The Doldrums

In February, I’ll have been doing this blog for 13 years.  And in that time, I’ve been through just about every kind of cycle there is – all between 5:30 and 7AM, weekdays.

Some days – especially in the runup to election time – the material just comes from I have no idea where; I sit up at 7AM, and I’ve got five posts written for a day, and two for the next day, and I wind up taking notes for several more on my phone during the day (major shout-out to the WordPress app for smart-phones!).

Others?  It’s like dog-paddling through maple syrup to get anything done at all.  Which is part of the point, for me;  developing the self discipline to write something every day I’m physically able.  It’s helped in a lot of other parts of my life, so it’s a big net gainer for me.

This last month has been different.  And it occurs to me why.

Two years of DFL majorities in the Legislature have meant no down-time; the Democrats made a big run at Second Amendment rights in 2013 and again last session; the customary stretch of downtime between election and session, where I normally write about music and history and leave politics alone, evaporated.

This is my first fall without substantial politics to write about since the fall of 2011.  And it took me a while to remember how to deal with those two months of inter-MN-political writing doldrums.

The answer, of course, is to take a deep breath and find other things to write about, things I enjoy rather than out of some misguided notion to try to save the world.

And everything’s pretty darn good, once I get past that!

17 thoughts on “The Doldrums

  1. SCOTUS is taking up a case that will gut Obamacare. Issa’s committee just gutted Gruber, and gave the lawyers everything they need to deliver Obama the epic smackdown he so richly deserves.

    A prominent DNC member, one Obama’s top fundraisers, founder of the Human Rights Campaign and fountain from which Dibble & Co drew water to pass the “bullying” law has been charged with raping a 15 year old boy.

    It’s an embarrassingly target rich environment out here.

  2. I’m thinking that Swiftee’s comment ought to read “SCOTUS is taking up a case that should gut Obamacare”, no? More or less, the case that legalized the fees/fines as if they were taxes is not something I’d want to appear on my bar exam as an example of my thinking, and I have to wonder if someone on Dear Leader’s staff “persuaded” John Roberts to come up with that one, and whether someone will come by to “persuade” him again.

  3. According to DG, the Obama bundler & Human Rights Campaign head must be a heterosexual.
    I regularly review the left wing web sites Talking Points Memo, Huffpo, and Kos. While conservatives tend to blame our countries problems with the government on the government, the Democrats blame all of our country’s problems on Republicans, Fox News, and the Koch Bros. The simply don’t cover stories like the Terry Bean molestation charge. When they cover Gruber, it’s only to explain that this is a ‘fake scandal’ pushed by Republicans and Fox news. They celebrate their ignorance and bigotry.

  4. Apparently, Mr. Bean’s troubles are the result of a coordinated, sophisticated attack by a group of skulduggerous n’er-do-wells and possible political operatives who have invaded his home, cracked his electronic security and used these to send out horrendous statements. I bet he’s wishing his hard-drive had crashed six months ago.

  5. They are frikkin’ crazy on that side of the fence.
    HRC ” The 6th Annual TransOhio Symposium, organized by the courageous Shane Morgan. They were gathering after a string of trans women were murdered in Ohio last year. Another murder took place shortly after that conference was over.”
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/06/1327645/-Human-Rights-Campaign-formally-apologizes-to-transgender-community

    I looked up one these murders:
    “Police were unable to formally classify the slaying as hate crimes because Ohio law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity in its hate crimes laws.”
    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/10/ohio-man-sentenced-to-18-years-to-life-for-murder-of-transgender-woman/

    Then I looked up the story from a non-insane source, http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/man_pleads_guilty_in_murder_of.html
    Long story made short: the transgender woman who was murdered was an ex-con killed in a drug deal.

  6. in the 70’s I made the trip from Duluth MN to Kalispel MT 3 or 4 dozen times on US 2 (not I 94) thats a route where you see the ribs/bones of ND – everything that holds the place together is right there out in front of your windshield – Grand Forks, Devil’s Lake, Minot, Williston. A lot changed for those communities when I94 was routed to the south – could make an interesting historical essay for you.

  7. Isn’t there some Trulbrt left? Then Trulbrt 2: The Return of the Fleen, Trulbrt 3D, etc.

  8. Trulbrt left? Then Trulbrt 2: The Return of the Fleen, Trulbrt 3D, etc.

    Trulbrt 2: Electric Boogaloo, in which Doris gets her oats.

  9. PM, you’ve identified the pattern. Most of the stories of homosexual bullying and death that were used to insert Bean & Co’s agenda into the Anoka-Hennepin schools were bogus.

    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/anoka-hennepin-bullying-suicides

    http://www.denverpost.com/barebones/newsfuse-topnews/ci_13331287?source=rss

    But as Gruber instructs, the end justifies the means when it comes to the leftist agenda.

    BTW; I’m waiting for the Lord of the Fleen trilogy.

  10. I’m waiting for the Lord of the Fleen trilogy

    where DG can play the part of the Gollum creature?

  11. Powerline has a weekly picture wrap-up, often culminating in a nice photo of a firearm. Firearm photos are good.

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