I packed the family for our annual trip to California for my husband's company Christmas party. This year it was in San Diego so we split our time between there and Long Beach. It was fun, but then I got home and had to catch up on all the Christmas prep I was behind on -- decorating, shopping, etc.

With less than a week to go I have a ton still left to do so I probably won't be doing any blogging until after the holiday, but here are a few things I have noticed even though I have only done a quick periodic check of the blogs over the past few weeks and have not watched any news on purpose. What news I have gotten has largely been background noise -- it really stinks that CNN is force fed to airline travelers. Over the past few weeks I guess I have gotten my news largely as a normal human being (you know, one who is not obsessed with politics and doesn't read the internet on an hourly basis). Here is what I have learned...

When it is colder than normal and snowing in places like Las Vegas and Malibu it is touted as evidence of global warming. It is still evidence of global warming when it is hotter than normal too though. Go figure.

It is no longer cool to question authority and oppose the President. Now it is really important that all Americans get behind their president because that is good for the country. Evidently when the country is in the midst of fighting a war it is not a good time to support the commander-in-chief. That is the time to call the president a lying, murderous Nazi. But that, of course, only applies if he is a Republican.

One more thing I learned -- there is a big scandal involving the governor of Illinois, but in all the reports I have seen his party affiliation has not been mentioned so he must be unaffiliated. Oh, and in all the reports I have seen the reporters have gone out of their way to stress that there is no involvement or connection whatsoever to Barack Obama or his people. Did anyone else notice that this is the first time many of these reporters have talked about Obama's associations to anyone controversial? I guess there weren't any to talk about before the election.

Another thing I learned during my break from blogging is that over the past two years when I screamed at the top of my lungs that reporters should be talking about Iraq (specifically the success of the surge) I was wasting my time. I should have just thrown a shoe. Evidently that is much more newsworthy than statistics of reduced violence and percentage of the country now under Iraqi control.

In case I don't check back in for a while I wanted to say welcome to the new bloggers. I have enjoyed their posts and look forward to much great blogging to come. I also wanted to be sure to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.


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I hear what you're saying o... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

I hear what you're saying on the media's coverage of the war in Iraq over the past year, but what really astounds me is this: For years, President Bush has refused to acknowledge any kind of timetable for the withdrawal of our troops, saying that it would embolden our enemies, give them a date to circle on the calendar, yada yada. And then a few weeks ago, the lame duck president decides to support a timetable gor the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, drawn up by the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi Prime Minister.

And yet, somehow, nobody noticed.

Damn conservative media.

ryan = still a FOOL... (Below threshold)
Greg:

ryan = still a FOOL

You pretty much nailed it, ... (Below threshold)
pjaykc:

You pretty much nailed it, Lorie!

ryan, try reading what you ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

ryan, try reading what you wrote yourself.

"drawn up by the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi Prime Minister"

Bush has constantly stated his policy of determining troop withdrawals based on the situation on the ground. He has constantly stated that any withdraws would be drawn up with the Iraqis. The only timeline he "has refused to acknowledge" are the ridiculous democrat calls for unconditional withdraws based on nothing other than a lack of knowledge (or care) of ground operations, political posturing and shamelessly trying to appeal to the lunatic far left base.

ryan, also please note that... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

ryan, also please note that the second obama won the election he started backing off his promise of withdraw, instead choosing to take the Bush route of determining withdraw based on the situation on the ground. You know, the route that actually makes sense. How convenient!! You and you're ilk are just so ridiculous, did you REALLY think that obama was going to live up to any of the outrageous promises he was touting? The guy is not stupid...yet he knows his base is, which is why he played them so easily.

Thanks, Lorie!I lo... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Thanks, Lorie!

I look forward to "meeting" you soon.

Take care and have a great Christmas!

Shawn Mallow

REALLY glad to learn you ar... (Below threshold)
ETP USN 71-78:

REALLY glad to learn you are still in the mix. Enjoy your break. I look forward to reading your comments when you return.




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