As you may remember before my blogcation I occasionally talked about my two daughters. No they haven’t grown up. I wasn’t away that long. They are, however, at an ever maddening age that requires me to develop a new parenting skill. I now play to role of the referee for their escalating and ongoing battles.
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My intention to take a short break after the election turned into another in a long line of blog abandonments. What is this the third or fourth one? With so much going on in the world it’s hard to imagine I had nothing to say. That wasn’t the case. I just couldn’t say it in writing.
Writer’s block may not be the best description of my situation. Early in my absence I wrote. I wrote a lot actually. I just didn’t like anything I wrote. My Google Drive account is littered with ill-conceived pieces and half written junk. I wrote what I thought was a thoughtful piece on gun control and then when I read it I realized I couldn’t post it due to its general awfulness. Editing couldn’t save that thing from itself.
That piece, along with all the other junk I produced during my blue period, will stay in the archives. Unless when I die my kids decided to milk my writing for all it’s worth to keep this highly unprofitable blog going.
Writers I respect and enjoy encourage hacks in my situation to write out of a slump. Ha! Every day they’d tweet about accountability and getting your pages in. If they saw the garbage I was producing they’d encourage me never to write again and stop tagging onto their hallowed profession.
Seriously, it was that bad. It was bad enough that I stopped writing months ago and had an extended debate about shutting the site down altogether.
What changed? I dunno. I realized I didn’t want to give up. I missed writing. I missed the stimulating back and forth with my reader. So I’m back and hopefully for a long time.
We’re all in place to watch the final presidential debate. This one was centered around foreign policy. The one area the president has direct control over is foreign policy. The one area that the American public could generally care less about is foreign policy. On the CNN pre game show they asked some florida voters what they’re looking for and most of them mentioned economic issues. They were shocked to learn the wouldn’t be any discussion of domestic issues. To be fair both candidates were also shocked that they wouldn’t being discussing domestic issues because they repeatedly brought them up.
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We’re back watching our friends on CNN for the second presidential debate. Tonight’s debate is the dreaded town hall debate format. I dread it because the questions are inevitably weak. Asking Willard Mitt how he’s different from George W Bush is a question for a Romney rally not a national debate. That type of question just begs Obama to go with a negative response in his rebuttal which he happily obliged.
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Election season is drawing to a close and as promised I’m back to cover the political hijinks of the debates. Ol’ reliable Jim Lehrer is serving as the moderator. He’s always the moderator. I actually have him come in to moderate my family’s disagreements. HDTV is not kind to Jim. The candidates weren’t kind to him either. They ignored him all night long. Except for the occasional feeble objection from Jim, the candidates were on their own.
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